Senator David Vitter is calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow votes to be taken on legislation to address the nation's southern border crisis.
Before the House adjourned for its August recess, it passed two bills to address the crisis by blocking President Obama from continuing or expanding amnesty through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Vitter accuses Reid of blocking Senate votes on the two bills, and on Friday, the senator told WRNO's Gerry V, "What we really need is to replace Harry Reid and hopefully we'll do that with this fall's election. In the meantime, we need him to get out of the way and allow us to vote on important measures that go to this crisis at our southern border."
Vitter, chairman of the Senate Border Security Caucus, also says the number of illegal immigrant children who've made their way from the border to Louisiana is higher than the Obama administration has let on.
"It's a very, very significant impact in Louisiana. About 1,200 of these cases being relocated by the federal government into Louisiana. We're one of the top 10 states in that regard," Vitter said.