Conservative media personality Glenn Beck on Tuesday called for compassion toward the tens of thousands of Central American children who have illegally crossed the U.S.’s southern border.
Beck announced that he will deliver aid supplies, such as food, water, stuffed animals, and soccer balls, to McAllen, Texas on July 19, according to The Blaze. Many unaccompanied minors are being held in the border town. Beck said the delivery will include hot meals for 3,000 people.
“Through no fault of their own, [the children] are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said on his television program. “And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”
Beck’s tone differs from many other conservatives, who have called for faster deportations of unaccompanied children.
“I’ve never taken a position more deadly to my career than this,” he said. “And I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this.”
Despite that, Beck said that two Republican lawmakers, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), were joining him to deliver the supplies.
The talk show host made it clear he’s hasn’t become a complete bleeding heart on the migrant issue.
He blamed the Obama administration for sending a “confusing message” on immigration policy, which has led children to believe they can enter the U.S. legally. He also said that poor conditions in Honduras that have caused minors to flee are partly a result of Obama’s handling of that nation’s 2009 coup.
Beck also said he’s heading to the border to show his audience, “the illegals who have been caught and released.”
Jordan Fabian is Fusion's politics editor, writing about campaigns, Congress, immigration, and more. When he's not working, you can find him at the ice rink or at home with his wife, Melissa.