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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says the migrant children flooding into the country across the southern border should be humanely treated, but sent back home.
McConnell's comments came during a speech at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Judge Executives Association - a group he once led.
It was a crowd of both Republican and Democratic county officials, but McConnell appeared to get support from both sides when he addressed the border crisis - thousands of unaccompanied Central American children crossing illegally.
"If we want to stop the flow, it's really not that complicated. Secure the border, treat the children humanely, and return them immediately," McConnell said to applause.
McConnell criticized Pres. Obama's request for $3.7 billion to fix the problem.
"A significant percentage of it for the Dept. of Health and Human Services, leading me to have the suspicion that they expect these kids to be here for a long time," he said.
In a statement, the campaign manager for McConnell's Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, blamed the crisis on Washington, saying, "... this situation highlights the fact that Washington has continued to fail to pass comprehensive immigration reform."
Following his speech, McConnell addressed Grimes latest ad in which she used a retired coal miner to attack his record on Medicare.
In the ad, Don Disney poses a question to McConnell, "I want to know how you could have voted to raise my Medicare costs by $6000. How are my wife and I supposed to afford that?
McConnell accused Grimes of playing politics with Medicare, but added doing nothing is not an option.
He endorsed changing eligibility requirements.
"No one currently receiving Medicare, or likely to be receiving it, would be affected by any of the changes we're talking about. To fail to make changes that make the eligibility fit the demographics of America for our children and grandchildren,means Medicare is going to tank in 10 years," he said.
The Grimes campaign maintains, the Medicare plan McConnell supports would lead to higher costs and harm current recipients.