Border / Immigration insanity......
Sabella can't believe US immigration policy or how Higuain hit the goal post ......
Sabella can't believe US immigration policy or how Higuain hit the goal post ......
Border Meltdown: Obama Delivering 290,000 Illegals To U.S. Homes
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Goodlatte: Border Crisis ‘Disaster of President Obama’s Own Making’
Posted at 2:31 p.m. on July 3
After concluding a bipartisan, fact-finding tour of the immigrant crisis on the Southwest border, House Judiciary Committee Republicans said Thursday the onus is on President Barack Obama — not Congress — to address the surge of Central American women and children entering the country illegally.
In a conference call with a small group of reporters, Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said that while there were may be some things the House could do to confront the matter head-on, this was a crisis of Obama’s making and he should be the one to fix it.
“If the president came forward with targeted changes … [and] tweaks to the law that would make it easier for [Customs and Border Patrol] and [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] to do their jobs, the Congress should look with care at that,” Goodlatte said. “But when the president said the other day that the House should pass the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform, that, to me, is exactly the wrong thing to do to solve this problem.
“This trip has confirmed that this is a disaster of President Obama’s own making,” he continued. “He has many tools that he could use right now to quell this activity.”
Issa, a Judiciary panel member and chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, agreed.
“[Goodlatte] made it clear he stands ready to make minor changes to the law that would correct imperfections” in the last immigration rewrite passed in 2008, Issa said. “But the 2008 law did not cause this. The president’s own statements and policy caused this. Any changes in the law would have to involve the president’s reversing.”
Goodlatte and Issa, among other House Republicans engaged in the issue, have said that Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration policy have caused vast misinformation campaigns in Central America, leading parents to believe that if they take, or send, their children to the U.S.-Mexico border, those children will be able to enter the U.S. and stay.
That assessment has prompted Issa to put pen to paper, drafting a letter co-signed by 32 colleagues that calls on Obama to send a signal to these children and their families by ending the 2012 executive action that provided stays of deportation to undocumented immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents — the so-called “Dreamers.”
Goodlatte and Issa traveled through the Rio Grande Valley Wednesday and Thursday with Texas Republican Blake Farenthold, Texas Democrat Shelia Jackson Lee, and Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren, Calif., and Joe Garcia, Fla. Asked whether he took away from the trip any indication that House Republicans and Democrats could work together to address the crisis back on Capitol Hill, Goodlatte demurred.
“There are some aspects we can work with on a bipartisan basis, but there are also those who view this issue differently than we do,” Goodlatte said of Democrats, who tend to view the problem through the prism of the need for a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, something that no longer seems viable in the 113th Congress.
In an interview with CQ Roll Call on Wednesday, Farenthold suggested that the Judiciary Committee’s findings, paired with the outcome of Thursday’s House Homeland Security Committee field hearing in McAllen, could determine what action Congress might take back in Washington, D.C., next week.
Farenthold added that Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, asked McCaul to hold the hearing and also convened a special working group to advise colleagues on the crisis, both of which suggested an interest in continued engagement on the part of GOP lawmakers.
The Appropriations Committee might respond to the administration’s request for emergency funding to bolster border resources, but based on Goodlatte’s statements, it now appears more likely than not that the House GOP will largely focus its energy, leading up to the midterm elections, calling out the Obama administration, rather than moving legislation, at least through the Judiciary Committee.
During their tour of “a number of facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border” that included those in McAllen, Brownsville, Harlingen and Port Isabel, Goodlattee said the delegation found that the “vast majority of minors who are unaccompanied meet up with their parents who are in the U.S. illegally, and there are a great many who come here with their parents.”
“There are almost as many people showing up in family units, almost always with children, and … they’ve been informed in their home country through advertising, through drug smugglers, through human traffickers, that if they come to the U.S., either unaccompanied as children or with their children, they are going to be admitted into the United States and be allowed to stay,” Goodlatte continued.
Further, Goodlatte said, children are being instructed not to resist apprehension by agents at the border, believing that if they endure detention at a holding facility they will then be released into the custody of a family member in the United States waiting for them.
“Border patrol agents that we spoke with were pretty consistent in saying the best way to stop this crisis is through deterrence,” Goodlattee said. “They were very clear that deterrence must be the focus, and there must be an end to the so-called ‘catch and release’ policy, because that’s what’s driving here … There’s little if any consequence right now for illegal immigration and that needs to change.”
In a press release sent to reporters following the call, the argument is made that “word has spread to the Americas and beyond that women and children are not priorities for removal, as outlined in the Obama Administration’s immigration enforcement ‘priorities.’”
The press release also highlights the finding that “strict environmental rules prevent Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector from accessing federal lands along the border” and that officials “cited restrictions on federal lands as a burden to doing their job of securing the border.”
Goodlatte said that members on the trip were told that smugglers were charging anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000 to smuggle children into the United States, and that while they weren’t permitted to speak to children in the detention center, he and Issa did get to interact with some children and adults in the midst of being apprehended near the Rio Grande River.
“Their stories,” he said, “are basically, ‘I wanted to come to the United States, I wanted to be reunited with a family member in the United States and I’ve been told that if I come, they’ll let me in.”
Congressman: We Can’t Just Kick Them Off a Bus in Guatemala
Posted at 3:46 p.m. on July 2
President Barack Obama deserves blame for much of the misery in overcrowded illegal immigrant facilities on the Southwest border, a conservative Texas congressman told CQ Roll Call Wednesday.
But “instant deportation,” Republican Blake Farenthold said, is no answer to the crisis.
The second-term congressman is part of a group of lawmakers taking a firsthand look this week at Texas facilities that have been stretched to the breaking point in recent weeks as thousands of Central American children and mothers have streamed across the border seeking asylum.
The sudden surge of young immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador is a direct result of the president’s rhetoric on immigration, Farenthold said.
“He telegraphed a message that if you’re a kid, you’re gonna get to stay,” Farenthold explained.
But the Corpus Christi lawmaker, who before 2012 redistricting represented the area now at the center of national scrutiny, is also frustrated with many of his constituents — and even with some of his colleagues — who call for instant deportation of “alien” children.
“We can’t just take them to the town square in Guatemala and kick them off the bus,” Farenthold said. “I also make the point that, if I were to send my child on a journey this perilous, child protective services would be knocking on my door trying to take away custody of my children.
“Here’s the thing with border security,” he continued. “Let’s assume it’s 100 percent secure, we catch anybody who crosses the border within a mile of the border, alright? Even if we capture a child, we still have to do something with that child.”
The “national security” and “humanitarian crisis” elements of the child migrant border surge are different, according to Farenthold — a distinction that needs to be clear for both Republicans and Democrats as Congress reconvenes next week with just 16 legislative work days scheduled before the August recess.
Farenthold is part of a congressional delegation led by Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., that is touring detention facilities and talking with government officials along the Rio Grande Valley sector of the U.S.-Mexico border. Also along for the fact-finding trip, according to a Judiciary Committee aide, are Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.; and Democratic Reps. Joe Garcia, Fla., and Shelia Jackson Lee, Texas.
On Thursday, the Homeland Security Committee will convene a field hearing in McAllen on the crisis at the border. Among the witnesses expected to testify is Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Members also visited the area over the past weekend, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Farenthold hopes lawmakers go back to Washington, D.C., prepared to tackle a specific legislative response to the issue, and that Democrats in particular “take the word back to their colleagues that we cannot wait until we can build consensus on comprehensive immigration reform to deal with this problem.”
Fear that a congressional fix will fall prey to the political debate surrounding immigration more broadly is shared by Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, who has been appointed by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, to head up a GOP working group to inform and advise the House Republican Conference on how to respond to the crisis.
“I just returned from a trip to South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley,” she said in a statement Wednesday morning. “I saw firsthand the humanitarian efforts that are underway by Customs and Border Patrol agents, local officials and community nonprofits. … Throughout my visit one message was clear — please don’t call this an immigration reform issue, this is a humanitarian crisis and we need help now.”
But the issue has been inextricably linked to conversations about immigration overhaul,especially in light of Obama’s speech on Monday in which he announced he would take executive action on his own if Congress won’t act on larger reforms.
Republicans say the crisis on the border is more proof the president isn’t enforcing existing immigration law — and therefore can’t be trusted to enforce any potential overhaul.
At a hearing on the child migrant border crisis on Capitol Hill last week, Goodlatte said in prepared remarks that the Obama administration’s “failure to secure our borders, mitigate threats to national security, or enforce our immigration laws only undermines Congress’s ability to reform our immigration laws.”
Meanwhile, Democrats counter that the crisis highlights the need for a comprehensive fix.
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., released a statement following a letter Obama sent to congressional leaders Monday in which he requested emergency appropriations to bolster resources at the border — and expressed a desire to give the Homeland Security department “additional authority to exercise discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children.”
“There is an important lesson in this: If you fail to institute a safe, legal and orderly immigration process for several decades, chaos ensues,” said Gutiérrez, who has fought hard, on both sides of the aisle, to overhaul the immigration code in 113th Congress. “The same Republicans who have blocked immigration reform and are fanning rumors with claims that President Obama is not enforcing immigration laws and that the U.S. has ‘open borders’ are now saying we need to change our border policies to deport children and families without delay.
“You cannot have it both ways,” Gutierrez continued. “If we had a legal and orderly process for immigration in place, we would have better control over the current situation.”
In Washington next week, there’s no telling what, if anything, the House GOP will do to address the issue head-on.
The first order of business could be a review of the president’s request for emergency funding, a task falling to appropriators but also likely to fall to Granger’s working group (though Granger is, incidentally, the chairwoman of the subcommittee on state and foreign operations).
As for whether leadership might bring up specific legislation, Farenthold predicted that could depend on how the fact-finding visit and field hearing proceed on Wednesday and Thursday.
“Speaker Boehner was very insistent that we have this Homeland Security field hearing down here,” Farenthold told CQ Roll Call. “He basically told [Homeland Security Chairman Michael] McCaul, ‘You really need to do this.’ So I think it indicates that he gets the facts and understands the problem.”
Hey, maybe removing the word ‘alien’ from ICE lexicon for young illegals will solve the influx problem
**Written by Doug Powers
Progressive Crisis Management 101: Simply change or eliminate an undesirable-but-accurate description what’s going, and problem solved!
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel have been directed to no longer refer to illegal immigrant children crossing the border alone as “UACs” (unaccompanied alien children).Instead these individuals are to be referred to as “unaccompanied children” in official correspondence, according to an internal ICE email obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies and shared with Breitbart News.“This was briefed earlier today during he (sic) command and staff meeting,” an email sent to ICE personnel reads. “It has been requested that in correspondence regarding unaccompanied children, They (sic) not be referred to as UACs. The term UAC should not be used in official correspondence.”The email, with the subject line “UACs,” continues, “The appropriate messaging on documents should be using the term : unaccompanied children all lower case. (Unless capitalizing would be grammatically correct).”
Full story here.
NBC’s already tried to help in the re-labeling effort by referring to the illegals as — get this — “#RefugeeRiders.”
If that doesn’t solve the problem, the “unaccompanied
alien children” will then be referred to as “legal American citizens” according to documents I obtained from sources at “The Department of What We All Know They’re Gonna Try to Do Next.”
President Obama is headed down to Texas soon to take matters into his own hands. And by “matters” I mean “fundraisers,” of course:
Jay Carney’s more than capable replacement behind the Podium of Untruth in the press briefing room explained it this way:
But despite being battered on all sides on the issue, a White House spokesman said Thursday that the president had no intention of visiting the border for a firsthand look at the scene of what he has called a humanitarian crisis.“The reason that some people are suggesting the president should go to border when he’s in Texas is because they’d rather play politics than actually trying to address some of these challenges,” Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman, said Thursday.
In other words, “don’t play politics with the president while he’s headlining DNC fundraisers!”
When does a president not visit the site of what the White House has referred to as a “humanitarian crisis” in his own country? When it would be a damaging photo op. But if the administration can figure out a way to pin it all on global warming, Obama, accompanied by Bill Nye the Science Guy, will be there within hours.
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