What I Saw at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Michele Bachmann | Jul 31, 2014
This past weekend I did what President Obama refused to do during his recent trip to Texas—I visited the U.S-Mexico border.
I knew that the border crisis was serious, but nothing could have prepared me for just how bad this situation truly is.
The results of the Obama administration’s lawlessness when it comes to enforcing existing immigration laws were magnified in the Rio Grande Valley, where Congressman Steve King and I visited a number of facilities and met with local, state, and federal officials.
What we saw was people processing, not border security.
Americans would be shocked to learn that virtually no one is stopped before gaining entrance. When a foreign national illegally enters the United States, they are taken to a processing facility, where it is determined whether or not they get to stay in the country.
While the popular media narrative has been to focus on the children who came here alone, it is only a small fraction of the growing problem along the southern border.
My heart breaks for the unaccompanied children, but officials told us that 80 percent of the people entering the country illegally are not women and children—they are males over the age of 14.
It is this latter group that is the source of much of the incoming violence, particularly with their increasing involvement in drug cartels and transnational gangs such as MS-13. These organizations profit from exploiting innocent people desperate for a better life into paying thousands of dollars to be transported into the United States.
MS-13 is a brutal international gang with more than 50,000 members—with thousands of members throughout the United States. This ugly and dangerous business has fueled violence on both sides of the border.
By failing to secure our border, the United States government has enabled and empowered a criminal enterprise made of drug cartels and human traffickers that spans our continent.
Enforcement of our border is so lax that I even witnessed coyotes smuggling an illegal alien in broad daylight near the banks of the Rio Grande in Roma, Texas.
The problem rests not with Border Patrol, but with the politicians and administration officials that crafted these policies. Border Patrol and the local law enforcement officials we met with are dedicated individuals who put their lives on the line, but their hands are tied. In fact, the majority of the local officials we met with said that this crisis is the consequence of open border policies.
Solving the problem will require the political will to secure our border.
First, Congress must put an end to the President’s policy of Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which he unilateral instituted in 2012. DACA is the root cause of why a surge of illegal immigrants are coming into the country expecting amnesty from President Obama. Since his June 15, 2012 memo, the amount of unaccompanied children apprehensions from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have increased from 15,000 in 2011 to nearly 60,000 in FY 2014.
Second, we must complete the fence along America’s southern border to prevent illegal entry onto United States soil. In 2006, Congress passed a bill that authorized and completely funded 700 miles of fence. Eight years later, it remains unfinished and people are simply walking across the border. If there were a fence in Roma, Texas, the illegal crossing I witnessed would not have been possible.
Third, we need to speed up the deportation process and put an end to prosecutorial discretion policies. While legal immigration and refugee petitions remain enormously onerous, our current system benefits illegal immigration. The current policy of reunification instead of orderly and humane deportation only furthers the border crisis.
Finally, agreements on foreign aid to Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras should be reexamined or frozen entirely until these countries cooperate with the United States and do their part in preventing the flow of illegal immigrants through their country and into ours. Remittance payments to these countries should also be taxed at a rate high enough to command the attention of their governments.
The United States is proudly a nation of immigrants that welcomes with open arms more legal immigrants than the entire world combined. But they must come through the legal channels. It’s time that we start sending a message that the rule of law matters and illegal behavior will not be rewarded.
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Want a Real Anti-Poverty Plan? Stop Amnesty
Michelle Malkin | Jul 30, 2014
The working poor are the biggest losers in D.C.'s amnesty game. U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow has been a lonely voice warning about the impact of mass illegal immigration and perpetual amnesty on low-income black Americans. "The country's economic woes have disproportionately harmed African-Americans, especially those with little education," he warned this spring. "The economy has a glut of low-skilled workers, not a shortage," which is driving wages down.
Stagnant wages and depressed economic growth affect working poor Americans of all colors, while illegal alien amnesty beneficiaries cash in. Steve Camarota and Karen Ziegler of the Center for Immigration Studies reported last month that "since 2000, all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal). This is remarkable given that native-born Americans accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the total working-age population. Though there has been some recovery from the Great Recession, there were still fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level."
President Obama has already granted administrative amnesty to an estimated two million illegal aliens and renewed "temporary" work permits for 520,000. The administration is planning an expansion that would grant amnesties to at least six million more lawbreakers.
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Official: Immigration Surge Draining Municipal Budgets
Posted: Jul 29, 2014 6:51 PM
McALLEN - The cost of helping illegal immigrants could mean the end of some municipal programs, officials said.
The ongoing operation to care for illegal immigrants at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen is putting a strain on municipal resources, officials said.
"This is all coming out of local budgets," said George Garrett, director of homeland security in Weslaco. He oversees the emergency management at the center at Sacred Heart.
"We're all struggling with budgets and how to continue to operate," Garrett said.
"We're trying to re-evaluate what our resources are. We may have to cut a program somewhere that is not as vital," he said.
Garrett would not say specifically what programs may get cut. He said the emergency management team needs help.
"Cities and counties can't just continue to support this type of operation, or this scale of an operation, without federal assistance. We definitely need federal financial assistance," Garrett said.
Garrett said applications for federal grants have been submitted. He hopes Hidalgo County and Valley cities will be reimbursed.
"(Department of) Homeland Security money needs to come to the areas that are impacted the most by homeland security issues," he said.
Garrett said federal money is not making its way to the Valley.
"Right now ... South Texas, Arizona, Southern California or New Mexico we're all being impacted by these issues. These are less populated areas, so the grant money is still going to New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Dallas (and) Houston. We get the crumbs," he said.
Garrett says he has applied for various federal grants over the course of 15 years. He said the Valley usually gets the short end of the stick.
Garrett and his emergency management team only plan two weeks in advance for the daily operation at Sacred Heart.
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IO: Mayor Whaley and Mayor Cranley take notice!
Illegal Alien Disaster Awaiting Your School
By George Rasley, CHQ Editor | 7/28/2014
“It’s going to be a disaster when school starts,” remarked one longtime educator referring to the unrelenting wave of illegal alien children being dumped in communities across the American heartland through President Obama’s open borders policy. “No one knows whether they’ve had any immunizations, how old they are, how long they will stay, or even who they really are.”
“What’s more,” noted the educator, “administrators will be hard pressed to meet mandatory class size requirements,” observing that if the 500 illegal alien children reportedly released in the small city of Lynn, Massachusetts since 2010 had been released in her school district, state law would have mandated the construction of 28 new classrooms, or one new elementary school, which likely would have cost the school district’s taxpayers more than $33 million.
And the Obama administration’s policy of secrecy regarding how many and where the illegal alien children are being released means that for many school districts the first day of school will become a very unpleasant guessing game.
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Jerome R. Corsi Published: 06/11/2014 at 8:02 PM
NEW YORK – Two U.S. congressmen tell WND they believe the flooding of America’s Southwest border with thousands of illegal-alien children seeking government handouts and citizenship is the intended outcome of policies by the Obama administration derived from a strategy by radical sociologists to transform America into a socialist state.
In the 1960s, professors Andrew Cloward and Francis Fox Piven of Columbia University, Obama’s alma mater, devised a plan to provoke chaos by deliberately overwhelming governmental systems and the U.S. economy to the point of collapse, paving the way for state intervention that would ultimately replace America’s free-enterprise republic with a collectivist system.
“I do feel this attempt to flood the border with illegals is a playing out of the Cloward-Piven theory,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
“If you don’t see them bring reinforcements down there to seal the border, that means that, yes, it’s a Cloward-Piven maneuver to flood the country until we get to the point where we are an open-borders country that welcomes everybody, legal and illegal,” he told WND.
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, agreed that Obama – who studied the chaos strategy at Columbia, according to a classmate – “is trying to do a Cloward-Piven thing with the border.”
“Obama follows all the far-left, Leninist, socialist-type stuff,” Stockman told WND.
He said it’s “an open secret Obama is trying to flood Texas with illegals to make it into a blue state,” with a Democrat majority.
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