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Every state is a border state now: Cape Cod says no to a shipment of illegal aliens

Jul 27, 2014 9:10 AM PT

As the shock waves from Barack Obama's manufactured border crisis ripple across the country, turning every state into a border state, backlash is emanating from people who didn't have much of a problem with open-borders ideology, back when they thought all the illegal aliens would be staying in the South.  One such vignette comes from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as reported at the Daily Signal:

Last week, the Democratic governor announced his offer to house up to 1,000 children at Camp Edwards military base on Cape Cod. Concerned for the children’s wellbeing, Patrick declared, “I think we are the kind of country and the kind of Commonwealth who can step up.”

The town of Bourne disagrees.

A wealthy and historic community at the mouth of Cape Cod, Bourne traditionally attracts vacationers and tourists, not refugees. Residents fear the influx of migrant children could change this forever.

On Tuesday, the town’s Board of Selectman voted unanimously to oppose the governor’s plan and draft an open letter of protest. Chairman Peter J. Meier summarized the sentiment of the board saying, “We are here to provide services, and we need to take care of our own first.”

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Rubio Thinks Illegal Immigrant Children Need To Be Deported

Jul 24, 2014 12:09 PM PT

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is taking another hard-line position on immigration reform, this time in regards to the thousands of illegal immigrant children and adults that have been flooding the U.S. Southern border.

 Rubio appeared on Fox News' "The Kelly File" with Megan Kelly, saying that in order for the mass illegal immigration flood along the border to stop, those people enter the U.S. illegally, needed to be "returned to their home countries."

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Half of California's School Children Now of Latin descent

Jul 23, 2014 8:01 PM PT

California Gov Jerry Brown sees the current border crisis more as a "humanitarian" crisis, than a political one and he also pointed out that currently "half of California's school-age children are of Latin descent." 

His remarks came during a meeting with Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena just before Brown's four-day trade mission to Mexico next week. Reportedly, Mexico has more trade with Californiathan it does with China.

Both say they look forward to extending California's ties to Mexico by increasing trade, university exchanges and fighting climate change. 

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The White House Itself Thinks DACA Played a Role in the Border Crisis

Jul 23, 2014 4:51 PM PT

For weeks now Republicans have been suggesting that the Obama administration is partly to blame for the current border crisis. The administration has repeatedly denied this. But if you look closely it's not hard to find evidence the White House knows their own policies played a role.

Did President Obama's executive move to grant deferred action to children play a role in the current crisis? The White House says no and the left has adopted that stance wholeheartedly. Consider this Q&A card published by Vox:

Has the Obama administration's immigration policy encouraged children to come to the US illegally?

There's no evidence to suggest it has, and plenty of evidence to suggest it hasn't.

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Evangelicals, Catholics Seek to Aid Children at the Border

Jul 22, 2014 5:26 PM PT

Faith leaders of various denominations are interceding on behalf of Central American children now arriving at the U.S. border. This week both evangelicals and Catholics put out calls to help in various ways.

A group of evangelical organizations will send a letter to Congress today asking lawmakers not to change a 2008 law which makes it more difficult to deport minors arriving from Central America. Politico reports the letter was put together by a coalition called the Evangelical Immigration Table which is composed of "the National Association of Evangelicals, World Relief, Bread for the World, Christian Community Development Association, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, World Vision U.S. and Sojourners."

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Rep. Issa's Observations on the Border Crisis Following His Trip to Central America

Jul 22, 2014 4:38 PM PT

Rep. Issa just returned from a fact-finding trip to Central America. His goal was to assess the causes and possible solutions for the current crisis at the southern border. Today Issa published a series of "observations" about his trip on the Oversight and Government Reform website.

Issa believes the motivation for the current migration is not so much the high rate of violence in Central America as the lack of jobs and opportunity. He also pointed to something called "chain migration" in which children attempt to follow their parents to the U.S.

Why are children flooding the U.S. border from their home countries in Central America?
Economics and chain migration. In each country, government officials, religious leaders, and nongovernmental organizations reported that a severe lack of economic opportunity is the primary motivational factor for migration to the U.S. These leaders described a common story that parents, having left their home country to find work in the U.S., often illegally, are sending for their children to join them. In a gang prevention program (similar to the D.A.R.E program in the U.S.) in El Salvador, about half of a classroom of about 40 ten-year-old kids raised their hands when we asked if they had parents and relatives in the U.S., and all of those children raised their hands when asked if they wanted to go to the U.S. someday. In El Salvador, mayors reported that, while gang violence is a problem, there had not been any particular uptick of violent gang crime coinciding or causing the current surge. Guatemalan government officials and community outreach workers told us that gang violence wasn’t driving their children north.

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Illegal Immigrants Qualify for Bankruptcy Protection

Jul 20, 2014 1:21 PM PT

Estela Martinez, 54, of Dallas has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison "for making false statements during her multiple bankruptcy filings," according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Martinez is one of several people to be charged recently  in Texas. The story makes no mention of their immigration status.

Four of the defendants have entered guilty pleas, two of whom have been sentenced. Another defendant is scheduled for trial, and two others remain fugitives, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

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Texas Town Swamped with Dead Bodies, 911 Calls 70 Miles From the Border

Jul 20, 2014 12:40 PM PT

Brooks County is too far from the border to receive federal funds for illegal immigrants, but from the discovery of mass graves, illegals, including children, who roam aimlessly sometimes until dead from the heat and exhaustion, the current immigration crisis is far from confined to the border.

Zamarripa, 27, is one of 15 reserve deputies brought in to assist the Brooks County Sheriff's Office, whose four deputies have lately found themselves overwhelmed by 911 calls from migrants stranded on the vast ranches that stretch from here to the horizon in all directions. 

Then there are the bodies of migrants who didn't make it to retrieve and identify: 42 so far this year.

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White House Repeatedly Warned About Border Crisis but Put Politics First

Jul 20, 2014 10:40 AM PT

The White House was warned repeatedly that there was a growing crisis of unaccompanied minors on the border but chose not to address the issue for fear it would ruin the President's push for comprehensive immigration reform.

A story in the Washington Post highlights a number of times the Obama administration was warned of the growing crisis on the border. For instance, a 2012 report by the Women's Refugee Commission spelled out the growing number of unaccompanied minors at the border which started in the fall of 2011. The group's director tells the Post, "I don’t think they ignored this on purpose, but they didn’t know what to do."

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Scam Artists Target Families of Illegal Child Immigrants

Jul 20, 2014 9:55 AM PT

With the administration's lax immigration policy encouraging more and more illegal child immigrants to enter the US, criminals have seized upon the opportunity to exploit money, "from $300 to several thousand dollars"in some cases, from their families.

The families are being told the money is needed for "travel costs," and in some cases, the scammers are caller ID spoofing in an effort to appear legitimate.

U.S. officials warned on Sunday that scammers are attempting to prey on the families of some of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied child immigrants crossing the border from Latin America....

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Ted Cruz helps out with border relief effort

Jul 19, 2014 12:59 PM PT

Glenn Beck says the media is refusing to cover Senator Ted Cruz's participation in his Mercury One border relief effort because they're already trying to influence the 2016 presidential race, and don't want to give Cruz any positive coverage as a humanitarian:

“Why is nobody covering this?” Beck asked on his radio program Friday. “This came out yesterday. This is a big deal. Why is no one covering that Ted Cruz is going down to the border for a relief program?”

Beck said Cruz’s involvement is scarcely being mentioned because the left has to paint the senator as a “hater,” and some on the right don’t want to help a conservative that is not part of the Republican “establishment.”

“They cannot cover Ted Cruz going down to the border,” Beck said. “This gives Ted Cruz the ammo to be tough on immigration, to be tough on justice. Once you have mercy established, you have credibility to talk about justice.”

“If [former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush] were going down, I guarantee you Fox News would be covering it,” Beck added. “NBC would have cameras there.”

“It’s amazing,” Beck said. “And the lack of coverage should tell you everything you need to know: We are already playing presidential games. We’re already playing presidential games. Can’t we not play games?”

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Friday document dump: the true size of the adult immigration wave is revealed

Jul 19, 2014 6:13 AM PT

One of the reasons people have grown so angry over Obama's manufactured border crisis is that everything we are told is a lie.  That's consistent with the core Amnesty Caucus belief that the benighted knuckle-dragging xenophobic citizens of the United States have nothing to say about immigration policy - it's a decision that will be made by the Ruling Class, in accordance with their political and economic interests.  You taxpaying chumps will be told whatever the Ruling Class thinks you need to hear, whenever they think you need to hear it, with the truth either suppressed or kept on ice until it doesn't matter any more.

Remember this whole story began with leaked photos of the overcrowded Unaccompanied Alien Child detention centers, which we weren't supposed to know about until the invasion was much further along.  We were fed a pack of lies about how it was foolish for those people to send their children here, because they had somehow misunderstood Obama's amnesty executive orders, when in reality the belief that they would be allowed to stay was absolutely correct.  The illegal aliens were distributed across the United States with taxpayer-funded transportation by dark of night, exposed only when people began protesting the buses and planes bringing their new neighbors into their communities.  

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Politico Ignores Democrat Opposition to White House Placing Immigrant Children In States

Jul 18, 2014 6:55 PM PT

Reading this Politico item on Obama's botched handling of immigration policy, one would think Democrats are all for embracing scores of illegal immigrant children now in the U.S. for an indeterminate period of time. 

Obama's foes on border crisis: Democrats

“They sure didn’t check with me,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “I don’t know who they checked with, but I just think it was kind of a quick reaction without really thinking about the humanitarian aspects of this.”

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Huffington Post Blames Border Crisis on Eisenhower, Reagan but Not Current Policy

Jul 18, 2014 4:29 PM PT

According to the Huffington Post there are 8 "simple" reasons the U.S. is responsible for the current border crisis. Those reasons begin with a U.S. backed coup 1954 and end with a coup the U.S. had nothing to do with in 2009.

The piece is titled "Here's How The U.S. Sparked A Refugee Crisis On The Border, In 8 Simple Steps." The first simple step begins in 1954 when President Eisenhower and the CIA ran an operation to oust President Jacobo Árbenz. If 60 years ago seems like a bit far back to travel for a crisis which began in 2011, the other 7 steps attempt to make the connection.

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Josh Marshall Connects Malaysian Air Shoot Down to Tea Party

Jul 18, 2014 11:05 AM PT

Josh Marshall, publisher of Talking Points Memo, suggested this morning that the separatist "warlord" who may be responsible for shooting down a Malaysian airliner and killing nearly 300 people is, somehow, just like the Tea Party. After a quote noting that the "warlord" in question used to take part in Russian military reenactment battles, Marshall writes:

So that's who you're dealing with: some mix of civil war reenactor or Tea Partier decked out in revolutionary garb, with a mix of reckless aggression and comical incompetence. Here we have them break into nursing homes to photographs senator's comatose wives; there Putin gives them heavy armaments designed for full scale land war in Europe.

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Chris Christie Would Consider Requests to Help Immigrant Children in NJ

Jul 17, 2014 7:28 PM PT

When asked his opinion of the ongoing crisis involving illegal immigrant children, NJ Governor and potential 2016 GOP presidential contender Chris Christie said, "I have great empathy for that situation. We'll take every request that comes based on its merits and make those decisions." 

He also called Americans "an empathetic people." Christie remarks came while he was in Iowa for a Republican Governor's Association event.

But he said "encouraging this would be the wrong step to take," alluding to families sending their children to New Jersey, which has among the nation's 10 largest Hispanic populations.

Christie blamed the Obama administration for the failure of the federal government to resolve the crisis involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied children at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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They call it border 'security' for a reason

Jul 17, 2014 8:13 AM PT

In response to Illegal Immigration Influx Along US Southern Border Is A National Security Issue :

You're absolutely right, from the standpoint of thwarting not just terrorists, but also gang members and individual criminals.  While we wait for the terrorists to show up - assuming they haven't already surfed across the human tidal wave, and there have been a few disturbing anecdotal reports that make me wonder if they have - we can enjoy the recruiting efforts of the MS-13 gang, definitely one of the biggest "winners" in Obama's manufactured border crisis.

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White House Concluded Border Crisis a PR Problem Which Should Not Hinder Further Executive Action

Jul 16, 2014 2:17 PM PT

Despite evidence that the current border crisis is at least partly the result of its previous executive action on immigration, the White House decided it was merely a "public relations problem" and moved forward with plans to issue further executive actions along similar lines.

The New York Times has a piece out today which contains some new insight into the White House's thinking about the border crisis and how it relates to the President's stated goal of taking action on immigration without Congress.

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No 'border fix' should be necessary

Jul 16, 2014 9:26 AM PT

In response to Congressional Democrats Stonewalling Any Border Fix:

It's not surprising to see this sad little spectacle, as Democrats scramble to block any fixes to the law they claimed, just days ago, was tantamount to the hellish George Bush tying Barack Obama's hands and preventing him from halting the human tide washing over the border.  As Mickey Kaus pointed out, this is all complete and utter vindication for critics of the "Gang of Eight" deal, and all similar "comprehensive immigration reform" plans that traded amnesty today for border security tomorrow:

The reaction to the border chaos in Texas has accomplished one thing: It has exploded the lie at the heart of current “comprehensive” immigration reform plans.  The basic structure of those plans is a swap of a) near-immediate legalization for b) increased border security in the future. The appealing idea is to let current illegals stay while taking the steps necessary to prevent further waves. The lie is the assumption that, once current illegals get their legalization, pro-immigrant activists in both parties will continue to support the second half of the bargain, the increased security.

The chaos in Texas shows they won’t.  Faced with a clear hole in the border — with a wave of tens of thousands of undocumented Central Americans crossing into the U.S. in order to get in line for hearings years from now, which they likely won’t attend while they continue to live here – pro-reform activists have scrambled, not to show their border security bona fides, but to generate arguments and outbursts designed to let the new wave stay.

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Belief in 'Permisos' Driving Childhood Immigration Surge

Jul 16, 2014 8:32 AM PT

An intelligence assessment published last week found that a misunderstanding about U.S. immigration policy is a major driver of the current surge of child immigrants from Central America.

The report, published July 7th by the El Paso Intelligence Center, was uncovered yesterday by Fox News. It states, "Of the 230 migrants interviewed, 219 cited the primary reason for migrating to the United States was the perception of U.S. immigration laws granting free passes or permisos to UAC (unaccompanied children) and adult females OTMs (other than Mexicans) traveling with minors."

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CBP Intercepts 67 Extremely Invasive Giant African Snails at LAX

Jul 15, 2014 7:42 PM PT

U.S. Customs and Border agents may have to allow young unaccompanied illegal immigrants into the country, but giant African snails are turned away. According to a CBP press release, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) inspected an air cargo shipment declared as 67 live snails. Paperwork accompanying the giant foreign mollusks described them as Achatina Fulica for human consumption.

The snails came in from Lagos, Nigeria in two plastic basket packages, CBP says, and weighed slightly more than 35 pounds in total and were destined for San Dimas, California. :

After submitting an urgent sample to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Protection and Quarantine entomologists, their acting national mollusk specialist in Washington, D.C., identified them as

Giant African Snails - scientifically known as Archachatina (Calachatina) marginata var. ovum (Pfeiffer) (Achatinidae).  CBP received notification of this on July 7.

Native to Africa, their other commonly known names are Giant African Land Snail, West African Snail, West African Land Snail, Banana Rasp Snail, and Margie.

“This significant interception of Giant African Snails is the first time this pest has been encountered in such large quantity and as a consumption entry by CBP in Los Angeles.  It exemplifies how CBP agriculture specialists protect our nation’s agriculture from the introduction of threatening foreign pests, plants and diseases,” said Todd C. Owen, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles.

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Congressional Democrats Stonewalling Any Border Fix

Jul 15, 2014 7:15 PM PT

Despite what's being acknowledged as a humanitarian crisis, Democrats in Congress are vowing to derail any potential fix, even though it was the Democrat-in-chief in the White House who opened the door to that very thing.

Democrats in the House and Senate said Tuesday they would oppose any changes to a 2008 human trafficking law Republicans have blamed for the wave of child immigrants crossing the border.

The opposition sets up a standoff and raises serious doubts about whether Congress will be able to act before its summer recess in response to what both parties argue is a humanitarian crisis.

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Undocumented Activist Jose Vargas Released After 7 Hours

Jul 15, 2014 3:21 PM PT

Reports are now appearing on Twitter that journalist Jose Vargas, America's most famous undocumented immigrant, has been released from McAllen, Texas where he was detained this morning.

After flying in to Texas to film and report on some of the children arriving at the border, Vargas supposedly realized he was going to have a problem leaving the area. He posted this moments before trying to fly out of the McAllen airport.

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Progressives Need to Acknowledge the Potential Scale of the Border Crisis

Jul 15, 2014 1:00 PM PT

Last night on Fox News' Special Report, Kirsten Powers made the case that the kids arriving on the border shouldn't be treated as illegal immigrants but as refugees. Powers apparently went to the border and talked to some of the kids there and reports they had some harrowing stories of the reasons they made the dangerous journey through Mexico to America.

I suspect Powers is right that if more Americans could hear the stories these kids are telling fewer of them would clamor for these kids to be sent home. President Obama probably miscalculated when he refused to go to the border and highlight those stories. But this may be a moment where all of us, progressives especially, need to think carefully about the impact our reaction to the crisis might have in the near future.

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Illegal Immigrants Shop At Walmart With Food Stamp Cards

Jul 15, 2014 9:57 AM PT

A woman in Concord, NC., captured this video of illegal immigrants being bussed to a local Walmart to buy supplies, presumably using EBT cards.

 In the video, it is clear that the illegal immigrants are not those poor kids that have been clamoring at the US border, but grown adults that President Obama has been sending to various states around the country.

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Report: Most Child Immigrants Will Not Be Sent Home

Jul 14, 2014 2:36 PM PT

As many as 90,000 unaccompanied minors will arrive at the U.S. border this year. If past behavior is any precedent, most of them will probably remain in the U.S. indefinitely.

NBC News highlights the stark difference between what administration officials are claiming will happen to kids arriving on the border and what actually happens in the vast majority of cases.

The Obama administration now estimates as many as 90,000 unaccompanied minors could be apprehended by the end of the fiscal year in September, and insists most of them will be sent home. But the administration also has conceded that less than 2000 child migrants are deported every year.

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Rep. Rogers: 'The policy on the border certainly is encouraging this behavior'

Jul 14, 2014 9:56 AM PT

Rep. Mike Rogers appeared on Meet the Press Sunday with David Gregory to discuss the border crisis. The interview provided an object lesson in clashing worldviews. Rep. Rogers made the case that allowing kids to stay would only encourage more to follow in their footsteps. And, critically, some of the kids would be harmed in the process or not make it here at all. David Gregory only seemed to hear that Rogers wanted to turn kids away at the border and objected that it was unfair to suggest the President was at fault.

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Obama's border invasion is the crisis next door for everyone

Jul 13, 2014 3:45 PM PT

In response to Obama, Democrats Self-Destructing Over Immigration Policy:

I think one reason this situation is souring badly enough for even the Washington Post to sound red alerts is that it's the crisis next door for everyone.  It's not just about pumping states that don't vote Democrat full of illegal aliens.  They're getting resettled all across the country, leading local officials and law enforcement to raise a hue and cry from coast to cost.

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Obama, Democrats Self-Destructing Over Immigration Policy

Jul 13, 2014 11:09 AM PT

The conventional wisdom headed into the November mid-terms was set, illegal immigration was going to divide the GOP and lift the sagging image of Obama and his fellow Democrats, possibly even giving them a chance in what most concede will be a difficult election year for them.

Now, that's all changed and not even the usually Obama-friendly Washington Post can ignore it.

But with the current crisis on the Southwest border, where authorities have apprehended tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children since October, that calculus may be shifting. 

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Brian Terry's Brother Kent: 3 Greyhound Buses with Unmarked Escort in Detroit

Jul 11, 2014 4:58 PM PT

Kent Terry, the brother of slain border patrol agent Brian Terry, isn't shy about letting his feelings be known regarding political matters. Today he reportedly took to Facebook to point out three Greyhound buses presumably carrying illegal immigrants headed North on Interstate 75 in Detroit.

He posted that the buses were accompanied by an unmarked escort and said he wished he were in front of them displaying stickers he uses in honor of his his murdered brother.

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Three Factors Contributing to the Influx of Unaccompanied Minors at the Border (with Charts)

Jul 11, 2014 1:22 PM PT

There are probably at least three factors that are contributing to the current influx of unaccompanied minors at the border. Let's consider them using some charts on the basic data.

Before we get started on the factors, let's note that everyone agrees the number of minors at the border has been roughly doubling every year since about 2011. This helpful chart comes from this report.

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Influx Of Illegal Immigrants Revives Minuteman Project

Jul 11, 2014 8:52 AM PT

Remember the old Minuteman Project, in which used to  keep an eye on the U.S. southern border, and report illegal immigrant crossings to the Border Patrol?

Well, the movement is back, and with the huge influx of illegal immigrants crossing the border these days, the group has been given a new breath of air, and are now actively recruiting a three thousand-plus force of volunteers for their "Operation Normandy."

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Do not doubt the power of the Cloward-Piven strategy

Jul 11, 2014 8:22 AM PT

Jonah Goldberg at National Review has a fine column today in which he dynamites the Obama talking point that our cross-border invasion is a flood of refugees from shocking new war-zone conditions in Central America, and has nothing to do with Obama's failure to enforce immigration laws.  After listing a series of dire headlines from various newspapers, describing bloody chaos in Columbia, Guatemala, and El Salvador, which would seem to buttress Obama's contention, Goldberg drops the bomb that they're all headlines from 1987 through 2007.

"And yet, over those two decades, we never saw anything like what we are seeing today," he observes.  "Something else is going on.  To be sure, this doesn't mean that the children at the border aren't fleeing horrible conditions, violence, and poverty.  But horrible conditions are not exactly new to Central America.  In other words, the new variable isn't what's happening down there, it's what's happened up here."

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Border Crisis Not Just About Responsibility for Those Arriving Here But Also Those Who Didn't Make It

Jul 10, 2014 2:34 PM PT

One of the side debates in the discussion of the current border crisis has been over the comparison to the Katrina disaster. The comparison has now been made by politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle. As I pointed out yesterday, even the reliably Obama-friendly Michael Tomasky found the comparison didn't ring as hollow as he might have expected. For once he's right.

There are some problems with the comparison of coure, starting with the fact that declaring something to be "Obama's Katrina" has been used so many times before for other situations. The better comparison is probably the one suggested by Jon Gabriel in a piece titled "The Border Crisis Is Obama’s Mariel Boatlift."

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Texas Democrat Received Angry Phone Call From The White House For Criticizing Obama

Jul 9, 2014 1:38 PM PT

Democrat Rep Henry Cuellar, who lives near the border in Texas, has been all over the media in recent days, calling on the president to visit the border and see first hand what's going on, there. 

Cuellar argues that Obama's trip to Texas could become Obama's "Katrina moment"  and points out that he could be at the border in a little over half an hour following his scheduled events. 

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The Obama's Katrina Moment fallacy

Jul 9, 2014 9:46 AM PT

My spin-detection antennae went up as soon as I heart numerous people on the Left, almost simultaneously, begin fretting that Obama's refusal to visit the border in Texas could be his "Katrina moment."  Something fishy is going on when everyone begins dropping the same talking point in unison, from the media to elected Democrats, especially when that talking point would seem harmful to Obama.

My first thought was that it's a sign of the Left's obsession with symbolism and "optics."  I think that has a lot to do with it, and it's a big part of the reason Obama's so reluctant to put in an appearance.  Look, this is the guy who has no problem golfing while the world is burning down.  He's not normally all that worried about bad optics, because he trusts the media to protect him.  "Katrina moment" is a fairly broad term for the perception that Bush wasn't sufficiently concerned about the damage from Hurricane Katrina, but if the "moment" means anything specific to media people and political junkies, it's the "optics" of Bush supposedly looking disconnected from the scene and refusing to personally tour the damaged areas.  The only reason anyone thinks that's a big deal is because the media hammered Bush for it, around the clock, for days.  They're not going to do that to Obama; they'd bend over backward looking for reasons not to run devastating photos of King Barack surveying the squalid camps he has created.  It's a mark of how devastating Obama knows those images would be, as viral sensations beyond the media's ability to downplay, that he'd rather hear this "Katrina moment" stuff than show up at the border.

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Democrat 'solution' to the border crisis: a $4 billion bill stuffed with pork

Jul 9, 2014 9:22 AM PT

Hey, remember when everyone was upset because Obama's deliberately-created border crisis was going to cost taxpayers $2 billion for refugee care?  No one should be surprised that the tab has already jumped to $3.7 billion, or that the Republican Party is offering only muted resistance to the spend-a-thon, which includes rather large sums that have absolutely nothing to do with border security.  From The Hill:

Hours after the White House revealed the package, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said his goal was to finish a bill by Congress’s August recess.

“The main thing we have to do is recognize that we have an emergency,” Reid said as Democrats broadly offered support for the measure.

Republicans argued the plan did not do enough to secure the border, and several repeated their calls for Obama to send National Guard troops to the border to protect it.

They warned the proposal would fail to address the underlying issues that have led to overcrowded detention centers and long waits for asylum hearings, and used it to attack the White House’s overall approach to immigration, which they said created a perception that the children will be free to stay in the U.S. if they can make it over the border.

“He’s asking for a blank check in effect, $3.7 billion, with no reforms,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Still, few GOP lawmakers balked at the request’s price tag, which climbs to $4.3 billion with the addition of $615 million to help the Agriculture Department fight wildfires in the West.

Many Republicans agreed that increased resources were needed to deal with the issue but said they would push for a larger share of the package to go to border security.

“If you’re going to spend $3.7 billion, let’s make sure we’re not just throwing money at a short-term problem,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who helped negotiate an immigration bill that passed the Senate a year ago. “Let’s make sure it’s broader than that.”

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Obama Helped Create Current Immigraton Issue Along Border

Jul 8, 2014 12:50 PM PT

Let me repeat myself. Obama is complicit with the influx of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S. southern border. Now 'Presidente' Obama is trying to scrounge up billions in emergency dollars, and throw them at the immigration problem along the border.

I disagree with those Republicans who say that Obama is late on this issue. Obama is way ahead of this issue, because he helped fabricate it.

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Bad Optics No Deterrent To An Imperial President Who Refuses to Visit Border #ComeAndSeeIt

Jul 8, 2014 11:59 AM PT

It's clear that five and a half years into his presidency, Barack Obama doesn't give a rip about optics. 

That's why he continues to golf every weekend as the fledgling democracy of Iraq descends into violent chaos. It's why his family continues to take lavish vacations on the taxpayer's dime while telling the rest of us we need to sacrifice.

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White House Reverses Course on Quicker Deportations for Unaccompanied Minors

Jul 7, 2014 4:39 PM PT

Last week the White House indicated the President would respond to the border crisis by seeking authorization to expedite deportations of unaccompanied minors. But the White House has apparently reversed course since last week and will no longer seek to deport those minors more quickly.

In the initial report published by USA Today last Wednesday, an unnamed White House official suggested President Obama would seek to address the crisis by updating a 2008 law which gives unaccompanied minors arriving from countries other than Mexico a delayed government response.

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Obama's border-camp horror gets worse

Jul 7, 2014 11:39 AM PT

Last week, we heard about an epidemic of lice and scabies running through the population of young illegal aliens surging across the border and piling up in refugee camps for temporary storage, before they can be dispersed across the United States.  Now we're up to tuberculosis, according to anonymous insider sources for a Fox News report by Todd Starnes:

Several of my sources tell me that tuberculosis has become a dangerous issue at both the border and the camps.

"The amount of tuberculosis is astonishing," one health care provider told me. "The nurses are telling us the kids are really sick. The tuberculosis is definitely there."

Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner David Lakey, M.D. says state health officials have seen only three cases of tuberculosis, the Associated Press reports. One of my sources with close ties to the Texas HHS tells me all three cases were reported in Austin.

However, nurses at Lackland in San Antonio, said they know of at least four teenagers in their camp who have tuberculosis.

"The nurses are telling us the kids are really sick," the source told me. "The tuberculosis is definitely there."

My source said there are children showing classic tuberculosis symptoms -- spitting up blood, a constant cough and chest pain.

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Gov. Jerry Brown 1975: Don't 'Dump Vietnamese' Refugees on California

Jul 2, 2014 6:31 PM PT

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown once fought to keep out South Vietnamese refugees from being delivered to his state during his first stint as governor of California in the 1970’s. Although he remains silent on the crisis that is happening on the southern border of his state, Brown’s position via legislation previously signed regarding illegal immigrants from Mexico Central America and South America is more favorable than the cool response he gave to the Vietnamese refugees who had escaped the tyrannical Viet Cong.

In 1975, Jerry Brown complained, that the federal government wanted to “dump Vietnamese on” California.  “We can’t be looking 5,000 miles away and at the same time neglecting people who live here,” Newsweek reported at the time. According to The Washington Post, Larry Engelmann's Tears Before the Rain: An Oral History of the Fall of South Vietnam, writes that Julia Vadala Taft, who led the interagency task force for refugee resettlement, remembered Brown’s opposition.

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Report: Three Illegals On Terrorist Watch List Detained Crossing Border In Calif.

Jul 1, 2014 7:40 PM PT

Fox 11 News reporter Gigi Graciette tweeted earlier on Tuesday that sources are telling her that three individuals, attempting to enter California through Mexico illegally, are on the terrorist watch list. Breitbart News previously reported that government sources are saying that an uptick in border crossings by people from countries with terrorist ties has occurred since a surge of illegal immigrants from Central America started entering the United States in the past few weeks.

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New York Times: 'Ascendant Tea Party' Responsible for Obama Amnesty Defeat

Jun 30, 2014 7:09 PM PT

If some pundits want to make a case that the Tea Party is dead, or dying, they might want to check with the New York Times. The paper of record rightly points out that in the people's house, not only are conservatives and conservatism alive and well, they are actually "ascendant."

But while the Senate passed a bill a year ago with some Republican support, there was no urgency to follow suit in the House, where conservatives dominate and the Tea Party is ascendant. In announcing the action, Mr. Obama signaled that he is increasingly willing to act unilaterally to carry out elements of his agenda that are stalled on Capitol Hill, even as he faces Republican criticism for his use of executive power.

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