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Lawmaker Calls On President To Mobilize National Guard In Response To Youth Immigration Nightmare

June 17, 2014 Leave a comment

June 17, 2014 by Sam Rolley


Congresswoman Candice Miller, a Michigan Republican, sent a letter to the White House this week urging President Barack Obama to send National Guard troops to the Nation’s southern border to deal with the unprecedented influx of underage illegal immigrants.
“I strongly urge you to call upon the National Guard to assist our overwhelmed border agents in not only addressing the unfolding humanitarian crisis, but also to assist our agents in defending our border against the violent drug cartels who are increasing smuggling operations as a result of this crisis,” Miller wrote in the letter released Monday. “Vital to the success of the National Guard along the border is providing them authority to not only patrol the border but to also enforce our laws and assist in arresting those illegally crossing the border.”
The Congresswoman, who serves as the chair of a top border security subcommittee, believes that tying up Border Security agents with paperwork needed to comply with Administration policies related to underage illegals is severely weakening patrols along the border.
“The Department of Homeland Security expects more than 60,000 migrant children to illegally cross the border this year alone and estimates could reach over 127,000 children in 2015. Such massive influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children is causing significant strain on border security resources along the southern border,” the lawmaker wrote. “Rather than carrying out their regular duties, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents are put in the position of providing basic child care. This diversion away from normal patrol responsibilities will result in an increase of drugs and migrants illicitly crossing our border.”
Miller also told the President that his decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is sparking a wave of illegal immigration caused by “the rise of rumors throughout Central America that if parents send their children to United States they will be allowed to stay.”
For that reason, the lawmaker argued, the White House should immediately embark on a public relations campaign to make clear to the United States’ southern neighbors: “if parents send their children to our border unaccompanied they will be sent home.”…ion-nightmare/

OPINION: “Sent a Letter” ? Hell, send them all to the Whitehouse and see what the LAMO POTUS thinks about that! Bring our troops to the border, shut all ports of entry and see how Mexico deals with that!



June 17, 2014 Leave a comment

by Chris Burgard 16 Jun 2014, 1:04 PM PDT

There are tens of thousands of children languishing on our southern border because Mexican drug cartels are brilliant strategists and DC politicians are excellent enablers.
Nine years ago, while making BORDER, we filmed the arrests of children being smuggled across the border by drug cartel scouts (coyotes). The cartels knew that Border Patrol (BP) did not have sufficient storage capacity for family groups, especially children, so they quickly and strategically began inserting groups over the border as decoys. It worked awesomely. BP would be swamped processing the kids, while the cartels would hit the fence, simultaneously, in eight or nine different places with more human and narcotic traffic. Remember, the drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) use the same corridors (plazas) to move drugs and humans.
Now nine years later, border law enforcement is in chaos – orchestrated chaos. For every suffering child in detention, at least one backpack of drugs has made it across the border. Americans have the biggest hearts of anyone in the world. For every suffering child in detention, the political elite and open border activists now have the ultimate weapon to push for amnesty: kids. We Americans will do anything for children, and the political elite know it.
In 2007, we screened BORDER for the House of Representatives and the Senate. I remember a staffer from Ted Kennedy’s office commenting as she left the screening: “We didn’t know it was like this. We didn’t know.”
I told her, “Well, you do now. Tell your boss to help these folks.”
Ted sent no help. Neither has John Boehner. A few years back, I was at a lunch with then Minority Leader Boehner. I had just spent several days with border law enforcement, staging on a remote East Texas ranch. The ranch wife had reported Middle Eastern men being smuggled across the river and through her ranch. The cartels sent a message to her sister on the Mexican side of the river: “Tell your sister to shut the f**k up, or we will cut her head off and take it back to Chihuahua.”
Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West took this threat very seriously. His deputies had previously stood against armed Mexican military vehicles and personnel on the US side of the border, running escort for drug shipments. The federal government wouldn’t even acknowledge any of these incursions until West’s deputies filmed a confrontation. After that, the federal government pulled back to Hwy 10. Hudspeth Co. residents now say that they live in “Almost America.”
As President of the Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition, West had been petitioning the Obama administration for surplus military equipment to use against the DTOs. The Obama administration blew him off. So on Sheriff West’s behalf, I asked John Boehner for help. He blew me off. I ran into him in a bar a few nights later. He blew me off again.
A few weeks back, adjunct university professor JD Winteregg was running against John Boehner in Ohio’s 8th District primary. Winteregg released the BEST Border Security and Immigration Plan.
The BEST Plan would first secure the border, make E-verify permanent, reimburse hospitals and emergency rooms across the country for the billions of dollars they have lost treating illegal aliens, and then implement a detailed, common-sense guest worker program that would also build up the middle class of Mexico and Latin America.
However, when John Boehner was in district and had the opportunity to discuss his immigration plan versus the BEST Plan at the Miami County Forum, he was a no-show.
Instead of Ohioans being able to participate in discourse between two possible plans to address one of America’s greatest problems, Winteregg was fired. Cedarville University cited Winteregg’s “Electile Dysfunction” ad and stated that at Cedarville, we don’t get into politics. Funny, because just four days previous to Winteregg’s firing, the Cedarville Chancellor, Dr. William Brown, participated in a press conference urging John Boehner to pass immigration reform. The next day Dr. Brown flew with a delegation of pastors to DC to meet with their representatives to further discuss the issue.
I would bet one hundred dollars and six of my best chickens that, given the chance, nine out of ten working Americans would pick the BEST Plan over Boehner’s plan. I bet John Boehner knows it too. After releasing the BEST Plan, in the last two and a half weeks before the primary, Winteregg went from 2% name ID to 53% and gained 22 points in the polls. A fair debate might have meant a change of course for the nation, and an Eric Cantor vacation for Speaker Boehner. But why bother debating when you know the kids are coming?
The point is, these guys were warned. They all knew what was happening on the border. They also all know not to let a good crisis go to waste… and if you don’t have a good crisis it doesn’t matter to a politician who you partner up with to create one. The cartels are businessmen. This crisis increases their bottom line. The political elite are agenda-driven and power-hungry. They both benefit by the suffering of children.
DC is complicit in the children’s crisis, and the American people are being played yet again.
This was disaster by design.…ster-by-Design

Central American migrants overwhelm Border Patrol station in Texas

June 17, 2014 Leave a comment


A group of migrants, mostly women and children, turn themselves into the McAllen Border Patrol after illegally crossing the Río Grande near McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Washington Post photo by Nick Partlow
MCALLEN, Texas – Behind the beige brick facade and the barbed wire of the Border Patrol station here, crowds of Central American women and children are sleeping on concrete floors in 90 degree heat.
The sick are separated by flimsy strands of yellow police tape from the crying babies and expectant mothers. They subsist on bologna sandwiches and tacos, with portable toilets and no showers, and their wait can last for days.
These are examples of the detention conditions, captured on a surreptitious video obtained by The Washington Post, that prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to declare a “humanitarian crisis” this week, as illegal migrants, including thousands of women and children, stream into south Texas. Every day, hundreds of Central American migrants, in groups as large as 250 people, are wading across the muddy Río Grande and turning themselves in to the Border Patrol as helicopters and machine gun-mounted speed boats patrol the river.
Fleeing gang violence and poverty, and driven in part by the belief that Central American women and children will not be deported, many of the migrants are not trying to sneak into the country but crossing in plain sight.
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The sharp spike over the past three months, particularly of children traveling without their parents, has overwhelmed the Border Patrol’s detention centers in South Texas, prompting authorities to ship young children to converted warehouses and military bases as far away as California. Obama has pledged $2 billion to construct temporary housing and has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to take charge.
In the past eight months, Customs and Border Protection has detained 47,000 unaccompanied minors, most of them in the Río Grande Valley area of south Texas, up 92 percent from last year.
“We’re fighting a losing battle right now,” said Chris Cabrera, the Border Patrol’s union representative here. “We don’t have anywhere to hold them.”


The McAllen Border Patrol at the muddy Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas.
Washington Post photo by Nick Partlow
Across the river in the drug cartel-run Mexican border town of Reynosa, migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala sleep on bunk-beds in church-run shelters, as they prepare for the culmination of dangerous journeys by bus and train that have often taken them weeks to finish.
Fany Yaneth, a 25-year-old single mother of four, hitchhiked for three weeks. On Tuesday, she waited under a sliver of shade in a shelter courtyard with dozens of others. In her violent home town of Choluteca, Honduras, where she milled flour and shared her mother’s apartment with three families, “you can’t walk in the streets,” she said.
“They’ll kill anyone.”
The next morning, she said, she would be taking her 7-year-old daughter and her 17-year-old brother and presenting herself to the Border Patrol.
“What we’re hearing is that the Americans are helping Hondurans right now. And even more for women and children. I don’t know if it’s true,” she said. “This is what I want to do. I’m going to arrive at the bridge, to walk up to American immigration and hold out my hand.”
Unlike illegal migrants from Mexico, who can be quickly processed and returned by bus to Mexican border cities, Central Americans cannot be easily shipped home. Airplanes must be chartered. Consular arrangements must be made. And if migrants request asylum in the United States, the U.S. government has the additional responsibility to determine whether their appeal is based on a legitimate need for protection and a “credible fear” of persecution in their home countries.
More than 36,000 migrants, the majority from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, requested asylum along the southwest border during the government’s 2013 fiscal year, nearly triple the 2012 number. Ultimately, most of the applications were denied, but critics of the process say migrants are gaming the system to extend their stays in the United States. Others may simply go underground and ignore deportation orders if their petitions are rejected.
“I guess when you advertise $2 billion of assistance to help out the cause, it’s an open invitation for anybody to come across,” said Lazaro “Larry” Gallardo, a constable in Hidalgo County, as he stood along the Río Grande riverbank.
His deputies said they were picking up children as young as 4 without their parents and other kids with Hello Kitty backpacks, cellphones and the numbers of U.S. relatives on notecards.
The cellphone video obtained by The Washington Post shows dozens of women and children sprawled out on concrete floors. According to a person with first-hand knowledge of the facility, who provided the video, the migrants wait for days, sometimes more than a week. A makeshift quarantine for detainees with scabies is cordoned off with strands of yellow tape. Another separates those with chicken pox.
Asked about the living conditions for migrants in the Border Patrol stations, Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel said his agency is “ensuring nutritional and hygienic needs are met.” The children receive “meals regularly and have access to drinks and snacks throughout the day,” he said, adding that there is medical care and that “facilities include toilets.”
In a statement, Friel said the Border Patrol does “everything within its power” to process the children within 72 hours and transfer them to the Department of Health and Human Services, as required by law.
The video, whose contents were confirmed by Border Patrol agents, offers an up-close look at the daunting challenges facing FEMA, which has been tasked with coordinating a response to the crisis.


The front of the McAllen Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, where Central American migrants are overwhelming the facility after crossing the Río Grande.
Washington Post photo by Nick Partlow
The McAllen Border Patrol station, where the video was recorded, has received as many as 1,300 migrants per day recently, far exceeding its capacity of fewer than 500. The crowding has forced Border Patrol officials to use the secure garage area, or sally port, where passenger buses are typically unloaded, as a detention area.
In holding cells with one toilet, there are sometimes as many as 100 people, “covering every inch of floor-space,” said one agent. Border Patrol officials here declined to make the facility available to Post reporters.
The flood of new arrivals has so overwhelmed border facilities that U.S. immigration officials have been flying families to cities in Arizona, where the illegal migrants are released and instructed to return for a court appearance. Hundreds of children are being held at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, as well as Naval Base Ventura County in California and Fort Sill in Oklahoma. They are also being sheltered in a converted warehouse in Nogales, Ariz. FEMA plans to repurpose another warehouse in McAllen to house the children, according to local agents.
On Monday, Róger Omar García Chávez, a 29-year-old Honduran at a shelter in Reynosa, said he had sent his wife and 2-year-old daughter across the river four days earlier and planned to sneak across himself and meet up with them in Houston.
“Women with children are going north,” he said. “What I’m sure of is that pregnant women and children are being allowed in.”
At the shelter the next day, he was gone.…ation-in-texas

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