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September 2, 2014

Goodlatte: Border Crisis ‘Disaster of President Obama’s Own Making’

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Goodlatte, R-Va., says the president must take responsibility for the border crisis. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.”

 

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  • skip1

    Nice punt, Goodlatt.

  • papacito9999

    If Goodlatte’s such a hero, he should go man the border himself. Oh wait, Goodlatte dodged the draft like a coward. #chickenhawk

    • Bunky

      How come you’re not there but instead are typing on your computer hero boy?

      • papacito9999

        Funny how I don’t seem to have mentioned calling myself a hero. I’m not the one tellibg people to risk their lives for me.
        It takes a chickenhawk to defend one. What is it, do you have a thing for cowardly little crybabies?

        • bolky

          Classy post little hero boy.

          • papacito9999

            Yours too. I mean really, you must be the master of classiness.

        • OBUMYA

          how many wars did Obama fight? Seems to me that Bush can fly a fighter jet, and Obama can order an un-maned drone to do his dirty work….

        • Bunky

          You equate protecting the border to the military draft that ended in 1975. That’s a non sequitur of heroic proportions.
          People risk their lives for their country not for an a$& of an individual like you. Unfortunately you’re in the country too.

          • papacito9999

            Funny how I never seemed to have claimed anyone is risking their lives for me. Of course I shouldn’t expect a crybaby-loving chickenhawk like you to understand the first thing about heroism. You must really get off on draft-dodging crybabies to be so passionate about defending them. What a pathetic excuse for an American you are.

          • Bunky

            What you write isn’t funny, it’s foolish.

          • papacito9999

            Funny how I never claimed what I write is funny at all. Looks like in addition to your extreme cowardice you don’t even understand English, much like the immigrants from this article.

          • Bunky

            You wrote;
            “Funny how I don’t seem to have mentioned calling myself a hero. …”
            Then you wrote;
            “Funny how I never seemed to have claimed anyone is risking their lives for me. …”
            Further you wrote;
            “Funny how I never claimed what I write is funny…”
            It’s funny that you don’t understand what you write.

          • papacito9999

            If you actually understood English you’d realize the obvious that I’m not calling what I write funny but rather that your sheer stupidity in the assumptions you make is so pathetic that it’s funny. Yet again you prove yourself unable to even live up to the expectations of a 5-year-old, who would easily understand what I write.

          • Bunky

            It’s obvious you used the “funny” device and thought yourself so clever.
            When I used the same thing on you you say it’s stupid and pathetic.
            Look in the mirror little papa.

          • papacito9999

            Papa? Seriously? How stupid could a guy get? The only thing that’s “obvious” is that you’re the most pathetic excuse for an American that one could possibly be. You’re stupid, illiterate, and a coward, and this country deserves better.

          • Bunky

            A guy could get as stupid as little papa.
            It’s a stretch for ordinary people to get to that state.
            You’ve done it!

          • papacito9999

            With all due respect someone as pathetically stupid as you shouldn’t be calling anyone else stupid. Just a tad hypocritical.

          • Bunky

            Non-sequiturs just fall out of your mouth.
            Nothing but trash and logical fallacies from you.
            Goodbye little papa.

          • papacito9999

            No, they’re all facts, you’re just too stupid to realize it. Goodbye filthy coward.

          • Bunky

            You haven’t written a fact yet you douchenozzle dip$h-t.
            You’re just too stupid to realize it yourself.
            Twaddle from a dip$h-t.

          • papacito9999

            Clearly you’re too stupid to even be able to read, pathetic. Everything I’ve written is a fact but you’re too stupid to tell the difference between fact and fiction. One thing you’re right about is that indeed I am a “dip$h-t” and proud of it because someone as pathetic as you deserves to get treated like dogcrap. Good day to you too.

          • Bunky

            How’s that douchenozzle feel up there dummy?

            Too stupid to even be able to comprehend and too stupid to tell the difference
            between fact and fiction. One thing you’re right about is that indeed you are a “dip$h-t”.

            You are so proud to be a dip$h-t because someone as pathetic as little papa deserves to get treated like a dip$h-t and dogcrap as well.

          • papacito9999

            Eh, figures, you’re so stupid that all you know how to do is repeat whatever i’ve already typed. Since you’re clearly too stupid to understand me the first time I’ll say it again: I am a proud “dip$h-t” and “douchenozzle” because it means being an “a$$” to you and treating youlike worthless dogcrap, so by all means keep piling on the praise.

          • Bunky

            Suck it douchenozzle.
            Take your mangina and reda$& and bare it for the world to see.
            Suck it again douchenozzle.

          • papacito9999

            It doesn’t cease to amaze me that you somehow prove more stupid with each comment you make. It’s preety clear to anyone with a brain that I can neither suck it nor do I have a “mangina”, which isn’t even a real word. A 5 year old could’ve figured out as much. Seriously, grow up.

          • Bunky

            I was at a college class yesterday and had to attend a screening of LGBT film.
            Imagine my surpirise, little papacito999 was credited as the “mangina” for the film.
            Oh, he took it balls deep and he sucked it too.
            He was a lot older than 5 anos.

          • papacito9999

            Obviously you’re both blind and stupid becauee such a credit doesn’t exist, nor does the nonword “mangina”. I have already told you this but given your extreme stupidity i guess I shouldn’t be surprised that you didn’t get it the first time. Sorry, I’m just used to people being smarter than a 5 year old. It’ll take some getting used to to adjust my expectations.

          • Bunky

            Get that douchenozzle way up there.

    • OBUMYA

      oh I see. and of course like a good little white liberal, you get your source of strength form…wait for it…Jon Stewart? #IBeDumbWhiteandLiberal

      • papacito9999

        Funny how I never seem to have mentioned Obama at all.
        Looks like we have another chickenhawk on our hands who likes cowardly little crybabies. What is it, do you get off on cowards? #patheticexcuseforanamerican

        • OBUMYA

          you dont need to…you both have matching ears and that oh so arrogant insolence that drips like sweat. #ImYoungCluelessAndLIberalWhereBeMYFreeStuff

          • papacito9999

            Wow, talk about being “clueless.” You’re apparently so stupid that you mistaken a Ron Paul libertarian for a liberal. A 5-year-old could’ve figured that out. Of course a 5-year-old wouldn’t get off on cowardly little crybabies so I shouldn’t be surprised. #crybabylover #chickenhawk #hatesamerica #perfectcandidateforwaterboarding

  • notthemobnazietc

    The President caused the invasion of our country with his mouth and his pen. It’s going to back fire big time for Dems at the next election. My hardworking Hispanic friends have had enough too, and I wouldn’t count on all their votes come Nov.

    • Ulyssess

      Your post is tripe, whistling past the graveyard. Your hardworking Hispanic friends will be thanking Obama and Democrats at the ballot box for the next 30 years. In the meantime, why don’t you get in touch with your republican representatives and tell them to get off their duffs and get something done—it’s too late to make Obama a one-termer, but not too late to stop being treasonous obstructionists that continue to hurt the country which pays for their salary and retirement and health benefits—in exchange for nothing.

  • Black_Saint

    What if the 12 to 20 Million Illegal Aliens Vacated America ?

    In California, if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico,it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. It would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone could understand one another as English became the dominant language again.

    In Colorado, 500,000 illegal migrants, plus their 300,000 kids and grandchild’s would move back ‘home’, mostly to Mexico . That would save Colorado an estimated $2 billion (other experts say $7 billion) annually in taxes that pay for schooling, medical, social-services and incarceration costs.

    It means 12,000 gang members would vanish out of Denver alone.Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison costs, and the terror that those 7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death, accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals.

    Denver Public Schools would not suffer a 67% dropout/flunk rate because of thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41 different languages. At least 200,000

    vehicles would vanish from our grid locked cities in Colorado .. Denver ‘s 4% unemployment rate would vanish as our working poor would gain jobs at a living wage.

    In Florida , 1.5 million illegals would return the Sunshine State back to America , the rule of law, and English.

    In Chicago, Illinois , 2.1 million illegals would free up hospitals, schools, prisons and highways for a safer, cleaner and more crime-free experience.

    If 20 million illegal aliens returned ‘home’, the U.S.Economy would return to the rule of law. employers would hire legal American citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn’t be working off the books. That would result in an additional $401 Billion in IRS income taxes collected annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city coffers.no more push ’1′ for Spanish or ’2′ for English. No more confusion in American schools that now must contend with over 100 languages that degrade the educational system for American kids. Our overcrowded schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches.

    We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in drugs annually would vacate our country.In cities like L.A. , 20,000 members of the ‘ 18th Street Gang’ would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more foreign rapists and child molesters!

    Losing more than 20 million people would clear up our crowded highways and gridlock. Cleaner air and less drinking and driving American deaths by illegal aliens!

    America ‘s economy is drained. Taxpayers are harmed. Employers get rich. Over $80 billion annually wouldn’t return to the aliens’ home countries by cash transfers. Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed, which further drains America ‘s economy which currently suffers an $16 trillion debt !! At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be born in our country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At least 86 hospitals in California , Georgia and Florida would still be operating instead of being bankrupt out of existence because illegals pay nothing via the EMTOLA Act.

    Americans wouldn’t suffer thousands of TB and hepatitis cases rampant in our country-brought in by illegals unscreened at our borders.Our cities would see 20 million less people driving, polluting and grid locking our cities. It would also put the ‘progressives’ on the horns of a dilemma; illegal aliens and their families cause 11% of our greenhouse gases.Over one million of Mexico’s poorest citizens now live inside and along our border from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego, California in what the

    New York Times called, ‘colonias’ or new neighborhoods. Trouble is, those living areas resemble Bombay and Calcutta where grinding poverty, filth, diseases, drugs, crimes, no sanitation and worse. They live without sewage, clean water, streets, roads, electricity, or any kind of sanitation.

    The New York Times reported them to be America’s new ‘ Third World ‘ inside our own country. Within 20 years, at their current growth rate, they expect 20 million residents of those colonias. (I’ve seen them personally in Texas and Arizona ; it’s sickening beyond anything you can imagine.) By enforcing our laws, we could repatriate them back to Mexico . We should invite 20 million aliens to go home, fix their own countries and/or make a better life in Mexico . We already invite a million people into our country legally more than all other countries combined annually. We cannot and must not allow anarchy at our borders, more anarchy within our borders and growing lawlessness at every level in our nation.

    It’s time to stand up to our Corrupt politicians that ignore our Constitution against invasion, the rule of Law and their Oath of office for votes and/or money to the determent of this Nation and its citizens!

    • Charles Wolf

      In California, if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico… a head of lettuce would cost $15, a quart of strawberries would be closer to $100, only millionaires could afford cut flowers.

      • Black_Saint

        That is the very same argument used by the Democrats against the abolishment of Slavery. Less than 2% of the invading horde work on farms. Studies have shown that without the illegals it would add approx. 30 cents to a head of lettuce but farmers would invest in labor saving devices that would drive the cost back down.

        Ever hear of the cotton gin?

        • Charles Wolf

          Stop using reverse mirrors,,, or do you really believe that stuff.
          Even some of the dumbest Tea Potty folks aren’t confused by that BS. Everyone should know that during the civil rights era (which continues to this day) mostly it is bigoted politicians from slave states who jumped parties from D to R. As with Caribou Barbi snf sore loser McDaniel today, some tried to start 3rd parties; and when that failed they just became republicans or disappeared into the general population.

          Have you ever heard of Tobacco or Sugar Cane or Tomatoes or Potatoes or Corn or the enormous number of Nasty Occupations that Southern Gentlemen would have been delighted to Fill With Slaves.

          • occam

            What ?? Excuse me but I don’t understand gibberish.

          • Charles Wolf

            Oh thanks, I was distracted and forgot to finish.

      • 1952rmdg

        You’re missing the robotics revolution that is making great strides in agricultural equipment, i.e., a robotic milking machine, a robotic lettuce picking machine, and other such advanced equipment is being developed. A bit of an agricultural labor shortage would raise wages (which the Obama and the Dems have been pushing), and it would be an impetus to develop more of these labor saving machines. An agricultural labor surplus is (historically) antithetical to technological advancements.

        • Charles Wolf

          None of those robots that replaced you, I or many people you may know, makes $$$ for me… or you. so what’s the up-side?

      • occam

        So what you are saying is that we need a class of low paid government dependent peasants and prisoners to keep the Democrat supported union guards employed. Typical of liberal “logic”.

  • Black_Saint

    Migrating to America legally is, and should be, a thorough procedure meant to protect the interests of American citizens. It involves more than simply jumping a fence and heading north in pursuit of free health care, education, food stamps, and other handouts paid for by broke U.S. citizens and a Bankrupt nation!

    Legal immigration means enduring rigorous hurdles like background checks to detect a criminal background or possible ties to terrorists; medical examinations to detect diseases still prevalent in third-world nations, but long since eradicated here; proof of financial solvency so as to prevent newcomers from becoming a burden on U.S. taxpayers, and testing for knowledge of American history and English skills.

    Those who have jumped a fence into America in order to avoid our immigration checks are not immigrants. Rather, they are invading criminals, with no claim whatsoever to the welcome mat extended to legal immigrants.

    Such people do not deserve recognition, sanction or amnesty by the United States, and should be rounded up and deported as soon as possible, alone with the corrupt politicians that support this invasion.

    In truth, illegal aliens have invaded our nation, leaving America vulnerable to undetected crime, terrorism, disease, and financial devastation at the hands of people with no legal or moral justification for being here.

    • Likely_Suspect

      Article I, section 8 gives Congress the sole authority to establish “an uniform rule of naturalization.” It also authorizes Congress to call out the militias to repel invasions. Anybody still remember the Alamo? Jim Bowie & Davey Crockett are turning over in their graves! The President has sworn an oath to not only faithfully execute the laws, but to protect the Constitution from all threats, foreign or domestic. Secure the border Mr. President, then we can talk about what to do with the illegals already here.

      • Charles Wolf

        Anybody still remember the Alamo?
        Yea…
        …and I also still Remember The Maine, The Gulf of Tonkin, The Domino Theory and Saddam’s WMDs.
        That’s right, I’m grouping The Alamo with all these lies.

    • docb

      The same song and tap dance from the DO NOTHING house gop bags…Projection when the Congress is charged with the authority to make ‘naturalization laws’!

      Liars, crooks, and totalyl inept projection from the tea bag little 99% white males and their stepford wife types!

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    Senator John Boehner, and his Republican party, has failed the three million of unemployed Americans without an extension of benefits, since late last December. While he fought tooth & nail in the senate, on behalf of the Koch Brother’s Oil Pipeline bill, he used every tactic available to him, to try to kill the extension bill. Him and his cronies have successfully drove millions of struggling families into financial ruin and deep debt, which many might never recover from. While Billions have been approved for the Ukraine, and more for the defense of Europe, these families are left in financial ruin. Over the past six months more and more of these families are facing homelessness. The Government no longer seems to care. They have walked away from the issue. There has been an intentional lack of media coverage of this crisis, in the hope that it would just go away. How can our government walk away from three million American families like this? It’s shameful.

    • bolky

      But Obama has found $2billion to make these illegals comfortable….

  • Digital Miasma

    We did this song and dance in 1986, with Democrats promising that the border would be secured if Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million illegals. Flash forward to the present day and we have anywhere between 12-20 million additional illegals. So yeah, I’m sure this will work out well.

    • Charles Wolf

      Oh… and all along I thought that was part of the
      economic miracle of The Reagan Revolution.
      Are you saying St. Ronnie isn’t perfect?
      That is apostasy.

      • OBUMYA

        Laws that liberals love, Circa Clinton:

        Dont ask dont tell
        Defense of Marriage Act
        Religious Freedom and Restoration Act
        End of Big Government.
        Workfare, not Welfare.

        Id say Clinton made a nice extension of the Reagan Revolution…

  • Black_Saint

    Comprehensive Immigration Reform” needs to be considered realistically. This is massive Amnesty for every illegal alien who can claim, even fraudulently, that they somehow qualify.

    The next question is what is likely to be the impact of these illegals on our nation. This topic has been extensively researched and the results are highly negative. A number of references make this point all to clearly.

    1. The 1997 National Academy of Sciences study found that each low-skilled immigrant costs $89,000 over the course of his/her lifetime. Of course, the numbers would be much higher now (thanks in part to Obamacare).

    “The NRC estimates indicated that the average immigrant without a high school education imposes a net fiscal burden on public coffers of $89,000 during the course of his or her lifetime. The average immigrant with only a high school education creates a lifetime fiscal burden of $31,000.”

    2. There is little evidence that the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of illegals will do much better. Samuel Huntington looked at this subject in his book, “Who Are We”. See Table 9.1 on page 234. The bottom line is that educational attainment rises from the first to the second generation and then plateaus at levels far below the national average. For example, even by the fourth generation only 9.6% of Mexican-Americans have a post-high school degree.

    3. The Heritage foundation found that low-skill immigrant households impose huge tax costs on Americans. See “The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer”. The summary is

    “In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of around $14,387 per household. This cost had to be borne by U.S. taxpayers. Amnesty would provide unlawful households with access to over 80 means-tested welfare programs, Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare. The fiscal deficit for each household would soar.

    At the end of the interim period (after the Amnesty is complete), unlawful immigrants would become eligible for means-tested welfare and medical subsidies under Obamacare. Average benefits would rise to $43,900 per household; tax payments would remain around $16,000; the average fiscal deficit (benefits minus taxes) would be about $28,000 per household.

    Amnesty would also raise retirement costs by making unlawful immigrants eligible for Social Security and Medicare, resulting in a net fiscal deficit of around $22,700 per retired amnesty recipient per year.”

    4. Heather MacDonald has written extensively on the bleak realities of mass unskilled immigration. I recommend “Seeing Today’s Immigrants Straight”. Key quote

    “If someone proposed a program to boost the number of Americans who lack a high school diploma, have children out of wedlock, sell drugs, steal, or use welfare, he’d be deemed mad. Yet liberalized immigration rules would do just that. The illegitimacy rate among Hispanics is high and rising faster than that of other ethnic groups; their dropout rate is the highest in the country; Hispanic children are joining gangs at younger and younger ages. Academic achievement is abysmal.”

    5. Edward P. Lazear’s (CEA / Harvard Economics) paper “Mexican Assimilation in the United States” has a wealth of statistics showing the raw deal from south of the border. Summary quote.

    “By almost any measure, immigrants from Mexico have performed worse and become assimilated more slowly than immigrants from other countries. Still, Mexico is a huge country, with many high ability people who could fare very well in the United States. Why have Mexicans done so badly? The answer is primarily immigration policy.”

    See also “Lazear on Immigration”. Money quote

    “Immigrants from Mexico do far worse when they migrate to the United States than do immigrants from other countries. Those difficulties are more a reflection of U.S. immigration policy than they are of underlying cultural differences. The following facts from the 2000 U.S. Census reveal that Mexican immigrants do not move into mainstream American society as rapidly as do other immigrants.”

    • occam

      Yeah ..but all those government dependent immigrants vote Democrat. That’s the real reason liberals love them.

    • Charles Wolf

      You read too much propaganda.
      Get laid more often. Trust me.
      It gets better with frequent engagement.

  • ShadrachSmith

    This is Obama’s street theater for the ’14 election cycle.
    Sort of cold-blooded, huh?

    • OBUMYA

      no, sorta liberal.

  • emma richmond

    Stop lying on PRSIDENT OBAMA THIS IS SOMETHING BUSH SIGNED IN 2008, WHEN WILL YOU WHITE BOYS BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS, it’s always someone else faugh, IT’S AS IF THE DOG ATE MY HOME WORK,PRESIDENT OBAMA HAVE BEEN CLEANING UP BUSH AND CHENEY MESS FOR ALMOST 6 YEARS. NO THIS IS NOT PRESIDENT OBAMA Faugh.
    WHAT WE HAVE FOUND PRESIDENT OBAMA IS A BETTER LEADERS THEN ANY OF HIS PREDECESSORS and a STRONG LEADER.
    THE PROBLEM IS THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS IS NOT DOING THEY JOB, SO THEY TRY TO BLAME PRESIDENT OBAMA for they DYSFUNCTIONAL, STUPIDITY AND IGNORANCE. THEY CAN’T HANDLE A BLACK MAN IS SMARTER THEN THEY ARE, PEOPLE KNOW WHO IS THE BLAME EXCEPT THE OBAMA HATER, THE RACIST CROWD. GET OVER YOURSELF. YOU SHOULD BE LOOKING THE DRUNK IN CONGRESS THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER, WHO DON’T DO JACK NOTHING , but sing every month where is the JOBS, THE MEDIA SHOULD BE ASKING HIM WHERE IS THE JOBS, HE IS THE ONE SITTING ON THE JOB BILL AND INFRASTRUCTURE BILL.
    THEY TRY TO BLAME PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR DEPORTATION THAT IS MUCKED UP BOEHNER IS THE ONE SITTING ON THE IMMIGRATION BILL and WON’T BRING THE BILL TO THE FLOOR.

    • Black_Saint

      We have taken Affirmative Action to the Max. extreme and elected a Man of Zero qualifications, Zero accomplishments, Zero character, Zero honor, Zero ability, Zero truth to the Office of President of the USA!

      Obama is now rated as the worse President since WWII and before he is thru. he will be rated as worse President in the history of the Republic!.

  • AnthonyLook

    I think there is fault here, but not President Obama’s. This story is beginning to look suspicious. I recall first seeing articles about the influx of immigrant children going back about two months on conservative blogs and hearing about it on conservative talk radio. Then the situation began to escalate and increase, as if it conveniently played into a tea party narrative being conspired and manipulated. How do thousands of children immigrants come to make the long trek across all of Central America through Mexico into the United States, how much money did it take to fund such an enormous undertaking. There is no way that these many families from these countries had anywhere near the funds to have the outcome that has manifested. Money had to have come from elsewhere. There is no reason for any drug cartel to benefit from such an adventure, there is no government that would fund such an enormous migration. Who would stand to gain by creating this situation. Who would have the money and who would have a reason to go these lengths. Who would make this possible and for what political gain. Certainly there is no other reason, no one is making money with this situation and why were children targeted– parents don’t relinquish their children without some reasonable assurances, not in these numbers, not these many children. Something other than rumors had a hand in creating this influx, someone other than some charlatan convinced parents to entrust their children onto them. Why have we not investigated these families, the money trail, the ones transporting and being paid for transporting and by whom.Just a thought. There is no overwhelming change in the countries where these children are coming from that would cause such a large migration. There has been no economic collapse, the economies have sucked for years and continue; there has been no revolution/ civil war or war in general; there has been no more crime than there has already been. There is no political motivation for this specific migration to be happening. Now consider; people pay up’s of 10, 000 dollars or more per person to immigrate through regular illegal channels. There is no way- TEN OF THOUSANDS of children’s parents all simultaneously had this much money and further NO ONE is doing this for free or at a discount. This migration was a concerted effort, planned and executed in these large numbers. A lot of hands had to be greased for them to travel from El Salvador, Guatemala, Columbia…; and through Mexico. This was seamless, has been happening without a hitch. Now, why children— that’s the oddest thing of all— who would benefit from making that decision exclusively (there is a smatter of mothers, but largely teenage children and below). Why not just anyone, why not adults. That of and it itself seems especially peculiar. It is as if it was a calculated forethought. So why children; maybe because they have to be detained and deported since they can’t be released. They certainly can’t disappear into the mix and get a job and survive. Maybe it was because precisely they were more manageable with the afterthought that they would be readily deported. Maybe children were selected because the powers that created this situation wanted to manipulate the tea partiers into a frenzy so they can take the heat for deporting children. Something about this puzzle doesn’t fit, something about this stinks. None of it makes sense, not the migration, not the reasons, not the money, not the children and certainly not why parents would entrust known transporters that have a history of just killing those they transport at times. Someone has spent a lot of money to make this happen.

    • UNCLE

      / / See kids, this is what happens when you live your whole life on the dole. Reality eludes.

      • AnthonyLook

        You want delusion—http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/06/abc-cuts-off-rick-perrys-conspiracy-rant-about-obama-immigrants-drones-and-hurricanes/

  • Dan Wafford

    If he hasn’t done anything else, Obama has made two important points very clear: 1) those who choose to leech rather than work can receive an endless supply of food stamps, welfare payments, AFDC, WIC, Medicaid, free school breakfast and lunch, free child care, subsidized housing and public transportation, free or subsidized utilities, free or subsidized higher education, “Earned Income” Credit, SSI disability payments, etc., etc.; and 2) all illegal immigrants are welcome to the “freebie” party. Only middle-income hardworking taxpayers are considered heartless, because we resent giving all the freebies to those who never have and never will lift a finger to help themselves or anyone else.

  • bolky

    We don’t need immigration reform. All we need is for our law enforcement agencies (yes, ALL of them) to just enforce the laws already on the books. There are already enough effective laws to stop illegal immigration dead in it’s tracks. If they won’t enforce current law, they won’t enforce any new laws either.

    In the 1986 Reagan amnesty, the illegals got their amnesty but U.S. citizens never got much in the way of enforcement. Every time someone came up with an effective way to deport illegal aliens, our government and special interests stifled their efforts and look where we are now.

  • bolky

    We can spend $2billion on making illegals comfortable but there’s no money to finish the fence?
    Are you kidding me??????????????

    • OBUMYA

      how about we use that money to help REAL Americans who are suffering…

  • bolky

    Sneaking into a country doesn’t make you an immigrant anymore than breaking into a house makes you part of the family.

  • Charles Wolf

    Goodlapdog’s claim – Border Crisis ‘Disaster of President Obama’s Own Making’, is untrue
    The flood of refugees is clearly an unintended consequence of US intervention in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Drug Wars.

    • Jim

      You’re delusional, this is the next wave of “dreamers”, we have intervened in all those places since Bush years, no kid problem, Odumbass decrees dream act, flood of dreamers.

      • Charles Wolf

        Did you get snot or spittle on your screen while typing that nonsense?

    • occam

      It’s ALL about “Immigration Reform”. To the illegals and their liberal supporters this is universally understood to be code words for Amnesty II. To deny this is to be delusional.

  • Jim

    Productive tax paying citizens of all races need to wake up to the horror of what Obama and the democrats are doing

  • OBUMYA

    Black Man In Detroit:

    I aint gots no water, my neighborhood is covered in violence, my house is rat infested, I cant go to the store, and I cant get my medicine…But I sure be liking my Man Barack giving 2 billion dollars to those poor refugees who aint even be Americans like me.

    When pressed about whether or not he would prefer being a black man in Detroit or a refugee at the order and get all the things he wants for free, the response?

    I be in support of whup-ever Obama tell me to support. Where be my $5 dollah Obama-Phone, who be needing water and food and no violence when I gots me a phone wid his face on it! Im a proud black man because Obama be my brudder.

    And this is why we have minorities.

    • Charles Wolf

      The water was turned off by a Tea Potty ring kisser.
      Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed Kevyn Orr as emergency manager to oversee Detroit financial operations on March 14, 2013 under Public Act 72. On January 24, 2013 Snyder had signed a revised version of a controversial emergency manager law that was rejected by voters during the November election.
      The new law, Public Act 436, took effect on March 28, 2013 and gave the
      Detroit emergency manager extraordinary control over all Detroit financial matters, and the ability to recommend to the governor and state treasurer that the government enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevyn_Orr

      • OBUMYA

        I see. A black man whose father was an AME Minister did this? Oh ok….

        So can we blame the dirty, disgusting, un-intelligent, vile, non-human brown thugs who “run” the Nations of South America to the point where they discard human children about as fast as you white Liberals abort black babies? Fair trade?

        • Charles Wolf

          It’s dirty, disgusting, un-intelligent, vile, non-human racists pigs like yourself who are most abhorrent and need to be bred out of existence..

          • OBUMYA

            sorry Chuck, you dont know my skin color….but we know you can only retort using the Liberal Lie…when you use racism, we read “I am too stupid to know what to say”. No need to retort, we got your number, and skin color.

      • OBUMYA

        Typical liberal minority:

        lets give a few cities to black people to run and when they screw it up, lets get a black man to clean it up and when he fails, lets blame the GOP!!!! Stunning how dimwitted you libs truly are!

        • Charles Wolf

          “Mr. Gorbachev Obumya tear down this wall.”

          • OBUMYA

            why? A wall around Detroit is a good start…

      • occam

        Let’s see .. Democrats have run Detroit for decades and through corruption and mismanagement they have run it into the ground to the tune of about $9B of debt and bankruptcy, and it’s a Tea Party problem. Typical “give me my free stuff” liberal lunacy.

      • LarryTX

        The Obama ring kisser doesn’t understand that Detroit’s problems were created by the Democrats. Welcome to Obama’s world.

  • Black_Saint

    Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like a good President, Richard Nixon look honest, Slick Willy look truthful, Bush Jr. look smart and competent, Benedict Arnold look like a patriot and all ex-presidents look like workaholics!

  • Frank’s Inatra

    In related news, we find that Hussein Obama’s 1/2 brother, Malik, is active in the Muslim Brotherhood and is now on a terrorist watch-list in Egypt: http://shoebat.com/2013/09/05/obamas-brother-headed-for-egypts-terror-watch-list/

  • Attila

    The majority of Americans want border security. President Selfie and the Democratic Party continue to advance the Detroit-ification of America.
    Send a big “Thank You” card to Democrats at ALL levels in November.

  • Mickey Kovars

    How would a new law help the current border crisis? What would help that would be a president who is determined to deploy the resources right now to solve the problem. We don’t have such a president.

  • Gavrila Derzhavin

    Here we find even more evidence of serious lies told by Obama’s regime about the situation in Syria: http://youtu.be/PS5DOg-_XXE?t=1m36s

  • Banshee2

    The House reps are paid a very good salary for what? For doing nothing? This year the fat, white, old white men of the GOP decided to work only 130 days. Then they have the nerve to complain about food stamp, social security and Medicare recipients. THE REPS PUT THEMSELVES ARE ON THE DOLE BY CHOICE. This is the most do nothing Congress in history, all due to the blocking tactics of the fat, old, white men of the GOP.

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