White House announces funding to address immigrant surge

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lensmanb wrote:

Time for Obama to print up some more money.

Jun 20, 2014 1:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
persch wrote:

All the reports I have heard, even those from known liberal media outlets, that have had interviews with the kids coming in and why – they all answer the same way – “we heard that Obama said we can come, get an education and we can stay”… No amount of money (which will just end up in the pockets of the government folks down there – not the people) is going to stop this unless we take a public stand and say – “You are welcome – but only if you go through the proper legal channels”.

Jun 20, 2014 1:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
astroz wrote:

We don’t need millions for an ongoing investigation as our nation is invaded. We all know that Obama’s rhetoric and DHS’s announcement that it is reviewing possible non enforcement of immigration laws is the root. This is a deadly game of politics that Obama and his allies are playing…at the expense of workers, our wages, our safety, our laws and our tax payers. Stay in the figh America! Calls, faxes and e-mails to our reps are putting pressure on this joker and his allies. NumbersUSA.com makes it easy to make a difference. Don’t just get angry….keep up the fight to defend our nation and our national interests.

Jun 20, 2014 2:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
p19 wrote:

These Latinos flooding the country are not immigrants. Immigrants are people who come here legally go thru the process and are immigrant citizens. The encroachers are illegal aliens and must be flown back to Central America, Mexico, etc. How? A 747 in it’s maximum configuration will carry 500-600+ passengers. 10 trips = 5-6000 illegals. Wouldn’t take long to return all of them. These folks are not coming here for jobs. They are here for a handout. The American taxpayers are not responsible for their welfare If the liberal community wants to keep them, let the libs pay their keep.

Jun 20, 2014 2:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
astroz wrote:

Call up the National Guard in the border states and fund them. This is the immediate action that must be taken….as well as clear language from our government that setting foot on American soil will only get you sent home (no citizenship)!

Jun 20, 2014 2:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
The_Traveler wrote:

Our lack of a coherent immigration policy coupled with a very porous southern border is what needs to be fixed. Good grief, UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN can enter the US. What does that say about the adults and the rest?

Instead of throwing money at foreign governments to fix THEIR problems, let’s fix OURS. Pass immigration reform laws and secure our southern border. Frankly, I’m very skeptical that of any funds provided to places like Guatemala or El Salvador, very little will actually be used as it’s intended.

Jun 20, 2014 2:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
EnoughEnough wrote:

$2.2B would do wonders for the LEGAL youth of America, but instead is wasted on those breaking the law. Anyone, regardless of political party, knows that this is infusion of illegals is not going to stop or even slow down. At what point does the US start saying “NO” to illegals and start taking care of its own?

Jun 20, 2014 2:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
timebandit wrote:

persch, see, the thing is they AREN’T welcome by 80% of Americans, and they need to go/stay home. The 20% who put out the welcome mats to illegal aliens are the 10% ultra fringe left bleeding hearts and the 10% ultra fringe right who employ these illegal aliens. Reagan started this amnesty crap in the 1980s, but corporate America and small business began hiring Mexicans in the 1950s to union bust and to keep from hiring women and blacks who expected wage parity with working white males. This remains the primary reason low income Americans have lost their toehold in the job sector over the last 30 years and why middle class has been declining over that same 30 years. Just as critical is that there is now little to no employment for teens and college students who need to help support their families and pay for school.

Jun 20, 2014 2:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dd606 wrote:

There’s only so many people that can get in a lifeboat, before it sinks. And this boat is already half filled with water. All the bleeding hearts don’t seem to comprehend this. At some point you have to do things that aren’t very nice, to preserve the common good.

Jun 20, 2014 3:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BeRealistic wrote:

Stop it! Just stop already. As a nation, we have NO obligation to take care of or accept these criminals and invaders, no matter their age. Begin freezing and confiscating assets from these foreign governments to pay for this fiasco instead of sending them our money. Load these kids and the adults onto trucks, buses, trains and dump them into Mexico, let Mexico take care of the problem since they are the perpetrators and/or enablers.

Jun 20, 2014 3:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
harrykrishna wrote:

i like this more than a fence

Jun 20, 2014 3:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JRTerrance wrote:

How about using those millions to commission cattle trains to cart them back where they came from?

Jun 20, 2014 3:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Loucleve wrote:

News Flash. The root cause for the surge is NOT sending them home. Escoring them, in fact, to their alreeady here illegal parents.

Rather, basically actually inviting them.

Jun 20, 2014 3:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

The hate/ignorance of the right is on full display here.

Jun 20, 2014 3:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

BeRealistic said ‘Load these kids and the adults onto trucks, buses, trains and dump them into Mexico, let Mexico take care of the problem since they are the perpetrators and/or enablers.’

1. sounds like you want to treat them like cattle ‘load’, ‘dump’, news flash they are human beings and, in this case, mostly children.

2. the VAST majority of these kids did not come from Mexico, but i know all brown skinned people are the same to you, but no you are not racist right?

Jun 20, 2014 3:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
astroz wrote:

Call, call, call! Any rep can be reached at the Capital Switchboard (202-224-3121). Our reps must be flooded daily with passionate calls demanding protection of our borders and citizens. Keep the number in your cell and call often (only takes about 1 or 2 min per call). Pass it on. Easy and powerful. Take action….don’t just complain.

Jun 20, 2014 4:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Calfri wrote:

According to a guest on a nationally syndicated radio program this morning — not a conservative outlet, either — at least part of the problem is that Obama has been running advertisements in Guatemala and maybe elsewhere that are encouraging parents to send their children to the United States unaccompanied by an adult. At least, they are interpreting the ads to mean this. Maybe Obama figures if he can’t get cooperation on immigration “reform” through democratic processes, he will try and accomplish his goals some other way.

Jun 20, 2014 4:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BeRealistic wrote:

“2. the VAST majority of these kids did not come from Mexico, but i know all brown skinned people are the same to you, but no you are not racist right?” – Please reread and note the term “enablers”> These people have to get to Mexico before they cross into our country. Use half a brain cell please and stop using the tired and ignorant Race card, even though that is all you have at this point.

Jun 20, 2014 4:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZWarrior wrote:

Total waste of money that could have been spent building a fence.

Jun 20, 2014 4:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

‘According to a guest on a nationally syndicated radio program this morning — not a conservative outlet, either — at least part of the problem is that Obama has been running advertisements in Guatemala and maybe elsewhere that are encouraging parents to send their children to the United States unaccompanied by an adult.’

This is a TOTAL lie….

Jun 20, 2014 4:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BeRealistic wrote:

These are not political asylum seekers, they are not war refugees, they are not seeking to escape the spread of communism, nor are they legal immigrants searching for a better life. This strategy has been developed with as much precision and thought as any military operation with nothing but hostile intents. These are not people looking to integrate into our culture and contribute to the great melting pot. These are, at this point, people looking to take what they have been told the US is hading out for free. These are people who all too often denigrate and disrespect everything about the US, except for the free stuff they get. These are people who from the beginning show a complete lack of respect for the law. There is not a single one of these kids (or adults) that should spend a single night of sleep on American soil. They should be LOADED up and returned back to Mexican soil (where they most recently came from) and DUMPED on the Mexican government to deal with. This is not racism, this is logic, reason, and rational thought.

Jun 20, 2014 4:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

‘Total waste of money that could have been spent building a fence.’

FYI, you are not going to seal >3000 mile border(most of which is in BFE) by simply building a ‘fence’.

This whole notion that we can ‘seal’ the border, without of course resorting to Berlin Style(tens of miles in a populated area btw) wall tactics as in shoot on site, is a false one. Unless you want to spend 100′s of Billions.

Those who approach this issue with compassion and pragmatism realize that the most cost effective way to help alleviate the illegal immigration issue is to provide a MUCH easier path to citizenship and welcome these people that are simply trying to better their lives. If we would embrace and foster their desire to make something of their lives thew would contribute to society in the coming decades/centuries just like the wave of immigration from Europe in the late 1800′s. If the righties would do their research they would see that the vitriol directed at those immigrants was more or less the same as what they do towards the current wave of Hispanic immigration. And guess what embracing those immigrants worked out real well.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to make the same mistakes as those in the past have.

Jun 20, 2014 4:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

So BeRealistic wants to ‘load’ them up and ‘dump’ them back in Mexico, even though they not from Mexico, so the Mexican cartels can pray on them AGAIN. And JRTerrance wants to pack them into ‘cattle trains’. But no they are not racists!

What reasonable person thinks that if those crossing the border in an attempt to better their lives were white western Europeans these same two people would not be welcoming them with open arms?

But no way, the GOP says ‘racism is dead’ so it must be.

Makes me sick that people like these are my fellow Americans. IMO many of the ‘illegals’ deserve to be citizens more then people like that.

And these same people would probably say that America is losing its ‘exceptionalism’, maybe we are, but it because of people like them. An ‘exceptional’ country welcomes those that are simply trying to make their lives better.

Jun 20, 2014 4:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
moonhill wrote:

Send them back to where them came from. This is insane!!! Stop it now!!!

Jun 20, 2014 5:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Calfri wrote:

@USAprag: Speaking of history, recall that the great wave of immigration that concluded pretty much in the 1920s did not just happen by magic; it happened because Calvin Coolidge made it happen through policies designed to cut off most immigration.

About the comment regarding Obama’s advertising in Central America, the comment was made on the D.R. Show, first hour this morning. Maybe the guest was lying or misinformed, but at this point I wouldn’t put it past Obama to do something like that. People who want a mass amnesty really believe in it, for lots of reasons, especially partisan political reasons, and in no way are they above using such means.

Jun 20, 2014 5:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Calfri wrote:

Someone at cis.org said that what needs to be done by the president is to take Mexico off the list of states that benefit from certain kinds of guest worker visas. They might be H2Bs, and some others. These are used for seasonal/migrant farmworkers who are legal guest workers in the United States, during the harvest season. Take Mexico off the list, or threaten to do so, unless it cracks down on the illegals surge.

Jun 20, 2014 5:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mandingo wrote:

Both Parties support illegal immigration but the Repubs are digging in their heels right now (Cantor lost his seat due to his support of reform). Reagan gave illegals 2 amnesties as Big Ag wanted cheap farm labor in the 1980′s. Dems want illegals due to the fact they tend to vote Dem. The Catholic Church wants them for tithes as they are mostly Catholic. Labor Unions want then as due paying members (Service Employees International – SEIU – is mostly Hispanic).

Their own countries want dump their poor here to unburden themselves. Cash also flows home once they start sending back money remittances to their mother countries.

Jun 20, 2014 5:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:

” …Maybe Obama figures if he can’t get cooperation on immigration “reform” through democratic processes, he will try and accomplish his goals some other way.”

No, you are missing the point. The problem is not that the president can’t get cooperation on immigration reform through democratic processes. The problem is that the president can’t get cooperation on immigration reform through “Republican processes.”

House Speaker John Boehner, applying the so-called “Hastert Rule”, will not allow a vote on immigration reform in the House of Representatives, unless the bill can be passed solely by Republicans without requiring any democratic support for passage. In other words, the policy of the Majority party in the House is to treat the minority party in the House as irrelevant to governance and unneeded, as if they do not exist.

In the 2012 election, Democrats won 201 of 435 seats in the House of Representatives (46%), and those Congressional districts collectively represent almost 60% of the registered voters and population of the United States of America, according to the 2010 census.

Effectively, through gerrymandering of congressional districts after the 2010 census, and the application of “the Hastert Rule”, the “Republican processes” in the House of Representatives are to ignore the elected representatives of 60% of the American people!

So someone tell me why THAT’S not un-American?

The fact is that if the Bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill which has been drafted in the house were allowed to come to the floor for a vote, it would pass overwhelmingly with strong bipartisan support from both parties.

And the similar Bipartisan Bill in the Senate also has also received strong bipartisan support. But because the House bill will not receive the full 218 Republican votes in favor needed to pass it without Democratic support, … Speaker Boehner will not allow the bill to be brought to a vote.

This is how EVERY vote is being conducted, and every bill is being treated in the US House, under John Boehner’s “leadership.” (I use the word leadership for context only).

This is why Immigration Reform is “off the table” in this Congress.
And this is why American Latinos and Hispanics, Asians, and other ethnic minority voters in America will continue to turn their backs on the Republican party. Because the Republican party has turned its back on them.

Jun 20, 2014 5:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
YesNoMaybeSo wrote:

Can’t blame people who come to work, the companies that hire them for cheap labor should either pay a decent wage or hire American workers instead or foot the bills for this flood of people coming in. Every company we’ve hired in the last 5 years uses non English speaking foreign labor, it’s obvious which companies do this. They created the problem, let them pay for the solution.

Jun 20, 2014 5:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Calfri, maybe you should fact check what people say before posting it as fact….It took me all of 60 secs to google that is see it is a right wing hateful lie.

Personally I believe in immigration reform with a viable path to citizenship because it is the right thing to do on many levels, adhering to American ideals(we have always been a nation of immigrants), economically, and morally.

Those who oppose immigration reform on hate and fear, not actual facts(have not seen one in this thread yet just hate and fear and by you spreading lied you are part of it), are the antithesis of American ‘exceptionalism’.

Jun 20, 2014 5:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
moonhill wrote:

A poster on another site put it very well. “And the recent illegals are being released into other states without first being processed by ICE. Why is this important? Because the ICE processing (e.g., photographing, fingerprinting, noting date of pick-up) establishes when the illegal alien arrived in the U.S.

Once these recent illegals get re-united with their other illegal alien family members in the U.S., they’ll start applying for amnesty. Because there is now no ICE record of when they entered the U.S., they’ll be able to claim that they have lived here for years and are therefore eligible for Obama’s DACA amnesty (the DREAM Act by EO). Since there will be no ICE record on them (because they were released before they were ever processed by ICE), the government will have no way to prove that they are not DACA-eligible — which means they’ll get the amnesty, despite what Obama and Jeh Johnson are currently telling the American public in their speeches.

Know the scam, know the scammers. This Chicago gang, and their LaRaza accomplices, have gamed this out. They know exactly what game they’re playing — and you should too.

Jun 20, 2014 5:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Calfri wrote:

@REnninga: I’ve heard all these excuses before. If mass amnesty were so popular, Democrats could have had it during Obama’s first two years in office, when Dems controlled both chambers. They had a 10 vote majority in the Senate. Dems in the House passed a watered down bill, then Dems in the Senate let it die: why? They knew, knew how unpopular it was with the American people.

Jun 20, 2014 6:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:

“…Total waste of money that could have been spent building a fence.”

between 2006 and 2009 the Federal Government has already completed 670 miles of border fence at a cost of $2.4 Billion dollars*
(*in 2009 dollars, not adjusted for inflation)

The GAO estimated that the additional 700 miles of border fence required, in 2009 dollars would cost on average $3.9 Million per mile, or approximately an additional $2.73 Billion (in 2009 dollars).

So lets say we complete all 1,370 miles of border fence at a total cost of $5.13 Billion dollars (not adjusted for inflation), but we do not address the socio-economic issues which are spurring the undocumented immigration. What will we have for our investment?

We will have 1,370 miles of 21-foot tall border fence which cost American taxpayers more than $5 Billion dollars (almost $6 Billion, when adjusted for inflation).

And we will also continue to have a flow of undocumented immigrants from the south … but equipped with 22-foot ladders to go over it, or a shovel to go under it. Just as they have always done.

Jun 20, 2014 6:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Moonhill complains: “Send them back to where them came from. This is insane!!!”

Duh, what do you think they’re doing? These kids are detained while we look for their parents in Honduras. It’s not like the kids come with a registration and title. Half these kids don’t even know their last name. And the ones who do…. it’s made up or it’s…. Diaz. Try looking that up on Google-Honduras :) We didn’t ask for the mess, but we’re dealing with it. Chill out.

Jun 20, 2014 6:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
p19 wrote:

No welfare for illegal aliens. Load them on enough 747′s (5-600 passengers at a time) and bring them back them to the capitals of the countries from which they came.

Jun 20, 2014 6:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MonitorLizard wrote:

Guatemala and El Salvador’s leaders have no interest in investing money to improve the things in their countries that are causing their citizens to flee. They know the sound of the US sucking up aliens from their countries and taking care of them is mucho, mucho better!

Jun 20, 2014 7:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

I need to borrow $150,000 to pay bills, anyone know who to reach in the Obama administration? I mean, if they are just handing out money, I’ll take $150,000, I don’t need a million.

Jun 20, 2014 7:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Not trying to be crass, but we do send empty cargo ships back to China each day. Why not fill some with graham crackers and these kids…. and send these poor kids to China. The kids are looking for a better life. China is booming. Win-win.

Maybe the solution is not social engineering, but ACTUAL engineering.

Jun 20, 2014 7:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
YesNoMaybeSo wrote:

HumbleAmerican wrote:

“I need to borrow $150,000 to pay bills, anyone know who to reach in the Obama administration? I mean, if they are just handing out money, I’ll take $150,000, I don’t need a million”

And 4 more hard boiled eggs…oh yeah a class in money management.

Jun 20, 2014 7:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GGGGGGGGGG wrote:

Think Twice!

This is NOT political rhetoric from either side.

It is merely human traffickers manipulating parents through 3rd party Spanish speaking hearsay (media), giving parents false hopes of “the grass is always greener” across the U.S. border!
It is a way for Central and South American’s to manipulate the U.S. border policy (loosely stated) in hopes of eventually joining the child in the states. Think Twice!

Jun 20, 2014 7:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Luscious wrote:

Joe Biden forgot to zip up his fly in the first pic.

Jun 20, 2014 8:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

‘ Democrats could have had it during Obama’s first two years in office, when Dems controlled both chambers. ‘

I guess some have never heard of a FILIBUSTER, cognitive dissonance, probably willful.

Jun 20, 2014 8:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

It’s time we tear down all barricades, physical and on paper, pertaining to the border. Everyone across the globe is entitled by constitutional right to come to this country without restriction.

We must lower our standard of living so those below the line can reach it. We must offer free education, healthcare, and whatever else these citizen require.

It’s high time Americans, who are greedy and rich, be punished for their ways when there are citizens coming to this country who deserve and are entitled to a better life.

DOWN WITH THE BORDERS!

Jun 20, 2014 9:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZ5223 wrote:

Here’s a simple solution: put the kids on a bus and drop them off at the appropriate Honduran, Guatemalan, Mexican or El Salvadoran embassy or consulate. It’s not the American taxpayer’s problem – put the onus back on the appropriate government’s dime, not mine.

Jun 20, 2014 10:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Randy549 wrote:

@USAPrag — sure we have heard of a filibuster. There were 60 Democrats in the Senate for a short, but legislatively-significant period of time, which is a filibuster-proof majority — that’s what it means to truly “control both houses.” But you already knew that.

Letting whomever wants to come into the US have a crack at citizenship is not pragmatic at all; it is just being naive.

Jun 20, 2014 10:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MarkMulligan wrote:

Time for the American Republican Nazi Party to spew some hatred toward children.

Jun 20, 2014 11:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MarkMulligan wrote:

Time for the Republican Party to spew some hatred toward children.

Jun 20, 2014 11:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:

@Luscious wrote: “Joe Biden forgot to zip up his fly in the first pic.”

OK. And, so, you were concentrating on his crotch, ….because?

Jun 20, 2014 11:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jingan wrote:

Washington tube CNN blasts this for weeks, preparing sheeple. BTW don’t we have homeland security agency? don’t we have troops to protect borders, erect walls etc?…United Sircus of America

Jun 20, 2014 12:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BioStudies wrote:

Umm no lets not do this. Thanks.

Jun 21, 2014 2:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BioStudies wrote:

@Usapragmatic2

http://www.krgv.com/news/illegal-immigrant-reports-in-central-america-encourage-trek-north/

You are a paid troll.

Jun 21, 2014 2:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ready2013 wrote:

if anyone truly believes we should fund supporting these immigrants …ante-up. come tax time, there should be an option on the tax form to donate to such causes. how many of these claiming they care for these folks (and accuse others of hatred) would donate an additional $1000 dollars on their taxes…probably count them on one hand…but they sure support raising taxes on others to raise the money.

Jun 22, 2014 11:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
OneOfTheSheep wrote:

They cannot get here without the “blind eye” of the Mexican government. If the United States tells Mexico “fix YOUR problem” by returning all these people back across the Mexican border, Mexico will begin to better defend it’s own border because of related expenses.

This problem does not belong to the United States. It belongs to those governments south who can not or will not invest in their own people and improve their lot in life AT HOME.

Jun 22, 2014 12:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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