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Texas gov testifies on border crisis
Texas gov testifies on border crisis

By Associated Press July 4, 2014

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — The tens of thousands of Central American children entering the U.S. illegally is both a humanitarian crisis and a national security one, Texas Gov. Rick Perry testified Thursday at a congressional field hearing in South Texas.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October. Three-fourths of them are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, and say they are fleeing pervasive gang violence and crushing poverty.

Wednesday's hearing by the House Homeland Security committee in McAllen yielded agreement that there is a humanitarian crisis but disagreement among members about its roots or potential solutions. The discussion frequently reverted to the question of securing the border that has stymied attempts at comprehensive immigration reform in the House.

Perry attributed the waves of young immigrants to a failure to secure the border and recent changes in immigration policy that he says sent a message to Central America that if the children came they would be allowed to stay. He and Republican members of the committee said they should be deported more quickly and the National Guard should be brought in to secure the border.

"Allowing them to remain here will only encourage the next group of individuals to undertake this very, very dangerous and life-threatening journey," Perry said. "And those who come must be sent back to demonstrate in no uncertain terms that risking your lives on the top of those trains and the ways that they are coming here, it's not worth it."

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, said she was prepared to support funding that would provide the resources necessary to help cases move through immigration courts faster, but that quick deportations were not the answer.

"A massive deportation policy for children and a mandatory detaining for children is not a humane thing to do," she said.

~My comments on Sheila Jackson(D). Sheila Jackson is a member of the communist party. Make no mistake about it, she has an agenda not in favor of the American people~

On June 18, Perry announced that the state would steer another $1.3 million per week to the Department of Public Safety to assist in border security through at least the end of the year. He followed that two days later with a letter inviting President Barack Obama to see the crisis firsthand.

The White House had earlier asked Congress for $1.4 billion to help house, feed and transport the unaccompanied children, and on June 2, Obama called it an "urgent humanitarian situation," putting FEMA in charge of coordinating the response.

The issue of unaccompanied children began drawing national attention in late May with the logjam it created in Border Patrol stations, but the number of immigrant children housed in government shelters had doubled in 2012, nearly doubled again in 2013 and is on pace to double again this year.

The administration appears to be responding now in ways demanded by Republicans, minus the additional National Guard troops.

On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that 150 additional Border Patrol agents would be immediately deployed to the Rio Grande Valley. This surge, however, has the unusual characteristic that the waves of mothers and children turn themselves in to the first uniform they see. When smugglers are not worried about evading authorities, but instead just have to get their human cargo onto U.S. soil, it decreases the deterrence value of boots on the ground.

To that end, the administration wants to stop releasing children and families to remove that incentive. On Monday, Obama asked Congress for flexibility to deport children more quickly and $2 billion to hire more immigration judges and open more detention facilities.

Last week, officials announced that barracks at a federal law enforcement training center in New Mexico would be used as temporary detention facilities for women traveling with young children. In recent months, they had made up the bulk of those immigrants released at bus stations with instructions to check in with immigration officials once they reached their destinations.

Rev. Mark Seitz, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, led a fact-finding trip to Central America late last year to investigate why children were leaving. He left with the impression that the gang violence was an even stronger drive than the intense poverty.

"A deterrence strategy including expedited removal of these children places this vulnerable population at even greater risk and will not necessarily stem the child migrant flow," he testified Thursday.

http://www.gopusa.com/news/2014/07/...s/?subscriber=1
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07-04-2014 06:02 PM  6 years ago
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Have any of these wiz bang brilliant people ever thought that these countries have created their own hell and that THEY need to fix their own problems and not send them here to destroy us. How much longer before it sinks in and we lock the border down tight. Another question that needs to be asked/answered is how do these invaders get through all of Mexico when they have such tough immigration laws? Guess they don't apply since they are just passing through.
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07-04-2014 06:06 PM  6 years ago
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Have any of these wiz bang brilliant people ever thought that these countries have created their own hell and that THEY need to fix their own problems and not send them here to destroy us. How much longer before it sinks in and we lock the border down tight. Another question that needs to be asked/answered is how do these invaders get through all of Mexico when they have such tough immigration laws? Guess they don't apply since they are just passing through.
As long as the dems have any power in our government, what we are seeing today will be the norm.

Only one thing. It is going to get far, far worse.
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07-05-2014 06:34 AM  6 years ago
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Only one thing. It is going to get far, far worse.
I have seen a dramatic shift in crime in this state in one generation.

The crime rates have climbed. Rape, robbery, assault, burglary and theft rates have all risen...some 300% since 1960 while others have a 400% increase.

But, as Texans continue to arm themselves, murder rates have been cut in half since 1960...one good note, but I kinda smell a rat.

The Chicago PD has been caught using a spin technique on dead bodies to help their murder rates...like this example:
On July 23, the decomposed body of Tiara Groves, 20, was found naked and gagged in an empty West Side warehouse.

The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide by “unspecified means.”

A lieutenant reclassified the homicide investigation as a noncriminal death investigation on December 18, citing the medical examiner’s “inability to determine a cause of death.”

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-M...go-crime-rates/
So I suspect Texas may be using the Chicago example to help the murder numbers look better.
90% of life is "showing up"
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07-05-2014 07:43 AM  6 years ago
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No problemo, mr. Executive order has it in control
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07-05-2014 11:51 AM  6 years ago
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It is a free for all right now. Bring them in and overload the system while at the same time get more votes. Never mind that it kills the Country at the same time. Hope and Change baby.Got to have my cup of heli in the morning.
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07-05-2014 02:56 PM  6 years ago
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I don't get why the governors of those states aren't calling in the National Guard and putting them on the border...
I know it's probably a violation of federal law to do so, but apparently the government doesn't have to adhere to their own laws anymore, so what the heck??? If Perry does it, he'll instantly be a front runner for 2016 and looked at as a hero....
What's happening down there is THE biggest danger we face. While we cavity search little kids and grandmothers, jihadi's are coming over the border with zero resistance.
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07-05-2014 03:52 PM  6 years ago
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More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October.
Here's the million dollar question how many didn't get caught and are running around here?

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