This is exactly why I admire Glenn Beck. Anybody who has followed him for a long time knows that he’s not afraid to take up a position that’s unpopular with his own party if it’s the right thing to do. Today, he is reaching out to patriotic and generous Americans to give aid to the illegal immigrant minors who are caught in the terrible crossfire of our current border crisis.
Wait a minute! Is Glenn Beck siding with Obama on illegal immigration? No. Absolutely not, but he’s also not going to sit back while a humanitarian crisis grows in his home state of Texas.
Glenn Beck to explains in this video. It’s a bit long, but it’s worth the entire watch.
Here’s the video:
from the Blaze:
Glenn Beck on Tuesday announced that he will be bringing tractor-trailers full of food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to McAllen, Texas on July 19 as a way to help care for some of the roughly 60,000 underage refugees who have crossed into America illegally in 2014.
Beck said he will be joined by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and a number of pastors and rabbis.
“Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said of the children. “And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”
The immigration crisis is one totally exacerbated by President Obama’s corruption, both in his refusal to enforce immigration law and his inexplicable recognition of tyrants in Central America. We must continue to fight the lawlessness.
However, Beck is right. The humanitarian crisis is immediate and involves little children, many of whom have travelled thousands of miles without their parents to escape situations beyond what we can imagine.
Sending food, medical aid, or other donations to the border doesn’t mean that we give up on our principles. It doesn’t mean we simply stand by while the law gets ignored. We can do those things, and we have a responsibility to stand up to the lawlessness that caused this crisis. But we can also help out in a crisis that is getting worse by the day, and we can have compassion for the thousands of young lives who hang in the balance.
Harry Reid told reporters today that he’s very upset that “5 white men” decided that Hobby Lobby shouldn’t be forced to pay for abortifacients. I’m not surprised Harry’s got his knickers in a wad over the Supreme Court’s decision, but either he’s forgetting that Justice Clarence Thomas was in the majority on the decision or he’s forgetting that Justice Clarence Thomas is black.
here’s the video:
Just to make sure, let’s double check that Justice Clarence isn’t a white man…
Ohhhh….I get it. Harry Reid thinks that all black people are liberal Democrats. What a racist!
Michelle Obama heartily approves of this massive waste of taxpayer money.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) spent nearly $500,000 to study how getting mothers to dance with their daughters can fight obesity.
The three-year study is focusing on African-American girls, who the authors say “suffer disproportionately from obesity.” The aim of the research is to see whether “Afro-centric” dance can get girls to exercise.
The government has spent $11 million researching how dance can curb obesity rates, though the studies have yielded less than promising results.
“Reductions in physical activity are more prevalent in African-American girls and women; therefore effective physical activity interventions are needed,” the grant for the most recent project said. “For a physical activity intervention to be effective among African-American girls the program must resonate with them and they must enjoy participating in it. One possible example of an enjoyable, culturally-appropriate intervention is Afro-centric dance.”
The study hypothesizes that teenaged girls would be more likely to dance if their mothers are dancing with them.
“In addition, it has been speculated that a way to increase children’s physical activity level is to increase parental physical activity level,” the grant said. “Studies have shown that parental (maternal) health behaviors can influence children’s health behaviors. Family remains a valued facet of the African-American culture, and therefore an important behavioral context for interventions to improve physical activity and other health outcomes.”
The $430,608 study was awarded to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The university conducted 12-week programs for African-American daughters and mothers to participate in Afro-centric dance.
I’m trying to think of a way to make a joke about pork-barrel spending without getting in trouble…
If there’s one thing the Obama administration hates, it’s whistleblowers.
from National Review:
Kathleen Scudder, assistant chief patrol agent of the San Diego Sector, sent the letter to agent Ron Zermeno, health and safety director of National Border Patrol Council Local 1613, notifying him of an investigation into his conduct and to “remind” him that no agent should make statements or issue press releases “without proper authorization.”
Zermeno confirmed the validity of the letter to NRO. He says he thinks the order is retaliation for his actions as a whistleblower, which have involved exposing the public-health risks associated with the illegal immigrants transported to the San Diego Sector. “As a union officer, I feel it’s my job to expose when management is putting people at risk,” he says. “They violated their oath as Border Patrol agents.” Before receiving the cease-and-desist letter, Zermeno wrote Paul Beeson, the San Diego Sector’s chief patrol agent, to explain that two agents at the Brown Field Border Patrol Station contracted scabies after processing illegal immigrants transported from Texas last week, according to a letter obtained by NRO. Zermeno has spoken to local news outlets about the scabies outbreak too.
Scudder writes in the cease-and-desist letter that she’s formed no opinion about the allegations against the agent thus far, but Zermeno says he expects to have his employment terminated. “I’m willing to lose my job over this because I know I’m doing the right thing,” Zermeno says. “I’ve been in this agency for 20 years and this is the worst I’ve seen it. It’s similar to the VA.”
Bravo to Zermeno for standing up and telling the truth about what really going on at the US border with Mexico.
Bravo to Governor Rick Perry for refusing to shake Obama’s hand until he agreed to sit down and have a real conversation.
Perry plans to meet with Obama meet Wednesday to discuss the influx of unaccompanied child migrants across the nation’s southern border, according to a Perry spokeswoman.
But the meeting comes after a tense back-and-forth between the two men. Late Monday, Obama – via senior adviser Valerie Jarrett - extended the offer to Perry to discuss the border situation in Dallas.
Earlier, Perry had declined to greet Obama on the tarmac in Austin when he arrives for a fundraising swing and economic event. “[A] quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue,” Perry said on Monday, a day after the Texas governor said the administration was either “inept” or had “an ulterior motive” when it comes to border enforcement.
"Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president tomorrow," said Perry press secretary Lucy Nashed on Tuesday.
Obama is still refusing to actually visit the border.
Oh good grief. Just a day after it was reported that Costco had decided not to carry Dinesh D’Souza’s new book “America: Imagine a World Without Her”, it has been alleged that D’Souza’s corresponding movie is being sabotaged by none other than Google.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
The move comes on the heels of Costco allegedly removing the movie’s source material, Dinesh D’Souza’s book “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” from its store shelves.
The letter claims that Google has been confusing America with 2016: Obama’s America, which was D’Souza’s first movie and has been out of theaters for two years, while Lionsgate released America on July 2 and it is currently playing in about 1,100 theaters nationwide.
Google, according to the letter, has been “misdirecting many users who mistakenly believed the film was not playing in theaters. We understand this was brought to your attention for correction five days ago, yet the problem persists.”
I am sick of hearing the media repeat the bogus line that Republicans won’t work with Obama or their Democrat colleagues in Congress. The truth is 180 degrees from this lie. While the Republican led House runs rather efficiently, even passing a steady stream of groan-inducing compromises with Democrats, the Senate is another matter entirely. The Senate is ruled by one man, not the other 99 Senators who were elected to represent their states. That man is Harry Reid, and he is a tyrant.
from Washington Times:
Harry Reid is one of 100 senators, but so far in 2014, he’s been responsible for one-third of all the amendments proposed on the Senate floor — a number that underscores just how much one man has come to dominate the legislative process.
More so than House Speaker John A. Boehner or even President Obama, it is Mr. Reid, a Nevada Democrat in his eighth year as majority leader, who has the most single-handed power to shape what gets done and what falls to the wayside in Washington.
Mr. Reid is increasingly bullish on using that power, deciding what bills make it to his chamber floor, what amendments will be allowed to those bills that do get there and whether the debate will become a serious policy discussion or a political tool designed to rally his party’s supporters and annoy his tea party opponents.
His control has been of incalculable benefit to both Mr. Obama, who is able to avoid embarrassing legislative rebukes, and to Senate Democrats, who are sometimes able to avoid having to take tough votes that could cost them the support of voters back home.
Republicans, though, attack Mr. Reid as a tyrant who is silencing their voices and those of the millions of Americans the GOP senators represent.
“It is quite disgraceful,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, fumed on the chamber floor earlier this year in what has become a running debate with Mr. Reid. “But it’s no surprise either, since the Democratic majority clearly ran out of ideas a long time ago. Their refusal to engage in serious debate is just another symptom of that.”
Mr. Reid counters that Republicans have gotten hung up on Senate rules rather than working on the issues he’s offered for the chamber’s agenda.
"…working on the issues he’s offered for the chamber’s agenda." Which is Harry Reid’s way of saying, "If you won’t give me what I want, I won’t let anything else get done in the Senate.
Somebody at the LA Times decided to do some actual reporting and finally looked at some numbers. If you listened to the Obama administration’s rhetoric, you’d think they were deporting illegal immigrant minors with great haste, and the mess at the border is all George W. Bush’s fault. The numbers say otherwise, and the numbers don’t lie.
from LA Times:
President Obama and his aides have repeatedly sought to dispel the rumors driving thousands of children and teens from Central America to cross the U.S. border each month with the expectation they will be given a permiso and allowed to stay.
But under the Obama administration, those reports have proved increasingly true.
The number of immigrants under 18 who were deported or turned away at ports of entry fell from 8,143 in 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 1,669 last year, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released under a Freedom of Information Act request.
Similarly, about 600 minors were ordered deported each year from nonborder states a decade ago. Ninety-five were deported last year, records show, even as a flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America — five times more than two years earlier — began pouring across the Southwest border.
You can’t blame Bush if your administration is following the same law 80% less efficiently than his team did.
Yes, that’s Billion with a B. I’m no math genius, but I’m guessing it doesn’t take that much to pay for bus fare back home.
The White House on Tuesday formally requested $3.7 billion from Congress in emergency funding to deal with an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America, a far higher amount than the Obama administration had previously signaled.
The money would go to several federal agencies: $1.6 billion to the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security; $1.8 billion to Health and Human Services; and $300 million to the State Department, administration officials said.
Funds would be allocated to send more immigration judges to the southern border, build additional detention facilities and add border patrol agents. The move is aimed at more quickly deporting the tens of thousands of women and children who have entered the country illegally across the border, most of them in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.
The administration’s comprehensive strategy represents a “super-aggressive deterrence and enforcement strategy,” a senior administration official told reporters, speaking on a conference call on condition of anonymity to provide more details.
I wonder if the Obama administration official had trouble keeping a straight face when he said the phrase “super-aggressive deterrence and enforcement strategy.”
According to a new report, more than half of all immigrants from Central America to the United States receive welfare from the US taxpayers. Of these immigrants, more than 60% are in this country illegally.
from Center for Immigration Studies:
The figures below are for both legal and illegal immigrants from the public-use files of the 2012 American Community Survey, collected by the Census Bureau:
- Population Totals: In 2012 there were 2.7 million immigrants from El Salvador (1.3 million), Guatemala (880,000), and Honduras (536,000) in the United States. Combined, the immigrant population from these three countries has grown 234 percent since 1990.
- The Top-10 States of Settlement: California Texas, New York, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Georgia.
- Illegal Immigrants: Department of Homeland Security estimates indicate that about 60 percent of immigrants from these three countries (1.6 million) are in the United States illegally.
- Language: Of immigrants from El Salvador, 70 percent report they speak English less than very well; for immigrants from Guatemala, it is 72 percent; and for immigrants from Honduras, it is 69 percent.
- Home-ownership: Of households headed by Salvadoran immigrants, 41 percent are owner-occupied, as are 28 percent of Guatemalan households, and 29 percent of Honduran immigrant households. The corresponding figure for natives is 66 percent.
The figures below are for both legal and illegal immigrants from the public-use files of the March 2013 Current Population Survey, collected by the Census Bureau:
- Educational Attainment: 54 percent of Guatemalan immigrants (ages 25 to 65) have not graduated high school. The figure for Salvadorans is 53 percent, and for Hondurans, 44 percent. The corresponding figure for native-born Americans is 7 percent.
- Welfare Use: 57 percent of households headed by immigrants from El Salvador use at least one major welfare program, as do 54 percent of Honduran households, and 49 percent of Guatemalan immigrant households. Among native households it is 24 percent.
- Poverty: 32 percent of Honduran immigrants and their young children (under 18) live in poverty; as do 31 percent of Guatemalan immigrants and their children and 28 percent of Salvadoran immigrants and their children. The corresponding figure for natives and their children is 14 percent.
- Health Insurance: 47 percent of Guatemalan immigrants and their young children (under 18) do not have health insurance. The figure for both Salvadoran and Honduran immigrants and their young children is 41 percent. The corresponding figure for natives and their children is 13 percent.
- Share Working: 77 percent of immigrants from El Salvador (ages 25 to 54) have a job, as do 74 percent of Guatemalan immigrants and 73 percent of Honduran immigrants. The corresponding figure for natives is 76 percent.
This is the single largest problem with our broken immigration system, and it’s a very practical reason why an open-borders policy simply will not work. You cannot have a lax immigration policy and also have a massive welfare state. The economy simply cannot sustain such a drain from the taxpayers.
What Democrats know is that welfare-addicted individuals (if allowed to vote) will always vote for the party that gives them the most free stuff. The entire reason for the amnesty push is to grow the voter base. Democrats are willing to do this at any cost, even if it crushes the US immigration system and the economy simultaneously.