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July 8th, 2014
09:31 PM ET

Coburn: Obama's border funding 'wrong approach'

Sen. Tom Coburn said Tuesday he opposes President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address the influx of unaccompanied minors across the southwest border.

"That's $60,000 per child we will spend, in emergency money," the Oklahoma Republican said on CNN's "Crossfire."

"That shows how incompetent [the government] is."

Coburn said providing additional resources for detention spaces and immigration attorneys to the minors is the "wrong approach."

"We can put them all on a first class seat to their homes, that's $8 million,' he added.

Could legalizing marijuana become 'tragedy'?
Senator and doctor Tom Coburn says legalizing recreational marijuana could become a tragedy. Sen. Cardin debates.

82 shot in Chicago? That's an outrage
Newt Gingrich is outraged that the country is desensitized to the mass shootings in Chicago over July, 4th weekend.

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  1. countingdown

    Want to understand today's liberalism take a look at the story of a shooter in a Pennsylvania hospital on July 25. Here is the headline from People Magazine:

    "Armed Doctor Saved Lives in Hospital Shooting Near Philadelphia, Police Chief Says".

    Had this been multiple persons shot, CNN would have spent hours if not days on the story. However, since the doctor returned fire and pretty much ended what could have been a disaster CNN buried the story, because it didn't fit their political view of guns. In fact, I though maybe it was a false alarm after hearing the breaking news then nothing until I saw the story on a local news outlet. For years we have been socially manipulated by this and other liberal television programs. The experiment announced by Facebook is only a drop in the ocean to the extreme liberal views and intense hate we have been bombarded with by liberal programming. We started paying the price for it when Obama was elected President and it is getting worse.

    All extreme liberals who post here will only attack or dismiss this notion but the rest of you please step back and observe. Read the hate that follows, a direct result of liberal media influence.

    July 26, 2014 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • countingdown

      I must admit that CNN was not my primary news source that day and I my have just missed the story so I retract my statement and apologize to CNN!

      July 27, 2014 at 4:12 am | Reply
  2. kurt

    The laws overturned in recent years for Chicago were:

    – Ban on all gun sales within city limits
    – Ban on gun ranges in city limits
    – Ban on private transfer of guns in city limits as a gift or private sale
    – Ban on handgun ownership in city limits.
    – Ban on concealed carry (sort of... they didn't have a concealed carry permit, but were forced to create one by a lawsuit... which is pretty much the same thing as overturning a ban)

    While the court cases happened at different times, the changes that were all forced by those cases took effect around the end of 2013/beginning of 2014.

    In 2010 you would have been correct. Chicago did have probably the most draconian gun laws in the nation. They dont' anymore though.

    And no, Chicago doesn't have a list of the historic bill numbers for their ordinances that have been overturned online... but you can search wikipedia to get a description similar to what I posted above with gun laws in the city that have been overturned.

    July 11, 2014 at 9:37 am | Reply
    • kurt

      This was meant as a response at the bottom of the thread. Apologies.

      July 11, 2014 at 9:38 am | Reply
    • southerngent

      "Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it."

      Is this your only source for facts other than liberal media.

      July 13, 2014 at 8:53 am | Reply
    • southerngent

      Without sources this data is worthless and try something besides c== and Wikipedia.

      July 13, 2014 at 9:33 am | Reply
  3. 2_indy1600

    This is a slow-moving Katrina with contagious diseases. At least Bush flew over the disaster. This president is simply not doing the job he was elected to do.

    July 10, 2014 at 2:17 am | Reply
    • mag

      Big deal. Bush flew over the disaster. Then what? Utter incompetence.

      July 10, 2014 at 11:31 am | Reply
  4. Richka

    To ask for almost 4 billion dollars to house, feed, clothe and provide medical services for the tens of thousand illegals from Central America is a huge con and does absolutely nothing to solve the problem. The flow of these illegal children/parents will continue EVERY day since there is NOTHING done to stop and deport them. Before long, Obama will ask for another 4 or 5 billion dollars for the next hundred thousand coming across. IF the requested money was used to control the borders with more BP personnel, more technology and more punishment for illegally entering the US, it would make some sense. The best way to handle the situation, is to withhold the millions of dollars we pay to these governments until a large portion of this money be used to provide their country's children with food, health care and enforce stricter laws against the gangs. We CAN NOT afford to add that many illegal immigrants to our welfare system that is already overloaded. If there is money to spend, help our veterans and seniors. They have actually done something for our country and deserve a helping hand. I's time that people will take a stand and speak out against this invasion of our country.

    July 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • mag

      A huge con? What do you expect to do with thousands of children while things get sorted out, exactly?

      July 10, 2014 at 11:32 am | Reply
  5. Vince

    Other than a flippant useless comment...did the senator offer any other suggestions? I'm guessing not. The congressional GOP is long on insults and complaints and typically short on ideas or action.

    July 9, 2014 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • mag

      You got it. When a heathen like Glen Beck is getting flack from his own CINOs for bringing the kids toys and blankets, you realize just how nasty people can be.

      July 10, 2014 at 11:33 am | Reply
  6. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    July 9, 2014 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • Typical Low Information Government For Me

      The Entire DEM / LIBERAL – Solution / Platform In A Single Paragraph

      The Typical Government For Me Liberal Prayer/Solution:
      Dear obama...With your ability to get idiots like me to believe your BS,, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Rich, White, Christian, Female, and Straight people into our slaves. Then, with your weakness and lack of leadership or understanding of government, we will whip them until they are older, sicker, poorer, mixed, atheist, other, and in general like me or until they are dead and then turn them into Soylent Green to feed our younguns when America is attacked again ( because of your stupidity in releasing terrorist ) or when you make us like the countries the illegals are fleeing from......
      All mighty liar in chief...Grant us continued lack of knowledge so that we may blindly follow your perpetual screw ups and destruction of democracy...........
      My saviour and king ...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly lie as good as you, blame Bush, say I didn't know until I heard it on the news, blame it on a video, say not a smiggen of corruption, tell them they can keep (fill in blank______________________), we are not spying on Americans, ........
      PLEASE, ALMIGHTY ONE, TAX THE RICH AND TAKE ALL THEIR MONEY, I NEEDS MORE FREE STUFF!!!..........and screw the middle class because I don't want to be like them I just want what they got or had........
      PLEASE DON'T LET OTHER LOW INFORMATION PEOPLE LIKE ME AND "The GOP Solution" KNOW THEY COULD HAVE MORE MONEY BY INVESTING THE SAME MONEY AS SS INSTEAD OF THE GOVERNMENT JUST TAKING MY MONEY AND WASTING IT.
      PLEASE, PLEASE, DON'T TELL OTHER IGNORAMUSES LIKE ME, MEDICARE IS LIKE THE VA MESS AND IS WHAT NATIONAL HEALTHCARE WOULD BE LIKE!!! Oh mysuperbeingyoubemygod......in your name we PREY (MISSPELLED ON PURPOSE).

      July 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  7. Hung Trinh

    Cheaper if we buy a Mercedes for each kid so they can drive home.

    July 9, 2014 at 9:45 am | Reply
  8. kurt

    Here's the thing:

    The LAW says that immigration is not allowed to stop these kids at the border due to their country of origin.

    The LAW says that immigration needs to provide hearing for these kids to determine if they are legitimate political refugees.

    The LAW says that if found to be political refugees, they must be allowed to stay.

    This is CURRENT IMMIGRATION LAW. The president is supposed to enforce that. If he didn't, Boehner would actually HAVE grounds to sue him for not carrying out the laws congress has passed. He's not allowed to buy each a first class ticket home because CONGRESS HAS PREVENTED HIM FROM DOING SO.

    The president can't change that... only congress can.

    July 9, 2014 at 8:49 am | Reply
    • MDR

      Kurt, you need to stop putting false information out in this forum and whatever other forum that addresses the topic at hand. I have no idea what LAW book or website you are getting your "facts" from, but I urge to read the Immigration and Nationality Act.

      To quote you: "The LAW says that immigration is not allowed to stop these kids at the border due to their country of origin." WHAT? Where exactly did you read this? Which house lawyer fed you this complete lie?

      The LAW, Kurt, states that anyone trying to gain access to this country is subject to inspection and therefore subject to be found eligible to enter or be denied entry into the USA.

      You are partially right in some comments that you state are LAW. The truth is that Obama can deport all these kids back. I have addressed the power that POTUS has on the subject in another reply to your comments.

      To be short, and so other readers are aware of the misinformation you are posting, a refugee has the right to have his case heard, not the right to stay in country until we prove that he or she does not qualify. In other words, these so called refugees could be sent home and their case be assigned to an asylum officer and eventually decided.

      Please, do some research before posting inaccuracies or if you don't want to spend the time to do the digging or don't know about the subject, please refrain from posting.

      July 9, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Reply
      • kurt

        The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008.

        This law made permanent a recurring reauthorization that congress had passed since 2000 dealing with child trafficking. Part of that law deals with unaccompanied children arriving at the US border who are not natives of bordering countries. The law specifies that those children must be taken into the US, housed and cared for and must be provided a hearing to determine if they should be granted political asylum. If not the law directs the executive branch to follow standard deportation proceedings (as opposed to childrent stopped at the border from Mexico who are simply returned to Mexico).

        July 10, 2014 at 3:50 pm |
      • southerngent

        kurt
        You post a lot of worthless crap, using a lot of useless wording to say nothing and sometimes quote useless numbers without sources. So, here are a few relative the article.

        OK, use the law (originated under Clinton last modified by Senator Bidden in 08 to include the current wording for these specific groups) send them home period. Btw, who controlled the congress during this time? Answer DEMOCRATs, THANKS TO THE DEMOCRATS WE GAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING WHO COULDN'T AFFORD THEM AND KABOOM, WE TOLD THESE (ILLEGALS) TO COME HERE THEN OH MY, MY, NOW WHAT, UHM, LETS KEEP EM HERE, (VOTING BLOCK).

        110th United States Congress
        The One Hundred Tenth United States Congress was the meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, between January 3, 2007, and January 3, 2009, during the last two years of the second term of President George W. Bush. It was composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The apportionment of seats in the House was based on the 2000 U.S. census.

        The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995. Although the Democrats held fewer than 50 Senate seats, they had an operational majority because the two independent senators caucused with the Democrats for organizational purposes.

        No Democratic-held seats had fallen to the Republican Party in the 2006 elections. [2] Democrat Nancy Pelosi became the first woman Speaker of the House. [3] The House also received the first Muslim (Keith Ellison) [4][5] and Buddhist (Hank Johnson and Mazie Hirono) [6] members of Congress. wikipedia

        Ponder this:
        25% (only) think the border will be secured under Obama
        18% (only) think illegals should be given blanket amnesty
        62% think a process to legalization should be given (only) if the border can be secured
        40% agreed/w Senate bill s744, 40% oppose.
        29% think the house should pass s744, 44% think the house should review each part separately, 27% undecided.
        28% think comprehensive immigration reform will happen this year 55% oppose free public education for illegal immigrants

        ****** the reason Obama pushes so hard for reform *******
        31% of illegals consider themselves Democrats, 4% Republican, with 23% leaning Democratic, 15% leaning Republican,

        80% of adult Americans support stricter borders, 93% Republicans, 76% Democrats, 83% independents
        60% Hispanic voters support amnesty only if the 90% influx stoppage is reached
        56% Hispanic voters do not support federal benefits for illegals while going through legalization process before the 90%reached
        64% Hispanic voters support E-verify
        77% adult American voters do not think amnestied illegals should receive federal benefits before citizenship obtained. 90% Republican, 80% Independent, 63%Democrats
        70% do not think amnestied illegals should receive obamacare benefits before citizenship obtained
        59% of registered voters think securing the border is more important than amnesty, 34% think amnesty is more important

        Illegal immigration and amnesty poll. More information on site, suggested reading.
        From fairus.org, Federation for American Immigration Reform – poll Oct. 22, 2013 I doubt the numbers would be better for your views now given the current situation. If anything is misquoted it would be by mistake only.

        July 10, 2014 at 5:37 pm |
    • Smitty

      Kurt, aren't you tired of making up ignorant excuses for Obambi every day ??? Please think b-4 you blog. Protect American Jobs just made a fool out of your dribble. Take a break, don't waste space on websites.

      July 9, 2014 at 11:27 pm | Reply
      • kurt

        See above regarding the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008.

        Before calling people out about what the law says... perhaps a few minutes of research are in order. Here's an article about it relating to the current issues if you care to read:

        http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/us/immigrant-surge-rooted-in-law-to-curb-child-trafficking.html?_r=0

        July 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm |
      • southerngent

        kurt
        Instead of providing a link to a liberal news outlet why didn't you provide a link to the actual law, typical. Btw, you don't know what is in this law either because of the massive amount of law and law language being used. All you are doing is quoting what liberal news outlets want you to say. I have to hand it to you though, you are persistent in posting misinformation.

        So, now provide the section and wording that stops them from being returned. Not just processing.

        Still, why won't the president use his pen to rectify this law save us billions of wasted DEBT, then ask congress to secure the border and enforce illegal alien laws on the books.

        ANSWER TO MY OWN QUESTION:

        ****** the reason Obama pushes so hard for reform *******
        31% of illegals consider themselves Democrats, 4% Republican, with 23% leaning Democratic, 15% leaning Republican,

        From the poll listed above.

        July 10, 2014 at 6:09 pm |
      • kurt

        Okay... here's the law:

        http://www.state.gov/j/tip/laws/113178.htm

        Again, while you refuse to see the truth of it... there are laws in place that give the executive branch the ability to modify or disregard laws passed by congress. Essentially congress has given the president the ability to override CERTAIN laws in specific cases... such as not prosecuting court cases regarding laws the justice department doesn't feel like they can win or delaying taxes to ease the implementation.

        They haven't given him the power to do that with this particular immigration law. He CANNOT "use his pen" to fix this because congress didn't give him the power to do that like they did with the implementation of the ACA. He's actually ENCOURAGING congress to pass a law allowing him to do just that... give him the authority to expedite deportations with unaccompanied minors when the executive brance feels like there isn't any worry about child trafficking. But congress has to ammend the law before he can do that. The ball is not in his court.

        July 11, 2014 at 9:11 am |
    • southerngent

      kurt

      BUT, BUT, BUT, BUT YOU SAID REGARDING THE USE OF HIS PEN AND INSTRUCTIONAL ORDERS TO DHS, DCS, IRS, JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND OTHERS:

      From your post on CF Should undocumented children be returned......
      "As for the obamacare modifications... it's funny how that worked. There are laws on the books which give the treasury department a huge amount of lattitude when enforcing tax laws. When the supreme court ruled that the fines, fees and penalties of obamacare were constutional as they were a tax... it then opened them up for a wide degree of treasury department administrative adjustment under those laws. THat may not have been intended... but that was a consequence of them being classified as taxes. The tresury department can modify times and methods of tax collection and payment without congressional improval... because congress has passed laws allowing them to do just that."

      So, why use his pen and send them home now? Obamacare is not the only thing he has used his pen on.
      Funny how that works. Only when the it suits the liberal agenda does it work. What a joke?

      July 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Reply
      • kurt

        The IRS tax code gives the Treasury department the authority to delay and reduce taxes during the period they are being implemented to make transition easier for those being taxed. This is in section 7805(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.

        That power was first enumerated by law in 1921 and has been strengthened many times since.

        The reason Obama could delay Obamacare's mandate is that:
        1) It was declared a tax.
        2) Congress WAY BACK IN 1921 gave the president the ability to delay the implementation of taxes to "aid transition".

        There are other instances where congress has given the executive branch power to "make law" or "ignore law". For example, congress has given many government agencies the ability to enact regulations... without congress setting what those regulations shall be. They also have given the justice department the ability to not try cases where the lawyers believe they are sure to lose. These are examples where CONGRESS has given the executive branch the power to make or ignore laws.

        This is not a tax. Nor is there any other law on the books that gives him the power to administratively ignore pieces of this law. Thus congress has to act.

        July 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm |
      • southerngent

        BS, we are talking about time line mandates not just tax law concerning obamacare.

        " There are other instances where congress has given the executive branch power to "make law" or "ignore law". For example, congress has given many government agencies the ability to enact regulations... without congress setting what those regulations shall be. They also have given the justice department the ability to not try cases where the lawyers believe they are sure to lose. These are examples where CONGRESS has given the executive branch the power to make or ignore laws."
        You keep contradicting yourself, either he can use his pen at will or not. Since, you are so proficient at law, provide a list of laws the president is allowed to change at will. Also, would it be OK for the next president to undo with their pen all Obama has done with his pen. After all, these would be the same laws obama was allow to change at will.

        July 10, 2014 at 6:33 pm |
      • kurt

        The mandate IS a tax.

        That is what the supreme court said when they upheld the mandate for the ACA. They said that the penalty for not following the mandate is allowed due to congresses authority to tax. That means that the transitional authority the president has applies to that part of the law.

        I'm sorry you aren't getting it... but let me try one more time for you.

        The president has whatever authority the constitution and congress have given the president. Over the years, MANY laws have been passed that give the president limited authority to either enact his own law or disregard other laws. The reason he can do this is congress passed a law saying he could do it.

        The reason the justice department doesn't have to try cases where they think they'll lose is congress passed a law giving them that power. The reason the FDA can determine what drugs they regulate and what the rules are is that congress passed a law giving them that power.

        That doesnt' mean that the ATF can determine which guns are illegal... because congress has NOT given them the power to do that. The only cases where the executive branch can ignore or implement law is when congress has already passed another law specifically allowing them to do so.

        The IRS tax code (passed by congress) already gives the executive branch the power to delay taxes under "transitional authority". That doesn't mean the president can ignore an immigration law because congress has NOT passed a law giving him that power.

        Do you understand?

        July 11, 2014 at 9:18 am |
      • southerngent

        kurt The mandate IS a tax.

        Obamacare mandates included time lines not only tax. ( specific dates for specific actions as LAW )
        man·date /ˈmanˌdāt/

        noun
        1. an official order or commission to do something.
        2. the authority to carry out a policy or course of action, regarded as given by the electorate to a candidate or party that is victorious in an election. "

        verb
        1. give (someone) authority to act in a certain way.
        2. historical assign (territory) under a mandate of the League of Nations.

        You keep saying I don't get it, you will just like the recent rulings from the supreme court.

        July 13, 2014 at 9:08 am |
    • MDR

      Sorry Kurt, I'd have replied to the reply you left me, but somehow the REPLY link does not appear under any of your comments.

      I read the section Interim Assistance to Children in the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Act. You are right in pointing out that such assistance is available by law to children of TRAFFICKING.

      In criminal law, there is a clear difference between Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking. These children and adults that are coming and presenting themselves to Border Patrol Agents, are victims (by their own choice) of Human Smuggling.

      Human Trafficking is the act of establishing human trade for sexual slavery, forced labor, or commercial sexual exploitation.

      By that definition alone, these children can not be afforded the protection of the stated Act.

      Good try though.

      July 11, 2014 at 12:34 am | Reply
      • kurt

        While the law in general is about trafficking, the specific section governing the handling of unaccompanied minors is not in any way limited to those who are being trafficked.

        The purpose of the mandatory hearing is to determine if they are a victim of human traficking or not. It's not that they don't get a hearing unless they are victims of trafficking. YOu have it backwards.

        This isn't a criminal statute. It's a congressional directive to the executive branch about how to handle unaccompanied minors from other countries that arrive at the US border. It handles them based on two categories... those from contiguous countries and those from non-contiguous countries an specifies how they are handled based on which category they fall in. While it's part of a law dealing with trafficking of people, it's not just enacting a criminal statute. It is a wide ranging piece of legislation.

        There are no "requirements" to be covered under this law other then the fact you arrived at the border as an unaccompanied minor. Those from contiguous countries are handled one way under the law, those from non-contiguous countries are handled another way. There is no other test... those come when the hearing occurs to determine if you can STAY.

        July 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm |
    • MDR

      "While the law in general is about trafficking, the specific section governing the handling of unaccompanied minors is not in any way limited to those who are being trafficked."

      So the Act that in its title has TRAFFICKING applies to people that are not victims of trafficking. That makes a lot of sense. I guess is how you interpret it huh? Just like the Constitution?!

      You make me laugh Kurt

      July 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • MDR

      Oh, and one more thing, Kurt:

      "The purpose of the mandatory hearing is to determine if they are a victim of human traficking or not. It's not that they don't get a hearing unless they are victims of trafficking. YOu have it backwards."

      So you mean to tell me that we are going to apply a section of an Act to a person that said Act was not enacted for? Seriously.

      I don't know how much experience you have in the immigration field, or where you get your information as to the legal or administrative procedures. I really don't know where you get that a hearing is held to determine whether a person is deemed to be a victim of trafficking. That part indeed does happen, but it only takes place when the subject claims to have been a victim of trafficking or the circumstances surrounding their case warrant it to be viewed in such light.
      Otherwise, the stipulations of the Act could be applied to anyone.

      Kurt, you seem like an educated person who can make a good argument based on what you read and what you perceive to be correct an applicable. I must say that I don't know your credentials nor what walk of life you come from, but at every turn you try to defend how this administration is addressing the immigration problem and the handling of these minors. Even when at times, when through this article and others people have try to educate you on the facts of the issue we are discussing. All I can tell you, without going into major detail, is that I've been working in the immigration enforcement field for more than 12 years and that the input I give you is based on knowledge of the law, firsthand accounts as well as accounts from personnel that are involved in the field on daily basis.

      At this point, I know I won't change your mind as it impossible to change another person's mind. All one can do is present enough facts for you to be well informed so you can "see the light" sort of speak.

      I can tell you are very passionate about defending your point of view. I must say thought that it is hard to read your comments objectively since you have already stated that you are of the school of thought to let everyone in unless they have a criminal record. That comment in itself lets me know that you don't have any regards as to the immigration laws of this country.

      Have a good day and I hope the utopia you seek in this land happens without any adverse reaction to any person that legally inhabits this land.

      July 12, 2014 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  9. Damon

    And also there is no scientific proof that smoking Marijuana leads to harder drug use anymore than milk leads to alcoholism.
    I hope anyone that has an opinion in this issue educates themselves beyond what people like him tell you.
    Ever here smoking weed kills brain cells??? Lies, the truth about the only test done to prove this is the doctor put gas masks on monkeys and pumped smoke through them for 5 minutes, then killed the monkeys and counted the dead brain cells.... 5 minutes of no oxygen and you blame the plant???

    July 9, 2014 at 1:07 am | Reply
  10. Damon

    I would like for that so called "doctor" to present his medical facts that marijuana is harmful to you.
    Hempseed and hempseed oil have been found to be a factor in DNA repair. Hemp has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) needed by the human body. One ‘job’ of Omega 3 is cellular repair. Hemp is 65% protein, 35% of which is globulin edestin protein. It is the protein that is closest to human globulin, and is very easily digestible by the body.... Does that sound like 18 cigarettes to you???
    The only tragedy is the fact people like you have lied about this plant with so many benefits to the human race.
    All the paper we make from trees could be made better by using Cannabis Hemp. We would make more paper per acre. Each Cannabis plant grown saves 12 trees. Cannabis Hemp uses about 1/7 the chemicals in paper manufacture. Right now we cut down about 500 million cubic meters of forest every year.
    This plant could save the world from scum like you. Tell the people the truth and save this planet before we have nothing left.

    July 9, 2014 at 12:56 am | Reply
  11. MDR

    Obama's plan is working to perfection. This man knows exactly what he's doing. Congress won't give him Immigration Reform so he's overwhelming the system with these children and using them for political gain. He has taken a clause enacted by Bush and ran with it. A clause that was in place for exceptional cases.

    Obama knows how to play the game, and that is why he's calling it a "humanitarian crisis" instead of an immigration problem. He knows extremely well (even though he keeps on stating that the vast majority want immigration reform) that the American public doesn't want immigration reform, a.k.a amnesty. The American public is aware of what happened in 86 and we still have an illegal immigration problem today.

    Obama knows well that asking for 2 billion or 4 or whatever amount won't work and no one will approve such amount because in the end these kids won't be sent home. He want's to hire more judges so the kids have their "due process". The enforcement and judicial side of immigration is a joke!

    In the end Obama won't get the money he's asking for, and in return, he will blame the GOP for being heartless, bnot being compassionate and being less than human for not wanting to address "the need".

    IMO, asking for money with the pretext of being a solution, is totally false. Lack of money was the reason cited for not wanting to house every illegal alien caught because, according to this administration, it was costing over $50 daily to keep an IA in a detention facility. So only illegal aliens with criminal convictions were to be deported. But now all of the sudden POTUS asks for almost 4 billion to expedite the "return" of these kids?!

    Sorry Obama, the American public may have been born at night, but not last night.

    July 9, 2014 at 12:24 am | Reply
    • So to clarify

      So to clarify. The GOP has no solution. Ok, I got it.

      July 10, 2014 at 10:03 am | Reply
      • Typical Low Information Government For Me

        So to clarify
        "So to clarify. The GOP has no solution. Ok, I got it."

        (AKA, The GOP Solution: a typical low information government for him)

        So to clarify, The DEMS only solution is to screw America, which includes you. OK, I already knew it, when are you going to get it?

        July 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm |
  12. Pat

    I think the border is secure, if it isn't how are we catching so many who are trying to cross? The problem isn't border security, it's Central American poverty.

    July 8, 2014 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  13. Miguel Serda

    Coburn is nothing more then a racist old fool who should take his retirement and go back to his state of Oklahoma to live out the rest of his racist life. Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 01:31:21 +0000 To: mrserda@hotmail.com

    July 8, 2014 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  14. Sam

    Send the criminal border crossers to DC. Put them in a tent city on the mall where they are close to the President and agencies that are working on this humanitarian travesty. Let the live on the President's lawn, so he doesn't forget to work on this issue.

    July 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • Pat

      All kidding aside, you're a moron

      July 8, 2014 at 11:41 pm | Reply
      • Hector Slagg

        Actually Pat, the Moron is in the White House, but you are running a close second. There are a ton of problems in the country now, as in the world. But Nero is still Fiddling and Rome is burning, and we have forrest Gump in the driver's seat. Lead on!

        July 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm |
    • Smitty

      Actually Pat its a good Idea, all the libs who think we should let them in, fine how many do you want at your house???
      What none ??? It looks like Patti is the moron go Sam !!!!

      July 9, 2014 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  15. ProtectAmericanJobs

    This has gotten completely out of control and President Obama's "Plan" is waiting for a "recommendation" by the end of summer and throwing $3.7-billion at the problem? – What the heck? – Can't he figure this out for himself? – First it's $2-Billion, now it's $3.7-Billion. – This is just more empty talk and stupidity. – Why the hell do we need to wait until the end of the summer or need $3,700,000,000 dollars when we already have troops on the payroll? – It's a no-brainer, the first priority is to secure our southern border and our military should absolutely be deployed to shut the floodgates that are allowing thousands upon thousands of unauthorized illegal aliens to continue to pour into our country! – We don't need a "blue-ribbon-committee" or any other BS to figure this out.

    The very First Priority is to Secure Our Border and then go from there.

    We Need To Stop Unauthorized Foreigners from just Flooding Into Our Country!

    Our government should immediately start using our military to Start Keeping ILLEGAL Aliens Out. Bring our troops home from the mindless Middle East and deploy them on our southern border.

    Let's use our troops here in the USA to Protect Our Own Country from the Incursion of Illegal Aliens here at home, instead of keeping them in the Middle East, which is just going to continue to be a never ending region of stupidity and violence.

    We should also start hiring more of our unemployed veterans as additional border patrol officers, ICE and INS agents.

    These intruders are Unauthorized Foreigners or Illegal Aliens – They are Not just "undocumented immigrants" – They are intruders! – And based upon that truth, they have no constitutional rights in our country.

    The American People really Need Leaders That Will Honor The Fact that They Are Elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to Represent the Interests of Those Citizens and The Country Itself and that They are NOT Elected By or To Represent Lobbyist, the Global Marketplace (NAFTA, WTO, TPP), Foreign Citizens or Illegal Aliens.

    July 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      We need to Stop Unauthorized Foreigners from just Flooding into Our Country! – Can you stinking politicians hear us???????????????

      When are our stinking traitorous "leaders" ACTUALLY going to do something about this? – How many more years do they think that they can keep stalling for? – And yes – I'm Angry with Both Parties – As are most American Citizens right now! – But, Obama could be the worst of them all.

      The American People really Need Leaders That Will Honor The Fact that They Are Elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to Represent the Interests of Those Citizens and The Country Itself and that They are NOT Elected By or To Represent Lobbyist, the Global Marketplace (NAFTA, WTO, TPP), Foreign Citizens or Illegal Aliens.

      Economic Fairness for the American People and the Real American Economy: It's called Tariffs, Tax Incentives for Repatriating Industries and American Jobs and Protecting Our Southern Border.

      Instead of spending $3.7-billion on illegals or bailing out banks – How about splitting up the $3.7-billion up between the millions of income-tax-paying American Citizens that are struggling to pay their mortgages, children's education loans, health-care insurance, etc.............

      Over the past several decades, all that our idiotic traitorous politicians from both parties have been doing is screwing the American People, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

      Both parties have sold out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens and the outsourcing floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide.

      It shouldn't be all about Democrats or Republicans! It should be about Americans, especially our elected officials, doing the right thing for our country and its citizens. All the single-minded, left versus right, ideological one dimensional bull has got to go!

      Wouldn't it be More Productive if Our Elected Leaders Started Working Together as AMERICANS for AMERICANS and AMERICA, instead of just bickering, stalling and posturing for the next election as democrats and republicans/tea-whatevers! The American People have had it with this unproductive BS! The way that both parties having been operating for years just stinks! Neither party has really been looking out for the best interests of the US Citizens who elect them and who they're supposed to represent.

      July 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      Again, the LAW states that these kids are NOT ALLOWED to be turned away at the border.

      That's not "Obama's plan" That's the LAW as passed by congress. The increase in people coming requires more money to carry out that law, but the fact remains that Congress passed it and the president is required to enforce it.

      It's crazy how the GOP is trying to paint the president as "ignoring the law" when he's doing the exact opposite. He's carrying out the laws on the books unless he can find a constitutional basis for not doing so (where the primary law of the land overrides congressional law). He does that even with the stupid ones.

      In cases where there's not enough money, he does prioritize enforcement... and he asks for more money like he's doing now. Not sure what you think he is supposed to be doing different.

      If you have a problem with this system... go after congress.

      July 9, 2014 at 9:00 am | Reply
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        Then the law needs to corrected and changed immediately!

        To those of supporting the Flood of Unauthorized Foreigners that are flowing non-stop Into Our Country every single day, those of us who strongly oppose this say the following:

        We will wholeheartedly support your belief that the current invasion by illegal alien invaders is welcome, but only on the following conditions.

        1 – YOU invite these people in YOUR homes at YOUR expense.

        2 – YOU HOUSE them at YOUR expense.

        3 – YOU FEED them at YOUR expense.

        4 – YOU CLOTHE them at YOUR expense.

        5 – YOU provide all necessary MEDICAL CARE at YOUR expense.

        6 – When additional schools need to be built and staff hired YOU receive the bill for those services for any above and beyond the local birth rate of US CITIZENS.

        7 – If at any time one of YOUR house guests break the law and need legal counsel in a court of law, YOU pay for those expenses WITHOUT and public assistance.

        8 – If at any time one of YOUR house guests need to be incarcerated due to breaking any of the laws of this country, YOU pay for those expenses WITHOUT public assistance.

        9 – At NO TIME will you receive ANY public assistance. You forfeit any and all eligibility for any housing assistance, food assistance, medical assistance, NO ADDITIONAL TAX exemptions beyond those for your own natural born children.

        IF YOU ASSUME FULL AND COMPLETE RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ANY ILLEGAL ALIEN YOU WELCOME INTO YOUR HOME.

        Agree with the above, and maybe then we'll agree with your compassion.

        FYI: Our Leaders are Elected By the Citizens of The United States of America to Represent the Interests of Those Citizens and The Country Itself and that They're NOT Elected By or To Represent Lobbyist, the Global Marketplace (WTO, NAFTA, TPP), Foreign Citizens or Illegal Aliens.

        July 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm |
      • Really?

        @ProtectGOPTards – Is this what Jesus would do?

        July 10, 2014 at 10:01 am |
      • southerngent

        Really? @ProtectGOPTards – Is this what Jesus would do?

        OK, @ReallyLIBtards – What would Jesus do and what would you do?

        July 10, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
      • kurt

        If you believe the law should change... fine.

        Go to your congressmen and tell them to get to work. The point is Obama can't change it by himself. Unlike other laws that are in areas where congress has granted the president some authority to act, this particular law doesn't give the president any leeway.

        He has to let them in.
        They have to go through a hearing process to determine if they get asylum.
        If denied asylum, they have to go through standard deportation procedures rather then just putting them on a plane and forgetting about them.

        The law doesn't give him any wiggle room. He can't fix it through executive action because of that.

        July 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm |
      • southerngent

        kurt
        OK, use the law (originated under Clinton last modified by Senator Bidden in 08 to include the current wording for these specific groups) send them home period.

        Also, answer the question: The government advertised for companies to transport mass illegal immigrants in FEBRUARY, yet they did not start arriving in mass until April, was this orchestrated by the administration or did they know what was coming and failed to act?

        In other words were they invited or is the administration incompetent. You have already stated you believe in an open border, which shows your liberal ignorance.

        By allowing them to stay YOU would put others in danger by saying come here and you can stay, then tens of thousand more try to cross Mexico, (Rape, Murder, Drug Cartels). How is your obamacare going to pay for them? Our premiums are skyrocketing now?

        Btw, why are they coming here suddenly in these numbers?
        Why leave their socialist countries? If liberal big government is so great why aren't our people trying to go to their country?
        Take a look at their governments and realize if we continue on our progressive liberal path, their present is our future.

        July 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm |
      • kurt

        Southerngent... that's what's happening. They are using the law as written and sending those who don't qualify for asylum home. The problem is there aren't enough courts to handle the hearings to meet the demand from the number of kids coming over.

        that's the whole point of the funding request.

        The cost effective solution is for congress to pass a law that allows the executive branch to skip the hearings when they determine there is little chance of the kids being here due to child trafficking (that or just take the law off the books entirely). But the president can't make that law happen... only congress can.

        July 11, 2014 at 9:23 am |
      • southerngent

        The same government bureaucracy that you so vigorously promote is the problem. The same crap you defend is the problem. This mindless president has no concept of how to lead and continuously leads from behind. I know you got the idea of changing the law from recent articles but that's OK because it is a Republican proposal and we will see if the president and demos go along with it.

        July 13, 2014 at 9:21 am |
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        Reply to "Really?"

        Nice try!

        The media just keeps putting up sad pictures of the children and other unauthorized foreign intruders to try to push their propaganda and agenda. How transparent and obvious – How stupid do they really think that the American People are?

        Illegal Immigrants (adults, teenagers, adolescents or children) – These intruders are Unauthorized Foreigners or Illegal Aliens – They are Not just "undocumented immigrants" – They are intruders! – And based upon that truth, they have no constitutional rights in our country.

        FYI: Our Leaders are Elected By the Citizens of The United States of America to Represent the Interests of Those Citizens and The Country Itself and that They're NOT Elected By or To Represent Lobbyist, the Global Marketplace (WTO, NAFTA, TPP), Foreign Citizens or Illegal Aliens.

        ps: Regarding your lame ProtectGOPTards reference – It's not even applicable, because I obviously think that both parties stink. Stop with the lame one-sided rhetoric already.

        July 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm |
    • James

      I am getting sick and tire of your's and everyone else's protectionist bullcrap.

      July 14, 2014 at 10:59 am | Reply
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        FYI James: Our Leaders are Elected By the Citizens of The United States of America to Represent the Interests of Those Citizens and The Country Itself and that They're NOT Elected By or To Represent Lobbyist, the Global Marketplace (WTO, NAFTA, TPP), Foreign Citizens or Illegal Aliens.

        July 14, 2014 at 5:35 pm |
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        This is eventually going to effect even the few idiotic disloyal Americans who are still championing outsourcing.

        It's all about cheap labor.

        Our leaders better wake up and put some sensible measures in to stem the tide or this is going to have a devastating effect on America and the American citizens.

        The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.

        This is the only way that Americans are going to be able to "Get a Raise" and sustain it. The more jobs and businesses that we bring back to tax-paying Americans citizens, the healthier our real economy will be and the more likely it will be for the American people to keep up and possibly even start to move forward again.

        July 14, 2014 at 5:42 pm |
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        If these "free trade" agreements were so good for us, why did our trade deficit keep getting increasingly larger and larger during this span of time.

        Increasingly way more money going out of our country every year versus coming in every year.

        It's Not Rocket Science – Regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what's real. The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they've seen actually going on all around them versus all of the nonsense that the Free-Traitors are still trying to sell us.

        Trade with countries like Communist China, India and Mexico is pretty much a One-Way-Street.

        July 14, 2014 at 5:45 pm |
  16. Charlie

    I share Newt's "outrage". But what does he want to do about it? Gun control? The minute you say such a thing, all the crazies come from everywhere, pounding the Second Amendment. Try to get something done in Congress? Good luck with that, what with the NRA controlling half the Legislative Branch, and the other half scared of losing their next election.

    The only thing we can do is yell at each other on Facebook some more, which makes as much sense as a screen door on a submarine.

    July 8, 2014 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      This happened after the courts struck down gun control laws in Chicago.

      So... laws were relaxed to put more guns on the street... and more people got shot. What a suprise.

      July 9, 2014 at 8:52 am | Reply
      • Smitty

        Wow, short bus ???? Chicago has very strong gun laws. Being a dem city, why do they let this continue??? Wheres Sharpton and Reggie??? With their illegit kids ??? they certainitley not trying to help Obambis home town??? I will give you credit, you are consistant, you really don't know anything !!!!

        July 9, 2014 at 11:31 pm |
      • kurt

        Many of their gun laws were overturned in January.

        The chief of police blamed lax gun laws at the state and federal level and the courts striking down the city's stricter gun laws for the violence. http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/07/justice/chicago-shootings/index.html

        Garry Mccarthy, the Chicago Police Superintendent was in charge of the Newark Police Department for a drastic reduction in violent crime and was doing the same in Chicago with the help of strict gun laws. He came in early in 2011.

        Murders in Chicago:
        2011 – 525
        2012 – 505
        2013 – 415

        Then in January of 2014 many of those gun laws were overturned by the courts.

        We'll see how 2014 turns out.

        July 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm |
      • southerngent

        Spouting laws again. Which ones?
        Were these new gun laws that they tried to introduce to get around the constitution?
        Which existing laws did they relax?
        You spouted numbers again, so what was the breakdown by type, in other words, how many guns, knives, beatings, other?
        How many attempted murders by gun and was that high / low?
        Did the numbers include outlying communities.
        Do you ever read anything but liberal BS.

        July 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm |
      • southerngent

        Another factor I failed to mention is population. Is the decline in murder rate proportional to the decline in Chicago's population? Same holds true for Detroit.

        July 10, 2014 at 10:29 pm |
      • kurt

        As to population, Chicago's population is going up. It's about 25,000 higher then in 2010.

        July 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm |
      • southerngent

        In 2013 it was still declining, so what changed? How much was annexed for tax gains? Btw, the Chicago articles said 23,000 not 25,000. Still stretching truth, huh!

        July 13, 2014 at 9:29 am |

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