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July 10th, 2014
11:14 AM ET

Obama's absurd and expensive border strategy

Texas is the center of the current crisis at the border. From Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, thousands upon thousands of children are pouring into the United States.

This flood of foreign children is not a problem of border security. They are not sneaking across the border illegally. Under the Feinstein Amendment of 2008, unaccompanied minors from these countries can present themselves at a legal border crossing, claim to be political refugees and seek asylum.

The argument on the left is that these three countries have violent gangs and therefore we have a moral obligation to take in their children. One Democratic senator told me that the real key was to end violence in those three countries. Read more

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  1. DJ Reality

    Boy is Gingrich out of touch. Obama is just looking for 3.5 billion, while republicans in the house want to cut 287 billion in taxes. I mean come on! The republicans don't even want to offset the spend to cover this "gift" to businesses but will begrudge the president the money to stop this border problem. This is a problem we need to fix but republicans seem to want to ignore it so they can use it as an attack point on the president.

    July 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  2. 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 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  3. ProtectAmericanJobs

    The very first priority is to secure our border and then go from there.

    The President of The United States of American should Immediately Deploy Our Military to Stop Unauthorized Foreigners from Flooding Into Our Country. Then start bringing of our troops home from the mindless Middle East and deploying them on our southern border. Let's use our troops here in the USA to Protect Our 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. The very first priority is to secure our border and then go from there.

    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.

    First of all they 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.

    We need to Stop Unauthorized Foreigners from just Flooding into Our Country!

    When are our stinking idiotic traitorous "leaders" from both parties 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 unauthorized foreign intruders – 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............. The American People are struggling, all because for 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.

    July 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      When are our frigging idiotic 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!

      We STILL need to Stop Illegal Aliens from just flooding into our country! – First of all they're 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.

      Illegal "immigrants" – They're not just doing jobs that Americans don't want. (And I'm not talking about migrant workers, which is obviously not the problem) Do they pay state and federal income taxes? Don't get me wrong many of these people work hard, but are a drain on the system if they don't pay income taxes, have healthcare coverage, learn the language or get paid wages that are in line with their American counterparts. We all know that the health care provided to uninsured illegals here in the states is being averaged into our hospital costs and our insurance premiums, which have proportionately increased along with illegal immigration over the last 20 years? But somehow both parties keep ignoring this. These costs are also being passed along to Medicaid and Medicare, which means that not only are they increasing our insurance premiums, but that we're paying for them again with our tax dollars. Our tax dollars and insurance premiums should not be used to recoup the cost of healthcare given to illegal aliens, who shouldn't even be here in our country in the first place.

      Just look around and you'll see who's doing 90% of the residential renovations, construction and property maintenance jobs. That's certainly what we're seeing in the northeast. These are not just jobs that Americans don't want.

      The hiring of cheap illegal labor causes a chain reaction. The contractors who hire cheap, uninsured, non-income-taxpaying, ILLEGAL aliens undercut the contractors who hire US Citizens or Legal immigrants. Even if the contractor wants to continue to employ US Citizens or Legal tax-paying immigrants, they end up replacing their Legal employees with illegals just to be able to get the work. Unfortunately unions and the old "that's not my job" union attitudes here in the USA have also contributed to this problem.

      Also when these Non-income-tax-paying illegal Aliens take American Citizens jobs they also are taking away the income tax revenue that those working American Citizens would be providing to our government. In addition, the American Citizens who have their jobs taken away by these Illegal Aliens then have to be paid unemployment and usually have no healthcare insurance either because they can't afford COBRA, which adds even more to our deficit and further increases our healthcare costs.

      Over the last 2-3 decades, our idiotic traitorous political "leaders" have been selling out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens (cheap labor) and the outsourcing floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide.

      I run a business that does it the right way and employs 20 US Citizens and 1 Legal Immigrant and I believe that the use of Workplace Raids is a perfectly realistic way to put a stop to this BS. Plus we should publish the results of these workplace raids and fines to the public, so American Citizens and customers could see which companies are employing illegals.

      Let's get the good productive illegal immigrants into the system and paying federal and state income tax or get them out and NOT Let Any More Come In unless they come in as Legal Immigrants. Make them apply for legal visas and or U.S. citizenship and if they don't, then get them out. If they get rejected get them out or give them one quick appeal and if they still get rejected, then get them out. And let's send the bad ILLEGAL Aliens back to where they came in and let's STOP ANYMORE ILLEGAL ALIENS from getting in.

      Any Illegal Aliens that are already in our jails, for crimes that they have committed in our country, should stay in our prisons until they have severed their sentences and then be deported immediately upon their release from prison.

      We 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 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. Cause Lord knows, we need to do a better job of protecting our southern border and getting control of our illegal alien problem.

      ps: Most illegal aliens are paid off the books and if they're employer says that they're deducting income tax they're lying. And the few that are being paid on the books, using fake IDs, claim a huge number of dependents, etc................ And could you or I get away with not filling income tax returns? And what about the ballsy ones that do file and claim a ridiculous amount of deductions to get big refunds. There are even sleazy accounts that specialize in helping them game the system.

      The American People need Our Leaders to start remembering 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, Foreign Citizens, the Global Marketplace (WTO, NAFTA, TPP) or Illegal Aliens.

      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.

      The American People need Loyal American Leaders who will stop selling us out to other countries like Communist China, India and Mexico.

      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.

      July 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  4. Jenny

    So apparently, Obama traveled back in time, disguised himself as Bush and signed these two bills into law? Because that is the only scenario in which he could be responsible.

    I know how much the GOP and especially the TPers HATE actual dates and numbers, with actual data to back it up though, so go ahead and believe that you aren't the one eating BS by the plateful and begging for more. But, in order for your theory to be true, you have to believe Obama is both capable of time travel, and a master of disguise. But sure.... you aren't the deluded one.

    July 12, 2014 at 12:29 am | Reply
  5. Jenny

    Yet another attempt by the GOP to gaslight the American people. Please note the DATE on that Act and tell me which president is responsible for this mess, Newt.

    July 12, 2014 at 12:16 am | Reply
  6. Heywood Jabloamy

    Newt is the man to lead us out of this mess. Maybe we could send those kids to Newt's moon colony.

    July 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  7. emskadittle

    newt is still relevant? how is that?

    July 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  8. BigTex

    More complaints w/ no solutions. Typ. GOP mess...

    July 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  9. Gunderson

    All of these countries receive foreign aid from the U.S. (Taxpayers). Look it up. It is Posted. 3.7 Billion is a bit absurd for this problem. But that isn't to send these people home, it is to fund the welfare for them to stay !! Obama and the Liberals are making every excuse in the book to not deport them. Pass the Supplemental !!! Congress needs to act! Trying to slip in Comprehensive Immigration Reform !! We can do nothing until Congress Acts !!! What a pile of bull.

    July 10, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (which passed with unanimous consent and was signed by George Bush) says the president CANNOT send them home without convening individual hearings for each child to determine if they qualify for asylum.

      IF congress wants Obama to send them home without those hearings, they have to change the law to give him some presidential authority to issue executive orders that ignore that 2008 piece of legislation. If they don't, he cannot work around it.

      The reason he can do it on some other issues is that congress has written lots of laws over the years that do give the president the ability to act in many areas without congress having to pass laws. But this isn't one of those cases.

      The money Obama is asking for isn't changing the law, it's trying to create more courts (and prepresentation for the children) to have more hearings to determine their status relating to asylum more quickly, and keep them in more humane conditions while they await those hearings. That's about all he can do without them changing the law. IF they want any other kind of action on this, CONGRESS has to act.

      July 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Reply
      • Gunderson

        Well Kurt,
        The old saying if you want to kill something give it to a committee is alive and well. I can see you have never been in the real world. That Law can be satisfied by anyone appointed in about 10 minutes. The Border Patrol can do it. But if you get the Trial Lawyers involved, (Sarcasm) it will never be ended. These illegals, have been coached to lie. I guess the Taxpayers are going to take it on the chin, once again.

        July 11, 2014 at 10:46 am |
      • MDR

        The Act is for victims of Human Trafficking and not Human Smuggling. These people may be victims of Human Smuggling and therefore not protected under the Act.

        The LAW is very clear in the matter.

        July 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm |
    • Sebek

      Obama and the liberals????? Arnt there laws on the books, that ask US to treat children from non-contiguous countries in a certain manner, to prevent child trafficking etc? Obama and the administration has said many times, that coming to the border across mexico does not mean they are staying in US. What he does want to do, is make sure the kids are housed properly before getting their immigration hearing. The money being asked is for increasing judges (some 235 we have today, we may need 10 times that many), and to house kids. I certainly do not want the US to treat kids like criminals. And for that, if money is needed, we should provide that.

      July 14, 2014 at 1:17 am | Reply
  10. Minnie Mouse

    Maybe these children and some adults ect.. are coming into our country illegal but it's causing huge impacts on our country and will end up being a financial disaster in the end on our part, along with inadequate living arrangements and healthcare for these children. The president needs to check this out because it's happening in our country and could be turned around if he goes to visit and sees what can be done and what the real problems are. I think we should only pay to return these children home, which is in the thousands not billions like our president is asking for. By removing all the illegals back to place of origin then you can figure out how much more funds are needed to secure the borders ect..One step at a time.

    July 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      These children aren't technically illegals.

      They didn't sneak up to the US. They walked up to the border and were taken in by the border patrol because legally the border patrol is required to do so. That law REQUIRES the border patrol to take them in, feed them, house them, and give them hearings to determine if they qualify for asylum. If they don't, the law REQUIRES them to be sent home through the standard deportation process (which is much more convulted then turning them away at the border).

      This law was passed repeatedly on a temporary basis since 2000... until it was made permanent in 2008. That law had equal GOP and Democrat sponsors and was passed with unanimous consent and no objections by both the house and senate and signed into law just before Christmas of 2008. That means Cornyn, McConnell and Boehner voted or didn't object to unanimous consent when this law was made permanent.

      The president doesn't have the authority to send them away... because unlike many other laws where he has some authority to determine how to implement the law... congress didn't give him the authority to pick and choose on this one. It SPECIFIED exactly what process must be followed for unaccompanied children from these countries coming to the border.

      Congress has to address this. They didn't give the president the power to do so like they have on other laws.

      July 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Reply
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        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.

        I 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.

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

        If you will agree with all of the above, then I'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.

        We Need to Stop Unauthorized Foreigners from just Flooding into Our Country!

        July 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm |
  11. kurt

    I love how the title of this says "Obama's absurd and expensive border strategy"... and notes in the text that the laws that allow this to happen were passed in 2008.

    Obama wasn't president until 2009. George Bush signed that bill into Law. It had 3 democrat and 3 GOP co-sponsors in the senate and 24 democrat and 18 GOP co-sponsors in the house. It was passed by unanimous consent in both the senate and the house with no objections.

    This isn't about a "moral argument". This is about the president executing a law (something the GOP has claimed he doesn't do... but now apparently want him to not doe with this particular law). GOP... if you want him to stop letting these kids in you have to DO YOUR JOB and PASS A LAW through the house that can also be accepted by the Senate. Find a compromise... pass it... and fix the problem. The president isn't allowed to do that because your law doesn't give him the power to do so. HE HAS TO LET THEM IN.

    Stop blaming Obama for being unable to do your job.

    July 10, 2014 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • Smitty

      Good lil obambi brown noser. Blame everyone but the BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR. Your excuses for Obumbles are getting lamer and lamer

      July 10, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Reply
      • kurt

        So... rather then try to talk about the content, you use name calling.

        Do you disagree that the laws on the books say that the kids have to be let in and given a hearing to determine if they deserve asylum or not? The law in question is the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 if you want to look it up.

        I'm fine with being proven wrong. Give me your data. But if you just want to call names then you're pretty much accepting that the information I provided is correct and you can't refute it.

        July 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm |
    • Smitty

      Face it Obambi doesn't follow the law he has a pen and a phone (I understand he now can dial it by himself) Quit blaming everything under the sun for the worst prez since ww2 he was and still is in way over his head, He didn't respect his own laws even on Obumble care. Look I know it sucks when you pick a loser just do better next time !!!

      July 10, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • MDR

      Kurt, I'd love to discuss your last line" Stop blaming Obama for being unable to do your job". Actually, Kurt...I can blame Obama for not being able to do MY job.

      I've been working in the immigration field before Obama came into office. Since his election, I have seen more memorandums impeding and preventing the agencies that have been trusted to enforce immigration laws. These memorandums borderline and sometimes are downright criminal. Talk about misfeasance and/or malfeasance. There is a reason why ICE and Border Patrol union officials have come out speaking against what this administration has been doing in relation to deportations and the overall enforcement of our immigrations laws.

      If you are not aware, let me inform you that it was under Obama's government when we stopped deporting only people that had criminal convictions. Even if an illegal alien had been deported before, they were allowed to stay in some instances. All this came about for one reason and one reason only. The people (at least the thinking ones) are not naïve, Kurt. His actions are a clear result of the quid pro quo between him and the Hispanic "leaders". Obama , very well couldn't stop all deportations so he issued all these orders, some of them verbal and through the Commissioner's Office in CBP, so that deportations were curtailed. Whoever, says that this administration has deported more illegals than previous regimes, are either totally misinformed, don't know the truth or are just downright lying!

      I also love how you raise the word of compromise. So, in your book, the GOP should compromise our laws with Obama so something can get done to totally and once and for all take care of illegal immigration? What you are asking Kurt, is for the American people to compromise on something that the very issue of compromising shouldn't even be brought to the table under no circumstances.

      I'm sure that in your case Kurt, you don't mind compromising our laws as you have already mentioned that you are from the school of letting them all in as long as they are not criminals. Easy to think that way Kurt when you don't have to pay for it.

      July 12, 2014 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  12. Smitty

    How can anyone with half a brain trust the BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR ??? Obumbles has brought this on himself by having zero leadership skills.

    July 10, 2014 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • emskadittle

      wow, what does that mean? he zero leadership skills because he doesn't do whatever the republicans want?

      July 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm | Reply
      • Smitty

        Its not what the repubs want, You lead by example not flying around on AF1 with Jay z pretending to be Madonna, he could start by acting like the POTUS. He could quit LYING !!! He could go look at the border situation and maybe, just maybe take a day off from fundraising and do some work.

        July 10, 2014 at 5:59 pm |
      • Smitty

        Responded but cnn thought it was too true to print

        July 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm |

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