Tag Archives: U.S.-Mexico Border

Omnibus Bill Includes $1.6 Billion to Resettle Illegal Immigrants

WASHINGTON – Passage of the omnibus budget bill by the House of Representatives includes a provision providing $1.6 billion for resettlement of illegal immigrants crossing through the U.S. border through the year 2018.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Services has begun a process to expand its temporary capacity to house unaccompanied children,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement earlier this month.

Government statistics from October and November of 2015 show a two fold increase of the number of unaccompanied immigrant children, 10,500, crossing the southern border from Mexico over the previous years totals for the same period according to the Washington Post.

To cope with this influx, HHS plans to open a pair of shelters totaling 1,000 beds in South Texas with an additional facility of 400 beds in Southern California.

The total sum of the provisions approved by Congress- $1,645,201,000- will be utilized to assist in this process, along with the funding of “refugee and entrant assistance activities authorized by section 414 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and section 501 of the Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980, and for carrying out section 462 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, section 235 of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (‘‘TVPA’’), section 203 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005, and the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998.”

The Department of Health and Human has enlisted the Department of Defense to make an additional 5,000 beds available as needed.

The DoD also noted in a statement on the matter that “The entire administration has been closely monitoring these current trends and coordinating across the whole of government to ensure an effective response to any changes in migration flows.”

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Ku Klux Klan wants young refugees shot dead

The Ku Klux Klan has made a resurgence in headlines recently, most notably for their call to shoot and kill young refugees coming to America, and then to “leave the corpses” at the border.

A crew from Al-Jazeera America met and filmed two hooded Klansmen to discuss the U.S.-Mexico border issue.

One man, who was identified as Robert Jones, a grand dragon in the Klan, said with concern to the growing number of child immigrants, “These people are criminals to begin with when they cross our country.”

Jones continued by saying:

“They’re gonna continue to break the law when they’re here. They’re bringing with ’em the third-world diseases…

If we can’t turn them back, I think if we pop a couple of ’em off and leave the corpses laying on the border, maybe they’ll see that we’re serious about stopping immigration.”

Later in the video, the Klansmen made mention of how the immigration issue has sparked growth and support for the Klan, but they would not give any backing information.  “People want to see more rallies,”said one of the hooded men.  “They’re begging us to come to their town.”

This is not the first time this year the Klan has been in the news though.  In July, citizens in South Carolina woke up one morning to find bags of candy in their yards and on their doorsteps, courtesy of the KKK.  Each baggie read “Save our land, Join the Klan,” followed by a Klan emblem.

These baggies of candy also had a telephone number on the bag which, if dialed, connected the caller to a recording of an individual decrying immigration, according to FOX Carolina.

Despite these efforts, and what the Klansmen told Al-Jazeera, the number of Klansemen have been dwindling over the years with their ranks only getting smaller, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Lecia Brooks of the SPLC, has said these recruitment efforts, as well as weekend rallies and other recruiting methods, are a sign the Klan is standing on their last leg, and this is a “last gasp” or the Klan t regain support.

Rick Perry Calls for the National Guard to Help “Staunch the Bleeding” at The Border

Texas Governor Rick Perry appeared on Fox News Sunday, and in an interview with Brit Hume, he discussed the current crisis at the US-Mexico Border.

Perry pointed out that right now, 70% of the United States’ border patrols at the southern border are taking care of the children who have recently arrived illegally, rather than doing their job of securing the border.

Perry’s plan to address the crisis starts with sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the border, to stop the influx of children crossing into the United States.

After calling for the National Guard to come to the border four years ago, Perry is reiterating his request due to the fact that he hopes it will help to move the border patrol forward. “The president was not even aware that his border patrol was back 40-45 miles away from the border at the checkpoints,” Perry said. “They need to be right on the river as a show of force.”

That’s the most humanitarian thing we do,” maintained Perry, who is convinced that this “show of force,” will send a message back to Central America. “It’s important to do that because this flood of children is pulling away the border patrol from their normal duties.”

Hume mentioned that the troops “are not, under the law, allowed to apprehend any of these children that are crossing.

The issue is with being able to send that message,” insisted Perry. “It’s the visual of it is that is the most important.

Regarding the current refugees on the border, and their means of communication with those still in Central America, Perry said, “Their conversations are being monitored with calls back to Central America, and the message is ‘Hey, come on up here, everything is great, they’re taking care of us.’ And that needs to stop.

What we’re talking about now is sending the message back now so we can staunch the bleeding,” said Perry. “Those that are already here, to address them, to humanitarianly take care of them, to make sure they are safe, to process them as quickly as you can, to reunite them with their families.

Texas Lawmakers Criticize Obama’s Neglect of Border Crisis

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the United States’ Gulf Coast. President George W. Bush’s response to the natural disaster was disastrous in itself, and was viewed by many as one of the lowest points in his presidency.

In addition to being criticized for taking a photograph on Air Force One, in which he was seen looking out at the wreckage from the hurricane, Bush was also under fire for the fact that he did not personally visit the site of the damage in the proximate aftermath of the tragedy.

In 2014, President Barack Obama is facing his own major catastrophe. Despite the recent influx of undocumented children at the U.S.-Mexico border, and a pre-planned trip to Texas this week, Obama has announced that he will not make a visit to the border.

Obama’s decision has raised criticism from U.S. Representatives like Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, who told CNN’s State of the Union, “With all due respect to the administration, they were one step behind. They should have seen this coming a long time ago.”

I’m sure that President Bush thought the same thing, that he could just look at everything from up in the sky, and then he owned it after a long time,” Cuellar said, comparing Obama’s decision to steer clear of a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border to Bush’s decision to neglect a visit to the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He went on to say that this incident could become Obama’s “Katrina moment.”

Texas Governor, Rick Perry, is also criticizing Obama, saying his actions regarding the mass entrance of illegal children through the country’s southern border shows that he is either “inept” or has an “ulterior motive.”

I don’t believe he particularly cares whether or not the border of the United States is secure,” Perry told ABC’s This Week. “And that’s the reason there’s been this lack of effort, this lack of focus, this lack of resources.”

Perry went on to say, “Some might think allowing them to stay is a more humane option, I assure you, it is not. Nobody is doing any of these children the slightest favor by delaying a rapid return to their countries of origin, which in many cases is not Mexico. Allowing them to remain here will only encourage the next group of individuals to undertake the same life-threatening journey.”

If the President of the United States is really serious about securing that border, we can show him how to do that,” said Perry, who claimed that he hasn’t received so much as a phone call from the President, regarding the crisis.

What has to be addressed is the security of the border. You know that. I know that. The President of the United States knows that.”