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    Obama Asks Congress for $3.7B to Tackle Immigration Crisis

    Demonstrators block the buses carrying the undocumented, who were scheduled to be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, California, July 1, 2014.
    Demonstrators block the buses carrying the undocumented, who were scheduled to be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, California, July 1, 2014.
    Aru Pande

    U.S. President Barack Obama is seeking $3.7 billion from lawmakers to address the increase in the number of migrants, particularly unaccompanied children, crossing into the United States from Central America. Emergency funding request is aimed at addressing what White House officials are calling an urgent humanitarian situation.

    The thousands of undocumented migrants who cross into the United States each year all have reasons for making the dangerous journey, only to be detained at the border and sent back.

    One 26-year-old migrant says the situation was dire in her native country of Guatemala.

    “We came here looking for a future for our children more than anything, but it is very dangerous there with crime, kidnappings and everything," she said.

    The woman crossed the U.S. border with her three children, but many young people aren’t so lucky.

    More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexican border since October - a staggering humanitarian problem that the White House says needs a “whole of government response.”

    On Tuesday, the Obama administration detailed a $3.7 billion emergency appropriation request for Congress focused on four main areas - deterrence, enforcement, foreign cooperation and capacity.

    White House officials say the proposed funding includes $1.6 billion for border enforcement, including the investigation and prosecution of smuggling networks and the expansion of air surveillance.  The money also will be used to speed up the removal of migrants by hiring more immigration judge teams to process an additional 55,000 to 75,000 cases annually.

    “We are also seeking greater authority that the secretary of Homeland Security could use to more efficiently remove those individuals who don’t have a legal basis for remaining in the country," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would receive an additional $1.8 billion to provide appropriate care for the surge of unaccompanied children and address the influx of minors coming across the border.

    White House officials say the State Department would receive $300 million for media campaigns in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador warning the public against traveling to the U.S.  The funding also would support those countries’ repatriation efforts, including building centers for returning migrants.
    Republican lawmakers Tuesday accused Obama of not moving fast enough to move more resources to the border.

    "Appropriate money that it is still going for nation building in Iraq to fund the National Guard on our southern border," said U.S. Senator Ted Poe of Texas. "Surely protecting our border is just as important as securing the border of Iraq?"

    For its part, the White House is urging Congress to act fast and consider Obama’s proposal in a bipartisan manner.

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    by: Not Again from: Canada
    July 08, 2014 8:12 PM
    A comprehensive approach is needed to deal with this very tragic situation, at least:
    1. The children need to be returned to their parents ASAP;
    2. Mexico needs to secure its Northern, and more importantly its Southern borders; Mexican authorities are clearly failing to control their borders, their controls are so poor, that even small children can get by, or they are so corrupt that even poor country children can pay their way in; so imagine how easy it would be for organized terrorist to get by??? The word will get around, it is a tremendous security gap for all in North America;
    3. The countries involved need to be helped to improve their own internal security issues and their economies; It is far more humane, and probably cheaper, to keep people in their own countries, rather than have them become refugees;
    4. Both parties need to work together, use their brain power, to resolve the issue; conflict and confrontation will put all of North America at a tremendous security risk, blaming the Obama administration just not gona solve any of these issues, which have gone on for almost 50 yrs; after all, the 30+ millions, most of them got in well before Obamas even got into politics... And given that the Republicans always "SAY" they have a better way, people should hear it, how much longer will they keep their better ways of solving this/other issues secret ? I guess another 50+ yrs, I doubt it- talk is cheap, but good solutions require brain power!
    Cruz is the most far out...., his solution is universal = first step always blame Obama; second step blame every one else in the Republican Party....his best enunciation, that will solve all problems of the planet, is cut the budget; and the coup de grace blame the administration for not having enough resources allocated to tackle the problem; he does not realize that allocating resources- requires money in budgets; his next step is back to the top- Blame Obama.....
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 09, 2014 6:11 AM
    You are speaking about the Blame Game that has been going on since the Blame Bush years. Actually, Democs still find way inject the almost dead Blame Bush campaign. So be fair. Both sides of this political sewer blames each other while people are suffering! You are asking for brain power? And you think politicians possess any of this natural resourse? Our nation became great again because of Reagan (yep, he lied), and Clinton made sure he kept America great as well (yep, he lied, but was much cooler about it). Those were the days when politicians actually care about Americians. Since you insist on defending Obama in the name of Cruz, remember this, Obama swore to the American people that "if you elect me, I will bring the parties together that have been so divided by the previous administration (Bush)." The parties are more divided than ever in history, and that was said by a Democrat! I had truly hoped by now that people like yourself would have realized that politicians are simply POLITICIANS! I consider myself a Reaganite, and Bill Clinton is one of my all time favorite Presidents! Bet you didn't know that Bill treated daddy Bush like HE was his father, more so than Bush Jr did!

    So I ask you, Canadian, what would you do with a child, who has no future, and sending him/her back would probably ensure misery, tell us, what would you do if that child sought refuge in your arms? But that is just a wasted question because they know where they can go for help. Too bad Bithiah (woman who pulled baby Moses out of the water) wasn't Canadian. Too bad the Egyptian Pharaoh didn't shoo Mary and Joseph away, because he believed in Canadian's views. These children deserve a chance. It used ot matter to Americans about people in need. I guess now you understand why our country has lost its very foundation. We became a great nation because of these kinds of people. But since we are comfortable in our central A/C homes, and lattes, and nice cars, well kept roads, electricity and water in every home..........then we have no place for those "tired huddled masses yearning to breathe free." You Canadians may not understand what it means to be an American, but I sure do, since this is how my anchestors came here long ago!

    by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
    July 08, 2014 8:00 PM
    With US Debt Clock ticking at about 18 trillions $, President Obama asks Congress for more money, for more US Debt. However, can anybody believe him that the money will be spend prudently? Why some illegal immigrants aren’t welcomed when the other illegal immigrants, particularly from Russia, are welcomed with the USA under Obama administration serving for them as a safe heaven? Contrary to the provisions of The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, in the end of March 2014 Russian-born school age children illegally passed the U.S. Embassy’s interviews, immigrated to the USA and were received in the USA schools without any consent of their legal father, a Russian Federation national. At the time of the human trafficking the mother’s family name was Orlova EE, born October 1969, third times divorced three years ago. She travelled to her fourth husband, USA national, to Marlton in New Jersey, for permanent place of residence. Her son’s family name is Orlov AI, born June 30, 1997. Her daughter’s family name is Orlova VI, born December 25, 2006. The USA Embassy in Russia turns deaf ear and in barbaric manner doesn’t respond to numerous requests and appeals from Russian relatives left behind.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 09, 2014 6:40 AM
    You guys need to find a hotel room, I'll pay! I'll even throw in a couple of American flags and a can of lighter fluid, but no marshmallows! You girls might get hurt with marshmallows!

    Yes, Meanbill, the US currency is the world's currency. Burn it, don't use it anymore, show all of us that you are the man behind your rhetoric! The evil US dollar that keeps the electricity on in your trailer because you are on welfare!

    Yes, Gennady, the truth about this case involving Orlova Al, is correct. The truths about Russia abducting (not just Americans!) foreigners and putting them in Siberian prisons without notifying their respective countries. Yes, let it all out about the wrong doings of our nations, they are both guilty. Glad you pointed that out to everyone on this forum! Oh......you didn't.....my bad......you were just pointing blame at the US only. Sorry.

    But it is refreshing that wonderful and caring men like yourselves never express concern for these children that need our help. Returning them to their homes would be a worse fate than those Siberian luxury cells in Russia. I know your hearts are in the right place for the helpless kids. I can tell in ALL your responses about anything dealing with PEOPLE in trouble, because of POLITICIANS!!!!! Keep up the good work, and when you guys succeed at the destruction of the USA, then ask Gennady if he will pay the heating bill for you, Meanbill!!!! By the way, Meanbill, Russian government regulates utilitiy usage. You must keep your A/C at 94 degrees in the summer and heating at 48 degrees in the winter. Keep the lights off during the day, and turn them on at night long enough to get into bed. Haha, Gennady, I have spent time in your government-controlled country! Amazing what you learn about another country when you date a Russian girl, beautiful by the way! Staying in hotels, you learn nothing about any nation. Get out with the common people! Stay in their homes. Live their life! Come to America Gennady, you'll never go back! How many Americans defected to Russia? How many Russians defected to America? Learn the facts, and....Have fun!
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    July 08, 2014 10:14 PM
    BELIEVE it or not?... The US dollar is the world's dominant reserve currency, (and all other currencies in the world, are rated to the value of the US dollar), and we just keep printing as many dollars as we want, because every country in the world believes our US dollar is worth more than their money.... (even though), if you asked for cash your US dollar, we'd print and give you more US dollars, because that's all it's worth....

    PS;... The US printed money is not backed by anything, (but what it's worth), is compared to your countries printed money, not backed by anything either..... We Americans can print and spend a billion trillion dollars, and it wouldn't make any difference..... the world wouldn't know, would it?...... REALLY

    by: Carla Vomit from: USA
    July 08, 2014 7:59 PM
    An Immigration and Customs Enforcement employee claims that the Obama administration has handed a number of ICE agents in the Murrieta/LA area paid temporary leave, a move that will exacerbate the mass influx of illegal immigrants into the region.

    Liberty News’ Eric Odom, who is currently on the scene in the flashpoint town of Murrieta, says an ICE employee who lives in Orange County told him, “the Obama administration has furloughed Murrieta/LA area ICE agents full time until further notice,” but that the agents would continue to receive full pay.

    “One would think any ICE agents still being paid full time would be deployed to actually assist the U.S. in its fight against Obama’s foreign invasion of the interior United States. Especially in light of the controversially fight between the federal government and the citizens of Murrieta,” writes Odom, noting that the move weakens American security without even saving any money.

    Murrieta has been the site of clashes between pro-amnesty demonstrators and anti-illegal immigration activists since last week, with the arrival of militant La Raza members likely to escalate tensions.

    Anti-amnesty activists are attempting to stop the arrival of busloads of illegal immigrants, mainly children, who are being transferred from overcrowded detention facilities in Texas. As we have previously highlighted, many of the illegals involved in similar programs are simply being processed and then released into the general population.

    Despite the fact that the disorder in Murrieta is the work of pro-amnesty demonstrators who describe themselves as communists, federal riot police are arriving in order to act as a deterrent to the largely peaceful anti-illegal immigration protesters.

    The idea of Border Patrol and ICE agents being told to stand down is nothing new. Last year, Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, revealed that Border Patrol management had, “begun the practice of ordering Border Patrol Agents to stand down and cease pursuing drug smugglers, human smugglers and traffickers, and illegal aliens.”




    The furloughing of ICE agents is likely to increase concerns that the Obama administration is pursuing the Cloward and Piven-style strategy of intentionally provoking a border crisis in order to bring the country to a state of near social collapse, a situation which would then mandate draconian state intervention.

    Last month, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa told World Net Daily, “If you don’t see them bring reinforcements down there to seal the border, that means that, yes, it’s a Cloward-Piven maneuver to flood the country until we get to the point where we are an open-borders country that welcomes everybody, legal and illegal.”

    Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas echoed King’s sentiments, saying the Obama administration’s chaotic border policy was about creating a Democratic voting bloc.

    As we reported recently, University of California Professor Darrell Y. Hamamoto sees mass uncontrolled immigration as part of a “plan to destroy national sovereignty” by bringing in huge numbers of people who can be re-educated in order to create a subservient underclass.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 09, 2014 7:03 AM
    With all that you have said, what everyone has said, it doesn't help the situation at all, for everyone! When Bush took action to stop the influx of illegals, California was the first to let their hearts bleed and demand CA be a sanctuary state. Everyone hated Bush. Bleeding heart Obama isn't being Bush'y to stop the influx, everyone is hating on him. America used to be the arms of the world to comfort the 'tired huddled masses yearning to breathe free.' But now that we have central A/C, nice cars, delicious lattes, paved roads, utilities in every home....then @#$% everyone else!

    As far as this joke of La Raza is concerned, they have proven to be anything that would signify La Raza and what La Raza stands for. They beat down there own coming from Mexico, and treat them like invaders! I know this well when I was dating a Mexican girl, newly living in Anaheim from Mexico, and complaining about how 'La Raza' people treated her! She was confused, she thought that Americans would treat her that way, but she learned that La Raza is about La Raza only, not the origin of it's people! La Raza is latching onto this crisis to escalate it, not show care and concerned for these desperate children. La Raza isn't offering help, they are only offering conflict!!!! yeah, that helps.

    by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
    July 08, 2014 6:20 PM
    President Obama should not be granted 1.8 billion dollars to take care of these illegally coming children. The above amount of money should be allocated to deportation of those children illegally entering U.S.A. If US cannot control its border, there is no reason for spending US resources for protecting the borders of any other country. There is no reason of defending any country, if US cannot defend its own borders.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 09, 2014 7:06 AM
    Well, if we are to spend money to send people back to where they came from, then let's deport those illegals who are CRIMINALS!!!! These kids need our comfort, and they deserve a chance. You know, that stupid American idealism that MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT! Spend the money to send the illegal riff-raff back, keep these kids, they have a chance to be an American!

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