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Obama in Texas: If You Want Any Border Relief, Pass $3.7 Billion Supplemental Now

"There's nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of and briefed on... This isn't theater."

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Bridget Johnson

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July 9, 2014 - 5:38 pm
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Late Wednesday afternoon, as even Democrats were criticizing President Obama’s itinerary on a swing through Texas that doesn’t include a stop at the border, the White House added a presidential address to the schedule.

After touching down in Dallas, fresh off a campaign swing in Colorado where he shot pool and raised Senate campaign cash, Obama faced the media about the crisis of immigrants swarming the southern border.

His message? Congress must quickly approve emergency appropriations to throw cash at the problem.

“The issue is not that people are evading our enforcement officials. The issue is that we’re apprehending them in large numbers. And we’re working to make sure that we have sufficient facilities to detain, house, and process them appropriately while attending to unaccompanied children with the care and compassion that they deserve while they’re in our custody,” Obama said.

“Now, right now, there are more border patrol agents and surveillance resources on the ground than at any time in our history. And we deport almost 400,000 migrants each year. But as soon as it became clear that this year’s migration to the border was different than in past years, I directed FEMA to coordinate a response at the border, members of my cabinet and my staff have made multiple trips to facilities there, and we’re also addressing the root of the problem.”

The president said he sent a letter to Congress last week “asking them to increase penalties on smugglers and to give us flexibility to move migrants through the system faster,” and followed that up this week with his emergency $3.7 billion supplemental appropriations request.

“About half of the resources would go to border security enforcement, and expedited removal of people who don’t qualify for a humanitarian claim. About half would go to make sure we’re treating children humanely,” he said. “…Congress has the capacity to work with all parties concerned to directly address the situation. They’ve said they want to see a solution. The supplemental offers them the capacity to vote immediately to get it done.”

“Of course, in the long run, the best way to truly address this problem is for the House of Representatives to pass legislation fixing our broken immigration system, which by the way, would include funding for additional thousands of border patrol agents: something that everybody down here that I’ve talked to indicates is a priority.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry greeted Obama when he touched down at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The two then boarded Marine One for a 15-minute ride to Dallas Love Field.

There, Obama sat down for a roundtable discussion with local elected officials and faith leaders, as well as Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas). White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters en route aboard Air Force One that “the fact that the president invited Gov. Perry to participate in this meeting is an indication of this president’s determination to put aside partisan politics and focus on solutions.”

Obama said Perry expressed concern about the number of Border Patrol agents and the stance of many agents too far from the border, thus removing their deterrent effect. “I indicated to him that what he said sounded like it made sense,” Obama said. “And that in fact, if we passed the supplemental, we would then have the resources to carry out some of the very things that he’s requesting.”

“What I emphasized to the governor was the problem here is not a major disagreement around the actions that could be helpful in dealing with the problem, the challenge is — is Congress prepared to act to put the resources in place to get this done. Another way of putting it, and I said this directly to the governor is, are folks more interested in politics or are they more interested in solving problems?”

Obama said he urged Perry to try to influence the Texas delegation to support passage of the supplemental, which has no fiscal offsets.

“If the Texas delegation is prepared to move, this thing can get done next week,” he said. “…The things that the governor thinks are important to do would be a lot easier to do if we had this supplemental. It gives us the resources to do them. And so the only question at this point is, why — why wouldn’t the Texas delegation or any of the other Republicans who are concerned about this not want to put this on a fast track and get this on my desk so I can sign it and we can start getting to work.”

The Texas GOP delegation quickly made its feelings known about the supplemental request, with Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) stressing “Congress shouldn’t give President Obama a single penny until we see him use the current resources to secure the border, increase interior enforcement, and reduce illegal immigration.”

“The president has no one to blame but himself for the current crisis on the Southern border. He granted amnesty to illegal immigrant minors by promising not to deport those brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. As a result, tens of thousands of illegal immigrants are now flooding across the border,” Smith said. “I’d be happy to give the president $3.7 billion to secure the border if I thought he’d actually do it. But time and again President Obama has shown that he cares more about the interests of illegal immigrants than of law-abiding citizens.”

The president brushed off calls for him to visit the border and see the crisis for himself, stressing that he’s sent Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson down to the border six times counting an impending visit this week.

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There's nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of ... "

Just as we suspected.
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There are reports that DHS advertised in newspapers -- in January -- for caretakers for ca. 60,000 children. Obama et. al knew this border disaster was coming and might actually have planned it.
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"There's nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of ... "

Obama's praise for himself seems more like an unwitting confession to me that he is a Human Trafficker and Predatory Child Exploiter. Truly a man without a conscience.
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HAHAHAHA........send all the 18 & overs to Sheriff Joe in Phoenix.........he'll house them appropriately......at 1/10th the cost...........
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Extortion by government
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it's the chicago way. bribe bribe bribe
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Congress should not authorize Obama one penny! As a matter of fact, they should CUT his funding by 10% each month until he seals the border. Cut funding for AF-1. Cut funding for the Secret Service. Then if he wants to take vacations, he can pay for his flight and his security out of his pocket. Cut the DHS and DOJ budgets likewise. Cut DOJ 10% per month until they appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS scandal. Cut the IRS budget 10% per month until they provide all information Congress asks for. Obama has the inherent authority to reprogram funds within budget lines, and can ask Congress for reprogramming authority where he does not already have that authority. It seems his answer to everything is to throw money at it. He can be trained to do otherwise and make the difficult funding choices he is supposed to be doing.
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The only funds that should be appropriated are bus fares to ship illegals back home and construction materials for building a wall.

The primary purpose for the federal governments creation was to repel foreign dangers. It has invalidated the primary purpose for its creation by condoning and encouraging foreign dangers. The terrorist are at home not abroad. Wake up people, you are being forced to fund the destruction of your freedom and families.
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How many of us would have to go to the border to form a "human shield" against this trafficking ?
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In 1989 when the Berlin Wall was coming down my idea was to pay those who were chipping away at it to take down in nice neat sections, ship it over here & install it on our Southern Border. It would have been a nice little cash windfall for the German people who needed the cash to assist in the reunification of their country, we had the money & our "border problem" would have been SOLVED years ago...but I ALWAYS think of the COMMON SENSE / WIN-WIN type solutions so NOBODY listens to me!!
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Obama to Perry:
Nice little State you have here;
Be a shame if anything happened to it.
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Democrats certainly want that huge red state to turn blue, coveting its large slate of electors.
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Rick Perry also noted in his interview with Sean Hannity last night that he didn't know whether Obama was "inept" or there was "something else going on".

The something else might allude to the possibility that this president intentionally engendered this mess on the southern border and the word had been spread in central American countries that it was a good time to turn your toddlers over to vile mules who'd get your kids into America and central American gangbangers should come, too.
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His message? Congress must quickly approve emergency appropriations to throw cash at the problem...“And that in fact, if we passed the supplemental, we would then have the resources to carry out some of the very things that he’s (Perry) requesting.”

Per Rick Perry in interview comments last night, around 1% of Obama's proposed $3.8 billion in new spending (borrowing) would go to actual border enforcement.

What Rick Perry "requested" from Obama in their meeting yesterday was that Obama order approx. 1000 National Guardsmen to the border immediately and (paraphrasing) that Barack take a break from schmoozing with fat cat Texas democrats and collecting checks from them and actually go take a look at the main spot in the Texas border the children are pouring through.
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There's nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of ... "

Just as we suspected.
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