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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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“He then comes back and reports to me extensively on everything that’s taking place. So there’s nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of and briefed on,” Obama said. “This isn’t theater. This is a problem. I’m not interested in photo ops. I’m interested in solving a problem. And those who say I should visit the border, when you ask them ‘what should we be doing,’ they’re giving us suggestions that are embodied in legislation that I’ve already sent to Congress.”

He said he told Perry “it would be useful for my Republican friends to rediscover the concept of negotiation and compromise.”

On Perry’s call for National Guard troops at the border, Obama said, “we’re happy to consider how we could deploy National Guard down there, but that’s a temporary solution, that’s not a permanent solution, and so why wouldn’t we go ahead and pass the permanent solution, or at least a longer term solution?”

The president indicated he’d be willing to consider a National Guard deployment if Republicans pass the $3.8 billion package.

“If I sponsored a bill declaring apple pie American, it might — it might fall victim to partisan politics. I get that,” he said. “…As I indicated to Governor Perry, he suggested, ‘well, maybe you just need to go ahead and act, and that might convince Republicans that they should go ahead and pass the supplemental,’ and I had to remind him, ‘I’m getting sued right now, by Mr. Boehner apparently, for going ahead and acting instead of going through Congress.’”

“…I didn’t get any promises, but it was a constructive conversation.”

In a statement after the meeting, Perry said he urged Obama to visit the border, asked for 1,000 National Guard troops on the border right away with Predator drones at their disposal, and asked for medical screenings of all illegal immigrants including an assessment of holding centers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Perry also asked Obama to rescind DHS catch-and-release policies pending an appearance before an immigration judge and to modify policies on the capture of illegal immigrants from countries south of Mexico.

“Five hundred miles south of here in the Rio Grande Valley there is a humanitarian crisis unfolding that has been created by bad public policy, in particular the failure to secure the border,” Perry said. “Securing the border is attainable, and the president needs to commit the resources necessary to get this done.”

Earnest said the Justice Department is “adding resources and assets that can be deployed to investigate and disrupt criminal networks that are trafficking people to the border.”

“I want to give credit where it is due to the government of Mexico that earlier this week announced five new border control centers along its southern border with Guatemala,” Earnest added at today’s press briefing. “This will allow the Mexicans to ramp up their effort to tighten security and more effectively monitor border activity.”

Vice President Joe Biden also phoned Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren as “part of our ongoing collaboration to stem the flow of illegal migration at the source.”

“So as you can see, this administration, at the specific direction of the President, is moving forward with a sense of urgency on multiple fronts to address the situation at the border,” Earnest said. “We’re calling on Congress to act with a similar sense of urgency to make sure we have the additional resources to ramp up these efforts.”

After making his statement, Obama jumped in his motorcade to head to a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser at a Dallas residence.

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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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...........
15 weeks ago
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Extortion by government
15 weeks ago
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it's the chicago way. bribe bribe bribe
15 weeks ago
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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.
15 weeks ago
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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.
16 weeks ago
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How many of us would have to go to the border to form a "human shield" against this trafficking ?
16 weeks ago
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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!!
16 weeks ago
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Obama to Perry:
Nice little State you have here;
Be a shame if anything happened to it.
16 weeks ago
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Democrats certainly want that huge red state to turn blue, coveting its large slate of electors.
16 weeks ago
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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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