Monday, 21 July 2014 16:45

Ted Cruz Says Dems Are Holding Immigrant Kids Ransom

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In a rebuttal to a July 17 press release issued by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — in which Reid charged that legislation introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to end President Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) was being used as “ransom” — Cruz leveled a charge of his own during a July 20 Fox News interview: "I’ll tell you who’s holding these kids ransom is Harry Reid and the President, because their view is don’t do anything to fix the problem."

The increase in the frequency and intensity of the exchanges between leading Republican and Democratic senators regarding the immigration crisis is an indication of how critical the situation has become and how important Americans have come to view the problem. (When a recent Gallup poll asked “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” 17 percent answered “Immigrations/Illegal Aliens”— the top choice.)

This latest exchange between Cruz and Reid started on July 17, when Cruz introduced S. 2631, “A bill to prevent the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unlawfully created by Executive memorandum on August 15, 2012.” Cruz said in a press release explaining his reasons for introducing the bill: “We all recognize the terrible humanitarian crisis that is occurring at the border, and all of us should come together to end the policies that have caused it.”

Cruz noted that since Obama’s unilateral action in 2012 to implement DACA, the number of children arriving in the United States illegally has “predictably exploded.” The senator stated that the children from Central America were being “transported by dangerous criminals and drug cartels eager to exploit President Obama’s amnesty.”

Cruz provided these statistics to document his charges:

• In 2011, approximately 6,000 unaccompanied minors came to the United States.

• In 2012, when President Obama issued DACA, the number of unaccompanied minors arriving in the United States rose to 14,000.

• In 2013, the number of unaccompanied minors arriving in the United States rose to 34,000.

• In 2014, Customs and Border Protection estimate 90,000 unaccompanied minors may be apprehended.

• In 2014, the Obama Administration has stated it expects 145,000 unaccompanied minors to enter the United States.

Cruz said that his bill, which has been cosponsored by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will “remove the current legal obstacles to humanely and expeditiously reuniting these minors with their families back home, and also to authorize governors to respond to crises like this by sending the National Guard to the border with arrest authority and at federal expense.”

Almost immediately after Cruz introduced his bill and made his explanatory statements, Reid jumped on the issue with a press release of his own, in which he faulted Cruz for insisting that any solution to ending the unaccompanied children crisis must also include a termination of Obama’s DACA program. “The Deferred Action plan is a positive step forward, and we should not go back. Especially not as a ransom for helping our Border Patrol care for desperate children,” asserted Reid.

It is not only Cruz and Republicans who want to expedite the processing of minors who have illegally crossed the border into the United States, however. A bipartisan pair of legislators from Texas, Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar, introduced bills in their respective houses on July 15 that would accomplish this goal.

The bills, H.R. 5114, and S. 2611 — known as the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act — would remedy some of the problems created by the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (S. 3061), signed into law by George W. Bush, which has made it nearly impossible to deport unaccompanied minors to Central America. The Obama administration has blamed that act for the current problem, so one would think that Democrats such as Reid would welcome both the Cornyn/Cueller bills, and Cruz’s. But Reid was clear about his opposition to the HUMANE Act, calling it called it “too broad” and stating: “The answer from me is: No, I won’t support it.”

In his remarks aimed at Cruz’s new bill, Reid lambasted the Republicans, saying:

Before Republicans help our Border Patrol agents address this humanitarian crisis, they want President Obama to deport the DREAMers who are already living here. These are children, but instead of considering a thoughtful, compassionate solution to a real-life crisis, radical Republicans would rather hold these kids ransom. And so, once again, we see that there are no substantive solutions being offered by today’s Republican Party.

As we saw, a member of Reid’s own party, Rep. Cuellar (who has the advantage of representing a congressional district that borders the Rio Grande) joined with Republican Senator Cornyn (whose state of Texas shares the longest border with Mexico of any state) to introduce legislation that would expedite the processing of illegal minors and help address this crisis.  But Reid will have none of it.

In his remarks countering Reid’s accusations, Cruz said of the Senate Majority Leader: “He mentions comprehensive immigration reform. The Gang of Eight bill is one of the causes of this problem. What the kids are saying is they are coming because they believe … the part of the Gang of Eight bill promising amnesty.”

The “Gang of Eight” bill passed in the Senate on June 27, 2013, but the border crisis has reduced the chances of it even being voted on in the House.

“President Obama and Harry Reid are both engaging in debates divorced from the facts and reality,” Cruz also stated. “Harry Reid lives in the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. And I'm sure from his perspective the border seems secure.”

“I would invite Harry Reid to come with me down to Texas and see the border,” the senator continued. “On the border, we are seeing the opposite of following the law. The border is not secured; 90,000 children are expected to come into this country illegally this year and Harry Reid says the border is secure?”

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3 comments

  • Comment Link Old Mullet Tuesday, 22 July 2014 11:43 posted by Old Mullet

    Come on Americans. Stop looking at the "pretty colors" and watch the slight of hand going on. Who in their right mind would try to fix a leaky water pipe under the kitchen sink by only cleaning up the water? Really? The (mostly) young adults, not kids that we are being programmed to feel sorry for should be returned to Mexico. They allowed them to cross their country (illegally) to enter our country (illegally). THEN, FIX THE LEAKY PIPE, also known here as "our border". Encourage all the border states to use their abilities to do so and have Congress subsidize those states (with no federal strings...or politics). A national, state by state, resolution should be passed to assist these states as this problem is a national one rather than an isolated issue. We, the people, need to let the federal government do only what the Constitution states and encourage the states to deal with this issue. Obviously we, the people, have allowed, even encouraged this administration and Congress to usurp more authority than is prudent. If we want the influx of law breakers that are taking money (i.e. food, medicine, education, etc) from OUR children to be stopped, it must be we, the people, that act accordingly.

  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Monday, 21 July 2014 21:26 posted by Heidi Preston

    Looking ahead and peripherally, another article but not even mentioned in main media "The latest incident this year happened in June (2014)when as many as 75 CDC employees were exposed to a live strain of anthrax in Atlanta, after failing to deactivate the deadly bacteria according to lab protocol.

    The potentially infectious samples of the pathogen were then sent out to other laboratories ill-equipped to deal with them. Staff members also handled the samples, which should have been deactivated without following correct safety procedures.
    The previous incident, which was disclosed on Friday, happened in May when a sample of non-pathogenic avian influenza was accidentally cross-contaminated with a potentially lethal kind of flu (H5N1). No lab workers were exposed to the pathogen, but it was shipped to a lab administered by the United States Department of Agriculture.

    Frieden said the most distressing aspect of the latter case was that although it happened in May (2014), the CDC only found out about it this week.
    The CDC says that there have been no reported infections after the two incidents and all workers involved had been offered vaccines and antibiotics. "

    What if the illegals get blamed for carrying these "unchecked" pathogens into the country (only God knows what they are actually bringing in since they don't get checked but transported across the country in planes no less)....wouldn't that be convenient. Wouldn't that cause an internal race conflict and civil unrest....the hands behind the machine...only the shadow knows.

    Some group sure does want to start some chaos and think they can bring order in from the NWO...guaranteed.

  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Monday, 21 July 2014 21:14 posted by Heidi Preston

    "The answer from me is: No, I won’t support it.”-Reid

    "I want to saturate the welfare system, increase deficit spending,force mandatory insurance plagued citizens to pay and support it."- implied by Reid
    Question: how did these boarder crosser get informed about the bill? I never even heard of it till they (the illegals brought it to our attention)...they get these bills passed out in Central America...oh, the American dollar bill that has the following print on it....

    NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM ...."And we succeed and we will"- George H. Bush in speech to public

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