President Obama has been in the Immigration hot-seat for his unconventional handling of immigration reform throughout the country. Just who is to blame for the influx of immigrants? Fingers are pointing to Obama and today, that hot-seat is getting hotter to sit in. Arizona, for one, has had enough.
Arizona officials are not sitting by nor turning a blind eye to the problem. Officials are threatening legal action to halt Obama and his administration from continuing to transport hundreds upon hundreds of undocumented immigrants from the state of Texas unto Arizona territory. The latest plight of Arizona’s immigration woes didn’t start in Arizona, however, but in Texas.
The boarder town of Mission Texas has been inundated with illegal immigrant traffic and there seems no end in sight. “That’s the way it goes, day in and day out, in what has become ground zero of the latest immigration crisis,” reports Fox News. “Thousands upon thousands of people from Central America exploiting the porous border of the Rio Grande Valley to enter the United States.”
Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar stated, “He [Obama} still has a long way to go to improve this, and we’ve been asking him, don’t just listen to the words of the bureaucrats up there in Washington, listen to the men and women who work here.”
Cuellar went on to say that the men and women who work at the borders are instructed not to talk to the media but the media are the very one’s who need to be heard about this situation. Refusing to be identified, one Border Patrol officer stated the “massive influx of unaccompanied children and family units has taken the Border Patrol completely off mission.”
Officials indicate that approximately 1000 illegal immigrants from Mexico a day are crossing into Texas alone.
The Executive Director of the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition, Don Ray, stated, “How do you prepare for that? You can’t have an influx of people like that without having an impact; I think we saw that after Katrina. It’s relocation services that are really taking place. In the case of Katrina, most of them were United States citizens or people that were here lawfully, and now you have people that aren’t here lawfully.”
Ray went on to state that there is a public health concern. “You have that many people in one place – you have the potential for illnesses that could spread that could have an impact on the local community.”
Texas, completely overwhelmed with the influx, began transporting the illegals to Arizona and the U.S. Border Patrol acknowledged the flying of illegals by the hundreds to both Tucson and Phoenix and dropping them off at Greyhound bus stations.
To make matters worse, Arizona officials were never notified of the transports. Arizona Attorney General, Tom Horne (R), who is prevented by law to sue the federal government directly, wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security insisting that “the department’s border security units stop the transports,” as reported by The Washington Post.
Border Patrol can barely begin to muddle through the number of illegal immigrants crossing our boarders. “From last October to the end of May, 162,000 people from countries other than Mexico have entered the United States across the southern border. That’s nearly 100 percent increase from the previous year…47,017 unaccompanied children were among them,” according to Fox News. American’s are wondering why there has been such an increase and just how we are going to take care of them.
Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio couldn’t agree more. Arpaio is also worried about the dangers of such an influx and that “When you put 1,000 or 1,500 people in just some little facility and they just came from another country, you never know what they’re bringing into the country.”
Immigrant families, after being released in Arizona, were instructed to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office within 15 days. Not too many American’s seem to believe this will happen.
“In our jails, we found that about 2,000 inmates in the past several months are in jail for several state crimes, but they’re here illegally and we found out that over and over again they’re being released to ICE and they keep coming back. So that tells you either they’re being led out the back door or they’re being deported and they’re still coming across the border. So that’s sad when you have so many illegal aliens that committed crimes, that you have turned over and yet what happens to them, they just commit other crimes and come back to jail,” argues Arpaio.
The immigration reform issue is getting much bigger and with no probable end in sight unless the President steps in to do something. Just what is President Obama doing to help, not only Texas and Arizona, but the entire country? Apparently, he is doing nothing.
Obama is taking a step back from the issue and giving it to House Republicans instead of making changes on his own, much to the disappointment of his supporters.
“This week, lawmakers from both parties summarily declared immigration-overhaul efforts dead after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor suffered an unexpected defeat at the hands of a fellow Republican who criticized him as too soft on the issue. But Obama still voices hope Congress will act,” stated ABC News.
Jennifer Palmieri, the White House Communications director, stated, “Our strategy has not changed…The impetus for action remains on the house.”
So, while the sides play ping pong with the immigration issues facing our country, we all suffer, as well as the immigrant. Taking care of the monumental number of immigrants costs the tax payers money. After all, whose side you are on is of little consequence when it comes to feeding and sheltering fellow human beings. We are not barbarians in this wonderful country of ours. But this does beg the question of why. Why, when a staggering number of Americans are up in arms over the lack of Immigration Reform, should the American people have to foot the bill? America gives an exorbitant amount of money to other countries while our own go without basic needs. Why, then, is the money being sent abroad when we need it right here and right now?
Perhaps more importantly, is Obama to blame for the rapid influx of immigrants to our country? There are those who say, absolutely, and, if he is to blame, he should be held accountable, on so many levels. After all, if he started this, he can end it before its too late…but is that something he really wants to do?
Newsmax TV reported, “The fact is, the administration caused this flow of people,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
Krikorian stated, “The question is, what messages did we send that enticed these people to come? And the Border patrol has actually talked to the people they’ve apprehended. They’ve done surveys of the people in detention and they said, ‘Why did you decide to come now?”
“And almost all of them said, ‘You know, we heard, the word came back from the grapevine that you were letting people go,’” he said. “’When you caught them you were giving them some kind of paper and then just letting them into the United States and we figured we’d take advantage of that.’”
“So we created this problem – the administration certainly shouldn’t be surprised by it,” said Krikorian, ‘whose group is a conservative, nonpartisan research organization advocating immigration reduction in the United States.”
Rush Limbaugh has a fascinating take on the whole immigration issue and it is worth looking at.
Rush believes that many may be mistaken who are looking at the situation as it being an election year and, therefore, looking “at events they think are political in terms of an election.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, Barack Obama has two and a half years to transform this country. He’s got two and a half years to remake this country. He’s got two and a half years to do whatever he wants to do to this country. Two and a half years. He also knows that he’s not on any ballot coming up in this election year. So it doesn’t matter to his electoral fortunes anything that happens here. He is on a mission. This country is going to pay a price for its past transgressions. He’s going to see to that.”
“Forget the election year,” Rush went on to say. “Why in the world…what is any good reason for throwing open the borders and allowing tens of thousands – forget illegal immigrants – refugees (in)?…What is the point?…If you allow them in, you welcome them in and you say, “Oh, my goodness, it’s so sad, it’s so horrible. Look at these ragtag children. We’re the great United States, we must — You gotta let their parents in, don’t you? We don’t want them to be parentless. We don’t want them to be homeless. We gotta find a way to get their parents in. What does anybody think is happening here? Somebody tell me what the benefit is here, for whoever, if you can think of one.”
“It may be so scary to contemplate and so outrageous that people may want to reject it and look for something that is less painful. People just do not, will not, cannot accept that they’ve elected somebody to be president that doesn’t like this country and thinks this country is not worth what everybody else does and doesn’t think that what we have become can be justified. So that this country must be made to pay a price.”
Rush continued saying, “Go back and analyze any question or answer that Obama has given when asked about American exceptionalism. What does he say? Paraphrasing: ‘Well, I’m sure they think they’re exceptional in Great Britain, too. I believe in American exceptionalism, but I’m sure they think they’re exceptional in Guinea-Bissau…”
“What this means,” Rush elaborated, it that “there’s no such thing as American exceptionalism. It’s a bunch of people bragging.”
“I mean, everybody woke up one day last week and saw this is happening. The Border Patrol says they can’t stop it. They’re overwhelmed. The governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, is back. She’s pulling her hair out. What do we do? You add up everything else that’s happening that we’ve learned and continue to learn about IRS, you name it – you go down the list – and it’s patently obviously what is happening here,” Rush declared.
If it isn’t plainly obvious to you now that America is in a world of hurt, it soon may be as our borders continue to be flooded with illegal immigrants from around the globe. “I mean, we’re a compassionate people. They get sick, we’re gonna take care of them. They can’t eat, we’re gonna feed them. They can’t find water, we’re gonna give them whatever, right? We’re a compassionate country. But we don’t have the resources for this anymore, do we?” Mr. Limbaugh wants to know. Well, do we President Obama?
By, Lorra B. Chief Writer for Silent Soldier
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