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Republicans Claim They Won’t Give Obama Blank Check

From an outraged Associated Press:

Boehner, McConnell blast Obama border request


WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republican leaders on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama’s emergency spending request for the border crisis, saying Obama caused the problem and now wants Congress to sign off on more of the same.

"We’re not giving the president a blank check," said Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, as dispute over how to deal with tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors arriving at the southern border mounted on Capitol Hill. "This is a problem of the president’s own making." Boehner spoke to reporters shortly after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered the same criticism on the Senate floor…

But, of course, eventually they will give Obama a blank check. They will put it down in the ledger as part of their ‘Hispanic outreach.’

The White House defended the request. "There is a clear and urgent need here," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with the president in Texas. "We put forward a very specific line item proposal for what additional resources are needed and how much those resources would cost."

The back-and-forth came a day after Obama, in Dallas, appealed to Congress to act quickly on his $3.7 billion emergency spending request aimed at stemming the growing tide of arrivals from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala…

Which is simply a lie. There is nothing in the request that will stem the tide of illegal aliens. In fact, the money is being targeted for things to make their stay more pleasant, and for lawyers and judges, who will quickly grant them permission to stay. (If any actually show up for their deportation hearings.) All of which is purposefully calculated to encourage even more illegal aliens to come to the US.

Anyway, for the record, there is this from the Washington Free Beacon:

Unaccompanied Alien Children Program Cost $263 Million Already This Year

Eighty-eight percent remain in United States

By Elizabeth Harrington | July 10, 2014

The federal program for Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC)—which provides long-term foster care, apparel, and interpreter services for thousands of young illegal immigrants, the majority of which are placed in the United States—has already cost $263 million this year.

The recent surge in underage illegal immigrants crossing the southern border has prompted President Barack Obama to ask for $3.7 billion in additional funding, $1.8 billion of which would go to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which administers the UAC program.

The program had a budget of $376.083 million last year, and is on pace to spend nearly $1 billion in 2014. HHS has requested a contingency fund for 2015, due to the “rapidly expanding Unaccompanied Alien Children program.”

The majority of funding goes to nonprofit organizations and charities that provide living arrangements, education, health care, vocational training, mental health services, and other services.

Er, why are we giving them vocational training, when they are going to be deported? (Kidding, of course.)

Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesperson for HHS’s Administration of Children and Families, said approximately 88 percent of minors within the program are placed with family members or a verified sponsor in the U.S…

‘Verified’ in the sense they have a pulse.

The influx of alien children has forced the government to place emergency orders for clothing, shelter, and interpreter services.

The government ordered $6,040 of “Mission Critical” footwear on June 12 for the “large influx of unaccompanied alien children along the Rio Grande Valley border.”

Well, at least now we know there those ‘Obama shoes’ came from.

Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security spent $24,815 on children and infants’ apparel on June 13, and $13,339 on men’s outerwear June 27.

A sweatshirt order worth $3,428 from Promotions Plus, Inc. was also ordered on Jan. 1 for children being “transported from the southwest border to Chicago and Berks, Pa.”

Which undoubtedly say, ‘We Love Obama!’ And ‘Yes, We Can!’

More than $100,000 for telephone interpreter services were also ordered for the program at the end of June…

Why do they need telephone interpreters? Their ‘relatives’ don’t speak Spanish?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 11th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Republicans Claim They Won’t Give Obama Blank Check”

  1. canary says:

    Looks like Republicans are being extorted to sign a blank check.
    This is insanity and DHS’s new photos of spacious living quarters full of toys and toys look like an invitaton.
    AP: Homeland secretary visits immigrant holding center

    By Juan Carlos Llorca – July 11 2013

    ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson visited a New Mexico detention facility housing 400 Central American women and children Friday and warned immigrants that “we will send you back” if they try entering the country illegally.

    …, Johnson said more housing is needed so the administration can send a strong message back to Central America, where he said smugglers are telling families that if they make it to the United States they will get a free pass.

    After touring the recently opened center, he said staff told him that some of the immigrants told them they were surprised to be detained.

    “This facility … represents proof that indeed we will send people back.” But

    without more beds, the department says immigrants caught entering the country illegally will continue to be released while awaiting their deportation and asylum hearings.

    Right now, they are detained only if there is a place to house them.

    U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., accompanied Johnson on the tour.

    “We need to make sure we go after the people who are misleading families,” he said.

    The Artesia Center was opened in barracks of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

    It now holds about 400 people but eventually will hold about 700 women and children, Johnson said.


    U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M – “We need to make sure we go after the people who are misleading families.”

    Yeah right.

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