The President Signed an Act Encouraging Thousands of Undocumented Kids to be Sent to Our Borders

child-at-borderBy now many Americans have heard about the issue concerning the thousands of undocumented children that have arrived at our borders.  It’s a situation that’s emphasized just how important it is that we address our broken immigration system.

And as expected Republicans have tried to exploit the situation to levy attacks against President Obama.  Because what would a story such as this be like without Republicans spending 90 percent of their time blaming it entirely on President Obama?

They claim Obama’s attempt to pass immigration reform is the reason why thousands of undocumented children have flooded toward our border.  Then when these undocumented immigrants (mostly children and women) were bused into the United States for processing, Republicans couldn’t wait to get in front of a camera to claim that the president was responsible for all of this.

And they’re partially right.  A president was responsible for this.  In fact, it was the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act that helped redefine how we handled undocumented immigrants from countries other than Mexico and Canada.  Under this act the law requires that undocumented children from other countries be handed over to the Department of Health and Human Services to be cared for.  They’re also given legal counsel and advocates to explain how to seek asylum or other ways to stay in this country.

So when children from Central or South America come here, this act requires that we care for them.

But I’m not saying Republicans are wrong for blaming a president for passing such an act that possibly encourages immigrants from non-contiguous countries to come here.

They’re just blaming the wrong one.  See, this act was signed in 2008 by President George W. Bush. 

In fact, it’s President Obama who’s trying to get the law changed so that Border Patrol agents can treat immigrants from Central America the same way we do Mexico and Canada.  That is, they can catch and directly send them back to their home countries, speeding up the deportation process.

Shocking, I know.  Republicans blaming President Obama for something that was caused by the Bush administration.  That never happens, right?  Well, at least not since the last time a Republican tried to blame President Obama for our troops being out of Iraq.

In fact, while Republicans often claim President Obama has encouraged illegal immigration, he’s actually deported more undocumented immigrants than any president in United States history.

He might go down as the first president to ever be bashed by Republicans for being too soft on illegal immigration and criticized by his own party for being too harsh on it.

But no matter which side of the argument you take, there’s one indisputable fact: The act which crafted the law that determines how we process undocumented immigrants from non-contiguous countries was signed by George W. Bush, not President Obama.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Sandra Carpenter

    thanks for enlightening us! as always the Republicans only print or say half the story.As mom always said,don,t believe anything you hear.Thanks mom.

    • BobLoblaw

      Oh no joke! They so quick to take things out of context. The “you didn’t build that” – “what does it matter?” OMG I cannot remember how many times I posted the entire quotes. When I correct someone, it is the whole “lalalalala I can’t hear you” all over again.

    • Bine646

      From the government website- The bill, which was passed by voice vote in the House and unanimous consent in the Senate on December 10, authorizes appropriations for FY 2008 through 2011 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.

      Unanimous consent in democratically controlled senate and passed in the democratically controlled house.

      • Andrew Morris

        As someone who is a stickler for the facts, I’m sure that you know that the original act was written and passed in 2000, then subsequently renewed in 2003, 2006, 2008, and is pending on the House floor for a further renewal this year.

      • Bine646

        True- Clinton signed the first, revised again in 2008 n again in 2013. Thanks

      • Keith King

        BWaaaaa-hahahahahaha! the 2013 revision hasn’t been passed by ANYBODY yet! Would you like me to source that for you?

      • Bine646

        On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), restoring this country’s most important tool to combat human trafficking. This reauthorization reasserts the U.S. Government’s leadership role in the fight against modern-day slavery and was passed as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), which strengthens protections for women threatened by domestic violence. – endslaverydotorg

        Yes please show me your source, ill wait

      • Keith King

        HR Bill 898, 113th Congress. Last action 4/8/13, never passed House or Senate. Bill Tracker will show you exactly where it stands. Booyah! Did you really think I couldnt source it? Some one else on this thread said same thing and you agreed. LOL!

      • Bine646

        Ok I have shown you multiple times that it was an amendment on the VAWA bill, article XII, which was passed in March 2013- you can continue to not believe this, ignorance is bliss.

      • Keith King

        We are talking about two entirely different bills. Your VAWA Bill is all about protecting Native American women. I just read about it from the gov website. I’m talking about the bill in question in this article! THAT bill has gone nowhere.

      • Bine646

        You have no idea how this works apparently, the bill was added to VAWA as an amendment. Its article XII. You can research this and find out it was passed March 2013. Its not rocket science n its ok to admit you were wrong

      • Keith King

        If that were the case, on the bill tracker for HR 898, it would shown it was attached to the VAWA bill. It did not. Why do you suppose that is? No matter. It’s a moot point. Trying to pin this all on Obama is still a partisan stretch, the likes of which only an Obama hater would cling to.

      • Bine646

        You have got to be kidding me right? You are clearly the ignorant that Obama exploited to get into office. I really cant show you anymore, go to that article in the VAWA bill n ull see the TVPA attached.

        In 2012 Obama announced his stance on deporting children- thats on the government website.

      • Keith King

        Back to MEXICO, yes. But, clearly the law for all other nations is different. Yeah, I know Obama has been very good at deporting more illegals than any other recent POTUS in memory. That’s what you Republicans wanted, no? And you guys still whine! I finally found a link that shows HR 898 becoming law. The Library of Congress really let me down. And combining the VAWA and the Trafficking Victims Protection ReAuth Act of 2013 makes sense. So, we’re back to square one, I suppose: both Dems and R’s supported these bills, and now R’s are still in front of a camera blaming Obama for all of it, and Rick Perry is screaming “Obama conspiracy!”. What horse crap!

      • Bine646

        Politics are horse crap

      • Guest

        Ever hear the expression “When the sides of the hole start to collapse, stop digging”? You have had your ass kicked all over this comments section, I would think you would just STFU and GO AWAY. You can do that now without another peep.

      • Bine646

        Pffffffffffff cant handle facts huh- Keith finally figured it out. Way to bring some to the conversation

      • Bine646

        Here it is, from VAWA bill 2013. It was title not article I am sorry.

        TITLE XII—Trafficking victims protection

        Subtitle A—Combating international trafficking in persons

        Sec. 1201. Regional strategies for combating trafficking in persons.

        Sec. 1202. Partnerships against significant trafficking in persons.

        Sec. 1203. Protection and assistance for victims of trafficking.

        Sec. 1204. Minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

        Sec. 1205. Best practices in trafficking in persons eradication.

        Sec. 1206. Protections for domestic workers and other nonimmigrants.

        Sec. 1207. Prevention of child marriage.

        Sec. 1208. Child soldiers.

        Subtitle B—Combating Trafficking in Persons in the United States

        PART I—Penalties against traffickers and other crimes

        Sec. 1211. Criminal trafficking offenses.

        Sec. 1212. Civil remedies; clarifying definition.

        PART II—Ensuring availability of possible witnesses and informants

        Sec. 1221. Protections for trafficking victims who cooperate with law enforcement.

        Sec. 1222. Protection against fraud in foreign labor contracting.

        PART III—Ensuring interagency coordination and expanded reporting

        Sec. 1231. Reporting requirements for the Attorney General.

        Sec. 1232. Reporting requirements for the Secretary of Labor.

        Sec. 1233. Information sharing to combat child labor and slave labor.

        Sec. 1234. Government training efforts to include the Department of Labor.

        Sec. 1235. GAO report on the use of foreign labor contractors.

        Sec. 1236. Accountability.

        PART IV—Enhancing State and local efforts to combat trafficking in persons

        Sec. 1241. Assistance for domestic minor sex trafficking victims.

        Sec. 1242. Expanding local law enforcement grants for investigations and prosecutions of trafficking.

        Sec. 1243. Model State criminal law protection for child trafficking victims and survivors.

        Subtitle C—Authorization of appropriations

        Sec. 1251. Adjustment of authorization levels for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.

        Sec. 1252. Adjustment of authorization levels for the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005.

        Subtitle D—Unaccompanied Alien Children

        Sec. 1261. Appropriate custodial settings for unaccompanied minors who reach the age of majority while in Federal custody.

        Sec. 1262. Appointment of child advocates for unaccompanied minors.

        Sec. 1263. Access to Federal foster care and unaccompanied refugee minor protections for certain U Visa recipients.

        Sec. 1264. GAO study of the effectiveness of border screenings.

      • Fred Macarthur

        So basically what your saying is the current administration would not pass it on its own merit and had to attach it to the VAWA bill they thought was important enough to pass

      • Bine646

        “An administration program that defers the deportation of children brought in illegally by their parents or guardians has also had unintended consequences, immigration policy and law experts say……Unaccompanied minors have been trekking to the United States in steadily increasing numbers since 2012, according to the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute.” CNNdotCOM headline article

      • Stephen Barlow

        WOW! CAn’t even man up to you half of the Right thing to do.

        you can’t complain about immigrations policy when you have a bill to vote into law on your desk and you are too much of a coward to put it to a vote. Obama is ready to sign it.

        This whole MESS is a RED responsibility! Funny how they are all about personal accountability in their ads, but have no spine off camera.

      • Bine646

        So the other half of congress is exempt? The laws in place which the POTUS is not enforcing- thats the “reds” fault?

      • Stephen Barlow

        Sounds like YOu were saying exactly THAT!

        The death penalty is an option, not a mandate. Prosecuting for it is at a DA’s discretion.

        Same here. Bad laws should be replaced, REFORMED!!! Until then, it’s the President’s discretion.

        Just as it was Bush’s discretion to pardon Scooter Libby and his other corrupt financiers. Just as it was Bush’s discretion to NOT supervise WALL STREET MORTGAGE CRONIES and collaborate in the take down of the world economy through NEGLECT!!!

        Imagine America if he had “neglected” WMD’s and prosecuted Securities fraud @ Hank Paulsen’s old firm? WOW!! The Dow could be over 20,000 and there would be 11 million less homeless families!!!

        the decay of public schools because of “All Children Unfunded and Left BEhind” was a Bush neglect we all could have been proud of. Much rather he paid attention to that a hard as he flew that historic “Mission Accomplished” flight 4067 days ago!!!!

        Imagine New Orleans today if he used the troops he wasted in Iraq to help after Katrina.

        And tell me about ALL THAT USEFUL INTEL he grifted when he corrupted the Constitution with the Patriot Act?

        Tell Me WHY you vilify Obama for NOT closing Guantanamo (never mind that the REDS in Congress filibustered the bill that would allow those ‘dangerous’ prisoner to be held in American Supermax’s that woul have made closing it possible) and never ONCE even chided Bush for OPENING IT?

        BEt you were PROUD of the Abu Grahib photos too! Kind of explains why you would deny shelter to technically orphan children.

      • Bine646

        Article 2, Section 3, US Constitution: “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”

        That does not say at the President’s discretion

      • Stephen Barlow

        Thanks for editing the text, per the Republican Bible of Propaganda.

        I keep a copy of the Constitution on My desk just for bungholes like you.

        “ARTICLE II

        Section 3

        He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.”

        Are you reading from the US Constitution or some Republican cut an paste Revisionist SCAM?

      • Stephen Barlow

        OH, BTW, TO QUOTE YOURSELF … LMAO!!!!!

        “Bine646 Keith King • an hour ago

        On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), restoring this country’s most important tool to combat human trafficking. This reauthorization reasserts the U.S. Government’s leadership role in the fight against modern-day slavery and was passed as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), which strengthens protections for women threatened by domestic violence. – endslaverydotorg”

        SO YOU ADMIT TO BEING WRONG ABOUT WHAT THIS THREAD AND THE LAW IN QUESTION IS ABOUT?

  • guest

    The republicans of today are merely trolls who will say anything to try to get people on their side. It’s so sad to see how many people actually believe their BS. 🙁

    • BobLoblaw

      When they hear the same lie or quote taken out of context all day every day, they start to believe it. Thanks FOX, Rush, Beck, et al.

      • Bine646

        Following the November 2008 election of Barack Obama. The Democrats created a bill on December 9th 2008, that they voted for on December 10th, that Bush signed for them on December 23rd (as he left office)….. that expired in 2011 and was replaced by President Obama’s DOCA Deferred Action Executive Orders…

      • tcaruso01

        Just because you keep repeating the same incomplete, misinforming propaganda doesn’t make it true!!

      • Bine646

        Clinton signed it in 2000, Obama in 2013 as part of a womans protection bill- whats not true

      • Keith King

        What’s not true? That it’s all Obama’s fault.

      • Eg Kbbs

        So why didn’t GWB veto which would have essentially killed the bill ?

        At the veto Congress would have to have moved at light speed to override the veto while still in the 110th Congress (almost inconceivable, especiallty considering how few days they are scheduled to meet over the holidays). Or the 111th Congress (starting on Jan 6, 2009) would have to start with it from scratch as bills don’t carry from one term of Congress to the next.

      • Bine646

        Clinton signed the law in 2000, Obama again in 2013

      • Eg Kbbs

        Quoting from your own statement.

        Democrats created a bill on December 9th 2008, that they voted for on December 10th, that Bush signed for them on December 23rd (as he left office)

      • Bine646

        Yeah- its been revised n resigned- as in 2003, 2008, 2013. The revision hes complaining about was the 2008 one, which was democratically constructed

      • Keith King

        NO, it has NOT been re-signed in 2013. It’s been left for dead. Introduced by a Repube from NJ, it’s gone nowhere.

      • Bine646

        I think you need to fact check that- added to the VAWA bill. Look you learned something today

      • Keith King

        And “W” signed it three times — 2003, 2006, 2008.

      • Bine646

        Ok? Did Clifton put that in his article?

      • Keith King

        Did he have to?

      • Bine646

        If he was trying to give an honest picture of the bill than yes

      • Keith King

        He more than made his point without having to mention it.

      • Keith King

        OK, so you do admit this is not Obama’s fault! Otherwise, you would have posted something that specifically would prove it. And I noticed you didn’t challenge the fact that it is Obama who’s been deporting them as fast as possible. Thanks for playing, Bine646.

      • Bine646

        heres one reason it could be.

        June 2013, Obama, whitehousedotgov

        Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

        Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Under this process, USCIS will consider requests on a case-by-case basis. While this process does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship, individuals whose cases are deferred will not be removed from the United States for a two year period, subject to renewal, and may also receive employment authorization. To be considered for this process, you must show that:

        You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday

        You have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time

        You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012

        You entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012

        You are currently in school, have graduated or obtained your certificate of completion from high school, have obtained your general educational development certification, or you are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States

        You have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat

        You were present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS

        If you meet the above guidelines, and want to submit your deferred action for childhood arrivals request with USCIS, you will need to:

        Collect documents as evidence you meet the guidelines

        Complete USCIS Forms I-821D, I-765 and I-765 Worksheet

        Mail USCIS the forms and fees (total $465, accompanying Form I-765)

        Visit your local USCIS Application Support Center for a scheduled biometrics services appointment

      • Keith King

        And your point is…..? This is virtually identical to what Bush signed three times already!! Sorry, buddy, everything you say always comes back to Bush.
        Lets face it, Obama is not at fault here.

      • Bine646

        Hahaha good one

      • Keith King

        Dude, there is nothing in there thats new.

      • Andrew Morris

        I think what you’re trying to suggest is that the TVPA 2000, as amended in ’03, ’06, and ’08 was deliberating allowed to lapse to “allow” President Obama to introduce the DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to take effect. However, the GOP – with three Democratic congressmen – voted to defund this venture in 2013. And the only reason that the DACA was introduced in the first place was comprehensive immigration reform has been blocked repeatedly in the Senate, but something has to be done in the interim period.

        What do you make of Bill O’Reilly’s immigration reform plan, published July 1 last week? I think it’s a fair, balanced, and reasonable plan.

      • Bine646

        I actually wasnt, never thought of it like that.

        Let me look into O’Reilly’s.

        Thanks again for the info

      • usorthem3

        Self re-enforcing delusion is what they call you issue.

      • Bine646

        Facts are facts- try refuting them buddy. I’ll wait

  • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

    Of course this isn’t a new tactic for them! I think they have someone specifically working for them that grabs ahold of a headline and then is paid to twist it around so that it sounds like Obama is the one who is responsible for what is happening! I am so tired of this redneck group of people who call themselves Christians.

    • Bine646

      You need to educate yourself- democrats created the bill and it expired in 2011

      • tcaruso01

        And a bill for new immigration reform is being blocked and obstructed by which side of the aisle in Congress??

      • Bine646

        The laws in place which are not being enforced is whose fault? Constitution clearly outlines the POTUS’ job

  • Bine646

    What Clifton fails to say is the law was drafted by the democratically controlled congress in power during 2008. Leaves out that part- who came up with the bill.

    Why doesnt Obama use an executive order to change this law instead of trying to allow them to stay?

    • Stephen Barlow

      BEcause decent people care for living children, not only fetuses and zygotes.

      • Bine646

        Then sign up to adopt one

      • Stephen Barlow

        Wanting parenthood and being humane are 2 different things.

        What is so cuddly about a fetus you sicko?

    • tcaruso01

      Executive Orders do not change the law! The Executive Order is in place until a new law is passed…you know that Immigration Reform Bill that the GOTPers have repeatedly blocked or won’t allow the House to vote on!!!

      • Bine646

        Obama resigned this into law in 2013

      • Stephen Barlow

        And rightly so. Why are you so keen to allow sex trafficking of minors?

      • Bine646

        Do you have any idea what this article is about or you just out trolling?

      • Stephen Barlow

        It’s about an executive order designed to protect children from being trafficked!!!!! It is propaganda to say it was to ‘encourage parents to dump their kids at the American border for a free meal and a medical checkup.”

        And a decent, honest American would know this. But since you are neither, I understand.

      • Bine646

        Think you should reread it there pal- bc you are wrong….again

      • Stephen Barlow

        That is EXACTLY what the bill Obama signed DOES and was intended to do.

        I bet the next post from you will be about grammar of syntax. Lemme give you speling error you can grasp like a straw as yo cower defeated by reality in the corner of cyberspace.

      • Bine646

        The article which Allen Clifton has written is about the stance held by some republicans- that the flood of undocumented children to the United States was an Obama issue.

        However, Clifton pointed to the fact that it was actually a republican President to blame- George Bush.

        So what bill did Obama sign? He signed a revised copy of Bush’s revised copy to Clinton’s original signed bill (in the year 2000).

        So you agree with the stance George Bush and Congress took in 2008- leaving you to disagree with the article posted by Allen Clifton

      • Stephen Barlow

        NO, I refute your intellect as existing.

        I agree with the Bill, I disagree with Republicans distorting an unforseen consequence of the Law AND of their obstructionism in blocking a revision.

        I also disagree with the Republicans for DELAYING, segmenting, avoiding a vote on an already workable compromise immigration Reform Bill waiting for a vote on Boehner’s desk.

        I really don’t even see a story here, except that all these refugee children, the THIRD GENERATION OF REAGAN’S Drug dealing/Arms dealing, Death Squad Supplying Central American Terrorism refugees, are being anonymously hated en masse by the same Republicans that fight for Fetal Rights and cheered the SCOTUS hobby Lobby decision like Arabs on 9/11.

        The same people who deny student lunches and SNAP to single mothers, WIC to pregnant fetuses and their parasite hostesses are at least consistant in HATING living breathing innocent children Wholesale. The poverty menaced children who are a by product of the fear mongering of McCarthy and every Republican since and the REAL TANGIBLE SURVIVING PROOF of the wholesale failure of the Republican Military/Covert Nation building Agenda.

        So your supposition is WRONG, to the CORE.

        you are NOT getting out of that coffin with a wooden STAKE in your heart.

      • Bine646

        You keep hitting your caps button, fyi

      • Stephen Barlow

        Check and mate! The actual TEXT.

        “H.R. 7311 (110th): William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008

        110th Congress, 2007–2009. Text as of Jan 01, 2008 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

        H.R.7311

        One Hundred Tenth Congress

        of the

        United States of America

        AT THE SECOND SESSION

        Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday,

        the third day of January, two thousand and eight

        An Act

        To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2008 through 2011 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, to enhance measures to combat trafficking in persons, and for other purposes.

        Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

        SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

        (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the ‘William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008’.

        (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

        Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

        TITLE I–COMBATING INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS

        Sec. 101. Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking.

        Sec. 102. Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking.

        Sec. 103. Prevention and prosecution of trafficking in foreign countries.

        Sec. 104. Assistance for victims of trafficking in other countries.

        Sec. 105. Increasing effectiveness of anti-trafficking programs.

        Sec. 106. Minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

        Sec. 107. Actions against governments failing to meet minimum standards.

        Sec. 108. Research on domestic and international trafficking in persons.

        Sec. 109. Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

        Sec. 110. Report on activities of the Department of Labor to monitor and combat forced labor and child labor.

        Sec. 111. Sense of Congress regarding multilateral framework between labor exporting and labor importing countries.”

      • Stephen Barlow

        Actually, Executive Orders must comply within the law, and are usually clarifications of badly worded laws, administrative directives with ultimate, unquestionable authority of the White House, or Emergency Orders for Civil Defense or Action.

        Bush would have signed one if he intended to help the Katrina victims.

  • strayaway

    Wow, what can you say about a president who has transformed the US Border Patrol into day care workers and coyotes shipping illegal aliens all over the US to temporary orphanages and their families? Nice work, citing a 2012 article. Things change though. When the recession was at its worst, not as many illegal aliens came here looking for work. The Obama administration also includes illegal aliens turned around at the border, a practice not formerly done, to make his numbers look batter. Since 2012, the Obama administration has by executive orders, stopped sending back most illegal aliens who haven’t yet committed crimes, kept ‘dreamers’, decided to allow illegal aliens with minor crimes to stay, kept parent of dreamers (anchor dreamers), and has otherwise given hope of amnesty. Government subsidies always foster whatever is subsidized.

    The average taxpayer cost of primary and secondary public school education in the US is $12,700/year. If the average child crossing the border receives six years of public schooling, that is $76,200/child some local community gets stuck with paying not including extra money for bi-lingual education. According to Mother Jones, 70,000 unaccompanied children are showing up at our border this year. That’s $76,200 x 70,000 = $5.33B just to educate the children that come across in one year. Also. Obama is also requesting $500M to for these kids including lawyers to keep them here. Obama is like the Chinese guys who were bribed into opening the gates of the the Great China Wall for the Mongols. I’m sure they had some great reason for doing that too. I’m sure thy didn’t say the Chinese Chamber of Commerce directs campaign funding to politicians looking for cheaper labor.

    We have to provide for these children of course. My suggestion is twofold. Pile huge fines on the employers of illegal aliens to pay for the cost of operating the US Border Patrol. These employers hire illegal aliens for their own profits because they work for less. If the pain to cheating employers was great enough, they might consider hiring citizens. Second, costs associated with educating and otherwise supporting these children could be deducted from foreign aid payments to countries they came from. Since a lot of it probably winds up in the pockets of their corrupt leaders, those leaders would have a motivation to stop the flow.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Just take it out of the F-35 budget. That’s 50 YEARS of educating children. Wouldn’t it be a voucher?

      That’s right!! Reds are AGAINST educating children.

      • strayaway

        Why not collect it from cheating employers who take away jobs from citizens first? That’s like killing two birds with one stone. No big round ups required. My guess is that F-35’s are overpriced but you might want to look up the article “PLA to have 1,500 4th-gen fighters by 2020: report”. I don’t know a fourth generation fighter from a fifth generation fighter but the US looks like it will have some competition in the near future.

      • Stephen Barlow

        It’s been more than a decade, @ more than 100% cost over run, and the damn things still DON’T FLY!!! The software, for the Pre Pentium Era computers has NEVER passed an inspection. They still store data in mega bytes!!!

        I do like punishing corporations who offshore jobs and offshore domicile. A 500% tax on them AND a massive tariff for any future imports should keep them fat and happy paying their 12% income taxes.

        A simple for the tax reform is a split revenue, 5% sales and 10% income across the board for all entities. Use 2x poverty as the base, exempt ONLY food, shelter, limited energy, child care, healthcare and education expenses.

        I also believe that a separate DEFENSE tax should be levied on corporations ONLY. They are the only one’s who benefit from war. And since Appomattox, there has been no credible threat to America EXCEPT the Cuban missiles and no actual attack save the ’95 WTC bombing and 9/11.

        I get the need for security, and a strong military, but we don’t need 1/3 of the budget get to handle it. We need President’s who are competent and actually not on golf vacations or a press junket when the INTEL comes in. And we DON’T need a President so corrupt that he falsifies spy documentation and, like a bad author, goes to 6 different allies for rejection of his fiction before getting the Italians of all people to ‘acquiesce.’

      • strayaway

        I am finding more points of general agreement with you. The stars must be aligned. I would add Pearl Harbor to your short list though. I’m still for something like a use tax penalty for the employers of illegal aliens to pay for that mess but sending our jobs abroad is a closely related issue so I would increase import taxes while lowering middle class income taxes. The original income tax had a ceiling of 4% which is difficult to imagine now.

      • Stephen Barlow

        NO, you are just beginning to see the 1000 Points of Light I have been beaming up your tail up, head in the sand Republican/autoBlame Obama ostrich ass.

      • strayaway

        Good idea. Write Obama and suggest it to him. Tell him to stop promoting the TPP and bussing economic invaders all over this country at taxpayer expense while you are at it. He probably has just never thought about applying the law of supply and demand to the effects on US workers as nuanced by imported cheap labor and exporting our jobs.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Building up the supply side meant profits for the rich, not what would have been permanently successful: SUPPORTING THE LABOR FORCE THAT MAKES THE PROFITS FOR THE rich.

        Socialized Capitalism, employee ownership and direct meaningful involvement in MANAGEMENT decisions.

        Your concept of Reaganomic Supply Side Dogma is about cheaper products, more elaborate executive junkets and more gold in the parachutes and deleting labor from the equation. If labor was SO UNIMPORTANT to Capitalism, then WHY did Reagan all buy OUTLAW labor strikes? Because he knew that screwing labor was fiscal suicide.

        Your concept includes downsizing loyal 19 year worker’s out of their 10 year guaranteed pensions.

        Your concept demands concessions based on lies. John Schnatter of Papa John’s Pizza, claimed he would have to raise prices 15 cents a pie FOR TWO WHOLE YEARS to bankroll enough to pay for employee benefits through PPACA. TRUTH? 4 cents, and not in 2012, but 2014. Despite being outed, he still cut hours 15%, hired more minimum wage students and claims to be a job creator!!! LMAO.

      • strayaway

        Stephan, you are ranting. Get a grip. Obama has been exporting jobs. For example, he left taxpayers $10.6B in the hole at GM while GM plans to build $11B of new factories in China by the end of 2016. Bush was as bad. Why do you keep suggesting that Obama’s incompetence is because he is half black? Maybe his ability is limited by his mother’s genes. I suspect it has more to do with his personality and belief set than his genes though.

        I did mention the law of supply and demand. I will try to explain it. US workers are negatively affected by both exports of jobs and imports of workers. The greater the supply of domestic labor and the lower the demand for that labor, the lower wages will be. I assure you, this reference had nothing to do with Reagan or Pappa John.

      • Native Born American

        The federal government has zero business in education. That’s a power left to the states. Read the Constitution. The Feds have stuck their corrupt hands into everything they can. It’s high time we ended the fed, and I’m not just talking about the federal reserve. I’m talking about reigning them in and taking it back for the states.

    • Fred Macarthur

      why dont we just use the money from trying to repeal the ACA 50 times and all the investigations that the republicans have done 5-10 times each, or the cost of shutting down the government to pay for this Oh wait we cant because that money is just gone went for not, please i want your justification for this

      • Fred Macarthur

        and lets mot forget about the hundreds of billions bush and chaney made off the Irac war

      • strayaway

        I guess you can’t stay on topic. Here are some magic juju talking points for you:” Bush, Koch Brothers, racist, Fox News, teabaggers”. There, I’ve helped you win your argument about the (un)ACA and its relationship to Obama’s opening the gates.

        for not = for naught

      • Fred Macarthur

        you obviously got the point , trust me i don’t need your help when you put up quotes like this. a practice not formerly done, to make his numbers look batter = better

  • Bine646

    Clifton again proves he is a clown- law expired in 2011.

    Following the November 2008 election of Barack Obama. The Democrats created a bill on December 9th 2008, that they voted for on December 10th, that Bush signed for them on December 23rd (as he left office)….. that expired in 2011 and was replaced by President Obama’s DOCA Deferred Action Executive Orders…

    • tcaruso01

      As those Executive Orders were issued because which party has repeatedly blocked Immigration Reform that everyone else wants?? You sir have proven what a misinformed clown you are!!

      • Native Born American

        Reform that “everyone else wants?” You mean the enforcement that everyone else wants. Even repubs can lose big TO OTHER repubs, when they refuse to act on what the public wants. Take the case of David Brat beating the pants off of Eric Cantor in the Virginia primaries. Brat won on two issues; gun control and immigration. Brat was against gun control and against immigration reforms. His position was to enforce laws already on the books.

        So don’t even come here saying what everyone else wants.

    • wyomingsunflower

      If you are truely blaming dems because thecrepubl Ican president signed the bill into law then take a cloder look into NAFTA…negotiated and treatie signed by Bush Sr., signed into law by Clinton. This is really not how pur government is supposed to work people!! The blame game is counter productive and what is happening now is pathetic! This country could be great again if we work together instead of trying to start a revolution.

      • Native Born American

        Unfortunately, at this point, things have gone so far wrong that revolution may be the only remedy. No one with even a single functioning brain cell can deny that obama has committed treason. On multiple accounts. He has a total disregard for the Constitution, is in contempt of Congress, and has done more damage to this country in 5 years than all others sittin g in the chair for the past 100 years at least.

  • Carl Edward Jansen

    So, all you liberals believe every word of this “article”, hunh? The important thing is to get your media from multiple, different sources.

    • tcaruso01

      You mean like Cluster-Fox??

  • Sandy Greer

    Presidents – come and go. Aside from that, some are unaware:

    UN proclaimed a Universal Declaration of Human Rights after WW2. US
    voted in favor of these 30 inalienable rights all human beings share. They are delineated on the UN website:

    www DOT un DOT org/en/documents/udhr/

    Many of our rights speak to Life, Liberty, personal Security, and adequate Living Standards. One in particular:

    Article 14 – Right to Asylum in other countries from Persecution

    Ours is the Moral Obligation to take these children, as set forth in the last of our inalienable rights:

    Article 30: Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Thank you. It’s in the Bible as well, in much simpler terms.

      “Love thy brother as the selfish, conniving, lying Republican that you are.” Tight their in the Gospel, from the lips of the Lord hissef!

  • Stephen Barlow

    It is business as USUAL for the RED MENACE to get caught ‘riding dirty’ and pointthe finger at anyone else.

    Reds didn’t LIE about WMD.
    REDS didn’t fight against healthcare for Americans.
    Reds didn’t immobilize the EPA and cause Deer Water horizon to fail because parts weren’t inspected properly.
    Reds didn’t keep 100,000 Floridians votes from counting.
    Reds didn’t create the mortgage crisis by ALLOWING sub prime mortgages to be insured with out a single dollar to pay for claims to be in escrow.

    Reds didn’t murder 4500 American troops in a fraudulant war.

    To hear them tell it, Obama did it aLL from his wickyup in Kenya as a muslim boy.

  • radsenior

    The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 was passed in the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent and was signed into law by President George W. Bush. The regressive obstructionist continue their march into oblivion with blocking and non-passage of jobs bills. TEA-types and Republicans have warred with each other and have threatened to shut down the government again. The Senate passed the immigration bill which died under John Boehner’s inability to run the House. Repeated voter bills in states run by regressive obstructionists have obstructed voter access and women health access. The 1965 Voting Rights Act has been targeted since passage and women health rights exacerbated through state legislation since 1973. Please turn your wrath and disgust into votes this November. If you do not vote, people like Greg Abbott will continue to hold states back. If you do not vote, people like Dannie Goeb will continue their reign of terror. If you do not vote, Rafael Eduardo Cruz and the opposition will force their skewed religious and conservative views onto you! If you do not vote, nothing will change.

  • Eg Kbbs

    It is getting so that I could almost past the below quote to almost anything the repubs say:

    Obama Doesn’t Have a TARDIS !

  • Erin Weldon

    Does anyone think these anti Obama zealots will ever tell the whole truth

    • Bine646

      Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Under this process, USCIS will consider requests on a case-by-case basis. While this process does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship, individuals whose cases are deferred will not be removed from the United States for a two year period, subject to renewal, and may also receive employment authorization. To be considered for this process, you must show that:

      You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday

      You have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time

      You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012

      You entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012

      You are currently in school, have graduated or obtained your certificate of completion from high school, have obtained your general educational development certification, or you are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States

      You have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat

      You were present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS

      If you meet the above guidelines, and want to submit your deferred action for childhood arrivals request with USCIS, you will need to:

      Collect documents as evidence you meet the guidelines

      Complete USCIS Forms I-821D, I-765 and I-765 Worksheet

      Mail USCIS the forms and fees (total $465, accompanying Form I-765)

      Visit your local USCIS Application Support Center for a scheduled biometrics services appointment

      June 2012. President Obama, whitehousedotgov

  • Michael

    So, 6 years after the law is passed, there is a sudden influx of immigrants, but somehow, it is all Bush’s fault. How is it in the past 6 years there was no rush to the border? Why was the US government planning this for this event as far back as January of 2014? What caused the explosion of immigrants in just the past few weeks which was not present for the past 200 years? The blame Bush for everything game fails to answer any of these relevant questions, but we know the Left must shift blame away from Obama. After all, he only found out about it when it was on the news.

    • Fred Macarthur

      why dont you look into some interviews of some of these children that have come here vary enlightening, i watched one the other day either he would try to come to america or he would most likely be killed and it was worth the risk to him. Oh buy the way he recently found his father shot to death in there small business they owned. this has nothing to do with this law. you didnt actually think these people just waited around till this law was attached to another bill so it could get passed ok lets run for the border know we might have a chance to stay No you idiots there running for there lives and it has nothing to do with this bills passage or frailer, its just one more bogus plow to try to blame the current administration for, you guys think your so smart quoting this VAWA bullsh*t

  • MLR

    Republicans know damn well that it was Bush that signed it into law but they need their base to stay angry and ignorant, t’s the only way republicans can win elections. Keep em stupid and angry and they’re good to go. And their base really don’t care if it’s Obama’s fault or not, they’ll blame him anyway.

  • mdmtnwmn

    The current crisis has nothing to do with immigration. The unaccompanied children and women coming from South America are refugees, not immigrants. Murder rates by country: #1 Honduras, #2 Venezuala, #4 Belize, #5 El Salvador, #6 Guatemala, #12 Colombia. And in all these places, they are intentionally targeting children, often home invasions where the children are executed. We’re quick to condemn others for not accepting refugees, we need to follow our own values and protect these children.

    As for this argument about who first signed the law affording children protection and due process, it’s stupid. To quote someone, “what does it matter?” which administration gave birth to it or some version of it in 2000? The argument that signing it again in 2013, somehow, suddenly, after 13 years of enactment and no great change in the number of unaccompanied minors entering the country, encouraged tens of thousands of parents ito start sending their children alone on a 1000-mile journey, subject to predation by coyotes, other adults, starvation, exposure, etc. is obviously specious. This Republican argument doesn’t even follow the timeline – numbers of unaccompanied minors entering began to rise in in 2009 and 2010, three or four years BEFORE Pres. Obama re-passed the law as part of VAWA.

    That’s game, set, match Bine646. Are you really arguing the President should be impeached for 1. Following the law and 2. Not sending helpless children back to be slaughtered by the drug cartels? You want the United States to be complicit in those murders? What kind of “American” values do you have?

  • Derrick

    When all else fails, blame Bush.

  • Native Born American

    The only thing really broken with our current immigration system is that’s it’s NOT BEING ENFORCED.

    Want to fix it? Send our troops to our southern border with ordered to shoot on sight anyone coming over the fence. Guaranteed the foreign invasion will stop instantly.

  • SueBerryhill

    Obama has fudged his deportation figures, by including those who are turned away at the border. In previous administrations they only counted people who were actually deported — already in this country and sent OUT of this country. Since Obama’s “deportation” figures include those who never even managed to get into the country they look much better than previous administrations’ figures. Now all these new illegal immigrants are being released to go anywhere they want, with only a promise to show up in court on the appointed day. They won’t be seen again — well, except maybe at the welfare office to get cash benefits, food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance, etc. While so many of our military veterans who put their lives on the lines are out on the streets, and so many vets have died while waiting for the medical care they were promised.
    Oh, and these illegal aliens can now fly commercial airlines by using their court appearance paper for their ID — and it doesn’t have a photo. I wonder if they’ll have to be searched by TSA, or if that will be considered some kind of insult. I’m sure there will be an express line for them, while all the rest of us have to wait in line, take off our shoes and jackets, remove keys, cell phones, anything else metal, be patted down, have our carry-ons searched, all because of “airplane security.”
    Ain’t America grand — if you’re an illegal immigrant.

  • Obama’s irresponsible rhetoric is indeed to blame, and he should be ashamed of himself. The flood of children and hopeful parents didn’t start when Bush signed that law; it started when Obama shot off his mouth about having a pen and a phone and how he wasn’t going to send undocumented immigrant children home anymore.

    He and his irresponsible state department stood by and allowed people to incorrectly believe we were handing out free passes at the border.

    OBAMA’S HUNGER GAMES:

    If you can survive robbery, rape, murder, and criminal gangs and make it to our border, you earn the right to work for crappy wages and live in the shadows, all sponsored by Democrat poverty pimps, ball-less GOOPers and the US Torture Chamber of Crony Commerce.

  • betspotter

    So, it wasn’t Obama who sent flyers out and advertised for children to come here? And it wasn’t Obama who advertised for facilitators to round up and escort these children? Of course it was. It is Obama’s joke on America. It is one thing to be a safety net in a time of crisis. It’s very Obamaesque to twist the law into a bludgeon to use on America. If Obama keeps it up, the US will be no better off than the countries the kids and rapists, murderers and gang bangers are coming from.