Thanks to ‘Speaker’ Ted Cruz, House GOP Border Crisis Plan Blows Up!

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Thanks to ‘Speaker’ Ted Cruz, House GOP Border Crisis Plan Blows Up! (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

More lunacy from the do-nothing House GOP as their bill goes up in flames. House Republicans were forced to withdraw an emergency spending bill to address the unaccompanied minors streaming across the US-Mexico border as a rebellion erupted among the ranks.

This is a major embarrassment for the party, but no-one should be surprised. We saw this mess when ‘Speaker’ Ted Cruz held the country hostage during the government shutdown. The real House Speaker John Boehner has no control over House Republicans. Having a new leadership team means nothing. If you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.

More from the New York Times:

House Republicans, who have long called for strengthening security at the nation’s southern border, may now be forced to head home for the recess with nothing to show for their efforts — something many Republicans fear will be an enormous political liability.

The blow to Speaker John A. Boehner and his new team — including Representatives Kevin McCarthy of California, the new majority leader, and Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the whip — makes it unlikely that any legislation to address what both Democrats and Republicans call an urgent humanitarian crisis will reach President Obama’s desk before the August break. The Senate was also unlikely to pass its own border bill on Thursday.

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The Republican leaders had hoped to push through a modest $659 million emergency spending measure, well short of the $2.7 billion that Senate Democrats had proposed and the $3.7 billion that President Obama had requested.

Speaker Ted Cruz, ahem, Sen. Ted Cruz strikes again….He’s front and center in the House GOP disarray….

House Republicans were not helped by their Senate counterparts, particularly Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who on Wednesday night held a meeting over pizza and beer with more than a dozen of the House’s most conservative lawmakers to urge them to vote against the immigration bill.

Representative Joe Barton, a senior Republican in the Texas House delegation, expressed frustration with Mr. Cruz. “I like Senator Cruz personally,” he said. “I think his instincts are right, but having not served in the House, I’m not sure he’s cognizant of the protocol in the House. The Senate’s an equal body legislatively, and I certainly am encouraging him to get his positions passed in the Senate.”

There are no winners. The Democrats don’t have enough votes for their plan either. President Obama won’t win either. It’s a sad state of affairs, that the people we sent to Washington D. C. are no more than a laughingstock. I hope voters remember this trainwreck in November and in 2016. The Republican Party deserves to get another shellacking in the next presidential election.

Rick Perry Disses President Obama by Refusing Formal Meeting and Handshake

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Rick Perry Disses President Obama by Refusing Formal Meeting and Handshake

The Republican disrespect of President Obama continues….Texas Gov. Rick Perry declines meet with President Obama and handshake in Austin on Wednesday. Yep, this is the grandfather of conspiracy theories about immigration and border protection.

In a letter to President Obama, Mr. Oops wrote:

I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue. With the appropriate notice, I am willing to change my schedule to facilitate this request.

At any point while you are here, I am available to sit down privately so we can talk and you may directly gain my state’s perspective on the effects of an unsecured border and what is necessary to make it secure.

Um, I didn’t realize President Obama’s schedule revolves around Gov. Rick Perry’s schedule. It was mighty thoughtful of the governor to offer to fit the president in whenever…. Republicans think treating President Obama like crap will help them win the White House in 2016. I would venture to say, their behavior will increase black and Hispanic voter turnout at record levels again, as we saw in 2008 and 2012.

UPDATE:  Um, it seems that Gov. Perry had a change of heart. His spokesperson issues a hilarious statement trying to take credit for the already planned White House roundtable he had been invited to attend. “Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president tomorrow.”

Drudge Report Low: ‘Illegal Found Dead in Tex’ Headline was Really an 11-Year-Old Child

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Drudge Report Low: ‘Illegal Found Dead in Tex’ Headline was Really an 11-Year-Old Child

The Drudge Report, which delivers talking points to the right wing, is up to its usual tricks. The headline leading the page today is “Illegal Found Dead in Tex.” Um, one problem with that — it deliberately ignores the fact that the “illegal” was an 11-year-old child, Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez.

Just so you know, Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, who is from Huehuetenango, Chiantla, Guatemala, was traveling with a coyote. His body was found about a mile from the southern border of Texas. He was identified after the phone number for his brother who lives in Chicago, was found inside his belt buckle. The AP reports his family last heard from him about 25 days before his body was found. Never mind the fact that child crossing the borders alone have become a humanitarian crisis.

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants die crossing the borders yearly, as Matt Drudge and his cronies are aware. They are deliberately deflecting from the fact that a child died. One who was caught up in the wave of child crossing the borders into the Rio Grande Valley region in the last weeks. Drudge didn’t focus on the AP story, but rather, chose to focus on the words “illegal” and “dead.” You see, “illegal found dead in Tex” works just fine for Drudge to gin up right wing outrage.

Immigration Reform DOA, President Obama to Use Executive Order on Fixes

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Immigration Reform DOA, President Obama to Use Executive Order on Fixes (Credit: Wikipedia)

The Republican Party wants the Hispanic vote, but they have no desire to fix the broken immigration system.  Roll Call reports, “The White House is throwing in the towel on a comprehensive immigration bill this year after Speaker John Boehner told Obama last week that he will not allow a vote in the House.” 

President Obama said he was tired of waiting on the Congress to act on immigration reform and would act on his own. Um, watch for the name-calling from the GOP — “Imperialist president” and “Monarch Obama.”

President Obama also wrote a letter to Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell addressing the situation at Rio Grande Valley areas where illegal immigrants have been streaming into the U.S. Here’s an excerpt:

While we are working across all of these channels, to execute a fully effective Government-wide strategy as the influx of migrants continues, we are eager to work with the Congress to ensure that we have the legal authorities to maximize the impact of our efforts.  Initially, we believe this may include:

• providing the DHS Secretary additional authority to exercise discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children from non-contiguous countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador; and

• increasing penalties for those who smuggle vulnerable migrants, like children.

In addition, we will request congressional action on emergency supplemental appropriations legislation to support:

• an aggressive deterrence strategy focused on the removal and repatriation of recent border crossers;

• a sustained border security surge through enhanced domestic enforcement, including interdiction and prosecution of criminal networks;

• a significant increase in immigration judges, reassigning them to adjudicate cases of recent border crossers, and establishing corresponding facilities to expedite the processing of cases involving those who crossed the border in recent weeks;

• a stepped up effort to work with our Central American partners to repatriate and reintegrate migrants returned to their countries, address the root causes of migration, and communicate the realities of these dangerous journeys; and

• the resources necessary to appropriately detain, process, and care for children and adults.

 

Golden Beach FL Police Searching for Migrants, Including Jamaicans, Who Fled Boat

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Golden Beach FL Police Searching for Illegal Immigrants, Including Jamaicans, Who Fled Boat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Golden Beach police said they are searching for 20 to 30 Caribbean nationals, including Jamaicans, who ran ashore from a Go-Fast boat in Florida Sunday night.

Reports are that the illegal immigrants were dropped off by the boat and started running from the police at about 8:25 p.m. One person was rescued from the water after jumping from a bridge while trying to elude the authorities.

According to Channel 10, the migrants are from Haiti, Trinidad and Jamaica and, that Golden Beach police have 6 adults and 2 children in protective custody. Miami police said one man was pulled out of Intracoastal Waterway and was taken to Aventura Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition with a head injury, Channel 10 reports.

Golden Beach Police are being aided in the search by Hallandale Beach Police and the Miami-Dade County Police Department. The U.S. Border Patrol is heading the investigation. These migrants will be returned to their respective countries once they have all been found. Developing story. Stay tuned for updates.

 Golden Beach FL Police Searching for Migrants, Including Jamaicans, Who Fled Boat

Heritage Foundation’s Jason Richwine Resigns Amid Fallout from Immigration Report

BREAKING NEWS:  The Heritage Foundation announced the resignation of senior policy analyst Jason Richwine, co-author of controversial immigration report that was very critical of the Senate’s immigration reform plan, saying it would cost trillions.

Jason Richwine came under fire after it was discovered he argued in his Harvard dissertation that there was a “long-standing difference between the IQ of white Americans and immigrants,” Politico reports.

The Heritage Foundation said: “Jason Richwine let us know he’s decided to resign from his position. He’s no longer employed by Heritage. It is our long-standing policy not to discuss internal personnel matters.”

On a personal note, as a legal immigrant to this country, I am insulted by Jason Richwine’s comments. I would venture to say, thanks to people like him, the Republican Party will continue to have a huge problem with black and Hispanic voters.

GOP Immigration Nightmare Could Recur, Giving Democrats White House in 2016

GOP IMMIGRATION NIGHTMARE:  As we inch closer and closer to the 2014 elections, the Republican Party is faced with a dilemma — immigration. This will also play out in the 2016 presidential elections, where demographics won’t be on their side, once again. The immigration reform put forward by Republicans is troubling and the rumblings of a schism in the party are getting louder and louder. The outcome will be far worst politically, even if the bill is defeated. The mother of all right wing backlashes will result that will take the more friendly Republicans with the party.

“We are really balanced here on a little precipice and if this, pardon the pun, goes south, we could be in very serious trouble,” said Republican media strategist Paul Wilson, citing the increasingly intense attacks on the immigration bill coming from the right. “If [the legislation] stalls or is killed off by conservatives, we could take the Hispanic community and turn them into the African-American community, where we get four percent on a good day… We could be a lost party for generations.”

Establishment Republicans don’t have to reach too far back in recent history to find precedent for this political nightmare scenario: It would look a lot like the last time Congress pursued comprehensive immigration legislation. Source

The Republicans should also take a look at the last presidential election, in which all the voter suppression tactics employed in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania backfired. The massive black voter turnout was clearly not what they hoped for, but it helped President Obama win a second term. Hispanics, Asians, women and gays also helped Obama’s reelection.

The conservative backlash provoked a new militancy among immigrants, as well: advocates for the undocumented began holding massive counter-protests in Los Angeles, Dallas, and other cities with large Latino populations.

But the conservative campaign to kill the immigration bill in Washington ultimately succeeded — at a high electoral cost. Whereas exit polls in 2004 showed Bush receiving upwards of 40% of the Latino vote, that figure plummeted to about 31% for John McCain in 2008, and 27% for Mitt Romney last year. The reasons for the Hispanic exodus are complex and varied, but few Republican strategists these days will argue with the notion that the 2007 culture war on immigration reform stained the party’s brand.

Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry truly believe Texas won’t go blue. If immigration reform fails, think again. That could be a very real possibility. The Republicans should realize, President Obama won’t be blamed for the demise of immigration reform — they will. The GOP immigration nightmare is taking shape already….

inSPIRE STEM USA’s Maria Cardona On a Mission to Help Hispanic & Black Communities Embrace STEM Education

ATLANTA, GA — As a bipartisan group of U. S. senators, “the Gang of 8, unveiled their immigration plan Thursday. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing on Friday and another one on Monday. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the bill won’t go through the markup process until May, which will give the public more time to read the more than 800 pages  of the proposed legislation. Inspire STEM USA is hard at work to address the crisis we see today with a severe shortage of qualified workers in STEM fields and is pushing for lawmakers to address immigration and workforce development needs. inSPIRE STEM USA’s plan seeks to reduce the number of open STEM jobs and ensure that America maintains its competitiveness relative to other countries by producing more college graduates with engineering and computer science degrees.

inSPIRE STEM USA is encouraged by the bipartisan effort for immigration reform, acknowledging that “reform legislation should include long-term solution to improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM).” I had the pleasure of speaking with Maria Cardona, one of the co-chairs of inSPIRE STEM USA, about the organization and the current immigration overhaul plan that was unveiled by the Senate. The overriding theme of the interview was that meaningful immigration reform will help America attract and keep qualified workers for high-skilled jobs, inside of watching those workers go elsewhere.

Ms. Cardona said at this juncture, America doesn’t produce enough workers educated in STEM fields to fill the jobs that are expected to take our economy to the next level and keep the U.S. on the cutting edge on all fronts. The coalition believes that the inclusion of the STEM fund and raising the H-1B visa cap in this new piece of legislation will have a tremendous and positive effect in putting the country on the right path to accomplish long-term goals.

Maria Cardona has championed immigration for a long time in her career, particularly in the Latino community. Along with immigration, one of the issues important to the Latino community is education. The black community is in sync with the Latino community on the “understanding at a gut level that when we have a good solid, quality education, that is the best path for a better future for our children.” She migrated from Colombia with her parents when she was two years old. She said her parents realized that a good education was paramount, adding that a “good education is the way forward for the Latino community.” It doesn’t matter what your ethnic background is, a good education is paramount for a good economic outlook.

Ms. Cardona said inSPIRE STEM USA focuses on education and immigration, both issues are dear to her. The coalition believes that whatever comes out of Congress from an immigration standpoint, there needs to be a key focus on the issue of education from a STEM perspective. “For the careers of now, the focus needs to be on our kids being trained in the STEM fields,” Cardona said. “A person with a degree in a STEM field can expect to make  $1.5 million more than a person with a non-STEM degree. In the next 10 years, there will be 17 percent more job opportunities in the STEM fields than other fields,” she added. “We are graduating no more than 40,000 kids with a computer science degree. The jobs that we need yearly in the field is 120,000 and these are workers coming from other countries to fill those jobs. We want to keep those jobs here for the growth of this country.”

As someone in the minority community, Maria Cardona, she “knows that a lot of kids when they are little, teachers don’t have a high expectation of our kids excelling in Science. If we can change that, our kids will live up to those expectations. We need to have teachers and programs that understand the importance of helping our kids get into those fields,” she said.

It is imperative that what ever legislation comes out of the Senate, that it includes the I-Squared bill.  If that is achieved then the two over-arching pieces of the coalition is pushing is much better situated to become a reality. The first one is to make sure that we are able to fill the high tech slots that right now we can’t fill right now and the second part of this is the one we have to make sure is included to make sure these companies pay a fee that will go to the long-term STEM fund in the United States, so we don’t have to go overseas or outside of our borders to fill those jobs that are a part of our future. Mobilizing your elected official is imperative in helping inSPIRE STEM USA meet its goals.

I encourage you to listen to this riveting interview (below) and call your elected official to get on the ball with comprehensive immigration reform and a push for improved STEM education. We can be stronger and more competitive as a country if we all work together to change our communities for the better, starting with helping our children gain an appreciation for Science. Maria Cardona is encouraged that also within the  comprehensive immigration overhaul is improving STEM education in communities across the U.S. and reducing the disparities in education and the work place.

Associated Press Drops ‘Illegal Immigrant’ from Stylebook

The Associated Press will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant,” ABC News reports. Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll made the announcement in a blog entry, explaining that the decision is part of the company’s on-going campaign to remove their Stylebook of labels. The right wing is freaking out about this.

Homeland Security Official Resigns After Illegal Immigrants Released, Blamed on Budget Cuts

BREAKING:  Homeland Security official resigns after ICE’s release of illegal immigrants blamed on budget cuts, the AP reports. KIRO-TV identified the official as Gary Mead, who sent an email telling co-workers he was leaving the ICE at the end of April. His resignation was reportedly sent hours after U.S. officials confirmed a few hundred illegal immigrants facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to budget cuts.

The White House is running like Usain Bolt heading to the finish line away from this controversy. Politico reports, that the White House and the Department of Homeland Security were unaware of Immigration Customs and Enforcement’s decision to release detainees until the agency announced it, administration officials said Wednesday. Um, really? Is that why a Homeland Security official reportedly resigned?

White House press secretary Jay Carney  described those released as “low-risk, non-criminal detainees,” Politico reports. We are talking about as many as 30,000 illegal immigrants who were incarcerated being set free. Seems to me like Big Sis, Janet Napolitano, has no clue what is going on in the DHS.