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6/30/2014

He Has No Choice, People!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:51 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Today, as anticipated, the president addressed immigration and executive action. Due to a standstill in Congress (i.e. obstructionist Republicans), the president, seeing himself with no other choice, plans to take executive action to address immigration issues. But he wishes he didn’t have to.

“I don’t prefer taking administrative action,” he said in the Rose Garden on Monday. “I would greatly prefer Congress actually do something.”

“I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing,” the president continued. He chastised House Republicans for failing to “pass a darn bill.”

His staff, per his request, will provide a list of executive actions he can take regarding immigration before the end of this summer.

Those darn Republicans.

–Dana

UPDATE: I’m going to throw this update in with this post. Tomorrow, the first 140 detainees from Texas are expected to arrive at the U.S.Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, CA.

Groups of families with children are scheduled to arrive in Murrieta every 72 hours from south Texas, where a massive influx of Central Americans crossing the border has created what President Barack Obama has described as a “humanitarian crisis.” Many of the migrants are unaccompanied children.

The groups will arrive on commercial flights in San Diego, then be taken by bus to Murrieta, according to police and Border Patrol union officials.

The flights have already been postponed twice, but apparently, this time they are a-go. Not everyone is happy about this, of course, but to further illustrate the mess it is, some will be dropped off at a bus station. According to Murrita Police Chief Sean Hadden:

Border Patrol officials notified him that the detainees would be flown to San Diego then bussed to the Murrieta Border Patrol Station. After processing, they will be dropped off in smaller groups at bus stations in Perris, Riverside and San Bernardino. He was told the groups would continue to arrive every 72 hours.

Notice of this has generated 200+ comments in the local regional newspaper of note – and upon a quick perusal, none very few appear to be in favor of this move.

42 Responses to “He Has No Choice, People!”

  1. Constitution, shmonstitution, sayeth the not quite tenured lazy constitutional law teaching assistant. Because…Obama!

    Bugg (c86fda)

  2. Time to clog the streets around the BP facility….
    nothing in, nothing out.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  3. Please, don’t throw me in that briar patch.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  4. This is getting pretty close to a very fundamental understanding of our way of life and government. Will a critical mass of the populace realize that we decided against a monarchy 200+ years ago so that laws could not be made unless there was adequate agreement between a large enough group of people, or will there be enough of a majority who say, “Yeah, Obama, do what you think is best, no matter what it is.”

    Quite some time ago I think someone linked to a clip from Star Wars about “this is how the Republic is lost”.

    BTW, has a discussion a few days ago with some folk who grew up in NJ. They all remember how as teens they would catch a bus and be taken to the fields to pick berries and such. No longer a job for NJ teens, but for immigrants.
    What was once a job that paid for school clothes and such now some think ought to provide a wage for a family to live on… meanwhile NJ teens think they ought to be given whatever they want.
    It just doesn’t work that way.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  5. http://washingtonexaminer.com/on-immigrant-surge-white-house-story-falls-apart/article/2549755

    A high percentage of the subjects interviewed stated their family members in the U.S. urged them to travel immediately, because the United States government was only issuing immigration “permisos” until the end of June 2014…

    Maybe those people who gave a June 30 date, knew what they talking about.

    There must have been a leak.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  6. This was the news before:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/us/politics/on-both-sides-of-aisle-the-houses-hopes-fade-for-an-immigration-overhaul.html

    Inside the White House, officials are divided on whether to abandon efforts for passage of an immigration overhaul or continue to have Mr. Obama pressure Republicans in the House to take up the issue this summer.

    Many others believe that Republicans are not going to budge. Some are urging the president to act unilaterally to reduce those deportations that are breaking up families who have been in this country for years.

    The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, was preparing to make such an announcement in the spring, but Mr. Obama had him delay it to give Republicans in Congress more time to consider passing a broader overhaul. Officials said the announcement could come this summer.

    That sounded like, maybe after Congress started its August recess.

    But it looks like that those who said it was June 30 were right, even if they turn out to be wrong about what exactly happens June 30.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  7. The last news before that was that Obama was going to asak for a lot of money:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/us/obama-to-seek-funds-to-stem-border-crossings-and-speed-deportations.html

    President Obama will ask Congress to provide more than $2 billion in new funds to control the surge of illegal Central American migrants at the South Texas border, and to grant broader powers for immigration officials to speed deportations of children caught crossing without their parents, White House officials said on Saturday.

    Mr. Obama will send a letter on Monday to alert Congress that he will seek an emergency appropriation for rapidly expanding border enforcement actions and humanitarian assistance programs to cope with the influx, which includes record numbers of unaccompanied minors and adults bringing children. The officials gave only a general estimate of the amount, saying the White House would send a detailed request for the funds when Congress returned after the Fourth of July recess that began Friday and ends July 7.

    The president will also ask Congress to revise existing statutes to give the Homeland Security secretary, Jeh Johnson, new authorities to accelerate the screening and deportation of young unaccompanied migrants who are not from Mexico. Fast-track procedures are already in place to deport young migrants from Mexico because it shares a border with the United States.

    I sw a chart in a newspaper taht said that only 3% of those (minors? coming were from Mexico, and 2% were from other countries – the rest were from Guatamala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

    Some of them were seeking asylum in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Belize. (because they got stopped there?)

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  8. MD in Philly (f9371b) — 6/30/2014 @ 1:24 pm

    They all remember how as teens they would catch a bus and be taken to the fields to pick berries and such. No longer a job for NJ teens, but for immigrants.

    The same situation seems to be all over the world. The job is maybe more looked down on, the woerk is hard, the pay is low, and even lower if they are not living for weeks on the farm, and have to pay for their own transportation every day, and there’s a high attrition rate for people who haven’t invested a lot of effort into getting that job and who have no alternative jobs or the alternative of no job.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/world/europe/despite-high-unemployment-portugal-looks-far-afield-for-workers.html

    The reasons the farm work does not appeal to the Portuguese are complex, but they boil down to one simple fact: It makes little economic sense…

    Some locals do pick berries so berries may be the last thing to go.

    What was once a job that paid for school clothes and such now some think ought to provide a wage for a family to live on… meanwhile NJ teens think they ought to be given whatever they want.
    It just doesn’t work that way.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  9. What distinguishes the current ‘crisis’ along the border from F&F?
    Both are issues ginned up by an out-of-control administration wishing to generate public support for a drastic overhaul in the way government relates to the citizens of the country.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  10. Yeah, the Perris-Murrieta area is not a place where illegal immigration or Obama are particularly popular. I doubt if they could have picked a worse spot in the Inland Empire for depositing these families.

    This does not seem to have a promising ending.

    JVW (aa050c)

  11. TFG would rather take in millions of boarders than enforce our borders. That’s a fact.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  12. Barack Velveeta
    just cuz he’s the cheesiest
    president we’ve had

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  13. government cheese is nasty

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  14. So now we are going to have thousands of hungry, lost immigrants wandering around Southern California? One might think this “lose them” strategy was on purpose.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  15. How can they even board a commercial flight without proper ID? I know I wouldn’t be allowed. But then, I’m a citizen…

    Gazzer (ee7136)

  16. I’m with this Obama chap. Blasted Parliament, thinking they have a say in running the place.

    Charles I (341ca0)

  17. I suggest Palisades Park in Santa Monica as an ideal release point. I’m sure the SM elite will take them to their bosom.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  18. Or maybe build a holding facility in SF’s Golden Gate Park.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  19. The president will also ask Congress to revise existing statutes to give the Homeland Security secretary, Jeh Johnson, new authorities to accelerate the screening and deportation of young unaccompanied migrants who are not from Mexico. Fast-track procedures are already in place to deport young migrants from Mexico because it shares a border with the United States.

    The House should pass a “send them home” bill this week and then demand the Senate act.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  20. Release them at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. (and point them at the gate.)

    htom (412a17)

  21. Never let a crisis he created to to waste.

    JD (83e299)

  22. How can they even board a commercial flight without proper ID? I know I wouldn’t be allowed. But then, I’m a citizen…

    Actually that isn’t true. You would be delayed while they verified your identity, but then you would be allowed on. But it’s irrelevant to these people, who all have ID; besides whatever they arrive with, the Border Patrol must be issuing them with some kind of ID, in order to keep track of them, and that will do for flying.

    Milhouse (b95258)

  23. Actually, I haven’t flown since 2002 and doubt I will as long as we have TSA.

    Gazzer (ee7136)

  24. 10.Yeah, the Perris-Murrieta area is not a place where illegal immigration…

    Was there two years ago for a construction jobwalk, and it was mortifying. Met 5 other white males at a Mexican restaurant, and we were the only non-Latino faces I saw for 90 minutes. The race didn’t bother me, but we didn’t hear a word of English at the restaurant, gas station, parking lot, anywhere. Completely third-world, like a lot of San Bernardino County and the 909. So I must humbly disagree, these drop-offs will be right at home the minute they step off the bus and onto the dirt sidewalk.

    TimesDisliker (47adb9)

  25. You’re on a roll today, Patricia.

    TimesDisliker, the city demographics would suggest otherwise.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  26. Kevin M (b357ee) — 6/30/2014 @ 3:21 pm

    Perhaps Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev will volunteer the use of some of that property he was granted at the Presidio in San Francisco?

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  27. Viva Baracquito Queso… Viva!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  28. Invasions of Europe and North America by the have-nots are underway. Dollars to donuts, under the current governments in each affected country, we will not have the common sense or clarity of thought to put a stop to it.

    Viva Baracquito Queso y el Union Europea… Viva!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  29. I’m with you Gazzer, haven’t boarded the silver crow since 2010.
    See the U.S.A. in a Chevrolet!

    mg (31009b)

  30. @Dana, good to hear Murrieta is doing so well. The job was an overpass widening on the 215 in Perris, you can see here that a big-rig trailer didn’t quite make it. The percentage of Perris identifying as Hispanic or Latino is 72%, 58% speak Spanish in the home, and the median household income is $38K.

    TimesDisliker (47adb9)

  31. enforcement is off
    table O never promised
    you a Rose Garden

    TimesDisliker (47adb9)

  32. Poor Little Barack—he’s a “victim” once again.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  33. What’s with Megyn Kelly’s Aladdin Sane hair-don’t?

    I’m curious… With all the firings at “The View”, Whoopi Goldberg is the last one left. Does that mean their couch becomes a “Whoopi Cushion”?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  34. There was a hack Prez named Barack
    Was found to have no nuts or sack
    he welcomed new boarders, no protection for borders
    he must be smoking teh crack

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  35. Douchebag William Ayers!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  36. Fame hard to swallow
    there’s something about Megyn
    arouse thin white duke

    TimesDisliker (47adb9)

  37. mg, actually it’s in a Grand Marquis, but point taken.

    Gazzer (ee7136)

  38. TimesDisliker, I don’t doubt that Perris might be chock-full of illegal immigrants, but did you notice the section under “Politics” on the wikipedia page you linked to?

    In the state legislature Perris is located in the 37th Senate District, represented by Republican Bill Emmerson, and in the 65th Assembly District, represented by Republican Paul Cook. Federally, Perris is located in California’s 49th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +10[9] and is represented by Republican Darrell Issa.

    Of course, this indicates that a large portion of the Perris electorate is not eligible to vote, and that will certainly no longer be the case once illegal immigrants give birth to citizens and when Obama and his court allies figure out a way to do an end-run around Congress and amnesty everyone, but I know a few people out that way and they are generally pretty anxious as to what is happening in their community. Also, dumping more illegal immigrants there puts pressure on the existing illegal immigrants, who probably aren’t too keen on having more competition for their jobs.

    As I wrote earlier, in so many ways this promises to reach a bad ending.

    JVW (feb406)

  39. Disliker, I’d let her start professin’ that she’s knockin’ me dead any day of the week!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  40. @JVW, I do take all your points. You are correct, sir. My view differs a bit, in that I do not see any Republican representation at State or Fed level that can impact this issue. It isn’t a new issue, and O is forcing it. Just as AZ is getting a dumping, so is a Republican district like this one. Issa can’t do anything except look impotent at a televised hearing. The individual people living in this region (and throughout the Southwest) have been looking to govt. to solve this increasing burden (financial and cultural) for decades, with no results.

    This is a great deal for O. If the elections favor him in Nov., this will seem like nothing. If Republicans win, well then Republicans can relax. The elected certainly haven’t done a thing so far, cannot get an enforced border, and the interests of the U.S. citizens (that didn’t vote for O, btw) continue to be discounted. I’m seeing a ‘tipping point’, and it is in the rear-view mirror. It was swell, while it lasted.

    TimesDisliker (47adb9)

  41. @Col. Haiku, Hahahaa! Nice~! A ‘cracked actor’ as you referenced above. Well played, sir!

    Point of information: My first date with Mrs. Disliker involved a rock ‘n roll trivia contest in a crowded bar which I won by displaying the knowledge that Peter Frampton’s father was David Bowie’s sculpture instructor. The future Mrs. D then proceeded to beat me in pool. Like any good marriage, our strengths complement each other.

    TimesDisliker (47adb9)


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