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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Border bill: it's on, it's off. it's on??

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Friday UPDATE from The Washington Times: 

House Republicans resurrected their border bill Friday morning and said they were on track to pass the rewritten measure later in the day — though with the Senate gone for the summer the vote will be more a political statement than a policy-making exercise.
Read the rest here.  

From Tea Party Patriots on the constantly changing status of a border bill:

[Patriots] did a great job stopping the border bailout, but it was only temporarily. The House Republicans met this afternoon to discuss plans on how to proceed, the House Rules Committee met this evening to ensure that a rule is in place that will allow them to bring a bill to the floor and vote on it in the same day tomorrow, and the House Leadership is working tonight to have a new bill ready to go, possibly be the House Republican Conference meeting in the morning at 9am EDT.

There is no word yet on what we may expect to see in the new bill, but we will keep you updated as we hear of any new developments. You can check our call to action page for updates as we get them.

In the meantime, call the following people and your own Representative and tell them that any border bill that doesn't address the President's overreach of executive amnesty is not good enough. Go ahead and call tonight and leave a message and then call again first thing in the morning.

Speaker John Boehner | 202-225-6205
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy | 202-225-2915
Majority Whip Steve Scalise | 202-225-3015

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Statement by Senators McCain, Graham, Rubio & Flake on Senate Leader Harry Reid's Comments on Immigration Reform

You know the border crisis is serious when you have three of the GOP Senate members known for being weak on illegal immigration, Senator McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Marco Rubio speaking out against it.

But they say nothing about trying to stop President Obama's threat to wield his magic pen and issue an Executive Order Amnesty for the border jumpers illegally entering our country.

And notably missing from the growing chorus of "convenent conservatives" speaking out against Obama's border BS is Ohio's own Senator Rob "I Love Illegals too" Portman.

From Senator John McCain --
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) today issued the following statement on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comments today regarding legislation to address the humanitarian crisis on the border:

“Last year, we voted to pass immigration reform legislation through the United States Senate. While we continue to support the goals of comprehensive immigration reform, none of us would support – or have ever contemplated – including that bill or the DREAM Act in legislation urgently needed this year to address the current humanitarian crisis on our southern border. It is obvious that Majority Leader Reid’s suggestion that the Senate could include comprehensive immigration reform in its border crisis bill is a blatant attempt to scuttle House Republicans’ good-faith efforts to pass legislation addressing the issue this week. 

To be clear: Without our support – which he would not have – it would be impossible for Leader Reid to add comprehensive immigration reform or the DREAM Act to any border crisis bill this week. We encourage our colleagues in the House to move forward and pass legislation focused exclusively on addressing the current humanitarian crisis on the border, and finally test whether Democrats will work constructively with Republicans to solve this humanitarian crisis on our border, or play politics with an issue of urgent national importance.”

Monday, July 28, 2014

Action Alert: Stop President Obama's Border Bailout & Executive Order Amnesty!

This week, the House of Representatives is considering taking action on the President's request for $3.7 billion to deal with the border crisis. We need to urge them to say no to any funding unless they end the President's executive amnesty.

This is simply another case of Washington throwing more money at a problem as an attempt to solve it. Let's face it, as long as the President's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is in effect the influx of illegal immigrants will continue. And with the President's commitment to issue some kind of executive amnesty before November, we must tell Congress to say no!

Senators Ted Cruz (TX) and Jeff Sessions (AL) are leading the effort to stop the President's plans for executive amnesty and we need to give them back up by flooding the phones in Congress this week. Click here to read.

Take Action

Contact Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and tell him to support the efforts of Senator Cruz & Senator Sessions to stop President Obama's plans for Executive Order Amnesty

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)

DC Office: (202)224-3353
Contact: https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/senrobportman
Twitter: https://twitter.com/portmanpress  

Call your Congressman and tell them to say no to any supplemental funding the President is requesting without stopping the President's executive amnesty!

Ohio GOP Members


Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-1) has already spoke out against the border crisis. To read, click here.  

Rep. Mike Turner (OH-10) recently sent a letter to President Obama rebuking the Mayor of Dayton's invitation to send illegal immigrants to her town.  To read, click here.

When calling please thank both Rep. Chabot & Rep. Turner.

Rep. Steve Chabot, OH-1

D.C. Office Phone: (202) 225-2216
D.C. Office Fax: (202) 225-3012
Email: https://chabot.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RepSteveChabot
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/repstevechabot

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, OH -2

D.C. Office Phone: (202)225-3164
D.C. Office Fax: (202)225-1992
Email: http://wenstrup.house.gov/contact/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepBradWenstrup
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@RepBradWenstrup

Rep. Jim Jordan, OH-4

D.C. Office Phone: (202)225-2676
D.C. Office Fax: (202)226-0577
Email: http://jordan.house.gov/contact/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/repjimjordan
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jim_jordan

Rep. Bob Latta, OH-5

D.C. Office Phone: (202)225-6405
D.C. Office Fax: (800)278-8203
Email: http://latta.house.gov/contact/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boblatta
Twitter: https://twitter.com/boblatta

Rep. Bill Johnson, OH-6
D.C. Office Phone: (202) 225-5705
D.C. Office Fax: (202) 225-5907
Email: http://billjohnson.house.gov/contact/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RepBillJohnson
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/RepBillJohnson

Rep. Bob Gibbs, OH-7

D.C. Office Phone: (202)225-6265
D.C. Office Fax: (202)225-3394
Email: https://gibbs.house.gov/contact-me
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepBobGibbs
Twitter: https://twitter.com/repbobgibbs

Rep. Mike Turner, OH-10

D.C. Office Phone: (202) 225-6465
D.C. Office Fax: (202) 225-6754
Email: http://turner.house.gov/contact/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepMikeTurner
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RepMikeTurner

Rep. Pat Tiberi, OH-12

D.C. Office Phone: (202)225-5355
D.C. Office Fax: (202)226-4523
Email: http://tiberi.house.gov/contact/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepPatTiberi
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tiberipress

Rep. Dave Joyce, OH-14

D.C. Office Phone: (202) 225-5731
D.C. Office Fax: (202) 225-3307
Email: https://joyce.house.gov/email-me
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepDaveJoyce
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RepDaveJoyce 

Rep. Steve Stivers, OH-15

D.C. Office Phone: (202)225-2015
D.C. Office Fax: (202)225-3529
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rep-Steve-Stivers/116058275133542
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/RepSteveStivers
Website: http://stivers.house.gov

Rep. Jim Renacci, OH-16

D.C. Office Phone: (202)225-3876
D.C. Office Fax: (202)225-3059
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/repjimrenacci
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/repjimrenacci
Website: http://renacci.house.gov

For outside of Ohio --

Senator Sessions Calls On All Colleagues To Block President’s Planned Amnesty & Work Permits

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July 28, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Stephen Miller, 202.224.4124

Sessions Calls On All Colleagues To Block President’s Planned Amnesty & Work Permits

American people will not be mocked. They have begged and pleaded for our nation's immigration law to be enforced for 30 or 40 years… The politicians have refused, refused, refused, refused. The American public defeated amnesty after amnesty after amnesty and they will not sit back and allow the president to implement through unlawful fiat…

In effect, the President is preparing to assume for himself the absolute power to set immigration law in America.  The absolute power to determine who may enter and who may work—not matter what the law says—by the millions… The American people will fight this.  They will resist… So I am calling on all Members of Congress today to stand up to the President’s lawless actions and sponsor legislation to block [these actions].  I am calling on all Members of Congress today to oppose any border supplemental that does not include such language.  I am calling on every person in this body, and in the House, to stand and be counted at this perilous hour.  I am calling on the American people to phone their representative and ask them: where do you stand?

All of us were elected by citizens to serve them and their constitution.  Will we answer that call?  Where will history record you stood at this hour?”


U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) serves on four Senate committees: Armed Services, Judiciary, Environment and Public Works, and as Ranking Member of the Budget Committee. Visit Sessions online at his website or via YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Note: Please do not reply to this email. For further information, contact Sen. Sessions’ Press Office at (202) 224-4124.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sheriff from Ohio Sends Bill to Mexican President for Illegal Immigrants in his County Jail: Fed's tell him - "Back Off!"

In the below post Dana Loesch interviewed Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones regarding all the illegals in his county jail.  The crowding of illegals will only get worse, not only in the Butler County jail, but county jails across Ohio if the federal government is allowed to ship the illegal border crossers to our state.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones should be applauded for speaking out and putting the social & fiscal well-being and safety of Butler County residents first.

Also, in asking that the fiscal & social well-being and safety of all Ohio residents be put first, Tea Party & Liberty groups across Ohio have sent a letter to Governor Kasich asking him to resist & refuse any federal relocation attempts of illegal immigrants in our state.

An Ohio Citizens Petition asking Governor Kasich to resist & refuse 
any federal relocation attempts of illegal immigrants in our state is also being circulated. Click here to sign the Ohio Citizens Petition.

From The Blaze --

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said Friday that he sent a letter to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, charging him for all the illegals in his jail.

What happened next? The Ohio sheriff told Dana Loesch: “The federal government sends me a letter and said I violated a treaty of like, 1790.”

When Loesch asked for more information, Jones continued: “I sent him a bill for the prisoners that are in my jail. They came here illegally. I’ve not gotten any money from them, but I billed them so much. And I’ll tell you what I got in return: my life was threatened.”

Jones said he got a call from the FBI saying there were three sheriffs in the country that were going to be killed by the drug cartels, and he was one of the three.

Jones has also written a letter to President Barack Obama, “asking and pleading with him not to bring these people here to the state of Ohio, and to secure our borders.”

“We’ve had horrendous crimes here in this community,” Jones said. “We had a senior citizen, an elderly lady, molested by a teenager that came over from Mexico. We had another one molested — an eight year old girl. We’ve had drugs pouring in, more so than before the government said the borders were sealed. And we’re being run over by the drug dealers coming to this community. The violence has increased, and we’re a long way from the borders.”

Jones said his county spends eight to ten million dollars each month on welfare programs, which he called “free stuff,” and said that’s “some of the reason that they come here.”

“It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy,” Jones said. “People’s lives are being threatened. It’s in the state of Ohio, for crying out loud. We’re not in Arizona; we’re not in California.”

Jones said the administration is making it “too easy” for those wishing to harm America to cross into the United States.

“They’re going to walk in with backpacks. They’re going to put some dirty bombs together, [and] they’re going to do something really terrible. It’s too easy,” Jones said. “We don’t know who they are. They don’t have vaccinations. Our jails are full. They hit and run. It’s totally out of control, and it’s gotten worse just in the past twelve months.”

Senator Ted Cruz: Need to Stop Obama's Amnesty and Give Governors Options to Mitigate Illegals


July 24, 2014 (202) 228-7561

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced the Protect Children and Families Through the Rule of Law Act, which includes measures that would stop President Obama’s amnesty, reform the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and empower governors to utilize the National Guard to address this specific crisis at federal expense, including authority to arrest violators of federal immigration, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism laws. 

“The current situation in the Rio Grande Valley is a humanitarian crisis of this Administration’s making. President Obama set the stage for this crisis by refusing to live up to his most basic responsibility to secure our border, imposing huge human and financial costs on border communities and on immigrants who come here illegally,” Sen. Cruz said. “He has also sent a message to the world that the United States is not serious about enforcing its immigration laws by lawlessly granting amnesty through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. To solve this problem, we must put a stop to President Obama’s amnesty and give governors all options possible to mitigate this crisis in light of the federal government’s inaction.”

Sen. Cruz’s bill would specifically:
  • Prevent the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) by preventing any taxpayer funds from being used to consider or adjudicate any new or previously denied application under DACA or a similar successor program.
  • The facts demonstrate that DACA is a significant motivating factor for the number of Central American children being handed over to violent criminals and taking the dangerous journey to enter the United States illegally. 
  • Yet, President Obama has announced his intention to expand DACA and grant amnesty to even more immigrants who entered the country illegally. In recent months, he has asked DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to provide him with justifications for more executive actions, and he has promised pro-illegal immigration groups that he will expand DACA to cover 5 to 6 million more immigrants who entered the country illegally.
  • Reform the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act so that unaccompanied minors can be expeditiously united with their families back home. 
  • Under current law, unaccompanied minors are being released to purported relatives with just a promise to appear later for deportation proceedings. Often they do not appear and, if they do, the removal proceedings can delay reunion to their family back home by years.
  • This bill would protect the safety of these children and ensure their attendance at a new, expedited hearing within seven days of the child’s processing. This expedited process is designed to protect against human trafficking, preserve due process for those who have a legitimate claim to asylum or other relief, and facilitate expeditious return of those children who are ineligible to stay to their families in the country of origin.
  • Take steps to ensure that State and local officials have the resources necessary to protect the people in their communities, enabling them to act on their own to secure the border.
  • This bill would empower governors to utilize the National Guard at federal expense to address the current deluge of unaccompanied minors until the number of such arrivals return to pre-crisis levels. 
  • It would also provide the National Guard with authority to arrest violators of federal immigration, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism laws.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Sunny Simon say's "Who Cares how County Spending will Impact Residents' Lives"

When pushing for her proposed country-wide 5 cents per bag plastic bag tax in 2012, County Councilwoman Sunny Simon is on the record as stating she "wants to see how far she can go to impact residents' lives." 

But as you see below when it comes to accountability, transparency or being a good steward of your tax dollars - with almost an air of indifference, Simon pretty much says, "she doesn't care how far county agencies spending of tax dollars will impact residents' lives."


John J. Currid (216) 502-0914


South Euclid, July 21, 2014 - Cuyahoga County Council nominee John J. Currid praised the Cuyahoga County Council for taking a bipartisan step last week to control county spending by passing Cuyahoga County Ordinance 2014-0013.

The ordinance utilizes a common-sense approach to budget oversight by requiring County agencies to provide a detailed request for additional appropriation, itemize their service and program budgets, establish formal budget milestones and timelines, and document proposed staffing levels for all new programs and services for all internally requested taxpayer funds.

Prior to the passage of this Ordinance the County Executive and other County departments could spend taxpayers’ funds without Council’s oversight. This law was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support although it was not was not passed unanimously. According to Currid: “Councilwomen Sunny Simon once again showed indifference to protecting the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County. She was the only member of Council to vote against Ordinance 2014-0013. Ms. Simon’s initial comments on the ordinance were unsuitably brief: ‘I am going to be voting ‘no’ on this piece of legislation.’ She did not articulate any reason for being against such clearly-needed legislation that was ultimately supported by every other member of Council.”

Under questioning, Ms. Simon later suggested the ordinance was unnecessary, saying she and her colleagues already had the power and oversight to request this information without the need of additional legislation. However, Councilman Dave Greenspan, one of the co-sponsors of the ordinance, provided examples of approximately $30 million in spending by the Executive in which Council’s request for additional information were ignored by the Executive. This money was spent by the administration without the oversight of Council, and under Ms. Simon’s watch.

Currid concluded: “It is clear that Ms. Simon does not have the taxpayer’s best interests in mind. This ordinance requires that Cuyahoga County offices utilize basic accounting and budgetary tools, instruments that are learned in 101-level accounting classes. One must ask what Ms. Simon’s motivation would have been to vote against this ordinance, especially when all ten of her colleagues voted in favor.”


Why can't Ohio get rid of Common Core?

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A little over a month ago, Oklahoma got rid of Common Core. But legislation to get rid of Common Core in Ohio continues to languish in the statehouse. Why? Here’s a clue from July 16 in the Columbus Dispatch about Gov. Kasich, from a paragraph buried toward the end of the article:
Kasich spoke [on July 15] to more than 200 members of the Ashland Area, Bucyrus Area, Clear Fork Valley, Galion-Crestline and Richland Area chambers of commerce at Deer Ridge Golf Club south of Mansfield.
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The governor also defended the Common Core, saying while the plan sets overall goals for educational achievement, local school boards must approve the curriculum to achieve those objectives. Common Core is a set of common standards for math and English/language arts.
Goals and common standards? Here is a stinging analysis of the “common standards” from Bruce Deitrick Price at American Thinker:

“Drop a precision part so it would deform a tiny bit and malfunction down the line.”  That’s practically an epitaph for the destructive results achieved by our elite educators throughout the 20th century.
Great cunning was displayed in educational sabotage.  Typically, there is an optimal sequence in learning something, no matter if it's tennis, driving a car, typing, speaking French, or American history.  Disrupt that ideal sequence, teach things in a confusing way, and you will have poor results.
Consider reading.  The ideal sequence is that the child memorizes the alphabet, learns the sounds represented by each letter, and then learns to blend those sounds.  At that point, the child is reading.  This extraordinary skill was once routinely mastered in the first grade.  That was before saboteurs got to work.
The essence of their technique was to hide the alphabet and the sounds.  The child was kept busy doing the worst possible thing: memorizing words as diagrams.  This is a slow task, and hopeless.  English has several hundred thousand words, and many are remarkably similar: life, light, flight, lite, lifer, lit, fife, fifth, fight, fright.  Also, consider Dolch lists for the fifth or sixth grade.  The student is still illiterate at the age of 11 or 12.  Clearly, that was the plan. 
In arithmetic, the sabotage technique was equally obvious.  Again, the Education Establishment used relentless praise of a lie – in this case, that children would learn math more quickly if, at the elementary level, they studied a mix of easy and advanced concepts.  This makes as much sense as taking novice skiers up on the black-diamond slopes...which would make perfect sense if you were trying to kill kids.
New Math came along in the 1960s, and children were expected to learn matrices, statistics, Boolean algebra, set theory, base-8.  Stuff that was once taught in college now had to be taught in the second grade.  Only a saboteur would say so.  Twenty years later, Reform Math used similar gimmicks.  Children today are still bedeviled by weird and unnecessary complexities, now often ridiculed as Common Core Math.
In the teaching of general knowledge, our saboteurs were particularly ingenious.  They created what military people call interlocking fire.  Nothing survives.
Multiculturalism says don’t bother learning anything about your own culture.  Relevance says don’t bother learning anything about faraway cultures.  Self-esteem says don’t teach anything that some children won't be able to handle.  No Memorization says don’t ask a child to remember anything.  In case any little wisp of knowledge might still get through, Constructivism says that teachers should not teach.  In a sick way, all of this is genius.  From K to 12, schools have an array of reasons why they need not bother teaching.
Read the rest here.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots: No Border Bailouts!

We want to thank Conservative HQ for putting up the below post!  As noted below, the MSM failed to cover any of the speech Jenny Beth gave at the Western Conservative Summit.

But then again, why would the MSM want the public to know the truth about what is going on at the border.  Especially if it goes against the end goal of their liberal agenda - which is amnesty for illegals and open borders.

From Conservative HQ --

Our friend Jenny Beth Martin, President and Co-Founder of Tea Party Patriots, gave a great speech at the Western Conservative Summit about the invasion of our southern border. We didn’t see any coverage of Jenny Beth’s remarks in the establishment media, so we bring them to you in their entirety.

The speech covers her recent experiences along the Texas/Mexico border, and underscores our need for protecting our borders and to oppose attempts at a “border bailout”. Here's the text of her speech:

I bring news from the Rio Grande Valley, the breach point for the largest invasion of American territory since the British occupied and burned our capital city in the War of 1812.

Just yesterday morning, I awoke in McAllen, Texas, having spent the better part of the past week seeing for myself – and for you – exactly what is happening along our southern border.

I spent that time talking to local sheriffs and residents, hearing directly from those on the front lines and learning first hand about the problems on the border.

We hear the calls from people on the left – and even some in the Republican Party – saying we must launch what they call a humanitarian effort.

They tell us we must care for the unaccompanied minors coming into our country.

They tell us we MUST not, no, we CANNOT send these young people back home.

They tell us we must borrow even more money from China to house and clothe and feed and inoculate and treat these strangers who broke into our home.


I am a woman … and a mother … and a Christian … and, I am proud to say, I am an American.

I have listened to these arguments, and I have checked them against my heart, and my head, and my experience, and my values.

And to these arguments, I need but one word to respond – NO.

Disagree? Go to the border and speak with the American citizens with whom I spoke.

Learn about the crime.

Local residents will tell you they have seen a flood of illegal immigrants pouring into their cities over the last two years.

They’ll tell you how crime against persons and property has spiked.

Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez in Del Rio told us of residents along the river who have had their homes robbed – everything from TVs and washing machines to copper wiring – stolen from their homes, put on rafts, and floated across the river into Mexico.

I saw photos of a home where a mother and her children had to crawl and hide under their beds for safety when a gang of illegal immigrants started shooting outside their home.

These are American citizens who have called this part of the country “home” for decades … and many, for generations.

They do not want to cede their land and give up their property – AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO.

We saw a 2.8 mile stretch of fence in Del Rio, Texas.

Two. Point. Eight. Miles.

To put that in context, the border between Texas and Mexico is twelve hundred miles long.

Unless you’re a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, you should have no trouble seeing the problem.

Local residents mock the fence because they realize how easy it is to go around the fence and still get into the country. We saw the beginning of this stretch of fence and could see footpaths worn in the soil where people have literally walked around the fence about 20 feet to the east of where it begins. If it were not so serious, it would be fodder for Jon Stewart.

Then there are the Coyotes – evil people who smuggle human beings across the border for profit.

The coyotes get their money up front. Consequently, in the words of bureaucrats everywhere, they are disincentivized to care whether the people they’re smuggling make it into America alive.

Retired Sheriff Sigi Gonzales, who started the Border Sheriff’s Coalition, told us there are times when coyotes, when cornered by the authorities while approaching the border, will abandon the car …

With people hidden in the trunk …

Which might not be so bad, except that sometimes they do it while driving ACROSS the Rio Grande, and then they just sit and watch as the car sinks in the river and the coyotes escape the Border Patrol.

The evil along the border doesn’t stop there.

Sheriffs confirm that the drug cartels are running the show on the southern side of the border – and all too often on the US side as well.

The drug cartels are sophisticated and cunning. Yet it is not rocket science for them to climb on top of buildings in Mexico and use a binoculars to see when and where the Border Patrol are, then send their network in through an area that is not being covered. Sheriffs confirm that as soon as one area beefs up security and patrols, the illegal immigration catch rate increases in that area … while, not surprisingly, it decreases in OTHER areas along the border.

People don’t realize how this administration has tempted people to enter the United States illegally, subjecting them to this evil in the process.

President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – another one of his executive dictates that flouts the written laws of this nation – is sending a signal to people across Central and South America that if they just get into our country, they are going to be able to stay. Images of plane rides, flat screen TV’s, soccer balls, and teddy bears convey that children will be well cared for and showered with material gifts.

But the media are blocked from the detention centers where children are sick from disease and dehydration - where young children cry themselves to sleep, wanting their parents.

The reports ignore how dangerous the trek through Central America to the United States can be.

The articles for some reason don’t mention that the overwhelming majority of these so-called “children” are actually mid-teen boys – 16, 17, 18 years old, just the perfect age for the gangs. The young people are at the mercy of drug cartels and brutal desert heat. They risk injury and death if they are not pulled into the drug cartels to be used for other purposes.

Friends … what we are seeing is neither moral nor compassionate.

It is neither moral nor compassionate to encourage parents to send their children off to embark on a life-or-death trek with an uncertain outcome.

It is neither moral nor compassionate to put children at risk of bodily injury, disease, and death – or, possibly even worse, life as a gang slave.

It is neither moral nor compassionate to put our own hard working American families who live on the border at such risk.

It is neither moral nor compassionate to force the American public to borrow another three point seven billion dollars from China to pay for a border bailout.

Unfortunately, those in Washington are responding to the border crisis the way they always do: Grow the bureaucracy, concentrate more power in DC, commission studies rather than taking action, and throw more of our hard earned tax dollars at the problem.

Just like the bank bailouts were used by politicians to cover up problems of their own creation and pay off special interests, this three-point-seven billion-dollar border bailout rewards the president’s allies, builds the centralized bureaucracy, and concentrates more power in the hands of the government. This border bailout is so bad we’d be opposed it even if it were free.

We don’t need it, we don’t want it, and we oppose it. No … border … bailout.

Show of hands –how many have flown in the last year?

At the beginning of every airline flight, we are reminded that should the cabin lose pressure and the oxygen masks deploy, we need to put them on ourselves first before we reach over to help others.

Why? Because if we don’t take care of ourselves first, we’re no damn good to anybody.

Let’s call it … “The Delta Rule.”

[Sotto voce: Hey, Tea Party Patriots is headquartered just outside Atlanta. I fly Delta Airlines. A lot.]

I suggest that to be truly compassionate, to be truly moral, we apply The Delta Rule on the border …

First, take care of our own … THEN take care of others.

Instead of a border bailout, simply respect the rule of law. Secure the border.

Millions of immigrants come to America – legally – to pursue the American Dream. We admire them for playing by the rules, respecting American law, and contributing to our country and our communities.

We are for legal immigration – and against illegal immigration. There is already a legal path to citizenship for those wishing to come to the United States. Our government should not reward those who choose to get off that path, cut the line, and break the law – to do so would be immoral, in fact, as it would unfairly punish those who chose to follow the law and play by the rules.

By simply respecting the rule of law and securing the border, we will send a message to the rest of the world that we welcome immigrants who come here legally … and reject those who do not.

One of the things that makes America exceptional is the notion that we are a nation of laws, rather than a nation of men.

But we will only be a nation of laws as long as we ABIDE by the laws.

So today I am on a mission – to recruit YOU for a mission … to rally in opposition to this proposed border bailout.

It is IMMORAL for the President to decide on his own, in clear violation of U.S. law, that he will not send back illegal immigrants, no matter WHAT their age. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program must end immediately.

It is IMMORAL for the President to seek to borrow more billions of dollars to pay for his border bailout.

And it is IMMORAL for the Congress to consider giving him what he seeks.

Call your Congressman. Write your Senators.

Give them one simple message – “Vote NO on the border bailout.”

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Federal appeals court panel deals major blow to the ACA (Obamacare): UPDATED

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UPDATED: From The Hill:
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that ObamaCare subsidies issued through the federal exchanges are legal, contradicting a separate ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court on the same day.
Fourth Circuit Judge Roger Gregory argued that because the statutory language of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is ambiguous, courts should defer to the interpretation of the Internal Revenue Service and allow the subsides to stand. 

"Applying deference to the IRS's determination … we uphold the rule as a permissible exercise of the agency's discretion," Gregory wrote.

The decision came just hours after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals came to the opposite conclusion in its ruling. . . .

Taxpayer subsidies of the Affordable Care Act in many states, including Ohio, could be in jeopardy because of a federal appeals court decision this morning.

The case, Halbig v. Sebelius, did not specifically involve Ohio, although the legal scholarship of a particular Ohioan, Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan Adler, provided the basis for the argument against providing the subsidies.

In a nutshell, the U.S Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that when Congress wrote the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, it specifically said that federal taxpayer subsidies should help offset the costs for people buying health coverage in new, state-based marketplaces.

But a number of states, including Ohio, declined to set up their own marketplaces, or “exchanges,” in the ACA’s parlance. Instead, they piggybacked on the federal exchange, although each state offered policies specific to insurers and medical providers in the state.

The problem with this, as Adler first found while doing academic research, is that Congress specifically called for subsidies in state exchanges. While the federal exchange offered a fallback in states that would not set up their own, state-specific exchanges – many in states with Republican governors – that did not automatically transfer the right to give subsidies in federal-exchange states. Adler wrote this first in a scholarly paper after reviewing the law, and his analysis soon made the rounds in conservative and libertarian circles and became championed as a legal theory for challenging the ACA.

More than 80 percent of policy buyers on ACA exchanges have relied on subsidies. Three dozen states are using the federal exchange. So in those states, a court agreeing with Adler and other conservative legal authorities could shoot a substantial hole in the underpinnings of the ACA – namely, insurance coverage made affordable through federal subsidies.

In a 2-1 ruling today in Washington, D.C., a federal appeals court did just that. The court ruled that language in the ACA “unambiguously restricts” the taxpayer subsidies to exchanges “established by the state.”

President Barack Obama’s administration argued that Congress intended for subsidies to be offered in every state, and that the ACA established complete equivalence.

But the appeals court said that the wording in the ACA “plainly distinguishes exchanges established by states from those established by the federal government.”

The ruling was 2-1, and parties in the case may ask the full court for an opinion. Some analysts believe the full court may be more friendly to the Obama administration. If not, the Obama administration could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, although that would come with risk.

More from The Washington Post is here.

And Jonathan Adler's report in the WaPo is here

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