Texas to Take Action on Obama’s Border Crisis

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


352675200-17080245Texas Governor Rick Perry announced Monday afternoon that he is sending 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexican border. “Over the years I have repeatedly called on the federal government to live up to its responsibility of protecting this great nation by securing the border,” said Perry, who added that he will “not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor.”

Under assault might be an understatement. According to Perry, more than 203,000 illegal aliens responsible for committing more than 640,000 crimes, including 3000 homicides, have been booked into Texas county jails since 2008. He further pointed out that the thousands of unaccompanied minors apprehended crossing the border comprise less than 20 percent of total influx and while enforcement agents are giving humanitarian aid to these children, “drug cartels, human traffickers and individual criminals are exploiting this tragedy for their own criminal opportunities.”

Perry’s contention about the percentage of children that illegally gain entrance to the United States was given substantial credence by the Obama administration itself. In a late Friday afternoon news dump aimed at minimizing media coverage, U.S. Border Patrol data revealed that while the number of unaccompanied alien children crossing the border has doubled to 57,525 in the nine month period from the beginning of FY2013 to the present, what the agency refers to as “family units” has seen a 493 percent increase from 9,350 to 55,420 over the same period. As the Daily Caller’s Neil Munro explains, the far more explosive growth of these family units “has been hidden by White House and agency officials, who have tried to portray the influx as a wave of children fleeing abuse and violence.” He further notes this portrayal “has been picked up and spread by Democratic legislators, reporters and bloggers” in an effort to mute the public’s anger regarding the Obama administration’s failure to secure the border.

In other words, a de facto invasion becomes a “humanitarian” crisis.

Perry was forced to address that portrayal on Sunday with Fox News’s Brit Hume who wondered if sending the National Guard to the border would actually work when children who have “undergone these harrowing journeys to escape from the most desperate conditions in their home countries” are confronted by troops “who won’t shoot them and can’t arrest them.” Perry replied that Hume was talking about “two different things” and that it was necessary to “send the message back now so that we can staunch (sic) the bleeding” even as the humanitarian crisis that already exists is addressed. “The issue is with being able to send that message,” Perry said. “The visual of it is more important. We know that. We listen to those conversations–or, I should say, conversations are being monitored with calls back to Central America–and the message is, ‘Hey, come on up here, everything is great, they’re taking care of us,’ and that needs to stop.”

The 1,000 troops are ostensibly a stopgap measure until Congress and the Obama administration address Perry’s request to hire 3,000 additional border patrol agents to work the Texas corridor. In a meeting with Perry and other officials in Dallas on July 9, Obama made it clear that despite Perry’s request he act unilaterally to address the crisis, he would not do so. “He suggested, well maybe you just need to go ahead and act and that might convince Republicans that they should go ahead and pass the supplemental,” Obama said. “I had to remind him, I’m getting sued right now by Mr. Boehner apparently for going ahead and acting instead of going through congress. Well, here’s a good test case.”

Nonsense. In 2006 George W. Bush ordered 6,000 troops to the border, (a number that has since dwindled to a current level of approximately 300) and Obama could do the same were it not for the reality that he prefers holding such action hostage to Congress passing his massive $3.7 billion emergency funding package. It is a package designed to remain in legislative limbo, as Republicans insist the primary focus should be stopping the influx at the border, while Democrats demand that the “humanitarian” crisis — in the form of new facilities and legal services — be the first agenda addressed.

In the meantime, the border remains a sieve.

Thus it was no surprise that Perry accused the federal government of paying “lip service” to the border crisis as he announced his deployment of “Operation Strong Safety.” He explained the National Guard will function as a “force multiplier on the ground and providing additional air assets beyond their current efforts.”

Because Perry has been forced to take this action after repeatedly asking the Obama administration to do it, Texas, rather than the federal government, will be picking up the tab for the deployment, expected to cost approximately $12 million per month. This arrangement also makes Perry the commander in chief of the troops unless Obama is willing to take over the mobilization at the federal level.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest made it clear that isn’t going to happen anytime soon, even as he characterized Perry’s efforts as symbolic. “Gov. Perry has referred repeatedly to his desire to make a symbolic statement to the people of Central America that the border is closed,” said Earnest. “And he thinks that the best way to do that is to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. It seems to me that a much more powerful symbol would be the bipartisan passage of legislation that would actually make a historic investment in border security and send an additional 20,000 personnel to the border.”

Again, utter nonsense with a dollop of disingenuousness plopped on top. As the Washington Post reveals, “top officials at the White House and the State Department had been warned repeatedly of the potential for a further explosion in the number of migrant children since the crisis began escalating two years ago, according to former federal officials and others familiar with internal discussions.” And the very same Lackland Air Force base that was opened up as a shelter for illegal youths in May, served in precisely the same capacity more than two years ago. “There were warning signs, operational folks raising red flags to high levels in terms of this being a potential issue,” one former senior federal law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the paper.

As for Perry’s symbolic statement, it is far better than the no-so-subtle message sent by the Obama administration as recently as last week. That’s when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was on the verge of completing a deal with non-profit network BCFS to house as many as 600 illegal alien children between the ages of 12-17 at a resort hotel complex in Texas, replete with three swimming pools, lighted tennis courts, and a Jacuzzi. The deal fell through when the reality of taxpayers footing the bill for the resort—along with a combination of BCFS services and newly-hired workers that could have cost as much as $50 million—became a public relations nightmare.

That would be the same Obama administration that initiated a public relations campaign in June to deter the massive influx of illegals from Central America. Americans might ask themselves which message resonates more: the notion that those getting into the country might not be able to stay here, or the one that lets those who do know there is a possibility they could be ensconced in a luxury hotel?

Yet even that message pales in comparison to another agenda being pursued by the Obama administration. A rule change known as the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule” introduced by the administration in 2013 and set to take effect in October would give the administration vastly increased power over local zoning laws in any municipality that that accepts block grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The rule is backed by pro-amnesty advocates who see it as a vehicle allowing the administration to force those municipalities to house illegals.

Thus, it is unsurprising that Gov. Perry’s announcement was met with derision by Democrats who accused him of “militarizing” the border. “Militarizing our border is the wrong response to the arrival of children,” said Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-TX) in an email. “I remain hopeful that our state can provide a more helpful response than to send armed soldiers to greet children seeking refuge from violence.”

Perry rejected that notion. So did Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-TX). “Our nation is being invaded in what the U.S. Commanding General of SOUTHCOM described as an ‘existential threat,’” he said in a statement.  As articulated in Article I, Section 10, of the United States Constitution, the State of Texas has the right to defend herself, as the largest invasion is coming into Texas.”

The Americans must decide which assessment is closer to the truth. Thus, a critical question arises: is the current fiasco occurring on our Southwest border a humanitarian crisis that has engendered an invasion, or an invasion that has engendered a humanitarian crisis? Our national sovereignty may depend on the answer.

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  • nebanesc

    Obama want to transform America to Kenya. Similary he want to transform Texas to Detroit.

    • gerry

      and he is doing quite a fairly good job.

  • V

    People think tt this is just another American President with just another political fight. IT IS NOT. This is a man who is sworn to the destruction of what his country has and offers, for the simple reason of ideology, not political disagreemtn about what is the best for the country and its people, it is about how to in 8 years change (better word, is destroy) this country. Period. This is not regular politics of Republicans and Democrats, This is not about 2 parties who disagree about what’s best for the country. REPEAT: THIS IS ABOUT ONE, AND POSSIBLY A FEW PEOPLE WHO ARE HELL/BENT ON DISMANTLING THIS COUNTRY.

    • jackcb

      And because the Republican party has become so weak, he is allowed to reach his goal. Thank God for Rick Perry.

      • NOamnestyEVER

        yeah, right… the entire topic of INVADING ILLEGALS is news in Texas!?!

        TEXAS UNDER SIEGE!

        MEXICO INVADES, OCCUPIES AND LOOTS… but that isn’t really
        news!

        http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2014/06/obamas-sabotage-of-american-borders-gov.html

      • Erudite Mavin

        It was a Republican Pres. Bush who put National Guard on the border 2006.
        Obama is a Democrat, elected in part by the all or nothing pures and third party voters who blew off my reminders that he already did an Executive Order for Dream Act Amnesty just before the 2012 election and will do more.

    • winstons

      Exactly!

    • Nicarroway

      Baloney.

  • watsa46

    2/3 of humanity is poor!!!

  • Almondrod

    Have we all become so blind and self absorbed that we don’t recognize the Trojan Horse is here? It had opened up, vomited out its filth, and has taken over this nation? What about “overwhelm the system” don’t we understand? What about “take advantage of every crisis, you can cause” don’t we “get yet”? How cleaver to kill two birds with one stone, and do it with crying babies. After-all, isn’t that a simple diversion used forever, to pluck at the heartstrings of an unthinking and emotion motivated people, rather than an intelligent, thinking society?

    • phoebeintheforest

      Well said, Almondrod! The sad fact of the matter is most people don’t “get it” until they themselves (or those close to them) are negatively impacted.

    • zoomie

      yup, the army is geting gutted, and now required to be babysitters here in amerika to illegals – brilliant , very perversely brilliant

  • Lanna

    This is what Obama meant by Fundamentally Change America! The Invasion of illegals to change the demographics of the United States.

    • NOamnestyEVER

      WILL OBAMACARE PUT EVEN MORE ILLEGALS INTO OUR JOBS? That’s the plan!

      Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) argued Tuesday that because the comprehensive immigration reform bill prohibits immigrant workers from getting ObamaCare benefits, employers will fire U.S. workers and replace them with immigrants.

      http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2013/11/report-ted-cruz-could-ride-tea-party.html

    • winstons

      Ethnically cleansing the USA of white people and fundamentally change the culture.

  • rbla

    The question is are they actually going to turn the ‘tykes’ back across the border? Or are we going to end up with an additional 1000 babysitters while Perry looks good? It will only end when masses of Americans insist that their officials take real and effective action.

    • gerry

      This is the only time something will be done.Just look at Australia,they kicked the bums out of office and since,no illegal boats landed in the country.

  • ADM64

    They should be ordered to shoot to kill. Nothing else has worked.

  • nancinger

    Finally Perry is taking charge of the situation. At least someone is doing something.

    • gerry

      Just about time!

  • RAY

    Would it be possible to transport all these illegals to the White House at Pennsylvania Ave in DC as soon as they are processed..?

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      I hear you, but Obama would merely move to Camp David …

      • gerry

        Then on to Camp David.

    • zoomie

      yeah, that’s what i was thinking, if ole ricky really had a pair, he’d put e’m on some specially outfitted buses, tell the drivers to not stop until they get to the DC limits. after all, the DC license plate motto is ” taxation without representation “. what a bunch of pukes, the entire town is just one giant welfare district, corporate and otherwise.

  • NOamnestyEVER

    OBAMA’S CATCH and RELEASE and MURDER program in operation:

    EVERY DAY THERE ARE 12 AMERICANS MURDERED BY ILLEGALS and 8 CHILDREN MOLESTED.

    The AP identified the illegal alien as a “suburban New Orleans man” who faces a second-degree murder charge after his girlfriend was found bludgeoned to death in a bathtub in Louisiana. The man was arrested in a Katy, Texas trailer park with three children. It is unclear if they are his or if they are the same children he used to get U.S. authorities to release him with a Notice to Appear.

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2014/07/want-amnesty-obamas-catch-release-and.html

  • NOamnestyEVER

    CHILDREN POUR OVER TEXAS BORDER

    COST: $ 2 BILLION AND GOING UP!

    TOMORROW THEY WILL SIGN UP FOR WELFARE AND THEN GO VOTE DEM!

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2014/06/by-invitation-of-democrat-party.html

    STASH HOUSES ON TEXAS’ OPEN AND UNDEFENDED BORDERS… that
    where the terrorist stay?

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/immigrant-stash-houses-thrive-along-texas-mexico-border-1403715958?mod=WSJ_article_EditorsPicks

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    A video every patriot needs to watch (and I rarely link to other sites, much less videos). If this doesn’t curdle the cream in your coffee, nothing will.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnkSXosZhic&feature=youtu.be

  • wisntons

    Too late Gringos….better learn Spanglish and change the family name to Chavez.

  • Daniel Rubio

    How many of you elected this Hussein clown? Is your democracy so undervalued that you can find only the worst guy among the suitors and then leave him in office again 4 more years? Something is rotten in Washington….

    By the time this sad excuse of a president leaves office, he will have left the U.S. with the look and feel of a crossover between Matamoros, Mogadishu and Mosul. Demoralized citizens, the economy in shambles, millions out of real jobs, muslims running rampant, colleges that feed leftists, lawyers and traitors into society instead of engineers and doctors, a media dedicated to spreading lie after lie after lie, fat and corrupt politicians out of touch with reality, police corps in city after city far removed from the “to-serve-and-protect” motto. A textbook third-world country.

  • Jeff Ludwig

    Here’s my answer Mr. Ahlert. It’s an invasion that has become a humanitarian crisis. Period.

  • james connolly

    Gov. Rick Perry MUST act because Obama’s real ambition is to flood the country with unending future Democrats to make the U.S. all but a one-party nation. This way, his plan to destroy what the Founders established will continue until the country falls by repeating the mistakes of history.

    That is, a pagan,anti-capitalism, anti-entrepreneurial, HUGELY bankrupt secular-liberalism nanny state that abhors the virtues that made the U.S. great, sows the seeds of its own self-destruction. The enemy is us, who will take down the country intentionally, not a foreign power.

  • meanpeoplesuck

    Yup, those brave TeaBanging gun nutters threatening little children. Where have we seen this movie before?

    • CobrayRPB

      You have poor reading comprehension skills dont you? The facts state that the majority of illegals are not unaccompanied minors. There are a lot of “family units” arriving. How would you like them in your neighborhood? Liberals always react with great emotion but little thought for the outcome. Thats why we have these “progressive” acts that either backfire or become financially unsustainable.

    • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

      Lefty Progressives flooding the country with poor uneducated people (i.e. future Democratic voters) to destroy its culture and civilization as they seize absolute power – where have we seen that movie before?

      And before I forget – begone, foul troll!

    • UCSPanther

      I think you’re losing it. Obviously, you can’t handle the fact that we debarked, sliced and chipped your talking points and narratives, and now, all I see is impotent rage and vapid insanity.

      You’re becoming a LOLcow for us…

  • ObamaYoMoma

    I saw on Fox that coyotes are paid $10,000 a piece for each kid they get into the USA. Whose paying the coyotes and where is the money coming from?

    • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

      Probably Lefty billiionaires or the DNC. If it’s the DNC, the coyotes would be wise to demand cash as Democrats are known for not paying their bills.

  • Uncle Jay

    I have a possible solution: I recommend half of the illegal aliens be bussed to San Francisco where they will be welcomed with open arms by Nancy Pelosi. The other half be bussed to Las Vegas where they will be welcomed with open arms by Harry Reid.
    What do you people think of this humble suggestion?

  • CaoMoo

    GIve the National guard the ability to open fire and return fire and this whole thing ends with a bang instantly. Noone will wan t to cross the border.

  • PatnTrucks

    Texas is correct to secure the border. Send them back to Mexico to send back further south. These people give their money – many relatives have earned in the US on illegals jobs (working for RYAN HOMES I noticed) and sent to the South End of the Continent – to give to criminals to get them to the US Border. Time to turn them back. No other country would allow an invasion of their sort.