Six Californias Initiative Lives!

The project to divide America’s unwieldy, corrupt state into half a dozen chunks had disappeared from the news in recent months, but now has re-emerged, Phoenix-like, onto the political scene. If the petitions have enough valid signatures then it’s off to the election for the voters to have their say.

Of course, the only area of the current state with a robust economy is the Bay Area which includes Silicon Valley, where tech is booming. A divided California without the wealth producers of tech would be markedly poorer, and wealth redistributors wouldn’t like that. So there would be a liberal establishment backlash if the Six scheme got any traction with the voters. Plus Washington would have to agree — that would never happen.

But the initiative might shake things up a bit.

‘Six Californias’ backers say it’s heading for the ballot, San Francisco Chronicle, July 14, 2014

SACRAMENTO — Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper will submit signatures Tuesday to put what could be one of the most dramatic startups ever on the ballot – a plan to divide California into six states.

Draper, a multimillionaire known as “the Riskmaster,” and his team are expected to announce in Sacramento that they’ve gathered more than enough signatures to put the “Six Californias” measure before state voters.

The measure, a constitutional amendment, needs 807,615 valid signatures to qualify. Because the deadline has already passed for this November, the plan could end up on the November 2016 general election ballot.

Supporters would not say how many signatures they have gathered until Draper holds a news conference Tuesday in Sacramento. However, they said they were confident they had plenty to spare.

Democrats have denounced Draper’s idea, and worry that an outpouring of conservative support and a lengthy campaign for the proposal could hurt both Gov. Jerry Brown in November and the party’s presidential candidate in 2016. Continue reading this article

American Schools Brace for Illegal Alien Kid Dump

In six weeks Americans will find out how much their communities are affected by Obama’s open borders when schools open and citizens learn that hundreds (or thousands) of diseased, non-English-speaking children have been plopped in local classrooms by the feds.

Only a few towns (like Murrieta CA, Lawrenceville VA and League City TX) have told the government that its flood of illegal alien dumping is not acceptable.

Unfortunately, schools are liberal government institutions that passively accept harmful edicts from on high rather than defend citizens, as resources are moved from American students to foreigners. Spanish-speaking staff will be hired instead of spending on other needs for the citizen kids.

However, average folks have noticed the unfairness of illegal alien kids getting first-class treatment while poor American youngsters are forgotten. Houston mom Bernadette Lancelin spoke out to news reporters about her anger that local kids were being left behind while billions of dollars are earmarked by the administration for illegals’ welfare.

Will the press ignore American kids being shelved and instead focus on creating sob stories about foreigners and how their diversity presents “challenges” to school authorities?

U.S. classrooms prepare for flood as migrants become pupils, Chicago Tribune, July 12, 2014

The record flood of Central American children crossing the U.S. border is stretching funds and setting off improvisation at public schools.

While politicians spend the summer fighting over how to turn back the tide, school leaders across the country are struggling to absorb a new student population the size of Newark, New Jersey. More than 40,000 children, many of them fresh from violent, harrowing journeys, have been released since October to stateside relatives as courts process their cases.

“These kids were homesick and heartbroken,” said Robin Hamby, a family specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools in suburban Washington, which began feeling the surge almost as soon as it began three years ago.

Her Virginia district employs more teachers who work with non-English speakers than ever, and wrote a curriculum to reunite children and parents, many of whom haven’t seen one another in years. Houston is increasing training and translation. Los Angeles nurses are working overtime to screen for emotional trauma created on the journey north.

U.S. authorities have apprehended more than 52,000 lone minors this fiscal year, part of a wave mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. This week, President Barack Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with the deluge that’s overwhelmed processing centers, shelters where some children stay, courts and social-service agencies. Continue reading this article

Border Patrol Agent Contracts Bacterial Pneumonia from Illegal Alien Processing

Obama’s border anarchy is endangering millions of American citizens by flooding the country with foreigners with diseases like tuberculosis. The administration’s refusal to end the border chaos has put public health seriously at risk.

The most recent outbreak of third world disease has been a Border Patrol agent who has caught bacterial pneumonia as a result of working in crowded conditions among contagious foreigners.

In the Fox & Friends video below, Tucker Carlson remarked (at 2:44):

“We’re also seeing the spread of diseases that have been pretty much wiped out in the United States, things like drug-resistant tuberculosis. You just saw a case of bacterial pneumonia a Border Patrol agent got this week. The union says he going to be be disabled for life by this disease he picked up from one of these illegals in a detention center down in Texas.”

Can parents trust the government to clean out contagious disease from alien kids before school starts in six weeks?

Border Patrol Agent Hospitalized with Pneumonia Caught from an Illegal Immigrant, Expected to Have Lifelong Complications, NRO, July 11, 2014

A Border Patrol agent from the Laredo, Texas, Sector has been hospitalized for seven days with bacterial pneumonia, which the agent contracted while processing illegal immigrants, officials from National Border Patrol Council 2455 tell National Review Online.

Agent Jarrad Seely, vice president of NBPC 2455, says the agent is expected to have chronic asthmatic symptoms for life, according to information relayed by the agent. The illness has so swollen the agent’s throat that it’s difficult for the agent to speak, Seely says.

“It’s a very traumatic experience for [the agent] and [the agent’s] family,” he says. “[The agent’s] got small children.” He says that it’s too soon to tell if the agent will be able to make a full recovery and return to work, and says the agent was healthy prior to processing the immigrants.

“Our agents have been getting sick more often than before with flus and congestion and a whole bunch of respiratory illnesses,” says Hector Garza, the secretary and treasurer of NBPC 2455. “The processing room was severely overcrowded and that just made [it] the perfect breeding ground for these diseases.” Garza says he and other Border Patrol officials have had to communicate indirectly with the agent, via the family, because of the agent’s inability to speak.

Seely says the Laredo Sector has recently had illegal immigrants arrive with active cases of tuberculosis, scabies, lice and chicken pox.

Middle-Aged Aliens Pretend to Be Teens to Mingle in Massachusetts High Schools

It’s not unusual for illegal aliens to pose as a different age, particularly since they are so familiar with obtaining fraudulent identification. One recalls the Honduran “juvenile” crack dealers of San Francisco who had fake ID showing them to be teenagers to get the city’s famous protection from enforcement for pre-adults: at one point in 2008 it was found that 30 percent of youth offenders were actually adults.

Anyway, it’s curious that mature illegals in Massachusetts would want to register for a standard high school when the state already has a program of adult education for their sort. (See my recent blog on the Chelsea Mass school system under stress from the alien kid flood.)

Perhaps the grey-haired foreign men in the following story were interested in the teenaged girls. Just a thought. Or maybe the free meals are an enticement.

Adult Illegal Immigrants Posing as Children To Enroll in High School, NRO, July 11, 2014

Adult illegal immigrants posing as unaccompanied alien children appear to be attempting to enroll at public high schools, city officials in Lynn, Mass., tell National Review Online.

“Some of them have had gray hair and they’re telling you that they’re 17 years old and they have no documentation,” Jamie Cerulli, the Lynn mayor’s chief of staff, tells NRO. “If my children went to the public schools, I’d be very uncomfortable with all of these unaccompanied minors [that] are placed in the ninth grade.”

Admission of all foreign students — illegal immigrants, refugees, and foreign nationals — has increased by more than 500 students since the 2010–2011 school year, Catherine Latham, the city’s superintendent of schools, tells NRO. Last school year, nearly 250 students arrived from Guatemala, including 126 enrolled in the ninth grade.

The majority of unaccompanied Guatemalan children arriving in the city hail from the city of San Marcos, Latham says, and are drawn by Lynn’s large Guatemalan population.

NRO has obtained Department of Health and Human Services documents and images of two unaccompanied aliens living in Lynn that appear to challenge the notion that the age information listened for these “children” on their documents is accurate.

Isai, pictured above (his full name has been withheld), was released from an HHS shelter to a person identified as a “family friend,” living in Lynn, according to his “Verification of Release Form” from HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement. According to the information provided on the form, HHS approved Isai’s release less than a month before the date of his 18th birthday. Continue reading this article

Chelsea Massachusetts Provides Preview of School Strains for Dumped Alien Kids

Chelsea is a city of 37,000 located across the river from Boston. It is now 62 percent hispanic, having begun to diversify in the 1970s.

Chelsea appears to have gotten a head start on the alien kiddie deluge, with the first wave arriving over the last school year. The fall enrollment started at 5500, but ended up with 6200, 285 of whom arrived from abroad and 25 direct from the border zone. And they are needy newbies, requiring Spanish-speaking teachers, tutors and counselors. These new hires come at the cost of existing programs.

But no dollar amount is given for the taxpayer cost for the education and treatment of the foreign children. Now resources are being shunted from American kids to the foreigners until the time when taxes are raised to pay for the increased diversity.

Furthermore, it’s hard to imagine that the citizen kids are getting an adequate education in the midst of the general turmoil and distraction for teachers and administrators.

Chelsea Schools Overwhelmed By Sudden Influx Of Immigrant Students, WBZ-TV Boston, June 24, 2014

CHELSEA (CBS) – The national immigration crisis on the United States’ southern border is now impacting Massachusetts.

Tens of thousands of children have come across the border on their own in the past year. Many of them are now finding their way to communities around Boston.

Chelsea is ground zero for this wave of children, many undocumented immigrants, coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

“There’s been a dramatic increase for us from January of this year through the closing of schools which was last week,” says Chelsea Schools Superintendent Dr. Mary Bourque.

Schools in this city are bursting at the seams. At the start of this past school year, Chelsea had 5500 students. They ended with 6200. 285 of those new students came from outside the country. While another 75 arrived through Texas and Arizona, home to the crowded detention centers where the children are being housed as they cross.

“It’s a big strain in terms of being able to address the needs without knowing ahead of time that those will be the needs,” Bourque says. Continue reading this article

Republican Strategist Ed Rollins Would Septuple Legal Immigration

I happened to click on to PBS’ Charlie Rose Show yesterday where the illegal alien tsunami was being discussed by some Republican suits. Ed Rollins opined that our current system could be wildly expanded beyond the measly doubling of legal immigration (from one million annually) of the Senate amnesty bill, but should instead accept five to seven million annually.

ED ROLLINS: [starts 28:20] “We can expand the number. We are now a nation of 300 million plus people and we’re still dealing with very small numbers of immigrants, more than any other place in the world. But there’s no reason we can’t have 5, 6, 7 million legal immigrants come into the system every year and basically absorb them.”

Hey Ed Rollins, just what will 70 million unskilled foreigners do to support themselves in the next decade when the economy has become even more automated than it is now? As Oxford University researchers have estimated, 45 percent of US jobs are vulnerable to computerization in the next 20 years. The transformation is happening now: look around.

Jose won’t be packing boxes in a manufacturing plant because Baxter the Robot (shown below) will be performing that task 24/7 with a purchase price of $22,000 and operating cost for $3 per hour. The correct number of immigrants is ZERO because of the radically changing labor market, as well as failing assimilation and insufficient water supply.

France: Islam Plot to Bomb Paris Landmarks Is Foiled

From France, we learn that a follower of the Religion of Peace was arrested for plotting to blow up the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a nuclear power plant. If successful, the attacks would have struck at icons of Western culture, as well as murdering many non-Muslim people.

The alleged perp was an Algerian butcher (!) residing in the south of France who was getting mass murder hints from his al Qaeda pals.

The case is yet another example that Muslims are a bad bet as immigrants — remember that 9/11 attack where the killers yelled Allahu Ackbar? Let’s just stop admitting Muslims into American communities before our luck runs out.

Terror plot targeting Eiffel Tower, Louvre foiled, French police say, Fox News, July 09, 2014

French authorities say they foiled an Islamic terrorist plot reportedly targeting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a nuclear power plant last year.

The revelation comes as the country unveiled new anti-terror rules which included a proposal to ban terror suspects from leaving the country if it is thought they intend to fight abroad, The Telegraph reported.

French authorities revealed they arrested a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in southern France June 2013, after they found coded messages between him and a high-ranking Al Qaeda member discussing how “to conduct jihad in the place you are currently,” according to Le Parisien.

The suspect, identified in the newspaper report as Ali M, reportedly said he would target French landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and “cultural events that take place in the south of France in which thousands of Christians gather for a month.” Continue reading this article

White House Wants Billions for Processing Dumped Alien Kids

The community organizer in the White House is using the current border crisis as a spending opportunity where enforcement of America’s threatened perimeter hardly appears at all: most items on the President’s want list are about providing services to illegal aliens rather than defending the nation.

On the other hand, the famously tight-fisted Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) observed on CNN’s Crossfire, “For $8 million we can put them all on a first-class seat back to their homes.”

In addition to the multi-billion-dollar cost for care of Central America’s children, open borders are a national security threat and a magnet to Islamic enemies.

A few days ago, it was reported that 70 percent of Border Patrol agents are no longer defending the border but instead are assigned to taking care of the alien children.

This news cannot have gone unnoticed among America’s enemies in Jihadistan where Allah’s army is on the march and has the United States in its sights.

Obama wants $3.7 billion more to tend to illegals, Washington Times, July 8, 2014

Federal officials last week paid $584 to buy four versions of Monopoly, five packs of playing cards, a dozen beanbag tosses and other games for illegal immigrant children — a small fraction of what the Obama administration now says it will take to clothe, feed, transport, house and, yes, entertain the children surging across the border.

Government contractors stand to see a good payday after President Obama submitted a request Tuesday for an additional $3.7 billion this year to cover the costs of handling the illegal immigrant families and, most costly, the unaccompanied children from Central America who are entering the U.S. in record numbers.

“There are significant resources that are required to deal with the situation,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “What we would like are some additional resources to make sure that we’re enforcing that law efficiently, both in terms of processing them through the immigration system, but also in terms of repatriating them if it’s found that they don’t have a legal basis for remaining in the country.”

Mr. Obama sent a letter to Congress detailing a request for 2014 alone: $879 million in additional funding to detain and deport illegal immigrant families, $116 million to transport unaccompanied children, and $522 million for more law enforcement both on the border and in Central America.

Mr. Obama also is asking for an additional $1.8 billion for the Health and Human Services Department to be able to house the children while they are awaiting immigration court hearings; $300 million for the State Department try to create better economic and security conditions in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador; and $64 million for the Justice Department to hire more immigration judges.

The request puts an initial dollar figure on the border crisis but does little to settle the heated dispute over the way Mr. Obama is handling it.

“President Obama created this disaster at our southern border, and now he is asking to use billions of taxpayer dollars without accountability or a plan in place to actually stop the border crisis,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte. “Most of the money requested in the president’s supplemental seems geared toward processing Central Americans than stopping the surge itself.” Continue reading this article

Catholic Church Urges Parishioners to House Illegal Aliens

A retired doctor and his wife phoned Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday to tell their story about the San Bernardino Catholic church urging members of the parish welcome illegal aliens into their homes. Not only did the archbishop invite parishioners to harbor lawbreakers (a felony, right?) but he also to keep quiet about it to the media. Furthermore, the government put the church up to the scheme.

One wonders how many diseased, non-English-speaking aliens Archbishop Barnes is taking in to his home.

No problema about the cost though, since the church promised to reimburse the generous (if foolish) care providers. However, the Catholic church receives millions of Americans’ tax dollars to pursue its alleged good works of refugee resettlement and other immigration services, shown as “Government Revenue” in the 2010 Catholic Charities graph, so it’s not so surprising that Washington and the church would work in partnership:

Catholic elites are highly invested in undermining American law and sovereignty. In 2013 they spent more than $3 million to lobby for amnesty for millions of foreign lawbreakers, most of whom are Catholics and are regarded by cassocks as reinvigorating the church’s dwindling attendance. Amnesty is seen by Vaticrats as a big plus for their side, but it would be terribly harmful for citizen workers who are already struggling in the jobless recovery.

Retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony was a big supporter of illegal alien amnesty, as when he protested Arizona’s immigration enforcement law in 2010.

Limbaugh was properly shocked by the call, particularly given his newfound interest in the America-killing immigration catastrophe of open borders. He has been slow on the uptake but seems more comfortable with the subject lately.

Stunning: California Couple Says They Were Asked to House Immigrant Children,, July 8, 2014

RUSH:  This is Ann and Ed in Southern California.  Welcome.  It’s great to have you on the phone.  Hello.

ANN:  Hello.

RUSH:  Hi.

ANN:  Hi, Rush.  How are you?

RUSH:  Just fine.  Thank you very much.

ANN:  Great.  Well, we have some interesting news.  My husband Eddie is on the phone with us.  We live in Southern California, and we’re Catholic, active Catholics in our community, and there was a town hall meeting last evening, emergency meeting called by our local parish priest, ordered by our bishop (unintelligible) and the Archdiocese of San Bernardino. They have made the decision that they’re going to absorb the immigrants that are coming through because the federal government called the bishop’s office on Monday and they’re gonna be busing these immigrants to our communities and asking us to open our homes and to house them for up to a month.  The church will reimburse us for any out-of-pocket expenses and we were told not to talk to anybody about it, especially the media. I’m not especially happy about it.  My husband is a retired doctor, and he will share his concerns with you regarding this matter.  Eddie, do you want to go ahead and talk about your thoughts?

EDDIE:  Longtime listener, Rush.  Thanks —

RUSH:  Thank you, Eddie.

EDDIE:  I’m very concerned about the health care crisis that we’re facing and these illegal aliens that are coming into the United States. Doctors are being asked not to talk to the media, they’re on gag orders, both doctors and nurses, and we got a big problem because there are a lot of diseases that can come through this border bringing all kinds of stuff —

RUSH:  Eddie, I just read that in some cases the lice are so bad you can see them crawling down the faces of some of the kids.

ANN:  Yeah, the lice won’t kill you, but Ebola will, and so will gonorrhea and there’s syphilis and AIDS and hepatitis and diphtheria and polio, meningitis, and this new coronavirus coming in from the Middle East, so —

RUSH:  Hang on.  I gotta take a break.  Hold your thought and we’ll continue after the break.


RUSH:  We rejoin Ann and her retired doctor husband, Eddie, on the phone jointly, together with us from Southern California.  Eddie, could you put Ann back to the phone or is she on with you?

ANN:  Yes.  Hi.  I’m here with you.

RUSH:  Okay, Eddie, I’ll come back to you in just a second, but, Ann, I want to clarify.  Did you say that it is the Catholic Church that the government called and asked for assistance?

ANN:  Yes. Continue reading this article

Open Borders Admit Tuberculosis and the Government Is Transporting It throughout the Nation

On Monday, Fox radio reporter Todd Starnes described the public health crisis boiling up from the thousands of illegal aliens swarming over the open border.

A very serious issue is tuberculosis, three cases of which have occurred in an illegal alien holding facility near Austin and at least four more among the illegals being held at Lackland Air Force Base.

The type of TB is unspecified, but as Starnes remarked, “Dr. Marc Siegel tells me that the strain of tuberculosis that is common in Central America is in fact that drug-resistant kind, but the big issue here is the shroud of secrecy that’s enveloped these facilities. HHS refuses to really go in depth and tell us exactly what is happening. I can tell you right now that many of my sources have been threatened, they say that if they speak out, if they speak to the media they could lose their jobs. They also say they face arrest…”

“Many of the people I talk to here in Texas firmly believe this is nothing more than a government-sanctioned invasion of our country,” Starnes concluded.

No wonder that the press and Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine have been blocked from inspecting the federal facilities. The truth is too alarming, in terms of the disease threat and the recklessness of the administration in its quest to repopulate America with big-government Democrats.

I wrote a piece for The Social Contract some years back which described the nature of tuberculosis:

The X-Ray Files, The Social Contract, Fall 2003

Tuberculosis is an airborne pathogen, propelled through tiny droplets via sneezing, talking or coughing…

Parents wishing to expose their children to cultural diversity in their educational experience may be additionally exposing them to infectious disease such as tuberculosis. There have indeed been cases of TB being passed in classroom situations. Briefly being in contact with a TB-infected individual is unlikely to infect a healthy person; lengthy contact in an enclosed space is generally required for the TB bacteria to pass from one person to another. In 1995, the CDC confirmed a case that an eight-and-a-half hour domestic airline flight caused four passengers to be infected with TB by one infectious passenger. In March of this year [2003], OSHA cited the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s Houston office for not protecting its workers from the danger of TB infection from immigrants, stating that workers needed respirators and training to avoid the illness.

So will American youngsters need to wear respiratory masks when they go back to school in the fall because of diseased alien kids forced into US classrooms?

And are Border Patrol agents being properly shielded from disease? Should they be wearing medical protective clothing to prevent TB, scabies and other third world afflictions?

See the Center for Disease Control’s manual “TB Respiratory Protection Program In Health Care Facilities” where the CDC warns that surgical masks may not be safe enough for medical workers in a tuberculosis environment.

LA Times Notices Obama's Kid Deportations Diminish

Who would have thought that the LA Times would dig up deportation data unfriendly to the administration and then plunk the graph on its Sunday front page? Unlikely, yet it did print a devastating chart:

The deportation figure would have been even more shocking had it been paired with a graph showing the kid surge over recent years. But maybe that’s too much to expect.

Perhaps the liberals at the Times are considering how the open-border influx will affect their region in terms of schools and crime.

Will there be back-to-school stories in September about the struggle of local classrooms to cope with 10,000 new non-English-speaking foreign kids? The number is just a guestimate, but is not unreasonable considering Los Angeles County’s enormous hispanic population.

A 2013 Pew Hispanic report (Mapping the Latino Population, By State, County and City) observed, “Los Angeles County, CA alone contains 4.8 million Hispanics, or 9% of the nation’s Hispanic population.”

The current government count of illegal alien kiddies is supposedly 50,000 (even though 240,000 Central Americans have arrived since April) — suspicious, no?

Even assuming the 50,000 number is true, there will be thousands more foreign kids in the coming months who will need to be put in school this fall, and the southland is diverse in hispanics beyond Mexicans. As of 2010, Los Angeles County had accumulated 358,825 Salvadorans, 214,939 Guatemalans, and 42,901 Hondurans, so plenty of magnet parents exist.

Another future calamity will be hugely increased gang crime, since the “teens” are not being checked for age, and the human flood surely includes many young cartel criminals. A few years back, San Francisco discovered one of its pampered “juvenile” crack dealers was actually 25 — multiply that by thousands.

Back to deporting alien kiddies:

Deportation data won’t dispel rumors drawing migrant minors to U.S., Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2014

President Obama and his aides have repeatedly sought to dispel the rumors driving thousands of children and teens from Central America to cross the U.S. border each month with the expectation they will be given a permiso and allowed to stay.

But under the Obama administration, those reports have proved increasingly true.

The number of immigrants under 18 who were deported or turned away at ports of entry fell from 8,143 in 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 1,669 last year, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released under a Freedom of Information Act request.
Similarly, about 600 minors were ordered deported each year from nonborder states a decade ago. Ninety-five were deported last year, records show, even as a flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America — five times more than two years earlier — began pouring across the Southwest border.

The previously unavailable deportation data are likely to fuel the political debate over whether Obama administration policies are partly responsible for the 52,000 children and teens who have surrendered to or been caught by Border Patrol agents since last October, spurring fresh concerns about U.S. border security and immigration law. Continue reading this article

Congressman Goodlatte Reports on Texas Border Tour

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is something of a squish regarding immigration enforcement and has been known to troll the open borders billionaires of Silicon Valley for campaign funds.

Still, the Virginia Congressman acquitted himself adequately when he recently toured the border and issued a brief press release which describes the anarchy succinctly.

Incidentally, the liberal press is still pushing the “fleeing from crime” story as the source of the human flood, even though violence has been a social norm in Central America for years.

“This trip has confirmed that the current crisis at the border is a disaster of President Obama’s own making,” Goodlatte stated.

We learn from Congressman Goodlatte that the “phone is ringing off the hook” in alien kiddie holding centers from parents who forced their kids on the dangerous journey to America. They should be prosecuted for child endangerment before being deported.

Press Release: Goodlatte Releases Key Facts Discovered during Rio Grande Valley Trip, July 3, 2014

Harlingen, Texas — This week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) led a bipartisan trip to the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border to seek information about the sudden surge of children, teenagers, and families – largely from Central America – attempting to enter the U.S. illegally. On the first day, the congressional delegation toured several federal facilities and met with federal officials at a Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement facility, the McAllen Border Patrol Station, and Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville. The group also went on a riverine tour with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on the Rio Grande River to witness firsthand the challenges the Border Patrol faces. On the second day, members spent the day at the Port Isabel Detention Facility where they met with officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), CBP, and HHS.

Below are key findings from the briefings.

1. The vast majority of Central American minors who are unaccompanied meet up with their parents who are already in the United States illegally. Further, these parents often had a role in smuggling the minors into the United States.  While touring several federal facilities, minors traveling from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras stated that they came here to be with a parent who is already in the United States illegally. At a tour of the HHS facility housing boys ages 8-17, Members were told that the phone is ringing off the hook with parents looking for their children who they know made – and often directed to make – the dangerous journey to the U.S. While Chairmen Goodlatte and Issa were on a ride-along with the Border Patrol along the Rio Grande, they witnessed the apprehension of a mother and child from El Salvador and a 15-year-old boy from Honduras.  The boy said he came to reunite with his mother, who has been in Los Angeles since he was six. Both said they were coming here in violation of law. Continue reading this article

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