The government is transporting diseased aliens around the country, endangering citizens and Border Patrol agents. And if the kids weren’t sick before they arrived, the crowded conditions created by the administration’s amnesty magnet infected them.
Below, a crowded government flop-house for illegal alien kids in Brownsville.
Remember Ellis Island? A major purpose was to detect foreigners with communicable diseases, like tuberculosis, and keep them out of the country to protect public health. Last year Indio High School, in southern California 100 miles from Mexico, tested all staff and students because one student had TB and 45 others tested positive for the disease, so the threat from contagion has not gone away.
SAN DIEGO – A Border Patrol agents union representative told 10News the influx of undocumented immigrants now in Border Patrol custody is threatening the health of agents as well as national security.
“We have compassion for them …,” said union representative Ron Zermeno.
At about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, one of the buses pulled out of the checkpoint and onto a freeway. Two people sitting behind the driver appeared to be Border Patrol agents wearing masks. 10News could not confirm if any children were on the bus. As 10News was trying to follow the bus onto a freeway, Border Patrol SUVs blocked the entrance to the freeway.
Zermeno told 10News Wednesday morning that 99 migrants were transported to various San Diego Sector Border Patrol stations for processing. According to Zermeno, 40 had been taken to Brown Field Station in Otay Mesa. Forty-two were taken to the Imperial Beach Station, and 17 to the Boulevard Station in southeast San Diego County.
Zermeno said Border Patrol agents were being pulled off the line to help with processing the immigrants. Zermeno told 10News this could pose a safety issue due to less agents on the street.
Meanwhile, 40 were being quarantined at the Border Patrol Chula Vista Station with active scabies and head lice. The facility will provide them with showers, laundry service and bedding. Another 10 people, mostly children, were taken to local hospitals with unknown illnesses.
“That’s my biggest fear: their health and also safety in the field,” said Zermeno.
Zermeno told 10News pulling agents could put national security on the line, adding, “The morale is the lowest I’ve ever seen it.”
Zermeno said he just wants to protect his agents and the border, as well as expose the truth because exposure seems to be a growing concern.
Since foreign moppets are the keys to Obama’s American kingdom, it is not surprising that spare children can be attractive items to ease passage. Business arrangements are the result.
As Latin America scholar George Grayson remarked regarding the large families of Catholic Central America, “As far as I know they pay the families (and remember these economies are in sad shape) and therefore to get maybe a few hundred dollars you’re willing to give up your 7th or 8th child.”
DALLAS, Texas (1080 KRLD) – As we enter the merciless summer months where temperatures average well above 100 degrees along the Texas Mexico border, the possibility exist for a larger wave of causalities among illegal immigrants trying to gain access to the United States.
With the oppressive summer heat “it’s going to be very, very dangerous in this part of the country to have young kids women and other folks to come in,” says Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo, TX).
On Monday a South Texas sheriff announced the discovery of a 11 year old Guatemalan boys body about a mile from the border. Cuellar said the discovery of the boys body reinforces just how perilous the journey is into the US.
“Certainly I hope they stop coming because we probably will have more deaths as the hot weather continues,” says Cuellar. “It’s not just the heat that could kill them but there are other dangers.
Officials at Lackland Air Force Base told us that one-third of young girls that come across – and they were just like little babies; 10, 11, 14 years of age. That about one third of them get raped and/or abused on the way here.”
Cuellar says that as he was speaking to Customs and Border Patrol agents he was also discovering a disturbing trend of adults “renting” children in Central America in order to increase their chances of being able to stay in the U.S. once they cross over.
“I was talking to somebody that worked for Border Patrol, and he said that in the late 80′s there were a lot of kids from El Salvador coming in and what they were doing is they had a ‘rent-a-kid’ program.” says Cuellar “In other words they said ‘oh if I come in and I have a kid with me they’ll let me go.” And the Border Agent told him “Henry, I’m seeing this again, I cannot believe it.” Continue reading this article
America’s blonde sovereignty defender appeared on Fox’s Hannity show Monday, speaking from Paris where she bashed soccer and dodged rioting Algerians.
Early on, Hannity quoted from Coulter’s recent column: “I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer.”
Coulter agreed with Hannity that Obama was happy to “create chaos” on the border with a human flood of aliens, remarking: “Just get them here. Just get them here. Like the 11 million illegal immigrants, and we can have Marco Rubio and Rand Paul going around and saying ‘What are you going to do? Deport them all? Deport them all?’ Just get them in and in a matter of years they’ll be voting Democrat and collecting welfare. Unfortunately, the country can’t afford it and we have our own poor people we need to take care of.”
The Washington Post has a curiously honest look at a school in Fairfax County, Virginia, where kindergartens are very diverse indeed. Immigration has imported poor, non-English-speaking children into a formerly white middle class area with predictable results. The foreign kids need the usual expensive special treatment, from ESL to remedial instruction and free food.
Below, extreme diversity is highlighted by a six-year-old burqa girl in the kindergarten of Lynbrook Elementary School in Springfield, Virginia. We know that the class is located in America from the flag.
Use of the term “challenge” in liberal journalism sometimes denotes a completely unsolvable social situation that cannot be wholly admitted. The Post article uses “challenge” three times.
In addition, the word “cost” occurs five times but only one dollar amount is noted: $18 million in increased costs for teaching English over five years. What’s the tab for supply closets turned into free food banks or 990 trailers to hold the excess students?
And what kind of education do the remaining American students get in such an environment?
No American ever voted to overpopulate the country with the world’s welfare seekers who care nothing about this nation’s history and beliefs, but that’s what has happened because of a diversity-mad immigration system with no Off switch. Remember that the Senate immigration bill the elites want as law would double legal immigration.
Despite the obvious failure, the diversity-programmed superintendent recited, “We view these demographic shifts and our growing diversity as a strength that we will continue to celebrate.”
The kindergartners of the Class of 2026, who finished their first year in Fairfax County schools Wednesday, constitute the largest and one of the most ethnically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse groups of students the county has seen, a fact that school system administrators say could pose significant challenges in the decade to come.
Long an enclave of predominantly white, middle-class families with a top-class school system, Fairfax has experienced a dramatic demographic shift in recent years that is nowhere more obvious than in the county’s kindergarten classrooms. The white student population is receding and is being replaced with fast-growing numbers of poor students and children of immigrants for whom English is a second language.
More than one-third of the 13,424 kindergartners in the county this year qualified for free or reduced-price meals, a federal measure of poverty, and close to 40 percent of the Class of 2026 requires additional English instruction, among the most ever for a Fairfax kindergarten class.
The demographic changes in Fairfax are likely to have long-term implications for the school system: Most of this year’s kindergarten class will spend the next 12 years in county schools. Schools officials believe that the challenges that come with a less-affluent and less-prepared population will exacerbate the system’s struggles with a widening achievement gap for minorities and ballooning class sizes.
The rising enrollment — the overall student body has surged by more than 22,000 since 2004 — is not sustainable at the current funding level, schools officials said, which could intensify already contentious battles for tax dollars with the county’s Board of Supervisors. School Board member Ted Velkoff (At Large), chairman of its Budget Committee, said the increasing number of immigrant families in Fairfax has affected — and will continue to affect — the school system’s bottom line.
“We are required to educate their children, and we want to. But there is a cost,” Velkoff said. “There is a cost to having these children in the system. . . . And I think the thing that is troubling is that the Fairfax County taxpayer has to take a disproportionate part of this bill.” Continue reading this article
There’s no question the current border chaos of alien kids arriving in the daily thousands was fueled by Obama’s talk of amnesty for youngsters, not a situation of fleeing crime. Central America is very violent, true, but it has been so for years.
Another bit of evidence is provided by University of Chicago Law School Professor (and blogger) Eric Posner, who used data from a Customs and Border Protection website to construct an informative graph. A few added dates show the magnet effect of DREAMer amnesty talk. Note that the number of unaccompanied children was declining until Obama proclaimed his administrative DREAM reward:
But hearing that America’s border was open for moppets wouldn’t help Central American moochers if they couldn’t travel the 1800 miles to immediately demand food, housing, education and welfare benefits — the Centrals needed a ride.
Perhaps seeing a big money-making opportunity, the criminal cartels decided to rejigger their business model to expand human trafficking. Somehow the rumor mill revved up — whether it was manufactured by the cartels to make drug smuggling easier, or by some governmental entity, as Lou Dobbs suspects, “a strategy being carried out.”
So in addition to the Obama-created pull factor, an increased means to access America’s free stuff was made available.
In the following article, Mexico scholar George Grayson provides some interesting details about the drug gangs’ reconfiguration.
AUSTIN – The masses of unaccompanied youth who have recently crossed Texas’ southern border tell of gang violence and economic hardship as main motivators for their treacherous trip north.
But a tactical shift by Mexican drug cartels and their splinter groups could be fueling the exodus as well, analysts and law enforcement officials say.
Recent arrests of the leadership of the Zetas and Gulf cartels, which control much of the illicit human transit just south of McAllen, Texas, has dismantled the groups’ hierarchy and led to splinter groups that are shifting away from drug trafficking and getting increasingly involved in human smuggling, said Tony Payan,director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The cartels, now roaming Mexico in smaller, independent groups, work in tangent with so-called “coyotes” – or smuggling guides – to recruit families from their Central American neighborhoods and bring them north through Mexico with promises of better lives in the USA, he said.
As the U.S. has beefed up its border with Mexico, adding 21,000 agents, drones and new checkpoints, these criminal rings avoid venturing into the U.S., Payan said. Instead, they take their human cargo as far as the Rio Grande and tell the families to turn themselves in on the other side.
“This tactical shift by organized crime is in response to the effectiveness of Border Patrol,” he said. “Organized crime in Mexico has reconfigured itself.”
The Zetas, in particular, are borrowing from a tactic they’ve used for years while smuggling Cuban immigrants across the Mexican border, said George W. Grayson, a Mexico expert at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., who has written about border security. Under U.S. policy, Cuban migrants who reach U.S. soil are allowed to remain in the USA while they apply for permanent residency. In recent years, the Zetas have shifted that tactic to Central American youth, he said. U.S. policy allows the youth to be released to an adult, while they await a court hearing,
In smuggling the groups from Central America to the Mexico-U.S. border, the criminal rings have found a means of generating large amounts of revenue while limiting their exposure and risk in the USA, he said.
“They’re diversifying,” Grayson said. “They’re doing less in drugs, more in kidnapping, extortion, and human smuggling.” Continue reading this article
Member of the Dutch Parliament Geert Wilders (pictured) remains the rare elected official to speak out about the threat from Muslim immigration. He has paid a high price for his courage: not only does he need 24/7 security because of serious Islamic death threats, but he has also undergone two trials for hate speech in the Netherlands.
Wilders’ common-sense approach is that national security begins with keeping enemies out of your country. (Curiously, in our dangerous but politically correct world, that idea is considered controversial in some quarters, like the open borders bunch.)
The Wilders’ top-ten national security list includes ending diverse immigration from Islamic nations and encouraging “voluntary repatriation” of those already in the Netherlands. (Would candidate Mitt Romney have escaped criticism if he had used that phrase rather than “self-deportation”?)
Wilders focuses on specifics for the Netherlands, but the sensible recommendations would be a good program for all Western nations, many of which erroneously believe they can have both national security and liberal immigration.
Ten concrete measures to prevent Islamic terrorism in the Netherlands.
In several Western countries, the authorities are concerned about the security risk posed by young Muslim immigrants who went to Syria and Iraq to wage jihad and are now returning home. They are considered the most serious security risk in decades.
The risk is not just theoretical. Indeed, on May 24, Mehdi Nemmouche, a young Muslim with a French passport, went on a killing spree with a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the Jewish Museum in Brussels. He killed four people. Nemmouche had previously been in Syria, where he was trained in guerrilla warfare.
During the past three years, thousands of young Islamic immigrants from all Western countries, Europe, Australia, America and even Russia, have gone to fight in Syria, where they have committed the most horrible atrocities. Some of them were killed in action, while others have since returned home. They carry Western passports but they hate the West. They walk our streets as ticking time bombs, eager to cause as much havoc in our cities as they have caused in Syria.
The Dutch-Turkish jihadist Yilmaz (center), who was previously a soldier in the Dutch army, poses with fellow jihadists in Syria.
The West cannot just sit idly by and wait for the next terror attack to happen. We must protect ourselves. If we do not, the barbaric scenes that play today in Syria and Iraq will soon be repeated in our countries. Ordinary people are well aware of the urgency of the problem. Last week, I proposed ten concrete measures to prevent Islamic terrorism in the Netherlands. A poll showed that a large majority of the Dutch support the plan. Continue reading this article
The big soccer World Cup has stirred up diverse immigrants around the world to cheer on their home country’s team. In southern California last Monday for example, five Mexicans were arrested in Huntington Park for rioting after a soccer win.
But in France, the violence experts of Islam went ballistic after the Algerian team beat South Korea. In fact, a kickball win threw them into a supremacist frenzy, repeating shouts of, “France is ours, France is ours!” as shown in the video below:
Below, Algerians rioted in Marseille.
The ingratitude of immigrants in France has not gone unnoticed. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the Front Nationale party was angered at the criminal display of disloyalty and urged the policy of dual citizenship be ended.
In France, the problem is acute, since Muslims are on average the worst immigrants on earth. Le Pen has the grit to say that assimilation in her country has been a “total failure,” and something needs to change
FRANCE’S far-right leader Marine Le Pen says that dual nationality should be revoked following riots after Algeria’s last World Cup match, which she claimed showed the “failure” of French immigration policy.
Celebrations after Algeria’s historic qualification for the second round of the football World Cup on Thursday turned violent in some French cities, leading to the arrests of 74 people for rioting and looting.
National Front leader Ms Le Pen said this showed “the total failure of immigration policies in our country and the refusal expressed by a number of binational citizens to assimilate.” She suggested those holding dual nationality should support France in international tournaments and not their country of origin.
“Now we must put a stop to dual nationality,” she told a talk show broadcast on French television and radio.
Algerians make up France’s largest immigrant group, with close to two million people, and many hold dual citizenship.
“What is clear is there is a not an insignificant number of people that are choosing Algeria over France,” Le Pen said. “You should pick: are you Algerian or French, Moroccan or French, but you cannot be both.” Joy erupted on the streets of France after the historic Algerian qualification, but in some parts of the country celebrations turned sour after clashes with riot police.
The central city of Lyon was particularly hard-hit, with shops looted, several dozen cars set on fire and firefighters assaulted, according to the interior ministry. Continue reading this article
On Thursday, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles held a hearing in Oakland to discuss “concerns” of those affected, namely lawbreaking foreigners who have driven in California unlicensed and uninsured for years. Naturally, they want minimal identification required of them, and they want the DLs to be identical to citizens’ licenses (despite the federal requirement that licenses show the driver is an illegal alien).
Also, the moochy lawbreakers want the licenses to be cheap, even though the cost to implement the new benefit for aliens will be $141 million over three years. Foreign pests want citizen taxpayers to pick up the tab for the mini-amnesty, as they have been trained to expect by liberals.
Unsurprisingly the local “news” outlet starts out with a sob story of a foreign job thief and how deserving is. And she will have more “confidence” due to the unworthy benefit — self-esteem!
That’s what California offers these days — self-esteem (and money!) for illegal aliens.
OAKLAND — The day when Maria Distancia earns her California driver license will be a day of celebration for the 45-year-old domestic worker who’s been driving without one for more than a decade.
No more avoiding the island of Alameda and other places where rumors of strict traffic enforcement make her nervous. No worries about car impoundments and fines of up to $1,000 for getting caught. And less fear of being jailed and deported to Mexico every time she takes her 1997 Toyota Camry on the freeway.
“It will bring us more confidence, more peace of mind,” Distancia said. “It gives us a protection so we’re not afraid to drive.”
As the state Department of Motor Vehicles prepares to grant special driver licenses for the first time to more than 1.4 million immigrants in the country illegally, the agency held a hearing Thursday in Oakland — one of two in the state — to listen to concerns.
Immigrant advocates traveled from Napa Valley, San Jose, East Palo Alto, Sacramento and as far as Fresno to weigh in before the state finalizes its rules, opens new DMV offices and hires 1,000 more workers to prepare for an influx of aspiring drivers beginning Jan. 1 or earlier.
DMV officials listened as many spoke of wanting a cheaper, easier way of proving California residency to get the new cards. Officials also heard how life-changing many immigrants believe the new licenses will be.
Milpitas construction worker Antonio Urbina told the DMV that a license will “change my life” and improve the prospects of many who work in the shadows of Silicon Valley. Continue reading this article
Follow the money: it’s an admonition that is doubly true in the illegal alien scramble. Unlike wealthy Mexico (which pretends to be poor to mooch off the US even though it is #14 in national GDP), the Central American countries really are poor.
As a result, Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras love getting checks from their emigres because double digits of GDP in those dirtbag countries come from remittances. This economic information is more proof that the invasive kids are money seekers (acting on the insistence of their parents of course), not refugees from crime as the administration claims.
Remittances are an evil system because the money comes too easily and rewards bad governments; the worse political elites run a country, the more its people leave to seek more money in the first world, from which they often send mini aid checks to families at home.
If illegal aliens would spend half the energy (and money) they use on breaking into America into working to reform the political/economic systems in their home countries, everyone would be better off. Microlending is one strategy.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Honduras first lady Ana Garcia de Hernandez are making separate tours of the south Texas border, where most of the 52,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children have crossed this year.
But while the political debate has focused on U.S. immigration enforcement, a key economic factor has been lost in the clamor. Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, which are supplying three-quarters of the latest cross-border flood, are bucking a trend in Latin America toward stronger local economies based on sound reforms and security.
Those three Central American countries are dependent on their diaspora to prop up their own woeful economies. Immigrants send back billions of dollars to their families. Remittances have risen to 16.5% of El Salvador’s GDP, 15.7% of Honduras’ and 10% of Guatemala’s, according to World Bank data. Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Bolivia rely on remittances for 4.1% to 9.7% of GDP.
But the figure drops precipitously for every other country in Latin America. Mexico, with the largest immigrant population in the U.S. with as many as 13 million people, now relies on remittances for just 2% of GDP. Continue reading this article
The liberal website Politico has an interesting tick-tock of how the strategies for illegal alien amnesty played out, with background details of plans, promises and assumptions made according to the open borders calculus.
One interesting item was Speaker Boehner’s pledge to the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference last summer that an amnesty bill would be forthcoming in the House, but other issues filled up the calendar. Lucky for the nation that congressmen work three-day weeks with lots of week-long vacations.
Also noteworthy was Senator Sessions’ observation that newly elected Republicans (who had not experienced the 2007 amnesty battle) had the attitude, “We need to end the lawlessness at the border and build a fence but I love immigrants and I really think we should welcome immigrants and we need more immigrants.”
Fortunately a series of educational meetings educated newbie GOP members that America’s existing immigration system is unduly generous, given persistent systemic unemployment, and should not be expanded further.
President Barack Obama paused for what felt like an eternity to the immigration reform activists seated around the Roosevelt Room.
Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza, had just explained why she declared him the “deporter in chief” in a speech in early March. Obama, who was infuriated when he first heard Murguia’s remarks weeks earlier, sat in silence, trying to keep his anger in check, according to advocates in attendance.
When Obama finally spoke, he scolded them. The story was now about infighting between Obama and activists rather than the House Republicans refusing to take up a bill. “If you take the pressure off of them and put it on me, you’ll guarantee that there is no legislation,” he warned.
The frustrations that boiled over three months ago during the White House meeting were years in the making, but were exacerbated by the growing realization that an outcome once thought to be inevitable increasingly looked impossible.
The best chance in three decades to rewrite immigration laws has slipped away just one year after the Senate garnered 68 votes for sweeping reform of the system, 20 months after strong Hispanic turnout for Democrats in the 2012 election sparked a GOP panic, and five years after Obama promised to act.
Immigration reform’s slow but steady failure exposes how an ideologically diverse and powerful network of supporters couldn’t bend the one group that mattered: House Republicans. Proponents turned their attention late to the House because of a longer-than-expected Senate debate, and once they did, the GOP’s political will had faded and hard-liners made inroads with newer lawmakers that were difficult to reverse, according to interviews with several dozen key participants on both sides of the battle.
Last summer, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) privately told the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference that if reformers won the August recess, then Republicans would move a bill in the fall. But the Syria crisis, the government shutdown and the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov consumed attention through the end of 2013. By the time Boehner released a set of immigration principles in January, Republicans saw little short-term benefit to tackling a divisive issue just as their midterm election prospects were strengthening.
As recently as this month, however, there was more movement in the House than previously known. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) had been quietly shopping a PowerPoint presentation of a border enforcement and legalization bill to his colleagues and secured soft commitments from at least 120 Republicans, according to multiple sources familiar with the process.
But then Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lost his Republican primary election. And young children from Central America crossed illegally over the southwestern border in record numbers. Those two unforeseen events killed any remaining chance for action this year. Continue reading this article
The post-Constitutional President spoke out recently about the illegal alien kiddie chaos on the border. Interestingly he didn’t mention the threat to national security caused by the Border Patrol being overwhelmed by being forced to provide childcare for unwanted foreigners.
His concern was the safety of the junior invaders. No mention of the negative effect on Americans, for example the swamping of local schools next fall with tens of thousands of non-English speakers jammed into classrooms. The government is planning $2 billion in taxpayer funds just for the care and feeding of the little aliens for a year now that America has gone into the orphanage business. One measure of how distracted the Border Patrol has become with childcare is the decline of drug seizures along the border.
Funny, but not everyone thinks the President is unhappy to see the human tsunami of future Democrats.
President Obama says tens of thousands of Central American children flooding into the U.S. along the southern border have created a “humanitarian crisis,” and he appealed directly to parents to stop sending kids north.
“Our message absolutely is don’t send your children unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers,” Obama told ABC’s Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview here. “We don’t even know how many of these kids don’t make it, and may have been waylaid into sex trafficking or killed because they fell off a train.
“Do not send your children to the borders,” he said. “If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it.”
The Department of Homeland Security says more than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have been detained along the U.S. border with Mexico this fiscal year. In addition, authorities have apprehended 39,000 adults with small children. The numbers reflect a significant uptick over last year, when just 24,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended. The majority in the surge hail from Central American countries, and a disproportionate number are young women and under age 13, officials say. Continue reading this article
America’s patriot Senator, Jeff Sessions, took the floor on Thursday to advocate for citizen workers, noting, “We don’t need to be passing a law, like the Gang of Eight bill, that would double the H-1B workers brought into America, increase by 50% the annual flow, add another 5 million so-called ‘backlog’ workers, in addition to legalizing some 11-million plus [current illegal immigrants]—at a time when Americans are having wages fall and jobs are very, very difficult to find.”
Below, a freight train packed with illegal aliens hoping to get a raft of free stuff in America travels though Mexico.
Unfortunately the clip above doesn’t show the back and forth with Senator Durbin who defended tax benefits for illegal aliens. Fortunately, somebody was taking notes at The Blaze.
Senate Democrats blocked Republicans on Thursday from passing two bills that would require companies to verify the legal status of people before they hire them, and stop the government from handing out child tax credits to illegal immigrants.
Sessions tried to get approval for the two bills after saying illegal immigration is swamping the U.S., which is leading to reduce wages for Americans and higher costs as these immigrants start improperly receiving federal tax benefits.
He first tried to pass the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act, sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.) That bill would require companies to verify whether possible employees are legally able to work in the country.
But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) argued that this e-verify provision was in the Senate’s broad immigration bill that passed a year ago, and said Democrats aren’t looking to negotiate passage of sections of that bill.
“We are not going to take that bill apart piece by piece, as the senator from Alabama suggests,” Durbin said. “I object.”
Sessions said if the e-verify program can be accepted by Democrats in the larger bill, they should be able to approve it quickly this week.
“[I]f it’s so good, why don’t we bring it up and pass it now?” Sessions asked. “Why do we have to pass along with it a bill that will double the number of guest workers in the country, and would increase immigration?”
Sessions then tried to pass the Child Tax Credit Integrity Preservation Act, which would change the law to ensure illegal immigrants cannot receive child tax credit benefits. But Durbin objected again, and seemed to indicate he believes these benefits should flow to non-citizens.
“I want to make sure that working families with small children have the helping hand of our tax code,” he said. “I want to stop any fraud in any program in our tax code, but I don’t believe this bill is a balanced approach to solving the problem, and I object.”
That left a stunned Sessions to note that the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General has said $4.2 billion in child tax credits were given to illegal immigrants.
“I am flabbergasted, amazed that we would sit by and $4 billion in child tax credit payments to go out that are not justified,” he said.
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