Presidential leadership missing on immigration
by Jerry Landers
August 06, 2014 04:00 AM | 1999 views | 4 4 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The House of Representatives left Washington, D.C. last Friday for the summer recess after passing a $734 million funding bill that addresses the current and ongoing invasion of our southern border by illegal immigrants, not all of whom are children, as the Democrats and their media pawns would have you believe.

The House passed the bill despite President Obama’s threat to veto it. The Senate, led by Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), left Washington for its recess the day before and is not expected to take up the bill.

The supplemental funding bill adopted by the House, which was offset by corresponding budget cuts, directly addresses several specific needs which have arisen as a result of the dramatic influx of immigrants, mostly from Central America, pouring across the border.

The bill is in response to Mr. Obama’s request in July for $3.7 billion, almost half of which would be devoted to the care and housing of “unaccompanied alien children,” with only 10 percent of the funds being designated to increase border security.

After publicly ignoring the invasion for months, the President apparently felt forced to finally do something to stem the tide after Gallup released a poll in June which indicated 65 percent of Americans disapproved of the President’s handling of immigration issues.

The House was unwilling to write the President another big check without some additional details about how the funds would be spent.

According to House Republicans, the bill passed by the House specifically provides funding of $405 million for the Department of Homeland Security to boost border security and law enforcement activities; $22 million to accelerate judicial proceedings for immigrants; $70 million for National Guard border efforts; $35 million for the federal deployment of the Guard; $35 million for reimbursing states for their use of the Guard on the Southern Border; and $197 million for the Department of Health and Human Services to provide temporary housing and humanitarian assistance to unaccompanied minors.

If Obama were serious about addressing the clear immigration issues, which are having a dramatic impact on the Southern Border States, you might think that he would be grateful to accept any assistance that Congress is willing to give on the issue. Instead, as he tends to do when he does not get his way, Obama threw another executive tantrum, complaining that the House passed “the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere.”

As other commentators have noted, Obama should also direct some of his invective toward the do-nothing Harry Reid Senate, which could not even pass a bill to deal with the issue. Instead, Obama now says that since Congress has failed to act, thus inviting him to act on his own — maybe he was playing golf and missed the part when the House was working hard to pass a bill — he will have to “act alone, because we don’t have enough resources. We’ve already been very clear. We’ve run out of money.”

Rep. David Scott (D-South Cobb), who voted against the House funding bill, was quoted as saying, “What is missing here is when you don’t have leadership and a way forward, there’s a tremendous void there for a lot of things to happen for the next five weeks (while Congress is in recess).”

Scott was not specific when he decried the lack of leadership, but it is clear the House of Representatives has done its part to address the Southern border invasion.

It is past time for the president to actually take a leadership role on the issue rather than being the “Whiner in Chief.”

Jerry Landers is an attorney in Marietta.
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Dave Francis
August 07, 2014
As I understand it a legislature can check the President's policy-making power. Congress can overturn an executive order or agreement with the vote of two-thirds of both the Senate and House of Representatives. Since most members of Congress will vote along party lines, however, it is extremely tricky to overturn a Presidential policy. The Supreme Court of the United States may also overturn a Presidential policy if it is found to violate the Constitution or conflict with an existing law. The Supreme Court's right of judicial review of executive policies is not stated in the Constitution. Instead, it originated from the Court's own landmark decision, Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803)

To me this is very significant and John Boehner Speaker of the House of Representatives should stand strongly with the American people against the regression policies of the Obama Administration. Blasted on the TV, radio, Internet and news media we have been told that President Obama is going to sign an executive order to legitimize some 5 to 8 million illegal aliens. He has already used his pen to overreach immigration laws by giving men and women to the age of 30, the Daca Act deferring deportation as long as these people go to school or join armed forces. Sometime prior to this Obama used his presidential directive called the “Catch and Release” program, slyly hidden away from public eyes that the majority of people caught at the border, usually detained into custody. That once the US Border agents have processed each illegal individual, then forwarded into the hands of ICE, then released back onto the streets.


Last week two illegal aliens shot and killed an off-duty US border Patrol man out with his family fishing. These two murdering thugs had been deported from the United States FOUR TIMES, but had returned time after time. If we had an honest “Justice” system some might be calling for the indictment of Barack Obama for allowing known criminals to stay in this country and commit crimes. A few days ago, a “Dreamer” allowed to stay in this country illegally by Obama were part of a team that murdered a USC student. How many Americans and visitors need to be killed before the American public demands the laws is enforced? So far Obama gave amnesty to 36,000 convicted and jailed illegal aliens. He has allowed hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens to stay in this country. Obama gave work permits to 520,000 illegal aliens waiting to be deported—the permits are good for TWO years.

Death is an everyday occurrence along the Southwest border, with the bodies of children left by criminal cartel members. Zeroing in to the Texas is a hive of murders and mayhem that haunt ranchers and property owners, who are at risk every day from drug traffickers and coyotes bring more and more, individuals from Middle Eastern countries, who not here for the best on intentions. But Obama’s orders to the border Patrol supervisors has eliminated any chance of sending people back. I hope it’s not conjecture that the American people realize that this Liberal Socialist refuses to seal the border and stop incursions into THE PEOPLES nation.

Dave Francis
August 07, 2014
Obama has undermined the separation of powers, which is most certainly a violation of the Rule of Law and the U.S. Constitution. His government that includes holder, Pelosi, Feinstein and that old reprobate Sen. Harry Reid has affected every taxpayer’s lives. Reid has held back deliberately on any House bills, so less prudent people think the Congress have done anything worthwhile in this session. House Bills unread, unreported sitting on Reid’s desk or hidden out of sight. Obama's Executive Order Czar, John Podesta made a mockery of America and our Founding Fathers when he told us that Obama's just is getting warmed up. When he believes "he has the authority" to "make progress" without action by Congress, he'll do it, Podesta boasted.

If President Obama signs an executive order giving amnesty, all hell will break loose. We have an ascending US deficit of 17 Trillion dollars, with over 7 Trillion accountable to the White House; unknown dollars being consumed by foreigners. Taxpayers are already catering to the welfare of the 11-20 million plus foreigners who have illegally settled in programs that were once prohibited to law breakers. The Pew organization says there an estimated 11.3 million illegal aliens on our soil, but this is based on the Census every ten years. However, how can you count people who hide in the background, in the shadows of legal families in many cases?

It’s just another cleverly composed lie, which seems to be well established in this present government. Everybody who has a pulse in the US, under Obamas Imperial reign can collect Food Stamps, Child care payments and other public assistance. But this is just not illegal aliens that are involved in the abuse and corruptions. Part of our own society thinks that their states and the federal government owe them a living. The freeloaders are there for what they can get for free, without working for a living. This nation has become a “Nanny” state; even worse under Obama. He plans to abuse executive orders to blow by Congress and the Constitution to carry out his socialistic agenda.

Everything we've worked for—and what our military has gallantly fought for and DIED FOR—over the course of history is at stake: our sovereignty, our freedom, our military power and our right to liberty and justice. We cannot even speak out, without the “politically Correct” critics having something to say about any anti-government facts.

Only candidates of the National TEA PARTY, moderate Conservatism will enforce immigration laws and follow the dictates of the Rule of Law, the Federal Registry and the US Constitution. We need National TEA PARTY candidates who will abide by the oath of allegiance, our sovereignty to respect the Rule of Law and the vision of our founders, the US Constitution. Rough your politicians up—verbally and introduce them to a pink slip, if they don’t follow the will of the people. Check this site that has the phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress at: www.contactingthecongress/ to demand an end to illegal immigration and the dismantling of our laws, sovereignty and military, which is protection against our enemies. This is the number for the central switchboard for Congress to address your grievances at 800-224-3121.

We must obstruct amnesty for illegal aliens, which is entirely up to us—grassroots America—the little vulnerable populace. Don’t bother to watch the rhetoric and propaganda the Alphabet Television who are subjects of big business; same with the National press. And be assured that in the coming midterm elections, specifically in Blue states with lax identity requirements. Illegal aliens will be voting as they did in the presidential election—under the sinister ACORN organization that has reformed again under different names. Read the facts for fair and honest voting at www. You can also get alternative—NO SPIN-- news about issues at One-America cable TV News http:/ and You might also like to try (AliPac) Take time to read facts the


A RED FLAG WARNING: Why didn’t the DOD drones wipe out the convoys of trucks and vehicles of ISIS, when they had the chance to save the Syrian border and Iraq from being overrun? Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing to a sacred mountain and have no food and water. America needs to intervene and eradicating a deadly human virus of terrorist animals that beheaded soldiers and civilians and stuck the bloody heads on poles? This government is being beheld as weak, so that the Russians, Hamas and other toxic countries look upon us as easy prey while this President pink slips our military.

Kevin Foley
August 06, 2014
Jerry, you left the part out about repealing the president's executive order to allow Dreamers to stay here along with Ted Cruz stabbing John Boehner in the back to get an extremist version to the bill Boehner wanted to pass.

Bottom line, the tea party, with which you appear to be allied, want all undocumented immigrants expelled for good and all. These are the very same people, BTW, who talk incessantly about their Christian values. What hypocrisy.

Since you are offering polling data, here's some in return: nearly 70 percent of Americans say said the refugees should be allowed to stay if it is too dangerous in their home countries, according to the Public Religion Research Institute.

More on this disgraceful, inhumane travesty Friday.
Rhett Butler
August 07, 2014
Whty do you continually try to mix law enforcement and religious beleifs? There is nothing un-Christina about wanting the lawsm including immigration laws, enforced.

That is a trick you liberals love to try to use, but it doesn't hold water.

BTW, this "disgraceful inhuman tragedy", as you call it, is the direct fault of the President and his liberal whack job administration. The failure to enforce the border and immigration laws and the repeated amonishment to the Border Patrol to leave them alone, has isssued an open invitation to, not only some illegal alien children, but a horde of drug runners, murderers and terrorist from all over the globe.

It is a tragedy okay, but the tragedy is that liberal idiots elected a President who is determined to turn this into a third world country.
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