Taxpayers Foot the Open Borders Bill as Democrats Refuse to Reform Immigration
Posted On October 24, 2019
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RIGHT NOW at NRN w/Michelle Malkin: US Citizenship is a Precious Gift
In conservative commentator Michelle Malkin’s new book “Open Borders Inc.: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction?,” she details the financial “pathway” attracting people to America’s southern border, who funds it, and why. The congressional Democrats have refused to reform current immigration laws and illegal aliens continue to pour in. It is very personal for Malkin, as she also talks about her personal experiences involving immigration and what it means to her, being born to two legal immigrants.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row column_type=”block” font_color=”light” background_type=”video” video_bg_url=”https://youtu.be/HPmMcQ0N39o” video_bg_start_time=”139″ video_bg_end_time=”600″ video_bg_parallax=”true” add_overlay=”yes” overlay_opacity=”20″ bt_text=”OPEN BORDERS” bt_font_weight=”300″ bt_font_style=”italic” shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ add_bigtext=”true” min_height=”100″ bt_max_width=”300″][vc_column][wvc_video_opener caption_position=”bottom” video_url=”https://youtu.be/HPmMcQ0N39o” caption=”Open Borders, Inc. Spotlight | Interview with MICHELLE MALKIN”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Malkin shares that the basis for writing her book was her upbringing and her personal experiences with legal and illegal immigration. She is the daughter of two naturalized legal immigrants from the Philippines. As long as she can remember, her parents ingrained into her that it was a privilege for them to come to the US, and that citizenship is a precious gift to everyone in America.
Following her passion for writing, Malkin began contributing to the Los Angeles Daily News in the early 1990s, and believes this is when the seeds were planted in what lead to the Trump presidency, specifically concerning illegal immigration. She based this on the California state initiative, “Save Our State,” or SOS, which became known as proposition 187. It proposed to limit welfare benefits and other taxpayer expenditures for illegal immigration. As a resident of the San Fernando Valley at the time, she experienced a spillover of illegal immigrants into the area that affected the public school system as well as the public health system.
When the first waves of illegal immigrant caravans descended into the country after President Trump was elected, the same questions presented themselves over and over again: where is this coming from, why is this happening, and who is behind it? Malkin felt like the time she was given to explore and answer these questions on cable news wasn’t satisfactory and had barely scratched the surface of what she considered “a massive illegal alien smuggling conspiracy.” So she sat down at the beginning of this year to write the longest book she’s ever written, investigating by “following the money to find the truth.”
Six years ago, the Heritage Foundation, published online: “the estimated annual cost of illegal immigration to taxpayers (local, state, and federal): $16 billion–$54.5 billion.” The short story is, laws passed in Congress and signed into law by the president provide an “open pocket” and a blank check from taxpayers, present and future, to the government. When President G.W. Bush signed the Homeland Security Act of 2002, along with Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R), Senate President Al Gore (D), and Majority Leader Thomas Daschle (D), the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS/ORR) was created.
Due to a large need for resources to handle the work load this ultimately created, private operators received HHS/ORR grants for the growing HHS network of 100 state-licensed shelters in 17 states to care for 340,000 unaccompanied alien children (UAC). Three days after arrival on American soil, “eligible” UAC are turned over to HHS/ORR private operators to provide shelter and integrate the children into communities “in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child.”
The two largest recipients of government funding, according to the Capital Research Center, are Texas-based Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS) and, also in Texas, Southwest Key Programs. In 2017, these two organizations received 90 and 99% of their respective budgets through the DHS/ORR for over half a billion dollars of the $1.4 billion HHS/ORR budget that year for integrating UAC.
Illegal alien sponsors automatically receive six months of “post release” psycho-educational support and low cost, or pro bono, immigration legal assistance at taxpayers’ expense. These services are provided by faith-based “voluntary agencies” (VOLAGs), often as prime and sub-contractors. There are four VOLAGs: Church World Service (CWS), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS), and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). USCCB and LIRS have been engaged in this “mission” for the past 25 years as VOLAGs.
In “Open Borders,” the section on Migration and Refugee ServicesVOLAGs is discussed along side a snapshot of taxpayer funding to their organizations from 2008-2018. All four were “blessed” by our tax dollars with a combined total of $3.6 billion. The taxpayer’s portion of their operating budget, as a percentage of their operating costs, are listed as CWS – $433.3 million (72%), IRC- $846.6 million (67%), LIRS – $471.6 million (94%), and the USCCB – $742.6 million (39%). Even with all of this funding, the program is falling short with the insurgence at the border.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][wvc_audio_embed link=”https://open.spotify.com/episode/3bSRQZT97l5zfDGUnbq0As”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
2019 Budget Short Millions
The budget in June 2019 for the HHS/ORR is running toward a $385 million to $1.4 billion dollar shortfall, while the congress and president work toward a funding solution. “Today there are 13,347 unaccompanied children that are the responsibility of the federal government,” said Chairman of the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Committee Roy Blunt (R). His department funds the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
The government is at the point of approaching the grantees as if it were a government shutdown. They are basically saying, “take care of the 13,347 UAC and we’ll catch you up when the budget resets.” This will be a real test of the compassion of the organizations, as well as the compassionate hearts funding the effort, i.e. the American people.
Trump Changing Things, But Needs More Republicans in Congress
Two years after President Trump was elected, we can now see the patterns. He has tried to put back in place the policies that protect the American people. The Trump administration has used the phrase, “catch and release,” as a catch-all term for laws or policies that prevent the holding of apprehended migrants in immigration detention.
The Obama administration revived the maligned and similar illegal immigrant policy of the Bush presidency years. They also ordered border patrol agents not to bother arresting and deporting many new illegal immigrants. This information came from the head of the agents’ labor union back in 2016. Fixing our immigration policy was Trump’s first order of business.
Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had said during a live press conference, “the safety and security of the American people is the president’s highest priority, and he will keep his promise to protect our country and to ensure that our laws are respected.”
Until this policy is completely corrected, it will be of his highest priority. This previous bad practice continues to adversely affect us all, especially in border areas like those in southern California that harbor illegal aliens in “sanctuary cities.” These people are just ticking time bombs waiting to go off. Usually illegal aliens flee car accidents because they don’t have insurance or proper identification. It is a huge mess if you happen to live in one of these sanctuary states.
Once sworn into office, President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to take important steps to end the unpopular “catch and release” policy. This was a first step in the right direction, but President Trump is unable to truly fix the poor Obama-era immigration laws until more Republicans are elected into Congress.
Last April, Townhall reported that “an estimated 7,000 illegal aliens have been dumped into Tucson in the past eight months.” Around that time, President Trump told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that the immigration crisis was “so bad because…our laws are so bad. The combination of having a great economy and having the weakest immigration laws anywhere in the world by far, and we have catch and release, and we have chain migration, and the visa lottery, we have things that nobody in their right mind would have. We’re trying to get rid of them, the Democrats won’t do it. We need some Democrats votes, we’re unanimous with the Republicans but we need some Democrat votes and they go out of their way to allow these people to come in.'”
President Trump Addresses Illegal Immigration at United Nations General Assembly
President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly on September, 24th, 2019, and delivered a message of strength and solidarity, declaring the US is a nation of sovereignty. “The future does not belong to globalists, the future belongs to patriots,” said the president in his speech. “The future belongs to a sovereign and independent nation who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.”
“Today I have a message for those open border activists who cloak themselves in the rhetoric of social justice, your policies are not just. Your policies are cruel and evil. You’re empowering criminal organizations that prey on innocent men, women, and children. You put your own false sense of virtue before the lives and well being of countless innocent people. When you undermine border security, you are undermining human rights and human dignity.”
Catch and Release
In United States’ immigration enforcement, “catch and release,” refers to the practice of releasing an illegal migrant into the community while he or she awaits hearings in immigration court. This is an alternative to holding them in immigration detention. The migrants whom US immigration enforcement agencies have allowed to roam, pending immigrant hearings, have been those deemed low risk. “Low risk” means children, families, and those seeking asylum.
There is no hard-and-fast definition of the phrase “catch and release.” Rather, the phrase refers to a “collection of policies, court precedents, executive actions, and federal statutes spanning more than 20 years, cobbled together throughout Democratic and Republican administrations,” according to officials. Under President Obama, Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Congress that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was embarrassed by the number of illegal immigrants not showing up for their deportation hearings.
Instead of cracking down on immigrants, DHS ordered agents not to arrest them in the first place. This means that they no longer needed to show up for court. Judd said the releases were part of President Obama’s “priorities” program. Basically, the program orders agents to worry chiefly about criminals, national security risks, and illegal immigrants who came into the US after January 1, 2014.
No priority was given to MS-13 and other drug gangs, drug smugglers, and other criminals. Obama’s priority wasn’t the safety of the American people apparently. In hindsight, we now see all of the horrible policies that were orchestrated during his terms. Judd said, “Illegal immigrants without serious criminal convictions have learned that by claiming they came before 2014, without even needing to show proof, can be released immediately rather than being arrested.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][wvc_audio_embed link=”https://open.spotify.com/episode/4HhKsjED60W7i7iGrP2I1K”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It doesn’t take long for people to learn the loopholes. “Immigration laws today appear to be mere suggestions,” Judd testified to the House Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Subcommittee. He added, “We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether.” US Customs and Border Protection, who oversees the Border Patrol, did not deny Judd’s claim. They did say that agents have been instructed to prioritize whom they arrest. As Judd’s foresight plays out in current times, border patrol agent Sergio Tinoco recently told NRN that disrespect and assaults against agents have skyrocketed.
How can anyone not see that Obama’s policies directly weakened America’s national security? It also weakened the physical security from criminals and illegal drugs, along with other crimes. It reduced the chances for a booming economy, and sabotaged the American public’s patriotism. All the while encouraging us to be politically correct. Good riddance to that!
Border Security 101
Build a credible border wall. This means that anywhere the terrain doesn’t prohibit trespass, you have a formidable barrier. Add drones and patrols of National Guard to well, guard the nation.
End “catch and release” as the default policy for everyone that claims asylum. Most don’t show up for their court dates a year from now or whenever.
Process asylum cases in the US Mexican Embassy or one of the nine other consulates America has in Mexico.
Add temporary resources to increase finding VISA over-stays and no-show asylum seekers.
End chain migration. This allows one legal immigrant to extend status to an unlimited list of “family” that, once here, can also petition more people for chain migration. It is exponentially uncontrolled and damaging to all.
End birth citizenship if neither parent is a US citizen. China is the main exploiter of “birth tourism,” it must end.
Chain Migration Negates the Value of Immigrants Who Come to Americans Legally
“Chain migration” is another bad liberal policy in the process of being corrected by the Trump administration. Once an illegal immigrant is allowed asylum, they have the same ability as a naturalized citizen to invite an endless stream of relatives to come live here. Those people, after a while, can invite more relatives, and so on, in an exponential destructive cycle. People that enter the US by breaking the laws do not have the good qualities that gritty good Americans citizens want legal immigrants to have.
Those characteristics being working hard, paying taxes and building new American generations. That is the type of people we want to come here. Not people who refuse to learn the English language and instead ghettoize or live in a barrio. Note that lying and stealing doesn’t build top notch quality of character. Just because your “cousin” got here illegally and managed to get away with it doesn’t mean we want your entire family to come here.
What type of message does this send? What about the hard working immigrants that come here correctly and pay the monies, court fees, waiting a long time and taking the proper steps? One must wonder how all of them are feeling about these line-cutters. I bet you they are all more patriotic than the illegals who scammed their way here.
Nobody mentions that they aren’t obliged to follow the liberal commandments implicit in their immigrant care package. You know, Democrats tell them who they must vote for in order to get that free housing and healthcare, “unofficially.” It’s sickening how much poverty and homelessness there is in Los Angeles. California has now practically become a third world country in places.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Michelle Malkin is a guest contributor for NRN. She's a conservative blogger, syndicated columnist, Fox News Channel contributor, and author of Open Borders, Inc.