Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on July 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

Until now, the politics of immigration have been seen as a no-lose proposition for President Obama and the Democrats. If they could get a comprehensive overhaul passed, they would win. And if Republicans blocked it, the GOP would further alienate crucial Hispanic and moderate voters.

But with the current crisis on the Southwest border, where authorities have apprehended tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children since October, that calculus may be shifting.

Republicans and even some Democrats have accused Obama of being insufficiently engaged in a calamity that many say he should have seen coming…

The emergency has also renewed questions about the administration’s competence, reminiscent of those raised during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, last year’s botched rollout of the health-care law and more recent revelations of mismanagement that jeopardized care of patients at veterans hospitals.

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According to Brian Bennett’s intensely reported July 5 Los Angeles Times story, U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures show that officers took fewer than 4,000 unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras into custody annually for most of the last decade. Then, in fiscal year 2012, officers seized 10,146 unaccompanied minors. Last fiscal year, they took 20,805; between last October and this June 15, they nabbed 39,133. The overused word “crisis” fits the numbers—indeed, “invasion” doesn’t seem too strong. By July 8, however, the White House had downgraded the invasion from a “crisis” to a “situation.”

Many Americans are deeply disturbed by the “situation.” They resent the expenditure of resources and the appropriation of facilities for the detention of the minors. They fear the public health consequences of their dispersion, with reports reliably indicating, despite attempts to suppress the information, the presence of tuberculosis and other unwelcome conditions among them. They also suspect that the president of the United States supports the situation.

Conditions have not suddenly changed in the minors’ home countries. So far as we can tell, the cartels and their customers have a sophisticated understanding of American immigration law (it prohibits the immediate deportation of minors “other than Mexican”) and how the White House enforces it (President Obama, as he made clear in a 2012 executive order regarding illegal minors, would prefer not to). As a Cleveland immigration attorney told Bennett, “The cartels have figured out where the hole is.”

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The surge of Latin American children trying to cross the U.S. border threatens to strain states’ resources and is testing their already fragile relationship with Washington, governors from both parties warned Friday…

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican whose state is housing 1,100 immigrant children at Fort Sill – just 100 shy of total capacity – said she’s still grasping at the scope of the problem and worried about the conditions the children now face.

“We had one case of chicken pox. We’ve had many cases of scabies and lice,” Fallin said.

She added that there’s been no guidance about how long the children will be housed, whether they’re entitled to any taxpayer-funded benefits, from education to Medicaid to foster care. And she’s unsure whether they might be “let loose in the United States” once they turn 18.

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Illegal immigrants are being secretly flown to Massachusetts and kept in local lockups in an under-the-radar operation that has alarmed lawmen who are raising health and security concerns amid recent spikes in detainees coming up from Texas during the latest border crisis.

“We’re all becoming border sheriffs now with these people being carted all over the country,” said Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson.

“The blame goes all the way up. It’s a travesty and people ought to be upset,” Hodgson said. “This is un-American and has raised the stakes to the public health and public safety threat.”

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In a sign of the far-reaching impact of the U.S. immigration crisis and its political fallout, Nebraska’s governor says 200 children who entered the country illegally were sent to his state this week without warning and that federal officials are refusing to identify them or their locations.

Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, said federal officials also wouldn’t answer questions about public school attendance by the children and the potential costs to taxpayers.

“Governors and mayors have the right to know when the federal government is transporting a large group of individuals, in this case illegal immigrants, into your state,” Mr. Heineman told The Wall Street Journal in an interview on Saturday. “We need to know who they are, and so far, they are saying they’re not going to give us that information.”…

“There are concerns that this type of activity—placing children in locations across the country—is occurring throughout the United States, and information is not being shared appropriately with states,” the Republican Governors Association policy director, Marie Thomas Sanderson, wrote in an email to members on Friday and viewed by the Journal.

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The thousands of undocumented minors in U.S. detention facilities includes an unknown number of pregnant teenaged immigrants.

The pregnant minors have been moved into longer-term shelters operated by the Department of Health and Human Services in order to provide federally funded health care…

Under the 14th Amendment their children will be American citizens if they are born in the United States. It is unclear whether the mothers — and their children — will be deported. Wolfe did not respond to multiple requests for comment on that issue, and White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not respond to a request for comment Saturday.

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Individuals associated with human trafficking organizations are asking Health and Human Services officials to hand over the children who have immigrated to the United States during the recent border surge, according to a congressman who toured a facility where the children are being housed.

HHS is trying to release the children to sponsors in the United States, but those sponsors aren’t always parents. “There have been cases of people who have attempted to be sponsors actually being identified as associated with trafficking organizations,” Representative Jim Bridenstine (R., Okla) told National Review Online after visiting a housing facility at Fort Sill…

“If you can’t pay your coyote or your criminal organization, they will force you into slave labor or they will force you into prostitution,” the congressman said. And of the children who did make it to American custody, “a significant percentage of the children in these facilities have been abused, in one way or another, coming to the United States,” according to Bridenstine.

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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.”…

Sometimes fraud is remarkably obvious. Latham says any child that plans to attend Lynn Public Schools must make an appointment with the Parent Information Center and provide identification and residency information in order to be accepted and placed into one of the public schools.

In one instance, an unaccompanied alien minor brought a warrant for his arrest to the center and provided it to center officials.

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The court system is so overwhelmed that it can currently take three years to get a hearing, and many believe the delays will only get worse in the months ahead. For many immigrants, the delays in the court system work in their favor because they know they have so long before their cases are resolved.

“This situation just happens to be a magnitude unlike anything we have ever seen,” said Lauren Alder Reid, counsel for legislative and public affairs at the U.S. Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, which runs the courts.

Immigration courts in the United States have long been troubled. The courts, overseen by the Department of Justice, have more than 375,000 cases being handled by just 243 judges, according to the agency…

“The system is so dysfunctional,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. “They get to stay, and the more time they spend here, the more difficult it is to get them removed.”

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First lady Michelle Obama grabbed the political reins during a speech to the League of United Latin American Citizens in New York City, telling the crowd of admirers not to worry — that her husband wouldn’t wait on Congress to take action on immigration reform.

“So make no mistake about it — we have to keep on fighting as hard as we can on immigration,” Mrs. Obama said, to a cheering crowd, Breitbart reported. “And as my husband has said, he’s going to do whatever administrative action it takes to fix this broken system.”…

“We cannot afford to wait on Congress to lift up our next generation,” she said, Breitbart reported. “We can’t afford to wait on anybody when it comes to our kids’ future. Your grandparents and parents didn’t wait for opportunities to come to them. No, they packed up their families and moved to this country for a better life.”

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Immigration from nearby countries — and, to some extent, all modern immigration — presents absorption problems that were not present with, say, European immigrants in the late 18th and early 19th century. To have a few unassimilated ethnic and linguistic minorities is normal in a large, modern country. But it is one thing to have a couple of Ukrainian churches in Philadelphia or a handful of German-speaking communities in Texas. It is another thing to have a socio-linguistic Berlin Wall or three running through practically every community in the country. Adjacency to Mexico, along with easier travel and communication, makes assimilating Mexican immigrants more difficult than assimilating the Irish generations ago. This is not at all helped by opportunistic political entrepreneurs such as La Raza and MEChA, which cultivate racial sentiment and separatism within Hispanic communities. Some parts of the country, such as my native West Texas, have long been Anglo-Hispanic cultural hybrids, and that can be a wonderful thing. It is not necessarily a good model for the country at large.

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Home at last… two day break from drunken halfwits…

PointnClick on July 14, 2014 at 3:16 AM

Pythagoras had the right angle on many issues of his day.

celtic warrior on July 14, 2014 at 1:22 AM

You’re too good for anyone not appreciating this comment. :)

Axe on July 14, 2014 at 3:18 AM

Excuse me for interrupting the ongoing proceedings. The following is a public service announcement. Don’t believe sniffing farts is good for your health. I went to a Mexican Restaurant last night and I am still leaving vapors. Also,I’m sleeping alone.

celtic warrior on July 14, 2014 at 3:23 AM

Pythagoras had the right angle on many issues of his day.

celtic warrior on July 14, 2014 at 1:22 AM

You’re too good for anyone not appreciating this comment. :)

Axe on July 14, 2014 at 3:18 AM

I noticed it and thought it was acutely funny, but most people here were too obtuse to pick up on it…

PointnClick on July 14, 2014 at 3:33 AM

Excuse me for interrupting the ongoing proceedings. The following is a public service announcement. Don’t believe sniffing farts is good for your health. I went to a Mexican Restaurant last night and I am still leaving vapors. Also,I’m sleeping alone.

celtic warrior on July 14, 2014 at 3:23 AM

And now you’ve reduced yourself to rabble. :)

. . . the might fall so quickly.

*shakes head*

Axe on July 14, 2014 at 3:38 AM

I noticed it and thought it was acutely funny, but most people here were too obtuse to pick up on it…

PointnClick on July 14, 2014 at 3:33 AM

Indeed. These — what are they called? Quotians? Quotites? These persons have a terrible time digesting “thinky” things.

Especially that droll, Epicurean, Parm-a-wheaties or whatever.

Axe on July 14, 2014 at 3:41 AM

*Had to abuse your comment or I would never have been able to insult Parm. :)

Axe on July 14, 2014 at 3:48 AM

. . . there had to be a way. I just couldn’t find it. I still can’t.

Axe on July 14, 2014 at 3:52 AM

Indeed. These — what are they called? Quotians? Quotites? These persons have a terrible time digesting “thinky” things.

Especially that droll, Epicurean, Parm-a-wheaties or whatever.

Axe on July 14, 2014 at 3:41 AM

He claims to be Greek, but I still haven’t heard any Theorem of any sort from him… he was talking about Kate Upton and geometry one nite, but didn’t finish his thought…

PointnClick on July 14, 2014 at 3:56 AM

He claims to be Greek, but I still haven’t heard any Theorem of any sort from him… he was talking about Kate Upton and geometry one nite, but didn’t finish his thought…

PointnClick on July 14, 2014 at 3:56 AM

AHA!

*ahem*

I noticed it and thought it was acutely funny, but most people here were too obtuse to pick up on it…

PointnClick on July 14, 2014 at 3:33 AM

He once got dumped by a Jewish girl, after she found out he was un-circumscribed.

Axe on July 14, 2014 at 4:13 AM

G2M wherefore art thee ???

I miss you on our late night threads…

Lineholder, Crankyoldlady , Omaha, and now Dire are wondering, where fore art thee ??
YOU my DEAR SIR are what keeps these late night threads going !!!
We NEED you right back here to keep things interesting.
Lineholder seems to thing that you & I have a connection, and that I would be able to influence you to come back..!!! ?? Oh, I know – how bout I send you a SMOOOCH !!
Would LUV for you to show up & chit chat sum mo’.
UNLESS of course, you are on one of your weekend river jaunts… If’n that is the case, then I hope you are having a FANTASTIC time !!!!!! kathyk

kennedyk49 on July 14, 2014 at 4:18 AM

Axe, you are killin’ me… I am gonna wake up the kid laughing… LOL

PointnClick on July 14, 2014 at 4:37 AM

“Violent homegrown extremist … keep [Eric Holder] up at night.”
Bostom Bomber and gangsta’ Chicago … not so much!

kregg on July 14, 2014 at 5:21 AM

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I can smell skunks at night. I don’t know what one can do about it. I don’t smell them outside after daylight. Maybe I’m imagining it.

G2M come back. We need your expertise on space stuff. We have no idea what the planets are doing without you.

crankyoldlady on July 14, 2014 at 5:29 AM

crankyoldlady on July 14, 2014 at 5:29 AM

COL, leave them alone, they are eating the grubs in your lawn. Short of importing owls (no sense of smell) they’re tough to get rid of unless you trap them.

8 weight on July 14, 2014 at 5:50 AM

COL, leave them alone, they are eating the grubs in your lawn. Short of importing owls (no sense of smell) they’re tough to get rid of unless you trap them.

8 weight on July 14, 2014 at 5:50 AM

There isn’t much I can do. We have owls. At least we used to. I haven’t heard any lately. I used to find those little things they spit out.

crankyoldlady on July 14, 2014 at 5:57 AM

mojo panel thinks Palin irrelevant.

then why did Holder mention her by name?

if EVERYONE thinks she’s irrelevant, then why even bring her name up?

renalin on July 14, 2014 at 6:18 AM

A Very Cool Photo Essay

Some of these images don’t even look like Earth…

PointnClick on July 13, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Those were amazing. Thanks for posting the link!

DarkCurrent on July 14, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Morning all

Renalin…she’s their squirrel

You’ll have to double duty for the crew…..I’m unable to listen to MJ this week

cmsinaz on July 14, 2014 at 7:02 AM

…..I’m unable to listen to MJ this week

cmsinaz on July 14, 2014 at 7:02 AM

blessing in disguise?

renalin on July 14, 2014 at 7:07 AM

joe says if you play back the debates with obama, mitt turned out tobe nostradamus. Joe can see the “Mitt was right” bumper sticker for his 2016 campaign.

roflmao

renalin on July 14, 2014 at 7:13 AM

joe says if you play back the debates with obama, mitt turned out tobe nostradamus. Joe can see the “Mitt was right” bumper sticker for his 2016 campaign.

roflmao

renalin on July 14, 2014 at 7:13 AM

And if you play Obama’s State of the Union speech backwards you can hear him say “I am the devil.” ;0

Seriously, Mitt is no Nostradamus. Anybody with the least bit of intelligence and serious grasp of the issues would have come to the same conclusions. It just so happens that Obama is a filthy lazy stupid child who thinks that his “smart power” works.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 7:18 AM

joe has written Sarah’s umpteenth epitaph…she elected governors and senators back in 2010, buts thats about worn up now.

She’s past her due date. He then had to cut off mika who couldn’t shut up talking about Sarah, all the while wondering why everyone is still talking about her.

The Wassilla Missile has hit home base.

renalin on July 14, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Could be renalin :)

Mika has her orders from Valerie

Squirrel!!

cmsinaz on July 14, 2014 at 7:38 AM

The Wassilla Missile has hit home base.

renalin on July 14, 2014 at 7:30 AM

I don’t know about that but she is definitely living rent free in the space Mika’s brain would go if she had one.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Morning all! Has anyone read any of the comments from that WaPo article listed above? Over 5,000+ and the vast majority are negative. Politicians should be quaking in their shoes over how this is going to play out. Can’t wait til the August townhalls. Of course, there probably won’t be any this go around, but if there are they will be interesting!

txmomof6 on July 14, 2014 at 7:44 AM

G2M says this: “states that are not broke yet…”

OmahaConservative on July 14, 2014 at 2:45 AM

Well, relieved in hearing this much at least.

kennedyk49 on July 14, 2014 at 4:18 AM

Glad to see you as well, k49! Well done, lady friend!

Lots of philia love you’ve built up here, G2M. That’s a blessing in and of itself.

lineholder on July 14, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Today’s WaPo features a woman whose brat is an invader. She’s whining that all she is doing is working to give her child a better life. Well, it is the US and not this witch (spell that like you want) who is giving her brat a better life. That doesn’t justify the means in which the brat got here.

And this woman didn’t show the least bit of gratitude for this nation when she’s complaining about immigration laws.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 8:05 AM

And this woman didn’t show the least bit of gratitude for this nation when she’s complaining about immigration laws.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 8:05 AM

That really doesn’t surprise me. To genuinely respect this country means understanding our form of government, the part that rule of law plays in our form of government, and individual responsibilities to protect and preserve rule of law.

Sounds like this woman is part of the group that places rights as a higher priority that responsibilities. We have a lot of these folks living our society in the US today. They lean more to the side of thinking they’re “entitled” to things. Like this woman thinks she is “entitled” to violate the immigration laws.

lineholder on July 14, 2014 at 8:14 AM

The governor of Nebraska was just on Fox.

crankyoldlady on July 14, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Good Morning Patriots, Sockpuppets, and Trolls!

“…And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” – Barack Hussein Obama, Campaign Fund Raiser, 2008

My take: Attorney General Eric Holder and the Glass House of Liberal Racism

kingsjester on July 14, 2014 at 8:27 AM

My take: Attorney General Eric Holder and the Glass House of Liberal Racism

kingsjester on July 14, 2014 at 8:27 AM

When you use a word too often it stops having meaning.

crankyoldlady on July 14, 2014 at 9:38 AM

crankyoldlady on July 14, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Yes, ma’am. Especially if you are a Liberal Hypocrite.

kingsjester on July 14, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Home at last… two day break from drunken halfwits…

PointnClick on July 14, 2014 at 3:16 AM

We missed you to.

Cindy Munford on July 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

You’re too good for anyone not appreciating this comment. :)

Axe on July 14, 2014 at 3:18 AM

I noticed it and thought it was acutely funny, but most people here were too obtuse to pick up on it…

PointnClick on July 14, 2014 at 3:33 AM

You two…snotty…you’re not the only ones who know about Pythagoras.

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Love to… who’s hiring?

PointnClick on July 14, 2014 at 1:25 AM

Nah, self-publish, only way to go today. Many on this site know how. One of these QotD threads, just open it up. You’d be surprised at all the options.

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Math Pythagoras quotes

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2014 at 1:39 PM

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