Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on August 1, 2014 by Allahpundit

House Democrats hammered Republican leaders on Friday for what they characterized as a mean-spirited GOP approach to the southern border crisis.

The lawmakers, behind Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the Republicans’ border legislation represents a cold-hearted response that will put immigrant children in harm’s way.

“We’re looking at possibly one of the most anti-Hispanic Congresses in generations,” Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) said at a briefing in the Capitol…

Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (Texas), chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), said the Republicans’ border proposal was part of an “extreme agenda” that will punish the young immigrants; Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), head of the House Democratic Caucus, accused Republicans of “stripping the rights and protections of children”; Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.) characterized the GOP bill as “an effort … [to destroy] diversity in this country”; and Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said GOP leaders embraced “the least common denominator of hatefulness toward the immigrant community” by crafting their bill to win conservative support.

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says a Republican bill to address the surge of unaccompanied child immigrants awaiting deportation “fails to adequately respond to the humanitarian crisis” and amounts to an “unjust, inhumane proposal.”

Pelosi added, “We must have a heart, and look into our souls to guide us in our treatment of these desperate children.”

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“What the Republican proposal tried to do yesterday… and what they are trying to do today, is to strip away the rights of a child to live,” said Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) on the House floor.

“The Republicans want to indiscriminately return children to their death,” he added…

Cardenas was joined by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), who implied that Republicans don’t care about the fate of the children that are returned back to their countries of origin.

“They care about these children so much, that their proposal is to tell them to get out of here just as quick as they can, before they can present their claims that they were trafficked, or that they suffer a return to violence and murder and rape at home,” Doggett said.

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The English translation of Serrano’s Spanish remarks:

“If there aren’t the funds that the president wants and the officials on the border want, the situation will get worse. Especially during a period when congress won’t be in legislative session. They think — the Republican Party thinks — that to not give the funds is an opportunity for them to make a political commentary. The only thing it will do, it will increase the crisis, it will increase the human suffering and increase the perception that this country has stopped being one that opens it doors to those in need. And that will create different types of problems.”

Notice that Serrano was a little sharper by raising doubts about whether the United States would remain a welcoming country for immigrants. He’s essentially suggesting that Republicans are sullying the American image as a country of opportunity.

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On Friday, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) declared that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus speaks for all Democrats on amnesty and immigration.

“Let me make it very clear: the Hispanic caucus speaks for all of us–not just for their caucus members but for the Democratic caucus,” Hoyer said at a Capitol Hill press conference with Hispanic caucus members and other Democrat leaders in criticizing Republicans for not passing a border bill.

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The English translation:

They know he’s going to act soon — they want to maintain this crisis to condemn our community, a community without rights for our kids at this moment, our DREAMers, and for millions of others that the president has said he wants to help. That’s what they want. They want to punish our community, and that punishment will be met with an electoral punishment. Be assured that we are not going to forget the mistreatment our community has received.


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So the GOP passed their Amnesty bill. Yeah!!!!

Brock Robamney on August 2, 2014 at 5:43 AM

G’night G2M…

OmahaConservative on August 2, 2014 at 5:43 AM

Wondering out loud why the ol’ lady is always so willing to abandon home and go off to babysit, catsit, housesit, etc…

OmahaConservative on August 2, 2014 at 5:43 AM

She doesn’t know how to say no.

crankyoldlady on August 2, 2014 at 5:44 AM

She doesn’t know how to say no.

crankyoldlady on August 2, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Man, I sure do. She is taking care of my cousin’s three year old grandson, a thankless job IMO…

OmahaConservative on August 2, 2014 at 5:47 AM

She is taking care of my cousin’s three year old grandson, a thankless job IMO…

OmahaConservative on August 2, 2014 at 5:47 AM

I guess she likes little kids.

crankyoldlady on August 2, 2014 at 5:51 AM

I guess she likes little kids.

crankyoldlady on August 2, 2014 at 5:51 AM

She really loves them and they really love her. Me, I can do without them in large doses. I sure don’t want ‘em here all weekend…

OmahaConservative on August 2, 2014 at 5:54 AM

Going back to bed for 4 hours, G’night…

OmahaConservative on August 2, 2014 at 6:02 AM

“They care about these children so much, that their proposal is to tell them to get out of here just as quick as they can, before they can present their claims that they were trafficked, or that they suffer a return to violence and murder and rape at home,” Doggett said.

If they were ‘trafficked’ it was against their will. Being children that would be the case when there is no parent or legal guardian with them. Indeed if they were ‘trafficked’ by others, then these children were put into a system to which they cannot assent as they are not adults, ‘trafficked’ by adults for pay, and now you want to make them citizens against their will because they are children and cannot assent to THAT either.

How about we ship these children back to their home Nations to be reunited with their parents after they get an interview by THEIR government to help stop these slavers? Why would anyone want to be a part of a system that enslaves children, puts them at risk and does not seek to repatriate them and reunite them with their parents or legal guardians, if their parents are found unfit to be parents by their government?

A kind and compassionate Nation would seek to reunite families at home, to notify governments that they have a child enslavement system at work, and then ask if they want help in ending their human trafficking problem. Doing ANYTHING ELSE including MAKING THEM CITIZENS OF A FOREIGN NATION is TAKING PART in HUMAN SLAVERY. And we have a Constitutional Amendment AGAINST THAT.

As for these children being from ‘poor families’: the poor cannot afford the cost to send even a child to a foreign land. That is beyond their means when they must have OTHERS do that for them and then THEY are putting their children into a system to which the children cannot give CONSENT. That is for those children who are being enslaved by their parents and those parents are not the poor but those with some means… unless the ‘poor’ are getting paid to put their children into slavery. That is only our problem IF and ONLY IF the native government of those people seeks our HELP in ending slavery in their Nation. We have no right to force children to become citizens of our Nation and even when families come legally their children are given temporary dual citizenship until the age of majority so that they can make that ADULT and CONSENTING decision of which Nation they want to be a citizen of.

Doing ANYTHING else is evil.

A kind and compassionate Nation would not seek to become part of an enslavement system, particularly after the Civil War and passing an Amendment against it. Yet that is what is happening and it is disgusting that politicians will stand up and represent involuntary citizenship changes and enslavement of minors as a GOOD THING.

Perhaps someone should ask black Americans what they think of having children taken from their homes and carted off to a foreign land to be subject to its laws without giving consent or assent to it, because they are children and cannot do so. I do wonder what the answer would be.

ajacksonian on August 2, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Happy Saturday. Patriots, Sockpuppets, and Trolls!

If opposition to governmental tyranny is “hatin’”, then I’m a “Hater”… and so were our Founding Fathers.

My take: Obama: “Stop Just Hatin’ All The Time” (A KJ Op Ed…”Oh, Stewardess! I Speak Jive.”)

kingsjester on August 2, 2014 at 7:47 AM

Why the black grievance mongers are so silent on this is a complete mystery to me. Maybe they just don’t understand what’s being done to them.

Harbingeing on August 2, 2014 at 7:55 AM

ajacksonian on August 2, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Jackson, it’s too bad we don’t have anyone that puts this disaster in terms of human slavery as you did so well.

8 weight on August 2, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Why the black grievance mongers are so silent on this is a complete mystery to me. Maybe they just don’t understand what’s being done to them.

Harbingeing on August 2, 2014 at 7:55 AM

They are probably hoping their followers don’t know about it.

crankyoldlady on August 2, 2014 at 8:23 AM

“mean-spirited”

Def: one of many overused voter lures in the Democrats’ tackle box.

Don L on August 2, 2014 at 8:33 AM

If Discover the Networks is right about this guy, he is a seriously dangerous communist POS.

stvnscott on August 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM

What spirit have the Murietta protests been in, if not “mean?”

libfreeordie on August 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

What spirit have the Murietta protests been in, if not “mean?”

libfreeordie on August 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Local residents peacefully assembling to protect their community from unlawful actions by the Feds is what I saw.

stvnscott on August 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM

If Discover the Networks is right about this guy, he is a seriously dangerous communist POS.

stvnscott on August 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Luis says his only loyalties lie with the immigrant Hispanics. Levin calls Luis a Marxist-Leninist straight out of the belly of Puerto Rico and yes the FALN. This guy needs to become way better known to J.Q. Public and exposed for what he is. I bet he engineered this mass exodus of Central Americans who don’t know how to use the toilet across our porous borders. That would be a two-way street these folks need to take back home.

gracie on August 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM

“What the Republican proposal tried to do yesterday… and what they are trying to do today, is to strip away the rights of a child to live,” said Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) on the House floor.

Wait, what? Isn’t this what abortion does?

College Prof on August 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

“What the Republican proposal tried to do yesterday… and what they are trying to do today, is to strip away the rights of a child to live,” said Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) on the House floor.

Wait, what? Isn’t this what abortion does?

College Prof on August 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

BOOM!!!

31giddyup on August 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I no longer think it’s a good idea to say anyone is necessarily unelectable. As long as they are articulate and have a reasonable amount of experience to be taken seriously, then I think anyone can be elected, as long as they unite their party/base and can attract some independents.

And I wouldn’t let the other side frame the issues and assume that a particular candidate has to be tied to something in the way that the left wants. Impressions can change literally overnight, and a strong fighter who can communicate forcefully and clearly should never be counted out.

bluegill on August 2, 2014 at 3:10 AM

You can be one of the soundest minds, when you focus like a laser.

Schadenfreude on August 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM

What spirit have the Murietta protests been in, if not “mean?”

libfreeordie on August 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Bullies I tell ya’, facing down the feds like that. What’s next, forcing them to stop breaking our laws and start enforcing them?

antipc on August 2, 2014 at 2:04 PM

We don’t have large, insurmountable problems, only small politicians with stunted views of the world.

Another Drew on August 2, 2014 at 2:08 PM

What spirit have the Murietta protests been in, if not “meaningful?”

libfreeordie on August 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

The Land of Laws keeps you alive.

Schadenfreude on August 2, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Bump

Why the black grievance mongers are so silent on this is a complete mystery to me. Maybe they just don’t understand what’s being done to them.

Harbingeing on August 2, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Schadenfreude on August 2, 2014 at 2:14 PM

libfreeordielikeaslaveforeverandalways on August 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Schadenfreude on August 2, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Your posts are over the top ridiculous. Gutierrez is a nut job, but your comparison is ridiculous. Hitler and Stalin were responsible for the deaths of millions.

I won’t respond any further as it is a waste of time.

cat_owner on August 2, 2014 at 4:10 AM

……Responses from The Sleepwalking such as yourself are irrelevant, unnecessary and redundant, at best…

…..You’re clearly not Capable of Paying Attention……How Many Deaths do you think the “immigration” Policies of Gutiérrez and Obama HAVE CAUSED? So – because it’s only SEVERAL Hundred or Several THOUSAND that somehow doesn’t put them BOTH in the Same Class as other Demagogues Likes Hitler and Stalin?

…..you’re not even intellectually CONSCIOUS!

….there was a time when Hitler and Stalin had only KILLED a Few Thousand People, also……

….Please – don’t respond…..Go Back To Sleepwalking…….it’s what Wolf Blitzer and Chris Matthews and Dana Bash WANT YOU to do…

williamg on August 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM

We don’t have large, insurmountable problems, only small politicians with stunted views of the world.

Another Drew on August 2, 2014 at 2:08 PM

….,..ANOTHER “Sleepwalker”……..

williamg on August 2, 2014 at 2:25 PM

We’re SURROUNDED By SLEEPWALKERS!!….

williamg on August 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Jackson, it’s too bad we don’t have anyone that puts this disaster in terms of human slavery as you did so well.

8 weight on August 2, 2014 at 8:06 AM

My words are free.

The logic is what it is.

If you cannot find the words yourself, use mine freely.

This is too important a topic to let ownership of word order get in the way of stopping enslavement of children as a means to political ends. Democrats keep seeing this in the intent of others, but they are doing it actively, themselves.

ajacksonian on August 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM

This is too important a topic to let ownership of word order get in the way of stopping enslavement of children as a means to political ends. Democrats keep seeing this in the intent of others, but they are doing it actively, themselves.

ajacksonian on August 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM

While they claim the revers. Unfortunately the Rs enable them.

Schadenfreude on August 2, 2014 at 4:19 PM

reverse

Schadenfreude on August 2, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Jacksonian is a very good writer.

crankyoldlady on August 2, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Can someone reference the Democrat House immigration bill? Not the Senate bill, but the House Democrat bill.

The Democrats whined about the Republican health care bill, which was real at 216 pages. Let’s make the Democrats present their House version.

lvtaxman on August 3, 2014 at 12:08 AM

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