The Crisis On The Border: GOP Finalizing Border Security Plan – ICE and Border Patrol Tales Of Woe

A  group of lawmakers appointed by Speaker John Boehner is preparing an emergency spending bill to deal with the immigration influx on the border.  The bill, which is planned for consideration this August, will recommend deploying the National Guard, amending a 2008 law requiring a lengthy deportation process, bringing in temporary judges to reduce a legal backlog and new border security measures.

Via Big Government:

Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), the leader of the working group, briefed Republicans at a closed-door meeting Tuesday, reporting on their trip to Guatemala and Honduras over the weekend where they met with each country’s president and from which tens of thousands of unaccompanied children are streaming across the southern U.S. border.

“The presidents of both countries, I met with them, our group met with them, they want their children back,” he said. “They’re saying, ‘please, send our children back!’” said Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), a member of the working group and a key conservative lawmaker.

On the trip, the group was briefed by U.S. general John Kelly on the Mexico-Guatamala border. While witnessing individuals openly swim across the river border there, Kelly told lawmakers that drug cartels – some involved in financing terrorism operations – were directing and reaping the profits from sophisticated smuggling operations that had advertised the leniency of U.S. laws.

“There’s no doubt that the message went out, go cross the border now, the United States won’t do anything about it,” Granger told reporters after briefing colleagues. “That came, primarily, from the coyotes who were transporting these kids. These coyotes, it’s really something we weren’t prepared from, they sort of advertised – they actually advertise – as social workers. We’re going to help you take your kids out of the poverty and the danger they have in these countries and put ’em in the United States where they will receive an education and be taken care of.”

Granger said she was surprised to learn that in Guatemala coyotes are charging between $6,000-$9,000 per person. Salmon said the group was told one coyote was making $50,000 a week smuggling children into the United States.

Since October more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have been detained illegally crossing the southern border into the U.S. The vast majority of the illegal minors are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced legislation on Monday which would allow U.S. Border Patrol agents to turn around many of the kids arriving at the U.S. – Mexico border.

On the Sean Hannity radio show on, Monday, Border Patrol agent Gabe Pacheco and National ICE Council President Chris Crane said that the southern border was “wide open” and a “perfect storm.”

Via Breitbart TV:

Pacheco stated re-deploying agents to process illegal immigrants has created “certain areas along the border you have it where it’s just wide open,” which he said endangers the safety of agents, and declared that the situation at the border is a “perfect storm for these people to be allowed to stay here.” Crane reported that ICE’s Fugitive Operations Teams who “are supposed to be out on the streets looking for bad guys” “are being shut down,” and agents from the Criminal Alien Program “that’s supposed to in the jails, looking for criminals” are being “sucked into this mess.”

Crane also said that agents are not going home after their shifts because they are afraid of exposing their families to the infectious diseases they’ve been exposed to dealing with these migrants.

Hannity asked Crane about the retaliation he’s faced, since becoming an outspoken whistleblower. They took away 25% of his pay, and he’s no longer allowed to fulfill his law enforcement duties as an Ice officer. But he still retains his position as the ICE Union President with a 25% pay cut.

Crane detailed the retaliation he faced for exposing the crisis at the border and the fact that “the administration won’t enforce our nation’s immigration laws.”  He said that he had experienced “whistleblower retaliation,” which he said was “widespread.”  Crane also declared “under this administration, whistleblowers are not treated real well,” and said that agents who speak out have their jobs threatened.

Pacheco also stated that health screenings consisted of Border Patrol agents “just reading the script” given to them, and recording responses given by illegal immigrants.  He added that this was considered “good enough for the medical screening.”  Crane said that some agents were “just not going home to their families” to avoid exposing them to diseases.

 

Via Gateway Pundit: SHOCK VIDEO>>> Illegals Arrive in Bus and Shop at Walmart With EBT Cards:

The video was taken by a concerned citizen in NC:

Via Fox News’ Special Report: An Exclusive Look Inside The Crisis At The Border:

Video: Joe diGenova Unleashes Angry Torrent Against “Churlish,” “Childish,” “Unhinged” Eric Holder

Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova, a frequent guest on  WMAL in Washington, D.C., had some choice words for Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday.   Asked about Holder’s recent contention that there is “racial animus” in much of the opposition to Barack Obama and himself, diGenova didn’t hold back.

WMAL’s Larry O’Conner played audio from the ABC News interview Sunday of Holder asserting, ”There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me that is directed at me, directed at the president. People talk about taking their country back. I can’t look into peoples’ hearts, look into peoples’ minds, but it seems to me that this president has been treated differently than others.”

DiGenova let loose this blistering torrent of abuse:

His comments are beneath his office. Eric Holder has become unhinged. These comments are stupid, they’re silly, they’re churlish, they’re childish, they’re sophomoric. This is faculty lounge crap. The president of the United States and the attorney general are both black. Is it not surprising to them that this happened in the United States of America? That the president, a black president, has been elected twice by the American people? That the attorney general has been around for two terms?

This is not a racist country.

What is going on here is because of the incompetence of this administration and particularly this president (and may I say, regrettably, the attorney general himself) they have politicized every aspect of government to the core. And when people react to it legitimately, claiming constitutional violations the attorney general says something like this?

I mean what he is doing is demonstrating why he should not be the attorney general any longer. This is an embarrassment. You wouldn’t hear any other Attorney General talk like this. White, Black, Green, Yellow, Chinese, Hispanic, nobody would talk like this. This is basically stupid. I mean its mind-boggling that the Attorney General could sit there with a major news network, being interviewed by a black correspondent by the way who’s a wonderful reporter, and say things like this.

I mean when you listen to his voice, you hear this kind of trembling doubt in his own mind about whether or not he should say it, and yet he has no governance, he says it anyway.

This really is stupid stuff.

Hey, tell us how you really feel, Joe.

Earlier in the interview, diGenova was asked what he thinks about the situation in Nebraska, where the Governor is fuming because the Regime refuses to tell him where they’re dumping the illegal immigrant minors.

DiGenova recommended that the governor file a lawsuit against the president – for failure to inform them.  “Whether or not there’s a legal responsibility to do so, there’s a political and moral  responsibility for reasons of health care, education, budget, law enforcement,” he said.

Asked if he thought the governor would prevail in the lawsuit, diGenova answered that he had no idea, adding, “but you know what? There’s nothing better than embarrassing this president, because he can’t stand it.”

diGenova came out against impeachment later on in the interview, saying the president is “untouchable.”

“Just leave him alone, let him suffer in his own juices,” diGenova said. “Sarah Palin is out of her mind. It may make her feel good, but we’re not going to impeach the president and we don’t want to. We want him left around as an issue.”

He recommended impeachment for others in the administration like John Koskinen.

Via The Washington Free Beacon: