Video: Highlights From Today’s House Immigration Hearing

Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, kicked off a hearing today, entitled, “Examining the adequacy and enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws.”

The hearing focused on the lack of interior enforcement of US immigration laws and how it has led to a broken immigration system.

“Given this administration’s failure to enforce our immigration laws, we could line Border Patrol agents shoulder-to-shoulder at the southern border and it would not matter.

“Why? Because once apprehended by the Border Patrol, many of the children, teenagers, and adults arriving at the border simply game our asylum and immigration laws that the Obama Administration has severely weakened.”

Highlights from the hearing via Rollcall:

The House Judiciary Committee kicked off a Republican push on immigration bills Tuesday with witnesses who gave President Barack Obama’s enforcement policies unflattering descriptions, such as “permanent dysfunction” and “an intentional and flagrant disregard of the law.”

Pinal County AZ Country Sheriff Paul Babeu was one of the witnesses who offered “unflattering descriptions of what he’s been dealing with in Arizona.

Rep. Hank (Guam) Johnson (D-uh) complained when Rep. Trey Gowdy interrupted his dopey line of questioning.

“Is it within the rules of this committee that the Chairman can interrupt a legislator asking a question of a witness…” Johnson whined.

“If that legislator is not allowing the witness to answer the question, you’re dadgum right he can,” Gowdy answered with typical aplomb.

This is from Johnson’s Youtube channel: Trey Gowdy supresses (sic) Rep. Johnson’s line of questions:

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USA Today: Democrats block effort to derail immigration order

On the Senate side, things are going swimmingly.

Senate Democrats blocked passage Tuesday of a Homeland Security spending bill that would have derailed President Obama’s order to protect about 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Senators voted 51-48 on a procedural motion to bring the bill to the Senate floor, falling short of the 60 votes needed. Republican Dean Heller of Nevada joined with unanimous Democrats and independents to block the bill.

Unless a compromise on a new bill can be reached by the end of the month, funding for the Department of Homeland Security will expire and the agency will face a partial shutdown.

It’s not clear what Republican leaders in the House and Senate will do now.

 Roll Call: Graham Dings Cruz Effort to Block Loretta Lynch:

Sen. Lindsey Graham is knocking Sen. Ted Cruz’s effort to block Loretta Lynch from becoming attorney general over immigration.

Graham said Cruz’s proposed blockade would just leave Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in charge.

“Nobody is going to say that the executive order is illegal that President Obama appoints, so the idea that we would block an attorney general nominee until you’ve gotten somebody to agree with Sen. Cruz about the executive order is probably not feasible,” he said. “It ensures that Eric Holder stays in place for two years. It’s picking a fight that we can’t win.”

Graham, like Cruz, is a member of the Judiciary Committee. Both are considering running for the GOP presidential nomination.

Graham added that the GOP should “pick fights that are good for the country, that are winnable.”

“I don’t find Loretta Lynch an unqualified person,” he said.

Trey Gowdy Not Backing Down on Benghazi – Plans To Question Hillary (Video)

House Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said Wednesday he won’t be deterred by Democrats on the committee who are trying to undermine the investigation.

Via The Washington Examiner:

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel’s top Democrat, has accused Gowdy of operating a “partisan investigation” over the past eight months by holding secret meetings with witnesses and then withholding or downplaying information from those interviews “that undermines allegations the committee is investigating.”

In Wednesday letter to Gowdy, the committee’s five Democrats objected to his plan to go forward with 22 “unilateral and unnecessary” subpoenas to State Department officials without any committee debate or vote.

But Gowdy said that Democrats have refused multiple times to accept a negotiated rules package over demands for veto power over subpoenas. He added he’s tried to work out a compromise but that Democrats have refused.

“I am unwilling to let the minority party veto subpoenas when it is clear they have prejudged the outcome of the investigation,” Gowdy said. “The minority has repeatedly indicated it is unwilling to issue any subpoenas. If subpoenas are necessary for the committee to talk to relevant witnesses or access relevant documents, they will be issued.”

Gowdy went On the Record with Greta Van Susteren Wednesday night to talk about the dispute with Democrats on the panel, and his intention of interviewing Hillary Clinton as soon as the State Department produces “the documents, cables and emails” he’s requested.

“I have questions on all three tranches,” Gowdy told Greta. “Starting with the designation of our facility in Benghazi which met no security standards whatsoever – so – why was it open?” Gowdy noted that it’s part of a Sec. of State’s job to personally review the security of these facilities.

He also said he would ask about how she answered her “3:00 phonecall.”

“I think it’s fair to ask, ‘Madam Secretary what did you do during the pendency of those attacks.'”

And finally, he would ask about the talking points and why Susan Rice went on the Sunday talk shows to push a false narrative instead of her.

As for the Rep. Cummings’ complaint that Republicans on the committee have been meeting with witnesses “in secret” Gowdy countered that the Democrats have almost certainly been doing the same – with Hillary Clinton herself, for example.

Gowdy explained that there are some whistleblowers who don’t want to go on the record with what they know – (presumably out of fear of retaliation from the Obama administration.)

“When somebody comes up to you and says, ‘I will only talk to you, I will not give my name, I don’t want to be a witness but I do want you to know what I have…’ my choice is to either say ‘I’m not interested to hear what you have’ or my choice is to violate their confidentiality and their security…”

 

Donald Trump: “Mitt Romney Had His Chance – He Choked” (Video)

Donald Trump, holding forth in the hallway outside the auditorium at the Iowa Freedom summit, Saturday morning, came out very strongly against Mitt Romney running for president again.

Many of the points he made here, were also in the speech –  namely his contention that “Mitt Romney had his chance – and he choked.” Trump went on to say that “something happened to him in the last month of that campaign – and he just blew it. Whether he choked, or something very bad happened to him,  I don’t think the Republicans can afford to give him another chance.” In case we didn’t get the message, he added, “his performance was a total joke.”

Here is La Donald’s full speech where he announces that he’s seriously thinking about running for president. (SMH.)

Via Freedom’s Lighthouse:

Video: Carly Fiorina – A Force To Be Reckoned With

Carly Fiorina, the first woman to lead a Fortune 500 business, gave an impressive speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, suggesting that she is serious about running for president in 2016.

Rocking pink tinted hair to match her pink outfit, Fiorina slammed the hypocritical Democrats who belittled Joanie Ernst’s SOTU response.

“Emily’s List described Joanie Ernst – a mother, a soldier, a sitting senator – as window dressing. Let us talk please about who is running a war on women.”

You’ll love her question to Valerie Jarrett, who appeared with her on a morning show last week to talk about “equal pay for equal work.” Makes you want to dig up that video to see Jarrett’s stuttering response.

Fiorina, who has not always been regarded as being solidly pro-life, also touted her faith and her pro-life convictions with great conviction. Her Christian faith helped her get through the most excruciating thing a parent can go through – the death of a child a few years ago while she was battling breast cancer.

Here’s Carly Fiorina – another possible contender for 2016 – and a clearly a force to be reckoned with.

Video: Scott Walker Goes “Big and Bold” at #IAFreedomSummit

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There was a lot of competition but Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was my favorite speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, Saturday, with Carly Fiorina coming in a close second.

Lack of personal charisma has always been a problem for Walker, but that wasn’t apparent in his speech before the sold-out crowd at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. Someone with as long a list of accomplishments as Walker’s doesn’t need to wow people with charm and charisma – not that it was lacking, yesterday.

Walker paced the stage, touting the conservative reforms he pushed through blue state Wisconsin, which resulted in a balanced budget. “If you’re not afraid to go big and go bold, you can actually get results,” he said.

In the perhaps the most compelling segment of his speech, Walker thanked the Iowans who prayed for him during his fight against the public sector unions, and ensuing recall effort. Besides the protests at the Capitol, he and his family faced constant harassment at home and death threats – including one person who promised to gut his wife “like a deer.” Another one told his wife that if she didn’t stop Walker, he would be the first Wisconsin governor to be assassinated.

Walker, a Pastor’s son, said that the prayers helped them to get through those dark days.

“Here in Wisconsin because of our reforms, we didn’t just balance the budget, there’s no more seniority or tenure -you hire and fire whoever you want based on performance,” Walker said to great applause..

Walker also took credit for passing pro-life legislation and defunding Planned Parenthood, rolling back excessive regulations on small businesses and family farmers, passing “aggressive lawsuit reforms”, and passing a conceal/carry law “so law abiding citizens can stand up and protect themselves, their families, and their properties.”

 

 

Video: Dreamers Disrupt Rick Perry’s Speech At #IAFreedomSummit

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Governor Rick Perry was disrupted by so called “dreamers” at the Iowa Freedom Summit, Saturday. You can hear them yelling at about 12:45 minutes into his speech.

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They came armed with signs with the word “deportable” emblazoned across them in reference to a comment the IA summit’s host Steve King made on Twitter before the president’s State of the Union speech, Tuesday.

Referring to Ana Zamora, a 20-year-old undocumented student from Dallas who sat with the first lady during the speech, he said, “#Obama perverts ‘prosecutorial discretion’ by inviting a deportable to sit in place of honor at #SOTU w/1st Lady,” King wrote. “I should sit with Alito.”

They came, made their point as loudly and obnoxiously as possible, and were promptly ushered out:

They’re deportable, but won’t be deported thanks to Obama’s protective pen. Instead, they will heckle our politicians until they’re given full citizenship.

Covering The Iowa Freedom Summit

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Eight potential 2016 republican presidential candidates and a host of other GOP luminaries are in Des Moines Iowa this weekend for the “Iowa Freedom Summit,” and your humble blogress is in town to take it all in and capture the special moments (if there are any.)

The guest list includes Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum  Gov. Scott Walker, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, John Bolton, Newt Gingrich and Senators Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley. Four possible 2016 contenders, Senator Rand Paul, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush,  Gov. Bobby Jindal are skipping the summit.

The Saturday event, which was organized by Citizens United and Congressman Steve King, is sold out.

According to Breitbart’s Tony Lee, some “dreamers” are hoping to disrupt the proceedings.

According to an NBC report, DREAMers are planning “activities around the event, including confronting potential candidates to ask them where they stand on immigration reform and the president’s executive action.” Erika Andiola, one of the DREAMers whoconfronted King last summer in Iowa, reportedly said DREAMers want to “make sure those who are running for the presidency are also being held accountable for what they are saying.” The incident was recorded and the footage immediately made the rounds on mainstream media networks.

After accosting King at an event with Sen. Rand Paul in which King told the DREAMers not to import more lawlessness, DREAMers vowed to have more of such confrontations.

Update:

As expected, there were a few “Dreamers” on the street with preprinted signs outside the venue as we arrived. My shuttle driver, wondered, “what more do they want?”

Live stream of the Iowa Freedom Summit, here.

Follow on Twitter: #IAFreedomSummit