Friday, June 22, 2018

Quote of the Day

"Earlier this month, Governor Northam signed Virgina's new biennial budget. When it came before us in the House, I voted "no."

"This budget included the much-debated Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which will add more than 300,000 new beneficiaries to Virginia's Medicaid program. 

"I opposed this expansion. Even without the expansion, Medicaid has been growing unsustainably and much faster than the rest of the budget. Since 2003, state Medicaid spending has tripled, from $1.75 billion to a projected $5.28 billion in 2020, which means it has grown from 14% of the general fund to its current 23%. I believe the expansion will only make these spending increases worse in the future.

"I had other concerns about the budget. To help pay for the "state share" of the Medicaid expansion, Virginia will impose a new $600 million tax on hospitals. I believe this will inevitably be passed on to patients through their bills and increased insurance premiums.

"In all, the state budget grew from $52.6 million in 2018 to $58.9 million in 2020, a 12% increase.  This is not a budget I could vote for."

Delegate Rob Bell

Border Bills, Voters Side With Trump

Friday, June 22, 2018

By Gary Bauer

President Trump's executive order ending family separations at the border will not solve all the problems caused by massive illegal immigration.  So the president has been pushing Congress to act. 
And I'm sure you've heard the old joke:  What is the opposite of progress?  Congress!
The deep divisions over immigration policy were on full display yesterday in the House of Representatives.  A so-called "hardline" bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was defeated 193-to-231.  No Democrats supported the bill and 41 Republicans opposed it. 
Most of the Republicans against the bill were moderates, who have been pushing for a huge amnesty.  But at least 10 conservatives opposed the Goodlatte bill because there were things in it that they felt amounted to amnesty.
That said, it seems hard to imagine that a majority of House Republicans would back anything that was significantly weaker.  And, not surprisingly, Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to delay a vote on a compromise bill until next week.
It could all be an exercise in futility. 
Chuck Schumer is already on the record saying, "There's no need for legislation."  So even if all Senate Republicans stick together, they are still nine votes short of overcoming a liberal filibuster, which means nothing will pass the Senate.
In addition, Schumer also warned House moderates against making any compromises.  Once again, progressives have dug in on their open borders agenda.
If liberals won't budge on border security and common sense reforms, why would any conservative risk voting for another amnesty?
If 200,000 people with their kids in tow start marching north to our border this summer, it won't be Donald Trump's fault. 
It will be the left's fault.  Progressive politicians have refused time and again to do anything to secure the border.
Voters Side With Trump
In spite of the media's hysterical coverage, the left is overplaying its hand.  Two recent polls show that the public sides with President Trump when it comes to illegal immigration. 
For example, an Economist poll found that:
  • 58% of voters say illegal immigration is a serious problem. 
  • When asked how illegal immigrant families should be managed at the border, only 19% of voters supported the left's "catch and release" policy, while 64% supported some form of detention. 
A Rasmussen poll finds that 54% of voters say the illegal immigrant parents are responsible for creating this crisis at the border, while only 35% of voters blame the federal government for enforcing the law. 
The poll also found that 54% of voters liked President Trump's pledge to prevent the United States from becoming "a migrant camp" or "a refugee-holding facility."  Only 30% opposed his statement.
By the way, did you see that viral image of the little crying girl who became the face of the "resistance" this week?  Well, it's fake news.  She was never separated from her mother.
Something To Think About
We've just endured several days of the left screaming about the immorality of separating families.  But liberal politicians are doing everything they can to prevent religious groups from providing adoption and foster care services. 
The left's hypocrisy and religious bigotry are disgusting!
Left-wing Hate
Earlier this week, I wrote about how unhinged the left had become and warned that its rhetoric would lead to violence.  Well, that wasn't hyperbole.
A Planned Parenthood volunteer is under arrest for threatening to kill the children of Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL).
A manhunt is underway for Shawn Cristy of Pennsylvania, who threatened to put a bullet in Trump's head.  He threatened Sarah Palin in 2010.
Occupy Wall Street tweeted out a post this week encouraging illegal immigrants to murder ICE agents by cutting their hearts out.  (I'm not joking.) 
It's going to be hard for Kathy Griffin or Peter Fonda to top that, but I suspect they will try.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Quote of the Day

"Once again, we are confronted by the reality that the left will do absolutely nothing to secure our borders or stop the obscene levels of illegal immigration into the country.  That is how committed the left is to its radical open borders agenda.  
Here's something else to think about:  The same leftists who are weeping about the separation of children from their parents at the border are demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for abortions for illegal immigrants
And I can't help but wonder if Rachel Maddow has ever shed a tear for any of the American children -- potentially more than 5,000 people -- who have been killed by illegal immigrants."

Gary Bauer

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Family Research Council Commends Pres. Trump for Signing Order Keeping Families Together, Urges Cong

June 20, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order that will allow children to stay with parents who are arrested for entering the United States illegally:

"Yesterday I assembled a small group of evangelical leaders and pastors to discuss with Attorney General Jeff Sessions ways in which the federal government can uphold the law on our southern border while at the same time showing compassion for families and children. Attorney General Sessions shared our concerns and pledged to work toward a solution that would be just, fair and enforceable. President Trump issued an executive order today that will compassionately keep families together while also upholding the rule of law.

"However, this should not lessen the pressure for Congress to come together to overhaul our immigration system and secure our borders. The inaction of Congress has helped create this crisis on the border. We need an immigration policy that is truly just, fair, family friendly, and enforceable. If there is a silver lining, all this has brought much needed attention to the immigration issue. I am hopeful that all sides may finally come to the table and negotiate a solution," concluded Perkins.

FRC Joins 47 Other Conservative Leaders in Calling on News Media, Social Media Giants to Stop Citing

 June 20, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council (FRC) today joined a coalition of 47 other conservative leaders and organizations in releasing an open letter to government agencies, news organizations, corporations and social media platforms to "dissociate themselves from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its ongoing effort to defame and vilify mainstream conservative organizations."

The SPLC has recklessly labeled dozens of mainstream conservative organizations as "hate groups." SPLC's labeling of FRC as a "hate group" was connected in federal court to an act of domestic terrorism committed almost six years ago at FRC's Washington headquarters by Floyd Corkins. Corkins confessed to the FBI that he used SPLC's "hate map" to choose FRC as a target for violence. Last June, James T. Hodgkinson, attempted a mass assassination of Republican members of Congress while they were practicing baseball. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others were shot by Hodgkinson as a result. The Washington Examiner reported on June 14, 2017 "James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois, liked the SPLC on his Facebook page, along with other liberal groups such as Media Matters and"

The letter reads in part:

"We, the undersigned, are among the organizations, groups and individuals that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has maligned, defamed and otherwise harmed by falsely describing as "haters," "bigots," "Islamophobes" and/or other groundless epithets. We are gratified that the SPLC has today formally acknowledged that it has engaged in such misrepresentations.

"In an out-of-court settlement announced this week, the Southern Poverty Law Center formally apologized in writing and via video for having falsely listed Maajid Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation as "anti-Muslim extremists" in one of the SPLC's most notorious products, The Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists. It also agreed to pay them $3.375 million, tangible proof that the SPLC, which amounts to little more than a leftist instrument of political warfare against those with whom it disagrees, fully deserves the infamy it has lately earned. For example, in addition to its settlement with Nawaz and Quilliam, the organization has had to disavow multiple misstatements and other errors in its reporting in the past few months. Journalists who uncritically parrot or cite the SPLC's unfounded characterizations of those it reviles do a profound disservice to their audiences.

"Editors, CEOs, shareholders and consumers alike are on notice: anyone relying upon and repeating its misrepresentations is complicit in the SPLC's harmful defamation of large numbers of American citizens who, like the undersigned, have been vilified simply for working to protect our country and freedoms.

"With this significant piece of evidence in mind, we call on government agencies, journalists, corporations, social media providers and web platforms (i.e., Google, Twitter, YouTube and Amazon) that have relied upon this discredited organization to dissociate themselves from the Southern Poverty Law Center and its ongoing effort to defame and vilify mainstream conservative organizations," the letter states.

To read the full letter, please see:

Southern Poverty Law Center's $3.4 Million Settlement Validates What Conservatives Have Been Saying

June 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released the following statement in response to the Southern Poverty Law Center's announcement that the organization had settled a defamation lawsuit for nearly $3.4 million:

"The Southern Poverty has long been the Left's pit bull --- resorting to smears and a hate map to advance its liberal political agenda. But its falsehoods and dangerous tactics have finally caught up with them -- with the group doling out millions in a defamation settlement. Even after this massive pay out, the SPLC continues to sit on hundreds of millions dollars (much of it offshore) that they use to advance their liberal policy agenda and their attacks on the opponents. This public acknowledgment of their defamatory actions leave the media and big business with no excuse in continuing to use the SPLC as an objective, independent source," concluded Perkins.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, Family Research Council Executive Vice President added the following comments:

"This massive settlement validates what we've been saying all along: the SPLC's illegitimate hate map is motivated by its radical progressive political agenda. The SPLC is a thoroughly disgraced organization that seeks to silence its political opponents with false and defamatory smears that endangers the lives of those targeted with it.

"In a chilling FBI interrogation video, now-convicted domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins -- the man who stormed the Family Research Council's (FRC) headquarters and shot an employee who later disarmed him -- admitted that he picked his targets from a map on the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) website. Since then, the FBI has removed links to the SPLC from its 'hate crimes resources' page, the U.S. Army has distanced themselves from SPLC's materials and now the SPLC has spent millions to settle a defamation lawsuit," concluded Boykin.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Quotes of the Day

"I wanted to touch on the fact that the country has an established immigration and naturalization process that these migrants are disrespecting, trying to effectively jump the line. I respect the heck out of legal immigrants who go through the process and prove their loyalty to our country and its Constitution- heck, I married one. These folks deserve every good thing that our country can offer, all the opportunity and the American Dream. These folks are doing the right thing. But the people being separated from their kids are not that. These folks are the ones who are committing misdemeanors (for one offense) or felonies (for two offenses) by trying to sneak in and get around the process. Now, as a libertarian leaner, I am in general in favor of fewer laws- and only laws that make sense. That said, our immigration system needs to serve the interests of OUR country. It cannot be just a free for all of anyone who wants to come here without any loyalty to our country. That's why the process exists. Now, the process and the rules themselves need reform; but the law of our country needs to be respected. If any parent who is a citizen breaks the law bad enough, that parent will get separated from their kids. Why should non-citizens get treated any differently or better? If they want to stay together, and for sure everyone wants them to, why not just stay at home and stay together? Make your country a better place, work for the change you seek."   Steven Thomas

"Remembering that everything leftists say is either a mischaracterization, a false equivalence, or an outright lie, the left and their media lapdogs have spun into overtime to attack the president for the policy of enforcing immigration laws which thanks to some pre-Trump legislation sometimes leads to child separation from the parents with whom they illegally crossed the border. First of all, child separation is not the policy–the policy is enforcing existing laws... there has been no change to the policy that even Obama had in place. The administration is merely taking kids from adults who the U.S. government feels is falsely claiming the children to be their own. This policy was also in effect during the Obama regime. The change is that where Obama just relented and let many of these liars through, anyway, the Trump policy is to prosecute every case it sees. It IS the law, after all. Also, in most cases these kids are held for only a short time.. Next, the law is actually written so that the U.S. government may hold such children for up to 20 days. Again, it is a law that has been around since 1997, not Trump's sudden new policy.

"Then there is the increase in illegals using kids to try and force entry into the U.S. Illegals using kids (often NOT their own) as a shield to get into the U.S. is up 315 percent since last year. And the reason for this is because Obama told Central America that if they had kids with them it was an automatic pass. Finally, we must remember this above all: these illegals are the ones putting kids in danger, not the U.S. government. The trip these illegals make is fraught with danger. Lack of food, water, and shelter, predation from human traffickers and criminals, threats of rape and murder, not to mention the weather conditions and rough topography they have to cross to get from the Central Americas, through hostile, drug gang-infested Mexico, and to the U.S.A. These illegals — many who aren't even these kids' real parents — THEY are the ones putting these kids in danger. Not Trump."   Warner Todd Huston and Jeff Dunetz

"Since 2014, to name one example among many, at least half a million Central Americans who came here illegally have been released inside of our borders. Did anyone vote for that? Who's going to pay for that? Not the people you've been watching on television today. Their kids go to private school if they have them. Their neighborhoods look like they did in 1960. No demographic change at all, just like they like it. There is no cost to them. The cost is entirely on you, but don't complain or else they will call you Hitler."   Tucker Carlson

"Made to order, this manufactured crisis, somehow that [President] Donald Trump is heartless, that Republicans are heartless, that they want to bust up families. Let me tell you who's been busting up families: The Democrats. The Democrats have been literally subsidizing single motherhood in the black community for decades. It used to be called AFDC. You could also say that Planned Parenthood is excelling at separating families, couldn't you? You want to talk about separating families, look no further than the abortion mills of Planned Parenthood."   Rush Limbaugh

"The Trump administration currently faces two options: Either release every family that crosses the border and claims asylum and know that most of them will never show up at their immigration court hearing; or release the child as required by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' interpretation of the Flores settlement while holding the parents while awaiting trial. A third, better solution is to fix the loophole created by the 9th Circuit with regard to Flores and improve the asylum process to discourage frivolous asylum claims, while also better serving those with legitimate asylum cases."   David Inserra, a homeland security policy analyst for The Heritage Foundation

We need to think it through, the rational and thoughtful about it. We want to allow asylum for people who qualify for it. People who want economic migration for their personal financial benefit and what they think is their families benefit is not a basis for a claim of asylum."  Attorney General Jeff Sessions

"It seems that when immigration enforcement policies made President Obama look bad, they were swept under the rug. Now that the same border problems that have existed for decades can be used against Donald Trump, however, liberal journalists have miraculously found the backbone to cover the story. The reality is that border and immigration issues are tough, and children are unfortunately caught in the middle. Just as it's heartbreaking but necessary for police to make an arrest when children are witnesses, or for Child Protective Services to step in when a family situation turns ugly, the presence of minors doesn't mean that we stop enforcing national laws. This would only encourage law-breakers to use children as "legal shields" as they commit more crimes. Reality isn't always pretty. There are no easy or magic answers on how to enforce U.S. border laws while being humane and compassionate to innocent kids dragged into the chaos by adults. It's a difficult situation from any angle. Trump's administration is doing its best to deal with a problem it inherited from past presidents — but the fact that the mainstream media barely said a word about much worse treatment of migrants should be a giant red flag about the real agenda being pushed by liberal journalists now." Benjamin Arie


"They're obstructing [Democrats in Congress]. They're really obstructionists and they are obstructing," Trump said Monday at the White House. "The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won't be. If you look at what's happening in Europe, if you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the United States—not on my watch." President Donald Trump

"This is a very serious issue that has resulted after years and years of Congress not taking action." Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

"...It was kept very quiet under the Obama administration. There were large numbers of people coming in. The Obama administration was trying to keep this quiet. And I don't know which image you're using, but I released some photos that I had done about those young kids who were kept there. And keep in mind, when they talk about putting some of the young kids in those centers, not all of them are being separated. Some of them are coming alone … some of them are coming on their own. So it's not a matter that every single child that we have in those centers are being separated because some of them are coming alone. Keep in mind that under the law, you can separate a child if that person, the adult, is not the real parent or the custodian because sometimes we see situations where they'll bring a child because they know of the policy that we have over here with children."   Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas on CNN


"White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Laura Bush: "Frankly this law was actually signed into effect in 2008 under her husband's leadership. Not under this administration"

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 18, 2018

The law she was referring to, assumedly, was the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, which requires formal deportation hearings for child immigrants who aren't from Mexico or Canada and don't have family in the United States."  Cillian Zeal


"Do we really want to encourage the whole of Central America, then South America, to start the dangerous trek, complete with kids, through drug-cartel-controlled territory? Across raging rivers and impassable deserts? That's what we'd be doing if we rewarded every survivor with free passage into our country. Since 147 million people seek admission to America, the body count will be high. Quite a price to pay for cheap grace and cheap labor. Much better to embrace the "tough love" Jeff Sessions is offering. He spoke as a faithful citizen and a good Christian when he said: If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border." CHQ

"Tugging at the heartstrings of our fellow citizens allows Democrats to sidestep what they're doing: effectively advocating open borders for illegal immigrants who cross with children. Solving the issue takes congressional courage, which is noticeably lacking. Democrats have their own perverse incentive in regards to this policy — do nothing and use emotional appeals to fire up their base heading into the 2018 midterm elections. In this game, children are merely fodder for the process."   Dave Brooks

""This is what I would say to all of you. You want America to be open, fine. I would argue, give your addresses out and tell the people who come to this country, 'you can come to my house. You can come to my house and you can stay here as long as you want. I will pay for your education. I will pay for your health care.'"   Rick Santorum, former Republican presidential contender and Pennsylvania senator, on CNN

"There is hypocrisy in many ways. The total disregard for American families ripped apart because of illegal criminals, the total lack of concern for children in the U.S. being raped in North Carolina by illegals at disgusting numbers (some months over 400 child rapes by illegals), no concern [for] homeless American children or Veterans who would do anything to have what's provided [to] these children. Yet, our politicians call it inhumane treatment. Would they rather these kids coming across our borders stay with the adults who aren't their biological parents but have kidnapped them to get across the border as a 'family unit?'  Worse things happened to these kids was Obama was president and [the media] was crickets. In closing, the fact that my son was collateral damage and totally disregarded to support their agenda is hypocrisy at its best. My dead son, a fellow American, is nothing to them! This isn't worth their time because it would disprove their theory that we need illegal aliens here and we don't need a border wall."   Mary Ann Mendoza

"The hypocrisy is astonishing. The MSM has ignored many of us victims of illegal alien crime for so long. They avoid us like pests. If it weren't for President Trump, no one would even know much about us. He gave my son a voice that was taken by an illegal. And I'm forever thankful to him for that and for bringing the issue of illegal alien invasion to the forefront. It's deeply hurtful to see how MSM now 'cares' so much for children separated from their parents while continuing to ignore thousands of us separated by death, forever. Not one of the Dems has reached out since they heard about my son's death. Not one spoke publicly about American victims of illegals. Their fake grandstanding for children is for show and absent of compassion because they didn't do any of this during Obama's presidency. We have 1.6 million homeless children, inner cities destroyed and American children in need, homeless veterans and mentally ill people all on their own. No word about them from the left.
"Yet they stumble over each other to get to a detention center with their camera crews behind them. They yell and show outrage over illegal aliens who placed themselves in this position. They call them immigrants, which is insulting to true immigrants like me. They don't go to jails and prisons where Americans who committed a crime are separated from their children. They didn't go run and shown outrage when Obama had illegal alien kids in cages. The Dems are losing their voting base and need illegals to fill those spots. They are willing to step over dead Americans to get their amnesty. They continue to put out the welcome mat for more illegals to come by creating Sanctuary cities and states." Sabine Durden


Background: In 1997, the Clinton administration entered into something called the Flores Settlement Agreement, which ended a class action lawsuit first brought in the 1980s.
The settlement established a policy that the federal government would release unaccompanied minors from custody to their parents, relatives, or other caretakers after no more than 20 days, or, alternatively, determine the "least restrictive" setting for the child.
In a separate development, in 2008 the Democrat-controlled Congress approved bipartisan legislation to combat human trafficking and President George W. Bush, a Republican, signed it into law.
Section 235 (g) in that law, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, states that unaccompanied minors entering the United States must be transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement rather than to the Department of Homeland Security.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit expanded the Flores settlement in 2016 to include children brought to the country illegally by their parents.
For consistency between the provision of the anti-trafficking law and the 9th Circuit's interpretation of the Flores agreement, children who came into the country illegally with parents had to be taken into HHS custody     Source:  Fred Lucas