The U.S. House of Representatives passed a border security package late Friday night by a vote of 223 to 189, with one Democrat, Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, voting for the measure. The Senate, however, recessed Thursday without passing their own border supplemental bill to allocate funds to aid the border crisis.
Reacting to Congress' failure to pass a measure to aid the crisis in his state, Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry suggested that lawmakers in Washington were effectively "abandoning their post."
"It's beyond belief that Congress is abandoning its post while our border crisis continues to create humanitarian suffering, and criminal aliens still represent a clear threat to our citizens and our nation," Perry asserted in a statement shared with The Christian Post. more >>
Looks like President Obama snuck 760 illegal immigrants into the State of Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam and local elected officials are now wondering: "what are we supposed to do with them?"
On Friday, these children landed in the Volunteer State. The governor, however, is claiming no one in his office was even told they were coming and that he learned only after seeing a notice on the Health and Human Services website. This came even after Gov. Haslam had asked the White House to alert him prior to sending to his state any of the estimated 90,000 illegal children who have recently flooded the country. With more than 120,000 already estimated to be living in Tennessee, taxpayers in Tennessee already pay an estimated $547 million a year to provide public benefits and services to illegal aliens residing in the state.
According to data recently released by the Migration Policy Institute, between 2000 and 2012, the five states with the largest percent growth of the immigrant population were South Carolina (91%), Alabama (87%), Tennessee (83%), Arkansas (75%), and Wyoming (74%). Reports of 1,100 illegals being dropped off in the same manner without any warning in Georgia, as well as 350 in South Carolina, are starting to surface with others soon to follow. more >>
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has distributed over 1,200 Spanish language Bibles to illegal immigrant children and adults who are being detained by U.S. Border Patrol near Nogales, Arizona.
Largely from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, 1,000 people have received Bibles donated by the American Bible Society, along with 600 copies of "La Llave," an edition specifically written for youth. Publishing house Verbo Divino has also donated 200 copies of their Catholic Family Bible.
"This is definitely collaboration between multiple organizations," Matthew Kilmurry, director of marketing at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The Christian Post Tuesday. more >>
Stretched by the crush of illegal immigrants flooding his jails from the border, Sheriff Richard K. Jones of Butler County, Ohio, said his life was threatened after he sent a bill to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto seeking compensation for hosting his law-breaking countrymen.
"I sent a letter to the president of Mexico. Gonna charge him for the prisoners that are in my jail; the federal government [then] sends me a letter that I violated a treaty of 1790," explained Jones in an interview with The Blaze.
"I sent them a bill for the prisoners that are in my jail. They came here illegally. I've not gotten any money from them but I billed them so much. And I tell you what I got in return. My life was threatened. The FBI called me and told me that there are three sheriffs in the country that were gonna be killed by the drug cartel, and I was one of the three," Jones revealed. more >>
LOS ANGELES — A majority of California Latinos do not see marijuana possession or non-violent drug possession of any kind as a legitimate cause for deportation, according to a poll released by Latino Decisions and Presente.org Friday.
"Latinos believe that the war on drugs is a failure and that our sentencing system is broken," said Arturo Carmona, executive director of Presente.org. "Families shouldn't be torn apart over marijuana possession."
Carmona adds, "It's time to enact common sense policies and stop wasting money over minor marijuana possession charges. It's time to stop allowing the justice system to prey on America's most vulnerable residents. We need reasonable and responsible drug sentencing reform that ends the war on communities of color." more >>
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a recent interview that children immigrating to the U.S. should be treated in a similar way to "baby Jesus," who was a "refugee from violence."
The democratic congressional leader from California made her comments on the Tuesday airing of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," during which she implored Americans to view the current influx of unaccompanied immigrant children to the U.S. as a humanitarian issue, instead of politicizing the crisis.
"In Washington, I see an embrace of the idea that this is a humanitarian crisis by people who are not politicizing the issue. What we need to do is have the supplemental that gives us the resources to meet the humanitarian needs, to do the border control, but also to have the judicial piece so that these children have representation and judges to hear their cases. Those who have a right to stay, whether it's refugee status or asylum, should stay," Pelosi said, adding that President Obama is scheduled to meet with Central American leaders later this week to discuss the current immigration crisis in the U.S. more >>