Congress Refuses to Take Action on Immigration While Militias Go to the Border

We’ve seen nearly 60,000 immigrants come into the United States, most of them children, fleeing violence from their own country. As literal holding pens have been filled to bursting, Americans have been clamoring for their elected officials to do something, anything, to try to address this crisis. Instead, Congress is heading into a month long vacation.

The latest effort to attempt to create some sort of game plan for dealing with the continuing refugee influx was scuttled once more, as Tea Party factions in the House managed to kill a proposal that would have provided aid to deal with the ongoing situation on the border. Although the new bill was supported by many on both sides of the aisle, it was blocked by a group of far right Tea Party Republicans, organized by GOP Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

The bill being proposed would have provided some financial resources to agencies working to meet the needs of those coming over the border. But Cruz met with some of the most virulently anti-immigration House members prior to the vote, where reportedly he helped them plot “ways to limit the president’s future authority on executive immigration decisions,” according to CBS News.

Cruz’s efforts to derail any legislation worked. “[W]ith weak conservative support for the $659 million border bill, GOP leaders agreed late Wednesday to schedule a second vote on legislation to block Obama from extending deportation relief to more immigrants here illegally, beyond the 500,000 that have already benefited from a program he created,” reports the Associated Press. “That seemed to win over some lawmakers by Thursday morning, but as the day progressed conservative lawmakers and outside groups declared the measure insufficient. Then, just before the vote on the border bill was to begin, there was an unexplained pause in action on the House floor, and suddenly the reading clerk called up an unrelated highway bill instead.” A Friday vote could make it through the House, but would be mostly symbolic since it would offer no real support and the Senate won’t be around to pass it, too.

“The Obama White House should put Ted Cruz on the payroll,” Republican Congressman Peter King of New York told the Washington Post. “We have a chance to pass a good bill, not a perfect bill. Boehner is working hard to get to 218 votes and yet there is Ted Cruz, telling us to do nothing. If he wants to come over and run for speaker, that’s fine, but otherwise he should stay over there in the Senate.”

At issue is whether any amnesty should be offered to those coming across the border, or if undocumented immigrants found in the country should be subject to immediate deportation. The Tea Party is of the “deport now” camp, and will make that a key for any upcoming vote. This despite the violence these immigrants, most of them minors, face not just at home, but to get to the U.S. itself. “Unlike in previous years (when child migrants were overwhelmingly male and mostly older), nearly half of the incoming children are girls, according to the Women’s Refugee Commission, and they are getting increasingly younger,” writes one former immigrant in The Guardian. “Worse, advocates are finding that many are pregnant as a result of being raped in their home countries or on the way to the US border.”

The fact that congress is getting nowhere is sad. The fact that some Americans have decided they will take matters into their own hands is frightening. According to Raw Story, “At least 10 armed private militias have now been spotted patrolling the Texas border in response to a crisis of refugee children fleeing violence in Central America.” Yes, people with guns have allegedly been recruited by groups such as Oathkeepers and other militia types into doing their own “border patrols,” and one man who is said to be involved in the effort once made a video on how to keep “illegals” out of the country. “How?” he asked. “You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.’”

Congress won’t take action. Gun toting self proclaimed border patrol won’t stop taking action. If the goal is to make the U.S. too dangerous for people to want to enter, it appears to be working.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hillabout a year ago

The House passed a bill to try to take care of this problem before they left but the Senate had already left so it went no where! Harry Reid should have kept them in DC until they had worked out a bill to put on Obama's desk!

Regus S.
Regus Slanteiabout a year ago


....why Obama won in 2008 and 2012.....

David's stupidity must be as contagious as ebola.

Regus S.
Regus Slanteiabout a year ago

David F. -- No, David, you are dead wrong; you DO give a sh*t. You give forth mounds of your rightwing excrement freely here on these Care2 threads.

It does not surprise me in the least that you are such an intellectually weak COWARD that you would try to weasel out of my challenge to you to defend YOUR OWN CLAIM to the effect that American history dictates that Obama not be elected to the white house. You are just like the rest of your cowardly Teatard brethren: weak, scared, slack-jawed and proud of it, dumber than a bag of wet sand.

But make no mistake, I really am happy for you and your continued posts on here......they remind us all why we should thank god daily that he has seen fit to create you rightwingers tpo be so stupid that you cannot resist using your free-speech rights to prove it to the rest of us. If you ever want to know why Obama won in 2004 and 2008, go look in a mirror. You are our biggest ally.....your frantic and rambling posts are full of self-denigration of everything TeaParty and [R]....such self-inflicted wounds are probably worth many $100,000s to [D] campaigns.

Cletus, the destroyer

Michael T.
Michael T.about a year ago

Yeah right. I get more notes of appreciation, approval and agreement than you ever see or will ever see for the nonsense you spew.

Here's that image of you getting schooled again by all of the rest of us.

David F.
David F.about a year ago

Bozo, no clue what your trying to puke up. and don't give a s*it.
You have been long since proven blabber certified,

If you post is more than one sentence, the only pukes that read it is Bozo, Alias Cletus, Michael and Re-gus

Michael T.
Michael T.about a year ago

And here's one of him and a few of his friends posing for the photographer...

Michael T.
Michael T.about a year ago

Dennis D and Regus S

This is a great image of us showing David how things really are.

Dennis D.
Dennis D.about a year ago

ekvis = elvis

Dennis D.
Dennis D.about a year ago

David F. World nut daily... BUWHAHAHAHA The online Enquirer.. LMFAO.

This is the same virtual rag that runs sighting of ekvis and still promotes the birther cause from time to time..

This is what is called a, fail.

Regus S.
Regus Slanteiabout a year ago

David F. -- concerning my challenge to you to backup your idiotic claim that there is a historical argument that Obama should not be in the White House.......which has gone unanswered....

......I didn't think so. Typical slack-jawed Teatard. All gas, and no fire.