From Ellen Sauerbrey – U.S. Considering Refugee Status for Hondurans

U.S. Considering Refugee Status for Hondurans
This proposal, an end run around Congress, would turn the U.S. refugee program on its head. These migrants do not meet the definition of refugee and this plan will increase, not decrease the illegals pouring across our border.
By FRANCES ROBLES and MICHAEL D. SHEARJULY 24, 2014
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Sisters and a friend from Honduras, ages 13, 14 and 16, along Mexico’s southern border this month, en route to the United States. CreditMeridith
Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.
If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises.
Critics of the plan were quick to pounce, saying it appeared to redefine the legal definition of a refugee and would only increase the flow of migration to the United States. Administration officials said they believed the plan could be enacted through executive action, without congressional approval, as long as it did not increase the total number of refugees coming into the country.
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By moving decisions on refugee claims to Honduras, the plan aims to slow the rush of minors crossing into the United States illegally from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, which has overwhelmed the border this year. More than 45,000 unaccompanied minors from those three nations have arrived since Oct. 1, straining federal resources to the point that some agencies will exhaust their budgets by next month, the secretary of Homeland Security has said.
Many of the children, particularly in Honduras, are believed to be fleeing dangerous street gangs, which forcibly recruit members and extort home and business owners. The United Nations estimates that 70,000 gang members operate in the three nations.
Administration officials stressed that no decision had been made to move forward, saying the idea was one of many being discussed by officials at the White House and the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Justice, and Health and Human Services.
Among the factors surrounding the decision are how many people in Honduras would be eligible to apply for the program, and how many would probably be approved.
The proposal, prepared by several federal agencies, says the pilot program under consideration would cost up to $47 million over two years, assuming 5,000 applied and about 1,750 people were accepted. If successful, it would be adopted in Guatemala and El Salvador as well.
It is unclear how the administration determined those estimates, given that since Oct. 1 more than 16,500 unaccompanied children traveled to the United States from Honduras alone.
Children would be interviewed by American immigration employees trained to deal with minors, and a resettlement center would be set up in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, with assistance from international organizations like the International Organization for Migration.
The plan would be similar to a recent bill introduced by Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, who proposed increasing the number of refugee visas to the three Central American countries by 5,000 each.
According to the draft, the administration is considering opening the program to people under 21. It also suggested offering entry on emergency humanitarian grounds — known as humanitarian parole — to some of the applicants who did not qualify for refugee status.

That would most likely cause an outcry among critics who believe President Obama has been too soft on immigration. But officials called it “highly unlikely” that people who were denied refugee status would be considered for parole, which is generally offered in isolated emergencies.
Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports tighter controls on immigration, said that the proposal would increase, not stem, the flood of migrants from Central America trying to get into the United States.
“It’s clearly a bad idea,” Mr. Krikorian said. “Orders of magnitude more people will apply for refugee status if they can just do it from their home countries.”
He added that the proposal would allow people to claim to be refugees from their countries with “nothing more than a bus ride to the consulate. We’re talking about, down the road, an enormous additional flow of people from those countries.”
The preliminary plan could create a thorny challenge for the administration because the definition of a refugee is legally specific, and children fleeing street gangs could have a hard time qualifying.
Under American law, refugees are people fleeing their country of origin based on fears of persecution by reason of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
The only category that would seem to apply is “social group,” experts said, but there is disagreement on what that means. Some contend that children could count as a group, but others say the refugee requirements are stricter, and would not apply to people fleeing general crime and violence.
“What is a social group?” said Muzaffar Chishti, director of migration policies for the Migration Policy Institute’s New York office. “This is going to create a huge deal of debate. You will see a lot of law developing on it.”
Still, the draft of the plan noted that 64.7 percent of the unaccompanied minors who applied for asylum this year got it, which suggests that immigration officials have found their claims of imminent danger credible.
With that in mind, the draft proposal suggested that 35 percent to 50 percent of the applicants in Honduras could be considered for relief, a figure the White House said was inflated. The early draft, the White House said, was the most generous and least likely of the options the administration is considering. How many people are accepted is critical, because refugees qualify for public assistance upon arrival in the United States.
One of the issues under debate is whether the program should be limited to children who have at least one relative in the United States, so that the government would not be saddled with custodial issues. Whether that relative would have to have legal residency is another issue that was addressed but not resolved.
Under Senator McCain’s proposal, refugee applicants would be processed at home, and child migrants arriving in the United States illegally could be deported quickly.
Kevin Appleby, director of Migration and Refugee Services at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the plan would be welcome, as long as it did not substitute for protections Central American children currently receive under American law.
“This program would certainly be a formal acknowledgment by the administration that these children are refugees,” Mr. Appleby said. “That’s huge, because they have yet to utter that word.”
When a similar plan was adopted in Haiti, as a way to keep people from taking to the high seas, he said, it was ultimately criticized because Haitians already in the United States did not receive help. “It ended up being counterproductive to the goal,” Mr. Appleby said.
Stacie Blake, the director of government relations for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, an advocacy group, said the processing of potential refugees in Central America could be handled by the United States or by the United Nations, which makes refugee determinations in many other countries. She said some of the people designated as refugees in Honduras could end up in countries other than the United States.
“It’s a way to help folks avoid life-threatening escapes and journeys,” Ms. Blake said. “It’s a good idea. It’s a tested idea.”
The Honduran Foreign Ministry referred requests for comment to its embassy in Washington, which said that, due to the president’s visit to Washington, its ambassador was not immediately available for comment.
On Friday, Mr. Obama is scheduled to meet with the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador at the White House in an effort to urge the Central American leaders to do more to help stem the flow of children fleeing their countries for the United States.

We supposedly have the best intelligencve service in the world.

This has taken months to put into place.

Does anyone believe the Obama crowd didnt know it was coming?

50 to 100 thousand?

Some food for thought…..
Even the left wing media should get this picture!

Puzzle One for you all: Imagine you are a 3 year old to 8 year old child. You are on your own without adults. You are asked to walk from Houston, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota on your own with no food or belongs to sustain you. Then you are asked to walk an additional 100 miles past Minnesota.
Could you do it?

• How long would it take you as a 6 year old? That is the minimum distance these poor, helpless little ones have supposedly walked from Central America to the border of Texas, again, on their own. They didn’t get lost.

• And they survived the journey without help (unless you buy in to the notion that a destitute out-of-work family run out of their homes by gangs and living in squalor somehow came up with $8,000 to $10,000 for EACH child to pay a coyote to take them to the border).

Now, on the mapabove, Puzzle Two, you must start somewhere in the green area.
Let’s make it easy and start where green meets orange, so that you had the least mileage by not having to
Cover the whole green area. Just start where the green meets the orange. Blue, of course, is water.

• Your task is to figure a route from the green area to the purple area without going into the blue area and while avoiding towns and cities in the orange area. The black line is the distance from the nearest town to Mexico’s southern border that touches the green area to Laredo, Texas, one of the CLOSEST purple towns. 1220 miles across desert and mountains with no equipment or food or help.

• If orange had stopped these innocents where orange touches green, problem would not have occurred. However, what six year old do you know who could walk 1220 miles (minimum), probably more like 1500 miles on their own without dying?

• How many days would it take for a 6 year old to walk 1220 miles without help, directions, food, sun protection, etc.?

I don’t think the whole truth is being given to us, folks. Someone created and assisted this, and the media should be figuring out who it is.
Ellen Sauerbrey
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Blue Ridge Forum – Immigration Crisis–Energizing The House GOP: This Week Our Voices Must Count!

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HELP SAVE MARYLAND ACTION ALERT!!!!! – URGENT MAKE YOUR CALLS – Meeting at MoCo Council Today On Taking Hundreds Maybe Thousands of More Illegals Into Our Schools and Communities

Meeting at MoCo council today on taking hundreds maybe thousands of more illegals into our schools and communities.   All Marylanders should call each MoCo council member and tell them no more illegal immigrants in Maryland. Our children come first!

The “meeting” this afternoon of the Montgomery County Council is not open to public comment.
I suggest we get this out to all HSMers as well as MD Tea Party Members, Over Passers ANYONE in the area who can call the Montgomery County Council. 
Again we cannot roll over and play dead where the council are concerned.  Tell people to call any of them whether you’re in their district or not.

Roger Berliner               240-777-7868
Phil Andrews                 240-777-7906
Cherri Banson               240-777-7960
Marc Elrich                    240-777-7966
Nancy Floreen               240-777-7959
George Leventhal          240-777-7811
Nancy Navarro              240-777-7968  
Craig Rice                     240-777-7955
Hans Riemer                 240-777-7964

CALL AND KEEP CALLING

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County Preparing for Influx of Immigrant Kids – About 100 unaccompanied minors attend Montgomery County Public Schools

Hate to Spare – Illegal Alien Supporters Open Fire on Honest Citizens

County Preparing for Influx of Immigrant Kids – About 100 unaccompanied minors attend Montgomery County Public Schools

 

 

Nancy Navarro requested the briefing to receive more information about unaccompanied minors in Montgomery County

Nancy Navarro requested the briefing to receive more information about unaccompanied minors in Montgomery County

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Montgomery County is experiencing an influx of unaccompanied immigrant children who were apprehended at the U.S. border and are coming here to live temporarily with relatives while their cases are considered by immigration courts.

Dana Tofig, a Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson, said Monday morning that about 100 unaccompanied minors attended Montgomery County public schools during the past school year. “We’re certainly preparing for more,” he said.

County officials Tuesday will brief the county council on how many unaccompanied minors are living here, how many more are expected and what the county is doing to address their needs.

http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2014/County-Preparing-for-Influx-of-Immigrant-Kids/

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Help Save Maryland – Hate to Spare – Illegal Alien Supporters Open Fire on Honest Citizens

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!” 

Dr. Seuss 

What a lousy week for illegal alien supporters.  The entire nation has now realized that our border with Mexico is far from secure as guaranteed by the President and his assorted minions.   Thousands of men, women and children from Mexico, Central America and frankly anywhere, under the guise of refugees, are pouring in looking for a free handout, Obamacare, a driver’s license, a free K-12 education, in-state college tuition and a citizens’ job.  That doesn’t even take into account the hundreds of thousands of illegals that overstay work and tourist visas each year or others who cross the border illegally on a daily basis.  

Thankfully, the President’s ridiculous request for nearly $4 billion to help these border jumpers has fallen on deaf ears in Congress.  Don’t we have many of our own children living in dangerous communities such Baltimore, DC and Chicago that deserve our attention and support? Our children are living in far more lethal situations compared to those in Mexico or Central America.

Hard-working Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) career agents are being ordered to effectively stop doing their enforcement jobs thereby letting the illegals stay put.  Many illegals in fact are being flown around the country by ICE to communities, often without the knowledge and consent of the citizen taxpayers in those jurisdictions, where they can are receiving social services and legal support to make their phony pleas for amnesty.  Probably receiving frequent flyer miles too!  Word on the street is that the female illegal aliens are trying to get pregnant ASAP so they can drop that much prized anchor baby citizen and therefore qualify for unlimited social services and the right to stay in America.  Fortunately more and more citizens are joining the battle to keep these illegal aliens from gaining a toehold in our communities.  

And what can you say about those hard-working “religious” organizations that lobby for open borders then turn around and apply for taxpayer funded programs to take care of the very illegal aliens these groups lobbied for in the first place.  Catholic Charities, Lutheran Refugee Services, Hebrew Immigration Aid Society, Episcopal Ministries, and many more are all feeding at the US Government trough to the tune of hundreds of millions of tax dollars.  These groups continue to play the “compassion card” so they can stay on the government gravy train.  Bishops are even getting down and dirty to keep that cash flow into their coffers.  

Major media outlets like the Washington Post attempt to back this large scale refugee scam, blaming the US for its tough immigration stance.  But as with the President (“if you like your health plan you can keep it”), no one is buying these lies anymore.  “Deportation policies may have fueled rise of gangs”  http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/gang-member-deportations-in-90s-factor-in-border-crisis-some-contend/2014/07/25/10c5adda-0d1d-11e4-8341-b8072b1e7348_story.html    

Yes, its all our fault!

So what is an illegal alien supporter to do in these trying times?  Why call everyone in sight a hate monger, nativist, xenophobe, racist, or worse!  

Here is just a small sampling of that pro-illegal alien hate: 

* The Maryland Reporter has published a highly biased piece by weekly columnist, Barry Rascovar.   Even the Gazette doesn’t carry Barry anymore because he is such an out of touch open borders clown. 

“Immigration quandary for the GOP”

 http://marylandreporter.com/2014/07/27/rascovar-column-immigration-quandary-for-the-gop/

Dan Bongino, GOP candidate for Congress in MD’s 6th District has called Barry’s article ” a one-sided, vitriolic, hate-piece filled with smears, outright lies and emotion rather than putting forth relevant and important facts that Maryland citizens deserve to know”.

This is all the more shocking because the Maryland Reporter, while usually quite dull, is always factual and well balanced.  As it should be.

Candidate Bongino is calling for a boycott of the Maryland Reporter until they pull Barry’s hate piece.  I agree.  No matter your political affiliation, there is no room for column’s like this, especially in the formally unbiased Maryland Reporter.

Please contact Maryland Reporter Len Lazarick and tell him to pull the column now!
len@marylandreporter.com

* Governor Martin O’Malley (and Presidential candidate in 2016, lol), was out meeting with those so-called religious groups looking to park more illegal alien refugees in Maryland.  O’Malley continues to all that disagree with him nativists or xenophobes. 

What a great guy.  

“A modest proposal for housing illegal immigrants -  Democrats could reach into their own pockets to pay for liberal guilt”  

http://barbwire.com/2014/07/23/modest-proposal-housing-illegal-immigrants/

* More hate this time from the National Council of the Race (La Raza).  La Raza CEO Janet Murguia ( Picture CASA’s Gustavo Torres with a wig) was upset that American citizens in Murrieta, CA, were yelling “USA! USA! (in English no less) as they chasing away busloads of illegal aliens being brought in by our public servants in Washington, DC.  Janet thought this was quite “un-American”.  

Really, what the heck does Janet, a hate monger with unbroken roots south of the border know about America?   Janet needs to go home with the soon to be deported kids back to Mexico so she can be with her “Raza”.   
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/23/La-Raza-CEO-USA-USA-Chants-Made-Me-Angry 

* Our hate roundup would not be complete without a few words from a top player, Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL).  Luis is all about illegal immigration, “our people” as he likes to scream out.  This little creep (barely 5 feet tall in lifters) is all machismo ( A strong or exaggerated sense of masculinity stressing attributes such as physical courage, virility, domination of women, and aggressiveness).  Reminds me a Mussolini with a Spanish accent.

 http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/383375/my-people-our-people-what-next-victor-davis-hanson

MONTGOMERTY COUNTY COUNCIL ADMITS HOSTING CENTRAL AMERICAN ILLEGALS; PLANNING FOR MORE BORDER JUMPERS AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE!

County Preparing for Influx of Immigrant Kids

About 100 unaccompanied minors attend Montgomery County Public Schools

Steve Hull    http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2014/County-Preparing-for-Influx-of-Immigrant-Kids/

 

Nancy Navarro requested the briefing to receive more information about unaccompanied minors in Montgomery County

Montgomery County is experiencing an influx of unaccompanied immigrant children who were apprehended at the U.S. border and are coming here to live temporarily with relatives while their cases are considered by immigration courts.

Dana Tofig, a Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson, said Monday morning that about 100 unaccompanied minors attended Montgomery County public schools during the past school year. “We’re certainly preparing for more,” he said.

County officials Tuesday will brief the county council on how many unaccompanied minors are living here, how many more are expected and what the county is doing to address their needs.

Bruce Adams, the county’s director of the Office of Community Partnerships, will be among those briefing the council. “Because we have so many families here from El Salvador, as well as Honduras and Guatemala, significant numbers of kids have no doubt come here,”Adams said. “The county is trying to make sure we are ready.”

Also briefing the council will be Chrisandra Richardson, MCPS associate superintendent of the Office of Special Education and Student Services; and Uma Ahluwalia, director of the county’s Department of Health and Human Services.

The federal government is forecasting that more than 60,000 unaccompanied minors will cross the border this fiscal year.

Council member Nancy Navarro requested the briefing. In a letter to Council President Craig Rice she wrote, “The United States is experiencing a surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border, fleeing the violence of their home countries in South and Central America. According to a recent report by National Public Radio, federal immigration officials have detained 50,000 of these children since October. Many of these children are making their way to the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area, where they hope to reunite with relatives. The influx of these unaccompanied children is creating a humanitarian crisis in local jurisdictions throughout the nation. Many children require medical attention, are victims of sexual abuse, have experienced severe trauma (both in their home country and during their journey across the border), and have never received a formal education.”

The briefing will take place Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Council hearing room in Rockville. Also streamed live  online at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/OnDemand/index.html

Brad Botwin, Director of HSM will be interviewed live by Telemundo tomorrow evening in Rockville regarding this costly and lawless proposed action by Montgomery County’s elected officials and non-elected officials like former Council member, now Director of Community Partnerships (and a double dipper)  Bruce Adams.  If you recall, Bruce pushed a proposal years ago to employ illegal aliens at all Maryland farms across the county. Bruce has an anti-citizen approach to community partnerships.

BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK – HOUSE GOP CALLS FOR TROOPS ON BORDER, SPEEDIER DEPORTATIONS

While not perfect the House seems to be finally getting it.  GOP task force released elements that could be the basis for some serious border and internal security measures:

  • Establish border security in Central American countries and Mexico

  • Establish repatriation centers in originating countries in order to facilitate the return of family units and unaccompanied minors

  • Amending the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act so all unaccompanied minors are treated the same for the purposes of removal

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