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THE HILL – House pulls border vote – 7/31
House GOP leaders pulled a Thursday vote on their $659 million border bill after failing to win over conservative members who opposed giving any more money to President Obama. A significant number of Republicans had balked at sending any money to the White House for the border, and Democrats were generally united in opposing the measure. House Republicans will meet at 3 p.m. in the Capitol basement to discuss their options. Members have been advised that another vote series is possible Thursday. The decision to pull the bill is another defeat for House GOP leaders, who have repeatedly failed to bring their members in line on tough votes.
Signs of trouble emerged late Wednesday night when the House Rules Committee delayed reporting a rule for the border bill.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich eviscerated President Barack Obama’s “pathetic presidency” Tuesday, saying any executive action he might take to provoke Republicans to impeach him is aimed at helping Democrats raise money for November elections.Speaking at an annual National Conservative Student Conference at George Washington University in the nation’s capital, the CNN “Crossfire” co-host said Republicans shouldn’t take the bait, The Daily Caller reported.
“There is a rumor that the president, around Labor Day, may use executive action to legalize 5 million people who are here outside the law,” Gingrich said. “And I think if they do it, it will be trying to provoke the Republicans to institute impeachment.” Talk of the possible executive action began late last week, when Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez said he was sitting down with White House officials on the matter.
But Gingrich warned that a retaliatory impeachment effort won’t succeed, asserting, “It’s the Democrats who want to talk about it because they raise money off of it.”
WND- INVASION USA FEDS TO ILLEGALS: COME BACK TO COURT IN 2020 07/29
WASHINGTON – The U.S. congressman said his trip to the border showed him the mind-boggling nature of the problem in a nutshell. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, described to a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning how he saw illegal immigrants arrive on the border, claim asylum, and then be given a court date as far in the future as 2020.“Meanwhile they get a work permit to compete against those legally and lawfully here.”Chaffetz said there is a proper place for asylum but the current system is being abused in great numbers, and it’s all the fault of President Obama for not enforcing the immigration laws.
“The president owns this issue,” declared the congressman.
GOPUSA – Obama readies plan to defy law and legalize millions of aliens 07/29
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November’s mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration. Such a large-scale move on immigration could scramble election-year politics and lead some conservative Republicans to push for impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, a prospect White House officials have openly discussed.
Dr. Ben Carson told Newsmax TV on Monday that he is getting closer to declaring himself a candidate for president in 2016.”It is a step closer. I have to consider what’s going on, and I have to consider the enormous crowds that I encounter every place I go, and the level of enthusiasm, and what I’m hearing,” Carson told “The Steve Malzberg Show.”
Congress must act immediately to stop President Barack Obama’s proposed use of executive power to help millions of illegal immigrants, Sen. Jeff Sessions says.Sessions, a member of the Senate Budget Committee and Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, fears that without congressional action, the laws set down by the Founding Fathers will be altered forever.”It would be if Congress doesn’t utilize every power it has, particularly the power of the purse to stop it, then it would be an incredible assertion of executive power vis-à-vis Congress,” the Alabama Republican said Monday on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.”
PRESS RELEASE: Congresswoman Blackburn Introduces Legislation to Protect Americans from Obama’s Lawless Border Policies 7/28
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today introduced a bill to prevent the continuation or expansion of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Blackburn’s legislation will serve as the House companion to a bill recently introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). The legislation proposed by Congressman Blackburn and Senator Cruz would prohibit federal funding from being used to continue or expand DACA. It also prevents aliens from being authorized to work if they are not in a lawful status. “Central American children have fled to the United States based on a false hope that they will be allowed to remain permanently. This false hope created by the Obama Administration is putting children’s lives in danger as they are escorted by individuals who have been known to abuse these children during their journey and even leave some for dead,” Blackburn said. “It is now clear that the Obama Administration saw this problem coming and that children were used as pawns in the President’s political game. President Obama’s failure to act has forced Congress, once again, to lead the effort to address the crisis on our border.”
$17B deal reached on vets bill 7/28
House and Senate negotiators on Monday announced they have agreed to a $17 billion bill to reform the Veterans Affairs Department. The bill sets aside $10 billion for veterans to seek care at non-VA facilities. Another $5 billion would go toward hiring additional medical staff at Veterans Affairs facilities, and let the department enter into leases to use other medical facilities at 27 sites around the country.
Canada Free Press – The Road to Hell Obama is taking the world down created by U.S. Catholic Bishops 7/28
The Catholic Church—through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration—both paved the road for Barack Hussein Obama’s ultimate takeover of Free West society and continues to actively enable the Fundamental Transformation of America by sinking the US in a tsunami of illegal aliens. In coming to Obama’s aid in erasing forever America’s borders, the bishops sold the USA out, including its Catholics, for the proverbial 30 pieces of silver.
WND – CHILDREN CROSSING BORDER: ‘OBAMA WILL TAKE CARE OF US’ 7/28
McALLEN, Texas – In an exclusive interview with WND and Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, a 13-year Border Patrol veteran revealed many in the recent surge of illegal immigrants, including unaccompanied minors, are coming prepared to game the U.S. immigration system, even repeating the mantra, “Obama will take care of us.”
NEWSMAX – Jeb Bush: US Must Send Border Children Back Home – Last month it was “let them all In” 7/28
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is offering compassion but also tough love on the border crisis that has seen thousands of youth attempt to enter the country in recent months. “Except for those deserving few who may demonstrate true cause for asylum or protection from sex trafficking, these children must be returned to their homes in Central America,” Bush said in a commentary in The Wall Street Journal co-written with the Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick.
The influx of illegal immigrants across the southern United States border has effectively eliminated the possibility of passing any type of immigration reform in Congress until the issue of border security is addressed, said Sen. Marco Rubio.