It’s funny how all of a sudden we now have a border crisis after weeks of news segments suggesting that this was a figment of President Trump’s imagination or better yet—a manufactured crisis. No, it’s been one for months. Actually, one could argue the border situation has been fluid for decades. We’ve gone from it’s not a real crisis to ‘there are concentration camps’ on the southern border. Also, Trump is a monster for detaining illegals in deplorable conditions. Nope. First, no one has a right to come here, no matter how sad your sob story is about wherever the hell you came from. Second, Trump has said for weeks, along with the Department of Homeland Security, that there aren’t adequate funds to deal with the horde of illegals storming the border. Third, food, medicine, diapers, and beds can be given to those detained if Democrats gave such funds to the DHS. They won’t. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is part of DHS, the agency that has become anathema to progressives.
So, when the House passed a $4.5 billion spending package on immigration, Trump and the GOP should be unhappy with all of their arbitrary conditions for how this money should be spent.
“Go to hell” is the appropriate response (via NYT):
A divided House voted on Tuesday to send $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid to the border to address horrific conditions facing a crush of migrants, attaching significant rules on how the money could be spent in the first action by Democrats to rein in President Trump’s immigration crackdown.
But the package — which passed by a vote of 230 to 195 nearly along party lines, only after Democratic leaders toughened restrictions on the money to win over liberal skeptics — faces a tough path to enactment. A similar measure with many fewer strings binding Mr. Trump has drawn bipartisan support in the Senate. And the House bill faces a veto threat from White House advisers, who regard the Senate bill as the surest way to speed the needed aid to strapped agencies dealing with the migrant influx.
Hours before the House bill passed, Mr. Trump said that he did not like some of the restrictions that lawmakers were seeking to place on the humanitarian funding, but that he badly needed the resources.
“There are some provisions, I think, that actually are bad for children,” Mr. Trump said in an interview for a coming book about his immigration policies. “There are a couple of points that I would like to get out of it, but I also have to get the money to be able to take care of children and families.”
Republicans were almost uniformly opposed to the bill, which they said contained too many restrictions on the power of immigration agencies and inadequate funding. Only three sided with Democrats to support it: Representatives Will Hurd of Texas, whose district runs along the border; Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania; and Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey.
Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell passed a spending bill of his own, setting up a showdown (via Politico):
Senate Republicans are looking to jam House Democrats on a much-needed cash infusion for the southern border, arguing the Senate’s bill is the only thing that can become law and win President Donald Trump’s signature.
After a furious whipping effort from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the House on Tuesday passed a $4.5 billion spending measure that also provides more protections for migrants and less enforcement funding than requested by the administration.
But GOP leaders plan to pass their own legislation Wednesday and vote down the House bill, leaving Pelosi with a take-it-or-leave-it proposition heading into the July Fourth recess.
“Most of what [the administration] wants, with few exceptions, is in the Senate bill, which came out of the committee with a big bipartisan vote and will hopefully have a big bipartisan vote on the floor this afternoon,” said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the GOP whip. “We’ll pass the bill today, the House is still here. They can easily take it up, put it on the president’s desk and get his signature.”
Judging by the scarce GOP support in the House for Pelosi’s bill, however, it appears it would fail in the Senate. Cornyn says it has “no chance.”
For that reason, a vote on Pelosi’s border bill might make the Senate’s case that its bipartisan measure is the only one that can be signed into law.
CNN plastered the photo of the migrant father who drowned with his daughter as if this was Trump’s fault. It’s not. The fault rests with the parent, and others like him, who put themselves and their families at risk trying to enter this country illegally. But hey, baby steps—at least CNN got a face full of buckshot for their idiotic coverage. We didn’t forget what these clowns were saying back in January (via Free Beacon):
Leading media personalities and top Democratic officials have gone from saying there was no crisis at the southern border to saying there is one in just a few short months.
Hosts on CNN and MSNBC like Joe Scarborough, Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Nicolle Wallace and others went along with Democratic talking points earlier this year that the Trump administration had manufactured a crisis at the border to secure wall funding.
Illegal crossings have increased since then, but the situation at the border has been untenable for years. Now with increased reporting on poor conditions at border detention facilities for children, the situation has again been deemed a "crisis."
"He's lied so much about the realities of what he's calling a crisis," Cuomo said in January.
Democrats don’t care about these kids. They want to weaponize them to try and attack the Trump White House; what else is new? If they cared, they wouldn’t place provisions in their bill that self-sabotage passage. The anti-Trump hysteria has become so explicit that only the densest person wouldn’t see the game here.