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Wendy Davis Shows Leadership in Her Letter To Rick Perry on the Influx of Unaccompanied Children
PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | June 23, 2014 | Adalia Woodbury

Posted on 06/23/2014 8:13:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

With children fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador; there is a humanitarian crises in our border states. Tea/Republicans are more interested in blaming President Obama for a policy that was, in fact, passed by the Bush Administration than in finding solutions. Then, what’s new about that?

Under the Bush Administration’s policy, the Border Patrol Agency (BPA) is required to take in unaccompanied children from countries that are not Mexico. The law required the BPA to have them screened and vaccinated before turning them over to the Department of Human Services’ Office of Refugee Recruitment.

While complaining about an immigration policy established by a Republican President, GOP lawmakers are responsible for the lack of action on much needed immigration reform. The GOP leadership couldn’t muster support among its warring factions for GOP initiated proposals. They blamed Bowe Bergandahl and the Boston Marathon bomber. They claimed that problems with healthcare.gov precluded Republicans from getting serious about immigration reform. Then they tried to blame Eric Cantor’s defeat on his support for immigration reform, overlooking the more realistic facts that Jason Easley outlined on the night Cantor went down to a Tea Party extremist.

Sarah Palin wins the most absurd word salad award for her demand that Obama fly these children “back to Mexico” or she will quit the GOP. In fact, however, her sentiments reflect those of the more extreme members of the Republican Party who are always more interested in finding excuses to do nothing to reform our broken immigration system.

That’s a point made by none other than Rupert Murdoch in a recent op-ed.

"Some politicians and pundits will argue that this is not the time to bring immigration reform to the congressional floor—that it will frighten an already anxious workforce and encourage more extreme candidates, especially on the right. They may be right about the short-term politics, but they are dead wrong about the long-term interests of our country."

Granted, Murdoch’s enthusiasm for immigration reform is self-serving, but it doesn’t remove the fact that the main reason the Bush policy hasn’t been updated is the same reason we haven’t seen movement on job creation or any other policy area. It’s just more Republican temper tantrums because Americans rejected Romney/Ryan in 2012 and McCain/Palin in 2008 in favor of Barack Obama.

The reality is the influx of immigrants from Central America presents several issues. Communities are under resourced and therefore unable to provide shelter, food, clothing and healthcare. ICE facilities are not designed to care for children. This humanitarian crisis is overwhelming border security which means their primary responsibility of securing the borders has become a secondary priority. The fact is this influx means more delays in legally required proceedings unless there are more immigration judges to adjudicate cases.

The President and other adult lawmakers recognize that continued partisan bickering accomplishes nothing.

In direct contrast to Palin and other right wing partisans, Wendy Davis is showing Texas Governor Rick Perry and Greg Abbott, her republican opponent in the race to replace Perry, what leadership is and how it is done.

Davis wrote a letter to Perry, vowing to support him if he will declare a state of emergency, call an emergency session and some additional specific proposals to deal with the combination of issues arising from an influx of children seeking a safe haven.

Wendy Davis’ letter to Gov. Rick Perry

June 23, 2014

The Honorable Rick Perry Governor State of Texas Austin, Texas

Dear Governor Perry:

The crisis along our border is an emergency and requires additional immediate attention.

As you know, families from across Central America – primarily from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala – are surrendering to federal border patrol agents along the Texas Rio Grande Valley at unprecedented rates. In fact, since last October, an estimated 174,000 individuals and families, many of them children, have crossed the border and turned themselves over to federal immigration authorities.

The situation is untenable. Federal border agents and facilities are overwhelmed trying to address this human crisis instead of focusing on their first priority to secure our border from drug smugglers, human traffickers and terrorists. You took a solid step, which I support, to address that by increasing support to the Department of Public Safety to help along the border.

However, local counties, cities and charitable organizations are also spending already limited resources to meet the basic needs of these individuals and their families. Adequate food, shelter, clothing and healthcare are equally important.

I share the concern of our state colleagues and local leaders along the border about this growing crisis, and call on you to do the following:

1) Declare a state of emergency. As much as any natural disaster, this is a human one that requires all the focus and energy possible of our state government. A declaration of state emergency on your part, as governor, will provide communities with the essential resources, supplies, emergency services and facilities they need without further delay. Just as we help communities in the aftermath of wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters, we can and should help our border communities during this crisis.

2) Call an immediate emergency special session of the Texas Legislature. In the absence of federal action, local communities need state assistance. The purpose of this session will be to hear from first responders – city and county officials, police, fire, EMS, public health leaders and the faith based organizations – on the challenges they face; assess those needs; and pass emergency appropriations to provide local agencies with the resources they need in order to do their job in protecting local communities and provide appropriate care for these individuals and families.

3) Request additional immigration judges immediately. I agree that this is a federal issue. While I believe it is imperative for the state to act in the short-term, we need the federal government to do its job – including sending more immigration judges to the border. To that end, we should call on the Obama Administration to provide a sufficient number of judges so that those processed by the border patrol will receive an immediate hearing on their immigration requests and, where appropriate, be repatriated to their native country. Given the scale and scope of this emergency, I believe that this is the best approach, rather than releasing these individuals and their families at the local bus station with a hearing set several months in the future. We should vigorously advocate this approach with federal officials.

4) Send the state/local bill to the federal government. We should also sponsor and vigorously support a joint resolution calling for the federal government to pay for any and all emergency funds spent by state and local authorities to address this emergency.

Allow me to reiterate that I agree with border leaders that this is a disaster that requires immediate state action. But, I call on you to not sit by and wait for the federal government to act in order to address the humanitarian needs and the costs of addressing them that local communities are currently bearing. If the federal government does not lead, then we must.

You have my full support to act in the manner described above.

Sincerely,

Wendy R. Davis Senator

Few rational people would find reason to oppose any of these proposals. Of course, no one can accuse this Congress or Rick Perry of being rational.

******

The author


TOPICS: US: Texas
KEYWORDS: abortionbarbie; concentrationcamps; immigration; obama; texas; wendydavis
So all of a sudden they like Rupert Murdoch?!
1 posted on 06/23/2014 8:13:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I see Wendy Davis as an unprincipled opportunist - hungry for power - willing to do whatever it takes her to get it.


2 posted on 06/23/2014 8:16:14 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Aria

IOW a typical Democrat.


3 posted on 06/23/2014 8:19:28 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Give the kids sneakers, Wendy!


4 posted on 06/23/2014 8:19:31 PM PDT by struggle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The governments of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras should be arresting and trying the sperm and egg donors of these children for child abuse. The scumbag “parents” have used their children as props to forward the agenda of the global communist party with their destruction of America.


5 posted on 06/23/2014 8:21:09 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Feed the wacko enrviromentalists to the starving polar bears.)
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To: Aria

Sarah would have really had something if she called for Perry to put Wendy Davis on a plane and fly her back to Rhode Island.


6 posted on 06/23/2014 8:22:37 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wendy sees those children and thinks they should have all been aborted.


7 posted on 06/23/2014 8:23:16 PM PDT by boycott
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To: Rodamala; Aria

As big as Rhode Island is, he probably doesn’t want to start a war with them!


8 posted on 06/23/2014 8:24:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: boycott
BOOM!
9 posted on 06/23/2014 8:25:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

what a joke


10 posted on 06/23/2014 8:25:35 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: struggle

They “snuck” in, they probably already have sneakers.


11 posted on 06/23/2014 8:26:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, more immigration judges. Which will be appointed by Obama, rushed through the review process due to the emergency and confirmed by a 50%+1 post-nuclear option Senate Democrat majority.

To Davis and the Dems, seems like “leadership” is defined as packing the judicial branch with Liberal judges who will rule accordingly.


12 posted on 06/23/2014 8:30:56 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I live not far from the border in Texas, Wendy. What about my safety concerns such as diseases and gang activity?


13 posted on 06/23/2014 8:31:10 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Kinda late to the party, skank.


14 posted on 06/23/2014 8:31:21 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She only loves kids if she can’t abort them.


15 posted on 06/23/2014 8:31:24 PM PDT by South40 ([Hillary Clinton was a] "great secretary of state". - Texas Governor Rick Perry)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"....there is a humanitarian crises.... "

Another imbecile posing as an intellectual.

16 posted on 06/23/2014 8:37:20 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: clintonh8r

That is the phrase of the day. It is telling that Republicans are using it too. Tells me we’ve already lost.


17 posted on 06/23/2014 8:59:05 PM PDT by sheana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In 1965, Ayn Rand dissected the use of the teerm “extremist” as used by the neo-fascists of that time. Her work still stands.

In summary, “extreme” is a modifier; an adjective or adverb, depending on its object. It requires an object to attach itself to. To call someone an extremist without a noun or verb is an empty, null use.

It means NOTHING (by design!)


18 posted on 06/23/2014 9:05:08 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“/Republicans are more interested in blaming President Obama for a policy that was, in fact, passed by the Bush Administration than in finding solutions.”

It is likely that the irony of this sentence is lost on the author. Right out the gate, she places blame while accusing the Republicans of being in the wrong by placing blame.


19 posted on 06/23/2014 9:21:45 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“/Republicans are more interested in blaming President Obama for a policy that was, in fact, passed by the Bush Administration than in finding solutions.”

It is likely that the irony of this sentence is lost on the author. Right out the gate, she places blame while accusing the Republicans of being in the wrong by placing blame.


20 posted on 06/23/2014 9:26:23 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If all these folks are the hard workers that the amnesty folks tout, then why aren’t we building factories, etc in these countries and giving them jobs? That would crush China, labor would be cheap and probably a helluva lot cheaper to ship. Why not give them a chance to take jobs away from the Chinese?

I know some are gonna jump all over me that those jobs should be in the States and I agree. But, I don’t see that happening in this lifetime, so why not give them some jobs so they stop coming here and bury China at the same time?


21 posted on 06/23/2014 9:40:27 PM PDT by qaz123
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a tough one.

It’s kinduhh like a Vietnamese kid walking toward you with a live hand grenade in one hand, the pulled pin in the other and a smile on its face.

What to do....what to do....


22 posted on 06/23/2014 9:46:46 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would like to see the Bush policy to which she is referring. She mentioned children not coming from Mexico. That leads me to believe it’s regarding those who arrive by boat, not through the Mexican border.


23 posted on 06/23/2014 10:08:15 PM PDT by JoeRed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wendy Davis is just simply a “Wannabe” that never was...and never will be!!! Ole, “Wendy” is going to take down the Texas Democrat Party with her, come election day, November 4, 2014, right into the obscure political cesspool of failed politicians!!!


24 posted on 06/23/2014 10:28:09 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Obama for a policy that was, in fact, passed by the Bush Administration”

As if we conservatives hold the Bush border policy up as the great example. Try again, silly liberal.


25 posted on 06/24/2014 1:39:50 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Typical dowdy liberal woman look..

Yo, proggie .. how about changing the oil in that hair?


26 posted on 06/24/2014 1:42:43 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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