TRUTH: Top 5 Progressive Talking Points Unraveled

Top Five (5) Progressive Talking Points on Immigration Crisis:

  1. They are "Children" looking for safety
  2. They are entitled to Due Process under our Law
  3.  Rule of Law: Section 462 of the Homeland Security Act allows for the resettlement of "Unaccompanied Minors"
  4. The Office of Refugee Resettlement of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been doing this for decades.
  5. They are coming because of economic woes.

We are sure you have heard all of these arguments so far by the Progressives in government, media, social media, and blogs. We, at iCaucus have had them brought up on our articles as well, so we thought we would compile them in one place, with the facts to be able to answer these talking points.  The following paragraphs contain the truth for each one of these points, with the back up documentation. Enjoy!

#1 - They are Children looking for safety

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we will be putting several into this section along with a link to article from media outside of the United States. They seem to get this a bit different. 

The Children:

Illegal immigrants are seen at a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services facility in South Texas in this handout photo courtesy of the office of U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX).

( HANDOUT / REUTERS / June 12, 2014 )

Illegal immigrants are seen at a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services facility in South Texas in this handout photo courtesy of the office of U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX).

immigrants_on_train.jpg

Story from inside of Mexico, I see kids, don't you?  Riding La Bestia, The Immigration Train

These are only a few found while doing google searches.  There is much more out there.

#2 - They are Entitled to Due Process under our Constitution

This argument was actually forwarded to iCaucus by a law student from Louisiana.  Here is the information we supplied. While it is true due process is afforded to immigrants, there are varying degrees of due process included in the court decisions. There are also stipulations put forward by the court. You may want to also read the section on Page 5 here:http://fordhamlawreview.org/assets/pdfs/Vol_82/Elsea_April.pdf from the Fordham Law Review which may assist you in additional information. The relevant section says: “Aliens who have not acquired any domicile or residence in the United States are generally entitled to very little process to determine whether they should be permitted to enter the country. Although covered by the Due Process Clause, an alien seeking entry at a port of arrival is not constitutionally entitled to a judicial hearing, even if claiming to be a U.S. citizen. The distinction between due process protections accorded to “deportable,” compared to “excludable” aliens, for purposes of removal hearings, has thus traditionally been stark. Under the “entry fiction,” excludable (now called “inadmissible”) aliens are deemed to be standing at the border of U.S. territory, even if they have been paroled into the country or have previously been admitted to the United States and lived there many years. Deportable aliens are those who have entered the country but have become ineligible to remain. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that excludable aliens seeking entry into the United States are not entitled to the same due process prior to being removed that applies to aliens who have achieved entry” 

#3 - The government is following Rule of Law due to Section 462 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002

While this law does exist and now is noted in 6 USC 279 Section 462.  We must look at all of it, including the definition of Unaccompanied Alien Child contained in 6 USC 279 Section 462(g)(1) &(2). It is as follows:

(g) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section—
(1) the term ‘‘placement’’ means the placement of an unaccompanied alien child in either a detention facility or an alternative to such a facility; and
(2) the term ‘‘unaccompanied alien child’’ means a child
who—
(A) has no lawful immigration status in the United
States;
(B) has not attained 18 years of age; and
(C ) with respect to whom—
(i) there is no parent or legal guardian in the
United States; or
(ii) no parent or legal guardian in the United
States is available to provide care and physical custody. 

According to media and even those in DC, most of them are looking to be reunited with family members who are here. Even according to the leaders of these countries that is true.  Nevermind those traveling as families. Therefore this law should not be applied as it is and the "resettlement" is unlawful.

#4 - The Office of Refugee Resettlement of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been doing this for decades.

The whole point of Section 462 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 was to move the unaccompanied alien child care to the Office of Refugee Resettlement.  You can see this by accessing the law at:  Homeland Security Act 2002, Public Law 107-296 . 2002 to 2014 is a little over one (1) decade and the above information still applies, therefore making this argument null and void.  Having this department even involved is a violation of Public Law in most of these cases.

#5 - These "Families" Are Immigrating Due to Economic Issues

This argument is even put forth by the leaders of their home countries.  However, we don't believe the American taxpayers understand just how much of their tax dollars go to countries around the world and what those funds apply to.  Several articles apply to this talking point, along with the Fiscal Year 2015 budget request from USAID/State Department.

In this article from the Latin American Herald Tribune, it would seem to take most of the arguments away from the progressives on the reasons why there is a mass migration.  However, for the purpose of this section, we will just say that Mr. Kerry had already promised $200 Million in aid to those countries these so-called refugees are coming from. In addition, we were giving Honduras $1.75 Million for police.  Those numbers are in addition to the amounts already contained in the Fiscal Year 2015 request by USAID.  

USAID FY2015 Congressional Budget Justification shows just how much money the American tapayers were already subject to and going to be subject to sending to these countries for various activities.  Mind you, these numbers are in addition to the $1.5 Billion the taxpayers will pay for this year into International Organizations that do many of the same things.

USAID PROGRAM

2015 REQUEST

International Boundary and Water Commission (U.S. & Mexico) - water treaties and related agreements to develop binational solutions to boundary and water problesm arising on border. Activities afford protection of lives and property from floods in bordering communities. Also sanitation issues through wastewater treatment

$71, 876,000
Border Environment Cooperation Commission (U.S. & Mexico) - Created in 1993, assists border communities in developing environmental infrastructure projects that meet certification requirements to receive funding from the North American Development Bank or other institutions. Provide environmental and health benefits and are technically feasible and affordable  $2,400,000

Economic Support Fund - Short and Long term political, economic, and security needs (By Country or Region)

 Mexico $35,000,000

Central America Regional Security (CARSI) $60,000,000

Inter-American Foundation (Latin America) $18,100,000

Inter-American Development Bank $102,020,000

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement (By Country or Region)

 Mexico $80,000,000

Central American Regional Security (CARSI) $92,000,000

International Military Education and Training (Western Hemisphere, priority programs include Columbia, El Salvador, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras) - Professionalizing defense forces, institutionalizing respect for human rights and the rule of law, and enhancing leadersip and technical ability of partner nations to protect national territory and maritime borders against transitional threats.                                                                 

 $13,800,000

Foreign Military Financing(Western Hemisphere) - Furthers U.S. interests around the world by helping to ensure that coalition partners and friendly foreign governments are capable of working towards common security goals and sharing joint missions. Containing transitional threats, including terrorism and trafficking in narcotics, weapons, and persons. Supports Mexico's efforts to control national territory and enhance cooperation with the U.S. Funding for Central America will support partner efforts to control national territory and maritime borders, denying safe havens and operating areas to transitional criminal organizations and others who drive violence that threatens the security of our partners.

 $47,100,000
Global Health Programs (By Country and/or Region)                                                          

Guatemala $13,000,000                             Honduras        $0.00 

Central American Regional         $8,391,000

South American Regional  $3,500,000

Development Assistance (By Country and/or Region)

 El Salvador $25,000,000

Guatemala $57,387,000

Honduras $44,326,000

Mexico $8,000,000

Central America Regional $11,000,000

South America Regional $2,000,000

Population, Refugee, and Migration

 Western Hemisphere $45,374,000

Refugee/Admissions - Resettlement through non-governmental organizational partners, refugess and certain other categories of special immigrants resettle in communities across the United States.

 $360,000,000

U.S. Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance - Humanitarian assistance for unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs worldwide                                                                                                                          

 $50,000,000

 If you aren't angry yet, you aren't paying attention.  These amounts of money were requested March 4, 2014 and only paints part of the picture.  Reminder, this is just for one (1) year.  Even taking out the last two categories, since those can be utilized worldwide, that is still a grand total of $741,041,000.00 (Seven Hundred Forty-One Million, Forty-One Thousand dollars)

Don't ever again allow the Progressive talking points to stand.  They are parroting untruths, even in the media.  These are not refugees, but you can see why they need to term them as such.  These numbers are also before the request the Administration is now making for an additional $3.7 Billion to handle the "crisis".                                                                                                                          


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