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I must say, in spite of being fiercely individual, I will concede that there is value in the group (or State, if you like).
If you consider the group in a favorable light, as in, on a good day, what it might be good for, it's purpose would have to be like that of a family; a group that encourages the growth and success of its member individuals.
Release Date: June 23, 2014
For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
The following op-ed from Secretary Johnson ran in Spanish-language outlets over the weekend. Please see the English translation below.
This year, a record number of children will cross our Southern border illegally into the United States. In the month of May alone, the number of children, unaccompanied by a mother or father, who crossed our southern border reached more than 9,000, bringing the total so far this year to 47,000. The majority of these children come from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, where gang and drug violence terrorize communities. To the parents of these children I have one simple message: Sending your child to travel illegally into the United States is not the solution.
It is dangerous to send a child on the long journey from Central America to the United States. The criminal smuggling networks that you pay to deliver your child to the United States have no regard for his or her safety and well-being – to them, your child is a commodity to be exchanged for a payment. In the hands of smugglers, many children are traumatized and psychologically abused by their journey, or worse, beaten, starved, sexually assaulted or sold into the sex trade; they are exposed to psychological abuse at the hands of criminals. Conditions for an attempt to cross our southern border illegally will become much worse as it gets hotter in July and August.
The long journey is not only dangerous; there are no “permisos,” “permits,” or free passes at the end.
The U.S. Government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also called “DACA,” does not apply to a child who crosses the U.S. border illegally today, tomorrow or yesterday. To be eligible for DACA, a child must have been in the United States prior to June 15, 2007 – seven years ago.
Also, the immigration reform legislation now before Congress provides for an earned path to citizenship, but only for certain people who came into this country on or before December 31, 2011 – two and one half years ago. So, let me be clear: There is no path to deferred action or citizenship, or one being contemplated by Congress, for a child who crosses our border illegally today.
Rather, under current U.S. laws and policies, anyone who is apprehended crossing our border illegally is a priority for deportation, regardless of age. That means that if your child is caught crossing the border illegally, he or she will be charged with violating United States immigration laws, and placed in deportation proceedings – a situation no one wants. The document issued to your child is not a “permiso,” but a Notice To Appear in a deportation proceeding before an immigration judge.
As the Secretary of Homeland Security, I have seen first-hand the children at our processing center in Texas. As a father, I have looked into the faces of these children and recognized fear and vulnerability.
The desire to see a child have a better life in the United States is understandable. But, the risks of illegal migration by an unaccompanied child to achieve that dream are far too great, and the “permisos” do not exist.
Jeh C. Johnson
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
DID YOU KNOW
When God created the earth, His Holy Spirit was involved in the creation.
Many New Testament Christians believe that the Holy Spirit first appeared on earth in the second chapter of Acts.
Actually, He appeared many times throughout the Old Testament. Prophets were “filled with the Holy Spirit” and so were inspired to speak for the Lord. However, the first time the Holy Spirit appeared in the Bible was right up front; it was in the second verse of the first chapter of the Bible.
Genesis 1:1-2 (KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
The :movement of God’s Holy Spirit has made incredible things happen through history. He has moved the waters and He has moved the hearts of men.
How has the Holy Spirit been involved in your born-again experience? From the beginning..
While the nation of Israel is fighting for its right to exist, liberal media outlets all around the globe are busy at work on a hatchet campaign to paint Israelis as the bad guys in their latest battle with Hamas.
Progressives and pro-Hamas protesters are greedily feasting on the misinformation they’re being spoon fed by mainstream media, using it to fuel their outrage and justify holding anti-Semitic rallies and riots in the streets of Europe.
Despite being slammed from every angle, Israel has made it clear they will not back down or budge an inch when it comes to defending its citizens from radical terrorists bent on their destruction.
Secretary of State John Kerry was recently caught being critical of Israel thanks to an open mic, venting his frustration with the Israeli military over civilian casualties.
According to NewsMax, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat appeared on Fox News, stating that Israel will not halt it’s military operations until Hamas has been put out of commission for good.
Barkat said, “Unfortunately, there’s terrorists who have no clue what honest means, what the Geneva Convention means. And we’ll hunt them and kill them before they kill us.
The mayor went on to say, “We’ll not stop until we are sure that they cannot fire missiles. If they hide behind children, we will warn them once, warn them twice, and go after terrorists. And God forbid, take those innocent children of innocent people away, because we will not stop.”
Despite the flak Israel is taking, they should absolutely continue to pound Hamas in any way possible for not only attacking their nation and attempting to kill their people, but also for the many evil acts these radicals inflict on their own nation.
Israeli tactics may sound harsh, but the reality is that Hamas is acting cowardly, abusing its people by using them as shields, too terrified to stand against their enemy face to face.
America and the world should be standing with Israel as they attempt to secure peace for their nation, and put an end to the evil actions of this group of cowards.
Associated Press reports:
Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.
The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts...
The Obama administration says six of the GAO's fake online applications were blocked by eligibility checks built into computer systems at HealthCare.gov. But the GAO says its undercover agents found a way around that, and were able to enroll anyway...
Among the findings:
—Contractors processing applications for the government told the GAO that their role was not to ferret out potential fraud.
—Five of six bogus phone applications went through successfully. The one exception involved an applicant who refused to provide a Social Security number.
—Six online applications were snagged by an identity checking system. But investigators just dialed a call center and all six were approved. That seemed to be an open pathway to coverage.
—The GAO also tried to check the reliability of counselors providing in-person assistance. In five out of six cases, investigators were unable to get help. In the final case, the counselor correctly told the undercover investigator that their stated income would not entitle them to subsidized coverage.
The Obamacare bureaucracy disclosed earlier this month that 2.6 million of their 8 million applicants submitted bogus data which does not match government records, but they are still spending taxpayer money to buy them insurance.
Who are making these false applications?
The recent Commonwealth Fund poll of Obamacare dependents suggests that they are folks lying about their income to qualify for Medicaid or exchange subsidies and illegal aliens.
This should be no surprise. Project Veritas busted the government's own Obamacare navigators months ago for instructing applicants how to commit fraud:
The best laid plans of mice and socialists.
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