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Gov. Palin: Todd and I are #OnDutyForJoni Ernst

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 25, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page yesterday:

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Todd and I are #OnDutyForJoni Ernst as she steps away from the Iowa campaign trail to continue her service to our country in uniform. Joni is a strong conservative running a positive, optimistic campaign for U.S. Senate in the Hawkeye State, and she’s had our full support for many months now. Sign up here to find out how you can help Joni spread her positive message as she works to defend our freedoms:
http://bit.ly/1rupbrD
Thank you for your service, Lt. Col. Ernst!

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(Updated) Bristol Palin: Meriam Ibrahim and her family are now safe and free in Italy!

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 25, 2014

Governor Palin tweeted a link to this article at Bristol’s Blog today:

Meriam Ibrahim and Her American Family Free in Italy!

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Wonderful news!!

I’ve written about Meriam Ibrahim herehere, here and here. Thank you to all of you who urged diplomatic action on her behalf, to save her life and the lives of her American children. As you remember, she was imprisoned because of her Christian faith.  Given the chance to renounce Christianity, she refused.  What amazing courage!

I’m so happy to tell you that she and her family are now safe and free in Italy!

The ACLJ reports:

After being under U.S. protection in the American Embassy in Khartoum for the last month, Meriam her two young American children Martin and Maya, and her American husband Daniel were flown out of Sudan on an Italian government plane, escorted by Italian personnel.

This is a huge victory for religious liberty.  Meriam, Martin, and Maya have gone from suffering on death row in a brutal prison because of Meriam’s Christian faith to freedom in Italy.

It is believed that Meriam and her American family will be traveling to the U.S. in a matter of days, but today they are safe and free in Italy.

We are thankful for the Italian government’s critical involvement in this case.

Fox News also reported on this great news!

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her faith, has been flown to Italy on an Italian government jet, accompanied by that country’s vice-minister for foreign affairs.

Reuters reported that Italian television broadcast images of Ibrahim, 27, arriving at Rome’s Ciampino airport accompanied by her family and Italian politician Lapo Pistelli. Earlier, Pistelli had posted a picture on his Facebook page depicting himself with Ibrahim and her two children. The caption, translated from Italian, read “With Meriam, Maya, Martin and [Ibrahim's husband] Daniel, a few minutes from Rome. Mission accomplished.”

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was among those who greeted the plane, calling it “a day of celebration.”

At times like these, I am SO thankful for you guys, who were willing to pray and sign petitions on behalf of Meriam.  Thank you!!

Thank you, Bristol, for keeping everyone informed.  And thank God for His deliverance of Dr. Meriam Ibrahim and her family out of the hands of those who persecuted her for her faith.

UPDATE

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This article by Caitlin Burke at CBN News is noteworthy:

    US Mostly Absent in Meriam Ibrahim Release

    Read more.

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    Also at CBN News:

      Sudanese Christian Mom Now Free, Arrives in Italy

      Read more.

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      Sadly, Obama is too busy suppressing religious freedom in this country to care about religious freedom in another country.  Just before the 2008 election, Pastor Steve Foss wrote that God had told him in 2006 that after George W. Bush that America would elect her most ungodly President ever.  Here is an excerpt from Pastor Foss’s letter, which you can read in full here.

      I want to put this deep in your spirit. I am speaking as a prophet. The words I’m about to tell you are “thus saith the Lord”. If Barack Obama is elected, the attacks against free speech, against those who believe differently than he does, and the systematic use of the government and laws to silence the voice of fundamental Christians will be unlike anything ever seen in this nation before.

      We have been forewarned.  And we need to do everything we can to remove Obama from office by impeachment if necessary and to tie his hands from mischief during his last two years in office by electing a Republican majority in both the House and Senate.   Boots on the ground are very important, but most importantly, pray and vote!

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      Gov. Palin: I totally get where Coach Dungy is coming from

      Posted by Dr. Fay on July 24, 2014

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      Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page last night:

      Sarah Palin shared a link.
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      Check out this post at Bristol’s blog and offer your thoughts. (I so appreciate her sincere and respectful “what do you think?” approach to these topics.) I am a huge admirer of Coach Dungy’s, and I totally get where he’s coming from. Looking at this personally, my family and I have been told certain event organizers would like us to participate in something but just can’t because of the distractions I’d invite. I totally get it and I don’t want to burden them with anything that takes focus off their mission. I don’t whine that those people “uninviting” us are sexist or anti-conservative or anti-Christian. It is what it is, and in sports a coach needs to FOCUS on the goal, not unnecessary distractions! The key to victory on the field is keeping the main thing, the main thing.

      (And, by the way, I think I know my gay friends well enough to know that not one of them would take offense with Coach Dungy’s commonsense comments. In fact, from what they’ve told me, they’re as sick and tired of the intolerant, politically correct thought police as I am. The small minority of uber-sensitive intolerant gays who make a big darn deal out of anything that can be spun up as “offensive” are really giving fellow members of their community a bad rap.)

      - Sarah Palin

      Here’s the link:

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      http://www.patheos.com/blogs/bristolpalin/2014/07/walsh-if-you-want-to-prove-you-dont-hate-gays-all-you-have-to-do-is-worship-at-their-feet/

       

       

      Here is Bristol’s article:

      WALSH: If You Want to Prove You Don’t Hate Gays, All You Have to Do is Worship at Their Feet

      Have you heard what’s been going on with Coach Tony Dungy?   A reporter asked him about Michael Sam, who is the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL. Coach Dungy by saying:

      “I wouldn’t have [drafted] him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.  It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”

      But the reaction to this statement was swift and condemning.  Blogger Matt Walsh wrote about it in a piece called “If You Want to Prove You Don’t Hate Gays, All You Have to Do is Worship at Their Feet.”  He says he believes Dungy’s response was perfectly reasonable and widely held.  (Of course, there’s this.  Sam wasn’t taken until the 7th round.)  Walsh writes:

      Notice, Dungy never said that he hates Sam because of his sexuality, nor did he say that Sam shouldn’t be in the NFL. In fact, he said the opposite. Dungy’s position is very clear. Sam is a mediocre talent and a marginal prospect. He’s too slow to be a linebacker and too small to be a defensive end. He doesn’t have the athleticism to be a starter, and he may very well lack the talent to make the squad. At best, Michael Sam will see the field for kickoffs and punts, and that will be it.

      Is an unspectacular player worth the media circus that will follow? Would any coach in their right mind relish the thought of being accused of bigotry if Sam has to be cut to make room for better players? Does any football organization want to be tossed into the middle of a ‘gay rights’ fight when their only concern is winning football games? One poor team answered ‘yes’ to these questions, but 31 did not. Tony Dungy echoed the sentiments of the 31 teams — the sane ones.

      Michael Sam isn’t very good but he is a self-congratulatory pseudo-’equal rights’ champion who loves the attention and does not hesitate to throw homophobia accusations around.  This is the guy who was fortunate to be picked at all, but instead of showing gratitude, he immediately complained that he wasn’t drafted high enough, in an obvious attempt to insinuate that he’s the victim of unfair bias. This is the guy who cut a deal to star in a documentary during training camp, and hid the agreement from the NFL until after the draft. This is the man who went out of his way to announce his sexual proclivities to the world, and then starred in a commercial where he claimed that he only wants to be judged for what he does on the field.

      This dude is on a crusade, and it’s got nothing to do with making the playoffs and bringing home the Lombardi Trophy. He’s not worth the trouble, not by a longshot. Any rational person can see that, and Tony Dungy is a rational person.

      Progressives, however, are not. That’s why Dungy’s remarks have been met with a furor as repulsive as it is predictable. Tony Dungy never criticized Sam’s sexual preference, but he did take a position that diverges from the liberal narrative, and now he is being punished severely for it.

      How you ask?  Well, leftists began criticizing him… BY MAKING FUN OF HIS SON’S SUICIDE.  I won’t repeat those tweets here.  But Walsh goes on to say that leftists began to lecture Coach Dungy about…  wait for it… civil rights.  Matt helpfully points out that Coach Dungy is black, while his would-be sermonizers are white guys.  He writes that the comparison is not fair, no matter what color you are:

      Now, if I wanted to explain why you can’t compare pre-civil rights blacks to modern gays, I might point out the dramatic disparity in how the two groups were treated. I might say that black people went from being used like farm animals to being ‘freed’ but still deprived of their most essential human rights and most basic protections under the law.  I might point out that gays are not subject to that kind of oppression, and to insist otherwise is to demonstrate a complete lack of integrity or sanity. I might tell you that a black man could be hung from a tree without legal repercussion, whereas a gay man in modern times can’t even be refused a wedding cake without the full weight of the justice system coming down upon the offending baker.

      I might go a step further and explain that blacks are a people. A culture. A race. A heritage. Black is part of their identity, by any measure. Physically, genetically, socially, culturally. Homosexuals, on the other hand, are not a race. They are not a people. They are people, individually, but they are not an actual community as a whole. There is no ‘gay heritage.’ They are not any different physically or genetically. You are gay because of your sexual activities, whereas you are black because that’s who you are. The two are not analogous, they are not similar, they are not in the same vein, they are not comparable. They are two completely different things. Just as I am not in a ‘straight community’ or part of a ‘straight culture’ or a member of a ‘straight lineage,’ neither are gays. My people are not heterosexuals. I do not have a shared ancestry with straights, nor does our straightness align us in any deep or meaningful way. Your sexual proclivity is different from your ethnicity, just as it is different from your religion or your gender.

      What do you guys think about this controversy?  Walsh goes on to explain that Coach Dungy was right — in fact, even his very limited comment about the player caused a media frenzy.  This is how Walsh concludes his very interesting piece, by saying that there is a cultural divide that no one can escape:

      So Dungy was right, which is why he’s now hated.

      This is how the game will be played.

      Get ready for it.

      You’re either with them or against them.

      Would love to hear your thoughts.  Read all of Matt Walsh’s blog here (which includes a lot of difference takes on the issue) then let me know what you think by commenting on my Facebook page.

      What can we learn from this controversy?

       

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      Gov. Palin: Joe Carr is the new voice Tennessee needs in the Senate!

      Posted by Dr. Fay on July 24, 2014

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      Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page last night:

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      Thank you, Lamar Alexander, for the respect and integrity you’ve shown in your many years of public service in Washington. With the new challenges in D.C., the time has come for new leaders who are willing to stand up to the political establishments and the Obama administration and say, “no mas!” Unfortunately, advocating and voting for amnesty, cash for clunkers, bailouts, raising the debt ceiling, and many controversial Obama administration nominees has marred the incumbent’s record. It’s time for a change.

      Joe Carr is the new voice Tennessee needs in the U.S. Senate! Joe is a citizen legislator who brings his small business experience to bear in the Tennessee General Assembly. He’s stood up to those in his own party, fighting to enact some of the toughest illegal immigration legislation in the country and working to make Tennessee the 4th most business friendly state in the nation. Joe knows that government is most often the problem, not the solution, and he will work to reduce the size of our federal bureaucracy and always use the Constitution as his guide.

      It’s a disappointment that after so many years in office Senator Alexander has refused to debate Joe Carr in this campaign. Really, it’s pretty unbelievable because the good people of Tennessee deserve to hear from both these candidates to know who will be on their side and who will choose the Washington status quo.

      The conservative grassroots patriots in Tennessee have clearly spoken. When I visited there earlier this month, I was impressed by all the energy and momentum behind Joe Carr. Please join me in supporting him as the Volunteer State’s next Senator!

      - Sarah Palin

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      Palin plans to speak out on tax law referendum scheduled for Alaska primary August 19

      Posted by Dr. Fay on July 24, 2014

      Governor Palins Energy Plan

      From article by Laurel Andrews at The Alaska Dispatch:

      Former Gov. Sarah Palin weighs in on Alaska’s current oil tax debate

      Laurel Andrews

      See more.

       

      Also see our Alaska Pipeline Grab (PIPELINEGATE) page.

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      Gov. Palin congratulates Loudermilk and Perdue and encourages Johnson to try again

      Posted by Dr. Fay on July 23, 2014

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      Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page this morning:

       

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      Congratulations, conservative contenders, who can now move forward to the general election, one step closer to putting America on the right track! House candidate Barry Loudermilk won the Georgia primary run-off tonight. He’ll be an excellent voice representing the Peach State’s 11th Congressional district. Congratulations also to Senate candidate David Perdue on his win today, and we’ll all work together to hold this important Senate seat for the GOP. Dr. Bob Johnson is a great candidate, the speed bump he faced in his race for Georgia’s 1st Congressional seat can’t be seen as a roadblock in his drive to serve our country; the good doctor can use his race as a stepping stone for the next time he offers himself up in the name of good public service. He ran for the right reasons, and the country needs him to try it again! Now it’s time to unite behind our nominees and work together in the race to November, for it is a race at the crossroad of our future. Thank you, candidates, campaign staff, and especially you great volunteers! Keep the faith.

      - Sarah Palin

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      Gov. Palin: Is Obama even engaged in the crises rocking this country and the world?

      Posted by Dr. Fay on July 22, 2014

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      Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page tonight:

      Sarah Palin shared a link.
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      Again, we need to ask: “What did the President know and when did he know it?” And is he even engaged at all in the crises rocking this country and the world?

      See here:

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      http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Michelle-Brane-Lucille-Roybal-Allard-Cecilia-Munoz-border/2014/07/21/id/584027/

       

      From Hannity last night:

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      http://video.foxnews.com/v/3689827559001

      Here is the article that Governor Palin linked to:

      Report: White House Ignored ‘Alarm Bells’ About Border Crisis

      Monday, 21 Jul 2014 11:18 PM

      By Cathy Burke

      The Obama administration two years ago reportedly ignored the “ringing alarm bells” of a potential crisis of unaccompanied children pouring across the the U.S.-Mexico border, fearing the political fallout in an election year.

      “There were warning signs, operational folks raising red flags to high levels in terms of this being a potential issue,” a former senior federal law enforcement official told The Washington Post.

      The official told the newspaper that Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were “ringing alarm bells” within the administration.

      Yet the White House was focused then on twin political battles: President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and the congressional push for a broad immigration overhaul. Both would have been made much more difficult amid a border crisis, the newspaper reported.

      [...]

      California Democratic Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard told The Post that lawmakers understood how serious the situation was, but feared the political fallout.

      “That was always a concern of mine: how to address the issue in a way that did not detract from the need for comprehensive immigration reform,” she told the newspaper.

      The Post quoted another unnamed source as saying the Obama administration was focusing on broad reform rather than an immediate fix.

      “Was the White House told there were huge flows of Central Americans coming? Of course they were told. A lot of times,” this source told the newspaper. “Was there a general lack of interest and a focus on the legislation? Yes, that’s where the focus was.”

      A University of Texas at El Paso report in 2013 detailed how 30 agents were already assigned to perform tasks like washing the immigrant children’s clothes, driving them to offsite showers, and making them sandwiches.

      The report said that an average of 66 children were taken into custody each day and more than 24,000 cycled through patrol stations in Texas in 2013.

      Yet study leader Victor Manjarrez Jr., a former Border Patrol agent, told The Post the government had little reaction to the report’s warning and viewed the situation as a “local problem.”

      Manjarrez said a crisis on the scale of what’s now developed along the border since last October was “not on anyone’s radar [even though] it was pretty clear this number of kids was going to be the new baseline.”

      Cecilia Muñoz, Obama’s domestic policy adviser, said the administration and key agencies had made adjustments over time to deal with the influx of children but then responded with urgency once federal officials realized last May the numbers would far exceed internal projections of 60,000 minors crossing the border in 2014, The Post reported.

      Border Patrol estimates now say the number could reach 90,000 by the end of September, The Post noted.

      Obama has ordered an emergency response overseen by the National Security Council and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and earlier this month asked Congress to approve $3.7 billion in emergency funds.

      But back in April 2012, Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry was already urging Obama “to take immediate action” and return unaccompanied minors to their home countries.

      In an open letter to Obama, Perry warned that “every child allowed to remain encourages hundreds more to attempt the journey.”

      On Capitol Hill, as lawmakers began hearing reports of the growing crisis from organizations and churches with operations in Central America, some Democrats worried it would help Republicans make a case that the administration’s policies had failed, Roybal-Allard told the newspaper.

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      Gov. Palin: Such a difference in mindset between Reagan and Obama

      Posted by Dr. Fay on July 22, 2014


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      Governor Palin talked with Hannity last night about Obama’s disconnect from the American people.  Tony Lee at Breitbart.com reports on the interview.

      Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin believes that President Barack Obama’s actions — or lack thereof — show that he is “in over his head” as the country’s chief executive.

      Noting that Obama golfs, vacations, passes the buck and points fingers during domestic and international crises if he is not distancing himself even more from them, Palin said on Monday’s Hannity on Fox News that Obama is “so far… in over his head” because he was merely a community organizer with “no executive experience” and “no resume at all” before becoming president.

      Speaking about the border crisis, Palin said Obama is “very disconnected to what people are going through in real life.” Palin has said that Obama’s lawlessness on illegal immigrant was the tipping point for her to call for impeachment because illegal immigrant impacts American workers — native-born of all backgrounds and races and legal immigrants. Palin reiterated that Obama was in “a border state when the invasion started erupting and chose instead to go to fundraisers.”

      Palin said Obama embraces the idea of “shirking back” from some of the most important developments in the world, and that is why the vacuum is being “filled by evil men.” She said she hope more candidates who believe in America’s exceptionalism around the globe can be elected in the midterm elections.

      After saying that Obama’s time in the White House has showed that he is merely a “community organizer with no real responsibilities,” as she warned during the 2008 campaign, Palin mentioned how different Obama is from Ronald Reagan, who “called out evil and didn’t ask for flexibility” and ended up winning the Cold War without firing a bullet.

      “Such a difference in the mindset,” Palin said.

      Read more.

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      Carson, Cruz, and Palin top 2016 straw poll at Western Conservative Summit

      Posted by Dr. Fay on July 21, 2014

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      From article by Joey Bunch at The Denver Post.

      Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin top Western Conservative Summit straw poll for ’16

      Posted:   07/20/2014 03:24:50 PM MDT105 Comments | Updated:   about 6 hours ago

       

      Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin were the top picks of  voters in the Western Conservative Summit straw poll for president in 2016.

      All three were speakers at the three-day event that concluded Sunday at Denver’s Hyatt Regency hotel. Carson, a columnist and retired neurosurgeon, received 22 percent of the vote, Cruz had 13 percent and Palin 12 percent.

      The ballot included two dozen Republicans. The rest of the top 10, in order of finish, were Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Rand Paul, former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, former Rep. Allen West and Rep. Paul Ryan.

      Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were among others on the ballot.

      Votes were accepted in person, via text and online. The fifth annual event drew a crowd of 3,300, said John Andrews, director of the Centennial Institute, the conservative think tank at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

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      Gov. Palin: Obama knew about border crisis but ignored it while focused on reelection and push for amnesty

      Posted by Dr. Fay on July 20, 2014

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      Posted by Governor Palin on her Facebook page tonight:

      Sarah Palin
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      Obama Knew of Border “Crisis” Prior to Reelection; Lied About That, Too!

      The Washington Post has a bombshell article out about how “top officials at the White House and the State Department had repeatedly been warned of the potential for a further explosion in the number of migrant children since the crisis began escalating two years ago.”

      The White House didn’t want to deal with the issue because they were focused on Obama’s 2012 reelection and the push for amnesty, and this burgeoning crisis didn’t look good for the President politically. So they willfully ignored it and in fact actively stoked it when Obama issued his own version of the DREAM Act by executive fiat, which led the illegal immigrants to believe they would be granted amnesty.

      Here are the two questions Congress needs to demand answers to: What did the President know and when did he know it?

      You may recall that those questions were asked of another President who was also the subject of a Washington Post expose.

      - Sarah Palin

      This is the article Governor Palin referred to:

      Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis

      July 19

      Nearly a year before President Obama declared a humanitarian crisis on the border, a team of experts arrived at the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Tex., and discovered a makeshift transportation depot for a deluge of foreign children.

      Thirty Border Patrol agents were assigned in August 2013 to drive the children to off-site showers, wash their clothes and make them sandwiches. As soon as those children were placed in temporary shelters, more arrived. An average of 66 were apprehended each day on the border and more than 24,000 cycled through Texas patrol stations in 2013. In a 41-page report to the Department of Homeland Security, the team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse.

      The researchers’ observations were among the warning signs conveyed to the Obama administration over the past two years as a surge of Central American minors has crossed into south Texas illegally. More than 57,000 have entered the United States this year, swamping federal resources and catching the government unprepared.

      The administration did too little to heed those warnings, according to interviews with former government officials, outside experts and immigrant advocates, leading to an inadequate response that contributed to this summer’s escalating crisis.

      Federal officials viewed the situation as a “local problem,” said Victor Manjarrez Jr., a former Border Patrol station chief who led the UTEP study. The research, conducted last year, was funded by the Department of Homeland Security and published in March. A broader crisis was “not on anyone’s radar,” Manjarrez added, even though “it was pretty clear this number of kids was going to be the new baseline.”

      [...]

      But top officials at the White House and the State Department had been warned repeatedly of the potential for a further explosion in the number of migrant children since the crisis began escalating two years ago, according to former federal officials and others familiar with internal discussions. The White House was directly involved in efforts in early 2012 to care for the children when it helped negotiate a temporary shelter at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

      “There were warning signs, operational folks raising red flags to high levels in terms of this being a potential issue,” said one former senior federal law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly about internal operations.

      The former official said the agencies primarily in charge of border security, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, were “ringing alarm bells” within the administration.

      Meanwhile, top officials focused much of their attention on political battles, such as Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and the push to win congressional support for a broad immigration overhaul, that would have been made more difficult with the addition of a high-profile border crisis.

      [...]

      A week later, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wrote a blistering letter to Obama, citing a 90 percent increase over the previous year in the number unaccompanied minors arriving from Central America. If the president failed “to take immediate action to return these minors to their countries of origin and prevent and discourage others from coming here, the federal government is perpetuating the problem,” Perry wrote. “Every day of delay risks more lives. Every child allowed to remain encourages hundreds more to attempt the journey.”

      Inside the Obama administration, officials at the Department of Homeland Security were focusing most of their efforts on adults. Janet Napolitano, then secretary of homeland security, implored her counterparts in Mexico to increase border security to reduce the flow. U.S. immigration and border patrol officials created new processing centers, according to current officials and others familiar with the issue.

      [...]

      On Capitol Hill, lawmakers began hearing reports of the chaos from nongovernmental organizations and churches with operations in Central America. And they began efforts, in consultation with the administration, to increase federal funding to combat the crisis.

      In 2011, HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement had a budget of $149 million to shelter and care for the foreign children. By 2013, it had grown to $376 million, and the Obama administration requested $495 million in its fiscal 2014 budget proposal.

      Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) said Democrats recognized the urgency but feared that if they raised too much of a public outcry, it would create political blowback for the Obama administration’s push to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul.

      [...]

      Democrats worried that the escalating border crisis would help Republicans make a case that the administration’s policies had failed, Roybal-Allard said.

      “That was always a concern of mine: How to address the issue in a way that did not detract from the need for comprehensive immigration reform,” she said.

      A person involved in the planning said that inside the White House, national security staffers were concerned about the growing influx of children but that the influential team of domestic policy advisers was far more focused on the legislative push.

      “Was the White House told there were huge flows of Central Americans coming? Of course they were told. A lot of times,’’ said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. “Was there a general lack of interest and a focus on the legislation? Yes, that’s where the focus was.’’

      [...]

      Obama, meanwhile, has ended his push for comprehensive immigration legislation in Congress, announcing that he intends to use his executive authority to amend the nation’s border laws.

      But the crisis in Texas has complicated that political calculation, with Republicans contending that Obama’s weak enforcement helped create the crisis in the first place.

      Read more.

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