Democrat Rails Against Republicans Threatening Unarmed Children With Armed Militias

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Via Salon: Michele Bachmann, John Boehner, Steve King. Credit via Salon: Reuters/Jeff Haynes/AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters/Brian Frank
Via Salon: Michele Bachmann, John Boehner, Steve King. Credit via Salon: Reuters/Jeff Haynes/AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters/Brian Frank

 

Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) shamed Republicans for trying to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Friday evening issuing a statement, even as Republicans pontificated from the safety of the House floor, blaming President Obama for their failure to legislate. 

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Napolitano wrote:

One day after failing to address the humanitarian crisis on our southwest border, our Republican colleagues voted today to remove critical protections for refugees of violence and eliminate the successful DACA program. Thousands of unaccompanied children who have fled violence and threats in their home countries are being met at our southwest border by armed militias.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops states:

It is a sad day for our country. A chamber of Congress is poised to send vulnerable children back to danger and possible death. It violates our commitment to human rights and due process of the law and lessens us as a nation. I pray that this legislation never sees the light of day.

We agree. We must address the root causes of migration, not punish these vulnerable and innocent children. Our federal agencies are running out of funding to deal with this unfortunate situation, so we need action now to provide the necessary resources, ensuring protections and due process of our law.

Despite their claims to support our young DREAMers, today’s action on DACA proves Republicans have been working to eliminate it. DACA has been a tremendous success, expanding access to education, employment, and security to hundreds of thousands of young people educated in the U.S who have known no other country. We stand with these courageous DREAMers who deserve our support. My colleagues and I will continue to fight for total immigration reform.

In an August 1, 2014 letter, the Bishops urged the defeat of the GOP bill:

I write to reaffirm the opposition of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to H.R. 5230 and express our opposition to H.R. 5232.

Our opposition to H.R. 5230 stems from four troubling aspects of the measure. First, it would make crippling changes to current U.S. trafficking victim protection law that we fear would send these vulnerable children… Second, it would not provide adequate funding for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to enable it to care for vulnerable unaccompanied children in U.S. custody. Third, its level of funding for ORR is so low that it would severely hamper the agency’s ability to fulfill its responsibility to care for refugees, asylum seekers, special immigrants, trafficking victims, and torture victims. And fourth, the measure contains no provisions to address the root causes that have compelled so many children to make the arduous journey from their homes in Central America to the United States and elsewhere in the region.

Our opposition to H.R. 5232 stems from its elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It is our view that this program has helped protect a vulnerable group of children who for all extensive purposes are Americans. It would subject them once again to removal to countries they do not know. We urge its defeat.

How our nation responds to this humanitarian challenge is a moral test of our national character. We ask that you oppose H.R. 5230 and H.R. 5232, which we feel fail to live up to that test.

 

Even Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)  knows“These children were brought here of no accord of their own.” The Speaker isn’t a fan of the kind of racism dished out by Republicans like Steve King, but he’s been unable to overcome it policy wise.  Republicans like to call themselves the pro-family and pro-life party, but nothing could be more disturbingly further from the truth based on their stand against innocent children. 

Republicans have vowed to obstruct President Obama at every turn, and they have been ordered by the Heritage Foundation to gin up false scandals against the President instead of legislating. They have done these things for political reasons, but as they move against innocent children, they are taking their hatred too far.

 Image: Salon. Michele Bachmann, John Boehner, Steve King. Credit via Salon: Reuters/Jeff Haynes/AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters/Brian Frank

14 Replies to “Democrat Rails Against Republicans Threatening Unarmed Children With Armed Militias”

  1. This is not who we are as a Nation. These Republicans are out of step and need to all be replaced for dereliction of duty. They have done nothing for any of their constituents.

  2. Armed Militias? For kids? I understand the Constitution, but I’m quite sure the Framers were not thinking this would happen.
    Especially if there were some kids,
    (about a 100th of 1 percent of the total US population), trying to escape violence to find a better life.

  3. These two bills show unequivocally that the republicans in the House aren’t serious about stemming the tide of migrant kids coming to the U.S., but they don’t care. They know the immigration courts are underfunded, the immigration courts need more judges, and that HHS and Homeland Security need more funds to deal with the situation, but, again, they don’t give a damn. Imo, these bills are also examples of their reliance on Christianity only as a political tool but not as a way of life. These bills are a reflection of their politics, not their belief in Christianity. They talk about Christianity but they have a hard time practicing what they preach.

  4. Thank you for your comments. We need to get rid of Michele Bachmann,Steve King and
    Darrel. GOP members waste millions we need to vote them all out. Carry a friend to the poll.

  5. One thing is for certain, I would not want to live in a Republican version of America. These people are inhuman.

  6. Who makes up these armed militias and why are we allowing them to patrol the border armed to the teeth? What will they do if they come across a child trying to get in the US – shoot her/him?

    Is THAT what we’re about now, shooting innocent children?

    Where in the hell did our humanity go?

  7. The repugs are scumbag cowards. They refuse to do anything to help anyone.Their who agenda is to make their corporate masters and unhinged haters happy.

  8. Another perfect example of, “It’s all about the behavior, not about the belief”.

    Fact–they don’t care, they don’t give a damn and, follow the money; all roads lead to the Mega-Corps/Mega Churches.

    Again, money buys the image-makers to make both of these products household “brands” (even though the majority of citizens cannot afford or do not want what they are selling). Both demands submission as a form of loyalty, infuse fear and hate of the “other” to create theocratic conformity through arrogant superiority to divide us. Both have taken “shelter” using “Corporations are people” to denounce their citizenship in order to own and finish off America’s resources.

    Their behavior is no longer hidden behind their passive-aggressive persona; their “beliefs” are now known. They work in tandem 24/7 to “optimize” their “prophets-profits” by merging the two brands–these are The Takers, and, they don’t care, they don’t give a damn…

  9. These Teathugs are OUT-OF-CONTROL and we must rid our gov’t of these heartless,brainless & soulless azzholes. We can rectify this problem..JUST VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!

  10. Here are a couple of sites that identify the militias. The last one identifies some of the groups and shows the Border patrol actually helping the militias.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20140801-masked-armed-militias-patrolling-texas-side-of-border-draw-scrutiny.ece

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/29/armed-militias-border-crisis_n_5630763.html

    Perry can spend $17M to send the National Guard to the border, but not spend $1 to provide health care for his state. so terribly sad.

  11. Apparently the Republicans never considered the fact that these DACA children might possible grow up, get a good education and develop the desire to go back to their countries and help them towards a true democracy.

    The Republicans (both in congress and governors of states) only think in the now. Their tunnel vision blinds them to many possibilities.

    They also don’t think of the possibility that if they gave these DACAs a chance, they might be grateful for the chance given them and would vote Republican instead of a Democrat. We liberals would try to change their minds, of course, but the other guys would have a shot.

    I guess stupid is as stupid does.

  12. Perry also seems to be getting reimbursed by the tax payers since it seems a part of the bill passed was to help Texas.

  13. The GOP(tea party) have to make their gunnuts happy, they didnt get to shoot anybody at Bundy’s. They need a new “cause” to keep their lunatic fringe doling out cash to them. Keep buying our gold, silver, guns, ammo the world is ending. SUCKERS

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