Tonight, as per the law — "If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, the law requires that you report it. (Texas Family Code Section 261.101 (a))” — I tried to report child abuse occurring in McAllen and Tornillo. After a half hour of being rejected online, I saw the following: “Due to high volume, guest and anonymous reporting has been temporarily suspended.”

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services failing to protect our kids. Hey, we want small government.

Almost 2,000 children have been taken from their parents by the federal government without any due process causing “emotional injury to a child that results in…. psychological functioning.” Further neglected being “warehoused” in an old Walmart and tent cities. Why, what did they do? Not fake news.

Our Texas federal officials are silent. They were outraged when Elian was returned to his Cuban father. Now, not a word to help children from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico threatened by gangs and domestic violence. Another mark against Texas like FDR’s Train to Crystal City.

Is this the country we want to be? Maybe we will know in November.

P.S. Republicans control all branches of the federal government.

Alvin Sallee

Galveston

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Steve Fouga

"Republicans control all branches of the federal government."

Bears repeating. If you like what you see, you know who to to praise. If not, you know who to blame. [cool]

George Croix

Not necessarily so, because the statement itself, implying full control of government workings, is not true.
But, it doesn’t mater when the goal is just repeat talking points.
Get the Reps at least 60 Senate seats and keep the House majority THEN they’ll control Congress and the Executive branch.
But, what spoil a good story with reality.

Carlos Ponce

"P.S. Republicans control all branches of the federal government."
Really?
With 60 votes needed in the Senate to pass most things, 51 Republicans aren't exactly in control. And some of those do not vote along party lines (Collins of Maine for instance)
The Supreme Court has 4 Conservative, 4 Liberal justices, 1 voting on whim (Kennedy). You cannot count on who appointed them for the way they will vote.
With courts lower than than the Supreme Court still seated with Liberal judges, Republicans aren't exactly in control. Anytime you want to block something Trump likes just go to the 9th Circuit. It will usually get overturned but the delay shows Republicans aren't exactly in control.
While most of Texas is Conservative, the seat of state government, Austin is in Liberal Travis County.
"Almost 2,000 children have been taken from their parents by the federal government without any due process... " The due process is found in two court cases, Flores v Meese and Reno v Flores in which "The case eventually reached the United States Supreme Court. The Court found that the release procedures did not violate the minors’ substantive or procedural due process rights, and that the Attorney General was acting within his discretion."
http://immigrantchildren.org/Flores_Case.html
Separating children falls under the Alien Transfer Exit Program implemented in 2011. There were thousands of children taken from their parents during the Obama Administration which is okay under Liberals but if it happened under a Republican president it suddenly becomes cruel.
The 3 reasons for separating "parents" and children given by DHS secretaries Jeh Johnson (Obama) and Kirsten Nielson (Trump) are the SAME.
1. Familial relationship cannot be established. Some of the "parents" turned out to be child sex traffickers. Others are procuring children just to get across.
2. The "parent" poses a threat to the child.
3. The "parent" is under litigation.
You would think that Liberals were happy with Trump's executive order yesterday keeping parents and children together. WRONG. Liberals want open borders. Lawsuits have already been filed.

Gary Miller

Carlos! You waste your time trying to tell a liberal the truth. Lies are their way of life and facts just anger or confuse them.

Carlos Ponce

Trying to reduce ignorance has always been my goal. At least in the long run they cannot claim they didn't know.

Paul Hyatt

What a truly a shame is that there are so many who are ignorant of the "real" facts, because they do not pay attention to what has be going on for many years and depend upon the "fake" news to supply them with garbage to spew forth like they know what they are talking about.... What is happening at the border was happening during the Obama administration and the only reason you were not paying attention to it was because the "fake" news was not reporting it because they had an agenda of protecting the Obama.... Most of the main stream news media reporting is nothing more than progressive leftist news with their agenda of hatred towards our nation and its founding principals... Why do people like you not complain when parents are sent to prison and their children are taken away from their parents then? I thought you cared about the children? You don't as all you care about is unseating a duly elected President just like all progressives are. How sad that you were not complaining when Obama and his ilk were doing the EXACT same thing down at the border....

Gary Miller

When Obama did it it "was the right thing to do" because Obama did it.

Diane Turski

This Trump policy is shameful and harmful to innocent children and their parents! All people of good conscience should be standing up and pushing back against it! Vote these Republican ghouls and their cowardly congressional supporters OUT in November!!!

Claudia Burnam

Diane, do I add ghoul and coward to my deplorable? E G Wiley

Josh Butler

What do you think about the executive order signed yesterday? What should we do with people trying to enter our country illegally? Just let them in?

Josh Butler

Those questions were directed at Diane, btw.

George Croix

Yes, it’s shameful to House and feed and care for anyone better than they’ve ever had. The nerve!!!!

Christopher Smith

Absolutely Diane! These families need to be reunited and our government currently has no plan for that. Meanwhile, children are being abused, mistreated and even forced to take antipsychotic drugs while in these American detention camps. We need to uphold our immigration laws but we must also uphold our long held American values and morals. I will definitely continue speaking out and using the power of my vote to help make this right.

Carlos Ponce

Why do Liberals call it "The Trump Policy"? When the exact same thing happened during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations was it also "The Trump Policy"????
Calling it "The Trump Policy" just shows ignorance of the facts.
And the ghouls are those who sat by while 60 MILLION American babies were killed calling it a "woman's right".

Gary Miller

Diane! I want to appologise for treating you badly. I normally don't dispute people who are mentally handicaped. I only recently learned of your mental disability. TDS is ugly. The cure, if you want it is TRUTH.

Diane Turski

And, the cure to your mental disability of willful ignorance is to turn off FOX "News"!

Carlos Ponce

Diane, what is the news source you use?

Josh Butler

I want a country with a secure border.

Josh Butler

This opinion is filled with ignorance. Comparing border processing facilities to internment camps. What do people like Alvin suppose we do? Just let people crossing our border illegally go free while going through the legal process? What if the children are being used as pawns? Catch and release was responsible for thousands of children being unaccounted for in this country. What happened to those children? No doubt some were forced into the sex trade. Why weren't liberals concerned about that during the Obama administration? I find it hard to take these people seriously with all of the hypocrisy.

George Croix

They don’t CARE. The goal is political.
Enough know that to have sent the queen bee on her world whining tour but the ‘resistance’ hopes to flip them.
That’s why the same thing now is suddenly evil but not then.
It helps tremendously in that to have a base that’s really really base

George Croix

The author is either ignorant of how his own government works, or is being deliberately dishonest about the ‘control’ knowing the target audience, or both.
So many choices...

Mike Zeller

George, you just described Trump.

George Croix

Sure.
That’s why we’re still facing high unemployment and millions more going on food stamps and higher taxes and......
There to go....a nice snack for your false realities.
[cool][sad][wink][beam][smile][huh][lol][whistling]

Mike Zeller

You conveniently forgot about the Stock Market that has peaked and has been stagnant YTD, and the much higher gasoline prices. snack on that !

Josh Butler

The market has gone up roughly 25% since Trump took office. Gas prices are a reflection of increased demand. Plus, the Democrats are opposed to more drilling here so we don't have to rely on foreign sources of oil. So, gas prices have nothing to do with the President other than increased demand due to the economy heating up, which is a direct reflection of the tax bill that was passed by the Republicans.

Jim Forsythe

The recent increase in domestic oil production, especially since 2010, has had a significant impact on U.S. petroleum imports and exports. From 2005 to 2015, the United States’ reliance on petroleum imports fell from 60% to 25% of total consumption, while exports increased by over 300%. Since 2015, imports and exports have both increased slightly, although imports have been slightly lower since mid-2017. The Energy Information Administration projects that U.S. import reliance for oil will continue to fall over the coming decade

Steve Fouga

Jim, this morning, Chicago Transit Authority's great "Prologue - August 29, 1968" shuffled through as I was reading news about Trump, the border, trade wars, etc. The music's sentiment couldn't have felt more appropriate. https://youtu.be/mR6BeerSSWw

George Croix

Did you expect the stock market to just keep climbing forever, like it never has?
It's still, what, 4 or 5K up.....
Awful.....
Exactly what do you think Pres. Trump, or any other President, can do about gasoline prices, aside from allow domestic exploration, production, transportation, and refining with minimal hassle...if they will? Or pretend to do something by robbing the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and exercise in politics for people who actually believe such silliness does anything but rob the piggy bank.
And theres the little matter of a winter that requires prioritizing heating oil which requires a different refining fractionation split than a summer focused on gasoline...more heating oil, less gasoline all else equal from a barrel of crude, and inventories are not instantly altered. Then, there's an issue with more travel because thanks to this Pres. people have more and/or better jobs, more of their own money left in their pockets, more consumer confidence, and thus, more driving.
"Let me be clear about that" can now be said and actually mean being clear, instead of just the opposite....
All, of course, imo....

Another canape'? Perhaps a cold Diet Coke.....[beam][beam]

Jim Forsythe

Steve, as always right on the mark. Forgot about this song , and why it was written. I have not listen to it for over 30 years, maybe more. I will have to go back and listen to some of there other songs.
For some reason it reminds me of, Chris Rea - The road to hell (link below), as it is more relevant today than when he wrote it. His guitar work on this song is nice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA1V7cI28hI
Also Bob Dylan, 'The Times They Are A-Changin' seams like it has new meaning.

Steve Fouga

Jim, earlier this year I made a 50-song protest playlist. 5 of the songs were Dylan's, including The Times They Are A-Changin.' He was the master of that genre.

Steve Fouga

My impression is that the folks in favor of the separation policy don't care about the children or their parents. Is that true?

Josh Butler

Did you hear about the executive order? BTW, that is quite the impression. I am in favor of children not being used as pawns and not releasing potential criminals into our population. I do indeed care about the children and their parents. So your impression is incorrect.

Steve Fouga

Josh, I'm glad to hear you care about the children and their parents. Yet you're in favor of separating them from each other? How do you justify that?

Josh Butler

I am not in favor of separation, hence my support for the executive order that keeps them together. Justify what, exactly?

Steve Fouga

Well you answered my question about those in favor of separation, and said my impression was wrong. So I concluded you were one of those in favor, or at least were until Trump changed his mind.

I was asking how you could both care about the people in question, and at the same time favor their separation. Now that you've clarified your position, the question no longer applies to you, so thanks for the clarification.

Carlos Ponce

Steve since the "separation policy" continued throughout Obama's tenure can you conclude Obama does not care about the children nor their parents? Just asking.

Steve Fouga

No, Carlos I cannot. Such separations were the exception under every administration, including Obama's and this one, up to the point AG Sessions introduced the zero-tolerance policy. Then separations became the rule rather than the exception. President Obama never created a policy that inevitably caused the separations, so I have to conclude he cared about the well-being of the immigrants.

Carlos Ponce

"Such separations were the exception under every administration"
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D) Laredo on CNN says families were separated under Obama as well.
From Politifact:
"The Obama administration’s immigration policy was not without controversy, to be sure. In 2014, amid an influx of asylum seekers from Central America, the administration established large family detention centers to hold parents and children — potentially indefinitely — as a means of deterring other asylees. The practice eventually lost a legal challenge, resulting in a 2016 decision that stopped families from being detained together."
"stopped families from being detained together" means that families were SEPARATED.

Steve Fouga

Yes, I know. A few, not all. Not enough to become a humanitarian crisis in one of the world's most civilized nations.

Carlos Ponce

" Not enough to become a humanitarian crisis in one of the world's most civilized nations." Because the Liberal media and most Liberal politicians averted their eyes.

George Croix

How much do they care about ours?

Steve Fouga

I have no idea.

George Croix

Do you know what prioritizing means?
Ever done any of that?
Most have.
Caring can be done for anything but we prioritize when we do not have the ability to extend our caring to all.

Steve Fouga

True, but we DO have the ability to extend our care to all.

This country has the resources and ability to be both powerful and kind at the same time. I've seen it happen, for most of my life. Our enmity should be directed at those antagonistic towards us, not toward innocent asylum seekers.

George Croix

Innocent asylum seekers.
That’s quite an assumption to make and wide loop to cast.
Perhaps an afternoon checking out how the results of unchecked, unverified ‘immigration’ in European countries has worked out.
Or a few sideways glances at California’s ‘caring’ for their citizens second.
I bet the same guy who was behind the change from global warming to climate change was also the one did the coaching on how asylum seekers’ sounds so much more acceptable than illegal alien.
Next week MS13 will become Teen Social Club.

Steve Fouga

Well, my solution is to keep the asylum seekers and throw MS13 back, or even better, throw them in jail. That will require rescinding the zero-tolerance policy, and a robust crew of prosecutors and judges, which it sounds like Trump is unwilling to provide.

We should also focus our attention on spots needing help in our own hemisphere, like Central and South America, and Mexico, rather than Syria and Afghanistan, who can be of no help to us at all.

George Croix

I missed the terrorist cells like bin Laden's bunch and ISIS and so forth forming in Central America...but, I am getting used to these trifocals so may not have got the scoop on that.
It's too bad that Pres. Trump fired all those immigration judges put in place in the last decade before he took office and that ahd the caseload down really low....
Oh, wait.....never mind........
[whistling]
I do agree with focusing more attention on Mexico.
I'd like to see a travel ban from the US to Mexico. Declare them a clear and present danger to the US due to the drug cartels and the child trafficking in this direction.
Or, future voters, as the Demicrats call them.....
[huh][thumbdown]

Steve Fouga

By focusing more attention, I didn't mean going to war, I meant creating stronger Western Hemisphere trade and military alliances, possibly expanding NAFTA to the entire Hemisphere. I'd like to see the fortunes of Central and South American countries boosted, so that drugs and asylum seekers were not their biggest exports (but mainly to blunt China's trading inroads with them).

I'd also like to strengthen out trade and military alliances with Canada, to try to become a bigger player in the Arctic, which is rapidly thawing.

In general, I believe a strong America is one who helps rather than hinders, and makes friends rather than enemies. With Russia, China, North Korea, and ISIS as enemies, we need all the friends we can get. Instead, we're headed in the opposite direction.

George Croix

We need all the friends we can get.

Thing about friends, is your friends will stab you in the back.
Now, your TRUE friends, they'll stab you in the front.

I figure the people's of CM are a bit like alcoholics, in that you simplty can't be much help to anyone who refuses to try and help themselves.
CM didn't become a stuff hole in the last 17 months....

Steve Fouga

CM?

George Croix

That's CA on a normal keyboard and CM on the one I type on....

11th grade typing class was a filler.....

Carlos Ponce

"Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union featured in a new report released today show the pervasive abuse and neglect of unaccompanied immigrant children detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection."[scared]
"The documents feature numerous cases of shocking violence and abuse against migrant children, many of whom arrived in the United States fleeing violence in their home countries."
"The report is based on over 30,000 pages of documents dated between 2009 and 2014."
https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-obtains-documents-showing-widespread-abuse-child-immigrants-us-custody
Now who was president between 2009 and 2014? Hmm.......But I heard there were NO scandals during that man's administration. He said so himself.[huh]

Steve Fouga

Abuses of the past can't be prevented. I'm more worried about abuses happening now.

George Croix

Ahhh....
Then, the smart thing for the current folks in power to do is do whatever they want, then when they're gone, it no longer matters.....
Makes sense...maybe....
The problem with a that's all past now outlook is while it's absolutely true...no doubt... that it's past, the after effects of the next folks in line seeing no negative consequences for negative behavior of their predecessors just encourages more of the same or at least no worries about consequences.
Except, of course, for the totally deranged 'resistance', who simply 'don't care what they did'....
Oh, well.......

George Croix

Soon as they get 60 Senate seats they can.

Jim Forsythe

The part you left out.
"The group accused federal officials of failing to investigate and follow up on allegations of abuse and neglect of immigrant children.
Customs and Border Protection spokesperson Daniel Hetlage said in a statement that the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General completed an investigation, including 57 unannounced visits to 41 different locations, and found that the claims were unsubstantiated.
“The false accusations made by the ACLU against the previous administration are unfounded and baseless,” he said."

Carlos Ponce

Check the documentation, Jim. Unfortunately, it happened but was cleaned up.

Gary Miller

Carlos. You heard of no scandals during Obama regime? He ordered his media to cover up any they found.

Carlos Ponce

I was being facetious, Gary. That administration was riddled by scandal after scandal which the Obama worshipers refuse to acknowledge.

Jim Forsythe

Since the Republican's are in charge , they can go after Obama, Clinton and the rest of the Democrats.

Carlos Ponce

Not all of them, just the ones who have broken the laws of the US. Then again, maybe you're right.

George Croix

More fake news debunked:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/22/crying-migrant-girl-on-time-magazine-cover-was-not-separated-from-mother-family-says.html

Wonder why the other outlets have not reported the same....???

Carlos Ponce

Most Liberals may not like the FOX News web link. FOX News to a Liberal is like a wooden cross to a vampire.
But, it also appears on
USA Today
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/06/22/girl-time-magazine-cover-never-separated-mom-father-says/725499002/
The HILL
http://thehill.com/homenews/media/393683-time-defends-cover-with-viral-photo-of-crying-immigrant-girl
Market WATCH
https://www.marketwatch.com/Story/crying-girl-on-time-cover-wasnt-separated-from-mother-father-says-2018-06-22?&siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo
Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/06/21/times-and-new-yorkers-powerful-covers-make-a-statement-on-family-separation/?utm_term=.34f39bd2bfd2
CBS News
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/border-patrol-agent-involved-dramatic-photo-girl-crying-at-border-speaks-out/
KDVR - Ch 2 in Denver (A FOX Network affiliate)
https://kdvr.com/2018/06/22/family-crying-migrant-girl-on-time-magazine-cover-with-trump-was-not-separated-from-mother/
YAHOO
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/time-magazine-corrects-cover-story-crying-migrant-girl-175703772.html
Many, many more.

George Croix

Of course not.
I mean, how could anyone not prefer Mika and Morning Joe...does that woman eat with her own mouth....?[beam][beam][beam][beam]

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