Group Given Nearly $300 Million To House Child Immigrants; Improperly Disclosed Lobbying

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Chuck Ross
Reporter

A Texas-based organization that has been awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts by the Obama administration to house illegal immigrant children not only lobbied the federal government, but also failed to properly disclose the activity.

After The Daily Caller inquired about its lobbying disclosures, BCFS, a San Antonio-based nonprofit, now says it may correct its tax forms to properly disclose its lobbying expenditures.

The Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has tapped BCFS, formerly known as Baptist Child & Family Services, to provide security and other services to unaccompanied children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and Ft. Sill army base near Lawton, Okla.

BCFS has become the largest provider of such services for the child immigrants, who are part of a massive influx of mostly Central Americans that has put the Obama administration on its heels. (RELATED: Obama Evades Murrieta Protests Over Border Breakdown)

The administration expects 90,000 unaccompanied children to be apprehended at the U.S. border by the end of the fiscal year, more than triple last year’s total. (RELATED: Obama Offers Mini-Amnesty To 200,000 Kids By 2016)

HHS has given BCFS $280 million in federal contracts for its services so far this year. Nearly all of that — $270 million — has been given for services for unaccompanied children. HHS has given BCFS $458 million in total, according to the Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System.

According to the Senate lobbying database, BCFS is the only organization that provides residential services directly for unaccompanied children that has spent money on lobbying.

Since 2006, BCFS has spent $210,000, according to a database maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics.

In 2008, Congress passed an anti-trafficking law that requires the Department of Homeland Security to turn unaccompanied children from countries that do not border the U.S. over to the care of HHS. HHS then houses the children until they can be placed with relatives or sponsors while awaiting deportation proceedings.

In 2011, BCFS paid Madison Policy Group $20,000 to “advocate the continued appropriation levels for child welfare programs under HHS — Administration for Children & Families, including the Unaccompanied Alien Children account.”

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Collin County Commissioner Warns of “Illegal Immigrant Tsunami”

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COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Collin County Commissioner Mark Reid is warning of an “illegal immigrant tsunami” if “illegal immigrant children” are housed there. Reid is pushing to keep to the subject on next week’s court agenda. A meeting is scheduled at 1:30pm on Monday for public input before county commissioners take action in the matter Tuesday.
“I will be adding an item to the July 28th court agenda, to discuss the Commissioner Court’s position on participation in housing illegal immigrant children currently flooding across our southern border,” Reid said in a statement on Thursday.
“I have great concern about the cost to Collin County taxpayers of housing these children,” said Reid.
Addressing health concerns, Reid said, “Even if cities or private charities elect to participate, the county has liability for controlling communicable diseases that these children may bring from their home countries.”
Reid “strongly” urged citizens concerned with the issue to “show up for this one.” The public meeting takes place at the Collin County Administration Building on Monday, July 28th at 1:30pm.

ILLEGAL ALIEN GANG MEMBERS ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF HOMELESS MAN

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News report indicates several suspects were members of MS-13

by ADAN SALAZAR | INFOWARS.COM | JULY 24, 2014

Police in Maryland have arrested six illegal immigrants, several of which are admitted MS-13 gang members, in connection with the death of a homeless man killed outside of a liquor store earlier this week.

Amos Milburn Jones, a 56-year-old homeless man, was beaten and stabbed to death outside of a shopping strip in Suitland, Md., early Tuesday morning, after witnesses say they saw him arguing with a girl.

From the Hyattsville Patch:

…Amos was hanging out with friends near a liquor store when he confronted a girl. An argument reportedly began, the young woman became angry and left. But, she allegedly returned with a group of men who beat Jones and then stabbed him multiple times in the chest and neck.
Yesterday, Suitland police revealed the 17-year-old female and several of the other suspects were members of the notoriously hyper-violent, multi-national gang known as Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and that all six suspects would be charged with first degree murder.

Buried in a video report by ABC affiliate WJLA is a quick mention that all six arrested were illegal immigrants.

The brutal homicide will no doubt stoke fears that a portion of the immigrants crossing into the country illegally are indeed gang members seeking new recruits, or simply wanting to cause trouble.

Jones’ death will also further bring into question the federal government’s practice of transporting illegal immigrants from detention facilities in South Texas to various other parts of the country, including Maryland.

So far two facilities in Maryland, near Baltimore, have been approved to house illegal immigrants still waiting to be processed, according to an interactive map provided by NumbersUSA.com. However, the facility closest to where the homicide occurred is about 30 minutes away in Alexandria, Va.

A University of Maryland report on gangs describes MS-13 as “..known to heavily recruit school aged members between 10 years of age and up. Gang members are known to hang around middle and high schools recruiting members as young as ten-years-old in and around schools…”

“MS-13 members have access to sophisticated weapons, thus making firearms trafficking one of their many criminal enterprises,” the report states. “Despite their access to weaponry, there have been many high-profile murders and assaults in which MS-13 have used machetes to attack their victims.

“The gang is heavily involved in burglaries, auto thefts, narcotic sales, home-invasion robberies, weapons smuggling, illegal firearm sales, car-jackings, extortion, murder, rape, prostitution, assault, and witness intimidation.”

“What the people don’t realize is that it is putting their own children at risk, because these children are going to be put in schools with their children,” former Border Patrol agent Zach Taylor recently warned, labeling the illegal immigrant influx “asymmetrical warfare” designed to bring the country to its knees.

Another GOP Establishment Candidate Bites the Dust After U.S. Chamber of Commerce Support

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July 23, 2014 By Matthew Burke

Businessman David Perdue, an outsider who had never before ran for public office, the former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok, narrowly defeated GOP establishment-backed career politician Jack Kingston in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff on Tuesday.

Perdue’s victory advances him to the general election in November, in which he’ll face Democrat Michelle Nunn, who’s hoping to benefit from her retired father, long-time former Senator Sam Nunn.

As with Eric Cantor’s amazing loss to newcomer Dave Brat in Virginia, the race turned into a focus on amnesty and Perdue brilliantly used Kingston’s financial support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to his advantage.

“Jack Kingston’s pro-amnesty vote is bought and paid for,” said the Perdue ad that was blasted on Georgia airwaves in the days leading up to the runoff election on Tuesday.

The ad blasted Kingston for taking $3 million from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the organization that was previously for free markets, but now is referred to as the “Chamber of Crony Capitalism,” by popular radio talk show host, Mark Levin.

“Kingston’s largest backer, who has pumped nearly $3 million into Kingston TV ads is 100% openly pro-amnesty,” the ad says, referring to Kingston’s support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The U.S. Chamber has been a fervent advocate for amnesty, desirable of low labor costs available from hiring illegal aliens, albeit at the expense of American workers. In December the U.S. Chamber announced that they’d formed a big-moneyed coalition with establishment Republican Karl Rove to join Democrats in attacking conservative Tea Party candidates who are against crony capitalism, but who support free markets.

“Nobody believes that the Founding Fathers ever imagined the rise of the career politician. I think a lot of people are coming onto that bandwagon,” Perdue said in victory.
Do you believe the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is turning its back on American workers with its support of amnesty?

U.S. Weighs Giving Refugee Status to Youths in Honduras

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By FRANCES ROBLES and MICHAEL D. SHEARJULY 24, 2014

Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.

If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises.

Critics of the plan were quick to pounce, saying it appeared to redefine the legal definition of a refugee and would only increase the flow of migration to the United States.

By moving decisions on refugee claims to Honduras, the plan is aimed at slowing the rush of minors crossing into the United States illegally from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, which has overwhelmed the Southwest border this year. More than 45,000 unaccompanied minors from those three nations have arrived since Oct. 1, straining federal resources to the point that some agencies will exhaust their budgets by next month, the secretary of Homeland Security has said.

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Many of the children, particularly in Honduras, are believed to be fleeing dangerous street gangs, which forcibly recruit members and extort home and business owners. The United Nations estimates that 70,000 gang members operate in the three nations.

Administration officials confirmed that they are considering the idea, although they stressed that no decision has been made to move forward. They said the idea is one of many being discussed by officials at the White House and the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Justice, and Health and Human Services.

Among the factors surrounding the decision are how many people in Honduras would be eligible to apply for the program, and how many would likely be approved.

The proposal, prepared by several federal agencies, says the pilot program under consideration would cost up to $47 million over two years, assuming 5,000 applied and about 1,750 people were accepted. If successful, it would be adopted in Guatemala and El Salvador as well.

It is unclear how the administration determined those estimates, given that since Oct. 1 more than 16,500 unaccompanied children traveled to the United States from Honduras alone.

Children would be interviewed by American immigration employees trained to deal with minors, and a resettlement center would be set up in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, with assistance from international organizations like the International Organization for Migration.

The plan would be similar to a recent bill introduced by Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, who proposed increasing the number of refugee visas to the three Central American countries by 5,000 each.

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According to the draft, the administration is considering opening the program to people under 21. It also suggested offering entry on emergency humanitarian grounds — know as humanitarian parole — to some of the applicants who did not qualify for refugee status.

That would likely cause an outcry among critics who believe that President Obama has been too soft on immigration. But officials called it “highly unlikely” for people who were denied refugee status to be considered for parole, which is generally offered in isolated instances for emergencies.

Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports tighter controls on immigration, argued that the proposal would increase, not stem, the flood of migrants from Central America trying to get into the United States.

“It’s clearly a bad idea,” Mr. Krikorian said. “Orders of magnitude more people will apply for refugee status if they can just do it from their home countries.”

He added that the proposal would allow people to claim to be refugees from their countries with “nothing more than a bus ride to the consulate. We’re talking about, down the road, an enormous additional flow of people from those countries.”

The preliminary plan could create a thorny challenge for the administration because the definition of a refugee is legally specific, and children fleeing street gangs could have a hard time qualifying.

Under American law, refugees are people fleeing their country of origin based on fears of persecution by reason of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

The draft of the plan noted that 64.7 percent of the unaccompanied minors who applied for asylum this year got it, which suggests that immigration officials have found their claims of imminent danger credible.

With that in mind, the draft proposal suggested that 35 to 50 percent of the applicants in Honduras could be considered for relief, a figure the White House said was inflated. The early draft, the White House said, was the most generous and least likely of the options the administration is considering. How many people are accepted is critical, because refugees qualify for public assistance upon arrival in the United States.

Under Senator McCain’s proposal, refugee applicants would be processed at home, and child migrants arriving in the United States illegally could be deported quickly.

Kevin Appleby, director of Migration and Refugee Services at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the plan would be welcome, as long as it does not substitute for protections Central American children currently receive under American law.

“This program would certainly be a formal acknowledgment by the administration that these children are refugees,” Mr. Appleby said. “That’s huge, because they have yet to utter that word.”

When a similar plan was adopted in Haiti, as a way to keep people from taking to the high seas, he said, it was ultimately criticized because Haitians already in the United States did not receive help.

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“It ended up being counterproductive to the goal,” Mr. Appleby said.

Stacie Blake, the director of government relations for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, an advocacy group, said the processing of potential refugees in Central America could be handled by the United States government or by the United Nations, which makes refugee determinations in many other countries. She said some of the people designated as refugees in Honduras could end up in countries other than the United States.

“It’s a way to help folks avoid life-threatening escapes and journeys,” Ms. Blake said. “It’s a good idea. It’s a tested idea.”

On Friday, Mr. Obama is scheduled to meet with the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador at the White House in an effort to urge the Central American leaders to do more to help stem the flow of children fleeing their countries for the United States.

REPORTER ENTERS MEXICO VIA FENCE OPENING TO ILLUSTRATE BORDER COLLAPSE

Infowars reporter Joe Biggs discovers an opening in the border fence in Hereford, Arizona

by INFOWARS.COM | JULY 24, 2014

Infowars reporter Joe Biggs discovers an opening in the border fence in Hereford, Arizona, (a common occurrence all throughout the U.S. Mexico border) and demonstrates how easy it is for an immigrant to walk across the border from Mexico into the United States. This just further illustrates the fact that this entire border collapse is an orchestrated plan by the government to finally completely collapse America forever.

Revealed: An Army of Over 100,000 Illegal Alien Gang Members in Texas

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by Brian Hayes | Top Right News

A Texas State Senator revealed to radio host Laura Ingraham that we have an army of illegal alien gang members in Texas. His estimate was well over 100,000.

On Monday, State Senator Dan Patrick , also Republican candidate for Lt. Governor of Texas, told a shocked Laura Ingraham that in just the period of 2008 – 2012 there were over 143,000 illegal aliens arrested for committing crimes in Texas. These are not run-of-the-mill criminals.

…hardened criminals, gang members, and other criminals that we identified as being in Texas illegally.”

“We charged them with 447,000 crimes, a half-million crimes in four years, just in Texas, including over 5,000 rapes and 2,000 murders. We estimate we have 100,000 gang members here illegally.

As Top Right News has reported over the past several months, the media hysteria about the “child migrant humanitarian crisis” is just a smokescreen for what is really coming across our border as our agents are distracted by this border bum rush, and taken off assignment by DHS to change diapers and process aliens for amnesty.

Here is just a handful of TRN articles that have chronicled the border chaos under Barack Obama:

Armed incursions by Mexican military and police units working for the cartels
Mexican helicopters shooting at U.S. agents and scouting for cartels across the border
Mexican gunmen opening fire on U.S. agents from across the border
Islamic terrorists crossing the border and remaining at large in the U.S.
Gov, Rick Perry revealed yesterday that only 20% of those crossing the border now are “children”. Most are adults and many are criminals.

And as Sen. Patrick confirmed, very few of them have been caught:

We are apprehending between six and ten thousand a week, now we think that we catch one out of every five? That means 25 to 30 thousand are crossing the border, Laura, that we don’t catch.

This number stunned Laura Ingraham, as it should all Americans.

Here is a portion of Patrick’s interview with Laura:

Brandon Walker has translated this new border reality into some pretty stark numbers:

If between six to ten thousand are being caught and that average rate of 20% continues, we will have caught 312,000 to 520,000 illegal immigrants coming to the country every year. That also means that 1,300,000 to 1,560,000 will come into the United States as illegal immigrants this year alone!

And as Texas’ Lt. Gov. Has revealed, 1 in 4 of those illegals will have criminal records.

Just 8 years after the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed and Bush signed the Secure Fence Act, and 5 years after Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama defunded it, this is the lawless state of our open border. Now that the criminal catastrophe Obama has unleashed is clear for all to see, will the American people finally stand up and demand that the border be sealed?

WOMAN UNWITTINGLY FED, SHELTERED MS-13 GANG MEMBER

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Gang member receives handouts before attempting to proceed further inside the U.S.

by ADAN SALAZAR | INFOWARS.COM | JULY 23, 2014

A woman in South Texas housed, fed and clothed a group of illegal immigrants traveling past her home, one of which turned out to be a member of the notorious Central American gang MS-13.

The Rio Grande City resident says when she spotted a group of three exhausted and famished illegal immigrants on Monday, all she could think to do was offer help.

“He (one of the immigrants) said he was fainting and that it’s been three days since he was in Mexico and eaten,” Maria Jimenez recently recounted to ValleyCentral.com. “When they passed by here we offered them water and food.”

Jimenez also allowed the immigrants to shower inside her home, while she tended to their laundry, and was apparently about to let them stay the night.

Unbeknownst to her, she was aiding a member of one of the most violent gangs in North America, Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.

Local police were responding to a noise complaint when they saw the three illegals run inside Jimenez’s house. Once they obtained permission to enter her home, one of the officers “noticed that one of the men had an MS-13 tattoo on his left forearm,” reports KRGV.com. “The man eventually confessed [to] being a member of the hyper-violent gang.”

It should go without saying, but police caution it is foolish to open one’s doors to strangers. “Anytime you invite a stranger into your residence you are inviting trouble,” Rio Grande City Police Lt. Joey Solis told Action 4 News.
“I do know there are documented murders, kidnappings here in the U.S. involving these gangs,” Lt. Solis also noted.

In Central America, children as young as 10 join gangs, like MS-13, an intelligence report notes, and according to an FBI report, many are initiated by having to commit murder.

“Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) is the best known transnational street gang in the world, with ongoing command, control and coordination between gang leaders and cliques in different countries,” the Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Gang Threat Assessment report states. “MS-13 remains a constant threat to the State of Texas through its use of violence and disregard of law enforcement.”

Texas state Senator Dan Patrick recently revealed official estimates put the number of illegal immigrant gang members inside Texas at just around 100,000.

Last week we documented an instance in which a La Grulla, Texas, police officer encountered an immigrant with MS-13 gang tattoos, who later admitted to being a gang member and reacted to the officer in a “tough and aggressive” manner.

When asked if he thought the gang member was in the country “to cause trouble,” the La Grulla cop agreed, stating, “In my opinion I believe so, to spread the outbreak of gang members, to recruit more people.”

Jimenez maintains she “helped them out,” adding, “and I would hope that others would also help my own son,” apparently oblivious of the level of danger she managed to escape. “We are human, how are we going to let them go and die in the woods?”

As Infowars has reported, illegal immigrant minors who admit to being gang members are actually being released inside the U.S. to await immigration court hearings, which nearly 90 percent of immigrants fail to attend. The vice president of National Border Patrol Council Local chapter 3307, Chris Cabrera, recently disclosed that, so long as they have no criminal record in the U.S., CBP agents are being ordered to release them onto the streets of America, leading many border agents to seek new employment.