The city of McAllen set up another tent outside of Sacred Heart Church. More space is needed as illegal crossers continue to be released.
Catholic charities said federal authorities released the illegal crossers without any travel documents.
“We’ve seen almost a doubling of our numbers, I would say, in the last 3-4 weeks,” said Sacred Heart Church Volunteer Coordinator Deb Boyce.
Last summer, Deb Boyce came to Sacred Heart on a mission trip from Ohio. A sister from the church asked her to stay.
“There are only a couple of paid employees here at the respite center, so we rely almost exclusively on volunteers,” Boyce said.
Boyce’s background is in public relations, fundraising, development and philanthropy. The crisis on the border sparked new responsibilities for her.
“There are a number of refugees that are being released now without bus tickets in hand, so when they come to the center, you know, we have to make arrangements for them,”
Volunteers are helping the crossers contact their family members in the U.S., so they can purchase bus tickets.
Boyce said that 65 people slept at the church overnight. The relief center is not equipped for overnight stays. The city sent staff to make more room.
“We will run out of something, and we’re like, ‘Oh my! What are we going to do?’” Boyce said. “And it almost seems like, within the hour, or two, the door opens up and the things we need suddenly appear.”
Volunteers at the respite center are filling the gaps left by the federal government and finding comfort in faith.
The center is seeing upwards of 140 people a day, that’s double the numbers from a month ago.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement is responsible for the release of the illegal crossers in McAllen. CHANNEL 5 NEWS requested information as to why some people were dropped off without travel documents.
Statement from ICE Spokesperson Adelina Pruneda:
“ICE routinely coordinates release plans and travel arrangements with family members of people being released from custody in the Rio Grande Valley. There were recent instances where, while ICE contacted family members, confirmation of ticketed travel was not received. ICE is now again ensuring ticketed travel confirmation is received before releasing individuals from custody.”
The cost of setting up and maintaining the second tent at Sacred Heart was just tacked onto McAllen’s running tab.
The city has spent more than $330,000 on the crisis on the border. All of that money was spent over the last year.
McAllen is still waiting to be paid back by either the federal or state government. Lawmakers said the federal government will pick up the tab. There is no action yet.
Vet refuses to live in fear
by GATEWAY PUNDIT | KRISTINN TAYLOR | AUGUST 1, 2015
Bob Comans, an 85-year-old disabled Korean War veteran residing in Pascagoula, Mississippi, was targeted by vandals Monday who took down and burned a Mississippi state flag he flies alongside the U.S. flag on his property and left the charred remnants of the flag on his driveway where the vandals spray painted the words, “BLACKS RULE.”
WLOX-TV reported that the next day, Tuesday, volunteers showed up and scrubbed his driveway clean of the graffiti while two men from a local American Legion chapter brought Comans a new Mississippi state flag.
Comans told WLOX he’ll fly the flags until he dies.
“As for Comans, he refuses to live in fear and will continue proudly displaying what he calls a symbol of heritage.
“I am going to continue to fly my American Flag and Mississippi Flag as long as I live,” Comans said.
Hungary has started to build a small section of a fence that it hopes will stop migrants from crossing into the country.Hugary says it’s necessary to maintain Europe’s identity, and there is evidence that it is prepared to move existing asylum seekers out of its country and further into Europe.Many are questioning whether it will even work in Fortress Europe.Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee LL reports from the Hungary Serbia border.Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter
BY TERRESA MONROE-HAMILTON
From Weasel Zippers:
Via Clarion Project:
In his testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to sell the U.S. administration’s deal between Iran and the world’s superpowers, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was pointedly asked, “Is it the policy of the ayatollah, if you can answer for him, that Iran wants to destroy the United States?”
The question, posed by Congressman Lloyd “Ted” Poe (R-Texas) was a reference to the many times the leaders of the Iranian regime have threatened to annihilate the United States.
In response, Kerry said, “I don’t believe they’ve said that. I think they’ve said ‘Death to America,’ in their chants, but I have not seen this specific.”
Poe countered, “Well, I kind of take that to mean that they want us dead. That would seem like that would be their policy. He said that. You don’t think that’s their policy? I’m not mincing words. Do you think it’s their policy to destroy us?”
“I think they have a policy of opposition to us and a great enmity, but I have no specific knowledge of a plan by Iran to actually destroy us,” Kerry answered.
Wonder just who in the Kerry clan has converted to Islam? That’s a very important and relevant question for national security purposes. So is the financial angle. I have grave doubts on where John Kerry’s true loyalties lie. Kerry is a liar – he has seen specifics on Iran chanting “Death to America.” He’s heard it and seen it over and over and over again. He couldn’t not have. I don’t think Kerry is capable of telling the truth and he’s a traitor. Of course it’s Iran’s policy to destroy America. Now we are funding our own destruction. For all I know Iran already has nukes or could just go buy one from North Korea. We are running out of time and Kerry will be nowhere to be found when the lights go out. And that’s the truth.
Walmart Raises Minimum Wage for 100,000 Employees, Stores Begin Closing, Workers Let Go
BY JOHN S. ROBERTS
It’s almost become silly to state, but in yet another case of we told you so, the evidence is clear with just how harmful raising the minimum wage really is to all Americans.
Why is it hard to comprehend that stores and businesses will lay people off, cut their hours, and bring up the prices of goods if low skilled workers are making the same amount per paycheck as someone a couple years out of college?
If everyone earns one million dollars annually, wouldn’t you figure even a 900 sq. ft. house will start to cost two, three, four million? Well, use that analogy for EVERYTHING!
Underneath all the bogus activism from the Left is the fact that most liberals know that raising the minimum wage isn’t smart, but in the end what matters to them is that we become a more social nation – which means everyone suffers together.
Though, of course, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
From Federalist Papers:
Earlier this year, Walmart raised the starting wage for more than 100,000 of its employees. This move reportedly cost at least $1 billion to implement, though the long-term costs could potentially be far worse.
For instance, recent reporting by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette revealed that Walmart plans to soon lay off 1000 employees at its home office in Bentonville.
This revelation comes only months after Walmart simultaneously shut down five stores across the nation for alleged “plumbing problems,” thus putting 2,500 employees in an extraordinarily precarious predicament.
According to Zero Hedge contributor Tyler Durden, “reporters determined that no plumbing permits had been filed in any of the locales where the shuttered stores were located.”
Durden suspected that the real reason for the shutdowns was to “cut costs.”
By choosing to boost “the living standards of its employees by the smallest of fractions,” argued Durden, Walmart crippled “the cost and wage structure of the entire ecosystem of” individual stores “that feed into it,” which in turn led to “a tidal wave of layoffs for said” stores.