Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Gohmert Slams TSA for Allowing Illegals to Fly Without Valid ID Then Lying About It

2014/08/25

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently penned a letter that confirmed what Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby reported back in July--the agency was allowing illegal immigrants to board planes using only Notice to Appear forms that they received after entering the U.S. illegally. The revelation directly contradicts the TSA's previous allegations that Darby's report was "completely wrong." Reacting to the TSA's letter, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert told Breitbart Texas that the agency's handling of the situation are both "egregious" and "destructive."

"The TSA serves under and is accountable to the Commander in Chief, and this egregious, destructive conduct by the Homeland Security Department and TSA puts Americans at grave risk," Gohmert said. "Why do we have to undergo groping, thorough review of our photo ID's, and long infernal lines while the TSA is figuratively closing it's eyes and waving people with no regard for U.S. law right onto airplanes?"

The congressman continued, "Maybe the President didn't hear SOUTHCOM Commander, Gen. John Kelly, both times he made clear in Congressional testimony that the criminal networks and terrorist organizations penetrating our southern border are a threat to the very existence of the United States. That includes being a threat to whatever golf course the President happens to be on at the time."

As Breitbart Texas previously reported, Notice to Appear forms do not adequately confirm an individual's identity. Hector Garza, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) told Breitbart Texas that the forms can be "easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth."

Prior to writing its letter of admission, the TSA insisted that Darby's allegations were untrue. TSA Press Secretary Ross Feinstein attacked Darby and the NBPC on Twitter. After claiming that Darby's report was "completely wrong," Feinstein falsely complained that no one had “contacted us for a statement and/or info. before publishing story." Darby responded to Feinstein with a screen shot, proving that he had, indeed, attempted to reach out to the TSA for comments before publishing his story. 

Garza said, ""Ross Feinstein and the TSA higher ups should apologize to the NBPC and to Brandon Darby for reporting the truth. ... Shame on Ross Feisnten and the TSA for lying to the American Public and for saying that border patrol agents, the NBPC and Brandon Darby were liars."

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Gohmert: Execution of US Journalist Gives Glimpse into 'Brutality of Radical Islam'

2014/08/22

HOUSTON, Texas -- On Thursday Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert responded to the video allegedly showing the decapitation of American journalist James Foley. Gohmert said the footage gave Americans a "glimpse of the brutality of radical Islam."

"These evil people and their despicable, inhuman atrocities cry out for countries desiring peace to eliminate them from the living," Gohmert said in a statement provided to Breitbart Texas. "My thoughts and prayers have gone out to Mr. Foley’s family and friends. Their pain, suffering, and anger are unimaginable."

In the video, a terrorist said into the camera, "Any attempt by you, Obama, to deny Muslims liberty & safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people." Foley next blamed actions by the U.S. government for his own death. 

The congressman also acknowledged the other U.S. journalist who is currently in captivity by ISIS. After Foley was beheaded alive in the video, ISIS brought out another man, who is allegedly journalist Steven Sotloff. The ISIS members vowed to murder Sotloff next if President Obama does not do what they demand.

Gohmert said, "We also pray for the additional journalist in captivity and hope for a safe return. But, as we pray for his safety and the American people, our government should be responding with such dramatic power that tempted terrorists are tempted no more."

He then criticized Obama's apparent attitude towards ISIS. 

"Terrorism is very real and is growing despite this President’s best efforts to weaken U.S. power and apologize," Gohmert continued. "Before ISIS commits more heinous crimes against humanity in the name of radical Islam, it must be annihilated for the good of all peace-loving Christians, Jews, moderate Muslims, other religious people, and secularists who simply want to live in peace. Peace will come no other way."

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Gohmert’s Statement Regarding the ISIS Execution of American Journalist

2014/08/21

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the sickening news that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) beheaded an American journalist, James Foley:

“The American people have witnessed again another glimpse of the brutality of radical Islam, in this case the ISIS terror group. These evil people and their despicable, inhuman atrocities cry out for countries desiring peace to eliminate them from the living. My thoughts and prayers have gone out to Mr. Foley’s family and friends. Their pain, suffering, and anger are unimaginable. We also pray for the additional journalist in captivity and hope for a safe return. But, as we pray for his safety and the American people, our government should be responding with such dramatic power that tempted terrorists are tempted no more. 

Terrorism is very real and is growing despite this President’s best efforts to weaken U.S. power and apologize. Before ISIS commits more heinous crimes against humanity in the name of radical Islam, it must be annihilated for the good of all peace-loving Christians, Jews, moderate Muslims, other religious people, and secularists who simply want to live in peace. Peace will come no other way.”

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

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Conservatives Triumph in Border Bill Victory

2014/08/04

Conservatives in Congress scored a major triumph last week as the House approved emergency legislation that strengthens border security and attempts to rein in a lawless president.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), a conservative champion, took a well-deserved victory lap in an interview with the WND news website.

The “legislative miracle” approved by the House represents a “stunning turnaround” and “a huge victory for the conservatives in Congress.” Its approval is also a big win for the American people who, Bachmann said, “saved Congress from itself” by jamming the congressional switchboard to state their opposition to President Obama’s planned immigration amnesty.

Bachmann noted the legislation pays states to place National Guard troops on the border, doubling funding for that program. It also responds to the president’s threat that “he would act alone, lawlessly, to grant work permits to 5- to 6 million illegal foreign nationals.”

“We have taken the strongest possible action, legislatively, to stop him,” Bachmann said. “We’ve put the president on notice by saying, ‘You better not issue these work permits because we’ve said no. You better not try it, Mr. President.’”

The bill also provides funding to immigration agencies to house illegal alien children and also amends a 2008 law that was created to block the sex trafficking of young people but which has been used to provide asylum to illegals coming from Central American countries.

Bachmann also marveled at the fact that the bill was even tougher in her view than what anti-amnesty stalwarts Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had thought was politically possible to achieve.

She also rejected President Obama‘s mischievous comment Friday afternoon in which he attacked conservatives for supposedly preventing the House from approving a border-fix measure.

That comment was “infantile,” Bachmann said, noting that the Democrat-controlled Senate is the chamber that has yet to approve a border bill. Republicans hope Senate Democrats take a public relations drubbing in coming weeks for failing to act.

Victory came a day after a conservative-led uprising among House Republicans scuttled Speaker John Boehner’s worse-than-useless border crisis and immigration legislation. “The bill as it was had more loopholes than a knitted afghan,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told FrontPage on Thursday.

The showdown between rank-and-file Republicans and their leaders in the House came as Americans grow increasingly angry over the border crisis that has been staged and carefully choreographed by the far-left levelers of the Obama administration.

Conservatives worried that the GOP establishment bill did not even try to block Obama’s upcoming mass amnesty and did not do enough to crack down on the recent surge of illegals streaming across the country’s southern border.

But on Friday conservative and moderate Republicans united during a House GOP conference meeting and approved stronger legislation to replace the GOP establishment’s weak border bill that Boehner put on the back burner the day before. A $694 million emergency measured aimed at fixing the border crisis was approved by the House later that day on a vote of 223 to 189, freeing House members to begin their delayed three-week summer recess that was supposed to begin Thursday.

The legislation attempts to defang President Obama’s wildly unpopular Deferred Action for Children Arrivals, or DACA, policy that he used to provide asylum to more than 500,000 illegals who came to the U.S. as minors. Separately, the House approved a bill to reverse DACA, which encourages youngsters to make the dangerous trek north from Central America to sneak across the border, on a vote of 216 to 192. Four Democratic lawmakers voted for the measure.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is pressing ahead with plans to illegally grant amnesty to millions of immigration law-breaking foreign nationals present in the country.

It is just one in a long series of Reichstag fires calculated to enhance the power of the neo-Marxist despot who now occupies the Oval Office.

On ABC’s “This Week” yesterday Obama palace heel-clicker Dan Pfeiffer reaffirmed that a huge amnesty is coming. Obama “has no choice but to act” to grant amnesty to as many as five million illegal aliens “at the end of summer,” he said.

After pointing out that Obama said last year that he did not believe he had authority to act unilaterally, an incredulous George Stephanopoulos asked Pfeiffer, “Doesn’t a reversal like that fuel the arguments of those who say that the president is overstepping his authority?”

Pfeiffer said that “whatever [Obama] does in this space will not be a substitute for comprehensive immigration reform. Congress will still need to act.”

“But because of Congress’s failure to fix the immigration system and to pass the supplemental appropriations bill needed to deal with the specific crisis on the border, the president has no choice but to act … at the end of the summer.”

Even the cripplingly affective leftist dead-ender Ed Schultz thinks amnesty-bound Obama is politically suicidal.

“Hold the phone — this would be a mistake if the president were to do this,” Schultz told the phone booth that consists of his MSNBC audience last week.

“Politically, there is no way Democrats can go home and campaign on across-the-board amnesty for millions of undocumented workers … it could be an electoral death knell for the Democrats,” he said.

Recent surveys show Obama’s pro-illegal immigrant policies have the strong support of just 18 percent of the public, compared to the nearly 60 percent who strongly oppose those policies.

“I don’t like government by executive order,” said Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). “I just don’t, generally, so I’d have to look and see specifically what [Obama is] proposing and what he’s talking about,” said the left-winger.

Polls now suggest Pryor stands a very good chance of losing to Republican challenger Tom Cotton in November.

Perhaps the senator should have spoken out against the president’s reckless policies earlier.

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EXCLUSIVE: Shocking images show corpses of illegal immigrants left to die after border crossings

2014/08/01

EXCLUSIVE: 'A lot of people die out here' and 'all this blood...is on Obama's hands': Shocking images show corpses of illegal immigrants left to die after border crossings

  • Rancher shares grotesque photos with MailOnline, saying Obama bears the blame for a rising death toll among illegal immigrants
  • Volunteer patrol network in south Texas has found 259 bodies in one county alone, maybe 20 percent of the actual body count
  • Border Patrol source concedes the agency has no idea how many are perishing between the border and official government checkpoints
  • Filmmaker says he warned Congress in 2007 that children were becoming drug cartels' newest pawns on the border

Dead bodies of illegal immigrants are turning up in south Texas as Central Americans pour across the U.S.-Mexico border, and a veterinarian who ranches cattle 70 miles from ground zero has the photos to prove it.

Dr. Mike 'Doc' Vickers of Brooks County, Texas showed some of the grisly images to MailOnline, all of them far too grotesque to publish unedited.

One picture shows a corpse propped up against a tree near his ranch in Brooks County, his eyes missing and dried blood cascading down his shirtless body.

'This guy, obviously, had to lay down up against that tree, and that's where he died,' Vickers says in interview footage provided exclusively to MailOnline by documentary filmmaker Chris Dugard.

Falcons native to the Rio Grande river valley 'plucked his eyes out before he was dead,' the animal doctor concludes. 'He bled out through his eyes, which tells me that he was probably in a coma but they were eatin' on him before his heart stopped beating.'

Dugard is working on a sequel to his 2007 documentary, 'Border,' which made a splash on the film-festival circuit years before illegal immigration swelled to what President Barack Obama now concedes is a 'humanitarian crisis.'

When he filmed 'Border' in 2005, he said, 'we had to go out and find illegal traffic.'

'This time it found us.'

He screened his film on Capitol Hill back then, telling members of Congress that children were becoming pawns in Mexican drug cartels' smuggling operations into the U.S. homeland.

'I am not surprised to find immigrants dying 70 miles north of the border,' Dugard told MailOnline, but 'I am surprised that nine years later it is still a secret to most of the American people.'

'The Federal Government has long known about this,' he said, ticking off Texas and Arizona counties where human remains are continually turning up.

'Local officials who deal with collecting the bodies are so overwhelmed financially that the cost of coroner inquests on each case is dramatically affecting their budgets.'

 Vickers, 64, told MailOnline on Wednesday that since 2012 his organization, the Texas Border Volunteers, has counted 259 dead bodies in his native Brooks County alone, including those of children.

'And we're probably only finding 20 per cent of them. A lot of people die out here.'

'We find a hell of a lot of women,' he said. 'Three of the last ones who have died on my ranch have been women. We found a dead 12-year-old boy on my neighbor's property.'

Some have the good fortune to find Vickers and his crew.

'We've rescued some small children, quite a few,' Vickers recalled. 'One boy, 11 years old, was left behind 8 or 9 miles off the highway. He had no idea where he was.' The border volunteers gave him water and arranged for U.S. Border Patrol agents to pick him up.

'I've seen families out in my front yard under a tree,' he said, 'with little bitty toddlers with them.'

The group of about 300 amateur patrolmen go out in teams of up to 40 armed men at a time for 4- to 5-day patrols, reporting to Border Patrol agents and Texas Rangers on where the immigrant traffic is heaviest.

In nine years of scouring south Texas, no shots have been fired.

The closest U.S. Border Patrol station, at Falfurrias, Texas, is about 4-1/2 miles from Vickers' 1,000-acre ranch.

An official in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency confirmed that in the month of June more than 4,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at or near that checkpoint.

About 82 per cent of them were so-called 'OTM' border crossers – 'Other Than Mexican.'

More than 400 were children.

The federal government doesn't keep statistics on how many dead immigrants' bodies are recovered, the DHS official told MailOnline.

He conceded to MailOnline that 'we don't know how many people are dying without reaching us, just like we don't know how many people are making it past the checkpoint without being detected.'

Most come from Central America and pay human traffickers known as 'coyotes' between $5,000 and $8,000 each to be smuggled into the United States.

Many don't make it alive.

'The fact is, they're all homicides,' Vickers said. 'These people pay coyotes who are affiliated with drug cartels big money to be brought here and dropped off at the checkpoint. And they go through our private property to avoid detection.'

'And the coyotes, a lot of times, by the time they get to the checkpoint, or even north of the checkpoint, run off and leave them. And you know, they'll point at a light up north, one of those radio towers, and say, "Just keep walking toward that tower. Houston's 20 minutes away".'

Houston is a 280-mile drive from Falfurrias.

'They've already duped them of their money,' he explained. 'And then some days later they're still walking around in circles up here with no water. And you know, a lot of them die.'

'A lot of coyotes don't leave them, but they put them on a fast pace. We're talking 3 to 4 miles per hour, through all this deep sand and all this brush, and real, real treacherous terrain. And if they can't keep up, they'll beat on them a little bit and tell them, "We're just going to leave you here to die." And they do.'

Vickers, a small-time cattle rancher who spends most of his days as a veterinarian caring for his neighbors' livestock, will play a significant role in Dugard's next movie.

In the filmmaker's footage, Vickers shows a photo he took of a gang-tattooed drug runner who was armed but dehydrated when the Texas Border Volunteers stumbled onto him, near the point of death from heat exhaustion.

'We actually saved this guy's life,' he said.

'After we got the "pistolero" treated, we went another 300 yards and found this guy,' he says, pointing to a picture of a badly decomposed corpse. 'He wasn't so lucky.'

Dugard also saw an Urdu-to-English dictionary that Vickers picked up near his ranch, dropped by 'a coyote leading a group of Middle Easterners into our country.'

And Chinese immigrants, paying up to $50,000 each to be smuggled into Ecuador and then into the United States, are now numerous enough that the federal government has added Mandarin translations to signs at emergency stations dotting the Texas border region.

But it's those 'OTM' aliens, especially the hundreds of unaccompanied minors crossing every day along the length of the U.S.-Mexico border, who have turned illegal immigration into relentless front-page news.

The flow is 'four times what it was in 2011. A four-fold increase,' says Vickers.

He agrees with Republicans in Congress who point fingers of blame at President Obama, who declared in 2012 that the federal government would no longer pursue illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children before 2007.

He also championed a bill called the DREAM Act – failed legislation that aimed to offer those immigrants permanent residency if they graduated from high school.

'When Obama started talking about the DREAM Act, and this and that about the DREAMers, I mean it was like, overnight we started seeing hordes of these teenagers coming in from Central America,' Vickers told MailOnline. 'I've got pictures of them.'

'I mean, big groups – 20, 30, 40 at a time. We were encountering them and getting Border Patrol to pick them up. And right off the bat they'd tell us, "Hey, we're going to be able to go free. Mr. Obama is going to let us stay. He said we could come.'

'He started talking about the DREAM Act and all of that stuff in 2012,' the veterinarian said, 'and here they come.'

Dugard showed MailOnline a brief interview with an illegal immigrant, an 18-ish young man from Tequila, Mexico who said he had paid a coyote $5,700 for safe passage to the U.S.

Asked if Obama is communicating to people south of the border 'that it is possible to find work in the United States,' he chewed his gum and replied, 'Uh-huh.'

Dugard also claimed transnational drug traffickers 'are taking big time advantage' of Obama's 2012 mini-amnesty. 'They have been planning for this for the last two years.'

The deluge of unaccompanied minors, he said, have occupied so much of the federal government's resources near the U.S.-Mexico border – allowing for only sparse apprehension of gun and narcotics smugglers.

'Before the tidal wave of women and children hit the border,' he told MailOnline, 'cartels say they were getting about 50 per cent of their personnel across. Since Border Patrol has been hit with this wave of human shields, cartels are now claiming to get up to 90 per cent of their people across.'

Dugard also showed MailOnline exclusive interview footage with a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol who left his job because of the changing conditions on the ground.

'I retired early because I was told I had to release a group of criminals because they may be DREAM Act people,' the agent says, his face shielded because he feared reprisals.

'I just could not see releasing these people who were convicted of crimes back into American society. I voiced my opinion. I was told basically to just shut up and do what I was told.'

Two members of the Texas congressional delegation, both Republicans, reacted with anger when MailOnline showed them a set of five photos of dead border-crossers.

'How many precious lives must be needlessly lost, women raped, girls forced into sex trafficking or people trapped into the drug trade before the Obama administration stops luring them here with continued grants of amnesty, legal status, work permits, and benefits?' asked Rep. Louie Gohmert.

'Democrats don’t care that Obama's rhetoric is getting people killed,' Rep. Steve Stockman added.

'They come here specifically because they believe Obama will give them amnesty. Democrats are willing to let illegals risk their lives just so Democrats can have a wedge issue to agitate their liberal base before an election.'

Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, the Democrat who represents Brooks County, told MailOnline that illegal immigrant deaths in Brooks County are 'a stain on the American way.'

'I say this because so many lives could have been saved if we had a Comprehensive Immigration Bill in place,' he added.

Hinojosa didn't say how passing legislation favored by the White House would save lives, but insisted that 'better immigration laws for our country' would 'hopefully prevent migrant deaths.'

He said relatives of the dead have visited his office. 'I have heard their painful stories of not knowing what happened to their loved ones, and my heart aches for them.'

'My office has worked with Brooks County officials on trying to find federal funding to help them identify and bury the dead.'

Vickers said no local or county government in his part of Texas has received any federal reimbursement for those costs. And he's not impressed with how his congressman is responding.

Hinojosa 'wants open borders,' he said. 'He tells his constituents that "I'm going to do whatever my president tells me to do." Not what his constituents want him to do.'

For the mild-mannered vet, the buck stops in the Oval Office.

'All this blood we see out here is on Obama's hands.'

See the photos online here.

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GOHMERT: Until We Stop The Flood, We Will Never Overcome This Border Crisis

2014/07/28

This month I have been down to the Texas-Mexico border three different weekends. My nights patrolling the border, talking in depth with Border Patrol, DPS, Texas Rangers, ICE agents, and people in the area have helped bring a few things into focus for me. Namely – we must secure the border and enforce the law of the land.

Unlike the editorial board at The Longview News Journal, the majority of Americans understand compassion is not encouraging a President to continue luring children to this country through horrific dangers transported by drug cartel employees from countries where crime has not spiked. It actually takes courage to stand up to demeaning name-calling simply because of beliefs in treating everyone impartially. 

Make no mistake; most of the children crossing the border are male and teenagers or adults, while the smaller percentage of “unaccompanied” younger children are brought by someone, though they may step aside once here. Let’s reunite them as families and return them home to show the benefit of following the law.

There is a common mistake made by caring Christians in thinking that the duty of a government and the duty of a Christian individual are the same. They are quite different, and the differences are critical.

If a government turns the other cheek, is meek in the face of attack or threat to its citizens’ way of life, then the people in that nation suffer. The government must follow its own laws fairly and impartially so that it does not encourage lawlessness. If all of the children of the world who are not fairly treated were encouraged to flee to the United States, there would be no United States worth fleeing to. The government must protect its borders, just like the walls of Jerusalem were to protect those within. 

A Christian should love his neighbor. A government must force his neighbor to comply with its laws. Christians should not put others in fear, but government is different: "If you do evil, be afraid because God does not give the sword to the government in vain." (Romans 13:4) A good neighbor government would help force an end to the reign of the drug cartels in neighboring countries so people do not feel a desire to flee.

The drug cartels are largely responsible for the transport of people to and across our border illegally. A Border Patrolman told me that most people say, “We are fleeing violent gangs.” However, when he challenges then as a Hispanic in forceful Spanish, “You and I both know the gangs were paid to bring you here; you’re not escaping gangs,” they say, ‘You’re right, but we were told to say that.”  Additionally, Border Patrol officers tell me the number of SIA's (Special Interest Aliens from countries with significant terrorism) has skyrocketed. That is borne out by official numbers.

Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly’s (commander of the United States Southern Command) testified before Congressional committees this year of the dramatic security threats to the United States from criminal networks and terrorist organizations penetrating our southern border, stating that they pose ‘an existential threat to the United States.’ A primary duty of your federal government is to provide for the common defense against such.

For someone who has never been a judge or held a position of authority in government, compassion is often thought to be the difficult but admirable thing to do. I have been a judge and can tell you that the easiest thing to do is go easy and appear compassionate. Those judges are usually lavished with affection in the courtroom. But that is destructive to a peaceable country. 

It is easy to give away what has been entrusted to government, then bask in affection from those to whom you’ve given other people’s earnings. It is far more difficult to say, “No, you violated the law, and the rule of law requires that you be treated as other lawbreakers. You must go to the back of the line behind those even more desperate who are following the rules.”

As a judge, I experienced occasions of a courtroom full of friends clamoring for leniency that I would not have given to someone else, so I applied the law impartially. Being impartial and living with the threats takes more courage than always acting “compassionately.”  It is easiest to succumb and give special treatment when the masses are begging, “Come on, have a heart, give him another chance.” It takes more courage to do what your mind tells you is right when your heart is breaking for those affected, and the death threats come because you followed the law and did not favor some over others. 

My heart goes out to all children who have been caught in tragic circumstances. That is why I went and wept with the Nigerians who have it far worse than Central Americans. 

I have a rough draft of legislation that would allow us to process them quickly, reunite them with one or both parents, and return them home together expediently. But until we stop the flood, we will never overcome this crisis that was created by the lawlessness of our President, which leaves children as pawns of political zealots and drug cartels. 

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

 

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More Congressmen Demand Answers About Planned Parenthood Abortion Quotas

2014/07/25

More Texas congressmen are expressing outrage over Planned Parenthood’s alleged abortion quotas, calling on Planned Parenthood to address the allegations and reiterating support for nationwide defunding.

Earlier this week, a former Planned Parenthood manager came to the Daily Caller with a budget statement she said proves that her clinic had annual abortion quotas it needed to meet in order to make its budget. The budget, from fiscal year 2010, said that the now-closed clinic in Bryan, Texas needed to perform at least 1,135 abortions in order to generate the necessary $355,581 in revenue. 

“It is utterly appalling that Planned Parenthood would have annual abortion quotas just to meet their financial goals,” said Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert. “With the vast amount of money Planned Parenthood receives from U.S. taxpayers, it is critical that we determine whether or not any staff members were told that their salaries were contingent on their pushing a certain number of young women to abort their babies. The idea of salaries being contingent on the number of babies destroyed is unmitigatingly evil.” 

Planned Parenthood has repeatedly refused to return calls for comment.

“There’s one thing more repugnant than the latest revelations about Planned Parenthood’s insatiable appetite for killing as many babies as possible to maximize profits,” Rep. Steve Stockman said. “And that’s the refusal of too many to exercise Congress’ purse power to defund Planned Parenthood. The Republican Party  has maintained majority control of the House of Representatives for 16 of the last 20 years and have failed to do so.”

Gohmert and Stockman join Rep. Bill Flores, who earlier this week said that “While the murder of any unborn child is appalling, even more criminal is the establishment of a target to kill over 1,100 innocent Texas children in order to meet financial targets.”

Planned Parenthood has also refused requests for comment from Texas news outlet KBTX.

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Shots fired across border draw yawn from Washington

2014/07/22

Rep. Louie Gohmert says news of gunfire coming from the Mexican side of the border toward U.S. agents might have been covered up if he hadn’t been at the site of the incident Friday night.

A congressman who spent this past weekend at the border with Mexico came back with a chilling story about a barrage of high-caliber gunfire that scattered U.S. Border Patrol agents while at least 40 illegal immigrants emerged from the weeds of the Rio Grande River.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, says he’s worried about what else may have come into the country as those border agents were occupied taking in and processing the illegal aliens from Central America. And he believes the gunshots were fired by smugglers more than likely as a diversion tactic and not meant to actually kill any U.S. border agents.

Yet, Gohmert says, he was not surprised that the gunfire, confirmed by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, drew no response from the White House. Same for leaders of both parties in Congress.

Other than a report by Fox News Monday, the story got no coverage from mainstream media outlets. Out of that silence, Gohmert hears a message.

“The Department of Homeland Security didn’t want an issue made of this, and if I were not out there on the ground in the area where this happened Friday night, you probably would have never heard of it because Homeland Security doesn’t want a big deal made out of it,” Gohmert told WND in a phone interview Tuesday. “Our president doesn’t want a big deal made out of it, our leaders in Congress don’t want to make a big deal out of it, because that would mean they would have to do more to secure our border.”

Gohmert said he arrived at the Texas border about 30 minutes after the shots rang out, and was able to get a first-hand account of what happened. He spent two days and two nights there, returning to Capitol Hill on Monday. It was at least his third trip to the border in the past few months, he said. But he did not expect to hear that Border Patrol agents were taking heavy machine-gun fire.

“In the case of a .50-caliber gun, the noise is so earth shattering that, unlike a .223-caliber round that can sometimes go unnoticed, it’s very clear – you know immediately it’s indeed gunfire,” he said.

He said he’s not surprised the high-caliber rifle fire met with a low-key response from official Washington.

“I understand there may be a more official position, that it was gunfire but that it may not have been directed at our guys,” Gohmert said. “In our case we were in a position where you could talk to people right there as it happened and get their stories before their superiors could help them with their stories.”

The gunfire broke out between 8 and 9 p.m. Friday, just before darkness descended on the area.

Gohmert said the border agents were positioned near two large oil or gas tanks. There will often be two or three vehicles parked there because it’s a good place to interview people coming across the border. It’s less than 50 yards from the banks of the river.

“They said they were hearing .50-caliber rounds and ricochets came up in their direction and they immediately sought cover, and they remained behind something protecting them until it stopped,” Gohmert said, relating the story as it was told to him by the agents. “Our Border Patrol has nothing to stop a .50-caliber round, and when it stopped they immediately came from behind their cover and 40 to 50 people came up from the water.”

Gohmert said he believes the purpose of the shots “was to cause our Border Patrol to have to seek cover and clearly they did not want anyone seeing or stopping what was coming across. And then they will be tied up processing the illegals and so they didn’t have the manpower to go through the brush and the trees, the heavy brush along the river banks there, to see what else may have accompanied the 40 or so illegal immigrants that gave rise to the .50-caliber fire.

“We’re told they were not firing directly at our agents, but they were firing toward them, in their general direction, and caused them to seek cover,” Gohmert continued. “They weren’t firing at but toward, in the general area and they accomplished apparently what they wanted, which was to keep them (border agents) from seeing what had crossed over the border after the illegals.”

The Obama administration has said the numbers of illegal crossings have begun to slow down, and Democrats in Congress such as Rep. Joachin Castro, D-Texas, have lashed out at Texas Gov. Rick Perry for sending 1,000 state National Guard troops to help patrol the border. Castro, the brother of Obama’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro, and son of a woman who helped found the radical Chicano socialist group Council for La Raza, called Perry’s move a “militarization” of the border that is unwarranted by crime statistics in the border areas, which he says show no increase or cause for concern.

“Militarizing our border is the wrong response to the arrival of children,” Castro said in a July 21 email to Politico. “I remain hopeful that our state can provide a more helpful response than to send armed soldiers to greet children seeking refuge from violence.”

But Gohmert doesn’t buy that argument. He doesn’t believe all those crossing over are innocent young children seeking refuge from violence. The majority are teenage boys with unknown backgrounds, and he praises the actions that Texas has taken to help protect the state from potential criminal elements.

“The administration will say the numbers are down now. Well, I would submit that the reason the numbers are down is because Texas has been doing something about it,” Gohmert told WND.

“They’ve spent millions on boats going up and down the river, they’ve brought in the Texas Rangers, we’ve have already been supplementing the federal government with significant state assets and if the coyotes [smugglers] know they can’t get the people they’re smuggling to the border then they won’t bring them. So the president can say the numbers are down but he’s taking the credit for what the state has accomplished. Make no mistake about our Border Patrol agents, they are doing a great job with what they’ve been given, but they need help and they’re not getting it from this administration in the White House.”

Gohmert also addressed the role that the Texas National Guard will be playing at the border when those troops arrive over the next 30 days. Some conservatives have criticized Perry’s deployment of the National Guard because they haven’t been given authority to arrest or detain illegals.

“The lack of authority to detain people will not be a problem so long as they can meet them on the border and refuse them entry into the United States if they are attempting to come in illegally,” Gohmert said.

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Gohmert Continues His Firm Stand with Israel

2014/07/16

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement showing unwavering support for Israel after a ceasefire was rejected by Hamas:

“The existence and safety of the nation of Israel is critical to the safety and existence of the United States and those who love true freedom. Israel’s support for human rights is more consistent with the position of the United States than any other nation in the middle east. Most Americans believe that if we as a nation bless Israel, we will be blessed. Therefore, any enemy of Israel is an enemy of the United States. As the first nation to recognize Israel as an independent state when it was re-established in 1948, the United States has known Israel as one of its closest allies. 

Now, Israel is being rocked again by age-old violence from people who have received United States aid and money and yet have vowed destruction of Israel. Now is the time to stand stronger than ever with our dear friend, Israel, not only in prayer and spirit, but in deed and defense. If anyone doubted who truly wanted peace in the middle east, any doubts should have been erased when Israel agreed to a cease-fire, yet Hamas remained a consistent terrorist group and refused anything that resembled peace. All aid of any kind from which Hamas benefits should be eliminated and all aid we can provide to Israel should be provided. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers have been and remain with the blessed nation of Israel." 

 

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

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FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Endless wave of illegal immigrants floods Rio Grande valley

2014/07/14

EXCLUSIVE: McALLEN, Texas — Life jackets of all sizes and the occasional punctured raft are strewn along the banks of the Rio Grande, just south of Mission, Texas, where a relentless onslaught of illegal immigrants eagerly surrender to beleaguered Border Patrol agents around the clock.

It’s a cycle for which there is no end in sight.

“You're going to be out here a long time,” Fernando, an El Salvadoran child, told FoxNews.com shortly after surrendering to Border Patrol authorities after midnight Saturday. “There are thousands of us."

With most of the men and women charged with securing the Mexican border busy processing some of the 60,000 illegal immigrants who have made the harrowing journey to the American border in the past nine months, only a handful of Border Patrol agents drive the riverside loop in a small town called Granjeno just south of Mission, in the Rincon peninsula.

Illegal immigrants of all ages, including many unaccompanied children, run to them to surrender. They are piled into the back of Border Patrol vehicles and taken to a makeshift staging area in Rincon Village, where a large Border Patrol bus waits to transport them to McAllen’s Border Patrol facility.

FoxNews.com accompanied Texas lawmaker Louie Gohmert, a former judge and current Republican Congressman, to the site in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday. Gohmert, whose district lies some 550 miles northeast of what has become the most heavily-trafficked people-smuggling route in the world, has been to the location many times, but has never seen it so understaffed and overwhelmed.

“I’m more concerned than ever [that the border is] so seriously undermanned and I’ll be raising hell in Washington,” Gohmert, who invited FoxNews.com to see the situation first-hand, would later tell Border Patrol officials.

The Border Patrol agents loaded and unloaded their vehicles packed with the newly-arrived illegal immigrants — including women pregnant or nursing infants, and small, unaccompanied children — throughout the evening and early morning hours.  At first, they were mostly teenagers, ages 14 to 17, arriving with their mother or brothers or no one at all. Then came the pregnant women. A mother nursing her infant. A small girl with wide eyes clutching a doll.

A total of 72 came in during the first dark hours of Saturday morning.  A third were unaccompanied children.

The life jackets helped many make it across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, the Mexican city across the water from Mission, just west of McAllen. Sources say they come over on rafts ferried by the so-called “coyotes,” the human smugglers whose means of transport are rendered useless whenever discovered by the Border Patrol. Many don’t make it across the river; multiple sources became emotional when recounting their discoveries of small, lifeless bodies washed up along the riverbank.

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants have flocked to the U.S. in recent months, believing the Dream Act, as well as a 2008 law that grants an asylum hearing to any child not from a border nation, and the White House policy known as “prosecutorial discretion” means once they arrive, they’ll never have to go back.

The Obama administration has said many will be returned to their homelands, but thousands have been dispersed around the country, sent to military bases or one of the nearly 100 Health and Human Services shelters run by private contractors or faith-based organizations. From there, they are typically turned over to a parent or relative already in the U.S. or released to a sponsor organization and given a court date for their hearing.

Many of the illegal immigrants tell Border Patrol and Texas state authorities they learned from the media in their home countries that if they crossed the border to the U.S. right now, they’d be given papers and allowed to stay, border sources who interview the immigrants told FoxNews.com.

The number of illegal immigrants apprehended at the border in the past nine months is more than double last year’s total. Most come from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, traveling up through Mexico to the border aboard an infamous train known as “The Beast.” From there, coyotes help them traverse the hardscrabble Rio Grande valley, and the serpentine river that winds through it. In May 5,366 illegal immigrants were detained in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. Last month, that number skyrocketed to 30,380, according to a law enforcement document obtained by FoxNews.com.

FoxNews.com witnessed the seemingly endless parade of illegal immigrants as they turned themselves in to agents and climbed into the vans. One mother teared up when telling FoxNews.com of her family’s perilous journey from Honduras. Some said the trip took as little as two days, others said they'd been traveling for months. In groups of 12 or more, they were then taken to the bus set up in a desolate area at the intersection of unlit dirt roads in Rincon Village along the river for initial processing under the full Texas summer moon.

“They just keep on coming,” one Border Patrol source said.

The same source noted that last week’s derailment of “The Beast” had temporarily stemmed the tide. Now that it’s up and running again, U.S. authorities here at the border are racing for even higher numbers.

Agents normally accustomed to working in the field waited at the bus, donning blue latex gloves as they examined the incoming illegal immigrants. They asked questions, searched belongings for contraband and tried to determine if the immigrants need medical help.

Most of the illegal immigrants appeared to be in clean clothes and good health — the biggest complaint FoxNews.com heard was from a child who had lost a shoe in transit. All looked very happy to have finally arrived on U.S. soil.

But appearances are deceiving, one border source said.

“Many of them have scabies, lice and sometimes serious infectious diseases that have not manifested themselves yet,” the source said.

From the staging area, the illegal immigrants were taken to the McAllen Border Patrol headquarters a short ride away. Though it is technically a processing center, the sheer size of the current influx has rendered it something more akin to a detention facility. By Saturday morning, it held 480 immigrants, about 100 more than their capacity. A few weeks ago, it held 1,200, Gohmert and Border Patrol sources told FoxNews.com.

A warehouse nearby with a 1,100 planned capacity was supposed to open its doors July 11, but a botched contract for air conditioners postponed the opening, according to a request for bids posted on the federal contracting website.

With the facility crammed beyond its capacity, the undocumented immigrants are being bused and flown to several other processing facilities along the 2,000-mile border, in El Paso and in California, where angry residents of Murrieta, a small city just north of San Diego, have turned away hundreds of illegal immigrants brought by the federal government for processing.

The veteran Border Patrol agents know that with their attention diverted to women and children, the border at times in locations such as along the Rincon Peninsula appeared virtually unprotected from dangerous drug and weapons traffickers with motives far less innocent than finding a better life. During the first 90 minutes FoxNews.com spent with Gohmert, no Border Patrol agent, Texas Department of Public Safety officer or any other member of law enforcement was visible.

We weren’t the only ones watching for them: a lookout perched atop a tall structure resembling a water tower located near the road quickly jumped off and ran toward the river after spotting our car coming down the dirt path. Border sources noted illegal immigrants typically run to cars to surrender; only those involved with cartels or gangs are likely to flee.

The cartels or coyotes or other criminal organizations have networks of people — often juveniles — paid to stand watch from points of high elevation on both sides of the border.

Early Saturday, whistles and signal calls echoed in the night air from across the river and in our midst, the clandestine communication of coyotes and cartel members using the border crisis to profit. As we moved, on foot or by car, through the thick brush toward the river or down the rocky path, we heard them all around us, moving with us, at some points frighteningly nearby.

When a Border Patrol official finally approached our group, he told Gohmert there were only three Border Patrol agents assigned to this large swath of border. They know it is a busy route, but they were so busy with processing the steady flow of children and families that the area appeared largely unpatrolled.

A recent law enforcement bulletin put the crisis in the Rio Grande Valley sector in the flat language of bureaucrats.

“Total apprehensions in the RGV Sector are at historically elevated levels, and include greater numbers of other-than-Mexicans and unaccompanied alien children than any other sector along the U.S. –Mexico border,” read the bulletin obtained by FoxNews.com. “Total apprehensions are now highest in the RGV Sector, which represents a noteworthy change from previous years.”

On the ground, border agents explain the situation in more conversational terms.

“There’s been a dramatic, serious uptick beginning in January,” one border source told FoxNews.com. "We've never seen this before — unaccompanied alien children and big groups of families.”

And in a twist, the cat-and-mouse game Border Patrol agents have played with illegal immigrants for decades has changed as their quarry no longer hides.

“We used to chase after them; now they are chasing us,” one official said.

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Serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Louie Gohmert was first sworn in January 4, 2005. He proudly represents the First District of Texas which encompasses over 12 counties stretching nearly 120 miles down the state’s eastern border.

During these trying economic times, Rep. Gohmert is developing innovative solutions to jumpstart our economy and offering practical alternatives to the government’s bailout frenzy. His “Federal Income Tax Holiday” gained widespread national support from the grassroots level to national leaders, allowing taxpayers to decide how best to spend their hard-earned money. Louie has repeatedly called for an end to the socialization of our economy and decried the notion that Washington Bureaucrats know better than American taxpayers.

Louie serves on numerous House committees and subcommittees. He was recently named Vice Chair of the Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security due to his extensive knowledge stemming from years in the court room.

Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. During his tenure on the bench, he gained national and international attention for some of his innovative rulings. He was later appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

Louie received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and later graduated from Baylor School of Law. He is also a veteran having served his country as Captain in the U.S. Army.

Today, he and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of three daughters. Their family attends Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, where Louie has served as a deacon and still teaches Sunday school.


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