WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Benghazi will not be old news until the outstanding questions are answered, according to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).
“Now some are tempted to ask, ‘What difference at this point does it make,’” Gohmert said Wednesday at a press conference marking the two-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack on the American facilities in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.
“And the answer should come swift and clear anytime it’s asked, because until we know what happened, we can’t avoid the same mistakes in the future,” he said.
Gohmert took the Obama administration to task for covering up the happenings in Benghazi, comparing it to Watergate.
“Now 40 years later this administration is following the example that was learned in the Clinton years, that if you keep refusing to provide documents, keep refusing to give answers, then eventually you can get to the point where you can say that’s old news. And the mainstream media can sometimes be compliant and say ‘Well it is old news,’” the Texas Republican said.
“Well, it’s not old news,” he stressed, “because we still don’t have the answers.”
Charles Woods, the father of Navy Seal Ty Woods, who was killed during the attack in Benghazi, also called for answers from the administration.
“I would rather actually not be here,” Woods said. “I would rather that my son were still alive.”
Woods said he is haunted but the lack of answers to questions, particularly why there was not a rescue attempt — recalling his experience as a Navy Seal himself and the policy to not leave a man behind.
“When a mission was compromised, the warriors, they know they will be extracted. During all of the hours that this attack happened, there was no attempt made to rescue,” he said.
“We still do not have the answers we need — the truthful answers we need as to why these American heroes were left to die,” he added.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, added that Benghazi continues to matter because it reveals the character of the country.
“I tell you, it makes a a lot of difference, because its a matter of the character of this nation, it makes a lot of difference. Who are we as a nation? What are our national values? It makes a lot of difference.” he said.
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino added that Benghazi remains important.
“It will become old news when the president can explain to us where he was, what he did, and frankly why the character of the people who responded from the CIA annex to the mission complex to save those people far surpass[es] the character of the folks in his administration who lied to us since this event happened,” he said. “This is a blemish on what everything the United States stands for means.”
Also Wednesday, a day before the official anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Benghazi, the conservative Judicial Watch released new internal documents from the State Department obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit showing that, up to three months before the attack, security guards were abandoning their posts “out of fear of their safety.”
“As best we can tell, the Freedom of Information Act, at this time, is the best way to get information out of this administration — an administration that is committed to secrecy and stonewalling on something that would have taken down previous administrations,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said at the press conference. “Which is the lying by a president and his officials, to protect his reelection, about a terrorist attack that killed four Americans.”Read More
President Barack Obama’s promise to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants following the midterm elections is “lawless” and a power-grab comparable to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intrusion into Ukraine, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert said Tuesday.
“As I listen to my colleagues talk about the president intruding into Article 1 section 8 — the powers that are given under the Constitution, to the legislature, to the Congress — and taking those, it occurs to me that this president is to our constitution as Putin is to Ukraine,” he said at a press conference.
Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Marsha Blackburn led the conference, where they and other Republicans called for the Senate to vote on a House-passed bill that would prevent the president from using federal funds to expand amnesty for illegal immigrants.
The bill, sponsored by Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn would effectively freeze Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which they say is acting as a magnet for children on the border, and is the root cause of the crisis.
“The only way to solve the crisis at the border,” Sen. Cruz said. “Is to end the promise of amnesty that is causing these children to come, and causing these little boys and little girls to be victimized, to be physically assaulted, to be sexually assaulted by violent drug cartels and coyotes that are bringing them in.”
“This crisis on the border is President Obama’s fault,” added Texas Rep. Pete Olson.
Obama said in an interview earlier this week that he intends to take executive action to authorize temporary amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants following the midterm elections. Republicans are outraged at what they see as a purely political move, and Rep. Gohmert accused the president of taking action that will help drug cartels profit at the expense of American jobs.
“Adults have lost jobs right and left, including in our military,” he said. “They have been losing jobs because of the decisions of the United States government. … Those people have dreams. Their kids have dreams. What about their dreams?”
“It’s time to stop helping the drug cartels, and hurting the dreams of African Americans, Hispanic Americans for heavens sake, all Americans. And we can do that if we step up, and say ‘enough lawlessness Mr. President.’”Read More
“Kasha, you’re doing it,” U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Tyler told Longview City Councilwoman Kasha Williams, who had asked what local officials can do to draw national support home to convert fleets to compressed natural gas.
“You have just given me ammunition to take back (to Washington),” the Republican said, responding to the Democratic councilwoman’s riddle of how cities can afford the millions of dollars it takes to make garbage trucks, buses and other fleets run on the energy efficient fuel.
Gohmert and state Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, were guests of Longview Mayor Jay Dean on Wednesday at the quarterly meeting of the Texas Municipal League’s 22-county Region 15 at Pinecrest Country Club.
Simpson’s answer to the question from Williams, who is second vice president of the region where Hallsville Mayor Jerri Medrano is president, was to let free market forces pull the natural gas wagon.
Gohmert had begun with that answer before Williams pressed him.
Kilgore College President Bill Holda asked Simpson’s opinion on capping the amount by which local appraisal districts can raise property values on which taxes are based.
“I do think capping it really redistributes some of the problem elsewhere,” Simpson replied. “Because, when you cap somebody, someone else is just going to have to make it up.”
Bills to control how much county appraisal districts may tax the values of homes and other properties have appeared in several legislative sessions but have not won final passage.
Simpson said he would look at a cap bill if it tied rising values to inflation and population growth — and if the directors guiding appraisal districts were elected by voters instead of by other elected officials as they are now.
Gohmert earlier warned the crowd of a rule being proposed by the Obama administration that might tie federal Community Development Block Grants to cities’ willingness to embrace low-income housing for illegal immigrants.
“You have all these bureaucrats that pass regulations that nobody in Congress knows about,” he said. “Have the city attorney look closely (at federal grant money). And if there’s a problem, let your congressman know.”
"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."Read More
"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."Read More
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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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.Read More
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.
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 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.Read More
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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.