Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

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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Feds Using Texas Hospitals to Evaluate Illegal Immigrants

2014/07/09

HOUSTON, Texas--Breitbart Texas has learned that hospitals based in Southern Texas are being utilized to evaluate and treat illegal immigrants before they are sent to housing facilities around the country. The revelation could help justify claims that the tidal wave of Central Americans entering the U.S. illegally each day will clog up U.S. hospitals. 

Margaret Althoff-Olivas, Director of Public Affairs for University Medical Center (UMC) of El Paso, told Breitbart Texas, "The U.S. Border Patrol (BP) has established a rotating schedule for area hospitals to medically evaluate detainees associated with the recent influx of Central American immigrants. According to the BP, all must be medically cleared before being transferred to detention centers."

UMC El Paso Public Affairs Coordinator Renee Saavedra added that "five El Paso hospitals are currently treating [the] immigrants."

Most illegal immigrants are captured in Texas' Rio Grande Valley (RGV) and it is unclear if they are being screened prior to being sent to El Paso and other U.S. cities for processing and further screening, or if the secondary location screening is the first medical treatment the illegal immigrants are receiving. If the illegal immigrants are being transported via chartered commercial airliners prior to being screened, any U.S. citizen who flies on the aircraft afterwards could potentially face health risks. 

Several Texas politicians have spoken out on the effects the illegal immigrants could have on public health. 

Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul recently told NewsMax, "Our hospitals have already been under siege by immigrants. And with these thousands, tens of thousands, who knows how many [children] ... you're going to see some very serious health problems ... We've already overburdened many hospitals."

Paul argued that "free," taxpayer subsidized healthcare only further incentivizes illegal immigrants to cross the border. 

Many others, however, claim that screening the illegal immigrants for diseases is necessary to reduce the risk of a potential public health crisis. 

Several diseases have already been identified within the migrant population. In June Breitbart Texas reported that one Central American who entered the U.S. illegally was confirmed as having the Swine Flu, also known as the H1N1 flu. In response, 2,000 H1N1 vaccinations were brought to the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, where more than 1,000 illegal immigrant minors are currently staying.  

Congressman Louie Gohmert told Breitbart Texas that President Obama's U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--the agency currently caring for many of the unaccompanied minors--is not doing an adequate job of screening and treating diseases. 

"I can tell you that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is not taking charge of the undocumented children in any kind of reasonable time frame as they are absolutely required to do," Gohmert told Breitbart Texas. "It is becoming more and more apparent that the Obama administration’s reckless disregard for enforcing this nation’s laws at the border has become a reckless disregard for human health and life. Even when they spend a hundred times more than necessary, they can’t even build a website."

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Gohmert Responds to The Arab American Institute Regarding Murder of Palestinian Youth

2014/07/09

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement in response to a request from The Arab American Institute regarding the heinous murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir:

“The loss of any innocent life is absolutely tragic. Our hearts break for any family who loses a loved one, regardless of who they are, which obviously includes Palestinians or Israelis. The reason the Israeli kidnappings and deaths prompted a statement from me was because after the atrocity against the Israeli boys, Hamas and other Palestinians rejoiced and praised the killers of the teenage Israelis as "heroes." In fact, the murderers of the Israeli boys are still walking free and at large in society; whereas, the Israeli government has arrested and condemned the extremist individuals suspected of killing the Palestinian boy. It appears the Israeli government is acting in concordance with the law and the Palestinians are allowing murderers to get away with their heinous crimes. The Israeli government did not require outside statements of condemnation in order to do the right thing.”

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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Gohmert: US Will Become ‘Third World Nation’ If Feds Don’t Enforce Immigration Laws

2014/07/01

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, warns that the United States will become a third world nation if the federal government does not enforce its immigration laws.

Speaking to “The Sean Hannity Show,” the Republican lawmaker said the country will be destroyed if the U.S. continues to allow thousands of immigrants to cross the border illegally.

“You’ve got to follow the law. You cannot bring hundreds of thousands of people in this country without destroying the country,” Gohmert told Hannity. “Then there’s no place that people can dream about coming.”

Gohmert stated that it’s the government’s job to defend the U.S. “against anybody that would overwhelm the country and bring it down.”

“It’s always been such an irony, though, that people would flee a country that’s got … drug cartels, people that ignore the law, or bribe people to look the other way,” Gohmert said. “So they don’t have jobs there so they come to the United States because we’ve mostly been a nation of laws where the rule of law matters. But then once they are here, they say now we want you to ignore the rule of law, which ironically is like the country they came from.”

Gohmert continued: “Either we’re going to enforce our law and remain strong economically and otherwise, or we ignore the rule of law and go to being a third world nation.”

Gohmert’s comments come as President Barack Obama announced Monday that he will not rely on Congress and take executive actions to fix much of the immigration system as he can on his own.

Even as Obama blamed House Republicans for frustrating him on immigration, Obama asked Congress for more money and additional authority to deal with the unexpected crisis of a surge of unaccompanied Central American youths arriving by the thousands at the Southern border. Obama wants flexibility to speed the youths’ deportations and $2 billion in new money to hire more immigration judges and open more detention facilities, requests that got a cool reception from congressional Republicans and angered advocates.

Obama’s announcement came almost a year to the day after the Senate passed a historic immigration bill that would have spent billions to secure the border and offered a path to citizenship for many of the 11.5 million people now here illegally. Despite the efforts of an extraordinary coalition of businesses, unions, religious leaders, law enforcement officials and others, the GOP-led House never acted.

“Our country and our economy would be stronger today if House Republicans had allowed a simple yes-or-no vote on this bill or, for that matter, any bill,” Obama said in the Rose Garden. “They’d be following the will of the majority of the American people, who support reform. And instead they’ve proven again and again that they’re unwilling to stand up to the tea party in order to do what’s best for the country.”

Obama said that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, informed him last week that the House would not be taking up immigration legislation this year.

A growing number of advocates and congressional Democrats already have declared immigration dead, the victim, in part, of internal GOP politics, with the most conservative lawmakers resisting the calls of party leaders to back action and revive the GOP’s standing with Latino voters. The Central American migrant surge, along with the surprise defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at the hands of an upstart candidate from the right who accused him of backing “amnesty,” helped kill whatever chances remain.

Boehner blamed Obama for the outcome.

“I told the president what I have been telling him for months: the American people and their elected officials don’t trust him to enforce the law as written. Until that changes, it is going to be difficult to make progress on this issue,” he said. Boehner called Obama’s plan to go it alone “sad and disappointing.”

Obama directed Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to present him by the end of the summer with steps he can take without congressional approval.

The Border Patrol has apprehended more than 52,000 child immigrants traveling on their own since October.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, accused Obama of seeking a “blank check” with no real solutions. “President Obama created this disaster at our Southern border and now he is asking American taxpayers to foot the bill,” said Goodlatte.

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Reps. Gohmert & Flores Introduce Bill to Find Missing IRS Emails

2014/06/25

U.S. Representatives Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Bill Flores (R-Texas) have introduced legislation that provides incentives to find former IRS director Lois Lerner’s missing emails.

"It seems that each time the IRS has evidence that will either prove with certainty its guilt or innocence, the evidence disappears which both common sense and the law indicate the evidence such as emails must have proved the IRS’s impropriety if not outright crimes. It is time the IRS either comes clean, or has a special prosecutor to clean it up. This bill should help in the interim," Congressman Gohmert said.

“I find it very hard to believe that the emails from Lois Lerner are lost and unrecoverable. It is very convenient that the IRS is unable to turn over any of the communications from the central figure responsible for the inappropriate targeting of conservative groups. We will not sit idly by as the IRS continues to work to cover up its blatant abuse of government power,” Congressman Flores said.

“Lois Lerner’s involvement in the planning and execution of beliefs-based IRS targeting can only stay hidden for so long. By providing these incentives we can get people to reveal the hidden truths behind this egregious cover up,” Flores stated. “It is time to hold the IRS’ feet to the fire and for them to come clean about Lois Lerner’s involvement. I remain committed to uncovering the truth and ensuring that all federal agencies are working to serve the American public with integrity and fairness.”

The Identify and Recover Sent E-mails (IRS) Act (H.R. 4958) would award any individual or group who can recover Lois Lerner’s lost emails $1,000,000 and award $500,000 for information regarding the destruction of the emails that can be used for prosecution of the individuals involved. These rewards would come from the unobligated balances from the IRS fiscal year 2014 budget. Additionally, this legislation would cut salaries at the IRS by 20 percent, until the emails are recovered.

Text of the IRS Act

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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First Swine Flu Case Diagnosed Among Illegal Alien Children at Texas Base

2014/06/25

A young illegal immigrant child from Central America was diagnosed with swine flu Friday after crossing the Texas-Mexico border, necessitating 2,000 vaccines be shipped to Lackland Air Force Base to treat people who may have been exposed, U.S. authorities confirmed to TheBlaze.

Health and Human Services spokesman Kenneth Wolfe told TheBlaze, Wednesday that the child being housed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, was recently hospitalized and diagnosed with H1N1.

“The child is responding to treatment and is being monitored,” said Wolfe. “While this is an isolated case, we are continuing proactive measures to protect public health and closely monitoring all the children at Lackland and other UAC facilities.”

The child was diagnosed after being transported from a border holding facility to the base, where he showed signs of illness and had to be hospitalized. It’s the first known case of the H1N1 virus to be diagnosed among the recent surge of unaccompanied immigrant children to arrive at the base, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said.

“We are told the sick child was feverish for several days before being sent for medical treatment,” Gohmert said.  “Having spent the weekend on our border, I can tell you that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is not taking charge of the undocumented children in any kind of reasonable time frame as they are absolutely required to do.”

The H1N1 diagnosis coincides with federal law enforcement and health officials along the border raising concerns that immigrants crossing into the United States are not being properly screened before being transported to other holding facilities throughout the country.
 

The child was described as being extremely ill before recovering in the hospital and had made contact with a number of people for several days during the contagious stages of the virus, according to sources with knowledge of the case.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.

The H1N1 virus caused a worldwide pandemic in 2009 and is experiencing an uptick in the U.S. this year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

A representative from the Centers for Disease Control did not respond to a request for comment from TheBlaze about the H1N1 case. The CDC last week deferred all health questions regarding the recent illegal immigrant surge to Kenneth Wolfe, the deputy public affairs director at the HHS’ Administration for Children and Families. Wolfe did not return emails or calls regarding the H1N1 case on Tuesday.

Wolfe told TheBlaze last week that all unaccompanied immigrant children are medically screened after they are transferred from Border Patrol custody.

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Foreign Children Captured at Border

2014/06/23

MCALLEN, Texas—Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) witnessed the capture of nearly fifty illegal immigrants during a visit to the Texas border crisis region. Breitbart Texas toured the Rio Grande River border area with the Congressman and observed the U.S. Border Patrol's intake process and shot the exclusive photos embedded below of the capture of the women and children crossing the border. 

As the sun began to set in South Texas, Gohmert met with agents of the border patrol just east of the Anzalduas International Bridge, near Mission, Texas. The agents had just captured twenty-seven of the illegal immigrants who had completed the long journey from their home countries of Honduras and Guatemala. Agents told the Congressman that nearly all of the captured women and children come from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

During the tour of the river, the agents demonstrated the night vision equipment they use to help determine when people are about to cross the river. This particular area is a peninsula. There is only one way off the narrow peninsula and agents said the people crossing the river walk right into their hands. There is nowhere else for them to go.

It was clear these people were not trying to avoid detection and capture. Their journey was complete. Congressman Gohmert asked one of the mothers who had three small children with her, why she had made this long and dangerous trek. The interpreter translated her answer, “My friends told me if I came here my children would get a good education.”

She explained she spent about $5,000 for her and her three children to be brought to Texas by coyotes. They traversed Mexico by bus and were immediately taken from the bus station in Reynosa, Mexico, to the river where a “taxi driver” would take them across the river on a small raft. She indicated she was headed to meet up with her husband. He has been working in a restaurant in North Carolina for about four years.

Breitbart Texas witnessed an area on the peninsula where rafts and life jackets had been captured and destroyed. Earlier in the day, a Hidalgo County Precinct 3 deputy constable told Breitbart Texas, the people running these rafts across the river had recently begun using life jackets on the small children.

Throughout the night, Breitbart Texas and Congressman Gohmert witnessed the capture and processing of nearly fifty illegal immigrants. Not a single adult male was with the groups. Some of the children were as young as two or three years-old. Most were from Guatemala and a few were from Honduras.

Congressman Gohmert was clearly touched by witnessing the capture of these people. The children were scared and some were crying. After witnessing this, the Congressman gave the children some comfort by giving them some small candy bars. He said they were clearly hungry and grabbed them up immediately.

After the Congressman departed the area Breitbart Texas witnessed one final capture of illegal immigrants who had just crossed the border. This was out on a public road about a mile west of the previous capture locations. This was yet another group of seven women and children. The children ranged from age 2 up to 16. Five were from Guatemala and two were from Honduras.

Bob Price is a staff writer and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.

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House Members Introduce Bill to Prohibit Guantanamo Transfers Until Obama Administration Rationalizes Release of Taliban Leaders

2014/06/23

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) along with Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX) and Mike Pompeo (R-KS), filed the House companion measure to Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) bill to prohibit Guantanamo transfers.  If passed, this bill would temporarily halt further transfers or releases for detainees at Guantanamo Bay until the Obama Administration can justify the benefits of this prisoner exchange. 

“The release of the five dangerous Taliban leaders by the Obama Administration is truly outrageous. Time and time again this administration has shown the American people that it is as transparent as hardened mud, though it has claimed more transparency more often than any administration since the Carter administration's chaotic term in the White House. Not only does this prisoner exchange put the lives of countless Americans in jeopardy, it displays to the world that the U.S. will negotiate with terrorists; and, that frankly puts us in a frightening place,” said Congressman Louie Gohmert.

“President Obama owes all Americans an explanation for his unilateral negotiations to release five Taliban terrorists. This prisoner trade has significant, adverse repercussions for our national security. As opposed to making destructive decisions, the president must follow the law and work with Congress prior to releasing dangerous prisoners. It is clear that the administration is not properly vetting these situations with Congress and they are putting Americans at risk. This legislation takes a crucial step to make sure that Congress is fully informed of the potential future risks and dangerous implications these five terrorists pose for the U.S. going forward,"  said Congressman Flores. 

Congressman Mike Pompeo, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee and a former Army officer said, “President Obama’s catch-and-release approach to terrorists must stop immediately. It was a grave and dangerous mistake to release the Taliban Five whose commitment to jihad against America has shown no signs of dissipating and will now pose a threat to our troops abroad. This bill takes steps to ensure that the President cannot unilaterally empty Guantanamo Bay in order to close it. We must keep Americans safe.”

Specifically, the bill will block any funds from being spent on the transfer or release of Guantanamo detainees until either 90 days after submitting a report to Congress that justifies the release of the Taliban 5, or 180 days after this bill is signed into law.

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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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Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Ralph Hall

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Randy Neugebauer

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Blake Farenthold

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Steve Stockman

TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT

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