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Democrats Vote Against CHIP Funding Ahead of ‘Schumer Shutdown’

Reported by Joel B. Pollak | 18 Jan 2018

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186 House Democrats voted against keeping the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funded for the next six years as they opposed a stopgap spending measure in the House of Representatives Thursday that would keep the government open for the next four weeks.

Senate Democrats were likewise poised to vote against CHIP, as they declared earlier in the day that they had the votes to filibuster the spending bill and shut down the government. (Republicans have taken to calling the impending shutdown the “Schumer shutdown,” for Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), in response.)

CHIP provides funds for health insurance for children from low-income families who are not poor enough to be eligible for Medicaid. CHIP funding is the number one issue for American voters overall, according to a recent poll by Politico and the Harvard University School of Public Health.

When he won Alabama’s special election for the U.S. Senate last month, Doug Jones called on both parties to put politics aside and vote to fund the CHIP program:

“Take this election,” Jones said, “take this election where the people of Alabama said we want to get something done, we want you to find common ground, we want you to talk. Take this opportunity in light of this election and go ahead and fund that CHIP program before I get up there. Put it aside and let’s do it for those million kids and 150,000 here in Birmingham, Alabama.”

Congress did not do so, but Jones proposed a bill last week that would extend CHIP funding for five years — one year shorter than the stopgap spending bill Democrats are rejecting.

CNN political analyst Gloria Borger offered her version of Democrats’ argument Thursday: “If this is so important to you Republicans, why didn’t you take it up earlier this year when you could have, when the Democrats wanted to deal with it? I mean, children’s health insurance is something that you can bring up on the floor any time and renew it, and they’ve been screaming about it — the Democrats have been screaming about it for quite some time.”

Voters in contested House and Senate districts this year can expect to see Republican advertisements noting that Democratic incumbents voted against funding CHIP. Only six House Democrats broke ranks to vote with the GOP.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named to Forward’s 50 “most influential” Jews in 2017. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak

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Your virtue-signaling won’t keep America from becoming a $#!%hole. Even the feds know that unvetted, unchecked immigration is endangering America.

Posted January 12, 2018 by Daniel Horowitz

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“DACA! DACA! DACA! DACA fix!” shouts the “bipartisan” political oligarchy in one chorus. What about first fixing the problems in immigration that endanger American citizens — you know, the people you are required to represent?

A brand-new report from the independent DHS inspector general’s office confirms that not enough is being done to vet illegal aliens released by ICE for ties to Islamic terror or other security concerns. No word yet whether a district judge will “strike down” the inspector general report as invidiously discriminatory and a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

America has become a dumping ground. You might even say it has become a $#!%hole.1 According to the report, there are approximately 2.37 million illegal aliens who have been released into our communities by ICE and are “officially” under supervision. Only 1.4 percent of illegals apprehended by ICE remain in custody. And no, they are not from Norway. The inspector general’s office found that the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), the office responsible for supervising detained and released aliens, is not doing enough and not provided with enough resources to properly monitor and vet these aliens for connections to terrorism.

The IG’s office examined 40 case files between 2013 and 2015 and found that ERO was not complying with the procedures of vetting and accessing the relevant DHS data to screen for terrorist ties. “We attribute these instances of noncompliance to limited program oversight and weak management controls,” the report said. “As a result, ERO may be missing opportunities to identify, take into custody, communicate status of and make decisions on those aliens who pose the highest risk to national security and public safety.

ERO is required by existing policy to use DHS’ Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounter Protocol (KSTEP) to vet the aliens for ties to terror, but hundreds of thousands have been released before information was accessed. Almost none of those released are continuously vetted as they commit crimes and more information is placed into law enforcement and intelligence databases, leaving agents in the dark about the nature of foreign criminals and even terrorists they are releasing. The report found that once they are released, ERO essentially stops researching them. And there are some bad hombres among them. A previous IG report found that 368,574 had prior criminal convictions but were allowed to remain in the country.

The report notes that a former vetting program focused more precisely on aliens from “specially designated countries,” defined as “nations known to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members.” In other words, $#!%holes. But President Obama abolished it in March 2012.

Under the new system created by the Obama administration, the majority of ERO offices “did not have access to DHS classified networks at their locations to communicate about derogatory information related to known or suspected Terrorists,” according to the IG.

Guess what else the IG found to be endangering our national security? Sanctuary cities. According to the report, “approximately 675 jurisdictions nationwide declined to honor more than 29,269 ICE immigration detainers from January 2014 through May 2017.” These detainers, by definition, are all targeting criminal aliens, the people for whom Obama claimed to prioritize enforcement. Yet the federal government agency tasked with identifying and detaining criminal aliens is denied access to critical information needed to vet and apprehend individuals whom everyone supposedly agrees must be deported. According to the report, sanctuary cities force an already beleaguered ICE to use “significantly more resources to bring the individual into ICE custody.” ICE doesn’t have such resources. In some field offices, there is only one agent per 10,000 released aliens.

Much of the report was redacted due to national security concerns, which demonstrates the importance of this issue.

We have a criminal alien crisis, an MS-13 crisis (as a result of DACA), and tens of thousands of known Middle Easterners crossing our border. Yet only a tiny percentage of the 2.4 million released by ICE under supervision have been deported, and now we find out that ICE has no real way to ensure that a significant number aren’t safety concerns before they are released, never to be detained again no matter what crimes they commit. Further, sanctuary cities are endangering our national security.

We can laugh, cry, or virtue-signal over Trump complaining about $#!%hole countries, or we can unite as a nation and demand a complete fix for criminal aliens and sanctuary cities before any talk of amnesty so that America doesn’t become the ultimate $#!%hole for the rest of the world.

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