Well this is one way to show how you feel about protecting America.
Rep. Ilhan, Omar, who is under investigation for allegedly spending campaign funds on a divorce attorney and personal travel, attacked President Trump again today over the emergency at the border.
The Democrat from Minnesota responded to a tweet from President Trump, accusing him of “lying about the border” and the debated border wall a “monument to racism”.
“This is a fake emergency! Donald Trump is lying about the border in order to build his monument to racism,” Omar tweeted Wednesday.
This is a fake emergency! Donald Trump is lying about the border in order to build his monument to racism. https://t.co/hVOVzLYDHw
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 3, 2019
This was in response to a tweet by Trump demanding that Congress “eliminate the loopholes” and saying if they don’t act, he would close “large sections” of the border.
“Congress must get together and immediately eliminate the loopholes at the Border! If no action, Border, or large sections of Border, will close. This is a National Emergency!,” the president tweeted.
Congress must get together and immediately eliminate the loopholes at the Border! If no action, Border, or large sections of Border, will close. This is a National Emergency!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2019
Democrats have been raging all week after the president threatened to close the border. He also demanded that Mexico help prevent illegal immigration by using its own “strong” immigration laws. On top of that, he threatened to shut down aid to three Central American countries.
Omar, who is only in her fourth month in Congress, is arguably trying to deflect from her own controversies. In February, she was accused of tweeting anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli messages.
She also suggested that groups that support Israel are pushing members of Congress to have “allegiance to a foreign country”.
As a result of her comments, a watered-down resolution “condemning hatred” was passed. President Trump has called on Omar to resign from Congress.
She hasn’t exactly made friends on the left, either. In March, Omar suggested that former President Barack Obama was a “pretty face” who got away with “murder”.
Shortly after, she disputed the comments and said the interviewer from Politico ‘distorted’ her comments.
In the meantime, a Texas congressman has issued a dire warning about what’s going on at the border.
And while the media on both sides loves to sensationalize the danger (or in CNN’s case, the total lack of a threat), Rep. Will Hurd says it’s about to turn deadly.
The Texas Republican oversees a district that runs against 820 miles of U.S. – Mexico border, and he’s predicting another 150,000 encounters at the border this month… along with violence and death.
He points to the 100,000 migrants arrested at the southern border in March. But he said that as a result of the onslaught, cartels are waging tremendous criminal activity while border patrol agents are overrun.
“April’s going to be worse than March. You’re going to see loss of life. You’re going to see people that are in these conditions either die, or overrun a Border Patrol agent, or you’re going to see massive destruction of property,” Hurd said at a BakerHostetler law firm event in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
In a later interview with the Washington Examiner, he said his biggest fear is the loss of life of a migrant in Border Patrol custody. Since December, three have died in federal custody, including two children.
“And it’s not going to be Border Patrol’s fault,” Hurd said.
Hurd, who is in his third term, is a cybersecurity business owner as well as a former CIA officer. His district represents the largest portion of the southern border, stretching from east of Eagle Pass to just outside the El Paso city limits.
The El Paso Sector of Border Patrol is one of nine regions on the border, and employes more than 2,300 agents and 150 Immigrations and Customs Enforcement personnel.
Hurd said well over half of them spend all of their time processing migrants, taking them to doctor’s appointments and other non-law enforcement activities.
“These are people that are surrendering in between our ports of entry — at our ports of entry. When you take up [overwhelm] that system, you don’t know what’s coming behind them. I would not be surprised if the drug cartels are taking advantage of this, moving even more product in there,” Hurd said.
So what’s the solution?
Hurd says it’s for Western Hemisphere countries – not just America – to deal with the root causes that are leading hundreds of thousands of people to flee from Central America.
In the short-term, he says Congress needs to approve more money for Department of Homeland Security agencies along with piecemeal legislation.
Eighty thousand hours. That’s how much time agents have spent in recent months taking care of hospital and urgent care visits alone for migrants. Hurd says that’s exactly the kind of work that needs to be farmed out so law enforcement officers can be on the actual border dealing with legitimate national security threats instead of dealing with families.
He points out that the kind of bill Department of Homeland Security needs was blocked by a vote last year.
Who blocked it? Former House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.
On Tuesday, former Obama administration officials publicly agreed with President Trump that there’s a crisis at the border.
This as Democrats are downplaying the situation and are adamantly opposed to the President declaring a national emergency.
During a conference call Tuesday with reporters, Homeland Security officials declared: “The system is on fire.”
And Barack Obama’s top immigration officials are in agreement.
“By anyone’s definition, by any measure, right now we have a crisis at our southern border,” former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on “Cavuto LIVE” on Saturday, citing recent stats that “there were 4,000 apprehensions in one day alone this past week, and we’re on pace for 100,000 apprehensions on our southern border this month.”
He said the number is staggering.
“That is by far a greater number than anything I saw on my watch in my three years as secretary of Homeland Security,” he said.
In February, Trump declared a national emergency at the border. It came shortly after Congress wouldn’t give him the more than $5 billion that he wanted for a wall at the border.
The declaration frees up $3.6 billion in funding for the wall.
But Democrats and even some Republicans opposed the declaration and passed legislation to block the move. President Trump then vetoed their legislation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the declaration “unlawful” and said it was “made over a crisis that does not exist”.
.@realDonaldTrump’s unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist does great violence to our Constitution and makes America less safe, stealing from urgently needed defense funds for the security of our military and our nation.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 15, 2019
Not surprisingly, Adam Schiff agrees with her.
“Trump is declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress, to build a wall we don’t need, to address a crisis that doesn’t exist, by claiming an authority he doesn’t have,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in February.
Trump is declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress, to build a wall we don’t need, to address a crisis that doesn’t exist, by claiming an authority he doesn’t have.
If that sounds like nonsense, it’s because it is. It’s also plainly unconstitutional.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 14, 2019
Yet since then, things have gotten worse. And while the administration keeps showing statistics to back their argument, officials on Tuesday described it as a “system-wide meltdown”.
Customs and Border Protection say more than 76,000 migrants were detained in February. That number, which includes 7,000 unaccompanied children, is the highest number of apprehensions in 12 years.
According to CBP data, more than 36,000 migrant families have flooded into the El Paso region in fiscal 2019, which is compared to about 2,000 at the same time last year.
Mark Morgan served as the head of Border Patrol for Obama. He even agreed with President Trump. He wrote an op-ed for Fox News recently:
“A thorough historical analysis clearly shows we are experiencing a crisis greater than we have in recent times.”
“The entire immigration system is overrun,” he wrote. “They’re not at the breaking point, they’re past it. Border Patrol resources are being pulled off the front lines to address the unprecedented humanitarian crisis while the cartels further exploit our open borders, increasing the threat to our country.”
Johnson believes there’s a bipartisan solution, but encourages Trump to work WITH Congress, not against it.
“There are ways to do this, and you make your case to Congress for why there is a crisis and there is a crisis on our southern border right now and you do it through a conventional reprogramming and you get the resources you need to address the crisis,” he said. “There are answers to this problem, and if we can strip away the politics and the emotion, they can be obtained.”
Last week, President Trump said he would close the border if Mexico doesn’t “immediately stop” the surge. He’s also vowed to cut direct aid to three countries where a flood of immigrants has been coming from – El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
….through their country and our Southern Border. Mexico has for many years made a fortune off of the U.S., far greater than Border Costs. If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States throug our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2019
The announcement came after U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said last week that the border was at its “breaking point,” and that there are not enough agents to respond to the flow of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
“That breaking point has arrived this week at our border,” McAleenan said during a visit to the border in El Paso, Texas. “CBP is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis all along our Southwest border.”
Closed Door Meetings
While Rep. Omar is passing off the threat America is facing at the border as “racism”, some argue that what’s happening behind her closed doors is ALSO a threat.
There have also recently been questions raised about closed door meetings that Ilhan Omar has been having, which some say are a threat to our country.
Freshman Democratic lawmaker Ilhan Omar has been allegedly holding secretive fundraisers with groups that have been tied to terrorism, according to a report by the Free Beacon.
Due to the secrecy of the meetings, the popular new representative has been able to shy away from the media spotlight, but after sources began tracking and questioning her events, the evidence began shining through.
The report mentioned that Omar recently spoke at a private event for Islamic Relief, a charity organization long said to have deep ties to groups that advocate terrorism against Israel.
Massive Protests Against jJhad Jew-hater Ilhan Omar at Terror-Tied CAIR Powwow, Calls on Muslims to “RAISE HELL” and ‘Make People Uncomfortable’: Watch her speech. It's like a American Nazi Bund rally. She shares the stage with a Hezb'Allah operative. https://t.co/YvryQ0BfBt pic.twitter.com/R3aHBttfDF
— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) March 24, 2019
Last weekend, Omar traveled to California to appear at another private event. This gathering was held by CAIR-CA PAC, an organization affiliated with the Council on American Islamic Relations. CAIR was named as an ‘unindicted co-conspirator in a massive terror-funding incident.’
Attendees are strictly Muslim and are asked to donate between $25 and $50 for a seat at the events. Others are denied entry.
Since these are closed-door gatherings, there is no confirmation on what is being said to the audiences, but many analysts are speculating. Multiple news stations and journalists reported to these events to try and gather more information, but their requests were denied.
Sarah Stern is the founder of Endowment for Middle East Truth, or EMET, a pro-Israel group that condemned Omar for promoting anti-semitic conspiracies.
“I just wonder what is Rep. Omar saying to a group of Islamic supporters that she feels is so secretive that she cannot say it to the American people, as a whole?” Stern said. “What is so secretive that it has to be off the record and closed to reporters? Will she say the same things in public to her Jewish voters in Minnesota that she says to her Islamic friends? What does this tell us about her openness, her honesty and her integrity?”
When the Free Beacon reached out to Omar’s team for a comment, the source stated that, “The event was closed to the media. No materials are available.”
The Beacon also reported that, “CAIR has been cited by the Anti-Defamation League, or ADL, for using its network of supporters to promote an “anti-Israel agenda.””
Pro-Israel groups gathered together to release a statement over the controversial secret meetings.
“Rep. Omar’s presence as a keynote speaker to raise funds for Islamic Relief USA, whose parent organization and chapters have documented ties to terrorist organizations, demonstrates that she has learned next to nothing over the last few weeks when she was reprimanded by your office and by other Democrats for posting ugly, anti-Semitic attacks on Jews and their organizations,” said the statement.
Omar recently came under fire for anti-semitic remarks she posted on Twitter in 2012. While most politicians were quick to denounce Omar’s comments, lawmakers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez helped Omar hold her ground, defending her words.
“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel,” Omar wrote on her Twitter.
Omar eventually deleted the controversial tweets and publicly apologized.
Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar is deleting her anti-Semitic tweets.
But deleting tweets doesn’t change that she still supports the anti-Semitic BDS movement to boycott and delegitimize Israel.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 26, 2019
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi used the negative attention to release a statement about how she and Omar were going to work to push past anti-semitism in all forms.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 11, 2019
“I think she should be ashamed of herself,” Trump told reporters in response to Omar’s comments. “I think it was a terrible statement. And I don’t think her apology was adequate.”
Representative Ilhan Omar is again under fire for her terrible comments concerning Israel. Jewish groups have just sent a petition to Speaker Pelosi asking her to remove Omar from Foreign Relations Committee. A dark day for Israel!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2019