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DACA’s Fate Less Certain After Tonight


By Isabel Matos

The House delayed its August recess to debate the bill.  Please check three previous articles: 1 2 3. Vote results are as follows:

Updated 9:04 p.m. by Emma Dumain

House Republicans found the votes late Friday night to pass a $694 million appropriations bill aimed at stemming the tide of the child migrant surge at the U.S-Mexico border.

It passed largely along party lines, 223-189, freeing Republicans to go home for the August recess able to tell constituents they took action to address the crisis — unlike the Senate, which was unable to pass its own border funding bill Thursday but left town anyway. Only a single Democrat, Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, voted for the package.

Just four Republicans voted no: Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, Walter B. Jones of North Carolina and Paul Broun of Georgia….

Republicans had tried to appease their restive caucus with a separate vote to end the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants stays of deportation to young undocumented immigrations brought into the country illegally by their parents.

They at last sealed the deal on Friday by making the DACA bill more stringent while broadening the changes to the 2008 trafficking law. The changes included allowing minors to remain in the custody of immigration enforcement officials as they await deportation proceedings, and on language regarding government investigations into whether the adults taking custody of those minors paid criminal smugglers for their passage.

One of leadership’s harshest critics, Rep. Steve King of Iowa, told CQ Roll Call the new package was “like I ordered if off the menu.” Read more here

(Will update when Ted Cruz has a statement. I still think the GOPe is aiding illegals. Let’s see what he has to say.) Emma’s Update on C-SPAN

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House Vote Underway: What is DACA and Who Is Doing What To Stop It?


By Isabel Matos

UPDATE:  8/1/2014 10:30 Ted Cruz:  Very encouraging to see Republicans in the House uniting to‪#‎StopObamasAmnesty‬.

UPDATE 8/1/2014 10:20 p.m.  See Results here

The issue being discussed on the House floor is the DACA Program.  This is the program the Senator Cruz was referring that is allowing for Obama’s amnesty.  The vote on this Border Security Spending Bill has been underway.  For your information:

DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

The president has been granting amnesty via a provision which Senator Cruz says is the root cause of the border crisis.  The number you may still be able to call is 202 224 3121.  Tell your Congressman you are against amnesty and that you do not want DACA program in the spending bill that is being passed. Say you support Senator Cruz’s effort to stop Obama’s amnesty. Boehner’s Border Bill was stopped yesterday thanks to so many who called in to complain that it didn’t go far enough.  The vote tonight will be at 9 pm. I will add updates as needed.

From the Department of Homeland Security

Over the past three years, this Administration has undertaken an unprecedented effort to transform the immigration enforcement system into one that focuses on public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system. As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety, including individuals convicted of crimes with particular emphasis on violent criminals, felons, and repeat offenders, DHS will exercise prosecutorial discretion as appropriate to ensure that enforcement resources are not expended on low priority cases, such as individuals who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines.  Individuals who demonstrate that they meet the guidelines below may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and may be eligible for employment authorization.

You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:

Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Individuals can call USCIS at 1-800-3… you can get the rest at their site.

In the meantime check out the spin being spewed all over this article in the Huffington Post. Predictable.


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GrassRoots Tsunami Wins Big Today. House Republicans Voted to Defund ObamaCare!

By Isabel Matos

Celebrating this win today was not cheerleading. It was not based on a self-serving or self-promotional political act.  It is the beginning of a long battle, but it is a genuine victory for the American people which should be acknowledged for what it was: the will of the people defeating the establishment, led by Ted Cruz. But for his tireless fight and effort to unite us, it would not have happened.

There were good guys and bad guys in this fight, but the leadership of the good outweighed the defeatism by the bad.  As we saw in the last article written on ObamaCare, it took a massive effort to get the word out to Republicans to not vote for the sneaky attempt by Eric Cantor to trick Representatives into voting for a bill to fund the measure, and a separate one to defund it, so that when it reached the Senate, the defund part of it would be tossed by Reid, but it worked! That was the reason for the urgency in the Tea Party Patriots and Conservative letter from Matt Hoskins. Then we had Jeb Bush, Peter King, Greg Gutfeld, Bill OReilly and Dana Perino putting Ted and the Defund ObamaCare effort down.

Today the House voted to #DefundObamacare   

The House voted today to keep the government open through mid-December but only if Congress strips funding from ObamaCare. The vote was 230 to 189.  The vote today to fund government through Dec. 15 at current levels, but ONLY IF Congress stripped funding from Obamacare. This was a huge victory for the American people. Senate Republicans must now unify to #DefundObamacare.  If your Senator is not listed below, they have not pledged to stop funding of ObamaCare. (Rand Paul has talked of “compromise” if things don’t happen completely as we want, so please make sure to call him.)

*  Mike Lee (R-UT)

  * Ted Cruz (R-TX)

* Rand Paul (R-KY)

* Marco Rubio (R-FL)

* Deb Fischer (R-NE)

* Jim Risch (R-ID)

* Jim Inhofe (R-OK)

* David Vitter (R-LA)

* Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

* Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ)

* John Thune (R-SD)

* Mike Enzi (R-WY)

* Mike Crapo (R-ID)

Just to let you know, this is Rand Paul-style politics. He uses the following image to promote his stance on ObamaCare:

rand 2016

yet talking quickly about compromise when pushed a little further.. almost surrendering and not believing, like Ted does. We have seen him waffle before on drone strikes, abortion and a pathway to citizenship, depending on the temperature of the day.  He steals the headline to promote his brand, then acts like a regular insider.  I am posting the clip below so you can remind him where you stand, (just in case):  we need him to “fight”, not reach across the aisle.

Back to the Winners, Boehner (surprisingly) was on the right side of things today ~ the side of the People.  Some say it’s too little too late. I agree.  But resignation will have to take a backseat to Cruz’s stellar achievement today, no small feat.

It was Cruz who generated the tsunami he had been talking about at Town Halls.  According to him, this could not have happened two weeks ago.  He said on Cavuto today that this was a victory for the American people who have risen up.  The House voted decisively against the biggest job killer in the country.

Ted has said from the start the process would involve a serious of steps, that this was just the beginning and that full repeal would only come once the Senate was Republican again. He emphasized unity among Republicans to get this done.

The first step is to unify and mobilize the American people.

The second step is to unify House conservatives who stand strong for Conservative principles.

The third step is for Senate Republicans must come together and support House Republicans.

Ted says the ball is in Harry’s court. He warns he will try procedural games, in particular (according to staff who is leaking information) like a vote to fund ObamaCare on a straight party line vote with only Democrats, using a 51-vote threshold. Ted says he is hopeful that if all 46 Republicans stand unified, side by side with Republicans in the House, it can happen.

He said the old process is working: over 1.5 million people signed the DefundObamaCare national petition, calling their Senators and elected representatives which got people‘s attention.  He also said that Harry Reid might choose to kill the continuing resolution and threaten a government shutdown, but doesn’t think he should that. He said Reid might be “extreme” (brilliant) enough to do that. If that happens, the ball will shift back to the House.

Don’t you just love how Ted Cruz positions himself?  That kind of steel spine resolve has been missing for so long! This puts the ball in Harry’s court.

Ted says that  Harry Reid has 54 Democrats.  If he wants to kill the continuing resolution at this stage, that the way to win is to continue sending over limited CR, funding different pieces of the government one at a time, for example, the military, and to stand firm. Would he defund the military, for example?

Again, Ted Cruz says it is going to be a long process.  The way to win is to keep making the case to the American people. We have to unify Republicans in the Senate this week.  Once that happens you start moving Red State Democrats one at a time. They won’t join us unless we’re unified.  If you’re one of them, receiving calls from constituents saying ObamaCare is killing jobs, calculus changes. Ted will use all procedural means available

Cavuto asks about Karl Rove’s comments saying he admired his passion, but the numbers didn’t favor this happening.  Ted said:

1)  You lose 100% battles that you begin by surrendering.  All these Republicans who want to surrender at the outset, are already not winning.

2)  We are winning. This vote today was historic. For the first time in years, Republicans are leading in Health Care (WSJ) because we’re standing up and fighting ObamaCare.

3)  I believe we can win this fight as we persuade the American people. Look at what happened with Syria. The American people stood up and said, we don’t want to get involved in Syria.

From a Texan who commented on his appearance today: Great interview. Cruz will always fight for the American people. He will never surrender or not engage at all. Heck, do you remember how he won the election last year? He just got out and grabbed the victory with his own bare hands!!!! God bless you, Ted!!!!!!  (Laura Pesce)

Today was a genuine victory over the defeatism that plagues the RINOS. For the first time in a long time, I feel we won.  Ted Cruz is not self-promotional. He is in it to serve and to UNIFY US. I believe he will. This was his message today:

A look back at how this got started by Ted Cruz:

In the upper chamber, freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has filed an amendment to the CR that would completely defund Obamacare, threatening to object to any spending measure that doesn’t include his amendment.  Once again, conservatives are unhappy with how congressional Republicans are handling a fiscal fight in Congress.

This time, their ire is because Republicans aren’t trying hard enough to  defund, or at least whittle away at, the Affordable Care Act by attaching  language to the continuing resolution that passed the House on Wednesday, March 6th… some conservative leaders are fuming that Republicans, particularly in the  House where the GOP controls the chamber, didn’t at least trying to attach  language to eliminate Obamacare through the legislation. A Republican leadership aide  countered that funding national security priorities through the CR is in line  with conservative priorities.

The conservative outcry comes as Republican governors are gradually embracing  aspects of Obamacare and readying themselves to implement it. But after rallying  against the health care reform  bill during the 2012 campaign, House Republicans have taken no action to  stop it in Washington…

“In my view, Obamacare should be fully repealed, and I have introduced legislation to do so,” Cruz said in a Wednesday statement. “At a minimum, however, it should not be implemented at a time when our economy is struggling so mightily, at a time when its implementation could push us into a full recession.”

And Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced shortly afterward that he would join Cruz.

Read more here.

The rest will be history, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.  Thank you, Senator Cruz.  You are living up to your name. Final Vote Results here

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