Underwood Off to the Mexican Border

From Former Quigley Supporter:

Underwood Returns to the Texas-Mexico Border on 7/19/19

Lauren Underwood

Congresswoman Underwood will be travelling to the Texas-Mexico border as part of a 9-member delegation from the House Homeland Security Committee on Friday, July 19. 

Unlike her previous trip to Texas to the border in early April to facilities in El Paso, tomorrow’s trip will be to Customs and Border Facilities in the lower Rio Grande valley of Texas near McAllen, Hidalgo and Brownsville. 

Homeland Security delegation will be lead by Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (D, NY), who chairs the Homeland Security subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation and Operations.

The bipartisan delegation includes, in addition to Rice and Underwood, Representatives Max Rose (D, NY), Clay Higgins (R, LA.), Xochitl Torres Small (D, NM), Sheila Jackson Lee (D, TX), Nanette Barragán (D, CA), Mark Walker (R, NC), and Antonio Delgado (D, NY).

Two of Underwood’s Bills Advance Out of Committee — Misinformation Posted in Underwood Press Release

At yesterday morning’s (7/17) House Homeland Security Committee meeting, two of Congresswoman Underwood’s bills before the committee were advanced to the full House for action. 

Yesterday’s committee meeting was a “Markup” meeting, where legislation is reviewed by the committee and proposed amendments are discussed and voted-upon. 

Underwood’s legislation before the committee, H.R. 3525 and H.R. 3526, were both reported out of committee and advanced to the full House.  

After discussing/voting on amendments, a vote takes place to advance the legislation with a “favorable” recommendation to the full House. 

After the committee meeting, Underwood released the following press release:

The press release concerns H.R. 3525 — U.S. Border Patrol Screening Standards Act. 

Regrettably, it must be reported Underwood’s press release gave misinformation, which is something Underwood has done in social media multiple times, as previously reported here. 

Twice in the press release, the word “unanimously” is used. 

That is not what happened at the committee meeting yesterday, as the committee video, link below, proves. 

Starting at the 1:40:12 point on the video, when Chairman Bennie Thompson (D, MS) calls up H.R. 3525, and after Underwood speaks to her legislation and amendments, Congressman Clay Higgins (R, LA), who was sitting-in for Ranking Member Mike Rogers (R, AL) as the acting ranking member, expressed strong objection to the “within 12-hours” direction of the Underwood legislation for treating migrants at the border, noting Americans, particularly veterans at VA facilities, do not have such protections. 

Congressman Higgins’ response to Underwood begins at 1:45:44.

After Higgins’ discussion of his objections, and a procedural amendment-to-an-amendment and after Chairman Thompson weighs-in his support, 2 voice votes took place on the amendments, and a final voice vote to advance Underwood’s bill to the House. 

On all 3 voice votes, the “ayes” had prevailed, though on each voice vote, there were audible “no”s heard on the video. 

This bill and its amendments were NOT passed unanimously, and just because no one asked for a recorded vote does not give Underwood license to say it was “unanimously” approved.  It advanced on a voice vote. 

While the legislation will likely pass the House, Republicans’ objections to the 12-hour mandate in the legislation will cause problems for this legislation in the Senate.

Underwood’s other legislation, H.R,. 3526, the Counter Terrorist Network Act, was passed unanimously, through bundling the bill with other bills under a “unanimous consent” approval. 

This procedure is comparable to how local boards approve “consent agendas”. 

There was no discussion on H.R. 3526 prior to its approval.  Towards the end of the committee meeting at the 2:36:20 portion of the video, Underwood addressed the committee, and points out her working with fellow committee member, Congressman John Katko (R, NY) on this legislation. 

This was Underwood’s first bill she introduced with a Republican co-sponsor, and it has advanced to the full House for consideration.

Long Term Solution to the Border Crisis

Nobody can deny there is a crisis at the border, and while there is plenty of blame to go around, including the previous administration, the problem is still there. 

The emergency funding for the southern border passed last month and signed into law on July 1st provided emergency funding, but what is the long-term solution? 

This past Sunday (7/14) on CBS Face the Nation, the acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner, Mark Morgan, was interviewed. 

The transcript link is below for full reference, but at the end of the interview, Morgan reiterated the Trump Administration needs Congress to act. 

The relevant excerpt from the transcript is cut and pasted below for reference:

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MORGAN: Okay, but- but this is very important though is this could have been prevented in- in a couple of ways. Had Congress given the funding earlier than- than when we ask it would have helped alleviate some of the overcrowding.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But now–

MORGAN: The other thing right now is we’re con- continuing to ask Congress. We need legislative fix. We need Congress to act right now. Senator Lindsey Graham has a bill that he’s trying to push forward right now that would absolutely overnight help eliminate that- what you saw when we went down there with the vice president. Congress needs to act. They know it–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Yes.

MORGAN: –and they’re failing to do so.

MARGARET BRENNAN: We’re going to talk to Senator Dick Durbin next. Thank you commissioner

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The Senator Durbin interview immediately followed (transcript link below), with the relevant information cut & pasted:
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SEN. DURBIN: I’ve been there. I was just there eight weeks ago in the El Paso area. I’m going to return in the next week. I- I watched as this group was in formation and it became apparent to me it was more about public relations than really getting down to serious policy discussions. I’m going to continue–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Well we’ve shown the video and not all of it is necessarily favorable to the administration. Wouldn’t it have been helpful for you to be there alongside Republicans to make the statement that you are working across the aisle or trying to? 

Dick Durbin at MCC.

SEN. DURBIN: Well, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican, and chairman of the Judiciary Committee and I are still in serious conversation about dealing with the policy. We will continue to. I’ve been there I’m going back. I think the circumstances which are shown in the video were bad. What I saw were even worse these kids in cages were not part of the video. I can understand that there’s sensitivity to exposing them to public review. But the fact is, it’s happening and America is rejecting this approach by the Trump administration. They don’t want to see more with these mass arrests and deportations, families split apart. Now listen to this. We’re hearing from the administration the serious humanitarian challenges at the border. Those are going to be multiplied now by these ICE raids across the United States as families are divided and young people are sent to more detention facilities. It is not going to make it any better.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You- the- the administration says that the work you and Senator Graham are doing essentially the only game in town. You said there are at least five or six areas of common ground that Democrats in the Senate and the House could support. What are they?

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So putting the political rhetoric aside, and Senator Durbin has made political rhetoric an art form, what specific legislation is being referred to by Senator Durbin that he and Senator Lindsey Graham (R, SC) could possibly be talking about that could end the crisis overnight?  Is there legislation on file?  Doing a search, the following legislation relating to immigration sponsored by Senator Graham came up:

  • S.874 – Dream Act of 2019
  • S.166 –  A bill to provide provisional protected presence status for certain aliens and to provide mandatory appropriations relating to border security.

While the mandatory appropriations provision of S.166 looks to have been applied to H.R. 3401, the other components, plus components of S.874, might show a legislative road map to quickly end the border crisis. 

It should be noted that S.874 lists Senator Durbin as an original co-sponsor to the Senator Graham legislation. 

Another co-sponsor added later is Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. 

Three other co-sponsors have been added to this bill, and counting Senator Graham as the sponsor, there are 3 Republicans and 3 Democrats. 

This might be the bill Senator Durbin alluded to in the Face the Nation interview from Sunday.

Obviously, both houses of Congress and the President must agree on the legislation, but at least there is hope to have two high-ranking senators having “serious conversation about dealing with the policy”. 

Everyone can agree this humanitarian crisis at the southern border must end, permanently, and if new policy from Congress will end it, let’s all pray in earnest for the solution to come forward, fast. 

Senator Durbin alluded in his interview he will be returning to the border this week, possibly as part of a Senate contingent with the aforementioned House Homeland Security Committee delegation going to Texas tomorrow.

Another potential obstacle to passing legislation quickly is the August recess, with the House adjourning until the week after Labor Day next Friday, and the Senate taking August recess on August 2nd. 

Time is running out to have legislation drafted, passed by both houses, and signed by the President before congressional August recess.

Prayers are needed that ALL SIDES, the President, the House and the Senate, can put all differences aside, end the political posturing, and get this done QUICKLY BEFORE THE AUGUST RECESS.  Lives are at stake, and so is our nation.


Comments

Underwood Off to the Mexican Border — 38 Comments

  1. I’ll alert Texas Authorities to ensure she doesn’t overstay her visit.

  2. Instead of worrying about the border invaders, would her time as an elected official be better spent in her district?

  3. More smoke and mirrors.

    And, more Lauren Underwood facade and deception. Just trying to make herself look good.

    Instead of traveling to the border, she should be addressing the issues related to AJ Freund and other abused children in Illinois.

  4. Data it’s great you’re concerned about AJ. But right now we have 2000 (that’s a guess- no one knows how many) being kept in “AJ conditions” and worse. Thank God somebody is trying to save those kids.

  5. As was written in the article, let us all hope and pray that the congressional negotiations between Senators Graham and Durbin, produce Godly fruit to permanently end the border crisis. Given the calendar and the August recess starting next Friday for the House, maybe this fact-finding trip will kick-start everyone to earnestly pass the legislative changes needed to resolve the border crisis. H.R. 3401 passed both houses within a week last month. God-willing the same will happen for the permanent legislative policy to end the crisis. Please pray!

  6. Kvidera proves that no one in Illinois graduates, without learning to read and write a few words, no matter how pointless and banal.

  7. Earlier in the year Trump was saying that there is a crisis at the southern border. Of course the mostly left wing and biased media all chimed in with the same statement. They said it was a “manufactured crisis” by Trump. The sheepile, useful idiots and low information people, were fed this garbage by the fake news left wing media.

    Then, late in March of this year on MSNBC, Jeh Johnson, who served as President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary said “we are truly in a crisis” at the Mexican border.

    Oh oh. Someone from President Obama’s regime said there WAS a crisis. How could that be? Was Trump right, correct? Of course. Just another reason of numerous to carefully take with a grain of salt what the leftist media says.

    Only the useful idiots and low information trust the mostly left wing media.

  8. Cal, yes, you may,and should, suggest (but really point out directly), that DCFS is State and not Federal.

    DJ, your post – “Kvidera proves that no one in Illinois graduates, without learning to read and write a few words, no matter how pointless and banal.” is pointless and unimaginative.

  9. It’s like being bonked in the head by some drunk girl in a bar with, some giant comma sign.

    Or if this helps: It’s, like, being, bonked, in,……

  10. “Instead of worrying about the border invaders, would her time as an elected official be better spent in her district?” Spot on! Honorable Congresswoman and successful professional nurse Lauren Underwood should forget the human beings being held in concentration camps and spend more time (arguably all of her time) addressing nonsense stupidity from sunshine commenters. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  11. In solidarity with my Sociology and Political Science professor, I must respectfully submit the following relevant questions to the consideration of this sunshine readership: Is Lauren Underwood a secret illegal alien? Is she a coyote whose only task in life is to smuggle thousands of undocumented immigrants to these great United States every single day? Does she hates the private sector? And if so, what is the reason? What is Lauren’s annual salary? How much has she earned in salary, commissions, incentives, and other perks during her entire professional life? Is she showing a preference with Mexico over the United States? Why does she hate the United States? Shouldn’t she be grateful to the United States instead of hating us so much? Doesn’t this makes her a terrorist? Why doesn’t she stop by the US-Canadian border instead? Or the US-France border instead (that was smart, wasn’t it?)? Why isn’t Lauren Underwood condemning Black-on-Black crime? Why is she so racist against Blacks? And against Whites? Why is she responsible of my loser-like non-life? Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww

  12. A poster at 6:29 states about Underwood:

    “Why is she responsible of(sp) my loser-like non-life?”

  13. Bred I guess you expect all Democrats to match in lockstep but that’s never been the case.

    Jeh can have his opinion and unlike dissenters in the Trump regime he wouldn’t get fired and called an idiot by his former boss.

    I agree there is a crisis- now.

    It’s the thousands of humans kept in horrible conditions.

  14. Lauren Underwoods job and responsibility is the 14th District. Aj Freund made news around the world. Literally. There is a problem with DCFS and our own childcare system. Lauren Underwood has no business using tax payer dollars to go to the border for people who came here illegally and continue to endanger the people like police officers, border patrol etc.

  15. Is Underwood looking for illegal Mexican votes asks not an Angel liberal snowflake?

    Of course she is.

  16. Paul, most likely. Lauren doesn’t do anything unless it benefits her.

  17. Keep in mind that when someone enters our country illegally or enters legally and overstays a visa, he / she / it is taking up space in our country illegally.

    That illegal action is responsible for the deaths of many who are ‘waiting in line’ to come here legally.

    If you are in favor of illegal alien presence in our country, you too are violating federal law.

    The answer to the illegal alien issue is to properly fund USCIS and ICE and Border Patrol.

    If we truly need more people to feed the federal / state / local tax Ponzi scheme, increase the caps, eliminate the mess Kennedy’s immigration changes made in the 60’s.

    BTW Ask yourself, if the “abortion machine” was throttled back, would we need to import so many people to feed the tax machine?

  18. “The study, conducted by the Washington Post and Mexican newspaper Reforma, found “more than 6 in 10 Mexicans say migrants are a burden on their country because they take jobs and benefits that should belong to Mexicans.”

    Additionally, more than half of the those same Mexican citizens are in favor of deporting migrants living in the country illegally. ”

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/majority-of-mexicans-favor-deporting-migrants-waiting-to-enter-us?fbclid=IwAR0KpMpxAxxvsNNwRo2AiU0eg9G5wv2h5oSSn3Tl3pSIvSUw1g9rXN_VXr0

  19. More relevant questions for the immense sunshine readership: Is Lauren Underwood leading a secret voter registration drive for illegal aliens in a desperate attempt to defeat our orange man-child buffoon in 2020? Is she secretly planning a military invasion of Mexico to the United States? Being a failed nurse herself, is she planning on overcrowding our hospitals and emergency rooms with illegal aliens to trigger an implosion of the entire health care system? Is she really a nurse? Has she shown her transcripts? What is her salary? Her benefits? How much money she makes? What is her retirement portfolio? Where is she investing? Any gun manufacturing companies? If not, why does she hates guns and our second amendment? Why is she so hateful? I want to know, I need to know, it is important for me! Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  20. The comment: ” human beings being held in concentration camps” not only is this the ‘cuckoo’ comment of the day, it is an absolute insult to all who were / are being held in camps.

    Ask Jack about those camps.

  21. “The comment: ” human beings being held in concentration camps” not only is this the ‘cuckoo’ comment of the day, it is an absolute insult to all who were / are being held in camps.” This comment is an absolute insult to all those human beings being held in concentration camps today in this country and all those 24 human beings, including 6 children who died under ICE custody as of today. Thanks but no thanks pro-lifers, on the history lesson. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  22. Little Miss Muffetwood, sat on her tuffet, at the border of US/Mex.

    Whereupon she issued a Trump-hex.

  23. While we pay for all these un-necessary Trips ! again the tax payer used and abused $$ being wasted.
    not going to get my vote proven waste ! on law breakers…

  24. While we pay for all the propagandizing trips!

    Build the wall, build it tall! Vote side-show Bob, Lauren Baby-killing Underwood out!

  25. It’s amazing so many of you can worry about travel expenses without mentioning the $50 million a year Trump is spending on golf trips and Maralago weekends.

  26. Outrageous post! Every penny our 73 year old giant orange buffoon sexual-assaulter-in-chief spends is money well spent. The trips Lauren Underwood takes to advocate for the human beings held in our fascists concentration camps? A waste. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  27. I must agree that some 2,000 children are being kept in “AJ conditions” and possibly even worse.

    We must remember who is responsible for placing these children and AJ in these horrible conditions.

    That is correct, their parents!!

    What parent would take their children on a 1,000-mile journey without the proper provisions and only $20.00 in their pocket?

    As of now, it is our government’s problem, while the adversaries jump on the wagon to point their fingers and sing sad songs with no results.

  28. We need more U.S. troops along our entire southern border to repel the invaders. The U.S. is THEE most generous nation in the world in regards to admitting those people from around the world who want to come to the U.S. legally. Close to one million legally have come to the U.S. in recent years.

    Those people from over 200 nations around the world who want to come to the U.S. legally can go through the process via U.S. Embassies. In the meantime, the U.S. should advise the world that anyone trying to illegally come across our borders will be considered an invader and a threat to the U.S. It is time that we use our U.S. troops to protect our nation rather than wasting lives, resources in s-hole nations around the world.

  29. Good try at deflection, but please make up your mind. Is DCFS reponsible for the dead of AJ while the parents are responsible for their kids being held in a concentration camp under ICE (your favorite government agency) custody? The human beings held in concentration camps are seeking asylum; a legal immigration procedure. The story of parents bringing their kids to the United States with only $20 in their pockets is the story of this country for more than 100 years. We used to glorify these stories and honor the courage of such parents; but today, the republikkklan far right found in the immigrants the perfect scapegoat to hold power and trick enough fools to continue voting against their own interests. May God bless every immigrant coming to this country! Conservative Christians, we know your faith is a central component of your political convictions. Keep in mind Jesus of Nazareth was an immigrant. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  30. “Those people from over 200 nations around the world who want to come to the U.S. legally can go through the process via U.S. Embassies”. Here is the statement from our sexual-assaulter-in-chief in the White House with regards to human beings seeking asylum (a legal immigration procedure) from many of those 200 countries you mention in your great post: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” I will sit back, relax, and enjoy the mental gymnastics of my sunshine Sociology and Political Science professor justifying the horrible statement from our six-times-bankrupt, 73 year old orange buffoon, while pretending to be correct in his stupid, never ending parade of fox news garbage talking points. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

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