House Democrats Vote to Give Illegal Immigrants Healthcare, Leave Veterans Hanging

By Jose Nino

On September 26, 2019, House Democrats voted to pass  H.R. 3525, the controversial U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act. 

This bill would effectively give illegal immigrants better healthcare than U.S. veterans and servicemembers.
Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise decried the passage of this bill on September 26th.
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“House Democrats just voted to prioritize health care for illegal immigrants over health care for our veterans. What a disgrace!,” he said in a tweet.

U.S. Congressman Mark Walker also condemned this vote on his website.

He stated, “Earlier this week, I said impeachment was the House Democrats only agenda. I was mistaken. They just passed legislation that will give illegal immigrants better health care records than our veterans and servicemembers. More and more they are making their priorities clear and it’s absolutely shameful.”

Walker broke down what this bill entailed:

However, there is a major problem with this bill, which Walker notes:

The problem? The Veterans Administration (VA) will not have similar electronic health records systems in place for nine years and the Department of Defense (DOD) will not have those systems for another five years.

Additionally, the new requirements are not funded, so DHS would be forced to take funds from other agency efforts including border security, combatting terrorism, stopping drug and human trafficking, and natural disaster response.

As the days go by, the present-day Democratic Party continues to show its contempt towards everyday Americans by favoring destabilizing policies like mass migration.

Kids in cages: House Dems scrub tweet with photo of Obama-era detention center used to attack Trump

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House Democrats have erased a tweet promoting a hearing on the effects of President Trump’s border policies on children after finding out they used a photo depicting a migrant detention center under President Obama’s watch.

The tweet was posted in anticipation of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, dubbed ‘Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border’, and included a dramatic photo backdrop displaying the dismal conditions at US migrant detention facilities – but it was soon deleted after conservative critics pointed out the origins of the image.

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“Last week, members of our committee visited a detention center at the southern border and discovered grotesque treatment of children,” reads the now-deleted tweet, posted on Tuesday. “This week, we are examining the inhumane treatment of the children in these detention centers.”

The congressional Democrats then had another go at it, but their alternative photo choice, much to the lawmakers’ immediate embarrassment, was also taken while President Obama was still in office. The second tweet was deleted in record time and replaced with nothing, as apparently the many thousands of up-to-date photos of the detention centers fail to convey the same sense of horror as the Obama-era images. Or perhaps a third photo was simply too much effort.

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Opponents of the Trump administration have previously used the same photo to attack the president’s border policies, to such an extent that the Associated Press was forced to publish a story clarifying that the image in question was captured in 2014, smack in the middle of Obama’s second term. The AP, not exactly a pro-Trump media arm, kindly requested critics to stop attributing the images to Donald Trump.

While the Oversight Committee’s Wednesday hearing featured plenty of cogent criticisms of President Trump’s approach to the border, it seems that for many Democrats, “inhumane” policies aren’t so objectionable as long as the right person is sitting in the chair.

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House Democrats plan mental health panel to diagnose Trump in absentia

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House Democrats are planning a meeting to showcase “concerns” about President Donald Trump‘s sanity from psychiatrists who’ve never examined him, doubling down on years of insistence that he is too crazy for the office.

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) is bringing a panel of psychiatrists to Washington in July for a “town hall” to weigh in on the president’s mental health. While psychiatric associations strongly discourage their members from speculating on the sanity of patients they haven’t personally examined, the event’s leader, Yale School of Medicine’s Dr. Bandy Lee, insists she’s not actually diagnosing the president because anyone can tell he’s crazy.

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“The president’s condition has been visibly deteriorating to the point where there’s a lot of talk right now about his mental state beyond mental health professionals,” Lee told the Washington Examiner. “It no longer takes a mental health professional to recognize the seriousness of the current presidency.”

The town hall will tentatively include a highlight reel from a March event that featured 13 “experts” from the mental health, philosophy, journalism, and history fields opining on Trump’s unfitness for command, Lee said. Every member of the House will be invited, and Congress, the media, and the public will have the opportunity to question her and other experts – though she hastened to add that they’d leave the question of whether to invoke the 25th Amendment or merely impeach Trump up to the Congress.

The anti-Trump #Resistance has fixated on his health from the beginning of his presidency, clinging to the 25th Amendment, which allows for the removal of a president whose cabinet has deemed him unfit to serve, as a possible silver bullet in case the dozens of probes and investigations underway don’t succeed in dislodging him from the White House. Democrats have scrutinized his medical exams, obsessed over the slightest expansion of his waistline, and picked apart his tweets and public statements, seeing dementia behind every “covfefe” and “big red button” tweet. No doctor’s clean bill of health is ever enough; a verdict of “insane,” on the other hand, is accepted even in absentia.

Yarmuth defended Lee and her colleagues’ long-distance diagnosis, insisting that “when they see patterns of behavior that are endangering people, that they have a professional obligation to go public and alert the people who are threatened, and in this case it’s the American people.”

Lee hopes to set up a “medical panel” that would evaluate not only Trump’s mental capacity but that of the numerous Democratic presidential candidates. She co-authored a report urging the president to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after the conclusion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation absolved Trump of charges he had conspired with the Russian government to steal the office; when he chose to ignore the psychiatrists, they declared him unfit for command, claiming he “lacks basic mental capacity for duties of office” and suggesting he be cut off from access to nuclear weapons and war-making capabilities. “This is really a national emergency,” Lee declared.

Lee has been predicting the president’s mental collapse for the better part of two years. “He’s going to unravel, and we’re seeing the signs,” she warned Yarmuth and 12 other members of Congress in December 2017, two months after publishing ‘The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump’ in collaboration with 27 other psychiatrists. Lee has stopped just short of calling for Trump to be involuntarily committed, acknowledging that restraining him against his will for the “urgent evaluation” he needs would “really look like a coup.”

The American Psychiatric Association adopted the so-called “Goldwater Rule,” forbidding members to give diagnostic opinions on public figures they had not actually examined, in 1964 after Senator and Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater sued the publishers of a magazine piece polling psychiatrists over their opinion of his fitness to be president.

Lee said she would reconsider holding the town hall if no Republicans expressed interest in attending.

Dems announce expanded Dream Act…

– The Washington Times – Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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House Democrats upped their ante on illegal immigration Tuesday, announcing new legislation that would not only grant legal status to potentially millions of illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” but adds hundreds of thousands of more migrants to the mix.

Dreamers would be eligible for in-state college tuition and taxpayer-backed financial aid, would get new protections against swift deportation, and would have a “direct” pathway to citizenship.

Even some already-deported illegal immigrants would be allowed to apply to return under the bill, announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats in a rally at the Capitol.

“There should be nothing partisan or political in this legislation,” Mrs. Pelosi said.

The bill goes beyond the Dream Act, legislation that’s been kicking around for nearly two decades, which would offer a path to citizenship to as many as 2 million illegal immigrants.

The updated version would also grant a pathway to citizenship to hundreds of thousands of people here under Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Enforced Departure.

Those are both types of humanitarian protections designed to give people a temporary safe place in the U.S. — along with work permits and some other taxpayer benefits — while their home countries recover from natural disasters, instability or wars.

Yet over the decades, those protections have become semi-permanent. The average TPS holder has been in the U.S. 20 years at this point.

Democrats said they’ve put down roots, and asking them to return now is unfair.

“We are not going to let Donald Trump send them back, putting their lives in peril or tearing their families apart,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a New York Democrat.

She and fellow Democrats said those to whom they’re offering citizenship rights are already American in most ways, save for their illegal entry or continued iffy legal status.

Dream Act legislation has been on the cusp of passage before, clearing the House in 2010 but defeated in the Senate by a GOP filibuster that year.

Last year, President Trump floated several different deals that would have granted some more permanent legal status to Dreamers, but Democrats and some Republicans said he was asking for too much in return with his demand for border wall money, limits to family-based immigrant visas and an end to the visa lottery.

Those negotiations took place under a GOP-led Congress.

“We are in charge now,” Rep. Mark Takano, California Democrat, said Tuesday, underscoring why Democrats are optimistic they can win a legalization without also having to embrace Mr. Trump’s get-tough policies.

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