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Sunday
Aug032014

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was outraged last week when the State “became aware via a posting on the HHS website that 760 unaccompanied children have been released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to sponsors in Tennessee” without his administration’s knowledge.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) “provides new populations with opportunities to maximize their potential in the United States, linking people in need to critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society”—or so they say.

Haslam immediately sent a strongly-worded letter to the President stating that “‘It is unacceptable that we became aware via posting on the HHS website that 760 unaccompanied children have been released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to sponsors in Tennessee without my administration’s knowledge.’”  

He asked eight specific questions regarding the unaccompanied immigrant children:


1. What was the process for determining that these children should be released to sponsors in Tennessee?
2. How did you locate and evaluate the fitness of their sponsors?
3. What medical screenings were the children given prior to their release in Tennessee?
4. What is the official immigration status of these children and their sponsors?
5. In what localities are these children now residing?
6. What are the legal requirements concerning the provision of services for these children while they are in the state?
7. What additional information is available on these children, such as age and health status?
8. How long will these children be in Tennessee?

The letter concludes with Haslam's concern about not knowing how many children school districts can expect at the start of the new school year.

Sorry, Governor Haslam, don’t expect an answer any time soon. The President was busy last week walking down Main Street in Parkville, Missouri where he spent time with store owners, toured an antique watch shop, and chatted with customers at a local coffee shop.

Get with the program, Bill, and get to work spending the Tennessee taxpayer hard earned dollars assimilating the new kids in town and dealing with unintended consequences of the President’s actions or the ORR may send you another 760 “unaccompanied children.”

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Saturday
Aug022014

President Obama still hasn't responded to my email about his lack of leadership. I suppose that's because he was busy last week taking a walk down Main Street--literally. 

The White House sent a message to me--along with the masses of uninformed voters who put him there and those scalawags who have been snared by the IT Email Auto-Response Czar--about his big adventure.

Obama traveled to Kansas City, Missouri--"where he grabbed some BBQ with Americans who had written him letters, and delivered a speech about how he's working to get things done for hardworking Americans even as Congress chooses not to act to move this country forward."

"And before he left, the President took a walk down Main Street (literally), spending time with store owners, touring an antique watch shop, and chatting with customers at a local coffee shop."

The rapture was captured on video:

We got it all on video, and we think you'll want to see it -- watch, then pass it on:

Watch President Obama take a walk down Main Street.

The White House asked that I "pass it on" and I'm doing just that so you know what passes for Obama's "getting things done for hardworking Americans even as Congress chooses not to act to move this country forward."

I don't see how taking a walk down Main Street and grabbing some "Q" will "move this country forward."

That must be some mighty special BBQ sauce... 

Pass it on. 

 

June Smith founded this tribute website in 2012 to honor the legacy of her late husband, Ron Smith, a Baltimore Sun columnist and media titan in Maryland and beyond for more than forty years. In 2012, Smith posthumously received an Emmy® for his lifetime achievements in television and radio at WBAL in Baltimore, MD. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of many, Mrs. Smith raised half a million dollars for The Ron Smith Pancreatic Research Fund at Johns Hopkins.

She is a columnist for Red Maryland www.RedMaryland.Blogspot.com, a talk radio host on The Fox News Affiliate WCBM AM, appears on The Week In Review on WBAL AM, and is a panelist on a political forum on the CBS Affiliate WMAR TV.  Her columns are also posted at  http://www.wbal.com/shows/c4-show / The C4 Show, WBAL AM Radio, Monday-Friday, nine to noon.

The June Smith Show debuts September 3, 2014 on the Red Maryland Radio Network at 8 p.m., weekly, available on Red FM Radio on the App Store on iTunes and www.blogtalkradio.com/redmaryland.

Email June Smith at thejunesmithshow@comcast.net;  follow her on Twitter at June Smith@JuneSmithShow.

Tuesday
Jul292014

The words “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” that grace the Statue of Liberty symbolize America’s guiding light hope, inspiration and freedom.

These words come from New Colussus, the sonnet written by Emma Lazarus, an American poet born in New York City (1849-1887), written for an auction to raise money for the pedestal upon which the Statue of Liberty now presides.

Lazarus’s work was cast in bronze, mounted on the inside wall of the pedestal, is now known as the Statue of Liberty poem, and those famous last lines have become part of American history.

And so it is that the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses illegally crossing our nation’s southern border day after day, yearning to “breathe free” and be embraced by America, has reached a crisis of epic proportion.

These are not our children yet they have become our problem.  And these are not all children: 90% of these illegal immigrant “children” are teenagers. Thousands of men and women, many pregnant, are also illegally entering the US every day.

It’s no coincidence that research has revealed that the murder rate in Central American nations is declining rapidly. But I digress…

A recent A CNN/ORC International poll revealed that a majority of Americans surveyed support making it easier for the United States to return the “migrant youth.”

Yet despite nearly 70% of Americans wanting the “immigrant children” deported, President Obama is working furiously on unilateral action on immigration.  

“Unilateral” is defined as “decided by one party; decided or acted on by only one involved party or nation irrespective of what the others do,” and “accounting for only one side.”

Another example of we, the people, being ruled rather than represented.

Congress is chewing on Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to “deal with the crisis of unaccompanied youths”; Senate Dems are proceeding with their $2.5 billion bill; and House Republicans are working on a scaled-back deal that would come in well under a billion dollars—only $695 million for the remainder of the fiscal year that ends September 30th, costing the taxpayers more than $11,000 per day.

Then what? No doubt more taxpayer dollars will be funneled to what most Americans don’t want.

So while Obama is working on an amnesty act that Republicans are warning could provoke a constitutional crisis, the flood of illegal immigrants continues across the border.

We are witnessing an immigration crisis and a crisis in leadership and it's not likely that either crisis will end any time soon.

 

Monday
Jul282014

Say it ain't so.

But it is...

Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk