The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing this morning on illegal immigration and the Obama administration’s continued failure to adequately secure the southern border. You can watch it live here:

Some highlights of Rep. Trey Gowdy’s opening statement:

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  • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    And, in a blinking of an eye, Trey Gowdy, mild mannered House Judiciary Committee head, becomes America’s Hero…

    CAPTAIN OBVIOUS!!!

    • Jerry Shelton

      Does that one have a cape and tights too?

      • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

        Hey, what he wears when he’s off the clock, that’s none of my business…

    • https://sites.google.com/site/joedecaro/home Joe DeCaro

      What’s not so apparent is that if illegal aliens in the US are paying thousands of dollars to criminal orgs to transport their children across our border and we accept them, is the US complicit in illegal trafficking?

      • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

        Of course. Probably arming them too…

        • https://sites.google.com/site/joedecaro/home Joe DeCaro

          Fast and Furious Part II?

          • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

            I’ve actually never seen any of the movies, but I’m sure the plot would be similar…

      • Please, god help us!

        To the lib/prog mind that is called economic development.

      • Deborah Hallsted

        I know a coyote, not a friend AT ALL, a guy who’s a baby-daddy of a little girl we love. Arrested 3x for armed robbery, home invasion, etc. I was hoping after being arrested for human trafficking he’d be locked up for years…YET, he is out and free as a bird, unfortunately. Is 29, has 6 children by 6 women-and he doesn’t pay a dime to support any of the children. He happens to be black and he says he wants to “get as many children on white women as he can”…and gets money under the table to ensure he won’t. Personally, I’d like to hit him with my car, but that’s just me.

  • Maxx

    All of these adult illegals flooding across the border should be easy enough to spot once they’re here…they’ll be the ones holding Democrat party registration cards.

    • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

      And California driver’s licenses.

      And SNAP cards.

      And Section-8 Housing vouchers.

      And In-State Student Tuition receipts.

      • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! #GoBolts!

        Ugh…

      • bifski

        free passes to all the museums in NYC

    • http://truthbeforedishonor.wordpress.com John Hitchcock

      Heckfire, all you have to do is go to an illegal immigrant rally, and round up the whole rally. They’re self-reporting.

  • Mikey_Likes_It

    And absolutely nothing will be done about it, as usual.

    • bluewaternavy

      Yep. For all the rhetoric, GOP won’t stop Obama’s disregarding immigration law.

      I have a simple solution. Send them back-all of them. Come here illegally, you get send back. Employer here hires illegal, deport illegal and fine the bejeesus out of employer.

      Any city that gives ANY benefits to illegals or harbours them loses all federal funds. Period.

      I know I’m stating the obvious, but I’m so damned tired of these illegals pissing on us.

      • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

        If there are sanctuary cities for illegal aliens can we set up sanctuary cities for stuff we don’t want, like progressive taxes or gun free zones or EPA regs or Obamacare?

        ‘Cause I’d totally move there.

  • Darth Venomous✓unmedicated

    I’d be a lot less eye-rolly about this had Gowdy not publicly endorsed Marco “Gang of 8” Rubio… :-/

    • Kate

      Considering Gowdy’s strong beliefs on immigration, don’t you think he and Sen. Rubio discussed this before he gave his endorsement? Obviously, he trusts Rubio on this issue, or he wouldn’t have backed him.

      There’s video of him at private campaign events doubling- down on his trust in Rubio regarding immigration. I think he learned his lesson.

      • DwellsInFire

        Have you heard Rudio in the debates? He still doesn’t want to deport illegals and he’s still talking about a path to citizenship. So he hasn’t changed his views from what I’ve seen.

        • Paul V

          And he’s in favor of reduced tuition for illegals.

      • AMD_Afficionado

        Gowdy is extremely weak on immigration, he’s all GOPe 🙁

      • Darth Venomous✓unmedicated

        Kate, the people of Florida trusted Rubio on the issue, by electing him to the US Senate…and how did that work out for them?

        Rubio lied. And he’s never apologized for it…and in fact is doubling down on it.

        So no. Rubio’s lost my trust, and so has Gowdy. And if either of them want it back…they have a helluva long way to go.

  • kennyraisin

    So the Obama government is sanctioning, if not facilitating, a mass migration of women and children from one country to another for political expediency and to make them rely on the government for their survival. Where eventually, everything will be taken from them in one form or another IRT personal wealth and freedom. If I recall correctly, another government did that in Nazi Germany in the 30s and 40s.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS8RjCRolSM Sanchez

      I say it is sedition.

      • kennyraisin

        Funny you should say that because that is a term that is not often used. Punishable IAW the UCMJ for military but not often referenced outside of that. Since Obama is CIC I wonder if anyone would ever pursue that. Will celebrate thought with a supersize at the drive through today.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS8RjCRolSM Sanchez

          18 U.S. Code § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy

          If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place
          subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow,
          put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States,
          or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority
          thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any
          law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any
          property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they
          shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty
          years, or both.

          https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2384

          • kennyraisin

            Most excellent. Note “the jurisdiction of the United States” part. Covers all military bases, ships etc..

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS8RjCRolSM Sanchez

    THIS is the “fundamental transformation” of the country.

    Flood the nation with uneducated unskilled dependent new voters for a permanent majority.

    American traditions are and will be defending themselves form an onslaught of attacks.

    It must be stopped and reversed if it is possible.

    “Border Surge: Apprehensions Decline with 23,767 Illegals Caught at Border Last Month

    In January, Customs and Border Patrol apprehended 3,113 unaccompanied
    minors and 3,145 adults with children, according to new Customs and
    Border Protection data. There were 23,767 overall apprehensions at the
    border.

    The level of apprehensions represents a decline compared to earlier
    months. Total apprehensions were down nearly a third compared to
    December and apprehensions of unaccompanied minors and so-called family
    units dropped by more than 50 percent.

    Department of Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson highlighted the new
    numbers as representing a decline in attempts to illegally cross the
    U.S.-Mexico border. The decline in apprehensions follows last month’s
    DHS enforcement actions to remove 121 illegal immigrant family units in
    the U.S. who crossed the border illegally after May 2014 and had been
    issued final orders of removal.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/03/border-crossings-surge-yet-apprehensions-decline/

    • Jeff Henderson ✓Bona Fide

      We have to consider some kind of voting requirements. The founding fathers fought “taxation without representation” but we have today substituted it for “representation without taxation.” Those providing nothing to the Federal Government are making decisions about how much they should benefit. Of course the government will be screwed up. I also think there are very good arguments for a new wave of colonialism, but will leave that to another time.

      • CVN65

        Hear, hear! Godzilla upvotes!

      • http://truthbeforedishonor.wordpress.com John Hitchcock

        Once upon a time, only landowners could vote. Because they had skin in the game. That’s a good idea.

  • Fire and Adjust!

    21st century U.S…………. meet 5th century Rome

    • Jake Wilde

      Exactly…

      Edit: I wrote a paper on The Struggle of the Orders and the Fall of the Roman Republic. There are many similarities in what is employed for destabilization.

    • Jeff Henderson ✓Bona Fide

      If the Rio Grande freezes over they will come in hordes.

      • tverle

        They already are…..

  • The Marathon Man

    Another day, another opportunity for politics as usual in DC.

  • Jim Denney

    Donde estan Los Freebies?

  • ee1774

    Trey Gowdy is buddies with Luis Gutierrez………………

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3376986/posts

  • spaceycakes

    trey is, unfortunately, a palooka

    • Rogue Cheddar

      Hey Skeezix, wazzup?

      • spaceycakes

        yo dawg–I’m in ‘bama again

        • Rogue Cheddar

          Just like going to Disney World. Don’t forget to get me a t-shirt. 8:=)

          • spaceycakes

            I have a wet one for you right now…

          • Rogue Cheddar

            Humina humina (swoon)

  • Kevin Giltrud

    And as long as Ryan is where he is. Prepare for a decades long game of “Kick The Can”.

    • AMD_Afficionado

      Lyin’ Ryan said he wouldn’t mind losing his seat in Congress in 2018.

      Here’s hoping that he loses it in 2016 🙂

  • Dan Abbett

    All the right words accompanied by all the normal intentions of doing nothing about it.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS8RjCRolSM Sanchez

    Is this an endorsement of Ted Cruz?

    “Sen. Ben Sasse: Conservatives Don’t Need a ‘Republican Barack Obama’”

    “Sen. Ben Sasse issued some tough love today at the Conservative
    Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.: Electing a Republican president, he
    said, won’t solve America’s problems.

    “The idea that a ‘strong man’ can save us isn’t true,” Sasse, R-Neb.,
    said. “What America needs is a constitutional recovery, not a
    Republican Barack Obama.””

    http://dailysignal.com/2016/02/03/sen-ben-sasse-conservatives-dont-need-a-republican-barack-obama/

    • Marla Hughes

      No, it’s a verbal indictment of Trump. Sasse has openly praised both Rubio and Cruz.

      • AMD_Afficionado

        Though he also bashed them for exploiting the Senate to further their Presidential careers.

        But Sasse is irrelevant, another obamatrade supporter 🙁

  • bifski

    severe derelict of duty…treasonous

  • http://truthbeforedishonor.wordpress.com John Hitchcock

    Legal immigration is a privilege this country conveys under the terms
    and conditions it sets. Illegal immigration is just that – illegal.

    This must be forefront in any discussion about immigration. I am not opposed to LEGAL immigration. In fact, I’m in the process of filing a request for a K-1 visa for my lovely lady. And I could support increased legal immigration. My brother’s ex-wife came here from the Czech Republic, where she was an RN, had to study more here to gain her RN status here, and this past year became a US citizen. And my lady’s skin isn’t as white nor her eyes as round as my former sister-in-law’s.

    As far as the illegals go, throw the bums out, levy huge fines on any businesses that refuse to do due diligence while hiring them, and jail the Personnel Managers and Presidents that hire them under those conditions.

  • Dwayne Mountain Dew Camacho

    That’s all well and good….but twitter rants don’t solve problems.

  • Jerry Shelton

    Trey, Take action start a petition to impeach those that refuse to up hold the laws that they have been sworn too, demand cabinet member resign.

  • Rogue Cheddar

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know all that, what the frick are you gonna do about it is what is foremost on our minds! Stop bloviating about it!

    Just don’t do something, stand there!

  • RoccoBarbella

    This coming from the guy who came out to endorse Rubio. Rubio and his liberal friend Chuck Schumer were part of the Gang of 8 amnesty plan.

    Trey you talk a big game. Explain why you’re endorsing Rubio?

  • John

    Lay this at the doorstep of Republicants. They have funded all of obama’s agenda. They are all hypocrites and RINO’s!

  • John

    All these RINO’s talk conservative on camera, then vote to fund all of obama’s agenda. No more Establishment RINO’s…………

  • John

    This RINO is a copy of Issa, all talk and NO ACTION!

  • sukietawdry

    Here’s a thought: DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

  • Suzyqpie

    The American taxpayers are now expected to provide for anyone from anywhere in any number who can find their way to our shores. It is fiscal insanity. DHS is a Welcome Wagon operation providing “free” meals, lodging, and transportation to, de facto, criminals.

  • jumper297

    Harsh tweets are all well and good… but he’s turned around and endorsed the softest candidate on immigration for the GOP nomination. Hollow words.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS8RjCRolSM Sanchez

    Border agent: ‘We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether’

    In a shocking reversal of policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    agents are being told to release illegal immigrants and no longer order
    them to appear at deportation hearings, essentially a license to stay in
    the United States, a key agent testified Thursday.

    What’s more, the stand down order includes a requirement that the whereabouts of illegals released are not to be tracked.

    “We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether,” suggested agent
    Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol
    Council.Testifying on the two-year border surge of immigrant youths, Judd said the policy shift was prompted by Obama administration “embarrassment” that just
    over half of illegals ordered to appear in court actually do.”

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/border-agent-we-might-as-well-abolish-our-immigration-laws-altogether/article/2582401

  • aliswell

    Another useless hearing in an endless sea of useless hearings. The only point I can make of these ridiculous, ineffective hearings is to lend the appearance of doing something for the benefit of the public. Soon enough they’ll forego even that charade.

  • distantsmoke

    The only way to curb illegal immigration is to convince liberals that all illegals vote republican, twice!

  • Please, god help us!

    But … but … they pay taxes, right? Only highly deluded, bleeding heart liberals could convince themselves that 17,000 illegal alien children are contributing to border State economies.

  • AMD_Afficionado

    Why should anyone care that a flaming RINO who literally has the ear of “amnesty incarnate” Luis Gutierrez is feigning railing against illegal immigration?

    • DevilDocNowCiv

      Thats a nasty pic, but Gowdy has a great record on driving toward info on his committee against strong Dem blocking and media assist to to spinning any anti-Obama or anti-Hillary info into meaninglessness. The brotherliness of the House is like the Brother-Sisterhood of being a Chief in the Navy.

      As a retired Chief, we also try to show a solid wall of togetherness to the world, and only fight behind closed doors. I’d go by the performance, and not look for them to be hostile to each other all the time. Some do that, and are much less effective in working to achieve anything.

      • AMD_Afficionado

        “The brotherliness of the House is like the Brother-Sisterhood of being a Chief in the Navy.”

        I’m not buying that, that sounds like a euphemism for “reach across the aisle”, which is itself a euphemism for “screwing over America”.

        Gowdy doesn’t do anything but waste time (his “investigations” have gone no where) and shill for the GOPe.

        • DevilDocNowCiv

          AMD,

          I speak of what I know, and as a political junkie who has read a bit about our congress, I assure you this is so. Its easy to check. Repubs feel it more, and are gamed by it in my opinion by some Dems. But it is as much a social subculture element as the similar issue is in the Navy Chief subculture. Not a whiz bang physics theory, just a clear thing I have read about in one case, and lived in the other.

          And his investigation is what uncovered the “secret server” of Hillaries. They had kept it covered up, with as we now know many in the State Dept aware and quiet. Thats one very huge thing, still paying off.

          • AMD_Afficionado

            I don’t doubt, or care, that it is so. I do not use it as an excuse for politicians going RINO when they get to DC, as you do.

            Gowdy is RINO scum and an embarrassingly ineffective and feckless Congress Critter. No two ways about it.

            The only “revelation” to come of Gowdy’s investigation is that his vaunted skill as a prosecutor was greatly inflated. The only praise that I can offer him as an investigator in Congress is that he has been slightly more effective than Issa.

  • MAX1950

    gowdy talks a lot but gets absolutely nothing accomplished

  • Bemused

    Well then, why don’t you RINOs use the powers the Constitution gives you to STOP it, instead of wearing out your knee pads keeping the tyrant satiated?

  • Oysteria (I won)

    Area 51 has (at my best guess) between 550 and 600 miles of perimeter border. They know if anything bigger than a rabbit crosses the line. Why aren’t we doing something comparable at the southern border?

  • LimpingHenry

    And yet he endorsed Marco Rubio. Go figure.

  • Linda

    Over the past several years, I have seen the number of students in my son’s classes grow from 20 in a class to 22 in a class to 24 in a class to 25 in a class. When the teacher has to divide his or her time and attention between 25 children as opposed to 20 children, the quality of the education of each one of the students suffers to some degree. I am tired of seeing my tax dollars go to educating children that are here ILLEGALLY while, at the same time, seeing the quality of my son’s education diminish.
    also am tired of seeing some after-school programs cut because the school district
    has to allocate funds for English as second Language Classes and Free Breakfast and Lunch Programs. I do not have a problem with the programs provided that the children are here LEGALLY.

  • maggieinWY

    Gowdy, I used to enjoy your little rants, but since they’ve been proven to be uneffective, STFU and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

  • Deborah Hallsted

    Here’s a practical application. I live in a heavily populated illegal immigrant city. (and have friends who are, helped one apply legally, who’s now a taxpayer, so trolls don’t go there). As they don’t recieve/have the needed income to pay for city services, police and courts crack down on anyone who is legal, charging huge fines, stopping drivers and ticketing for the smallest infractions, adding exorbitant fees, and even if one has visual and written proof they haven’t broken any laws, the Judge rules against you. I used to turn a blind eye to illegal immigration, as I know how things really are in Mexico. For instance, a friend went back to her town, and couldn’t find any work at all, for her and her daughter to stay. She said, “What I pay in America for one McDonalds meal is what they pay for ONE WEEKS work in Mexico”! So of course I’m sympathetic! Yet the egregious heavy handedness of the police and judicial branch often makes one very nervous. After much soul-searching, listening to both sides. I have to say I changed my mind. It’s heart-wrenching, but I have to say enforce the border.