NEW YORK – With the Obama administration reportedly prohibiting Border Patrol agents from talking to journalists about the thousands of youthful illegal aliens housed in DHS detention centers across the Southwest, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, says he is organizing his own “border patrol” consisting of members of Congress so they can see for themselves the reality of what is being described as an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.
“I’m afraid President Obama is going to do nothing to secure our border with Mexico,” King told WND in an interview Monday. “Right now, the United States effectively has no border with Mexico and the borders in Central America all the way down to Panama appear to be wide open as well.”
King added, “President Obama appears he is going to be as ineffective at stopping the flow of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally as he has been preventing a civil war from breaking out in Iraq.”
In recent weeks and months, tens of thousands of children, many from Central America, have flooded across the Mexican border into the United States, apparently unaccompanied. Obama’s critics contend the multitudes of youthful illegals are being irresistibly drawn by Obama’s announcement of a form of de facto amnesty for children who are in the United States illegally.
Obama implemented that policy about the time of his re-election and recently renewed it. It creates a priority for legitimizing juveniles who are in the U.S. illegally and unaccompanied – and Obama has asked for massive federal spending to provide this particular demographic of illegals all the benefits of American society from education to health care.
Many are being housed in detention centers across the southwest, while others are being given travel vouchers to other parts of the nation if they have relatives already in the U.S.
But AP reported obtaining an email from Eligio Pena, an assistant patrol agent, ordering more than 3,000 agents not to speak to reporters about the “humanitarian crisis.”
The warning included a notice that agents who disobey could be disciplined or charged criminally.
King said he was well aware the Obama administration has tried to put a lid on information emerging from the DHS detention centers in Texas, including cautioning Border Patrol agents with consequences adverse to their careers should they dare provide information to news reporters.
“Right now DHS is denying anyone the opportunity to talk to those working in the DHS detention centers or asking any questions,” King said, “and you have to leave your cell phones outside. What I want to test is whether the Obama administration is going to deny me and a congressional delegation I bring … the opportunity to see what we want to see and ask the questions we want to ask.”
King told WND he wants to challenge the Obama administration’s attempt to keep the American people from knowing the truth about this developing crisis.
“I need to go back down to the border to see exactly how these unaccompanied minors are getting into the country,” he said. “I want to talk to the people on the ground to assess the situation. I don’t know any more than what limited information we’re getting from the news media.”
King argued, as he said last week, that Obama has manufactured the crisis in an attempt to overload the social welfare system.
He said then, “I do feel this attempt to flood the border with illegals is a playing out of the Cloward-Piven theory.”
It was in the 1960s when professors Richard Andrew Cloward and Francis Fox Piven of Columbia University, Obama’s alma mater, devised a plan to provoke chaos by deliberately overwhelming governmental systems and the U.S. economy to the point of collapse, paving the way for state intervention that would ultimately replace America’s free-enterprise republic with a collectivist system.
“If you don’t see them bring reinforcements down there to seal the border, that means that, yes, it’s a Cloward-Piven maneuver to flood the country until we get to the point where we are an open-borders country that welcomes everybody, legal and illegal,” King said at the time.
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, agreed that Obama – who studied the chaos strategy at Columbia, according to a classmate – “is trying to do a Cloward-Piven thing with the border.”
“Obama follows all the far-left, Leninist, socialist-type stuff,” Stockman told WND.
He said it’s “an open secret Obama is trying to flood Texas with illegals to make it into a blue state,” with a Democrat majority. “If we lose Texas, and it becomes like California, then the Republicans lose the chance of ever getting a Republican elected president,” the Texas lawmaker warned.
“If this [Cloward-Piven plan] isn’t part of the president’s strategy, he is completely and utterly incompetent as an administrator,” King said of his new plans for a border patrol arranged for members of Congress.
King stressed that this crisis is a crisis the White House intends to create.
“This situation on the border is not intractable,” he said Monday. “It is caused by the president of the United States of America. President Obama is engaging in the willful destruction of the rule of law. President Obama has intentionally erased our southern border, and the White House is sending messages down to Central America advertising to come here now.”
WND reported only days ago that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he was working with officials in Latin America on how to return the children to their homes.
Nations in the discussions include Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico
On the leadership race in the House to find a replacement for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who lost his primary election last week, King stressed a pledge he made that he would not vote for any member of Congress who supports amnesty.
“Cantor lost touch with the people in his district,” King said, “and there is a single public policy reason he lost – amnesty. One issue, immigration, crystallized in Cantor’s defeat the resentment many in the grassroots feel against the establishment GOP leadership in Washington trying to press amnesty on the Congress.”
King accused House Speaker John Boehner of attempting to engineer the leadership vote to replace Cantor in favor of House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, an establishment GOP leader in Washington that King identified as part of the problem, not the solution.
“Boehner gave McCarthy a full day to organize before the rest of us in the GOP caucus knew the details of when Cantor was going to leave and that the leadership vote would be scheduled so soon,” King said.
“Boehner is using the full force and power of what the establishment GOP leadership can do to jam something on those of us in Congress. Boehner gave McCarthy a one-lap lead in a two-lap race. Before any others had a chance to organize, McCarthy used that advantage to secure support among Boehner’s staff and those that were left among Cantor’s staff. The rest of us were brought together to announce the results of an election that Boehner rigged.”
King indicated he would not vote for Rep. Paul Labrador, R-Ind., because he does not consider Labrador strong enough on border security, despite the apparent support Labrador has gained as a candidate for the job.
“You can’t be pro-amnesty and conservative at the same time,” King said, discussing Labrador. “Those two just don’t fit. As conservatives, we’re better off to just go in there and lose than to advocate for Labrador.”
King indicated that his intentions at this moment are to vote for a write-in conservative to replace Cantor as majority leader.
“I’m concerned that if Labrador wins he will get certified as a future GOP leader when he is not a true conservative the tea party should back on border security issues,” King concluded.
“Labrador emerging as House Majority Leader is a bad deal in that his win will give momentum to those in the GOP who want immigration reform now and are willing to put up with what amounts to amnesty. This time around, the GOP leadership selection is nothing more than a Boehner set-up from the beginning. I will not vote for any pro-amnesty leader to replace Cantor. That was my pledge and I didn’t make it lightly.”