By Jason Kissner
This contribution probes an unexamined dimension of Obama’s illegal alien invasion – an invasion that, unsurprisingly, appears to have been a Cloward-Piven style production as evidenced by a January 2014 DHS announcement soliciting bids to manage, supervise, escort, etc., unaccompanied alien children (UACs).
Anyone who’s been absorbing the coverage of the issue has more than likely encountered the assertion that Obama is struggling with the question of where to place the aliens he invited.
In recent weeks and with respect to alien children (and one wonders whether Obama considers the gang bangers he welcomed in “children”), for example, we have:
The Obama administration Friday abandoned plans to use a defunct college in rural Virginia town as housing for some of the illegal immigrant children flooding across the border, bowing to fierce local opposition as the government struggles to find sites to put the thousands of unaccompanied children.
“We have heard the concerns of many of the residents and leaders of Lawrenceville about the proposal to temporarily care for unaccompanied children at the now-closed Saint Paul’s College,” said Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Mark A. Weber. “We have taken this proposal off the table and will move on quickly to identify other sites to temporarily house these vulnerable children.”
If the federal government is resorting to defunct colleges in small, rural towns, the alien housing problem must be really pressing!
Still more recently, we have Obama’s unannounced, criminal and stealthy invasion of Murrieta, California. And, on July 7, an Obama administration email (yes, there actually are administration emails that have not been destroyed) stated:
Given that one of the challenges [the Department of Health and Human Services] HHS is facing is finding suitable facilities for unaccompanied children, I wanted to forward this email from [Federal Emergency Management Agency] FEMA below to see if you all have folks in your networks that know of suitable facilities in your area,” reads [Tara] Corrigan’s email, which she sent to local lawmakers on July 3.
And this from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest:
QUESTION: And we’re getting ready to see this hearing down in Texas today on the immigration situation. The president’s visit to Texas – there’s a lot of anger down there and you hear a lot of anger kind of growing among those communities as well as partially in Congress concerning a lot – to much of the extent the expense that it’s costing the taxpayer. How would the White House address that anger that kind of sparks up when these events now are happening?
MR. EARNEST: Well, I guess I would address that in a couple of ways. The first is the president is committed to enforcing the law, and enforcing the law means that when there are apprehensions that are made at the border, particularly of children or adults who are traveling with children, we need to make sure that the basic humanitarian needs of those individuals are provided for. And that’s why the president has asked for additional resources from Congress to open up detention facilities across the country where these individuals can be housed in humane conditions.
So, Obama introduces disease vectors into towns like Murrieta since he doesn’t have the resources to house the aliens, right? Unsurprisingly, this is in all likelihood yet another Obama lie.
There is conclusive proof that years ago the federal government planned and paid for the construction of alien processing facilities, ostensibly to be used in just the circumstances we confront now. Yet, they have not been activated, and Obama acts as though they do not exist.
Which facilities are these, you ask, and why haven’t they been used in recent weeks and months?
Via the New York Times in 2006:
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 – The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth up to $385 million for building temporary immigration detention centers to Kellogg Brown & Root, the Halliburton subsidiary that has been criticized for overcharging the Pentagon for its work in Iraq.
KBR would build the centers for the Homeland Security Department for an unexpected influx of immigrants, to house people in the event of a natural disaster or for new programs that require additional detention space, company executives said. KBR, which announced the contract last month, had a similar contract with immigration agencies from 2000 to last year (emphasis added).
Dean Boyd, spokesman for ICE, said the KBR contract has nothing to do with the need to add more beds to the existing detention and processing centers. Bush’s 2007 fiscal budget request includes funding for 27,000 more beds and “this contract has nothing to do with that.”
“This specific contract is in the event of a mass emergency,” he said. Church said a mass influx of political refugees from a neighboring country, for instance, something akin to the Mariel Boat Lift, which brought approximately 125,000 Cubans into the country during a nine-month period in 1980, would be the type of event to trigger this contract.
Aren’t the circumstances now exactly like the set of circumstances the contract with KBR was designed to contend with?
Or was the contract perhaps let with, shall we say, more flexibility in mind?
The contract with Richard Cheney’s KBR was a contingency contract, meaning that KBR was only to construct the facilities upon notification to do so from the federal government. In the interim, as the Fox News link indicates, KBR was to receive $450,000 per year in “administrative costs” under the contract.
Are we to suppose that the facilities were never built?
Even if they weren’t, why aren’t they being built now pursuant to the contract the government has already paid for, especially since KBR was charged with building in response to “unexpected” alien incursions? That KBR has already been paid to respond to the “unexpected” with construction implies that it had the capacity to do so even if it never did – so why isn’t it doing so now if it never did?
There are surely other possibilities. One such is that Obama and rest of the global elite are not interested, now, in using facilities that have in fact been previously constructed because they have other potential uses in mind for them.
This, from no less a figure than “conspiracy theorist” Justice Antonin Scalia:
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made headlines nationwide this week after bluntly telling law students at the University of Hawaii that internment camps to detain Americans would eventually return. Acknowledging that the infamous Supreme Court-approved internment of Japanese-Americans in wretched camps during World War II was wrong, the conservative-leaning justice followed up by adding that “you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.” In “times of war,” Scalia said, citing a Latin expression attributed to Cicero, “the laws fall silent.”
Dr. Jason Kissner is associate professor of criminology at California State University, Fresno. He can be reached at [email protected].