While President Barack Obama claims he doesn't do "photo ops," his secretary of Homeland Security traveled on Friday for photo opportunities in both New Mexico, where his underlings are detaining some of the thousands of illegal alien children, and to Texas, which is in essence "the scene of the crimes," according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Secretary Jeh Johnson arrived in both Artesia, N.M. and Weslaco, Texas with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Assistant Secretary Tom Winkowski; ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Executive Associate Director Tom Homan; and Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield.
While in Artesia, the group of Obama minions conducted a walk-through of the temporary detention center for adults with children described by an Examiner News story. Center was created at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) which trains Border Patrol agents and other federal law enforcement staff. Johnson and his subordinates were photographed by journalists viewing the Obama administration's response to the tidal wave of adults illegally entering the United States with children as well as the unaccompanied "children."
In Weslaco, Secretary Johnson met with Texas state politicos for a photo op showing him and his teams discussing the tsunami emanating from the Central American countries, including Honduras and El Salvador. According to law enforcement officials, Johnson appeared to be more concerned "about the humanitarian aspects of the Obama-crafted crisis than with security at the obviously porous Texas-Mexico border.
"This is an emergency of the Obama administration's own creation, but he continues to point figures at the Republicans, who favor tough border security and immigration enforcement, and blaming George W. Bush, his predecessor," said former police commanding officer, Sidney Franes.
At the Artesia federal police academy, Secretary Johnson, joined by Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich and Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch, reviewed site operations and met with ICE ERO and Homeland Security Investigations personnel and FLETC Director Connie Patrick. On June 20, the DHS announced the establishment of this temporary facility.
“Our message is clear. If you come to this country illegally, we will send you back -- consistent with our laws and values,” said Secretary Johnson. “This facility demonstrates our commitment to building additional capacity to do this quickly, safely and humanely.”
"On its face, it sounds as if this administration is serious about deportations, but mark my words: the majority of this so-called children will never be deported by Obama or any other U.S. leader. The 'border war' is over and American citizens lost," said Iris Aquino, a former police detective.
"As part of the continuing U.S. government-wide response to address this humanitarian situation, the White House this week announced its request for emergency supplemental funding [of close to $4 billion] that will assist government agencies, including DHS, in four key areas: deterrence actions; enforcement initiatives; foreign cooperation; and capacity to detain, care for and transport unaccompanied children," stated a DHS press statement.
"The numbers caught at the border have almost doubled in less than a year, and the top three cities sending children to the U.S. are all located in Honduras, which has the highest murder rate in the world, according to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. El Salvador is trailing not far behind in murder rates, only surpassed by Belize and Venezuela in 2012," according to the National Border Patrol Council's Chelcey Adami.