Posted: 9:48 am Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Johnny Isakson: We need a 72-hour turnaround for Central American border kids 

By Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, in an interview with Martha Zoller and Tim Bryant on WGAU (1340AM) in Athens, went into some detail this morning about what’s needed to address the flood of 57,000 Central American children who have been swept up at the U.S. border:

“In 2008, because of the sex-trafficking, we changed the law to say that anybody who came into the country from a contiguous country, like Mexico or Canada, could turned around within 72 hours and sent home.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blog“Anybody coming from a non-contiguous country actually had to have a hearing before an immigration authority or immigration judge. That takes up to four to six weeks.

“We need to amend that law, to say that they can be sent home within 72 hours, like somebody from Mexico or Canada – and stem the tide. Once they see that we’re going to send them home, the attractiveness of trying to get into the United States of America will be diminished and will lessen the pressure on the border.”

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Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor, has an 11 a.m. presser today near the state Capitol. There’s no doubt that he’ll try to leverage yesterday’s bombshell ethics report.

But Attorney General Sam Olens also faces new scrutiny after the revelation that Georgia’s ethics head claimed in a memo that she was threatened by Gov. Nathan Deal’s aides if she didn’t make complaints against him disappear.

Look for Democrat Greg Hecht, his November opponent, to raise questions about Olens’ involvement in the case – namely why his office didn’t hand over the memo that Holly LaBerge drafted as part of an initial court request for documents.

(LaBerge’s attorney claims that Olens’ office instructed his client not to mention the memo during testimony in a series of whisteblower lawsuits filed by former commission employees.)

Said Doug Heyl, a Hecht spokesman: “Olens had a part in this from the get-go.”

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We told you earlier this morning that Democrat Michelle Nunn is touting a $3.45 million, second-quarter fundraising total for her U.S. Senate bid – more that the combined cash raised by Republicans Jack Kingston and David Perdue combined.

That won’t count last night’s Nashville event, where Mayor Karl Dean and his wife, Anne Davis, were to host a $500-a-head event at their home, according to The Tennessean. Also scheduled to attend: U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, and former Tennessee Democratic Party chairmen Chip Forrester and Bob Tuke.

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David Perdue is out with a new ad this morning in the GOP Senate runoff, sticking with his “babies” theme and speaking direct to camera declaring that “nothing will change” if you send Rep. Jack Kingston to the Senate.

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Coming to a mailbox near you: The NRA is sending out $95,000 worth of mailers promoting Jack Kingston and his views on gun rights.

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House Speaker David Ralston had a solid fundraising quarter thanks partly to a tea party-backed challenge. But he also burned through most of the cash he had stockpiled over the years.

The Blue Ridge Republican raised $245,000 and has $350,000 left of the $1.2 million he’s raised since the last election. His donors included powerful PACs, local businesses and, of course, elected officials.

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Conservative rocker Ted Nugent released an endorsement for former Rep. Bob Barr in the heated 11th Congressional District runoff, via a shaky vertical iPhone selfie video.

Nugent, who ran into trouble by calling President Barack Obama a “sub-human mongrel,” implores his listeners to:

“Send this great warrior back to Washington, D.C. to fight to return America to that proud independent rugged individual nation that we are and that many of us still believe in. The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, it’s all up for grabs right now with the corruption, the abuse of power and the sheer criminality that runs amok in the Barack Obama-Eric Holder gun-running White House.”

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Savannah surgeon Bob Johnson released a new TV ad in the tight 1st Congressional District GOP runoff bashing his foe, state Sen. Buddy Carter for his General Assembly votes and for saying Obamacare is “not so bad.” (The next thing Carter said, before the exchanges debuted in 2013, was “but the worst is yet to come,” though we understand that context and political ads go together like oil and water.)

Johnson has also attacked Carter for receiving the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Chamber political director Rob Engstrom responded last night via email:

“The Chamber proudly endorsed Buddy Carter as he is the only candidate to get the job done. Mr. Johnson is now attacking the Chamber, even though he flew to Washington to ask for our endorsement.

“Additionally, he seems to be mistaken about the Chamber’s position on Obamacare, which provides another glimpse into why we endorsed his opponent. The fact of the matter is, no other organization did more to highlight the deficiencies of Obamacare.”

Bloomberg highlights the race in a piece today on doctors running for Congress:

All eight of Buddy Carter’s broadcast TV spots have called attention to his background as a pharmacist and shown him wearing his profession’s white coat. Just two of the spots noted Carter’s political background as a state senator and former small-city mayor.

“Our nation needs healing, and I can fill that prescription,” Carter said in one of his ads.

Carter’s opponent in the July 22 runoff election, Bob Johnson, is an orthopedic surgeon who’s also appeared in uniform in ads that refer to him as “Dr. Bob Johnson.”

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It’s important to note that state lawmakers aren’t allowed to use their offices to vault to higher positions. But sometimes the messaging can walk right up to the edge. State Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, in a Republican runoff with surgeon Bob Johnson, for U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston’s seat in Congress, represents the area immediately around Savannah.

But in a well-timed message to his constituents, on the prospects of another round of realignment and closings of U.S. military bases, Carter manages to expand his geography very conveniently. In part:

Fort Stewart, for example, is home to the world famous 3rd Infantry Division and is the largest, most effective and efficient armor training base east of the Mississippi.

Hunter Army Air Field is home to the Army’s longest runway on the east coast and the Truscott Air Deployment Terminal.
Moody Air Force Base executes worldwide close air support, force protection and combat search and rescue operations to support our national security and the global war on terrorism.

Kings Bay Navy Base is the U.S. Atlantic Fleet’s home port for the Navy’s Trident missile nuclear submarines.

We are truly blessed and proud to have all of these military installations in our state, especially those in the 1st Congressional district.
The number one responsibility of our federal government is to provide for the safety of our citizens and that can only be done through a strong military.

BRAC is one acronym I hope not to see again soon. But if we do, along with other elected officials and community leaders in the 1st district, we will be ready to fight for our bases again.

 

 

28 comments
BigHat
BigHat

Maybe in those 72 hours we can tattoo numbers on their forearms, extract the gold from their teeth, shave their head's for the hair, and use the extra skin for lampshades.  

EdUktr
EdUktr

"The United States cannot be expected to give sanctuary to every single child in the world that is exposed to danger in their country because of the failure of the country's government or local municipality's government to assist in keeping their own children safe."


-- Rep. Steny Hoyer

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

Why don't they let the kids stay? I thought we were such a God fearing just nation. If these kids were white, republicans wouldn't have a problem with them.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

I see racist draft dodger Ted Nugent is still a spokesman for the racist birther/kkk/gop party...lol. The gop is the home of the gawdfearing Christian racist.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

No problem Johnny about a 72-hour turnaround.  Fund the detention centers, judges, guards, researchers, recorders, transportation, etc.  But you forget that Boehner and McConnell demand that "securing the border" must come first. 

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Democrats/Obama very much against changing the 2008 law, so Isakson is wasting his time as usual.  Hard if not impossible for a minority party to govern, even if Obama refuses to.   He might be able to pick up some southern Democrats votes to help get the Amendment to the law passed, but Hairy Reed is not going to agree to bring it up.


Reed follows instructions he receives from the WH to not allow amendments and not bring up legislation, unless approved by Obama.  Reed is afraid of his own party members siding with the GOP on some needed legislation, which might bring common sense reforms to the floor.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

Well then Johnny why don't you go ahead and author the legislation to change the law? Or is just more of the typical political grandstanding we're used to seeing from you and your brethren?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Isakson is right, AJC thinking yesterday was a bombshell is just more partisan politics,GOP outside money will pour in after the senatorial runoff, and (unfortunately) Sam Olens will be easily re-elected.

Now, back to the partisan posts.


HueyMahl
HueyMahl

@EdUktr What a bunch of horse hockey.  The Honorable Rep Hoyer is simply ignoring the fact that we are not an innocent bystander.  We helped create the problem by dumping billions of dollars to prop up corrupt regimes, overthrowing ones we did not like and fueiling the drug trade.  These refugees were created by us.

GaBlue
GaBlue

@lithoniaguy


He's also a pedophile. As in, had an under-the-age-of-consent girlfriend, boasted about it, wrote songs about his pedophilia, and of course hit countless underage groupies too.  That the righties tolerate this pond scum does not speak well of their character.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@CuriousPrime  If the border was already secured would we be having this problem now? Just askin....

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@RafeHollister Dude,  the Senate immigration bill included reforms to the 2008 law, but Boehner/McConnell have blocked it because they want to "secure the borders' first.  Then you have the Ted Cruz types who blindly don't want to fund anything, but complain about every issue.


Your talking point forgot to include that Reed would not allow extranious and poison pill amendments, and of course the Constitution says all bills must be approved by the President.  


Reed is not afraid of his own party, that would be Boehner being bound by the Hastard Rule.  

honested
honested

@OldJacketFan 

Correct.

Maybe someone in the press could see how fast johnny can still scurry away by asking him that very question and follow up with how many bills he has authored in the last 5 years.

honested
honested

@The_Centrist 

Is it you intent to be the last Georgian to accept the Governor is a thug?

DS
DS

@Retired-Soldier, it seems the problem is we're catching too many illegals. (Actually, they're surrendering to the first Border Patrol officer they see.) This is what success looks like.

Current law, described by Isakson, requires an elaborate process for sending them back to prevent them from falling into the hands of child traffickers. Combine that with the scams being run by organized crime in Central America to fleece desperate parents, and here we are.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@DS  The border being secured means someone can't set foot on American soil so they can be "caught".


If this kids and adults are fleeing gangs, murders, etc. Why travel the distance to America when Belize, Costa Rica or Panama are so much closer?

DS
DS

@Retired-Soldier, that's a good question.

This thing exploded when organized crime in Central America realized they could make a ton of money by lying to frightened parents that their children would be allowed to stay in the US, then offering to sneak them in for a very large fee.

I guess they couldn't get as much money by offering to take their children to Panama.

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier @DS 

Oh heck why not just proffer a true republiklan 'free market' solution.

Adopt them straight to Chinese factory owners, since they currently have a shortage of child labor.

They would be free from gang violence, have a 'career', and the flood of cheap products for uncaring Americans would not slow.

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier @honested @DS 

Well, that is opposed to continuing to provide blind military involvement (ok covert involvement) in protecting brutality in Guatemala and El Salvador as we did until the end of the ray-gun administration. 

Wrong wingers can pretend all day that militarizing the US-Mexico border is somehow a panacea (and would cost nothing to accomplish overnight) but that is as much a lie today as it will be tomorrow.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@honested @Retired-Soldier @DS  I have made one point and asked one question and you want to talk about Reagan. If the border was secure so illegals couldn't cross into America this problem wouldn't be occurring.


I asked if the mass rush to the border was because of gangs and murders why not flee to a closer country. Belize, Costa Rica and Panama have great governments.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Retired-Soldier First of all, why are you asking anonymous commenters on an internet site why they are fleeing. Go to Nogales and ask the kids and adults themselves.

Secondly, why don't we bring home every soldier sailor and marine from Germany, Italy, Korea, Arabia, and everywhere else they don't belong to do what the founders envisioned the role of the military to be, protect our borders? Instead, the cons in this country have tried for years to put American troops in every village, hamlet, and city populated by brown, yellow and black people, to act as the world's police. At the same time they have insisted we prop up dictatorial thugs in S America, assassinated elected leaders to accomplish that end, and in general wreaked havoc on these countries.60-70 years of this misguided foreign policy have finally come home to bite us in the rear end, and it won't be fixed overnight..

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier @honested @DS 

If we hadn't propped up ruthless dictators in Guatemala and El Salvador under the bogus auspices of 'fighting Communism' greater opportunity for Citizens in those countries would be available today, rather than the two class societies where the 'government' protects the wealthy and tough luck for everyone else.

Foreign policy always has consequences.

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

@Retired-Soldier @honested @DS


I'm not sure what the answer is, Issakson could be onto something. But Really? You're touting the economies/opportunities of Belize? Costa Rica? Panama over the United States? When given a choice of those four? You really should get out more.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@AuntieChrist @Retired-Soldier  First soldiers can't be used for policing. Every village? Do you really think that? The troops in Germany were left by democrats. Same in Japan. Korea, republican. Afghanistan and again in Iraq, democrat.