There may be buses: Bob Barr declares immigration emergency in Georgia

If you pay any attention to politics, you know of last week’s protests that greeted 140 undocumented women and children, seized at the U.S. border, who were sent to Murrietta, Cal., to ease an overcrowded Texas facility.

Angry residents greeted a bus as it pulled into town, blocking its entry. Today’s dispatch from the Associated Press:

The White House said Monday that most unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border are unlikely to qualify for humanitarian relief that would prevent them from being sent back to their home countries.

The pointed warning came as the White House finalized a spending request to Congress detailing the additional resources President Barack Obama wants in order to hire more immigration judges and open additional detention facilities to deal with the border crisis. White House officials said they planned to send the more than $2 billion request to lawmakers on Tuesday.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that while the administration will allow the immigration review process to take place, officials so far don't expect many of the children arriving at the border to be able to stay in the U.S.

"It's unlikely that most of these kids will qualify for humanitarian relief," Earnest said. "It means they will not have a legal basis for remaining in this country and will be returned."

Nonetheless, Bob Barr, a former member of Congress locked in a tight Republican runoff with former Barry Loudermilk of Cassville for the 11th District congressional seat, has declared an immigration emergency in Georgia. From the press release:

“As tens of thousands of illegals continue streaming across our southern border, citizens of Georgia are increasingly concerned that the Obama Administration is planning to surreptitiously ship many to locations in our state; or that our government may already have begun doing so under cloak of secrecy.

“Questions from this campaign to federal agencies inquiring whether shipments of these illegals are planned for Georgia – or whether such shipments may already be underway – have been met with silence or refusals to provide meaningful answers. Our questions have been prompted by accounts stating that Georgia is in fact a recipient state for some of these illegals…..

“I call on Governor Nathan Deal, Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss and our delegation to the House of Representatives to demand that President Obama give appropriate and advance notice if he has plans to ship any illegals to Georgia and what the exact details are. I also urge Governor Deal to file action in federal court to enjoin the Department of Homeland Security or any other federal agency from entering our state to deposit busloads of illegals, and to take other action if necessary to prevent such entry.”

The AJC’s Jeremy Redmon queried the Barr campaign – specifically, campaign manager and son Derek Barr – for actual evidence of dangerous women and children from the outer reaches of Guatemala, dispatched to subvert the wisdom and justice, constitutionally dispensed in moderation, of our fair state. Said Derek Barr:

“Our office contacted both agencies in the Obama Administration and Members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation. One office we did speak with confirmed some of these illegals had already arrived in Georgia, and there are likely more on the way. Our source couldn't confirm where they would be shipping them to once in the state.

“Additionally, the NBC Nightly News reported Saturday night that some illegals are on their way to Georgia. From Maryland, Indiana, Pennsylvania, to California communities have received unannounced shipments of these illegals. The state and local taxpayers are left paying the bills.

“Bob Barr is demonstrating leadership by acting before Georgia receives a surprise busload of these illegals.”

And because of this, there will be no Pearl Harbor in Georgia tonight. Sleep easy, dear reader.

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.