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Republicans Slam Biden Plan to Divert VA Resources to Deal with Self-Inflicted Border Crisis

Republicans Slam Biden Plan to Divert VA Resources to Deal with Self-Inflicted Border Crisis

Sen. Ted Cruz: ‘This “is completely unacceptable.”

During congressional hearings focused on the Biden border disaster, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas indicated that the Biden administration was considering diverting resources from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help illegal immigrants if and when the Title 42 controls ended.

Title 42 expulsions are removals by the U.S. government of persons who have recently been in a country where a communicable disease was present. Biden has slated to end them on May 23.

Republicans are slamming the administration for this proposal.

…{S]everal representatives have sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas about the ‘mishandling’ of the border and called the possible usage of VA personnel at the border ‘deeply troubling’ as it is already hard for veterans to see doctors.

‘Moving VA medical staff away from our veteran’s healthcare needs to examine illegal immigrants is a recipe for disaster,’ the letter, written by Georgia Representative Jody Hice, said. ‘Wait times for a veteran to see their doctor can average 22 days and reach as high as 42 days. This is unacceptable mismanagement of federal government resources by the Biden administration.

‘Biden’s failed open border policies are no excuse to funnel resources away from our veterans. Our men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our liberties and our country’s sovereignty deserve the best resources for their health care needs.

‘The Biden Administration must provide the American people answers. Even the thought of abandoning our veterans’ care for the needs of illegal aliens is disgraceful.’

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says he still hasn’t received an answer from Biden on these plans.

In his letter, Cruz urged the president “to secure our Southern border and immediately renew Title 42,” a public health authority that’s allowed federal agents to quickly expel illegal immigrants during a public health emergency. The Biden administration announced it was ending it May 23. Unless halted by the courts, border officials say ending Title 42 will result in roughly 18,000 people rushing the southern border a day, overwhelming Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement as a result.

“[T]he Department of Homeland Security has been considering potential strategies for dealing with the anticipated influx of migrants when CBP’s Title 42 authority is revoked,” Cruz said in a statement. “Reportedly, one such strategy, according to a source from within CBP, includes diverting VA medical personnel and deploying them to the border. The CBP source went on to say ‘[w]e’re going to take medical services away from people … [w]ho went to combat … to give free medical attention to illegal migrants.’”

This “is completely unacceptable,” Cruz said.

Congresswoman Mary Miller (R-IL) sent a letter yo Biden’s Veterans Affairs Secretary asking if any resources from the VA will be diverted from serving our nation’s veterans to deal with the crisis Biden has created on our southern border.

“We need to ensure that no money that was set aside to help our veterans is being diverted to the southern border,” Miller said. “VA resources should be used for our veterans, not to manage President Biden’s self-created crisis at the southern border. Instead of depriving our nation’s heroes of resources, the Biden administration should reinstate the effective border security policies of the Trump administration and complete construction of the border wall.”

These 3 representatives are among the many Americans outraged at this proposal.

Our veterans, who served this country and sacrificed much, need more resources, not less. Their lives and health should not be sacrificed so more people can illegally enter our nation.

Each week, I think that Biden cannot possibly make himself more unpopular.  Each week, I am proven wrong.  How low can he go?


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2smartforlibs | May 1, 2022 at 2:12 pm

Hold the phone from 16 to 20 we couldn’t move money around for any reason.

smalltownoklahoman | May 1, 2022 at 2:15 pm

Another attempt by Biden to undo what Trump accomplished? Because I remember the reforms Trump pushed on the VA to help improve it. This is going to go down like a lead balloon with the public. By and large we respect our veterans and something like this is a direct affront to millions across the nation, especially as many of the same people are against illegal immigration in the first place!

Gropey ol’ child molester Biden: Let’s print gazillions of fiat dollars than’s ever been printed in entire USA history.

Also Gropey ol’ child molester Biden: Let’s give Ukraine $33 billion for their border defense.

And again Gropey ol’ child molester Biden: Let’s loot the VA to troll Republicans about our something something border.

Unconstitutional elections have consequences.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to LB1901. | May 1, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Spineless opposition even more so.

      taurus the judge in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 1, 2022 at 3:51 pm

      You’re wrong Griz.

      Nothing spinless about this. This “opposition” is actually DELIBERATE cooperation.

      The FEW who are actually fighting are being “chilled’ by the RINO. (not the left)

      The RINO’s are not opposing the left in any legitimate result producing manner- they are just giving a typical WWE match promo saying all the “right things” to rile up the audience so they will buy tickets.

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taurus the judge | May 1, 2022 at 3:47 pm

Here we go again.

More “harsh words” of disdain and disapproval from the RINO enablers- thats certain to strike fear in the hearts of the left.

Here we have the Left running wild, breaking laws with reckless abandon openly trying to destroy the USA as we know it and our “heros’ are saying how much they disapprove of it in front of a camera.

Meanwhile, the fearless leadership of the GOPe are on record saying impeachment is off the table but BY GAWD they will “get to the bottom of this” and “hold people accountable”.

If we buy their bullsh!t this time, they aren’t the problem- WE ARE.

One thing this does prove to anyone who has watched this since Trump was sworn in.

If we gauge what the left has done (and is doing) with a stolen election and a bare majority ( with only perfunctory meaningless lip service from the GOPe)- this shows everyone JUST HOW BAD the RINOs sabotaged Trump’s every attempt to MAGA. ( and they had a MAJORITY for 2 years and probably would have had it still today had they not sold us out and allowed many elections to be stolen)

I’m telling everyone. Brandon and the left are NOT the problem or main focus- the RINO is.

    McConnell is warning us voters not to screw things up in the primaries or else!

    Trump is frying their asses and they are really feeling it. That guy standing next to the Cocaine Turtle is John Thune, his protegee to replace him when he retires. Thune is struggling in the primaries and may be losing.

    Okay. We’ve been warned! If we are not careful, the GOPe half of the Uniparty will be wiped out leaving us to suffer the consequences! Oh no! Not Trump or DeSantis!!!

    That is why we need to support BOTH of them and stop throwing squishy crap at Trump. Now if we could just find a few other fighters to join the cause instead of fighting whether Trump or DeSantis is better….. We are not the Stupid Party because of the reasons McConnell is warning about. We are the Stupid Party because we just never get our act together to get rid of these Swamp Rats when we’ve got them pinned down.

      taurus the judge in reply to Pasadena Phil. | May 2, 2022 at 11:32 am

      Referencing the article you linked…..

      The turtle is deliberately hiding behind the fact that many of these “less electable” candidates were either IGNORED or even SABOTAGED by the GOPe which is why they lost.

      For those who critically think and reason rather than buy the media narrative- challenge the RINO’s ( forget the left because they simply hate Trump because any threat to their agenda is the “enemy”- that’s just an autonomic programmed response)

      Ask a RINO- what part of Trump’s plan or actions do you object to because it was detrimental to the US and her citizenry.

      Follow that up with: What specifically do you plan to do to fix everything for the US and her citizenry? ( Then ask what is the name of this candidate).

      The point to that is this- the GOPe is trying to play political judo by using the left’s points against us. (another textbook psyops technique proven devastatingly effective)

      The left created this “cloudy” monster and called it Trump then left it up to our own individual pareidolia to “see” whatever we want to. It take REASON and CRITICAL THINKING to see through the cloud for what it really is but they know emotions will always overrule intelligence unless mental discipline is in play. ( the masses are not known for that)

      The RINOs know we see the left for what they are and they are the only other viable alternative (independents are very rare). They also know they too have been “unmasked” for what they really are. (Thanks Trump).

      We MUST cull the RINO.

Rupert Smedley Hepplewhite | May 1, 2022 at 4:15 pm

I never want to hear Grandpa Puddingcup say “thank you for your service” nor do I ever want to see him lay a wreath in any national cemetery or on any military holiday.

Frigging bastard slaps the military in the face while embracing illegals. Eff him!


trubtastic | May 1, 2022 at 8:29 pm

I was told by the VA to seek private care because there were no available providers. That was after weeks of calling with nobody answering the phone. Now, VA providers are leaving clinics to serve illegals. If that’s not impeachable what is?

Faux Freedom | May 1, 2022 at 9:12 pm

The V.A. in Atlanta has had shortages of doctors and support medical staff for a long time.

I’m supposed to get a procedure approved in the last few years by the FDA, but the VA didn’t have the equipment until January of this year. After they got the equipment, the surgeon told me it should be done in a “procedure room,” not an “operating room,” so I will be awake and they can be sure they don’t miss the right area. But the procedure room has been closed for a long time because they haven’t had the support staff to run it. The operating room is evidently open.

Then, in February, I visited a local ER when I had an emergency, and when I called the V.A. to get evaluated to try to pin down the problem and avoid a rupture which could kill me, they gave me an appointment in June.

I don’t see that the Atlanta V.A. has any staff to send. It would be bizarre. Whoever is pulling Joe’s strings obviously doesn’t worry about anything on this earth. Must be cool, to be so detached from worldly concerns.

“To care for him who fought the battle.” does not say anything about treating illegal immigrants.

I have this to say to the Biden Administration; you deliberately created the mess on the border with Mexico. In doing so, you have broken the law by not enforcing it. Taking medical care away from those who served this country honorably is a terrible policy; degrading the standing of veterans is disgusting.

As noted in many comments, the VA has significant issues with professional staffing, delaying treatment, and forcing some into private care.

Once again, the administration shows a complete lack of awareness and how incompetent you are,

“DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas suggests diverting resources from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help illegal immigrants if and when the Title 42 controls ended.”

From CNN Politics:
“Beyond insurance, members can get health care services – like routine exams and consultations – from the Attending Physician in the US Capitol for an annual fee.”

From USA Today:
“According to VA internal data from October 2019 through June 2020, veterans waited an average of 41.9 days for an appointment in the community, starting from the time he or she requested the appointment to the time the meeting occurred.”

Our congressional delegation can get their health care right inside of the US Capitol Building. No long wait times, no transportation arrangements. Just walk in.

Before making that change, I propose that the entire elected federal government, from the President down to the newbie member of congress be forced to get health care through the VA.

Prove to me the left cares one iota about US citizens (unless they are a “special” subset group).