We have previously shared other cases of the progressive socialist left giving preferential treatment and concern to illegal immigrants and other special interest groups over that of our veterans (see here and here).
Just yesterday we shared with you the law signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo which will allow illegal immigrants to have drivers licenses.
Well, today I have something that will just make your jaw drop, as it did mine. I was absolutely incredulous and this missive will speak for itself. There will not be a need for a lot of commentary, analysis, or explanation.
As reported from Tom Fitton’s outstanding organization, Judicial Watch:
“Immigration centers are dangerously overcrowded yet the federal agency slammed with an onslaught of migrants provides a separate unit for transgender illegal immigrants as well as costly hormone therapy and a number of other perks. Thanks to an Obama policy continued by the Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gives transgender illegal aliens special treatment, including their own detention center in New Mexico that offers hair and makeup classes, a recreation area, gym, television rooms, a lab and pharmacy. There are also meeting areas for trans detainees to consult with free legal services provided by advocacy groups. American taxpayers furnish the hormone therapy, which “is not cheap,” according to an ICE director quoted in a recent news report about the New Mexico transgender facility, which opened in 2017.
The reality is that ICE has long offered transgender illegal immigrants special services under an Obama-era policy that the Trump administration can easily reverse but has chosen not to. ICE officials and frontline personnel are outraged that the Trump administration continues the policies, which some in the agency refer to as dangerous, expensive and foolish. Rank and file are at their wits end, according to ICE officials interviewed by Judicial Watch this week. “Two and a half years of the Trump administration and we still have Obama detention standards,” said Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council, which represents 7,600 officers, agents and employees throughout the U.S. “This is not a new policy for ICE. It came out under the performance-based detention standards in 2011 and was updated in 2013 and 2016.” Crane said the National ICE Council addressed the agency’s detrimental detention issues with Trump’s first Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, who ordered changes that never materialized.
Under guidance issued by former ICE director Tom Homan, a supposed immigration hardliner chosen by President Trump to be a border czar, transgender migrants are to be treated with white gloves. At the time Homan was ICE executive associate director and in the 18-page memo he orders the agency’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) to let illegal immigrants self-identify with a gender different from that which corresponds with his or her biological sex or respond affirmatively during a risk assessment that he or she may be at an elevated risk in a detention setting because of his or her actual or perceived gender identity and/or gender expression. Federal officers are encouraged to use a certain script asking illegal aliens if they wish to disclose their gender identity, though they are not required to if they are “not comfortable sharing.”
The policy also forces government contractors of detention facilities to adhere to special “transgender care” rules, which includes the creation of Transgender Classification and Care Committee (TCCC):
“The TCCC shall be comprised of a dedicated facility medical representative, facility mental health representative, a facility classification supervisor, the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Field Liaison, and a supervisory representative designated by the Field Office Director (FOD),” according to Homan’s memo.”
Here we have homeless and jobless veterans, who are still, on average, taking their lives at a rate of 18-20 per day. So, we have a program to provide special care to illegal immigrants who suffer from the mental condition of gender dysphoria, and we, the American taxpayers are footing this bill? Not just for these absurd “special treatments” but you are telling me that American taxpayers are paying for illegal immigrant hormone therapy treatments?
Add to that the recent announcement by MasterCard that it will allow transgendered individuals to use the name of their choice on their credit cards. Anyone who has tried to change their name legally will attest to how laborious this is, however, we are now ushering in a class of people, based on political correctness, who get to bypass these safeguards.
Doggone, are we stuck on stupid or what? Yes, this began as an Obama era policy, but why is it still in effect? That is the question we need to be asking. Guess what the word is back in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras? Look, if you wanna undergo gender transformation just tell the gringos you are afraid for your life in these “homophobic” countries. Then sit back and watch the dumb gringos pay for everything.
Oh my, I do not know where to begin. First of all, I see this as a major security risk. We are allowing people to declare whatever gender they are and subsequently be released into the United States? What happens if that “gender identity” were to change, how do we then track said individual?
Of course, since it is “Pride Month,” I am sure the radical LGBTQ lobby is going to go apoplectic about Judicial Watch reporting this, and our sharing it with you. But, let’s all be honest here, this does not pass the common sense test one bit. If you are a boy and wanna be a girl, or vice versa, that is your choice, yours to pay for yourself, not me. I think we can all agree with that. Furthermore, this has been classified as a mental condition, not by Allen West or Judicial Watch, but the American Psychiatric Association. Taxpayers should not be footing the bill for someone’s diagnosed mental condition, especially someone entering our country illegally.
Why is this continuing to happen? It has been two-and-a-half years into the Trump Administration. Who is listening to our US Border Patrol agents? Why are we forcing them into being sex change counselors?
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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.