What is it actually like at the border? An AZ congressman offers an in-depth look

On radio this morning, Mike Broomhead filled in for Glenn and welcomed fellow Arizonan, Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) to the program to discuss the situation at the border. Salmon is a member of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, and he is also working to secure the release of Marine Corps Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi who has remained locked in a Mexican prison since March 31.

Salmon has spent a tremendous amount of time at border towns in both Texas and Arizona over the last several months. He has seen first hand the overcrowded border patrol outposts and the difficulty border patrol agents are having simply doing their jobs. Salmon blames this humanitarian crisis – which will see some 60,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children cross the border this year alone – on the “lackadaisical enforcement attitude” of the Obama Administration.

Salmon recently visited the border patrol facility in Nogales, Arizona where agents are working closely with the thousands of children who have poured across the border, and he explained that morale at the outpost is particularly low.

“[Morale is] abysmal because they're cops. They want to enforce the law. They want very, very much to be able to do their job,” Salmon explained. “And in my conversations with them and their leaders, they said, ‘It's not a problem with our resources. We have enough people right now to get the job done. It's the fact that our bosses and this Administration is tying our hands and not lets us do what we know and should have to do.’”

Salmon went on to describe the workflow at the facility, which has changed dramatically in recent months. The goal is to have the children at the facility for no more than 72 hours, and 140 agents have left their posts at the border to essentially babysit these kids.

“At the one in Nogales, they have 140 border patrol agents that have volunteered to come and do this – and by the way, they're all off of the border… basically baby-sitting these kids,” Salmon explained. “And they have a whole host of Health and Human Services employees that are screening them for health issues and immunizations and all that kind of stuff. And then the FEMA folks are there as well.”

“So they're supposed to be there no more than 72 hours,” he continued. “And then they're supposed to be able to either put them in some kind of a group home out in the community or what I call like a ‘foster home,’ until they can [be] reunited with their families. But the problem is that… many of them have family members here, but they're also here illegally.”

The situation is particularly dire when you consider many of these families are selling everything they have to be able to pay the cartels to transport their children. In many Central American countries, cartels and others with nefarious intent are actually advertising their services and claiming the U.S. will offer amnesty to those who make it across the border.

“We've got to fix this in it no time flat because these kids are ending up out in the community and there is no deterrent,” Salmon said. “These families are selling everything they own to pay $5,000 to $8,000 to the cartels to move their kids. If those kids were repatriated back to the country, then they'd find out it wasted money and it would stop. It would dry up.”

Salmon has also been on the front lines of trying to bring Sgt. Tahmooressi home from a Mexican prison following his arrest for weapons possession back in March. While the goal of having Tahmooressi reunited with his family by Fourth of July seems unlikely, Salmon believes good progress has been made.

“I believe that he has a very good attorney… I think that the Mexican authorities want out of this as much as we do… They're moving ahead,” Salmon explained. “When I last met with [Tahmooressi] about a week and a half ago, he was in good spirits. He was feeling optimistic. He's a young man with a lot of faith.”

Had the Obama Administration actually stepped in to help this soldier, Salmon believes this ordeal would have been over some time ago. Apparently the ethos of never leaving a man behind does not apply to this particular serviceman.

“It breaks my heart that somebody, you know, that has given so much to his country has had to, you know, languish in a Mexican prison for close to three months,” Salmon said, “when we probably could have gotten him out a lot quicker had the President made as much of a priority as he has, you know, with this young man in Afghanistan.”

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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