Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman quoted the poem at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty while railing about returning illegal Haitian immigrants to Haiti and then ridiculously asking why terrorists would bomb the Kabul airport during a House Homeland Security Committee meeting.
“I am so touched by something as a child I embraced and believed and that is ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shores. Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.’ This country’s greatness and true genius lie in its diversity and I believe that. I am motivated by that. That is American to me,” Watson declared as she spoke to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
“And so, the conversations we have with regard to what happens at the border, what happens with refugees trying to get here, what’s happening right now on the southern border with the Haitian communities, it concerns me tremendously Mr. Mayorkas that we will be sending them back to Haiti, some of them for the first time in over 20 or 30 years. Sending them to a country that has been just ravaged by earthquakes. Ravaged by instability in its political and governmental realm and dangerous with gangs,” she continued.
“And so, I just need to share that I believe our responsibility is to treat them humanely. To process them in a way that gives them the freedom and the opportunity to live in a healthy environment. Now, that may not be just the United States of America. We need to enlist our friends, our allies all around the world,” Watson added.
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“And Mr. Mayorkas, I just needed to say I believe everything you say about your intentions with regard to doing our business humanely and respectfully on the border and anywhere to keep our homeland free. But the images that I saw with regard to what was happening with the border patrol, employees whipping… I don’t care if it’s your belt, your reins, or what… but whipping Haitians is unconscionable, unacceptable, un-American… and I know that you’re investigating it, but I tell you, there’s under no circumstances that those individuals are to be able to interact with other human beings ever again. They need to be released and they need to be held accountable,” Watson proclaimed.
This is not the first time in recent years border agents have been seen committing what may amount to human rights abuses. Serious changes need to be made at DHS. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee I intend to see that they do.
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) September 21, 2021
.@SecMayorkas visited Del Rio today and witnessed the extraordinary work of DHS personnel. The footage is extremely troubling and the facts learned from the full investigation, which will be conducted swiftly, will define the appropriate disciplinary actions to be taken.
— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) September 20, 2021
“For all three of you, I just want to ask a question, just really maybe a kind of bizarre question. Is there a hierarchy of concern with regard to the vulnerability of this country? Is it cybersecurity? Interfering with our business and our supply lines and the things that we need? Is it foreign attacks coming from places that we know we’ve had folks attacking us before? Is it domestic terrorism? Is it domestic terrorism that represents ethnic and racial motivation? Is it domestic terrorism that is influenced by foreign terrorists?” she asked Mayorkas, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Christine Abizaid.
Watson wanted to know if they had sufficient resources to ensure our safety as well. They simply assured her they were doing all they could and that basically, they are still looking for domestic terrorists roaming free in America since Jan. 6.
It was Watson’s final question that was stupefying in its jaw-dropping insanity concerning the terrorist bombing at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.
“Director Abizaid, I want to ask you one question. Can you tell me what the motivation was for ISIS-K to perpetrate that attack on those leaving… we were evacuating, what was their point? Was their point just to show us that they exist and that they want to be a pain in our behind or what?
Abizaid said they did it for the notoriety and to embarrass the Taliban. However, many contend that they did it to not only embarrass President Biden but to kill Americans in the process as well sending the message that the US is weak and defeatable. In other words, it was terrorists doing what terrorists do.
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