Politics

Ted Yoho's Proposal to Cut Aid to Mexico Until Border's Secure Becomes Primary Issue

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 10, 2014 3:55 AM
Ted Yoho and Jake Rush

Ted Yoho and Jake Rush

A congressman from Florida is looking to stop foreign aid to Mexico until that nation can handle its side of the immigration problem -- and his Republican primary opponent is coming out swinging against the idea. 

From his perch on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., called at the end of last week to cut off all foreign aid to Mexico until it can secure its border.

“Mexico should not be accepting American generosity with one hand and covering their eyes to the situation at the border with the other,” Yoho said. “The House of Representatives controls the ‘purse strings’ and if the executive branch refuses to address this crisis, the House of Representatives should act. In addition to us securing our border, Mexico should be securing theirs. While Mexico, as a sovereign nation, is free to act how they want, their negligence should not be rewarded with our foreign aid. Our unsecured border is a national security situation and we need to act now.”

Yoho’s proposal drew fire from Gainesville attorney Jake Rush who is challenging the congressman in the Republican primary at the end of August. Rush, who gained national attention for his vampire role-playing hobby, has recently launched his first radio ads of the campaign.

“According to all credible sources, Yoho's plan has a very low probability of being passed into law with a lower probability of solving the problem,” Rush said on Wednesday, before trying to paint the freshman congressman as a creature of the Beltway. “However, Yoho’s actions serve as yet another example of ‘D.C. Yoho’s’ appetite for headline-grabbing not backed by a thoughtful, constitutional approach to solving problems.

“The United States has a sovereign responsibility to secure the border and regulate immigration. America cannot, as Yoho proposes, outsource our sovereign rights and responsibilities to Mexico,” Rush added. “As a deputy sheriff, I know the first order of business is the consistent enforcement of the law. In contrast to Yoho’s scheme, I would take immediate action, requesting Congress to order the National Guard be activated to secure the border, protect Americans' property, and assist in the detention and deportation of illegal immigrants.

“Abruptly ceasing aid to allies is not in America’s interest. The shallow Yoho scheme would only allow the Mexican drug cartels to gain additional power and leverage and ultimately would make the situation worse,” Rush said in conclusion. “Yoho’s incoherent approach to foreign affairs is nothing but pandering to the isolationist wing of his supporters with bumper-sticker foreign relations. Our history clearly shows us when America takes a misguided, isolationist approach to the world, America is made less safe. National security is directly connected to our prosperity and Yoho takes neither into account.”

At the end of last month, Yoho blamed President Barack Obama for the immigration crisis and got behind a bill Republicans are pushing to cut off foreign aid to several Latin American nations until the problem is resolved.

Yoho announced he was backing the “Southwest Border Protection Act” which would allow governors to request up to 10,000 members of the National Guard to protect the border with Mexico and the “National Border and Homeland Security Act” which adds 6,000 extra Border Patrol agents and adds additional security measures to the border. The Florida congressman also is supporting the “Illegal Entry Accountability Act" which cuts off foreign aid to Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador until Congress believes they are helping stem illegal immigration to America. Yoho also signed off on U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa’s, R-Calif., letter calling on Obama to work with Congress in securing the border.

“Poor economic conditions and violence in Central America have existed for many years and thus do not explain the recent surge of immigrants across our southern border,” Yoho said at the end of June. “The current crisis along our southern border is a direct result of this administration’s failure to enforce existing law. This lax approach has only encouraged more individuals to come to the United States illegally. It is my duty as a member of Congress to support legislation that will secure our borders and protect our national sovereignty.”



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Comments (12)

Bill
6:07AM JUL 11TH 2014
What is the matter with the Vampire? Is he worried his costumes will become more expensive if we secure the border?
Larry
1:25PM JUL 10TH 2014
Jake Rush is spot on with this. His response is well-thought, well-put, and far better than the incumbent who is amazingly on the Foreign Affairs committee.

If you want to see Yoho out and are not registered as a Republican right now, you have until 29 days before the primary (August 26th) to change your party affiliation to Republican. Then, you can cast a vote in that primary. If your party only has one person running in each race, or you don't particularly care about which member of your party wins that race, then practice tactical voting.

-An Independent
C Breeze
1:58PM JUL 10TH 2014
Larry,...I already changed my party affiliation, SO I CAN VOTE AGAINST HILLARY in the primary ! Good strategy huh?...Hopefully it will catch on... (Oh betcha [to paraphrase Sarah] it will ! )
Frank
8:55AM JUL 11TH 2014
As I correctly pointed out recently, nothing more than a hateful, faux Democrat . . . .

Pathetic . . . . .
Joanne
11:45AM JUL 10TH 2014
Why do these people continue to send OUR tax dollars to any other country?
NO common sense.Most countries hate America and no amount of tax-pay dollars will change that.EVER!!!
Diane
10:26AM JUL 10TH 2014
Rush sounds more like a Democrat. His argument is right on.

Surely, you can see straight through Yoho's plan as a publicity stunt; a way to rile up more dangerous, anti-Obama dumb guys with guns.

How can one tell this is just red-meat publicity to fire up his base? Yoho sees this happen repeatedly. The House can pass moronic laws all day long but they won't get pass the Senate, but if by miracle one did, thank goodness with have an intelligent president who will promptly veto it.
C Breeze
9:10AM JUL 10TH 2014
Rush is a "minnow" with fake 'vampire teeth' Florida, "throw him back" until he matures (law school is always a retarding constraint to maturity and attorneys are "a dime a dozen"; hence the rush to the "political arena" and the chance of latching on to the "government mammary".
Randolph Gray
9:09AM JUL 10TH 2014
1st, Rep Yoho is completely accurate in his analysis of what action the House is empowered take. Money talks the loudest, so what is it we are saying here??? And what do we want to say?
2nd, who is this cartoon character wanna-be who only knows how to play "that's not true"? If I am ever rotting in some foreign Hell-hole, (Sgt Tabmooressi) I'll expect my Congressman to do a lot more than urge Congress to ask someone else to do something.
This Rush is WRONG.
Robert H
7:45AM JUL 10TH 2014
Cutting off foreign aide to other, less wealthy Mexican and Central American countries, would only make America hated even more. More hatred breeds more terror, more drug movement and crime. Two things would help stem the flow of illegal immigrants across our southern borders. Ease up on the illegal drug laws for one. I'm not advocating dropping them all together, but legalizing it to get the tax benefits. If it's legal, the cartels have sell it too cheap to make it worth their while. Mexico is our leading job outsourcing nation. Make the foreign aide contingent on paying their workers what they'd make in the US. They come here for the money. Nothing else. Almost all of them send home all their American money and keep only what they need to eat on. Mexico's biggest industry is the American Dollar. Their politicians get rich with every dollar that crosses the border. Finally. YES! station our National Guard bases "along" the borders in sectors that they must patrol. I don't want to say shoot to kill, but maybe a warning shot or two might turn them back.
C Breeze
9:13AM JUL 10TH 2014
To "Robert H": Read a book Bobby; I suggest Dinesh D'Souza's "America, Imagine A World Without Her" (or,..take the "lesser road" and go see the movie in a theater near you now...)
Fire
5:38AM JUL 10TH 2014
Cut off Foreign aid, NAFTA and everything good the United States has to offer these countries. Also recommend we run huge pipelines from our sewage plants to the border from border states and give them our waste.
Robert H
8:05AM JUL 10TH 2014
I like the pipeline idea. "You stop sending us your people, we'll stop sending you our crap!" Only problem is, they'd use our crap to fertilize all the vegetables we grow down there. Montezuma! His revenge is everywhere.

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