Tipton calls for security of borders

Frustration with illegal immigration dominated a town hall in which U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., met with about 30 people in Fruita.

“There isn’t one of us who doesn’t recognize the humanitarian tragedy” in the waves of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border into Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas, Tipton said at the meeting in the Fruita Community Center. “They’ve been sold a bill of goods by coyotes” promising that they can remain in the United States.

“We need to have border security; it begins with border security,” Tipton added, noting that the House has passed a measure calling for the children to be reunited with their families in their home countries.

The possibility that children might be sent to rural areas of western Colorado, such as Fruita, weighed heavily on George Mollick of Fruita.

“If illegals come into town, it’s not going to be a happy situation,” Mollick said. Fruita is barely able to meet its existing obligations and would be unable to deal with the costs of housing new arrivals, Mollick said.

People from more than 70 nations who have arrived in the United States have been found to have crossed the border in recent weeks during the onslaught of new, frequently unaccompanied, arrivals, Tipton said.

Immigration is a delicate issue, Tipton said, because “Every one of us is a product of immigration.”

“Legal!” shouted one person from the back of the room, getting a smattering of applause.

Better measures are needed to control immigration because of the threat some pose, Tipton said.

“We have people who would do harm to this country” coming in, he said, noting that the first post-Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist threat came from across the Canadian border.

Although the federal government has failed to prevent illegal immigration, it’s making life difficult for people and businesses already here, Tipton said.

In similar town halls, “I’ve not heard great calls for more government,” Tipton said. “I am hearing that government is a stumbling block to economic recovery.”

Federal regulations are costing businesses $1.8 trillion annually, according to Tipton, making increasing costs an uncertainty for businesses.

It actually does take an act of Congress to reverse a regulation, Tipton said.

Even his measure to allow for the construction of small hydropower projects on federal conduits, canals and ditches amounts to a reversal of a regulation, said Tipton, who is seeking a third term representing the 3rd Congressional District.

“Should it take an act of Congress to be able to rescind something that no one in Congress ever voted for?” Tipton said.


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No Mr Tipton we are not calling for “more government.” We are calling for any government. Any at all. Any government that abides by the constitution. I will NOT vote for you nor UDALL. Udall and husseincare and giving AMERICAN GUN CONTROL TO THE WORTHLESS UNITED NATIONS. We do NOT need you Scott. You’ve done nothing but collect money and sit upon your ass.

Kudos to Gary Harmon (“Tipton calls for security of borders”) for chronicling “Tea Party” Congressman Scott Tipton’s resort to fear-mongering and falsehoods in Fruita.

Tipton admitted that “our current immigration system is broken”, but failed to define what he means by “security of borders” or explain why the $43 billion and doubling of the Border Patrol passed by the Senate on June 27, 2013, in the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” (S.744) is insufficient – much less why the House refuses to vote on it.

Instead, Tipton disingenuously claimed that “the House has passed a measure calling for the children to be reunited with their families in their home countries”, when – in fact – on August 1, 2014, Tipton voted for H.R. 5272, which would accelerate the deportation of thousands of non-Mexican unaccompanied minor refugees (many of whose relatives are already here) and 700,000
“Dreamers” (whose only “home country” is the U.S.).

Tipton demonstrated his utter lack of political courage by endorsing George Mollick’s preposterous tripe that “President Obama is committing murder by allowing the U.S. to be overrun by illegal immigrants”—when Tipton knows full-well that Congress (not the President) bears the primary Constitutional responsibility for “securing our borders”.

Moreover, Tipton’s all-too-familiar anti-government pandering still relies on the proven falsehood that “federal regulations are costing businesses $1.6 trillion annually”, an assertion authoritatively debunked in 2012 in “The $1.75 Trillion Lie”.

Tipton also failed to explain why he voted for H.R. 2667 on July 17, 2013 – authorizing delay of the ACA’s “employer mandate”, then voted for H.Res. 694 on July 30, 2014—authorizing Speaker Boehner to sue the President for delaying the “employer mandate”!

On October 1, 2013, Tipton voted for H.J.Res. 59 – which precipitated the “government shutdown” and cost our economy $28 billion.  Enough is enough!!!!

Gary Harmon’s report on Congressman Scott Tipton’s “Town Hall Meeting” in Fruita failed to mention Tipton’s misrepresentation of his own “water rights bill” (H.R. 3189).

After falsely implying that ski operators have an unrestricted “private property interest” in their water rights for snow-making, Tipton failed to mention that (for 31+ years now) the Forest Service has required ski areas to surrender snow-making water rights to the U.S. as a condition for obtaining permits to operate on federal lands it administers—so that the right acquired under Colorado law to “beneficially use” public water originating in National Forests remains dedicated to that original purpose.

Since 1983 (under Republican President Ronald Reagan), Forest Service permits required ski areas to title snow-making water rights in the name of the “United States” – ensuring that such water rights “run with the land” and cannot be privately transferred or sold for other purportedly “beneficial” (commercial) uses, to the potential detriment of successor ski operators, local communities, graziers, and/or the national forests themselves.

For twenty years thereafter, Reagan’s common sense policy was inconsistently enforced (but not “waived”), and some Colorado ski areas obtained water rights without so titling them. 

In 2004, Republican President George Bush’s Forest Service began requiring joint ownership of those water rights with the “U.S”., but “grandfathered” older non-compliant permits.  In 2011, President Obama’s Forest Service sought to restore consistency to that sensible policy by requiring compliance as a permit renewal condition.

Similarly, in rhetorically asking “Should it take an act of Congress to be able to rescind something that no one in Congress ever voted for?”, Tipton pandered to gullible locals’ apparent ignorance of the fact the previous Congresses routinely passed laws which expressly charged the executive branch with the task of formulating implementing regulations in compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act.

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