17 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-12-19

  1. First up…. Ewww.

    Thankfully the Trump admin began clamping down last year after becoming aware. Hillary Clinton’s State Dept was big on it, as were successive Obama era State Depts.

    https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/424895-us-has-signed-off-on-thousands-of-child-bride-requests

    “The State Department has approved thousands of requests made by older men to bring child or adolescent brides to the country in the past decade, according to an Associated Press report published Friday and based on government data.

    The State Department approved 5,556 requests made from adults who were looking to bring minor spouses or fiancées to the United States and 2,926 requests made by minors that were seeking to have older spouses brought in. The agency also reportedly approved 204 requests made by minors seeking to bring in spouses who were also minors.

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the first step for consideration of petitions for spouses or fiancées. The USCIS weighs the petitions by whether the marriage is legal in the home country where the spouse resides and in the state where the petitioner resides, the AP reported.

    Data gathered by the news agency revealed that in the majority of cases, girls were the youngest in the relationship. In nearly 150 cases, the man seeking to bring minor spouses or fiancées to the U.S. was over the age of 40.

    In one case from 2011, a 14-year-old residing in the U.S. requested that the State Department allow a 48-year-old spouse to enter the country from Jamaica. The request was approved by immigration officials. It did not indicate the genders of the two people.

    There were over 5,000 cases in which adults also reportedly petitioned on behalf minors.

    The most requests came from Mexico, Pakistan, Jordan, the Dominican Republic and Yemen, while Middle Eastern nationals reportedly had the highest percentage of approved petitions overall.”

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  2. Better get building those walls, the next leftist orchestrated caravan is already on the way.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/01/mexico-preparing-for-next-migrant-caravan/

    “Mexico preparing for next “Migrant Caravan”

    There is a potential public health crisis at the border, as infectious diseases are rampant and the number of sick migrants surge.”

    “When I reported that 150 “caravan migrants” attempted to storm the border near San Diego on Christmas Eve, I noted that a second caravan had been formed in Honduras.

    It appears that the next band of border busters is poised to enter Mexico.

    Mexican authorities will meet with Central American officials to prepare for the arrival of a planned new caravan of migrants headed to the United States next week.

    The head of Mexico’s immigration office, Tonatiuh Guillen, left on Wednesday on a trip to El Salvador and Honduras to meet with his counterparts and other authorities, said Interior Ministry spokesman Hector Gandini.

    Mexico hopes to discourage a mass exodus from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and wants Central Americans who decide to migrate north to do so in an orderly way and through legal ports of entry.

    Border Patrol agents have apprehended 27,518 members of family units in December, which is the highest monthly total on record. Apparently, the robust economy and promise of social justice goodies (e.g., Medi-Cal benefits from California’s new governor) have inspired more to make the trek.

    Those caravan members, most of whom tried to exercise their legal right to request asylum in the USA, contributed to a third straight month of more than 60,000 migrants being detained at U.S. ports of entry and arrested in the vast stretches of border in between.

    The Trump administration points to those numbers as proof that the situation along the southern border is at “crisis” levels that require the expansion of the border wall. Trump used a national TV address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night to argue that case.

    The administration has also used the growing number of migrants to try to end asylum for victims of domestic abuse and gang violence and to prevent migrants who enter the country illegally from applying for asylum.

    Arguably, not only is this situation a humanitarian crisis, it is also a potential public health catastrophe. Border authorities are sending 50 illegal entrants to medical facilities daily, so a a variety of contagious diseases (e.g.,flu, tuberculosis) can be treated.”

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  3. Just leave. It’s not like they were doing anything constructive anyway.

    Trump can just make an emergency declaration and be done with it. It’s obvious these people won’t do their jobs.

    https://hotair.com/archives/2019/01/11/course-congress-set-leave-shutdown-town-negotiations-fizzled/

    “Of Course: Congress Set To Leave Shutdown Town After Negotiations “Fizzled””

    “Well, why not? It’s not as if they’re doing anything by sticking around. Congress will depart Washington for the weekend after wrapping up some legislative business, a signal that both sides of the shutdown are as far apart as they seem:

    Lawmakers will depart for the weekend Friday after a final round of negotiations to end the 21-day budget stalemate failed, guaranteeing that the partial government shutdown will become the longest in history. …

    “The problem is, there’s no pressure yet. Nobody’s missed a paycheck until Friday,” Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) said. “We’re getting a lot of phone calls from federal employees who are worried.” He added that when federal workers don’t receive a paycheck, “I think the pressure is going to build.”

    Er, yes, the pressure is about to build, which is why Congress might be bugging out for the weekend, too. However, the actions they’re taking before a nice weekend back home suggests that pressure actually has built up — just not enough for either side to bend at all yet:

    Before skipping town, the Senate approved a bill Thursday providing backpay for federal workers affected by the shutdown, at the behest of Democrats including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). The House plans to take up that same bill Friday, according to a Democratic aide, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the president assured him he’d sign the bill. …

    Approving legislation to eventually repay federal employees could lessen some of the P.R. backlash that lawmakers are feeling — particularly newly minted House Democrats who say they’re already feeling pressure to answer for the shutdown they inherited. Still, federal workers won’t see a dime of their paychecks until the 21-day shutdown ends.”

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    Note that last couple of paragraph. When the govt union workers stand shoulder to shoulder with Dems and cry, remember they already passed legislation to pay them for missed work they’ll never complete. As always. Complaining about lost pay is a joke. They lose nothing, they just have to wait a while. They’re on paid vacation. So stop whining.

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  4. Long overdue.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-says-changes-coming-high-140936996.html

    “President Donald Trump on Friday promised changes in the way the U.S. handles temporary visas that allow American companies to bring high-tech and other skilled workers into the U.S.

    In a tweet, Trump said those who hold the temporary H1-B visas can “rest assured” because changes were coming that will bring “both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship.”

    The president’s comments came amid a bitter Washington fight over funding for his border wall that has forced a partial government shutdown. Furloughed federal workers missed their first paycheck Friday.

    Trump traveled to the border this week to make his case for a wall, and he appeared with the families of people killed by immigrants in the U.S. illegally. He also gave a prime-time address from the Oval Office in which he spoke of how immigrants in the country illegally were responsible for some brutal crimes.

    On Friday, he said the U.S. wants to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue careers in the U.S.

    The changes to which he was referring are likely a proposal announced late last year by the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration.

    The proposal included a shift to online applications for the coveted visas and changed procedures to increase the advantages of applicants with graduate degrees.”

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  5. Can any of you explain to me why people would descend on Joshua Tree National Monument and trash the place? You’re driving quite a distance to do so–and why cut down trees?

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  6. I feel bad for those caught up in this mess. I know what it is like to miss paychecks. Only those in special circumstances should be really hurting from one missed paycheck. The rest should have some leeway in their budgets. I hope those who don’t will have learned a valuable lesson. No one can count on always having a paycheck. Living to the enth degree of your paycheck/s is foolish. However, none of these people are the bad guys. The scary thing for people is in not knowing when the next paycheck will come.

    When we went without paychecks (in some instances) the union gave a small amount to keep us going. Maybe the union of these workers should help them out a bit. All those union dues should be put to good use.

    I am sick of legislators not doing their jobs, however. I am sick of the hypocrisy that is so evident.

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  7. Beyond me, Michelle, but then I can’t explain why anyone wants to waste their time on graffiti or through garbage from their vehicles. We have someone who regularly throws out a certain beer can and cigarette packages on our short stretch of road. Such lazy, selfish, thoughtlessness is just beyond me. Oh, wait. I guess that does explain it. Selfish, rebelliousness.

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  8. To be eligible for DACA, “. . .recipients must have entered the United States before their 16th birthday and prior to June 2007, be currently in school, a high school graduate or be honorably discharged from the military, be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, and not have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor or three other misdemeanors, or otherwise pose a threat to national security. The program does not currently provide permanent lawful status or a path to citizenship, nor does it provide eligibility for federal welfare or student aid.”

    Some people have argued that they should just do the “right thing” and apply for citizenship. But due to our laws, they are not eligible, even though they were brought by their parents when they were children.

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  9. Do you realize that we may have a guy named Castro for president in 2020
    Why not? Every democrat in the country is running.

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  10. Aj, I agree on the “eew” factor but the problem is US states allow for child marriage. If its legal in both the home country and the US, its hard for immigration to turn down a marriage application.

    The US needs to change their laws to forbid child marriage. Ironically in some cases a child may get married but can’t get a divorce.

    John Oliver had an interesting segment on a young girl who lobbied the NH state legislature to ban child marriage but it was voted down along party lines Democrats for a ban Republicans against

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_marriage_in_the_United_States

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  11. A wall won’t stop “caravans”, everyone has under national and international rules the right to apply for asylum. They can simple walk up to any point of entry and claim asylum. Given the breakdown of law and order in Mexico and Central America, as Trump has frequently stated, they may realistically fear for their lives.

    Illegal entry which a wall may or may not prevent is at historic lows, that is, economic migration is in decline. That may say something about the US economy or US wages compared to countries of origin.

    Thus we have a shutdown for a policy that won’t prevent “caravans” but isnt needed for illegals. Meanwhile, security may be relaxed in airports and ports where most drugs are smuggled and criminals legally enter.

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-politics-of-border-crossing-bogeymen-are-unwise-and-dangerous/

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  12. Finally some good news, I’m not a big fan of Trudeau but i do like the way he stands up for human rights despite the possible diplomatic problems

    Canada had the honour of being disliked by China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia (not to mention the disdain right wing populist worldwide have for Trudeau) . We’ve upset the Saudis a few times last year and we started this year well giving refuge to a Saudi girl.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/saudi-runaway-woman-1.4976076

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  13. correction; it was Samantha Bee who did a segment on Child Marriage. It was only one Republican who blocked it and New Jersey Gov. Christie vetoed a bill in New Jersey.

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  14. Let’s see…..

    Trump is in the White House working and ready to deal..

    Democrats on the other hand……

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    And they even have Jimmy Fallon with them for a live show, to help with propaganda efforts.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/30-dems-in-puerto-rico-with-109-lobbyists-for-weekend-despite-shutdown

    “30 Democrats in Puerto Rico with 109 lobbyists for weekend despite shutdown”

    “Some 30 Democratic lawmakers left the government shutdown behind Friday on a chartered flight to Puerto Rico for a winter retreat with 109 lobbyists and corporate executives during which they planned to see the hit Broadway show “Hamilton” and attend three parties including one with the show’s cast.

    Those attending the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC winter retreat in San Juan planned to meet with key officials to discuss the cleanup after Hurricane Maria at a roundtable Saturday.

    But the weekend is packed with free time for the members and their families on the trip.”

    “We are excited for you to join us for CHC BOLD PAC’s 2019 Winter Retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico! Each year, this retreat serves as a way for our CHC BOLD PAC Members and friends in the D.C. community to come together to escape the cold and discuss our shared priorities for a stronger and more prosperous country,” said a memo on the trip.

    Some 109 lobbyists and corporate executives are named in the memo, a rate of 3.6 lobbyists for every member. They include those from several big K Street firms, R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association.”

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    The gang’s all there.

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  15. Child abuse masquerading as art.

    Arrest the degenerates.

    CONTENT WARNING!!!!

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/42081/10-year-old-boy-dressed-drag-pictured-naked-amanda-prestigiacomo

    “On Monday, 10-year-old Canadian boy Nemis Quinn Mélançon-Golden was featured in a troubling Huck Magazine piece highlighting the life of a so-called “child drag queen.”

    Young Nemis, whose drag name is “Queen Lactacia,” was shot by photographer Jonathan Frederick Turton for the spread. In one of the shots that did not make the magazine, Nemis, in full drag makeup and a black dress, is posing for a photo with the Season 7 winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Violet Chachki. In the shocking photo, Violet is wearing nothing but a pair of heels and a small piece of fabric covering his genitals, as seen in the screenshot below:”

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