18 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-4-19

  1. If even this guy admits it, yeah, it’s a problem.

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    https://freebeacon.com/national-security/cnns-chris-cuomo-admits-there-is-a-border-crisis/

    “CNN host Chris Cuomo on Monday night said there was a border crisis, acknowledging that there have been more border crossings in the last month than there have been during any month in the last decade.

    Cuomo hosted his show, Cuomo Prime Time, from the U.S.-Mexico border in Hidalgo, Texas, where he talked about how U.S. immigration law was negatively affecting the role of border agents and forcing them to free apprehended illegal aliens into American communities.

    “The numbers tell you the story. There are believed to be more crossings in just the last month here than any month in over a decade,” Cuomo said. “As I sad, here in Hidalgo, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, this is the hot spot. Right behind us is Mexico. It’s actually this weird area where Mexico is actually north of Texas, the way the land bends around. The authorities say they have never faced the combination of threats, challenges, and federal inaction that they are facing right now.”

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  2. Not a coincidence.

    https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/terence-p-jeffrey/5-federal-courts-mexican-border-lead-nation-criminal-convictions?utm_source=sumome&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=sumome_share

    “5 Federal Courts on Mexican Border Lead Nation in Criminal Convictions”

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    “In the nation-leading Western District of Texas, the court disposed of the cases of 8,470 defendants. Of these, only 291 — or 3.4 percent — were not convicted. These included 273 whose cases were dismissed, 14 who were acquitted in a jury trial and 4 who were acquitted in a bench trial.

    The 8,179 defendants who were convicted and sentenced in the Western District of Texas included 10 who were only fined, 1,043 who were released under supervision and 7,126 who were sentenced to imprisonment.

    The most common alleged offenses in the Western District of Texas, not surprisingly, were immigration-related, according to Table D-9 published by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Of the 8,470 defendants whose cases the court disposed of in fiscal 2018, 4,995 were categorized as “improper reentry by an alien.” Another 860 were described as “other immigration offenses.”

    Other defendants whose cases were disposed of by the Western District of Texas, however, included 772 cases involving alleged non-marijuana-related drug offenses; 727 alleged marijuana-related offenses; 337 alleged offenses involving firearms or explosives; 306 alleged cases of fraud; 82 alleged sex offenses; 47 alleged assaults; 46 alleged cases of burglary, larceny or theft; and 17 alleged robberies.

    There is a historical lesson to be learned from this data.

    In fiscal year 2000, according to Table 2 in the United States Attorneys’ Annual Statistical Report for that year, U.S. district courts found 57,746 criminal defendants convicted of crimes. The five top districts that year for defendants found guilty were the Western District of Texas (4,129), the Southern District of Texas (3,984), the Southern District of California (3,960), Arizona (3,177) and the Southern District of Florida (2,047).

    New Mexico finished sixth (1,689).

    In fiscal 2010, according to Table 2 in that year’s U.S. Attorneys’ report, U.S. district courts found 81,934 defendants were convicted of crimes. The top five districts that year were the Southern District of Texas (8,406), the Western District of Texas (8,218), Arizona (5,715), the Southern District of California (4,773) and New Mexico (3,905).

    Southern Florida dropped to sixth (2,570).

    The lesson: The political leaders of this nation have known for years that the sort of criminal activity that is prosecuted in federal courts — as demonstrated by the government’s own data on federal court convictions — is disproportionately focused along the nation’s southern border.

    And they have not fixed it.”

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    Congress is a joke. Between this and about 3/4 of a million visa overstays, it’s no wonder Trump is cracking down on illegal and legal immigrants. Someone has to step up and do something in this, and that appears to be Trump.

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  3. Hypocrites.

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    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/top-democrat-calling-for-full-mueller-report-had-different-view-when-bill-clinton-was-investigated

    “Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is the leading Democrat demanding the release of the Mueller Report “in its entirety” without redactions.

    His committee is planning to subpoena the Justice Department for the full report.

    But back in 1998, as a member of the same committee, he vociferously opposed the release of the full Starr Report, saying that “as a matter of decency and protecting people’s privacy rights, people who may be totally innocent third parties, what must not be released at all.”

    Then, the president was Bill Clinton. Now, it is a Republican, Donald Trump.

    Ken Starr, the independent counsel investigating then-President Bill Clinton, delivered his report to Congress on Sept. 9, 1998. That night, Nadler went on Charlie Rose’s show to push back against the Republican demand that the voluminous report should be made public. “It’s grand jury material. It represents statements which may or may not be true by various witnesses,” Nadler said. “Salacious material. All kinds of material that it would be unfair to release,””

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    Nadler’s a fraud.

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  4. Not gonna happen, and they have no legal right to it. They’re just fishing, again.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-dem-asks-irs-for-6-years-of-trumps-tax-returns

    “House Dem asks IRS for 6 years of Trump’s tax returns, setting up showdown with White House”

    “President Trump responded with a dismissive taunt on Wednesday after a House committee chairman formally requested the IRS provide several years of his personal and business tax returns, in a move that prompted congressional Republicans to warn that Democrats had “weaponized” tax law.

    Told by a reporter at the White House that Democrats wanted six years of his tax returns, Trump replied: “Is that all? Usually it’s 10. So I guess they’re giving up. We’re under audit, despite what people said, and we’re working that out — I’m always under audit, it seems, but I’ve been under audit for many years, because the numbers are big, and I guess when you have a name, you’re audited. But until such time as I’m not under audit, I would not be inclined to do that.”

    The request Wednesday by Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal, who heads the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, is the first such demand for a sitting president’s tax information in 45 years. The move sets up a virtually certain legal showdown with the White House.

    Neal made the request in a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, asking for Trump’s personal and business returns for 2013 through 2018. Neal told Rettig that Democrats have a duty “to ensure that the Internal Revenue Service is enforcing the laws in a fair and impartial manner.”

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    You know, like when Lois Lerner ran the IRS.

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  5. Yes we’re bigots, but it’s the fault of those sneaky Jews. 🙄

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/04/antisemitism-among-muslims-a-result-of-islamophobia-claims-official-german-study/

    “Antisemitism Among Muslims a Result of ‘Islamophobia,’ Claims Official German Study

    State-funded study tells Germans to “take Islamophobic experiences of young Muslims serious.”

    “There is no mental contortion too extreme for European liberals when it comes to covering up the crimes and misconduct of the members of the immigrant Muslim population. The latest example comes from Germany, where a state-funded study concluded that growing anti-semitism among Muslims was in fact a result of “Islamophobia” in the country.

    “Many Muslims justify their own Antisemitism and misanthropic attitudes with the fact ‘that they feel devalued and discriminated by growing Islamophobia,’” the German newspaper Die Welt reported, citing the study conducted by the state-run Federal Agency for Civic Education, or BPB. According to the report, the young Muslims were responding to perceived “Islamophobia” by cranking up their Jew hatred.

    The study urged native Germans to “take Islamophobic experiences of young Muslims serious.” The Agency for Civic Education advised “meetings” and “shared activities” between Muslims and Jews to “reduce Antisemitism.”

    Die Welt reported the study under the headline: “Experts regard Antisemitism among Muslims as a result of Islamophobia.”

    Many Muslims justify their Antisemitism and misanthropic attitudes with the fact “that they feel devalued and discriminated by surging Islamophobia.” This is finding from the published final report of a project with schools on the topic of Antisemitism. This was reported by the Federal Agency for Civic Education. (…)

    The preventive project “Extremists out – Empowerment instead of Antisemitism” was conducted between 2015 and 2018 in two schools in Dinslaken und Duisburg-Marxloh. The objective was to shed light on and to deal with antisemitic attitudes among youth of Muslim faith. The project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Immigration and Refugees, is to be extended to cover all of Germany.

    The survey handed out recommended actions for the schools [to follow]. One of the objective, described by the researchers, is that young people of Muslim faith in Germany should be respected as “equal members of our immigration society.” This recognition starts with the language. We are dealing with “German youth of Muslim faith” and not with “Turks” and “Arabs.” It is of utmost importance that the majority society is capable of distinguishing between various Muslim communities.

    Furthermore, it is important to take Islamophobic experiences of young Muslims seriously. Only then could the empathy be developed among them for the sensitivities of the Jews. In order to reduce Antisemitism, there needs to be meetings and continuing shared activities. [Die Welt, April 2; Translated by the author]

    Since the beginning of the migrant crisis, Jewish community leaders have urged Chancellor Angela Merkel to reconsider her decision of allowing uncontrolled immigration from Arab and Muslim countries. Many of these migrants come “from cultures in which hate towards Jews and intolerance are fixed components,” Josef Schuster, the head of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, warned in the wake of the migrant crisis.”

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  6. It’s odd that the press would be more worried about an avocado shortage than in stopping guys like this from illegally entering the US (repeatedly) and preying on residents.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6881463/Illegal-immigrant-deported-2005-arrested-Louisiana-100-counts-child-sex-crimes.html

    “Illegal immigrant deported in 2005 is arrested in Louisiana on more than 100 counts of child sex crimes, including producing child pornography and molesting a minor

    Miguel Martinez, 44, found with 100 images and videos of child pornography

    Was illegally residing in Harvey, Louisiana, after being deported 14 years ago

    Charged with 100 counts of possession of child porn, one count of producing child pornography and one count of sexual battery of a juvenile under 13”

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    But hey, never mind that….. What am I gonna dip my tortillas in?

    Idiots.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/04/american-press-more-concerned-about-avocado-shortage-than-invasion/

    “We have been covering the migrant caravans and the immigrant invasion supported by social justice activists for many months.

    After the recent launch of the largest of these caravans from Central America, President Donald Trump is now threatening to close the southern border with Mexico.

    In remarks from the Oval Office, Mr. Trump reiterated his threat to shut the border if Mexico, America’s third largest trading partner, cannot restrict a flow of asylum seekers trying to cross into the United States. But the president’s economic team, concerned about the damage from such a move, said it was looking for ways to limit the fallout if Mr. Trump does do so.

    “Sure, it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy,” Mr. Trump said, adding, “but security is most important.”

    “Security is more important to me than trade,” he said.

    It is quite clear to most Americans prefer security over trade, so Trump’s priorities are correct.

    However, it appears that our press is more concerned about their specialty salads and sandwiches. The focus of many reports on the impending closure center on the potential of shortages of that life-essential food substance, the avocado.

    Speaking to Reuters, Steve Barnard, president and chief executive of Mission Produce, the largest distributor and grower of avocados in the world, said Americans would run out of avocados in three weeks if imports from Mexico were stopped.

    Last week, Trump said here was a “very good likelihood” he would close the border if Mexico did not stop migrants from reaching the United States.

    The U.S. imports about $137 billion in food through the border with Mexico, and that includes about 90 percent of the imported avocados purchased by American consumers.

    Other fruits and vegetables could be impacted as well.

    …Fresh tomatoes, peppers, melons and eggplant for the whole country would soon be in short supply.

    “Probably over half of what most consumers put in their shopping bag when it comes to fresh produce, they would find reduced quantities and higher prices,” said Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.

    Given the fact that there is wave-after-wave of immigrants crashing the border and either illegally entering or manipulating the asylum rules for entry, I think I can live on canned fruits and vegetables. The chronic failure of our national legislature to address illegal immigration, its costs on domestic security and the economy, and its danger to public health has created a slow-stream invasion that must be stopped.”

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  7. And the farce, which is Baltimore, continues. This lady is talking about running for mayor again in 2020.
    “On January 9, 2009, Dixon was indicted on twelve felony and misdemeanor counts, including perjury, theft, and misconduct. The charges stem partly from incidents in which she allegedly misappropriated gift cards intended for the poor. On December 1, 2009, the jury returned a “guilty” verdict on one misdemeanor count of fraudulent misappropriation and Dixon received probation provided she resign as mayor as part of a plea agreement,”

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  8. AJ – You wrote, “. . .Trump is cracking down on illegal and legal immigrants.” That reminds me of something I shared on Facebook yesterday, which I prefaced with this:

    “Trump and his supporters used to say that they were not against immigration, only against *illegal* immigration. And yet, his administration is now doing its best to drastically cut down on even legal immigration.”

    https://reason.com/archives/2019/03/21/trump-is-fighting-to-dramatically-restri?fbclid=IwAR2QswAME_cplKhQK4BE-L-zxTY5fgadgH1Dms8w-2YAFun64Tu58bsX-sk

    I added this as a comment on my post:

    “The last section of this article has to do with reduction of H-1B visas for IT specialists. I have read accounts of people who are convincing in saying that many companies are firing their American IT employees to hire cheaper foreign IT folks.

    For those of you who are aware of that possibility, please ignore that section of the article and focus on the first part.”

    Trump and his supporters may now give reasons for why they believe that even legal immigration needs to be curtailed, but it still seems like a bait and switch. I remember the protestations of those, including Trump himself I believe, saying that they were only against illegal immigration. I even pointed that out to others who were condemning Trump and his supporters as being anti-immigration.

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  9. One quote from the article that ought to concern us here:

    “The administration is not just turning away Muslim refugees. Despite Trump’s pledge to help persecuted Christians, America admitted only about three dozen Christian refugees from the Middle East in 2018, a number that could comfortably fit in a school bus. The administration argues that it would rather support refugees overseas. But that’s just spin: The president’s 2020 budget proposes to slash overseas assistance to refugees.”

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  10. We already have too many H1b immigrants who are taking jobs previously held by Americans. There is nothing wrong with these immigrants, and some of them have been friends of mine, so I don’t blame at all them for coming. I blame our government that assists companies like GE and Disney and a host of others who would rather underpay IT employees from India who are, in practice not subject to our employment laws, rather than pay the market wage of Americans. I only hope Trump is successful in cutting the number of H1b visas.

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  11. As for refugees, I believe our courts make it very difficult to specifically bring in Christians. And from what I have read, they have a much harder time even applying for refugee status overseas which is the prerequisite for coming. The conditions in some refugee camps put Christians at the bottom of the list. So I do not hold Trump accountable for the lack of Christian refugees though I would like to see more.

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  12. I saw it, but I rarely comment on such hot button stuff there. Because, well, people are idiots. Here’s my response.

    First off, Reason is libertarian, and as such, fans of generally open borders. Nothing I read in it last night surprised me. They completely ignore the 3/4 of a million people who overstayed Visa in just the last year alone. When the expired visas are allowed to remain, what need is their for more, other than student ones anyway? Enforcement, which Reason has little interest in, is the real issue.

    Their attempts at continuing the “muslim ban” lie was tiresome as well. The Supreme Court says otherwise, they need to get over it.

    https://cis.org/Report/Analyzing-New-Visa-Overstay-Report

    “The latest edition of the Department of Homeland Security’s annual “Entry/Exit Overstay Report” finds fewer overstays in 2017 than in 2016 overall.1 The numbers also indicate that visa holders in certain categories, especially student and exchange visitors, and travelers from some countries overstay at much higher rates. This suggests that not only is there great need for interior enforcement to hold overstayers accountable, but that the State Department needs to adjust its visa issuance policies to better screen visa applicants to prevent these visa mistakes.

    Key findings:

    DHS identified just over 700,000 overstayers in 2017, a decline of 5 percent from 2016. About 15 percent of those 700,000 have departed, and the rest are believed to have remained in the country.

    The largest number of overstays were in the regular short-term visitor category (B-1/B-2). This number grew by about 5 percent from 2016 to 2017.

    About 20 percent of the 302,000 B visa overstays in 2017 were from just two countries: 33,759 from Brazil and 30,424 from Venezuela.

    The category with the highest overstay rate is student and exchange visitors (F, M, and J visas).
    This category has twice the overstay rate of most other categories.

    About 40 percent of the student/exchange visa overstays in 2017 were from just four countries: China, Saudi Arabia, India, and South Korea.

    Eleven countries have student/exchange visa overstay rates of greater than 30 percent.

    France and the United Kingdom were the countries with the largest number of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) overstays in 2017, with 16,456 and 25,694 respectively.

    Portugal, Hungary, and Greece have the highest overstay rates of all the VWP countries, and have been required to launch public information programs to remind their citizens to comply with our laws.

    The highest number of “other” categories of visa overstays in 2017, consisting primarily of guestworker visas, came from India (9,568) and the Philippines (7,075). Together they accounted for 36 percent of the category total.

    The number of Indian overstays in the guestworker category grew by 19 percent from 2016 to 2017.

    Dozens of countries have overstay rates of more than 30 percent in certain categories.

    To make matters worse, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) overstay rate methodology, which uses admissions rather than individuals, produces a deceptively low overstay rate that does not reflect the true magnitude of the problem.”

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    So yeah, a crackdown is necessary, even on legal immigrants. Once your visa expires and you don’t leave, you become just another law breaking illegal immigrant.

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  13. Now do the math…….

    3/4 of a mil a year, going back thru at least all of the Obama admin and…….

    Even if a full 25% returned to their home countries (they didn’t, as CIS’s numbers show), that’s about 5 million now illegal immigrants right there alone, still in the US, just in the last decade alone, all as the result of “legal” immigration. (This is also one of the reasons why I believe the oft used 12 million number of total illegals is a false, the numbers just don’t add up)

    See the reason now why more is needed on both the legal and illegal front?

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  14. My main point was that Trump and his supporters were initially claiming to only be against illegal immigration.

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  15. If you give people visa to fill jobs for a set time, and then they leave, you need to give out more visas.

    But when they’re not leaving the country, like here and now, well what need is there for more?
    Those people aren’t just leaving those jobs you know. So why issue more?

    In fact, some cutting would probably be in order.

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  16. And I think you’re oversimplifying the statement, and the reality of our current situation. Drastic times call for drastic measures.

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  17. Why I say you’re oversimplifying…….

    His positions when running in 2016. While he’s softened on some of it, the need to reel in bad legal immigration practices have been in his platform all along. Part of the problem here is people are going by what the press has said, not what Trump has said. He’s been consistent.

    He’s mentioned wanting to end chain migration (legal) since he was campaigning.

    https://ballotpedia.org/Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign,_2016/Immigration

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    He’s been trying to repatriate legal immigrants who came because of natural disasters in their home countries since 2017 at least.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/11/21/temporary-protected-status-why-haitians-being-kicked-out/884123001/

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  18. He’s been doing this since taking office. This is nothing new.

    From Jan. 2018

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/experience/food-and-wine/news-festivals-events/2018/01/25/trump-team-unveils-new-immigration-framework-path-citizenship-dreamers/1066980001/

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    http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Donald_Trump_Immigration.htm

    “10-point plan: wall; zero tolerance; biometrics; E-Verify
    We will build a great wall along the southern border. And Mexico will pay for it.
    We are going to end catch and release.
    Zero tolerance for criminal aliens. Zero. They don’t come in here. We’re going to triple the number of ICE deportation officers. We’re also going to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents.
    Block funding for sanctuary cities. No more funds.
    Cancel unconstitutional executive orders and enforce all immigration laws.
    Suspend issuance of visas to any place where adequate screening cannot occur.
    Ensure that other countries take their people back when they are deported.
    We will finally complete the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system which we need desperately. The politicians are all talk, no action, never happens.
    Turn off the jobs and benefits magnet. We will ensure that E-Verify is used to the fullest extent possible under existing law.
    Reform legal immigration to serve the best interests of America and its workers.

    Source: Ballotpedia coverage of Campaign speech in Phoenix Arizona , Aug 31, 2016

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    Control borders; even legal immigration should be difficult
    America is experiencing serious social and economic difficulty with illegal immigrants who are flooding across our borders. We simply can’t absorb them. It is a scandal when America cannot control its own borders. A liberal policy of immigration may seem to reflect confidence and generosity. But our current laxness toward illegal immigration shows a recklessness and disregard for those who live here legally.
    The majority of legal immigrants can often make significant contributions to our society because they have special skills and because they add to our nation’s cultural diversity. They come with the best of intentions. But legal immigrants do not and should not enter easily. It’s a long, costly, draining, and often frustrating experience-by design. I say to legal immigrants: Welcome and good luck.

    It comes down to this: we must take care of our own people first. Our policy to people born elsewhere should be clear: Enter by the law, or leave.

    Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.143-45 , Jul 2, 2000”

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    Note the dates, and there’s plenty more.

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