Category: Immigration

July 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Residents in California, Pennsylvania, a small borough of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area, have said they are outraged after the federal government moved 40 Romanian ‘gypsies’ into the town of 7,000 as part of the government’s Alternative to Detention program.

On Thursday, more than 150 residents attended a community meeting about the immigrants, who residents say have failed to assimilate to American customs and norms. The residents cited trash in yards, disruptions in town markets, children and men defecating in public streets, and immigrants cutting off the heads of chickens in public areas, according to a report by WTAE-TV. None of the immigrants, who are undocumented, have been charged with any other serious criminal offenses.

“We’re a very diverse town, we’re very open, but they aren’t assimilating to our laws,” said Pam Duricic, a resident of California, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We are understanding that these are immigrants. But this is not the same scenario as our grandparents. They didn’t come here to raise havoc.”

The Romanian immigrants ended up in California borough as part of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Alternative to Detention program, which allows immigrants to live in U.S. communities instead of being detained while they await a final decision about their immigration status.

The Romanian immigrants have said they came to America to escape persecution. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports they belong to a group called Roma, minorities in Romania that are distinct from most of the Romanian population. The 40 Romanian immigrants have self-described themselves as “gypsies.”

It’s unclear why they ended up in California borough, rather than in some other neighboring town or in nearby Pittsburgh, but the Post-Gazette reports one of the Romanians said at the town meeting they came to California borough because of its affordability and friendly reputation.

At the town meeting, town officials and the police chief told residents they had received no warning from the federal government about the immigrants’ arrival.

About 600 residents have signed a petition demanding the gypsies change their living habits.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Alternatives to Immigration Detention program was implemented in part to save taxpayer money. About $2 billion is spent every year for immigration detention. The ACLU also claims the AID program is “more humane” because the immigrants involved in the program would otherwise be detained only to ensure that they show up for their hearings, not because they’ve committed crimes.

Posted in Government, Immigration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh

July 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Radical environmental group Negative Population Growth awarded three college students with cash prizes for promoting ideas NPG says are necessary to combat environmental concerns such as global warming.

On Tuesday, NPG announced three college students had won the organization’s national essay contest: Joseph Wagner, a student at Gonzaga University, Caitlin Stock, a student at Brigham Young University, and Grant Kleiman, who attends Southwest Minnesota State University. Wagner received a cash prize of $2,000 and Stock and Kleiman received $1,000 each.

According to NPG, “thousands” of essays were submitted by high school seniors and college students in the contest, which asked students “to provide NPG with a three- to five-point plan to educate these freshmen legislators about the sources of U.S. population growth, as well as policy suggestions to slow, halt, and eventually reverse our growth in order to preserve America’s environment, economy, natural resources, and quality of life.”

The winning essays offer a glimpse into radical environmentalists’ plans to control population, some of which are rather disturbing.

Wagner suggests, among other things, the United States implement a “family-focused incentivized tax policy” that rewards people for having fewer children and punishes large families.

“Instead of rewarding families per child as the current tax system does, we must reward smaller families that have two children or fewer,” Wagner wrote. “This will more accurately equate the effect of having children on the health of our planet and our country’s finite resources.”

Wagner also calls for securing the U.S. border to stop population growth in the United States and revising the U.S. education system “so that it teaches reproductive education alongside environmental classes that … focus on the impacts a new human life has on the Earth.”

Stock also advocates for stricter immigration enforcement, including “streamlined” deportations, greater border security, ending immigrants’ ability to appeal a court’s deportation order, and preventing babies born to illegal immigrants from attaining citizenship.

Stock says increased funding for “family planning” programs is essential and that “the two-child family size must be advocated.”

“Families that have more than two children should not receive tax benefits or government assistance for the third child, the fourth child, and so on,” Stock wrote. “Government assistance programs should reorganize their focus to prioritize small families over large families.”

Kleiman argues for essentially the same policies as Wagner and Stock and emphasizes the importance of reducing illegal immigration “to near zero.”

“We’re at a crossroads that will determine the future of our nation,” Kleiman wrote. “One path leads to more people, more crowded cities, roads and schools, and more demands on resources, including food, water and energy. The other path leads to reducing population growth, protecting resources from overuse and creating a sustainable place to call home for generations to come.”

Posted in Climate Change, Environment, Environmentalist, Global Warming, Immigration, population control

July 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

On Saturday evening’s episode of “Watters’ World” on the Fox News Channel, in honor of the Independence Day holiday, host Jesse Watters aired a remarkable video of him asking basic U.S. citizenship test questions to college students at Arizona State University. It’s fair to say most of these students wouldn’t pass the citizenship exam, but how well would you perform?

Among the questions asked to the students were:

1. How many senators are there?

“Is it seven or 12?” one student said.

“I know this,” another student said. “50.”

2. What month is the presidential election?

“December,” one student said.

“January,” replied another.

“April,” guessed another.

“March,” a student said, to which Watters replied, “It’s in the fall.”

“August,” the same student guessed again.

“August is the summer,” Watters said while laughing.

3. What year did America declare its independence?

“1984,” one student guessed.

“You’re way off,” Watters replied.

“1884,” the student then guessed.

To pass the U.S. citizenship exam, applicants must correctly answer at least 60 percent of up to 10 civics and government questions asked by a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer, who chooses from a list of 100 questions. All 100 questions are provided by USCIS on its website, along with the answers.

This writer carefully searched the full list of questions and found the following five to be the most likely to trip up test takers: (1) “How many amendments does the Constitution have?”; (2) “If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?”; (3) “The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.”; (4) “What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?” (5) “Who was President during World War I?”

If you think those questions aren’t difficult, then the rest of the exam — which features questions such as asking people to name the current president and where the capital of the United States is — will look even easier, making the college students’ responses in the “Watters’ World” video appear even more pathetic.

USCIS reports the national pass rate as of September 2016 for the civics and history exam is 91 percent, but polling has shown American citizens perform worse than those applying for citizenship.

A 2016 Ipsos Public Affairs poll found just two-thirds of 2,000 respondents, all of whom self-identified as American citizens, could name the current speaker of the House of Representatives. Only one-third knew Benjamin Franklin once served as an important diplomat. Thirty-five percent of those surveyed answered all five of the randomly selected questions asked to them.

Interestingly, Republicans scored higher than Democrats and independents. Forty percent of Republicans answered all five of their questions correctly; only 35 percent of independents and 33 percent of Democrats earned a perfect score, according to a report by USA Today.

Posted in Campus, Fox News, Immigration, Jesse Watters

June 29th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Despite CNN’s June scandal which saw three journalists “resign” their posts at the network due to posting an “improperly vetted” story, CNN opted to tackle the pro-immigration stance by using “Sesame Street’s” Elmo as a tool to appeal to those against immigration laws.

During a Monday segment, “Elmo” was used a propaganda tool to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which was pushed forward full steam ahead due to the 9-0 vote from the Supreme Court.

In a panel discussion featuring Sesame Workshop’s Sherrie Westin, CNN reporter Clarissa Ward, David Miliband from the International Rescue Committee, and of course, Elmo, the quartet discussed the fate of the children of Syria.

CNN reporter Ward asked Elmo, “Did you find that the Syrian little girls and little boys were a lot like your friends here in America?”

“Yeah, they really were,” Elmo sadly responded. “It was very interesting because they like to play and learn just like Elmo and all of his friends at Sesame Street.”

As part of the propaganda sketch, Elmo visited a refugee camp in Jordan.

“Elmo thinks it’s important to know that everybody is the same deep down and that’s very important,” the long-running “Sesame Street” staple noted.

He added, “It was really sad because Elmo’s new friends told Elmo that they had to leave their homes because it wasn’t safe for them to stay, and that made Elmo really sad and sometimes a bit scared.”

Explaining to the viewers that perhaps the United States should take a “child’s perspective” at looking at immigration and the “staggering number of children who are displaced,” Westin noted that “this was an area where we really had to try and do something to help.”

See the segment in the video below.

Posted in CNN, Elmo, Immigration, Media, Sesame Street, Videos

June 21st, 2017 by Staff Writer

The illegal alien Irish community was shocked to discover that a popular immigrant who overstayed his Visa was nabbed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, and is set to be deported.

John Cunningham is a prominent community figure in the Boston area, with a successful electrician business, but that didn’t stop ICE from arresting him for immigration violations.

“John Cunningham, an Irish national, was arrested by ICE officers for immigration violations,” said ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer in a statement. “Cunningham entered the country lawfully under the Visa Waiver Program, but failed to depart in compliance with the terms of his visit.”

A consequence of violating the Visa Waiver program is that Cunningham waives his right to an immigration hearing, and goes into mandatory detention.

“There’s a great deal of fear in the Irish American community and the Irish community,” said immigration lawyer John Foley, a friend of Cunningham’s. “I went to see [Mr. Cunningham] on Sunday and, basically, his world has been turned upside down, he’s been hit with an immigration tsunami.

“Life as he knew it, is over,” Mr Foley said.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has vowed to protect all illegal aliens in his city, and admonished an Irish politician for petitioning President Trump on behalf of only Irish illegal immigrants.

It’s estimated that there are 50,000 Irish citizens illegally residing in the United States.

The arrest of a well-known Irish immigrant by ICE officers has raised anxiety among locals who fear a crackdown on those who have overstayed their visas. An immigration attorney who knows the arrested man spoke with the Herald. (Herald video by Meghan Ottolini).

Posted in ICE, illegal immigrants, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, Ireland, Politics

June 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan defended his saying last week that illegal immigrants “should be afraid,” but CNN buried his justification based on humanitarian grounds in their article Friday.

Homan had made the comments before Congress last week, but expanded on why he said what many might find controversial.

“It needed to be said,” Homan explained. “And by me saying you should be worried, you should be afraid — if you lie on your taxes, you’ve got to be worried, ‘Is the IRS going to audit me?’ … When you speed down the highway, you’ve got to worry, ‘Am I going to get a speeding ticket?’ You worry. It’s natural human behavior.”

But he also explained that he had seen many terrible horrors as the result of lax immigration enforcement, and by enforcing the law in a strict manner, those evils could be prevented.

“Why am I so strong in what I’m trying to do?” Homan said. “Because people haven’t seen what Tom Homan’s seen … They haven’t seen the dead immigrants on a trail that were left stranded. They weren’t in Phoenix, Arizona when these organizations were holding people hostage, raping the women, molesting the children, killing people that couldn’t pay their smuggling fees, doubling their smuggling fees after they got to the United States.”

“People weren’t standing with me in Victoria, Texas, in the back of a tractor trailer with 19 dead aliens including a five-year-old child laying dead under his father that suffocated in the back of this tractor trailer by these smuggling organizations,” he challenged.

CNN only added this humanitarian reasoning in the last of their 17-paragraph article.

Even illegal immigration advocate and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos admitted that the precipitous drop in illegal immigration meant that fewer migrants would make the dangerous trek to the United States, preventing many tragedies.

Homan also dismantled the oft-used argument that strict immigration policies break up families.

“The constant story about us separating families,” he explained, “when someone enters this country illegally, or someone overstays their visa, they know they’re in this country illegally. If they take it upon themselves to have a child in this country and becomes a US citizen by birth, he put his family in that position, not ICE, not Border Patrol. And to vilify the men and women of ICE as separating families is unfair.”

Homan continued to argue that when local authorities impose “sanctuary city” policies, they force ICE to sweep illegal aliens at their homes and other places. These actions are then falsely reported as raids to vilify immigration enforcement.

“Is ICE putting the fear in the community or is it other people putting fear in the community?” Homan said. “The false stories out there (are) what’s sending the chill down the spine of the immigrant community. If I had the cooperation I needed, most of these arrests could be made in a county jail.”

ICE has reported an unprecedented drop in illegal border crossings, while arrests have increased considerably since President Trump entered the Oval Office.

Immigration and Customs Enforcementsaid it has arrested about 41,000 people since late January and April of this year, about a 37 percent increase from the 30,000 arrested during the same period last year. (May 14, 2017)

Posted in ICE, illegal immigrants, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Politics

May 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

GOP representative Matt Rinaldi claims he was assaulted on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives on Monday after he told two Democratic reps that he’d called Immigration and Customs Enforcement on immigrant demonstrators who’d gathered to protest Texas’s latest anti-sanctuary city bill.

Texas SB 4 holds local law enforcement to the possibility of serving jail time if they refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities when dealing with immigration and criminal issues.

The law, set to go into effect Sept. 1, will also allow local law enforcement to question those detained about their immigration status.

The Texas Observer reported that Rinaldi told two Democratic representatives that he had called ICE on the protestors — some of whom held signs that read “I am illegal and here to stay — and said “F**k them, I called ICE.” He also reportedly referred to the demonstrators as a “disgrace.”

Rinaldi told The Texas Tribune that he was pushed and shoved by two Democratic representatives after he’d revealed that he called ICE, calling their actions “basically just bullying.”

It was later reported that Rinaldi was overheard threatening to shoot one of the Democratic reps.

Representative Justin Rodriguez told the Tribune that “there was a subsequent exchange between my brother Poncho and Representative Rinaldi and there was a threat made from Rinaldi to put a bullet in one of my colleague’s head [sic]. That kind of threatening language he needs to be called out and held accountable for.”

Rinaldi later released a statement on the fracas, which read:

Today, Representative Poncho Nevarez threatened my life on the House floor after I called ICE on several immigrants who held signs in the gallery which read ‘I am illegal and here to stay.’ Several Democrats encouraged the protestors to disobey law enforcement. When I told the Democrats I called ICE, Representative Ramon Romero physically assaulted me, and other Democrats were held back by colleagues. During that time Poncho told me he would ‘get me on the way to my car.’ He later approached me and reiterated that ‘I had to leave at some point, and he would get me.’ I made it clear that if he attempted to, in his words, ‘get me,’ I would shoot him in self defense [sic]. I am currently under DPS protection. Several of my colleagues heard the threats made and witnessed Ramon assaulting me.

Nevarez later responded to Rinaldi’s allegations on Twitter and said, “He’s a liar and hateful man. Got no use for him. God bless him.”

Representative Ramon Romero told the Observer that he’d “never seen anything like this on the House floor.”

See a video of the scuffle below.

VIDEO: Lawmakers in Texas House scuffle during #SINEDIE on Monday.

— KVUE News (@KVUE) May 29, 2017

Posted in fight, Government, ICE, Immigration, Politics, protestors, U.S. House of Representatives

May 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A Mexican woman who became the poster-child for illegal immigrants following an arrest in 2010 has had her deferred immigration status revoked by lawyers in the Trump administration, opening the door to her possible deportation.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement stripped 28-year-old Jessica Colotl of her Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals protections earlier this month for lying to police in 2011 following her 2010 arrest.

Following the removal of her deferred status, an immigration judge issued a deportation order for Colotl.

From the Daily Caller News Foundation:

Colotl was arrested in 2010 and charged with impeding traffic and driving without a license on the campus of Kennesaw State University, where she was studying at the time. Her arrest sparked a political debate over illegal immigration when the school revealed it was charging her in-state tuition. She later became a vocal proponent of immigration reform and a paralegal at Kuck Immigration Partners LLC, an Atlanta law firm specializing in deportation defenses.

Colotl signed a document in 2011 admitting she gave Cobb County law enforcement officers a false home address, for which she was charged with a felony. Although the case was eventually dismissed, Colotl’s confession was sufficient cause to remove DACA status, according to ICE.

In response to actions by the government, Colotl has sued the Trump administration in federal court, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In her lawsuit, Colotl argues the government’s actions are unwarranted given that her charge was later dismissed.

“It is completely outrageous,” Colotl told the Journal-Constitution. “On Monday when I first found out about this, I felt shock because I didn’t know this could potentially happen.”

In her lawsuit, Colotl contends the Trump administration is using her as “a test case to revoke DACA, exceeding its discretionary authority in an arbitrary and capricious manner,” according to the Journal-Constitution.

Indeed, if she is deported because her deferred status was revoked, Colotl would join a small group of about 1,500 mostly violent criminals and gang members who have had their status revoked since the DACA program was implemented in 2012 by former President Barack Obama.

The program allows immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to apply for two-year work permits and receive deportation deferment, so they could “rest easy” while living in the U.S. and not be in constant fear of deportation.

President Donald Trump campaigned on ending the program, though he has since softened his rhetoric on the issue. Still, given how the government is handling Colotl’s case, it remains to be seen what will happen to the other 770,000 “DREAMers” living in the U.S.

Posted in DACA, DREAM Act, DREAMers, Georgia, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, US

April 27th, 2017 by Staff Writer

“The View” co-host Joy Behar added to the debate over the ruling against President Trump on sanctuary cities by comparing illegal aliens to slaves seeking the “underground railroad,” Jews hidden from Nazis during the Holocaust, and then insulted first lady Melania Trump.

Behar made the comments during their show Wednesday in response to a defense of sanctuary city polices by Whoopi Goldberg.

“I do believe that people when the laws are in place,” Goldberg said, “when there’s a criminal, there’s nothing saying that New York can’t take care of that, that they’re not gonna deport somebody and say, ‘we put this person out.’ As I said the other day, Obama deported more illegal immigrants than any president, than any president. Or, undocumented immigrants, the words are like being black, or negro, or African-American.”

“It’s sort of like the Underground Railroad in a way,” Behar responded, “it reminds me of, or the people of Germany who took in the Jews, there are people who are really in trouble, who are going to be separated from their children.”

“And anyway, where’s Melania gonna go if we don’t have any sanctuary cities?” she offered, to great applause and laughter from the audience.

Behar appeared to recast first lady Melania Trump as an illegal immigrant who would seek safety from federal authorities in a sanctuary city. The first lady has maintained that she legally immigrated to the United States from her native Slovenia, although some detractors cast doubt on her claim based on a timeline of her modeling work.

The hosts were discussing the merits of sanctuary city policies in the wake of a federal judge blocking temporarily the implementation of President Trump’s executive order to defund sanctuary cities. Trump has said he’s looking into breaking up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in response, though the ruling was made outside of that court.

Melania has been a favorite target for ridicule from the left, from the insults by a New York Times journalist to gay activist Dan Savage saying he ‘f**king’ hates the first lady, and rapper Bow Wow making an obscenely threatening insult at her. She got the last laugh from a false story in the Daily Mail however – she just recently won a reportedly million dollar settlement from the news outlet.

Melania Trump has accepted damages and an apology from the Daily Mail over allegations about her work as a professional model.

Posted in Donald Trump, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, Joy Behar, Politics, sanctuary cities, Sanctuary City, The View, Trump

April 26th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti praised the ruling Tuesday from a federal judge that blocked the executive order from President Trump defunding “sanctuary cities” refusing to change their policies. He spoke to Anderson Cooper Tuesday on CNN.

“Well it’s a great day for our Constitution,” Garcetti said when asked to respond to the ruling. “I think it showed that unconstitutional political threats against our cities cannot take away our rights and they certainly can’t steal our tax dollars. This was a day in which I hope that everybody sees that the hard work actually fixing a broken immigration system should be our focus, not the scapegoating and not the political ideology that clearly is unconstitutional.”

“This is not the Ninth Circuit going bananas,” he explained. “This is the words of Chief Justice Roberts being echoed back that the Tenth Amendment is something sacred, and you can’t put a fiscal gun to the head of cities and threaten to take away our tax dollars because you don’t like the way we do business.”

“Is it clear to you what this administration defines as a sanctuary city in terms of the purpose of their executive order, or is that unclear?” Cooper asked.

“No, it’s been very unclear to us,” Garcetti responded. “It’s more of a political term than a legal one. We took part in a meeting with Secretary Kelly and we didn’t get any further clarification. But today my colleagues had an actually quite productive meeting in Washington with Attorney General Sessions where he said it was a very narrow definition they were looking at. Whether we can comply with something called section 13.73, that I believe all cities do comply with. So, it kinda underscores that this is really more about politics than about people.”

“We should get to the business of making sure we fix our immigration laws,” he concluded. “Make more Americans, make more citizens, not make more scapegoats.”

“It was a great day for our Constitution” @ericgarcetti on a judge blocking part of Trump’s sanctuary cities order

— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) April 26, 2017

The issue that Sessions brought up to Garcetti is at the center of the ruling of the federal judge, as the Department of Justice argued the case based on a very narrow reading of the order. The federal judge said that Attorney General Sessions’ and President Trump’s words describing the order to the media betrayed an expansive understanding of the ruling. It was on the basis of this latter understanding that he ruled the order to be blocked.

Garcetti also appeared to be responding to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus calling the order “bananas” and comparing it the ruling against Trump’s travel ban from the same Circuit Court.

The Latest on a federal judge's ruling that blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from sanctuary cities (all times local):
5:30 p.m.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus says a judge's ruling against a Trump administration order to withhold funding from sanctuary cities is another case of "the 9th Circuit going bananas."
Priebus was referring to the 9th Circuit Court based in San Francisco, where judges have also ruled against Trump's travel bans.
In a temporary ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick ruled that Trump's executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities was overreaching. Orrick does not sit on the 9th Circuit, but his district is encompassed in the territory of the appeals court.
Priebus says the ruling will eventually be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, because it's unreasonable that an agency couldn't put restrictions on how money is spent.
The decision will stay in place while the lawsuit moves through the courts.
5 p.m.

Garcetti has been a vocal opponent of Trump’s illegal immigration policies, even to the point of writing his own executive order to expand sanctuary city policies to all Los Angeles employees, not just law enforcement.

Posted in Donald Trump, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, Los Angeles, mayor garcetti, Politics, sanctuary cities, Sanctuary City, Trump

April 22nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney told Bloomberg Friday that the administration offered Democrats a trade on Obamacare in order to begin construction on the famed border wall.

The White House is offering Democrats a dollar-for-dollar deal to fund Obamacare subsidies and the border wall in the upcoming spending bill, according to budget director Mick Mulvaney, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer shot it down, with snark.

Mulvaney told Bloomberg Live on Friday that White House officials have told Democrats they’re willing to fund $1 in Obamacare subsidies for every $1 that’s provided for the border wall as both parties look to avert a government shutdown next Friday.

But rather than take the deal, a spokesman for Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) made a response mocking Trump’s motto often repeated on the campaign trail that Mexico was to pay for the wall.

According to Politico he told them that Democrats thought Trump was going to make Mexico pay. He offered a statement about the deal offered by the Trump administration.

“The White House gambit to hold hostage health care for millions of Americans,” he said, “in order to force American taxpayers to foot the bill for a wall that the president said would be paid for by Mexico is a complete nonstarter. If the administration would drop their eleventh-hour demand for a wall that Democrats, and a good number of Republicans, oppose, congressional leaders could quickly reach a deal.”

Trump’s promise to build the border wall has hit its own wall after some Republicans have objected to the cost, which has been estimated to run from $10 billion to as much as $70 billion, depending on the final design chosen.

“We’ve finally boiled this negotiation down to something that we want very badly that the Democrats really don’t like,” Mulvaney explained, “and that’s the border wall. At the same time, there’s something they want very badly, that we don’t want very much, which are these cost-sharing reductions, Obamacare payments.”

Apr.21 -- U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney discusses President Trump's efforts to avert a possible government shutdown.

Mulvaney explained that they expected the Democrats to come back with a counter-offer, but if they don’t, that it would be a bad sign for what they can expect in bipartisanship going forward.

Illegal border crossings, meanwhile, have dropped precipitously to their lowest point in 17 years, and Trump’s tough rhetoric on deportation is being credited.

Posted in Border wall, Donald Trump, Immigration, Obamacare, Obamacare repeal, Politics, President Donald Trump, Trump

April 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

An illegal alien was caught trying to escape child rape charges when a flight delay allowed authorities to catch up to him and arrest him. The nineteen-year-old was trying to fly to Guatemala from Atlanta when storms prevented him from leaving.

From the Daily Mail:

Sergio Morales Soto was apprehended by federal agents while trying to flee the United States on April 5 , a day after he was accused of sexually assaulting a minor in Marydel, Maryland.

Soto was arrested on the plane at the Atlanta airport and sent back to Maryland to face charges of first and second degree rape, sex offense of the first, second and third degree and second degree assault.

Authorities were alerted that Soto was trying to flee but they would not have been able to catch him had a storm grounded him at Atlanta. Soto had flown from Baltimore, Maryland, and was to take a layover at Atlanta before flying on to Guatemala.

ICE officials confirmed that Soto was in the country illegally, and resided in Delaware.

President Trump made illegal immigrant crime one of the central issues of his presidential campaign, and he’s tried to follow through on building the border wall to keep them from illegally crossing in, and erasing sanctuary cities to help deport them.

According to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, accused child rapist Sergio Morales Soto was thwarted by bad weather as he tried to flee from Maryland to Guatemala, leading to his capture at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The 19 year old was arrested the day after the alleged April 4th rape took place. After identifying Soto as a suspect, police discovered that he had boarded an early morning flight in Baltimore, with a connection in Atlanta. But bad weather held up the flight and Soto was detained en route, after which he was put on a plane back to Maryland where he is scheduled to face six felony assault charges.

While he’s hit some stumbling blocks on the wall building, Trump has been praised for the massive drop in illegal border crossings since his inauguration. Even his detractors had to admit that his tough talk on deportation is keeping potential border crossers from making the dangerous and perilous trek to the U.S. border.

Posted in illegal immigrants, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, Politics

April 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Organizers of the “Mega March” in Dallas expected about 100,000 people to show up and demonstrate for the rights of illegal aliens and refugees, but police say that only about 3,200 actually joined the march on Sunday, an enormous disappointment.

In 2016, the leaders of the march said between 400,000 and 500,000 joined the demonstration, making the drop to 3,200 a precipitous 99% decline in support. The Dallas Observer reported that organizers estimated that about 100,000 would show up to the march.

Amazing image from @jolt_texas of the Arellano family during yesterday’s Dallas march for immigration reform #megamarch2017

— America’s Voice (@AmericasVoice) April 10, 2017

A website for the march said the themes were “family, unity and empowerment,” but were also to advocate against deportation of illegal aliens. “Organizers are calling for real immigration reform and an end to aggressive deportation efforts that have separated families, targeted DACA students and left our communities in fear.”

“This march is about symbolizing hope and overcoming the fear that is felt by disenfranchised communities all over the country,” said Adan Gonzalez, a leader of the Puede! Network and organizer of the march. Attendees were instructed to wear American flags and forego other countries’ colors, something that has been a contentious issue at other immigration marches.

The march was also in support of refugees that have been targeted by President Trump’s executive orders intended to keep terrorists from gaining entry through relief programs. “We get out of Turkey with $40,” Syrian-born Ghufran Alrahal said. “We came here to reach our dream, to live a good life and achieve what we want.”

Eleven years ago half a million people marched for immigration reform in downtown Dallas. Sunday afternoon the crowd at this year's mega march was noticeably smaller.

Illegal border crossings have experienced an enormous and “unprecedented” drop since the beginning of the year and many are attributing much of the reason for it on President Trump’s tough rhetoric against illegal immigration.

Trump is still seeking to build his famous border wall, as well as fulfill his promises to abolish sanctuary cities and shut down the possibility of terrorists getting into the country through refugee programs.

Posted in illegal immigrant, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, open borders, Politics, refugees

April 5th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Illegal alien border crossings are plummeting, according to Homeland Security, and many are crediting President Trump’s tough talk on deportation.

Homeland Security chief John Kelly said in written testimony to Congress that the number of illegal alien captures on the border have fallen precipitously, a sign that fewer foreigners are making the attempt to cross illegally into the U.S.

Kelly reported that fewer than 12,000 people were caught crossing the border illegally in March, an enormous drop of 72% from the 43,000 figure of those captured in December, before Trump’s inauguration. The AP reported that this was the lowest monthly figure for at least 17 years.

Previously it had been reported that illegal crossings had dropped by 40% from January to February, which had been called “unprecedented” by border officials.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is releasing illegal border crossing data through the month of February and the numbers show an unprecedented decline in traffic,” the report read. “From January to February, the flow of illegal border crossings as measured by apprehensions and the prevention of inadmissible persons at our southern border dropped by 40 percent.”

Trump’s tough talk on illegal immigration was credited for that drop as well as the current one, especially given that typically, illegal border crossings increase during this part of the year. The president has not implemented any significant change in border policy as of yet, except for the shuffling of federal judges to speed up deportation orders.

But even his critics, like Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, admit that the incredible drop in border crossings must have something to do with his constant criticism of illegal immigration during the 2016 campaign, and his promises to deport many more illegal aliens than his predecessor, former President Obama. Ramos referred to the president causing fear in potential illegal immigrants, “the Trump effect.”

David Aguilar, the former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner spoke to Congress about the benefits of another of Trump’s policies that would deter illegal crossings: the border wall.

CBS2's Chris Wragge reports.

Aguilar specifically cited Trump’s rhetoric as the reason for the drop in crossings, but said that action needs to follow to continue the downward trend. “It’s the talk,” he told Fox News Baltimore, “and walking the talk and taking substantive action on behalf of that.”

Posted in Donald Trump, illegal aliens, illegal immigrant, Immigration, Politics, Trump

March 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A Massachusetts state lawmaker posted a warning to illegal aliens on her Facebook page about potential immigration enforcement raids in her area, and some say she might have broken the law in doing so.

State Rep. Michelle DuBois enraged many when she posted a rumor she heard from a friend about possible ICE raids, and gave instructions to illegal aliens on how to avoid arrest.

ARREST HER: Massachusetts Rep. Michelle DuBois posted on her Facebook informing illegal immigrants of upcoming ICE raids

— DEPLORABLE MEDIA (@correctthemedia) March 28, 2017

The post went viral on social media, although she deleted it soon after the furor started.

She posted the date and location of supposedly planned ICE raids, and quoted a friend who said, “I have a message for the immigrant community of Brockton. Please be careful on Wednesday 29. ICE will be in Brockton on that day.”

“If you are undocumented don’t go out on the street,” the post continued. “If there is a knock on the door of your house and you don’t know who it is, don’t open the door. I ask you to be careful.”

DuBois was confronted about her controversial actions by Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson in a Congressional subcommittee, saying that she could have federal law, and if charged would face up to 5 years in prison.

“To have chosen consciously to violate her oath and put more interest in protecting illegals,” he said, “potentially criminal illegals, and certainly criminal illegals if ICE were involved in this initiative, over the safety of her citizens that put her there, she needs to step down.”

Hodgson later appeared Wednesday on Fox News to explain why DuBois’ actions were so damaging and dangerous.

“I can’t think of anything more irresponsible,” he said, “and more underhanded and undermining to law enforcement and to the people of that community than what this state representative did. She oughta be ashamed of herself, the state legislature oughta be looking at her for, at a minimum, ethics violations. And on top of that, I’m sure there’ll be some review as to whether or not she may have compromised some investigation involving ICE.”

“Here’s the real important issue around this,” he added. “She doesn’t have any idea, the people she’s warning or what their backgrounds are. They could be gang members involved in trans-national gangs, this sex-trafficking that’s going on, and our officers, in both the federal, state and local level, we sometimes need the element of surprise to make sure that somebody’s not building an arsenal, waiting for us, or having some heads up where one of our officers is going to get seriously injured or killed. Never mind the other issue around the threat that these people could get away that we know may be potentially harmful to people in the community, but now have cover for God knows how long, and how many people to victimize.”

DuBois remained defiant after the public outcry. She defended her actions to local reporters, saying she saw no problem sharing rumors of ICE raids: “No, I don’t, it’s information in my community.”

When asked if she could see how some might call what she did “fear-mongering,” she said simply, “No, no. I just don’t.”

State Rep. defends Facebook post about rumored ICE raids in Brockton

Illegal border crossings have dropped by an “unprecedented” degree according to border officials, who say that it might have been President Trump’s tough rhetoric on deporting illegal aliens that scared off potential illegal aliens. Trump has also ordered a shuffling of immigration judges in order to speed up the deportations of illegals already detained.

Posted in illegal immigrant, Illegal Immigration, illegals, Immigration, Massachusetts, Politics

March 13th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is under fire for a controversial post he made on Twitter on Sunday, in which he appears to suggest the United States shouldn’t allow more immigrants to enter the country because it would prevent the restoration of “civilization.”

“[Geert] Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny,” wrote King. “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.

— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) March 12, 2017

Geert Wilders is a right-wing, nationalist politician in the Netherlands who heads the Freedom Party. His party is currently leading in the polls anticipating the upcoming Dutch elections, which will be held on Wednesday.

One of Wilders’ most controversial positions is on immigration, especially as it relates to Muslims. According to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Wilders has said he plans to “de-Islamise” the Netherlands, vowing to close mosques and Islamic schools and ban the Koran, the Islamic holy book.

King’s tweet was included alongside a post he shared by Twitter user Voice of Europe, which claims to provide “real news from a beautiful continent in danger” and describes itself as “Anti EU / Pro Europe / MAGA.” “MAGA” is an acronym for President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make American Great Again.”

In the post shared by King, Voice of Europe wrote, “Hundreds of Islamists shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Wilders is right for over 10 years.”

Alongside Voice of Europe’s post is a cartoon of Wilders plugging with his finger a hole in a giant concrete structure labeled “Western Civilization.” Crashing over the wall and seeping through the wall’s cracks is green liquid that’s embedded with Islamic symbols. In the background of the picture, two security guards stand side-by-side as a crowd of armed, angry Middle-Eastern-looking men approach. One of the cartoon men has a sword. Another appears to have bombs strapped to his chest. Two of the crowd members have signs. One reads, “Infidels, know your limits.” Another reads, “Freedom of speech, go to hell.”

Hundreds of Islamists shouting “Allahu Akbar” in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Wilders is right for over 10 years. #turkijerel

— Voice of Europe (@V_of_Europe) March 12, 2017

The backlash against King’s tweet has been swift and fierce. The post has garnered more than 5,000 replies, most of which have been negative, just three hours after having been posted.

Writer Dennis Perkins suggests King is a Nazi. “You just can’t wait to accept the first detention center kommandant post, can you?” Perkins wrote.

@SteveKingIA You just can’t wait to accept the first detention center kommandant post, can you?

— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) March 12, 2017

Venture capitalist Peter Brack wrote, “You, Congressman, are simply a bigot. Good thing is, I know a lot of smart Dems eyeing your seat.”

@SteveKingIA You, Congressman, are simply a bigot. Good thing is, I know a lot of smart Dems eyeing your seat.

— Peter Brack (@peterbrack) March 12, 2017

Pat Garofalo, a Republican state representative in Minnesota, said, “Rep King is … A Fake conservative. A Fake Republican. But an authentic Cro-Magnon.”

.@SteveKingIA <— Rep King is…
A Fake conservative.
A Fake Republican.
But an authentic Cro-Magnon.

— Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) March 12, 2017

King has yet to respond to the thousands of comments made against him or to clarify his remarks.

Posted in Europe, Immigration, Islam, Politics, refugees, Steve King, Twitter

February 10th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Earlier, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down President Donald Trump’s executive order for the travel ban that would restrict immigration from certain Muslim majority countries. Since then, Trump has taken to Twitter, and in all caps stating “See you in court, the security of our nation is at stake!”


— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017

BREAKING: President Trump reacts to travel ban ruling, tweets, “SEE YOU IN COURT”

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) February 9, 2017

This indicates that Trump will most likely take the case to a higher court, however he may not find the going so easy there either. His won nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch will not be confirmed in time in order to help rule in on the ban. Furthermore, the ban only had a 90 day lifespan, and would likely end before the Supreme Court could even take up the case at all.

Posted in Donald Trump, Immigration, Politics, travel ban, Twitter

February 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The state of Texas has been working very hard to pass anti-sanctuary city legislation, with Governor Greg Abbott giving little quarter on the subject when it comes to cities, or institutions that would defy the immigration laws, and harbor illegal aliens. Now they are one step closer.

Today, the Texas Senate held a preliminary vote for SB 4,  presented by state Sen. Charles Perry that would ban sanctuary cities from the state. The bill itself has been one of Abbott’s top priorities for some time. The bill passed in a party line 20-11 vote.

Needless to say, the Governor was pleased, and released this statement.

“As Governor, I will not tolerate sanctuary city policies that put the citizens of Texas at risk. Elected officials do not get to pick and choose which laws they will obey. Today’s action in the Senate helps ensure that Sheriffs and officials across Texas comply with federal immigration laws and honor Immigration and Custom Enforcement detainer requests that keep dangerous criminals off of our streets. I want to thank Senator Perry for his leadership on this issue and look forward to final passage in the Senate tomorrow.”

The bill is expected to pass in the Senate completely tomorrow.

Governor Abbott has been very adamant about the elimination of sanctuary cities, sending the message loud and clear that Texas cities that they “are going to comply with the law.” Abbott has also had to come down on Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who outright refused to work with ICE and instructed her office not to do so as well. In response, Abbot threatened, in no uncertain terms, to cut her millions of dollars worth of funding if she does not reverse the policy.

Posted in Greg Abbott, Immigration, Politics, sanctuary cities, Texas

February 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

With President Donald Trump coming down hard on sanctuary cities, and California as a whole, the New York assembly is attempting a show of resistance by passing a bill that would make New York a “sanctuary state” in the same vein as California. New York Democrats, such as Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, have said the bill was a “moral obligation.”

Labeling it the “New York State Liberty Act,” the bill seeks to hamper the efforts of state and local law officers from enforcing immigration laws, as well as collecting immigration information from people reporting accidents, according to Politico.

“It is our job to respond to his call to build border walls with a wall of our own, one that protects diversity and acceptance that have always been at the core of our state,” Assemblyman Francisco Moya, a Democrat from Queens, said a press conference announcing the measure. “Not only is it a moral imperative to shelter every race or religion from bigotry, it is our obligation to protect the function of our local law enforcement and agencies.”

Republicans, such as Assemblyman Dean Murray, stand against the bill wholeheartedly.

“We pass laws for a reason — we pass laws to protect the public. Now we’re asking our local law enforcement to just completely ignore some of those laws,” he said. “That’s a problem. This is a matter of law. We need to allow law enforcement to work together to enforce all laws.”

The bill passed with a 77-58, however it considered more a statement than an actual attempt at legislation, as it is not expected to survive the Republican led senate.

“We know it is never going to pass the other house, but it looks good in the paper,” Graf said. “But we’ve seen the actions of this new president, and I don’t think he’s bluffing when it comes to taking away federal money from the states. So if we’re playing with a third of our revenues, we could face a lot of problems here.”

If the bill did in any way pass the senate, the state of New York would be under threat from Trump who has said he would defund the entire state of California for doing the same.

Posted in Government, Immigration, New York, sanctuary cities

February 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Citizen journalist Austen Fletcher traveled to Los Angeles International Airport last Monday to speak with the people protesting President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order and found quite a few people who seemed to have no idea why they were even there.

Speaking to protesters standing outside the Tom Bradley international terminal, Fletcher began asking several of the protesters to explain their reason for being there, and asking them questions. One of the protesters said that Trump signed the executive order because of 9/11, but didn’t include the right countries.

“He did it because of 9/11,” the protester said. “But the countries that the terrorists were from aren’t even in the ban.”

Another protester agreed. “The countries that he is banning don’t have — you know they’re not the terrorists that came for 9/11.” When Fletcher interjected to tell her that the terrorists behind the 9/11 terror attack did train in those countries included in the temporary travel ban, she responded, “Right, that’s true, but they didn’t come from those countries.”

One woman claimed to have had “one-on-one conversations” with people from Syria, and said the American government is brainwashing people into believing bolstered terror claims. “You need to know exactly what sources you’re getting your information from because if you ask anyone in Syria right now, they’ll tell you that they had a perfectly fine democratic society,” she said.

Fletcher reminded the woman that homosexual people in Syria are often violently killed, to which she responded with, “That’s Syria!” The protester later told Fletcher she didn’t vote in the presidential election.

27-year-old Fletcher told TheBlaze that he left his Wall Street job in New York to pursue his dreams in Los Angeles. He said he believes there are major problems in both the Democratic and Republican parties. “Exposing the humor in it is good for both sides,” he said.

Posted in Business, executive order, Immigration, Muslim Ban, President Trump, protesters, watch

February 4th, 2017 by Staff Writer

It’s been one week since President Donald Trump issued what has surely become the most controversial action of his presidency thus far: his executive action temporarily banning travel to the U.S. by people in seven countries in the Middle East.

The order bars people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from traveling to the U.S. for 90 days, raising serious questions from some on the Left as to whether the action is even constitutional. Already, more than a half-dozen lawsuits have been filed in opposition to the order, including challenges by the ACLU and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CNN reported.

But the question of whether any of these legal challenges can hold any water in a federal courtroom remains to be seen.

“What we have here is a situation where it’s very clear the president has been given authority when the standard [of] the national interest would be adversely affected,” William Stock, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told TheBlaze during an interview Friday.

“We’ve allocated to the president the ability on short notice to suspend visas if it’s an emergency,” Stock added, referring to the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, which grants the president the authority to suspend visas from immigrants of certain countries when the U.S. is at war with those countries.

“On the other hand,” Stock added, “we have a First Amendment principle, which says that Congress and the president cannot favor one religion over another. Those two constitutional principles are colliding with each other at the moment.”

Stock said the question now becomes which of these two constitutional principles will be given more importance.

The statutory provision Trump cited as the legal basis for his order (8 U.S. Code § 1182) requires the president to give a reason for suspending visas. Such reasons can include anything from individuals having spreadable diseases to them posing a risk to the American public’s safety.

Similar actions have been taken by previous presidents. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, signed into law by President Chester Arthur, banned Chinese laborers from immigrating to the U.S. amid concerns of unemployment, particularly on the West Coast. Then, in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Johnson-Reed Act, which limited the number of immigrants coming to the U.S. while completely barring Asian immigrants.

Trump’s order is similar in that it bars immigrants from certain countries for the stated reason of national security. But according to Stock, the effort becomes complicated in part because of which nations are not included. The order does not include any of the four countries from which the 9/11 hijackers originated: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates or Lebanon.

Further, Stock said the courts will likely consider the recent statements made by members of Trump’s inner circle. He pointed to one comment, specifically, by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said on Fox News last weekend that Trump asked him for advice on what Trump first announced in December 2015 as a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

“I’ll tell you the whole history of it: When he first announced it, he said ‘Muslim ban,’” Giuliani said, the Hill reported.

“He called me up, he said, ‘Put a commission together, show me the right way to do it legally,” Giuliani added.

Stock said comments like these are sure to be taken into account.

“There’s a lot of law behind how a court will look behind the language of a particular statute…to say, ‘well, wait a second, what’s really going on here,’” Stock said. “When you have a president who comes out and says, ‘I’m going to throw this in the face of the courts,’ that ‘I get to do whatever I want,’ that’s a recipe for having the courts take a serious second look at the constitutional principle that the president is trying to use.”

But Hans van Spakovsky, an immigration law expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation, told TheBlaze during an interview Friday that Stock is just “blowing smoke.” Van Spakovsky said Congress has given the president of the United States “very broad discretion” when it comes to immigration.

Van Spakovsky pointed to the statute Trump cited in his executive order, which states, in part:

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

“There’s no constitutional issue here. There’s not even a federal statutory issue,” Van Spakovsky said. “There’s just no way anybody could question that because they’ve got 100 percent authority over immigration. And they [Congress] gave to the president, they delegated the ability to suspend the entry of any alien into the country and that executive order falls fully within that statute.”

As for the order not including majority Muslim countries such as the UAE, Van Spakovsky pointed out the governments in those countries are able to work with the U.S. to thoroughly vet immigrants applying for American visas. That’s not the case with the countries included in Trump’s order.

“This doesn’t go after all the countries in the world from where terrorists have sprung. It goes after the seven worst countries in the Middle East, all of which are failed or failing countries,” Van Spakovsky explained.

At this point, it’s unclear as to how far up in the court system the several challenges to Trump’s executive order might go. But even if one or all of them find their way to the U.S. Supreme Court, Van Spakovsky seemed confident that Trump’s order would withstand the justices’ scrutiny.

“I think the Supreme Court would easily uphold the legality and constitutionality of this executive order,” he said, adding that the only way liberal justices on the nation’s highest court wouldn’t side with the conservative justices “is if they totally ignore the Constitution and the law.”

“Hopefully, that wouldn’t happen,” Van Spakovsky said.

Posted in Donald Trump, Government, Immigration

February 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

President Trump had a trip planned to a Harley-Davidson factory but the visit was cancelled Tuesday by the company because of concerns over protesters. Trump was set to tour the Milwaukee factory on Thursday to sign executive orders about American manufacturing.

An administration official clarified that it was not the signing of executive orders but the threat of large-scale protests which have plagued Trump at other venues.

JUST IN: President Trump’s trip to Milwaukee canceled because company feared protests

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) January 31, 2017

“Harley-Davidson decided that it wasn’t comfortable hosting the president amid a flurry of protests that had been planned for what was supposed to be the president’s visit to Milwaukee on Thursday,” CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reported. “The company apparently told Trump administration officials that it wasn’t necessarily what the president was planning to do there, where he was potentially going to sign some executive orders on American manufacturing, but it was really the presence of protests. Protests planned because of the president’s immigration ban.”

“So we’re seeing the continued effect here snowballing as the president continues to implement his agenda,” Diamond continued. “He’s hitting roadblocks once again, in part because of his controversial immigration executive order.”

Trump’s executive orders re-ignited the sparks of protest that were lit at the massive “Women’s March on Washington” held the day after his inauguration. The week after the inauguration was consumed with debates about whether the attendance for the protests was larger than that for the inauguration. The new protests sprung up after reports that immigrants and others were being detained at airports because of Trump’s travel ban which many criticized as unconstitutional and immoral.

Posted in #MuslimBan, Donald Trump, Executive Orders, Immigration, Muslim Ban, Politics, Trump

February 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

With the issue of President Donald Trump’s recent executive order halting immigration from certain Muslim majority countries being a highly contentious issue, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul recently appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to offer a bit of insight for both sides.

The first task is for people to recognize that there is an actual problem with immigrants either overstaying their welcome, or worse.

“The problem is pretty clear that about 40 percent of people who come visit our country on a visa overstay their visa, and we have no idea where they are,” said Paul, who also discussed how the 9/11 terrorists were legal immigrants who had stayed in the country beyond their visa’s allowance.

So I think there is a problem, and we have to get together and figure out how to solve this problem,” continued Paul. “But I think many are just looking at the solutions, saying they don’t like the solution, but they’re not admitting there’s a problem.”

When asked if he agrees with Trump’s actions, Paul had this to say.

“I think you have to pause the system from areas of high risk for terrorism, until you can improve the system,” he said. “Overall, do I believe exchange with other cultures is good, people going back and forth is good, trade is good? Yes. All of these things are good, but I think you have to make sure the system is working.”

.@RandPaul: 40% of people who come to visit our country on a visa overstay their visa

— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) January 31, 2017



Posted in Donald Trump, Immigration, Politics, Rand Paul

February 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

President Trump had a trip planned to a Harley-Davidson factory but the visit was cancelled Tuesday by the company because of concerns over protesters. Trump was set to tour the Milwaukee factory on Thursday to sign executive orders about American manufacturing.

An administration official clarified that it was not the signing of executive orders but the threat of large-scale protests which have plagued Trump at other venues.

JUST IN: President Trump’s trip to Milwaukee canceled because company feared protests

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) January 31, 2017

“Harley-Davidson decided that it wasn’t comfortable hosting the president amid a flurry of protests that had been planned for what was supposed to be the president’s visit to Milwaukee on Thursday,” CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reported. “The company apparently told Trump administration officials that it wasn’t necessarily what the president was planning to do there, where he was potentially going to sign some executive orders on American manufacturing, but it was really the presence of protests. Protests planned because of the president’s immigration ban.”

“So we’re seeing the continued effect here snowballing as the president continues to implement his agenda,” Diamond continued. “He’s hitting roadblocks once again, in part because of his controversial immigration executive order.”

Trump’s executive orders re-ignited the sparks of protest that were lit at the massive “Women’s March on Washington” held the day after his inauguration. The week after the inauguration was consumed with debates about whether the attendance for the protests was larger than that for the inauguration. The new protests sprung up after reports that immigrants and others were being detained at airports because of Trump’s travel ban which many criticized as unconstitutional and immoral.

Posted in #MuslimBan, Donald Trump, Executive Orders, Immigration, Muslim Ban, Politics, Trump

January 31st, 2017 by Staff Writer

Earlier today TheBlaze reported that acting Attorney General Sally Yates had refused to defend Trump’s new immigration policies, and instructed Department of Justice lawyers to decline from defending the executive order that would temporarily halt immigration from Muslim majority nations.

Now it would seem the Trump administration has dismissed Yates, and replaced her with someone more inclined to support the Trump administrations efforts in their immigration policies according to a tweet from Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Her replacement is Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of VA.

.@POTUS has named Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of VA as Acting Attorney General. Sally Yates has been relieved.

— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) January 31, 2017

Along with Yates’ dismissal was a statement from the White House saying that Yates “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” and that she “is an Obama appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”

According to the statement, Boente will serve as acting attorney general until Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed by the senate, “where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.”

Wow. Wow. Wow.

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 31, 2017

Posted in Department of Justice, Donald Trump, Immigration, Politics, Sally Yates

January 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) announced on Twitter late Sunday that she is preparing to introduce two bills on Monday in response to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration and refugees.

In a series of three tweets, Feinstein said that Trump should not be able to “unilaterally ban groups of immigrants,” which is why she is preparing to introduce the legislation.

Feinstein said the first bill would rescind Trump’s executive order while the second would limit Trump’s executive authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

(1/3) Congress must take swift action in response to President Trump’s discriminatory order. I am drafting two bills to introduce tomorrow.

— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 29, 2017

(2/3) The first bill immediately rescinds the order. The second limits executive authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 29, 2017

(3/3) Under our bill, the president would not be able to unilaterally ban groups of immigrants.

— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 29, 2017

Feinstein, who vice chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, wasn’t the only Democratic senator to discuss introducing legislation next week opposing Trump’s order. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) vowed on Sunday that Democrats in the Senate would push legislation this week seeking to undo Trump’s executive order.

He said that such legislation could be successful if enough Republicans get on board. Some Republican senators have already openly opposed Trump’s order, including: Iowa Sen. Ben Sasse, Arizona Sen. John McCain, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

In addition to the legislation, House and Senate Democrats plan to hold a protest on the steps of the Supreme Court on Monday.

Trump’s executive order, signed late Friday, temporarily halts the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days until the Trump administration can create an effective vetting process. The order also bars people from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia — from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days.

Posted in Democrats, Diane Feinstein, Donald Trump, Immigration, Politics, refugees, Senate

January 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

After the American Civil Liberties Union announced late Saturday that a New York federal judge had granted an emergency stay in response to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration allowing all refugees in the U.S. or in transit to the U.S. who have a valid U.S. visa to stay, the ALCU mocked Trump over his first court loss as president.

“I hope Trump enjoys losing,” ACLU national political director Faiz Shakir told Yahoo News Saturday night following the judge’s order.

“He’s going to lose so much we’re going to get sick and tired of his losing,” he added.

The organization followed up those comments with two tweets memorializing Trump’s court loss.

On week one, Donald Trump suffered his first loss in court.

— ACLU National (@ACLU) January 29, 2017

Our courts today worked as they should as bulwarks against government abuse or unconstitutional policies and orders.

— ACLU National (@ACLU) January 29, 2017

Shakir’s statement was oddly reminiscent of rhetoric that Trump would use during his campaign for president, often times saying in the early days of the Republican primary race that he would usher in a new era of “winning” for America, so much “winning” that Americans would get “tired” of “winning.”

Late on Friday, Trump signed an executive order that temporarily halted the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days and barred people from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan — from traveling to the U.S. for 90 days.

Almost immediately, Trump’s executive order effected refugees who were in transit to the U.S. or who had just arrived. Many were detained at U.S. ports of entry through Saturday morning, afternoon and evening — despite having valid U.S. visas — while lawyers from law firms and organizations like the ACLU worked on their behalf to free them from detainment.

Green card holders from the list of seven countries also found themselves in travel limbo, unable to travel back to the U.S.

That’s when federal district court Judge Ann Donnelly made her ruling late Saturday night, allowing all refugees and visa holders who were already in the U.S. or in transit to safely make it to the U.S. and be allowed in without deportation.

“There is imminent danger that, absent the stay of removal, there will be substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa holders, and other individuals from nations subject to the January 27, 2017 executive order,” Donnelly said in her ruling, according to Yahoo News.

Since news broke early Saturday that refugees were being detained at U.S. ports of entry across the country, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to their closest international airport to protest Trump’s executive order.

House and Senate Democrats said Sunday they will also hold a protest on the steps of the Supreme Court on Monday to demand that Trump revoke his immigration executive order.

Posted in ACLU, Donald Trump, Immigration, Politics, refugees

January 29th, 2017 by Staff Writer

UPDATE: According to The Hill, the federal court for the Eastern District of New York has issued an emergency stay, halting President Donald Trump‘s executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The stay allows detainees with valid visas who land in the U.S. to remain in the country.

A protest began at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City about noon Saturday demanding that refugees detained in the airport due to the immigration ban issued Friday by President Donald Trump be released.

News reports indicated 12 refugees were detained due to Friday’s ban. TheBlazereported that at least one of the refugees — an interpreter who had worked with American servicemen — had been released by Saturday afternoon.

According to Fox News, the fate of the other detainees was not known Saturday evening:

Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an Army interpreter in Iraq, had been stopped as he traveled with his wife and three kids when agents pulled him aside, according to the New York Times.

The fate of the other Iraqi detainee, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, 33, was unclear. So was the fate of 10 other refugees, whose nationalities were not immediately known.

Protestors alleged the detainees had visas and should be let through. Images of the protests began circulating on Twitter Saturday afternoon and the crowd had gone from about 10 people when the protest began to several hundred by Saturday evening.

Stunning scene at JFK airport

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 28, 2017

According to Fox, a U.S. federal law enforcement official noted that any non-U.S. citizen from the seven countries listed in Friday’s ban — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen — is barred from entering the U.S. The official told Fox that includes green card holders and visa-holders out of the U.S. after Friday. They are prohibited from returning to the U.S. for 90 days.

The official also said there’s an exemption for those whose return is in the U.S. national interest.

The New York Times posted a video of the protestors who, by 7:30 pm Saturday evening, showed no signs of disbursing.

Posted in Donald Trump, Immigrant Ban, Immigration, Protest, US

January 27th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Univision-Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos told CNN’s Erin Burnett Thursday that President Trump’s border wall would not work to keep out illegal immigrants from crossing into the United States.

After recounting the difficulties in building a solid wall across the rocky terrain of the border, Erin asks, “Putting money aside, Jorge, is there any wall that could stop tunnels, or ladders, or people who are determined to come across that particular border?”

“It is, it is simply impossible,” he answers. “It is simply impossible because immigration is a problem of supply and demand and as long as we need undocumented immigrants or immigrants in this country who are doing the jobs that nobody wants to do, they are gonna keep coming.”

“When you say Mexico won’t pay for the wall, obviously now Trump is saying he’s going to put this 20% tariff on Mexican imports,” she continued. “There are various ways to make Mexico pay for the wall that Mexico can’t control, that would be one of them. What is Mexico going to do about it if this is what happens? Do they respond in kind, can they afford to do so? What does Mexico do if he’s going to build a wall and put a tariff on so Mexico pays for it?”

“Well it seems that Trump wants to declare a commercial war,” Ramos answered. “And if that’s the case then Americans better be ready to pay thousands more for their cars, for their TVs, for their dishwashers, for the Superbowl, Mexican avocados are going to be incredibly expensive.”

Ramos then lamented the enmity being drawn up between the U.S. and Mexico, and expressing bewilderment at Trump’s actions.

I don’t remember going to back to history since the Mexican-American War in 1848, that there’s been so much tension as the one we’re seeing right now and it’s completely unnecessary. Again, Mexico is not the U.S. enemy. Mexico is not the enemy. Immigrants are not the enemy. The wall won’t work. And I wonder why Donald Trump is doing exactly this. I really can’t understand it.

Is there any wall that could stop determined individuals from crossing the border? @jorgeramosnews says no

— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) January 27, 2017

Many have accused Ramos of crossing the line from journalism into partisan activism as he has doggedly assailed conservatives on immigration to the point of appearing to advocate against border control policies on behalf of illegal aliens. In March, Ramos got into a heated debate with Fox News’ Sean Hannity over immigration, and prior to that the anchor got into angry debates with Bill O’Reilly as well – several times. In August of 2015 Ramos was at the center of a public furor when he vigorously questioned and interrupted then-candidate Trump during a press conference, and was subsequently thrown out of the event. 

The Trump administration has since said the 20% tariff was just one suggestion of how to get Mexico to pay for the wall.

BREAKING: Spicer tells me 20% tax on Mexican imports is NOT a policy proposal, but example of options how to pay for wall.

— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 26, 2017

Posted in Donald Trump, illegal immigrants, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, Mexico, Politics, President Trump, Trump, wall of mexico

January 25th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Illegal aliens who were brought into the country by their parents when they were children can still apply for “deferred action” on deportations granted by Obama via executive action, according to CNN. President Donald Trump had promised that he would deport the “DREAMers,” the euphemism for applicants to the amnesty program, multiple times during his election campaign.

Steve Blando, a spokesman for US Citizenship and Immigration Services, said in a written statement Tuesday that the agency “is still accepting/processing DACA requests under existing policy.”

The issue of the DREAMers has been a contentious one that has cut across partisan lines, as some Republicans are looking to retain the “deferred” status for recipients, while others like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) push for their special status to be absolutely rescinded. Meanwhile Democrats have vowed to protect those who received Obama’s amnesty already.

CNN was unable to determine how many DREAMer applications were approved since Trump assumed the Oval Office, but since the program’s inception, there have been 750,000 approved applications. About 820 people applied for the program on a daily basis last year.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated that the reprieve was only temporary, but offered very little details on what President Trump plans to do about the program.

Late Tuesday the administration announced that Trump would be signing executive orders about immigration Wednesday, but few details were divulged about what they might be.

Posted in Donald Trump, DREAM Act, DREAMers, executive order, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, Immigration Reform, Politics, Trump

December 31st, 2016 by Staff Writer

An illegal immigrant from Mexico who is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl on a Greyhound bus in Kansas had previously left and returned to the United States a combined 19 times.

Tomas Martinez-Maldonado, 38, had been deported 10 times and voluntarily removed another nine times, reports ABC News.

He is now charged with a felony for the September 27 incident, and three U.S. Republican senators asked the Department of Homeland Security for immigration records for Martinez-Maldonado.  Senate Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley co-signed a December 9 letter with fellow Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts that was delivered to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, expressing that the situation was “an extremely disturbing case” and inquired how Martinez-Maldonado was able to leave and re-enter the country over a dozen times.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement requested that the Geary County jail turn over Martinez-Maldonado before he is released from their custody, but refused to discuss the details of his case.

Reports also show Martinez-Maldonado was charged with two misdemeanor convictions for entering the country illegally in 2013 and 2013 and was sentenced to jail time in Arizona. He was deported after serving his time on both occasions.

A status hearing in the current rape case is scheduled for January 10.

Sen. Moran told the Associated Press that the current immigration system is broken. “There must be serious legislative efforts to address U.S. immigration policy, and we must have the ability to identify, prosecute and deport illegal aliens who display violent tendencies before they have an opportunity to perpetrate these crimes in the United States,” he said.

Posted in Crime, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, Mexico

November 14th, 2016 by Staff Writer

President-elect Donald Trump will begin tackling the problem of illegal immigration by deporting immigrants that have a criminal record, a number that Trump estimates to be two or three million.

Trump’s comments came during a sit-down interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes.” The full interview is set to air Sunday.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million — it could be even 3 million — we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump said.

“But we’re getting them out of our country,” he added. “They’re here illegally.”

Once the “criminals” have been deported, Trump said the southern U.S. border would be secured — with a wall — and then his administration would devise a plan to deal with the remaining illegal immigrants who haven’t committed any crimes.

“After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about, who are terrific people — they’re terrific people, but we are going to make a determination at that,” the president-elect said. “But before we make that determination … it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.”

Trump’s promise to build a wall on the southern border and deport all of the illegal immigrants in the U.S. has been a promise central to his campaign — and one that he has maintained since launching his presidential bid in June 2015.

At times, he has wavered with the details, but Trump made it clear in his interview with CBS that he wants to follow through with his immigration promises.

Watch the preview clip below:

Posted in Donald Trump, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, Immigration Reform, Politics, Video, watch

October 29th, 2016 by Staff Writer

A man who was adopted as a child from South Korea faces deportation after almost 40 years living in the United States.

According to NBC News, Adam Crapser, 41, is expected to be deported to South Korea after an immigration judge ruled against allowing him to remain in the United States.

 In this March 19, 2015, file photo, Korean adoptee Adam Crapser poses with daughter, Christal, 1, in the family's living room in Vancouver, Wash. Crapser, a South Korean man who was flown to the U.S. 37 years ago and adopted by an American couple at age 3 has been ordered deported back to a country that is completely alien to him, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, file)

In this March 19, 2015, file photo, Korean adoptee Adam Crapser poses with daughter, Christal, 1, in the family’s living room in Vancouver, Wash. Crapser, a South Korean man who was flown to the U.S. 37 years ago and adopted by an American couple at age 3 has been ordered deported back to a country that is completely alien to him, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, file)

Crapser was adopted by American citizens at the age of 3 who did not apply for his naturalization. They later abandoned him.

After spending time in the foster care system, Crapser said he was placed with a family who abused him. Thomas and Dolly Crapser were later arrested on charges of child abuse and rape, according to the Associated Press.

As a teenager, Crasper reportedly broke into the couple’s home to retrieve items that he said came with him from South Korea, including a Bible. He was convicted of burglary. The conviction was the first of several run-ins with the law.

Crasper told The Guardian in an interview that “most people don’t understand that I didn’t ask to come here.”

He said he filed for a green card in 2012, but his criminal record was revealed during a background check.

“I got placed with some idiots, but I went on to live my life the best I could,” he said, adding, “It obviously wasn’t good enough.”

Crapser will likely be deported within three weeks.

He said his first order of business will be to “try to find a place to stay and rent a room,” which he says will be difficult since he doesn’t speak the language. He is also concerned about finding a job.

“I have to see if there are English-speaking [jobs], or it’s going to be really difficult,” he said.

He said he hopes to spend time getting to know his biological family in South Korea, and his birth mother has been located.

“I think she is happy to see me,” he said.

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October 24th, 2016 by Staff Writer

One of the cornerstone policies of Republican nominee Donald Trump’s entire presidential candidacy has been his hardline stance on illegal immigration. Trump has maintained throughout his candidacy that as president, he would build a wall on the southern U.S. border and deport all illegal immigrants currently living in the country.

However, that hasn’t always been Trump’s stance. In fact, as recent as 2012, Trump said he was against mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, especially those who have done a “great job.”

Getty Images/Win McNamee

Getty Images/Win McNamee

CNN’s KFile reported late Sunday night that Trump made those comments in a June 2012 interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

When asked about his views on immigrant labor, Trump said:

You know my views on it and I’m not necessarily, I think I’m probably down the middle on that also. Because I also understand how, as an example, you have people in this country for 20 years, they’ve done a great job, they’ve done wonderfully, they’ve gone to school, they’ve gotten good marks, they’re productive — now we’re supposed to send them out of the country, I don’t believe in that, Michelle, and you understand that. I don’t believe in a lot things that are being said.

According to CNN, the context surrounding Trump’s comments was a discussion on Arizona’s controversial immigration law, which was partially struck down and partially upheld by the Supreme Court just one day before Trump’s interview. The billionaire businessman maintained a position that “both sides lost” in the ruling, CNN reports.

Trump, in a major speech over the weekend, also changed his tune on his proposal to build a wall. He has maintained throughout his entire candidacy that Mexico would be paying for the wall should he win the White House, but said on Saturday that the U.S. would pay for the wall with Mexico “reimbursing” the full cost at a later date.

Listen to Trump’s comments below:

(H/T: CNN’s KFile, Andrew Kaczynski)

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September 20th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Donald Trump, Jr., son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, employed Skittles in a tweet Monday night to explain the Syrian refugee crisis to his social media followers.

“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem,” read the ad, which was branded with the official Trump campaign logo at the bottom.

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According to his caption, the younger Trump feels the ad is the perfect explainer to the complex issue currently facing the U.S. and many other nations around the world.

This image says it all. Let’s end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first. #trump2016

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2016

However, as the analogy circulated the internet, it quickly became the subject of intense scrutiny, most notably from President Barack Obama’s former chief speechwriter Jon Favreau, who reminded Trump, Jr., of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, the young Syrian boy whose photo went viral last month.

Hey @DonaldJTrumpJr, this is one of the millions of children you compared to a poisoned Skittle today:

— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) September 20, 2016

Nick Merrill, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s traveling press secretary, described the tweet as “disgusting.”

This is disgusting.

— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) September 20, 2016

Here are some other responses:

how about this? wanna laugh about this? wanna compare this to skittles? @DonaldJTrumpJr

— Rawan (@rawan) September 20, 2016

That last RT from @DonaldJTrumpJr shows you the moronic anti-immigrant fear mongering the Trumps love. Immigrants are not coming to kill us.

— Touré (@Toure) September 19, 2016

@DonaldJTrumpJr Skittles are terrible, your analogy is terrible, and you are terrible.

— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) September 20, 2016

10s of thousands of Syrian children have been killed in the war. They aren’t Skittles. They’re children. Like yours.

— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) September 20, 2016

Oh and human beings fleeing oppression and terror aren’t skittles.

— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 20, 2016

This image says it all. In 1939 900 Jews on ship fm Nazi Germany to USA were sent back. 25% died in Holocaust. Not skittles @DonaldJTrumpJr

— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) September 20, 2016

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September 2nd, 2016 by Staff Writer

If you didn’t have the time — or the stomach — this far into the political season to watch Donald Trump’s speech Wednesday on immigration, Dana Loesch offers an easy, minute-and-a-half Cliff’s Notes version.

The short and shareable compilation, the “Trumpolation,” focuses on the real-estate tycoon’s campaign promises around his tough stance on immigration, including general topics that have both propelled him to his front-runner status and stirred more violence and vitriol than past election cycles:

● Building a wall, specifically one that is “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful”;
● Passing Kate’s Law, to ensure criminal aliens convicted of illegal re-entry receive strong mandatory, minimum sentences;
● Tripling the number of ICE deportation officers; and
● Creating special deportation task force focused on identifying and deporting dangerous criminals who have immigrated illegally

This story has been updated.

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September 1st, 2016 by Staff Writer

Watch Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s highly anticipated speech on immigration live from Phoenix.

The contentious issue has been a centerpiece of Trump’s campaign, in which he vowed to deport illegal immigrants and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But there have been indications recently that Trump may soften his stance.

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August 31st, 2016 by Staff Writer

As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump prepares to deliver a “major” immigration policy speech Wednesday, at least one conservative immigration leader is waiting for a change from the bombastic candidate.

In an interview with TheBlaze, Daniel Garza, executive director of the LIBRE Initiative, said he wants to see “specific policy details” in Trump’s upcoming immigration speech but speculated that the nominee would “dance a fine line” between being firm on border security and appealing to the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country.

“I think it’s important that Donald Trump shift from his previously stated immigration proposal that he announced and move toward the middle,” Garza said. “If we’re ever going to address effectively the broken immigration laws that we have and the effects of the broken immigration laws, then we have to move toward a place of consensus.”

SUMTER, SC - FEBRUARY 17: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on February 17, 2016 in Sumter, South Carolina. Despite attacks from his fellow candidates about his shifting positions, Trump is still ahead in South Carolina polls only days away from the primary. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Sumter, South Carolina. (Getty Images/Spencer Platt)

“Look, the Democratic Party does not get to define what immigration reform is, and neither can the Republicans,” he continued.

Garza, who heads the conservative Hispanic nonprofit, asserted that the “back and forth” from Trump and his campaign on immigration has done nothing but “increase the confusion” among voters on where the candidate really stands on the issue. 

“The Latino community is looking for a leader who is able to persuade the other side and move from their fixed position toward consensus,” he said. “Frankly up until now, Trump has done a terrible job of messaging that because I don’t think that’s where he’s at.”

“They’ve confused the electorate more than offered up clarity,” Garza said.

Aside from Trump, Garza argued that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is “promising what she cannot deliver” as she has advocated to “impose” immigration laws — something the president does not have the authority to do, he said.

“You have a candidate who wants to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, spoke with disdain and contempt about the undocumented community, refused to provide drivers licenses to them and called to deport Central American children who are fleeing drug dealers and sex traders and gang violence just last year and voted to enhance the border wall — I’m talking about Hillary Clinton here,” he said. “So she softened her position and moved away from the stated positions that she’s said in the past.”

“So we’re hoping to see Donald Trump also move from that harsh position that he took with immigration,” Garza continued, adding that he is “running out of time” to do so.

Earlier this election cycle when there were still several candidates vying for the GOP nod, Garza argued that Hispanic voters had a choice to make — to either support a candidate who would “forsake” a majority of important issues or align with a candidate who might only be good on the one issue of immigration.

“That is a valid question every Latino has to ask themselves — every Latino voter,” Garza said in March. “So for someone that is very harsh on immigration, for individuals who have expressed themselves as much, am I willing to then forsake spending, social issues, national security, all of these other issues because of that one issue, and that’s a very legitimate question.”

Garza said that question still holds true as Hispanic voters — as well as the rest of the country – watches Trump’s speech in Arizona Wednesday.

Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, is expected to join him as he makes his “major speech” in downtown Phoenix.

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Donald Trump and Jeb Bush were political enemies during the Republican presidential primary season, but now the billionaire businessman is coming around to his rival’s point of view on immigration. That is, according to Bush’s former communications director.

In the second half of a town hall event with Fox News’ Sean Hannity set to air Wednesday night, Trump vowed there will be “no amnesty” for illegal immigrants under his White House administration, but continued to soften the bold stance he took on immigration reform during the primaries.

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Hannity asked Trump during the taping for the event if he stands by his promise to deport everyone currently living in the U.S. illegally, or if he would offer an exception to those who have proven to be “a fair citizen.”

“No citizenship,” Trump told the Fox host. “Let me go a step further — they’ll pay back-taxes, they have to pay taxes, there’s no amnesty, as such, there’s no amnesty, but we work with them.”

Trump said that “everyone agrees” it is essential to get the “bad ones” out of the country, but indicated he has rethought his earlier unabashed position since meeting people who have lived in the U.S. illegally for several years.

“But when I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject, and I’ve had very strong people come up to me, really great, great people come up to me, and they’ve said, ‘Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person who’s been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and their family out, it’s so tough, Mr. Trump,’ I have it all the time! It’s a very, very hard thing,” Trump said.

Following the release of Trump’s remarks to Hannity, former Bush communications director Tim Miller took to Twitter to respond to the apparent shift on immigration policy.

“This is basically Jeb’s position,” he wrote. “Guess Trump is the biggest cuck of them all.”

This is basically Jeb’s position. Guess Trump is the biggest cuck of them all.

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) August 24, 2016

Trump’s comments come the day after he told Hannity during the first half of the town hall event that he is open to “softening” his position on immigration reform because he’s “not looking to hurt people.”

Conservative commentator and ardent Trump supporter Ann Coulter said Tuesday it is a “mistake” for the Republican presidential nominee to soften his approach to illegal immigration.

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Donald Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity Tuesday night that he is open to “softening” his stance on immigration, and commentator Ann Coulter is not happy about it.

“I think this is a mistake,” Coulter, a fervent supporter of Trump, told MSNBC host Chris Matthews, adding that the recent shift sounds like “tired talking points” on immigration, an issue about which the conservative talker is particularly passionate.



In a town hall event, Trump told Hannity “there certainly can be softening” on immigration laws, adding that he is “going to follow the laws of this country,” but is open to a “merit system.”

“We’re not looking to hurt people,” he said at the Austin, Texas, event. “We want people — we have some great people in this country.”

When asked by Matthews about the apparent pivot, Coulter said Trump’s comments “sounded very consultant to me.” On Monday, Trump told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that his position on immigration would be similar to President Barack Obama’s, but “with a lot more energy.”

“This could be the shortest book tour ever if he’s really softening his position on immigration,” she said. Coulter is the author of the new book “In Trump We Trust.”

Coulter said she doesn’t think the new language is a shift, but something being pushed by “consultants.” She suggested Trump is “panicking” and not receiving good advice. In her view, the Republican nominee needs to stay the course on immigration.

“I’ve thought he’s made other mistakes, and I’ve given him constructive criticism when I think he makes a mistake,” she said. “I think this is a mistake.”

See Coulter’s remarks below:

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