Posts Tagged ‘border’

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Pelosi Sides With Trump-Attacks AOC & Screws Immigrants

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BREAKING: We’re suing President Trump over today’s blatantly illegal declaration of a national emergency. There is no emergency. This is an unconstitutional power grab that hurts American communities. We’ll see him in court.

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by Joe Giambrone

“I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in…And I do think you have to control your borders.”

Hillary Clinton, Nov. 9, 2015

The Democrats have played into Trump’s hands and given him a symbolic victory for his base, while ending up arguing for incompetent, ineffectual borders. Is that really the issue to burn down the country over? They knew that he liked to build things and stick his name on them, but they were determined beyond all sanity to prevent him from having this small bone. Now he is enabled to up the stakes and play his games on a much larger scale. He may declare a “national emergency” and attempt to seize emergency powers, with echoes of Nazi Germany.

Many in the Democratic Party have resorted to Trump’s game: just do the opposite. If Obama did it, Trump was against it. If Trump likes it, the Dem “#Resistance” automatically hates it with knee-jerk politics devoid of any thought and oblivious to their own hypocrisy. Democrats behaved this way over the proposed Syria invasion withdrawal–an illegal war that America has zero right to be involved in at all–and now over the proposed border wall or metal fence. It doesn’t matter to them if the policy is legitimate; they only want to contradict Trump. They’ve contradicted him into a major government shutdown with an air traffic control system that’s in a perilous state of sick-outs with no pay to critical workers.

“The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion…”

–U.S. Constitution, Article IV, Section 4.

The President has every right to make this an issue, as it’s literally a national security issue: the purview of the Commander in Chief. Trump knows this. Constitutionally, he’s on solid ground. One of the only legitimate uses of federal military and policing power is to defend the borders against incursion. This is business as usual, unexceptional around the world. States police their borders. It’s a major part of what defines a country.

It’s About the Money?

Is it really? The United States of America has closed up shop over $5 Billion dollars?

We apparently have $38 Billion in US taxpayer money to dump on the state of Israel. Those same politicians who don’t have money for domestic issues voted for the largest so-called foreign “aid” package in history to the apartheid state, a rogue state which remains in violation of more UN resolutions than any other.

But, fiscally, it’s even worse than this and quite shocking. Trump literally requested $48 Billion less in military spending than the Congress demanded in 2018. The military budget then jumped again to a “$160 billion boost in defense spending over two years.”

I don’t remember the impassioned Twitter storms, Facebook memes, or government shutdown over that additional $160 Billion for perpetual, illegal wars.

But $5 Billion allegedly breaks the bank, and America is over. Call me skeptical.

 

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Quartz has a decent investigation of what’s happening at the southern border.

Data show taking US immigrant kids from their parents is ridiculous

Asked about the logic behind the policy this week, a DHS official also emphasized the “welfare of the children” to Quartz:

When dealing with families that cross the border, our primary responsibility is to ensure the welfare of the children. Unfortunately, we continue to see too many cases of children being used by smugglers, traffickers, and TCOs [transnational criminal organizations] in an attempt to circumvent our laws and gain entry.

Yet statistics from the department itself show how incredibly rare that situation is. In fiscal year 2017, there were just 46 cases of an immigrant coming across the US’s southern border who fraudulently claimed a child was theirs, DHS told Quartz, out of a total of 303,916 apprehensions. That means the situation happens in 0.015% of all cases.

In the first six months of fiscal 2018, there have been 191 cases of an immigrant fraudulently claiming a child was theirs, DHS says, out of 211,821 apprehensions. That’s 0.09% of all cases.

On the other hand, out of the more than 7,635 “unaccompanied alien children” that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has referred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement in recent years, the government doesn’t know where 1,475 of them are, an ORR official said in April. That means the US has lost 19.3% of all immigrant kids it is in charge of.

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an average of 45 children are being taken from their parents each day

Racist junta treating asylum-seekers as criminals so as to terrorize them from seeking asylum in the USA. This is old-school terrorism dressed up as legalistic bullshit.

The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border, explained