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Illegal Border Crossings Plummet Over the Last Five Months

President Trump noticed last spring that Mexico was not helping stop illegal immigrants from Central America who were flowing across Mexico to our southern border.

So he got tough, threatening sanctions. Everyone was aghast! But Mexico suddenly started cooperating.

According to the Washington Examiner:

The number of people arrested for illegally crossing the southern border from Mexico dropped in October for a fifth consecutive month, down 73% after hitting 132,000 arrests in May.

More than 35,000 people were apprehended by Border Patrol agents for illegally entering Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California between official crossing points last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Thursday.

The number of arrests in October was down from around 40,000 in September, 50,000 in August, 71,000 in July, and 94,000 in June. CBP uses the number of arrests as an indicator of how many people tried to illegally enter the country, since it is not able to stop every person who tries.

The number of arrests has dropped significantly since Mexico deployed more federal police and military to the U.S. and Guatemalan borders to deter illegal immigration.

In late May, President Trump — frustrated by the lack of legislative action in the U.S. to address the crisis — followed through on a threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports if the country did not take action to deter people passing through Mexico from Central America on the way to the U.S. southern border.

The Mexican government deployed its National Guard to the U.S. border to prevent people from crossing in well-traveled spots. It also sent the Guard and federal police to its southern border with Guatemala to prevent people from entering into Mexico. Other federal law enforcement and military set up checkpoints along highways in Central Mexico to stop buses of people traveling north. Those without legal documents are arrested and deported.

Ukraine Foreign Minister: Military Aid Never Lined to Investigating the Bidens

Well, I guess the liberal MSM will be all over this. Or not.

Apparently if there was a link between the provision of military aid to Ukraine and investigations of Joe Biden, the Ukrainians were not aware of it.

According to the Washington Examiner:

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland never linked military aid to Ukraine on whether the foreign government launched investigations into the energy company Burisma, according to a top Ukraine official.

Ukraine Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told reporters on Thursday that Sondland never asked him for investigations into Joe Biden’s son’s role with the energy company while Biden was vice president, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

“Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and did not tell me exactly, about the relation between the [military] assistance and the investigations. You should ask him,” Prystaiko said. “I do not recall any conversation with me as with foreign minister. It was not we, the Ukrainian officials [who were told this].”

“I have never seen a direct link between investigations and security assistance. Yes, investigations were mentioned, you know, in a presidential conversation. But there was no clear connection between these events,” Prystaiko added.

Trump Schedule || Thursday, November 14, 2019

2:00 pm || Participates in a working visit with the Secretary General of NATO
4:10 pm || Departs White House
6:35 pm CT || Arrives at CenturyLink Center; Bossier City, Lousiana
7:00 pm CT || Delivers remarks at a Keep America Great rally; CenturyLink Center; Bossier City, Lousiana
8:30 pm CT || Departs Bossier City, Lousiana
12:30 am || Arrives White House

All times Eastern except as noted

Ken Starr: No Crime Proven Today

Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr, whose work was the basis for the impeachment of Bill Clinton, said that Wednesday’s House impeachment hearings demonstrated no crime — unlike in the cases of Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. Therefore, the Senate will not vote too convict.

Now, I know what everyone says, that this is a political process and the Constitution does not require a crime to be committed for conviction on impeachment.

But in fact, if a crime has not been convicted, the bar is very high to remove a president. If it’s going to be for bad behavior, it has to be very bad behavior. And denying a corrupt regime its missiles is just not going to be viewed as egregious enough to reverse an election right — and right before the next election.

Ambassador Taylor Was “Pleased” When Trump Gave Ukraine Weapons After Obama Did Not

One of the many ironies here. It was President Trump who actually gave the Ukrainians weapons, as opposed to Barack Obama, who gave them some MREs and I guess a few plastic forks and knives.

All while Trump is supposedly a Russian agent. Meantime, it was Obama who was whispering to then-Russian President Medvedev that he could do more for him after he was reelected.

Now, Trump is being impeached for threatening to withhold aid that Obama never provided, but Trump did.

This is just not going to fly with enough Americans. Democrats will have to do better.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Ambassador William Taylor told Congress that he was “pleased” with President Trump’s decision to provide Ukraine with weapons to defend itself from Russia.

During his impeachment testimony on Wednesday, Taylor explained why he decided to accept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s offer to return to the department to be the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

He explained that while he was in the private sector in 2015, he urged President Obama to provide lethal military weapons to Ukraine when Russia started to invade the Crimean peninsula.

Obama declined to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons and instead opted to sanction Russia and give Ukraine tools such as night-vision goggles and communication devices.

White House: Trump Not Watching the Impeachment Hearings

Who can blame him? Mostly rehash or what we already know.

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Trump is not watching the first day of impeachment hearings on television, according to his spokeswoman, who said he had a busy day of meetings.

Much of Washington came to a standstill on Wednesday morning to hear the opening exchanges in a day of testimony that could decide Trump’s fate.

However, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the president was getting on with his job.

“He’s in the Oval in meetings,” she said. “Not watching. He’s working.”

Trump Says He’ll Strike a Deal with Democrats on DACA

President Trump’s attempt to overturn Barack Obama’s illegal DACA order is at the Supreme Court today. Not sure how it will go. John Roberts, the new Anthony Kennedy, possibly will wimp out for the sake of peace, love and understanding. Trump won’t get a deal this year. Not during the campaign and while he’s being… Continue Reading