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More Than One Million People Tried to Cross the Border Last Year

Okay, but the numbers have been decreasing in recent months. President Trump’s border policy may finally be starting to work, just in time for the 2020 campaign.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Nearly 1 million people arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico and were encountered by law enforcement over the past 12 months, marking a major spike from any year in the past decade, the country’s top border official announced Tuesday. 

Just under 980,000 people were encountered at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal 2019, which ran from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which handles all border and trade affairs. A total 521,090 people were encountered along the southern border in fiscal 2018.

Encounters, which include contact with those who illegally crossed and those who were turned away for lack of documentation at ports of entry, are an indicator of how many people tried to illegally cross into the country.

“This is a staggering 88% higher than the number of enforcement actions in 2018,” acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said during a press conference at the White House Tuesday morning. “These numbers are numbers that no immigration system in the world is designed to handle, including ours.” 

Morgan said officials believe another 150,000 people eluded being caught while crossing in fiscal 2019.

NY Times Uncovers a New Accomplice in El Paso Shooting: Conservative Media

Incredible. I can see only one guilty party revealed by this article: The participation of the New York Times in the destruction of journalism by printing an opinion piece, and a highly illogical and irresponsible one, in the news section of the paper.

And this one is particularly malignant. It attempts to suggest that because there are words and phrases included in the killer’s manifesto that are spoken by conservative media to describe mass, often illegal immigration, then therefore conservative media had a role in the killing.

They don’t say that, but that’s clearly what they are trying to get across.

The speech police in the press, of all places, have decided that if you use strong language, you could be guilty of murder.

This is so dumb I simply can’t believe that five reporters and no doubt numerous editors participated in it. That’s the power of Trump Derangement Syndrome and the media’s hatred of conservatives.

From the New York Times piece:

Tucker Carlson went on his prime-time Fox News show in April last year and told his viewers not to be fooled. The thousands of Central Americans on their way to the United States were “border jumpers,” not refugees, he said. “Will anyone in power do anything to protect America this time,” he asked, “or will leaders sit passively back as the invasion continues?”

When another group approached the border six months later, Ann Coulter, appearing as a guest on Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show, offered a dispassionately violent suggestion about what could be done to stem the flow of migrants: “You can shoot invaders.”

A few days after, Rush Limbaugh issued a grim prognosis to his millions of radio listeners: If the immigrants from Central America weren’t stopped, the United States would lose its identity. “The objective is to dilute and eventually eliminate or erase what is known as the distinct or unique American culture,” Mr. Limbaugh said, adding: “This is why people call this an invasion.”

There is a striking degree of overlap between the words of right-wing media personalities and the language used by the Texas man who confessed to killing 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso this month. In a 2,300-word screed posted on the website 8chan, the killer wrote that he was “simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”

It remains unclear what, or who, ultimately shaped the views of the white, 21-year-old gunman, or whether he was aware of the media commentary. But his post contains numerous references to “invasion” and cultural “replacement” — ideas that, until recently, were relegated to the fringes of the nationalist right.

An extensive New York Times review of popular right-wing media platforms found hundreds of examples of language, ideas and ideologies that overlapped with the mass killer’s written statement — a shared vocabulary of intolerance that stokes fears centered on immigrants of color. The programs, on television and radio, reach an audience of millions.

“It remains unclear what, or who, ultimately shaped the views of the white, 21-year-old gunman, or whether he was aware of the media commentary,” the Times writes. But, well, who the hell cares? Let’s indict Tucker Carlson as a co-conspirator.

These journalists seem to think they have done something scientific. What they have done is garbage.

But all their peers in the liberal mainstream press will think they are wonderful for going after those awful conservatives. That’s no small part of what this is about.

Oh, and BTW, somebody has got to do something about this invasion of illegal immigrants from Mexico.

Trump Moves to Bar More Immigrants Who Receive Welfare

One top White House reporter, supposedly of the unbiased sort, actually asked USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli whether President Trump intended to to erase “Give me your tired, your poor,” from the Statue of Liberty.

You have to have been on welfare for a year before you have a problem. Seems like there has to be some limit on the amount of money you demand from U.S. taxpayers if you are going to get the gift of residing here.

According to the Washington Examiner:

The Trump administration in October will enlarge the pool of immigrants who can be barred from entry or denied visa renewals because of their reliance on U.S. government benefits, according to a rule change published in the Federal Register.

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services formally submitted the update to a 1999 rule on Monday. The rule further expands the definition of a “public charge,” a term the government uses to indicate a noncitizen has a history of receiving long-term financial or other assistance.

“Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of our self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America,” USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli said during a press conference Monday morning.

Immigrants seeking to enter the United States for the first time as well as those seeking renewal of visas will be judged based on assistance they have accepted from the federal government for at least 12 months in any 36-month period, including cash benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, most forms of Medicaid, and some housing programs, according to the new rule. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and Medicaid were not previously part of the 20-year-old rule.

Trump Suggests Legislation “Marrying” Background Checks and Immigration Reform

Well, the dealmaker thinks he can entice Democrats to support immigration reform by offering to link it to gun control.

Of course, they won’t, and President Trump probably knows that. But he also knows he can then try to say he offered to do something about guns but they would not cooperate.

Poll: Mexicans​ Want Transiting Migrants Deported Back to Their Countries

Wait, what??

I thought we were the only intolerant people on earth!

Oh, this must have been so hard for the Washington Post to write. But it turns out other countries take rational positions about illegal immigrant crossing their borders too.

According to the Post:

Mexicans are deeply frustrated with immigrants after a year of heightened migration from Central America through the country, according to a survey conducted by The Washington Post and Mexico’s Reforma newspaper. 

More than 6 in 10 Mexicans say migrants are a burden on their country because they take jobs and benefits that should belong to Mexicans. A 55 percent majority supports deporting migrants who travel through Mexico to reach the United States.

Those findings defy the perception that Mexico — a country that has sent millions of its own migrants to the United States, sending billions of dollars in remittances — is sympathetic to the surge of Central Americans. Instead, the data suggests Mexicans have turned against the migrants transiting through their own country, expressing antipathy that would be familiar to many supporters of President Trump north of the border. 

Trump Administration Fines Illegal Immigrants Up to $500K for Failing to Leave

According to NPR, which can’t be happy about this:

The Trump administration is seeking to fine some immigrants, who are in the United States illegally, hundreds of thousands of dollars for failing to take steps to leave after being ordered to do so, according to government documents obtained by NPR.

The Department of Homeland Security sent out a batch of notices across the country to targeted individuals ordering them to pay fines of up to nearly $500,000 for “failing to depart the U.S. as previously agreed,” among other factors.

It’s the latest hard-line effort by the administration as it clamps down on illegal immigration at the border and increases interior enforcement. 

“It is the intention of ICE to order you pay a fine in the amount of $497,777,” Lisa Hoechst, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer, wrote to Edith Espinal Moreno in a letter dated June 25, 2019, obtained by NPR from lawyers for Moreno.

The letters come as the Trump administration prepares to carry out delayed immigration sweeps of migrant families who have received deportation orders. President Trump said Monday, while signing legislation providing $4.6 billion in funding to address the influx of migrants from Central America, that the immigration raids will begin after the July 4 holiday if Congress can’t pass new restrictions on asylum laws.

Obama DHS Secretary Criticizes 2020 Dems’ “Open Borders” Stance

Let’s face it. By seeking to decriminalize illegal border crossings and abolish detention centers, Democrats are advocating an open border with Mexico.

This is bad news for the country. Democrats have lost their minds on immigration. But it’s certainly good news for the reelection prospects of President Trump, who was won the White House in no small part on the immigration issue.

There are a few sensible Democrats left. One of them is Jeh Johnson.

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Barack Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security criticized the presidential Democratic candidates who have come out in support of decriminalizing illegal border crossings.

Julián Castro, Obama’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has called for the repeal of Section 1325 in Title 8 of the U.S. Code, which makes it a misdemeanor for migrants to enter the United States illegally.

In his recently released immigration plan, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said he would “virtually eliminate” all immigrant detention centers.

“That is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders,” Jeh Johnson told the Washington Post. “That is unworkable, unwise and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that.”

Acting DHS Director Gave to Obama, His Wife to Hillary

Hmm. Might not be the perfect person to carry out President Trump’s wishes. He is also, by the way, serving as U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner. According to the Washington Examiner: Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, who was accused of sabotaging the Trump administration’s deportation operation because of a personal opposition to the… Continue Reading

Trump Mexico Tariff Threat Begins to Get Results

I love listening to all the people in Washington whining that President Trump isn’t deploying tariffs for their “proper” use. When will they understand that Trump was not sent to Washington for business as usual? And that he was sent to stop the unlimited illegal immigration — and maybe some legal immigration to — cascading… Continue Reading