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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 plan, has given for years solely to Democratic causes, according to federal records.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, wrote in an op-ed Monday that the secretary and his wife’s donations only to Democratic politicians and organizations over the past 12 years could explain why McAleenan allegedly leaked a nationwide Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid to the media last week, forcing the administration to cancel the extensive undertaking after months of planning.

“He has proven his political leanings in his actions, including his campaign contributions,” Judd wrote in a Fox News op-ed. “By definition, Kevin McAleenan should be considered anti-Trump.”

McAleenan had no giving history until the 2008 presidential election, Federal Election Commission data shows. He made 11 contributions from $100 to $600 totaling $3,000 to then-Sen. Barack Obama between November 2007 and November 2008. One $100 donation was rescinded.

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 into the country.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Mexico apprehended about 1,000 migrants after President Trump threatened to slap tariffs on the country over its lax border policies.

About 200 Mexican military police intercepted the caravan walking north along a highway in southern Mexico on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. The migrants told officers they planned to travel to the U.S. and claim asylum.

Some migrants resisted and others fled into the forest on either side of the highway, but the vast majority of those in the caravan complied with orders from Mexican officials. Hundreds of migrants agreed to go to a migrant detention center.

At the detention center, the migrants will be processed and, if needed, be transported back to their home countries.

The mass arrest comes days before Trump plans to place 5% tariff on all Mexican imports.

Trump to Name Ken Cuccinelli as Immigration Czar

This has Stephen Miller’s fingerprints all over it. Having failed to get his top choice to lead ICE, the White House immigration hawk now has an immigration “coordinator” whose title will belie his toughness and influence.

I’ve watched Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general who has unsuccessfully run for governor, for years. He’s dynamic and edgy and will take a tough line on the border.

According to the New York Times:

President Trump is expected to name Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a former attorney general of Virginia and an immigration hard-liner, as his choice to coordinate the administration’s immigration policies, a White House official confirmed on Tuesday.

The specifics of the role — including the title and the scope of duties — are still being hashed out, according to the official. But Mr. Cuccinelli is expected to be based in the Department of Homeland Security, not in the White House.

Mr. Cuccinelli met with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office on Monday, along with nearly a dozen other administration officials, including Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security. By Monday evening, Mr. Cuccinelli had begun placing calls to people to alert them that he was expected to get the job, according to people familiar with the discussions. The formal appointment could come as soon as this week, officials said.

Mr. Cuccinelli served as attorney general from 2010 to 2014, running unsuccessfully for governor of Virginia in 2013. He is a frequent presence on cable news, which Mr. Trump consumes with gusto. He is aligned with Mr. Trump on issues related to border security, though he caught the president’s attention during the 2016 presidential primaries, when he led the effort to strip Mr. Trump of delegates on behalf of an opponent, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a person close to the president said.

A Second Federal Court Rebuffs Trump on DACA

Not sure I get it.

I don’t think all these people should go home. I think the DACA issue should be worked into a general compromise on immigration in which most illegals are deported, a wall is built, etc.

But how is that Barack Obama can make an executive order, but Donald Trump can’t rescind it?

According to the Washington Examiner:

A second federal appeals court on Friday ruled against the Trump administration in its attempt to roll back the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and said its decision to do so was unlawful.

A divided three-judge panel on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the DACA program violated federal law because “it was not adequately explained and thus was arbitrary and capricious.”

The Richmond-based federal appeals court is the second appeals court to rule against President Trump in his attempt to wind down the DACA program, which was implemented by the Obama administration in 2012 and protected immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from the threat of deportation.

In November, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court order blocking the government from rescinding the DACA program. The San Francisco-based court said then that plaintiffs in that challenge to the administration’s efforts to end DACA were likely to succeed in their claim that the rescission “is arbitrary, capricious, or otherwise not in accordance with law.”

The Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to take up the dispute over its attempted rollback, though the court has not acted on numerous petitions currently before it.

Trump to Unveil Immigration Plan Thursday Based on Points System

It’s a campaign document. The Democrats will never pass it in the House, and they won’t allow it to pass the Senate either.

The main thing President Trump needs to do is to stop illegal immigration, not come up with ideas for changing legal immigration. It’s nice, but it’s not going to happen.

Anyway, according to the Washington Examiner:

The reform would radically change the makeup of lawful immigrants but would keep the overall volume steady at around 1.1 million every year.

The Trump plan does not attempt to resolve the status of young adults who have work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is pending Supreme Court review and is a Democratic priority, and it does not propose changes to temporary guest-worker visas.

Trump will describe the plan in a speech, but the the White House has not said where the speech will be.

Under the Trump plan, the share of legal immigrants permitted entry based on job skills would rise from 12 percent to 57 percent. Family bonds as a justification for legal entry would fall from 66 percent to 33 percent. Asylum and diversity admissions would fall from 22 percent to 10 percent.

The plan calls for elimination of the diversity lottery system that currently admits about 55,000 people a year from underrepresented countries, and the streamlining of the asylum system. Family unification will prioritize spousal and parental relationships, another long-held Trump priority.

The proposal calls for three high-skilled immigrant categories, recognizing extraordinary talent, professional and specialized vocations, and exceptional students. Applicants in each category would gain points if they achieve certain benchmarks, such as passing U.S. civics and English proficiency tests, a health screen, and a criminal background check.

The points system would also reward offers of employment, youth, and educational and vocational certifications. There additionally would be points awarded for “diversity” to those from countries with historically low rates of immigration, though that qualification alone would not allow for entry.

Beto Blames Climate Change for Southern Border Crisis

So Beto is going to fight illegal immigration with a carbon tax, I guess.

I mean, and these people think President Trump is insane, and they blame climate change for people surging to the Mexican border. Beto also warns, “wait until some countries in the Western Hemisphere can no longer support human life.”

Seriously? The temperature might go up a couple of degrees and life comes to an end in Guatemala?

According to the Washington Examiner:

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said climate change is a reason so many Central American migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“There were 400,000 apprehensions at our border with Mexico last year. As you know, many of them were kids – kids who, if they were lucky, showed up with their parents,” O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman who represented El Paso, said at a campaign stop Thursday in Salem, N.H. “But increasingly, we are finding that those who are arriving are farmers from Honduras who are trying to plant what used to grow but does not any longer because they, too, are in historic droughts and cannot feed themselves.

“If you think 400,000 is bad, wait until some countries in the Western Hemisphere can no longer support human life, because that is the direction we are headed,” O’Rourke said.

Democrats Continue to Criminalize Policy Differences by Targeting Stephen Miller

Democrats long ago decided that there were not differences on policy between themselves and Republican. There was good, and there was evil, and they were the former, and that was the difference. But what seems to be new is this decision that not only are Republicans’ views evil, but that they are probably criminal as… Continue Reading

Democrat Won’t Say the Word “Crisis” When Discussing the Border

This is what President Trump is dealing with. An opposition party that claims to care about conditions at the border but won’t describe them accurately because it doesn’t fit their political narrative. Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small refused to call the problem a crisis, insisting it was just a “challenge.” Give Willie Geist of MSNBC’s… Continue Reading

Ilhan Omar Calls Steven Miller a White Nationalist

Steven Miller, President Trump’s White House immigration czar, is Jewish, which doesn’t make him a perfect fit for white nationalism. He does, however, have concerns that unlimited immigration, a lot of it illegal, might not be the best thing for the country. But I guess to question whether the culture can absorb one million immigrants… Continue Reading