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After Judge’s Ruling Trump Indicates He Will Not Return to “Catch and Release”

President Trump Tuesday showed defiance after a ruling by Los Angeles-based U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee that children of illegal immigrants could not be detained indefinitely with their parents.

The ruling, which likely will be appealed, poses a challenge to Trump’s recent executive order seeking to end the separation of families by allowing children to be detained with their parents.

Trump spoke to reporters before departing for Brussels for the NATO Summit:

I have a solution. Tell people not to come to our country illegally. That’s the solution. Don’t come to our country illegally. Come like other people do. Come legally . . . We have laws. We have borders. Don’t come to our country illegally. It’s not a good thing.

“Absolutely nothing prevents [the administration] from reconsidering their current blanket policy of family detention and reinstating prosecutorial discretion,” Gee wrote.

By prosecutorial discretion, she means “catch and release.”

The point Trump will make is that nothing prevents Congress from changing the law to allow families to be held together. But Schumer and Pelosi would rather have a political issue than help families.

Here is Trump’s short meeting with reporters on the South Lawn.

And I’m sorry, if I get accused of sexism, so be it. But Melania looks incredible. I don’t think she’d mind me saying it at all, nor would he. And frankly, if you can’t call a beautiful woman beautiful anymore without everyone assuming that means you think she’s a dummy, or complaining that it must mean someone else is not beautiful, then there is something very wrong. We objectify each other all day long. And we do have standards. It’s human nature, something liberals are constantly fighting against.

Trump is Cutting Legal Immigration Too; That’s a Good Thing, and It’s Not Racist

The Washington Post has some interesting news: The number of legal immigrants is going down.

Here’s the headline: “How Trump is changing the face of legal immigration.”

Get it? The “face.”

The article is mainly about how legal immigration is declining, but the subtext is that this is both a bad thing and a racist thing. There is no entertaining the argument that we are currently conducting in this country an experiment in endless high levels of immigration, a quarter of it illegal, while assuming this will do nothing to change a culture that has created the greatest economic engine and force for good in the history of the world.

The late, esteemed, scholar Samuel Huntington wrote a whole book about this, “Who are we?” It was published about 15 years ago. If he wrote it today, no doubt he’d be prevented from having his dinner in peace, or worse. I recommend you buy it before Amazon decides it messes with someone’s safe space.

Those who support maintaining these levels of migration assume either that these entrants can somehow be assimilated – or that we don’t have a culture here or if we do, changing it to whatever is fine.

According to the article:

As the national immigration debate swirls around the effort to discourage illegal immigration by separating families at the border, the Trump administration is making inroads into another longtime priority: reducing legal immigration.

The number of people receiving visas to move permanently to the United States is on pace to drop 12 percent in President Trump’s first two years in office, according to a Washington Post analysis of State Department data.

This is great news, of course, because we in fact do have a culture and in previous times we turned the immigration spigot way down for decades and were able to assimilate those who had been arriving, literally, by the boatload.

The change is a credit to Stephen Miller, the White House immigration guru, who is rapidly becoming Goering to Trump’s Hitler in the estimation of liberals.

And such a crisis. A 12 percent decrease. That’s still higher than in the early years of the Obama administration which, the piece notes, ramped up immigration in its final two years with a “get to yes” policy at U.S. embassies. That is also known as a “don’t properly enforce the law” policy.

The piece continues:

Among the most affected are the Muslim-majority countries on the president’s travel ban list — Yemen, Syria, Iran, Libya and Somalia — where the number of new arrivals to the United States is heading toward an 81 percent drop by Sept. 30, the end of the second fiscal year under Trump.

Legal immigration from all Muslim-majority countries is on track to fall by nearly a third.

Well of course it is. There is terrorism coming from certain Muslim-majority countries. Those countries are experiencing a travel ban. Therefore immigration is down.

Some public officials and immigration experts have raised concerns that the administration’s approach targets certain nationalities, discriminating against those from poorer and nonwhite countries.

The proof? Immigration from Europe is up, slightly. Well, two things about that. First, the levels from Europe are way below those from other parts of the world, according to the article itself. And second, Europeans are obviously more easy to assimilate and less likely to end up on welfare than those from elsewhere. It doesn’t have to be about race.

We have a Western culture here. It is derived from Europe, most specifically, Great Britain. Yes, there happen to be white people in Europe.

The Post also adds an economic argument to help makes its point, in an what is ostensibly a “straight news” story, that Trump is pursuing a bad – as in both evil and unproductive – policy.

“In general, the consensus of economists is that immigration on average has a strong positive effect on the American economy,” said Giovanni Peri, the chair of the economics department at the University of California at Davis. “The big picture really is that this cut in the number of all immigrants — high- and low-skill — is going to have an impact by slowing the economy.”

That may be true. In the short run. The Chamber of Commerce certainly wants all the cheap labor it can get right now.

But in the long run, if you alter the culture of this country too rapidly, you change its character, and that will harm its productivity. We are not like other countries, but we are turning into other countries. There are areas of Florida and California where you can pretty much live your whole life without speaking English.

Liberals will kill the goose that has been laying the golden eggs for all Americans – black, white, Hispanic, Christian, Jew and Muslim. And only a few brave people like Trump and Stephen Miller are standing in their way.

Obama: Trump Movement is “Based Largely on Fear.” So?

I listen to people like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who think they’re great intellectuals, and I’m never impressed. Politicians make bad intellectuals. They’re in three businesses: Advancing an agenda; amassing power; and making people like them. Reflective thought is not their strong suit, though some pretend otherwise.

Ronald Reagan, who was assailed by the media and Democrats as a dum dum, actually had a coherent system of thought based on wide reading. But he is one of the few.

And so, with Obama, you get lots of platitudes that he thinks are profound, like “we are a nation of immigrants” and this one, that Trump and his supporters are ruled by “fear” while Obama and the progressives represent “hope.” As if some amount of fear was always bad, and hope with the absence of fear is always good.

From the Los Angeles Times at an event where Obama called himself the “Optimist in chief”:

Without once mentioning the president by name, former President Obama on Thursday drew sharp contrast between his eight years in office and the Trump administration.

“To a large degree, we are seeing a competition between two stories,” the former president told about 200 people at a high-dollar fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Beverly Hills.

“There’s the story that is based largely on fear, and there is a story based largely in hope. There’s the story that says we’re in it together, and there’s the story that says there’s an us and a them,” Obama told DNC Chairman Tom Perez during a conversation at the event.

“There’s a fundamental contrast of how we view the world,” the former president said, “and I think we are seeing the consequences of when one vision is realized, or at least in charge.”

So, if you bump into a lion while you’re out hiking, what’s better to have, hope or fear?

I suppose you could say that Chamberlain had a policy of hope, and Churchill had a policy of fear.

Millions of Trump voters took a look at the direction the country was going in and, yes, they had fear. Fear of a perpetually slow economy and stagnant wages; fear of a culture changing so rapidly and in so many negative ways, including attacks on religion and free speech; fear of unlimited immigration, a large amount of it illegal, that could not easily be assimilated; fear of a surrender of U.S. sovereignty to dubious international organizations and agreements.

Fear that they were losing their country.

Another profound point on the way

And it’s not fair to say Trump voters were without hope. If they were, they never would have turned out en masse in the election and voted for the one person they believed, despite his flaws, might stand in the way of the nation’s degradation and perhaps eventual disintegration: Donald Trump.

You can only abuse the goose – America – so long, they reasoned, before it stops laying the golden eggs. We are not a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of citizens, as Mark Levin points out. What makes us unique is that, remarkably – unlike in Europe, for example – immigrants add their small contribution to the culture while largely being absorbed into it. That’s not happening anymore.

And by the way, there is an us and a them. American citizens are “us.” Foreigners are “them.” We are not One World. We love all peoples, but we are not all peoples. We are America, we have a culture, we have traditions, and we have a philosophy, and to the extent those are being erased by “change agents” like Obama, it should create grave concern.

And fear.

Video || Sanders: We Don’t Make Up Laws, “We’re Not the Obama Administration”

Exactly. Thank you.

The Trump administration needs Congress to change the law in order to keep illegal parents and children together, unless the courts reinterpret it, which they likely won’t. Pelosi and Schumer have already indicated they don’t want Congress to move even a limited immigration bill.

Obama would say he needs Congress to act, and when it didn’t, like with DACA recipients, he simply wrote his own law.

Child Who Has Become Face of Crisis Was Never Separated from her Mother

A child whose photo has become an emblem of the family separation crisis at the border was in fact never apart from her mother, according to the Daily Mail. What’s more, she was, essentially, stolen from her father and taken on a journey he considered dangerous.

The Daily Mail writes:

Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, 32, said that he had not heard from his wife Sandra, 32, who was with his two-year-old daughter Yanela Denise, for nearly three weeks until he saw the image of them being apprehended in Texas.

In an exclusive interview with, Hernandez, who lives in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, says that he was told yesterday that his wife and child are being detained at a family residential center in Texas but are together and are doing ‘fine.’

‘You can imagine how I felt when I saw that photo of my daughter. It broke my heart. It’s difficult as a father to see that, but I know now that they are not in danger. They are safer now than when they were making that journey to the border,’ he said.

Denis said his wife and daughter were never separated by border control agents and remain together.

The photo is heartbreaking, but it simply depicts the child’s reaction during the detention of her and her mother.

I wonder if this will screw up the photographer’s no-doubt upcoming Pulitzer.

That didn’t stop the supposedly objective MSM newsmagazine Time from using it to editorialize.

President Trump Friday morning tweeted that Democrats were peddling “phony stories of sadness and grief.”

Trump To GOP: Forget Immigration Bill, Wait for “Red Wave”

President Trump is right. I’m not sure I understand what’s going on in the House. They are struggling to pass an immigration bill that will never get through the Senate because of the need for 60 votes.

I gather it’s just to give Republican lawmakers a talking point for their campaigns – that they tried to solve the immigration problem. If politically, they need to support giving DACA recipients a path to citizenship, one of the bills allows them to do that.

The smartest route would be to simply vote on limited legislation to end the separation of parents and children, which can only be done legislatively. If Democrats reject this, then they are on the spot for separating families.

Maybe this is Trump’s strategy. It’s currently up to the courts to rule on his “order” to stop separating families. If they rule that it is illegal, which is what’s expected, then Trump can say he tried but that his hands are tied, and that Congress must act.

He and Republicans would have to make clear that the only other way to keep families together is to continue “catch and release.” That is an argument Republicans should want to have: Either pass legislation, or continue a system that incentivizes people to bring their kids to the U.S. and results in illegal aliens being successfully set free into the country, many never to be seen again.

Melania Trump Heads to the Border to Help “Reunite” Children and Families

Uh oh. Looks like she’s getting involved in policy. That might not be good. Unless this is basically a “Message: We care” photo op. But I don’t think Melania does much to smooth Donald’s rough edges, people already differentiate her from the president, unlike Ivanka, who kind of shares the rap against her dad’s. And… Continue Reading

Trump’s Order is Not Final: The Decision Rests With the Judiciary

Just to be clear, what President Trump signed does not “solve” the problem of separation of illegal immigrant families. It just punts it to the courts. The White House is being vilified in the press for supposedly lying when it claimed that it could not legally keep the families together. It was not a lie,… Continue Reading

Democrats: Don’t Separate Families; Also, Don’t Keep Them Together

It’s all going to make George Orwell wake up and write another book. Democrats have been objecting for days that President Trump is separating families at the border and that this does irreparable harm to children. So he signed an executive order that attempts to keep them together. Which prompted Democrats to . . .… Continue Reading

Trump Caves to Democrats, Will Put Migrant Kids with Parents, Possibly Illegally

In a humiliating reversal, President Trump today decided to keep children and their illegal immigrant parents together while their cases are decided. The administration had previously, and correctly, said that they could not do this and would need legislation to change the law requiring the separation and eventual release of the children. But instead of… Continue Reading