Category: Immigration

Polling from Vulnerable Dem Seats Should be a Wakeup Call for Compromise

Democrats who think they’re winning the immigration debate and that their antics in Congress are convincing Americans we don’t need a border wall may be in for a shock.

A new poll focused on the seats of Nancy Pelosi’s most vulnerable allies — ten Democrat representatives of districts won by President Donald Trump in 2016 — paints a very different picture.

Regardless of how these districts voted in the midterm elections this past November, they support the President’s policies on border security, not Speaker Pelosi’s; and not by a slim margin. Sixty-one percent agree with the President, compared to 35 percent who are opposed.

The reasons are clear and closely aligned with those that motivate the President. A majority of these voters — 52 percent — recognize that the situation on the border is a national security threat, so they support building a wall or a barrier by ten points.

The message to Chuck and Nancy here is clear: whatever temporary “victory” Democrats want to claim in President Trump’s agreement to reopen the government for three weeks, they are not out of the woods yet. In these battleground districts, support for the Democrat leadership’s “no wall, no way” strategy is incredibly low.

Only 28 percent of respondents would have their Democratic congressperson stand with Nancy Pelosi to block any wall being built. When informed of additional information — like the fact that the vast majority of U.S. Border Patrol agents believe the wall is necessary to secure the border — support for “no wall, no way” falls to just 24 percent of respondents.

By contrast, not only would more of these respondents like their Democratic representatives to support building the wall rather than oppose it, a huge plurality wants the two sides to compromise.

The news gets even worse for Chuck and Nancy. By seven points, these vulnerable Democrat districts think President Trump is the one in this fight who is open to compromise. In fact, an absolute majority of respondents thought the Democrats should have accepted President Trump’s unilateral offer outright to address our border crisis.

**LISTEN: Dan discusses the major problem Democrats have created for themselves in the shutdown fight**

Nancy Pelosi rejected that offer, which would have reopened the government permanently and given illegal immigrants once covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) a three year reprieve, before she even heard it.

Even securing the pay of 800,000 federal workers and securing a victory that Democrats have been fighting nearly 18 years to get was not enough to bring Pelosi back to the table. The $5.7 billion President Trump sought in return to fund border security including sections of border barriers was simply too much for the Democrat obstructionists to agree to.

Democrats and Republicans alike have three weeks to fix this mess and that kind of reluctance is just not going to cut it. All Members of Congress regardless of party should take their marching orders from their constituents in these districts.

It’s time for a serious compromise that includes the wall our border patrol says we need. These results indicate both parties ignore that at their peril.

Jim Acosta’s facepalm moment at the border

Jim Acosta may want to steer clear of his comrades in the liberal media for a while — at least until he manages to extract the loafer from his mouth.

In a single overzealous tweet, Acosta managed to prove both Donald Trump and Kellyanne Conway, two of his greatest adversaries, correct.

While covering President Trump’s trip to the southern border, CNN’s Jim Acosta made one of the great unforced errors of fake opinion journalism by inadvertently discrediting his own opposition to a border wall.

Acosta was widely mocked on social media after posting a video Thursday that was intended to downplay the President’s claims of a border crisis — but which actually ended up supporting the case that border barriers improve security.

“Here are some of the steel slats that the president’s been talking about,” Acosta said in a video shot next to a section of border wall. “But as we’re walking along here, we’re not seeing any kind of imminent danger.”

Acosta clearly meant to mock President Trump for calling the situation on our southern border a “crisis,” but the video could just as easily have been an ad produced by the Trump Campaign. All it lacked was a little message at the end saying, “I’m Donald Trump and I approve this message.”

Not only did the glib gambit backfire, it also came at a particularly embarrassing time for Acosta — just two days after Kellyanne Conway publicly chastised him for being a “smarta**.”

Compounding his blunder, Acosta included a caption that stated the accidental point even more clearly, writing, “I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation … at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today.”

Conservatives — including White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders; Donald Trump, Jr.; and even President Trump himself — quickly responded on social media by thanking Acosta for making the case for a border wall so effectively.

That’s the problem with fake news, of which Acosta is perhaps the premier purveyor: you have to be extremely careful about how you present it, lest the facts get in the way of the fictional narrative you’re trying to weave.

On the other side of the state from where Acosta posted his fateful video is the town of El Paso, Texas, which offers a perfect example of why Acosta had so much trouble contradicting the President’s argument for a border wall.

Federal data show that a border wall has significantly reduced both illegal immigrant crossings and crime in Texas’ sixth-largest city — even though it borders Juarez, one of Mexico’s most dangerous locales.

The number of illegal immigrants apprehended by Border Patrol agents fell drastically over the six-year period after the town’s border wall was built. Before the project began in 2006, illegal crossings averaged 122,261 per year. By 2012, after the 131-mile stretch of wall was completed, illegal immigrant crossings were below 9,700 per year — a decrease of over 90 percent.

In fact, border walls have proven effective just about everywhere they’ve been tried — not just here in America, but all over the world.

A wall worked perfectly along Israel’s border with Egypt, for instance, reducing illegal immigration by an astounding 99 percent. In 2011, before the wall was built, about 16,000 illegal immigrants poured into Israel across its western border. After the 143-mile fence was finished, fewer than 20 illegal immigrants made it across that same border throughout all of 2016.

Hungary experienced similar success after building a wall to address a flood of nearly 1,000 illegal border crossings per day. Once the government erected a 100-mile fence along its borders with Croatia and Serbia, illegal immigration plummeted by 99.7 percent in just two years.

If America were to secure its southern border with fencing and natural as well as man-made barriers in similar fashion, the bucolic scene that Acosta described in his video could well become the norm along the entirety of our nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico.

Jim Acosta made himself into a household name with partisan attacks on President Trump masquerading as “news” reporting. His “smarta**” hectoring never succeeded in doing much damage to President Trump’s political standing, but it may have just cost him his own standing among the anti-Trump fake news media.

Americans are all-in for the border wall

No matter how desperately the Democrats try to distort the President’s immigration policy, the American people want real border security, including a strong physical barrier to prevent illegal immigrants, drug smugglers, and human traffickers from flooding our communities.

As it stands today, immigration remains one of the top issues for voters, with 49 percent stating that the government should address the matter this year. The ongoing crisis on our southern border is so concerning to the populace, in fact, that more than 325,000 Americans have lost their patience with the obstructionist Democrats in Congress and joined together to raise almost $20 million for President Trump’s border wall.

It’s easy to see why so many Americans are growing tired of Washington’s inaction on immigration.

According to Border Patrol statistics, the Office of Field Operations had seized close to 48,000 pounds of cocaine, 67,000 pounds of methamphetamine, and 5,000 pounds of heroin before the end of fiscal year 2018 alone. During the same period, Border Patrol agents also took a total of 566,281 enforcement actions and arrested 1,547 criminal aliens who were already wanted by law enforcement.

Sadly, our immigration authorities can only do so much to protect the country from drug cartels and other foreign criminals who consistently evade security checkpoints to cross our borders illegally. Every year, thousands of Americans fall victim to the drug trade, and criminal aliens are exacerbating the problem by smuggling heroin, cocaine, and other dangerous substances across the border.

At the same time, illegal immigration is overwhelming our economy, costing taxpayers a whopping $116 billion per year.

The American people aren’t stupid — they know that no country on the planet can afford to bear the burden of unfettered illegal immigration for eternity. That’s precisely why they voted for President Trump, a champion of border security who promised to solve the illegal immigration crisis and fix our broken immigration laws.

Instead of working with the President to address one of the most pressing issues of our time, however, Democrats in Congress are devoting all of their energy to obstructing the President’s agenda and fantasizing about impeachment.

Ignoring their own pledge to embrace bipartisanship after the midterm elections, the Democrats have ramped up their obstructionist campaign, refusing to fund the President’s wall or agree to any other compromise on immigration.

President Trump’s border security solutions, however, aren’t nearly as controversial as the Democrats are trying to make them seem — not too long ago, prominent Democrat leaders openly supported tough immigration enforcement policies similar to those the President is now requesting.

“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants in this country,” former President Obama said in 2005.

Similarly, President Trump’s 2016 election opponent, Hillary Clinton, even voted in favor of a physical barrier on the border when she served in the Senate.

“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,” she recalled during a 2015 campaign event. “And I do think you have to control your borders.”

Sadly, after years of empty promises from politicians, we still don’t have the border wall that we need. Now, in desperation, hundreds of thousands of Americans are donating their hard-earned money to help President Trump fund the wall that we’ve been promised by politicians in both parties for decades. They shouldn’t have to — their tax dollars should be dedicated to American security first and foremost, but establishment politicians have them failed time and time again.

The American people want border security, not continued obstructionism. If the Democrats truly care about border security, they should immediately fund the border wall, end the government shutdown, and stop playing political games aimed at taking down the President.

It’s time to put national security interests above petty political aspirations. The American people want the games to end and the border secured, and are even willing to use their own money to get the job done that the Democrats refuse to do.

Gloves Off: Trump Unloads on Pelosi, Schumer Over Border Wall in Fiery White House Exchange

President Trump unloaded on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday; blasting the top Democrats for their inability to secure funding for his proposed border wall.

The highly anticipated sit-down quickly escalated, in public, as Trump allowed the press to attend the start of it. The President began by repeatedly telling Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, his party is limited in what it can do because it will take Democratic support to pass anything through the Senate. The Commander-in-Chief vowed to “shut down” the government should they fail to reach an agreement.

“If there’s not border security, I won’t take it!” Trump confirmed. “I am proud to shut down the government for border security.”

“I will take the mantle,” he added. “I will be the one to shut it down. And I’m gonna shut it down for border security.”

The meeting ended a half-hour after the cameras stopped rolling. The very-public discord leaves unclear whether the two sides can come to an agreement to keep the government running before the December 21st deadline.

Migrant Caravan Members–Mostly Men–Push to Enter U.S.

A group of mostly male migrant caravan members gathered at a bridge in Tijuana just across from the U.S. border yesterday, demanding “better conditions” and pushing to enter the country.

Authorities from the National Human Righs Comission and a migrant support agency told the caravan members their needs would be addressed and suggested they apply for humanitarian visas in Mexico and seek work in Tijuana.

However, one migrant, 22-year-old Oscar Rodriguez of Honduras, told AP he wanted to convince “the United States to open its doors to us.”

Yesterday, President Trump threatened to close the entire border, telling reporters, “If we find that it gets to a level where we are going to lose control or where people are going to start getting hurt, we will close entry into the country for a period of time until we can get it under control,” he said.

“The whole border. I mean the whole border,” he said, adding, “Mexico will not be able to sell their cars into the United States.”

The president yesterday also lamented the amount of criminals within the migrant caravan, saying, “You’re dealing with a minimum of 500 serious criminals, so I’m not going to let the military be taken of advantage of. I have no choice. Do I want that to happen? Absolutely not. You’re dealing with rough people.”

About 34 caravan members were arrested in Tijuana earlier this week for drug possession, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and resisting police, and will be deported to their home countries.

The city’s mayor, Juan Manuel Gastelum stated residents were not comfortable with the caravan and compared the group to a group of 3,000 Haitians who ended up in the city last year after an unsuccessful attempt to reach the United States.

“The Haitians arrived with their papers, with a clear vision,” Gastelum said in an interview, stating they had come to the city  “in an orderly way, they never asked us for food or shelter,” Gastelum said the Haitains rented apartments, made their own food, found jobs and “inserted themselves in the city’s economy” having never been involved in any disturbances.

In contrast, the mayor claims the migrants in the caravan, “had arrived all of sudden, with a lot of people – not all … but a lot – were aggressive and cocky.”

This morning, Trump took to Twitter and called for unity between Republicans and Democrats, urging them to come up with a border security plan which would include funding for the border wall.

 

 

Mexico to Begin Deporting Migrant Caravan Members After Tijuana Arrests

Officials in Tijuana said they have arrested 34 caravan members and will deport them to their home countries.

Fox News reports:

A Tijuana city statement late Monday said the 34 — apparently all men — were arrested for drug possession, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and resisting police, and added they would be deported to their home countries. The main caravan has between 4,000 and 6,000 participants, so those arrested represent less than 1 percent of the total.

The news of the deportations comes after reports of fights breaking out between Tijuana residents and migrants.

On Sunday, hundreds locals protested the arrival of the migrants, chanting “Out! Out! Out!” and claimed the arrival of the group was an “invasion.”

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum stated his city was not comfortable with the caravan and compared the group to a group of 3,000 Haitians who ended up in the city last year after an unsuccessful attempt to reach the United States.

“The Haitians arrived with their papers, with a clear vision,” Gastelum said in an interview, stating they had come to the city  “in an orderly way, they never asked us for food or shelter,” Gastelum said the Haitains rented apartments, made their own food, found jobs and “inserted themselves in the city’s economy” having never been involved in any disturbances.

In contrast, Gastelum claims the migrants in the caravan, “had arrived all of sudden, with a lot of people – not all … but a lot – were aggressive and cocky.”

Department of Homeland Security officials announced Monday that over 500 criminals are part of the group of migrants stationed just outside the U.S. border.

Officials said “most of the caravan members are not women and children,” and that a majority of the group is made up of teen and adult males. The women and children–they claimed–were strategically placed at the front of the line to gain sympathetic media coverage.

 

Illegal Immigrant Involved in Shootout with Police is DACA Recipient

ICE agents confirmed yesterday that an illegal immigrant involved in a shootout with an Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was in the United States as an Obama-era DACA recipient.

The Washington Times reports that Luis Cobos-Cenobio, 29, faces charges of terrorism and attempted capital murder after opening fire on police in two separate confrontations after trying to escape a routine traffic stop last week.

Cobos-Cenobio’s shootout with Cpl. Brett Thompson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was caught on a dashboard cam and went viral.

Cobos-Cenodio had at least two prior arrests, including a misdemeanor charge in 2015, but as the Times puts it, “the Obama administration, which was in office at the time, concluded he wasn’t a danger, and declined to pursue deportation.”

ICE said that Cobos-Cenodio “did not lodge a detainer against Mr. Cobos-Cenobio in 2015 as he is a DACA recipient and did not meet the threshold for enforcement under the DHS enforcement priorities in place at that time.”

ICE claims Cobos-Cenodio also appears to have one other arrest for a misdemeanor charge earlier this year, however they were not notified so they could not place a detainer to initiate deportation.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program began in 2012 after President Obama signed an executive order allowing certain illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. as children to delay immediate deportation for a period of two years.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,  “Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.”

Under the Obama Administration, nearly 800,000 individuals have received DACA status.

In January 2018, John Lott, founder and president of the Crime Research Prevention Center published a study on illegal immigration and specifically researched crime statistics of DACA-eligible individuals.

The study states: Young convicts are especially likely to be undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants born after June 15, 1981 are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). While undocumented immigrants from 15 to 35 years of age make up a little over two percent of the Arizona population, they make up almost 8% of the prison population. These immigrants also tend to commit more serious crimes.

In September 2017, the Trump Administration announced it would be phasing out the DACA program and would not accept new applications. However, a lower court ruled the administration had to continue accepting renewal applications.

Obama-Appointed Judge Rules Trump Cannot Refuse Asylum to Migrants

A federal judge in San Francisco has banned President Trump from refusing asylum to migrants who illegally cross the U.S. border.

U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments from the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which filed a lawsuit after Trump issued a proclamation on November 9 that anyone who crosses the border would not be eligible for asylum.

The proclamation stated that those seeking entry into the U.S. can only do so temporarily at arranged ports of entry, allowing for “orderly processing.”

“But aliens who enter the United States unlawfully through the southern border in contravention of this proclamation will be ineligible to be granted asylum,” writes the President.

The President also argued in the proclamation that “the arrival of large numbers of aliens will contribute to the overloading of our immigration and asylum system and to the release of thousands of aliens into the interior of the United States.”

Judge Tigar–who was nominated to the court by President Obama in 2012–said that the president could not “rewrite immigration laws”, writing, “Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.”

The temporary restraining order will remain in place until December 19.

Department of Homeland Security officials announced yesterday that over 500 criminals are part of the group of migrants stationed just outside the U.S. border.

Officials said that “most of the caravan members are not women and children,” and that a majority of the group is made up of teen and adult males. The women and children–they claimed–were strategically placed at the front of the line to gain sympathetic media coverage.

 

DHS: Over 500 Criminals Traveled within Caravan at U.S. Border

Department of Homeland Security officials announced today that over 500 criminals are part of the group of migrants stationed just outside the U.S. border, according to Fox News.

In a call with reporters this afternoon, officials said “most of the caravan members are not women and children,” and that a majority of the group is made up of teen and adult males. The women and children–they claimed–were strategically placed at the front of the line to gain sympathetic media coverage.

When asked if the migrants will stay on the Mexican side of the border while they wait for their asylum claims to be reviewed, one official responded, “All legal options are on the table and we have been negotiating with all our partners in central America with ways to deal with the caravan.”

In October, Fox News interviewed a caravan member who told them there were criminals within the group.

“Criminals are everywhere,” the migrant said through an interpreter. “It’s criminals in here. It is. But it is not that many. It is good people here trying to get through Mexico and then get to the United States. It doesn’t mean that everybody is a criminal.”

Fights have broken out between locals in Tijuana and the migrants, with reports of rocks being thrown as well as physical fist fights.

On Sunday, hundreds of locals protested the arrival of the migrants, chanting “Out! Out! Out!” and claiming the arrival of the group was an “invasion.”

Officials said about 6,000 migrants are in Tijuana waiting to be processed, with more migrants on their way.

It will likely take months for asylum claims to be processed by the U.S., with officials averaging 100 claims a day.

 

New Migrant Caravan forms in El Salvador–Headed to U.S.

A group of about 150 Salvadorians set off on a 2,700 mile journey to the U.S. on Sunday.

It is the fourth caravan to head towards the U.S.-Mexico border since the first group from Honduras left on Oct. 13.

The new caravan, as reported by Reuters, was guarded by police as its members made their way to buses set for Guatemala.

The migrants have already created social media and WhatsApp accounts, hoping to capitalize on the attention given to the other caravans.

Meanwhile, in Tijuana, Mexico, authorities opened up a gym and gated sport complex to accommodate thousands of of migrants from earlier caravans after shelters reached their maximum capacities.

About 3,000 migrants have poured into the city–with immigration officials estimating as many as 10,000 could eventually arrive in the border town by the end of the year.

It will likely take months for the migrants’ asylum claims to be processed by the U.S., with officials averaging 100 claims a day.

Fights have broken out between locals and the migrants, with reports of rocks being thrown as well as physical fist fights.

On Sunday, hundreds of Tijuana local protested the arrival of the migrants, chanting “Out! Out! Out!” and claiming the arrival of the group was an “invasion.”

One video shows a local Mexican saying, “Donald Trump was right, this is an invasion! What Donald Trump said was correct: this is an invasion!”

The crowd then chanted, “Get out Hondurans, we do not want you here. Get out Hondurans, we do not want you here.”

President Trump addressed the migrant caravan on Sunday, tweeting that illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border will be detained or turned away.