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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.

Jim Acosta’s Pathetic Attempt to Prove Trump Wrong on Border Wall Backfires Spectacularly

CNN “reporter” Jim Acosta was in McAllen, TX today where he toured parts of the U.S. border, desperately seeking ways to prove the Trump Administration wrong while he awaited the president’s arrival to the region.

Including a video of himself at the “steel slat” barriers on the border, Acosta tweeted, “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.”

He says in the video, “Here are some of the steel slats the president has been talking about…But as we’re walking along here, we’re not seeing any kind of imminent danger. There are no migrants trying to, uh, rush toward this fence…no sign of the ‘national emergency’ that the president has been talking about. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty tranquil down here.”

The fact that Acosta just proved President Trump’s point that “walls work” seems to have gone right over his head.

And thankfully, Twitter took notice:

 

 

New Poll: Vast Majority of Voters Believe There is “Crisis” or “Problem” at U.S. Border

A new Politico and Morning Consult poll finds that 79 percent of voters believe there is either a “crisis” or “problem” at the southern border.

The Daily Caller reports:

While less than half of those surveyed (42 percent) agree with President Donald Trump’s assertion that the border is in “crisis,” another 37 percent concede that there is a “problem” — meaning 79 percent of voters believe the situation at the border is a serious issue.  Only 12 percent of voters polled said that the situation at the border is neither a crisis nor a problem.

**LISTEN: Dan discusses the media’s false attacks on President Trump after his Oval Office speech**

In December alone, U.S. border agents apprehended a record number of family units– 27,518. They were among a total of 60,728 migrants attempting to illegally cross the border last month.

As President Trump pointed out in his address to the nation last night, “In the last two years, I.C.E. Officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings.”

Flashback: Poll Finds Surprising Percentage of Dems Believe U.S. Border Should be Secured

A Harvard University poll from January 2018 reveals that a large percentage of Democrats believe the U.S. border should be secured and that many Americans are in agreement on how the government should approach immigration and border security.

In light of the border wall battle in Washington, D.C., it might be helpful to remind politicians and bureaucrats where the American people stand on this important issue.

The Washington Times reports:

The findings reveal, for example, that eight out of 10 of all U.S. voters — 79 percent — say the U.S. needs secure borders; 93 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats agree with that. 

Seventy-nine percent of voters believe in granting priority to those immigrants who can “contribute to America.” Broken down, 87 percent of Republicans agree with this merit-based approach, as well as , 79 percent of independents and 72 percent of Democrat.

Many Americans also oppose the lottery-based immigration system: 78 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of independents and 62 percent of Democrats.

For the full report, click HERE.

White House Rejects Democrats’ Plan to Reopen Government without Wall Funding

The White House announced yesterday that President Trump would reject Democratic legislation that would fund the government without funding the border wall.

“President Trump made a serious, good faith offer to Democrats to open the government, address the crisis at our border, and protect all Americans,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. “We have heard nothing back from the Democrats, who so far have refused to compromise. Speaker Designate Nancy Pelosi released a plan that will not re-open the government because it fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of our own citizens,” she continued.

Sanders said Pelosi’s plan is a “non-starter” because it doesn’t fund homeland security or “keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime.”

Pelosi plans on getting the legislation passed in the House of Representatives this week.  It would include funding for several agencies, however does not include funding for the border wall.

The White House has invited Democrat and Republican leaders to meet with senior Department of Homeland Security officials today for a briefing on border security.

President Trump suggested yesterday he might be ready to “make a deal,” tweeting, “Border Security and the Wall ‘thing’ and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker! Let’s make a deal?”

Poll: Support for Border Wall at Record High

Public support for the border wall has reached a record high.

CNSNews reports that a new Quinnipiac poll of 1,147 voters shows that 43 percent now support a border wall, while 54 percent oppose it.

This represents a five point jump from August, when support for the wall was at 38 percent.

CNSNews writes:

By party affiliation, Republicans overwhelmingly support building the wall, Democrats overwhelmingly oppose it, and Independents are divided:

  • Republican Support: 86%
  • Democrat Opposition: 90%
  • Independents: 47% Support, 51% Oppose

Dan discusses the poll in his podcast today where he ties the results directly to President Trump’s border security messaging.

“This is [due to] President Trump hammering over and over the importance of this immigration issue, mitigating chaos at the border, enhancing our border security , and making sure people know this is an issue, it’s a prominent issue and it matters to them. The Quinnipiac poll is black and white,” he said.

**LISTEN: Dan discusses the border wall fight and Trump’s refusal to cave to the Democrats**

 

Trump Speaks After Meeting with Senate GOP: It’s the Democrat Shutdown

President Trump said the chances of a government shutdown are “very good”  after meeting with Senate Republicans about the temporary spending bill and funding for the border wall.

Speaking to reporters prior to signing the bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Act, the President said, “Its really up to the Democrats as to whether or not we’ll have a shutdown. It’s possible that we’ll have a shutdown. I would say that the chances are probably very good because I don’t think Democrats care so much about maybe this issue but this is a very big issue….its up to the Democrats, its really the Democrat shutdown.”

The President also praised House Republicans for their speedy vote last night on a spending bill that would include $5.7 billion for the border wall.

“We had a very busy two or three days…as you know we had a vote on border security and I think we want to discuss this just for a second but the House of Representatives voted 217-185 approving strong border security and the money necessary to take care of the barrier, wall or steel slats, whatever you want to call it it’s all the same. It was a tremendous evening for Republicans to be honest with you because the level of spirit the level of happiness…I want to thank, in this case, House republicans because what they did was rather incredible.”

Trump Remarks on Border Security After Telling GOP He Won’t Sign Senate Bill

President Trump issued remarks on border security today after telling Republicans he could not sign the Senate spending bill passed last night due to lack of funding for the border wall.

“The safety and security and sovereignty of the United States is the most important principle of all,” he during a speech at the signing of the farm bill. “I look forward to signing a bill that fulfills our fundamental duty to the American people…It’s all about America first.”

Some key quotes from his speech:

  • “A nation without borders is a nation not at all…I will not surrender this nation to the whims of criminal organizations who prey on the vulnerable who hurt women and children and have spread human misery and suffering. Human trafficking and massive drug inflow must also be stopped. Its at a tremendous level.”
  • “At this moment there is a debate over funding border security and the wall…I’ve made my position very clear. Any measure that funds the government must include border security. It has to. Not for political purposes but for our country, for the safety of our communities…”
  • “Essential to border security is a powerful, physical barrier. Walls work, whether we like it or not. In Israel, it’s 99.9 percent effective.”

The news comes after the President met with GOP leaders earlier today and told them he would not sign the Senate bill.

“We just had a very long, productive meeting with the president,” Ryan told reporters after the meeting. “The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came up from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security.”

House Freedom Caucus members made it clear to Trump last night that they would support him if he did not approve of the Senate bill.

Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) gave an impassioned speech on the House floor with a message to the president: “Mr. President we’re going to back you up if you veto this bill, we’ll be there, but more importantly, the American people will be there, they’ll be there to support you. Let’s build the wall and make sure that we do our job in Congress.”

Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH) blasted Congress for “fooling” the American people when it comes to border wall funding: “Everyone knows the line ‘fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me,’” he said.

“The new line should be, ‘fool the American people four times, shame on Congress.”

Jordan continued, “Now they’re talking about kicking it to February 8th, you got to be kidding me. February 8th? When Nancy Pelosi is Speaker? Four different times we promised something and then kicked the can down the road.”

“The House Freedom Caucus is sick of the games. The American people are sick of the games,” said Jordan.