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17 May 2019 - Lunch News

There is a lot of big News.. Let’s start with Immigration:

Trump Tweets:

All people that are illegally coming into the United States now will be removed from our Country at a later date as we build up our removal forces and as the laws are changed. Please do not make yourselves too comfortable, you will be leaving soon!

The Democrats now realize that there is a National Emergency at the Border and that, if we work together, it can be immediately fixed. We need Democrat votes and all will be well!

Border Patrol is apprehending record numbers of people at the Southern Border. The bad “hombres,” of which there are many, are being detained & will be sent home. Those which we release under the ridiculous Catch & Telease loophole, are being registered and will be removed later!

We are here on this beautiful spring day to unveil our plan to create a fair, modern & LAWFUL system of immigration for the U.S. If adopted, our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our Nation and the envy of the modern world.

"Our plan includes a sweeping modernization of our dysfunctional legal immigration process . . . The system will finally be fair, transparent, and promote equality and opportunity for all."

“America’s last major overhaul of our legal admissions policy was 54 YEARS ago. Think of that. So a major update, and that's what is—merit system and a heart system—is long overdue.”

Trump sending ‘500 migrants a month’ to Florida Democratic strongholds

The Politico ^ | May 16, 2019 | Matt Dixon 

Posted on 5/16/2019, 9:15:55 PM by 2ndDivisionVet

President Donald Trump‘s plans to send potentially hundreds of undocumented immigrants each month to the Democratic strongholds of Broward and Palm Beach counties ignited a torrent of criticism from local Florida officials who called the move political. 

“The blatant politics, sending them to the two most Democratic Counties in the state of Florida, is ridiculous,” said state Sen. Gary Farmer, a Democrat who represents portions of Broward County. “You can’t make this stuff up.” 

Broward County officials described the plans Thursday in a press release, saying the Trump administration plans to release asylum seekers caught along the southern U.S. border into the county. A month earlier, Trump floated the idea of shipping undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. Neither Palm Beach nor Broward counties fit that description, but politically they're enemy territory for Trump and Republicans. 

“That is so typically Trump,” Farmer said. “When the facts don’t fit the narrative, you slightly adjust the narrative.” 

Broward County state Rep. Evan Jenne, opposed the move but said the county will do what it can to help those sent its way. 

He has been threatening this for a while, and I’m sure his voters will think it’s a great idea,” said Jenne (D-Dania Beach). “We will do what we can to help them, I’m sure with no help from the federal government.” 

Jenne called the Trump policy a form of “fiscal punishment,” a sentiment shared by other regional officials. 

A statement from Broward County said Trump “has threatened to send people who illegally cross the border to communities that are considered immigrant friendly.” 

“This is a humanitarian crisis. We will do everything possible to help these people,” Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen, a Democrat, said in the statement.

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The Trump administration has notified more than 500,000 employers that some of their employees’ names do not match their reported Social Security numbers in a new move to crack down on illegal aliens.

The move is reminiscent of Ronald Reagan, who in 1986 signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act that put the onus on employers by making the act of knowingly hiring undocumented people a criminal offense.

Since March, the Social Security Administration has mailed out “no-match letters” to more than 570,000 employers, telling them of the mismatched information on their employers.

On Thursday, Trump laid out a new immigration plan that would push the United States toward the kind of merit-based system many other nations use to control who comes into their countries.

Under the new proposal, the number of immigrants admitted into the country based on job skills would rise from 12% to 57%. In order to make room for more merit-based immigrants, the percentage of people allowed entry because they have family here would drop from 66% to 33%. In addition, the number allowed in via claims of asylum would also be cut, from 22% to 10%.

The number of legal immigrants, though, would stay the same at about 1.1 million every year.

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 Washington Examiner reported.

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.

“We think this is all very pro-immigrant, moving away from the Byzantine bureaucratic system that we have today and instead laying out very clear objectives and metrics as a country. You want to come to the U.S.? Here are the markers you have to hit, and we think they are all pretty attainable,” one official told reporters.


Daily Caller ^ | 5/16/2019 | Amber Athey and Vince Coglianese 

Posted on 5/16/2019, 3:32:46 PM by RightGeek

President Donald Trump is planning on using the Insurrection Act to remove illegal immigrants from the United States, The Daily Caller has learned. 

According to multiple senior administration officials, the president intends to invoke the “tremendous powers” of the act to remove illegal immigrants from the country. 

“We’re doing the Insurrection Act,” one official said. 

Under the Insurrection Act of 1807, the president has the authority to use the National Guard and military in order to combat “unlawful obstruction or rebellion” within U.S. borders. The act was last invoked in 1992 by George H.W. Bush to quell the Los Angeles riots, and was also used by Eisenhower in 1957 to enforce school desegregation in the south. 

An official expressed concerns that Trump’s use of the act’s powers would face legal challenges, pointing to the lawsuits against the president’s travel ban from majority-Muslim countries. However, as the official noted, the travel ban ultimately prevailed in the Supreme Court.

In addition to the Insurrection Act, the president is also considering declaring the country full and insisting that the U.S. can no longer handle the massive influx of illegal immigrants. 2019 is currently on pace to reach the highest levels of illegal immigration in a decade. 

“If you take a ship and it holds 1,000 people maximum — one more person and the ship is going to collapse,” the official explained. “The country is full.” 

“Our hospitals are full, our detention centers are full,” they added.

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Graham unveils bill to end asylum claims at US border, return minors to home countries

Fox ^ | May 15, 2019 | Adam Shaw 

Posted on 5/15/2019, 9:49:11 AM by Kaslin

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Wednesday unveiled a bill that would end asylum claims from Central America at the border and return unaccompanied minors to their home countries -- a targeted effort to tackle the escalating migration crisis. 

“This is a nightmare for smugglers,” Graham said. “This is a godsend to stop the humanitarian disaster.” 

Graham’s bill is designed specifically to deal with loopholes he says are encouraging migrants from Central America to make the treacherous journey north and bring children with them. He pointed in particular to the 20-day limit for authorities to hold unaccompanied minors and families before having to release them into the U.S. homeland. 

“The word is out on the street in Central America if you bring a minor child with you, your chance of being deported goes to almost zero, your hearing date is years away and we release you inside the country and that's the goal of coming,” he said. 

The bill would end asylum claims at the U.S. border for migrants from the Northern Triangle of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Instead, those applications would be filed at refugee processing centers set up in the Northern Triangle and Mexico. The legislation would also allow unaccompanied minors to be returned to their country of origin, which Graham said would be treating them the same as minors from Canada and Mexico.

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Poll: 62% Of Likely US Voters Want The Government To Deport Individuals Who Overstay Visas ^ | May 12, 2019 | Timothy Meads 

Posted on 5/12/2019, 1:47:48 PM by Kaslin

A recent Rasmussen Reports poll finds that 62% of Likely US Voters want the United States government to deport individuals who overstay their visas and most believe the United States is too lenient on these issues.

According to the poll, which took place on April 30-May 1, 2019 via telephone and online survey of 1,000 US Likely Voters, found that "just 21% disagree, while 17% are not sure" with the idea that vias overstayers should be deported. 

The same poll also found that, "51% say the government is not aggressive enough in finding those who have overstayed their visas and sending them home." In a continuing trend showing the division between the two major parties on immigration issues, "84% of Republicans and 60% of voters not affiliated with either major political party think the federal government should find visa scofflaws and deport them. But just 43% of Democrats agree."

From this survey, "only 18% say the government is too aggressive, while just as many 19% believe the level of visa enforcement is about right. 11% are not sure." 

A recent report found that visa overstays account for nearly two-thirds of illegal immigration in the United States can be accounted for due to visa overstays. 

via NPR (January 2019):

The report released Wednesday by the Center for Migration Studies of New York finds that from 2016-2017, people who overstayed their visas accounted for 62 percent of the newly undocumented, while 38 percent had crossed a border illegally.

"It is clear from our research that persons who overstay their visas add to the US undocumented population at a higher rate than border crossers.

This is not a blip, but a trend which has become the norm," said Donald Kerwin, CMS' executive director, in a statement. "As these numbers indicate, construction of hundreds of more miles of border wall would not address the challenge of irregular migration into our country, far from it."

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are working with 11 Florida sheriffs in a pilot project that could allow police agencies to cooperate with ICE — even in so-called sanctuary cities that bar existing levels of collaboration with ICE.

This is about criminal illegals who are in the jail. So if you are here illegally, and you obey the laws of the state, none of this applies to you. But if you are here in the county illegally, and you commit a crime, and you end up in a county jail or state prison, then we will, as we should, help ICE remove you from the United States,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gaultieri said, according to Spectrum Bay News 9.

ICE said its Warrant Service Office program would train local police and corrections officers to detain individuals already in local jails for up to 48 hours, The Washington Times reported.

Court says Trump can continue policy requiring asylum seekers to remain in Mexico (9th)

The Hill ^ | May 7, 2019 | JACQUELINE THOMSEN 

Posted on 5/7/2019, 6:07:20 PM by bobsunshine

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that the Trump administration can continue to enforce a policy requiring some asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their cases are processed. 

The ruling from the San Francisco-based appeals court places a stay on a preliminary injunction on the asylum policy issued by a lower court.

CNN doesn’t want Biden - Quotes him on his past support of Trump’s immigration policies:

As CNN put it in a report on Friday, “his past comments on a border barrier and sanctuary cities are similar to positions Trump has taken as President — stances that many Democratic candidates have attacked during the campaign.”

CNN included a YouTube video of Biden speaking at a rotary club in Columbia, South Carolina, in 2006 where the then-Delaware senator bragged about voting for 700 miles of new fencing between the U.S. and Mexico.

Folks, I voted for a fence, I voted, unlike most Democrats — and some of you won’t like it — I voted for 700 miles of fence. But, let me tell you, we can build a fence 40 stories high — unless you change the dynamic in Mexico and — and you will not like this, and — punish American employers who knowingly violate the law when, in fact, they hire illegals. Unless you do those two things, all the rest is window dressing.

“Now, I know I’m not supposed to say it that bluntly, but they’re the facts, they’re the facts. And so everything else we do is in between here. Everything else we do is at the margins. And the reason why I add that parenthetically, why I believe the fence is needed does not have anything to do with immigration but drugs. …

“And let me tell you something folks, people are driving across that border with tons, tons, hear me, tons of everything from byproducts for methamphetamine to cocaine to heroin and it’s all coming up through corrupt Mexico.”

(He wasn’t alone in that. Then-Sens.-Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton also voted for the fence. Much like John Kerry’s flip-flopping support for the war in Iraq, Democrats were for border security before they were against it.)

A new “populist” political candidate in Denmark has taken the conversation about Muslim immigration by storm. 

In this brow-raising political debate below, 37 year old Rasmus Paludan addresses the “Great replacement” (Jihad by immigration) unabashedly. Paludan, a lawyer, leads the political party “Stram Kurs ” that he founded in 2017.

The General elections in Denmark are in June, while elections to the EU parliament are in the last week of this month.

Paludan has taken the public discourse about Islam to levels unseen in the political square, which include his many antics like burning the Quran, wrapping it in bacon and leading demonstrations which have turned into violent riots. He has advocated the expulsion of all Muslims who “believe they can decide what the limit of freedom of expression should be”, despite being quoted as stating that all Muslims should be expelled.

Democrat Michigan congresswoman Rashida Tlaib violated state election law and also federal law by lying about her residence to run for office in Michigan.

Since Big League Politics exposed her residence lie using credit score and property records and archived information, Congressman John Bumstead communicated to us through an intermediary that Tlaib broke the law.

Tlaib’s own father even said that Tlaib “lied” about her address in order to run for office, meaning that Tlaib represented a state House district that she did not live in.

All the details are here:

No English, No Admission: Trump’s New Immigration Plan Has The Left Freaking Out

Donald Trump’s new immigration plan is out, and to say that it’s triggering the left is a bit of an understatement.

The president’s new plan, which would include a “Build America Visa” in place of a green card, would require both work skills and proficiency in English.

You will get more points for being a younger worker, meaning you will contribute more to our social safety net. You will get more points for having a valuable skill and offer of employment and advanced education or a plan to create jobs,” Trump said during a Thursday Rose Garden media conference.

“Priority will also be given to higher wage workers, ensuring we never undercut American labor. To protect benefits from American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient,” he added.

“Finally, to promote integration, assimilation and national unity, future immigrants will be required to learn English and to pass a civics exam prior to admission.”

According to the president, the plan would also streamline asylum claims at the southern border.

Legitimate asylum-seekers are being replaced by those lodging frivolous claims — these are frivolous claims to gain admission into our country,” he said.

“If you have a proper claim, you will quickly be admitted. If you don’t, you will promptly be returned home.”

“If adopted, our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” Trump said.

“Our proposal builds upon our nation’s rich history of immigration, while strengthening the bonds of citizenship that bind us together as a national family.”

Democrats quickly and loudly disagreed.

“Today the president has unveiled an immigration plan that makes no mention of DACA, a program Trump unilaterally ended in late 2017, that has been hanging by a thread thanks to court injunctions,” Rep. Ilhan Omar said in a speech to a liberal group, according to Fox News.

“A plan that fails to make sure people with temporary protection status and deferred enforced departure recipients don’t have a path to a permanent status or citizenship. A plan that seeks to limit asylum seekers fleeing violence.

“So what are we asking for? What we are asking for is very simple. We need to make sure that we cut, and not put increases on spending on detention facilities. We need to stop using DHS as a slush fund,” Omar said.

“We need to abolish ICE and end all inhumane deportation and detention programs. We need to fight back against the criminalization of immigrants and those crossing the border. We need to create a fair and accessible path to legal status and citizenship for all undocumented people in the United States.”

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