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    Trump Punts On Border Closure, Gives Mexico A Year To Stop Flow Of Drugs & Immigrants Into US



    President Trump has punted on his plans for closing the southern border, telling a group of reporters on Thursday that he will give Mexico a year to stop the flow of migrants and drugs into the US. If they fail on either count, Trump will either slap tariffs on Mexican-made cars or close the border entirely.



    "You know I will do it. I don’t play games...so we’re doing it to stop people. We’re gonna give them a one year warning, and if the drugs don’t stop, or largely stop, we’re going to put tariffs on Mexico and products, in particular cars. The whole ballgame is cars....and if that doesn’t stop the drugs, we close the border."



    It was unclear whether an agreement with Congressional Democrats would also be a condition for the border closure, after Trump said Tuesday that Congress needed to get rid of chain migration, catch and release and the visa lottery and "do something about asylum" or he would still consider closing the border. "If Mexico doesn't or we don't make a deal with Congress, the border will be closed."


    Over the past week, Trump has repeatedly threatened to close the Southern border, even saying that he might do so as soon as this week. His acting chief of staff took to the Sunday shows over the weekend to warn that Trump was serious about the threat, and media reports claimed the White House was looking into various plans.


    The decision to back down from an immediate closure order followed complaints from several Republican Senators from border states, including John Cornyn and Martha McSally. The peso has rallied on the news as pressure from a possible border closure eased.

    Trump Punts On Border Closure, Gives Mexico A Year To Stop ... 05 Apr 2019.


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    Tucker: We Have Troops In 158 Countries But ‘Not On Our Southern Border’


    Tucker Carlson delivered an epic monologue on Tuesday night highlighting how Max Boot and permanent Washington support “sending somebody else’s kids to a foreign country” to fight in neocon wars but are vehemently opposed to sending troops to our own border to protect America.



    TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: Here’s a helpful hint about how your government works: If you ever see consensus forming in Washington, run. Something awful is about to happen.


    For decades, you will remember, there was total consensus that our trade deals could not be better. They helped everyone. Meanwhile, as they were telling us that, America’s manufacturing sector died, and huge parts of the middle class died along with it.


    Then it was bipartisan consensus on the Iraq War and the stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction we’d supposedly find there, but didn’t. A few years later, there was a consensus on banking regulations. That was just before the financial crisis hit. Then there was still more consensus on the creation of an all-seeing surveillance state that was supposed to somehow help you, but that is now scanning your face and reading your texts. There wasn’t much debate in Washington about any of those policies. There should have been.


    So it is with some skepticism that we note a new consensus forming here, one about our southern border. It may look bad down there, they’re telling us, but calm down. It’s fine. Everything is just fine. That’s the new word for Max Boot. Boot is a columnist for Jeff Bezos’ newspaper. But more than that, Boot is the living repository of every warmed-over cliche, every silly half-truth, every stale scrap of stupid conventional wisdom the buffoons who run this place have thought up recently. On Monday on CNN, he said the following: “I’m ready to declare a national emergency. The national emergency is not on the southern border. It’s in Washington, DC with a president who is lawless and out of control.”


    Who is this guy? Well, Max Boot calls himself a foreign policy expert. That’s a title that doesn’t actually mean anything, but in practice, it allows Boot to agitate for more counterproductive foreign wars. In the years since 9/11, Max Boot has demanded military intervention in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran and North Korea and likely many other places. He has called for the U.S. to topple the Saudi monarchy. And of course, like so many neo-cons, Boot fell headlong into the Russia conspiracy nuttiness for more than two excruciating years.


    It’s hard to think of anyone in this country more discredited than Max Boot. Going to him for foreign policy advice is like giving Jeffrey Dahmer a cooking show. He’d be the last person you would ask. So, of course, Max Boot now has gigs at CNN, the Washington Post and the Council on Foreign Relations, because that’s how Washington really works. The key is never apologize, never admit fault, no matter what.


    According to Max Boot, the idea of toppling the Libyan government, which was deranged, was, in fact, brilliant. We just didn’t do it right. “We did a great job of overthrowing Gaddafi, but they had nothing to secure the country afterward,” he said. “And there was, I might add, a similar lack of planning for our pullout in the case of Iraq, where there was very little sense of what would happen after U.S. troops left in 2010. We can’t think about these as being kind of quick in and out engagements. We send some troops, kill some people and then come back home to a victory parade. Sadly, it doesn’t work that way.”

    Boot didn’t explain how exactly it does work; he didn’t need to explain. Everyone knows his assumption. It’s the same as permanent Washington’s core assumption. Military occupation is always the right answer, no matter what the question is. Sending somebody else’s kids to a foreign country is always, in everywhere, the right thing to do.


    When Donald Trump pledged to pull Americans out of Syria, Max Boot went crazy, just on principle. Because no troops can ever leave — ever. “There is nobody who knows anything about the situation in Syria who recommends doing this,” he said. “This is a Christmas gift to America’s enemies. This will help ISIS. This will help Russia. This will help Iran. This will help Bashar Assad and this will hurt Israel and our Kurdish allies.”


    What did Max Boot not say? What do you notice about that? Well, he never explained how keeping Americans in Syria would help the United States. Why didn’t he mention it? Because he doesn’t care. Nobody in Washington cares, and maybe that’s why you never hear anyone ask questions about our current military commitments. Are we overextended perhaps?


    We have the numbers. As of Tuesday night, we have nearly 175,000 active duty personnel serving overseas, American troops are posted in 158 different countries. For perspective, there are only 195 countries total on the entire planet. We’re almost everywhere. Keep in mind there is no world war currently in progress. This is what we’ve signed up for in peacetime.


    And yet, you may notice that there was one place American troops are not. They are not on our southern border protecting us. They should be, we could use them. Tens of millions of illegal immigrants already live here in the United States. We don’t know the exact number. We don’t even know who they are. They just show up and a hundred thousand more are showing up every month.


    Over time, this is how countries collapse. Max Boot doesn’t think that’s a crisis. Nobody in Washington thinks it’s a crisis. As far as they’re concerned, illegal immigration is just some right-wing talking point that Trump throws to his base at rallies in Grand Rapids.


    You know what they think is a crisis? You know what they’re really concerned about? Medical care in Morocco. That’s a problem we must solve immediately. Luckily, we have Exercise African Lion. Never heard of it? You’re paying for it. In the last year, 1,100 US military personnel have participated in that exercise, all of them working to make Morocco healthier.


    Or how about the plight of the Ethiopian Navy? The Ethiopian Navy needs a lot of help, considering that Ethiopia is entirely landlocked as a country. Thank heaven for our Sixth Fleet, they’re on it. The Navy just sent out a press release last week bragging about new talks with the Ethiopian government to “discuss the exciting task of building the Ethiopian Navy.”


    Feel safer? The people of Mozambique feel safer. U.S. military aircraft have flown 60 missions. They’ve transported more than 663,000 metric tons of relief supplies in there in the wake of a cyclone. That was nice.
    In Honduras, we currently have 400 American troops stationed. Our 612th Air Base Squadron recently helped extinguish a wildfire in a small city called Comayagua. In Malaysia, meanwhile, a U.S. Navy amphibious construction battalion is rebuilding water tanks at an elementary school.


    And we could go on and on. Now, these are all good works, virtuous things, done at taxpayer expense, by the most altruistic country in the history of the world. That’s us, the United States. But what about us? What about our country? We’re being invaded. No offense to the Ethiopian Navy, but we could use American troops a lot closer to Tijuana than the Horn of Africa.


    Max Boot and his friends scoff at this. Troops on our own border? Protecting our own people? That’s disgusting. Immoral. It’s fascism. Only in Washington do people believe that.


    Max Boot, who works for the world’s richest man, has been relentlessly agitating for Tucker Carlson to be censored.


    Tucker: We Have Troops In 158 Countries But ‘Not On Our Southern Border’ 12 Apr 2019.


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    Trump Threatens To Dump Migrants In Sanctuary Cities


    The White House is considering transferring immigrants detained at the southern border to Democrat-controlled “sanctuary cities.”




    After reports surfaced that the idea was brought up twice and shot down by attorneys from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), President Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration is “indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” adding “The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!”


    On Friday, the Washington Post and ABC News reported that the Trump administration had twiced pushed for transferring migrants to sanctuary cities, citing anonymous senior government officials familiar with the matter. The White House believed it could punish Democrats — including Pelosi — by busing ICE detainees into their districts before their release, according to two DHS whistleblowers who independently reported the busing plan to Congress. One of the whistleblowers spoke with The Washington Post, and several DHS officials confirmed the accounts. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. –Washington Post

    This was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion,” said one White House official who acknowledged the discussions, according to the report. A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official confirmed the discussions in “a nearly identical statement,” but asserted that the discussion is now over.


    The plan was reportedly pushed by senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller, according to two DHS officials; once in November and again three months later during the shutdown talks.

    White House officials first broached the plan in a Nov. 16 email, asking officials at several agencies whether members of the caravan could be arrested at the border and then bused “to small- and mid-sized sanctuary cities,” places where local authorities have refused to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation.


    The White House told U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that the plan was intended to alleviate a shortage of detention space but also served to send a message to Democrats. The attempt at political retribution raised alarm within ICE, with a top official responding that it was rife with budgetary and liability concerns, and noting that “there are PR risks as well.” –Washington Post

    “This was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion,” the White House said in a statement.



    Until today…


    Contrary to the report, ICE acting deputy director Matthew Albence acknowledged the discussion but said he was never pressured, saying in a statement: “As the Acting Deputy I was not pressured by anyone at the White House on this issue. I was asked my opinion and provided it and my advice was heeded.”


    After the November discussions, Albence brought ICE attorneys into the picture after the topic came up again three months later, who ultimately killed the idea.

    Trump has been demanding aggressive action to deal with the surge of migrants, and many of his administration’s proposals have been blocked in federal court or, like the family separation policy last year, have backfired as public relations disasters.


    Homeland Security officials said the sanctuary city request was unnerving, and it underscores the political pressure Trump and Miller have put on ICE and other DHS agencies at a time when the president is furious about the biggest border surge in more than a decade. –Washington Post


    Pelosi slams


    “The extent of this administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated,” said the San Francisco Democrat in a statement through spokeswoman Ashley Etienne. “Using human beings — including little children — as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable.”





    Trump has previously railed against sanctuary cities – while a January 2018 Executive Order to pull funding from the illegal-friendly cities was slapped with an immediate injunction that was upheld by the 9th circuit. The city of San Francisco argued that the executive order violated the Constitution by “effectively trying to commandeer state and local officials to enforce federal immigration law,” wrote the New York Times. The city estimated that it stood to lose over $1 billion in federal funding as a result of the EO, while nearby Santa Clara said it would lose around $1.7 billion – or more than a third of its revenue.


    Trump Threatens To Dump Migrants In Sanctuary Cities 13 Apr 2019.


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    Migrant advocate Cher blasted for opposing idea of illegals flooding LA


    Singer Cher, who once famously offered to take a "Dreamer" into her home and encouraged others to follow suit, is now up in arms over US President Donald Trump's proposal to funnel illegal migrants to her sanctuary city.



    Cher justified her protest against the move, which would seem to be perfectly in line with her migrant-welcoming past statements, by arguing that her home city of Los Angeles has not been able to cater to the needs of its permanent residents and therefore cannot shoulder any extra burden.


    "I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can't Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More," she tweeted on Sunday, her style curiously similar to Trump's own.


    In her scorn for the proposal, Cher joins a chorus of Democratic lawmakers and progressive activists, like fellow Hollywood celebrity Alyssa Milano, who have already admonished Trump for what they see as an attempt at revenge on migrant-friendly cities, mostly governed by Democrats.


    The liberal outrage, however, was met with derision from Trump supporters, who pointed out that having talked the talk, Democrats and their supporters should now walk the walk and welcome the masses of Central American migrants with open arms.


    Cher's tweet has likewise triggered a major backlash.


    "Hello! Looks like you just woke up," one wrote, and many jokingly welcomed her to the conservative side.


    "Wow, sounds like a great reason to build the wall and stop another million illegal aliens from coming to the USA this year!" another wrote.


    Many denounced her previous statements in support of illegal migration as virtue signaling.
    "Oooooh, so now that it directly affects you, you change your mind? How selfishly convenient."


    Cher struck a rather different tone less than two years ago when she literally invited illegal migrants coming to the US as minors to live at her place.


    "Those Who Can Must Take a DREAMER IN2 Their Home & Protect Them!! I'm Ready 2 Do This & Others in MY BUSINESS WILL DO THE SAME!! SANCTUARY," the singer and actress tweeted on September 5, 2017.






    In another recent tweet, Cher appeared to sound the alarm over the possibility of California being flooded with criminals, while citing Trump, who believes that groups of migrants are embedded with "rapists" and "murderers."


    She again faced rebuke online, with conservative commenters telling her she "cannot have it both ways."


    Another California NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) and classic too.



    Can't have it both ways: Migrant advocate Cher blasted for opposing idea of illegals flooding LA 15 Apr 2019.

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    I think this map is wrong. I live in the Miami area and I read that it is NOT a sanctuary city. I hope that hasn't changed.

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    Miami will no longer be a sanctuary city thanks to Trump

    https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/politics/2017/01/26/miami-no...
    26/01/2017 · Unlike some other large cities, Miami is following President Trump's executive order ending so-called \

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