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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 12:23

PAN - Trump's reaction is a law unto itself. He's a psychopath. If he were an animal we'd say he's rabid, and have him put down. Sadly...

Politicians aside, I'd say the majority of his supporters are not so different from the people in the EU and the UK. They're having a tough time. It's hard to find work and if they do, it doesn't pay enough to make ends meet. The whole world is changing around them and all they want is to go back to the way it was. Too bad they (and Trump) don't realize that it's leaders like him that ar causing the refugee problem in the first place.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by party animal - not! on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 12:35

So true, Lizzy. Everything our bloke said is right - Trump's a demagogue. Maybe the problem is that some may not know what that means.........

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Donnamarie on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 15:25

Trump is also doing the bidding of Putin.  You see the rise of populist leaders in Europe ... like in Italy and Austria for example.  Trump is trying to encourage this populist movement on an international level by supporting some of these characters. 

Trying to dismantle NATO is to Putin’s advantage.  Trump has certainly done his part to criticize NATO.  Causing chaos and questioning democratic order. Trump has definitely done a good job of orchestrating as much here in the states.  Now he wants to add his two cents in criticizing Germany’s immigration policy.  Praising Italy’s new populist prime minister.  All of these actions benefit Putin.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 17:05

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5861503/Trump-claims-crime-Germany-10-percent-migrants-accepted.html

[size=34]Trump claims crime in Germany is up 10 per cent since 'migrants were accepted' as he fights child separation crisis - but government numbers show it's at a 25-year low[/size]

  • Trump doubled down on his attack on Germany, arguing America must not face an immigration crisis as that country does 

  • Trump is under fire from Republicans, Democrats, his wife, and all the living former first ladies for his policy of separating migrant children from adults

  • Germany has most asylum seekers of any European nation with more than 200K

  • Germany has actually seen a fall in its crime rate, which law enforcement officials attribute to a decline in migrants seeking asylum 

  • Merkel faces a crisis over immigration that could end her 13 years in power

  • She has two weeks to negotiate an immigration deal with Germany's neighbors 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:15 EDT, 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:44 EDT, 19 June 2018

    


President Donald Trump is doubling down on his charge Germany faces a rise in crime as its immigrant population has increased - a move that comes as he faces an immigration crisis of his own.
'Crime in Germany is up 10% plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted. Others countries are even worse. Be smart America!,' he tweeted Tuesday morning.
It was the second day in a row he blasted the situation in Germany under the reign of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been one of America's staunchest allies. 
Merkel is facing a migration problem that could topple her government.

And Trump has come under fire from Republicans, Democrats, his wife first lady Melania Trump, former presidents and all the living former first ladies for his policy of separating children from the adults accompany them at illegal border crossings. 
The president has tried to shift the blame to Democrats and argue that America shouldn't face an immigration crisis such as the one in Germany.  
'The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. Won't be,' he charged in fiery remarks at a White House event on Monday.
'You look at what's happening in Europe. You look at what's happening in other places. We can't allow that to happen to the United States. Not on my watch.'



Trump attacked the immigration crisis in Germany for the second day in a row


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President Trump argues he doesn't want America to face a migration crisis like Europe is


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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is fighting to save her government amid immigration problems
But Germany has actually seen a fall in its crime rate, which law enforcement officials attribute to a decline in migrants seeking asylum.  
In total 5.76 million crimes were recorded by police in 2017, which is a 9.6 percent drop from the number recorded in 2016. That's the largest crime drop in 25 years for Germany. 
Oliver Malchow, leader of the GdP police union, told newspaper Welt Am Sonntagthat 'a good part' of the fall was due to a decrease in the number of asylum seekers.
Germany recorded 220,000 asylum applications in 2017, which came after 280,000 applications in 2016.  
Both figures are significantly lower than the 890,000 applications received in 2015, when Merkel opened Germany's borders to migrants arriving in Europe.
While the fall covered almost all categories of crime, the largest decreases came in burglaries and pick-pocketing, which were both down 23 percent.
But there have been reports this year of rises in violent crime and criminal activity by refugees. 
In January, Reuters reported young male refugees in Germany were being blamed for a rise in violent crime.
Violent crime rose by about 10 percent in 2015 and 2016, a study showed. It attributed more than 90 percent of that to young male refugees aged 14 to 30. 
And the number of suspected crimes by refugees in Germany rose to 174,438 in 2016 — an increase of 52.7 percent, theTelegraph reported in April.
Most of those crimes are committed by repeat offenders, and just 1 percent of migrants account for 40 percent of migrant crimes, according to the figures.   
Trump first attacked Germany, one of the U.S.'s closest allies, on Monday and claimed immigration acrossEU states had led to a violent change in culture. 
'The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition,' he wrote in a Tweet Monday.
'Crime in Germany is way up,' he added. 


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President Trump has been critical of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who faces a crisis that could topple her after 13 years in power


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Trump attacked Germany's immigration policies as Merkel struggled to maintain power at home


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Germany is now one of America's closest allies. Pictured: Trump faces off against the G7 leaders at the conference in Canada

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About 700,000 people sought asylum in E.U. countries last year, according to figures from the European Asylum Support Agency, and Germany had the most asylum seekers of any European nation, with more than 200,000.   
Merkel opened German borders to more than a million people fleeing war, oppression and poverty in 2015 and 2016. 
Seehofer, a leader in the fragile government coalition, wants to turn back some of those immigrants at the German border - an action Merkel opposes without prior agreements with neighboring countries. 
Should he proceed anyway under his authority as interior minister, the move would almost certainly lead to the break-up of the coalition and undermine Merkel's government.







Trump defended his own immigration policy of separating families at the border


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German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a challenge from German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, a member of her government, on her immigration policies
Her fate will hang on whether the renegades in her own party will give her the time to negotiate a deal with Germany's neighbors.
Eurasia Group analyst Charles Lichfield on Monday put the chances of Merkel losing power as a result of the dust-up at 25 per cent, according to The Washington Post
'Political obituaries for Chancellor Angela Merkel tend to be premature,' Lichfield wrote. 'But the legacy of the 2015 migration crisis could yet force her sudden demise over the next two weeks.'

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 19:50

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5862011/Trump-digs-immigration-says-hell-strip-migrants-countries-foreign-aid.html

[size=34]Trump says you HATE to take the children away as he digs on immigration, claiming lawyers help illegals cheat and that he'll strip Central American countries of foreign aid for sending their people up[/size]
By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 14:00 EDT, 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:33 EDT, 19 June 2018

    


President Trump says he wants to cut off aid to Central American countries that he claimed Tuesday are sending migrants to the U.S. 
Trump said he'd be asking for authorization to cut off the assistance to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
'We're not going to give any more aid to those countries,' he said during a Washington, D.C. speech to the National Federation of Independent Business. 
He also said that he'd be championing legislation to make sure that families that are flooding the border from those countries are not being separated as he lit into lawyers for migrants and judges he claimed are abusing the system.


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President Trump says he wants to cut off aid to Central American countries that he claimed Tuesday are sending migrants to the U.S.
The president said he hates that children are being separated - even though it's a policy that was implemented by his administration. 

'We can't let people pour in. They've gotta go through the process,' he stated. 'And maybe it's politically correct or maybe it's not - we've gotta stop separation of the families.'
Standing his ground, Trump said, 'But politically correct or not, we have to be a country that needs security, that needs safety, that has to be protected.' 
Trump defended his administration, saying that it is 'as a result of Democratic-supported loopholes in our federal laws' that most illegal immigrant families and minors coming to the U.S. from Central America 'cannot be detained together or removed together, only released.'
'These are crippling loopholes that cause family separation, which we don't want,' he said. 
The so-called loopholes have led to roughly half a million family units and minors being released into the U.S. since 2014, he said.
Trump said it's coming at 'unbelievably great taxpayer expense and 'nobody knows how much we've been paying for this monstrosity'
'Legislation that nobody has idea what they're doing. They don't even know what it means,' he added. 'Child smugglers exploit the loopholes and they gain illegal entry into the Untied States, putting countless children in danger on the perilous trek to the Untied States.'
Trump blasted Mexico, saying the U.S. neighbor and ally 'does nothing for us' even though 'they could solve it.'
'Try staying in Mexico for a few days. See how long that lasts,' he said in an aside. 'They do nothing for us.'
Trump pounded Democrats for refusing to back his immigration agenda, which he said earlier in the day was allowing violent criminals 'to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13,' a violent illegal immigrant gang. 
'They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!'
In back-to-back messages, the president ripped into the minority party and demanded that Congress pass legislation strengthening border security.
'Now is the best opportunity ever for Congress to change the ridiculous and obsolete laws on immigration. Get it done, always keeping in mind that we must have strong border security.'


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Trump also commented on the family separation controversy plaguing his administration.
'We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally. Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very dangerous trip, and only 2000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our Country illegally on numerous occasions,' the president tweeted.
The remark about crime-committing illegals immediately stoked controversy, with the president's detractors saying the blanket description was not only wrong but inhumane. 
Another incident earlier this year caused outrage when the president called gangster immigrants 'animals' in another statement his critics cast as incendiary. 
Yesterday, President Trump said in unscripted remarks that he's implementing strict immigration policies because he doesn't want the United States to end up like Europe. 
'The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. Won't be,' he charged in fiery remarks at a White House event.
'You look at what's happening in Europe. You look at what's happening in other places. We can't allow that to happen to the United States. Not on my watch.'
The president delved without warning into a heated argument over immigration that his administration has been waging with Democrats at a signing ceremony for his space policy initiative.
'Immigration is the fault [of Democrats], and all of the problems that we're having, 'cause we cannot get them to sign legislation. We cannot get them even to the negotiating table. And I say it's very strongly the Democrats' fault,' he said at the East Room event. 'They're obstructionists, and they are obstructing.'
The president pinned the blame for family separation on the opposing party, which he said is refusing to work with Republicans in Congress to pass new rules to govern the nation's immigration system.
'If the Democrats would sit down, instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly - good for the children, good for the country good for the world,' he asserted. 'It could take place quickly. We could have an immigration bill. We could have child separation [ended].' 
Instead, the president contended, 'We're stuck with these horrible laws. They're horrible laws. What's happening is so sad. Is so sad. And it can be taken care of quickly, beautifully, and we'll have safety.'



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Trump suggested the United States' could bolster its credentials as leader of the free world by passing merit-based immigration laws that put a premium on high-skilled workers and lock down America's porous borders



'The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. Won't be,' he charged  later in fiery remarks at a White House event.
'But just remember, a country without borders, is not a country at all,' Trump said as justification. 'We have to take care of our people. You take a look at the death and the destruction that's been caused by people coming into this country without going through a process.'
The president conflated the diversity visa lottery that awards entry to vetted applicants at random with people who he said 'snuck across' the border to enter the country unlawfully.
'They could be murderers and thieves and so much else,' he asserted. 'So we want a safe country, and it starts with the borders, and that's the way it is.'
As the applause in the room died down, the president said, before returning to the topic at hand, that Democrats have but one choice to end the family separation: join Republicans in passing legislation that restructures the immigration system the way he's demanding.
'Everybody wants to do it. We want to do it more than they do,' he said of immigration reform. [If they come to the table, instead of playing politics, we can do it very, very quickly.' 
The White House spent most of Monday sparring with Democrats who have been accusing the Trump administration of exploiting migrant families.
Each side condemned the other for using children as 'pawns' in a raging illegal immigration debate.
President Trump said Monday, as he attempted to gain the upper hand, that children are 'being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country.'
Trump said in tweets that he'd also like to know where Democratic outrage is for American families who are being permanently separated by murderous, illegal immigrant gangsters.
'Why don’t the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world’s worst immigration laws? Where is the outcry for the killings and crime being caused by gangs and thugs, including MS-13, coming into our country illegally?' he said in a Monday morning rant. 


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The president's pitch: ''This could really be something very special. It could be something. Maybe even for the world to watch. Just like they're watching our great economy, how it's soaring, they could watch this'


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A view of inside U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facility shows detainees inside fenced areas at Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center in Rio Grande City, Texas, U.S., June 17, 2018. Picture taken on June 17, 2018


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Immigrants wait to head to a Catholic Charities relief center after being dropped off at a bus station shortly after release from detention through "catch and release" immigration policy on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The man said he was separated from his son while in detention. "Catch and release" is a protocol under which people detained by US authorities as unlawful immigrants can be released while they wait for a hearing















A rotating cast of Trump administration officials appeared on national news networks to buttress the president's arguments and assail Democrats using family separation as a cudgel against the Republicans' in their war over illegal immigration.
Hogan Gidley, a deputy spokesman for the president, appeared on Fox News and asserted that Democrats are 'playing politics with people's lives. They're doing it on the backs of children. It's absolutely grotesque.' 
'All they want to do is go down and grandstand and try to use this to political gain to try and get reelected in a few years, and it's grotesque,' he told reporters as he walked back inside the White House to his office. 'We can fix it right now, we can protect our citizens, but more important protect all the children around the world who are trying to come here.' 
The Trump spokesman claimed that migrant families 'separate themselves a lot of times,' sending their children with coyotes promising to bring them across the border for a hefty price.
'It's a deplorable situation, we've gotta fix it. And Congress could do it tomorrow, if you close the loopholes, the situation's solved,' Gidley stated. 
White House Director of Strategic of Communications Mercede Schlapp said on Fox that Democrats are 'using children as political pawns' and are essentially 'advocating for the smugglers who are bringing these children over' the border.
'We have our hands tied and the smugglers have the advantage,' she said, insisting that MS-13 gang members are bringing over small children as leverage.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says Democrats bludgeoning the administration for its 'zero tolerance' policy at the border are acting 'cowardly' and could change federal immigration law if they wanted to.
Nielsen stood at the White House podium on Monday and argued that DHS was just doing its job in enforcing a Trump administration policy that has led more than 2,000 children to be separated from their parents or guardians in the last six weeks.
'If an American were to commit a crime anywhere in the United States,' she told a room full of reporters, 'they would go to jail and they would be separated from their family.'
Nielsen said, 'This is not a controversial idea.'
When asked by reporters if the policy amounts to 'child abuse', Nielsen denied the accusation.
'We have high standards. We give them meals and we give them education and we give them medical care. There are videos, there are TVs. I visited the detention centers myself.'



The president delved without warning into a heated argument over immigration that his administration has been waging with Democrats at a signing ceremony for his space policy initiative
Nielsen also claimed Monday that the crisis of illegal immigrant children being housed separately from the adults who bring them across the border is, in part, fueled by men and women making fraudulent asylum claims with children who aren't theirs.
'From October 2017 to this February, we have seen a staggering 315 per cent increase in illegal aliens fraudulently using children to pose as family units to gain entry into the country,' she told the annual National Association of Sheriffs meeting in New Orleans.
'This must stop. All this does is put the children at risk,' the DHS chief added. 'We do not have the luxury of pretending that all individuals coming to this country as a family unit are in fact a family.'
'We have to do our job. We will not apologize for doing our job.'  
A DHS official told DailyMail.com that in the first five months of fiscal year 2018, DHS found 191 cases of fraud compared to 46 cases in all of fiscal year 2017. 
Before the administration's zero tolerance policy, the official explained, traffickers knew that by bringing over a child they were likely to be released directly into the country and began taking advantage of the system.
The increase in fraudulent cases, by the government's numbers, was steep - but it counted for relatively small portion of immigrant children entering the country illegally with adults over the same time period.


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DHS said that the roughly 1,800 separations from guardians or parents occurred from October through February. Fraudulent cases, therefore, accounted for roughly 11 percent of those separations.
The 'zero-tolerance' border security policy adopted in April by the Trump administration was at the center of a flare up on Sunday in the U.S. as Democrats took aim at Republicans celebrating Father's Day by sharing photos of their families on the Internet.


Democratic lawmakers on Sunday said that they would fight the 'evil' separation of children from their parents at the border while accusing the Trump administration of 'using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build their wall.' 
'They call it "zero tolerance," but a better name for it is zero humanity, and there's zero logic to this policy,' Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley said during a trip to the Mexican border.
Rep. Adam Schiff told NBC, 'It's an effort to extort a bill to their liking in the Congress. 
'It's, I think, deeply unethical, and by the President’s making these provable falsehoods about what’s required, the party adopting that has become, the GOP has become the party of lies,' the Democratic congressman stated.
The Trump administration says that 'open border' policies have led to a surge in illegal immigration that has forced the administration to treat all migrants unlawfully crossing the Untied States' southern border as criminals. 
'It is a crime to enter this country illegally. So if [Democrats] don’t like that law, they should change it,' Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, charged on Meet the Press on Sunday. 'Do you want the child in jail? As opposed to a facility?'    


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Immigrants are dropped off at a bus station shortly after being released from detention through "catch and release" immigration policy on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas
Conway said that President Trump wants to double the number of family detention centers as part of his 70-point immigration plan that Congress has not passed, in order to keep more families together. 
Gidley on Monday charged, 'There is a separation that occurs because the law exists that way. It is a farce to believe you can keep them together. ... Democrats say you can't detain them. So if you can't detain them, you can't deport them, you have to release them into the interior of the country. It's a complete false choice but it can be so simply if would close these loopholes.'
The White House spokesman forcefully argued that the government has a responsibility to detain undocumented immigrants in order to cut down on crime. 
'And I understand the Democrats are upset about temporary separation of families who come here illegally, ' he acknowledged. 'Where is the outcry for the permanent separation when one of these people come to the country, commit a crime, kill an American citizen either with their own hand or via drugs they distribute, no one comes to their defense?'
'The permanent separation is the biggest abomination, and no Democrat's coming out decrying that at all,' Gidley charged on Fox.
Backing his spokesman up on Twitter, the president demanded that Democrats 'CHANGE THE LAWS!' to cut down on the unlawful border traffic driving the administration's family separation policy.
'It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!' he tweeted on Monday morning.
Trump said that 'children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country.'
'Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S.' 
Democratic lawmakers touring border facilitates on Sunday said that the Trump administration was behaving immorally and unethically in order to get the president's desired changes to border security.
'It's completely unacceptable under any moral code or under any religious tradition to injure children, inflict trauma on them in order to send some political message to adults somewhere overseas,' Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkely said after stopping by a facility housing 1,500 immigrant children.
Merkley accused Republicans of 'hurting kids to get legislative leverage is unacceptable. It is evil.'
Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said Trump 'is not telling the truth' about the law as written.
'There is no law, there is no policy that has allowed him to snatch children away from their families,' she said. 'I can assure you we'll be fighting to the end to stop this ugly, vile program that is harming children and creating massive child abuse.'  
Democratic Rep. David Cicilline said the policy was 'undermining the founding values of this country.'
'We saw the fear in the eyes of these children who are wondering when they will see their parent ever again. It's a disgrace, it's shameful and it's un-American,' he said.



Republicans were planning to vote on two pieces of legislation that would overhaul immigration in the House of Representatives following a visit to Capitol Hill from president on Tuesday. 
Gidley indicated to reporters at the White House on Monday that a bipartisan group of lawmakers could also be invited to the White House for a conversation on illegal immigration and how to fix a system both sides say is broken. 
Even the president's wife entered into the political fray on Sunday.
'Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,' her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.
'She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.'
Former First Lady Laura Bush, wife to ex-Republican president George W. Bush, also chimed in.
'I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart, ' she wrote in the Washington Post.
Bill Clinton, an ex-Democratic president, hit the Trump administration, as well, in a Father's Day tweet that was seconded by his wife, 2016 Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton.
'These children should not be a negotiating tool. And reuniting them with their families would reaffirm America's belief in & support for all parents who love their children,' he tweeted.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 22:38

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5861697/US-poised-announce-exit-UN-human-rights-council.html

[size=34]U.S. poised to announce exit from United Nations human rights council today[/size]

  •  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will deliver the verdict in a joint appearance at the State Department

  • Haley threatened the pull-out last year, citing longstanding U.S. complaints that the 47-member council is biased against Israel 

  • Tuesday's announcement comes a day after the U.N. human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 12:02 EDT, 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:53 EDT, 19 June 2018

    


The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.
Officials say Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will deliver the verdict on the U.N. Human Rights Council in a joint appearance at the State Department on Tuesday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly preview the decision.
Haley threatened the pull-out last year, citing longstanding U.S. complaints that the 47-member council is biased against Israel. But Tuesday's announcement also comes just a day after the U.N. human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents.


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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (left) will deliver her verdict on the U.N. Human Rights Council today in a joint appearance with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (right). Haley threatened the pull-out last year, citing longstanding U.S. complaints that the 47-member council is biased against Israel but today's announcement comes a day after the U.N human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents




It also extends a broader Trump administration pattern of stepping back from international agreements and forums under the president's 'America First' policy.
Since taking office, the administration has announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, the U.N. educational and cultural organization and the Iran nuclear deal. Other contentious moves have included slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum against key trading partners, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the U.S. Embassy to the holy city from Tel Aviv.
Haley has been the driving force behind the move, which would be unprecedented in the 12-year history of the council. No country has ever dropped out voluntarily. Libya was kicked out seven years ago.
The move could reinforce the perception that the Trump administration is seeking to advance Israel's agenda on the world stage, just as it prepares to unveil its long-awaited peace plan despite Palestinian outrage over the embassy relocation. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is visiting the Middle East this week as the White House works to lay the groundwork for unveiling the plan.


Last year, Haley warned the Geneva-based council that the U.S. would withdraw if it did not end its systematic scrutiny of Israel and its alleged rights abuses against Palestinians.
She denounced the council as a 'forum for politics, hypocrisy and evasion' and accused member countries such as Venezuela, Cuba, China, Burundi and Saudi Arabia of failing to fulfill their duties to 'uphold the highest standards' of human rights, while emphasizing what she said was the council's anti-Israel bias.
Since last year, Haley's office has also pushed the council and its chief not to publish a U.N. database of companies operating in West Bank settlements, a so-called blacklist that Israel is concerned could drive companies away and cast a further pall over its presence in the Palestinian-claimed West Bank.


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A general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United States is about to quit the United Nation's main human rights body, primarily over Washington's claim that the Human Rights Council is biased against Israel



Israel is the only country in the world whose rights record comes up for discussion at every council session, under 'Item 7' on the agenda.
The officials said the administration had concluded that its efforts to promote reform on the council had failed and that withdrawal was the only step it could take to demonstrate its seriousness. It was not immediately clear if the U.S. would remain a non-voting observer on the council.
A full pullout by the U.S. would leave the council without one of its traditional defenders of human rights. In recent months, the United States has participated in attempts to pinpoint rights violations in places like South Sudan, Congo and Cambodia.
There are 47 countries in the Human Rights Council, elected by the U.N.'s General Assembly with a specific number of seats allocated for each region of the globe. Members serve for three-year terms and can only serve two terms in a row.
The United States has opted to stay out of the Human Rights Council before: the administration of President George W. Bush did so when the council was created in 2006. Item 7 on 'Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories' has been part of the council's regular business almost as long as it has existed.
A pullout could be largely symbolic: The United States' current term on the council ends next year, when it could revert to the observer status held by other countries that are not members. In that situation, the U.S. would be able to speak out on rights abuses, but not to vote.
A key question will be where a U.S. pullout would leave Israel if its biggest and most powerful defender abandons its voting rights or drops out of the council altogether.
The State Department's web site says protection of fundamental human rights was a 'foundation stone' for the United States' creation over two centuries ago and that promoting respect for human rights since has been a 'central goal' of U.S. foreign policy.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Wed 20 Jun 2018, 16:28

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5865369/Sessions-considers-forcing-asylum-seekers-kids-DNA-tests-prove-children-theirs.html

[size=34]Jeff Sessions considers forcing asylum-seekers with sons and daughters in tow to take DNA TESTS to prove children are theirs[/size]

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions could soon be telling adults and childres crossing the U.S.-Mexico border together to take DNA tests to prove they're related

  • Revelation came from evangalical Christian leader who interviewed Sessions on the radio and later said the AG is talking with members of Congress about it

  • The sight of mass-housing for children as young as infants has driven national outrage from both sides of the political aisle 

  • Sessions says some of the grown-ups are smugglers or other scammers who are using the children as props to gain preferential treatment 

  • The Justice Department hasn't confirmed the report that DNA tests are under consideration and there is no estimate of what it would cost taxpayers 


By DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 09:21 EDT, 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:22 EDT, 20 June 2018

    


Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering a new policy that would require asylum seekers and other illegal immigrants – and children traveling with them – to take DNA tests to prove they're related.
Sessions and other Trump administration officials have said one factor leading to the separation of 'family units' is an epidemic of adults crossing the border with children who aren't theirs, hoping to get preferential treatment in the asylum process.
The pending idea of swabbing Central Americans' cheeks was revealed Monday night by Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, after interviewing the attorney general on his radio show.  
'Sessions is talking to congressional members and is hoping for a legislative fix,' Perkins said in a statement to The Daily Caller. 'The AG wants an immigration policy that is just, fair and enforceable.'

'They,' he said, referring to Sessions and members of Congress, have 'talked about making sure that these really are the parents of these kids. They are looking at how to use DNA tests in the field to verify they are parents and not traffickers.'


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SAY WAAAAAAAH! Attorney General Jeff Sessions could soon be telling adults and childres crossing the U.S.-Mexico border together to take DNA tests to prove they're related


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Sessions has enforced a 'zero tolerance' policy on illegal immigration since April, insisting that every border-jumper must be criminally prosecuted – even if it means taking their children to shelters


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The sight of mass-housing for children as young as infants, with no parents to be found, has driven national outrage from both sides of the political aisle; Sessions says some of the grown-ups are smugglers or other scammers who are using the children as props to gain preferential treatment


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One mother, a Guatemalan national named Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, sued the Trump administration Tuesday for the return of her son Darwin; she was allowed to post bond and leave immigration detention pending an asylum hearing but the government won't tell her where the 7-year-old boy is
'The reality is if American parents put their kids through what these immigrant parents have done to their kids – they would be charged with child abuse,' Perkins added.
Sessions did not address the use of border-zone DNA tests during the radio interview.
But he did say that 'we know for a fact that many adults taking children along are not related to them. [They] could be smugglers. They could be human traffickers.' 


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Evangalical Christian leader Tony Perkins interviewed Sessions on the radio on Tuesday and later said the AG is talking with members of Congress about the DNA tests
He complained that U.S. immigration policy has 'so many holes in it that it's like swiss cheese, really. People are taking advantage of the system.'
Sessions said the number of family units crossing the border together has grown from 14,000 in 2013 to 75,000 last year.
'It became well-known that if you came with a child, an adult with a child, you weren't going to be deported or prosecuted. This has created a massive loophole for us,' he explained.    
'They were getting into the country ... [and] released and asked to come back to court. And some come back to court, and some don't come back to court.' 
Sessions implemented a 'zero tolerance' policy in April, demanding arrests and prosecutions of the adults. Past federal court decisions force the administration
Purported parents are split apart from the minors at the border and housed separately while their prosecutions wend their way through the courts.
'The children have to be held in a different place than a detention center the adults will be in, pending adjudication,' he said.
One of those adults, a Guatemalan woman who claimed asylum after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, insisting ona reunion with the 7-year-old don who was taken from her – and whose location the government won't disclose to her.



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The Trump administration is taking illegal immigrant children away from the adults who are apprehended sneaking them across the border, and putting them in shelters, as part of a 'zero tolerance' interpretation of federal law
President Donald Trump said Tuesday during a free-wheeling speech in Washington that he's not happy with the status quo but also is unwilling to bend unless Congress changes the law. That's an outcome that White House officials say would have to come along with funding for his long-promised border wall.  
'I don't want children taken away from parents. And when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away,' Trump said. 
'Now, we don't have to prosecute them. But then we're not prosecuting them for coming in illegally. That's not good.' 
'We want a country with heart,' Trump said. 'But when people come up, they have to know they're not going to get in. Otherwise it will never stop.'
Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Nielsen told reporters Monday at the White House that about 2,000 of the 12,000 children in the care of Health and Human Services Department caseworkers entered the United States with one or more grown-ups.  


Sessions has become the administration's designated whipping boy on family separations as the practice generates dramatic outrage on both sides of the political aisle. 
He tried Monday night to explain the Trump administration's policy, reacting to Democratic lawmakers and former government officials who invoked Nazi Germany to condemn it.
'It's a real exaggeration. In Nazi Germany they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country, but this is a serious matter,' Sessions told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. 
California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein had told an MSNBC audience that 'this is the United States of Germ – I mean, United States of America. It isn't Nazi Germany, and there's a difference. And we don't take children from their parents. Until now.'
And former CIA director Michael Hayden defended his choice of a photo of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp on Twitter to describe what's happening at the U.S. border.
'I walked down that railroad siding where the families were separated, and that's why used that picture,' he said on CNN's 'New Day' program. 'Look, I know we’re not Nazi Germany. All right? But there is a commonality there.' 


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The Justice Department hasn't confirmed the report that DNA tests are under consideration and there is no estimate of what it would cost taxpayers


Ingraham drew fire Monday night for downplaying images of the stark conditions inside shelters that the Department of Health and Human Services has set up for children.
'As more illegal immigrants are rushing the border, more kids are being separated from their parents,' she said, 'and temporarily housed at what are, essentially, summer camps.'
Sessions insisted Monday night that 'fundamentally, we are enforcing the law.' 
A legal settlement dating to 1993, known as the 'Flores consent decree,' prohibits the federal government from housing children in immigration jails along with their parents and limits the length of time authorities can hold those who are underage. 
A defiant Nielsen claimed Monday that former presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama engaged in the same practices that have led to media and public outrage.
'They absolutely did. They did. Their rate was less than ours, but they absolutely did do this. This is not new,' she said. They separated families.'

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5866069/DHS-writing-order-END-child-separations-border.html

[size=34]BREAKING NEWS: Trump says he will be signing executive order on mounting border separation crisis[/size]
By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:26 EDT, 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:46 EDT, 20 June 2018

    



President Donald Trump says he will be signing an executive order addressing family separation today.
The president did not say what the document he'd be signing entails as he spoke to reporters in the Cabinet room. 
'I'm going to be signing an executive order in a little while before I go to Minnesota but, at the same time,' Trump said, 'I think you have to understand, we're keeping families together, but we have to keep our borders strong. We will be overrun with crime and with people that should not be in our country.' 
His Department of Homeland Security secretary was said to be drafting an order to end the child separation policy that's become a political albatross for the Trump administration.

It was not clear if the president would sign that directive or 'something' else entirely following his impromptu remarks during a meeting with lawmakers that the White House unexpectedly allowed to be broadcast. 


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President Donald Trump says he will be signing an executive order addressing family separation today





The Department of Homeland Security is drafting an order to end the child separation policy that's become a political albatross for the Trump administratio

A DHS spokesperson did not respond to a DailyMail.com request for comment. 
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was at the White House on Wednesday morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed. The Trump spokeswoman would not say whether Nielsen was on the property specifically to talk about an executive order on family separation with President Trump. 
'It's not like groundbreaking that a secretary that is part of the administration would be at the White House,' Sanders told reporters, noting that Nielsen is at the White House 'all the time.' 
News of an about-face came hours after the president publicly racheted his attacks on Democrats opposing his immigration agenda via Twitter. 
Trump made sure that it came at a cost. He said during his surprise media avail that he was cancelling their annual picnic at the White House. 
'I do want to say that because we're also busy....that we are going to cancel and postpone tomorrow's congressional picnic,' he stated.
Trump met yesterday on Capitol Hill with GOP lawmakers. The picnic would have offered him a chance to speak to the very same Democrats he's clobbering for not supporting his agenda. 
The president who is holding a political rally tonight in Minnesota said he did not think the optics of a picnic would be appropriate, however, and he did not want to reward the opposing party that he's repeatedly called obstructionist.
'I was just walking over to the Oval Office and I said, you know, it just doesn't feel right to have a picnic for Congress...We'll make it another time when things are going extremely well.' 
Trump indicated in his Cabinet Room remarks that the images of children at the border in cages had affected him. 
'Those images affect everybody,' he said of the photos that have been dominating the national news.
The president told lawmakers, 'The dilemma is that if you're weak, if you're weak – which some people would like you to be – if you're really, really pathetically weak, the country's going to be overrun with millions of people. And if you're strong, then you "don't have any heart." That's a tough dilemma. Perhaps I'd rather be strong, but that's a tough dilemma.' 
The opposing party has been pummeling his administration as cruel and inhumane for splitting families up at the border.
Trump said in a tweet that Democrats 'want open borders which means crime' as he saddled them with the burden of changing America's immigration laws, which he said are the 'weakest and worst anywhere in the world.'
He said in another vague message, whoever, that he is 'working on something' pertaining to immigration without saying what it is.
The president seemed to signal this morning that whatever it was, he would not back down from his administration's position, putting lawmakers in the hot seat to make changes to the legal system.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said at a morning news conference that he was moving forward as such with two pieces of immigration reform legislation that are scheduled for a vote tomorrow. 


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President Trump ratcheted up his attacks Wednesday on Democrats opposing his immigration agenda as they continued to pummel him as cruel and inhumane for splitting families up at the border.


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Immigration reform legislation was no closer on Wednesday to gaining majority support in the House, however, even after a closed-door session between Republicans and the president.
GOP leaders were looking at two pieces of legislation that would fund the president's border wall, one of which also takes steps to end family separation for Central American migrants.
Conservative lawmakers were also crafting a 'back-up' bill that they hoped to sub in if the other two fail. Their bill sets aside most of Trump's other immigration priorities and deals solely with the detention of children coming across the border in family units.
Trump said in a speech Tuesday that he supports a 'third option' and even claimed credit for it.
In morning tweets in which Trump insisted that Democrats are to blame for family separation because they will not bend to his will, he alluded to the measure again as he said he was 'working on something' that he suggested would change the conversation.
'It’s the Democrats fault, they won’t give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation,' he said. 'They want open borders, which breeds horrible crime. Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!'
Coming out of the meeting with GOP lawmakers, the White House said that Trump was '100 percent' behind the two bills House leadership plans to bring up for a vote.
Trump reportedly did not talk to lawmakers at all about family separation. 


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Immigration reform legislation was no closer on Wednesday to gaining majority support in the House, however, even after a closed-door session between Republicans and the president
At a news conference on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan refused to entertain questions about stand-alone bills that narrowly deal with the issue of young children being detained in cages and tents while their parents await prosecution for the crime of unlawfully entering the country.
'We're trying to pass this legislation right now. This is very good compromise legislation,' Ryan told reporters.
It solves the border crisis, he claimed, and stabilizes the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA.
'And then when other situations arise, whatever the circumstances are, we'll cross this bridge when it comes to it,' he asserted.
Ryan rejected Democrats' allegations that the GOP is using the immigrant children as bargaining chips to get more of the president's immigration priorities passed.
'That's a ridiculous assertion,' Ryan said as he stormed out, having already deemed it the last question.  
Democrats have pummeled the GOP for coupling family separation - a policy introduced in April by the Trump administration - with comprehensive immigration reform.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a Tuesday email to members, 'There is no universe in which forcibly separating now thousands of young children from their parents is acceptable. The practice is an abomination. It’s not part of any solution to fix our immigration system.'
Van Hollen said he spent his Father’s Day visiting immigrant detention centers on the border and 'there is no doubt that the Trump administration’s family separation policy is cruel and inhumane.'
'In McAllen, Texas, I saw a facility people called “the dog kennel” which housed children separated from their mothers and fathers lumped into holding pens made of chain-link fence. It was a disturbing and shameful scene that should have no place in America,' the Maryland Democrat wrote.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi similarly wrote in an email on behalf of the lower chamber's campaign arm: 'I have never been more horrified by this President. His choice to separate immigrant children from their mothers at our border is heartless. It’s cruel. It’s immoral. And -- it’s all for political leverage.'
House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul, a Texas Republican, admitted to Fox News on Tuesday after the meeting with the president that family separation was a policy of this president. 
'The parents are now being prosecuted but we would like to see the family stay together and not separated,'he said. 'But I think most importantly from my position as the chairman of homeland security is to have a border security bill passed.'


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Unless Congress acts, he said, smugglers and traffickers will continue to sell entry to the United States for for $6,000 a person.
'We will never stop this problem until we dry up the deterrent issue and the legal loopholes that existed currently,' he stated. 
President Trump suggested Tuesday that he could cut down on unlawful migration by ending aid to the Central American countries that he claimed are 'sending'migrants to the U.S. 
Trump said he'd be asking for authorization to end assistance to the region that includes Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
'We're not going to give any more aid to those countries,' he asserted during a Washington, D.C. speech to the National Federation of Independent Business. 'Why the hell should we?'   
The president told attendees of the conference, 'I don't want children taken away from parents. And when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away.'
'Now, we don't have to prosecute them. But then we're not prosecuting them for coming in illegally. That's not good,' he added.
The president said then that he'd be championing legislation to make sure that families that are flooding the border from Central America are not being separated as he lit into lawyers for migrants and judges he claimed are abusing the system.
'We want a great country. We want a country with heart,' Trump said. 'But when people come up, they have to know they're not going to get in. Otherwise it will never stop.' 



The president said he doesn't like that children are being separated from their legal guardians- even though it's a policy that was implemented by his administration.
'We can't let people pour in. They've gotta go through the process,' he stated. 'And maybe it's politically correct or maybe it's not - we've gotta stop separation of the families.'
Standing his ground, Trump said, 'But politically correct or not, we have to be a country that needs security, that needs safety, that has to be protected.' 
'And remember, these countries that we give tremendous foreign aid to in many cases, they send these people up, and they're not sending their finest,' he claimed.  'Does that sound familiar? Remember, I made that speech and I was badly criticized....Turned out I was 100 percent right. That's why I got elected.' 
Trump was referring to his 2015 announcement that he would be seeking the Oval Office. In the speech he referred to illegal immigrants as rapists and criminals.
Revisiting the charge on Tuesday, Trump said that many immigrants who come to the U.S. illegally will never appear at their court dates. 'If they're good, that's great. And if they're bad, you'll have killings, you'll have murders, you'll have this, you'll have that, you'll have crime.'



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The president rejected Democratic demands that the country hire more judges to adjudicate the cases of legitimate asylum seekers faster as part of the solution.
'I don't want to try people. I don't want people coming in,' he asserted. 
Trump said the ease of entry has led to a 1,700 percent increase in asylum claims. 
'They game the system. They game it. It's so easy for them. They're smart. They didn't go to the Wharton School of Finance,' he said, name-checking his alma mater, 'but you know what. They're really smart.' 
Trump pounded Democrats for refusing to back his immigration agenda, which he said earlier in the day was allowing violent criminals 'to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13,' a violent illegal immigrant gang.   
'They don't want to give it, because Democrats love open borders. Let the whole world come in. Let the whole world. MS-13 gang members from all over the place, come on in -- we have open borders,' he said.
'And they view that possibly intelligently, except that it's destroying our country. They view that as potential voters. Someday they're going to vote for Democrats. Because they can't win on their policies, which are horrible. They found that out in the last presidential election.'  


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Immigrant children are led by staff in single file between tents at a detention facility next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas


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A view from Mexico of the US Customs and Boarder Protection is housing underage people caught illegally entering the United States at the Tornillo Port of Entry in Guadalupe Bravos


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US Border Patrol agents patrol the bed of the Rio Grand in front of where the US Customs and Boarder Protection is housing underage people


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Locals walk along the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana


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A remark on Tuesday about crime-committing illegals that 'infest' the U.S. immediately stoked controversy, with the president's detractors saying the blanket description was not only wrong but inhumane. 
Another incident earlier this year caused outrage when the president called gangster immigrants 'animals' in another statement his critics cast as incendiary. 
Monday in unscripted remarks Trump said that he's implementing strict immigration policies because he doesn't want the United States to end up like Europe.
'The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. Won't be,' he charged in fiery remarks at a White House event.
'You look at what's happening in Europe. You look at what's happening in other places. We can't allow that to happen to the United States. Not on my watch.'  
The White House has spent the past week fighting with Democrats accusing theTrump administration of exploiting migrant families instead of taking an expected post-Singapore Kim summit victory lap.
Each side has condemned the other for using children as 'pawns' in a raging illegal immigration debate. 





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Trump suggested the United States' could bolster its credentials as leader of the free world by passing merit-based immigration laws that put a premium on high-skilled workers and lock down America's porous borders



'The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. Won't be,' he charged  later in fiery remarks at a White House event.
A rotating cast of Trump administration officials appeared on national news networks to buttress the president's arguments and assail Democrats using family separation as a cudgel against the Republicans' in their war over illegal immigration.
Hogan Gidley, a deputy spokesman for the president, appeared on Fox News and asserted that Democrats are 'playing politics with people's lives. They're doing it on the backs of children. It's absolutely grotesque.' 
'All they want to do is go down and grandstand and try to use this to political gain to try and get reelected in a few years, and it's grotesque,' he told reporters as he walked back inside the White House to his office. 'We can fix it right now, we can protect our citizens, but more important protect all the children around the world who are trying to come here.' 
The Trump spokesman claimed that migrant families 'separate themselves a lot of times,' sending their children with coyotes promising to bring them across the border for a hefty price.
'It's a deplorable situation, we've gotta fix it. And Congress could do it tomorrow, if you close the loopholes, the situation's solved,' Gidley stated. 





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The president's pitch: ''This could really be something very special. It could be something. Maybe even for the world to watch. Just like they're watching our great economy, how it's soaring, they could watch this'


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A view of inside U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facility shows detainees inside fenced areas at Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center in Rio Grande City, Texas, U.S., June 17, 2018. Picture taken on June 17, 2018


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Immigrants wait to head to a Catholic Charities relief center after being dropped off at a bus station shortly after release from detention through "catch and release" immigration policy on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The man said he was separated from his son while in detention. "Catch and release" is a protocol under which people detained by US authorities as unlawful immigrants can be released while they wait for a hearing



White House Director of Strategic of Communications Mercede Schlapp said on Fox that Democrats are 'using children as political pawns' and are essentially 'advocating for the smugglers who are bringing these children over' the border.
'We have our hands tied and the smugglers have the advantage,' she said, insisting that MS-13 gang members are bringing over small children as leverage.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says Democrats bludgeoning the administration for its 'zero tolerance' policy at the border are acting 'cowardly' and could change federal immigration law if they wanted to.
Nielsen stood at the White House podium on Monday and argued that DHS was just doing its job in enforcing a Trump administration policy that has led more than 2,000 children to be separated from their parents or guardians in the last six weeks.
'If an American were to commit a crime anywhere in the United States,' she told a room full of reporters, 'they would go to jail and they would be separated from their family.'
Nielsen said, 'This is not a controversial idea.'
When asked by reporters if the policy amounts to 'child abuse', Nielsen denied the accusation.
'We have high standards. We give them meals and we give them education and we give them medical care. There are videos, there are TVs. I visited the detention centers myself.' 


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Immigrants are dropped off at a bus station shortly after being released from detention through "catch and release" immigration policy on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas


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A gate on the US side of the US-Mexican border

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Donnamarie on Wed 20 Jun 2018, 19:17

The lies coming out of the White House and this administration are staggering.  Lies about everything! Lies in plain sight!  They will never admit it but Trump et al have done considerable damage to our country’s reputation already.  This latest stunt with immigrants is the worse by far.  The damage has been done.  There are probably some children who will never be reunited with their families because of the complete ineptitude of those handling this crisis. Or quite possibly this was intentional.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Wed 20 Jun 2018, 21:12

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html

[size=34]Trump signs executive order to END family separation under pressure from his wife and daughter in border policy U-turn - but doesn't end 'zero tolerance' prosecution policy[/size]

  • The president said Wednesday morning that he'd be signing an executive order addressing family sepration

  • Said it would assist with 'keeping families together' while acknowledging that 'we have to keep our borders strong' 

  • Indicated to reporters later as he held of the finished product that he'd been lobbied to take action by Melania and Ivanka

  • Says he acted because, 'I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated'

  • Trump did not end the 'zero tolerance' provision of his policy that requires the prosecution of all unlawful immigrants as criminals

  • His order merely authorizes DHS to hold families together while prosecution is pending. 


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:26 EDT, 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:49 EDT, 20 June 2018

    



President Donald Trump this afternoon signed an executive order ending family separation at the border.
The president, in an abrupt U-turn on the divisive policy put into place by his own administration, directed the Department of Homeland Security to detain families together so long as children are not put into danger.
'I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,' the president on Wednesday stated.  
President Trump indicated that lobbying from his daughter Ivanka, who showed him pictures of the caged and kenneled children, and wife Melania had caused him to have a change in position.

'Ivanka feels very strongly about it. My wife feels very strongly about it. I think anybody with a hear feels very strongly about it,' he said.


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President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending family separation today


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President Trump indicated that lobbying from his daughter Ivanka, who showed him pictures of the caged and kenneled children, and wife Melania had caused him to have a change in position


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Both the first lady and the first daughter (pictured) were in the Oval Office on Wednesday when Trump signed the directive
Trump did not end the 'zero tolerance' provision of his policy that requires the prosecution of all unlawful immigrants as criminals. His order merely authorizes DHS to hold families together while prosecution is pending. 
DHS will bear the costs of constructing facilities to house migrant parents and their children while their cases are being adjudicated. The order directs the attorney general to prioritize the cases as quickly as possible.
The president said earlier on Wednesday that he would be signing something dealing with the issue as he spoke to reporters in the Cabinet room.
'I'm going to be signing an executive order in a little while before I go to Minnesota but, at the same time,' Trump said, 'I think you have to understand, we're keeping families together, but we have to keep our borders strong. We will be overrun with crime and with people that should not be in our country.' 
His Department of Homeland Security secretary was said to be drafting an order to end the child separation policy that's become a political albatross for the Trump administration.
It was not clear if the president would sign that directive or 'something' else entirely following his impromptu remarks during a meeting with lawmakers that the White House unexpectedly allowed to be broadcast. 


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President Donald Trump first revealed his plans to sign an executive order addressing family separation during a meeting earlier today with lawmakers


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The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirsjen Nielsen was earlier said to be drafting an order to end the child separation policy that's become a political albatross for the Trump administration

A DHS spokesperson did not respond to a DailyMail.com request for comment. 
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was at the White House on Wednesday morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed. The Trump spokeswoman would not say whether Nielsen was on the property specifically to talk about an executive order on family separation with President Trump. 
'It's not like groundbreaking that a secretary that is part of the administration would be at the White House,' Sanders told reporters, noting that Nielsen is at the White House 'all the time.' 
News of an about-face came hours after the president publicly racheted his attacks on Democrats opposing his immigration agenda via Twitter. 
It also followed a press conference on Capitol Hill where  House Speaker Paul Ryan at which the GOP leader refused to entertain the prospect of a stand-alone bill to handle family separation.
Ryan did not know about the executive order at the time, a person familiar with the situation told DailyMail.com, and was at the White House on Wednesday at the president's invitation to discuss immigration legislation he is about to bring up for a vote in the House.
The GOP leader was at the White House with a group of roughly 25 lawmakers who DailyMail.com's source described as on the fence. 
Even with Trump's forthcoming executive order, Congress will still have to take the lead in making the policy shift permanent.
'It doesn't take away the fact that this needs to be changed into law at some point,' the person said. 'The courts could challenge what the president does in terms of executive action.' 

[size=18]Paul Ryan says Congress will vote to end border family separation




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The president's U-turn came at an immediate cost to Members of Congress, who had been looking forward to a summer picnic at the White House on Thursday.
President Trump said during his surprise media avail that he was cancelling the event.
'I do want to say that, because we're also busy....that we are going to cancel and postpone tomorrow's congressional picnic,' he stated.
Trump met yesterday on Capitol Hill with GOP lawmakers to talk about a broad range of issues. He hosted two sets of legislators at the White House on Wednesday.
Tomorrow's picnic would have offered him a chance to speak to the very same Democrats he's been clobbering for not supporting his immigration agenda. 
The president who is holding a political rally tonight in Minnesota said he did not think the optics of a festive picnic with legislators and their families would be appropriate. He insinuated that he did not want to reward the opposing party that he's repeatedly called obstructionist.
'I was just walking over to the Oval Office and I said, you know, it doesn't feel right to have a picnic for Congress when we're working on doing something very important,' he stated. 'It didn't feel exactly right to me. We'll make it another time when things are going extremely well.'   
Trump indicated in his Cabinet Room remarks that the images of children at the border in cages and kennels had affected him outlook. 
'Those images affect everybody,' he said of the photos that have been dominating the national news since Father's Day.


The president told lawmakers, 'The dilemma is that if you're weak, if you're weak – which some people would like you to be – if you're really, really pathetically weak, the country's going to be overrun with millions of people. And if you're strong, then you "don't have any heart." That's a tough dilemma. Perhaps I'd rather be strong, but that's a tough dilemma.' 
Democrats have been pummeling the Trump administration as cruel and inhumane for splitting families up at the border in order to prosecute parents for unlawfully crossing the border.
Trump said Wednesday that he wants 'security for our country, and we will have that.' 
'At the same time we have compassion, we want to keep families together. It's very important,' he stated. 'I'll be signing something in a little while that's going to do that.'
He noted that Republicans are also working on legislation that meet the same end.
'But I'll be doing something that's somewhat preemptive but ultimately will be matched by legislation I'm sure.' 
How the president plans to get around a court settlement his administration has been holding up as the reason why it has to separate children from parents facing punished unless Congress acts was left unsaid.
His exercise of executive power also flew in the face of Republican complaints about immigration directives put in place by the previous administration.
Trump made reference to those today when he brought up Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, claiming that Obama acknowledged he shouldn't be signing the order and did anyway.
The Republican president found himself in a similar bind this week as the opposing party stymied his immigration reform agenda.
'We're having a lot of problems with Democrats that don't want to vote for anything,' he said. 'They don't care about lack of security. They really would like to have open borders where anybody in the world can just flow in, including from the Middle East, from anybody anywhere they can just flow into our country. 
'Tremendous problems with that, tremendous crime caused by that. We're just not going to do it.' 
Trump said in a tweet this morning that Democrats 'want open borders which means crime' as he saddled them with the burden of changing America's immigration laws, which he said are the 'weakest and worst anywhere in the world.'
He said in another vague message, whoever, that he is 'working on something' pertaining to immigration without saying what it is.
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Immigration reform legislation was no closer on Wednesday to gaining majority support in the House, however, even after a closed-door session between Republicans and the president. 
GOP leaders were looking at two pieces of legislation that would fund the president's border wall, one of which also takes steps to end family separation for Central American migrants.
Conservative lawmakers were also crafting a 'back-up' bill that they hoped to sub in if the other two fail. Their bill sets aside most of Trump's other immigration priorities and deals solely with the detention of children coming across the border in family units.
Trump said in a speech Tuesday that he supports a 'third option' and even claimed credit for it.
Ryan said at a morning news conference that he was moving forward with the leadership-approved immigration reform bills that were scheduled for a vote tomorrow.
Ryan refused to entertain questions about stand-alone bills that narrowly deal with the issue of young children being detained in cages and tents while their parents await prosecution for the crime of unlawfully entering the country.
'We're trying to pass this legislation right now. This is very good compromise legislation,' Ryan told reporters.
It solves the border crisis, he claimed, and stabilizes the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA.
'And then when other situations arise, whatever the circumstances are, we'll cross this bridge when it comes to it,' he asserted.
Ryan rejected Democrats' allegations that the GOP is using the immigrant children as bargaining chips to get more of the president's immigration priorities passed.
'That's a ridiculous assertion,' Ryan said as he stormed out, having already deemed it the last question.   


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Immigration reform legislation was no closer on Wednesday to gaining majority support in the House, however, even after a closed-door session between Republicans and the president
In morning tweets in which Trump insisted that Democrats are to blame for family separation because they will not bend to his will, he alluded to the measure again as he said he was 'working on something' that he suggested would change the conversation.
'It’s the Democrats fault, they won’t give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation,' he said. 'They want open borders, which breeds horrible crime. Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!'
Coming out of the meeting with GOP lawmakers, the White House said that Trump was '100 percent' behind the two bills House leadership plans to bring up for a vote.
Trump reportedly did not talk to lawmakers at all about family separation. 
Democrats have pummeled the GOP for coupling family separation - a policy introduced in April by the Trump administration - with comprehensive immigration reform.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a Tuesday email to members, 'There is no universe in which forcibly separating now thousands of young children from their parents is acceptable. The practice is an abomination. It’s not part of any solution to fix our immigration system.'
Van Hollen said he spent his Father’s Day visiting immigrant detention centers on the border and 'there is no doubt that the Trump administration’s family separation policy is cruel and inhumane.'
'In McAllen, Texas, I saw a facility people called “the dog kennel” which housed children separated from their mothers and fathers lumped into holding pens made of chain-link fence. It was a disturbing and shameful scene that should have no place in America,' the Maryland Democrat wrote.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi similarly wrote in an email on behalf of the lower chamber's campaign arm: 'I have never been more horrified by this President. His choice to separate immigrant children from their mothers at our border is heartless. It’s cruel. It’s immoral. And -- it’s all for political leverage.' 
House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul, a Texas Republican, admitted to Fox News on Tuesday after the meeting with the president that family separation was a policy of this president. 
'The parents are now being prosecuted but we would like to see the family stay together and not separated,'he said. 'But I think most importantly from my position as the chairman of homeland security is to have a border security bill passed.'


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Unless Congress acts, he said, smugglers and traffickers will continue to sell entry to the United States for for $6,000 a person.
'We will never stop this problem until we dry up the deterrent issue and the legal loopholes that existed currently,' he stated. 
Even some staunch allies of the president said they couldn't get behind him when it comes to the detention of families, though. His former lawyer on Wednesday quit the national party as deputy finance chair, citing the president's border policy and the special counsel investigation. 
'As the son of a Polish holocaust survivor, the images and sounds of this family separation policy is heart wrenching,' Cohen said in a resignation letter according to ABC News. 'While I strongly support measures that will secure our porous borders, children should never be used as bargaining chips.'
First Lady Melania Trump was also said to be lobbying her husband to take action.
She has pressed him privately, CNN reported, as well as publicly to address family separation.
'Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,' her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said. 'She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.
President Trump suggested Tuesday that he could cut down on unlawful migration by ending aid to the Central American countries that he claimed are 'sending'migrants to the U.S. as part of his plot to secure the border.
Trump said he'd be asking for authorization to end assistance to the region that includes Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
'We're not going to give any more aid to those countries,' he asserted during a Washington, D.C. speech to the National Federation of Independent Business. 'Why the hell should we?'   
The president told attendees of the conference, 'I don't want children taken away from parents. And when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away.'
'Now, we don't have to prosecute them. But then we're not prosecuting them for coming in illegally. That's not good,' he added.
The president said then that he'd be championing legislation to make sure that families that are flooding the border from Central America are not being separated as he lit into lawyers for migrants and judges he claimed are abusing the system.
'We want a great country. We want a country with heart,' Trump said. 'But when people come up, they have to know they're not going to get in. Otherwise it will never stop.' 
Vice President Mike Pence was coincidentally meeting at the White House on Wednesday afternoon with the Honduran president. 
A White House official suggested to DailyMail.com just before the meeting that Trump was just saber-rattling and had not actually requested that the aid be cut off.
The official said, 'No decisions have been made on that at this time.' 




The president has repeatedly said that doesn't like that children are being separated from their legal guardians- even though it's a policy that was implemented by his administration.
'We can't let people pour in. They've gotta go through the process,' he stated. 'And maybe it's politically correct or maybe it's not - we've gotta stop separation of the families.'
Standing his ground, Trump said, 'But politically correct or not, we have to be a country that needs security, that needs safety, that has to be protected.' 
'And remember, these countries that we give tremendous foreign aid to in many cases, they send these people up, and they're not sending their finest,' he claimed.  'Does that sound familiar? Remember, I made that speech and I was badly criticized....Turned out I was 100 percent right. That's why I got elected.' 
Trump was referring to his 2015 announcement that he would be seeking the Oval Office. In the speech he referred to illegal immigrants as rapists and criminals.
Revisiting the charge on Tuesday, Trump said that many immigrants who come to the U.S. illegally will never appear at their court dates. 'If they're good, that's great. And if they're bad, you'll have killings, you'll have murders, you'll have this, you'll have that, you'll have crime.'



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The president rejected Democratic demands that the country hire more judges to adjudicate the cases of legitimate asylum seekers faster as part of the solution.
'I don't want to try people. I don't want people coming in,' he asserted. 
Trump said the ease of entry has led to a 1,700 percent increase in asylum claims. 
'They game the system. They game it. It's so easy for them. They're smart. They didn't go to the Wharton School of Finance,' he said, name-checking his alma mater, 'but you know what. They're really smart.' 
Trump pounded Democrats for refusing to back his immigration agenda, which he said earlier in the day was allowing violent criminals 'to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13,' a violent illegal immigrant gang.   
'They don't want to give it, because Democrats love open borders. Let the whole world come in. Let the whole world. MS-13 gang members from all over the place, come on in -- we have open borders,' he said.
'And they view that possibly intelligently, except that it's destroying our country. They view that as potential voters. Someday they're going to vote for Democrats. Because they can't win on their policies, which are horrible. They found that out in the last presidential election.'  


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Immigrant children are led by staff in single file between tents at a detention facility next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas


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A view from Mexico of the US Customs and Boarder Protection is housing underage people caught illegally entering the United States at the Tornillo Port of Entry in Guadalupe Bravos


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US Border Patrol agents patrol the bed of the Rio Grand in front of where the US Customs and Boarder Protection is housing underage people


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Locals walk along the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana


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A remark on Tuesday about crime-committing illegals that 'infest' the U.S. immediately stoked controversy, with the president's detractors saying the blanket description was not only wrong but inhumane. 
Another incident earlier this year caused outrage when the president called gangster immigrants 'animals' in another statement his critics cast as incendiary. 
Monday in unscripted remarks Trump said that he's implementing strict immigration policies because he doesn't want the United States to end up like Europe.
'The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. Won't be,' he charged in fiery remarks at a White House event.
'You look at what's happening in Europe. You look at what's happening in other places. We can't allow that to happen to the United States. Not on my watch.'  
The White House has spent the past week fighting with Democrats accusing theTrump administration of exploiting migrant families instead of taking an expected post-Singapore Kim summit victory lap.
Each side has condemned the other for using children as 'pawns' in a raging illegal immigration debate. 





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Trump suggested the United States' could bolster its credentials as leader of the free world by passing merit-based immigration laws that put a premium on high-skilled workers and lock down America's porous borders



'The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. Won't be,' he charged  later in fiery remarks at a White House event.
A rotating cast of Trump administration officials appeared on national news networks to buttress the president's arguments and assail Democrats using family separation as a cudgel against the Republicans' in their war over illegal immigration.
Hogan Gidley, a deputy spokesman for the president, appeared on Fox News and asserted that Democrats are 'playing politics with people's lives. They're doing it on the backs of children. It's absolutely grotesque.' 
'All they want to do is go down and grandstand and try to use this to political gain to try and get reelected in a few years, and it's grotesque,' he told reporters as he walked back inside the White House to his office. 'We can fix it right now, we can protect our citizens, but more important protect all the children around the world who are trying to come here.' 
The Trump spokesman claimed that migrant families 'separate themselves a lot of times,' sending their children with coyotes promising to bring them across the border for a hefty price.
'It's a deplorable situation, we've gotta fix it. And Congress could do it tomorrow, if you close the loopholes, the situation's solved,' Gidley stated. 




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The president's pitch: ''This could really be something very special. It could be something. Maybe even for the world to watch. Just like they're watching our great economy, how it's soaring, they could watch this'


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A view of inside U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facility shows detainees inside fenced areas at Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center in Rio Grande City, Texas, U.S., June 17, 2018. Picture taken on June 17, 2018


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Immigrants wait to head to a Catholic Charities relief center after being dropped off at a bus station shortly after release from detention through "catch and release" immigration policy on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The man said he was separated from his son while in detention. "Catch and release" is a protocol under which people detained by US authorities as unlawful immigrants can be released while they wait for a hearing




White House Director of Strategic of Communications Mercede Schlapp said on Fox that Democrats are 'using children as political pawns' and are essentially 'advocating for the smugglers who are bringing these children over' the border.
'We have our hands tied and the smugglers have the advantage,' she said, insisting that MS-13 gang members are bringing over small children as leverage.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says Democrats bludgeoning the administration for its 'zero tolerance' policy at the border are acting 'cowardly' and could change federal immigration law if they wanted to.
Nielsen stood at the White House podium on Monday and argued that DHS was just doing its job in enforcing a Trump administration policy that has led more than 2,000 children to be separated from their parents or guardians in the last six weeks.
'If an American were to commit a crime anywhere in the United States,' she told a room full of reporters, 'they would go to jail and they would be separated from their family.'
Nielsen said, 'This is not a controversial idea.'
When asked by reporters if the policy amounts to 'child abuse', Nielsen denied the accusation.
'We have high standards. We give them meals and we give them education and we give them medical care. There are videos, there are TVs. I visited the detention centers myself.' 


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Immigrants are dropped off at a bus station shortly after being released from detention through "catch and release" immigration policy on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by carolhathaway on Wed 20 Jun 2018, 22:11

I'm sure that there's a real danger coming from toddlers who are entering the States. You should fear every child because they might be criminals... But wait, they are! They have entered your country illegally, and this crime is nearly as bad as murder...

Why did he start this politics after two months? Did he plan to blackmail the democrats with these families? You'll either agree to give billions to build this wall or we'll continue imorisoning and criminalizing these families?

I'm not going to comment on his tweets about Germany. He and his tweets are a reason why people in Germany feel they're not safe anymore - which is not fact-based, but there are people who simply feel uncomfortable when they see migrants (or people who look like they were). I've read comments like 'I've never trusted Trump, but maybe he's right about the crime statistics'. Yeah, because he's known for only tweeting the truth. Or 'He's right, the number of accusations on sexual harassment has increased over the last twenty years'. Which is true - and based on the fact that women are more likely to dare to go to the police and also that sexual harassment is seen differently from twenty years ago.

The only true thing Trump said was: 'Ivanka feels very strongly about it. My wife feels very strongly about it. I think everybody with a heart feels very strongly about it.' So he himself said that he has no heart because he didn't mention himself...
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Post by carolhathaway on Wed 20 Jun 2018, 22:13

And by the way: The DNA testing means that no families with adopted or foster children are able to come because they can't prove that they are related.
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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 20 Jun 2018, 22:29

It's interesting, isn't it, that not one journalist or interviewer has mentioned that he's an immigrant too! Why is that? Could it be that the owners of all the tv stations and advetisers are Trump supporters? Is the US heading for autocracy?

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Post by LizzyNY on Thu 21 Jun 2018, 01:20

PAN - I wouldn't go that far just yet. Not all publishers and advertisers are Trump supporters. He gets plenty of grief in the media and there may well be substantial financial consequences for him and his family resulting from some of the lawsuits being brought against them by state governments and all kinds of organizations. And that doesn't even factor in the Mueller investigation which keeps indicting his friends. If Michael Cohen cuts a deal, who knows where Trump could end up.

Another "bright spot" (if you can call it that) is that Trump has lied so blatantly about the border fiasco, and members of his administration have responded so despicably, that even many in his base are having trouble with it. To hold children hostage to get money to build a damn wall is sick and a lot of his 'supporters' may have just woken up.

I think they don't play up the immigrant status because it's two generations back and his family's pretty well established now. I wish the truth would come out. His grandfather came here via chain migration (his sister brought him) so he could avoid the draft in Germany. To make a living here, one of his ventures was to open a bordello. Human-traffiking draft dodger. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
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Post by Donnamarie on Thu 21 Jun 2018, 03:41

There have been journalists who have brought up the fact that Trump’s family were immigrants, along with Melania and her family ... not so much during the reporting of this story but in the past.  

I actually give the journalists high marks for shining a very bright light on this separation of families story since it hit the news about a month ago.  They have been determined in their reporting, especially in the last couple of weeks to bring us pictures and personal stories about what’s going on along the border.  It was their reporting that has revealed the truth to Americans about what’s really going on. Now there is outrage.  We have to sustain this outrage because this executive order that Trump signed today is not the cure for the problem that he created.  Those kids who have already been separated from their families will not be given back to them anytime soon, if ever.  Many have been sent out of Texas to different states already.  Some reporting tonight claims this new order is no more than a sham.
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Post by annemarie on Thu 21 Jun 2018, 20:27

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5871179/Trump-says-Democrats-responsible-massive-child-smuggling-industry-United-States.html

[size=34]'It's a whole big con job': Trump says that Democrats are responsible for a 'massive child smuggling industry' in the United States
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  •  President Trump is not backing down from his immigration battle with Democrats

  • Said today that Democrats are responsible for a 'massive child smuggling industry' in the United States that is making human traffickers a steep profit

  • 'It's a whole big con job,' the president charged in a Cabinet meeting, saying of Democrats, 'They've let it happen' 

  • Trump has also taken aim this week and judges and lawyers he says are abusing the immigration system

  • 'We shouldn’t be hiring judges by the thousands, as our ridiculous immigration laws demand, we should be changing our laws, building the Wall,' he said. 

  • He says we should 'not let people come into our country based on the legal phrase they are told to say as their password'

  • House was planning to vote on two immigration bills today that wouldn't pass the Senate even if they clear the lower chamber 

  • They were unlikely to make it through the House, without support from moderate Democrats, and were delayed by leadership before coming to the floor



By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:38 EDT, 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 EDT, 21 June 2018


    


President Donald Trump says that Democrats are responsible for a 'massive child smuggling industry' in the United States that is making human traffickers a steep profit.
The president says that 'traffickers are making a fortune' and its all thanks to loopholes he says are the fault of Democrats that exist in the immigration system.  
'It's a whole big con job,' the president charged in a Cabinet meeting. 'They've let it happen.'
Even before he took office, Trump noted that coyotes were helping floods of unaccompanied minors illegally cross the border. 

Because of laws requiring the U.S. to release minors from Central America after 20 days, Trump fumed, 'You might as well save your time. Might as well not catch them.'
Trump said that as a result of the United States' backward immigration laws, 'The whole world is laughing at the United States.'



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President Donald Trump says that Democrats are responsible for a 'massive child smuggling industry' in the United States that is making human traffickers a steep profit


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The president says that 'traffickers are making a fortune' and its all thanks to loopholes he says are the fault of Democrats that exist in the immigration system. He took aim directly at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, seen here today on Capitol Hill


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A boy and father from Honduras are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico Border earlier this month in  Mission, Texas. Trump said today that Democrats don't actually care about the migrant families
President Trump has initially planned to have his Cabinet meeting behind closed doors. He opted to open it up at the last minute to reporters, using the bully pulpit to hammer national Democrats.
'We're working swiftly to address the illegal immigration crisis on the southern border. Loopholes in our immigration laws supported by extremists open-border Democrats,and that's what they are,' the president asserted. 'They're extremists open-border Democrats. If you look at Nancy Pelosi and you look at Chuck Schumer, you'll see tape where they wanted to have borders, they needed borders for security.'
The president said, 'People are suffering because of the Democrats. So we've created, and they've created, and they let it happen, a massive child smuggling industry. It's exactly what it's become. 
'Traffickers, if you think about this, human traffickers are making a fortune. It's a disgrace. These loopholes force the release of alien families and minors into the country when they illegally cross the border.'
Trump said that Democrats are being told by Schumer and Pelosi not to help Republicans with illegal immigration, because they want to pick up seats in the Mid-term elections.
'They don't care about the children, they don't care about the injury, they don't care about the problems, they don't care about anything. All they do is they obstruct...because they have no policies that are any good,' he charged. 'They're not good politicians. They got nothing going. All they're good at is obstructing and they generally stick together.'
The president said he respects Democrats' pack mentality - 'and that's about it' - because on the whole 'their policies stink.'
'They have no ideas. They have no nothing, the Democrats. All they can do is obstruct and stay together and vote against and make it impossible to take care of children and families and to take care of immigration,' he contended.
Trump said that the family separation is just a 'small' aspect of the changes that need to be made to the U.S. immigration system. 
'We should be able to do a bill,' he said, just as House Republicans yanked two pieces of legislation dealing with immigration ahead of a scheduled vote. 
'I'd invite them to come over to the White House any time they want, this afternoon would be good, after the Cabinet meeting would be good,' he said. 'They are invited, officially, I'll let you do the inviting, let the press do inviting.'
Trump was supposed to host Democrats on Thursday in the evening at the congressional picnic that presidents put on every summer for Members of Congress and their families. He postponed the event yesterday because it did not 'feel right' with so many issues left unaddressed.  
The president made clear both on Twitter and in meetings at the White House that aired on national television that he is not backing down from his immigration battle with Democrats in spite of a carve-out for children and families that he dictated yesterday, under pressure, through an executive order.
Trump assailed the Democratic position in Thursday tweets that a greater number of judges are needed to cut down on indefinite detention of undocumented immigrants at the border.
'We shouldn’t be hiring judges by the thousands, as our ridiculous immigration laws demand, we should be changing our laws, building the Wall, hire Border Agents and Ice and not let people come into our country based on the legal phrase they are told to say as their password,' he said.


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President Donald Trump is not backing down from his immigration battle with Democrats, in spite of a carve-out for children and families that he dictated yesterday through an executive order


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Trump assailed the Democratic position on Thursday that a greater number of judges are needed to cut down on detention rates at the border
He also put pressure on Democrats to get behind the two immigration bills that Republicans planned to put forward for a vote in the House today. 
Both bills would give him the funding he requested for his border wall and move to a merit-based immigration system. The more more moderate of the two would provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
The compromise bill would also codify an executive action that Trump took Wednesday to prevent children and families from being separated.
He again needled Republicans in the Senate to get rid of the age-old filibuster, as well, to give the immigration bills that faced an uncertain future in the House a better chance of succeeding.
'What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms),' he asked. 'Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!'
Republicans hold a razor-thin margin of 51 seats in the U.S. Senate and would need the support of nine Democrats, as Trump indicated, to pass immigration legislation.
That's assuming that every Republican member voted in lock-step with the president on the matter, too, which is not necessarially how a vote on the House bills would play out in the comparatively moderate U.S. Senate.



Yesterday, Trump signed an executive order directing his attorney general to petition a California court to modify a ruling dealing the administration has pointed to as the reason why it cannot house parents facing prosecution in the same facility as their children. 
In the meantime, Trump said the Department of Homeland Security should detain families together, unless the child's welfare is threatened. His directive said that all family cases at the border should be prioritized whenever possible.
His directive called on DHS to shoulder the costs of detaining families together for as long as it takes for their cases to be heard by a judge. He made clear on Thursday in his messages that on any other aspect of the family separation issue he would not budge.
Trump said that lawmakers must use their authority to overhaul the immigration system once and for all. 
'The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years,' he said. 'At some point Schumer and Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem. Schumer used to want Border security - now he’ll take Crime!'
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the top Democrats in the House and Senate respectively, and their caucuses are not expected to provide any votes for legislation today backing the president's immigration priorities.
'Democrats want open Borders, where anyone can come into our Country, and stay. This is Nancy Pelosi’s dream. It won’t happen!' Trump harped on Twitter.
Pelosi at a news conference shortly after his tweet said, 'The Democrats have taken full responsibility for securing our border. We know that is a responsibility that we have, but we don't think that we have to put children in cages to do it. There is a better way. 
'And the president is either not knowing, not caring, delusional, in denial about his own policies being outside the circle of civilized human behavior,' she said.
Pelosi told reporters that Trump's zero-tolerance policy 'so undermines who we are as a country.' 
The compromise legislation that Republican leaders are pushing, she said, is not actually a compromise.
'It may be a compromise with the Devil, but it's not a compromise with the Democrats,' she retorted.


A Democratic lawmaker involved in the process told DailyMail.com earlier in the week that the opposing party would not cave to Trump's demands to dramatically change the legal system in order to get some of the protections they want for undocumented immigrants. 
House Speaker Paul Ryan at a Thursday news conference in the advance of the vote said that 'Democrats took a walk' after a judge said the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could remain in place while it is litigated.
Whether the two bills before the House dealing with immigration today pass, Ryan claimed it would still be a success for Republicans because they kept a discharge petition from going forward that would have upended regular order.
Instead of bills moving ahead through that process that the president was certain to veto, Ryan said the House now has a chance to pass legislation that Trump would be willing to sign. 
He warned Democrats opposing the measures that one way or the other, 'We're probably going to end up with the president's four pillars.'
In addition to his gripes about illegal immigrant gangs and the potential for terrorists to enter the nation, Trump this week claimed that judges and lawyers are abusing the system while casting a wide net of complaints around the current immigration system.
'We want a great country. We want a country with heart,' Trump said. 'But when people come up, they have to know they're not going to get in. Otherwise it will never stop.'
The president has rejected Democratic demands that the country hire more judges to adjudicate the cases of legitimate asylum seekers faster as part of the solution.
'I don't want to try people. I don't want people coming in,' he said this week.
Trump said in a long explanation of his position in the middle of an unrelated speech that once a migrant puts 'one foot' on U.S. soil then 'it's essentially welcome to America. Welcome to our country. You'll never get 'em out.'  
'Seriously, what country does it? They said, "Sir, we'd like to hire about five or six-thousand more judges." Five or six-thousand? Now, can you imagine the graft that must take place?' he claimed. 'They line up to be a judge. It's horrible.'


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Yesterday, Trump signed an executive order directing his attorney general to petition a California court to modify a ruling dealing the administration has pointed to as the reason why it cannot house parents facing prosecution in the same facility as their children
The other advantage migrants have, he said, are professional lawyers who coach them on exactly what to say.
'Some are for good. Others are do-gooders. And others are bad people, and they tell these people exactly what to say,' he stated. 'I am being harmed in my country. My country is extremely dangerous. I fear for my life. Say that, congratulations, you'll never be removed.'
He added, 'And they're not all bad people...but in a way that's cheating. Because they're giving them statements. They're not coming up for that reason. They're coming up for many other reasons. And sometimes for that reason.'
Trump said the ease of entry has led to a 1,700 percent increase in asylum claims throughout the last decade.
'We're a great country but you can't do that. Smugglers know how the system works. They game the system. They game it. It's so easy for them. They're smart. They didn't go to the Wharton School of Finance,' he said, name-checking his alma mater, 'but you know what. They're really smart.'
The president said that lawmakers have 'one chance' to straighten out the immigration system.   
'Let's do it right. We have a chance. We want to solve this problem,' he stated.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 03:34

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5871661/GOP-led-House-passes-farm-bill.html

[size=34]Trump celebrates House bill toughening work requirements for food stamp recipients - that's immediately deemed DOA in the Senate[/size]

  • Republican-led House has narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients 

  • 'Farm Bill just passed in the House. So happy to see work requirements included. Big win for the farmers!' President Trump celebrated

  • House bill sets up a certain clash with the Senate, which does not want to pick a fight over foodstamps

  • Requires able-bodied adults aged 18-59 to work or participate in job training for 20 hours a week in order to receive food stamp benefits  


By ASSOCIATED PRESS and FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 16:12 EDT, 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 21:16 EDT, 21 June 2018

    


The Republican-led House has narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients.  
By a vote of 213-211, the legislation made it through the lower chamber on Thursday.
'Farm Bill just passed in the House. So happy to see work requirements included. Big win for the farmers!' President Trump celebrated. 



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It also renews the safety net for farmers at a time when President Donald Trump's tough talk on tariffs threatens to close off foreign markets for many of their products
The House bill sets up a certain clash with the Senate, which is looking to make mostly modest adjustments to existing agriculture programs in its bill without picking a fight over food stamps.    

Democrats in the House  unanimously opposed the measure, saying it would toss too many people off government food assistance. 
But 20 Republicans also voted no, giving GOP leaders a brief scare in what was their second attempt to pass a farm bill. 
In May, they suffered an embarrassing setback when 30 GOP members opposed passage in an effort to get a vote on immigration legislation.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the changes will 'close the skills gap, better equip our workforce, and encourage people to move from welfare to work, so more Americans have the opportunity to tap into the economic prosperity we're seeing right now.'
The legislation has traditionally been bipartisan, blending support from urban Democrats supporting nutrition programs with farm-state lawmakers supporting crop insurance, farm credit, and land conservation. The Senate earlier this month unveiled a budget-neutral and bipartisan bill. A Senate committee approved the legislation last week, 20-1.
Although the House bill broke from that bipartisan convention, its position on work requirements for SNAP recipients is consistent with the Trump administration's priorities. Earlier this year, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to enforce existing work requirements and review all programs, waivers and exemptions.
The measure also limits circumstances under which families who qualify for other poverty programs can automatically be eligible for SNAP, and earmarks $1 billion to expand work training programs.
Democrats have expressed outrage over the bill, with Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi calling it 'cruel and destructive.'
Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, the ranking Democratic lawmaker on the House Agriculture Committee, said the bill 'simply doesn't do enough for the people it's supposed to serve.'
'It still leaves farmers and ranchers vulnerable, it worsens hunger and it fails rural communities,' Peterson said.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 03:39

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5871221/Melania-Trump-wears-jacket-REALLY-DONT-CARE-U-visit-immigrant-children.html

[size=38]'I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?' Melania wears $39 jacket with controversial message scrawled on the back before and after visiting immigrant children in Texas - and Trump claims it was to attack 'Fake News Media' NOT the kids taken from their parents[/size]

  • Donald Trump tweeted about his wife's extraordinary jacket with the slogan 'I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?' 

  • He claimed it was directed at the 'Fake News Media' and not at the immigrant children she was visiting

  • Wore the Zara jacket upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, where temperature was in the 80s 

  • Her jacket had the phrase written across the back in white graffiti-style writing

  • When asked about the style choice, identified by DailyMail.com, Melania's spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, said: 'It's a jacket. There was no hidden message'

  • Melania, 48, visited a shelter for children in McAllen, Texas, the day after her husband signed executive order ending policy of family separation for illegals 

  • Despite furious public outcry over the jacket, Melania put it back on for her return trip to Washington, D.C. and was pictured wearing it again upon her arrival back at Andrews Air Force Base

  • The president tweeted to defend his wife on Thursday evening, insisting the message on her jacket 'refers to the Fake News Media' - despite her spokeswoman insisting there was 'no hidden message' behind it

  • Her spokeswoman said it was her idea to visit before the president signed his executive order and he supported her trip 

  • It is unclear how many children were separated from their families, but Melania spoke to officials first before touring facility to meet children

  • Visit comes after political firestorm over explosion in number of children separated from parents because of 'zero tolerance' at border 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER and ERICA TEMPESTA and CHARLIE LANKSTON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 13:49 EDT, 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 22:33 EDT, 21 June 2018

    


President Donald Trump claimed his wife Melania was referring to 'the Fake News Media' when she wore an extraordinary jacket with the slogan 'I really don't care, do u' as she flew Thursday to visit children separated from their families at the Mexico border. 
Trump used Twitter after his wife was pilloried for the $39 statement jacket from Zara which she wore on her way to McAllen, Texas, where she said 'good luck' to children taken from their parents - and when she landed back in Washington D.C. despite the outcry.
He contradicted his wife's spokeswoman's claim that it was 'just a jacket' to launch the attack on the media as his own administration battles the crisis prompted by the decision to arrest every illegal border crosser.
Although he signed an executive order on Wednesday to stop children being separated from arrested parents, the crisis showed no sign of diminishing, with questions over when the separated children will be reunited with their families and the Pentagon preparing to house as many as 20,000 under-18s on military bases.

The First lady's surprise visit to a children's shelter - where a handful of the 55 children it houses had been taken from their parents - was intended to underline her compassion for children, and came after she lobbied Trump to end separations.
Instead it was overshadowed by the former model's choice of jacket - which she wore as she walked to the Oval Office to see her husband on Thursday evening.
About the same time, Trump tweeted: ''I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO YOU?' written on the back of Melania's jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares.'
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Standing by her style choice: Despite the furious public outcry over the jacket, and the balmy 80 degree temperatures, Melania actually put it back on for her return trip to Washington, D.C. 


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Controversy: Melania Trump wore a $39 jacket with the phrase, 'I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?' scrawled across the back when boarding a plane to visit immigrant children in Texas



Defense: President Trump tweeted in response to the outcry on Thursday evening, stating that the message on his wife's jacket 'refers to the Fake News Media'



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In the White House: The slogan was there for all to see as Melania Trump made her way to the Oval Office - at almost the same time as her husband tweeted that it was a message for the 'Fake News Media', not immigrant children she had visited at the border


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Shocking: The green Zara design featured the controversial phrase across the back - with the wording  visible from the side as Melania boarded her plane at Andrews Air Force Base











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Plain as day: Closer-up images of the jacket taken as Melania was walking up the steps to her aircraft clearly show the controversial question written across the back of it


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Change: Melania, 48, had removed the jacket by the time she landed in Texas, and was seen disembarking her plane in a cream military-style number instead 


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Shocking: Cameras caught the message on the back of the jacket clearly when Melania arrived back at Andrews Air Force Base on Thursday evening, apparently unperturbed by the upset the item had cause
A Republican close to the White House told CNN, communications staff attended an urgent meeting after she wore the jacket, and this is when the explanation that the item of clothing was aimed at the 'fake news media' was devised.
After defending the jacket, the president continued to write on Twitter: 'We have to maintain strong borders or we will no longer have a country that we can be proud of – and if we show any weakness, millions of people will journey into our country.'
'You cannot pass legislation on immigration whether it be for safety and security or any other reason including “heart,” without getting Dem votes,' he added. 'Problem is, they don’t care about security and R’s do. Zero Dems voted to support the Goodlatte Bill. They won’t vote for anything!'
Melania first wore the jacket in the morning as she boarded an Air Force VIP jet for McAllen. 
She removed the offending jacket, which bore the controversial phrase in white graffiti-style writing across the entire back section, before disembarking the plane upon her arrival.
But shockingly she chose to put the outerwear back on for her return trip to D.C., despite the furious public outcry it prompted, and the balmy 80 degree weather. 
Melania - who works with a stylist, Hervé Pierre - had taken it off in flight to Texas. For the visit she wore a cream button-up safari-style jacket, along with the same white jeans and Stan Smith sneakers she had worn earlier in the day.
The sartorial switch-up prompted some to suggest that her attention had been drawn to the jacket's insensitive connotations.
But instead she - and then her husband - doubled down.
After DailyMail.com identified the exact jacket that Melania chose for her trip, people quickly took to Twitter to slam her for the 'tone deaf' fashion choice, while others bitterly claimed that she was being the only 'honest' Trump by wearing such a clear sentiment so publicly. 
Others chose to offer up other alternatives for jacket messages that Melania might have opted for, with phrases including, 'What are you waiting for? Impeach this moron!' and 'Don't let them eat cake, give it to me,' being suggested on social media. 
When asked about Melania's controversial choice of outerwear, her spokesperson Stephanie Grisham did not deny that the first lady was wearing the exact style identified by DailyMail.com, however she insisted there was 'no hidden meaning behind the jacket'. 




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Ready to go: Melania was seen wearing the jacket when she exited her Secret Service SUV at the Air Force base in Maryland, pairing it with white jeans and Adidas Stan Smith sneakers


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Warm welcome: The mother-of-one was greeted by several military personnel upon her arrival, and readily shook hands with them before getting on the plane 


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There it is: The message on the jacket could be seen clearly as the first lady boarded the plane


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Wet arrival: The first lady arrived at McAllen airport on a government jet in heavy rain for her visit to a children's shelter and a border processing center


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Partial change: Although she swapped jackets upon her arrival, she left her white jeans and Adidas sneakers on


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Different look: Melania wore her cream military-inspired coat was buttoned up

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'It's a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe,' she said, before adding: 'Much like her high heels last year,' referring to another incident in August 2017, when Melania was publicly mocked for wearing a pair of sky-high heels while leaving the White House on a trip to visit the areas that were destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.



'It's just a jacket': Melania's spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, took to Twitter to insist that the first lady does indeed care, despite the jacket's message
At the time, Melania was pictured stepping out of her home with her husband, looking more prepared for a Top Gun-themed fashion shoot than a trip to the site of a natural disaster, wearing a green bomber jacket, black cropped trousers - and a pair of black heeled pumps. 
And much like she did during her journey to McAllen, Texas, which saw her remove the controversial Zara jacket before getting off the plane, Melania also made a mid-flight fashion swap on this occasion, trading the high heels for a more suitable pair of white Adidas sneakers. 
In a post shared on her Twitter account, Grisham tried to further reiterate the sentiment in her official statement, writing: 'Today's visit [with] the children in Texas impacted @flotus greatly. 
'If media would spend their time & energy on her actions & efforts to help kids - rather than speculate & focus on her wardrobe - we could get so much accomplished on behalf of children.'
To hammer her point home, she then added the hashtags, #SheCares #ItsJustAJacket. 
Whatever the reason behind her style choice, the sentiment stated on the jacket - which Melania paired with white jeans and a pair of Adidas sneakers - is certainly at odds with her reported motivation for the trip.

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Speaking ahead of Melania's departure to Texas, her spokesperson revealed that the entire trip was the the first lady's idea, adding that Melania wanted see the facilities for herself and to thank the staff working in them.
'Her goals are to thank law enforcement and social services providers for their hard work, lend support and hear more on how the administration can build upon the already existing efforts to reunite children with their families,' Grisham said.
'I'm looking forward to meeting the children,' Melania herself said during her visit to the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, a facility that is sheltering 55 children.
The first lady also went as far as to issue a rare public statement on the issue of family separation over the weekend, inserting herself into a policy issue that she had previously been silent on. 
Her spokeswoman told DailyMail.com, CNN and other outlets that 'Mrs Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform'.


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Past controversy: Melania's spokesperson compared the reaction to the jacket to the mocking public response when she wore a pair of black high heels to visit the victims of Hurricane Harvey (left). On this occasions, she also changed her look mid-flight and put on a pair of sneakers (right)
Grisham added: 'She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.'    
During her visit to Texas, Grisham insisted that Melania will continue to be a vocal presence on the issue as administration officials try to work out ways to reunited children and their families after President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday. 
'While we're going through that process she's going to lend her support and promote family reunification and I'm sure she'll continue to give her husband opinions on what she's thinking along the way,' Grisham said of the visit.   
She also emphasized how much the first lady wants to see children reunited with their families.
'She'll do everything she can and she'll speak her opinions as much as she can.'
Melania's surprise trip to see the young children being held at the border by her husband's administration - came at exactly the same time as he claimed there was a 'massive child smuggling industry' at the border.   
In Washington D.C. the president spoke at length before a cabinet meeting, claiming that there was a 'massive child smuggling industry'.






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On the border: Melania visited the Upbring New Hope Children Center, run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South, in McAllen, Texas


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Side by side: The first lady traveled with Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, for the trip, which was also included a visit to a border processing center


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Explanation: Officials from the Upbring New Hope Children's Center spoke to the first lady before she toured the facility to meet children
'People are suffering because of the Democrats. They created, and they have let it happen, a massive child smuggling industry,' he said. 'The human traffickers are making a fortune. It's a disgrace.'
His comments come after he had to execute a U-turn on child separations, which had exploded because of a new zero-tolerance policy. Border Patrol was ordered to arrest and prosecute every person caught crossing illegally.
The Texas briefing was a rare opportunity to hear the first lady speak; she is mostly seen and not heard when at public appearances with her husband, and did not ask any questions when she joined her husband two weeks ago at a hurricane preparedness briefing at FEMA.
But the solo trip gave her a chance to address officials in Texas, and she was hear telling officials, 'Thank you for all you do,' as she started the meeting.
She spoke softly and in a slightly accented voice, before asking her first question: 'How often do the children get to call and talk to their families?'
She asked officials what kind of shape the children are in when they arrive. 'I've heard they are very happy. They love to study. They love school,' the first lady said.
Melania also wanted to know how long the children stayed at the center and if they were without the parents.
Officials told her the majority of the children had arrived unaccompanied - meaning it is unclear how many were victims of family separation.  








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Sober trip: Melania said she was in Texas to thank social workers and law enforcement for their work 'in these hard times'


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Husband's blessing: Donald Trump, who held a cabinet meeting in the White House while his wife toured the facility, supported her visit, the first lady's spokeswoman said
Melania's visit came after President Trump credited her and his daughter Ivanka for helping change his mind about separating children from their families.
Trump, when he signed his executive order on the issue on Wednesday, indicated that lobbying from Ivanka, who showed him pictures of the caged and kenneled children, and his wife Melania had caused him to have a change in heart.
'Ivanka feels very strongly about it. My wife feels very strongly about it. I feel very strongly about it. I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it,' he said.
The first lady also saw the photos from the border and heard the recordings of children being separated from their families.
'She's seen the images. She's heard the recordings,' Grisham said. 'She was on top of the situation before any of that came out. She was concerned about it.'
Grisham said Melania saw the images of kids behind chain link fence at an intake facility.
'The images struck her, as a mother, as a human being.'
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Public expression: Melania's involvement in the border separation crisis marks a new phase in her public profile
'I don't know what she knew. She knew what she wanted to do and she told us,' Grisham said.
'She wanted to see everything for herself…. She supports family reunification. She thinks that it's important that children stay with their families.'
'This was 100 per cent her idea. She absolutely wanted to come.'
And it was her idea to visit before her husband signed his executive order, Grisham said, and she had no second thoughts after the order was signed.
'She wants to see what's happening for herself and she wants to lend her support, executive order or not. The executive order certainly is helping pave the way a little bit, but there's still a lot to be done.'
President Trump supported this trip, but he didn't send her.
'This was her decision. She told her staff she wanted to go and we made that happen. He is supportive of it but she told him, 'I'm headed down to Texas,' and he supported it.'
'She wants to see these children and she wants to help children. It's not about anything more than that…. She wants to see what's real. She wants to see a realistic view.' 
Melania is an immigrant herself. She was born in Yugoslavia, what is now Slovenia,  and came to New York City in 1996. She became a permanent resident of the U.S. in 2001 and became a citizen in 2006.
She is the first naturalized U.S. citizen to become First Lady of the United States. 
Asked if her immigration background influenced Melania's views, Grisham said she didn't know.
'I don't know that it plays into her thinking, but I can tell you guys that when she came into this country, she did it legally and she feels that everybody should enter the country legally,' she said.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 11:23

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5870491/Park-Service-gives-initial-OK-Unite-Right-rally.html

[size=34]Organizer of deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is granted approval for march across the road from the White House[/size]

  • An organizer of the deadly Charlottesville rally in 2017, is scheduling another

  • Jason Kessler has applied to host a 'white civil rights' rally in Washington DC

  • He was previously refused a permit for an anniversary rally in Charlottesville 

  • Kessler is now suing the city, saying his First Amendment rights were denied

  • On August 12, a 'Unite the Right' protest led to hours of brawling in the streets

  • A woman was killed when a car drove through a crowd of counter protesters 


By HANNAH MOORE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 10:57 EDT, 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 02:48 EDT, 22 June 2018

    


An organizer of last year's deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia has been granted initial approval to host another rally in August, this time in the heart of the nation's capital.
The National Park Service says it has approved an application for a 'Unite the Right' anniversary rally to be held in front of the White House at Lafayette Square on August 11-12, the Chicago Tribune reported. 
Organizer Jason Kessler's application describes the event as a 'white civil rights' rally, and says he expects about 400 people to attend.
He says he wants elected officials in Washington to know that the violence that killed a woman and injured others in Charlottesville was provoked by what he's calling 'civil rights abuse.' 


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Jason Kessler, an organizer of the deadly rally in Charlottesville last year has filed a permit for an anniversary rally in front of the white house


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Kessler says he is protesting 'white civil rights abuse' and wants to get the attention of the President and other members of congress  (pictured: People receiving first aid after a car ran through the crowd at the event in 2017, which left one woman dead)
Kessler predicts in the application that 'members of Antifa affiliated groups will try to disrupt.' 

National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst told the Tribune the service and Kessler are still ironing out finer details such as timing, boundaries, sound regulations and liability rules.


Litterst said the government service does not 'consider the content of the message presented' when deciding to issue a permit.
The city of Charlottesville denied Kessler's application to hold an anniversary rally there. 
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The 'Unite the Right' rally on August 12 drew hundreds of white nationalists from across the country and resulted of hours of brawling with counter protestors, leaving dozens injured
He told the Washington Post he anticipates he'll be successful in court, and will then be able to host rallies in both Washington and Charlottesville on the day. 
The University of Virginia graduate told the Post he is specifically trying to get the attention of the President and other members of Congress, so they can be made aware of what he sees as 'the civil rights abuse by the Charlottesville government that led to the violence at last year’s rally'.  

Kessler (pictured at the rally in 2017) says white pople are 'denied the ability to organize in political organizations the way other groups do'
'White people are being denied the ability to organize in political organizations the way other groups do, free of harassment, to face the issues important to us,' he said when asked why he was choosing to focus on white rights. 
White nationalists descended on Charlottesville on August 12, 2017 - in part to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
The group began fighting in the streets with counter protesters before the event even officially began.
The brawling went on for nearly an hour leaving dozens injured in plain view of officers, until the event eventually disbanded.
Later, as counter protesters were peacefully marching through a downtown street, a car drove into the crowd, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring many more.
James Alex Fields Jr, who had been seen marching with white supremacist groups, was behind the wheel, and he has been charged with first degree murder.
City officials had earlier tried to move the rally to a larger park about a mile from downtown Charlottesville, but their request was blocked by a federal judge after the American Civil Liberties Union sued on free-speech grounds.    


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White nationalists are seen gathering with torches before marching through the  University of Virginia Campus the day before the violent and deadly rally

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 18:04

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5872033/EU-slaps-tariffs-US-trade-war-erupts.html

[size=34]Trump threatens 20 per cent tariffs on cars built in the European Union fuming 'build them here!' in latest trade war threat against an ally[/size]

  • The swipe came hours after the EU slapped $3.3 billion tariffs on U.S. products

  • Europe was responding to Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum 

  • Trump blasted EU tariffs on U.S.-manufactured

  • Said if they are not removed soon the U.S. would put tariffs on 'all of their cars'

  • The administration has been looking at same national security exception used to impose steel tariffs 

  • 'Build them here!'

  • European auto companies have set up factories in the U.S. to reach the market


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and AFP
PUBLISHED: 18:09 EDT, 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 EDT, 22 June 2018

    


President Donald Trump fired another shot in his trade war with European allies, threatening to impose a 20 per cent tariff on European autos.
Trump blasted steep European Union import duties on U.S. cars, a month after his administration began an investigation of whether European duties on cars posed a threat to U.S. national security.
Trump leveled the threat hours after the EU slapped $3.3 billion tariffs on U.S. products. Those tariffs were structured in a way so as to try to drive attention and target particular Republican strongholds – with tariffs on bourbon and Harley Davidson motorcycles.
That action was a response to Trump's decision to impose a 25 per cent tax on steel and a 10 per cent tax on aluminum – and to not exempt European allies from the tariff. 


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President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 20 per cent tariff on European autos
'Build them here!' Trump wrote after his warning in the midst of a trade war with Europe and China
Trump used a special national security exception to take the trade action, allowing him to avoid going through Congress. 

'Based on the Tariffs and Trade Barriers long placed on the U.S. and it great companies and workers by the European Union, if these Tariffs and Barriers are not soon broken down and removed, we will be placing a 20% Tariff on all of their cars coming into the U.S.,' Trump wrote on Twitter Friday.
'Build them here!' he concluded.
The European Union puts a 10 per cent tariff on U.S.-made cars. The huge U.S. market draws imports from European manufacturers. Germany is Europe's leading auto manufacturer.
But foreign companies also make cars in U.S. plants in South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee.   


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The EU has put tariffs on emblematic American products like jeans
The tariffs, which took effect at midnight according to the EU's official journal, will further fuel jitters on world stock markets that are already alarmed by trade tensions between the United States and China.
Customs agents across Europe's colossal market of 500 million people will now impose the duty, hiking prices on US-made products in supermarkets and across factory floors.
'These measures are the logical consequence of the US decision,' French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told AFP.
'They reflect a Europe that is resolute and principled,' he said.
Brussels imposed the raft of duties on US products worth $3.3 billion in a tit-for-tat response to Trump's decision to slap stiff tariffs on European steel and aluminum exports.
Global markets on Friday took the development in stride, with stocks in Europe firm after weeks of instability on trade worries.
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said this week that the 28-nation bloc was 'left with no other choice' but to impose tariffs of its own after the 'unilateral and unjustified decision of the US.'
Together with US tariffs against Mexico and Canada, the trade battles have raised the spectre of a global trade war, spooking financial markets that fear major consequences to the global economy.
'We have a trade war -- and it's an escalating trade war,' SEB chief economist Robert Bergqvist told AFP in an interview.
John Ferguson, director of global forecasting at the Economist Intelligence Unit agreed, as he sounded a warning about the US trade disputes rumbling on the EU and Chinese fronts.
'Mr Trump has now opened up two fronts of this conflict and both have the potential to escalate out of control,' Ferguson said.
- 'Symbolic impact' -
The list of goods subject to EU duties does not specifically name brands but European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker spelled out in March that the bloc would target 'Harley-Davidson, bourbon and Levi's jeans'.
Cigarettes, cranberries, cranberry juice, orange juice, sweetcorn and peanut butter are among the other products targeted.
Juncker said on Thursday that the US decision to impose tariffs 'goes against all logic and history'.
'Our response must be clear but measured. We will do what we have to do to rebalance and safeguard,' he said.
European consumers would be able to find 'alternatives', European Commission Vice President for trade Jyrki Katainen said.


'If we chose products like Harley Davidson, peanut butter and bourbon, it's because there are alternatives on the market. We don't want to do anything that would harm consumers,' he said on Thursday.
'What's more, these products will have a strong symbolic political impact.'
International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde warned on Thursday that trade war, as well as Brexit, were the key risks to the eurozone economy.
While she didn't see a serious 'direct impact of tariff increases... it's a trend that is worrying, the breach of confidence that undermines confidence,' she said on the sidelines of eurozone minister talks in Luxembourg.
- Relations reach new lows -
Transatlantic ties are at their lowest level for many years due to rows over a host of issues including the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal.
Relations plumbed new depths at the recent G7 summit when Trump abruptly rejected the joint statement and bitterly insulted his Canadian host, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


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Harley Davidson motorbikes are among the US products facing EU tariffs
Trump claimed America had been obliged to levy the metals tariffs as it has been exploited as the world's 'piggy bank'. He is also targeting EU auto imports with a US probe now underway.
Trump's outbursts were the latest in which he has clashed with America's closest allies, even as he has had warm words for autocrats like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with whom he had a historic meeting earlier this month, and Russia's Vladimir Putin.
But US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs Wess Mitchell said on Thursday that Trump's approach towards his allies was about 'strategic renovation'.
'Strengthening the West means making hard decisions today when we initially disagree, rather than continuing to accept the appearance of transatlantic unity,' he told the Carnegie Europe think-tank in Brussels.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 20:51

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5872785/GM-build-Chevrolet-Blazer-Mexico.html

[size=34]General Motors deals blow to Trump's demands to build cars in the U.S. as it says new generation Chevy Blazer will be built in MEXICO[/size]

  • Chevrolet parent company General Motors unveils its new Blazer and says it will build the crossover SUV in Mexico 

  • Decision was made years ago, says company spokesman - but comes as Trump fumes about NAFTA and demands autos are built domestically 

  •  United Auto Workers union said: 'This is all happening while UAW-GM workers here in the U.S. are laid off and unemployed.'

  • Blazer was part of Chevy range from 1982 until 2005 but new model will be radically different 


By REUTERS and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 22:45 EDT, 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:17 EDT, 22 June 2018

    



General Motors Co is going ahead with its plan to manufacture the new Chevrolet Blazer SUV in Mexico, a spokesman for the automaker said, despite criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump over making vehicles abroad.
Trump has been pressing automakers to build more vehicles in the United States under efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
'We remain committed to working with the administration on a modernized NAFTA,' GM spokesman Pat Morrissey said, adding the decision was made years ago.
GM said the decision to build in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, was made years ago and that the Blazer's engines are made in the U.S. 

Trump has previously criticized GM for building vehicles in Mexico for sale in the United States.


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Mexican-built: The new Chevy Blazer will be assembled at GM's Ramos Arizpe plant south of the border


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What president thinks: Trump made clear he wants U.S. sold cars made domestically in a Friday tweet about European car imports


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Blazing: Trump has previously criticized GM for building vehicles in Mexico for sale in the United States and is unlikely to be pleased by its decision to assemble Blazers south of the border
The United Auto Workers union called the decision disappointing. 'This is all happening while UAW-GM workers here in the U.S. are laid off and unemployed,' the union said in a statement.
Automakers have called NAFTA a success, allowing them to integrate production throughout North America and make production competitive with Asia and Europe.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to pull out of NAFTA unless the deal can be reworked in a way that favors the United States.
The Blazer was part of the Chevrolet line-up from 1982 until 2005 but was different from the new vehicle unveiled in Atlanta.
The Blazer, due in showrooms early next year, comes as American buyers continue their shift from cars to trucks and SUVs. This year trucks and SUVs accounted for about two-thirds U.S. new-vehicle sales, with cars making up the rest. 
SUVs based on car underpinnings, sometimes called crossover vehicles, are what buyers want these days, and the Chevy brand didn't have a midsize one with two rows of seats to compete with the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano.
GM is trying to capitalize on a well-known name that has a lot of equity, said Steve Majoros, Chevy's director of car and crossover marketing.



'There's still a number of people that either have good positive feelings about that product or still have them in their driveways,' he said.
At its peak in 1996, Chevrolet sold just over 246,000 Blazers.
The new Blazer is far from a box. It sits relatively low to the ground and has futuristic creases on the sides and a low-angle windshield to give it a sporty look. 
Chevy says it will come standard with a 193-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with an optional 305 horsepower 3.6-liter V6. 
All models will have stop-start technology that shuts off the engine at red traffic lights, plus nine-speed automatic transmissions that will help gas mileage.
Gas mileage and price weren't released by GM. Chevy hopes to take a chunk out of Grand Cherokee sales, one of the more popular and profitable vehicles in the Jeep lineup, in the growing midsize SUV segment. Last year Fiat Chrysler sold nearly 159,000 Grand Cherokees.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by party animal - not! on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 21:01

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2018/jun/22/trump-family-separation-crisis-immigration-border

'Detaining children may amount to torture' - UN

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 23:08

PAN - There is no explaining any of this in any way that makes sense to any rational person. And yet Trump's supporters still think he's right. I have never been so ashamed of my country.
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Post by party animal - not! on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 23:54

Well, I'm pretty sure the rest of the world has a lot of sympathy for most of America, Lizzy.

I gather his next diplomatic trick today has been to drag those closely affected by immigrants murdering their loved ones - some cases heavily disputed and some cases unproved or not yet heard included.

Shame he doesn't do the same for those relatives killed by Americans toting automatic weapons. It would take him many events to cover that number...........

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Post by annemarie on Sat 23 Jun 2018, 02:20

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5875569/Trump-families-permanently-separated-relatives-illegal-immigrants.html

[size=34]Trump parades families who were 'permanently separated' from their relatives when they were killed by criminal illegal immigrants as he showcases the 'other side' of the immigration debate[/size]

  • Sabine Durden, a face case of the White House event, recalled how an illegal immigrant from Guatemala killed her son in a July 2012 drunk driving incident

  • 'I was gonna end my life. I had no purpose. But President Trump coming down that escalator...stopped me in my track,' she said

  • She was referring to Trump's 2015 announcement that he was running for office

  • Trump said he brought the families out because 'you hear the other side, you never hear this side, you don't know what's going on'

  • 'They're not separated for a day or two days,' he said. 'They are permanently separated'

  • Trump signed life-sized photos of the attendees' murdered relatives

  • President has been battling Democrats this week over his administration's family separation policy 


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 16:13 EDT, 22 June 2018 | UPDATED: 19:49 EDT, 22 June 2018

    


President Donald Trump attempted to change the conversation about 'family separation' on Friday to the American citizens who will never see their relatives again because they were murdered by illegal immigrants. 
Sabine Durden, a face case of the White House event, recalled how an illegal immigrant from Guatemala killed her son, Dominic, in a July 2012 drunk driving incident.
Her son's killer had two previous DUIs on his record and was protected by a sanctuary city in Riverside, California, she said.
'I was gonna end my life. I had no purpose. But President Trump coming down that escalator that day and talking about illegal immigration stopped me in my track,' she said of Trump's 2015 campaign announcement. 'And I had no clue at that point, that I would ever be at the White House.'


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Sabine Durden, a face case of the White House event, recalled how an illegal immigrant from Guatemala killed her son, Matthew, in a July 2012 drunk driving incident


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She's holding an urn here that carries his ashes. 'I brought my son. This is what I have left, his ashes,' she said


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Trump said he brought the families out because 'you hear the other side, you never hear this side, you don't know what's going on'


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'They're not separated for a day or two days,' he said. 'They are permanently separated'
Durden thanked Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for making illegal immigrant crime a priority of their administration as she told the nation about 'permanent separation' that she blamed on localities' sanctuary city laws.
'I brought my son. This is what I have left, his ashes,' she said as she held up a palm-sized urn. 'I wear his ashes in a locket. This is how I get to hug my son,' she said of a necklace she had on.
She told attendees of the Friday afternoon event: 'So remember when you go home to hug your kids, that there are many of us, thousands of us, who don't get to do that anymore.'
She demanded of lawmakers, 'Let's work together and get this done.'
'All politicians, I don't care what side you're on,' she plead. 'You don't want your child in a casket or in an urn. So get it together, for God's sake, for our country's citizens.' 
Both Durden and another 'Angel' Family member, Agnes Gibboney, said they immigrated to America legally.




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Donald Trump rides an escalator to a press event to announce his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City
Gibboney, who said she spent 13 years weeding through the paperwork, told attendees, 'I will fight for this country until my death.'
She held up a Trump-signed picture of her son, and the president responded in a lighter moment during the otherwise tense event, 'This is Tom Selek, except better looking.'
To Trump, Gibboney said in her remarks, 'You were the biggest birthday present I got.'
'And I'm still waiting for that shovel to help build the wall at the border, I live in California,' the 63-year-old said, making reference to an offer she made in 2017 to dig trenches. 'I am so proud and honored of you Mr. President. The integrity and honor you've shown us. '
Trump said he brought the families out because 'you hear the other side, you never hear this side, you don't know what's going on.'  
'They're not separated for a day or two days,' he said. 'They are permanently separated.' 
The president claimed, 'These are the families the media ignores. Very unfair. You have to look at that. This is a very unfair situation.'
He said they are stories that 'Democrats and other that are weak on immigration' like to ignore -- the 'death and destruction' caused by people 'who shouldn't be here.'
'There are really hardcore criminal aliens,' he warned.


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She held up a Trump-signed picture of her son and the president said in a lighter moment during an otherwise tense event, 'This is Tom Selek, except better looking'


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Family after family took the mic to praise the president and vice president for making illegal immigrant crime a priority of their administration


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Also attending the event was Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (L). She is seen greeting a family member listen after the 'Angel Families' event
Trump railed against America's laws as the 'weakest in the world, weakest in the history of the world' and against sanctuary cities that have become safe havens for gangs and criminal aliens.
He hit the mayor of San Diego, saying the Californian had warned everybody about an ICE raid.
He was referring to Libby Schaaf, the mayor of Oakland. The major of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer, is a Republican. 
'And where is the outcry over MS-13 and it's blood thirty creed?' he asked, arguing that the Angel Family relatives who died were people who could have been very successful in life.
'Could have been right here. Standing here,' he said referring to the White House and the office of the presidency.
Laura Wilkerson told of how her 18-year-old son Josh Wilkerson died in 2010 after being tortured and beaten. 
'Anytime we want to see or be close with our kids, we go to the cemetery,' she said. 'You guys know the permanent separation. It's the media who won't hear it.' 
Michelle Wilson-Root said her daughter Sarah was murdered in 2016 by an illegal immigrant.
'Again, my separation is permanent. Sarah is never coming home. I will never get to take a selfie with her ever again,' she stated.
Family after family took the mic to praise the president and vice president for drawing attention to their plight.
They followed Trump's lead, with several slapping down the media for not taking a greater interest in their murdered relatives' cases.
Trump in his remarks once again claimed that the legal immigration system also needs to be changed because with the diversity visa lottery, countries 'put them in a draw' and pick out their 'worst ones' and send them to come live permanently in America.
In reality, prospective migrants put themselves forward for the lottery and are heavily vetted before they emigrate by the U.S. State Department.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Donnamarie on Sat 23 Jun 2018, 04:39

Trump and unfortunately these families are taking an ethnic group and making all of them responsible for their loss.  They don’t want to see the racism that Trump is using to condemn all immigrants.  It’s wrong. It’s shameful. He is using these families to once again distract people from the colossal fiasco he inflicted at the southern border.  His administration literally took children hostage. So many young lives have been severely damaged because of his heinous act.
 
Why hasn’t Trump invited to the White House the families of the nine loved ones killed by a white supremacist in the Charleston church massacre in 2015?  Those families will never get to hug their loved ones again either.  They visit cemeteries too.  White supremacists and their hatred and violent acts are a legitimate threat to our country.  But I think we all know why Trump may not feel the same ....
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Sat 23 Jun 2018, 13:52

Donnamarie - He hasn't invited the survivors of the school shootings either. Oh, wait. Most of their shooters were white American citizens exercising their God/NRA given right to bear arms, so I guess it doesn't count as a crime to him.

When those alt-right jackasses march in DC, I wonder if he'll come out to greet them. Maybe he'll invite them into the White House. Actually, since they really are his supporters, maybe we should consider their demonstration to be the military parade he's been pushing for. After all, what would make him look more like the other leaders he so respects than a parade of thugs who really love him?
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Sat 23 Jun 2018, 22:56

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5878311/Trumps-resorts-calling-calling-Senate-candidate-Jacky-Rosen-Wacky-Jacky.html

[size=34]Trumps returns to name-calling yet again: President gets cheers from GOP convention crowd in Nevada as he calls Senate candidate Jacky Rosen 'Wacky Jacky' and reprises Elizabeth Warren as 'Pocahontas'[/size]

  • President Donald Trump spoke at the Republican Party Convention on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada to a crowd that cheered as he called names

  • Trump referred to current US Rep. and US Senate candidate Jacky Rosen as 'Wacky Jacky' and called Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) 'Pocahontas'

  • Trump touched on campaign issues like border security and immigration

  • This comes days after Trump signed an Executive Order to end family separation at the border, while more than 2000 children remain apart from their families

  • He also referenced his 'animal' commented toward the MS-13 gang and spoke about trade agreements in terms of luxury cars like Mercedes and BMW


By STEPHANIE HANEY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:16 EDT, 23 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:49 EDT, 23 June 2018

    


President Donald Trump has returned to political name-calling, in reference to both Democratic Senate candidate Jacky Rosen and current Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren.
His remarks came in a speech on Saturday before an enthusiastic crowd at the Nevada Republican Party Convention in Las Vegas.
While first suggesting he would not repeat the derogatory labels he had used in the past toward Rosen and Warren, Trump happily obliged the crowd at its urging to call the women 'Wacky Jacky,' and 'Pocahontas,' respectively. 
On Twitter, Rosen retorted, 'Is that the best you've got?'

Also at the speaking engagement, Trump blamed Democrats for a slew of issues, while bringing up foreign trade agreements, border security, immigration and his comments made referring to members of the infamously violent MS-13 gang as 'animals.' 


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President Donald Trump returned to name-calling at the Republican Party Convention in Nevada on Saturday, in reference to both Senate candidate and current US Rep. Jacky Rosen and current Sen. Elizabeth Warren
From the podium, Trump teased the crowd, saying he shouldn't say his 'nickname' for Rosen, who currently represents the 3rd District of Nevada in the US House of Representatives, but is looking to unseat Republican Senator Dean Heller on November 6 in the general election. 
After not much persuasion from the crowd, Trump then said, 'Wacky Jacky,' at which those in attendance cheered.
'Now that name didn't come from me. People who know her, that's what they call her, Wacky Jacky,' Trump claimed.
Trump said that he had heard Rosen and Warren, who represents Massachusetts in the Senate, were campaigning together in Nevada, at which point he brought up his oft-repeated nickname for Warren, 'Pocahontas.'


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Trump addresses the Nevada Republican Party Convention at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday


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Warren didn't immediately respond, but Rosen's campaign Twitter account tweeted in response to a Fox News post made shortly after his comments toward the candidate


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Trump also defended his proposed tariffs against Chinese products and his threat to impose tariffs against European allies, specifically calling out German auto makers Mercedes and BMW
Trump's use of the name for Warren is in reference to her self-proclaimed Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage, a claim Harvard Law School once used to describe her her as a 'minority woman' to bolster its faculty diversity credentials.
Warren has been criticized for lacking documentation to prove this lineage, but cites family stories as her evidence, according to the Washington Post. 
On Saturday, Trump called Warren the name again, and said that 'They asked me to apologize for it.' Then he said, 'I did apologize... to the Native Americans.'


Warren didn't immediately respond, but Rosen's campaign Twitter account tweeted in response to a Fox News post made shortly after his comments toward the candidate, writing:
'Is that the best you've got, @realdonaldtrump? Let's fight back – chip in now,' and sharing a link to her campaign's fundraising site. 
In the wide-ranging speech, Trump also defended his pending tariffs against Chinese products and his threat to impose tariffs against European allies, specifically calling out German auto makers Mercedes and BMW.
'The trade stuff is coming along, just starting. But gonna happen,' Trump said. 'We're a piggy bank that everybody likes to rob from, they like to steal from.'
'We probably lost $500billion in trade with China last year,' Trump said. 
The US trade deficit in goods with China in 2017 was $376billion in 2017. On July 6, the United States is set to slap tariffs on $34billion in Chinese goods to punish Beijing for massive theft of intellectual property.
Trump also took fresh shots at NAFTA and European allies.
'NAFTA has been a disaster for our country... We are renegotiating NAFTA. It's got to be a fair deal. We cant do this anymore,' he said.
Trump also said he will raise the issue once again of whether NATO allies are spending enough on defense at a NATO summit in Brussels next month. 


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Trump also said he will raise the issue once again of whether NATO allies are spending enough on defense at a NATO summit in Brussels next month

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Post by annemarie on Sun 24 Jun 2018, 14:58

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5879521/British-rabbi-delivers-chilling-warning-Trumps-dehumanising-immigration-policy.html

[size=34]British rabbi delivers chilling warning that Donald Trump's 'dehumanising' immigration policy could be a step on the path to GENOCIDE[/size]

  • Donald Trump has been facing outcry over tough policies on Mexican border

  • He has halted policy of separating children from parents at detention centres

  • British rabbi warned 'dehumanising' people can be step on road to atrocities


By JAMES TAPSFIELD, POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 07:40 EDT, 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 07:40 EDT, 24 June 2018

    





Laura Janner-Klausner, the senior rabbi of Reform Judaism in the UK, told the Observer that the warning signs from history were clea
A British rabbi today delivered a chilling warning that Donald Trump's immigration policies could be a step on the road to genocide.
The intervention by Laura Janner-Klausner comes amid a huge outcry at the treatment of families at the Mexican border.
Donald Trump last week called a halt to the policy of separating children from their parents in detention centres when they try to cross into the US illegally.

But he has robustly defended his hard line on immigration, insisting it was one of the reasons he was elected.
Ms Janner-Klausner, the senior rabbi of Reform Judaism in the UK, told the Observer that the warning signs from history were clear. 
'The numbing of empathy, the dehumanisation of other people through the encouragement of disdain are documented stages in history that have led to atrocities and even genocides,' she said.


'What has happened on the US-Mexico border is a moment of reckoning as it points to a systemic toxicity in public discourse and action. This needs to be stopped now.' 
She insisted political leaders had a responsibility to speak out now against the decline in respect for other human beings. 
Ms Janner-Klausner said Mr Trump's visit to the UK next month should go ahead so that Theresa May can send a clear message to him on the issue.


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Donald Trump, pictured disembarking Air Force One in Nevada last night, has faced an outcry over his immigration policy at the Mexican border


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Donald Trump last week called a halt to the policy of separating children from their parents in detention centres like this one in Texas 
'I believe that our prime minister should be meeting her counterpart, to convey to him in the strongest terms the depth of opposition that these policies have evoked,' she said.
The Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, also called for the US president's immigration approach to be challenged.
'The office of the president of the United States has to be respected but in a mature relationship we must speak with him as equals,' he told the newspaper. 
'This means that the immorality of his policy requiring the separation of children from their families must be addressed in his conversations here. 
'Not to do so would be an abdication of responsibility on the part of our leadership.'  


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Theresa May (pictured at church in Maidenhead with husband Philip today) is being urged to raise immigration policy with Mr Trump when he visits the

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 24 Jun 2018, 15:37

This guest of Trevor Noah is great at the facts!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tofxVJMmhyo

Not a lot of chat from the Trumps about the accusation that they used three million or so that was heading for veterans to line their own coffers...............


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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 24 Jun 2018, 21:20

PAN - It appears the Trumps feel that any money that comes their way is theirs to spend as they like. That they're stealing from their base doesn't seem to matter to their supporters.
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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 24 Jun 2018, 21:53

Yes.  It’s disturbing and we are reaching a dangerous point for our country that a minority of Americans who support Trump just don’t care about any accusations of wrongdoing being brought against this crime family.
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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 24 Jun 2018, 22:49

Interesting article on Daily Kos today that posits that as long as Trump feeds the feelings of superiority of his base they will stand by him - no matter what he does and no matter how his policies hurt them. They'll accept any bullshit he feeds them as long as he tells them they're they're better than everyone else.

I don't know if we'll ever recover from the damage he's done. He should have been impeached months ago. Now I'm wondering if impeachment would even make a difference. Pence and the Republican leaders would just keep his policies going - maybe in a more civil manner, but destructive all the same. Very depressing. Crying or Very sad
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Post by annemarie on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 01:46

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5880123/Trump-vows-return-illegal-immigrants-invade-country-no-judges-Court-Cases.html

[size=34]Trump vows to return illegal immigrants who 'invade our country' back to 'where they came' with 'no judges or Court Cases'[/size]

  • Trump's latest tweet indicates he supports ending legal proceedings entirely for those entering the country illegally

  • His executive order allows illegal immigrants to be held longer for trial

  • Executive order is being challenged in court with almost a dozen states suing

  • Even some Republicans fear the order won't stand up in court 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 12:06 EDT, 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:34 EDT, 24 June 2018

    








President Donald Trump on Sunday called for illegal immigrants to be removed from the United States and sent back 'from where they came' without a legal hearing or due process.
'We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came,' he tweeted Sunday morning. 
'Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years! Immigration must be based on merit - we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!,' he added.


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President Donald Trump speaks on immigration in the South Court Auditorium next to people holding posters of people allegedly killed by illegal immigrants


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Trump called for illegal immigrants to be removed without due process

Trump's latest tweet indicates he supports ending legal proceedings entirely for those entering the country illegally for whatever reason - such as asylum or persecution.
The administration's 'zero tolerance' policy on immigration resulted in nearly 2,000 children separated from their families during a six-week period in April and May. 
It has become a political albatross for the president, his administration and his party as Republicans work to entangle themselves from the election-year mess.  
And executive order the president signed on Wednesday reunites children wit their families but it also seeks more authority to detain those families together for a longer period of time - until the end of their immigration proceedings.
Lawsuits are plying up against the administration policy and some Republicans don't expect Trump's executive order to with stand legal challenges. 




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Trump has vowed 'The United States will not be a migrant camp'


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U.S. Border Patrol agents check passports at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry, where the U.S. and Mexico border meet, as people walk across the bridge to enter the United States







Republicans in both the House and Senate are working on legislation to solve the problem should the executive order be struck down. But even in Congress a debate is raging over the best path forward. 
In the House, one immigration bill failed to get enough votes to proceed on Thursday and a vote was delayed on another measure out of a similar fear by party leaders. 
'I did talk to the White House yesterday. They say the president is still 100 percent behind us,' Republican Rep. Michael McCaul, a co-sponsor of the bill, said on 'Fox News Sunday.'
Meanwhile, a coalition of nearly a dozen state attorneys general have filed suit in federal court already, challenging the legality of the Trump administration's actions. 
The president vowed last week that the U.S. will not become a 'migrant camp' on his watch.
'The United States will not be a migrant camp,' he said at the White House. 'And it will not be a refugee-holding facility - it won't be.'

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Post by annemarie on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 10:01

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5880063/Immigration-judge-insists-3-year-olds-represent-court.html

[size=34]Immigration judge insists three-year-old children are capable of learning the law and representing themselves in court[/size]

  • Senior Justice Department official Jack Weil made the claim during testimony

  • He is acting as an 'expert witness' in case between Justice Department and ACLU

  • ACLU claims department violates Constitution by not giving children attorneys

  • Weil claimed they don't need attorneys and can speak for themselves in court  


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PUBLISHED: 13:51 EDT, 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 20:51 EDT, 24 June 2018

    



A longtime immigration judge is under fire after he insisted that three-year-old children were capable of learning the law and representing themselves in court. 
Senior Justice Department official Jack H Weil made the shocking claims while giving testimony during a court case regarding whether immigrant children should be given taxpayer-funded attorneys. 
'I've taught immigration law literally to three-year-olds and four-year-olds,' he said. 'It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of patience. They get it.' 
'It's not the most efficient, but it can be done.' 


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Senior Justice Department official Jack H Weil is under fire after he insisted that three-year-old children were capable of representing themselves in court. Pictured is children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvado after being released from Border Protection

Weil repeated the claim again during his deposition, saying: 'I've told you I have trained three-year-olds and four-year-olds in immigration law.' 
'You can do a fair hearing,' he added. 'It's going to take a lot of time.' 
 The Justice Department quickly distanced itself from Weir's comments and said that he was 'speaking in a personal capacity'. 
'At no time has the Department indicated that three and four-year-olds are capable of representing themselves,' Lauren Alder Reid, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office for Immigration Review, told the Washington Post
'Jack Weil was speaking in a personal capacity and his statements, therefore, do not necessarily represent the views of EOIR or the Department of Justice.' 
Reid added that Weil's comments must be 'taken in context as part of a four hour deposition'.
'Mr Weil spoke about various techniques, procedures, and safeguards that can be employed by immigration judges, as warranted, to provide fundamentally fair hearings to all respondents in immigration proceedings,' she said. 
Weil told the Post that his statements were 'taken out of context' and don't 'present an accurate assessment of my views on this topic'. 
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Health and Human Services. 


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The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Justice Department, arguing that it violates the US Constitution by refusing to provide attorneys to children in immigration court. Pictured is a Guatemalan father with his daughter after they were released from Border Protection

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It is arguing that the departments are violating the US Constitution by refusing to provide attorneys to children in immigration court. 
The Justice Department disagrees, stating in one motion that 'nothing in the Constitution requires the taxpayers to provide counsel to minors in immigration court'. 
Of the 20,000 unaccompanied children who were involved in deportation proceedings in the last four years, 42 percent did not have an attorney. 
Immigrant attorneys and advocates said there have been instances in the past in which children aged five or younger were forced to represent themselves.    
Weil, who is also responsible for coordinating training for immigration judges, was one of the Justice Department's 'expert witnesses' in the case.
Ahilan Arulanantham, the ACLU attorney who questioned Weil, said it was 'horrifying' that he was the witness the Justice Department decided to put forward to present its views. 
'This is the person in charge of training immigration judges about how to treat children? That is horrifying,' he said. 
Arulanantham said at first he thought Weil had misspoke during his deposition because 'what he said was so outrageous'. 
'As I asked further questions, he obviously meant what we said,' Arulanantham said.  


Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has since introduced a bill that would require that representation be given to children who crossed the border alone or are victims of abuse, torture, or violence. 
While giving a speech about the bill on the Senate floor, Reid recalled one immigration trial that involved a five-year-old girl.  
'This little girl was clutching a doll and was so short she could barely see over the table to the microphone,' he said. 
'She was unable to answer any questions that the judge asked her except for the name of her doll: "Baby Baby Doll". That was the name of her doll.'

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Post by annemarie on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 10:07

What the hell, three year old's barely know the alphabet his is a damn idiot.

i feel like everyone who works for this county is an idiot.

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Post by annemarie on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 10:08

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5879191/Kushner-rips-Abbas-says-Mideast-peace-plan-soon.html

[size=34]Jared Kushner rips Mahmoud Abbas and says he will unveil Mideast peace plan 'soon' with or without Palestinian cooperation[/size]

  • President Trump's son-in-law gave interview to Palestinian newspaper

  • Kushner appealed to Palestinian public to give his peace plan a chance

  • He says he's willing to work with Abbas, but Palestinians say U.S. is 'not neutral'


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PUBLISHED: 02:51 EDT, 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:41 EDT, 24 June 2018

    





President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published Sunday that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
In an interview published in the Arabic language Al-Quds newspaper, Jared Kushner appealed directly to Palestinians and criticized Abbas, who has shunned the Trump team over its alleged pro-Israel bias, particularly on the fate of contested Jerusalem.
The interview came out after a weeklong trip around the region by Kushner and Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt. 
The team met with leaders of Israel, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to discuss the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and the administration's proposals for a peace deal.


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Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, said that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (seen right with Kushner last August in Ramallah)

The Palestinians refused to meet with Kushner, and leaders have criticized the Trump negotiating team in recent days.
Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Kushner and Greenblatt on Saturday of trying to topple the Abbas-led West Bank autonomy government and dismantle the U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees. 
On Sunday, Erekat doubled down on his criticism, telling Israel's Channel 10 that the American negotiators are 'not neutral' and predicting their peace plan would fail.
Any peace plan would face major obstacles, including the increasingly dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, internal Palestinian divisions, and recent cross-border violence between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel. 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that he met twice with Kushner and Greenblatt this weekend and discussed 'how to solve the humanitarian situation in Gaza without strengthening Hamas.'


It remains unclear how the Trump administration would proceed with a peace plan without Palestinian cooperation.
Kushner said the plan is 'almost done,' but offered scant details aside from the promise of economic prosperity. 
He made no mention of a Palestinian state arising alongside Israel, though he acknowledged that Arab partners support that goal.
The Palestinians seek the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza - territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. 






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Palestinian leaders have refused to meet with the Trump team since the president recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December. Trump is seen right with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in March
Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and two years later, Hamas seized control of Gaza from Abbas' forces. 
Abbas now governs only small autonomous zones in the West Bank.
Kushner cast doubt on Abbas' ability to make a deal, alleging that the Palestinian leadership is 'scared we will release our peace plan and the Palestinian people will actually like it' because it would offer them a better life.
'The global community is getting frustrated with Palestinian leadership and not seeing many actions that are constructive toward achieving peace,' Kushner said.
'There are a lot of sharp statements and condemnations, but no ideas or efforts with prospects of success.'
Palestinian leaders have refused to meet with the Trump team since the president recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December. 
Jerusalem is an emotional issue at the epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel captured the city's eastern half, home to holy sites for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it.
The annexation is not internationally recognized. Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as capital of a future state.
'If President Abbas is willing to come back to the table, we are ready to engage; if he is not, we will likely air the plan publicly,' Kushner said.
Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh responded to Kushner's interview by restating that American efforts will yield no result if they bypass the Palestinian leadership, and if they are not aimed at an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 12:26

Annemarie - There isn't a working brain in the whole of Trump's administration. Can you imagine the screaming hissy-fit they'd throw if one of their own kids was treated the way they're treating these immigrant children?

As for Kushner's chances of bringing peace to the Middle East? Lots of luck! I'm guessing somewhere in their plan is a Trump hotel and casino with golf course attached. The Palestinian people can make their lives better by working for Trump - until he refuses to pay them and starts another Middle East war.
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Post by annemarie on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 16:56

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5883269/Theyre-lucky-arent-executing-National-Guardsman-Facebook-immigrant-fundraiser-page.html

[size=34]'They're lucky we aren't executing them': National Guardsman, 21, to be disciplined after posting 'horrific' comment on Facebook fundraiser page to reunite immigrant parents with their children[/size]

  • Gerod Martin, 21, posted that a Facebook fundraiser page to help reunite immigrants with their children was a 'Waste of money'    

  • 'They're lucky we aren't executing them,' he added- now he is facing discipline 

  • Martin's post came from his Facebook account identifying himself as enlisted

  • In the since scrubbed page, he is wearing a military uniform in both profile shots

  • Because he represented himself as a military police officer he violated the social media policies of the national guard, the Army and the Department of Defense


By JESSICA FINN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 10:02 EDT, 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:36 EDT, 25 June 2018


        


Gerod Martin, 21, violated several social media policies of military personnel when he posted immigrants are lucky they aren't being executed 
An 21-year-old Oregon National Guardsman will be disciplined after he wrote 'they're lucky we aren't executing them' on a Facebook fundraiser for immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Gerod Martin took to the popular Facebook cause page, which has raised over $20million so far, to call the fundraiser a 'Waste of money,' before he added his comment on killing immigrants.
The comment 'They're lucky we aren't executing them,' sparked outrage on the donations page that was started June 16 by a couple in California, with the money earmarked for Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.

While Martin has the right to free speech, on his Facebook page from where he posted the distressing comment, he identified himself as a US military personnel, and therefore faces a different code of ethics than that of the typical individual trolling on social media. 


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Martin's Facebook account, which has since been scrubbed of references to his service with the National Guard, clearly show him dressed in service uniform 


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The comment was widely condemned, and now Martin is facing discipline from the Oregon Military Department

He has since scrubbed his Facebook of any indication that he is enlisted. 
Maj. Stephen Bomar, a spokesman for the Oregon Military Department, said originally they thought perhaps Martin was hacked, however he quickly admitted to posting the comment.   
Bomar said the backlash against Martin's post also came from within his own outpost.  
'This is a horrible thing that he posted, we all know that,' Bomar told Oregon Live
'It's unacceptable, horrific and doesn't reflect the values of our organization as a whole.'  
'You can't endorse any sort of political action while in uniform,' Bomar added. 
'You always have to think before you post. Sometimes you can get caught up in the moment, but it's not an excuse.'
Bomar said Martin will be displined, but he was not able to comment further.


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By posting from his Facebook account, while identified as a member of the the National Guard, the military police officer violated the social media policies of the national guard, the Army and the Department of Defense with his comment. 
In April, the Trump administration announced a ‘zero tolerance policy’ in which any adult crossing the border would be arrested and charged with a crime.
This meant that any children coming over with them would be placed in a facility run by DHS.
Since the policy went into effect, more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents.
The federal government says that about 500 children have been reunited with their parents, though there is uncertainty as to whether there are plans for the reunification of the other detainees.

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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 18:20

Reminds me of the high school big shot who gets his jollies bullying anyone not in his crowd. A Drumpf in the making.

I'm curious. My Christian friends tell me that whenever they face a dilemma they've been taught to ask themselves "What would Jesus do?". Considering that Jesus followed the Golden Rule ("Do unto others as you would have them do unto you") and said "Suffer the little children to come unto me", how can they possibly support Trump's policy? And, given the chance, what would they say to Jesus? I don't think "They're here illegally" or "They're not our kids" would cut it!
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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 19:05

How stupid some people can be when they reveal their true selves on social media. This guy should lose his job.

Seems to me most people should have a moral core regardless of their religious beliefs.  I’m always bewildered by people who fall back on the Bible to guide them as to what is right and wrong.  I know that is what the Christian faith teaches but honestly can’t people just think for themselves to figure out what is humane and inhumane, what is morally right or wrong, what is hateful and what isn’t?   With the way many Christians have embraced Trump I find their faith in God and Jesus not genuine and incredibly hypocritical.  I know that is not true of all Christians though ...l

BTW the DM article about the senior Justice official Weil referenced in the last paragraph the Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.  Harry Reid???  Uh, he retired.  Chuck Schumer is the current Senate Minority Leader.  scratch


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Post by annemarie on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 20:40

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5884221/Trump-tells-extraordinarily-low-IQ-Maxine-Waters-careful-wish-Max.html
[size=34]BREAKING NEWS: Trump tells 'extraordinarily low IQ' Maxine Waters 'be careful what you wish for Max' after she calls for the public to 'absolutely harass' White House officials[/size]

  • Waters: 'If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd'

  • Trump said Waters, along with Pelosi, has become the face of the Democrats

  • Pelosi called Waters' rallying cry 'unacceptable' but blamed Trump's 'daily lack of civility' for provoking them

  • Waters is in a Democratic House seat considered safe 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:40 EDT, 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:13 EDT, 25 June 2018

    




President Donald Trump is slamming Democratic firebrand Maxine Waters as 'an extraordinarily low IQ person' after she made a public rallying cry for people to harass administration officials they see in public.
'Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max! ,' Trump tweeted Monday. 
It is unclear what the president meant by the implicit threat.
The fiery lawmaker, a Democrat from California who is a vocal critic of the president's, made her war cry at a public rally in Los Angeles on Saturday outside a Wilshire Federal Building.

She was condemning the Trump administration policy on immigration - particularly the separation of migrant children from their families - and called on him to be impeached. 


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President Donald Trump is slamming Democratic firebrand Maxine Waters as 'an extraordinarily low IQ person' after she made a public rallying cry for people to harass administration officials they see in public


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Trump attacked the Democratic lawmaker via one of his favorite weapons: Twitter


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Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, is a vocal Trump critic

'Let's stay the course. Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere,' she yelled as supporters cheered.
She added: 'Mr. President, we will see you every day, every hour of the day, everywhere that we are to let you know you cannot get away with this!'
She warned those who work for Trump will get no peace.
'For these members of his Cabinet who remain and try to defend him, they're not going to be able to go to a restaurant. They're not going to be able to stop at a gas station. They're not going to be able to shop at a department store,' she said. 'The people are going to turn on them. They're going to protest. They're going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they're going to tell the president, 'No I can't hang with you -- this is wrong, this is unconscionable, and we can't keep doing this to children.''
Waters holds what is seen as a safely Democratic House seat that she was first elected to in 1990. She is being challenged by Republican candidate Omar Navarro, who has the endorsement of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Republicans swiftly criticized Waters.
And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi referred to Waters' comments as 'unacceptable' but blamed Trump's 'daily lack of civility' for provoking them.
'Trump's daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable,' she wrote on a retweet of a CNN story on Waters' remarks. 'As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea.'


Meghan McCain, the daughter of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, called Waters' comments 'absolutely insane' and 'extremely dangerous' in her twitter post on the incident.
Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Fox News that what Waters was doing is “very dangerous.”
“She should apologize to the American public,” he said. 
Waters is a longtime liberal and foe to Republican presidents, including Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. She was a vocal critic of the war in Iraq during the second Bush's presidency.  
Waters, at her rally, used colorful, flashy rhetoric to whip up the crowd. 
'History will record while he tried to step on all of us, we kicked him in his rear and step on him,' she said 
'If you think we're rallying now, you ain't seen nothin' yet,' she added.
Then she called on people to assail administration officials where ever they saw them in public. 
Waters' plea follows two incidents involving high-profile members of Trump's administration.



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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Waters' call was 'unacceptable'


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Republicans like Meghan McCain criticized Waters


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[size=18]Maxine Waters leads chants in April to impeach Donald Trump




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[/size]n Friday, the owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va., asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave because of her job, which Sanders tweeted about from her official White House account.
And last week when Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was run out of a Mexican restaurant in Washington DC by protesters.
The protesters descended on MXDC Cocina Mexicana by Todd English, where Nielsen was dining with a male colleague just hours after Donald Trump praised her for doing a 'fabulous job' at Sunday's press conference.
'Secretary Nielsen how dare you spend your evening here eating dinner,' one protester begins to yell in the video.
'You're complicit in the separation and deportation of over 10,000 children separated from their parents.'
'If kids don't eat in peace, you don't eat in peace! Not in DC, not in the US!' they chant at one point.

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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 21:11

I'm wondering who the DM was actually quoting in that last paragraph. Was it actually Chuck Schumer? Careless reporting only feeds into the whole "fake news" thing.

Speaking of which, watching The View this morning I couldn't believe that Megan McCain pointed out that the Time cover with Trump and the little girl didn't actually take place and wasn't real, so people could interpret it as fake news.. Of course it wasn't "real'! IT WAS SYMBOLIC!!! Does that really have to be explained to anyone? I guess if it had been a cartoon it would have been easier to understand. Sheesh!

The last few days my feelings toward the present administration have been positively homicidal, so I can sympathize with Maxine Waters' anger and frustration. But I also know it's not the way to go. It only makes the rift greater. That's not to say we shut up and go away, but there are more effective ways to handle things. The owner of The Red Hen (after asking her employees what they wanted her to do) took Sanders aside and quietly requested that she leave. Sanders understood and left. Point made. No problem.  Jimmy Fallon, in response to Trump's nasty tweet about him, made a donation to RAISE (an immigrant legal aide organization in Texas) IN TRUMP'S NAME!!!!!! Thumbs up! There will be demonstrations and petitions and lawsuits up the wazoo. Screaming at each other in public really isn't necessary.
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Post by Donnamarie on Tue 26 Jun 2018, 00:45

Lizzy I’m not sure any of us know exactly how to respond to all the s**t going on in this administration. We get criticized if we overreact and we get chided if we don’t pay enough attention.  Did you read the article by Jeremy Peters in the NYTs a few days ago?   It’s just mind boggling ... how are we supposed to respond to a man who is determined to wreck our democracy?  Who is a racist?  It stuns me that hardly any of his supporters feel the same way.  We won’t give him any credit for what he has done right?  I guess him doing anything for the betterment of our country is up for legit debate.  Bottom line I don’t think there is one right way to respond.  I still think we call him out every time he lies or attempts to undermine our country.  But you’re right ... we should be able to push back without screaming and calling names. But we are between a rock and a hard place.  Trump is everywhere.  He sucks the air out of any other news story.  He creates distractions constantly.  He’s loud and coarse.  

I do not have hope that many of Trump’s supporters are going to drop him.  I think cult is an apt term to describe many of his followers.  We just have to hope that the majority of the 60% who oppose this man will come out and vote in 2018 and 2020.  The Trump naysayers are still in the majority in our country.
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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 26 Jun 2018, 01:10

Donnamarie -I recently read an article by some professor (don't ask me who) who suggested that the media stop covering and responding to every Trump tweet and stick to covering the actual issues. He suggests that Trump is using advertising strategies to divert and confuse and the media is falling for it, hook, line and sinker. They need to ignore his tactics and get back to straight reporting.

My personal wish is that the media would stop publishing his picture with every story about him. We know what he looks like. I don't need to see his smug ugly face while I'm reading my morning paper. Besides, it would probably drive him nuts. Bonus points.
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Post by annemarie on Tue 26 Jun 2018, 01:22

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5885151/Woman-berates-Mexican-landscaper-mom-drug-dealers-rapists-animals.html

[size=34]Shocking moment woman berates landscaper and his mother as 'drug dealers, rapists and animals' because they are 'Mexican'[/size]

  • Confrontation occurred on Saturday in Running Springs, California

  • Esteban Guzman, 27, was cleaning a yard when neighbor rushed out yelling

  • She was caught on video calling him and his mom 'drug dealers and rapists'


By KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 18:52 EDT, 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 19:59 EDT, 25 June 2018

    




A woman's shocking diatribe accusing a landscaper and his mom of being 'drug dealers, rapists and animals' because they are 'Mexican' has been caught on video.
The incident occurred on Saturday in Running Springs, California, about 80 miles outside of Los Angeles. 
Esteban Guzman, 27, says that he and his mother were clearing a yard when a neighbor ran outside and confronted them.
'She was yelling at my mom go back to Mexico,' Guzman told the Guardian.





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Esteban Guzman (left) was working clearing yard debris on Saturday in California when an unidentified woman (right) charged outside and confronted him in a shocking diatribe


'I was like hey, what's the problem? And she said we were all illegals,' Guzman said. 'I told her: 'I'm a United States citizen.' And she obviously she didn't believe me.' 
In the video shot by Guzman's mother, which is difficult to hear at times, the woman is seen giving him the middle finger in an apparent dispute about lawn debris being spread on neighboring property.
When he asks why she hates them, she replies 'Because you're Mexicans'.
'Rapists... drug dealers... animals,' the woman says as Guzman protests that they are 'honest people'.
'Drug dealers, rapists and animals' the woman repeats, before mentioning 'the President of the United States'. 
The phrasing resembles past comments by President Donald Trump, including his 2015 speech announcing his candidacy.
'When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best,' Trump said at the time. 'They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.' 


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'Drug dealers, rapists and animals,' the woman says as Guzman protests that they are 'honest'
More recently, Trump also referred to MS-13 gang members, who are primarily from Central America, as 'animals'.
Guzman, an IT administrator who works in landscaping on the weekends to supplement his income, says he was born in the US. 
'I don't like to play the blame game,' Guzman told the Daily News of the incident.
'Just because the President of the United States says something, it does not give you the right to act like him.'
Guzman said that Facebook had removed the video for violating its community standards.
'I guess showing the world that racism still exists is "against their community standards,"' he wrote on Facebook. 'I will not be silenced because TOGETHER WE NEED TO STOP RACISM!'

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Post by annemarie on Tue 26 Jun 2018, 01:29

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5883271/Trump-puts-pressure-Justice-Department-congressional-investigators.html

[size=34]Trump puts pressure on the Justice Department to give congressional investigators documents on Hillary's email case and the Russia probe - or else[/size]

  • The president publicly reminded DOJ and the FBI in a tweet that he has the authority to take action if they do not turn over information to Congress 

  • GOP lawmakers are seeking information on Hillary Clinton's email case and the Russia probe from Justice

  • The GOP-run House plans to take unprecedented vote to compel DOJ to turn over the information this week

  • House lawmakers have also subpoenaed FBI agent Peter Strozk to testify in person  


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 10:08 EDT, 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:21 EDT, 25 June 2018

    



Donald Trump warned the Department of Justice that he's increasingly inclined to use the power of the presidency to compel the law enforcement entity to comply with document requests from Congress.
The president publicly reminded DOJ and the FBI in a tweet that he has the authority to take action if they do not turn over information on Hillary Clinton's email case and the Russia probe to congressional investigators.
'I have tried to stay uninvolved with the Department of Justice and FBI (although I do not legally have to), because of the now totally discredited and very expensive Witch Hunt currently going on,' he stated. 
He added: 'But you do have to ask why the DOJ & FBI aren’t giving over requested documents?'


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Donald Trump warned the Department of Justice that he's increasingly inclined to use the power of the presidency to compel the law enforcement entity to comply with document requests from Congress


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The president publicly reminded DOJ and the FBI in a tweet that he has the authority to take action if they do not turn over information on Hillary Clinton's email case and the Russia probe to congressional investigators


Trump has repeatedly prodded his attorney general and other DOJ officials to act on document requests and wrap up the special counsel investigation as soon as possible.
He has hinted several times over the last few weeks that his requests could turn into formal demands if DOJ doesn't doesn't pony up.
In closed-door sessions at the White House he has also put pressure on the Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, and Chris Wray, the director of the FBI, to speed up the production process.  
Last month, the president even sent White House representatives to lead-off a classified briefing on the probes, spooking some members of Congress who said the president was getting too close to the investigations that directly involve his 2016 campaign.
Trump's tweet on Monday morning came after House Rep. Mark Meadows appearance on Fox & Friends to talk about the tension between Congress and the executive branch. 
 'There's going to be floor action this week,' he said. 'We will be voting to compel DOJ and FBI to make sure that they get those documents.'


Meadows told Fox that Congress has only received 10,000 of documents, with a potential for 50,000 to be turned over, in response to its requests.
Congressional investigators are reviewing FBI agents' conduct in the lead-up to the presidential election.
DOJ faces a 5 pm deadline today to turn over the documents to the GOP-run Congress before House Speaker Paul Ryan takes unprecedented floor action to force the executive branch to send over the requested information.
Meadows said that Congress is seeking additional information about a conversation that took place between FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI official Andrew McCabe.
Strzok is an FBI agent who worked on the Clinton email probe and was originally part of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation. He's riding a desk currently in the HR department while the FBI looks into an inspector general report that found he and a lawyer for the FBI he was in a relationship with conducted themselves inappropriately.   
The two FBI officials sent messages to each other pledging to 'stop' Donald Trump from becoming president. At least one message suggests their conversations about an 'insurance policy' in case Trump did win extended to the deputy FBI director.
'I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office - that there’s no way he gets elected - but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,' a Strzok message on Aug. 15, 2016 said. 'It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.'
McCabe lost his job earlier this year just prior to his retirement. The IG report also found that he'd made mistakes during the Clinton probe - though it stopped short of claiming he, Page or Strzok had a political bias.


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Trump's tweet on Monday morning came after House Rep. Mark Meadows appearance on Fox & Friends to talk about the tension between Congress and the executive branch


The House Oversight Committee has summoned Strozk for an appearance this week on Wednesday.
'We're going to have a lot of questions for him,' said Chairman Jim Jordan. 
Jordan said Sunday on Face the Nation that Strzok will be asked about his texts with former FBI attorney Lisa Page in the context of Clinton and Russia probes, as a lead investigator on both.
'On July 31, 2016 Peter Strzok opens the Russian investigation. He was the lead agent on the investigation after being of course the lead agent on the Clinton investigation as well. He opens that investigation eight days later. There's the text message that says “We’ll stop Trump” one week after that on August 15th, is the text message that says “we have an insurance policy.” So obviously we'll want to dig into that.'
The Republican congressman said, 'We'll want to know who were you talking to at the time? how many times did you travel overseas? Did he talk to key people? For example do you think Peter Strzok may have talked to Glenn Simpson or Christopher Steele? Those are the kind of questions I think need to be asked and I'll look forward to this.'


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Meadows said that Congress is seeking additional information about a conversation that took place between FBI agent Peter Strzok (pictured) and former FBI official Andrew McCabe
Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and ex-British spy Christopher Steele put together the dirty dossier.
Meadows on Monday accused DOJ of aiding with a 'cover up' of FBI failures in the election based on the IG report that addressed Strzok and McCabe's behavior and that Trump has said totally exonerates him of obstruction of justice and collusion. 
Of the document production, Meadows said: 'I think you're gonna find out that we're missing key components of even the text messages.'

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Post by annemarie on Tue 26 Jun 2018, 01:33

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5883739/51-cent-including-3-10-Democrats-approve-Trump-econonomy.html

[size=34]Trump's handling of U.S. economy gets approval from majority of Americans for the first time – including 3 in 10 DEMOCRATS[/size]

  • Trump's economic preformance gets positive review from 51 per cent of U.S. adults, including 30 per cent of Democrats

  • That's an all-time high in the CNBC All-America Economic Survey

  • But the president's overall approval rating is just 41 per cent, 10 points lower

  • Unemployment is at an 18-year low and black unemployment is at an all-time low

  • But only one-third of Americans say they've seen extra take-home pay because of Trump's December 2017 tax cuts 


By DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 11:38 EDT, 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:34 EDT, 25 June 2018

    




Most Americans approve of how Donald Trump is handling the U.S. economy, according to a new poll.
That's the first time the president has rallied a majority to his side on financial, investment and other pocketbook issues.
According to a CNBC All-America Economic Survey of 800 U.S. adults, 51 per cent approve of Trump's economic job performance. Just 36 per cent give him a thumbs-down. 
But his base of support on the economy now includes three in 10 Democrats, a number that will likely stun his political opponents as they consider the looming midterm congressional elections.


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President Donald Trump is presiding over a national economy that has attracted majority-support among adults in the U.S. for the first time since he took office



a CNBC poll found 51 per cent approve of the president's economic performance
Jay Campbell, CNBC's Democratic pollster, told the net work that 'there is [a] component of [the] Democratic base that’s willing to acknowledge the improving economy and willing to give Trump a certain amount of credit for it.'

'A large number still disapprove of Trump on the economy but 30 percent of Democrats is not nothing.'
The leading indicators for Monday's results are a jumble, with barely one-third of Americans telling pollsters that they have seen an increase in their take-home pay as a result of the December 2017 tax cuts.
And the president's overall approval rating in the CNBC poll is stalled at 41 per cent – lower than most other polls and convincingly more anemic than the 43.7 per cent avreage of polls maintained by Real Clear Politics.
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_trump_job_approval-6179.html
Still, the president's rating has ticked up by 2 percentage points since the last time the survey was in the field, three months ago.
And the percentage of Americans who disapprove of Trump's job performance dropped by 10 points, from 57 to 47.


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The president's rating onthe economy stands in stark contrast to his overall approval number in the CNBC poll, which is lagging far behind

CBNC found little impact from the public-relations catastrophe that came along with last week's deluge of news stories about illegal immigrants being separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Pollsters surveyed people for four days, which happened to straddle the time before and after the peak of the media coverage.
There was no significant difference between responses in the two halves.
Fifty-one per cent disapproved of Trump's immigration policy, but that number was unchanged from both three months and one year ago.


The president's first year was marked by job creation, sustained growth in America's Gross Domestic Product and an unemployment rate that has declined to 3.8 per cent – matching the all-time low.
Black unemployment hit 5.9 per cent at the end of May, the lowest number ever recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That means the gap between black and white unemployment in the United States shrunk to its smallest size ever.
Female unemployment inched down to 3.6 percent, the lowest level since 1953.


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Part of Trump's economic pitch in advance of the midterm congressional elections is a redefinition of America's trading relationships, a plan that is also popular in the U.S.




Trump has warned in rally speeches this year that November's midterm elections provide Democrats a chance to take back control of both houses of Congress.
That outcome, he has said, would threaten the progress that he takes credit for.
'Nancy Pelosi is going absolutely crazy about the big Tax Cuts given to the American People by the Republicans,' he tweeted in April, noting that the tax reform package received 'not one Democrat Vote!'
'Here’s a choice. They want to end them and raise your taxes substantially. Republicans are working on making them permanent and more cuts!'
Part of his plan is to emphasize in Middle America the potential long-term benefits of trade renegotiations.
Fifty-two percent of Americans approve of how he is handling that issue.

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Post by annemarie on Tue 26 Jun 2018, 01:38

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5884787/Sarah-Huckabee-Sanders-doubles-Trumps-call-no-judges-illegals.html

[size=34]Sarah Huckabee Sanders doubles down on Trump's call for no judges for illegals: 'Just because you don't see a judge doesn't mean you aren't receiving due process'[/size]

  • She did not elaborate on how the process worked without judges

  • Sanders argued thousands of illegals are moved every month without a judge because of procedures and the law 

  • President Trump is pushing for illegals to be removed with a judge

  • Sanders: 'Are we walking around making up laws? No, because we're not the Obama administration.' 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 16:50 EDT, 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 19:15 EDT, 25 June 2018

    


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is doubling down on the administration's argument judges aren't necessary for illegal immigrants, saying just because migrants don't see a judge doesn't mean they are getting due process.
'Just because you don't see a judge doesn't mean you aren't receiving due process,' she said at her briefing on Monday.
She didn't elaborate on how that process worked. 
'Thousands of illegal aliens are removed every month without seeing an immigrationjudge as a result of procedures and the law including voluntary removal and expedited removal,' she said.

Sanders didn't expand with details when asked to do so. 
'There are others ways for removal. There are thousands of illegal aliens removed every month that don't see judges  - sometimes that's through voluntarily removal and sometimes that's through expedited removal,' she said.
'The president's ultimate goal is that we have a secure border and not come into the country illegally.'   



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'Just because you don't see a judge doesn't mean you aren't receiving due process,' Sanders said at her briefing on Monday


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President Donald Trump said Monday afternoon he wanted a system that worked and was 'simple.'
President Donald Trump said Monday afternoon he wanted a system that worked and was 'simple.' 
'We want a system where when people come in illegally, they have to go out,' he said during an Oval Office meeting with the king of Jordan. 'A nice simple system that works. You know, Mexico holds people for four hours, for five hours for two hours, and they're gone. We have people for four or five, six years, and they never leave.'
He added: 'What we have is very simple. We want strong borders and we want no crime. Strong borders. We want no crime. The Democrats want open borders and they don't care about crime. And they don't care about our military. I care about our military. That's what we want and that's what we're going to get. And we're going to get it sooner than people think.'
Sanders did say illegals seeking asylum would be heard. 
'if somebody comes through a port of entry seeking asylum those cases and that process will be heard,' Sanders said.
The White House press secretary repeatedly tried to kick the can down Pennsylvania Avenue to put responsibility on Congress. 
'Are we walking around making up laws? No, because we're not the Obama administration,' she said. 'We're actually trying to enforce the laws on the books. We're asking Congress to do its part in the process.'
President Donald Trump is digging in on his demand thatillegal immigrants be turned away from the border without a hearing and that kids must be kicked back to.
'This is the only real answer,' the president argued in a series of tweets Monday morning.
The president first pushed the policy of sending illegals back without due process in a tweet on Sunday, which led to questions about the legality of that option and if Trump had the authority to make such a decision.
He is sticking to his guns and aggressively pushing the idea again, complaining that hiring thousands of judges and a long legal process is not the way to proceed. 
Since Trump's administration announced the 'zero tolerance' crack down on illegal immigrants in April, he and his officials have fought off criticism about the separation of migrant children from their families from both Republicans and Democrats.


The president signed an executive order last week ending the family separations but his newest push - to deny due process to illegals - is likely to gin up a new round of outrage.
Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard, told The New York Timesvia email that the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that 'the due process requirements of the Fifth and 14th Amendments apply to all persons, including those in the U.S. unlawfully.'
'Trump is making the tyrannical claim that he has the right to serve as prosecutor, judge and jury with respect to all those who enter our country,' Tribe said. 'That is a breathtaking assertion of unbounded power — power without any plausible limit.'
Justice Department lawyers under both Democratic and Republican presidents have argued that noncitizens apprehended at the border lack due process protections, Adam Cox, a law professor at New York University, told the Times, and the Supreme Court has never clearly resolved the dispute.
And Trump is digging in his heels as House Republicans prepare to vote on a comprehensive immigration package this week that some members fear doesn't have the support for passage.
Some Republicans in Congress - in contrast to the president - have called for more judges to be in place so migrant families can have their cases heard more quickly. 
Federal immigration courts had a backlog of more than 700,000 cases in May, and the cases can take months or years to be heard.
There are less than 400 judges assigned to immigration cases, according to the website Polifact. 
Trump's executive order calls for families to be held together until their case is heard, meaning illegals could be in government custody for years. That requirement of the president's is expected to face legal challenges, however, as the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement says illegals can only be held 20 days.
Criminal prosecutions for illegally crossing the southwestern border jumped to 8,298 in April, the month Attorney General Jeff Session announced the zero-tolerance policy, an increase of 30 percent from March, according to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research institute at Syracuse University. 
As of June 20th, the Department of Health and Human Service has 2,053 separated minors being held in its facilities. Thus far 522 migrant children have been reunited with their families.   
In the meantime, lawsuits are plying up against the administration on the issue and some Republicans don't expect Trump's executive order to with stand legal challenges.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Tue 26 Jun 2018, 09:59

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5885917/Crowd-Trump-rally-boos-chants-CNNs-Jim-Acosta.html

[size=34]'Go home fake news Jim': Crowd at Trump rally boos and chants at CNN's Acosta, accusing him of 'not respecting the country' - and he broadcasts in front of a 'CNN sucks' sign[/size]

  • CNN's White House Corespondent Jim Acosta received a less-than warm welcome at Monday night's rally in South Carolina 

  • He was met with chants of 'Go home!' and branded 'Fake news Jim' by Trump supporters  

  • One group of supporters held a sign that read CNN sucks while the journalist was live on air 

  • When the president finally gave his speech, he encouraged his supporters' behavior by branding the press 'the enemy of the people'  


By KAYLA BRANTLEY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 02:07 EDT, 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 03:19 EDT, 26 June 2018


        



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CNN's White House Corespondent Jim Acosta received a less-than warm welcome at Monday night's rally in South Carolina


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He was met with chants of 'Go home!' and branded 'Fake news Jim' by Trump supporters


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One group of supporters held a sign that read CNN sucks while the journalist was live on air
Later on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Acosta addressed his less-than warm welcome.
'While we have had people come up to us and be nice. I had an elderly woman just a short while's come up to me—she came up to me & said that we at CNN should get the f*** out of this auditorium... She turned to the crowd & whipped them up into a frenzy.' 
'We are here to do our jobs and report the news and report on this rally, and we're not going anywhere,' he continued. 
That woman is Maria Rojas, who confronted Acosta and told him he did not respect the country.
To which Acosta responded: 'I do respect the United States, yes I do.'   


He continued: 'I have every right to be here ma'am.'
Rojas was seen berating Acosta, pointing and swatting her arms at him while shouting 'take him out'.  
The commotion came as the crowd waited for Donald Trump to give his speech while some 2,500 packed a high school gym for the rally supporting GOP Gov. Henry McMaster.
When the president finally took the stage he enticed the already hostile crowd by gesturing to the press pool and saying, 'look at all those fake newsers back there.' 


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Maria Rojas, form West Columbia, is pictured berating Jim Acosta before the President spoke  
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