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Immigration and terrorism: Trump continues trading freedom for “safety and security”

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In the fallout of last week’s announcement about Donald Trump’s plan to “fix” DACA by granting amnesty and creating a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million so-called DREAMers, Doublethink Donald finds himself once again forced to defend his betrayal to his base.

Never one to admit when he’s wrong, Trump doubled-down on his DACA plans over the weekend by claiming that his obvious lie was simply a part of a grand design to show that it’s the Democrats who lied, not him.

While his attempt at blame-shifting is obvious, I find Trump’s use of the phrase “safety and security” a bit troubling, not because we don’t need it, but because of his apparent willingness to do anything—Constitutional or not—to achieve his idea of what that looks like.

I’ve documented many times how Trump has displayed a dangerous willingness to sacrifice our Constitutional rights on the altar of Big Brother government, all in the name of safety and security when dealing with the illegal immigration crisis.

In Trump’s first year in office, we’ve witnessed the following Constitutionally questionable actions:

  • He expanded civil asset forfeiture laws, a violation of our right to due process (Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments).
  • He launched a plan to create an “off the books” secret global spy network, accountable only to Trump and CIA Director Pompeo.
  • He reauthorized FISA702, which allows the government to conduct warrantless searches on Americans and collect massive amounts of electronic data (Fourth Amendment).

On the same day of Trump’s DACA announcement, we received word that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has secured agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database—giving the government new power of real-time location tracking of billions of plates.

While ICE claims that their Big Brother program “is not seeking to build a license place reader database and will not collect nor contribute any data to a national public or private database” it’s important to remember that Republicans said something similar about the data collection practices of the NSA prior to being ruled unconstitutional in court.

One more thing. As I mentioned a few days ago, Trump’s cave with DACA could be a precursor to the creation of a biometric National ID card that will allow the government to track every American. The House bill that will accomplish this is currently in committee.

But hey . . . at least we’ll be safe and secure under Big Brother. Right?

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Honduran caravan is a direct result of Democrat talking points

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Honduran caravan is a direct result of Democrat talking points

In Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, the message from America is clear: “Around half of the population and politicians will protect you from ICE. Come to America and you won’t get deported, especially if you have children with you.”

The reason they believe this is because mainstream media in the United States has been pushing the Democrats’ narrative for months. News travels fast to Central America, but it doesn’t always retain its accuracy as it crosses the border. We can see this fact in the numbers.

In August of this year, 12,700 parents and children were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. August of last year saw only 4,193 similar apprehensions. We can also see it when looking at all illegal immigrants with 37,544 apprehended in August of this year. A month later, the number grew over 10% to nearly 42,000.

Democrats have been spreading the word through their campaigns that they will protect illegal immigrants. In an election year, it’s imperative for them that they get Hispanic voters to come out, so they’ve crafted a narrative that appeals to them.

Unfortunately, it also appeals to people such as the 4,000 currently marching their caravan towards the United States border.

Honduran migrant caravan grows to 4,000 amid spike in U.S. border crossings

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/honduran-migrant-caravan-grows-4000-amid-spike-u-s-border-n921286Shelters and churches along the border have been flooded as a result of the surge as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been releasing hundreds of migrants from detention at a time.

Many of the Hondurans traveling in the caravan are children, some traveling with their parents and some without their parents, according to the documents. Because children are afforded special protections in the U.S., their arrival is creating anxiety within the Trump administration that has pledged to decrease illegal immigration. President Donald Trump said last week that he would consider separating migrant families at the border once again, after reversing his controversial “zero tolerance” policy in June.

The Trump administration is trying to dissuade the caravan from invading the United States. President Trump has even threatened to stop aid from being sent to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

The best hope for stopping the caravan before it reaches the United States is for Mexico to stop them at their southern border. Over 500 additional federal officers have been sent to the border to stop the caravan.

My Take

I am a huge proponent of legal immigration and a hawk when it comes to stopping illegal immigration. Congress didn’t fund the border wall yet, so we have to rely on the brave men and women of ICE and border patrol to close the flood gates.

The situations in Central America and Mexico are horrendous. The people fear for their lives from crime, malnutrition, and disease. They need help. That’s why we’re sending aid. Perhaps we should get more directly involved, but either way we cannot let their situation make us turn a blind eye towards our own problems with illegal immigration.

The surge in illegal immigration should be blamed wholeheartedly on the Democrats who spread false information that entices people to come. Imagine what would happen if they got control of the House, Senate, or both.

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Daniel Horowitz on illegal immigrant birth rates

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Daniel Horowitz on illegal immigrant birth rates

There’s more to the illegal immigration debate than just how to stop them from coming over. Once here, they’re figuring out how to stick around and grow as a future influence on the United States.

Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz sent this out on Twitter:

This is more than a problem we’re facing now. It’s becoming generational.

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Harley Rouda claims he never said he’d expand MediCal to adult illegal immigrants. This is a lie.

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Harley Rouda claims he never said hed expand MediCal to adult illegal immigrants This is a lie

Orange County, California, has an interesting choice to make. One of the hottest Congressional races in the nation pits incumbent Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) against Democrat Harley Rouda. Orange County has been one of the only Republican strongholds in the liberal state, but a district that voted for Hillary Clinton may also switch to have a Democrat representing them on Capitol Hill.

The problem with Rouda is that his version of the truth doesn’t always match the actual truth. A glaring example of this is how he handled two questions regarding providing health care to adult illegal immigrants.

When vying for the Democratic nomination, he appealed to the leftist view that “Medicare for all” should be expanded to “for all residents of the United States” regardless if they’re citizens or here illegally.

Now that the primary is over and he’s on to the general election, he’s denying that he ever said that.

Harley Rouda Supported Medicaid for Illegal Immigrants but Now Denies It

https://freebeacon.com/politics/harley-rouda-supported-medicaid-illegal-immigrants-now-denies/“Rohrabacher has said that you want to give MediCal to undocumented immigrants and that this goes against what the district wants,” editors from the publication said. “How would you respond to this idea that you don’t know what the district wants?”

MediCal is California’s Medicaid program for low income individuals and families.

“I’ve never said that,” Rouda responded. “The fact is, you could argue the United States has already paid for universal health care in the least efficient way possible—in the emergency room instead of through preventive care. We need to have basic levels of medical services available to all. Addressing undocumented immigrants in our country shouldn’t be done by withholding life-saving medication or healthcare services.”

Will one of the last bastions for rational conservative ideologies in California fall for a man who says one thing to his Democrats but change his story when speaking to a broader audience? Orange County needs Dana Rohrabacher to keep his seat.

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