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Edgar Reyes and Jose Villalobos-Jobel: Two migrants, two different stories



Edgar Reyes and Jose Villalobos-Jobel came to the United States border as part of migrant caravans. Both are young men from Honduras. That’s where the comparisons end.

Reyes entered the country legally at a port of entry to apply for asylum. He came prepared – 400 pages of documents showing he was regularly persecuted by the government and had reasonable fears for his safety. He was granted asylum and now has his social security card. Once he gets his work permit, he will be able to become an and legal component of American society.

Villalobos-Jobel crossed the border illegally. He had no intentions of seeking asylum because he knew he wasn’t being persecuted. He’s one of the persecutors. He’s an active member of MS-13, the transnational organized crime syndicate that operates through local gangs across North, Central, and South America. He had no intentions of becoming a legal component of American society.

Both of these men represent the two extreme ends of the migrant caravan spectrum. Both have backgrounds that are very uncommon among the migrants. Between them, the majority of those in the caravan are seeking a better life in America but will not be able to get it because they will not qualify for asylum. The system isn’t set up to offer everyone a better life. The asylum system is designed to help those with a reasonable expectation of persecution in the home country.

This is why Mexico’s offer of asylum for pretty much anybody in the caravans willing to take it is so important. Those in the caravan may not get the life they were expecting by working in Mexico, but it’s better than the life they had in Central America.

Are there people in the caravans who are truly escaping persecution? Are there others in the caravan who used them to get to the border so they can cross illegally and become part of the growing criminal illegal immigrant element in America? The answer to both questions is, “yes.”

How It’s Supposed to Work: CBS Highlights Migrant Granted Asylum months, the liberal media have made it seem as though the only thing standing between them and their hopes for asylum was Trump’s cruelty, especially when they stormed the border wall. This was all, despite the fact that the parameters for granting asylum were narrowly tailored. During Thursday’s CBS Evening News, correspondent Adriana Diaz interviewed a young man from the spring caravan who was actually persecuted in Honduras and was granted asylum last month.

Diaz spoke with teenager Edgar Reyes. He told U.S. officials that he was beaten by Honduras police forces at political protests and had the evidence to prove it. “A government representative said I received asylum because I had proof of persecution, presenting over 400 pages of evidence,” he explained to her.

One came in through a port of entry, applied for asylum, waited for the process to be completed, and was granted his wish. The other crossed the border illegally and proved to be in MS-13. There are right and wrong ways to do things.

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President declares national emergency. Now the craziness begins.



President declares national emergency Now the craziness begins

As expected, President Trump signed the omnibus to keep the government from a second shutdown. Then, as expected, he declared a national emergency at the southern border to allow his administration to free up funds for the building of a wall at our southern border.

Now, the expectations shift to how Democrats will attack this move. During his announcement of the national emergency, the President noted he’s aware of how the process is going to go: lawsuits, appeals, more lawsuits, more appeals… and eventually it will be decided by the Supreme Court.

Reactions on social media were mixed.

My Take

From here, it goes insane. It should be noted the President made what many are considering a mistake when he said he “didn’t have to” declare an emergency but wanted the wall built faster. That seems like grounds to attack the declaration itself.


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Losers all around: Untangling the border bill that benefits literally zero Americans



Losers all around Untangling the border bill that benefits literally zero Americans

The Senate and House just put a bill on the President’s desk that he intends to sign. This bill will keep the government funded for most of the year and has many components worth discussing within its 1200 pages. For this discussion, let’s look specifically at the border security components because there seems to be losers across the board without a single winner in sight… at least not from this country.

First, let’s look at the two parties.

Democrats lose the political clout that would have come from a bipartisan agreement to fund the border wall. While most on the left see it as a win that they were able to put together a bill that snuck in so many atrocious immigration loopholes (which we’ll cover below), those loopholes will be used to demonstrate how bad their border policy really is.

But it would all be worth it to them if the wall never got built, at least politically speaking for 2020. The wall is President Trump’s post-midterm achievement if he can get a good chunk of it built, so stopping him from doing so would have been a win. There’s still a chance it can be a win for the Democrats if the White House doesn’t play their cards right. The national emergency declaration may or may not get the wall started before the election, so they’ll need to invoke 10 U.S.C. 284 to get it going sooner rather than later.

Of course, the biggest loss for Democrats is their own policies. It may not have the immediate negative impact necessary to affect them in 2020, but it will have a negative impact nonetheless. As drug cartels and criminal illegal immigrants benefit from the insane policies they put in the bill, the only defense the Democrats will have is that a majority of Republicans backed it as well.

Republicans lose because this deal demonstrates their weakness. They were too weak to fight the border wall battle when they had control of the House, Senate, and White House simultaneously. There’s no reason to expect them to have grown a backbone since the midterms, and this bill proves they did not.

They folded on the border wall dollars. They folded on the restrictions placed on the border wall itself. They folded on the number of beds set aside for detained illegal immigrants. They folded on the allowance of what can only be construed as amnesty for future illegal border crossing unaccompanied minor sponsors (it’s a mouthful, but we’ll get into those protections a bit later).

In short, they folded on nearly everything and put the President in a position where his only viable option was to declare the national emergency. Sadly, it means the GOP not only accomplished nothing since the shutdown began, but also demonstrated the shutdown could have easily been avoided by simply caving then instead of waiting two months to cave.

Now, let’s look at everyone other than the parties themselves.

President Trump loses because this deal makes the shutdown look meaningless. It also exposes him to the wrath of conservatives who are both unhappy with the deal itself and infuriated by the massive overreach the national emergency declaration represents.

The only possible way for him to make it out of this mess with chances still intact for a reelection win are if three very specific things happen:

  1. He has to get a good chunk of the wall built before the election.
  2. Crime and illegal immigration numbers must go down before the election.
  3. Somehow, the negative components of this deal cannot come back to haunt him, though that seems unlikely at this point because the negatives are so numerous and utterly horrendous.

But the worst loss of all for the President is that it will be very hard for him to spin the use of a national emergency and creative appropriations to build a wall when he said literally hundreds of times that Mexico was going to pay for it. Yes, this catchy line helped him win the primaries and possibly even the general election, but it’s turning into such an inaccurate campaign promise that it can’t even be called a broken promise anymore. At this point, it appears to be a bald-faced campaign lie.

Most of all, the American people lose, This will be demonstrated on so many levels over the next couple of years that it will be hard to keep track of every instance that this bill makes us less safe, wastes our money, steals from our prosperity potential, and undercuts our sovereignty.

I’ll let Twitter explain this even further:

And the winner is…

Drug cartels, criminal illegal immigrants, and anyone willing and able to take advantage of Washington DC’s stupidity are the only winners from the border omnibus deal. National emergency declarations cannot take away from how bad this is. In fact, it may make it worse.


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Border omnibus passes Senate



Border omnibus passes Senate

The “deal,” which we noted earlier was awful, just passed the Senate.

Democrats who are running for President in 2020 plus Ed “Green New Deal” Markey voted against it. On the Republican side, several conservatives also voted against it, including Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Ben Sasse, and newcomer Mike Braun.

My Take

I’ll openly admit I was very hopeful (gullible?) when I heard there was a border wall deal Republicans supported that would avert another government shutdown and supply funding for the border wall. That was until I read the details.

This bill allows a provision for illegal immigrants who claim to be “potential” sponsors for unaccompanied children to essentially get instant amnesty. Seriously.

Here’s just a sampling of responses on Twitter:

The details are unbelievably bad. I know some of our writers support the deal, but as editor I have to state officially that this isn’t a border security bill. It hampers border security. It’s unfathomable that so many Republicans support it. Only conservatives in the Senate voted against it. Very sad.


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