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While we were focused on Congress, the Supreme Court dealt another blow to border security

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While we were focused on Congress the Supreme Court dealt another blow to border security

With everyone’s attention focused on the border wall debate (and Syria, to some extent), the Supreme Court ruled against the President’s ban on asylum for migrants crossing the border illegally.

The order was intended to make sure the mass of asylum seekers in the migrant caravans from Central America would be funneled through ports of entry instead of crossing the border illegally and then getting caught. A federal court had blocked the policy shortly after it was put into play on November 9.

The Supreme Court was expected by many to overturn the ruling, but Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the left-leaning justices, tipping the scale to 5-4 in their favor.

My Take

This President has never been able to do his job properly thanks to judicial meddling. It’s well within his power to define how the laws are to be executed. That’s the nature of the executive branch of government.

Roberts claimed it was incumbent on the President to make his case to Congress to change the law rather than going through the courts, but this argument misses the whole point of our Constitutional system of government. The legislative branch makes the laws. The executive branch enforces the laws. Just as President Obama chose to not enforce the laws with his DACA proclamation, so too should President Trump be able to enforce the laws at his discretion as long as his interpretation of the laws do not contradict with the laws themselves, which this order did not.

He wasn’t trying to stop the asylum process. That would be abuse of power. He was demanding that the laws, ALL of them, be properly adhered to in order for the asylum process to move forward. Individuals who choose to go through the process at a port of entry are being allowed to do so. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court, it doesn’t matter how they get into the country.

A 7-year-old migrant has already died because her father chose to cross illegally rather than going through a port of entry. How John Roberts thought keeping this trend going was a good idea is inexplicable.

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Asylum agreement with El Salvador is silly

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Asylum agreement with El Salvador is silly

The Trump administration has come to an “asylum cooperative agreement” with El Salvador that means anyone who passes through the nation must have been rejected asylum there in order to apply for asylum in the United States. Acting Homeland Security Director Kevin McAleenan signed the agreement Friday.

Unlike similar agreements in the works with Mexico and Guatemala, this one makes no sense. To understand why, look at a map.

El Salvador

Keep in mind, migrants FROM El Salvador would not be affected by this agreement since it would be El Salvador from which they’re seeking asylum. This means the agreement will only apply to those who go out of their way to cut through El Salvador from Honduras, which will be effectively zero. Even those who do will claim they went through Honduras to Guatemala, so the agreement is meaningless.

But it’s actually worse than meaningless. Every move the administration makes to secure the border will be viewed through a critical judicial lens. By signing an agreement with El Salvador, a nation rife with violence, it makes other agreements vulnerable as well. We do not need to be wasting time in court battles over an agreement that will have no practical effects because doing so allows th activist judiciary another opportunity to strike at effective agreements such as the one in place with Mexico and the one in the works with Guatemala.

This was a symbolic effort, one that is not only unnecessary but also puts real efforts at risk. I back the President’s plays on the border the vast majority of the time, but this one makes absolutely no sense.

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Illegal immigrant convicted of killing NFL player has additional years added to sentence

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Illegal immigrant convicted of killing NFL player has additional years added to sentence

A Guatemalan national who has reentered the country illegally at least twice was convicted of killing an NFL player and his Uber driver. Now, a federal judge has added 42 months to his prison sentence for illegally reentering the country.

Manuel Orrego-Zavala, 38, swerved and struck Jeffrey Monroe’s vehicle after he had pulled over because Indianapolis Colt’s linebacker Edwin Jackson was feeling sick. Both men were killed instantly. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison. When that sentence is complete, he will be transferred to a federal penitentiary where he will serve the additional 3.5 years.

U.S. District Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson handed down the sentence this week.

Fox News host Shannon Shannon Bream discussed the sentence with U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler as well as ways illegal immigration laws must be enforced to prevent further crimes committed against American citizens.

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Migrant surge lessens, allowing criminal apprehensions at border to rise

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Migrant surge lessens allowing criminal apprehensions at border to rise

The number of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the border to be willfully apprehended by border patrol agents has been on a sharp decline since May. Conversely, the number of smugglers, formerly deported criminals, and potential terrorists being apprehended by border patrol has gone up in the same time period.

Resources have been strained for months as border patrol contends with the masses of humanity flooding the border seeking asylum. But efforts by Mexican law enforcement, hot weather, and changes in asylum policies have reduced the number of people making it across the border.

With the reduced need to do paperwork and cater to the migrants, border patrol agents have been allowed to do their pressing work of securing the border and locating illegal immigrants who do not want to be found.

Migration Flow Down but Border Security Events on the Rise

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/migration-flow-down-border-security-events-rise-us-border-patrol-agentsEL PASO, Texas – Reduced border crossing numbers aided by efforts of the Mexican government have allowed U.S. Border Patrol Agents from El Paso Sector to reemphasize traditional activities, resulting in drug seizures and criminal apprehensions along the West Texas and New Mexico borders.

On September 12, during routine activities, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Alamogordo Station Highway 54 Checkpoint discovered three bundles of heroin with an approximate weight of 9 lbs. Both driver and passenger were taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the heroin.

During a separate incident near Ft. Hancock Station, Border Patrols Agents received a citizen report of possible illegal alien activity. Responding Agents encountered a U.S. Citizen who was wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Austin. Further records checks revealed an extensive criminal history, including a conviction for Sexual Assault. The subject was turned over to Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office for extradition.

Opinion

File this under “duh.” Of course border patrol is able to apprehend more criminal illegal immigrants when they’re not spending so much time passing out diapers and filling out paperwork for migrants. We’ve long said the biggest threat from the migrant surge isn’t the migrants themselves but the criminals they aid and abed by drawing attention away from border patrol’s mission to keep the borders secure.

This also means Mexico deserves huge kudos from patriots who may have been skeptical about their desire to stop the flow of migrants crossing our borders. They’ve kept their promise and slowed the flow dramatically before migrants are able to step foot on U.S. soil.

The fight is far from over. As weather cools and migrants attempt another surge, it will be imperative for Mexico to keep up the pressure and for the administration to do everything in its power to dissuade attempts to cross the border. Congress isn’t going to help until Republicans can take back control of the House. Until then, it’s up to the White House to keep us safe.

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“With this temporary reduction of migration flow at the border, our Agents are adding consequences to those involved in criminal activity, resulting in increased interdictions of people being smuggled, detention of criminals, and seizure of narcotics.” – Gloria Chavez

Final Thoughts

This news runs contrary to the Democrats’ narrative that border patrol’s job is not being hampered by Congressional policies or their push for open borders. Now that they’re processing fewer migrants, they’re actually catching many more bad guys.

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