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Mark Meadows’ solution to the border crisis and shutdown stalemate is almost perfect

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Mark Meadows solution to the border crisis and shutdown stalemate is almost perfect

Update: We made a video and new article that goes into more detail about this solution.

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House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) posted an idea that would start solving the border crisis, allow the President to open up the government, and avoid the use of a national emergency declaration. His solutions: 10 USC 274/284.

These provisions of general military powers deal with the “maintenance and operation of equipment” and “support for counterdrug activities and activities to counter transnational organized crime.” If you’re wondering what any of that has to do with the border wall President Trump wants, the answer is disappointing. They don’t allow for a wall.

But they do allow for a fence.

Specifically, it allows for:

“Construction of roads and fences and installation of lighting to block drug smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States.”

There would be no need to declare a national emergency to make it happen. Technically, the President wouldn’t even need to sign off. Congress has already appropriated powers to the Secretary of Defense to provide support “for other departments or agencies of the Federal Government or a State, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies” to help them fight transnational drug smuggling and organized crime at the border.

While no definition of a fence is detailed, it could be complicated to try to define steel slats as a fence. Nevertheless, fences like the one pictured above in Israel have proven their value.

Israel recently demonstrated with their fence on the Egyptian border that barriers work. They were able to cut illegal immigration to nearly zero after its completion in 2012. It’s under 150 miles worth of fence compared to nearly 2000 miles of border with Mexico, but considering what we have now – open air along most of the border – this would be an incredible improvement.

It would be a huge political win for the President following the Democrats’ declining his offer to extend DACA protections yesterday. He could open up the government and immediately start building a barrier at the southern border without giving the Democrats anything. They will look foolish for not accepting the President’s offer, then losing everything while the President still secures the border.

The President should immediately act on Representative Meadows’ suggestion. No DACA extension. No national emergency declaration. Build the barrier at the border now and open up the government immediately. Everyone wins except Chuck and Nancy.


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Obama White House wiped immigration speeches from government website just before Trump took office

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Obama White House wiped immigration speeches from government website just before Trump took office

The internet is a miraculous account of recent history. On one hand, parts of it can be erased by those who have the tools and access. On the other hand, no matter how much someone tries to cover their tracks, there’s likely a way to find whatever information was being hidden.

Such is the case with the White House’s ICE website. The version that President Trump inherited was 190 speeches lighter than the one that was online just hours before his inauguration. Someone in the previous administration apparently didn’t want information about fighting illegal immigration to be visible on the incoming President’s resources.

So, they wiped it, and not with a cloth.

The Daily Caller reports that in the hours prior to the 45th President’s inauguration, the outgoing White House staff was busy getting rid of reports, transcripts, and speeches that had been accumulated on the ICE website. All of the content erased supported the notion that there was a border crisis brewing or that illegal immigration in general was a major problem that Washington DC needed to address.

Obama White House Deleted Online Speeches About The Immigration Crisis Hours Before Trump Entered Office: Report

A collection of 190 transcripts of speeches on ICE’s website was deleted on Jan. 18 and late in the evening on Jan. 19, 2017, according to research conducted by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for government transparency. Statements made by high-ranking ICE officials regarding controversial immigration topics such as sanctuary cities, E-Verify, treatment of detainees, and other issues were included in the reported deletions.

It is unknown who perpetrated the act of information suppression or who ordered the purge. But it’s easy to speculate the former administration didn’t want to give the inbound administration any additional ammunition to use in their stated goal of curtailing illegal immigration, especially at the border. Furthermore, much of the information purged could have been used as justification for building a wall on the southern border.

Democrats don’t want you to know two things: (1) The border crisis is real, and (2) This administration is proposing solutions that can work to put an end to it. Now, it seems this mentality goes further back than expected.

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Migrants should be quarantined as they await their asylum hearings

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Migrants should be quarantined as they await their asylum hearings

Here’s an idea that should garner bipartisan support. In fact, if everyone in DC were to stay consistent regarding the current migrant crisis, both Republicans and Democrats should buy into the only humanitarian plan that makes sense across the board. They should act on this immediately.

Media outlets have been reporting outbreaks of infectious diseases among migrants. We’ve all heard about the poor health situations that have taken lives; Democrats love to blame border patrol and the President every time a migrant dies in custody. They demand action. Here’s what we should do.

Let’s treat them all with the best possible medical care available in America. No child should die in custody. No migrant should suffer with diseases while they wait for their asylum hearing. Is there a politician who could disagree with either of those statements?

Of course, treating them properly means quarantine. The outbreaks are too numerous and many are being quarantined already. This happened in March at the beginning of the surge of migrants across the southern border:

Mumps, other outbreaks force U.S. detention centers to quarantine over 2,000 migrants

Mumps can easily spread through droplets of saliva in the air, especially in close quarters. While most people recover within a few weeks, complications include brain swelling, sterility and hearing loss.

ICE health officials have been notified of 236 confirmed or probable cases of mumps among detainees in 51 facilities in the past 12 months, compared to no cases detected between January 2016 and February 2018. Last year, 423 detainees were determined to have influenza and 461 to have chicken pox. All three diseases are largely preventable by vaccine.

That’s just one story. There are dozens, including new outbreaks reported nearly every day. The conditions many of the migrants endure during their travels and the lack of vaccinations in their home countries mean the threat of spreading infectious diseases is great. All migrants must be quarantined, thoroughly examined, and properly treated. It’s the only humane thing to do.

To accomplish this, we need facilities in which the masses of migrants crossing the border illegally can be housed and treated. This will cost money, and while I’m not a fan of the government spending anything, but we could chalk it up against the $150 billion that will be spent on one year’s worth of illegal immigration. Suddenly, the hundreds of millions of dollars it would cost to rapidly establish such facilities along the border doesn’t seem like such a high price to pay.

We would also need to speed up the asylum hearing process. The backlog is tremendous and growing. Mark us down for another $40 million or so to rapidly process the backlog and get us to the point that asylum seekers are not forced to wait months or even years before their hearing.

Again, this only makes sense for their sake. Nobody likes being left in limbo, right?

This plan would save many asylum seekers from being given final orders of removal in absentia. They don’t want to get deported. As we reported yesterday, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan declared 90% of asylum seekers aren’t able to show up for their hearings. They won’t have to worry about it anymore under this plan. They can be escorted directly to their hearings from the comfortable quarantine centers.

Certainly Democrats can buy into this plan pretty easily. The migrants they want to protect will receive the best protection the United States can offer them. They’ll get free food, housing, education, and medical care while they’re in quarantine. Then, they’ll get an escort to their asylum hearing so they don’t inadvertently miss it. That should make perfect sense to anyone with a heart.

The only humane way to handle the migrant crisis is to quarantine them once apprehended, treat them well in their migrant centers, and escort them directly to their asylum hearings when the time comes. Everyone wins.

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The House Freedom Caucus is better without Justin Amash

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The House Freedom Caucus is better without Justin Amash

I recently had the pleasure of lunching with House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows. We discussed the future of the conservative movement and specifically how 3rd parties can play a role in that future. We didn’t discuss Representative Justin Amash specifically, but the general sentiment was that third parties could be effective at rallying a small group of “in-betweeners” who shared views with traditional conservatives. But there was a caveat.

One important distinction needs to be made. “In-betweeners” are not necessarily moderates. They can be, but oftentimes they are quite extreme with their views, though not necessarily falling in line with one side or the other. For example, Amash is adamant about limiting government and cutting spending, aligning nicely with the stated Republican goals. But he’s also adamant about open borders and increasing the rights of illegal immigrants, aligning with the Democrats.

Even if we set aside his recent attacks on President Trump and the possibility that he will run for President as a Libertarian, we should consider his border views as antithetical of what the House Freedom Caucus represents. It’s the most pro-American caucus in the House of Representatives. Members get two “passes,” according to Meadows, to allow them to rarely vote against the caucus if it behooves them or their district to do so. This makes sense; we are not electing representatives to do the will of a caucus but rather the will of the people they represent. Thankfully, the Freedom Caucus generally sides with the fundamental principles conservatives demand when we cast our votes.

Amash is quite conservative on most issues, but where his views differ are not inconsequential. We must have strong borders. We must have a differentiation between those who come into our county legally and those who bypass our legal system in an attempt to steal our sovereignty. As noted earlier, 90% of recent asylum seekers do not even show up for their hearing. Why should these people, who have broken at least two laws in the first few months of their American experience, be given driver’s licences, jobs, and the right to vote? Amash wants these things for them.

Personally, I like Amash. I agree with his perspectives the vast majority of the time. He’s been one of the most consistent limited-government voices in DC. And I don’t fault him for breaking from the tribe even though I disagree with his reasoning. He’s doing and saying what he believes to be true, so for that he should be commended.

But…

The future of the American Conservative Movement is based partially on a belief that illegal immigration is a huge problem. Amash is opposed to this truth, so he doesn’t belong in the House Freedom Caucus.

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