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Jim Jordan to Trump: Sign the CR, then declare a national emergency

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Congress has reached a deal that would give the President a small portion of the $5.7 billion he requested as a down payment for the wall on our southern border. Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) has recommended the President sign the CR, then immediately declare a national emergency in order to apply more funds to the wall.

He then said the President should also invoke 10 U.S.C. 284 on top of all that. This is identical to what we recommended yesterday:

Which of the three solutions should President Trump use to build the wall? Yes.

https://noqreport.com/2019/02/12/three-solutions-president-trump-use-build-wall-yes/That means accepting the continuing resolution being offered by Congress. While the exact details haven’t been made public, it appears that there will be around $1.3 billion made available for “border barriers.” Assuming that doesn’t place restrictions on what can be built (we don’t need to spend money on Nancy Pelosi’s worthless “Normandy barriers“), then there’s room to get wall construction going.

It also means he needs to immediately invoke 10 U.S.C. 284 with nearly a billion dollars available to have the military start building the wall in areas designated by law enforcement to be most vulnerable to drug trafficking and organized crime. We’ve been pushing for this for a month now, and even though it should have been done back then before or during the government shutdown, now is better than never.

Finally, the President should declare a national emergency and start using that portion of the U.S. Code to start building the wall as soon as it clears legal and bureaucratic hurdles. Yes, there will be major hurdles, which is why we’ve been opposed to it as the primary method through which the President gets the wall built. But if he does it in conjunction with the CR and 10 U.S.C. 284, those two things can be building the wall while his national emergency makes its way though the courts.

One thing to remember is that the President is not obligated to accept the deal, nor is he obligated to keep the government from shutting down again. There are those who say the Senate will turn on him if he allows another government shutdown, but that isn’t likely to happen. However, at this stage it’s unlikely the President wouldn’t take the deal even if he and most conservatives don’t like it.

The border is in a crisis. Denying that would be denying reality, which is why conservatives who would normally be against executive overreach are supporting the President on this one, including the House Freedom Caucus. That includes us as well. Build the darn wall!

 


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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

Human smuggling has gone high tech. At least it can be verified. At this point, it’s likely people have been using drone technology to assist in getting illegal immigrants across the border for a long time. It’s been used for drug trafficking as well, so thinking this is a new occurrence is likely erroneous.

But now we have proof-positive the efforts to get criminal illegal aliens across the border is a sophisticated operation.

Two of those apprehended were known gang members and one was a convicted sex offender, according to the Border Patrol. They now are being held in U.S. jails pending criminal prosecution.

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An under-reported challenge facing border patrol is the rise of criminal illegal immigrants crossing the border, sometimes not for the first time. We hear all about the groups of dozens or hundreds of migrants crossing the border and seeking to get apprehended so they can claim asylum and be released into the interior, but what about those who aren’t seeking asylum, who don’t want to be caught, and who are likely part of criminal elements?

Every border patrol agent who is tasked with processing paperwork for the migrants is a border patrol agent taken away from the necessary work of apprehending the criminals crossing over. This is why the use of drone technology is so discouraging. Right now, we have to rely on our technological prowess to cover much of the border. With the bad guys also using technology to thwart these efforts, it makes the already-difficult job of patrolling our border even more difficult and dangerous.

The left needs to understand that not everybody crossing over is just seeking a better honest life. Many are crossing the border for drugs, to join gangs, and even specifically to commit acts of violence against Americans. We need border patrol focusing on catching these bad guys, not serving paperwork to people who are unwilling to wait in line and enter the country legally.

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“Approximately two minutes after the object returned back to Mexico for the third time, a group of 10 subjects made an illegal entry into the U.S. in the same area in which the object had been traveling. This is the first known time in recent history that a drone has been utilized as a ‘look-out’ in order to aid in illegal entries in the El Paso Sector.” – Border Patrol Statement

Final Thoughts

With so much time, money, and manpower used by border patrol to apprehend the migrants wanting to be caught, those who don’t want to get caught have the advantage. These are the dangerous elements not seeking asylum. They seek to do harm.

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member ‘La Bestia’ crossing the border illegally

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member La Bestia crossing the border illegally

A 29-year-old Mexican national was apprehended by border patrol trying to illegally cross over into the United States. The man, known as “La Bestia” or “The Beast,” had been previously convicted and deported for Obstruction or Retaliation.

He is a known member of the Mexican Mafia as well as the 18th Street Gang. Border patrol spotting him crossing the border nine miles west of the Calexico port of entry.

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On the surface, this might seem like minor news. But the left continuously screams that there is no reason for a border wall or increased security at the border. Their claims, led in large part by the politically charged rhetoric of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, are that the way to improve border security is to buff up the ports of entry.

Here’s the obvious problem with that. They’re correct in saying most apprehensions of criminals and smugglers happen at the ports of entry. But that’s not evidence of how the dangerous elements of illegal immigration move. It simply means the ones who are crossing the large swaths of unprotected border are harder to apprehend. Yes, a wall will work. Yes, increased resources and manpower for border security will work. Yes, improved technology will work. In conjunction with one another, these solutions will help to not only catch those who try to cross over illegally but will also dissuade many from even trying.

This is logical, yet the narrative is designed to make the President and the Republicans seem like fearmongers. It isn’t fearmongering when the threats are legitimate. At the border, they most certainly are.

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“The continued vigilance of our agents led to the apprehension of this criminal. This dangerous man is off our streets and no longer a danger to the members of our community.” – Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim

Final Thoughts

As long as Democrats and leftist media push the narrative that the threats coming across the border illegally are minimal, they’re going to keep crossing. We have to take the threat seriously. The left must stop hiding behind political agendas.

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Cher’s argument against releasing illegal immigrants in her city sounds almost conservative

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Chers argument against releasing illegal immigrants in her city sounds almost conservative

Singer, actress, and Twitter grammar villain Cher was so passionate about protecting illegal immigrants a couple of years ago, specifically DREAMers, that she offered her own home to house some and called on others in the entertainment industry to do the same.

That was a year and a half ago. Today, things have changed. President Trump wants the migrants who are currently being released to the interior in areas close to where they’re apprehended in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to instead be given their hearing papers and released to sanctuary cities, especially in California.

This idea doesn’t seem to work for Cher, and she makes an oddly conservative argument as to why she thinks it’s a bad idea.

It isn’t just her state that can’t take care of its own. This is a problem across the country, though far-leftist California has definitely squandered its riches much more than most states. Nevertheless, the argument she makes about why illegal immigrants shouldn’t be brought to Los Angeles is the same argument the entire country can make.

In other words, they shouldn’t be released into the interior at all, sanctuary city or not.

The hypocrisy of the left is most notable in places like Los Angeles where Hollywood elites are all about making everyone else handle the problems of their flawed collective ideology. Cher’s argument is applicable everywhere.

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