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Kirstjen Nielsen should have been fired long ago

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Kirstjen Nielsen should have been fired long ago

Update: Resignation confirmed. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will be interim DHS chief until a permanent replacement is named.

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Reports are coming in that DHS Chief Kirstjen Nielsen will be resigning today. It should have happened long ago considering how terribly managed border security has been under her watch.

President Trump was reportedly unhappy with her and considered firing her throughout last year, but former Chief of Staff John Kelly protected her. With Kelly resigning in December, Nielsen’s time was presumed to be limited. Now, it appears the clock has run out.

As much as I liked her rhetoric in the early days of her tenure, it never manifested into tangible action that benefited border patrol or ICE. As the numbers got worse, she seemed unsure of her direction even when there were clear indicators of what needed to be done. Instead of securing more resources for her department as was clearly necessary based on realities at the border, she squandered what she was given and start pointing fingers in the wrong direction.

Some could blame the President for keeping her hands tied, but that never seemed to be the case. Other than some harsh words behind closed doors, there were never indications that he was holding her back or sending her in the wrong direction. The poor choices she’s made for border security have been hers and hers alone.

This couldn’t have come at a worse time. The department needs strong leadership to even scratch the surface on the problems at hand. It’s incumbent on the President to find a suitable replacement quickly and to make certain the department heads in a good direction in the interim.

The only bad part about Kirstjen Nielsen leaving is that it didn’t happen sooner. We need decisive, aggressive leadership to secure the borders. The President needs someone in that position who understands the problems and fights for solutions.

 

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Trump: ‘Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens’

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Trump Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens

One of the promises the President made through much of the 2016 election season was deportation. His views shifted throughout the campaign as he acknowledged the difficulty of deporting tens of millions of illegal immigrants while simultaneously saying it needed to be done. Some have called this a broken promise since deportation numbers have not reached the levels many expected, but that may be changing very soon.

In two Tweets, the President said, “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement. The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!”

In calling out the Democrats, the President referred to their continuous blocking of any actions that could actually help solve our border crisis, from the wall to border patrol resources to fixing the loopholes asylum seekers use to cross the border and get released to the interior while awaiting their hearing. As acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan noted last week, 90% of recent migrants haven’t shown up for their asylum hearings and were issued removal orders.

Are these the “illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States” the President was referencing? Though the numbers are high, they have not reached into the millions just yet. But combined with standing removal orders already on the books, the deportation potential does hit seven digits.

This was one of the few promises the President hadn’t kept yet, but it appears the deportation machine at ICE is getting ramped up. Finally. This is a great first step towards dissuading entry in the first place.

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U.S. halts new aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras until steps are taken to end border crisis

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US halts new aid to El Salvador Guatemala and Honduras until steps are taken to end border crisis

The State Department announced Monday the United States will discontinue sending new foreign aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras until the Central American nations take “concrete action” to curb the flow of illegal immigrants to our southern border.

“We completed a review, and previously awarded grants and contracts will continue with current funding,” said State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus. “State Department assistance in support of priorities of the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security priorities to help the Northern Triangle governments take actions that will protect the U.S. border and counter transnational organized crime will also continue.”

In March, President Trump said he would stop sending aid until they figure out how to do their part to stop the border crisis.

Ortagus continued, “We will not provide new funds for programs in those countries until we are satisfied the Northern Triangle governments are taking concrete actions to reduce the number of illegal migrants coming to the U.S. border.”

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Jack Posobiec said, in one word, how this should make us all feel.

But, of course, I have a few more words than that. I’ve always acknowledged the border crisis must be handled on multiple fronts as past presidents have tried to strengthen security. But Trump is the first to try to force nations at the sources of the problem to get fixed. First, he negotiated with Mexico to do their part. Now, he’s asking the same from the Northern Triangle nations to do the same.

If the people have no reason to leave, they won’t. But as long as they are made to feel they need to come to America to have a normal life, they’ll continue to try to do so. It’s good that not all aid is being held back, as much of it is used to benefit us. But the threat of no new aid is big as all three nations rely on the United States to operate their own governments.

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I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment…

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It behooves these countries to do what they can to retain their citizens. With as much as 1/3rd of their populations claiming to want to come to America, these countries must do more to help themselves.

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American citizens first: Why Ron DeSantis signed Florida sanctuary city ban

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American citizens first Why Ron DeSantis signed Florida sanctuary city ban

The critics are already out in full force, many of whom are trying to legally attack the new sanctuary city law signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. But as the smoke clears from the signing of the law, the motives behind it are not being discussed by those who oppose it.

As the end of the day, it comes down to putting American citizens first, a notion that seems to be anathema to the left.

According to Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, “It absolutely gives us the ability to partner with federal law enforcement agencies to make sure we’re doing everything we can to fight illegal immigration.”

In the response by the sheriff, we get to see the heart of the matter: partnership. Law enforcement has demonstrated time and time again when there’s cooperation, information sharing, trust, and coordination, the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts. The bad guys want nothing more than for law enforcement agencies to stop working together. It makes it easier to evade capture and continue breaking the law when agencies in a sanctuary city defy orders from federal law enforcement, including ICE.

Critics argue that illegal immigrants are not the “bad guys,” but as I’ve covered on this site ad nauseum, there is no shortage of very bad people coming into our country illegally and continuing to do their deeds. Many of them have received protection from sanctuary cities. This must be put to an end.

The Governor invoked the standard talking points about the new law, but it really does come down to a compassionate appreciation of the plight of people who want to be in this country that is rightly superseded by the safety of American citizens.

Stopping sanctuary cities is not about punishing immigrants, as the Democrats like to claim. It’s about keeping American citizens, legal immigrants, and even most illegal immigrants safe from the criminal aliens living here.

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