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Whether Trump offered to pardon McAleenan or not, the story is a distraction from the border crisis

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Whether Trump offered to pardon McAleenan or not the story is a distraction from the border crisis

The latest firestorm surrounding President Trump is over a report that he told then-CBP chief Kevin McAleenan that if he goes to jail for stopping migrants at the border, the President would pardon him.

Before we get into the details of the incident in question, let’s start with a disclaimer. Chances are very high that if the President really did say it, he was joking. I’ve had many disagreements with how the President handles situations and in particular the words he uses when communicating, but this certainly seems more like a careless joke than an actual instruction to break the law.

DHS agrees:

With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get into the meat of the issue with a brief civics lesson. The legislature makes the laws. The judiciary interprets them. The executive branch enforces them. That’s how America works. At no point should a member of the executive branch instruct anyone to break the law. This applies to every person in the executive branch but is especially true for the President of the United States. It applies to instructing any American, but is especially true for law enforcement officials.

If the President was joking, it was not an appropriate joke to make over such a serious issue unless it was done in a way that was absolutely and unambiguously stated in jest with zero chance of the order being taken seriously. Even then it would be in bad form.

If the President wasn’t joking, it’s impeachable as a betrayal to his oath to defend the Constitution of the United States.

Those are the stakes here, and the only testimony that would count is if McAleenan himself were to speak on the topic. It doesn’t matter what “senior White House officials” overheard it or how the press tries to frame it. If McAleenan either denies it was said or states that it was very clearly a joke, then this is a nothingburger. If it was said in a way that could have possibly been construed as an actual promise, then the President is in real trouble.

But he probably won’t be. If it were serious, McAleenan strikes me as the kind of person who would have pushed back immediately to the implication that the President of the United States was promising a future favor in exchange for members of law enforcement being ordered to break the law.

That’s one of the biggest problem with President Trump. His “straight talk” style makes it difficult for those serving under him to know exactly how to react to him. When you throw in an unhinged leftist media dying to find dirt on him, we get these controversies popping up as major distractions to the real issue.

The bottom line is this: The border crisis is real and must be addressed. To address it properly requires adherence to and enforcement of the law. This latest “bombshell” is distracting from the real threat that’s growing at the border daily.

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  1. Mike Ehling

    April 12, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    How do you resolve the “border crisis”? STOP BLOWING UP OTHER PEOPLE’S COUNTRIES! These wars of regime-change, as Democrat Presidential candidate TULSI GABBARD and her few sane colleagues of both parties in the House and Senate point out, are exactly what cause huge displacements of civilians whose only desire is not to be killed by bullets and bombs. Wait until you see the refugee flow surge when Trump invades Venezuela. And National Security Advisor John Bolton very candidly admits that this all about oil, bit.ly/2VCNng4.

    Next, end the war on drugs. Be generous to those who seek treatment but let those who remain on a path to self-destruction remain on their chosen path. And STOP INTERVENING IN OTHER PEOPLE’S COUNTRIES to “stop” the drug cartels. The greater the profit becomes, the more violent are those who are attracted to the trade, leading to greater violence which surges the refugee flow.

    Just use a little common sense, as Tulsi and her small band of Congressional colleagues try to do, and loads of people who are forced to seek refuge from U.S. bombs and cartel bullets would happily remain in or return to the homes they have known all their lives.

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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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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

Former Congressman Trey Gowdy took to Fox News to talk to Martha MacCallum about the release of Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference from 2016. His interview was arguably the most impressive take on the release so far.

As MacCallum notes, the divide really started with the Bill Clinton impeachment. Lawmakers ran to their respective political party corners and one can argue they never returned to the middle to become a single Congress again.

As for Gowdy, he pointed out the unfortunate reality that the American people are going to have to suffer (and pay for) more investigations from Congress and other entities who are not and will never be satisfied with how the Mueller probe concluded.

But perhaps the biggest takeaway from Gowdy is his belief that former FBI Agent Peter Strzok should and will be investigated in the wake of the Mueller report. This is important because Gowdy has never been one who shied away from the Mueller investigation, nor did he believe it should be made public.

Watch this video. Gowdy is in rare form by giving the cold, hard truth while not playing partisan games. Best take of the investigation so far.

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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

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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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