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Lisa Booth is right: Fixing the asylum system is the top priority

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The big immigration news this week is a proposed shift in the way the White House plans on addressing border security. White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner has a plan for merit-based immigration reform and border security improvements that have some conservatives thrilled while others are seeing it as a compromise that won’t fix the problems.

But the biggest problem with illegal immigration facing America today has to do with our asylum laws. They’re broken. They weren’t designed to accommodate the sheer mass of people who are crossing the border illegally every day. In many ways, these laws have created a self-perpetuating problem. As long as it’s so easy for these laws to allow migrants to be released to the interior and have a chance at staying in America indefinitely – whether legally or illegally – the flooding of our southern border will continue. The bigger it is, the bigger it will get.

Steve Hilton had a nice panel on this weekend to discuss common-sense solutions to the border crisis. But it was the reminder by Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe gave that made the most sense. All of these ideas are great, but the most straightforward solution is staring right at us. If we take away the incentive to try to enter and remain in America, fewer will make the long and dangerous journey.

Building the wall, adding border patrol agents, and increased resources are all great and necessary steps, but plugging the asylum system loopholes would have the most instant and lasting effect on reducing illegal immigration.

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Kyrsten Sinema’s ‘Operation Safe Return’ is a good effort but won’t work to slow migrants

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Kyrsten Sinemas Operation Safe Return is a good effort but wont work to slow migrants

Any time a Democrat makes an effort to do something tangible to stop illegal immigration, it’s praiseworthy. Today’s Democratic Party is not only devoid of a plan to slow the migrant surge or end the border crisis. Many are doing what they can to make the problem bigger by pretending it isn’t a problem at all. This is why it’s refreshing to see Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema psuh for “Operation Safe Return.”

The proposal would set rules that would expedite the removal of migrant family units who do not demonstrate a “credible fear” of persecution. It’s a complex, multi-stage plan that sets time limits on how soon migrant families are interviewed and tightens the criteria for them to be released to the interior.

What it does not do is make changes to the Flores Agreement, which enables family units to be released quickly from detention once they file for asylum. This rule is dangerous to the children involved because it makes them a hot commodity for those wanting to move quickly into the interior of the country. Children are being used as “tickets” and are being sold to or rented by illegal immigrants.

Sinema’s plan doesn’t address this, but does go after “economic migrants” which likely accounts for the vast majority of those crossing the border illegally. Our asylum rules do not allow for those seeking better opportunities in America to claim asylum simply because they cannot get a good job in their home country.

According to The Arizona Republic:

The program would allow the Department of Homeland Security to deport certain migrants within 15 days, according to the letter, and would help alleviate overcrowding at border facilities, Sinema said.

“This pilot program would apply to families who aren’t claiming ‘credible fear,’ which of course is the first threshold in seeking asylum,” Sinema told The Arizona Republic. “If someone says ‘I left my country because I can’t make a living,’ (or) ‘it’s hard to take care of my family’ — that’s what we call an economic migrant.”

Sinema is one of the main architects behind the proposed program, along with Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Sinema said she came up with the idea for the pilot program in response to a meeting with White House and Trump administration officials who she said were focused on changing asylum laws and challenging court rulings like the Flores Settlement Agreement, dictating how the government treats certain migrants.

“I just felt those weren’t the right answers,” Sinema added. “We wanted to solve the problem. We wanted to protect the asylum process for valid applicants … and we want to respect the Flores decision.”

This is a nice attempt, but here’s the problem. Word will continue to spread that migrants should not claim economic hardship as their reason for filing for asylum. They are being given talking points about their status that include saying they’re being persecuted because of their beliefs. This is easy to say and difficult to prove, making it the easy path through which migrant families can come to America and be released to the interior three weeks later.

The proposal has been delivered to acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan for review. It was signed by Sinema and Johnson as well as five Republican and two Democratic Senators.

This is a stopgap plan that may slow the migrant surge and expedite deportations on a small scale, but eventually it will become worthless. Sinema deserves credit for trying, but we need bolder measures if we’re going to make a dent in the border crisis.

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The ‘CBP detains children at O’Hare’ story pushed by mainstream media is completely false

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The CBP detains children at OHare story pushed by mainstream media is completely false

Outrage. Outrage! OUTRAGE! That’s the response from most Democrats and their mainstream media puppets following reports that three American citizens who are the children of illegal immigrants were detained by Customs and Border Protection at Chicago O’Hare Airport. But the story as reported by the press was misleading to the point that we can call it a direct attempt at propaganda to shift sentiment about CBP’s important job.

I won’t link to stories. If you’ve been watching the news, surfing social media, or checking mainstream media websites, you’ve likely seen at least the headlines. And they were all wrong, or at least spun in a way that told a story different from reality. The truth is this: Three children were “detained” by law enforcement because their parents tried to put them on a plane with a cousin who isn’t allowed to fly. Then, when called to come pick up her kids, the mother tried everything she could other than pick them up herself. As their legal guardian, the law requires she be the one to take custody of them.

In other words, there was literally no way to not “detain” the children without CBP breaking the law and possibly putting the safety of the children at risk. But judging by mainstream media’s portrayal and social media’s unhinged replies, one would think Genghis Khan had taken the children prisoner on the direct orders of President Trump. That would actually be more believable than some of the stories the media pawned off on the people.

CBP cleared it up:

But here’s the problem. The story has already circulated. Politicians like Representative Jan Schakowsky have gone to the airport for a photo-op. Leftist activists are sending out fundraiser emails about it (seriously). And if there is any retraction or correction in any of the hundreds of publications that falsely reported the story, these corrections will receive 1/1000th of the attention of the people. As designed.

Here’s what really happened, according to Bonchie at Red State:

Three children showed up at O’Hare with an adult cousin. The adult cousin (a Mexican citizen) was found not eligible for entry. This happens to thousands of people of all races and ethnic backgrounds every single day at ports of entry across the United States. There is a laundry list of reasons why someone might be found inadmissible and having a visa does not automatically get you through customs, nor does even having a U.S. passport for that matter.

At that point, CBP contacted the mother of the children. It is required by law that she or another legal guardian come take custody of them. Because she is an illegal alien though, she didn’t want to go to the airport. Instead, for the next 13 hours, she played games by sending a lawyer down there and eventually officials from the Mexican consulate. Some are trying to blame CBP for the kids being there so long, but it’s clearly the mother’s fault. She could have sent the Pope down there and the law still doesn’t allow CBP to hand children over to non-guardians.

Finally, after much negotiation, the mother herself decided to show up and the children were given to her. There was no trap and the children were not being used as bait. CBP were simply following the law. Furthermore, CBP doesn’t do interior enforcement, ICE does, so the entire premise was ridiculous from the beginning.

There are plenty of challenges with illegal immigrants. Not all of those affected by it, such as the three children at the center of this media firestorm, are to blame. But things are not going to get easier until Democrats and their mainstream media lapdogs stop trying to subvert CBP and ICE. The crisis at the border is real. The threat of illegal immigrants in the United States interior is real. Trying to change the subject and paint the heroes of CBP and ICE as the villains is not only counterproductive and disingenuous. It puts the whole nation at risk as our sovereignty becomes subject to mob rule driven by progressive lies.

This is how propaganda works. Even if it’s “corrected” later, the damage done from the initial stories does not get undone. The lies told about CBP are almost as bad as the lies told about President Trump. Leftist media can’t be trusted.

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ICE raids are the last, best hope to slow the migrant surge until the election

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ICE raids are the last best hope to slow the migrant surge until the election

Nobody can say the President isn’t trying. He’s signing executive orders. He’s making new rules. He shut down the government for the longest period in American history. Yet the legislative and judicial branches continue to take turns thwarting his efforts and encouraging migrants to cross the border illegally. At this point, he has only the executive branch to trust with trying to slow the surge until voters can give the GOP control of the House of Representatives again. This means his best tool is ICE.

Border patrol can only do so much. Even when they’re able to capture illegal immigrants with the limited resources they have, they’re only making it harder for themselves to patrol the border and catch the people who aren’t turning themselves in. To get them back on patrol and away from detention centers processing paperwork and handing out diapers, the surge must slow. The only way for that to happen is fear. Considering the Democrats are rolling out the red carpet for them and activist judges are telling the President (and the world) that all of his efforts are somehow unconstitutional, he must rely on the one law enforcement agency that can strike fear in the hearts of those considering coming.

ICE raids can do the trick. But here’s the thing. They must be unannounced, widespread, and ongoing. It’s time to send a message that ICE is going to be raiding constantly. They’ll be raiding everywhere. Anyone who claims asylum and misses their hearing will be located and removed from the country, properly adjudicated in absentia. Once word spreads that this is happening, the surge will slow dramatically.

Right now, Central American families are willing to have their women and children raped by cartels on a 3000 mile journey after giving away their life savings in hopes of finding good jobs in America. But that willingness is only predicated on the belief they’ll be allowed to stay here indefinitely. What family would be willing to make the journey and sacrifice their bodies if they’re only going to be sent back home a few weeks after arrival?

This is a harsh reply to a harsh situation. I’m not a migrant, though I am a legal immigrant. But I have no idea whether these people are aware of what’s going to happen to them after they pay the cartels to “escort” them to the border. Perhaps the lies being told by the open borders agents of globalist progressives include telling them they won’t have to go through constant sexual assaults. Maybe they’re led to believe the journey isn’t that bad. Or maybe they’re told they’re going to get everything for free once they get here and they’ll be able to live the good life, free of all crime and not a care in the world. I don’t know what motivates them to seek economic prosperity elsewhere, but I do know this: the situations in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala are better today than they were in the past when migrant caravans were a dozen desperate people, not hundreds or thousands at a time.

The left likes to paint it as inhumane to detain children or separate families. But they have nothing to say about the unspeakably inhumane situation many of these people go through to get here based on the encouragement of the globalists and America’s progressives. If they truly cared for these people, they’d work with charitable organizations or even the United Nations to improve their lives instead of encouraging them to make the dangerous journey here.

When the 2020 election rolls around, it’s time to remove Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi from the chair. The GOP needs a strong majority to go along with greater control over the Senate and a 2nd term for President Trump. But we can’t wait until 2021 to start fixing the border crisis. ICE is the best deterrent available until then.

Since the left doesn’t really care about these people, it’s up to the President to care on behalf of all of us. The most caring thing he can do is deport those who come here illegally, thereby sending the message that the journey isn’t worth the risk.

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