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9th Circuit shockingly backs Trump’s grant preferences for non-sanctuary cities

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9th Circuit shockingly backs Trumps grant preferences for non-sanctuary cities

It’s rare for the Trump administration to get a win in the left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but they got a big one today in a split decision that overturned a lower court ruling against the administration’s policies on federal grants for sanctuary cities. This ruling allows the Department of Justice to take into account a city’s unwillingness to cooperate with national law enforcement on issues involving illegal immigrants.

Sanctuary cities release criminal illegal immigrants without alerting ICE and other federal agencies who have placed detaining orders on them. It’s a dangerous policy that has put many American citizens living in sanctuary cities in jeopardy. To combat this, the Trump administration wanted sanctuary cities’ applications for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants scored lower based on their unwillingness to protect their citizens against criminal illegal immigrants.

Now, the DoJ can move forward with issuing the grants as they see fit, just as Congress intended when the bill was passed in 1994.

According to The Hill:

The ruling, a split 2-1 decision, said the Department of Justice (DOJ) was within its rights to withhold Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants from sanctuary cities and states over their refusal to work with federal immigration enforcement authorities and instead prioritize agencies that focused on unauthorized immigration and agreed to give Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) access to jail records and immigrants in custody.

“The panel rejected Los Angeles’s argument that DOJ’s practice of giving additional consideration to applicants that choose to further the two specified federal goals violated the Constitution’s Spending Clause,” wrote Judge Sandra Ikuta, joined by Judge Jay Bybee.

In her dissent, Judge Kim Wardlaw called the practice “Orwellian.”

Los Angeles had sued the Department of Justice for withholding the grants, and their suit was affirmed by a district court. This reversal is a powerful blow against a city that is struggling to handle everything from gang violence, homelessness, and rampant illegal immigration.

Sanctuary cities refuse to put the safety of their citizens ahead of the freedom of criminal illegal immigrants. This is a huge win for the Trump administration that came from an unexpected source. Kudos to the two judges who did their job correctly.

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As background check proposal circulates, it’s time to give our representatives direction

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As background check proposal circulates its time to give our representatives direction

Congressmen, Senators, and even the President of the United States work on behalf of the people. This is why their oath is not to defend the government, the people, or even the nation itself. Their oath is to protect the Constitution because our founders were aware that as long as the Constitution is defended, everything else falls into place for protection of the people and the nation.

Yesterday, reports started circulating that Attorney General William Barr is passing around a memo with a proposed universal background check recommendation for Republican Senators to mull over. Many are skeptical, but they’re all pointing at others to see whether or not they’ll support it. In other words, they don’t want to endorse a plan until they hear from the right people first.

We, the citizens of the United States who they represent, ARE the right people and they need to hear from us. The President hasn’t endorsed the proposal for a reason. He, too, is seeing how the conservative world reacts to it before attaching his name to it. We must make him and every Republican lawmaker in Washington DC aware that we do not support his proposal. Not one bit.

Here’s the memo:

William Barr Background Check Memo

Despite language that attempts to ease concerns that this is not a step towards a national gun registry, it’s a step towards a national gun registry. This isn’t the step that creates it, of course. But it’s a step that a future progressive government can (and will) easily use to produce their coveted national gun registry. This would be the last step before outright gun confiscations.

As gun rights activist Dana Loesch noted, the memo is flawed in its concepts.

First, the memo gets it wrong that legal private sales are fueling prohibited possessors arms supply. In fact, the majority are obtained from the black market.

Second, despite protestations otherwise, this unarguably establishes a de facto registry. It’s irrelevant if third parties store records, if the government can access said records then the government has a registry, period. This is confirmed by the National Institute of Justice which stated: “Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration and an easy gun transfer process.”

The GOP is wisely testing the waters before pushing this forward. NOW is the time to let them know. Email, Tweet, Facebook, call – whatever it takes to communicate to GOP Senators that you do not support this, please do so.

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Shame: Teens recorded fatal knifing of Khaseen Morris instead of helping him

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Shame Teens recorded fatal knifing of Khaseen Morris instead of helping him

Dozens of Long Island teenagers whipped out their phones an recorded the stabbing of one of their classmates instead of helping him, local police have reported.

Khaseen Morris, 16, was stabbed once in the chest while onlookers recorded the attack. The Oceanside High School senior had supposedly walked a girl home from a party the nigh before and was sought by the girl’s ex-boyfriend. Reports indicate somewhere between 50-70 teens witnessed the attack with many of them recording it instead of intervening.

Morris was transported to a local hospital where he died.

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Kids do stupid things. They always have. But this recent trend of recording events rather than acting on them stems from a cultural and spiritual disregard for humanity. Events such as these happen outside of reach once mobile devices become the go-to. The response is not to participate or help. It’s to record it. Many teens can’t imagine being at an “event” without having digital record of it occurring.

This shift in mentality is isolated to those who have grown up separated from the real world by the devices they carry constantly. They might forget their keys or wallet when going somewhere, but they never forget their phones. These devices have become a part of us, very much like a technological extension similar to the cyborg technology found in science fiction. But this is willful. Nobody is forced to carry their phones everywhere. We do it willingly.

What does that say about society when someone is murdered right in front of dozens of people whose first reaction is to start recording the attack? How have Americans become so lost that the notion of helping our fellow men, women, and children is an instinct that has been superseded by the need for something to share with friends on social media? It’s sickening.

These kids and their parents should be ashamed.

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“Kids stood there and didn’t help Khaseen. They’d rather video. They videoed his death instead of helping him.” – Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick

Final Thoughts

Much of American society has become observers, recorders, and posters instead of doers. Young people in particular have grown up with faster reactions to their smartphones than to the world around them. This must change.

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Gun control will be a litmus test for RINOs to primary in 2020

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Gun control will be a litmus test for RINOs to primary in 2020

Gun control is a hot topic. Nearly the entirety of the modern day Democratic Party wants gun control measures in place at the local, state, or national level that they influence. This has been and always will be one of the main reasons conservatives vote for Republicans – as a shield against the gun-grabbers.

But today, many Republican lawmakers are leaning towards “common sense” gun control measures. Whether it’s universal background checks that lead to a national gun registry, red flag gun laws that sidestep due process, or outright gun bans that will turn hundreds of thousands of law-abiding citizens into criminals if they are unwilling to give up their rights, the attacks against the 2nd Amendment are growing in scope and scale.

We will be watching very closely at how Republican politicians discuss and vote in regards to gun control measures. It’s a litmus test; either they are willing to defend the 2nd Amendment or they are betraying their oath to protect the Constitution.

As the American Conservative Movement inches closer to officially launching, we will use this litmus test and a feasibility analysis to determine which RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) are poised for a Constitutional conservative challenger in their next election. We must be pragmatic about this. There’s no reason to invest in primary battles that have no chance. But if a lawmaker favors gun control and is vulnerable, we will go on the attack.

This is, of course, secondary to the primary goal of removing progressives from office. Like a political Hippocratic Oath, we will not do harm to the republic by bolstering a progressive candidate against a moderate Republican. If it isn’t feasible to replace a RINO with a Constitutional conservative who will win the general election, we will direct our efforts elsewhere. Gun control is a litmus test, not an ironclad call for immediate opposition.

We will not repeat the mistakes of those who came before us, who occasionally did so much harm to the Republican they tried to primary that they ended up helping a Democrat take over the position. We will also not attack for the sake of attacking. If we are unable to find a viable candidate to replace the RINO, then we’ll move on and search harder next election.

Installing Constitutional conservatives into the halls of government requires a systematic approach. Gun control will help us identify targets. Realistic yet passionate grassroots efforts will help us push the right people into office.

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