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Asylum agreement with El Salvador is silly

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Asylum agreement with El Salvador is silly

The Trump administration has come to an “asylum cooperative agreement” with El Salvador that means anyone who passes through the nation must have been rejected asylum there in order to apply for asylum in the United States. Acting Homeland Security Director Kevin McAleenan signed the agreement Friday.

Unlike similar agreements in the works with Mexico and Guatemala, this one makes no sense. To understand why, look at a map.

El Salvador

Keep in mind, migrants FROM El Salvador would not be affected by this agreement since it would be El Salvador from which they’re seeking asylum. This means the agreement will only apply to those who go out of their way to cut through El Salvador from Honduras, which will be effectively zero. Even those who do will claim they went through Honduras to Guatemala, so the agreement is meaningless.

But it’s actually worse than meaningless. Every move the administration makes to secure the border will be viewed through a critical judicial lens. By signing an agreement with El Salvador, a nation rife with violence, it makes other agreements vulnerable as well. We do not need to be wasting time in court battles over an agreement that will have no practical effects because doing so allows th activist judiciary another opportunity to strike at effective agreements such as the one in place with Mexico and the one in the works with Guatemala.

This was a symbolic effort, one that is not only unnecessary but also puts real efforts at risk. I back the President’s plays on the border the vast majority of the time, but this one makes absolutely no sense.

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Kevin McAleenan out as acting Homeland Security Secretary

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When Kevin McAleenan took over the role of acting Homeland Security Secretary in April of this year following the firing of Kirstjen Nielsen, the United States was at the height of its border crisis. Border apprehensions were skyrocketing. Criminal illegal immigrants were flooding across the border undetected. ICE apprehensions were stalled. McAleenan helped make strides in all of these areas, but he is now departing from the Trump administration to spend time with family.

The news comes at a relatively quiet time for Homeland Security as border apprehensions have dipped considerably thanks to a combination of hot summer weather, policy changes, and an agreement President Trump made with Mexico to have them stop migrants before they make it across the U.S. southern border. But it’s also a time when migrants are expected to start making the trek from Central America through Mexico into the U.S. interior.

The President expects to announce a new acting Secretary in the coming weeks.

McAleenan had been accused of leaking information about ICE raids to the press in an effort to stop them in June, prompting an investigation the following month. He denied the accusations and nothing public was disclosed regarding the investigation. But this sudden departure brings into question whether he was involved in leaking or if his disagreements with the President over raids and deportations prompted his departure.

We almost certainly won’t find out.

McAleenan’s efforts were superior to his predecessor’s, but some say it still wasn’t enough. I tend to agree. Hopefully the next DHS Secretary will take all of the tasks of securing our nation, including ICE raids, more seriously.

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Citizens made safer by border wall speak out for We Build the Wall

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Citizens made safer by border wall speak out for We Build the Wall

When news broke last year that U.S. Air Force Veteran Brian Kolfage started a GoFundMe page to build a citizen-funded border wall, reactions were mixed. Some thought it would never work. Other’s didn’t think they’d have the technical expertise to build a proper wall even if they had enough money to do so. There were even critics who thought any attempts by private citizens to get the necessary permissions, materials, and contractors would turn into a debacle that would cost too much and take forever.

But this is America, and as American citizens have been proving for over two centuries, private enterprise and determination to succeed drives us to accomplish more than expected. We Build the Wall Inc found an ideal location to build their first stretch of wall, a piece of land popular among human traffickers and drug smugglers. It wasn’t a good choice in the government’s eyes as the Army Corps of Engineers declared the terrain too difficult to build a wall.

Undeterred, We Build the Wall secured permissions. The found high-quality contractors and American materials. They built an incredible stretch of wall well under what the government would have paid to have it done. And they did it all in a matter of days.

But this isn’t about private versus public projects. This is about protecting Americans by securing the border in spots that are most heavily trafficked by illegal immigrants and drug cartels, and with that goal in mind, We Build the Wall had an immediate impact.

Four and a half months later, we’re getting to hear stories from Americans who were impacted by the project. This video released by Kolfage isn’t just heartwarming. It delivers hope to those who may also believe the government’s tendency towards politics over solutions has left them stuck in a bad situation.

“This is what border security is all about, protecting the American people,” Kolfage said. “It’s rewarding to see the project come full circle, however, this is just one project, one small section, but as you can see the impact is very large.”

As the Trump administration fights Democrats who are obstructing border security efforts, victories are slowly coming through. Some walls are being built. But it’s not enough. This is why We Build the Wall is such an important charity to support. They’re taking a strategic approach to locating the stretches of unprotected border that need their efforts the most.

It isn’t right that so many American citizens must worry about their property and their safety as thousands of illegal immigrants pour across the border every day. The last fiscal year ended with nearly a million border crossing apprehensions. This doesn’t take into account those who were not asylum-seeking migrants and evaded capture. There’s no telling how many made it into the United States undetected.

Enough is enough.

“We cannot neglect our fellow citizens any longer who are in need of basic security, and We Build The Wall will continue to fight for these people,” Kolfage continued.

As We Build the Wall ramps up its efforts, it’s imperative that Americans support each other in the fight against the crime and drugs flowing across the border. We cannot wait for DC to get its act together. We need the wall now.

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Nation’s top court to decide whether law that bans encouraging illegal immigration unconstitutional

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Nations top court to decide whether law that bans encouraging illegal immigration unconstitutional

Is it okay for speech to be used to show others how to break the law? Is the 1st Amendment applicable when telling someone how to circumvent federal immigration law? That’s what the Supreme Court will decide after the 9th Circuit struck down a law that would prevent Americans from helping illegal immigrants in this way.

As the Supreme Court picks up a slew of extremely important cases today, this one won’t get as much attention as it deserves. It’s not a particularly hot button for those who support illegal immigrants, nor is it a huge problem to those who support border security. But it does change the calculus as leftists often take their understanding of the loopholes in our porous immigration system and show potential illegal immigrants how to take advantage of it all.

Shocking commentary

Those who follow my writing know I am adamantly opposed to illegal immigration. It’s something near and dear to my heart as a new resident to Southern California, so I read and post stories every day about how we’re playing the fools by keeping it so easy to invade our nation from the south. That’s why my opinion on this law may shock some of you.

It’s unconstitutional, as the 9th Circuit says. Illegal immigration is a huge problem, but attacks on our Constitutional rights are even bigger threats. It’s not that I support those who help others circumvent our laws. It’s that I fear what laws like this could lead to in the future, particularly seeing how far the left is willing to go to strip us of our liberties.

If we say it’s illegal to tell someone how to circumvent immigration laws, then it will eventually become illegal to talk to others about our laws, period. Criticism of laws must remain protected speech, and that means openly discussing how to get around the most oppressive ones. Let’s say “assault weapons” were suddenly made illegal, but there’s a way to keep our firearms off the radar and protected from confiscation. Should alerting others of this information be illegal? Again, we’re not talking about the action of breaking the law. We’re talking about discussion of the law itself, whether showing someone how to break it or not.

We have many avenues through which we must fight illegal immigration. Instead of keeping people from talking about loopholes, we should just eliminate those loopholes. Restricting the 1st Amendment is not the answer.

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