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Several NJ ICE detainees put on suicide watch

The jail has put 60 detainees on suicide watch since 2015, according to records Documented obtained from the facility. One detainee warned that a cellmate appeared to be having a psychotic break. Four detainees have attempted suicide in the last two years. Details of the death of one detainee indicate that Essex personnel failed to follow certain required procedures.

Among other things, the report stated that a loaded gun had been found by an immigrant detainee in a staff bathroom, food was rotting, shower stalls were unsanitary, mattresses were unusable and detainees lacked outdoor recreation areas.

One mental health counselor at Essex said “there were not enough mental health resources to meet the needs at the facility,” according to Eleni Bakst, a fellow with Human Rights First, who visited the facility in February 2018 and led the report on inadequate care for immigrants in New Jersey detention.
There is one point in which you can tell that ICE is sim... show more


Trump's Veto Won't End Debate on US Role in Yemen War - News From

The veto itself only added to the controversy, as it directly amounted to a US president overruling Congress on a matter of war-making, something the constitution clearly puts in Congress’s hands.
Yup. There's that.
Even many Conservatives who would generally back Trump are saying the Yemen War is plainly unconstitutional. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) took things a step further, saying Trump is turning the US into the “prostitute of Saudi Arabia” with the veto.
#Trump #veto #Saudi Arabia #Yemen #Congress #endless wars #Tulsi Gabbard
Trump’s Veto Won’t End Debate on US Role in Yemen War


On Trump's plan to accomodate migrants in sanctuary cities

Seriously? Sanctuary cities? Although I have no problem with erecting accomodations for the migrants to get them under one roof, I don't believe that flocking them together in remote areas is helping them to immigrate into the country, and this applies especially for those who should receive a positive result from their case being examined either for approval or neglection. What Trump does is to accelerate a process of creating a parallel society in which people of foreign origin live but never assimilated into the society in which they tried to set afoot. This way, Trump fuels hatred against foreigners and on his own people simultaneously. Why? Because those foreigners will stay foreign to the society they entered because they never saw anyone but their own kin (people of their culture), and possibly have a hard time learning the new language. This way, Trump is going to create examples that suit his own view, but only because his procedure mistook every knowledge of how to integrate migrants into a society. Trum... show more


US Senate has reached a gridlock situation

Just last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) triggered the “nuclear option” and weakened the Senate’s vaunted filibuster to steamroll over Democratic resistance to President Donald Drumpf’s nominees — the third time in six years the majority party has unilaterally changed Senate rules.
“The fact that we’ve had political vote after political vote after political vote while there’s issues like climate change and comprehensive immigration [reform]that we don’t take up — yeah,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) when asked if the Senate had bottomed out. “We’re an awful lot like the House now. It’s no longer ‘The Greatest Deliberative Body.’ It’s just another body.”

Congress has to pass some funding measure to avoid another shutdown by the end of September, something both sides say they want to do. The U.S. government also will hit the deb
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Pentagon orders some border wall, costing the humble US taxpayer $976 mn

The Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $789 million contract to the Galveston, Texas-based company, SLSCO Ltd., for “border replacement wall construction” in Santa Teresa, N. M., near El Paso, Texas. Barnard Construction Co. Inc., of Bozeman, Mont., was awarded a contract worth $187 million for “design-bid-build construction project for primary pedestrian wall replacement” in Yuma, Ariz. Both projects, announced on the Defense Department website, are slated for completion in fall 2020.

To pay for these new barriers, the Pentagon is diverting up to $1 billion to support the DHS to block “drug-smuggling corridors” in those areas. The Defense Department, triggered by Drumpf’s emergency declaration to build a border wall, took the unprecedented tactic of notifying Congress about the transfer of funding, rather than requesting the money through the appropriations process. The move drew fire from Democrats and Republicans who saw it as a
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Falsely allocated viral image claims people infected with smallpox entering US via caravan

(At least we should all remember that they only people infected with any kind of pox already are US residents, probably Trump voters, white, and believe that vaccines would cause autism, therefore prefer the method to hold pox parties to let their children go through one infection with pox to be eternally vaccinated naturally. Just saying...)
“The bumps on this illegal’s body who was detained from the Caravan @ the Border is smallpox. Over ½ of the detainees from that Caravan have tested positive for Tuberculosis which there is no vaccine for. Is the border wall starting to look good now?”
Sure, he'd be better off being sent back and be hospitalised in either Mexico or in his home country, in which both medical treatments are of low quality, I guess. This is what the patriots sound like: I was born here, so only me and my kin have the right for proper medication, not the outsiders.
The man is not a member of
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Again, on claims about re-enforcement of family separation policies

"We're not looking to do that. No," Drumpf said when asked about restarting family separations during an Oval Office meeting with the Egyptian president.

The president also argued that "once you don’t have it, that’s why you see many more people coming," adding that "they're coming like it's a picnic because 'let's go to Disneyland.'"
Yes, because fleeing from violence, civil wars, poverty ,corruption and the such is like travelling to Disneyland over the holidays, the comparison makes perfect sense to me. NOT.
"We have a lot of great people over there," Drumpf told reporters. "We have bad laws. We have a judge that just ruled, incredibly, that he doesn’t want people staying in Mexico. Figure that one out."
I only figure out how you don't even refer to his argument on why he ruled against you. Did you even check what he said, why he thinks your measurements are unconstitutional? I don't think so, and therefore,... show more


Trump denies enforcement of separation policies

On Tuesday, Customs and Border Protection announced what it had predicted for days: The number of migrants apprehended at the border last month surpassed 103,000 — the highest level in more than a decade.

Speaking briefly to reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Drumpf said he is not looking to reinstate the controversial family separation policy he suspended last year but then implied it was an effective means of stemming unauthorized border crossings.

The so-called "binary choice" proposal would dramatically expand immigrant detention and give parents a choice: Their children would be separated from them and later released to live with a relative or sponsor in the U.S., or the family could stay together in detention until their day in immigration court.

R.J. Hauman is government relations director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advocates for strong immigration enforcement. Hauman says Drumpf has "an opportunity to correct the sin
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Congress Is About to Ban the Government from Offering Free Online Tax Filing

A bill supported by Democrats and Republicans would make permanent a program that bars the IRS from ever developing its own online tax filing service.
Article word count: 816

HN Discussion:
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Trump's DHS sideswipe distresses GOP allies

“Strikes me as just a frustration of not being able to solve a problem. Honestly, it wasn’t Secretary Nielsen’s fault. It wasn’t for lack of effort on her part. I don’t know if there’s anybody who’s going to be able to do more,” said Cornyn, who spoke to Nielsen on Monday and planned to speak to her interim replacement, Kevin McAleenan, later in the day.

But on immigration, the party is not in lockstep with Drumpf. So even as the president pursues more aggressive strategies on the border, the GOP might not stick with him ahead of an election cycle that has the Senate up for grabs and with Republicans eager to take back the House.

“The president is really unhappy with the results and he’s trying to find a different formula that produces a different result,” said Roy Blunt of Missouri, the No. 4 Senate GOP leader. “Unless you either change the court directives or the asylum law, it’s very hard to quickly come u
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Trump's latest family separation policy led to Ms. Nielsen's reisgnation as DHS secretary

(Would you actually believe that it wasn't Ms. Nielsen's idea to separate the children from their family, thus traumatising them for a lifetime? I mean, maybe she was the first one to come up with the idea, but later on regretted this decision, thus becoming the interior opposer to this policy despite Trump's liking of the idea to smother small children on a psychotic level. We don't know, or at least I don't.)
Nielsen had resisted the directive, according to NBC, which cited three unidentified U.S. officials with knowledge of meetings at the White House. It said Drumpf for months has pressured officials to resume the separations.

In March, leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus asked the White House for a meeting with all agency heads who contribute to the immigration policies that resulted in family separations, saying various leaders have given contradictory accounts of how the separations were carried out.

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Trump wanted border partially closed, his administration - not so much

The president grew frustrated during the meeting, which ended with an order for the Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to shut down a portion of the border the next day, with plans to possibly expand the closures, according to the sources.
What has to be minded is that they didn't want any part of the border shut down, while Donnie wanted it at all costs. In the end, they gave it in, they let their giant toddler win the argument.
The aides were successful. By Friday the president tweeted "If Mexico doesn't immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United State through our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week."

"The president was literally hours away from sealing the border last week. Hours. But he was persuaded to delay, which gave enough time to consider alternatives," a senior administration official familiar with the matter to
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SF federal judge blocks Trump's command to send migrants back to México

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco wrote in a 27-page ruling that current U.S. law does not authorize the Department of Homeland Security to enact the Migrant Protection Protocols, first announced in a December 2018 memo by outgoing Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.

"The court strongly rejected the Drumpf administration's unprecedented and illegal policy of forcing asylum seekers to return to Mexico without hearing their claims," said deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, Judy Rabinovitz in a statement. "Try as it may, the Drumpf administration cannot simply ignore our laws in order to accomplish its goal of preventing people from seeking asylum in the United States."

Last week, Nielsen had ordered Customs and Border Protection to "immediately expand" enforcement of the Migrant Protection Protocols beyond its roll out at the ports of entry at San Ysidro and Calexico, Calif., and El Paso, Texas. The
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Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R - KY) shortens time periodlawmakers have to discuss executive branch nominees

Normally a batch of six nominees could take weeks to confirm, thanks to delay tactics Democrats have employed to stall some of President Drumpf’s judicial and executive branch picks.
But Republicans have significantly shortened the maximum time lawmakers can debate about them and, under the new precedent, debate could only take a few weeks.

“It’s one of this body’s most important responsibilities. And yet, it’s been hampered recently by a campaign of systematic and comprehensive obstruction that stands without precedent in American history.”
To profoundly discuss a nominee to question his capability in terms of avoiding with someone unable to properly fulfill his responsibilities is not an obstruction but a precautionary measurement. I am negatively surprised you don't understand this. Although, on second thought, I am actually not surprised. It suits your previo... show more


On Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation as head of DHS


“It is deeply alarming that the Drumpf Administration official who put children in cages is reportedly resigning because she is not extreme enough for the White House’s liking,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “The President’s dangerous and cruel anti-immigrant policies have only worsened the humanitarian suffering at the border and inflicted vast suffering on the families who have been torn apart.”

Four 2020 Democratic presidential candidates sounded off via Twitter, using Nielsen’s resignation as another opportunity to criticize her 2018 defense of the Drumpf administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy that led to the separation of more than 2,500 children from their parents who illegally crossed the border.

Just last week, Nielsen lik
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Claire McCaskill (D - MS) wants Stacey Abrams (D - GA) to remove Mitch McConnell (R - KY) from Senate

“I really do think that it will be very hard for us to what we want to do in this country as long as Mitch McConnell is running the show in the United States Senate,” McCaskill said. “So I want you to do whatever your ambition and your planning leads you. I use the word ‘ambition’ because I’m proud of your ambition, women need to own their ambition– I think that’s terrific.”

“Leader Schumer has been nothing but gracious,” she said. “He’s been very intense and very intentional, and I appreciate that – I appreciate the input. My job is to make sure, one, I’m the right person for the job, two, that it’s the right time, three, that this is the right job that I need to hold.”

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Former House speaker Paul Ryan laments about AOC's ignorance on his advices

(I guess she knows who was talking to her, and what his legacy was, subsequent to his resignation)
"I talked to her, AOC — everybody calls her AOC ... She's the youngest person now there. I gave her just a few little tips on just being a good member of Congress, new. I don't think she really listened to a thing I said," Ryan said, to laughter from the audience.
To be honest, reading this I almost felt some sympathy for him. He sounds like the generian uncle who's talking to his young, eagerly spirited niece, giving her advices for her future life but she simply didn't care, running away from him, leaving him behind. It's comparably sad, although his work as a House speaker was paved with failure, trying to decrease the country's debt and such. Still, regarding what he must have said (as he is quoted), she seemed to have listened. She took it easy, and ran forward to tick the points on her agenda.
Ocasio-Cortez has been vocal in the past abou
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Former Kansas SoS Kris Kobach suggested creation of processing camps along southern border

(Although his use of words to describe his suggestion might be a little bit misplaced, the idea doesn't sound to well. I just would have coined them differently, like centres or so. In the end, before they move any further, they need to be registered so that one knows who they are, and that they are (located around there). Otherwise, they turn out to become invisible to the state, and so, they become more vulnerable, preyed by companies to be employed below wage. And according to the LA Times, the existing facilities simply are not enough to house all of them, currently. Regarding the masses arriving alongside the border, we have to create towns, whether you want or not. The bureaucratic processes are too slow to immediately move those migrants quickly from A to B. Thus, processing towns become inevitable; it's only a question of how quick you are to realise this.)
In an appearance on Fox Business Channel, Kobach told host Lou Dobbs that the government should use “the t... show more


Border crisis hit holding facility uncontrollably

The Central Processing Center, located in McAllen, Texas, is known to migrants as la perrera, or “the kennel.” Designed for 1,500 people, it now houses 2,400, according to Border Patrol officials, who gave journalists a rare tour on Wednesday.

Men slept shoulder to shoulder on concrete floors under a sea of mylar blankets. Children wailed as they waited behind chain-link barriers to use portable bathrooms and showers. Single adults had to wait to be driven to showers in another building. Sick parents and children rested on mats behind a partition.
Isn't it unbelievable to know that the US, one of the richest nations in the world, are incapable of providing apparent holding facilities for migrants entering the states? I mean, we already experienced this event four years ago, in Europe, how could the US believe they would not be hit by something similar, watching the ongoings southwards? This is beyond ignorant, to be honest, it's a downside in the Obama administration... show more


Security first, a healthy economic second

He first says that there surely will be a negative impact on the economy when the border is erected, but shortly after this, he recalls the great deal he has agreed upon with Canada and Mexico, namely the USMCA, which is akin to NAFTA.

Watch the video and see what he says:
#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #FederalEmployees #FederalBranches #Politics #News #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown #Senate #HouseOfRepresentatives #Congress #USMCA#Canada #Mexico #Democrats #BlueWave #BorderSecurity


«The Democrats shall cease their partisan obstruction already», says Mitch McConnell

This new, across-the-board obstruction is unfair to the president and, more importantly, to the American people. Left unchecked, it is guaranteed to create an unsustainable precedent that would see every future presidency of either party obstructed in the same mindless way.

Across the first two years of each of the six presidents preceding President Drumpf, the Senate only had to hold 24 total cloture votes on nominations. That’s the once-rare procedural step that unlocks an up-or-down confirmation vote even though a minority has sought to block it.

More nominees whom I suspect would be confirmed without opposition are still being delayed indefinitely because our colleagues cannot finish grieving their loss in 2016.
As for this, POLITICO has published a different piece as well. Read it here:... show more


Bipartisan agreement: There's a crisis along the Southern border

“Two weeks ago, I briefed the media and testified in Congress that our immigration system was at the breaking point. That breaking point has arrived this week at our border. CBP is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis all along our southwest border,” McAleenan said. “On Monday and Tuesday CBP started the day with over 12,000 migrants in our custody. As of this morning, that number was 13,400. A high number for us is 4,000. A crisis level is 6,000 – 13,000 is unprecedented.”

“America shares common cause with the countries of Central America in confronting these challenges,” Nielsen said about the new Memorandum of Cooperation between the four countries. “We all want to enforce our laws, ensure a safe and orderly migrant flow, protect our communities, facilitate legal trade and travel, support vulnerable populations, interdict dangerous and illicit drug flow, and secure our borders.”

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Incapable businessman mocks young bartender over GND proposal

(I know it's Faux News, but it's better than you might imagine, most parts of this report are quotes, so we can take it without a bad conscience after having read it)
"The Green New Deal, done by a young bartender, 29 years old," Drumpf told the crowd of House GOP lawmakers. "A young bartender, wonderful young woman.”
"Would totally do her if I had the chance, great catch for sure..."
"The Green New Deal. The first time I heard it, I said, 'That’s the craziest thing.' You have senators that are professionals, that you guys know, that have been there for a long time ... and they’re standing behind her shaking. They’re petrified of her," Drumpf said.

A rising star in the Democratic Party, Ocasio-Cortez recently rallied the progressive base against a plan by the Democratic Party's campaign arm to protect incumbents from would-be primary challengers such as herself.

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On a mutual trade agreement between the US and Japan

While it may prove tempting for the administration to harvest short-term political gains from a narrow trade deal with Japan centered on agriculture, I believe there could be significant costs to U.S. interests and the global trading system long term. That’s because a narrow, first-stage agreement is likely to rely on relief from the threat of unilateral U.S. tariffs as the principal driver of a deal, which could spur protectionist moves by trading partners and further destabilize a global trading system already tottering under the effects of Drumpf’s trade policies.

Lighthizer emphasized that an agriculture deal with Japan is urgent, given the benefits our competitors are receiving through the successor agreement to the TPP and through the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

Still, the ledger in such a deal might appear too heavily weighted in favor of the U.S. to be palatable to Japan. That could change if the deal addresses Japan’s most pressing need
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AOC supports House candidates to raise donations

Ocasio-Cortez singled out the three lawmakers as supporters of the Green New Deal climate change plan and Medicare for All.
Ocasio-Cortez has emerged as a powerhouse in her first few months in Congress, showing an ability unique for a freshman to get headlines, influence policy and raise attention.

“Putting our values into action in the fight to get big money out of politics means not taking any corporate PAC money and relying on individuals to stand with us. Appreciate the support!” Hill tweeted in a post thanking Ocasio-Cortez for the support.

#US #USA #AOC #OcasioCortez #AlexandriaOcasioCortez #PAC #House #HouseOfRepresentatives #Congress #Fundraising #Democrats #BlueWave


Eternally acting Chief Of Staff Mick Mulvaney claims that Mueller meant to tell AG Barr to rule on Trump's obstruction of justice

“What you saw here is simply Mueller saying, ‘You know what? I’m going to let Barr call this one,’” Mulvaney said, discussing the final report on Mueller’s 22-month probe with host Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week.”

“When you do an investigation like this, there’s typically two outcomes — either criminal indictments come down or it just quietly goes away. These types of investigations are not designed to exonerate people.”
Trump really only hires people who overly simplify an actually complicated system, or who mess it all up so that an entire country has to feel ashamed of those who are paid much more than they should be, because they behave like mentally deranged simpleton who could be outsmarted by four-graders with a stable C-.
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Senate Majority Speaker Mitch McConnell seemingly doesn't support Trump#s ACA repeal plans

“It doesn’t help with the messaging because we’ve spent the last 20 years trying to figure out how not to get labeled with the blame for a shutdown,” a Republican senator told The Hill at the time. That he would derail Republicans’ attempts to keep the focus on Medicare for All, as espoused by several Democratic presidential hopefuls, is par for the course.

#US #USA #Healthcare #Health #NationalHealthcare #SinglePayerHealthcare #News #Politics #Trump #DonaldTrump #McConnell #MitchMcConnell #Republican #Senate #Congress #Republican #RedWave


Trump threatens border closure along US-MEX border

In a series of tweets and later during an appearance before reporters, Drumpf did not spell out exactly what a border closing would entail but said it could involve halting "all trade" between the two countries -- a prospect that would have profound ramifications for the U.S. economy.

"If they don't stop them, we're closing the border," Drumpf said at an event in Florida. "We'll close it. And we'll keep it closed for a long time. I'm not playing games. Mexico has to stop it."

Drumpf's comments came after Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, warned Wednesday that the U.S. immigration enforcement system on the southern border is at "the breaking point" and said authorities are having to release migrants into the country after background checks because of a crush of asylum-seeking families.

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Would the really Mike Pompeo please stand up, please stand up?

His congressional past will loom over the setting as Pompeo has made moves recently that appear aimed at plotting his political future, including visiting several U.S. states, such as Iowa. As Pompeo ponders whether to run for Senate, or perhaps a higher office, he’s also showing signs of restlessness and irascibility in his role as the top U.S. diplomat.

When in Congress, Pompeo rarely missed a chance to slam the Obama administration, and Clinton in particular, over the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens. At one point, he said, Clinton "put her own political legacy ahead of the people that she sent into harm's way."

In his first public speech as CIA chief, for instance, Pompeo slammed WikiLeaks as a “hostile intelligence service.” Critics quickly noted that, while in Congress, Pompeo had happily pointed to disclosures from WikiLeaks as a means of discrediting Democrats, including Cl
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Fourht dead migrant in CBP custody

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the death Tuesday, saying agents arrested the 40-year-old man early Sunday for re-entering the country illegally. His identity wasn't released.

He died at an El Paso hospital after receiving treatment for flu-like symptoms and liver and kidney failure. He's the fourth migrant to die in CBP custody since December, including an 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl.

In a statement, ACLU Border Rights Center Director Astrid Dominguez said "a transparent and independent investigation into the conditions at CBP detention facilities and its medical care practices is needed immediately."
#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #FederalEmployees #FederalBranches #Politics #News #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown #Senate #HouseOfRepresentatives #Congress #CBP #ICE #AbolishICE #MedicalHealthcare #RefugeesWelcome


«Apply this country's virtues equally upon every nation in this world», by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D - MN)

I fled my home country of Somalia when I was 8 years old from a conflict that the United States later engaged in. I spent the next four years in a refugee camp in Kenya, where I experienced and witnessed unspeakable suffering from those who, like me, had lost everything because of war.

At a time when we spend more on our military than the next seven countries combined, our global armed presence is often the most immediate contact people in the developing world have with the United States. National security experts across the political spectrum agree that we don’t need nearly 800 military bases outside the United States to keep our country safe.

It must be hard for a true US-American to be citizen to a country that is more interested in either destroying or intervening in a country militarily, than taking care of its people's education. What kind of country is this? I don't know, and I guess that there is no Republican... show more


[LIVE UPDATE] Trump signed veto against Congress' obstruction of national emergency declaration

Thank you @POTUS for standing up for America, supporting @DHSgov and declaring this humanitarian & security crisis exactly what it is – a national emergency. It was a pleasure to see our great partners in state & local law enforcement & the Angel parents in the Oval Office today!
~ Kirstjen Nielsen

According to CBP, the agency used fiscal year 2017 funds to construct "approximately 38 of 40 miles of wall in place of outdated designs in San Diego and El Centro, California, Santa Teresa, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas."

"The House and Senate resoundingly rejected the President’s lawless power grab, yet the President has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people," Pelosi said in a statement.
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House votes unanimously for revelation of Mueller report by William Barr

House Republicans said the resolution was unnecessary and a waste of time, but they ultimately joined Democrats to approve it. Four Republicans — Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Thomas Massie of Kentucky — voted “present.”

“A vote for this resolution will send a clear signal to both the American people and to the Department of Justice that Congress believes transparency is a fundamental principle necessary to ensure that government remains accountable to the public,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), the lead sponsor of the effort.

Democrats have argued that the only acceptable redactions are grand jury material, classified information, and national security sources and methods. Republicans have largely deferred to Barr’s judgment, but they have publicly backed the idea that Mueller’s report should be released given the overwhelming public ... show more


Congress votes against Trump's declaration of national emergency

“I think they’re really unique,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) told Vox. “The Yemen vote was based on concerns Congress had acquiesced too much executive authority when it comes to engaging in conflicts or supporting allies and obviously concerns about the humanitarian crisis, which is terrible, in Yemen. This vote is more an institutional concern about separation of powers and Congress’s prerogatives more than anything else, so I don’t [see]those as part of a larger trend.”

Yet luckily, those two votes passed successfully and in everyone's favour. Glad to see that the checks and balances still work properly, even in times of despair.

“I don’t think [this shows a willingness to oppose the president in the future],” Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) said. “Each senator had to come to his or her conclusion.”

“I share President Drumpf’s goal of securing our borders, but expanding the ... show more

The effort by President Trump to unilaterally increase funding for the border wall is unconstitutional for a simple but little noticed reason. The statute from which he claims to derive authority, known as the National Emergencies Act, is itself unconstitutional. The legal debate has focused so far on presidential emergency powers. However, the more immediate issue is presidential budgetary powers, which are sharply limited by the Constitution. The national emergency declaration by Trump to spend more than Congress authorized for border security violates those limits.

#politics #Trump #immigration #congress #constitution


One and half of a ton of Cocaine seized in ports of New York and Newark, NJ

(Just saying for the Trumpists who crave the wall along the US-Mexican border: No, the wall wouldn't have prevented these amounts of cocaine, because the wall doesn't extend overseas. Stick it in your pipe and smoke it: The wall wouldn't prevent the US from drug trafficking, even ships are more favourable for the dealers than the plain way across the landborder.)
The bust was part of a joint operation of the DEA, Customs and Border Protection, Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations, New York Police Department and New York State Police.

"This interception prevents a massive quantity of drugs from getting to the streets and in the hands of our children," said Troy Miller, CBP Director of New York Field Operations, in a statement.

On a national level, the volume of drugs seized at ports of entry and in the field has been fluctuating. Officials at the borders seized 6,550 pounds of cocaine in 2018, down from 9,346 pounds in 2017, but up from 5,473 pounds i... show more


On the hearing of Wells Fargo before the House (feat. AOC, Maxine Waters et al.)

That’s not all. Over the past several years, Wells Fargo has been slapped with fines for abuses involving members of the military (including charging them higher interest rates, improperly repossessing their cars without a court order, and not disclosing their military status to courts while trying to evict them), numerous allegations of racism, and other consumer abuses.

“The past few years have taught us that our company does well by doing right. But doing right does not stop with simply repairing harm and rebuilding trust,” Sloan, who was last seen in the halls of Congress getting dragged to hell and back by Elizabeth Warren, said in prepared remarks.

Several Democrats, such as Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Ayanna Pressley, used their turns to sharply criticize Wells Fargo for its relationship with the NRA and the firearms industry. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, meanwhile, slammed the bank for having its grubby paws all over some of the wor... show more


WashPost fact-checkers call out AOC's comment on Trump's opioid crisis policy

In a tweet on March 8, the freshman Democratic lawmaker criticized Drumpf for wanting to divert money via a national emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border but did not take the same action over opioid overdoses.

“Drumpf wanted almost $6 billion for his wall, which Congress refused. But Congress acted to give the administration more than $6 billion for the opioid crisis, so there was little need for him to transfer funds without congressional authorization,” the Washington Post concluded on Tuesday.

“One can question the effectiveness of the Drumpf response to the opioid epidemic without resorting to red herrings and false equivalency. Only in the most narrow technical way is her statement correct, so we cannot quite consider this a Four-Pinocchio claim. So Ocasio-Cortez earns three,” the Washington Post wrote.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D - NYC) questions Wells Fargo executives about their involvement in ICE detention centres

You can hear this confrontation on the C-SPAN recordings. I heard about it on Twitter, but this one works as well. Just check it out when you are interested.
She also questions Wells-Fargo's involvement in the construction of the Dakota Pipeline, crossing the Standing Rock area, if I understood her and remember correctly.
#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #FederalEmployees #FederalBranches #Politics #News #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown #Senate #HouseOfRepresentatives #Congress #AOC #AlexandriaOcasioCortez #OcasioCortez #WellsFargo #DakotaAccessPipeline #Pipeline #StandingRock #Sioux #DakotaPipeline #ICE #AbolishICE #FamilySeparation #CagedChildren #FossilFuels #Environment #Environmentalism


Demented POTUS fires back at laughable right-winged populist pundit

“Wacky Nut Job @AnnCoulter, who still hasn’t figured out that, despite all odds and an entire Democrat Party of Far Left Radicals against me (not to mention certain Republicans who are sadly unwilling to fight), I am winning on the Border,” Drumpf wrote on Twitter.

Coulter's protestations, echoed by members of the House Freedom Caucus and other conservative lawmakers, were partly blamed in December for Drumpf’s decision not to sign a stopgap funding proposal that allocated far less than the $5.7 billion he had demanded for the wall — plunging the federal government into a 35-day partial shutdown.

“Ann Coulter, I don’t know her. I hardly know her. I haven’t spoken to her in way over a year. But the press loves saying ‘Ann Coulter.’ Probably if I did speak to her she’d be very nice. I just don’t have the time to speak to her,” Drumpf said.
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Apprehensions at US-MEX border not going to exceed one million

Through the first five months of fiscal year 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports there have been 268,044 apprehensions – a monthly average of 53,609, which would put the U.S. on track for 643,306 this fiscal year.

As for the 2019 calendar year, there have been 114,436 apprehensions in the first two months of this year. That’s an average of 57,218 per month, or 686,616 a year.

Way to go to exceed one million. Trump has a lot of work to do in diminishing safety and wealth in the states southwards, a lot of military interventions are required to accomplish this challenge.

When Nielsen said “this year,” she was referring to calendar year 2019, not the fiscal year, a department spokesperson told us. The secretary gets to “close to 1 million” based on “the rough estimate of 2,700 people encountered per day in February,” the spokesperson said.
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Californian judge tells Trump administration to reunite more families

"But a government watchdog report revealed that the administration may have separated thousands of additional families under an earlier pilot program that was not disclosed.

Attorneys for the Justice Department had argued that the class action lawsuit should not be expanded because "they assert it would be too burdensome for them to identify the members of the newly proposed class," the judge wrote.

"The court made clear that potentially thousands of children's lives are at stake and that the Drumpf administration cannot simply ignore the devastation it has caused," said Lee Gelernt, the lead attorney in the ACLU's family separation lawsuit, in a statement.
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DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen defends Trump's separation policy

"This is not a manufactured crisis," Nielsen told the House Homeland Security Committee. "This is truly an emergency."

A misspelling: There's an emergency along the border, but not the emergency Trump made up, that caused this inhumane policy of spearating children from their parents, causing a lifelong trauma.

"No amount of verbal gymnastics will change that she knew the Drumpf administration was implementing a policy to separate families at the border," Democratic Rep. Bernie Thompson said.

"It should be very clear from these numbers that we are facing alarming trends in the rising volumes of people illegally crossing our southwest border or arriving at our ports of entry without documents," CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday.
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Short news: Things to know on Wednesday, 03/06/2019

Cohen is testifying now ahead of his imprisonment May 6. Drumpf criticized Cohen's testimony last week as “shameful” and accused Cohen of lying “a lot." Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he expects to release a transcript of Cohen's closed-door testimony once the Justice Department has an opportunity to review it.

The hearings will explore the implementation of the administration's "zero tolerance" policy that led to at least 2,800 separations of migrant families, conditions in Border Patrol facilities that led to three deaths in three months, the decisions to terminate temporary deportation protections for more than 1 million people, and other actions.

Many Christians are also seen with ashes smudged on their foreheads in the shape of a cross, a symbol that a person belongs to Jesus Christ. The Lenten period ends on Easter, when Christians believe Jesus died and was resurrected.
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GOP Sen.s face severe assailments from Trump for opposiing him

"He says he thinks Republicans are playing with fire here because most Republicans, anyway, most people I hope, will see that the border is in a state of crisis," Graham said, adding that Drumpf believes GOP senators that defy him are likely to face a political backlash. "That's his observation, but he's not out there calling people out or anything."

"He believes they are taking a wrecking ball to his life. Clinton said that about us. They're going nuts," Graham said. "'It seems like nobody wants to solve any problems.' He said that a couple times. He said he's surprised. He thought it would be in everybody's interest [to do] infrastructure and stuff like that."
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President Trump shut down the NSA Metadata Collection program

#GlennGreenwald: "The very first #NSA program we revealed from #Snowden documents – the mass domestic spying program of Americans' phone records, which James Clapper lied about & #Obama insisted was vital to #NationalSecurity – has been shut down."


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