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Former Republican sheriff Joe Arpaio says he is being 'unfairly blamed' for detaining and releasing the Mexican illegal immigrant who bragged about killing cops in a political ad promoted by Trump

  • Political ad from President Donald Trump shows Mexican immigrant bragging about killing police officers has put the spotlight back on Joe Arpaio
  • Luis Bracamontes was also incarcerated four times in jails run by Arpaio, a Republican who is known for his crackdowns on illegal immigration
  • Bracamontes was convicted of murder in the 2014 shooting deaths of two sheriff's deputies in California while he was in the United States illegally
  • Arpaio is the former six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix
  • He was the first person to receive a pardon from Trump in a contempt of court conviction for disobeying a court order in an immigration case
  • Trump blames Democrats for weak laws that allowed the man across the border, but he was deported during Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations
  • Democrats and Republicans denounced the ad, which links Bracamontes' crimes to a caravan of Central American migrants moving through Mexico, as racist
  • Arpaio said Friday that he hasn't seen the ad and didn't remember the details of the cases
  • He said he's a convenient target for people looking to criticize the president and pinned the blame on federal immigration authorities for dropping the ball
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Migrant caravan splinters 700 miles away from U.S. border as exhausted Central Americans fume at Mexican officials who reneged on promise of buses to Mexico City

  • Migrant caravan made up mostly of Hondurans splits up in Veracruz
  • Region's governor offered buses to take them to Mexico City, but then reneged
  • Migrants reach Mexican town of Isla, which is 700 miles south of U.S. border
  • They plan to spend the night in Isla before leaving at 5am Sunday for Cordoba
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Trump asks Supreme Court to rule NOW on his decision to abolish DACA in dramatic escalation of attack on Obama's program for 'dreamers'

  • Trump administration asks for Supreme Court to rule immediately on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program instead of waiting for a lower court
  • Move ups the temperature on immigration again ahead of Tuesday's midterm election
  • White House is likely motivated to move on ending DACA - a key Trump pledge in 2016 - by Brett Kavanaugh tilting court to 5-4 conservative majority
  • DACA stops deportation for children brought illegally to the U.S. and in some cases for illegal immigrant parents of citizen children

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Texas homeowner is arrested after firing his gun to 'scare off' illegal immigrants who ran onto his property after crossing the border

  • Enrique Fernandez, 56, fired his gun three times in an apparent attempt to scare the migrants on Thursday
  • He claims border patrol agent 'chased' them onto his Brownsville property
  • The agents heard the gunshots and called the local sheriff's department
  • Their officers responded and arrested Fernandez for unlawfully firing his gun
  • He has since been charged with illegal possession because he is an ex-convict
  • He was sentenced t 23 years in prison on a drug charge after being arrested in the 90s
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Trump to make asylum changes as soon as Friday


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President Donald Trump plans to take executive action, possibly as early as Friday, to limit the ability of migrants to seek asylum at the southwest border, an administration official confirmed Wednesday.

Trump signaled last week that he would issue a “comprehensive” directive in the coming days that deals with immigration.

The president fumed in the run-up to the midterm elections over a group of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico en route to the United States. Republican voters considered immigration a major issue in the elections — and Trump hammered home the message that the caravan amounted to an “invasion” on the southwest border.

The administration has considered a fast-track regulation paired with a presidential proclamation to block asylum seekers, POLITICO reported last month.

A working group of administration officials met Wednesday to discuss possible moves, according to a Homeland Security Department official with knowledge of the gathering.

The group weighed restricting the ability of people caught between ports of entry to make a “credible fear” claim, the first step in an asylum application, the official said. Another option would be to apply a different credible fear standard to those migrants.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that the move could come before Trump departs for a trip to Paris on Friday.

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The group weighed restricting the ability of people caught between ports of entry to make a “credible fear” claim, the first step in an asylum application, the official said. Another option would be to apply a different credible fear standard to those migrants.
The proper and correct option would be to deny all asylum claims for those people.

If these people are truly wanting asylum for legitimate reasons, there's no reason they would not go to an official port of entry. The ones crying asylum only after being caught illegally entering the country are only doing so as a tactic to delay their deportation.
 

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Pentagon drops ‘Faithful Patriot’ as name for controversial military border deployment


By Dan Lamothe
November 7 at 12:45 PM


The Pentagon has directed U.S. military commanders to stop calling the deployment of active-duty troops to the southern border “Operation Faithful Patriot,” a name derided by critics as overtly political while President Trump played up the mission in stumping for Republican candidates.

The decision was acknowledged Wednesday after the midterm elections, and it was not immediately clear what name the military operation may ultimately take instead.

“We are no longer calling it Operation Faithful Patriot,” said a Pentagon spokesman, Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis. “We are referring to it as border support. I have nothing further at this time.”

A second Pentagon spokesman, Chris Sherwood, said that simply referring to the military operation as “border support” is a “more accurate description” because the Department of Homeland Security is overseeing it. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which said the directive was issued by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s office on Election Day. He has sought to shield the military from politics, with mixed results.


The operation has come under fire from some retired generals, who say it unnecessarily thrusts the military into politics. Trump sought to characterize migrants traveling north through Mexico from Central America in a “caravan” as an “invasion” of the United States. In reality, the group is believed to consist almost entirely of families who could legally apply for asylum at ports of entry at the border.

The operation, announced Oct. 29, is in support of the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection. The Pentagon has sought to stress that it has only a support role, while the president has suggested that the military will face the migrants at the border.

Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Monday that the administration specifically asked for active-duty service members to deploy for the operation. They are limited in what they can do by the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits federal military from involvement in most domestic law enforcement missions in the United States. About 5,200 active-duty troops were expected to be involved in Faithful Patriot by Monday.

The military has deployed the U.S. military to the border before, but not in such large numbers of active-duty troops in a century. More typically, National Guard units, which operate under state authority, are called upon to provide support.

The U.S. military has released dozens of photos and videos in recent days of service members on the border, including some Tuesday of Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, chief of U.S. Northern Command, visiting service members deployed to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base as part of the operation. To date, the Pentagon has not allowed any independent media to cover the operations and provide a fuller account of what is occurring.

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Migrant caravan which became a focal point before the midterm elections grows to 6,500 people as it travels through Central Mexico on its unrelenting journey towards the US border

  • The migrant caravan which was a rallying point for Trump before the midterm election is moving along towards central Mexico city of Irapuato
  • After spending Saturday night in Queretaro they were assisted by local police to catch rides Sunday morning
  • They massive migrant caravan were housed over night Saturday in three shelters, including a soccer stadium
  • The main caravan seems to have grown to 6,531 migrants since Mexico City
  • Officials believe some from trailing caravans have caught up with main group
  • Meanwhile military personnel n the US border have been installing barbed wire
  • The troops are expected to be stationed at the border until mid December
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The UN chimes in...…………..

UN Member States: Migration Is A Human Right


by Tyler Durden
Mon, 11/12/2018 - 02:00


Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute,

The United Nations, in a non-binding agreement that almost all UN member states will sign at a ceremony in Morocco in early December, is making migration a human right.



The finalized text of the agreement, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, although officially non-binding, "puts migration firmly on the global agenda. It will be a point of reference for years to come and induce real change on the ground..." according to Jürg Lauber, the representative of Switzerland to the UN -- who led the work on the agreement together with the representative of Mexico.

One immediate irony, of course, is that few countries have entry requirements as restrictive as Switzerland's. If one wishes to stay more than three months, not only is a "residence permit" required, but, "In an effort to limit immigration from non-EU/EFTA countries, Swiss authorities impose strict annual limitations on the number of residence and work permits granted to foreigners."

These hard-to-come-by-residencies have, unsurprisingly, become a source of income as "[r]ich foreigners 'buy' Swiss residency."

The UN agreement, on the other hand, notes:

"Refugees and migrants are entitled to the same universal human rights and fundamental freedoms, which must be respected, protected and fulfilled at all times."
(Preamble, section 4)​
It cannot be stressed enough that this agreement is not about refugees fleeing persecution, or their rights to protection under international law. Instead, the agreement propagates the radical idea that migration -- for any reason -- is something that needs to be promoted, enabled and protected. Almost all UN member states, except for the United States, Austria, Australia, Croatia, Hungary and possibly also the Czech Republic and Poland, are expected to sign it.

The UN has denied that migration is being made into a human right.

"The question of whether this is an invidious way to start promoting a 'human right to migrate' is not correct. It's not in the text; there's no sinister project to advance that," Louise Arbour, the UN special representative for international migration, recently said.​
The UN has no interest in admitting that the agreement promotes migration as a human right; until recently there has been little debate about it. More debate might risk jeopardizing the entire project. The wording of the agreement, as documented below, leaves little doubt, however, that with the signing of the agreement, migration will indeed become a human right.

The agreement is divided into 23 objectives toward which the signatories apparently wish to work. Objective number three, for instance, envisions the promotion and enabling of migration through a number of means. Signatory states commit to:

"Launch and publicize a centralized and publicly accessible national website to make information available on regular migration options, such as on country-specific immigration laws and policies, visa requirements, application formalities, fees and conversion criteria, employment permit requirements, professional qualification requirements, credential assessment and equivalences, training and study opportunities, and living costs and conditions, in order to inform the decisions of migrants."​
States, in other words, are not only supposed to open their borders for the migrants of the world, but should also help them pick and choose their future country by providing them with comprehensive information about each country they may wish to settle in.

The service level envisioned to facilitate more migration is also high. Countries are called upon to:

"Establish open and accessible information points along relevant migration routes that can refer migrants to child-sensitive and gender-responsive support and counselling, offer opportunities to communicate with consular representatives of the country of origin, and make available relevant information, including on human rights and fundamental freedoms, appropriate protection and assistance, options and pathways for regular migration, and possibilities for return, in a language the person concerned understands."​

Once migrants have arrived at their chosen destination, the signatory countries commit to:

"Provide newly arrived migrants with targeted, gender-responsive, child-sensitive, accessible and comprehensive information and legal guidance on their rights and obligations, including on compliance with national and local laws, obtaining of work and resident permits, status adjustments, registration with authorities, access to justice to file complaints about rights violations, as well as on access to basic services."​

Migrants are, evidently, citizens of a new world, in which all countries must spring to the assistance of anyone who has chosen to travel and reside there for whatever reason. Borders may exist in theory, but the UN -- comprising nearly all governments of the world -- is working hard at making them disappear in practice.

Migrants, according to the agreement, must also be "empowered to realize full inclusion and social cohesion" in their new countries (objective 16). This means, among other things, that countries must:

"Promote mutual respect for the cultures, traditions and customs of communities of destination and of migrants by exchanging and implementing best practices on integration policies, programmes and activities, including on ways to promote acceptance of diversity and facilitate social cohesion and inclusion."​

All cultures are equal and must be equally respected. Presumably, this means that, for example, the tradition of female genital mutilation (FGM), which almost all Somali women experience in Somalia, must be acknowledged in London and Paris as deserving of "mutual respect" in the same way that it would back in Mogadishu.

The agreement goes on to enumerate the work that states must initiate to accommodate migrants.

"National... policy goals regarding the inclusion of migrants in societies, including on labour market integration, family reunification, education, non-discrimination and health" should be developed. In addition, the host country should facilitate "access to decent work and employment for which they are most qualified, in accordance with local and national labour market demands and skills supply."​

In other words, newly arrived migrants in, say, Europe, should have the same, or at least very similar, rights to education, the labor market and health care, as Europeans, who have worked hard and paid taxes for half a century to gain access to those very same things. Europeans, of course, will have to pay for all of this out of their tax money.

The authors of the agreement evidently do not expect it to go down all that well with their populations. An agreement to facilitate mass migration into primarily Western countries from the rest of the world (there is no migration to speak of in the opposite direction) may prove a bit much for people in the West. The agreement therefore clearly signals that any disagreement with the agenda will not be accepted and that the signatory states will work to dispel "misleading narratives that generate negative perceptions of migrants."

To make this objective a reality, the signatory states first commit to:

"Promote independent, objective and quality reporting of media outlets, including internet-based information, including by sensitizing and educating media professionals on migration-related issues and terminology, investing in ethical reporting standards and advertising, and stopping allocation of public funding or material support to media outlets that systematically promote intolerance, xenophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination towards migrants, in full respect for the freedom of the media." (Objective 17)​

This is Orwell on steroids. Almost all UN member states will sign an agreement that says media outlets that disagree with government policies will not be eligible for public funding? On top of this, the agreement claims, bizarrely, that it is being written "in full respect for the freedom of the media", as if that is going to make anyone actually believe it.

Second, the signatory states commit to:

"... eliminate all forms of discrimination, condemn and counter expressions, acts and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, violence, xenophobia and related intolerance against all migrants in conformity with international human rights law." (Objective 17)​

The agreement, conveniently, offers no definitions of what constitutes "racism" or "xenophobia" in this context. What, for example, is "related intolerance"? Is criticism of UN migration policies, for instance, "intolerance"?

Originally, all UN member states, minus the United States, had approved the finalized text of the agreement and appeared ready to sign it in December. Recently, however, more states have announced that they are withdrawing from the agreement.

In July, Hungary withdrew from the agreement. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto described it as "entirely against Hungary's security interests," and added:

"This pact poses a threat to the world from the aspect that it could inspire millions [of migrants]. Its main premise is that migration is a good and inevitable phenomenon. We consider migration a bad process, which has extremely serious security implications."​

In July, Australia also indicated that it would withdraw from the agreement, at least in its present form. According to Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton:

"We're not going to sign a deal that sacrifices anything in terms of our border protection policies... We're not going to surrender our sovereignty – I'm not going to allow unelected bodies dictate to us, to the Australian people."​

In November, both the Czech Republic, and Poland announced that they were very likely to withdraw from the agreement and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic wrote in a statement that she would not be signing the agreement. "Our sovereign principles on securing our borders and controlling migration flows are absolutely the priority for us", said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Also just this month, Austria announced that it also would not be signing the agreement. "We view some points of the migration pact very critically, such as the mixing up of seeking protection with labour migration," Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said.

The European Union immediately criticized Austria's decision. "We regret the decision that the Austrian government has taken. We continue to believe that migration is a global challenge where only global solutions and global responsibility sharing will bring results" said an unnamed spokeswoman from the European Commission.

This is, by the way, the same EU that is supposedly going to be "cracking down" on migration. If you are "cracking down" on migration, why are you signing agreements that will facilitate and exponentiate it as a human right?

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-11/un-member-states-migration-human-right
 

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Turmoil in the caravan: 76 members of the LGBT community break away and arrive to Tijuana on private buses ahead of everyone else, after claiming they were being discriminated against and denied food and water by fellow migrants

  • The migrant caravan which was a rallying point for Trump before the midterm election is now on its way to Guadalajara from Irapuato, Mexico
  • An LGBT faction of the caravan has split off and is now in Tijuana after they said they were being discriminated
  • They say an anonymous donor paid for their travel after they were being denied food and water in the group
  • The mostly Honduran group, which has grown in size to 6,531 migrants since traveling from Mexico City
  • Meanwhile military personnel on the US border have been installing barbed wire, with troops as of now expected to be stationed until mid-December
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Camp Pendleton Marines Join Federal Mission at U.S.-Mexico Border
By: Gidget Fuentes
November 10, 2018 9:56 AM


U.S. Northern Command border support operations at Bisbee, Arizona on Nov. 6, 2018. US Army Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — A contingent of active-duty Marines deployed this week to the California-Mexico border to join the growing border support mission ordered by the Trump administration.

The about 1,100 Marines tapped for the mission are assigned to Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7 from the Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based I Marine Expeditionary Force, according to U.S. Northern Command. NORTHCOM is overseeing the military support to the U.S.-Mexico border mission for the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“There are currently more than 5,600 personnel deployed in support of Customs and Border Protection,” NORTHCOM officials said in a Thursday statement. “The number will fluctuate as more units and personnel deploy into the operating area. DoD anticipates more than 7,000 active duty troops will be supporting CBP.”

“Military personnel will provide a range of support including planning assistance, engineering support (temporary barriers, barricades, and fencing), fixed and rotary wing aviation support, medical teams, command and control facilities, temporary housing for Customs and Border Protection personnel and personal protective equipment for CBP personnel,” according to I MEF officials.

The latest military deployment orders for the mission along the Southwest border came in a presidential response to the movement north through Mexico of caravans of Central American migrants intent on requesting asylum in the United States.

On Thursday, a group of Marines set out heavy machinery and wire along the border near San Diego, bolstering security along some stretches of existing border walls. “We are hardening, if you will, the fence here, putting up concertina wire to make that wall less scalable,“ a SPMAGTF-7 spokesman, 2nd Lt. Frederick Walker, told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The task force is providing the federal agencies with “planning assistance, engineering support (temporary barriers, barricades, and fencing), fixed and rotary wing aviation support to move CBP personnel, medical teams to triage, treat and prepare for commercial transport of patients, command and control facilities, temporary housing for CBP personnel and personal protective equipment for CBP personnel,” Walker said in an email to USNI News on Friday.


A U.S. Marine, serving as a rifleman with 2nd Ground Sensor Platoon, II Marine Expeditionary Force, emplaces a ground sensor into a concealed position at an undisclosed location in Texas, March 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marines joined several hundred California National Guard soldiers in the mission, which includes 1,300 active-duty troops assigned in California, 1,500 in Arizona and 2,800 in Texas, according to NORTHCOM’s most-recent tally. “DOD has a long history of support for DHS and CBP in their mission to secure the U.S. border. All units supporting USNORTHCOM’s mission to support CBP will adhere to authorities, law and policy,” according to NORTHCOM. Marine Corps and Navy bases in Southern California have been designated to support the border mission.

The deployment to the U.S.-Mexico border isn’t new to Marines, who have participated in federal missions along the border for several years. Earlier this year, Marines with 2nd Ground Sensor Platoon from Camp Lejeune, N.C., deployed to southern Texas on a counter-drug surveillance mission for Joint Task Force North. In 2016, ground sensor platoons worked with the U.S. Border Patrol in Texas emplacing sensors to help detect and monitor illicit drug and human trafficking. Marines with 2nd Intelligence Battalion’s ground sensor platoon did similar work during a 2011 deployment.

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Jeff Flake calls troops at the border a 'stunt' as first caravan migrants arrive in Tijuana and CLIMB border fence

  • The retiring Arizona senator called it 'unfortunate' there are troops at the border
  • 'You can't call it anything but a stunt here'
  • Called it an 'executive decision' that didn't involve Congress
  • President Trump dispatched 5,000 troops in the weeks before the election
  • Plan is to position 15,000 active duty military
  • Largest caravan still 1,000 miles from the border
  • Caravan members have been slowly making their way through Mexico
  • Some already arrived in Tiajuana
  • Video shows migrants sitting atop a border fence and a few apprehensions
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Rush today said they are setting up the next caravan to come here. It will contain 5 MILLION people. The progressives are getting their way, they might go for it all.
 

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Why Trump isn't talking about caravan | Reality Check with John Avlon
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CNN's John Avlon looks at how frequently President Trump spoke about the migrant caravan before midterms in contrast with his recent silence on the subject.
 

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Senate Republicans to plead with Trump to cut a deal on the wall, keep the government open

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Senate Republicans are meeting with President Trump on Thursday afternoon to try to sell him on a proposal that would stave off a government shutdown next month but likely stop short of giving him all the money he wants to for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump has been warned by his staff that he may not get the full $5 billion he has demanded for new wall construction, according to a person briefed on the discussions who was not authorized to reveal deliberations.

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Senate Democrats say they won’t agree to $5 billion, and Republicans said they intend to remind the president of the constraints imposed by the 60-vote margin that gives Democrats significant leverage in the Senate.

“That’s what we’re going to talk about. That’s what we’ve talked about before, what’s doable. Doable. Not what you want sometimes, what’s doable,” said Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), who will attend the White House meeting along with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the No. 3 Republican.

Shelby said the message to Trump would be: “Try not to shut the government down, try to avoid that, try to move appropriations.”

During the 2016 campaign, Trump vowed to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and have the Mexican government pay for it. But since his election, he has changed course, saying instead the money must come from Congress and U.S. taxpayers.

The total cost of a wall that spans the border is projected to exceed $20 billion, but Trump has signaled he wants at least $5 billion in funds for work over the next year.

He initially threatened to shut down the government on October 1 if Congress didn’t give him the money, but GOP leaders warned such a tactic would hurt them during the midterms. Trump relented under pressure, in part because he was promised that Republicans would work to secure the money in early December.

Funding for the Department of Homeland Security and a handful of other agencies runs out Dec. 7, and a partial shutdown would go into effect unless Congress and Trump act before then. Trump wants the new money for a wall to be packaged as part of these spending bills.

The bulk of the government, including the Pentagon, has already been funded through next September, but a partial shutdown would still lead thousands of federal workers to be sent home without pay and could cause challenges throughout the country.

Shelby declined to detail the options that would be offered to the president. “We’re dealing with the wall. The wall is the dynamic here. If we resolve that I think the others will basically fall into place,” Shelby said.

The talks come following midterm elections where Democrats retook the majority in the House of Representatives in a sharp rebuke to Trump.

But for now, Republicans remain in the majority in both chambers, and paying for the wall is a priority for many conservatives in the House who are facing their last gasp of power in Congress’ current lame-duck session.

At a closed-door meeting of House Republicans on Wednesday, a half-dozen rank-and-file lawmakers stood up to tell leadership that they needed to fund the wall before they fade into the minority, according to a GOP aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.

House Republicans have agreed to the $5 billion Trump wants, but senators struck a bipartisan deal earlier this year to provide only $1.6 billion. It’s unclear how that difference will be bridged.

“I don’t know how this is going to end,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), said Thursday.

Cornyn added: “I think we ought to try to be a little bit more pragmatic about how much money can reasonably be spent to do what the president wants to do within the time period the appropriation is designed to cover.”

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) said that it was time for Congress to “put up or shut up” on the wall. But he said getting the $5 billion will be “problematic.”

“That has to be sold, and the president’s going to have to be the one who sells it,” Hatch said. “It’s not going to be easy.”

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said Thursday that he doesn’t anticipate Democrats agreeing to more than the $1.6 billion they’ve already signed off on for the 2019 fiscal year.

“I don’t see it. I think we’ve taken a position which is reasonable, we’ve given this administration more money than they can spend, and I don’t see it,” Durbin said. “If there are variables and things that are offered to us of course we’ll consider them, but I think our position is pretty sound and understandable.”

Durbin, a longtime champion for permanent protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as kids, said he was not aware of talks to make a deal on these “Dreamers” in exchange for money for Trump’s wall. Such deals have been attempted repeatedly under Trump’s presidency only to collapse in the end.

Cornyn and other Republicans say they are open to such a deal now, but it appears unlikely to come together in the short time lawmakers have ahead of the Dec. 7 deadline.

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What we need is a republican majority in the congress then Trump could get his programs passed.
 

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'It's a BIG CON': Trump says it's 'ironic' that members of the migrant caravan are waving flags of the 'dangerous' countries they are fleeing, while Tijuana's mayor says the influx of migrants could last SIX MONTHS

  • Donald Trump suggested that the migrant caravan travelling from Central America is a 'big con' as they are seen proudly waving their national flags
  • POTUS has deployed thousands of active-duty military troops and hundreds of Border Patrol agents to prevent what he called an 'invasion' of the country
  • The mayor of Tijuana said that they are preparing for an influx lasting six months
  • Almost 3,000 migrants from the caravan have reached Tijuana and estimates indicate the number could approach 10,000
  • Tijuana has asked the Mexican government for $4 million to deal with the influx
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US Marine Corps General claims the presence of military troops at the US-Mexico border 'is not to deny access to migrants' but to support customs and border police

  • General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said military staff are at the border to provide logistical and medical support to customs police
  • He said they are not there 'to deny access to migrants' as is being suggested
  • Dunford said military are 'filling legitimate gaps' the Department of Homeland Security have and are 'not doing anything illegal'
  • The Mayor of Tijuana alleged the migrants' arrival an 'avalanche' today
  • Almost 3,000 migrants from the caravan have reached Tijuana and estimates indicate the number could approach 10,000
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Migrants fearful, anxious in aftermath of Tijuana protests
By JULIE WATSON and MARK STEVENSON2 hours ago



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Drivers wait to cross the Mexico-U.S. border from Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The United States closed off northbound traffic for several hours at the busiest border crossing with Mexico to install new security barriers on Monday, a day after hundreds of Tijuana residents protested against the presence of thousands of Central American migrants. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)





TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Many Central American migrants camped in Tijuana after crossing Mexico in a caravan said Monday that a protest over the weekend by residents demanding they leave frightened them and left them even more anxious while they try to get into the United States.

The angry protests have been fed by concerns raised by President Donald Trump’s month-long warnings that criminals and gang members are in the group and even terrorists, though there is no evidence of that.

About 500 people demonstrated in an affluent section of Tijuana on Sunday against the caravan. Dozens of protesters then marched to an outdoor sports complex near downtown where 2,500 migrants are staying, sleeping on dirt fields and under bleachers after arriving at the border city a week ago.

Dulce Alvarado, 28, from Lempira, Honduras, said she was stepping out of a corner grocery near the complex carrying her 2-year-old son when she was surrounded by the demonstrators chanting “Get out!” and “We don’t want you here!”
“I was very scared,” Alvarado said.

A Tijuana police officer saw them in the crowd and helped them get out and behind police tape marking off the block where the sports complex is located. The protest eventually ended peacefully. On Monday, a Mexican holiday, streets were quiet with many businesses near the complex closed.

Tensions have built as nearly 3,000 migrants from the caravan poured into Tijuana in recent days after more than a month on the road — and with many more months likely ahead of them while they seek asylum in the U.S. The federal government estimates the number of migrants could soon swell to 10,000.


Honduran Migrant Glenia Cruz feeds her daughter Aisley, at a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., Geronimo Gutierrez, told reporters Monday that the situation is a “wake-up call” for the U.S., Mexico and Central America that could force the region to work together to address the difficult issue of immigration.

U.S. border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana’s main crossing to San Diego. Asylum seekers register their names in a tattered notebook managed by the migrants themselves that had more than 3,000 names even before the caravan arrived.

For most of this city of 1.6 million, the arrival of thousands of Central Americans is not noticeable. Most migrants stay within a three-block radius of the sports complex that faces the towering metal walls topped with barbed wire at the U.S.-Mexico border.

But many residents fear with the passage of time their presence will take its toll and crime could go up. Since 2016, thousands of Haitians who also tried to get to the U.S. ended up settling here, while at the same time, Tijuana has taken in thousands of Mexicans deported from the United States.

Tijuana also has been struggling with drug violence and some say they do not want the caravan bringing more problems.

Sandra Lucia Montanez, 28, a Tijuana psychologist, said news reports last month of Central Americans storming Mexico’s southern border fed the fears. But, she said, it’s important that Tijuana not forget it is a city of migrants.
“Almost no one here is from Tijuana,” Montanez said. “We have to help the neediest ones. They come from countries with a lot of poverty. Honduras is worse off than Mexico.”

The United States has dramatically increased border security in preparation for the caravan’s arrival, closing lanes at ports of entry to place cement barriers topped with razor wire that can be quickly moved to block passage should there be a mass number who try to force their way into the country.


Workers add barbed wire to the U.S. border fence in San Ysidro, California. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

But the lane closures have also made it harder for cross-border residents to go back and forth into the U.S. to work and shop. The San Ysidro port of entry is one of the world’s busiest border crossings, with more than 40,000 vehicles and 34,000 pedestrians using it daily.

On Monday, U.S. authorities closed off northbound traffic for several hours and closed a pedestrian lane at the crossing to install more security barriers, after a tip that people were gathering in Tijuana to rush the border checkpoints.

“Waiting until a large group of persons mass at the border to attempt an illegal crossing is too late for us,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for Customs and Border Protection in San Diego.

Demonstrators at Sunday’s protest complained that some migrants have been aggressive, yelling insults at U.S. Border Patrol agents and climbing walls and getting into fights at Tijuana’s Pacific beach.

But Tijuana police officer Victor Coronel, who has overseen security outside the sports complex where the migrants are staying, said those fears are based on the bad behavior of only a handful of migrants.

“The problem is that there has been bad information circulating on social media, with videos of two or three migrants acting badly, climbing the wall or grabbing food in stores,” said Coronel, adding that most are poor people simply trying to find work.

Coronel said he hopes as time passes, many will opt to go home or find jobs in Mexico and integrate into society.
Lesbia Navarro, 36, stayed inside the stadium with her four children ages 3 to 16 as they listened to the shouts and insults from the protesters Sunday.

“We only want to be here awhile, until we can get into the United States to work,” said Navarro, of Choloma, Honduras. “We don’t want to cause anybody problems.”

The Tijuana protests came amid what may be a hardening of positions in some northern Mexican states against the migrants. In Jalisco state, which the caravan passed through on its way to Tijuana, officials said they would no longer open shelters, citing problems with fights involving migrants last week.


A newly erected barrier wall stands amid cars at the Mexico-U.S. border, as they wait in line to enter the U.S., as they leave Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Instead, the state will provide water, some food and escorts at nine points along the main highway through the state to help ensure the migrants don’t have to stop.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has called the migrants’ arrival an “avalanche” that the city is ill-prepared to handle, calculating that they will be in Tijuana for at least six months as they wait to file asylum claims.

Gastelum has appealed to the federal government for more assistance to cope with the influx — while more migrants continue to head to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump used Twitter on Sunday to voice support for the mayor. He wrote that like Tijuana, “the U.S. is ill-prepared for this invasion, and will not stand for it. They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico. Go home!”
He followed that tweet by writing: “Catch and Release is an obsolete term. It is now Catch and Detain. Illegal Immigrants trying to come into the U.S.A., often proudly flying the flag of their nation as they ask for U.S. Asylum, will be detained or turned away.”
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Stevenson contributed from Mexico City. Associated Press writer Marcos Aleman in San Salvador contributed to this report.
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This story has been corrected to show that Alvarado was coming out of a store near a sports complex, not a stadium.
 

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U.S. judge blocks Trump asylum restrictions


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By Dan Levine
27 mins ago



SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 20 - A U.S. judge on Monday temporarily blocked an order by President Donald Trump that barred asylum for immigrants who enter the country illegally from Mexico, the latest courtroom defeat for Trump on immigration policy.


U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules. Tigar's order takes effect immediately, applies nationwide, and lasts until at least Dec. 19 when the judge scheduled a hearing to consider a more long-lasting injunction.

Representatives for the U.S. Department of Justice could not immediately be reached for comment.

Trump cited an overwhelmed immigration system for his recent proclamation that officials will only process asylum claims for migrants who present themselves at an official entry point. Civil rights groups sued, arguing that Trump's Nov. 9 order violated administrative and immigration law.

In his ruling, Tigar said Congress clearly mandated that immigrants can apply for asylum regardless of how they entered the country. The judge called the latest rules an "extreme departure" from prior practice.

"Whatever the scope of the President's authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden," Tigar wrote.

Tigar was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama.

Previous Trump immigration policies, including measures targeting sanctuary cities, have also been blocked by the courts.

The asylum ruling came as thousands of Central Americans, including a large number of children, are traveling in caravans toward the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty at home. Some have already arrived at Tijuana, a Mexican city on the border with California.

"IT IS TOO MUCH"

Rights groups have said immigrants are being forced to wait days or weeks at the border before they can present themselves for asylum, and the administration has been sued for deliberately slowing processing times at official ports.

At a hearing earlier on Monday, American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt said the order clearly conflicted with the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows any person present in the United States to seek asylum, regardless of how they entered the country.

Gelernt said the ACLU had recently learned Mexican authorities have begun barring unaccompanied minors from applying at U.S. ports of entry.

Mexico's migration institute said in a statement to Reuters that there was "no basis" for the ACLU's claims, noting that there had been no such reports from the United Nations or human rights groups that are monitoring the situation at the border.

Uriel Gonzalez, the head of a YMCA shelter for young migrants in Tijuana, said he had not heard of any new measures directed at unaccompanied minors. He noted there were already long lines to get a turn with U.S. authorities.

"This can take a while because the number of migrants has overwhelmed capacity. It is too much," he said.

The judge on Monday wrote that Trump's refugee rule would force people with legitimate asylum claims "to choose between violence at the border, violence at home, or giving up a pathway to refugee status."

Caravan participants began to arrive last week in Tijuana on the Mexican side of the U.S. border, which has put a strain on shelters where many will wait to seek asylum. Their presence has also strained Tijuana's reputation as a welcoming city, with some residents screaming at the migrants, "Get out!"

Trump sent more than 5,000 soldiers to the 2,000-mile (3,100 km) frontier with Mexico to harden the border, although critics dismissed the move as a political stunt ahead of congressional elections on Nov. 6. (Reporting by Dan Levine in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware and Lizbeth Diaz in Tijuana Editing by Leslie Adler, Tom Brown and Andrew Heavens)

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Exclusive: Trump expected to give troops authority to protect border personnel

By Barbara Starr, Geneva Sands and Ryan Browne, CNN
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President Donald Trump is expected to grant new authority to US troops on the Southwest border with Mexico to protect Customs and Border Protection personnel from migrants if they engage in violence, according to two defense officials and another US official directly familiar with the plans. An additional administration official tells CNN that the authority will also authorize protection of federal property.

Currently troops do not have any authorities that would allow them to intervene if CBP personnel came under attack unless they need to act in their own self-defense.

There are 5,800 to 5,900 troops assigned to the border mission.

The move could be announced as soon as Monday evening, officials said. The mission will be characterized solely as "protection of CBP" personnel, according to the administration official.

This comes as Department of Homeland Security officials said Monday that they had started to get information from "multiple sources including individuals in the Mexican government" of potential waves or groups of individuals who were discussing an incursion into legal ports of entry in California by attempting to pass through vehicle lanes.

Any potential use of force by US troops to protect CBP personnel must be "proportional," the official said.

It is expected the Pentagon and US Northern Command will amend the current document detailing the rules governing the "use of force" on the border mission.

All three officials are adamant that the change is not abfut troops firing weapons at migrants crossing the border. Instead the new rules will be aimed at providing the basic authorities to allow for protective measures. Previously troops did not have any authorities that would allow them to intervene if CBP personnel came attack.

The Pentagon has been working for the last several days on options for how troops can protect CBP.

The defense officials are also emphasizing that National Guard forces activated by governors, as well as state and local civilian law enforcement authorities in a given area, should be relied upon as much as possible.

DHS spokesperson Katie Waldman told CNN, "As Secretary Nielsen has said, we will not allow our frontline personnel to be in harm's way. We will do everything we can to protect those who defend our nation's sovereignty and secure our border. We appreciate the Department of Defense stepping in to assist the Department of Homeland Security as needed."

The White House did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

Last week while visiting troops along the Texas border, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said CBP is doing "all the work, but we're standing behind them as a confidence builder," referring to the request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide support.

More than 2,000 Central American migrants arrived in the border city of Tijuana in recent days, and about 3,000 more migrants are estimated to be in Mexicali, Mexico, another border city about 100 miles away, a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees spokeswoman told CNN.

As CNN has previously reported, the Department of Homeland Security originally asked the Pentagon to provide protection for CBP but that request was turned down by Mattis because it was deemed by the Pentagon to be asking troops to perform law enforcement duties that needed to be directly approved by President Trump. At the time of the original request, the Defense Department said that if Homeland Security officials still wanted troops to perform a protection role, they should ask the White House to formally grant the Pentagon the authorities to perform those additional functions.

At the outset the troops were assigned to provide assistance to Customs and Border Protection including engineering support with building temporary barriers, barricades and fencing, providing aviation support to move US Customs and Border Protection personnel, providing medical teams to triage, treat and prepare for commercial transport of patients and constructing temporary housing and personal protective equipment for CBP personnel.

Last week CNN reported that the US troops on the Texas border with Mexico were close to finishing their assigned task of reinforcing border crossing points, largely with concertina wire.

CNN's Catherine Shoichet contributed reporting.

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BREAKING NEWS: Troops Trump rushed to the border before the election will start coming home in DAYS despite migrant caravan causing crossing point shutdown

  • The Pentagon dispatched troops to the border before the Nov. 6 elections
  • President Trump had said up to 15,000 were going as migrant 'caravan' approached
  • There are now 5,800 in place on initial orders that set Dec. 15 date
  • Pentagon now saying they will be home by Christmas
  • A new op-ed by two retired colonels called deployment a 'stunt' that was a 'profound betrayal' as well as 'political misuse' of military
  • Trump tweeted picture of barbed wire Monday
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At a hearing earlier on Monday, American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt said the order clearly conflicted with the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows any person present in the United States to seek asylum, regardless of how they entered the country.
Something tells me, that the ACLU should be renamed the Central America Civil Liberties Union. They are standing up for the rights of illigal aliens, than standing up for the citizens of the US.

So who is in these caravans??? Terrorists? Drug Cartel members? Rapists? Contagious disease carriers (ebola, etc.).

Unbelievable. Illegal aliens have a right to come into this country and claim asylum. Will end up supported by taxpayer funded public assistance, too.

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Trump attacks judges for stopping his ban on illegal border crossers claiming asylum and launches furious salvo at San Francisco based Ninth Circuit

  • President Trump slammed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as a 'disgrace'
  • His fury came hours after a federal judge there barred his administration from refusing asylum to illegal immigrants
  • 'It's a disgrace and I'm going to put in a major complaint. Because you cannot win,' the president ranted
  • Federal judge Jon Tigar issued his ruling against the president Monday night
  • He said immigrants who cross into the U.S. illegally should be able to apply for asylum
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Feds have paid undercover informants in migrant caravan

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security is gathering intelligence from paid undercover informants inside the migrant caravan that is now reaching the California/Mexico border as well as monitoring the text messages of migrants, according to two DHS officials.

The 4,000 migrants, mainly from Honduras, have used WhatsApp text message groups as a way to organize and communicate along their journey to the California border, and DHS personnel have joined those groups to gather that information.

The intelligence gathering techniques are combined with reports from DHS personnel working in Mexico with the government there in an effort to keep tabs on the caravan's size, movements and any potential security threats.

On Monday, DHS officials told reporters that their intelligence on Sunday night had indicated that a group of migrants wanted to run through the car lanes of a border crossing near San Diego. Customs and Border Protection shut down all northbound lanes of the crossing from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. as a result. However, the ambush was never attempted.

Paying informants, placing officers in the region or monitoring the communications of non-U.S. citizens is not illegal, said John Cohen, former acting undersecretary of intelligence for DHS, but it does raise some concerns about the allocation of resources.

"Those resources have to come from some place. They are not being devoted to thwarting terrorist threats, mass shootings, mailed fentanyl coming into the country or cyber attacks," said Cohen.

Cohen said the caravan presents a logistical and humanitarian issue, but because the vast majority of its members want to present themselves legally to claim asylum, it is not wise to devote a significant amount of intelligence resources to it.

"I find it hard to believe that the highest risk facing this nation comes from this caravan," Cohen said.

It is not known how much money DHS is spending on the intelligence gathering inside the caravan.

In a statement, DHS Spokeswoman Katie Waldman said, "While not commenting on sources or methods, it would be It would be malpractice for the United States to be ignorant about the migrants — including many criminals — attempting to entry our country. We have an obligation to ensure we know who is crossing our borders to protect against threats to the Homeland and any indication to the contrary is misinformed."

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White House Authorizes Lethal Force At The Border


by Tyler Durden
Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:44


President Trump's chief of staff John Kelly signed a memo late Tuesday allowing troops stationed at the border to act in a law enforcement capacity and use lethal force, if necessary, according to Tara Copp of Military Times.



The new “Cabinet order” was signed by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, not President Donald Trump. It allows “Department of Defense military personnel” to “perform those military protective activities that the Secretary of Defense determines are reasonably necessary” to protect border agents, including “a show or use of force (including lethal force, where necessary), crowd control, temporary detention. and cursory search.”​
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Kelly said in the signed directive that the additional authorities were necessary because “credible evidence and intelligence” have indicated that the thousands of migrants who have now made their way to the U.S. checkpoint near Tijuana, Mexico, “may prompt incidents of violence and disorder” that could threaten border officials. -Military Times
Approximately 5,900 active-duty troops were deployed to the southern US border along with 2,100 national guard to reinforce the border and bolster enforcement efforts as thousands of asylum seekers from Central America arrive in Tijuana, Mexico in the hopes of pushing into the United States. p

The Trump administration's move may raise concerns over the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the use of federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies within the United States.

Some of those activities, including crowd control and detention, may run into potential conflict with the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act. If crossed, the erosion of the act’s limitations could represent a fundamental shift in the way the U.S. military is used, legal experts said.​
The Congressional Research Service, the non-partisan research agency for Congress, has found that “case law indicates that ‘execution of the law’ in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act occurs (a) when the Armed Forces perform tasks assigned to an organ of civil government, or (b) when the Armed Forces perform tasks assigned to them solely for purposes of civilian government.” However, the law also allows the president “to use military force to suppress insurrection or to enforce federal authority,” CRS has found. -Military Times
That said, US military forces always have the inherent right to self defense. Moreover, troops have been given a wider scope of authority in recent years to assist border agents with various actions such as drug interdictions.

According to Military Times, defense officials say that hte language in the new directive was "carefully crafted to avoid running up against the bedrock legal limitations set in Posse Comitatus." That said, "Even [an executive order] couldn’t overcome Posse Comitatus," says Willaim Banks, author of "Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military” and the former director of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University’s College of Law.

The new report appears to contradict a story from Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times that the Trump administration would begin withdrawing the troops. In fact, it appears that the pulled troops would primarily consist of engineering units which have finished their task of installing razor wire and physical obstacles at border crossing points - while the original scope of the mission had authorized a deployment until December 15, unless the Department of Homeland Security requested an extension.

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White House chief of staff signs 'use of force' order letting soldiers back up border guards and engage in law enforcement – and experts warn that it could be illegal

  • John Kelly signed an order late Tuesday that allows U.S. troops stationed at the border use lethal force, if necessary, to stop illegal immigrants
  • The memo could be an illegal use of troops as law enforcement
  • But a White House official tells DailyMail.com the troops are not doing ‘law enforcement’ but will protect border agents as necessary
  • President Trump has pushed for a more aggressive stance at border
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Trump issues Thanksgiving threat to close US-Mexico border

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press
1 hr ago

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump made a Thanksgiving Day threat to close the U.S. border with Mexico for an undisclosed period of time if his administration determines that its southern ally has lost "control" on its side.

Trump also said he has given the thousands of active-duty troops he sent to the border before the Nov. 6 midterm elections the "OK" to use lethal force against migrants "if they have to." And he said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom he has faulted for not being tough enough on immigration, is "in there trying."

"It's a tough job," he said.

The president would not discount the possibility of a partial government shutdown early in December over lawmakers' refusal to allocate the billions of dollars he is demanding for a border wall, the central promise of his 2016 campaign.

"Could there be a shutdown? There certainly could, and it will be about border security, of which the wall is a part," Trump said.

Trump made the comments in a wide-ranging question-and-answer session with reporters at his Florida golf club after he conveyed holiday wishes in a telephone call with select members of the American military serving around the globe.

That conversation grew from a presidential expression of gratitude for their commitment to protecting the country and its interest and touched on a variety of political topics, including immigration policy, the economy and Trump's displeasure with court rulings against administration initiatives.

In his remarks afterward to reporters, Trump moved quickly from issue to issue, from the border and his public dispute with Chief Justice John Roberts to relations with China, a possible staff and Cabinet shake-up and his defense of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

Trump's border threat came days after a federal judge put the administration's asylum policy on hold. Under that new policy, Trump declared no one could apply for asylum except at an official border entry point. Some ports of entry are already facing huge backups, with people waiting for weeks.

The U.S. government shut down one port of entry, San Ysidro, in California, for several hours early Monday morning to bolster security amid concerns about a potential influx of migrant caravan members. Most of the lanes were reopened before the morning rush.

Trump repeated Nielsen's claim, made earlier this week when she visited a San Diego Pacific Coast beach to see newly installed razor wire wrapped around a towering border wall that cuts across the sand, that there were as many as 500 criminals and gang members in the group heading northward. Nielsen refused to answer questions about how they were identified or what crimes they had committed.

Trump asserted that there are "fistfights all over the streets" in Tijuana, Mexico, and that "these are not like normal, innocent people."

"These are people you talk to them and they start a fistfight," he said. "I don't want that in this country."

The people of Tijuana "opened up with wide arms" to welcome the caravan, Trump said, and "now they're going crazy to get them out ... because bad things are happening."

He said if U.S. officials "find that it's incontrollable, if we find that it gets to a level where we are going to lose control or where people are going to start getting hurt, we will close entry into the country for a period of time until we can get it under control. The whole border."

In that case, Mexico would take an economic hit, he said, citing an inability to ship cars into the U.S. for sale.

"We're either going to have a border or we're not," Trump said.

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Kelly and Nielsen opposed border order in fiery West Wing debate


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By Eliana Johnson
4 hrs ago



President Donald Trump this week presided over an explosive meeting on a new Cabinet order granting the troops deployed at the southern border the right to use lethal force to defend border patrol agents.

Several White House aides and external advisers who have supported the president’s hawkish immigration agenda attended the Monday meeting, which devolved into a melee pitting two of Trump’s embattled aides, White House chief of staff John Kelly and Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, against other attendees, according to three people briefed on the exchange.

Kelly and Nielsen argued against signing the declaration, which granted the military broad authority at the border, telling the president that the move was beyond his constitutional powers. They were vocally opposed by, among others, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller; Chris Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council; and Brandon Judd, president of the border patrol union. Also present was Vice President Mike Pence, who did not take a stand on the issue, according to one of the people briefed on the debate.

The bitter dispute ended Tuesday evening when Kelly, on Trump’s orders, signed a Cabinet declaration granting the military the disputed authority. The move ran afoul of the guidance offered by the White House counsel, Emmet Flood, who cautioned that it was likely to run into constitutional roadblocks, according to a second source familiar with the conversations.

The signing of the declaration, which vests Nielsen with the power to request military action to protect U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, appeared to take Defense Secretary James Mattis by surprise. It’s an indication of the extent to which immigration policy in the Trump White House is engineered by a small group of hawks, including Miller — and, as a result, has often caught other stakeholders off guard.

Mattis appeared not to have seen the order before it was signed, telling reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday, “I’m reviewing that now.” He also suggested he was aware that Kelly had signed the order at Trump’s insistence: Kelly “has the authority to do what the president tells him to do,” Mattis said, adding that regardless of what he himself is asked to do, he will not order troops to violate the law.

“The brave men and women at Customs and Border Protection willingly put themselves in extremely dangerous situations every day to protect Americans and their families,” said deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley in a statement. “The President’s authorization ensures the Department of Defense can step in to protect those who protect us.”

The move comes at a time of intense speculation over both Kelly’s and Nielsen’s future in the administration. Since the midterm elections, the president has told friends and associates that he is intent on firing Nielsen, but has yet to make a move. He has criticized her repeatedly for what he views as her weakness on immigration and border issues, matters on which Kelly has repeatedly come to her defense.

Kelly has argued, for example, that Nielsen bears no responsibility for the rising number of apprehensions at the southern border, and White House aides speculated that he had signed a declaration he personally opposed — and that empowered her to take actions she had also resisted — in another effort to protect her position.

The president’s move on Tuesday is also illustrative of the extent to which, on immigration in particular, he has stretched the limits of his constitutional powers, preferring to issue executive orders rather than work through Congress. It’s an instinct that has been encouraged by advisers like Miller, who have pointed out that previous presidents have extended the powers of the executive branch further.

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily suspended an executive order that denies asylum to all migrants who cross the border illegally, and a federal appeals court earlier this month ruled that Trump’s decision last year to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which granted legal status to children brought into the country illegally, was unconstitutional.

Some legal experts are saying the same about Tuesday’s declaration, arguing that it violates the Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law that prohibits the U.S. military from acting as law enforcement agents on American soil. A White House official said the Justice Department supports the measure, arguing that it is “consistent with the protections offered to federal personnel ... in prior instances.”

“We’ll decide if it’s appropriate for the military, and at that point, things like Posse Comitatus obviously are in play,” Mattis said. “We’ll stay in strict accordance with the law.”

The tense White House meeting came after the commander overseeing the mission at the southern border, Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, told POLITICO earlier this week that the 5,000-plus troops deployed there did not have the authority to use lethal force — or to conduct any law enforcement activity on U.S. soil.

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