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The equation is unmistakable: as America ages, the older and blue-collar whites at the core of Trump's electoral coalition in 2016 need more working-age immigrants to pay the taxes that fund Social Security and Medicare.
The equation also works with higher wages for those workers who pay the taxes. Fewer people means more competition for workers. More competition for workers means higher wages to attract and retain the good ones. Letting in lots of new immigrants increases the supply side of the equation and eases the need for companies to compete for workers, which in turn helps to keep their wages stagnant.
 

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Trump says he wants immigrants to come to America from 'everywhere' and not just nations like Norway as 's***hole countries' controversy continues to roil the White House
  • President Trump is said to have referred to a number of countries as 's***hole' nations last week in an immigration meeting
  • Trump reportedly asked why U.S. can't take more from countries like Norway
  • President has blasted Democrats in tweets on immigration several times since
  • Democrats and Republicans must come to an agreement by Friday or a last-minute deal to fund the federal government into February must be worked out
  • Trump on Sunday said DACA deal 'is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it'
  • Said it would be their fault, too, if the government shuts down in a Tuesday tweet that claimed they were demanding 'Amnesty for all'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5276069/Trump-wants-immigrants-come-everywhere.html#ixzz54NiLJiZy
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Heartbreaking scenes at Detroit airport as father, 39, who came to the US as a 10-year-old is deported to Mexico because he is too old for DACA
  • Jorge Garcia, 39, was deported from Detroit on Monday after 29 years in the US
  • He was brought to America by a relative from Mexico when he was 10
  • Garcia's wife Cindy is an American citizen and so are their two children
  • In 2005, he applied for legal status and alerted himself to ICE in the process
  • The Obama administration granted him several stays to try to gain legal status
  • In November, Garcia, a former gardener who has no criminal record, was told he must leave
  • His wife blames the Trump administration for 'tearing their family apart'


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cut off welfare and food stamps to able bodied people and you'll have PLENTY of workers.
 

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Cory Booker Freaks Out On DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Over Trump Comments (REACTION)
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Published on Jan 16, 2018
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) lashed out at female DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday, lambasting the secretary as "complicit," in an emotional outburst that saw Booker flail about and scream at Nielsen in disgust — even suggesting she had limited intellectual capabilities.

But yet, Democrats, who turned Sens. Kamala Harris (CA) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) into cult heroes for enduring a fraction of the abuse Nielsen handled during her grilling at Booker's hands, were completely silent on Booker's unprofessional treatment of Nielsen.

Some "women's rights" activists.

"Your silence and your amnesia is complicity," Booker shouted at Nielsen, accusing the DHS Secretary of covering up for President Donald Trump because she refused to say for certain whether Trump had called any nation a "sh*t-hole" during a bi-partisan meeting on immigration reform.

Booker was, of course, showing off. With Oprah now in the ring, Booker needs to prove he has the kind of fire and faux courage necessary to challenge Trump's re-election, and win out against a much-beloved daytime talk show host. There's no better way to prove your outrage than to lay into a high-powered female official testifying for hours under oath about a meeting that the president happened to (allegedly) lace with profanity.

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Same as above but no commentary.

'Your SILENCE is COMPLICITY': Watch Booker Spits FIRE and Brimstone at Trump DHS
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Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) hammered Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday over her failure to recall and rebuke President Donald Trump’s declaration that he didn’t want to accept more immigrants from “shithole” African countries.

While questioning Nielsen about the DHS’s response to white supremacist hate groups, Booker rant down a litany of all Trump’s past racist remarks and shamed her for claiming she couldn’t recall whether Trump had called African countries “shitholes.”

“The commander in chief, in an Oval Office meeting, referring to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vial and vulgar language — that language festers,” Booker said. “When ignorance and bigotry is alive with power, it’s a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia is complicity.”

Booker also listed off all the hate crimes committed by white nationalists recently — ranging from Dylann Roof’s 2015 massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and the white nationalist riots that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer — and questioned the president’s commitment to stopping such crimes.

“Tens of millions of Americans are hurting right now because of what they’re worried about what happened in this White House,” he said. “That is unacceptable.”

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DOJ Considering Arresting Sanctuary City Politicians

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Report: ICE plans major sweep in San Francisco





The Department of Justice is considering subjecting state and local officials to criminal charges if they implement or enforce so-called sanctuary policies that bar jurisdictions from cooperating with immigration authorities. Immigration advocates argue such a move would be illegal.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made the disclosure Tuesday during a Senate committee hearing on the department’s operations.

“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues might be available,” Nielsen said. “The context of this is of course not only putting my [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] officers at risk, but also finding an efficient and effective way to enforce our immigration laws.”

She said it's safer for immigration agents to do their jobs if they have the assistance of local and state jurisdictions.

The Justice Department’s review follows a chilling warning earlier this month from the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan, who said California would feel the wrath of his agency because of its decision to become a sanctuary state. Homan also called for local and state elected officials to be charged with federal crimes for adhering to santuary policies.

“We gotta take [sanctuary cities] to court, and we gotta start charging some of these politicians with crimes," Homan said during an interview with Fox News’s Neil Cavuto. He said politicians who pushed sanctuary city legislation should be held "personally accountable” for their actions.

The Department of Justice declined to comment. The Department of Homeland Security could not be reached for comment.

Immigration advocates said charging local or state officials with crimes for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities would be unlawful and a violation of the Constitution.

"These are really troubling intimidation tactics by the Trump administration," Cecillia Wang, deputy legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union, told Newsweek. "If they’re threatening to prosecute state and local officials, it raises a number of concerns, including if they end up going after state or local officials who have been outspoken in opposing the Trump administration’s draconian and unlawful immigration enforcement policies. I think you’ve got a serious First Amendment problem.”

She added: “The Constitution doesn’t let the federal government force state and local officials to do the president’s bidding in this way."

Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who grilled Nielsen on the issue, "was deeply disturbed to hear that this Administration is actively looking for ways to prosecute California elected officials who have passed laws to protect public safety and combat the damaging effects of this Administration’s immigration enforcement policies," her press secretary, Tyrone Gayle, told Newsweek via email.

The Justice Department move is the latest escalation in the battle between the Trump administration and cities and states over sanctuary city policies. A federal judge in November blocked a Trump executive order that sought to strip sanctuary cities of federal funding.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/do...y-politicians/ar-AAuMYp8?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp
 

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Booker is as corrupt as they come, how these people get elected is beyond comprehension
Same as above but no commentary.

'Your SILENCE is COMPLICITY': Watch Booker Spits FIRE and Brimstone at Trump DHS
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Published on Jan 16, 2018
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Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) hammered Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday over her failure to recall and rebuke President Donald Trump’s declaration that he didn’t want to accept more immigrants from “shithole” African countries.

While questioning Nielsen about the DHS’s response to white supremacist hate groups, Booker rant down a litany of all Trump’s past racist remarks and shamed her for claiming she couldn’t recall whether Trump had called African countries “shitholes.”

“The commander in chief, in an Oval Office meeting, referring to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vial and vulgar language — that language festers,” Booker said. “When ignorance and bigotry is alive with power, it’s a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia is complicity.”

Booker also listed off all the hate crimes committed by white nationalists recently — ranging from Dylann Roof’s 2015 massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and the white nationalist riots that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer — and questioned the president’s commitment to stopping such crimes.

“Tens of millions of Americans are hurting right now because of what they’re worried about what happened in this White House,” he said. “That is unacceptable.”

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Border Patrol agents 'are repeatedly destroying or vandalizing food and water caches left for migrants in the Arizona desert by humanitarian aid groups'
  • U.S. Border Patrol has been accused of destroying food and water left in the Arizona desert for migrants
  • Between 2012-2015, The Tucson-based group No More Deaths said they distributed more than 31,000 gallons of water along migration trails
  • In that time span, they found water gallons vandalized 415 times
  • The group determined that in most cases, Border Patrol agents were to blame
  • They even obtained video of agents kicking bottles and dumping them out
  • A former agent told the group that they were encouraged to do this so that migrants would weaken and be caught
  • But the group says that the result is that hundreds of migrants a year are dying in Pima County alone


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5280153/Border-Patrol-agents-destroying-water-left-migrants.html#ixzz54USvtIxz
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Border Patrol agents 'are repeatedly destroying or vandalizing food and water caches left for migrants in the Arizona desert by humanitarian aid groups'
  • U.S. Border Patrol has been accused of destroying food and water left in the Arizona desert for migrants
  • Between 2012-2015, The Tucson-based group No More Deaths said they distributed more than 31,000 gallons of water along migration trails
  • In that time span, they found water gallons vandalized 415 times
  • The group determined that in most cases, Border Patrol agents were to blame
  • They even obtained video of agents kicking bottles and dumping them out
  • A former agent told the group that they were encouraged to do this so that migrants would weaken and be caught
  • But the group says that the result is that hundreds of migrants a year are dying in Pima County alone


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Kelly said Trump uninformed on border wall, lawmaker confirms
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Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) confirms CNN sources who say Chief of Staff John Kelly told lawmakers in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that President Donald Trump was uninformed when he made pledges about the border wall during his presidential campaign.
 

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Pope: It’s a sin if fear makes us hostile to migrants

By FRANCES D’EMILIO
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defined hostility and rejection of refugees and migrants as sin, encouraging people to overcome their “fully comprehensible” fears that these new arrivals might “disturb the established order” of local communities.

At his invitation, several thousand migrants, refugees and immigrants from 49 countries joined Francis at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, a day the Catholic Church dedicated to the issues and contributions of those who leave homelands in hope of a better life.

New arrivals must “know and respect the laws, the culture and the traditions of the countries that take them in,” he said. Local communities must “open themselves without prejudices to their rich diversity, to understand the hopes and potential of the newly arrived as well as their fears and vulnerabilities.”
https://apnews.com/ab9e287a72d744dd921bd1b68928f04e

Just curious. How many immigrants does the Vatican take in each year?
Heartbreaking scenes at Detroit airport as father, 39, who came to the US as a 10-year-old is deported to Mexico because he is too old for DACA

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Rephrase to "Long-time on the run Criminal caught and punished".
 

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Northern California police refuse to cooperate in upcoming ICE raids: report

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Law enforcement officials from Northern California said they will refuse to assist federal authorities in the upcoming sweeps that aim to capture more than 1,500 illegal immigrants, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.

The paper, citing an anonymous source, reported about a planned operation to be conducted by the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency. The report did not specify a date, but said it will be conducted in the near future.

Law enforcement officials told the paper they have not been notified as of Wednesday, but said they would not provide support.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told reporters that police in her city will not assist ICE officials if the report on the raids is accurate.

Federal officials’ ability to work with local jurisdictions was curtailed on Jan. 1st, after a new California law – SB54 – came into effect that limited inter-agency cooperation. The law officially made California the first “sanctuary state.”

Thomas Homan, the acting director of ICE, said last month that federal immigration officials are prepared to protect local communities in California if local officials refuse to do so.

Proponents of the law have argued that sanctuary laws are necessary to establish trust between immigrants and local law enforcement.

The Oakland City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution that ends all cooperation between local police and federal immigration officials. Under the state’s law, California police are limited in their communication with federal agents on possible illegal immigrants in jail or awaiting trial.

Homan called the resolution “unconscionable” and a “danger for local communities.”

ICE has refused to comment on the operation because the agency does not release information on future operations.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/no...-raids-report/ar-AAuQfhL?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp
 

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Republicans are going to get blamed for a government shutdown. Bigly.

CNN

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
4 hrs ago


If House Republicans can't find a way to wrangle their always-fractious conference to support legislation that would avoid a government shutdown by Friday night, they are likely to bear the brunt of the blame for the closure and pay a serious political price as well.

The "why" is simple. Because a) the GOP controls all levers of power -- House, Senate and White House -- in Washington and b) average people are aware of a).

"Republicans control the House, they control the Senate and they control the presidency," Vermont Sen. Pat Leahy told CNN on Tuesday. "The government stays open if they want it to stay open and shuts down if they want it to shut down."

Yes, Leahy is a Democrat. But, smart Republicans know he's absolutely right.

It's why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has repeatedly said -- in the face of these shutdown showdowns -- that "there's not going to be a government shutdown. It's just not going to happen." It's why Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told The New York Times that "to believe that you can successfully blame Democrats for a shutdown over the DACA debate is naive."

History is instructive here.

© CNN
Go back to the last government shutdown -- in the fall of 2013. Republicans held the majority in the House, but Democratic President Barack Obama sat in the White House.

And yet, despite this split control, the blame fell squarely on the shoulders of congressional Republicans. In a Washington Post-ABC poll conducted shortly after the shutdown ended, a majority of Americans (53%) blamed Republicans for the impasse while 29% blamed Obama. In that same poll, just 1 in 3 people said they had a favorable view of the Republican Party -- the lowest that number had been in the history of the poll.

(Nota bene: A year later, Republicans went on to score major gains in the 2014 midterms -- a sign, some argued, that the shutdown didn't hurt them. Wrong! The shutdown quite clearly damaged the GOP brand but distaste for Obama and Obamacare was so strong that it overwhelmed doubts voters had about Republicans.)

The "blame" numbers in the 2013 shutdown were very similar to how the blame game shook out in the twin shutdowns of late 1995 and early 1996. After those shutdowns, the Post-ABC poll showed that a majority of people (50%) blamed the Republican congressional majority for the government closure while 27% blamed then-President Bill Clinton, a Democrat. Most Republicans blame that shutdown -- and the role then-Speaker Newt Gingrich played in it -- for Clinton's glide-path reelection victory over Bob Dole in 1996.

And, remember, those shutdowns were in eras of split control in Washington. We don't have that right now. If anything, then, the blame for a government shutdown would fall even more squarely on Republicans this time around than in either 1996 or 2013.

People blame whoever they think is in charge. And although in the past two shutdowns that was somewhat up for debate, it isn't this time around. Which is why tweets from President Donald Trump insisting that "Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security" won't work. Sure, the base of the GOP will respond to that red-meat-throwing. But, there is no amount of Trump tweets that can overcome the fact that Republicans totally control Washington at the moment.

The overall political environment heading into this shutdown showdown also looks more toxic for Republicans than in the past two shutdowns. Democrats had an 18-point lead in the generic ballot in a December CNN/ORC poll. That same poll showed Democrats with a 17-point enthusiasm edge over Republicans about voting in 2018. And, results on the ground -- from the state legislative level to the US Senate -- suggest that Democrats already have the wind at their backs with less than 300 days left before the 2018 midterms.

Given all of that, a government shutdown would almost certainly have near-disastrous consequences for Republicans already on their back foot, politically speaking. Which, of course, doesn't mean it won't happen. Just that if it does, Republicans had better start bracing for a major political impact.

CORRECTION: This analysis has been updated to correctly state the balance of power during the 2013 shutdown.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...hutdown-bigly/ar-AAuP5hS?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp
 

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Republicans are going to get blamed for a government shutdown. Bigly.

CNN

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
4 hrs ago


If House Republicans can't find a way to wrangle their always-fractious conference to support legislation that would avoid a government shutdown by Friday night, they are likely to bear the brunt of the blame for the closure and pay a serious political price as well.

The "why" is simple. Because a) the GOP controls all levers of power -- House, Senate and White House -- in Washington and b) average people are aware of a).

"Republicans control the House, they control the Senate and they control the presidency," Vermont Sen. Pat Leahy told CNN on Tuesday. "The government stays open if they want it to stay open and shuts down if they want it to shut down."

Yes, Leahy is a Democrat. But, smart Republicans know he's absolutely right.

It's why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has repeatedly said -- in the face of these shutdown showdowns -- that "there's not going to be a government shutdown. It's just not going to happen." It's why Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told The New York Times that "to believe that you can successfully blame Democrats for a shutdown over the DACA debate is naive."

History is instructive here.

© CNN
Go back to the last government shutdown -- in the fall of 2013. Republicans held the majority in the House, but Democratic President Barack Obama sat in the White House.

And yet, despite this split control, the blame fell squarely on the shoulders of congressional Republicans. In a Washington Post-ABC poll conducted shortly after the shutdown ended, a majority of Americans (53%) blamed Republicans for the impasse while 29% blamed Obama. In that same poll, just 1 in 3 people said they had a favorable view of the Republican Party -- the lowest that number had been in the history of the poll.

(Nota bene: A year later, Republicans went on to score major gains in the 2014 midterms -- a sign, some argued, that the shutdown didn't hurt them. Wrong! The shutdown quite clearly damaged the GOP brand but distaste for Obama and Obamacare was so strong that it overwhelmed doubts voters had about Republicans.)

The "blame" numbers in the 2013 shutdown were very similar to how the blame game shook out in the twin shutdowns of late 1995 and early 1996. After those shutdowns, the Post-ABC poll showed that a majority of people (50%) blamed the Republican congressional majority for the government closure while 27% blamed then-President Bill Clinton, a Democrat. Most Republicans blame that shutdown -- and the role then-Speaker Newt Gingrich played in it -- for Clinton's glide-path reelection victory over Bob Dole in 1996.

And, remember, those shutdowns were in eras of split control in Washington. We don't have that right now. If anything, then, the blame for a government shutdown would fall even more squarely on Republicans this time around than in either 1996 or 2013.

People blame whoever they think is in charge. And although in the past two shutdowns that was somewhat up for debate, it isn't this time around. Which is why tweets from President Donald Trump insisting that "Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security" won't work. Sure, the base of the GOP will respond to that red-meat-throwing. But, there is no amount of Trump tweets that can overcome the fact that Republicans totally control Washington at the moment.

The overall political environment heading into this shutdown showdown also looks more toxic for Republicans than in the past two shutdowns. Democrats had an 18-point lead in the generic ballot in a December CNN/ORC poll. That same poll showed Democrats with a 17-point enthusiasm edge over Republicans about voting in 2018. And, results on the ground -- from the state legislative level to the US Senate -- suggest that Democrats already have the wind at their backs with less than 300 days left before the 2018 midterms.

Given all of that, a government shutdown would almost certainly have near-disastrous consequences for Republicans already on their back foot, politically speaking. Which, of course, doesn't mean it won't happen. Just that if it does, Republicans had better start bracing for a major political impact.

CORRECTION: This analysis has been updated to correctly state the balance of power during the 2013 shutdown.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...hutdown-bigly/ar-AAuP5hS?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp
Blame? The article is talking as if government shut down is a bad thing. Personally I would love to see about 99% of the government shut down permanently. I've never noticed a 0% difference when the government has shut down in the past. Which goes to show you how useless and unnecessary they are.
 

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Blame? The article is talking as if government shut down is a bad thing. Personally I would love to see about 99% of the government shut down permanently. I've never noticed a 0% difference when the government has shut down in the past. Which goes to show you how useless and unnecessary they are.
I think you're going to get part of your wish today.
 

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We're REALLY not paying for that wall, Mexico tells Trump – and we're not the most dangerous country in the world either
  • President called Mexico 'the number one most dangerous country in the world'
  • Mexican government fired back, saying it's not true
  • Foreign ministry in Mexico City also says it's determined to not pay for Trump's promised border wall
  • Mexico's homicide rate is the highest it's been since at least 1997 but at least nine other countries are worse off


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California AG: 'We will prosecute' employers who violate sanctuary laws

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The work that won't get done during a shutdown



California Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned employers Thursday of legal repercussions if they assist federal immigration officials in an impending crackdown in the sanctuary state, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Under a new state law – the Immigration Worker Protection Act – employers and businesses could face fines of up to $10,000 if they provide employee information to U.S. Immigration Customs, Becerra said.

If employers “start giving up information about their employees or access to their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws, they subject themselves to actions by my office. We will prosecute those who violate the law,” he said at a news conference.

The law prevents workers of any immigration status from being detained at workplaces. Among other stipulations, federal officials must obtain a warrant before searching a worksite and employers are required to notify their workers before a federal audit of employee records.

Becerra said the Department of Justice and the Labor Commission’s office – which hold exclusive authority over enforcement – will give “guidance” to public and private employers on their responsibilities under the new law.

The warning comes amid rumors of mass sweeps that will target illegal immigrants in Northern California. Under California’s sanctuary laws, local police are restricted from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

Upon hearing the rumors, local jurisdictions in Northern California said they hadn’t been notified by federal officials of any impending raids.

ICE’s acting director, Thomas Homan told Fox News earlier this month, “If the politicians in California don’t want to protect their communities, then ICE will.”

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ca...anctuary-laws/ar-AAuSfyV?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp
 

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Inside the Oval Office Immigration Meeting That Left a Senator Stunned

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By CARL HULSE
4 hrs ago

WASHINGTON — As they departed the now famous Oval Office meeting where President Trump used vulgar language to disparage the national origin of some potential immigrants, Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard J. Durbin found themselves in a condition unfamiliar to such veteran politicians: speechless.

“After Lindsey and I left the room and got in the car together to come back to Capitol Hill, it was silence in the car,” Mr. Durbin, of Illinois, recalled in an interview on Thursday, describing their mutual distress at the ominous turn the negotiations had taken as well as the president’s conduct. “We had just witnessed something that neither one of us ever expected.”

That sudden breakdown in talks toward a bipartisan immigration solution has had significant repercussions. In the absence of a deal to permanently protect young immigrants in what is known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, the Republican-controlled House and Senate are now struggling to keep the government open past Friday.

And the uproar surrounding the disclosure of Mr. Trump’s language has added a huge complication, stirring outrage among Democrats and their allies and sowing confusion among Republicans about the president’s true aims. Most Democrats are refusing to help pass any temporary spending plan without the immigration legislation and Republicans are having a difficult time rounding up votes on their own.

In recounting events, Mr. Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, who has been pushing to protect young immigrants for nearly two decades, noted that he had a promising telephone call with Mr. Trump hours before last week’s meeting. Then he was invited to join Mr. Graham, Republican of South Carolina and a longtime advocate of an immigration law overhaul, at the White House for what they believed was a session to complete a bipartisan agreement to protect the young immigrants known as Dreamers in exchange for new border security and other immigration law changes.

Instead, they ran into a buzz saw of angry and coarse opposition from the president, reinforced by the surprise presence of hard-line opponents of immigration overhaul from the House and Senate.

“The deck was stacked against us as the president walked in the room,” said Mr. Durbin, who said Mr. Graham, seated next to the president, began laying out the specifics of the pending agreement only to have the meeting quickly deteriorate.

“He barely had a sentence or two out of his mouth, then the president started commenting. ‘Who is affected by that? What is this going to do?’” said Mr. Durbin, the sole Democrat of a dozen people present. “It was a very tough conversation starting immediately.”

“The language that was used, the attitude of the president, the expressions he made when it came to immigration just stunned me,” Mr. Durbin said.

Mr. Durbin, who has been in Congress for more than three decades and is no stranger to political back rooms, said the meeting was not the usual case of salty language shared among politicians gathered behind closed doors.

“It was beyond, and the intensity of the president’s feeling, and what he said there, as well as many other epithets during the course of it, I was surprised and shocked in a way,” he said, noting that upon his return to the Capitol, some colleagues commented on his demeanor.

“They said, ‘You look shaken,’ and I said I was,” he said. “After you have been in politics as long I have, it takes something to shake you up.”

Mr. Durbin said he did not personally leak details of the conversation and also directed his staff not to discuss it. But he did share his version of events with four other senators as they plotted how to proceed. Word of what happened during the meeting — and one word in particular — quickly circulated and was first reported by The Washington Post within hours.

Mr. Durbin then began discussing the meeting in public the next morning while in Chicago after the White House did not deny reports of what transpired. The president and others attending the meeting only later challenged exactly what expletives were used in describing countries that Mr. Trump wanted to prevent from sending migrants to the United States.

Though the disclosure has roiled the negotiations, Mr. Durbin said it has also provided better context of the president’s immigration stance.

“Now that the American people have a clearer understanding of the president’s motivation on immigration, it makes it easier to confront some of the things he’s suggesting,” Mr. Durbin said.

He noted that the president previously said his focus was on border security, preventing terrorists from entering the country and protecting jobs for American workers. The new comments, Mr. Durbin suggested, show that racial origin might be a consideration, as well. He said he warned Mr. Trump that singling out Haitians for exclusion was “an obvious racial decision.”

“This may not be about security or American jobs at all,” Mr. Durbin said. “It may be about something else.”

Mr. Durbin stopped short, though, of branding Mr. Trump a racist.

“That’s a tough thing to say,” he said. “But I will tell you this: Some of the comments he made were clearly racial during the course of that meeting in the White House. They were hate-filled and vile.”

The meeting caused a rare situation where members of the Senate are publicly questioning each other’s veracity. Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, both Republicans, were in the meeting and have disputed Mr. Durbin’s account, saying the word “shithole” in reference to some countries was not used.

“How could you sit in the Oval Office of the White House and hear the president of the United States use this word and not remember it,” Mr. Durbin asked. “I will just have to tell you they are wrong and they know they are wrong.”

Mr. Durbin said a decision by some Republicans to break with the president’s position — along with mounting frustration over a series of short-term spending bills — has contributed to growing support for the bipartisan immigration agreement. He remains optimistic that a deal is in reach.

But Mr. Durbin also was hopeful last week before the president, in a burst of profanity, unraveled an agreement and Congress must now negotiate the aftermath.

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And the Clintons were also anti sodomite and against sodomite marriage in the 90's.

Been saying for years the Reps are the Dems of 20 years ago while the Dems are Communists/Socialists now. There is no right wing/conservative party anymore.
 

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I have looked that video up on YouTube this morning. I found probably 5-6 copies of it.....1 had 170,000 views....1 had about 70,000 views....the rest were under 3000.


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'If there's no wall, there's no DACA': Trump bites back at 'cryin' Chuck Schumer after the Democrat leader says they won't give the President extra billions for the border just days after promising it during shutdown
  • Trump had asked for $1.6 billion this year to start construction of his border wall between the U.S. and Mexico
  • Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer offered him significantly more money on Friday if he would agree to a permanent DACA fix as part of a budget deal
  • The two never reached an agreement and the government shut down
  • Now Schumer's office says Democrats will start over, and he's withdrawing his offer of extra funds
  • Trump tweeted Tuesday night: 'If there is no Wall, there is no DACA'
  • Congress has only funded the government through February 8, setting up another showdown if Republicans don't call a vote on a DACA solution
  • Republicans want a laundry list of immigration concessions in exchange for supporting it


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Disappointed DACA Recipients Continue to Push Congress for Protections
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The U.S. government is open again, but the fate of about 800,000 young undocumented immigrants at the center of the three-day shutdown remains uncertain. A number of lawmakers had promised to protect them after President Trump ended DACA in September, an Obama administration policy that allowed them to live and study or work in the country legally. Esha Sarai reports that DACA recipients, who some call "Dreamers," are bitterly disappointed.
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In Wake of Shutdown, Congress Faces Difficult Task on Immigration
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The U.S. government is back at work following a brief shutdown over the issue of immigration. A divided Congress will once again attempt to address the situation of the so-called “Dreamers”, young immigrants brought illegally into the U.S. by their parents. The issue motivates activists in both parties and could be a major factor in this year’s midterm congressional elections. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
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Jeff Sessions steps up his war on sanctuary cities with threat of subpoenas if they don't show how they're cooperating with immigration authorities
  • President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday escalated its battle with 'sanctuary cities'
  • The Justice Department asked for documentation from 23 jurisdictions to see if they're withholding info from the feds
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions' DOJ is threatening supeonas if the information isn't turned over in a timely manner


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Trump lashes out at mayors boycotting White House event

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President Trump on Wednesday attacked mayors who boycotted a White House event over his administration's crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities.

"The mayors who choose to boycott this event have put the needs of criminal, illegal immigrants over law-abiding America," Trump told a group of mayors who attended the event. "So let me tell you, the vast majority of people showed up."

The president spoke after the Justice Department threatened to legally compel almost two-dozen cities to show that they are cooperating with federal immigration laws.

Officials from the Justice Department sent letters to leaders of New York, San Francisco, Chicago and other major cities demanding they turn over information about citizenship and immigration status of people who have been arrested. Many of the cities are seeking law-enforcement grant money from the administration.

The move prompted a swift backlash from city leaders, with many mayors joining a last-minute boycott of the White House meeting.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D), the head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, announced the boycott shortly before the event, overshadowing the planned discussion on infrastructure and combating the opioid epidemic.

New York City's Bill de Blasio was the highest-profile mayor to join the boycott.

"I will NOT be attending today's meeting at the White House after @realDonaldTrump's Department of Justice decided to renew their racist assault on our immigrant communities," de Blasio tweeted.

It was the latest turn in the dispute between the Trump administration and city leaders who choose not to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The administration has repeatedly threatened to withhold grant money from the cities, which has triggered a contentious battle in the courts.

"We support enforcing the law and following the law," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "And if mayors have a problem with that, they should talk to Congress, the people that pass the laws."

Sanders said the White House "would love to be able to work with these mayors, particularly on issues like infrastructure and other things. But we cannot allow people to pick and choose what laws they want to follow.

"If we have a country with no laws, then nothing matters," she added.

Many mayors and immigrant-rights advocates say cooperating with federal authorities erodes trust of police in immigrant communities, making their cities less safe.

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White House says 'immigration framework' will be unveiled next week

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The White House will release a "legislative framework" for an immigration deal on Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

"The President wants to lead on this issue and that's exactly what we'll do," she said.

Sanders declined to provide details about what would be included in the framework during her briefing on Wednesday.

"We want to see a legislative package that addresses the four things that we've laid out that can pass both the House and the Senate and make its way to the President's desk so that we can fix our immigration system," she said.

She also declined to say whether President Donald Trump would sign onto a deal that would give so-called Dreamers a path to citizenship.

"The President's in a position to lay out a framework. There's nothing currently on the table that addresses all of the concerns ... like this framework does," Sanders said.

But over on Capitol Hill, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said talks on immigration and border security are "starting over."

"We're starting over," Schumer told CNN on Wednesday when asked about the latest on the standoff over the Congress' plans for addressing the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. "I took our thing off -- they took their thing off the table, I took our thing, we're starting over."

Schumer was referring to an offer he made Trump last week to authorize upward of $20 billion for a border wall, a signature campaign pledge for the President, in exchange for protecting recipients of DACA, young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. Trump decided last fall to end the program by March 5, 2018, and Congress has since failed to reach agreement with the White House about how to extend it.

The White House rejected Schumer's offer.

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Trump puts path to citizenship for some ‘dreamers’ on the table in immigration deal

By David Nakamura By David Nakamura
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January 24 at 7:03 PM


President Trump said for the first time Wednesday that he is open to a path to citizenship for some younger undocumented immigrants known as "dreamers" in an immigration deal being negotiated by Congress, a potential breakthrough in the stalled talks.

In an impromptu discussion with reporters, Trump emphasized that his support of a citizenship path for about 690,000 immigrants would be contingent on securing $25 billion for a wall on the southwest border with Mexico and $5 billion for additional border upgrades. The president also is expected to continue his push to curb legal immigration as part of a deal.

But his remarks signaled what could prove to be a major shift for a president who ran a campaign with a hard line on immigration and last week rejected a bipartisan Senate proposal that included citizenship.

White House aides said the president would release a complete "framework" on Monday. The aides said that plan probably would grant immediate provisional legal status to those immigrants covered by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that he terminated in the fall. That group would then be eligible to pursue full citizenship over 10 to 12 years.

"We’re going to morph into it," Trump said of citizenship. "It’s going to happen — over a period of 10 to 12 years. If somebody's done a great job and worked hard, it keeps the incentive to do a great job. ... I think it's a nice thing to have the incentive, after a period of years, of being able to become a citizen."

Lawmakers face a Feb. 8 deadline for a must-pass spending bill to keep open the government, but Democrats and some Republicans have said they will not support a long-term deal that does not address the future of the DACA program. The impasse over immigration led to a brief, partial government shutdown this week before lawmakers agreed Monday to a three-week funding extension.

Congress members have expressed exasperation that Trump has not clearly articulated his demands and vacillated over the past several weeks, at times signaling he was open to a deal but then reversing himself after speaking with aides or immigration hard-liners. A senior White House official said the framework would give lawmakers a clearer set of guidelines to help break the impasse.

"This president is committed to fixing this damn problem," a senior administration official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, told reporters at a background briefing. "What we were hearing constantly from [Capitol] Hill is ... 'Look, I’m not going to put my neck out and support something unless I know the president will sign it.'"

Yet Trump has reneged on previous statements about the dreamers, who have lived in the country illegally since they were children. Their moniker comes from the DREAM Act, bipartisan legislation first proposed in 2001 that would provide citizenship to the group under certain conditions. It has never passed Congress.

During his campaign, Trump promised to end DACA, which offered two-year work permits to dreamers who qualified, on his first day in office. But after he was sworn in last year, Trump did not act, instead assuring dreamers that he would work out a deal to protect them. After Texas and several other states threatened to sue the Trump administration over the program, Trump announced in September he would terminate DACA but granted lawmakers six months to work out a solution before the bulk of work permits begin to expire March 5.

During the discussion with reporters, Trump joked to Chief of Staff John F. Kelly that he hoped to have a deal by the time he got back from a two-day trip to Davos, Switzerland, for an economic forum. Kelly, who initially was scheduled to travel with the White House delegation, will remain in Washington to keep negotiating with Congress on immigration.

White House officials said Trump's proposal for citizenship would be limited to the 690,000 who were enrolled in DACA when he terminated the program. However, Democrats and some Republicans have pushed to extend legal protections to a far larger group of dreamers – up to 1.7 million under the latest version of the DREAM Act.

Many of those who were eligible for DACA never applied, which immigrant rights advocates attributed to fears of registering with the government and costs associated with applying. White House officials said it would be left to Congress to negotiate over expanding protections beyond the DACA recipients. In all, there are an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country unlawfully.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who drafted the bipartisan immigration plan along with Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) that Trump rejected last week, welcomed Trump's statement Wednesday as a sign of "presidential leadership on immigration."

“President Trump’s support for a pathway to citizenship will help us get strong border security measures as we work to modernize a broken immigration system," Graham said in a statement. "With this strong statement by President Trump, I have never felt better about our chances of finding a solution on immigration."

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an immigration hawk whom Trump has consulted during the negotiations, said on Twitter that a path to citizenship for dreamers "must be done responsibly, guaranteeing a secure & lawful border & ending chain migration, to mitigate the negative side effects of codifying DACA."

Democrats said they had not been consulted about what the White House plans to release on Monday, according to senior aides.

The White House announcement on immigration came as 35 senators gathered late Wednesday to figure out how the chamber will proceed on its immigration debate. Meeting in the hearing room for the Senate Armed Services Committee, the group of Democrats and Republicans asked Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Durbin to serve as a clearinghouse and sort out the parameters and timetable for the debate. Both senators are the deputy leaders of their respective parties and sit on a judiciary subcommittee on immigration policy.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), who co-chaired meetings before and during the three-day government shutdown in an attempt to end the impasse, will continue hosting meetings on the subject in the coming days, according to Graham.

“We have created a process for input. The goal is to create an output that’s good for America,” Graham said in an earlier statement.

Earlier Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the new White House immigration plan “represents a compromise that members of both parties can support. We encourage the Senate to bring it to the floor.”

Late last year, the administration sent a long list of immigration principles that lacked specifics. Trump said during a meeting with a large group of lawmakers at the White House two weeks ago that he would sign whatever plan Congress sent him.

A bipartisan group in the Senate led by Durbin and Graham presented a proposal to Trump last week that attempted to address his concerns. It included $1.6 billion for a wall and offered a path to citizenship for dreamers. Trump has rejected that plan. The president also rejected a last-minute offer from Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who reportedly offered $25 billion for border security and the wall.

On Tuesday, Schumer confirmed that he had pulled his proposal on Sunday during the shutdown. "We're going to have to start on a new basis, and the wall offer's off the table," he told reporters.

The announcement came as Schumer is facing backlash from some Democrats and immigrant rights groups for how he has handled negotiations with Trump.

If they lawmakers fail to agree on a spending plan by Feb. 8, the government could shut down again.

“We've taken into account all of the conversations that we've had, both at the presidential and the staff level, and tried to incorporate that into what we think addresses all of the different things that we've heard from the various stakeholders throughout the last several months,” Sanders said.

“After decades of inaction by Congress, it's time we work together to solve this issue once and for all,” she added. “The American people deserve no less.”

Ed O'Keefe contributed to this report.

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