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William Barr ends illegal immigration catch and release program

April 17, 2019

  It was announced yesterday that William Barr has reversed a 2005 immigration court ruling and he will end the so-called catch and release program for some asylum seekers. Here is more:

In a move that could keep tens of thousands of asylum seekers locked up, the Justice Department said Tuesday that it will deny a large class of undocumented immigrants a bond hearing to argue for their release.

The opinion, by Attorney General William Barr, adheres to the Trump administration’s stance that migrants caught at the border should be detained whenever possible, even when they’ve petitioned for asylum.

The 11-page precedent-setting decision reverses a 2005 immigration court ruling that guaranteed bond hearings for certain migrants. Under the earlier ruling, some migrants who passed a “credible fear” interview — the first step in their asylum review — were eligible to seek release on bond.

The new standard will eliminate that option. The Homeland Security Department will, however, retain discretion to let individual asylum seekers out of detention, a decision that can be dictated by the availability of resources.

  To be honest I am a little surprised he can simply reverse a court decision on his own but we will see if this ever goes into effect because the lawsuits have already started.

  Democrats are sure to fall back on their talking point about the trump administration ripping babies from their mother’s arms, however families are exempt from the new policy.

The ruling, known as Matter of M-S-, will not apply to migrant children traveling alone or with families, Free said. Under the 1997 Flores settlement agreement, children cannot be detained for longer than 20 days.

  In addition to the family exemption people who are seeking asylum and enter the country legally through a port of entry will also be exempted.

the decision does not apply to migrants who seek asylum at ports of entry. They may be granted “parole” into the U.S. and are not eligible for bond hearings.

  So when you come right down to it this new policy only applies to adult illegal immigrant asylum seekers without children who did not enter the country properly and even in those cases the Department of Homeland Security can still decide to let them go.

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Bill de Blasio threatens to sue Donald Trump if he relocates immigrants to his sanctuary city

April 16, 2019

  For several years now Democrats have been promoting sanctuary cities where illegal immigrants can migrate to and not have to worry about being deported because these cities would not enforce federal immigration law. These same Democrats have vowed not to allow the President to build a wall on the southern border and they want all deportations stopped.

  So the other day Donald Trump called their bluff and said if they were unwilling to negotiate he would be forced to take the Democrats up on their offer and send the illegal immigrants to the sanctuary cities where they have been promised a welcome reception for years.

  You would think the Democrats would be on television gloating about their victory and how they stopped the President from deporting illegal immigrants and forced him to relocate them in the United States but that was not so because if Donald Trump is for something than the Democrats have sworn to oppose that something. While once they called Donald Trump’s policies in regards to illegal immigration heartless they have done a complete reversal and are calling this new proposal heartless.

  Yesterday we saw Cher start spouting talking points Republicans have been using for years to voice her opposition to sending illegal immigrants into her city, and yes this is the same Cher who once said she would take dreamers into her home and urged everybody to do the same.

  Today it might have gotten even stranger because New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will sue Donald Trump if the President tries to use his sanctuary city as a sanctuary city. Here is more:

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that President Trump’s plan to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities like New York is illegal and vowed to fight it in court.

“It’s illegal. It is just plain illegal. We will meet him in court. We will beat him in court,” de Blasio said.

“I remember vividly the day the Trump administration, when he said he was going to cut our security funding because we did not ask for documentation status, because we would not cooperate with everything ICE was doing,” he added.

“We said we would go to court to stop it and we did.”

  Bill de Blasio apparently does not even note the irony and contradiction in his own statement: he claims what Donald Trump is doing is illegal while neglecting the fact that refusing to enforce federal law is illegal, but that is not the most ironic part of his statement. On one hand Bill de Blasio sued the President to keep federal funding even though New York was a sanctuary city, and now on the other hand he is threatening to sue the President if he makes good on New York’s promise to be a sanctuary city.

  These people have become so blinded with hatred that they are not seeing or thinking clearly any more. They do not even realize they are now fighting against illegal immigrants and that is because the Democrats never really cared about the illegal immigrants, they only cared about taking the opposite position as the President. Now their opposition to Donald Trump has turned them against the illegal immigrants.

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Cher: Los Angeles ‘can’t take care of its own’ and illegals at the same time

April 15, 2019

  It has been quite entertaining to watch the Democrats backtrack from their positions on sanctuary cities ever since Donald Trump trolled them with the “threat” to take them up on their offer to house illegal immigrants.

  Because Donald Trump suggested this idea Democrats have to oppose it for they have vowed to resist everything the President tries to do. The response has been priceless as the Democrats opposition goes along the lines of; how dare you willingly put illegal immigrants in cities that promised to shelter them from your policies. 

  After two years of hearing about how Donald Trump was treating illegal immigrants inhumanely at the border these same people are trying to say it is inhumane to relocate them in cities that said they would take them.

   But I think the best response comes from Cher, who tweeted the following:

  In this one tweet Cher is suddenly sounding quite a bit like a Republican voter. This is exactly what conservatives have been arguing for years, we cannot afford to take care of illegal immigrants and we should not take care of them until after all homeless Americans are cared for. 

  I cannot tell you how many times I have seen liberals on social media argue that this is not an either/or proposition and that America can take care of her own and illegal immigrants. But that was when they thought this was a Texas problem and now that there is a chance it could hit close to home we find out what hypocrites people like Cher really are.

  I do not know if this is what Donald Trump’s goal was but I think it was and the liberals walked right into the trap. 

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Sunday, April 14th open thread: ‘Be Alright’

April 14, 2019

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 KJV)

  open-threadHere is this week’s open thread. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

 You can subscribe to America’s Watchtower to receive email updates and you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right.

  Here is Dean Lewis performing “Be Alright” live from 2018:

Donald Trump ‘threatens’ to send illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities

April 13, 2019

  There is some debate as to whether or not this is still on the table but yesterday it was reported that Donald Trump floated the idea of sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities if a solution to the border crisis cannot be agreed upon.

  Some reports say that Homeland Security put the kibosh on the idea while the President said it was still on the table and reiterated the fact that he would do this if the Democrats do not work with him on a solution.

  That sounds like a threat–and the media has portrayed it as a threat–if it were not for the fact that these cities have declared themselves a refuge for illegal immigrants, it seems it would be more accurate to say Donald Trump is taking them up on their offer. These are illegal immigrants who are set to be released pending hearing anyway, why not send them to a place which has already told them they are welcome?

  But of course if Donald Trump proposes something it cannot be a good idea according to the Democrats, who have vowed to resist everything, and so this idea has been called an “assault on human dignity” and a notion that is “unworthy of the President of the United States” by such people as Nancy Pelosi.

  Of course the idea of settling refuges is nothing new, in fact this is what the Counsel of Foreign Relations says on its website:

Refugees are resettled in one of approximately 190 communities across the country, though there are several states that generally resettle higher numbers than others. According to the State Department, Texas, Washington, and Ohio took in the highest number of refugees in fiscal year 2018, making up 20 percent of all refugee admissions that year.

    So resettling refugees across the nation is nothing new and the Democrats have not complained about it in the past. In fact I would guess that in the past the Democrats would have argued taking refugees and relocating them in a community that wants them so they can start a new life is beneficial to their dignity, not an assault on human dignity. And yet here they are taking the opposite position…

  Here is my take: this is not going to happen and Donald Trump knows it is not going to happen. The President was trolling the Democrats for a reaction and as usual they overreacted exactly the way he knew they would and in the process exposed themselves once again.

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Former Obama White House lawyer indicted for lying about his ties to Ukraine

April 11, 2019

  While the topic of the now-debunked alleged collusion between Russia and Donald Trump during the 2016 election has dominated the news for over two years the media has ignored a brewing scandal within the Democratic party and its possible shady ties to Ukraine.

  In case you have not heard, and you probably have not if you only get your news from the mainstream media, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee were conspiring with Ukraine to influence the 2016 election, and most recently we found out Joe Biden got a Ukrainian prosecutor fired because he was investigating Hunter Biden.

  Of course the bigger story there is that after all the investigations into the allegations of collusion between Donald Trump and Russia we learned that not only was there no collusion there but that the collusion was actually on the other side and it involved Ukraine but no news outlets found this newsworthy at all and the Republicans were nowhere to be heard.

  I have written in the past that I thought it was possible the Democrats would rue the day they came up with this false Russian narrative because it could come back to bite them in the end and it seems like that might be in the process of happening. 

  William Barr is opening up an investigation into the conduct of the FBI during the 2016 election for spying on Donald Trump and Devin Nunes is referring criminal charges against eight individuals to the Department of Justice over FISA abuses during the 2016 election and now we have an Obama White House lawyer being indicted for lying about his ties to Ukraine. 

  Here is more:

Former Obama administration White House counsel Greg Craig has been indicted by the Department of Justice with making false statements and concealing material information about his activities on behalf of Ukraine. Lawyers for Craig had expected their client to be charged in a foreign lobbying investigation spun off from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe

Craig, 74, was indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for willfully falsifying and concealing material facts from the National Security Division’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit and for making false and misleading statements to the FARA Unit, according to a release by the DOJ. The maximum penalties for the charged offenses are, respectively, five years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, and five years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. 

  Remember how giddy the left was when news broke that Robert Mueller spun off investigations during his probe because they figured it meant he had so much dirt on Donald Trump he could not handle it all by himself? I guess that was not the case after all…

  As I wrote above it looks like the tide is starting to turn and I think the Democrats should start getting a little nervous, this could just be the beginning.

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Maxine Waters tries to corner bankers on student loans, get schooled instead

April 11, 2019

  How about we lighten it up a little bit today? This video is making the rounds so you probably already saw it but I thought I would share it anyway.

  Here Maxine Waters, who is on the Financial Services Committee by the way, decides she is going to grill the banksters about their roll in the student loan business and she asks them what they intend to do about helping people who cannot afford their student loans.

  The first two gently tell her they got out of the student loan business years ago and then the third guy tells her the same and then reminds Maxine Waters that the government took over the student loan business in 2010.

  Yes it is funny to watch Maxine Waters embarrassed like that, but at the same time it is scary because you would like to think that somebody on the Financial Services Committee would know this but of course she did not.

  She sure did change the subject quickly…