Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids were reportedly delayed last weekend due to a link within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Two senior administration officials admitted to Buzzfeed News that it is believed widely within ICE that the acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, or one of his staff, leaked key details of the operation.
One of the officials told Buzzfeed: “Leaking the locations and details to stop the operation from happening not only harmed operational integrity, but it put the safety and well-being of his own officers in jeopardy. The ICE mission is enforcing the nation’s laws and ensuring those who are unlawfully present in the country are removed if ordered by a judge; this will leave an unerasable mark on his tenure.”
This is just one of the examples of untrustworthy people within the government who intend to undermine our country. President Trump displayed his warranted skepticism on Monday when he refused to confirm whether he had confidence in FBI Director Christopher Wray. When asked about his faith in Wray, Trump told The Hill “Well, we’ll see how it turns out.”
Both of these stories reflect the continued effects of an active deep state at the top of the federal government. It is imperative that President Trump stop hiring people that orbit Washington D.C. and start looking for highly skilled experts he can pull up through the ranks of their perspective agencies.
We have covered Los Angeles’ explosive homeless problem, their desire to allow illegal immigrants to vote, carry drivers’ licenses, and now they are one step closer to paying for tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to have full health benefits.
“Under an agreement between Governor Gavin Newsom and Democrats in the state legislature, low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. The deal emerged as part of a broader $213 billion budget” Fox News reports.
The Sacramento Bee says lawmakers released a deal late Sunday fulfilling many objectives Governor Newsom put forward six months ago. According to the Bee, “Lawmakers want to use an ‘extraordinary’ state budget surplus to expand health care options for undocumented people while stockpiling billions of dollars I reserves in anticipation of an economic downturn, according to documents the Legislature’s Budget Conference Committee released.”
The budget agreement needs to be approved by the full state legislature in a vote later this week as lawmakers must enact a budget by midnight on June 15. “State officials have estimated the benefits would be available to about 90,000 low-income illegal immigrants at a cost of $98 million per year” according to Foxnews.com.
Anthony Wright, the executive director of the advocacy group Health Access said: “While it’ not all we sought, it will provide a real tangible difference for people, especially for those around and below poverty and for middle-income families who don’t get any help under the federal law.”
And the kicker? The bill pays a little homage to the Obama era: “To pay for part of it, the state agreed to start taxing people who don’t have health insurance. It’s a revival of the individual-mandate penalty that had been on the books nationwide under former President Barack Obama’s health-care law until Republicans in Congress eliminated it as part of the 2-17 overhaul to the tax code.”
Yesterday President Trump threated a new 5% tariff “on all goods imported from Mexico” if they do not get control and increase its immigration enforcement actions. Trump tweeted “On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.”
On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied,..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019
A statement issued by the White House followed, which said that tariff would increase to 10% on July 1, 15% on Aug.1, 20% on Sept. 1 and to 25% on Oct. 1. “Mexico’s passive cooperation in allowing this mass incursion constitutes an emergency and extraordinary threat to the national security and economy of the United States,” the statement said. “Mexico has very strong immigration laws and could easily halt the illegal flow of migrants, including by returning them to their home countries.”
According to CNN.com “Trump has threatened Mexico with tariffs in the past as he has grown frustrated with the flow of Central American migrants to the southern US border. He last made this threat in April amid another threat to close the border with Mexico. After walking back that threat, he suggested that tariffs would be a more effective means to pressure Mexico to do more.” Both sides of the aisle are debating if this tactic if it were to come to fruition, would accomplish its goal. Some are concerned that it would just mean importing companies would have to decide whether to eat the cost or pass them on to American consumers.
Trump, however, told reporters “Before we close the border we’ll put the tariffs on the cars…I don’t think we’ll ever have to close the border, because the penalty of tariffs on cars coming into the United States from Mexico at 25% will be massive.” Money does talk. “According to the Office of the US Trade Representative, US imports of goods from Mexico totaled $346.5 billion in 2018. That includes cars and machinery as well as agricultural products.”
US officials confirmed this week that border patrol agents apprehended over 2,200 Central American migrants near El Paso, Texas on Memorial Day; raising serious questions over safety and security throughout the region.
“Border Patrol Agents in the El Paso sector apprehended more than 2,200 undocumented immigrants ‘who entered the country illegally’ on Memorial Day,” reports ABC El Paso.
“The record-setting day began in the boot heel of New Mexico with a large group of more than 200 undocumented immigrants apprehended near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry just after 2 a.m,” adds the local news channel.
Sen. Lindsey Graham unveiled a new immigration proposal two weeks ago that aims to end Central American asylum claims at the US-Mexico border and return unaccompanied children to their home countries.
“Graham’s bill is designed specifically to deal with loopholes he says are encouraging migrants from Central America to make the treacherous journey north and bring children with them. He pointed in particular to the 20-day limit for authorities to hold unaccompanied minors and families before having to release them into the U.S. homeland,” reports Fox News.
“This is a nightmare for smugglers,” Graham said. “This is a godsend to stop the humanitarian disaster.”
“The word is out on the street in Central America if you bring a minor child with you, your chance of being deported goes to almost zero, your hearing date is years away and we release you inside the country and that’s the goal of coming,” he said.
Lindsey Graham displays poster on new legislation:
– Asylum must be filed in country of origin or Mexico
– Treat Central American unaccompanied minors like those from Canada, Mexico
– Families held together up to 100 days
– 500 new immigration judgeshttps://t.co/AfEIFrfeM5 pic.twitter.com/oQ6Tvhpq16
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 15, 2019
The new legislation would end asylum claims at the US border but would permit individuals to request asylum at US embassies and consulates across Central America.
“If we do these four things, then the incentives created by our laws will cease to exist, this humanitarian disaster will begin to repair itself and I am willing to sit down with Democrats and find a way to address the underlying problem in Central America,” said Graham. “I am willing to put other immigration ideas on the table to marry up with this but what I am not willing to do is ignore this problem any longer.”
Sen. Graham was a key supporter of President Trump’s declaration of a “national emergency” at the border just months ago.