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  • Trump Pledges to ‘Take Care of ICE,’ Then Signs Bill Crippling Agency’s Power to Deport Illegals

    02/15/2019 10:36:36 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 66 replies
    breitbart. ^ | 2-15-19 | John Binder
    During a press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Friday morning, President Trump pledged to “take care” of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents moments before signing policy into law that strips the agency of deportation powers. “ICE is abused by the press and by the Democrats,” Trump said. “And by the way, we’re going to be taking care of ICE. Whether we talk about the new bill … we’re going to be taking care of ICE. They wanted to get rid of ICE and the bill is just the opposite of that.” The bipartisan spending package, however,...
  • Sen Grassley: Pray the President has the wisdom to sign the bill

    02/14/2019 10:25:08 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 83 replies
    CSPAN via twitter ^ | 02/14/2019 | CSPAN Following the invocation this morning, Senator Grassley said into the microphone: "Let's all pray that the president will have wisdom to sign the bill so government doesn't shut down."
  • How Trump can get the rest of his wall money — without a shutdown or emergency

    02/12/2019 6:12:27 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb 12, 2019 | By Marc A. Thiessen
    longest government shutdown in history over nothing. Democrats have agreed to fund $1.375 billion for 55 miles of physical barrier along the border, which is only a little different than what Trump would have gotten under a continuing resolution that funded the government at current levels — and far less than the $5.7 billion Trump demanded to build 230 miles of barriers that experts and the Department of Homeland Security said they need to secure the border. But Trump can still get the rest of the money — without a government shutdown or declaring a national emergency... To win, Trump...
  • Trump says Dems to blame if government shuts down this week

    02/11/2019 2:14:30 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 11, 2019 | Stephen Dinan
    President Trump said Monday that Democrats are now in control of whether there will be a government shutdown at the end of the week, saying their last-minute demands to detain fewer illegal immigrants are poisoning negotiations. The president also announced his administration had begun building a “big, big” new section of border wall, as he pressed Congress for more money to keep construction going, and to sustain the ability of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain illegal immigrants. Standing with sheriffs at the White House, Mr. Trump read out a list of crimes committed by illegal immigrants detained in...
  • Are You Ready For Government Shutdown II: Detention Bed Boogaloo?

    02/11/2019 1:15:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/11/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    In the immortal words of John Hurt, parodying his Alien role in Spaceballs: “Oh no … not again!” The odds of another shutdown increased markedly over the weekend, but this time the issue isn’t border-wall funding. Democrats want a cap on how many illegal immigrants can be detained at once, a demand on which the White House refuses to bend: The latest dispute centers on a Democratic demand to cap the number of detention beds available for undocumented immigrants arrested when they are already inside the U.S., as opposed to those arrested when trying to cross the border.Democrats are...
  • Democrats and Open Borders: The Budget Is the Policy

    02/11/2019 10:54:30 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | February 11, 2019 | Mark Krikorian
    The Democratic leadership may be trying to keep its distance from the hard Left’s comically absurd Green New Deal, but it has embraced the “Abolish ICE” agenda. The Washington Post report that Rich linked to makes clear that the Democratic budget negotiators, while shying away from simply guillotining the agency immediately, as their party’s Jacobins have demanded, have simply adopted a different approach to the same goal — starving ICE’s immigration-enforcement functions. Wall funding hasn’t even been a major issue in the ongoing talks because, as the Post put it, the “White House had begun to signal flexibility on that...
  • Trump: Top Dems aren't allowing negotiators to make border security deal (cap on illegals)

    02/11/2019 2:19:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/10/19 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump on Sunday sought to pin blame on Democrats for what lawmakers described as faltering negotiations on border security funding. "I don’t think the Dems on the Border Committee are being allowed by their leaders to make a deal," Trump tweeted. "They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall & now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention!" In a follow-up tweet, Trump suggested that Democrats "want a Shutdown" to change the subject from a week of difficult headlines. He referenced his State of the Union...
  • Border-Security Funding Negotiations Stall as Shutdown Looms

    02/10/2019 11:37:22 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 10, 2019 | Kate Davidson, Kristina Peterson and Ken Thomas
    Negotiations over a bipartisan deal for border-security funding have broken down, aides familiar with the talks and other officials said Sunday, increasing the likelihood of another government shutdown at the end of the week. ... The talks this weekend snagged over the issue of how many detention beds would be provided at the border for housing people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Democrats have been seeking to limit the number of ICE detention beds in exchange for meeting GOP demands to build more physical barriers along the border. Republicans, however, wanted exceptions to the limits. Democrats had proposed...
  • White House won't rule out another shutdown

    02/10/2019 9:22:22 AM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 10, 2019 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The White House said Sunday it cannot rule out another government shutdown as it gets mixed signals from Democrats and Republicans racing a Friday deadline to fund President Trump’s border-wall demands and keep federal operations humming. White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said proposed funding is all over the map and that Democrats’ are pushing to cap the number of detainee beds for people who cross into the U.S. illegally, causing talks to stall. “The government shutdown is still on the table. We do not want it to come to that, but that option is still open to the...
  • Partial shutdown delayed 60,000 immigration court hearings

    02/09/2019 5:41:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 8, 2019
    The partial government shutdown that ended last month has delayed about 60,000 immigration court hearings. […] With more than 800,000 pending cases, the immigration courts overseen by the Department of Justice are notoriously backlogged and at least one judge said she has no openings on her calendar until 2022. …
  • Trump lays out his demands for border deal to top Republican as shutdown deadline nears

    02/07/2019 4:32:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Brainerd Dispatch ^ | February 7, 2019 | The Washington Post
    President Donald Trump met with a key Republican negotiator Thursday, Feb. 7, to lay out his demands for a border deal, as lawmakers sought an agreement to stave off another government shutdown. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told reporters after meeting with Trump that he believes the president will support a deal bipartisan congressional negotiators produce - as long as it meets his parameters. Lawmakers face a Feb. 15 deadline when large portions of the government will shut back down absent a deal. Shelby declined to detail Trump's requirements, and he did not say whether the president had agreed...
  • What the mainstream media won't show you: The Border Wall IS Being Built...

    02/01/2019 6:21:41 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 314 replies
    facebook/video ^ | Jan 31, 2019 | Paloma for Trump
    What the mainstream media won't show you: The Border Wall IS Being Built... video at link Looks like a construction project of a tall steel slatted fence in progress somewhere on the border. Posted as a separate thread for Hoosiermama.
  • President Trump Can Fund the Border Wall with Unobligated Balances

    01/28/2019 5:27:00 AM PST · by gattaca · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 28, 2019 | Rovvy Lepor
    Over a month into the longest partial government shutdown in history, President Trump remains determined to make good on his promise to build a border wall to protect U.S. national security, while the Democrats remain staunchly opposed. President Trump has the opportunity to bypass Democrat opposition by drawing on unobligated balances to fund the border wall, effectively precluding a national emergency declaration and allowing for the government to reopen.
  • Trump Blindsides Congress, Finds All The Border Wall Money Needed And BILLIONS More

    01/30/2019 4:27:48 PM PST · by yoe · 48 replies
    I Love My Freedom ^ | 9, 2019 | Martin
    President Donald Trump just blindsided Congress and found all the border wall money that he needs — and billions more. In a column from The American Thinker, conservative author Rovvy Lepor reveals that Congress has over one trillion dollars sitting in what he calls “unobligated balances.”[snip] It would not only fully fund the entire wall, but it also appears that there’s nothing Democrats could do to stop Trump. On top of that, a president using the unobligated funds to finance a project is hardly unprecedented, as detailed by Lepor in the piece above.
  • Sen. Portman pushing bill to end future government shutdowns

    01/30/2019 5:17:22 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 38 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Updated Jan 28, 2019 | Jessica Wehrman
    For five Congresses now, Portman, R-Ohio, has pushed a bill that would automatically renew government funding if Congress and the White House can’t reach a deal to pass appropriations bills by the beginning of the new fiscal year. This year, he’s got a new partner in the fight: Rep. Troy Balderson, a Zanesville Republican, introduced a House version of the bill late Friday, just as the latest latest shutdown was coming to an end. Their bills come with repercussions aimed at keeping Congress from just passing the same spending bills at last year’s levels without the sort of oversight that...
  • Scalise: Another shutdown inevitable without 'serious, credible' offer from Pelosi

    01/30/2019 1:08:33 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | Gregg Re
    House Minority Whip Steve Scalise told Fox News' "Your World with Neil Cavuto" on Tuesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi needs to change her tone and start making "credible" compromises to avert another government shutdown over border wall funding. Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday invited President Trump to deliver the State of the Union address on Feb. 5, after refusing to allow him to appear in House chambers during the partial government shutdown. On Friday, both chambers of Congress passed a short-term spending bill to reopen the government through Feb. 15 -- but it includes no funding for a border wall....
  • As Joshua Tree reopens, anger over damage to economy, environment

    01/28/2019 1:02:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 26, 2019 | Louis Sahagun
    Against a backdrop of jumbled boulders and spindly trees, former Joshua Tree National Park Supt. Curt Sauer joined dozens of people at a rally in this high desert enclave on Saturday to express their anger over the economic and physical damage caused by the partial government shutdown to the park and the surrounding community. President Trump signed a short-term spending bill on Friday that will reopen the government until Feb. 15. But the 35-day shutdown has already taken a heavy toll on the economy of this dusty refuge for nature lovers, rock climbers and artists at the main gateway to...
  • On the Partial Government Shutdown, Time to Ask Ourselves: What Is Essential?

    01/28/2019 8:50:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/28/2019 | Terry Paulson
    Even though the president has agreed to a three week break in America’s longest running partial shutdown, shutdowns provide some unique opportunities. Should some “unessential services” be permanently shut down or downsized? If something is non-essential, why is the government paying for it at all. There are exceptional government employees and leaders who are very capable and do their jobs effectively. But what if they are good at doing a job that is not necessary for government to do. It’s hard for any politician in Washington to take on government employees. They not only can demonstrate. They vote! Peter Drucker,...
  • White House Says Trump Will 'Move Forward' on Wall Funding 'With or Without the Democrats'

    01/28/2019 8:25:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/28/2019 | Rick Moran
    The White House said on Friday night that Donald Trump will "move forward" with funding for a wall along the southern border "with our without the Democrats."Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee tweeted the warning while she defended the president against conservative criticism that he caved on wall funding in order to end the shutdown. In 21 days President @realDonaldTrump is moving forward building the wall with or without the Democrats. The only outstanding question is whether the Democrats want something or nothing— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 26, 2019 The president refused to characterize the deal as a "concession": I...
  • I don't believe the estimates of the partial shutdown tab

    01/28/2019 8:21:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/28/2019 | Jack Hellner
    Standard  & Poor's is putting out a garbage estimate that the shutdown cost $6 billion.  I believe that is 3/100 of 1% of our $20-trillion economy.  Does anyone really think he can figure out the number accurately?  As with most things, these supposed "experts" just throw out a number, and the rest of the media repeat the numbers as if they were true with no questions asked.  S&P, Fitch, and Moody's couldn't even figure out that junk mortgages were going to go bad, or didn't care because they were making so much money from selling their souls. Standard  & Poor's is putting out a garbage estimate that the shutdown cost...