Fencing Off an Attractive Nuisance

 

People have been choosing to take some risk and expense to come to this country, rather than others closer to their home country, in part because our federal government, with the collusion of both major party establishments, allowed access to our social welfare system. It took President Trump to finally uphold our written laws, finally getting the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice personnel in place who would not continue resisting American law and the policy preferences of a presidential electoral majority.

On Friday, a short statement from the Press Secretary thanked the Supreme Court for doing the right thing and noting the new DHS rule on immigrants’ access to welfare programs will go into force this Monday.

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Washington DC Wins. Washington State (and Others) Lose. It’s Good.

 

Wednesday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Trump Administration can withhold federal funds from cities and states that deny the feds access to illegal aliens released from prisons (i.e., maintain “sanctuary” for illegals).

This is a good thing.  The headline on the local station web site reads “Appeals court rules against Wash. State.”  In this case, Washington state, and others, are in the wrong, and, in my opinion, deserve to be slapped down.

The Democrats debated in Las Vegas last night and they put on quite the show. Join Jim and Greg as they walk through the major dust-ups between Bloomberg and Warren, Bloomberg and Sanders, and Klobuchar and Buttigieg and try to figure out what the impact will be on the race for the nomination. They’re also thrilled to see a new poll from Gallup showing Americans with the highest satisfaction in the state of the U.S. since 2005 and lopsided numbers of citizens optimistic about the economy and where it is headed. And they go back to the debate to focus on NBC’s Chuck Todd asking Michael Bloomberg whether billionaires should exist.

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US District Court Judge, David Bury, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled yesterday in Tucson that the temporary detention facilities used initially to house immigrants before assigning them to a more permanent facility were “substantially worse than detainees face upon commitment to a civil immigration facility or even a criminal detention facility.” As a result, […]

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Most Democrats and many Republicans believe it is morally acceptable for foreigners to reject our country’s democratically established immigration procedures and to settle in the US simply because there is more economic opportunity here. One needn’t be fleeing direct threats of violence (a refugee) to break into another people’s home and remain indefinitely. It’s enough […]

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More Democratic infighting means more popcorn on today’s Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they get a kick out of Tulsi Gabbard suing Hillary Clinton for defamation after Hillary indirectly accused Gabbard of being a Russian asset. They’re also very puzzled as to why Joe Biden would insist on not deporting illegal immigrants guilty of drunk driving, especially given his own family’s story. And they discuss the House impeachment managers’ odd tactic of accusing the jurors in the Senate of assisting President Trump in a cover-up if they reject any efforts by Democrats to subpoena documents or witnesses.

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Well, I did hear the word chévere in the Dominican Republic, so Stevie was good on that one. Anyway, I suppose the much more recent controversy has lapsed into mere kerfufflehood and will likely rightly shrink to the size of a pinhead, but I would still like to meditate on “cultural sites.” I have met […]

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He is more cynical than I am! Cynicism is a feature not a bug. Border Dilemmas Are the Same for Trump or Obama Two global news agencies withdraw a story when they realize it scandalized the wrong president. Don’t doubt the special iniquity of the current U.S. administration when it comes to the problem of illegal […]

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I’ve had some conversations on Ricochet where setting clear  and measurable assimilation standards for migrants (specifically migrants from MENA to Europe, as refugees or not) has been raised. (@GrannyDude – see, I was listening.) There is a jurisdiction in the West that has done just that for migrants (and has recently kicked it up a […]

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Have I ever done that? Have I and the former President of Bolivia ever done it in the same place? I don’t think so, at least in the places he is currently reputed to be. His exact whereabouts remain undisclosed. But it’s a safe guess he’s not in, oh, Guaymas, or Chetumal, or Tapachula, or […]

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The DACA Dilemma

 

Activists protest President Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA, Portland, OR, Sept. 5, 2017. (Shutterstock.com)

A vexed Supreme Court is now considering the legal status of the highly popular program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA. DACA’s survival is now up for grabs in three related cases before the Court, which are being consolidated under the name Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. The Court displayed its angst about the legality of DACA during last week’s oral argument for the case.

In June 2012, President Barack Obama initiated the program whereby children who were brought into the United States illegally became eligible to remain for two-year renewable periods so long as they did not commit any felonies or misdemeanors. As designed, the program does not offer these “Dreamers” a path toward citizenship, but it does authorize them to get jobs, obtain driver’s licenses, social security, and a host of other privileges. There are now close to 700,000 Dreamers in the United States, and they have often excelled, as students, military personnel, and workers. Most emphatically, they are not “far from angels,” let alone “hardened criminals,” as President Trump scandalously tweeted on the day of oral argument.

Back to our usual format with three big stories today!  Jim and Greg applaud the Senate for passing legislation designed to sanction anyone found targeting the human rights of people in Hong Kong, but they still wish the demonstrators could get some public support from President Trump.  They also react to U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland contending that the Trump administration did demand Ukraine open an investigation into Burisma and the 2016 elections in exchange for President Zelensky to receive an invitation to the White House, and that he believes the suspension of military aid was linked to those demands as well.  And they marvel at the media deleting a story about the numbers of migrant children in U.S. detention when they learn the figure is actually from the Obama years.

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In silent homage to my father, I leaf through the prospectuses I get from the mutual funds I have invested in. I fear however that it is also stupid homage: unlike Dad, I don’t even pretend I understand what I’m seeing. I appreciate the openness of the funds’ stewards, but I am willing to presume […]

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Rob Long takes over Jim’s stool for the day to discuss a big day in political announcements.  First, they size of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions running for his old U.S. Senate seat and starting his campaign by praising the president who fired him, a move Rob describes as brilliant.  They also watch Virginia Democrats talking about gun confiscation and Bernie Sanders proposing the end of illegal immigrant deportations and the abolition of agencies like ICE and Customs and Border Protection, and marvel at how the left just can’t help embracing extreme positions when it seems to have some momentum.  And they dissect former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to begin filing paperwork to seek the Democratic nomination in 2020, with Rob wondering how Bloomberg thought his record in the Big Apple could be attractive to rank and file Democrats.

Another day with two good martinis!  Join Jim and Greg as they celebrate U.S. forces killing another top ISIS official who may have been the successor to al-Baghdadi.  They’re also pleasantly surprised to see Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema frustrating party leaders for taking a moderate approach on several issues and opposing an end to the legislative filibuster no matter which party is in control.  And while Jeff Sessions was a solid senator, they’re not too excited to hear Sessions is seriously considering joining a crowded field to win the seat again.

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The Trump Administration has released* a new statement about illegal immigration.  It clearly explains President Trump’s position, and I think that it is worthy of bipartisan support.  Here it is: Republicans remember that we are a nation of immigrants. We recognize the extraordinary contribution of immigrants to America throughout our history. We welcome legal immigrants […]

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‘Open Borders, Inc.’ a Must-Read

 

A year ago, frustrated with the media’s pathetic coverage of the burgeoning, 7,000-member migrant caravan from Central America to the United States, I posted an intemperate tweet. Long deleted, I asserted that the Open Society Foundations – funded by currency trader, billionaire, and left-wing “philanthropist” George Soros – was behind the caravan.

The left-wing Twitter Mob’s response was quick and ferocious. Reporters, including the New York Times’ Ken Vogel and others from Bloomberg, CNN, and the Washington Post reached out to me. Despite the fact my Twitter account (with a whopping 2,200 followers at the time) was always personal and never affiliated with my employer, it didn’t take much for The Mob to inundate my employer’s senior executives with scores of emails and demands for my head, never mind the fact that I was already halfway out the door as part of a planned retirement.

CNN actually reported that I had been fired (completely false), and a few wags decided to edit a Wikipedia page about my service as Secretary of the Senate with lies about me. Nevermind that the social media mavens at the Open Society denied that they had anything to do with that caravan. Bloomberg wanted to chat about my social media posts on other issues, such as same-sex marriage. You know the motive.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Rich McFadden of Radio America tackle two good martinis and one crazy as Rich sits in for Greg Corombos. First, they marvel at President Trump’s $125 million fundraising haul in the third quarter of 2019. They also notice brewing tensions on the far left as Bernie Sanders starts criticizing Elizabeth Warren for refusing to admit she will have to raise taxes to pay for her progressive agenda. And they shake their heads as Trump reportedly advocated a snake-filled moat at the border and for border agents to shoot people in the legs if they were coming in illegally.