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Reported By Randy DeSoto | March 12, 2018 at 10:58am
URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/report-trumps-wall-pay-cutting-welfare-illegals/
A new study says there may be no need for President Donald Trump to have Mexico pay for the southern border wall, because it would pay for itself in savings to the American taxpayer. The Center for Immigration Studies report revealed the costs of the $18 billion wall would be quickly compensated by curbing the number of illegal immigrants who enter the country and enroll in public programs, as well as the costs associated with crime.
“The wall could pay for itself even if it only modestly reduced illegal crossings and drug smuggling,” CIS President Steven A. Camarota told New York Post.
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According to federal data, illegal border crossings in El Paso, Texas dropped 89 percent over a 5- year period after a two-story-high fence was erected during the George W. Bush administration. Similarly, in San Diego, crossings dropped 95 percent in 2006 after a fence was erected as part of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which passed both chambers of Congress by large majorities.
Without a wall, the Homeland Security Department estimates there will be 1.7 million illegal crossings from Mexico into the U.S. over the next decade. Camarota said if just 200,000 of those crossings were stopped by the wall, it would pay for itself in savings from welfare, public education, refundable tax credits and other benefits currently given to low-income immigrants from Mexico and Central American countries.
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According to CIS, 75 percent of the illegal immigrants in the country are from those regions.
Camarota added if the crossings were reduced by 50 percent, the savings to the American taxpayer would be $64 billion, or well over 3.5 times the wall’s cost.
“A large share of the welfare used by immigrant households is received on behalf of their U.S.-born children,” he said. “This is especially true of households headed by illegal immigrants.”
The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest “survey of income and program participation” showed 62 percent of illegal immigrant heads of household are on the federal dole.
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Appearing Monday on “Fox & Friends,” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, affirmed the conclusions of the CIS study.
“When you look at what a wall will do in allowing us to apprehend the vast majority of those individuals that are coming across the border, it will cut down on how much the taxpayer burden will be, which then will go straight into funding the wall,” he said.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stated in January that the administration is seeking funding for 700 miles of wall construction for target strategic areas along the 2,000-mile border. There are currently approximately 650 miles of fencing in various forms. Around 350 miles consist of pedestrian fencing, usually about 15-feet tall, and there are 300 miles of vehicle barriers.
Fox News reported that Trump plans to view the eight prototypes of his “big, beautiful wall” on Tuesday near San Diego. Each is 30-feet high. Four are made of concrete, while the others incorporate concrete among other construction materials.
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At a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday night, Trump affirmed, “We are building the wall, 100 percent,” in response to chants of “Build that wall.”
“For people, for gangs, for drugs. The drugs have never been a problem like we have right now,” the president stated.
He also told the crowd he would not accede to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s request to state publicly that his country would not have to pay for the wall. Trump recounted ending the call: “I said ‘Bye, bye. We’re not making that deal.’”
Dems Lose It as Tweet Suggests Trump Ordered Military Vet Deported… Fail to Realize It Was Actually Obama
A misleading tweet from a reporter had Democrats and liberals on social media up in arms recently after it announced that a military veteran was being deported to Mexico. However, what the tweet left out was that the man had been drummed out of the military for a drug infraction, that he had served a lengthy prison term after giving drugs to an undercover officer — and that the deportation order had been issued under the Obama administration.
In a tweet last week, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists posted the sad “travesty” of Miguel Perez:
It didn’t take the left long to pounce and take up the Chicago resident’s case.
Even the Democrats on the House Veterans Affairs Committee got in on the Trump-bashing action, arguing that no veteran should ever be deported:
Heartbreaking, until you consider what Mr. Woodman left out. And, according to the Washington Free Beacon, that’s a great deal.
First, Perez was given a general discharge from the Army on a drug infraction. In 2008, after his military service, according to the Chicago Tribune, he “handed a laptop case containing cocaine to an undercover officer” and ended up being sentenced to 15 years in jail.
Perez, 39, was born in Mexico and came to the United States when his father moved the family to Chicago because of a job offer, according to CNN. He is currently on a hunger strike as he faces deportation. He says he mistakenly thought he became a U.S. citizen when he took an oath to defend the United States while in the military. He also contends his military superiors did not help him understand just what he needed to do in order to become a citizen.
After he was released from prison in September 2016, he was placed into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and ordered deported. This, you may note, happened under the waning months of the Obama administration, which had every opportunity to make sure Perez stayed in the country. It did not.
“Perez’s attorney Chris Bergin said he has filed a stay on two grounds,” the Chicago Tribune reported. “One is based on a medical evaluation finding that Perez needs immediate attention for PTSD and his brain injury. The other seeks retroactive citizenship for Perez to when he joined the military in 2001.”
Perez has previously argued that veterans with combat experience are targeted by drug cartels in Mexico to work for them, although a three-judge panel on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that argument in late January.
While Perez may have served this country, the fact is that he is being deported for a reason: He is not an American citizen, and he committed a serious crime.
Courts under both the Obama and Trump administrations have upheld his conviction, and if the Democrats had wanted to do anything about it, they certainly had a president who could have done just that. He chose not to, likely for good reason.
To drop this on the Trump administration is the height of deceptiveness. If liberals want to look at who’s really responsible for deciding this, they ought to look at someone else from Chicago: former President Obama.
URL of the original posting site: http://conservativetribune.com/mexican-criminals-religion-dark/
Members of Mexican cartels are flocking to a new Mexican folk religion, and it puts a dark spin on Christianity. The religion involves devotion to La Santa Muerte, which translates to “Holy Death” or “Saint Death,” and can even include human sacrifice, reported Fox News.
The popularity of the religion among drug traffickers and violent criminals in Central Texas has raised concern among authorities, prompting Texas officials and the Catholic Church to warn about the dangers of the dark creed.
An FBI bulletin written by Robert J. Bunker, an academic and adviser to the government on security matters, noted the rise of the “criminalized and dark variant” of the Christian religion, pointing to many of its negative implications, which include “inspired and ritualistic killings.”
The bulletin said those who worship La Santa Muerte, who is depicted as a robed skeleton carrying a scythe in one hand and a globe or scales in the other, can partake of various forms of sacrifice that include the “ritual murder and butchering of humans.”
The report mentioned three instances where brutal killings took place in the name of Santa Muerte, killings that rival even the butchers of the Islamic State group.
“We’re seeing more and more criminals that are praying to Santa Muerte,” Robert Almonte, a former El Paso narcotics detective and former U.S. marshal, told KVUE.
Which is the reason why citizens, especially those in law enforcement, should be aware of this dark practice.
Almonte conducts seminars to inform law enforcement officers about the signs of the Santa Muerte cult.
“Officers are entering homes on drug search warrants and they’re encountering elaborate Santa Muerte shrines,” an undercover Austin police officer told KVUE.
Almonte also said that those practicing the religion believe that more intense sacrifices will earn them favor with Santa Muerte.
It’s frightening to think that people practice this kind of “religion,” and it’s even more frightening that we are seeing evidence of it in our own cities.
URL of the original posting site: http://www.westernjournalism.com/border-patrol-union-president-says-morale-among-border-patrol-agents-time-high/
Contending that President Donald Trump has done an excellent job of enforcing immigration law, the president of the National Border Patrol Council said Monday that morale has never been higher among Border Patrol agents.
Brandon Judd, the union’s president, said on Fox & Friends that the Border Patrol was not allowed to enforce immigration law over the last eight years because of the Obama administration’s catch-and release policies.
When asked to explain why the number of illegal border crossings has gone down so significantly under the Trump administration, Judd said that a message has been sent that “if you cross our borders illegally, you will be detained and you will be sent back.
“If you’re in the left, right or in the middle, you have to say this president has done exactly what he promised to do,” Judd said.
“We do have border security like what we expect to see,” he added.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that the number of apprehensions has dropped to a six-year low in July, likely due to the president’s aggressive enforcement policies.
Regarding Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, Judd said that the U.S. must “have to have a double-layered wall,” also known as a secondary fence.
“If you look at El Paso or San Diego where we did it right, illegal immigration has plummeted and if we do it right in strategic locations like what the president said, we’re going to control illegal immigration,” Judd said.
“I think it’s going to get done,” he said of the effort to build the border wall.
In March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection solicited proposals for two types of walls — one concrete barrier and another consisting of alternative materials which might include energy-producing solar panels.
U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement entered “phase two” of the process in June, announcing that it would construct up to eight prototypes for consideration.
While they await the wall, Judd said there is now a “vibe” and “energy” among Border Patrol officers that he has not seen during his 20-year career.
“We signed up to do a job and this president is allowing us to do that job,” he said.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents say that under the new Trump administration, they’ve been empowered to carry out their jobs, instead of being punished for insubordination and told not to arrest illegals. The New York Times interviewed 17 ICE agents across the country to talk about how the new atmosphere created under the Trump administration has allowed them to properly deport illegals. The Times described the agency under Trump as a “whirlwind of activity.”
“Before, we used to be told, ‘You can’t arrest those people,’ and we’d be disciplined for being insubordinate if we did,” said one ICE agent, who had worked with the agency for 10 years. “Now those people are priorities again. And there are a lot of them here.”
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that the Trump administration’s goal was to “take the shackles off” agents.
Under the Obama administration, agents were told only to focus on deporting gang members and those with serious criminal histories.
“What part of illegal don’t people understand?” one agent commented on Obama-era policies in frustration. Now that ICE agents no longer fear the scourge from officials bent on providing cover for illegals, the unions for ICE and Border Patrol noted that morale has skyrocketed.
“As representatives of the nation’s frontline immigration officers and agents responsible for enforcing our laws and protecting our borders, we fully support and appreciate President Trump’s swift and decisive action to keep the American people safe and allow law enforcement to do its job,” the statement read. “Morale amongst our agents and officers has increased exponentially since the signing of the orders.”
Some agents have even started describing their jobs as “fun.”
This new-found empowerment is concerning to Democratic Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who protested to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly that Virginia residents are being detained “without cause or specific allegations of criminal activity.”
Resistance isn’t just coming from elected officials like McAuliffe, but also from local law enforcement in cities that have pledged to protect illegals from deportation. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other officials have asked ICE agents to stop calling themselves “police” when conducting raids, as they say it’s reducing trust among residents.
Joint raids between police and DHS in Santa Cruz has devolved into a series of accusations from the local police chief that DHS was going after immigrants, as well, not just MS-13 gang members.
“The Department of Homeland Security, unbeknownst to us at the Santa Cruz Police Department, had acted outside the scope of this operation and had detained and removed a number of individuals from locations based upon their immigration status,” Chief Kevin Vogel said at a news conference. “The community has an absolute right to be angry over this. This has violated the trust of the community, and we cannot tell you how disappointed we are by the betrayal of the Department of Homeland Security.”
It’s expected that the tension between local police authorities in liberal states like California and federal authorities will continue to escalate.
Trump said he wants to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more ICE officers.
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Mexican presidential hopeful Andres Manuel López Obrador held a mass rally in Los Angeles on Sunday to criticize American President Donald J. Trump’s plans to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border. The populist López Obrador hoped to rally supporters against his country’s ruling party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and to capitalize on resentment over Trump’s border wall proposal, wire service Reuters reported.
The candidate added that Trump is “stirring up” Americans against Mexicans, according to a version of his speech published on his website.
“Donald Trump and his advisors have gained from stirring up members in certain sectors of U.S. society against immigrants and, particularly, those of Mexican nationality,” he said.
“When they want to build a wall to segregate populations, or when the word ‘foreigner’ is used to insult, denigrate and discriminate against our fellow human beings, it goes against humanity, it goes against intelligence and against history,” López Obrador told the crowd.
Lopez Obrador also whipped up the crowd by insisting that he would spearhead a move in the United Nations to file human rights violations against the United States.
The candidate ended his speech by slamming Trump’s campaign phrase, “Make American Great Again.”
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