Meanwhile, A Fifth Migrant Child Dies In Custody Of Border Patrol

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The U.S. government says a 16-year-old Guatemalan died Monday at a Border Patrol station in South Texas, the fifth death of a migrant child apprehended by border agents since December. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that Border Patrol apprehended the teenager in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley on May 13. The agency says the teenager was … Read More

Kirstjen Nielsen Ousted As Secretary Of Human Cruelty

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So Kirstjen Nielsen, whose legacy will be the most heartless and lawbreaking immigration policy this nation has known in at least 70 years, wasn’t heartless and lawbreaky enough for Donald Trump, who accepted her resignation Sunday evening so he can move immigration policy in “a tougher direction.” Trump essentially fired Nielsen because he wants a “tougher” approach to the migrant crisis … Read More

Trump To Speak Live From The Oval Office To Sign His First Veto

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Donald Trump didn’t just lose any old Senate vote on Thursday. He didn’t even just lose a vote on his signature issue. When 12 Republicans voted to block Trump’s national emergency declaration, they did so despite Trump’s personal lobbying and insistence that the vote was about Donald Trump. The Washington Post reports that, in calls to Republican senators, “the president spoke of the battle almost … Read More

Senate Passes Not-An-Emergency Resolution, Setting Up Trump’s Veto

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The Senate delivered a high-profile rebuke to President Donald Trump over his signature agenda issue Thursday when 12 Republicans joined Democrats to overturn the President’s national emergency border declaration. The vote was 59-41, an overwhelming vote against the President’s executive action.Lawmakers don’t have enough votes, however, to override a certain veto from the President, but passage of the resolution in … Read More

DHS Had Database Tracking Journalists

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This is creepy and evokes memories of Nixon’s enemies list. The Trump administration kept track of activists, journalists, and social media influencers tied to the Central American caravans in a secret database, documentsobtained by KNSD-TV revealed.  Journalists who covered the caravans and activists said they felt they were undergoing intense inspections and scrutiny by border officials From KNSD: One photojournalist said she was … Read More

The Senate Will Join The House In Blocking Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration

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Roll Call reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said senators were still looking into whether the joint resolution to stop President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration can be amended. But, the Kentucky Republican also said he anticipated the Senate would pass the measure disapproving of the border security emergency. “I was one of those hoping the president would not take the … Read More

Breaking: Trump Signs Budget Deal And Declares Emergency

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Trump is live now. Trying to spin this as a win. Trump: “I didn’t need to do this. but I’d rather do it much faster”. That doesn’t sound like an emergency. Trump just said “I didn’t need to do this.” Some emergency! — Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) February 15, 2019 The optional, just-to-speed-things-up kind of emergency https://t.co/OFgU8FNrbI — Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) … Read More

Breaking: Nope, He’s Declaring A “National Emergency”

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Rule of thumb: Never underestimate the stupidity of this President and his unique ability to do the worst thing. Know what's a national emergency? Having a president so stupid he can be goaded into a series of constitutional crises by the voices he hears on his tv set. — Hunter (@HunterDK) February 14, 2019 Bloomberg: President Donald Trump will sign … Read More

Democrats and Republicans Agree To A Border Deal, Averting Shutdown

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The Washington Post has the details: The framework would provide $1.375 billion for barriers along the border, including 55 miles of new fencing,with certain restrictions on the location, according to a congressional official familiar with the agreement….Democrats backed down from their demand on tight limits on detention beds that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement could use to detain undocumented immigrants, pulling away from a push … Read More

Trump Incites Violence

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Trump’s rally in El Paso last night — to shill for his border wall — was notable for many reasons. For one thing, the counter-rally (with El Paso native Beto O’Rourke) had more attendees… Numbers don’t lie.El Paso Fire Department crowd estimates::Trump: 6,500 Beto O’Rourke: 10,000 – 15,000 — Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) February 12, 2019 … although that number does … Read More

Document Dump: The Dems Opening Offer In The Border Wall Negotiations

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Some interesting tidbits: Democrats have offered $500 million “to address humanitarian concerns at the border, including medical care, more efficient transportation, food and other consumables, and to support at least one prototype temporary holding facility (72 hours or less) with better conditions and services for migrants.” (Trump doesn’t want this, but it’ll give a lie to his supposed concern if … Read More