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Illegal immigrant gets 20 years for raping 12-year-old Mississippi girl

An illegal immigrant who followed a 12-year-old Mississippi girl into a restaurant bathroom, got her number, then raped her hours later, was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years, according to a report.

Valentin Ariosto Alfonso-Arguello, 38, was charged last September for raping the girl the month prior. Authorities said Alfonso-Arguello met the girl at a Ridgeland restaurant — about 12 miles north of Jackson — where he worked and forced her to give him her number.

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Valentin Ariosto Alfonso-Arguello will be subject to deportation after serving his sentence because he is an illegal immigrant.  (Madison County Detention Center)

The girl’s mother woke up around 3 a.m. that night and found her daughter outside walking into the home while a pickup truck sped away with one door open, The Clarion-Ledger reported, citing a news release from the district attorney’s office.

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The girl said Alfonso-Arguello had texted her after his shift ended, telling her he was on his way to her house. She said he raped her in his truck, despite her repeatedly telling him “no,” the press release said.

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Assistant District Attorney Katie Moulds told The Ledger that eight years of Alfonso-Arguello’s 20-year sentence will be suspended, after which he will be subject to deportation or register as a sex offender and serve five years of supervised probation, the news release said.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs ‘sanctuary’ state law

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Local authorities in Washington will be barred from asking about someone’s immigration status under a new “sanctuary” policy that expands similar requirements already in place for state agencies.

Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, signed the measure Wednesday, which puts his state in line with California and Oregon as having some of the nation’s strongest sanctuary policies, The Associated Press reported.

“Our state agencies are not immigration enforcement agencies,” said Inslee, who also is running for president. “We will not be complicit in the Trump administration’s depraved efforts to break up hard-working immigrant and refugee families.”

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Under the new rules, police officers will not be able to ask about someone’s immigration status except in limited circumstances. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be tasked with drawing up rules for courthouses, hospitals and government-run facilities where federal immigration officials look for illegal immigrants.

Republican state Sen. Phil Fortunato said the law impedes police efforts to deal with people living in the country illegally.

“This not only puts law enforcement at risk, it puts private citizens at risk,” he said.

Most police interactions involve city and county law enforcement authorities, said Lena Graber, an attorney with the San Francisco-based Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Wednesday’s bill signing expands Inslee’s 2017 executive order that imposed similar provisions on state agencies, which immigration advocates argued didn’t go far enough.

Graber said the bill would give Washington “the strongest and most comprehensive state law on sanctuary in the country.”

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Five other states — Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont — have similar policies against cooperation between local and federal law enforcement for non-criminal immigration investigations.

Oregon adopted the nation’s first statewide sanctuary policy in 1987. The policy has forbidden police from expending any resources to go after anyone living in the country illegally if they haven’t committed any crimes beyond that.

In 2017, California approved a measure requiring authorities to obtain written permission from people they arrest to allow them to be interviewed by immigration officers.

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The bill’s co-sponsor, state Sen. Lisa Wellman, voiced concerns for sectors that have relied primarily on immigrant labor, such as agriculture hospitality and technology.

“We have 30 percent of Microsoft here on visas,” Wellman, a Democrat, said before a public hearing for the bill in the state Legislature earlier this year. “You can’t open a hotel if you don’t have immigrants in back-of-house.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Tucker Carlson: Kirsten Gillibrand and the left don’t believe Americans deserve their country

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President Trump on Monday night spoke about political elites and illegal immigration — two themes he hits quite often. Two themes that help define the presidential race now in progress.

Kirsten Gillibrand is in that race and is not just a candidate, but really a living metaphor. Gillibrand is someone who has lived a remarkably fortunate life. Until about 10 years ago, she was a member of Congress. Virtually nobody outside the mostly rural 20th congressional district in upstate New York had ever heard of her. She was considered a thoroughly average member of Congress, maybe a little below average.

And then one day, Hillary Clinton decided to run for president and Gillibrand hit paydirt. She was plucked from obscurity and handed one of the safest Senate seats in America.

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Overnight, Gillibrand became a national figure without even having to win an election. Amazing. It was the political equivalent of inheriting a billion dollars. Maybe not surprisingly, Gillibrand’s views changed accordingly. She soon adopted the politics of the trust fund left. Before long, there wasn’t a fashionable opinion she didn’t have on any topic — guns, abortion, immigration — you name it. As her friends in Aspen and Martha’s Vineyard became more decadent and more contemptuous of the country around them, so did Kirsten Gillibrand.

This past weekend, when she appeared on “Face the Nation,” Gillibrand was arguing against continuing to operate the United States as a sovereign country. “Let everyone in,” she demanded. “Detaining anyone is immoral.”

Margaret Brennan, CBS News host:: But you oppose even what the Obama administration did in terms of keeping families together or keeping them together for a longer period of time in detention? 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., 2020 presidential candidate: I wouldn’t — as president of the United States, I wouldn’t use the detention system at all. 

Brennan: Homeland Security, they are saying hundreds of thousands of people are crossing the border, and they need to go somewhere before their asylum claims are actually heard. What would you do with them? 

Gillibrand: They don’t need to be incarcerated. They can, if they’re given a lawyer and given a process, they will follow it. 

Hundreds of thousands of people — millions of people — over time. Where will all those people go? Well, they won’t go to Kirsten Gillibrand’s neighborhood, obviously. They’re not headed to Martha’s Vineyard, or Aspen or Southampton, obviously. But they’re going to dying industrial cities that Gillibrand believes could use more Democratic voters.

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“What the state of New York does well is we teach,” she said recently. “We actually take refugee families into our communities. We would be delighted to take refugee families into cities like Buffalo and Syracuse and Rochester, and Albany.”

To [Kirsten] Gillibrand and her friends on the left, America is not a nation, it’s a pinata filled with 200 years of treasure. “Get some quick before it’s gone.” That’s what Gillibrand is promising the world. 

So think for a minute about what Gillibrand is saying. She is arguing that anybody from anywhere in the world must be allowed into the United States, awarded a publicly-financed lawyer, given a free place to live, along with free health care and schools — all of it you pay for — and allowed to stay indefinitely, unless they lose a court case that, by the way, they will definitely show up for. That’s her core assumption.

The people who have demonstrated contempt for our laws will arrive in court when asked. Gillibrand trusts them to do that. And why wouldn’t you trust them? That’s the base. That’s the whole immigration argument that she’s making —  which is that, unlike you regular Americans, who are lazy and stupid and not worth helping, immigrants are basically perfect. They’re smarter, more industrious, and more creative than you or any of your American-born neighbors were or could be. That’s what they believe.

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However, the facts suggest a more complicated picture. Recently, ICE launched a pilot program to conduct DNA tests of adults and children arriving at El Paso and McAllen, Texas, the border crossings there. When they checked, they found that nearly a third of the kids were not related to the adults they were with. It was fraud on a massive scale. It also revealed something far darker. It revealed that our deliberate failure to protect our borders has made our own government a party to the trafficking of children.

It would be hard overall to design an immigration system that’s worse for a country — our country. But Democrats don’t care. To a party totally controlled by identity politics, everything is about race or gender or sexuality. Nothing else matters, including reality.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently tried to explain how giving preference to immigrants who speak English is — can you guess — racist.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calf.: Some of that is very racist. It is not keeping with what this country is supposed to be all about. 

John Berman, CNN anchor: What exactly — just so our viewers know — are you saying as racist there? 

Waters: Well, you know this business about you must speak English. We’re going to give you points for speaking English,and we don’t want poor people. We only want those people who are earning substantial wages already. I think that some of those policies are racist. 

Imagine the CNN anchor asking of Maxine Waters, just to be specific, what is racist? Everything, of course. But in this specific case, she and virtually everyone else in her party is arguing that Americans have no right to want immigrants who speak English.

Americans have no right to want immigrants with job skills. Nancy Pelosi explained that last week. Americans have no right to decide how many immigrants come here or how long they stay. And yet, as Kamala Harris and Joe Biden and others have just told us, Americans are required to pay for free health care for everyone who comes, along with housing and education and lots of others. Got that?

You can see where all of this is heading and fast. In France, they’re nearly there. This was the scene at Charles de Gaulle, the country’s biggest airport on Sunday. Hundreds of illegal immigrants from Africa took over a terminal to make political demands. At one point, a leader of that demonstration chanted into a loudspeaker, , “France does not belong to the French. Everyone has a right to be here.”

Kirsten Gillibrand would agree with that. “America for Americans”? That’s racist. You don’t deserve your own country. To Gillibrand and her friends on the left, America is not a nation, it’s a pinata filled with 200 years of treasure. “Get some quick before it’s gone.” That’s what Gillibrand is promising the world.

How long before groups of angry illegal aliens protest in this country? “Where’s our share of the spoils? ” they’ll wonder. “The one that Gillibrand told us about?” That day is coming soon.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on May 20, 2019.

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California lawmakers weigh budget proposals to cover health care for illegal immigrants

California lawmakers are weighing proposals this week that would offer government-funded health care to adult illegal immigrants but are at odds over how far to go.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed $98 million a year to cover low-income illegal immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25, but the state Assembly’s bill would cover all illegal immigrants over the age of 19 living in California – a proposal that would cost an estimated $3.4 billion.

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The state Senate, meanwhile, wants to cover adults ages 19 to 25, plus seniors 65 and older. That bill’s sponsor, Sen. Maria Elana Durazo, scoffed at cost concerns, noting the state has a projected $21.5 billion budget surplus.

Of the three million in California who don’t have health insurance, about 1.8 million are illegal immigrants, according to legislative staffers. Nearly half those have incomes low enough to qualify them for the Medi-Cal program.

The proposal comes amid another measure California lawmakers are considering, which will require everyone in the state to purchase health insurance. Those who refuse would have to pay a penalty.

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“We’re going to penalize the citizens of this state that have followed the rules, but we’re going to let somebody who has not followed the rules come in here and get the services for free. I just think that’s wrong,” Republican state Sen. Jeff Stone said about coverage of people in the U.S. illegally.

Many illegal immigrants are already enrolled in some government-funded programs, but they only cover emergencies and pregnancies.

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The Senate and Assembly will finalize their budget proposals this week before beginning negotiations with the governor.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Adam Brandon: Trump’s immigration plan recognizes that we urgently need workers – Here’s why it could work

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Give credit where it’s due. President Trump and the White House have put together an immigration plan that recognizes the short- and long-term challenges that America faces in the labor market. These challenges are a direct threat to the future of the nation, and we must begin treating them seriously.

Our current immigration system is broken and doesn’t meet the needs of the American people. These laws were in written the 1960s for an America and an American economy that, quite frankly, no longer exist. The economy has evolved from one heavily focused on manufacturing, as it was decades ago, into a service-based economy. Manufacturing output, though, is at or near-record levels, although employment has declined due to automation.

Previous presidents, such as George W. Bush and Barack Obama, failed to put together an immigration reform plan that could attract wide bipartisan support. Part of the reason these plans failed was because neither administration was serious about passing immigration reform. Rather, these administrations were more interested in scoring political points. The handling of immigration reform by these administrations turned the issue into a political football.

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Congress needs to fundamentally rethink immigration to respond to the needs of Americans today, with an eye toward tomorrow. This starts by recognizing that the United States faces long-term labor shortages. Just this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the births in the United States have fallen to the lowest point in more than 30 years.

This is a crisis, and we must begin striving toward solutions. This is evident in even today’s labor market. CBS News, for example, recently noted that “[t]here are now about 1 million more open jobs than unemployed workers.” The United States needs workers, and we need them now. Sure, the economy faces challenges, but we essentially have a “hiring” sign on our front window.

An aging workforce and lower birthrates should be a concern. Fewer workers mean lower productivity. Lower productivity means less economic output. Less economic output means a nation in decline.

Few are discussing the issue with the seriousness it deserves. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., recognizes the labor shortage America faces. “[O]ur birth rates are nowhere near what we call ‘replacement rates’ as a society. We are down to…1.76 births, when you need to be up around 2.1 just for population stability,” Rep. Schweikert said during a speech on the House floor in January. “We are getting older very fast as a society, and our birth rates as a society have collapsed. We don’t have enough children right now, over the last decade, to even be at replacement rates.”

Securing the border certainly has to be a part of the equation. This means Congress must find a way to fund new primary and secondary barriers at priority sectors of the southern border, in addition to bolstering immigration courts and Customs and Border Patrol and enforcing visa laws.

Canada has developed a merit-based system that was based on the value created by someone who wants to immigrate to the country. In short, an immigrant has to contribute and society must benefit. Congress should strive to emulate the Canadian immigration system because it would, if done right, bring the best and the brightest to the United States. Such a system allows selectiveness but is also responsive to the needs of the economy as the dynamics shift.

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President Trump’s plan resets the conversation on immigration. Funding for barriers at the southern border is important, but it can’t be the only focus. This plan shows that the White House realizes the path forward is more than the partisan bickering that has dominated this issue, with everyone endlessly catering to their constituencies.

President Trump has done his part. He has put forward an immigration plan. Now, the ball is Congress’s court to step up and address the underlying issue: our broken immigration laws.

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Ali Noorani: Trump and Dems must compromise on immigration or nothing will be accomplished

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The plan President Trump announced Thursday to dramatically transform America’s immigration system is a constructive starting point to create a system that will benefit our nation.

However, Democrats made clear that compromise will be necessary to win their support if any immigration overhaul is to become law.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the president’s plan was “dead-on-arrival” and “not a remotely serious proposal.”

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“The White House has repackaged the worst of its past failed immigration plans: greenlighting the Administration’s barbaric family detention policies, reviving the President’s ineffective and wasteful wall, completely abandoning our patriotic and determined Dreamers,” Pelosi said in a statement. “To say that this plan’s application criteria are ‘merit-based’ is the height of condescension.”

If there was ever a time for compromise to achieve a bold transformation on immigration, it is now. The U.S. birth rate is declining, we have more jobs available than there are unemployed workers, and we have a significant need for skilled workers across all sectors. These are significant challenges to American competitiveness.

In an encouraging sign, President Trump acknowledged the need for immigration to ensure economic prosperity and innovation. He did not embrace the call by some immigration opponents to sharply cut the number of immigrants allowed in the U.S. legally each year – a move that would be harmful to our economy.

A big change in the president’s plan would emphasize what he called “merit-based” preference in determining who can enter the U.S. legally. President Trump would give preference to workers who speak English, have high skill levels, have a higher education, and have an offer of a well-paying job in the U.S.

A Gallup Poll released a few months ago found overwhelming support (81 percent) for a proposal to allow immigrants “currently in the country illegally” the chance to become citizens over time if they meet certain requirements. 

“Currently 66 percent of legal immigrants come here based on random chance, they’re admitted solely because they have a relative in the United States, and it doesn’t really matter who that relative is,” the president said. Under his plan, only 33 percent of immigrants would come to the U.S. based on family connections, with most of the rest being admitted on the “merit-based” criteria, administration officials said.

But what’s not part of the president’s plan is as important as what’s included. Omissions of proposals to deal with some of the most serious immigration issues will block any legislation from being approved by Congress, as Pelosi pointed out.

For starters, the president’s plan doesn’t deal with three groups of immigrants now in the U.S. who could be deported without changes in current law.

These include about 700,000 young people who are participants in the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. Another 1.6 million would be eligible for the program if it is allowed to stay in effect.

DACA recipients, known as Dreamers, were brought to the U.S. as children and many have no memory of their native countries and don’t speak the language of the nations where they were born. Many have gone to college in the U.S. and are in the workforce, yet President Trump wants to phase out the DACA program and deport them.

The president’s plan also doesn’t deal with about 300,000 immigrants from 10 countries who are about to lose their Temporary Protected Status, which they were granted because they are unable to return to those nations due to dangerous conditions.

And the president’s plan doesn’t deal with the much smaller number of immigrants in the Deferred Enforced Departure program. This protects people from regions facing political or civil conflict or natural disaster. Only an estimated 840 to 3,600 people from Liberia are designated for participation in this program, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the omission of a solution for DACA recipients was intentional. “It’s a divisive thing,” she said.

No. It isn’t.

Democrats and Republicans alike recognize that we need a solution to enable Dreamers to stay in the U.S. – the nation they grew up in and love as much as people born here. It is difficult, if not impossible, to imagine a successful immigration compromise that continues to leave them in legal limbo.

As Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine, put it earlier this week: “I am concerned about the fate of the DACA young people, and they cannot be excluded from any immigration package.”

A Gallup Poll released a few months ago found overwhelming support (81 percent) for a proposal to allow immigrants “currently in the country illegally” the chance to become citizens over time if they meet certain requirements.

And a CBS News Poll released just before the midterm elections last November found that a majority of the public thought immigrants make America better.

We know that changes to legal immigration must address workforce needs broadly. We certainly need high-skilled immigrants, and no one advocates excluding them.

But our economy needs the skilled farmworker as much as it needs the skilled engineer. That is why implementing a points-based immigration system and de-emphasizing family-based immigration – as President Trump proposes – are not effective solutions for American workers.

Also keep in mind that millions of immigrants who came to the U.S. with little education, unable to speak English, and who worked in low-paying jobs became the parents and grandparents of doctors, scientists, business leaders, government officials, and other Americans who contributed enormously to the U.S. and made us the great nation we are today.

President Trump himself is the grandson of immigrants and his mother was an immigrant.

In research from the National Foundation for American Policy and the organization I lead, the National Immigration Forum, we found that the RAISE Act – a proposal that takes a similar approach to what President Trump announced Thursday – would stifle economic growth and would not raise wages for American workers, among other concerns.

A ripple effect from too few workers in sectors such as agriculture and construction could cause job losses for Americans in related sectors. You don’t need an advanced degree or English skills for these jobs, but our country would be in big trouble without enough people to grow our food and build infrastructure, homes, businesses and all the other construction projects we need.

Ask CEOs about what stands in the way of the growth of their companies and they will have the same answer: workforce. A humming economy needs more, not fewer, workers. And the president’s plan comes up short in this respect.

We also need to be smart about the people who are currently waiting in line. Over at Forbes, Stuart Anderson analyzed the Trump administration’s proposal and identified a major issue that needs to be addressed: “More than 4 million people waiting in family and employment-based green card backlogs would have their immigration applications eliminated, even if they have been waiting in line for years to immigrate.”

Tossing millions of people who have waited patiently for their green cards into a state of limbo is the very definition of divisive.

The president’s plan needs compassion as well, especially when it comes to the challenges of asylum seekers at our southern border.

Restricting the legal opportunity for people to petition for asylum goes against a fundamental principle that dates to the post-World War II era: that people fleeing threats to their lives or freedom should have a place to go. Not everyone who requests asylum should receive it, but they should be able to go through a fair process.

Both sides know what has to be done. Compromising on immigration is not a zero-sum game. We can ensure our safety, foster a talented and productive workforce, and offer a compassionate solution for the men, women and children who are fleeing persecution in Central America.

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While we’re at it, we can also strengthen and streamline the legal immigration system so families and businesses are not hurt.

The president’s willingness to talk about solutions is an important first step. Democrats and Republicans in Congress ought to take the next step and put sensible proposals on the table. If they don’t, pessimism and gridlock will fill the void.

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James Carafano: Trump can be THE transformational immigration and border security president. Here’s how

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Thursday afternoon, the president plans to roll out his master plan for immigration and border security reform. Administration officials have briefing on the plan for weeks so the news won’t be what’s in the plan. Still, this could be a historic day. For over a decade, Washington has utterly failed to address these issues. Thursday could be the start of a turnaround.

It won’t be easy. Every combination of Democratic and Republican leadership so far has fallen flat on its face trying to fix the problem. The question is, why?

There’s no reason for it. Americans are in about 80 percent agreement on what we want the government to do. The problem is that Washington has always come at the problem by insisting any solution start with compromising on the 20 percent we don’t all agree on. Everything had to be tied up in a big comprehensive ObamaCare-like bill that started with delivering amnesty and then promising to fix everything else on the backend.

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This hostage-taking legislative strategy failed – and with good reason. Americans were smarter than that.

First of all, we’ve seen that play before, as part of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. The U.S. gave legal status to more than three million illegal immigrants in return for … well, nothing. Americans got neither real immigration reform nor control of the border.

Fast forward to 2019, and the illegal immigrant population is four times bigger. The border is more chaotic than ever.

Second, this approach doesn’t deliver at the front end what most Americans want. Put simply, they don’t think they should have to bear the fiscal burden of mass illegal immigration.

Americans don’t like the unfairness of what’s going on. They don’t like that millions of illegal immigrants vault over those who patiently stand in line and follow the law. They don’t like how the refugee system is clogged with undeserving claimants, creating a humanitarian crisis that inhibits officials from helping the truly deserving. They don’t like the fact that we’re expected to follow the law, but millions can come here and not have to.

Americans don’t like the risks to their physical safety that flood across the border, from opioid drugs to gang-bangers.

The big takeaway for the president as he readies to deliver his big speech is: Don’t start with what doesn’t work. Don’t give us yet another comprehensive bill tied together with every special interest and unforgivable compromise. Don’t put amnesty on the table.

Instead, start with the 80 percent most Americans want. Secure the border. Make our immigration laws work. Enforce them. Deliver meaningful immigration reform – reforms that make the right to join the American community based on merit.

The administration plan has the right pieces, from border and immigration enforcement to moving to a merit-based immigration system. The president ought to get a lot of credit for demanding his team do a deep-dive and come up with realistic and actionable means to address the 80 percent of the problem we all want to be fixed.

For once, I will agree with the president when it comes to “fake news.” A recent hit piece in The Washington Post that suggests that the administration didn’t do its homework surely qualifies. What seems more likely is that some of those briefed didn’t get all the answers they wanted, so they were happy to grumble to Post reporters.

This looks like a real plan – not one designed to make every senator happy but definitely designed to appeal to the majority of Americans who want practical action we can all get behind.

Now the challenge is twofold.

First, sell the plan to the American people. Most of Washington remains wedded to the old way that has failed time and time again. Meanwhile, the left has moved even further to the left.

They say they aren’t for open borders but they don’t want to secure the border. They want to abolish the agency that enforces immigration law. They want mass amnesty. They don’t want to fix the loopholes that allow the undeserving to exploit the refugee process.

Trump is offering Americans a real alternative. He needs to take the time and effort to make that choice clear to Americans.

Second, implement the plan. Sadly, the prospects for a bipartisan groundswell of politicians who will embrace sensible solutions is zero. That’s OK. Washington will change its tune if the American people make clear that the 80 percent solution is where they want to start.

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To deliver what America wants, Trump will need to move deliberately, advancing each component of the plan in its own lane – resisting the temptation to try solve it all in one big bundled tied with the compromise called amnesty.

“The simple truth is that we’ve lost control of our own borders,” President Reagan once said. “No nation can do that and survive.” That’s how high the stakes are. Let’s get to work.

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Man accused of killing wife in Massachusetts living in the country illegally: ICE

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A man accused of stabbing his wife to death in their Massachusetts apartment could face deportation after an immigration detainer was placed on him.

Ilton Rodrigues, a 48-year-old citizen of Brazil, is accused of brutally stabbing his wife, Telma Bras, 43, inside their Stoughton apartment on Friday in front of their two children.

He pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder Monday during an arraignment from a Boston-area hospital, where he has been after attempting to take his own life after the alleged killing, Boston 25 reported.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they placed an immigration detainer on Rodrigues and will seek to deport him after the criminal charges against him end. The agency did not immediately say when he first arrived in the U.S.

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Ilton Rodrigues, a 48-year-old citizen of Brazil, is accused of brutally stabbing his wife Telma Bras, 43, inside their Stoughton, Mass., apartment in front of their two children. (WBZ Pool)

Police said they received a 911 call after the couple’s 17-year-old daughter called a family member during the incident.

When they arrived, officers found Bras in the living room, dead from apparent stab wounds. Rodrigues was nearby with a knife protruding from his body and injuries consistent with a suicide attempt, prosecutors said.

The 17-year-old and a 7-year-old boy were in the home at the time of the attack. They were not injured.

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Rodrigues was taken to a Boston hospital with life-threatening injuries. There he underwent surgery and remains in police custody.

He is slated to appear in Stoughton District Court on June 11.

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Biden backs health care for illegal immigrants, says ‘we have an obligation’ to provide it

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Leading 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden said this week that the U.S. must provide health care to everyone in the country, “regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented.”

Biden made the remarks while campaigning in Los Angeles, as he fielded questions from the media.

“Look, I think that anyone who is in a situation where they are in need of health care, regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented, we have an obligation to see that they are cared for,” Biden said in response to whether illegal immigrants “should be entitled to federal benefits like Medicare, Medicaid.”

“Look, I think that anyone who is in a situation where they are in need of health care, regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented, we have an obligation to see that they are cared for.”

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“By the way, a significant portion of undocumented folks in this country are there because they overstayed their visas,” the former vice president continued.

“It’s not people breaking down gates coming across the border, so the biggest thing we’ve got to do on this thing is tone down the rhetoric. We know why it’s happening. It’s to create fear and concern.”

Biden’s remarks were likely to somewhat boost his standing among progressive Democrats, many of whom view his candidacy as a step backward — especially with Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren also in the running.

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The former veep, however, hasn’t yet endorsed Medicare-for-all, a rallying cry of most Democrats running for president in 2020.

During the same campaign stop in California, Biden also accused President Trump of engaging in fear tactics at the U.S.-Mexico border and not delivering solutions.

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“The idea that we are just trying to scare the living devil out of the American public — ‘My God, hordes are coming,’ the way [Trump] characterizes it — is just simply wrong,” Biden said.

He added he will soon release a plan to address the long-running problems at the border. Part of his proposal would call for a way to quickly determine whether an immigrant is qualified to enter the U.S.

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Trump declares ‘invasion’ at border after DHS says 1 percent of Honduras, Guatemala entered US

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A day after the acting Homeland Security secretary estimated that more than 1 percent of the populations of Guatemala and Honduras had entered the U.S. since September, President Trump declared an “invasion” at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Meanwhile, his administration expects record numbers of migrants to arrive from Central America in the coming months.

“When you see these caravans starting out with 20,000 people, that’s an invasion,” Trump said at his Wednesday evening “Make American Great Again” rally in Panama City, Fla., defending his declaration of a national emergency at the border earlier this year. “No nation can tolerate a massive organized violation of its immigration laws. And no one should run for office without an ironclad pledge to protect and defend America’s borders.”

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The White House recently proposed charging asylum-seekers a fee to process their applications in an effort to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross into the U.S.

In a speech Tuesday to the 49th Washington Conference of the Americas, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan described why most migrants arriving at the U.S. border come from Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador.

“Guatemala and Honduras have seen over 1 percent of their total population migrate to the U.S. in the first seven months of this fiscal year,” McAleenan said, citing government-funded research completed by Vanderbilt University. He said most migrants come to escape extreme poverty and stay because of a flawed U.S. immigration system.

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“One department of Guatemala, Huehuetenango, has seen almost 35,000 of its residents — close to 3 percent of the population — migrate to the U.S. in that time frame,” McAleenan added.

The flawed U.S. immigration system often permits families and unaccompanied minors to live in the United States for months or years as their asylum claims are processed, even though most will never obtain legal status. Central Americans notice family or neighbors leave and successfully make it into the U.S., so they too choose to embark on the journey, the DHS chief explained.

“In March, we had over 103,000 irregular arrivals of undocumented migrants — 90 percent crossing the U.S. border unlawfully and unsafely in the hands of human smugglers. We will see similar numbers in April,”  McAleenan continued, explaining that he expects current trends to continue in the upcoming months.

According to the study carried out by Vanderbilt’s Latin American Public Opinion Project in Guatemala earlier this year, 1 in 4 Guatemalans intend to migrate from Guatemala, with 85 percent of them indicating the U.S. as their preferred destination.

“That’s over 4 million Guatemalans who intend to migrate to the United States,” McAleenan said. The DHS head is working with Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, on an immigration bill designed to overhaul the legal immigration system, the Washington Post reported.

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The proposed legislation will include “an aggressive and holistic strategy” to work together with Central America officials in order to identify “pushes” that drive migrants out of Central America.

“We want to work closely with all three countries’ customs administrations to help increase the efficiency of cross-border trade by reducing supply chain barriers and support exports and job creation,” McAleenan said Tuesday, according to the Washington Examiner. “From an infrastructure, technology, automation, and legal perspective, DHS’s Customs and Border Protection is pursuing broad support for the region’s customs administrations to modernize practices in all of these areas.”

Fox News’ Victor Garcia contributed to this report. 

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