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Trump: We’re gonna be deporting millions

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Tonight marks the official launch of President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, with a large rally being held in Florida. Of course, I’m not sure how we’re supposed to be able to tell this. Did the campaign ever actually end? In any event, he’s setting the theme early, with an overnight announcement that there will be a surge in deportations of illegal aliens. This isn’t much of a surprise, really. Trump ran on immigration as a key campaign issue in 2016 and he’s no doubt planning on doing the same thing next year. The usual suspects are up in arms, as you would expect. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump is threatening to remove millions of people in the country illegally.

In a late-night tweet Monday, Trump says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin the removal process next week. He tells his Twitter followers, “They will be removed as fast as they come in.”

An administration official says the effort will focus on people who have been issued final deportation orders by federal judges but remain at large in the country.

Saying we’re going to remove millions of illegal aliens sounds good on paper, and there are definitely millions in need of removal. (More like tens of millions, actually.) But is it feasible? Taking a quick look at the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations report for 2018, we find that ERO made 158,581 arrests in all of last year. In terms of deportations (including those initially detained in previous years), ERO removed 256,086 illegal aliens in 2018. So that’s roughly a quarter of a million for the entire year.

I’m fairly sure that the President wasn’t implying that ICE has been lollygagging up until now. They’ve been running on high octane pretty much since the moment Donald Trump finished taking the oath of office. Ramping up these operations by several orders of magnitude seems to be an impossible task. From what we’ve heard lately, we have neither the funding nor the manpower to expand ERO operations to that degree. With all this in mind, I’m assuming that the President was speaking figuratively when he said “millions.”

The other bone of contention for the media this morning is whether or not the President tipped off all the illegal aliens by announcing such a massive operation in advance. That seems rather silly. There have been major busts of employers who hire illegals and other sweeping arrests taking place on a weekly basis ever since Trump came to town. The targets of these raids already know that ICE is coming for them. If the President had tweeted a specific business or even named a city, then ICE would likely be concerned about tipping their hand. But in this case, it was more of a general policy statement.

All in all, this doesn’t represent any sort of policy shift, nor is the President undermining the ICE agenda. He’s preparing to kick off a campaign and he’s reminding people that immigration enforcement remains one of his top priorities. That’s really all we’re dealing with here.

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Ninth Circuit attempts to reverse deportation order for illegal alien

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The madness continues unabated out on the left coast. More than ten years ago, ICE raided a manufacturing plant in Los Angeles where it was suspected that the employer was hiring illegal aliens. They had a warrant and discovered well over 100 illegals working at the facility. They were all taken into custody and the process of deporting them began. But now, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that one of the men (who admitted to being in the country illegally at the time of the raid) should not be deported. This is being hailed by the ACLU as a victory for “immigrants” over the forces of ICE. (Associated Press)

A federal court ruled Thursday that a Mexican man who was arrested during an immigration sting at a Los Angeles manufacturing plant should not be deported, a rebuke that may influence how immigration authorities target factories and offices.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stormed the premises of Micro Solutions Enterprises, a maker of printer cartridges, after getting a search warrant in February 2008 for employment-related documents and arrest warrants for eight employees. About 100 armed, uniformed agents entered the factory, blocking all visible exits and announcing that no one could leave or use their cellphones.

Gregorio Perez, who entered the country illegally from Mexico in 1994, was one of 130 workers arrested. He disclosed his status during questioning.

Both the plaintiff and the court, led by Clinton appointee Judge Marsha Berzon, are basing this decision on ICE’s warrant being wrongly worded. The original warrant authorized a search for the “employer’s records,” presumably their employment records. Those records would certainly be valuable in establishing whether or not they were knowingly hiring illegals and taking steps to get around their responsibility to verify their citizenship status when hiring them.

But let’s be serious here. If ICE shows up and finds more than one hundred illegal aliens on the premises, what do you expect them to do? They were clearly certain as to what was going on at that plant because they showed up with one hundred agents and multiple buses to transport the illegal aliens to a detention center for processing. It was the culmination of two years worth of investigations.

If ICE is knocking at your door looking for employment records, what do you suppose they’re trying to accomplish? If they show up and only ask for the records, ignoring the workers, they tip their hand and the illegal aliens will scatter to the wind. Besides, when they find someone in the country illegally, they take them into custody. That’s their job. If the police walk into a business and see a woman being sexually assaulted they don’t tell the rapist to carry on with his activities until they can send somebody out for a warrant.

This is yet another example of liberal activists at the ACLU and deranged judges on the Ninth Circuit seeking to undermine ICE and defy our immigration laws. And it needs to stop.

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Crisis: Border apprehensions surge 32% in just a month, reaching 13-year high

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If there was any remaining doubt that congressional Republicans won’t override Trump’s new tariffs on Mexico, this ought to extinguish it. Whether tariffs will succeed in incentivizing the Mexicans to crack down on border crossings will be brushed aside. So will the fear that the tariffs might backfire, not only slowing the U.S. economy to Democrats’ advantage in 2020 but damaging the Mexican economy so deeply that locals who were otherwise inclined to stay put decide to make a run for the border themselves in hopes of finding work in America.

None of that will matter as the sense of crisis grows, per the usual logic during crisis: Something must be done. And tariffs, for good or ill, are “something.”

It’ll be impossible for Republicans to say no. And it’s increasingly difficult for courts to say no to Trump’s declaration of a border emergency to justify wall funding. The argument at the time was that it’s a funny kind of “emergency” that can wait for weeks or months while the president and Congress haggle over money to construct a wall. All the White House needs to do to justify its “emergency” claim now, though, is point to the numbers. From the Border Patrol, via CBS:

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Remember the border crisis of 2014? Monthly apprehensions are now twice as high as the peak that year. Among the 140,000+ arrested were 84,000 families and 11,000 minors, a population slightly larger than Pasadena, California. The U.S. is being asked to process and house the equivalent of a mid-sized American city every month. (Over the past seven months, noted the acting head of the Border Patrol, immigration authorities have detained more people than the population of Miami.) One day last week more than 1,000 illegals attempted to cross into El Paso in a single group, the largest ever recorded by Homeland Security.

This is, to hear Mexico tell it, the best it can do by way of deterrence.

CBP is strained to the breaking point:

The agency has more than 19,000 migrants in custody, officials said, leaving Border Patrol holding cells so packed that detainees spend days in dirty, cramped conditions, sometimes without enough floor space to lie down, while waiting to be processed.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in the 24 years I’ve been doing this job,” said Brian Hastings, the Border Patrol’s operations chief.

CBP officials say Border Patrol agents now spend 50 percent of their time processing migrants and caring for families in custody, including frequent trips to hospitals and clinics. U.S. authorities say the burden has been a boon to drug traffickers and human smugglers who aim to sneak past U.S. defenses, particularly when hundreds of migrants cross the border at the same time.

There are logistical problems in the new tariff policy too, though, notes the Times. Some companies’ supply chains cross the border several times, which will presumably require them to pay multiples of the tariff. And Trump’s timeframe for “substantially” reducing the immigration flow leaves Mexico with little time: The tariffs take effect Monday and will increase every month through October. The hot summer months may decrease the flow across the border temporarily, but then again maybe not. You’ll notice in the graph above that illegal immigration actually increased during the summer in 2017.

Exit question: What does Trump do once the tariffs fail to cut immigration dramatically? If it makes you feel good to say “mine the border,” have at it, but I’m thinking of realistic solutions. Is there anything the U.S. could bribe Mexico with to convince them to accept much larger numbers of Central American migrants on asylum grounds?

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Politico: Self-deportation turns out to be real after all

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It may have backfired as a political argument, but self-deportation might be the new reality anyway. Politico reports today that “voluntary departures” of illegal immigrants have soared during Donald Trump’s presidency, although the “voluntary” nature of those decisions might be debatable. Scaled-up enforcement and get-tough policies have incentivized people to give up and go home:

The number of immigrants who have applied for voluntary departure has soared since the election of Donald Trump, according to new Justice Department data obtained by The Marshall Project. In fiscal year 2018, the number of applications doubled from the previous fiscal year—rising much faster than the 17 percent increase in overall immigration cases, according to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The numbers show yet another way the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration is having an effect: More people are considering leaving the U.S., rather than being stuck in detention or taking on a lengthy legal battle with little hope of success.

Last year, voluntary departure applications reached a seven-year high of 29,818. In the Atlanta court, which hears cases of Irwin detainees like Zamarrón, the applications multiplied nearly seven times from 2016 to 2018.

The increase in applications for voluntary departure could be seen as a win for the Trump administration, which has made it a goal to get undocumented immigrants out of the country and reduce the backlog of immigration cases. Indeed, the Justice Department has published the growing number of voluntary departures alongside deportations as a sign of a “return to the rule of law” and that Trump’s approach is working. It’s also a sign of how broad immigration enforcement has become, sweeping up the criminals Trump talks about alongside parents like Zamarrón who have little to no criminal history—voluntary departure is only open to immigrants without a serious record. When Mitt Romney once shared his plan to have people “self-deport,” he meant it as an alternative to ramping up Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s power. But the recent spike in voluntary departure has come with an increase in both arrests and detention.

That’s not entirely true. Romney proposed tough border policies in 2012, followed by a plan to crack down on ID fraud and illegal employment. The result of tougher enforcement, Romney argued, would push illegal immigrants to leave on their own rather than fight the system in court. Romney didn’t envision this level of crackdown, especially in ICE’s aggressive posture with those who have no other criminal record, which is why his “self-deportation” idea prompted derision from both sides of the aisle. It’s not accurate to characterize Romney’s plan as not increasing ICE’s enforcement power to some degree.

For Romney, it was more a matter of applying the correct incentives and letting those dictate choices. In some ways, Trump is leveraging similar incentives, albeit more aggressively. The one incentive that was key to the strategies of both is the fact that voluntary departures makes it easier to re-enter legally:

Under immigration law, voluntary departure is considered a kind of privilege. If you are deported, you have to wait years to apply for a visa to reenter the United States, but those who leave voluntarily don’t have the same wait. And you don’t face serious prison time if you are caught without legal status in the U.S.

That’s why a federal judge has to approve voluntary departures, a point the Politico article notes as well. Requests for such grants spiked upward by 50% in Trump’s first year as president, and that trend may well continue until Congress gets serious about immigration reform. The White House is trying to get Republicans on board another reform effort, even though the poisonous atmosphere in Washington these days makes any risk taken for immigration reform almost certainly futile:

The White House is renewing a contentious battle over legal immigration, looking beyond toughened enforcement policies and President Trump’s push for a border wall to dive into the thorny issue of how many — and what kind of — immigrants should be admitted into the United States.

Trump met privately with a dozen GOP senators on Tuesday as the administration — led primarily by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser — drafts a proposal to transform the existing system into one that prioritizes immigrants based on their ability to immediately contribute to the economy.

But with little support among Democrats for such a dramatic overhaul, few expect any substantial changes this year to the current laws granting green cards — leaving the effort as primarily a political document that Trump and Republicans can rally behind.

“The White House has already said we’re moving in the direction of trying to make a proposal about something the president can be for on immigration,” Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) said. “The perception is he’s against this, or we’re against that. And that’s not the truth.”

Under normal circumstances, an off-year with a divided Congress would allow room for a compromise on major agenda items. Thanks to the decision to continue the Mueller wars, no one’s interested in finding common ground. Both sides are more invested in delegitimizing the other than ever. Anyone who sticks his or her neck out on concessions for immigration reform — always a fraught enterprise anyway — needs to have the head on the end of that neck examined.

If self-deportation is working, as Politico’s report suggests, Republicans have even less incentive to talk. At some point the get-tough policies will see diminishing returns, of course; those who have the means to leave go first, and at some point that population will run dry and leave the more destitute stuck in the system. That day may be far enough out to keep the stasis on immigration reform in place until well after the election.

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New ICE program for local law enforcement has ACLU outraged

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Stand by for the incoming lawsuits. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is rolling out a new program this week that was requested by various sheriffs’ departments and other local law enforcement agencies around the country. What they’re doing is setting up a system whereby local law enforcement will be able to gain the legal ability to execute arrest warrants for illegal aliens, even if they are in “sanctuary” areas with state or local rules prohibiting them from cooperating. Known as the Warrant Service Officer (WSO) program, eligible local LEOs will be able to receive training and enter into a partnership with ICE, allowing them to hold illegal aliens for up to 48 hours so ICE agents can come to pick them up. (The Hill)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday announced a new program that would allow local law enforcement officers to start arresting and temporarily detaining immigrants on behalf of the agency, even if established local policies prevent them from doing so.

Local jurisdictions that join the new program will be temporarily exempted from any local or state rules preventing them from cooperating in immigration arrests or detention, and allow them to execute arrest warrants issued by ICE, according to an agency release.

ICE will have 48 hours to transfer any immigrant arrested and detained under the program into its custody, or the immigrant will be released.

You can read the full announcement from ICE at their website, but the details are fairly basic. Once a local agency enters into a WSO agreement with ICE, they can sign up for the aforementioned training and then get to work. For those concerned that it would put local sheriffs or police in additional danger or take up too much of their time, it won’t.

The key here is that the local officers will only make these arrests if the illegal alien is already in their jail. If the alien is on ICE’s list but they are about to be released, the sheriff or police officer can arrest them again under this new program and hold them for up to 48 hours so ICE can come to pick them up as they normally used to with a detainer. It’s still the safest way for them to do business.

Of course, no sooner was the program announced than the ACLU was up in arms. They’re once again accusing ICE of all manner of sins, though it sounds as if they haven’t even read the details of the program yet.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was quick to condemn the move, calling it the “latest scheme by ICE to enlist local police in its abusive deportation agenda.”

“The agency explicitly aims to subvert the will of local communities that have passed ordinances to prevent exactly this kind of cooperation between police and ICE,” ACLU’s deputy political director Lorella Praeli said in a statement. “Participants would be forced to carry the financial burden of ICE’s aggression, potentially costing the state millions in operational expenses and legal fees.”

Yes, the group is very upset at ICE’s “abusive deportation agenda.” In some circles that’s also known as “doing their jobs.” As to the “financial burden” being imposed, we’re talking about suspects who are already in jail anyway possibly staying there a couple of more days. And ICE already has programs in place to defray such costs on local police and sheriffs’ offices. But don’t let a few pesky facts stop you from being outraged. Where’s the fun in that?

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MA prosecutors sue to keep ICE out of courthouses

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The government in Massachusetts has a message for all of the illegal aliens out there. We’ve got your backs, folks.

Some state prosecutors in the Bay State have filed a lawsuit, asking a federal judge to bar ICE from the state’s courtrooms. Apparently, they feel that the job of law enforcement shouldn’t include enforcing the law in the buildings that are designated as the places where the law plays out. Can they get a judge to go along with the concept of “common law” that says you should ignore criminals while they are in a courthouse? Sadly, stranger things have happened. (Washington Times)

Several Massachusetts district attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Monday demanding a judge order ICE to stop enforcing the law at state courthouses, saying too many people are refusing to be witnesses or show up for cases because they fear they’ll be deported.

Prosecutors in Middlesex and Suffolk counties said there’s long been a “common law” privilege protecting anyone doing official business at a courthouse, and they said arresting people — either witnesses, bystanders or criminals — breaks that.

“Entire communities now view the Massachusetts courts as places where they cannot go, for any reason, greatly impeding access to justice and undermining the administration of justice in these communities,” the prosecutors said in their complaint.

Both the timing and location of this action are noteworthy. Keep in mind that this is the same state where a judge was just arrested last week on charges of helping illegal immigrants slip out the back door of the courthouse when ICE came looking for them. That action enraged liberals across the country. (Have you ever noticed how progressives are really excited to talk about obstruction of justice until it comes to a case like this?)

Of course, the state government is struggling to find a solution to a problem they caused themselves. The places where ICE tends to show up in courthouses to make arrests are typically the same areas where state and municipal governments forbid law enforcement from cooperating with immigration enforcement officials. If you can’t pick up the illegal aliens when they show up in jail, that means you have to go hunt them down out in the community, which is far more difficult and, at times, dangerous.

The next safest place to pick up an illegal alien aside from jail is a courthouse. Pretty much all courthouses have metal detectors and security checkpoints these days, so they’re unlikely to be armed. And there are usually plenty of police officers around to lend a hand if things get out of control. If you don’t want ICE showing up in courtrooms, start honoring their detainers and let them do their job when you’ve got the suspects in jail on some other charge. It’s mostly just the ones with criminal records that they’re after anyway, so it should be a lot easier that way.

I’ll be interested to see how this one plays out in the courts. The prosecutors are, as I mentioned above, relying on “common law” here. But what they’re really saying is that there are places in our country where we don’t enforce the law, and one example is found in our courthouses. I have to wonder… if a known and wanted bank robber, rapist or child abductor showed up for jury duty, would the prosecutors try to forbid the police from arresting them? Food for thought.

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Massachusetts judge charged with obstructing justice for helping twice-deported illegal immigrant avoid ICE

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Massachusetts judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph and her court officer Wesley MacGregor are being charged with obstruction of justice for allowing an illegal immigrant, Jose Medina-Perez, to exit through a back door knowing an ICE agent was waiting outside to arrest him. From the Boston Herald:

“I’m not gonna allow them to come in here,” the judge is alleged to have told the man’s defense attorney. She was basically keeping an ICE officer on the outside of the courtroom…

MacGregor, the court officer that day in the Newton court, allowed the suspect to bolt out a back door, the feds state.

That description is a bit more passive than what actually happened. WCVB 5 reports Judge Joseph didn’t just allow Medina-Perez to run off, she came up with a plan to facilitate his escape with his defense attorney:

ICE issued an order for a federal immigration detainer and sent an officer to the courthouse.

In the courtroom, Joseph ordered the courtroom recording device to be turned off in order to conceal the conversation about the plan, the indictment said.

According to the indictment filed by United States Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office, MacGregor agreed with the immigrant’s defense attorney to release the immigrant through a rear door in order to evade the federal officers. Joseph participated by creating a pretext for the immigrant to be brought downstairs for “further interview” so he could be released through that door, the indictment said.

Newtown, Massachusetts, where this took place is a sanctuary city. Heavy reports that means police are not required to help federal agents arrest someone. However, authorities aren’t allowed under state law to interfere in an arrest by those same authorities. So the issue here is that by going off the record and concocting a plan to get Medina-Perez out the back door, knowing there was an ICE agent waiting outside to make an arrest, the judge and her clerk were actively interfering. That seems clear enough to me but I have no doubt many people will see it differently, especially given the politics surrounding this issue.

On that note, US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling has released a statement saying this is not a case about immigration but about the rule of law:

“Are judges special? Sure,” Lelling said. “But not because of privileges they enjoy. They’re special because they’re entrusted with enormous power.” He said “this case is not about immigration.”…

In a statement, Lelling said, ““This case is about the rule of law. The allegations in today’s indictment involve obstruction by a sitting judge, that is intentional interference with the enforcement of federal law, and that is a crime. We cannot pick and choose the federal laws we follow, or use our personal views to justify violating the law.”

Lelling’s words were echoed by Peter C. Fitzhugh, special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit in Boston. “Judge Joseph’s courtroom does not belong to her,” Fitzhugh said. “It belongs to the people.”

Both Joseph and MacGregor will appear in court later today.

Finally, here’s Laura Ingraham discussing this case four months ago when it was first reported. This clip includes audio from the courtroom which was first reported by the Boston Globe:

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Announced: More tent cities on the Texas border

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Yesterday I wrote about the mayor of Yuma, Arizona taking the step of declaring a state of emergency over the city’s inability to handle the growing number of migrants. Now the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that two new detention centers — tent cities — will be built along the Texas border in the next two weeks.

Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, went on a listening tour of south Texas Wednesday to hear concerns from border town officials about the ever-increasing flow of migrants into the state. He told reporters that the facilities will be opened in El Paso and Donna in the Rio Grande Valley. Migrants will be both processed and held in the facilities. The Trump administration expects to temporarily detain up to 1,000 migrants, both families and unaccompanied minors, with 500 in each. Laundry facilities, showers, and outdoor recreational space will be available. The plan is to operate the new centers through the end of the year at an estimated cost of $37.2 million.

In order to meet the deadline of April 30, 2019, only one contractor is being used as a vendor for supplies and equipment.

The federal government’s solicitation for vendors names Deployed Resources of Rome, New York, as the company the government is in negotiations with to supply kitchen equipment, showers, laundries, bathrooms and office space. The solicitation says the government only plans to negotiate with one company “because the facilities need to be established by April 30, 2019.” The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the contract.

Last year, Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke was among the protesters at a detention post in Tornillo that housed unaccompanied minors. That facility began shutting down in January 2019, as I noted at the time, with the last of the minors released to other locations. No alternative solution was offered at the time. It’s no surprise that now another detention center must be opened to process and house migrants. The border cities and towns are overwhelmed and resources have been stretched thin. There is simply no end in sight.

All of this comes in the same week that Attorney General William Barr issued an order to immigration judges to deny migrants the opportunity to post bail when jailed for illegally entering the country. While the measure is meant to discourage the heavy influx of people seeking asylum, it’s expected to add to the overcrowding in detention centers.

For weeks, federal, local and nonprofit officials along the border have been struggling to handle a spike in asylum-seekers from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Mr. McAleenan, on his first trip to the border as acting homeland security secretary, said the numbers have become unmanageable.

In March, officials encountered or apprehended more than 103,000 migrants, the most in any single month in more than a decade, he said. “Yesterday, in one 24-hour period, we had over 4,800 people cross our border, a new record for the modern era,” Mr. McAleenan said. “Almost 1,000 of them crossed in just three large groups, 375 people in the largest of those groups.”

Meanwhile, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is fed up with the problems along the border and in particular sex trafficking. He often calls sex trafficking a form of slavery, as he did Wednesday night during an interview on Fox News Channel. Upping the ante, he invoked the name of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and labeled her as a “slaveholder”. He also said she’s “almost treasonous” because of her positions held about the border. Well, now.

“It’s almost treasonous what she’s doing — selling out this country,” Patrick said of Pelosi Wednesday night on the FOX News Channel. “I view her as nothing more than a slaveholder because she’s in charge of not helping these people, these poor young girls.”

Earlier in the interview, Patrick talked about how gangs and cartels are engaged in sex trafficking along the Mexican border, calling it a form of modern day slavery that forces immigrant women into prostitution.

Patrick was responding to a crack Pelosi made during an interview on CNN chastising President Trump for blaming immigrants for America’s problems. Pelosi is in Europe, by the way, and publicly bashing President Trump, which used to be taboo for elected officials to do. Before Democrats whine about the traditions and protocols that Trump allegedly violates, perhaps they should check themselves.

Pelosi’s spokesman responded to Lt. Gov. Patrick. The hypocrisy from Democrats continues.

“This is an example of absurdity bordering on nonsense,” said Pelosi spokesman Jorge Aguilar. “Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick knows and should act better. His comments, which are beneath the dignity of the office he holds, are just another reason why Texans are fleeing the Republican Party in droves … ”

It sounds like there is room for everyone to “act better.”

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Tlaib at fundraiser dinner: Let’s all stop eating to shut down ICE, or something

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This certainly looks … awkward. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) took a moment between courses at a Detroit fundraiser this past weekend to complain about her party leadership and her treatment in Congress as a Palestinian-American. Her main point, however, was her determination to shut down Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a goal which Tlaib claimed Congress won’t do, but insisted that Americans could shut down ICE by staging hunger strikes.

Note well the tableau of this clarion call. Do I see silverware on the tables?

Tlaib, headlining a Detroit fundraiser this past weekend for the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, complained of colleagues who are constantly “policing” what she says and lack willingness to embrace bold stands such as abolishing ICE. She called on her activist audience to join her in a hunger strike at the border.

“It’s going to take movements outside the halls of Congress,” Tlaib told the crowd, according to video captured by America Rising, a conservative group.

“I want you all to shut them down, we can shut them down,” Tlaib said to applause. “Don’t wait for this Congress to act, shut them down.”

“I know what they’re going to say, they’ll go, ‘What do you mean Rashida?’ Well I’ll tell you. There are some people that are using hunger strike, all these other things, going to the border, and I plan to.”

Does that mean that Tlaib herself will stop eating? The Free Beacon asked Tlaib’s office for clarification, but as yet have received no response. Perhaps everyone should keep planning their meals for a while until after we find out what’s on Tlaib’s plate — in more ways than one.

The dinner-club setting for a hunger-strike call would be hilarious as a satire, but the demand is almost equally ludicrous. The reason why Congress won’t shut down ICE is because ICE enforces existing federal law, and on more than just immigration. Democrats spouted this nonsense in the 2018 cycle until they started getting asked what would replace ICE if they succeeded in disbanding it. We’ve already done this before when we rebranded Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to ICE. The issue isn’t the agency — it’s the laws enforced by it.

If Tlaib wants to work on that, she’s in a perfect position to do so as a Congresswoman. She’s just sore because few in Congress share her radical ideas. Wait until she finds out how few people outside of Congress plan to skip a meal on her behalf.

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Cher: My city and state can’t handle an influx of illegals!

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I don’t want to overstate how much I enjoyed this tweet but I kinda feel like it singlehandedly justifies Trump’s entire presidency.

Eighteen months ago she was willing to take illegals into her own home, notes the Wrap. Wha’ happen’?

Don Jr (and many other righties) duly dunked on her for last night’s change of heart but somehow the man in charge missed it, consumed as he was with the important question of what Boeing might rename the 737 MAX. He needs to correct that oversight today. Seventy years of Baby Boomer history have been building to a moment of peak campiness in which President Donald J. Trump trolls Cher over his immigration policies on the world’s worst social-media platform, the most dystopian thing I can think of not involving nukes, the plague, or zombies. Politics in this era is half reality show and half variety show so naturally Cher must have a cameo eventually. He owes us this. Flame her.

Maybe he and Cher could compromise by agreeing that another blue district, like Seattle, should take the illegals instead. Seattle’s mayor sounds okay with that:

In Seattle, we know that our immigrant and refugee communities make our city a stronger, more vibrant place. Our immigrant neighbors make up more than 18 percent of our population, and 21 percent of our population speaks a language other than English at home. They create businesses and jobs. They create art and culture. They help teach our kids, serve in law enforcement and the military, and lead our places of faith.

Our immigrant and refugee neighbors have helped Seattle become the fastest-growing big city in the country and become home to some of the world’s most iconic companies. And we know that today’s immigrants are tomorrow’s U.S. citizens who should have the chance to contribute to the economic, cultural and civic life of Seattle — and our nation.

“Seattle is not afraid of immigrants and refugees,” she sniffs, in which case it seems like we have a solution in search of a problem here. Especially since any illegals who don’t want to stay in Seattle, which presumably is most of them, will just hop a bus and end up in Cher’s backyard within a day or two. As the mayor of one Massachusetts city said about Trump’s proposal of dumping illegals on sanctuary cities, “Fine by me. But does he realize that the moment after people get ‘placed’ they’ll start moving to wherever they want to go? Every city has an open border.”

There’s also the minor problem of there being no money appropriated for DHS to actually do this, even if they could surmount the legal problems and liability fears for ICE involved in transporting immigrants across long distances:

“It makes no sense,” said John Sandweg, an acting ICE director in 2013 and 2014 in the Obama administration, adding that it would violate federal law by diverting money “for political purposes.”

“At a time like this, when ICE is just overwhelmed by the number of Central Americans arriving, having to divert further resources to send a political message is outrageous,” he said.

Sandweg said the government “would pay big money” for the White House’s plan to deliver migrants to sanctuary cities. In addition to transportation costs, officials would have to assign immigration agents to escort them to their destinations. Currently, migrants usually buy their own bus or airline tickets.

Unworkable policy but a great episode of The Show. Here’s Sarah Sanders being grilled about this yesterday on “Fox News Sunday.” Exit quotation: “Let’s put some of those people into their communities and into their towns, and see if they are OK then with that same impact.”

Update: Come on. He can do better than this.

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