Trump frays nerves on both sides of immigration fight

Trump frays nerves on both sides of immigration fight–58.37jh.,b37.58–the hill, rafael bernal

Supporters and opponents of increased immigration have something in common: President Trump is making them nervous. Pro-immigration reform advocates who want to see a pathway to legal status for undocumented workers say they are horrified by the White House’s policies.

They argue that Trump is taking a more aggressive approach to deportation that risks breaking up families and that is raising fears within immigrant communities.

Critics of increased immigration who cheered Trump during last year’s campaign, on the other hand, are nervous that Trump is failing to keep his promises.

Trump’s plan for a border wall is going nowhere fast, and his appointment of Kevin Haslett, a pro-immigration economist, as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisors angered prominent proponents of reduced immigration.

Breitbart, the far-right news site once led by White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, called Hassett “pro-immigration, pro-outsourcing,” and said his confirmation “will be a win for the corporatist, business-first faction in Trump’s White House.”

Other appointments made by Trump have left the other side of the immigration debate fuming.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement hired Jon Feere of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) as an adviser to Acting Director Thomas D. Homan, and Customs and Border Protection hired Julie Kirchner of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) as an adviser to Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.

CIS and FAIR are advocacy groups for reduced immigration. “Instead of offering workable solutions to our nation’s outdated immigration system President Trump, Attorney General Sessions and their anti-immigrant advisors, Jon Feere and Julie Kirchner, only offer blunt force,” Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said in a statement criticizing the hires.

Anti-immigration groups say that despite some reservations, Trump has generally been a step in the right direction — particularly from the policies of President Obama.

Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for FAIR, said Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have “sent a clear indication that they’re serious about enforcing immigration laws.”

Mehlman also downplayed the importance of Hasslett’s appointment.

“He’s got a lot of other people who have advisory positions, cabinet positions, who believe illegal immigration or mass immigration is harmful to a lot of people in this country,” he said. “I’m not sure that having one person in there with a dissenting opinion is going to change things all that much.”

Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, an organization that promotes reduced immigration levels, said he has “some real praise” for Trump’s immigration policy. But Beck said focus on the wall has detracted from E-Verify, an existing program that requires employers to check new hires against a federal database to determine whether they can legally work in the United States.

“The administration is not putting out any signals that I can see about E-Verify. And the indications are that the majority of new illegal immigrants in this country are visa overstayers, so it has nothing to do with the border,” Beck said.

E-Verify is currently only mandatory for bigger companies and government agencies, but proponents of making the program mandatory for every hire say it could take away the top incentive to come to the country illegally.

On the campaign trail, Trump promised to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gives undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children a work permit and temporary protection from deportation.

Trump has somewhat softened his stance on the Obama-era program since the election, allowing it to remain on the books. Pro-immigrant groups say Trump continues to target immigrant communities.

They say that DACA could be wiped out any day, and that the personal information given to the government by applicants to the program could be used to find and deport them.

Brent Wilkes, CEO of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the country’s oldest Hispanic civil rights organization, was unsparing in his criticism of Trump.

Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, an organization that promotes reduced immigration levels, said he has “some real praise” for Trump’s immigration policy. But Beck said focus on the wall has detracted from E-Verify, an existing program that requires employers to check new hires against a federal database to determine whether they can legally work in the United States.

“The administration is not putting out any signals that I can see about E-Verify. And the indications are that the majority of new illegal immigrants in this country are visa overstayers, so it has nothing to do with the border,” Beck said.

E-Verify is currently only mandatory for bigger companies and government agencies, but proponents of making the program mandatory for every hire say it could take away the top incentive to come to the country illegally.

On the campaign trail, Trump promised to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gives undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children a work permit and temporary protection from deportation.

Trump has somewhat softened his stance on the Obama-era program since the election, allowing it to remain on the books. Pro-immigrant groups say Trump continues to target immigrant communities.

They say that DACA could be wiped out any day, and that the personal information given to the government by applicants to the program could be used to find and deport them.

Brent Wilkes, CEO of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the country’s oldest Hispanic civil rights organization, was unsparing in his criticism of Trump.

source-the hill, rafael bernal, kevin haslett, cis, fair, jon feere, thomas homan, julie kirchner, kefin mcaleenan, ira mehlman, roy beck, e verify, brent wilkes,

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five Obama-era tech policies on the chopping block–

85kh., b76–the hill , harper neidig

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is wasting little time undoing Obama-era regulations.

In a little over two months as chair, he’s scaled back a program on internet subsidies, ended a probe into companies’ phone data plans and scrapped a report on broadband funding for schools.

And he’s gotten help from President Trump and GOP lawmakers, who repealed privacy rules that would have restricted what internet service providers can do with customer data.

Pai, though, is only getting started. Here are five regulations or policies he’s working to roll back.

  1. Net neutrality

When the FCC adopted its landmark net neutrality rules in 2015, requiring internet providers to treat all web traffic equally, Pai issued a 67-page statement blasting the order as regulatory overreach that would stifle the internet economy. The rules rankled Republicans and the broadband industry because they reclassified internet service providers as telecommunications services, opening them to regulation similar to public utilities.

Pai has been meeting with industry representatives in recent days to lay out his plan to roll back the rules. The details still aren’t public, but would reportedly involve Pai no longer treating internet services providers as public utilities. In exchange, broadband companies would voluntarily include net neutrality principles in their terms of service with customers. The idea is that the Federal Trade Commission, and not the FCC, would be in charge of policing companies. The FTC is largely responsible for taking action against companies that engage in deceptive practices — like violating their terms of services.

  1. Business data regulations

In the much nearer future, the FCC chairman is looking to deregulate the business data service (BDS) market an area former Democratic FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler also tried to reform. The services, also known as special access lines, allow businesses to securely transmit large amounts of data.

Wheeler had proposed new rules that he said would encourage competition in the market, but dropped that plan after Trump’s election. At the agency’s open meeting on Thursday, the FCC, will vote on more deregulation of the market. “Where this competition exists, we will relax unnecessary regulation, thereby creating greater incentives for the private sector to invest in next-generation networks,” Pai wrote in a blog post last month.

Some small business groups have criticized his plans, saying deregulation could drive up prices. The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy wrote a letter to the FCC asking them to delay the vote, warning the proposal “may result in reduced choices for small businesses.”

  1. Broadband subsidies

Pai was quick to take on the FCC’s Lifeline program, which provides broadband subsidies to low-income households. Last month, Pai went further, announcing the FCC would not approve any new companies to enter the program, and letting states pick their own participants. He also said the agency would no longer fight a legal challenge from states over how the FCC approved companies to take part.

“By letting states take the lead on certification as envisioned by Congress, we will strengthen the Lifeline program and put the implementation of last year’s order on a solid legal footing,” he said.

  1. Media ownership limits

On Thursday, FCC commissioners will also be voting on a proposal to undo an Obama-era change to media ownership rules, which made it harder for major TV broadcasters to buy up local stations. Broadcasters are currently limited to serving 39 percent of the country’s households. In August of last year, the FCC voted to do away with the “UHF discount “— which let broadcasting companies count just half of the audiences of certain channels they owned toward the 39 percent limit.

Pai is now proposing to bring it back, and the proposal is expected to pass next week. Critics say it means more media consolidation and less diversity in news outlets. “Further consolidation will ensure that there are fewer independent news outlets serving as a counter-balance to misleading or inaccurate information from other sources,” Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) wrote in a letter to Pai on Thursday.

Pai has said he believes the UHF discount is outdated but disagreed with how the FCC repealed it. He wants the agency to explore raising the ownership limit before doing away with the discount. “I’m proposing that we hit the reset button, returning the rule to the way it was up until last fall,” he wrote in his March blog post. “And then we’ll launch a comprehensive review of the national ownership cap, including the UHF discount, later this year.”

  1. Television box reforms

Obama FCC Chair Wheeler had proposed reforming the set-top box market, allowing consumers to buy them from third parties and breaking what critics call a cable company monopoly. One of Pai’s first actions as chairman was to withdraw the proposal, prompting an angry response from his predecessor.

“Removing set-top box rule victory for Cablewood over consumers,” Wheeler tweeted in January. “$200 million Pai Tax on helpless cable subs. Trump helping little guy??” Efforts to let consumers use third-party devices to access cable have run into staunch opposition from Republicans and the telecom industry.

“Our goal should not be to unlock the box; it should be to eliminate the box.” And as many predicted, the proposal was dead on arrival under Republicans.

source–the hill, harper neidig, ajit pai, bds, tom wheeler, anna eshoo

Missouri. everybody should read this. everybody!–

Missouri. everybody should read this. everybody!–8kh.,b21

Missouri has no illegal’s; go figure… Shouldn’t the other states do the same? Missouri’s approach to the problem of illegal immigration appears to be more advanced, sophisticated, strict and effective than anything to date in Arizona. Does the White House appreciate what Missouri has done? So, why doesn’t Missouri receive attention? Answer: There are no illegal’s in Missouri to demonstrate.

The “Show Me” state has again shown us how it should be done. There needs to be more publicity and exposure regarding what Missouri has done. Please pass this around.

In 2007, Missouri placed on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment designating English as the official language of Missouri. In November, 2008, nearly 90% voted in favor! Thus, English became the official language for ALL governmental activity in Missouri. No individual has the right to demand government services in a language OTHER than English.
In 2008, a measure was passed that required the Missouri Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of any person arrested, and inform federal authorities if the person is found to be in Missouri illegally. Missouri law enforcement officers receive specific training with respect to enforcement of federal immigration laws.
In Missouri, illegal immigrants do NOT have access to taxpayer benefits such as food stamps or health care through Missouri Health NET.

In 2009, a measure was passed that ensures Missouri ‘s public institutions of higher education do NOT award financial aid to individuals who are illegally in the United States.
In Missouri all post-secondary institutions of higher education are required to annually certify to the Missouri Department Of Higher Education that they have NOT knowingly awarded financial aid to students who are unlawfully present in the United States.
So, while Arizona has made national news for its new law, it is important to remember, Missouri has been far more proactive in addressing this horrific problem. Missouri has made it clear that illegal immigrants are NOT WELCOME in the state and they will NOT receive public benefits at the expense of Missouri taxpayers.

source-ozarks sentinel

Trump delivers epic Easter address… libs hate what he slipped in-

Trump delivers epic Easter address… libs hate what he slipped in–58jh.,b58

President Donald Trump shocked the entire world with an Easter message so poignant and powerful, and so completely different from anything uttered by President Barack Obama during his eight years in power, that it had grabbed the attention of friend and rivals alike.

In the address delivered Friday, Trump, of course, spoke about the Christian Easter holiday and acknowledged God’s power throughout history. But he also used biblical examples to back up his statements, first choosing to talk about the Jewish feast of Passover as a celebration of God’s deliverance of the Israelites in the Book of Exodus then leading up to the challenges America and the world face in our own day.

“Down through the centuries, the Jewish people have lived through one persecution after another – and yet, they persevered and thrived and uplifted the world beyond measure,” the president said. ” And now, the state of Israel stands as a monument to their faith and endurance.” Strong words of support for Israel have not been heard from the White House for many years. During Obama’s eight years as president, he often made decisions that harmed Israel, one of America’s closest allies.

In fact, you might remember when President Obama and his administration became strangely silent when it came to standing up to the United Nations in support of Israel. In 2016, America’s silence meant the U.N. passed an anti-Israel resolution which forbade all Israeli construction on the West Bank, because of complaints from the Palestinian people.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Obama after the resolution passed, stating: “The Obama administration not only failed to protect Israel against this gang-up at the UN, it colluded with it behind the scenes.”

Of course, Trump has done nothing but support Israel since his first day in office. Also in his Easter address — Trump acknowledged that the holiday is a Christian one. “This Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the promise of eternal salvation,” he said. “It is a holy day of reverence and worship; it is a sacred time that fills the spirit of our nation with the faith of our people.”

He then continued to thank God for the vast blessings given to America, including the freedom of worship. If you are shocked at such pro-Christian, pro-God words coming from a U.S. president, you are most likely not alone. In 2015, President Obama’s Easter address made headlines for its anti-Christian message. According to Newsmax, the former president called Christians “anti-loving.”

“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that, as a Christian, I am supposed to love, and I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned, but that’s a topic for another day,” Obama said. Perhaps that is why Obama refused to denounce radical Islam. In fact, at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast, Obama dared to compare modern jihadists to the Crusaders from the Middle Ages.

“Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. Meanwhile, Trump had no problem condemning the terrorist killers of the Islamic State group during his Easter address.

The president also managed to let Americans know that both he and his entire administration would fight — not only for all Americans, but also all the marginalized and those threatened by terror throughout the world.

“I want you to know: This White House is fighting for you.  We are fighting for every American who has been left behind,” he said. “We are fighting for the right of all citizens to enjoy safety and peace — and to work and live with the dignity that all children of God are entitled to know.”

On the other hand, Obama did not use the United States military. His ineptitude, vacillation and weaknesses led directly to the growth of the Islamic State group in the Middle East that America confronts today.

Nothing of that kind will be ever be tolerated under the Trump administration. Just a day before Trump’s address, the American military dropped the weapon known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast — aka “The Mother of All Bombs” — on an Islamic State-held series of tunnels in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. That attack killed 94 ISIS fighters.

Trump’s Easter message was one that combined the hope of religious faith with the determination of action that can protect freedom at home and abroad. “As long as we have faith in each other, and trust in God, we will succeed,” he said. it was a message to make America great again.

source-conservative tribune, gabrielle cintorino, newsmax,

southern California will be the proving ground for border wall prototypes

southern California will be the proving ground for border wall prototypes–58jh.,b58

With the bids in on Donald Trump’s border wall, now it’s time to pick the finalists to build the barrier. And it won’t just be done on paper — part of the process is building a prototype of the wall for federal officials to judge.

And where will those prototypes be built? In sunny Southern California — the most liberal-infested state in this great country.  Oh, the irony. The irony.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed on Monday that prototypes will be built on federal land in Otay Mesa, a community in San Diego County.

Aside from being in one of the most liberal areas of the most liberal state in the land, Otay Mesa is also home to one of two border crossings in the county. In other words, it’s the perfect place to put up the prototype walls.

Up to 20 firms will be competing in the design round, according to the Union-Tribune, although The Associated Press had previously reported the number as between four and 10. The prototypes are expected to cost between $200,000 and $400,000.

The quarter-mile strip of federal land is within 120 feet of the border; it’s ideal because it would allow authorities to judge how wall prototypes would work in a heavily trafficked area. The winners would be selected on or around June 1, and prototype building should commence that month, according to AP.

While protests are expected, San Diego police said they plan to allow them so long as they’re non-violent.

“As part of our community policing philosophy, we work closely with any party or group that wishes to express their views in a law-abiding manner,” San Diego police spokesman Lt. Scott Wahl said.

Needless to say, California liberals are furious. State Sen. Ricardo Lara has even introduced legislation that would forbid the state from dealing with any contractors who work on the wall.

“It’s clear that President Trump intends to stick taxpayers with the cost of a border wall that will hurt California’s economy, environment and people,” the Democrat said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I introduced Senate Bill 30 to give our state a louder voice to say that building a wasteful and unnecessary wall would be a huge mistake.”

When it helps build the wall and manages to tick off California liberals, you know it has to be good.

source-breitbart, conservative tribune, wilmot proviso, san diego union-tribune, ap, lt scot

Some Minneapolis muslims protest ‘sharia’ vigilante in Cedar-Riverside area–

Some Minneapolis muslims protest ‘sharia’ vigilante in Cedar-Riverside area–5gh.,b–12-2

Abdullah Rashid, 22, a Georgia native who moved to Cedar-Riverside last year says his group, General Presidency of the Religious Affairs and Welfare of the Ummah, is trying to enforce what he calls ìthe civil part of the sharia lawî in the area. A man trying to impose what he calls “the civil part of the sharia law” in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis has sparked anger among local residents and Muslim leaders.

Abdullah Rashid, 22, a Georgia native who moved to Cedar-Riverside last year, has been making the rounds in the Somali-dominated neighborhood, telling people not to drink, use drugs or interact with the opposite sex. If he sees Muslim women he believes are dressed inappropriately, he approaches them and suggests they should wear a jilbab, a long, flowing garment. And he says he’s recruiting others to join the effort. But local Muslim leaders are sounding the alarm. They are working to stop Rashid’s group, General Presidency of the Religious Affairs and Welfare of the Ummah, and have notified Minneapolis police, who say he’s being banned from a Cedar-Riverside property. Some say the group is preying on vulnerable young Muslims in a community that has dealt with national scrutiny around radicalization and terrorism.

“What he’s doing is wrong and doesn’t reflect the community at all,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Minneapolis police received reports in February from concerned residents who saw Rashid in a dark green uniform that said “Muslim Defense Force” and “Religious Police” and had two flags associated with ISIS and other terrorist groups.

In a recent interview, Rashid said he aims to turn Cedar-Riverside into a “sharia-controlled zone” where Muslims are learning about the proper practices of Islam and that “non-Muslims are asked to respect” it. “People who don’t know me would say I’m a terrorist,” he said. “I’m someone who’s dedicated to Islam and trying to help the community all ways I can.”

“We consider this matter as a dangerous precedent and a threat in our country and our way of life,” the statement said. “We ask our law enforcement agencies to consider this grave matter to protect Minnesotans.”

Permit to carry denied Sharia law is a guide to daily life for practicing Muslims, derived from the Qur’an and the teachings of the prophet Mohammed. It tells Muslims, for example, what to eat and not to eat. Its interpretation and practice vary around the world. Rashid, who was previously known as Devon James Miller, converted to Islam in 2009. He said he first started the religious police group in Georgia in 2013, and wants to grow it internationally.

But residents of the Cedar-Riverside Plaza complex have raised concerns about him, and management with Sherman Associates said they are aware of the group and working closely with law enforcement.

On Wednesday, Minneapolis police said the Cedar-Riverside Towers’ management is in the process of evicting Rashid, and security at Cedar-Riverside Plaza is advising him he’s not allowed to patrol the neighborhood or they will cite him for trespassing.

‘Against his ideas’

On his website, Rashid posted a video titled “Never Trust Non-Muslims” by Anwar al-Awlaki, leader of an Al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011. And he had initially listed the Masjid Shaafici Cultural Center in Cedar-Riverside address as his organization’s headquarters. But the imam of that mosque, Abdighani Ali, said it has nothing to do with Rashid’s group. Ali said he plans to file a complaint with police.

“We’re against his ideas,” Ali said. “We always encourage our community to be a part of the society.”

source-abullah rashid, star tribune, jaylani hussein, jeff van nest, cair, muslim defense force, religious police, devon james miller, salma mohamed, abdighani ali,

Trump signs bill to overturn obama rule that forced States to fund planned parenthood-

Trump signs bill to overturn obama rule that forced States to fund planned parenthood–23kh.b63

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that overturns the previous rule that Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah put in place that prevented states from defunding Planned Parenthood murder mills.

After passing the House and facing a tie-breaking vote in the Senate by Vice President Mike Pence, the bill was sent to Trump’s desk and he signed it.

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews.com, “This week the pro-life movement had two huge victories: first, the swearing-in of Justice Gorsuch and now, President Trump will undo former President Obama’s parting gift to the abortion industry. The resolution signed today simply ensures that states are not forced to fund an abortion business with taxpayer dollars. Rather, states have the option to spend Title X money on comprehensive health care clinics that better serve women and girls.”

“We thank President Trump, Vice President Pence, who cast the tie-breaking vote last month, as well as the women who led this effort in Congress, Rep. Diane Black and Sen. Joni Ernst,” she added.  “Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive health care alternatives is a winning issue. We expect to see Congress continue its efforts to redirect additional taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood through pro-life health care reform after the spring recess.”

“According to its 2014-2015 annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortion procedures in just one year. Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the abortion industry in this country. Nor should they be forced to foot the bill for an organization like Planned Parenthood that has displayed such blatant disregard for human life.”

This didn’t stop Planned Parenthood from attacking the bill and President Trump.

“Planned Parenthood strongly opposes President Trump’s willingness to undermine millions of women’s access to birth control through the Title X family planning program,” said Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens in a statement.  “Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health and well-being.”

Really?  Whose health is being disregarded when Planned Parenthood engages in the merciless murders of the unborn, or even more, what about all of the women that end up seriously injured or even dead at the hands of abortion doctors?

Furthermore, Planned Parenthood is not entitled to any money from government.  The people never gave Congress the authority to distribute that money to murder mills or any other “business.”  Those that have been doing that for decades, be they Republican or Democrat, are acting criminally against the people and are complicit in the murder of more than 3,000 babies every day in our country.

I’m glad to hear that President Trump has signed this bill that recognizes the rights of the States in this matter to choke out Planned Parenthood.  Now, let’s move on to full abolition of abortion and prosecution of those who engage in it.

 

source-tim brown, freedom outpost, lifenes.com, susan anthony, diane black, joni ernst, dawn laguens