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The Hlll -- January 3, 2018
Confusion over Trump's border wall delays spending talks
 Senate negotiators say a lack of clarity from President Trump about his plans for a proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is holding up talks to avoid a government shutdown.
    Trump has demanded tougher immigration controls and more border-security measures in return for relief for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients in the 2018 spending bill.
    But Republicans and Democrats working on a possible immigration deal said Wednesday they're still waiting to receive Trump's specific demands for tighter border security to hash out a deal. [...]
    The biggest question is whether Trump will insist on building a 2,200-mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as he indicated in a recent interview with The New York Times, or whether he'll settle for increased patrols and surveillance.
    “That's something we're waiting on the White House to give us clarity on,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), one of the negotiators. “When you talk to [the Department of Homeland Security] and the other individuals, they talk about technology, they talk about personnel, they talk about physical barriers. [...]
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), one of the Democrats working on a prospective immigration deal, said the reason Trump hasn't wanted to put his proposal for a border wall on paper is because it would appear unfeasible and draw opposition from fellow Republicans.
    “It has been almost three months since we asked the administration to provide us with a specific border security proposal. Still, I haven't seen it,” Durbin said.

Glenn Spencer -- January 4. 2018    
The Straw Man?
President Trump will soon unveil his secret plans for his border wall. He has repeatedly made it clear that his “wall” must be see-through. What is the difference between a wall and a fence? A Google search provides this most consistent definition: "The difference between a fence and a wall is that you can almost always see through a fence, at least to some degree, while a wall is solid."
    There is one thing for sure that we can say about it --- it won't be a wall.
    Why does the president continue to insist on calling it a wall? Because it is a straw man. Trump may have erected prototype walls on the border that knowing it would make everyone mad. Did he give his opponents a target they could easily knock down - like a straw man?
    Regardless, he will "give in" to those opponents and agree never to build a ‘wall'. He will build something else --- now being designed --- that will be easier to defend.
    It could be more like what the Secure Fence Act of 2006 called for - and almost the entire Congress voted for --- including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
    It could include new sensor technology that DHS/CBP may have found from its recent search.
    He may even make a point to publicly put the hammer down on misguided border technology --- thus saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
    How the president uses these cards --- a la things like DACA --- is an open question, but be assured he will do so artfully.
    President Trump's head is not full of straw.

January 4, 2018

Daily Signal        
The ‘Dreamers’ Have No Right to Demand Anything      
Nearly 200 protesters were arrested on the steps of the Capitol at a rally in December. -- The occasion? Thousands had gathered there to demand that Congress pass “Dream Act” legislation to protect from deportation young “undocumented” immigrants brought to this country by their illegal-alien parents. -- Many of those who took part in that demonstration --- as well as in an encampment on the National Mall and in a series of sit-ins in congressional offices --- are themselves these so-called “Dreamers,” who would be the beneficiaries of the legislation they’re demanding Congress enact.......

Report: At Least 1-in-7 DACA Illegal Aliens Would End Up on Medicaid Following Amnesty     
t least nearly one in seven illegal aliens shielded from deportation by former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would end up on Medicaid if they were given amnesty, a government report states. --,A report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reveals the impact a DACA amnesty for nearly 800,000 to 3.5 million illegal aliens enrolled and eligible for the Obama-era program would have on American citizens......

Meadows Draws Line in Sand: No DACA Amnesty in Spending Bill      
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, on Tuesday said there should be no Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty deal contained within the government funding bill coming up in January. -- The important move by Meadows aims to take government shutdown leverage away from Democrats in the upcoming DACA battles --- something that President Donald Trump alluded to on Tuesday morning on Twitter when he bashed Democrats for not being serious about DACA solutions.......

Trump's Prioritizing DACA Illegal Aliens Breaks with 'No Amnesty' Commitment      
President Trump's seeming prioritization of nearly 800,000 illegal aliens shielded from deportation under former President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program breaks a long-held commitment by the populist leader to put American citizens first in every decision. -- As Breitbart News reported, Trump posted to Twitter on Tuesday that the open borders activists behind recent protests demanding DACA amnesty will begin “falling in love” with himself and Republicans, hinting that he is interested in a deal to begin giving illegal aliens a pathway to U.S. citizenship.......

Poll: Voters Show Massive Support for Trump Immigration Policies      
A poll of likely 2018 voters shows two-to-one support for President Donald Trump's pro-American immigration policies, and a lopsided four-to-one opposition against the cheap-labor, mass-immigration, economic policy pushed by bipartisan establishment-backed D.C. interest-groups. -- The poll for NumbersUSA is another reminder to politicians that the business-funded ‘Nation of Immigrants” polls distract attention from voters' private views, which were shockingly displayed on the evening of November 8, 2016.......

Mexican Authorities Probing Venezuelan Model's Border State Murder      
Monterrey, Nuevo León -- State authorities are looking into why a team of gunmen shot and killed a Venezuelan model after she exited a local bar. -- Police sources revealed to Breitbart Texas that 27-year-old model Andreina Elizabeth Escalona Leyzeaga was leaving a bar called Kaprishosa when a team of gunmen intercepted her and began firing. ......

Mexicans in U.S. send cash home in record numbers      
Mexicans living abroad sent cash home in record numbers last year. The vast majority of the cash came from those living in the United States. -- Two main forces drove the trend: Mexico's weak currency, the peso, and President Trump's threat to slap a tax on cash shipments, known as remittances, sent from the U.S. to Mexico. -- Mexicans sent home $26.1 billion from January to November 2017, according to figures released Tuesday by the central bank of Mexico. That's the most ever recorded and better than the $24.1 billion sent in 2016 over the same period.......

Incoming Amnesty? Trump Says Illegals Will 'Fall in Love' with Him      
President Donald Trump promised to deliver results for DACA activists who are demanding amnesty for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. -- “Democrats are doing nothing for DACA --- just interested in politics,” Trump wrote. “DACA activists and Hispanics will go hard against Dems, will start ‘falling in love' with Republicans and their President! We are about RESULTS.”......

January 3, 2018

Kaplan Herald         
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador can be a catastrophe for Mexico     
The course of American-Mexican relations never has run particularly smooth. There was the Mexican-American war in the mid-19th century, of course, and there's always the inherent tension with one big, rich country to the north sharing a lengthy border with a poor, perennially corrupt and struggling nation to the south. “Poor ,” goes one ancient lament south of the border, “so far from God, so close to the United States.” -- Donald Trump courted controversy by charging in his presidential run in the summer of 2015 that the Mexican government was sending its “undesirables” across that border into the United States.......

Mass Live          
US Sen. Ed Markey hits Donald Trump on DACA, says only 'dream' president cares about is border wall      
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, accused Republican leaders Tuesday of playing "political games" with the futures of immigrants brought to the country as children, adding that the only "dream" President Donald Trump cares about "is his empty one of a border wall." -- With Congress facing a March 5 deadline to pass a bill addressing those impacted by the Trump administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program phase out, Markey called on lawmakers to work together on a bipartisan solution.......

Daily Caller -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem        
Acting ICE Director: Sanctuary City Politicians Should Be 'Charged With Crimes'      
Acting director of the immigration and customs enforcement agency Thomas Homan suggested politicians in sanctuary cities and states should be charged with crimes, in a Tuesday interview. -- Homan's remarks follow California officially becoming a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants in 2018 and officially bars police from asking about immigration status. The law also does not allow police officers to assist federal authorities assist in deportation or other immigration enforcement operations.......

Detecting drones -- SEIDARM to the rescue?
The lead story in today'ss Washington Times is: How drug smugglers are using drones to beat the Border Patrol -- American Border Patrol has been looking at this problem and has run some tests that suggest that a system called SEIDARM might be adapted to include sensors that detect drones along the entire border. -- See Detection Systems Listen for Drones Flying Under the Radar -- We will keep you posted......

Washington Times        
13 drones in four days: How drug smugglers are using technology to beat Border Patrol     
Border Patrol agents are increasingly worried about the threat from drug-cartel-flown drones, after agents spotted 13 drones suspected of carrying drugs across one section of the U.S.-Mexico border in just one four-day period in November. -- Cartels are aware that the U.S. lacks the ability to detect the drones, much less to interdict them, making them a choice method for smuggling high-dollar hard drugs into the country, agents said. -- They said the fact that they even spotted the 13 drones was serendipitous and only hints at the scope of the real problem......

January 2, 2018

David Olen Cross -- Salem, Oregon          
Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report -- December 2017
The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) December 1, 2017 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,739 inmates incarcerated in the DOC's 14 prisons. -- Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on December 1st there were 973 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state's prison system; approximately one in every fifteen prisoners incarcerated by the state was a criminal alien, 6.60 percent of the total prison population. -- Some background information, all 973 criminal aliens currently incarcerated in the DOC prison system were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal law enforcement agency that is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security...........

Daily Caller         
VIVA e-MEXICO: Amazon, Alibaba And Walmart Are Investing Heavily South Of The Border      
While U.S. politicians argue about a border wall with Mexico, leading ecommerce companies are ignoring the rhetoric and battling for position in this promising Latin American market. -- Online shopping in Mexico has been slower to catch on than in the U.S. But with online sales in Mexico expected to more than double to nearly $18 billion over the next three years, the major global ecommerce players are moving into high gear. Amazon, Walmart and Alibaba are all making significant investments to capture a larger share of Mexico's fast-growing market.......

Sun Gazette       
Numbers favor Trump's proposals for illegal immigration crackdown      
Critics of President Donald Trump's various proposals to crack down on illegal immigration say there is little need to do so. The number of people coming into our country illegally has dropped dramatically, they say. -- For a time, that may have been true. It is not, now. -- Judging by the number of people immigration agents catch crossing the border illegally, the problem is growing. “Denial of entry” stops along the U.S.-Mexico border in November totaled 39,006 --- twice the number in April.......

New Jersey News 12          
New mayor declares Hoboken 'fair and welcoming city'     
Hoboken's new mayor wasted no time before issuing his first decree for 2018. -- Mayor Ravi Bhalla because New Jersey's first Sikh mayor Monday when he was sworn in at City Hall. -- Bhalla's first official act as mayor was to sign an executive order declaring Hoboken a “fair and welcoming city.” This means that police and other officials cannot use city resources to enforce federal immigration laws except when they are legally required to do so.......

Gateway Pundit        
PHOTOS=> Sanctuary State Signs Pop Up on California Highways for the New Year: "Felons, Illegals and MS13 Welcome!"      
“OFFICIAL SANCTUARY STATE, Felons, Illegals and MS13 Welcome! Democrats Need The Votes!” -- The highway signs are apparently commemorating California's new Sanctuary State status. -- NOTE: It is unclear who originated this action.......

Top 10 ICE Stories for 2017      
Officers and agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had a busy year in 2017. New leadership set up the agency to increase immigration enforcement efforts. -- “Our mission is accomplished by the people of ICE working together and by adhering to our core values of integrity, courage and excellence,” ICE officials wrote. “The following Year in Review is a snapshot of ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), and Management and Administration's (M&A) daily work.......

Daily Local          
Year in Review 2017: Trump's directives to round up Mexicans seen as cruel in southern Chester County      
Of all the stories that came across the desk this year, the issue of immigration in southern Chester County was probably the most significant and heart-wrenching. -- Concerns over deportation threats issued by President Donald Trump were evident at a community conversation on immigration hosted by La Comunidad Hispana in late February.......

January 1, 2018

The Hill          
Congress heads toward showdown over 'Dreamers'      
Congress is barreling toward a showdown over immigration in January. -- Lawmakers were locked in a flurry of closed-door negotiations and meetings with top White House officials as they tried to make progress on an agreement before wrapping up their work for the year. -- Instead, both chambers adjourned without a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, kicking the fight into 2018. The program allows certain immigrants, called dreamers, who came to the United States illegally as children, to work and go to school here.......

Kaplan Herald         
Gary, Indiana sued over 'Welcoming Metropolis' ordinance limiting immigration enforcement      
Local agencies are finding themselves saddled with many of the costs connected to recent changes to federal immigration policies.-- People walk on Market St., during a vigil and march from the City Market to Christ Cathedral on Monument Circle, calling on city and county law enforcement to stop supporting unlawful detentions of undocumented immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Thursday, June 15, 2017.......

Kaplan Herald          
Alien arrests, deportations improve in Colorado throughout first 12 months of Trump presidency      
The number of people deported from the United States after living illegally in Colorado and Wyoming more than doubled during President Donald Trump's first year in office, released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. -- The number of removals rose to 2,535 from 1,033 in the two states during the 2017 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, according to data provided by Carl Rusnek, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman based in Dallas.......         
Dave Gorak: 'Chain migration' policy irresponsible and dangerous       
In his Dec. 22 column, Paul Fanlund incorrectly says the recently attempted suicide bombing in New York City's subway system is not related to the current debate on immigration reform. The would-be bomber in fact entered this country on a visa that is part of our irresponsible and dangerous "chain migration" policy that President Trump wants to end. Chain migration goes well beyond the nuclear family, i.e. parents and their minor children. It also is the reason that since 2015 immigration has accounted for nearly 90 percent of our population growth that is projected to last through 2065 at our current levels, according to Pew Hispanic Center.......

Mexican Cartels Kill 111 Mayors Since 2006, Says Group      
Cartel gunmen shot and killed the mayor of Petatlan, Guerrero. The murdered politician's close aide was executed earlier in 2017. -- The gunmen murdered Arturo Gomez Perez this week while he was dining at a restaurant, Casa Vieja. According to police, on July 16, his close aide Manuel Rebolledo Perez was kidnapped and executed. At the time, the gunmen dumped his body and left a message near the Zihuatanejo airport. -- According to law enforcement sources, Gomez Perez was dining when the gunmen entered and shot him in front of his family. The shooters fled with complete impunity.......

Border Patrol agents arrest Salvadoran sex offender near Hidalgo     
Border Patrol agents arrested a Salvadoran sex offender last month near Hidalgo. -- Agents arrested Jose Salvador Villalta, 58, a citizen of El Salvador who lived in Burbank, California. -- Villalta is a sex offender registered with the California Department of Justice. He was convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 years old, according to the California sex offender registry.......

10 Killed, Including Several Americans, In Fiery Acapulco Crash      
Mexican authorities say five people visiting from the United States were among 10 people killed in a fiery car crash on a coastal highway in southern Mexico. -- Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez Heredia said Sunday that the crash late Friday also left two U.S. residents hospitalized. -- A van carrying the family from Washington state collided with a motorcycle and another car. All of the vehicles caught fire. Two people riding the motorcycle died as well as the driver of the other car.......

Fox Business          
California Poses Problem for GOP as 2018 Dawns      
California is the nation's most populous state, home to 53 seats in the House of Representatives, reservoir of 55 Electoral College votes -- and a growing political problem for Republicans as the 2018 midterm election year dawns. -- GOP fortunes have been declining for the last two decades in California, a trend that may be accelerating. The recently passed tax-cut bill, with its limits on deductibility of state and local taxes and mortgage interest, seemed almost designed to strike at high-tax states with pricey real estate such as California.......

President counts on 2017 momentum to carry agenda for the new year      
The Trump administration is resolved to push more of its agenda through Congress this new year. But, election year dynamics could build an even bigger wall between republicans and democrats on Capitol Hill. -- The Trump administration plans to build off momentum from its signature political victory late-last year: tax reform. -- "Republicans have learned in this cycle that when you work together, you can get a lot done," said Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp......

Fox News        
Michelle Malkin on What She Wants to See From Trump in 2018: 'The Wall, the Wall, the Wall'       
President Donald Trump predicted that 2018 will be a "fantastic" year, and Michelle Malkin wants to see his administration make constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border a top priority. -- Malkin, a political commentator and CRTV host, said on "Fox & Friends" on Monday that Trump is aware of the obstacles he will face from Congress and the establishment in both parties as he looks to enact his agenda in 2018.......

SV Herald      
Complaint sheds light on man who fled from, shot at BP      
A criminal complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Tucson reveals the chain of events that led to a car wreck in Green Valley after a man tried to flee from a Border Patrol checkpoint. -- According to the complaint, the incident began when a 2005 black Ford Escape with Arizona license plates approached the checkpoint on Dec. 24. -- A Border Patrol agent conducting vehicle inspections “noticed the driver's hands were shaking tremendously as he was holding a cigarette,” the complaint says. The driver, later identified as 21-year-old Roberto Ramirez, also avoided making eye contact with the agent while his two passengers, later identified as German Vasquez Luna and Eduardo Villegas Ocochota, looked straight ahead. ......

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