OVERRULED: SUPREME COURT RULES GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDCHILDREN EXEMPT FROM TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump received another blow on Wednesday as the Supreme Court upheld with a Hawaii Court’s ruling that Grandparents and their grandchildren are exempt from being included in his embattled travel ban.

In its ruling the high court declared the Trump administration had failed to clearly define what constitutes “close family relationships” in regard to exceptions to the ban on travelers from six mainly Muslim countries — Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Syria and Yemen.

However, the court did rule in favor of the Trump administration by staying the portion of the Hawaii Federal district judge Derrick Watson’s ruling that would have expanded exemptions to its 120-day ban on all refugees.

Wednesday’s order is an addendum to the court’s ruling in June that the travel ban could not go into effect for those people with a “bona fide connection” to an individual
or charitable or religious entity already in the United States.

In the meantime approximately 24,000 refugees who already have been assigned to a charity or religious organization in the U.S. will not be able to utilize that connection to enter the country, a fact that has critics of the travel ban in an uproar.

“This ruling jeopardizes the safety of thousands of people across the world including vulnerable families fleeing war and violence,” said Naureen Shah, Amnesty International USA’s senior director of campaigns said in a released statement.

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said the high court’s Wednesday order “confirms we were right to say that the Trump administration over-reached in trying to unilaterally keep families apart from each other.”

In their ruling, conservative Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas stated that they would have blocked Watson’s order in its entirety. The same three justices said last month they would have allowed the Trump travel ban to take full effect.

The Supreme Court is expected to receive oral arguments both for and against the travel ban in early October.

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MAKING AMERICA SECURE AGAIN: HOUSE APPROVES FUNDING FOR BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump is one step closer to fulfilling one of his most famous campaign promises…the building of a wall to separate the U.S. from Mexico.

The House Appropriations Committee this week approved $1.6 billion in funds to be allocated toward construction of the southern border wall.

“Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority. This funding bill provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more border patrol agents, and fund detention operations,” House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Carter said in a statement.

“Additionally, this bill will increase funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, support grants in cases of emergency and natural disaster, and provide critical resources to protect our cyber networks,” the statement continued.

The building of a wall to separate the United States from Mexico was an issue that proved central to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Since his inauguration in January, the Trump administration has cracked down on illegal immigration, calling it a matter of “justice and safety for the American people”.

“It will secure the border & save lives. Now the full House & Senate must act!” Trump said upon hearing the news that the funds had been approved.

In addition to securing the wall, Trump campaigned heavily on his promise to make Mexico pay for it. He made headlines last week while reiterating that pledge as he sat next to Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto while attending the G20 Summit.

“It’s great to be with my friend the president of Mexico, and we’re negotiating NAFTA and some other things with Mexico and we’ll see how it all turns out, but I think we’ve made really good progress so it’s great to be with you,” Trump said shaking hands with Nieto. When asked by a reporter, “Mr. Trump, do you still want Mexico to pay for the wall?”, Trump turned to the Mexican leader and replied, “Absolutely.”

Although Mexico has publicly refused to do any such thing, Trump says he will force the southern nation to do so by cutting off funding, which many economists say is vital for Mexico’s struggling economy.

“It’s an easy decision for Mexico,” Trump said of his plans, which he released earlier this year (https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/politics/memo-explains-how-donald-trump-plans-to-pay-for-border-wall/2007/?tid=a_inl).

According to estimates, (http://tmz.vo.llnwd.net/o28/newsdesk/tmz_documents/design-build-structure.pdf) the wall expected to stretch over one thousand miles across the U.S. southern border.

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POLICE: MEXICAN RESPONSIBLE FOR DEADLY DUI CRASH HAD UNLAWFULLY ENTERED US AT LEAST 7 TIMES

OMAHA, NEBRASKA — An illegal immigrant who police say was responsible for a fiery DUI crash in Nebraska last week had unlawfully entered the United States on at least seven occasions, say police.

Court documents filed by Douglas County prosecutors on Tuesday reveal that Nemias Garcia-Velasco, 32, was deported to Mexico in 2009, again in 2011 and left the U.S. to return to his home country on at least five other occasions before deportations could be finalized. Garcia-Velasco was also convicted of falsely claiming U.S. citizenship in 2005.

Douglas County Prosecutor Ryan Lindberg on Tuesday asked the judge presiding over the case to set a high bail for Garcia-Velasco because he feared the man might again flee, escaping justice.

“If this is someone who bonds out, I don’t think we’ll see Mr. Garcia-Velasco again,” Lindberg told the judge.

As reported by The Omaha World-Herald (http://www.omaha.com/news/crime/police-say-driver-was-drunk-when-he-crashed-van-at/article_398b1b60-646d-11e7-93c5-c3c3868c64dc.html), police allege Garcia-Velasco was driving while drunk on July 5 when he lost control of his 2001 Dodge Ram van. Police estimate Garcia-Velasco was speeding, going over 100 mph when his van hit a bridge abutment before it rolled and caught fire at around 1 p.m.. Silvano Torres, 58, a passenger in the van, died as a result of his injuries. Another passenger, Jesus I. Gonzalez, 16, was hospitalized and released later the same day.

Garcia-Velasco reportedly told officers that he had consumed 12 beers in the hours leading up to the crash.

Garcia-Velasco’s arrest is just the latest in a series of high profile tragedies that president Donald Trump has cited in his argument for the need to build a wall between the United States in Mexico in an effort to cut down on crime and injury to American citizens.

According to recently published reports (https://rebekahworsham.org/2017/07/11/gettin-outta-dodge-more-illegals-self-deporting-amid-fear-of-trump-administration-says-report/), Trump’s tough talk as led to a trend in which immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally are voluntarily “self deporting” themselves back to their home countries rather than face the sanctions vowed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions who has promised tough penalties for those caught in the U.S. without authorization.

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GETTIN’ OUTTA DODGE: MORE ILLEGALS SELF DEPORTING AMID FEAR OF TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, SAYS REPORT

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Illegal aliens fearful of the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are choosing to return to their nation of origin, says a report published by the Pueblo Cheiftain.

According to the report (http://www.chieftain.com/news/pueblo/ice-crackdown-in-pueblo-scaring-some-families-back-to-mexico/article_fc9dc2df-3962-5d2e-b93f-4fcdcb85c41e.html), Trump’s executive orders to increase enforcement and crack down on existing immigration laws have driven many illegals to “self deport” in lieu of facing the wrath of the Department of Homeland Security.

“Sources report that some undocumented families have left the area for Mexico rather than run the risk of having a parent arrested or even sentenced to prison for immigration violations,” the Cheiftain reported.

Many of the illegal aliens in Colorado, says the report, work under the table in the field of agriculture. The Trump crack down and it’s resulting impact on those here illegally have led to a shortage of workers to maintain the crops, says the report.

A member of the Colorado Agriculture Commission, Michael Hirakata says Trump’s tough immigration stance has led to a shortage of approved H2A workers across the state.

“I know growers in this area have also changed their crops in response,” he said. “You don’t see as many onions being grown anymore because that’s a crop that requires field workers.”

But as noted by a report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (http://immigrationworksusa.org/uploaded/file/IW_visa_policy_brief.pdf), many of the individuals arrested had previously come to the U.S. on an H-2A foreign guest worker visa, but overstayed and had been living in the country illegally for years.

The self-deportation of illegals comes amid Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ efforts to reinstate criminal prosecution for first-time border-crossers, a deviation to the open borders policies of the Obama Administration.

Under the Trump administration, first-time border-crossers are charged with misdemeanors. If they illegally re-enter, they are automatically hit with felony charges. The tough new laws are in direct contrast to the policies put forth by former Attorney General Eric Holder who called for a halt to prosecutions in many border areas.

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REPORT: 1.4 MILLION ILLEGALS WORKING UNDER STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As president Donald Trump continues his battle to secure the nation’s border, a new assessment suggests the problem with illegal immigration may be even worse than previously thought.

A report published by the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday documents that as many as 1.4 million illegal immigrants may be working in the United States under stolen or fraudulent social security numbers (https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2017reports/201740031fr.pdf).

Even more disturbing, the IRS only managed to identify approximately half of the people impacted by the fraud during the 2015 tax year, the Treasury Inspector General declared in his report.

“Cases of employment identity theft can cause significant burden to innocent taxpayers, including the incorrect computation of taxes based on income that does not belong to them,” said J. Russell George, the inspector general.

During a 2015 audit (http://oig.ssa.gov/sites/default/files/audit/summary/pdf/Summary%2034030.pdf) the Inspector General found there were 6.5 million U.S. Social Security Numbers (SSN) for persons 112 years or older on the active Social Security roster. Given that there are estimated to be only 35 people age 112 years or older on the planet, the audit confirmed that the Social Security Administration was actively paying fraudulent claims for dead people each month and enabling tens of “thousands of instances of potential identity theft.”

The report comes as president Donald Trump continues his efforts to build a wall separating the southern United States from Mexico, a plan that his Democratic rivals claim is driven by racism.

A February 2017 report by The Los Angeles Times suggested that as many as many as eight million illegal alien currently living in the U.S. could qualify for deportation under President Donald Trump’s immigration plan (http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-deportations-20170204-story.html).

Ronald Mortensen, in a report for the Center for Immigration Studies (http://cis.org/mortensen/president-trumps-executive-order-puts-americans-first-least-75-illegal-aliens-eligible-deportation), claimed that, if enforced, Trump’s immigration reform efforts could lead to the deportation of some 75 percent of the country’s illegal alien population.

In his report, Mortensen argued that pro-immigrant claims of illegal aliens paying into the Social Security system are null and void based on findings that many are earning income through fraudulently obtained Social Security numbers, which are often times stolen from unsuspecting American citizens.

“So, until President Trump issued E.O. 13768, the career politicians that he replaced had consistently put illegal aliens first and deliberately ignored the terrible harm done to the American men, women, and children whose Social Security numbers are stolen,” Mortensen wrote.

“Rather than protecting Americans, career politicians and their business, media, and faith-based allies stood by as the medical records of innocent children were corrupted by illegal aliens using their Social Security numbers, with life-threatening consequences,” Mortensen continued. “They did nothing as their constituents’ and neighbors’ credit records were destroyed by illegal aliens and as the arrest records of illegal aliens were attached to the stolen Social Security numbers of hard-working Americans.”

Trump’s immigration reform plain is in major contrast to that of former President Obama’s where only about 1.4 million illegal aliens were considered qualified for deportation.

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‘THE WALL OR ELSE’: RNC CHAIR WARNS VOTERS WILL WALK IF GOP DEFAULTS ON BUILDING OF WALL

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel is warning Republican leaders in Congress to okay funding for President Trump’s border wall or risk being voted out in the 2018 midterm elections.

McDaniel’s comments come as political insiders say some Republicans are backing down on their support of the wall, which then candidate Trump made the center of his presidential campaign, in the face of overwhelming pressure from their Democratic counterparts.

“Our base is going to walk away,” McDaniel warned her colleagues. “They’re going to feel like, ‘Hey, you said one thing on the campaign trail to get elected and you didn’t act on it.’”

McDaniel, the niece of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, also took her plea to the media in an effort to hold her fellow Republicans accountable.

“I was part of the Trump movement as a Michigan chair, and I know that our voters are going to hold us accountable in 2018 if we do not keep the campaign promises that were made,” McDaniel said during an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Wednesday.

“When you get to Washington, sometimes you forget what was said outside and it’s important that we bring that back to Washington and let them hear what the voters expect of this government and of the president.”

McDaniel also took the opportunity while on Inghram’s show to praise the president for the efforts he’s put forth during his first 100 days in office.

“You’ve seen jobs coming back. You’ve seen our national security standing rise in this country,” McDaniel said. “I mean, action after action that the president talked about on the campaign trail he has enacted in just a hundred days.”

“We have to make good on our campaign promises, and the president has already hit the ground running on that,” she added.

On the flip side, McDaniel said Republicans need to work harder than ever to get the long suffering ObamaCare replacement healthcare program passed and into action.

“They’re hurting. People are hurting under Obamacare,” said McDaniel. “It is a catastrophe what is happening to the American people right now. And they’re looking for help and relief and our party is the only party that is even focusing on that. The Democrats have walked away. But we’re going to have to find that for them.”

“We have to put people above politics,” McDaniel added. “We cannot become complacent as a party. Complacency will be our worst enemy. We won everything, but the Democrats have awoken and they’re coming back, and we have to fight just as hard.”

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TRUMPED AGAIN: JUDGE BLOCKS PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER TO DEFUND SANCTUARY CITIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In yet another blow to president Trump’s plan for immigration reform, a California judge has blocked a Trump administration order to withhold federal funding from cities who refuse to comply with U.S. immigration authorities.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the temporary ruling on Tuesday in a lawsuit over the executive order which targeted sanctuary cities for restriction of funds. Two California districts, San Francisco and Santa Clara County, filed suit to have the order struck down.

“It’s not like it’s just some small amount of money,” John Keker, an attorney for Santa Clara County, told Orrick at the April 14 hearing.

The decision will stay in place as the lawsuit makes its way through the judicial process.

In his ruling, Orrick sided with the plaintiffs in the case, saying the order “by its plain language, attempts to reach all federal grants, not merely the three mentioned at the hearing.”

“The rest of the order is broader still, addressing all federal funding. And if there was doubt about the scope of the order, the president and attorney general have erased it with their public comments,” Orrick said.

“Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement cannot be threatened merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the president disapproves,” the judge added.

The order also has led to similar lawsuits being filed by the city of Seattle; two Massachusetts cities, Lawrence and Chelsea; and a third San Francisco area district, the city of Richmond.

The ruling is the latest blow to president Trump’s attempt to secure the border via executive action.

Earlier this year, the president issued Executive Order 13769, which attempted to restrict the number of refugees coming into the U.S. from terror hot spots around the world. Despite a lengthy battle, that order was also struck down by the Sixth Circuit court.

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SESSIONS WARNS ILLEGALS: ‘THIS IS THE TRUMP ERA…THE BORDER IS CLOSED. GO HOME.’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a message to those who still seek to come to the United States illegally…there’s a new sheriff in town.

That was the message Sessions sent while appearing Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” where the AG boasted of the change in status since president Trump’s inauguration.

“Can you believe that we have had the lowest number of entrances at the border in 17 years? This is the direct result of Donald Trump’s strong, clear leadership,” said Sessions.

“It has an impact. The most important thing for us is to send a message to the world that the border is not open. Please don’t come. You will be apprehended if you do come, and you will be deported promptly. And if you’re a criminal, you’ll be prosecuted. And if you assault our officers, we’re going to come at you with a ton of bricks,” he warned.

“This is the kind of message we need to send It is already being sent,” added Sessions. “It is having a dramatic effect so far. I knew strong presidential leadership unlike the wishy-washiness we’ve seen in the past would impact the flow, but not as much as we’ve seen already. The numbers are down 70 percent since President Obama left office. It is really a remarkable achievement.”

Sessions, who toured the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday, said during a press conference after the tour that he believes Trump’s get-tough approach to immigration prosecutions will help to clean up a lot of the “filth” brought into the U.S. by Mexican drug cartels.

“This is a new era. This is the Trump era,” he said. “The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch and release practices of old are over.”

Speaking of the soon-to-begin construction of Trump’s border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, Sessions said the wall will only aid in the war on drugs and crime.

“The barrier, the wall, will have a great and positive impact and will continue our ability to follow through on a commitment to end the lawlessness,” he said.

Critics blasted the initiatives touted by Sessions as racist fear-mongering and baseless in fact.

“Once again, Attorney General Sessions is scaring the public by linking immigrants to criminals despite studies showing that immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than the native born. He and President Trump are wasting more federal taxpayer dollars going after illegal border crossers instead of protecting the American public,” said Gregory Z. Chen, director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Undeterred, Sessions said the tough new stance on illegal immigration will continue.

“When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels, what do we mean? We mean international criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into war zones, that rape and kill innocent civilians, and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders,” Sessions said. “It is here on this very sliver of land—on this border—that we take our stand. It is a direct threat to our legal system, peace and prosperity.”

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‘TRUMP EFFECT’ STRIKES AGAIN: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DOWN 67 PERCENT SINCE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S. border is down by a whopping 67 percent, former border commissioner David V. Aguilar told Congress on Tuesday.

The latest statistics are even higher than those reported last February when the U.S. Border Patrol reported a drop of over 40 percent.

“It’s actually up to a 67 percent drop compared to last year,” Aguilar, former chief of the Border Patrol and former acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said while testifying before the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Aguilar credited the efforts of president Trump, who has ordered that border agents be made more available to patrol the border between the United States and Mexico for the reduction in numbers. Aguilar also said Trump’s plans to build a border wall have deterred possibly tens of thousands of would-be border jumpers.

The phenomenon is reminiscent of a drop that occurred during the 1980’s, said Aguilar, when then president Reagan cracked down on illegal immigration after legal status was provided to millions of undocumented immigrants.

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TRUMP GOES TO COURT: SANCTUARY CITIES SUE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER TOUGH ACTS ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

SEATTLE, WA — The city of Seattle announced this week that it is suing President Donald Trump over his executive order cracking down illegal immigration (http://murray.seattle.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Seattle-Complaint-for-Declaratory-Relief.pdf). The suit, which was filed in federal court, is just the latest legal action taken against Trump and experts say there will likely be many more.

“Our lawsuit is staying true to our values,” Seattle mayor Ed Murray said during a press conference. “We value civil rights, we value the courts and we value the Constitution.”

“Apparently the Trump administration, their war on facts, has now become a war on cities,” he continued. “Let me be clear about the facts: We are not breaking any laws and we are prioritizing safety.”

In January the city of San Francisco filed suit against the Trump administration over an executive order requiring the federal government to withhold money from sanctuary cities that protect illegal aliens from federal prosecution (https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3439326-SF-v-Trump-complaint.html).

The executive order, the lawsuit argued, “is a severe invasion of San Francisco’s sovereignty.”

“Like so many other cities, San Francisco is a city of immigrants, many of whom are undocumented, who come here to live, work and raise families,” the lawsuit says.

“San Francisco is safer when all people, including undocumented immigrants, feel safe reporting crimes. San Francisco is healthier when all residents, including undocumented immigrants, access public health programs. And San Francisco is economically and socially stronger when all children, including undocumented immigrants, attend school,” it continued on.

Just days into his presidency, President Trump signed an executive order directing the federal government to ensure that jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with immigration officials are not eligible to receive some federal grants.

“These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic,” Trump said in the executive order.

The move was a step toward honoring his promise to crack down on illegal immigration, which was a central issue of his campaign.

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced during a press conference that the Justice Department would require cities seeking some of $4.1 billion available in grant money to prove that they are in compliance with federal laws that mandate cooperation with immigration officials.

The state of Washington also sued president Trump over his executive order relating to the travel ban, which would restrict travel from countries that have demonstrated a high risk for terror. A federal judge in Seattle blocked the order and an appeals court refused to reinstate it.

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