‘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.

The Trump administration has proposed $1.6 billion toward the cost of building a wall across the U.S. southern border, taxpayer funds that the president says he will force the government of Mexico to reimburse.Trump-wall-official

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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‘LOCK ‘EM UP’: TOUGH TALKING SHERIFF CALLS FOR ARREST OF SANCTUARY CITY LEADERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Massachusetts law enforcement official is calling for the arrest of sanctuary city leaders who refuse to comply with president Trump’s new federal immigration orders.

Testifying before Congress on Tuesday, Bristol County, Massachusetts Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told the House Subcommittee on Illegal Immigration that sanctuary cities “have become magnets for illegal aliens, some of which have violent criminal records” and said the time has come to get tough with city leaders who fail to comply.

“If these sanctuary cities are going to harbor and conceal criminal illegal aliens from ICE, which is in direct violation of Title 8 of the U.S. Code, federal arrest warrants should be issued for their elected officials,” Hodgson said. “Our citizens would be safer if we never stopped enforcing immigration law and if we never formed or turned a blind eye toward sanctuary cities.”

“These officials pledge not to work with, cooperate or even communicate with federal immigration enforcement,” Hodgson continued. “Sanctuary cities are a direct violation of trust between legal residents and the elected officials who took an oath to protect them at all costs. At the worst, it’s careless, illegal and extremely dangerous.”

Hodgson said sanctuary city leaders will quickly see a change of attitude “if their leaders start running into legal trouble.”

The sheriff said that making judges available during evening hours would be of great help when it comes to the issuing of warrants. “This could prevent the bail or release of a dangerous criminal illegal alien,” Hodgson said.

Hodgson said he had no problem with legal immigrants, just those who enter the country illegally, adding that his own father was an immigrant from England who became an American citizen “the right, legal way.”

“We need to continue accepting immigrants who follow the rules and go through the legal process, not reward those who come here illegally,” he said.

The sherriff also criticized Rep. Michelle DuBois (D-Brockton), who earlier this week warned illegals of a planned ICE raid in her jurisdiction.

“I have a message for the immigrant community of Brockton. Please be careful on Wednesday 29. ICE will be in Brockton on that day. If you are undocumented don’t go out on the street. If there is a knock on the door of your house and you don’t know who it is, don’t open the door. I ask you to be careful,” DuBois wrote in a Facebook post.

Hodgson called DuBois’s action the “most outrageous, outrageous example of what is going on across the United States that is undermining my job and every other law enforcement officer in the United States” and slammed the representative as an example of everything that is wrong with government.

Last week, in an effort to increase the heat on sanctuary cities, the Department of Homeland Security presented to president Trump its first weekly list of cities that refused to cooperate with his administration’s immigration crackdown, including the crimes committed by illegals within their jurisdiction.

During a press conference on Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans by the Trump administration to impose financial sanctions on sanctuary cities who have refused to comply.

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SESSIONS TO SANCTUARY CITIES: ‘BE PREPARED TO PAY’. ATTY GENERAL SAYS CITIES WHO HOUSE ILLEGALS MAY LOSE BILLIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he’s tired of playing games with cities who refuse to comply with federal immigration orders and he’s prepared to hit them where it hurts…in the wallet.

In compliance with president Trump’s campaign promise to enforce often lax federal immigration laws, Sessions announced on Monday that he’ll begin punishing sanctuary cities who refuse to comply with federal immigration orders by withholding potentially billions of dollars in federal money. And if that doesn’t work, Sessions says he will begin recalling funds the cities have already received, which could total billions more.

Sanctuaries are cities and jurisdictions that often refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agents’ efforts to deport illegal immigrants, typically be refusing to comply with detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) whenever an illegal immigrant is arrested.

Speaking at the White House, Sessions referenced several high profile crimes committed by illegal aliens that resulted in the deaths of innocent Americans.

“Countless Americans would be alive today … if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended,” Mr. Sessions said.

The move is a stark contrast to the policies of the Obama administration who often looked the other way in regard to illegal immigration.

“Such policies cannot continue,” he said. “They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the street.”

The mayors of several major cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, have publicly refused to cooperate with the Trump administration in regard to it’s illegal immigration crackdown and say they will continue to fight what they call “racist” policies.

Shortly after Sessions spoke, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, an outspoken critic of Trump, said he will fight any efforts to defund sanctuary cities his state.

“My office will continue to ensure local governments have the tools they need to legally protect their immigrant communities – and we won’t stop fighting to beat back President Trump’s un-American immigration policies,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Just days into Trump’s role as commander-in-chief, he ordered the Department of Homeland Security to publish a weekly list of all detainer requests turned down by local jails. The first report was submitted by DHS earlier this month and included more than 100 cities and towns that Sessions says he will now hit hard for refusing to comply.

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POTUS PRESSURE: TRUMP PUTS HEAT ON SANCTUARY CITIES THAT REFUSE TO HOLD ILLEGALS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an effort to step up the heat on sanctuary cities, president Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to publish a weekly list of all hold requests of illegal immigrants turned down by local jails.

According to Trump’s order, which he said was necessary to “better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions,” the name of the arresting agency, the name of the illegal immigrant and the charges the suspect faced when detained must be submitted to the White House.

The president issued the command via executive order (https://www.scribd.com/document/342459907/ICE-Declined-Detainer-Outcome-Report-Jan-28-to-Feb-3-2017-1#from_embed) on January 25 and, on Monday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly presented the agency’s first formal report.

The report documents 206 cases in which illegal immigrants were arrested on local or state charges and were scheduled to be released from jails. ICE officials requested that the local authorities hold onto the suspects for up to 48 hours — a request known as a “detainer” — but the requests in many sanctuary cities were denied.

According to the report, the top 10 refusing counties for declined detainers are Clark County, Nevada; Nassau County, New York; Cook County, Illinois; Montgomery County, Iowa; Snohomish County, Washington; Franklin County, New York; Washington County, Oregon; Alachua County, Florida; Franklin County, Iowa; and Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

The 206 denials took place the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

“When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect the public safety and carry out its mission,” said Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan wrote in a statement on ICE’s website (https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dhs-releases-us-immigration-and-customs-enforcement-declined-detainer-outcome-report) . “Our goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners. We will continue collaborating with them to help ensure that illegal aliens who may pose a threat to our communities are not released onto the streets to potentially harm individuals living within our communities.”

A majority of arresting offenses committed by the illegal aliens in question were for crimes relating to domestic violence, driving under the influence, forgery, rape, sexual and simple assault, drugs, traffic offenses and homicide.

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“STAY STRONG”: FIANCE OF WOMAN KILLED BY ILLEGAL SAYS POTUS CALLED WITH WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

LOS ANGELES, CA — A California man who’s fiance was killed in a car crash last month after being hit by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times says President Trump called to offer support during his time of need.

Rodrigo Macias appeared on the Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday to discuss the death of his fiancee, Sandra Duran, 42. Shortly after the program aired, Macias says he was shocked to hear that President Trump wanted to speak with him.

According to Macias, the president was extremely sympathetic to his story and urged him to “stay strong”.

“It tells you a lot about this president,” Macias, a real estate broker, told the Southern California News Group on Wednesday evening. “You can’t have the local mayor do that, but the president of the U.S. went out of his way to do that. I’m very glad my fiancée and I voted for him. In fact, I’m extremely happy.”

Macias, 39, took the opportunity while on air to criticize Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Police Chief Charlie Beck and city policies that he said afford protections to illegals. Garcetti and Beck have said the city has no plans to get involved in any deportation efforts by the federal government and that the city’s long-standing policy that prevents police officers from asking about a person’s immigration status will continue.

“I said (on the show) that the possibility of the president of the U.S. calling me first are probably better than the mayor or chief (of police) reaching out to me at this point, and that’s exactly what happened,” Macias said. “These cities (sanctuary cities) need to get their acts together.” he added, “Otherwise, I hope (Trump) cuts their funding,” he said. “I think that’s the only way he’s going to fix it.”

Estuardo Alvarado, 45, the man who allegedly killed Duran, was speeding down Sepulveda Boulevard while fleeing the scene of another crash, say police, and slammed into a car being driven by Duran.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said in a statement after after Duran’s death that Alvarado, a Mexican national, has been a target of their agency for decades.

“Department of Homeland Security databases indicate Mr. Alvarado has been removed to Mexico five times since 1998, most recently in 2011,” ICE spokesperson Virginia Kice said.

A White House official confirmed on Thursday that president Trump called Macias the day before to “offer his condolences.”

President Trump has vowed to reduce crime caused by illegal immigration by sealing the southern border to the United States . He said he will do so by erecting “an impenetrable physical wall” funded by federal dollars, money he says he plans to make Mexico reimburse.

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DEMOCRAT STANDOFF: SCHUMER WARNS OF SHOWDOWN WITH REPUBLICANS OVER TRUMP BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate minority leader Charles Schumer warned Republicans on Monday that Democrats will not go along with president Donald Trump’s plans to build a border wall along the U.S. Mexican border, and that Democrats will shut down the government, if necessary, to stop him.

Schumer, an outspoken critic of president Trump, says there is no way Democrats will approve the funding that would be necessary if the verbiage appears in April’s government funding bill.

“We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President Trump’s Administration,” Democrat Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, a member of the Senate Democratic leadership team, wrote in a letter circulated Monday (http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/democrats-warn-shutdown-showdown-trumps-mexican-border-wall).

The letter was directed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., but was targeted specifically at Trump.

At issue, say Dems, is that Trump has not unveiled any specifics as to how he plans to get Mexico to pay for the building of the wall, a vow that he campaigned heavily on during his time as the Republican nominee.

Instead of approving funding for the construction of the wall, Schumer’s panel says Democrats say they want all of the 12 remaining spending bills to be completed despite pposition to what they called “noxious policy riders”.

“They should not include poison pill riders such as those that roll back protections for our veterans, environment, consumers, and workers and prohibit funds for critical healthcare services for women through Planned Parenthood,” the Democrats wrote. “We strongly oppose the inclusion of such riders in any of the must-pass appropriations bills that fund the government.”

Calls for comment to the White House have not yet been returned.

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