TRUMP TAKES ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION; PRESIDENT ORDERS JUSTICE DEPT TO LOOK INTO DISCRIMINATION AGAINST NON MINORITIES

WASHINGTON, D.C.– In a move that has seemingly driven progressives to near meltdown mode, President Donald Trump has reportedly ordered the Justice Department to take on the decades long social justice program known as Affirmative Action.

Affirmative Action, which originated under Executive Order 10925 of the John F. Kennedy administration, is a mandate that was issued to “end and correct the effects of a specific form of discrimination” and is used to ensure that minorities are not discriminated against based on factors such as gender, race or ethnicity.

Late Tuesday evening, The New York Times tweeted it had obtained an internal DOJ job announcement which sought attorneys interested in a project on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.” The tweet quickly went viral and opponents of the president were quick to shout claims of racism and misogyny.

John King, who served as education secretary under President Obama, said he was “deeply disheartened” by the the president’s “hard line against efforts to increase campus diversity rather than focusing on addressing the persistent opportunity gaps facing students of color and low-income students.”

Anurima Bhargava, another Obama era appointee who led the Educational Opportunities Section under his administration called the move a “scare tactic” intended to “drum up a bunch of fear and intimidate schools who are trying to provide a pipeline to leadership for all Americans.”

Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, who also served as a civil rights attorney under the Obama administration said the investigation would amount to “changing course on a key civil rights issue” and proves the Justice Department is “now actively seeking to challenge efforts that colleges and universities have undertaken to expand educational opportunity.”

Former Education Secretary John King, who too served under the Barack Obama administration, condemned the decision to look into claims of abuse of the Affirmative Action program, saying diversity benefits schools and communities.

“I am deeply disheartened that the administration appears to be taking a hard line against efforts to increase campus diversity rather than focusing on addressing the persistent opportunity gaps facing students of color and low-income students,” King, said in a statement.

But supporters of the president say there is nothing in the job announcement that would suggest that Trump is targeting blacks, women or other minorities in any way.

But Roger Clegg, a civil rights official during the Reagan era who now runs the conservative Center for Equal Opportunity, said it was an encouraging sign.

“The civil rights laws were deliberately written to protect everyone from discrimination, and it is frequently the case that not only are whites discriminated against now, but frequently Asian-Americans are as well,” said Clegg. “Anytime a university discriminates on the basis of race it ought to creep people out, and it doesn’t make any difference who’s being discriminated against on the basis of race,” he added. “I’m delighted that the Trump administration is doing this.”

When reached for comment, a spokesperson for the Justice Department refused to confirm or deny plans to look into what many who oppose the program refer to as “reverse discrimination”.

“The Department of Justice does not discuss personnel matters, so we’ll decline comment,” said Devin O’Malley, a department spokesman.

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SESSIONS OUT; GIULIANI IN? AG MAY BE NEXT PUSHED THROUGH WHITE HOUSE REVOLVING DOOR

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave credence to recent rumors that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be next to face the axe within the Trump administration.

In a tweet sent out early Tuesday morning, the president blasted the current AG for his handling of Hillary Clinton’s bevy of “crimes”.

“Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign – ‘quietly working to boost Clinton.’ So where is the investigation A.G.?” the outspoken 45th president wrote on Twitter. Moments later, Trump followed his first critique of Sessions up with another. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”

The president’s comments follow weeks of speculation that he may be preparing to replace Sessions with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, with whom Trump has had a long standing friendship.

Questions surrounding the impending political shake up were addressed during a Tuesday morning Fox & Friends appearance by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who would neither confirm nor deny rumors that the president was considering firing Sessions and replacing him with Giuliani.

Sanders said that although she had not been privy to any “of any conversations discussing any potential replacements,” but did verify that Trump is “frustrated and disappointed” in the Attorney General’s decision to recuse himself from ongoing probe into potential Russian interference during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“That frustration certainly hasn’t gone away, and I don’t think it will,” Sanders said.
When pressed for clarification on Sessions’ fate, Sanders replied, “That’s a decision that if the president wants to make, he certainly will.”

In regard to Giuliani, Sanders remained coy. “Right now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the attorney general,” she replied when asked if Giuliani had been talked to by the president about replacing Sessions.

As for Sessions, the 70 year old conservative seems unphased by the controversy and says his job, for now, is to work on the tasks at hand.

“I’m totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way,” Sessions said last week in response to rumors of his pending political doom. “(This job) goes beyond anything that I would have ever imagined for myself.”

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on Trump’s tweets Tuesday morning.

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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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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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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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DEMS ATTACK ON SESSIONS BACKFIRES: REPORTS SHOW RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR WAS FREQUENT VISITOR TO HIGH RANKING DEMOCRAT LEADERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In spite of the outrage shown by Democratic leaders over Attorney General Jeff Sessions two time meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, it turns out Kislyak was a frequent visitor to many Democrats including former president Barack Obama.

According a report published by The Daily Caller (http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/02/gop-sen-30-dems-met-with-russian-ambassador-on-iran-deal/), Kislyak met with at least 30 high ranking Democratic leaders and was himself a routine visitor to the Obama White House.

The revelation comes to light after Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-Mo.) blasted Sessions by tweeting that she had “been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years. No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com.”

That was quickly proven untrue after National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke unearthed social media postings McCaskill twice wrote in regard to meetings with Kislyak, in 2013 and 2015.

“Off to meeting w/Russian Ambassador. Upset about the arbitrary/cruel decision to end all U.S. adoptions, even those in process,” McCaskill tweeted on Jan. 30, 2013.

On Aug. 6, 2015, McCaskill wrote: “Today calls with British, Russian, and German ambassadors re: Iran deal. #doingmyhomework.”

McCaskill later blamed Twitter’s character limit for the glaring inconsistancy in her claims although Factcheck.org also proved her claims to be untrue (http://www.factcheck.org/2017/03/mccaskills-russian-flub/).

Republican Georgia Sen. David Perdue took to the floor Thursday to point out the apparent hypocrisy of his fellow colleagues.

“We have literally reached a point where members of this body are slandering former colleagues for having and taking the same opportunities afforded to them,” said Perdue. This morning my colleague, the senior senator from Missouri [Claire McCaskill], tweeted that she had never, ever, met with or taken a call from the Russian Ambassador. But her own Twitter account proved that she has at least twice in the last four years.”

“Thirty members, as a matter of fact, of this body met with the Russian Ambassador and ambassadors from other nations in 2015 for a sales pitch on President Obama’s deal with Iran. Many of them — including the senior senator from Missouri — were open supporters at that time of candidates in the presidential race,” he added.

According to the Daily Caller report, Kislyak is listed as visiting the White House at least 22 times between 2009 and 2016.

In an effort to quell the controversy, Sessions announced late Thursday that he will recuse himself from an ongoing investigation into whether or not Russian officials played any role in tampering with the 2016 election.

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