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  • Trump says he’s reducing Central American aid over migrants

    10/22/2018 8:14:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 22, 2018 10:11 AM EDT | Zeke Miller
    President Donald Trump said Monday the U.S. would begin “cutting off, or substantially reducing” aid to three Central American nations over a migrant caravan heading to the U.S. southern border. Trump tweeted: “Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S.” The three countries received a combined more than $500 million in funding from the U.S. in fiscal year 2017, though it was not immediately clear how much Trump is seeking to cut. The Monday morning tweets marked the latest escalation by the president,...
  • Environmentalists file 3rd lawsuit over Trump wall plans

    10/18/2018 8:58:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 18, 2018 11:49 AM EDT | Nomaan Merchant
    Environmental groups filed another lawsuit Thursday challenging the Trump administration’s use of waivers to speed up construction of a border wall, this time in Texas. Three groups sued the Department of Homeland Security, a week after the agency waived environmental laws along a roughly 25-mile (40-kilometer) stretch of border in the Rio Grande Valley, which is the southernmost point of Texas. […] In Texas, the government wants to connect existing sections of fencing on river levees in Hidalgo County and to close other gaps in fencing in neighboring Cameron County. […] Environmental groups say DHS is wrongly using authority that...
  • Pelosi Not Willing to Trade Over Border Wall, Calls It Trump ‘Manhood Issue’

    10/17/2018 11:41:11 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 60 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 16 Oct 18 | Lindsey McPherson
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday there is nothing she would trade for President Donald Trump’s border wall, setting a hard negotiating stance in advance of an expected December showdown over the issue. “It happens to be like a manhood issue for the president, building a wall, and I’m not interested in that,” the California Democrat said during a discussion at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.
  • Budget reconciliation is the key to building the border wall

    10/17/2018 10:12:06 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/18 | BY REP. BRADLEY BYRNE (R-ALA.)
    Over the last 20 years, budget reconciliation has been used as a powerful tool to bypass filibusters and accomplish priority issues for the majority party with only 50 votes in the Senate. ...That is why I (Rep. Bradley Byrne) am introducing a bill, the Fifty Votes for the Wall Act, that I am confident could meet the requirements of budget reconciliation and survive the Byrd Rule’s tests. The bill creates a new mandatory spending program, providing up to $25 billion, to fully fund President Trump’s border wall.
  • Pelosi Will Trade ‘Nothing’ to Give Trump ‘Immoral’ Border Wall—‘Manhood Issue’ for POTUS

    10/17/2018 3:46:41 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Oct 2018 | Tony Lee
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Tuesday that she will trade absolutely “nothing” to give President Donald Trump his border wall if Democrats take back the House and she regains her Speakership. When a questioner at Harvard’s Institute of Politics mentioned that a border wall is important to people in places like rural Pennsylvania and wondered if Pelosi would be willing to trade for something to give Republicans the border wall, Pelosi replied, “nothing.” Pelosi said Trump’s border wall is “immoral, expensive, ineffective, not something that people do between countries.”
  • McConnell to seek $5B for border wall

    10/13/2018 4:40:39 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 11, 2018 | Susan Ferrechio
    Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the Washington Examiner Thursday the Senate won’t stick to the $1.6 billion wall funding included in the Senate’s 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations measure. Instead, it will try to raise the amount to match the House Homeland spending bill, which includes $5 billion for the wall. ...Trump said Thursday during an extensive interview on Fox and Friends: “But right after the election we're doing something very strong on the wall.
  • Border fence replacement hailed by Trump is completed in Calexico

    10/11/2018 8:44:29 PM PDT · by blueplum · 17 replies
    LA Times via MSN ^ | 11 Oct 2018 | Kate Morrissey
    Construction workers last week put up the final panel of a new border barrier in Calexico, Calif., a project touted by President Trump as the first part of his promised wall between Mexico and the U.S..... ...The estimated $18-million project replaced just over two miles of a 1990s barrier made of Vietnam War-era military aircraft landing mats with 30-foot bollards — poles placed close together to restrict entry but allow people on either side to see through. While Department of Homeland Security officials previously called existing border barriers “fences,” after construction began in Calexico, they began to refer to both...
  • Hispanic Caucus chair rips request to fund Trump border wall

    10/10/2018 4:52:48 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 0/10/18 | JULIEGRACE BRUFKE
    Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) is pushing back against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) recently proposed legislation aimed at fully funding a wall along the southern border. Lujan Grisham, who is running for governor of New Mexico, blasted the legislation, arguing it would be economically irresponsible to allocate funds toward the project — a top priority for President Trump. “Despite evidence showing the negative economic and environmental impact of Trump’s border wall and overwhelming opposition by border communities and national security experts, Republicans in Congress continue to use the border wall as a political ploy to...
  • Trump suggested Spain build Sahara wall to stem migrants [Spain’s FM claimed, last week]

    09/30/2018 6:39:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 20 September 2018 16:07 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Spain’s foreign minister revealed that US President Donald Trump suggested building a wall along the Sahara desert to stem the arrival of migrants, as he plans to do on the Mexican border. “Closing ports is not a solution, and neither is building a wall along the Sahara like President Trump suggested to me recently,” Josep Borrell told a lunchtime gathering this week, according to a video released by Spanish media. “Just build a wall that borders the Sahara,” he quoted Trump as telling him. “But do you know how big the Sahara is?” the minister responded. He did not give...
  • Video shows border wall construction underway in Texas

    09/28/2018 4:29:03 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/28/18 | ARIS FOLLEY
    Video released this week shows construction underway in El Paso, Texas, for a portion of a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The video published by the El Paso Times shows construction beginning to replace existing fencing with the wall in Chihuahuita, El Paso's oldest neighborhood. The wall, construction for which began last Saturday, is set to run from Chihuahuita and continue east for four miles. An 18-foot-tall steel bollard wall will replace the chain link and metal fence as part of President Trump’s executive order last year authorizing construction of his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The construction project is expected to...
  • Trump will sign spending bill to keep government open

    09/26/2018 12:32:21 PM PDT · by Lady4Liberty · 63 replies
    <p>2:30 p.m.</p> <p>President Donald Trump says he will sign a spending bill to avert a looming government shutdown set to begin Monday.</p> <p>Speaking at the United Nations, Trump told reporters Wednesday, “We’re going to keep the government open.”</p> <p>Trump’s remarks came at the House was set to vote later Wednesday on a bill that funds the military and many civilian agencies for the next year and provides a short-term fix to keep the government open through Dec. 7.</p>
  • ICE struggled to pay its bills long before administration took money from FEMA

    09/26/2018 1:11:34 AM PDT · by blueplum · 1 replies
    Tribune News Service ^ | 25 Sep 2018 | Bryan Lowry, McClatchy Washington Bureau
    {snip}Jennifer Elzea, an ICE spokeswoman, told McClatchy that forecasting the ICE budget was an imprecise science. "Predicting detainee population is a complex challenge that takes into account variables like migration flows, geo-political climate, and immigration policy...{snip} ...The June decision to shift the money to ICE came two months after the GAO found ICE repeatedly made errors during its budgeting process and required multiple fund transfers to covers its bills between the 2014 and 2017 fiscal years - a period that spans both the Obama and Trump administrations...{snip} ...The shifting of dollars to ICE may have been overlooked in past years,...
  • Trump poised to win $5 billion to build border wall

    09/14/2018 1:13:51 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 14,2018 | Paul Bedard
    President Trump and congressional leaders have agreed to a border wall funding showdown after the upcoming November midterm elections and if he plays his cards right, it could result in $5 billion, more than twice what the White House initially sought. While appropriations bills are moving at the fastest pace in over 20 years, with many expected to be approved by Oct. 1, the start of the fiscal year, Homeland Security funding for the wall is likely to be delayed, said officials. Plans are already underway to approve temporary, “stopgap,” funding that will cover Homeland until its new spending is...
  • Where’s the border wall? Illegal alien crossings SURGE again

    09/11/2018 11:13:39 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 23 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 9/11/18 | USA Features
    No Security: As Democrats and RINOs continue to defer to illegal aliens and sanctuary cities, the number of illegal border crossings surged again in August, according to figures from the Trump administration. The actual numbers are expected to be released sometime this week and will be used to see how effective POTUS Donald Trump’s order ending the separation of families at the border, which had been going on for years before he took office, has been.
  • President Trump May Use Military to Build Border Wall

    09/09/2018 6:41:02 AM PDT · by JonnyFive · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/08/18 | Joshua Caplan
    In an interview published Friday, President Donald Trump revealed he is mulling plans to use the military to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Traveling from Billings, Montana to Fargo, North Dakota aboard Air Force One, President Trump told the Daily Mail he possesses “two options,” when it comes to building the border wall: “We have military, we have homeland security,” he said.
  • Trump suggests US close to ‘big’ trade agreement with Mexico

    08/25/2018 8:59:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 25, 2018 10:15 AM EDT
    President Donald Trump says the United States is close to a “big Trade Agreement” with Mexico and he’s citing improving ties between the two countries. […] He’s spoken of better relations with America’s neighbor following the rise of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The U.S. and Mexico have been discussing a trade deal as part of negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Trump administration is seeking a revised version of that trade deal with Mexico and Canada. …
  • Contractor makes progress on new border wall in New Mexico

    08/17/2018 8:28:36 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 85 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | August 17, 2018 | The Associated Press
    SANTA TERESA, N.M. Construction workers have completed more than half of a new barrier along a desolate stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico... U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed this week that more than 8,100 panels spanning more than 11 miles (18 kilometers) had been constructed as of Aug. 8.
  • Welcome Everyone, Take Our Country

    08/11/2018 3:44:51 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/11/18 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Should we, instead of having a border wall and sovereignty, start leaving our doors wide open and place huge signs at the former border, “Welcome everyone, and please take our country?” I remember the curiosity and kindness that greeted me in the southern part of the United States in 1978. People went out of their way to meet this foreigner to their lands who came from such a far-away country. Many did not know where my country was but they knew it was an Iron Curtain nation where people lived under religious oppression, could not go to church, have a...
  • Man breaks legs jumping border wall in California

    08/09/2018 10:04:28 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 8, 2018
    <p>A man attempting to enter the United States illegally has fallen from a new 30-foot high wall in California, breaking both his legs.</p> <p>Paramedics determined that the man broke his legs and may have injured his back. He was taken to a hospital in Palm Springs.</p>
  • Kathy Griffin erects border wall to block pro-Trump neighbor

    08/03/2018 7:03:34 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 35 replies
    American Mirror ^ | August 2, 2018 | Victor Skinner
    Trump-hating “comedian” Kathy Griffin may oppose the president’s proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but she doesn’t mind using one to block out her Trump-supporting neighbor. [snip] “I have a neighbor on this side and for some reason, ever since my Trump picture, he stand there and screams ‘' [snip] “We kind of built, like a little … As Trump would say, we built a wall,” she said. “I’m not a Trump supporter, but we built a wall.” [snip] And while Griffin isn’t shy about speaking out against the president’s efforts to keep Americans safe, Dawson’s tour makes it...