The government remains partially shutdown with President Trump weighing the option of declaring a national emergency to divert funds from other projects to fund the wall without Congressional approval.
Thursday after his trip to the border, President Trump tweeted five more times.
In his first tweet he issued a
propaganda video of his appearance at the Southern Border surrounded by border patrol agents.
In his second tweet he mocked CNN’s Jim Acosta, by tweeting a video with the words “Dear Dairy,” above it.
In his third tweet he plugged his interview with FOX News’ Sean Hannity adding for us to “Enjoy!”
In his fourth tweet he lamented that we lose “300 Americans a week, 90% of which comes through the Southern Border.”
In his fifth tweet he again tweeted out a
propaganda video of himself speaking over footage of his trip to the Southern Border.
President Trump started Friday once again stating that Mexico through trade will pay for the Wall.
1. I often said during rallies, with little variation, that “Mexico will pay for the Wall.”
Politico reported on Thursday that the new trade deal, a deal still not ratify through Congress, contains “no specific provision that requires Mexico to fund a wall.”
A former Mexican Official who worked on the new USMCA deal with the Trump administration, Kenneth Smith Ramos, tweeted on Tuesday that Mexico paying for the wall through the trade deal was a “chapter you will NOT find in the new Agreement.
Politico goes on to explain that they have asked “the White House to provide estimates of the government revenue that will come from the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but officials have not responded.”
On Wednesday Mercedes Schlapp the White House Communications Director acknowledge on CNN that “yes” the taxpayer was paying for the wall she added, “And you know what also taxpayers are paying for? The financial burden of this illegal immigration.”
2. H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship.
According to Work Permit.com a H1-B holder can apply for a green card, after they have been approved, as long as it is prior to the expiration date of the company issued H1-B visa. If they apply for status after the expiration date they must live outside the U.S. for at least a year before they re-apply.
Even though the H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa, it is one of the few US visa categories recognized as dual intent, meaning the H-1B visa holder can apply for and obtain a US Green Card while in the US on an H-1B visa. If you are still in the US on an H-1B visa and wish to remain in the US for more than six years, you can apply for permanent residency in the US to receive a Green Card. If you do not gain permanent residency prior to the expiration of your H-1B visa, then you must live outside the US for at least one year before reapplying for another H or L visa.workpermit.com
3. Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border….The Democrats, Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy don’t know how bad and dangerous it is for our ENTIRE COUNTRY….
4. (12 minutes later) …The Steel Barrier, or Wall, should have been built by previous administrations long ago. They never got it done – I will. Without it, our Country cannot be safe…
Since the government shutdown, President Trump has explained that he is looking into declaring a national emergency to fund and build the wall without Congressional approval.
According to Lawfare, the key statutes are, 10 USC 2808, which would allow the President to redirect Department of Defense construction funds that have not yet been obligated, under certain conditions. While 33 USC 2293, allows the President to do something similar “with respect to the Army’s civil works construction funds.”
According to The Washington Post, citing two people with knowledge of the situation the administration “is eyeing unused money in the Army Corps of Engineers budget, specifically a disaster spending bill passed by Congress last year that includes $13.9 billion allocated but not spent for civil works projects.”
The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday that Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), who sits on the House committee that oversees water projects, he had been told, “that a series of specific California projects were targeted, some of which are in his congressional district north and west of Sacramento. He would not say who provided the information.”
The paper quotes Garamendi as saying, “Word came to us that the chief engineer of the Army Corps of Engineers Gen. [Todd] Semonite accompanied the president to Texas to specifically discuss projects that could be reprogrammed to provide $5 billion for Trump’s wall. I know that these projects were identified. I do know that these projects were presented to him,” he added, “I am very comfortable in saying these were the projects that were discussed to be presented to the president.”
According to the article the targeted projects in question according to Garamendi, are projects that have been in “the works for years, if not decades.”
The paper explains these projects include, “raising the height of Folsom Dam on the American River in Northern California, protecting Lake Isabella in Kern County from leaking as a result of earthquakes, enlarging the Tule River and Lake Success in the Central Valley and building shoreline protections in South San Francisco.”
Opinion as a California resident: These projects are to prevent massive flooding when a major earthquake hits, as a resident of Kern County, I can tell you the dam project has been something of a thing here for years. My town would be directly impacted if that dam breaks, and by impacted I mean it would be turned into a lake.
For What it is Worth:
AP News reports that according to data requested by the Senate Homeland Security Committee, more than, “5,000 cases of adults petitioning on behalf of minors and nearly 3,000 examples of minors seeking to bring in older spouses or fiances.”
According to the article, this is legal, “The Immigration and Nationality Act does not set minimum age requirements. And in weighing petitions for spouses or fiancees, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by whether the marriage is legal in the home country and then whether the marriage would be legal in the state where the petitioner lives.”
The AP goes on to explain that the process is a two-step process: for obtaining U.S. immigration visas and green cards. Petitions are first considered by USCIS. If granted, they must be approved by the State Department. Overall, there were 3.5 million petitions received from budget years 2007 through 2017.
The break-down of those 3.5 million petitions of the period of time, the AP notes were, “5,556 approvals for those seeking to bring minor spouses or fiancees, and 2,926 approvals by minors seeking to bring in older spouses, according to the data. Additionally, there were 204 for minors by minors. Petitions can be filed by U.S. citizens or permanent residents.”
One such “child bride,” was Naila Amin, a dual citizen from both the U.S. and Pakistan, she says at 13 while in Pakistan she was forcibly married to a 26 year old man, and afterward applied for papers for him to come to the U.S., she now at 29 asks, “I was a child. I want to know: Why weren’t any red flags raised? Whoever was processing this application, they don’t look at it? They don’t think?”
According to the article, the Senate Homeland Committee requested information took over a year to gather and while the “USCIS didn’t know how many of the approvals were granted by the State Department,” they note only, ” 2.6 percent of spousal or fiancee claims are rejected.”
Why I included this report, opinion:
I included this information to ask a simple question, what the hell good would a wall do to prevent this LEGAL form of immigration? Not a damn thing. I encourage you to read the AP News article.
5. The Fake News Media keeps saying we haven’t built any NEW WALL.
I have reversed search the image, and came up empty. The only thing I can come up with is what the image tells us in the right hand corner, it says Oct. 1, 2018, thus not “just finished.”
According to Toronto Star reporter and Twitter President Trump fact checker, Daniel Dale, this image is from Calexico, CA, a replacement project that started in 2009, but according to Daniel Dale, the Trump Administration has started “referring to this as part of his wall.”
Question of the day: if that much of President Trump’s wall is being built, how come the government remains shutdown? With Congress adjourning until Monday, it will mark the longest shutdown period in History. I suppose that means it’s another Historic accomplishment by President Trump.
And one last thing, I’d like to thank Halodoc for finishing Trump Tweets on Thursday while I had adulting to do.