President Trump fired off a Tuesday night tweet to “Cryin'” Chuck Schumer (D) letting let the New York Senate Minority Leader know that without funding for the wall – one of the president’s cornerstone campaign promises, there would be no compromise on legislation to help so-called Dreamers, something we expected when we reported that Schumer was pulling his border wall funding “offer” on Tuesday.
Schumer had offered and then withdrawn a deal which would secure funding for the wall in exchange for an agreement over immigration. Schumer’s office confirmed on Tuesday that the offer – initially made last Friday during negotiations over the shutdown – had been withdrawn on Sunday.
“Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA. We must have safety and security, together with a strong Military, for our great people!” Trump tweeted.
Trump was of course referring to the Obama-era “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program which offers federal protection to illegal immigrants brought into the United States as children. While running for president, Trump said that he would repeal DACA on “day one” of his presidency. Nearly six months later on June 16, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would repeal the program, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirming the repeal in early September.
Congressional Democrats attempted to strongarm a DACA compromise out of GOP leaders last weekend, threatening to allow a government shutdown if no deal was reached. Republicans called their bluff, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer caved after three days with a stopgap funding bill that would keep the lights on in DC until February 8 following a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to resume immigration talks in February.
As we noted on Monday, Democratic Senators with 2020 presidential aspirations naturally came out against the agreement.
“The Majority Leader’s comments last night fell far short of the ironclad guarantee I needed to support a stopgap spending bill,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “I refuse to put the lives of nearly 700,000 young people in the hands of someone who has repeatedly gone back on his word. I will do everything in my power to continue to protect Dreamers from deportation.”
Sens. Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand – some of the most vocal members of the Trump “resistance” – all voted against closing debate over DACA.
Earlier this month, House Judiciary Committee member Louie Gohmert (R-TX) wrote a scorching op-ed warning that if Trump betrays his base and works with Republicans to pass a “DACA amnesty” bill without first “securing the border and building a wall where it is needed,” Republicans will get slaughtered in the 2018 midterm elections less than ten months away – with Nancy Pelosi reclaiming her seat as Speaker of the House.
Trump, meanwhile, has said no DACA without a wall. “It’s gotta include the wall,” said the US President at a press conference in early January with Norway’s prime minister. “Any solution has to include the wall, adding “We need the wall for security, we need the wall for safety, we need the wall for stopping the drugs from pouring in.”
Border Wall Starts With 14 Mile Wall In San Diego; “Anti-Climbing” Mechanism
Construction has just started on a 14-mile section of President Trump’s new border wall along the Mexico–United States border and will include “anti-climbing plates” to deter illegal border crossings.
Despite many obstacles and strong opposition from Democrats, construction of the wall started near San Diego on Friday, June 01, which is excellent news for his conservative base, in regards to border security heading into the midterm elections this fall.
John Gibbins, a freelance reporter, covering breaking news in San Diego-Baja California region, has taken a photograph of the alleged construction zone.
Another journalist captures heavy machinery at the construction area.
According to Fox 4 News, the new wall will replace 14-miles of an old, rusted metal barrier that was erected in the early 1990s from Vietnam-era scrap metal. The barrier currently stands 10-feet high, which has done very little to thwart illegal border-crossings. The new wall is a bollard-style design measuring 18 to 30 feet tall and includes “anti-climbing plates” welded on the upper half of the structure. Fox 4 News indicates that construction workers have broken ground about a half mile from the Pacific Ocean in Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, and eventually move east to the bottom of Otay Mountain in East County.
450+ Migrants From The Caravan Ended Up Passing The Border
More than 450 people from the illegal-immigrant caravan managed to make it into the U.S., officials told Congress on Tuesday.
Of those just 122 were arrested for jumping the border, while more than 330 others showed up at official ports of entry and demanded asylum, the officials told the House Homeland Security Committee, giving the first complete look at the effects of the caravan.
Despite the Trump administration announcing very publicly a zero-tolerance policy for the caravan, authorities have announced charges against only a small fraction of the 122 people who jumped the border.
Homeland Security officials weren’t able to give an exact number of people who did face charges, but the Justice Department only announced 11 prosecutions in California, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection pointed to a few others in Texas.
In court documents filed in California, a Border Patrol supervisor said the agency didn’t lodge charges against mothers who jumped the border with their children or, in one case, a woman who was eight months pregnant — but it was unclear how many people that covered in total.
DHS Wants 700 More Troops And Helicopters
After much success on the border that has been recently reported, such as a 40% increase in deportations of Mexicans and a successful National Guard deployment, the DHS is requesting for 700 more troops and helicopters, in an attempt to keep up the good work and secure our border.
ABC Reports: The Department of Homeland Security is asking the Pentagon for additional manpower and equipment to help secure the southern border, U.S. defense and Homeland Security officials tell ABC News.
The defense official said the Department of Homeland Security Wednesday will request about 700 additional National Guardsmen plus helicopters and other equipment. Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to review the request and respond to DHS on Thursday.
The goal is to have it finalized in the coming days, according to a DHS official.