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Trump Repeats Unfounded Arguments in New Appeal for a Border Wall. President Trump has addressed the nation in prime time from the Oval Office, delivered remarks from the Rose Garden, met with Democrats in the Situation Room and traveled to the border with Mexico to make his case that the government would not reopen unless he got funding for a border wall. Thirty-five days into the shutdown, the president announced on Friday from the Rose Garden that the government would reopen until at least Feb. 15, giving Congress time to work out a deal on border security. He did not get any funding for a wall. And on Friday, he did not advance any new arguments for building one. In fact, many of the claims he made were recycled heavily from previous comments and contained many of the same misstatements and exaggerations.

Also notable was something Mr. Trump did not say, namely that Mexico would pay for the wall, one of the most often repeated, and unsupported, claims he has made on the border funding dispute. The essence of Mr. In addition, Mr. Mr. Falling Illegal Immigration Numbers Confirm No Border Crisis. Donald Trump stands with Border Patrol agents and others after his visit to a U.S. Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, on January 10, 2019. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Getty If America is facing a crisis at the border, then why is the unauthorized immigrant population declining? That is the question raised by a new study from the Center for Migration Studies of New York and other recent data. For the past several months, including in a January 8, 2019, televised address, Donald Trump has argued America faces an illegal immigration crisis. Administration officials have supported this viewpoint in speeches around the country, including in several high-profile events at the border.

The data do not support a picture of an increasing number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States. Table 1: Undocumented Population in the U.S.: 2010 to 2017 Source: Center for Migration Studies. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has documented the trend of falling numbers as well. On the Border, Little Enthusiasm for a Wall: ‘We Have Other Problems That Need Fixing’ Here Are The Advertisers Boycotting Tucker Carlson's Show. Anti-Semitic gunman suspect Robert Bowers accused Jews of “committing genocide to his people” Robert Bowers, the suspected gunman who is believed to have murdered 11 people in a shooting spree at a Pittsburgh synagogue, is reported to have used the white genocide libel against the Jews when explaining his motives to authorities. Bowers is reported to have told a SWAT officer while receiving medical care that Jews "were committing genocide to his people," according to CNN.

He also reportedly told police during his shootout with law enforcement officers that "they're committing genocide to my people. I just want to kill Jews. " The alleged gunman made his anti-Semitic views as well known as he could on social media outlets, particularly the social media platform Gab. In May, Alternet's Jacob Sugarman spoke with New York Times reporter Jonathan Weisman about the subject of white genocide conspiracy theories among anti-Semites. He added, "The American Jewish community also has a certain amount of power and resources to bear in this fight.

Mr. Fox News’ migrant caravan coverage backfires: Panel of independent voters rejects fearmongering. When "Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy asked a panel of independent voters for their thoughts on a caravan of 5,000 Central American migrants traveling through Mexico to reach the United States, he seemed surprised by their answers, which expressed sympathy for the individuals fleeing poverty, oppression and violence. "I think uneven immigration laws are a problem for any country," one independent voter told Doocy when asked about America's immigration laws.

"And I think our immigration laws need to be modernized and updated. But this country is founded on immigration. And all of us come from immigrants. " When asked how he would feel if the caravan reached 20,000 people, the voter responded, "This is the mightiest country on the planet, I think we can handle a caravan of people, unarmed, coming to this country," although he added that the government should "process them properly. " "There’s a humanitarian crisis taking place in Central America. "Where are they getting water? Julio Ricardo Varela : The migrant caravan forced Trump to admit he'd sacrifice economic prosperity to politically exploit racism.

Get the Think newsletter. On Thursday, President Trump threatened in a series of tweets to shut down the U.S. -Mexico border unless a yearly caravan of Honduran migrants heading up north through Mexico turn around before they reach the United States (where they intend to apply for asylum) and head back home. Let’s assume that he was being serious. What would a closed border actually mean? On any given day, about 1 million people cross the border between the United States and Mexico, both Americans and otherwise (a fact even Trump noted in 2016). That’s 365 million people a year, 6.4 million trucks, 78 million cars and more than $450 billion in goods last year.

It’s probably safe to say that the Trumpistas have no idea that close to 17 million Mexicans visited the U.S. in 2014, generating about $19 billion for the U.S. economy, or that Mexico is one of the top trading partners with border states like California, Arizona and Texas. Never mind that actual data from U.S. Choice page. Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle. Let me tell you a story about Stephen Miller and chain migration. It begins at the turn of the 20th century, in a dirt-floor shack in the village of Antopol, a shtetl of subsistence farmers in what is now Belarus.

Beset by violent anti-Jewish pogroms and forced childhood conscription in the Czar’s army, the patriarch of the shack, Wolf-Leib Glosser, fled a village where his forebears had lived for centuries and took his chances in America. Story Continued Below He set foot on Ellis Island on January 7, 1903, with $8 to his name. Though fluent in Polish, Russian and Yiddish, he understood no English. An elder son, Nathan, soon followed. What does this classically American tale have to do with Stephen Miller? I have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, an educated man who is well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country.

Story Continued Below. The biggest political story no one is talking about. The decisions by Republican Reps. John Katko of New York and Dave Trott of Michigan to sign on to the petition came in the wake of private urgings from House Speaker Paul Ryan to his GOP colleagues not to add their names to the list. The duo's act of defiance brought the number of Republicans signed onto the effort to 20, just five short of the number they need to force votes on four competing measures aimed at preserving the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

(That math -- 25 Republicans -- is dependent on all 193 Democrats supporting the effort.) At the heart of the debate is the long-standing division within the GOP conference over what to do on immigration reform -- and the popular DACA program in particular -- amid swirling political winds. On the other side you have a group of moderate Republicans and those in either swing seats or seats with large Hispanic populations. In the summer of 2007, President George W. Which brings us, roughly, to today. Court rejects Trump administration on travel ban exemptions. President Donald Trump's travel ban policy suffered another defeat Thursday as an appeals court rejected the administration’s attempt to deny grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of Americans a temporary exemption from the controversial executive order. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declined to overturn a district court judge’s ruling that the administration was taking too narrow a view of an exception the Supreme Court carved out from the travel ban in June.

Story Continued Below The appeals court judges reasoned that since the justices said the mother-in-law of one travel-ban challenger was entitled to a reprieve from the president's order, other relatives should enjoy the same treatment. The appeals court panel also cleared the way for a greater flow of refugees, declining to disturb a lower court order that those already assigned to resettlement agencies can enter the United States despite Trump’s directive. The Virginia-based 4th U.S. 8 million people could be deported under Trump's immigration order. When President Trump ordered a vast overhaul of immigration law enforcement during his first week in office, he stripped away most restrictions on who should be deported, opening the door for roundups and detentions on a scale not seen in nearly a decade.

Up to 8 million people in the country illegally could be considered priorities for deportation, according to calculations by the Los Angeles Times. They were based on interviews with experts who studied the order and two internal documents that signal immigration officials are taking an expansive view of Trump’s directive. Far from targeting only “bad hombres,” as Trump has said repeatedly, his new order allows immigration agents to detain nearly anyone they come in contact with who has crossed the border illegally.

People could be booked into custody for using food stamps or if their child receives free school lunches. Also among those 11.1 million are about 8 million jobholders, Pew found. That era has come to an end. White House seeks intelligence that tells Trump what he wants to hear. Donald Trump hasn’t given up on his Muslim ban, but after failing in the courts, the president realizes his proposal needs some work. Hoping to craft a policy that can pass legal muster, the White House has moved forward in recent weeks with a plan that involves defending the legality of the administration’s policy by pointing to security risks that, in Trump’s mind, makes his proposal necessary.

With that in mind, a senior White House official told CNN late last week that intelligence officials at the Department of Homeland Security “are working on an intelligence report that will demonstrate that the security threat for these seven countries is substantial and that these seven countries have all been exporters of terrorism into the United States.” As Rachel noted on Friday’s show, the key phrase in the quote is “will demonstrate.” The Associated Press published the full document, prepared by the Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, online. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Stephen Miller called U.S. Attorney about travel ban defense. In the chaotic hours after President Trump signed on a Friday afternoon the sloppily written executive order meant to fulfill his Muslim ban campaign promise, Stephen Miller called the home of Robert Capers to dictate to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District how he should defend that order at a Saturday emergency federal court hearing. That’s according to a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the call, which happened as Department of Justice attorneys cancelled plans, found babysitters and rushed back to their Brooklyn office to try and find out what exactly it was they were defending and who was being affected by it — how many people were already being held in America, how many were being barred from arriving here and the exact status of each person.

Y’know, the information a competent administration would have been prepared to collect before implementing the order. KING: Stephen Miller is the latest liar and bigot on Team Trump The right way to resist Trump Tags: Seattle judge lets Trump travel ban suit roll on. A judge in Seattle has turned down the federal government's request to put a lawsuit there on hold while an appeals court mulls further action regarding President Donald Trump's travel ban executive order. At a hearing Monday, U.S. District Court Judge James Robart rejected the Justice Department's call for a delay and invoked Trump's own Twitter comments seeming to seek quick action in the case. Story Continued Below "I thought the president said, We'll see you in court? " Robart declared that the case involved a "very sensitive time issue," so should not be slowed down, the Associated Press reported.

Lawyers for the states of Washington and Minnesota had urged Robart to allow the suit to move forward, likely to a phase where discovery into the facts and circumstances behind the issuance of Trump's Jan. 27 order could be explored. The George W. In a ruling Thursday, a three-judge 9th Circuit panel unanimously declined to disturb that decision. The order from U.S.

Homegrown extremism is not limited to one religion. After the mass shooting at a Quebec mosque last month that left six Muslim men dead, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson stressed the need to uncover what motivated accused murderer Alexandre Bissonnette “to act in the way that he did.” “There is, I think everyone would agree, a more caustic tone to the political discourse that seems to attract and agitate and radicalize people of all persuasions — particularly those who know hardly anything about it — to engage,” Paulson said, while addressing a Canadian Senate committee. Advertisement That all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion, are susceptible to radicalization is the antithesis of the Trump administration’s narrow and dangerous approach to fighting terrorism. Unlike other antiterrorism programs, CVE’s mission is to identify and address the causes of terrorism and create community resources that promote counter-narratives to undermine online violent extremism.

Get This Week in Opinion in your inbox: Legal Expert Trump Erroneously Cited To Defend Muslim Ban Actually Thinks Trump Is A Threat To Democracy. The national security law expert miscited by President Donald Trump to criticize a court ruling against his administration is actually a frequent critic of the president who has called the president’s travel ban “malevolence tempered by incompetence.” Following the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal’s February 9 unanimous ruling against the Trump administration that declined to reinstate the administration’s executive order targeting people from seven majority-Muslim countries, Trump attacked the decision by citing on Twitter a Lawfare article authored by the site’s editor-in-chief, Benjamin Wittes: Unfortunately for Trump, the article he cited actually reached the conclusion that the 9th Circuit “is correct to leave the [temporary restraining order] in place.”

(ThinkProgress notes that Trump likely discovered the article by watching MSNBC’s Morning Joe, which had a segment highlighting the portion of the Lawfare article Trump referenced on Twitter.) 'They Took The Hatred Out Of Me': How Refugee Neighbors Changed A Man's Mind About Muslims | The Huffington Post. Conservative evangelicals join letter denouncing Trump’s order on refugees. Author Ann Voskamp, left, stands outside the National Prayer Breakfast with a sign saying “We Welcome Refugees.” (Courtesy of Sarah Melnyk, Church World Service) In a highly unusual move, several conservative evangelical leaders took out a full-page advertisement in Wednesday’s Washington Post to denounce President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees, saying they are “deeply concerned.”

The ad includes the signatures of evangelicals considered to be more conservative and represent large churches and institutions, including New York City Pastor Tim Keller and his wife, Kathy Keller, Southern Baptists Ed Stetzer and Daniel Akin and popular author Max Lucado. The ad shows how the issue of refugees, which was once not considered divisive in evangelical circles, has become polarizing in recent years. [Ed Stetzer: Evangelicals, we cannot let alternative facts drive U.S. refugee policy] “For some people, embracing refugees is a political issue,” she said in a statement. Local. Immigrants Do Not Increase Crime, Research Shows.

Sudanese Scientist Blocked from U.S. Travel Considers Handing Over Prestigious Award - Seeker. Sudanese Scientist Blocked from U.S. Travel Considers Handing Over Prestigious Award - Seeker. AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims on travel ban misleading, wrong. Team Trump points to imaginary 'Bowling Green Massacre'

Newyorker. Full Text And Analysis: Trump's Executive Order On Immigration. Trump's Muslim Ban Just Backfired in the Most Beautiful Way. Trump announces Muslim ban. Bernie Sanders' response is perfect. Pope Francis: You can’t defend Christianity by being ‘against refugees and other religions’ – CatholicHerald.co.uk. Trump’s Immigration Ban Excludes Countries With Business Ties. Was Trump’s executive order an impeachable offense? - The Washington Post. INSIGHT-Psychological first aid: Migrant trauma demands alternative therapies.

Syrian Refugees Don’t Pose a Serious Security Threat. Syrian Refugees Don’t Pose a Serious Security Threat. Nonprofits told not to help Syrian refugees. Our Betrayal of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees. US religious leaders make forceful appeal to admit refugees. New Evidence Confirms Paris Terrorists Were Not Refugees, Republicans Still Lying About It Anyway. Syria crisis fast facts and overview of the refugee situation. I’m Sorry, Christian, But You Don’t Get to Make That Move | Rumblings. Ben Carson blames media for 'rabid dog' Syrian refugee metaphor in Mobile rally. Facebook. Obama defends American values, pushes back against GOP. Love the Refugee With the Compassion Christ Has Shown You. Rejecting Refugees, Rejecting Christ. Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian refugee. Facebook. Facebook. What Americans Thought of Jewish Refugees Fleeing Europe.

Facebook. Obama calls GOP rhetoric on Syrian refugees a ‘potent recruitment tool for ISIL’ House of Lolz - To Paris, From Pakistan. Stretching Facts on Syrian Refugees. Hey, GOP Fearmongers: Not One Terrorist Act by Refugees in U.S. - Hit & Run : Reason.com. Dana Milbank: Heritage’s ugly Benghazi panel. I am Muslim and Republican – and was attacked by people in my party | Saba Ahmed. Stretching Facts on Syrian Refugees. Untitled. What Americans thought of Jewish refugees on the eve of World War II. Calling Bullshit On the Anti-Refugee Memes Flooding the Internet | VICE | United Kingdom. Syria Regional Refugee Response - Regional Overview.