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What the border wall can and can't accomplish

For the sake of doing a thorough cost-benefit analysis, its good to hear from both sides. We've heard little from the Mexican cartels and the smugglers themselves.

"Texas smugglers say Trump's border wall wouldn't stop immigrants, drugs from pouring across the border"
If the Trump administration follows through on the president's promises to build a border wall, would it actually stop undocumented immigrants and illegal drugs? Two former smugglers explain how they'd work around it.

Fired FBI Agent Andrew McCabe

Set up a gofundme account for a legal defense fund. In ten hours McCabe has raised $336,575 when I just now checked. McCabe's goal was to raise $250,000.

Deported Illegal alien veteran gets citizenship

Hector Barajas, who became the face and voice of deported veterans after his own deportation, will be allowed to return to the place he considers home and become a U.S. citizen.
Barajas burst into joyous tears seated on a couch Thursday afternoon in front of a large American flag as he read a document informing him that he would be sworn in as a citizen on April 13 in San Diego.
“Fourteen years, man,” Hector said, his voice cracking. “Oh my God, this is great. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”
“I’m coming home, mom!” he added.

Barajas was honorably discharged from the Army in 2001 but struggled readjusting to civilian life. He took a plea deal for a charge of shooting at an occupied car in 2002. Because of that conviction, the government took away his green card, and he was deported in 2004 after he finished a prison sentence.
“I made bad decisions,” Barajas-Varela told the Union-Tribune last year about that time in his life. “I put myself in that situation... I wouldn’t put myself in that situation again.”
Barajas founded the Deported Veterans Support House, known to many as “the Bunker,” in 2013 to support deportees in Tijuana, Mexco. He became a leader in a push for legislative changes to help U.S. military veterans who had not become citizens avoid deportation and to bring back those who were already removed.

Barajas was raised in Los Angeles from age seven. Since he had a green card, he was able to serve in the Army and was part of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1995 to 2001. At the time, he thought he’d automatically become a citizen, but that was not the case.
Members of the military are allowed to apply for citizenship with no waiting period. They still have to fill out the paperwork and pass the tests.

Noncitizens who serve in the military are still at risk for deportation if they commit crimes that can cause the U.S. to revoke their green cards.
Advocates have argued that conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges that veterans face when they leave the military can make it more likely that they commit such crimes. They say that the veterans should be expected to serve whatever sentences they’re given for the criminal convictions but that deportation goes too far. The ACLU has documented at least 239 cases of deported veterans living in 34 countries.

Critics of the deported veterans movement say that a green card is a contract and any violation should result in deportation, regardless of military service.

In April 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned him, along with two other deported veterans, saying Barajas “has shown that since his release from custody, he has lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen.”
Barajas hoped that might eventually allow him to return to the U.S., but he knew it was no guarantee. He applied for citizenship before receiving the pardon.
Barajas has a middle-school-age daughter named Liliana who lives in Los Angeles. He has dreamed of reuniting with her while he waited to find out if the U.S. would let him back in.

"Finally, after years of fighting for the rights of deported veterans to return to the U.S., Hector will be able to return home as an American citizen," said Jennie Pasquarella, director of immigrants' rights for the ACLU of California and one of Barajas's attorneys. "Hector, like a true soldier, has fought day in and day out since his deportation on behalf of deported veterans across the globe. He never gave up hope that he would one day return to his home and be reunited with his family."

Now that's the way I like my right wing wackos: apologizing!

Fox News' Laura Ingraham Apologizes for David Hogg Tweet After Ad Revolt

Fox News host Laura Ingraham is in damage-control mode after her tweet targeting Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg led to multiple sponsors pulling their ads from her show.
Ingraham, the conservative political commentator who hosts The Ingraham Angle weeknights on Fox News, apologized on Thursday “for any upset or hurt my tweet caused” Hogg, referring to an earlier tweet that mocked the high school senior for getting rejected by four colleges, adding that he “whines about it.”
Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —incl. @DavidHogg111. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland. For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David…(1/2)
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 29, 2018

Hogg, a student at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and an outspoken advocate for stricter gun control laws, fired back at Ingraham’s initial tweet by calling for sponsors to drop their advertisements on her show. As of Thursday morning, multiple sponsors — including TripAdvisor, WayFair and Rachael Ray’s Nutrish pet food brand — had confirmed they would no longer advertise on Ingraham’s show.

Trump praises the (OBAMA) Border Wall

"Trump Tweets Misleading Pictures of Border Wall"

The images that President Trump included in a tweet about being briefed on the start of his signature wall were actually of cranes replacing a barrier fence along the Mexican border, according to reports.

“Great briefing this afternoon on the start of our Southern Border WALL!” the president tweeted Wednesday along with four photos apparently from the scene of a small barrier replacement project in Calexico, California.

The images were from a months-long project – whose plans began in 2009 – to replace a 2.25-mile stretch of barrier along the Mexican border, the LA Times reported, citing a recent statement from US Customs and Border Protection.

Border Patrol agents emphasized that it should not be confused with Trump’s long-promised 2,000-mile wall that he said Mexico would pay for.

“First and foremost, this isn’t Trump’s wall,” Jonathan Pacheco, a spokesman for the Border Patrol’s El Centro Sector, told a group on a border tour in early March, the paper reported.

“This isn’t the infrastructure that Trump is trying to bring in…. This new wall replacement has absolutely nothing to do with the prototypes that were shown over in the San Diego area,” he added.

The original fence in Calexico, built in the 1990s, had been constructed from recycled metal scraps and old landing mat, according to the CBP. It is being replaced with a 30-foot-high, bollard-style wall.

“Although the existing wall has proven effective at deterring unlawful cross border activity, smuggling organizations damaged and breached this outdated version of a border wall several hundred times during the last two years,” the agency said.

Justin Castrejon, a spokesman for the Border Patrol’s El Centro Sector, told the LA Times that “it was ultimately funded under the current administration in 2017, but is completely separate of any political talk or commentary.”

Trump's just resigned lawyerJohn Dowd is already leaking

To the liberal mainstream media about possble Trump pardons for Flynn and Manafort. Another brick in the Mueller Obstruction of Justice wall?

Another One Bites The Dust

Arrivederci Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, we hardly knew ye.

Trump Nominates Obama's doctor to head the VA

Dr. Ronny Jackson who served as President Barack Obama's White House physician has been nominated by President Trump to be the new Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Can't blame this one on lefty!

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was nominated to the high court by Republican President Gerald Ford and succeeded by Obama nominee Elena Kagan. He dissented against the 2008 high court ruling, which struck down a handgun ban in Washington, DC.

Stevens said in an op-ed Tuesday that the Second Amendment should be repealed, citing the protests in response to the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, as an impetus for the change.

Stevens, who retired from the high court in 2010 as one of the longest-serving justices in history, argued the Second Amendment had been warped by gun lobbyists at the National Rifle Association to extend beyond its original intent.

Stevens wrote that the landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision, which held that the Second Amendment protects the individual's right to bear arms even for those unaffiliated with a militia, has become a "propaganda weapon of immense power" for the NRA.

"Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option," Justice Stevens wrote in a New York Times Op-Ed.

David Hogg WAS at school during the shooting

Thank God for the fact-checking media organizations.

"David Hogg not at school during shooting? Bloggers spread misinformation"

The inaccurate claims surfaced after CBS News produced "39 Days," a documentary of several Stoneman Douglas High School students including Hogg. At the beginning of the video, Hogg, described as a student journalist, explained his immediate actions following the shooting that left 17 people dead.

Some bloggers took the 14-second soundbite to insinuate that Hogg wasn’t actually at school when the shooting took place.

"In a recently leaked excerpt of a CBS documentary, David Hogg admits he was at home during the Parkland shooting," reads the opening of a story on

David Hogg admits he wasn’t at school during Parkland school shooting," says a headline on

None of those claims are true.

The inaccurate posts say that Hogg’s comments directly contradict statements in a Feb. 15 Time Magazine interview. Hogg said he heard a gunshot while sitting in an AP environmental science class around 2:30 p.m.

The blogs juxtaposed that statement with the following statement from Hogg in the CBS documentary: "On the day of the shooting, I got my camera and got on my bike and rode as fast as I could three miles from my house to the school to get as much video and to get as many interviews as I could because I knew that this could not be another mass shooting."

People questioned how Hogg could be at school when the shooting started and also be riding his bike three miles to get his camera. And if Hogg really did leave school; how did he get back on to campus if the area was on lockdown?

The timeline presented in this way is a bit confusing, but the blogs didn’t try to fairly settle the seeming discrepancy.

Here’s what happened.
Hogg was at the school during the shooting. Hogg shot a video on his cellphone while taking cover in a classroom closet.

Sometime after that, he went home.

At around 6 p.m., Hogg went back to get interviews, according to Vox.

"The evening after the shooting, Hogg says, he biked up to the school, where the media was still camped out," the article says. "This time, he put himself in front of the camera, making his first — but not final — plea for an end to mass shootings."

Regardless of this information, other conservative news websites including InfoWars and RedState jumped the gun and reported that the CBS interview "cast doubt" on Hogg’s whereabouts during the school shooting.

Sometime after the original stories, both websites issued "updates" on their stories to say that the CBS video included Hogg’s quote without context.

But not every site did.

"It appears that the problem was that CBS included a very confusing quote without context," wrote conservative Florida writer Sarah Rumpf, author of the errant RedState story. "Hogg was on campus during the shooting and returned several hours later to interview people across the street."

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