Air conditioning company Carrier said Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with President-elect Donald Trump that would keep 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Indiana’s outgoing governor, planned to travel to the state Thursday to unveil the agreement alongside company officials. Details of the agreement were not immediately available.
What an amazing political coup! In the grand scheme of things, this a small job victory. BUT, it shows what can happen when a simple phone call is made. This is “The Art of the Deal” in action. The Donald is about to school the political elite on how things can actually get done in D.C….and the man hasn’t even been sworn in yet! We’ll, of course, be following this story as it develops. Excellent!!
The Obama administration has at least some wiggle room to explain why it is sending higher-ranking U.S. officials to Fidel Castro’s funeral than it sent to Margaret Thatcher’s. But the excuses are pretty thin, and it isn’t a good look. When Thatcher passed in 2013, the Obama White House appointed former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Jim Baker, both Republicans, to head the U.S. delegation. Baker and Shultz had both served under Ronald Reagan, and they both worked closely with Thatcher’s administration. The official delegation included the charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in London Barbara Stephens and former U.S. ambassador to the U.K. Louis Susman. The Republican-controlled House also sent a delegation of its own, which included Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and George Holding, R-N.C., and former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. However, the U.S. delegation to Thatcher’s funeral conspicuously lacked several key contingents, including currently elected Democratic lawmakers, major Cabinet members and, of course, the president himself. For Castro, things will be slightly different. The Obama administration is sending Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, America’s chief diplomat in Havana, to represent the U.S. at the long-serving communist dictator’s funeral. So yes, the White House is sending higher-ranking officials than they sent to Thatcher’s funeral. However, the Obama administration is stressing the two are not being sent as part of an official presidential delegation.
Another example of how Obama likes to cozy up to dictators and thugs, while alienating our friends. How he handled Lady Thatcher’s funeral was a disgrace and was a national embarrassment. His sending a delegation to Castro’s funeral is hardly surprising… Awful..
For the first time, immigration violations now make up more than half of all federal prosecutions, easily outpacing drugs, fraud, organized crime, weapons charges and other crimes. In the last fiscal year, 52 percent of all federal prosecutions – 69,636 cases – involved an immigration violation, compared to 63,405 prosecutions for all other federal crimes, according to a new study by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Clearinghouse, which sued the Justice Department to obtain the information. “Imagine the other crimes that are not being prosecuted because immigration is such a priority,” study co-author Susan Long told Fox News. The two most common charges pursued by prosecutors relate to illegal entry or re-entry to the U.S. The penalty for a conviction on either charge can range from a few months to typically two years in federal prison for a person who re-enters the U.S. after being deported. However, a more serious outcome from a conviction isn’t jail, but a 10-year prohibition from entering the U.S. “The worst consequence isn’t that you go to jail for six months, but you are legallly barred from entering the U.S. for a decade,” said Peter Nunez, a former U.S. Attorney for San Diego. “It really screws up immigration status. If word got out, from the White House on down, that the goal is to prosecute every single person who enters the U.S. illegally, and we don’t care if you go to jail for an hour or a month, we want the conviction on the record – because that is the greatest deterrent you can achieve to prevent further illegal entries not only by those people but other people.” A study by the Congressional Research Service found that criminal prosecution was the number one factor in reducing recidivism, or illegal immigrant re-entry. The Border Patrol calls it “consequence delivery” and it was first rolled out in 2005 on a pilot basis called Operation Streamline. Since the operation requires the cooperation of Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the courts, its use was not widespread and immigrants quickly moved to other sectors to re-enter. The Syracuse study found that Texas saw the most prosecutions, with almost 44,000, compared to just under 3,000 in California. “When they say half of all criminal prosecutions are immigration related, I say ‘so what’,” said Jessica Vaughn, a policy analyst with the Center for Immigration Studies. “These are bread and butter, slam-dunk cases. It is not a big deal to prosecute an illegal alien when you catch them in the act. To me, it is a dog-bites-man story. Most immigration cases are handled on an administrative basis.” While Long questioned the expense of prosecuting so many low -level offenders, Nunez said the cases are not complicated and do not represent say ’50 percent’ of a prosecutor’s office budget. Under Operation Streamline guidelines, up to 40 defendants can be tried simultaneously before a judge in a trial lasting as little as an hour because typically the facts are not in dispute. “If you are a previously deported immigrant and return to the U.S., it’s a pretty easy prosecution,” said Nunez. “The role of the prosecutor is to convict people as quickly and easily as possible. There is nothing wrong that.”
Well.. There IS that..true. But, we can also BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!!…and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border with Mexico. Then, those troops need to remain there physically ON the border (to prevent would-be crossers from setting one foot on U.S. soil) until that wall/fence is finally built above and below ground (to prevent tunneling)…however long it takes. That would certainly go a LONG way toward slowing down the entry of illegals into this country, and would positively impact the backlog of immigration cases currently tying up our courts.