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Trump administration warns of record illegal border crossings ahead of vote by Congress

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The number of unlawful border crossing fell under Obama. Under Trump, crossings are at an all time high. Yet again, Obama's effectiveness shines a harsh light on Trump's incompetence.

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"To me it has nothing to do with immigration. It has to do with whether or not the president can spend money that Congress didn’t give to him," Paul told reporters after the lunch.

Yep. Trump supporters see this as a wall. People like Rand understand that it's about granting the President powers to fund pet projects that Congress has denied.

And it doesn't go away when Trump goes away. It will be there for future Presidents to raid.

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Uh huh. Same people who said last month that illegal crossings are at a 40 year low and it’s not an emergency.

Now presented with facts that crossing are actually up, just pivot and attack Trump for what was true all along. Classic.

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So is it now an emergency considering the historically high number? Or still nah?

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The number of unlawful border crossing fell under Obama. Under Trump, crossings are at an all time high.

At the same time you didn’t have Democrats purposely and systematically trying to keep the border open, recall the National guard, refusing to fund any wall, refusing to give up any sanctuary city, refusing to enforce ID laws, voter laws, drivers licenses, unwilling to deport visa overstayers, so it makes sense why illegals would want to come, if I were one with the Democrats going through lengths like that to undermine immigration laws, I’d come as well.

Again, if they all go into California and they want to deal with the growing social unrest, the homelessness and the mad exodus, good luck to them. The rich will always be ok, they have money, walls and they can choose and live away insulated themselves from illegals or poor people or the nutty politicians socialists that have ruined that great State. The middleclass and the poor have less options. Watched may home State through the last 20 years go down, down, sad and painfully pathetic.

https://fee.org/articles/can-california-survive-a-middle-class-exodus/

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It is drugs, it is meth, it is destroying our communities and families in Montana."

I agree. get rid of the CIA. The #1 drug smuggler in the US

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Call me sceptical about the data.

Getting accurate data from the govt usually takes 2-4 yrs, but somehow Jan and Feb data is available in 5 days?

Two months of data doesn't make a statistical "trend line" either.

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Black:. Now presented with facts

Trump and facts? Hahahahhaha

The wall is still ineffective and inefficient. Trump's "facts" don't change that. Neither do fake stories about Muslim prayer rugs or misleading stats about drugs entering the country.

And Congress still didn't approve of the money.

Check out Chris Wallace's interview with Stephen "my family were refugees but yours can't be" Miller. They guy has zero answers for the stats thrown at him. He literally had no responses, and this is Trump's immigration advisor.

He might as well have said, "Look, this is driven by my fear of foreigners."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/02/18/stephen-miller-fox-news-sunday-interview/2903358002/

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Trump, like despots before, knows he needs to keep his base scared. Which is pretty simple to do when he’s seen as the leader by a large number of intellectually vulnerable people. Fortunately they’re a minority of the population.

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PTownsendToday 10:20 am JST

Trump, like despots before, knows he needs to keep his base scared. Which is pretty simple to do when he’s seen as the leader by a large number of intellectually vulnerable people. Fortunately they’re a minority of the population.

Unfortunately under supposedly "democratic" systems like America's, only getting the support of the minority is not always an impediment to winning an election.

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"Secretary Nielsen just released the latest apprehension numbers," with 60,000 apprehended at the border in January and 76,000 in February, Montana Republican Steve Daines said. "Based on the current trend lines this will be an all-time record year for illegal apprehensions" at the southern border, he said.

And who would believe numbers released by the Trump administration that has shown it will fabricate anything to try to prove its point. Reminds me of the numbers Trump said attended his inauguration. Maybe Sean Spicer should be giving this briefing instead of Sec Nielsen...

Meanwhile, in the real world, 40,000 Americans were killed by gun violence in 2017 - and that's not a national emergency to Trump and the Repubs.

Disgraceful...

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Trump facts also say 93% of republicans approve of his actions, yet the GOP controlled senate is rebuking his national emergency!! LOL

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DeadforgoodToday 10:39 am JSTTrump facts also say 93% of republicans approve of his actions, yet the GOP controlled senate is rebuking his national emergency!! LOL

It's the Emperor's New Clothes. Dumpster keeps telling himself these stupid little 'pump-me-up' stories trying to feel macho - but he isn't. He keeps trying to stoke fear in the masses, and he's shrieking out his lies once again - but hopefully Americans are getting sick of his crap. I am.

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it's about granting the President powers to fund pet projects that Congress has denied.

It's not Trump's fault that Congress isn't doing their job, making him piece this together.

the Constitution indicates only the Congress should spend money

Yeah, well, when you have a do-nothing but obstruct the president Congress and a dire situation on our southern border, you have to go around Congress for the good of the country. In the military they call it "Adapt and overcome."

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The rich will always be ok, they have money, walls and they can choose and live away insulated themselves from illegals or poor people

Well, as long as the rich are ok. Honestly, such let them eat cake comments in this day and age? And then the Trump elitists call the idea of an equal society crazy.

And the icing on the cake is, they wonder why unrest happens in other countries.

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No proof at all, and little to no support, but there's a vote coming up, so it's back to making up crap and having no proof in order to fear-monger.

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Keep the people scared and they will agree to anything, keep the people scared and they are easier to manipulate. Vote in a madman and you get a madman-American democracy!

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Keep the people scared and they will agree to anything,

For sure, and it's couched in such simplistic, black and white terms. The migrants, demonized and called an invasion, a national emergency, a threat, a crimewave. It's an old, old tactic. Isolate people's fears and build on them. Dehumanize the migrants and make them a scapegoat for a particular societies ills. Make them a focus point, a bogeyman for the masses. Spread rumours and mistruths about them.

Justify draconian measures with bogus information.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/06/el-paso-trump-state-of-the-union-border-wall

To further strip away their humanity, cage and abuse the children.

It's quite sad and sickening that the lessons of history are forgotten.

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Let's see, Kim Jong likes to use fear to rule.

Putin uses fear to rule.

Trump likes using fear on a daily basis to rule.

Coincidence that they are all buddies? I think not.

Throughout history, there has been despots and madmen who used fear to rule and control the population. Yes, it's been pretty effective in brainwashing a large group of mindless followers to do their bidding.

However, it never ever ends well. If we continue on this path of letting this madman control mindless Americans through fear, I don't see it ending well at all.

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Simple matter of correlation not equaling causation. Obama made a big push to modernize the border patrol, and those efforts have resulted in a more efficient system with more caught who, in the past, might have slipped through.

A better measurement is the number of undocumented aliens in the US; that continues to fall.

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"Secretary Nielsen just released the latest apprehension numbers," with 60,000 apprehended at the border in January and 76,000 in February, Montana Republican Steve Daines said. "Based on the current trend lines this will be an all-time record year for illegal apprehensions"

Note that 'illegal apprehensions' has very little to do with 'illegal crossings'. Illegal apprehensions can be at an all-time high while illegal crossings are at a 40 year low. Illegal crossings are attempts to avoid detection when crossing - for example: hiding in a car trunk at a border crossing, or swimming the Rio. Illegal apprehensions can include falsified documents, lying to immigration, drugs, etc. The wall would only affect a small portion of illegal crossings - for example, those who swim the Rio, but not those who hide in a car trunk and are caught at a border crossing.

It is the use of deliberately misleading statements, like in this article, which keeps the GOP base in line as they support a pathological liar President.

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Serrano: you have to go around Congress for the good of the country

There it is, folks. A Trump fan telling you his views are so important that he’s earned the free pass around democracy.

Can’t wait to use that on guns.

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Yeah, well, when you have a do-nothing but obstruct the president Congress and a dire situation on our southern border, you have to go around Congress for the good of the country. In the military they call it "Adapt and overcome."

As someone who spent 28 years in uniform, I can tell you it isn't "adapt and overcome", it's "abuse of authority"...

How many times throughout history have we seen tin-pot dictators and tyrants use the phrase "for the good of the country" to implement their authoritarian rule...

It's fascism, pure and simple...and more Republicans in Congress seem to be finally realizing it...

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/432756-senate-gop-eyes-big-vote-against-trump

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Trump has been president for more than 2 years, and still nothing is being done. I have the feeling that the people in power don't really want to keep these immigrants out of the US, but actually want them to come to the US. Something is going on just below the surface that we can't see.

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The wall is still ineffective and inefficient.

The Israelis disagree and I trust their judgement over any liberal in the US.

And Congress still didn't approve of the money. 

They won’t approve or be happy of his pen and phone either.

Check out Chris Wallace's interview with Stephen "my family were refugees but yours can't be" Miller. They guy has zero answers for the stats thrown at him.

Hmmmm....I thought Muller did well.

He literally had no responses, and this is Trump's immigration advisor.

He might as well have said, "Look, this is driven by my fear of foreigners."

It’s just Wallace didn’t like the answers he was getting from Miller and good on Miller for not letting Wallace try to box him in.

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Well, as long as the rich are ok. Honestly, such let them eat cake comments in this day and age? And then the Trump elitists call the idea of an equal society crazy.

I feel like this, my money is mine, I worked hard for it and I don’t want to give it to a bunch of lazy liberals, now if they want to give their money to spread their wealth as they say, I have no problem with that, just don’t drag me into their socialist enclave.

And the icing on the cake is, they wonder why unrest happens in other countries.

Maybe if these countries would teach people how to fish instead of giving them fish to eat the people could actually do well. I always believe that self-reliance is the best way to upper mobility and financial freedom.

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my money is mine, I worked hard for it and I don’t want to give it to a bunch of lazy liberals

Vaccuous drivel.

Maybe if these countries would teach people how to fish instead of giving them fish to eat the people could actually do well.

Wisdom. Perhaps before Houston gets flooded again the government can teach people how to rescue themselves instead of waiting for deep state bureaucrats to bail them out. Socialism!

I’m also sick of my hard-earned tax dollars (it’s mine!) going to maintain Interstate 35, a federal boondoggle that I never drive on.

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Vote in a madman and you get a madman-American democracy!

Unbelievable, but that’s what we’ve got at the moment.

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As someone who spent 28 years in uniform, I can tell you it isn't "adapt and overcome", it's "abuse of authority"...

Hard to believe you spent 28 years in uniform and still tell us a physical barrier on our southern border is not needed. Our border patrol people say otherwise. And as someone who was in uniform I can tell you that our motto in our unit was "adapt and overcome" which we did. And it's not "abuse of authority" - Trump is piecing together the funds for the wall legally.

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With 12 million illegals traipsing the streets of the USA, we've had a national emergency for years.

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Oh my!

Border Patrol reports 300 percent spike at the border, media turns a blind eye

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKJg9LJr2b0

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Vaccuous drivel. 

It’s the gold standard for liberals.

 

Wisdom. Perhaps before Houston gets flooded again the government can teach people how to rescue themselves instead of waiting for deep state bureaucrats to bail them out. Socialism!

And yet so many of them leave Blue States to have lower taxes, lower standard of living and contributing to the growth of Texas, self-reliant and shows the power of Capitalism.

I’m also sick of my hard-earned tax dollars (it’s mine!) going to maintain Interstate 35, a federal boondoggle that I never drive on.

Take the Bike, AOC would be proud.

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Again, if Democrats would support Trump the way they supported Obama we wouldn’t be in this mess.

Big LOL for this one.

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"Again, if Democrats would support Trump the way they supported Obama we wouldn’t be in this mess."

Come on B4F...that would be similar to anyone who has ever read your posts saying, "well, if b4f would only support dems the way he supports trumpy".

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There are about 200 countries in the world. So why do the drugs go to America? Because the Americans have such a ravenous, insatiable appetite for them! And why? -- because a constant, unrelenting bombardment of FEAR, FEAR, and more FEAR makes life there so miserable. Capitalism has ended in failure, and democracy has ended in failure. All that is left is TV, cell phones, games, and pigging out. And, of course HATRED.

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Again, if Democrats would support Trump the way they supported Obama we wouldn’t be in this mess.

And if Republicans had supported Obama more when he was in office, then he would've been able to accomplish even more for the American people. At least Obama had the support of the Democratic minority at the time he was in office. Trump is even losing some his GOP support.

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As a side note, when will Trump ever release his tax returns (something every President before him has done)? It should be written as a requirement before you take office. Make your tax returns transparent, as least to show in good faith that you have nothing to hide. Trump wouldn't be in any messes involving investigations into his transgressions if he just came out and be open about information that people request. It's what tax payers who are audited do.

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Obama was more effective at controlling our borders than Trump

It's true that Obama did say it was a crisis in 2014. But he didn't do dick about it.

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mukashiyokatta

Mar. 7 05:19 am JST

There are about 200 countries in the world. So why do the drugs go to America? Because the Americans have such a ravenous, insatiable appetite for them! And why? -- because a constant, unrelenting bombardment of FEAR, FEAR, and more FEAR makes life there so miserable. Capitalism has ended in failure, and democracy has ended in failure. All that is left is TV, cell phones, games, and pigging out. And, of course HATRED.

It's been that way for decades. Politicians, lawyers, CEOs - gotta have that snow. And I don't mean what falls from the clouds either. Then of course local scumbag gangsters distribute out to the masses but let's blame it all on a certain ethnic group, kidnap their children and spread more lies and xenophobic hatred about them.

And that, boys + girls, is how a fascist dictatorship operates.

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Sen. Graham on Stunning Border Crossing Stats: 'If This Is Not a Crisis, What the Hell Would Be?'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4z-lKUuWOw

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The wall should have been built in 1970. Build the damn wall already.

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