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The Patriot Post® · Mid-Day Digest
Apr. 5, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/55176-mid-day-digest

IN TODAY’S EDITION

Trump’s move to secure the border is about more than immigration.
“Catch and release” is still too often the order of the day with illegal aliens.
Mueller’s investigation is still a long way from over, even if Trump isn’t a “target.”
A solid anti-sex-trafficking law is awaiting the president’s signature.
An Air Force chaplain wins big in a battle over religious liberty.
McCabe’s wife doesn’t blame her husband’s lies for his firing. She blames guess who.
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” —Thomas Paine (1777)

IN BRIEF

Trump Deploys Troops to Border1
By Thomas Gallatin

President Donald Trump is following through with his plan to better secure the nation’s southern border. On Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson announced that Trump is deploying the National Guard to the border to assist the Border Patrol. Neilson stated, “It’s time to act,” adding that the federal government has begun the process of working with state governors with the “hope that the deployment begins immediately.” Nielson continued, “I don’t want to get ahead of the governors. This is a partnership with them. We are giving them the opportunity to review our suggestions of how the National Guard can support the Border Patrol.”

Along with this news is a report that the apprehension rate of illegals at the border has increased by 203% since last March2. Trump, who campaigned heavily on stemming the problem of illegal immigration via building up stronger border security and a wall, pointedly blamed Democrats for the lax laws, while emphasizing that he will act. Trump stated, “We have very bad laws for our border, and we are going to be doing some things. … Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military.” Trump added, “We can’t do anything about it because the laws that were created by Democrats are so pathetic and so weak.”

Trump is doubling down on arguably the number one issue that won him the presidency, and he’s using it to create a clear political dividing line between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats have proven themselves the party of the radical Left by their siding with noncitizen illegal aliens over and against the interests of Americans. Thus Trump’s tweet3 on Monday: “Congress must immediately pass Border Legislation, use Nuclear Option if necessary, to stop the massive inflow of Drugs and People. Border Patrol Agents (and ICE) are GREAT, but the weak Dem laws don’t allow them to do their job. Act now Congress, our country is being stolen!”

Predictably, the Leftmedia has been making hay over Trump’s call for sending the military to the border, as if it was unprecedented. Oregon Democrat Gov. Kate Brown pledged to defy Trump4 if he requests National Guard troops, tweeting, “If [Trump] asks me to deploy Oregon troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no. As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border.” The truth is the past five U.S. presidents have sent troops to the border5 to aid the Border Patrol.

Meanwhile, that caravan of 1,000 illegal aliens6 crossing Mexico with the intent of illegally crossing into the U.S. appears to have had a change of plans7. One of the caravan’s de facto leaders, Irineo Mujica, head of migrant advocacy group Pueblo sin Fronteras, stated, “We will wrap up our work in Mexico City. We have support teams at the border if there are people who need assistance there, but they would have to travel on their own.” Mujica added, “There are too many children — 450 in all. There are lots of babies. Hopping the train, as we did in the past, would have been crazy.” Was that really the reason, or did it have more to do with the fact that Trump is sending in the troops?

Mueller Says Trump’s a ‘Subject,’ Not a ‘Target’8

By Nate Jackson

Special Counsel Robert Mueller9 reportedly told President Donald Trump’s attorneys last month that Trump is not a criminal target in his unending investigation10, though he is still a subject of that investigation. The Washington Post explained11, “Prosecutors view someone as a subject when that person has engaged in conduct that is under investigation but there is not sufficient evidence to bring charges.” It’s worth remembering, however, that a subject can always become a target.

But that’s not all. “The special counsel also told Trump’s lawyers that he is preparing a report about the president’s actions while in office and potential obstruction of justice, according to two people with knowledge of the conversations.” Those reports are required, but it highlights the problem with Mueller’s open-ended mandate — it’s not just about collusion with Russia, or any other particular crime, for that matter; it’s about whatever Mueller can dig up. Ask Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and others. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will receive those confidential reports and decide if anything merits being made public.

Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe argues, “Rosenstein can and surely will make the Mueller report public. It’s inconceivable that he’d try to stifle it, whatever its conclusions might be.” Rosenstein may also submit the matter to Congress12 rather than Mueller attempting to charge the president with a crime.

Mueller used the subject/target distinction to push again for an interview with Trump. For his part, Trump has said he’d welcome such an interview just to clear things up, but his lawyers strongly advise against it — as they should. This could be a strategic good cop-bad cop routine. Trump gets credit for being open to the interview while blaming his lawyers for preventing it. In any case, there’s far too much risk and too little reward to actually conduct the interview.

The news about Mueller’s classification of Trump is significant and certainly not being cheered by leftists. But there is still plenty of danger for Trump, both legally and politically. That’s true even though the entire basis for the investigation — collusion with Russia — is complete bunk.

As Mark Alexander wrote in February13, “Robert Mueller should focus on the real obstruction conspiracy14, the extent of Demo deep-state malfeasance15 and the collusion16 of his rear-guard operatives in the DoJ and FBI.”
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Top Headlines17

More than a million undocumented immigrants have received California driver’s licenses (The Sacramento Bee18.)

Facebook data harvesting scandal19 widens to 87 million people (NBC News20)

White House walks back Trump’s call for U.S. to leave Syria “very soon” (ABC News21)

DNC member who called blacks “colored people” resigns — National Association for the Advancement of Colored People had no comment (The Washington Free Beacon22)

Judge approves $3.5 million settlement in IRS Tea Party targeting (The Washington Times23)

U.S. plans to impose new sanctions on Russia (USA Today24)

What if she’d been an NRA member? Nets skimp on YouTube shooter’s animal rights extremism (NewsBusters25)

Planned Parenthood fined for failing to disclose Democratic-campaign donations (National Review26)

George Washington University scrubs “Christian Privilege” training from website (Campus Reform27)

Obama administration spent $9 million colluding with Soros groups in Albania (Judicial Watch28,)

Policy: Sweden’s self-correcting pay-as-you-go pension system (Real Clear Policy29)

Policy: Why Utah adopted the nation’s first “free-range parenting” law (Institute for Family Studies30)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report31.

We Need Your Help

When The Patriot Post launched in 1996, we elected a donor-based revenue model in order that our message could reach a wider audience — particularly students on college and university campuses. We also chose that model to avoid special interest influence on our editorial content. Laura Ingraham’s recent loss of advertisers over a tweet is a great example of why we do not accept advertising. We don’t wish to be at the mercy of corporations that are afraid of their own shadows and susceptible to these rabble-rousing boycotts. All of this means that our daily operations budget depends completely on the generosity of our readers. Please help us meet our Spring funding goal by making a donation32 today. Thank you for joining us in this vital effort to keep the Right perspective in front of conservatives around the nation! —Nate Jackson, Managing Editor

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Catch and Release Remains Alive and Well33


By Arnold Ahlert

Few things are more infuriating than the nation’s de facto capitulation to those who cross our borders illegally. And nothing says capitulation more forcefully than the con game known as America’s “catch and release” policy.

A news release34 by the Department of Homeland Security outlines how that game is played: “Due to legal loopholes and court backlogs, even apprehended illegal aliens are released and become part of the temporary, illegal population of people that we cannot remove.”

One of those loopholes is the Flores Settlement Agreement35. In 1985, two groups filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) detained by the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). An agreement was reached in 1997, but litigation has continued for more than 20 years, and numerous court decisions have hindered the DHS’s ability to detain and quickly remove UACs. Under the current agreement, the DHS can only hold UACs for 20 days, after which they must be released to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where they are placed in shelters or foster arrangements until a sponsor is located.

The other loophole is the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 200836. It essentially defined any UACs not from Mexico and Canada as “refugees,” exempting them from a quick return to their home countries.

The Obama administration gamed37 these loopholes with impunity. First, thousands of children deemed to be “refugees” were placed with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which subsequently dispersed them throughout the nation.

Central America got the “welcome” message. Between 2009 and 2014, this effort engendered38 an astounding 1,243% increase in the number of UACs coming from El Salvador, a 1,429% increase in the number coming Guatemala, and a 1,784% increase in the number coming from Honduras.

Unsurprisingly, the massive influx overwhelmed detention space, and thus many of these UACs were released.

To whom? During a 2014 Senate hearing, former HHS Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families Mark Greenberg admitted39 that the refusal to inquire about the legal or illegal status of family members taking custody of illegal immigrant children was HHS policy.

In other words, guardianship of illegal children was granted to other illegals.

What happened as a result was completely predictable. “American immigration courts have the highest failure to appear rates of any courts in the country,” explained40 Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) columnist Mark Metcalf in 2017.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is attempting to do something about it. In the next three weeks he plans to introduce41 legislation that would allow immigration agents to send those caught crossing the border illegally back to their home nation while their claims are being adjudicated, rather than continue abiding the “caught, released, fail to show up in court” charade that currently prevails. “The reason why 70 percent of [illegal aliens] don’t make their court date is because [the federal government doesn’t] make them stay in their country,” Inhofe explained.

Naturally, there was pushback. “Have we really stooped this low? This suggestion is absurd, illogical and cruel — not to mention a waste of resources,” asserted Kica Matos, director of the Washington, DC-based Immigrant and Racial Justice at the Center for Community Change. “Republicans need to focus on making communities safer instead of continuing to tear families apart.”

Making communities safer by ignoring catch and release? Tell that to Kate Steinle’s family42, Ms. Matos. Or the families of the nearly 30 people murdered43 by MS-13 members on Long Island. Tell it to the hundreds of thousands of Americans victimized by the thousands of illegals incarcerated in federal prisons44, along with those in state and local prisons45, all of whom were responsible for wholly avoidable crimes — if American lawmakers were really interested on making our communities safer.

Judd reminds46 us how the game continues to be played. “The smugglers are coaching them and telling them exactly what they need to say so all they have to do is come here and claim that they fear to go back to their country, and they don’t have to provide any evidence whatsoever,” he explains. As a result, “We’ll do hours’ worth of processing, and then we will turn them over to ICE and ICE will release them, based on what they call a credible fear, and [they] disappear in the shadows.”
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Fred Burton, a counterterrorism expert and chief intelligence officer for Stratfor, believes47 it would take a “9/11 kind of moment — a weapon of mass destruction, an assassination of a key government official” before America took what he characterized as “draconian measures to secure the border.”

Seemingly, Trump’s move with the National Guard1 takes care of the “front door.” But there is still plenty of “interior” work left to do. “Since fiscal year (FY) 2016, more than 107,000 UACs have been released into the interior of the United States,” reveals a statement48 released Monday by the White House. It further notes “only 3.5 percent of UACs who are apprehended are eventually removed from the U.S.”

Thus, until equally “draconian measures” are applied to that reality, catch and release remains alive and well.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

At Last — A Military Religious Liberty Win53 — “Colonel Bohannon had the right to exercise his sincerely held religious beliefs and did not unlawfully discriminate.”
A Key New Law to Combat Online Sex Trafficking54 — The FOSTA-SESTA package is already disrupting the online trafficking industry for the better.
McCabe’s Wife Blames Trump for His Firing55 — She completely ignores the actual reason her husband was fired from the FBI — he lied.
Video: Eye for an Eye: One of the Greatest Ideas in History56 — Even atheists acknowledge that the book that is most responsible for creating Western civilization is the Bible.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

Tony Perkins: Pro-Lifers Unleash on Dog Tweet57
Ed Feulner: America Is Still the Home of Innovation58
Ken Blackwell: Memo to FDA’s Gottlieb: Help Entrepreneurs Don’t, Hinder Them59
Larry Elder: If Laura Ingraham Goes Down for ‘Bullying,’ You’re Next!60
Victor Davis Hanson: Trump Is Cutting Old Gordian Knots61
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion62.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Tony Perkins: “Believe it or not, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards is a huge believer in adoption. For dogs. Tuesday, before heading out on a national book tour, the boss of America’s richest abortion business decided to act out the title of her new memoir: Make Trouble. In a Twitter post that struck most people as either incredibly insensitive or shockingly unaware, Richards took a moment to pitch what her organization usually doesn’t: compassion. Above a picture of her dachshund, Richards encourages people to #AdoptDontShop. … In its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood could only claim one adoption referral for every 83 abortions. … Richards’s 12 years have proven how lucrative Planned Parenthood’s killing machine can be. Sitting on a record-setting $1.45 billion in revenue, the group can afford its pet political projects and massive leadership salaries. (At last check, Richards made $700,000 a year — almost twice the salary of the president of the United States.) Not bad for a ‘nonprofit.’ … The next time Planned Parenthood’s president wants to rescue something, she might want to consider the next generation.”

SHORT CUTS

Victimitis: “Fox News is always trying to impeach me, so somebody needs to tell them that doesn’t apply to a private citizen. When you’ve been accused of everything like I have, and you realize some people believe it, it’s really depressing.” —Hillary Clinton

Blame game ad nauseum: “When Nate Silver and others went back and looked at all of the polling … they had never seen a bigger drop than they saw in sentiment toward me until the Comey letter on October 28 happened.” —Hillary Clinton, still blaming James Comey for her loss

Defiance: “If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no. As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border.” —Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Braying Jenny: “[Donald Trump is] the most anti-democratic leader that I have studied in American history.” —former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Village Idiots: “Donald trump is killing this country. Some of it quickly, some slowly, but he spoils and destroys everything he touches. He emboldens monsters, wielding guns, governmental power, or just smug doublespeak. Or Russia. My hate and sadness are exhausting. Die, Don. Just quietly die.” —Marvel’s “Avengers” director Joss Whedon

Ingrate: “It was really good of America to join WW2 two years late, after millions had died. Many thanks.” —Piers Morgan, who’d be speaking German if not for the U.S.

Non Compos Mentis: “Don Jr and his wife have FIVE kids. No one should be having five kids. Why are people still allowed to have five kids?” —Nikki Glaser

And last… “It’s been noisy and competitive since Day One, because this agency has been a bastion of liberalism since Day One. As we are making progress there and also reducing the regulatory burden, it is infuriating to those that have dominated and controlled the agency for years. … We are getting things done, and that’s what’s driving these folks crazy.” —EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s perfect explanation for the Left’s virulent attacks63

Join us in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

Nate Jackson, Managing Editor
Mark Alexander, Publisher
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