Sunday, June 23, 2019

June 23, 2019


MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey

The DEEP STATE Throttles Immigration Reform…and Stymies the Trump Agenda
From Within the Administration


Friends,
If anything demonstrates beyond debate the tentacles and power of the Deep State inside-the-DC Beltway it is some very recent events, and the kind of open defiance of and intense pressure on Donald Trump from within his administration. And, unfortunately, some of the blame for the resulting confusion must be laid squarely at the president’s feet.

It is a question I and others have asked for some time: why appoint—or keep—highly placed officials in the administration if they simply bury deep and subvert, even destroy your announced agenda?

We have seen this on several occasions: in foreign policy in Syria and in the president’s attempt to normalize relations with Russia.  And, perhaps, most recently in regards to Iran, and whether the United States should launch another war (and land in another potential quagmire) with that country. The president pulled back at the last minute, much to the chagrin of his National Security Adviser John Bolton who seems to do little but fantasize about the next possible military conflict where American boys can be sent…and where they can die.

“Maybe there is a civil war in, say, East Timor?”

“Well, we simply have got to intervene!”

“Maybe a conflict in Uganda?”

“Americans need to restore order and impose all the ‘fruits of American democracy’ and [as is always unsaid] the control of American crony capitalism!”

Understand? 

Yet the question continues to emerge: why do you keep such fanatics in your inner circle if they consistently oppose your agenda?  Indeed, why did you appoint them in the first place?
My answer, such as it is, I gave back in an earlier installment in the MY CORNER series. Here is what I wrote on May 17:

Certainly, it has much to do with the loudest voices and most visible talent pool inside the Washington DC Beltway and that many of those globalists, who were former Never Trumpers, strategically attached themselves to Donald Trump after he was victorious, hoping—in some cases successfully—to shape his foreign policy along their internationalist lines. And, also, the fact that during the critical days after the 2016 election many of the Establishment Neocons were able to bend Trump’s ear first, and that a major gap, a major lacuna, in the president’s knowledge was his lack of familiarity with foreign policy. As president, Donald Trump hoped to unify the Republican Party, and, thus, his desire was to bring in various factions, including those who had opposed him (but now offered “support”)…not realizing that such additions could—and would—undermine his announced America First agenda. Lastly, the support of major pro-Israeli pressure groups and personalities, and their bank accounts, certainly was not to be ignored.

But that doesn’t make it any better, and it doesn’t assist advancing the agenda that sixty-three million Americans voted for back in 2016. Rather, it demonstrates again the immense power and deep-rooted control that the Deep State cabal continues to exercise, even within an administration whose leader has stated in no uncertain terms his very opposition to that cabal.

And the latest kerfuffle about immigration and the president’s delayed (perhaps even aborted?) order to remove thousands of illegals? First, he announced that he was going to order ICE to deport a number of illegal aliens. But, then, there was such a hue and cry, not only from Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, but also from some in the “business community,” that he relented. Instead, the president told Speaker Pelosi basically: “I’ll give you two weeks, and if Congress, both Dems and Republicans, can’t come up with at least the beginning of a solution, the order will go into effect.”

As Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has stated in a much-deserved reproach: does ANYONE in his most charitable and hopeful moment actually think that this critical national problem, unresolved for decades, with Democrats now firmly embracing an open borders template and too many Republicans in subinfeudation to the Chamber of Commerce and the Koch brothers paralleling that position (if for different reasons)—does anyone in his right mind think that our corrupted and bought off Congress will even come close, even in the spewed verbiage that is bound to be emitted?

If so, then, I have an oil well in my back yard I’ll sell you, cheap.

And, of course, what happens after the two weeks are over, and nothing—except that usual palaver—is accomplished? Will there be another delay—pleas from the Chamber of Commerce wing of the GOP to “go slow” and not rock the boat? Will the promise be lost just like the threat last year to issue an Executive Order by the president to clarify the issue of birthright citizenship: that children born of aliens coming across the border are not, under the 14th Amendment, American citizens?

I wrote about that also.  In fact, unknown to me until recently the MY CORNER of this past October 31, 2018, on that topic, was actually picked up by an online journal, STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC (November 2, 2018).

So I pass on two items: the first one, from today, concerns the delay of the president’s deportation order; the second, is my published column from last year about the threatened Executive Order, which was followed by—nothing.

Interestingly, I call your attention to the interview in the first article with former Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan. Notice, in particular, what he says about the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan who is resisting immigration enforcement.

How many times—how many more times—must we glean such information of ensconced Deep State bureaucrats and, most particularly, “Republicans” who surreptitiously, and even at times quite publicly, undercut the “America First” agenda? How much longer until that hopeful agenda just simply disappears into the putrid maelstrom that is internecine Washington “politics-as-usual” in which the fat-cats get more powerful and richer, while the deplorables out in “fly-over” country continue to sink into wretchedness and despair? And the mask of the managerial state drops for good and we fully behold the visage and bare fangs of a ruling class that would make George Orwell’s dystopian fantasy, Nineteen-Eighty-Four, seem like a Sunday school picnic?

Mr. President: if you really wish to advance your stated agenda, remove those men and women around you and in your administration who are doing their damnedest to subvert it.

ICE Director Accuses Acting DHS Secretary of 'Resisting' ICE Raids, Leaking To Press Featured

Written by Joshua Caplan | Source: Breitbart | June 23, 2019 08:07 AM

Appearing Saturday on Fox & Friends, former Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan accused Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan of “resisting” the agency’s planned raids targeting illegal aliens.
A partial transcript is as follows: 
PETE HEGSETH: The president says if you’re a double law-breaker, you got to go. These mayors’ resisting, Tom.
TOM HOMAN: The president is exactly right.
I’ve read several news accounts of these mayors talking about terrorizing innocent immigrant communities. We’re not terrorizing innocent immigrant communities. They’re arresting illegal aliens by definition of law, who entered this country in violation of law, [who were] ordered deported by a federal judge. The men and women of ICE don’t arrest innocent people. They don’t terror innocent immigrant communities. They don’t arrest innocent people, they’re doing their job. And as far as these mayors of these sanctuary cities, I just wish they would shut their mouths.
You want to talk about the separation of families? The separation of families are the angel moms and dads, who have been separated from their children forever because a criminal alien walked out of your sanctuary jail.
Every one of those mayors ought to be ashamed. San Francisco, New York, Chicago. I can go on. Oakland’s mayor giving a heads up on a criminal operation. And they’re going to talk about ICE separating families? I’m disgusted. The story in the Washington Post especially got me off. The men and women of ICE deserve better than this.
JEDEDIAH BILA: Let’s look at what some of those mayors are actually saying.
You have Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf [who said] “know your rights and use your local resources. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot [said] “CDP will not cooperate or facilitate any ICE enforcement actions.” And of course, my personal favorite New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio [said], “A sick plot to tear families apart and force immigrants into the shadows.” This is outrageous to me that they’re saying things like this. They make it as if they’re law abiding citizens. They came into the country illegally, who then defied the court. At what point do we stop caring about the law at all? Maybe we should advocate openly, as some of these Democrats are, lawlessness, and have this be our new platform.
HOMAN: If they don’t do operations like this, if they don’t carry out the judge’s order, there would be no integrity in the entire system. It means nothing. There are no consequences, no deterrence. They can just keep coming from across the border if you bring a kid. You won’t be detained if you bring a kid. You won’t be arrested if a judge tells you to remove yourself. These mayors aren’t the only ones resisting ICE. You’ve got acting Secretary of Homeland Security [Kevin McAleenan] resisting what ICE is trying to do. In the Washington Post story, and numerous media outlets, he does not support this operation. And I tell you what, if that’s his position then he’s on the wrong side of this issue. You don’t tell the men and women of ICE a day before they go out there to do this operation.
When this story was leaked, they gave the location of the cities, the day this was supposed to start, how many targets. This leak, which I know where the leak came from, I think we all know where the leak came from. That story only benefits one person. Put these officers at greater risk of harm. I know the president said we’re going to do an operation, one million people in a week. He didn’t give the location. He didn’t give the number of targets.
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REPORT: Nancy Pelosi Called Trump Last Night Requesting ICE Raids Be Called Off – And He Caved This article was sourced from The Gateway Pundit


President Trump said on Monday evening in a pair of tweets that next week ICE will begin the process of removing millions illegal aliens who have illicitly entered the US.
ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) was set to begin raids with court-ordered removals in 10 cities beginning Sunday.
On Saturday Trump walked back his promise and announced he will be delaying the illegal immigration removal process for two weeks at the request of Democrats to see if Congress will work together on a solution to fix the asylum loopholes.
According to reports by CNN and the Associated Press, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called President Trump on Friday evening and requested he call off the ICE raids…and he listened to her.
“At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border.
If not, Deportations start!” Trump said on Saturday.
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump  At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start! 14:56 - 22 Jun 2019

Pelosi called Trump Friday night and requested the raids be called off — the two spoke for 12 minutes according to reports.
Via AP:
Pelosi called Trump on Friday night and the two spoke for about 12 minutes, according to a person familiar with the situation and not authorized to discuss it publicly. She asked him to call off the raids and he said he would consider the request, the person said.
It’s unclear what else was said during the call. But in a statement Saturday before the president’s decision was announced, Pelosi appealed to the same compassion Trump expressed in declining to strike Iran because of the potential for lost lives.
Pelosi celebrated the win on Saturday.
“Mr. President, delay is welcome. Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform. Families belong together,” Pelosi said.
Nancy Pelosi  @SpeakerPelosi  Mr. President, delay is welcome. Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform. Families belong together.  https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1142506687020130306 …


Never underestimate the power of a question

Birthright Citizenship, the Constitution, and the Subterfuge of the Left

by Boyd D. Cathey

Posted on  
Are people who are in this country illegally “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States’ government if, by definition, the only interaction they should have with the government would be deportation proceedings? From Boyd D. Cathey at unz.com:

The Leftist hyenas howled…the wimpish, scaredy-cat Republicans wailed…the television pundits, both on the Mainstream channels and on Fox (and, yes, even locally) seemed ready to shed tears of anguish punctuating their uncontrolled outrage: what had Donald Trump done this time to cause such extreme perturbation? What had he done this time to increase their unleashed hysteria and self-consuming madness?

Watching any of the so-called newscasters on CNN, MSNBC or on the other major networks frothing-at-the-mouth, you would have thought that their pious and frenetic condemnations could not get more severe. But Joe Scarborough over on MSNBC would up the ante and expectorate multiple, blustering word clusters, all of which contained loaded phrases about Donald Trump, like “full blown racism,” “appeals to white supremacy,” “undermines and attacks our democracy,” each more emotional as he went along. Finally, that Trump was not really “our” president, but in fact an interloper—and if that be the case, then almost any type of resistance is permissible.

You get the drift.

These are the very same folks who have been telling us since the pipe bomber and the anti-semitic attack in Pittsburgh last week that the president is completely responsible for the “climate of hatred and fear,” but who do all they can to stoke that out-of-control raging bonfire.

And locally in Raleigh, NC, a pompous social justice warrior disguised as a television announcer, David Crabtree of WRAL-TV, who wears his nugatory Episcopalianism on his sleeve, could hardly restrain himself. His eyes betrayed both his anger and his abject fear….

But what was it that Donald Trump had done this time? What had inspired such “fear and loathing” in all those denizens of the lunatic Left…and, yes, in the Establishment GOP (including a fatuous and obviously self-serving, utterly stupid statement by outgoing House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan)?

Very simply, the president had said he was seriously considering issuing an Executive Order to both clarify the application of the 14th Amendment and, essentially, end birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens who have come across the US border, many specifically to have children who then, as if by magic, become American citizens. That is, he was going to do exactly what President Obama had once boasted he would do with a “pen and telephone,” and for which he was praised by the Mainstream media and academia for his statesmanship and his understanding of the real meaning of Constitution.

Recall that the 14th Amendment was enacted after the War Between the States to guarantee the rights of citizenship to manumitted slaves and their offspring. And, indeed, there is a serious legal question about whether the amendment itself was ever legally and legitimately ratified. But be that as it may, it has applied ever since 1868.

Here is how Section 1 of the 14th Amendment reads:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

As I watched David Crabtree in his most officiously sanctimonious manner lecture his local television audience about the president’s desire to clarify the amendment’s actual legal application, like other members of mainstream commentariat he quoted the first section thusly: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” Notice the difference; notice the essential phrase he left out, either by mistake or by design: “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”

It’s a key phrase, critical to understanding what the authors of the amendment intended and what for nearly 100 years was accepted law up until the 1960s when leftist lawmakers got into the act simply by de facto practical applications. In other words, between the very clear and forthright intention of its authors that the 14thAmendment only applied to slaves and their offspring born in the United State who are necessarily “subject to the jurisdiction thereof,” and the slyly imposed practice we now have which enables a foreign woman to illegally slip across the Rio Grande and have a child who then, mutatis mutandis, becomes a citizen and an “anchor baby,” permitting usually its illegal relations to all come across—between these two interpretations and applications there is an absolute irreconcilable difference.

The key figures in drafting the amendment at the time were clear: As Professor John Eastman has pointed out both recently and back in 2006 in his research essay, “From Feudalism to Consent: Rethinking Birthright Citizenship,”  Senator Lyman Trumbull, who was pivotal in the drafting the 14th Amendment, declared that the words “subject to the jurisdiction” meant subject to the “complete” jurisdiction of the United States, and “[n]ot owing allegiance to anybody else.” And Senator Jacob Howard of Michigan, responsible for the specific language of the jurisdiction clause, stated that it meant “a full and complete jurisdiction,” that is, “the same jurisdiction in extent and quality as applies to every citizen of the United States now.” In other words, the new born child of a foreign diplomat in the United States did not receive automatic citizenship; neither did at the time, for that matter, citizens of Indian “nations” (that would occur later in our history). And, most importantly, clearly an illegal alien—a non-citizen—simply by giving birth on this side geographically of the Rio Grande did not produce a new citizen of the United States.

Ann Coulter, in a column from August 19, 2015sums up the subsequent history and the regnant confusion, both invincible and vincible, on the question—a piece that should be read by some of those Fox pundits.

You can see why the advocates of open borders who wish to obliterate national boundaries, the social justice warriors and Democratic activists trolling for potential future dependent voters, and the brain-damaged modernist Christians would so ferociously oppose a strict constitutional interpretation.

Despite the shrieks of the no boundaries crowd and the frenzied left, and despite the groans of the Chamber of Commerce-bound establishment Republicans (and various Fox pundits and scribblers for National Review and other neoconservative and globalist publications), President Trump has expressed an idea whose time has come, in fact, is far overdue. At the very least, an Executive Order would force the courts, including the Supreme Court, to take a serious look at an historic abuse of our immigration system and the definition of American citizenship. Of course, Senator Lindsey Graham plans to introduce legislation, so he says, to do the same thing that the president promises—but Graham has a history of favoring amnesty, which makes his motives at least suspect. And, more, does anyone in his right mind, any rational person, actually believe that Congress, part of which is controlled by the hard Left, and much of the rest by GOP big donor cheap labor advocates, will actually get off its duff and enact such legislation? Not likely.

So, here’s hoping that President Trump will follow through and issue his Executive Order, and then let the ACLU and far Left howl and the wimpy Republicans wail.


We’ll see you—hopefully—in court, gentlemen.

1 comment:

  1. Has Orange Man ever done anything significant and controversial that is uncontestably 100% within his purview without just threatening, tweeting or making announcements? What has he just done with no preamble?

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