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In this post last night, I wrote about the untold story behind the immigration crisis. It’s called the health epidemic crisis. This article highlights what’s happening at the border.

What’s frightening is that diseases not seen in the US in literally decades are showing up at our southern border. What’s more frightening is that it isn’t likely that these diseases will be contained at the border.

Thus far, Democrats have insisted that the border crisis was a “manufactured crisis.” After it became obvious that this wasn’t a manufactured crisis, Democrats switched to saying it was a “humanitarian crisis.” Now that contagious diseases are getting detected, will Democrats, led by Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Schumer, continue to put Americans’ lives at risk? Will they ignore this crisis, too?

Jon Anfinsen is a National Border Patrol Council vice president and based in Del Rio, which includes Eagle Pass, where most Congolese are arriving. Anfinsen represents approximately 1,000 agents who are based out of 10 regional holding stations. Anfinsen has been an agent 12 years and said the number of people in custody and subsequent illnesses among that population is “unprecedented.”

“Scabies, chickenpox, we had one case of the mumps here in Uvalde. I wanna say we had measles, plenty of the flu, plenty of colds, body lice, just assorted. And some of these things, they spread like wildfires when you get into a cramped holding cell. It happens,” Anfinsen said.

The continuous breakouts — in part caused by the overcrowded conditions in facilities and difficulty quarantining each sick person — are taking both a physical and mental toll on agents.

This wasn’t unforeseen or unpredicted, either:

That interview happened 3 months ago. The CDC said then that they were “playing catch-up” with vaccinations. Since then, it’s quite possible that things have gotten worse.

What’s particularly upsetting is the fact that Democrats haven’t lifted a finger to fix the immigration problem. What’s worst is that they don’t seem at all interested in fixing the problem because they see it as a partisan political issue. How sad is that?

In 2020, voters have a decision. They can vote for the party that puts partisanship ahead of patriotism and doing what’s right. A vote for a Democrat is a vote for this type of malfeasance. It’s a vote for the failing status quo.

If you’re satisfied with communicable diseases spreading nationwide, then you need to rethink things ASAP.

This article should frighten Chuck Schumer to the core. According to The Hill, Sen. Manchin is considering leaving the Senate before the end of his term.

The article starts by saying “Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is eyeing a possible exit from the Senate, and his decision could be a significant factor in which party controls the majority in 2021. In moments of frustration, the centrist senator has gone so far as to tell colleagues he may leave the upper chamber before the end of this Congress, or after the 2020 elections.”

If Sen. Manchin leaves, it would make it virtually impossible for Democrats to retake control of the Senate in 2021. Sen. Manchin is likely frustrated by the Democrats’ policies on climate change. In this interview, Sen. Manchin expresses his frustration with Mayor Bloomberg’s commitment to eliminating coal-fired power plants nationwide:

That isn’t to say that Sen. Manchin is fond of Republicans. He isn’t. Still, he’s willing to work with Republicans. I suspect that he’d get along just fine with Lindsey Graham on some issues. I further suspect that Sen. Manchin is getting tired of some of the bomb throwing Democrats that are more about shouting than about fixing things.

“I think he’s been fed up for a long time,” said a senator who traveled with Manchin. “He said, ‘I have so many people talking to me about whether I should or I shouldn’t [run for governor].'”

“One of the things you get as a lawmaker is you get lots of free advice from lots of people. He expressed frustration, and it’s the same that a lot of people share,” said the lawmaker, who spoke on background. A third Senate colleague who has spoken to Manchin about his future in the Senate said, “All he says is, ‘I’ll be here until 2020.'”

Don’t think for a minute that Sen. Manchin isn’t frustrated. He clearly is. What’s up in the air is whether he’ll double down or whether he’ll run for governor.

The MSM has complained about President Trump’s tweets as though they were meant to be ridiculed. The MSM hasn’t noticed that Sen. Schumer’s tweets is more ridiculous than President Trump’s tweets.

For instance, moments after President Trump announced that the US and Mexico had reached a deal on border security, Sen. Schumer tweeted “This is an historic night! @realDonaldTrump has announced that he has cut a deal to ‘greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States.’ Now that that problem is solved, I’m sure we won’t be hearing any more about it in the future.”

First, the problem isn’t solved. This is just President Trump doing his best to limit the damage of the current crisis. Sen. Schumer first said that this was a “manufactured crisis”. Throughout, Sen. Schumer has sat on his hands instead of providing ideas that would fix this crisis. Doing nothing except obstructing is what Sen. Schumer does best. That’s why this tweet is utterly laughable:


The next serious proposal from Sen. Schumer or Pelosi will be their first of this session of Congress. We’ve got a crisis at our southern border. What’s the only legislation that’s been written on immigration? The House passed a mass amnesty bill that won’t fix any part of this crisis. The Senate has done even less than the House. In fact, Senate Democrats haven’t done anything about immigration. So much for the thought that Democrats have provided “serious proposals to address the nation’s most pressing needs.”

Here’s another of Sen. Schumer’s idiotic tweets:


What a wimp! President Trump pressured Mexico into multiple concessions, which should help with this crisis. Thus far, Mexico has done more to fix the humanitarian crisis and national security crisis than Democrats have done. That isn’t a high bar since Democrats haven’t done a thing that’d fix a thing about these crises. If Democrats don’t siding with the Resist Movement instead of with the American people, their 2020 fates will be grim.

Sen. Schumer should stop flapping his gums and stop with his obstruction. Democrats haven’t provided any assistance since President Trump was elected. Democrats unanimously voted against President Trump’s tax cuts. Democrats frequently voted against eliminating industry-killing regulations. Frankly, Sen. Schumer’s tweets are almost as worthless as his actions on important issues.

Apparently, President Trump’s tactic of imposing tariffs on Mexico worked. Ed Morrissey’s post is both thorough in delivering details to its readers but it’s the best analysis to their readers, too.

Ed cites this article from the Guardian in one of his first updates. That update quote says “According to a US-Mexico joint declaration released later in the evening, Mexico agreed to take more migrants seeking asylum in the United States while they await adjudication of their cases. The country also agreed to increase enforcement to curb illegal immigration, including deploying national guard troops to its southern border and cracking down on human smuggling organizations, the declaration said.”

I can’t praise Team Trump enough for their efforts to stop “human smuggling organizations” as part of this agreement. While others ignored that part of the crisis, Team Trump didn’t. When honest journalists write about this part of the agreement, it will be noticed that the Democrats talked about border security while Team Trump delivered border security to the most vulnerable amongst us.

Put differently, President Trump delivered while Pelosi’s Democrats on the Problem Solvers Caucus sat in the corner and did nothing. As far as I’m concerned, they’re virtually worthless.

Here’s another update and analysis from Ed’s post:

Update: This appears to be the biggest win for Trump in the declaration. Apart from Mexico’s pledge to maintain its current aggressive actions in shutting down the southern border to unauthorized migration, Mexico agreed to take back anyone crossing the border, asylum application or not:

The United States will immediately expand the implementation of the existing Migrant Protection Protocols across its entire Southern Border. This means that those crossing the U.S. Southern Border to seek asylum will be rapidly returned to Mexico where they may await the adjudication of their asylum claims.

In response, Mexico will authorize the entrance of all of those individuals for humanitarian reasons, in compliance with its international obligations, while they await the adjudication of their asylum claims. Mexico will also offer jobs, healthcare and education according to its principles.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued this statement after the official agreement had been signed:

I am glad President Trump has secured a commitment from the Mexican government to do more to secure their own borders and control the flow of people through their country. The security and humanitarian crisis on the southern border of the United States is unacceptable and Mexico has a crucial role to play as a responsible neighbor.

It is also good news for Kentuckians and for all Americans that U.S. families won’t be hit with the price increases that would have resulted from new tariffs on imports from Mexico.

Following this new progress, the onus is now squarely on my Democratic colleagues in Congress. Republicans have been working for weeks to secure supplemental funding for the badly overstretched agencies conducting law enforcement and humanitarian missions amid the border crisis. Thus far, Democrats have dragged their heels and preferred to pick political fights with the President rather than get something done. Until they put aside political gamesmanship and allow us to pass this needed funding, Democrats will continue to own the grave consequences.

By contrast, Senate Minority Leader Schumer issued this ‘statement’:


McConnell and Trump sound like leaders. Schumer sounds childish. That’s why Sen. Schumer is likely to be the Minority Leader for a great many years. David Asman at Fox Business offers this commentary:

If this article doesn’t stir Democrats to action, then they’ll be exposed as heartless politicians who only care about winning elections. Here’s a serious question for House Democrats: Why don’t you attempt to put nation ahead of political gain for a change?

I won’t pretend that the GOP is faultless on immigration. Still, I know Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has put together legislation together to fix the current crisis. That’s leaps and bounds beyond anything that House Democrats have done.

Mark Morgan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, didn’t pull punches in addressing the crisis:

Participating in the briefing was Sen. Chuck Grassley. Here’s what he had to say about what he’d heard:

I can’t believe that this actually happens but that people down there in Central America or Mexico are renting babies to get across the border and then sending them back and renting them again to get across the border. The public doesn’t know about it. I hope you guys will help advertise that, assuming the information that I heard yesterday was accurate because that’s a humanitarian crisis that we have to be concerned about.

What will Nancy do? What will Chuck do? Can they be bothered to give a damn? Thus far, they’ve said that it was a manufactured crisis, that the problem was caused by President Trump’s policies or simply refused to fix the asylum loopholes.

Their accomplices in the press, especially Jessica Tarlov, insist that Democrats care about border security. That’s BS. If they cared, they’d pass Sen. Graham’s 11-page bill that could fix these problems within a week. Democrats won’t do that, though. Their actions speak for themselves.

If Democrat members of the Problem Solvers Caucus don’t defy Ms. Pelosi, most of those freshmen Democrats will be one-term wonders. If Pelosi, Schumer and the Democrats listen to the Resist Movement, they’ll deserve to lose in a landslide. This is a crisis. Crises demand fixing.

Thus far, Democrats have failed miserably.

I’m normally a fan of HotAir’s Allahpundit. This isn’t one of those times. After reading this post, I can’t help but object to some of AP’s statements.

For instance, I must object when AP says “Here’s my question for Kushner, though: What would he have had Rod Rosenstein and Bob Mueller do? Granted, the Russiagate probe was bitterly divisive and contributed to Trump’s delegitimization among his critics. But given all the contacts between Trump officials and Russians during the campaign, given Trump’s weird apologetics for Putin and Wikileaks, given the fact that his campaign did benefit to some negligible degree from Russian interference, how could the DOJ not look into it?”

The answer is simple. The DOJ shouldn’t have named a special counsel since it hadn’t identified a crime that was committed. So what if Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats whine all day long? Who cares if Adam Schiff and other Democrats lie about having seen evidence of Trump-Russia collusion? I don’t care if these Democrats stomped their feet and held their breath until they were blue in the face.

The special counsel law is pretty precise. If Shepard Smith wants to throw a hissy fit, that’s his problem. When his contract expires, here’s hoping he isn’t rehired and that they replace him with Trace Gallagher or Ed Henry. They’d be miles ahead if they did that. Listen to Smith’s temper tantrum:

Why is anyone surprised that Putin tried contacting both campaigns or that Putin tried interfering in our election? That’s as surprising as finding out that Bill Gates is rich.

Here’s a question for lefty Smith: why isn’t he interested in the Clinton campaign’s using Russian sources for the infamous discredited dossier? It isn’t news that both parties compile an opposition research file. What is news is that the Clinton campaign, then the FBI, relied on the dossier to trash a man with unverified information. Why isn’t Shepard Smith upset about that? Why aren’t other Democrats upset, too?

It’s time for that no-talent hack (Smith) to get fired.

Tuesday night, after President Trump said that Republicans would become the party of health care, leftist pundits laughed. What’s funnier is the thought that Democrats will negotiate in good faith on health care. Health care is the Democrats’ holy grail. Without that, Democrats wouldn’t exist.

It’s important that Republicans put a serious health care plan together. What’s more important, though, is that they highlight the differences between their philosophy and the Democrats’ philosophy. Let’s recall that the ACA shoved a specific policy down our throats. If people didn’t purchase QHPs (Qualified Health Plans), they had to pay a fine, aka the individual mandate. The only difference, let’s remember, between Bronze Plan policies and Gold Plan policies was the price of the premium and the size of the deductible.

With the ACA, picking out policies that fit the individuals’ or families’ needs was forbidden. That fits with the Democrats’ philosophy of shoving unpopular policies down our throats, then using the force of government to tell families what they must do.

Republicans are capitalists. They rely on selling quality products at a reasonable price. There’s no need for individual mandates because (surprise) people actually want to buy the product. Imagine how perplexed Democrats must be when they see people buying a product because they like it. After all, Democrats have long believed that they knew best.

This philosophy isn’t limited to health care, either. It’s certainly in play with fixing our immigration system. Democrats consistently insist that there isn’t a crisis. That’s foolish:

I’d love hearing Sen. Schumer explain how letting 1,000,000+ illegal aliens into our country isn’t a crisis. This isn’t just a problem in Texas and California. It’s a crisis in every state in the union because the children of those illegal aliens go to schools. That raises property taxes for people here legally. How is that fair?

Further, let’s ask another sticky question, namely why Democrats won’t pass legislation that will actually stop illegal aliens from entering the United States? You can’t honestly say that you’re for border security if you sit idly by and watch 1,000,000 illegal aliens enter our country in 2019.

It’s time to start calling Democrats like Speaker Pelosi, Sen. Schumer and Rep. Swalwell liars. After all, that’s what they are. A minute into this interview, Rep. Swalwell insisted that he and the country “had seen evidence” of President Trump colluding with Russia. Then he said that “Mueller said that he can’t prove collusion beyond a reasonable doubt.”

That’s a bald-faced lie. Mueller said he “found no evidence” of collusion or collaboration between Russia and President Trump or anyone in his campaign. There’s a huge difference between not being able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt and finding no evidence of collusion.

It’s time for Republicans to tell Americans that Democrats aren’t interested in working in America’s best interests. That’s what the resistance movement is about. Democrats are only interested in passing legislation when Republicans give them everything they want. That isn’t patriotism. That’s the opposite of patriotism. The only way to move America forward is to defeat Democrats in droves in the House and Senate and keep President Trump in the White House.

Electing more Democrats only moves America back to the failed policies of the Democrats and President Obama.

Crisis: a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life.

Saying that Democrats have too many drama queens is understatement. This afternoon, Judith Miller employed the Democrats’ favorite phrase while talking about President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency when she said this created a “constitutional crisis.” Judith Miller is a Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist so she should know the definition of the word crisis.

Honestly, Ms. Miller should know that a crisis only happens when there’s a life-or history-changing event. Even if the Supreme Court rules against President Trump’s declaration, it’s difficult to picture how their ruling changes the course of history.

My definition of a constitutional crisis is when the Supreme Court makes a ruling but the president refuses to obey the ruling. Pushing the envelope over a policy difference isn’t a constitutional crisis. That’s what I’d define as a constitutional question.

Democrats love throwing the constitutional crisis term around because it makes President Trump sound like a certifiable villain. When President Trump is re-elected, the American people will send the verdict that they’re tired of the Democrats’ drama queen antics.

PS- The Democrats’ other ‘drama queens are Mazie Hirono, Chuck Schumer, AOC and Speaker Pelosi.

During the partial government shutdown, we were told that the economy was getting hurt. It’s possible that might still be the case but this morning’s jobs report didn’t provide proof of that:

Job growth in January shattered expectations, with nonfarm payrolls surging by 304,000 despite a partial government shutdown that was the longest in history, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The unemployment rate ticked higher to 4 percent, a level where it had last been in June, a likely effect of the shutdown, according to the department. However, officials said federal workers generally were counted as employed during the period because they received pay during the survey week of Jan. 12. On balance, federal government employment actually rose by 1,000. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had expected payrolls to rise by 170,000 and the unemployment rate to hold steady at 3.9 percent.

Simply put, the doom and gloom that was forecast by Democrats didn’t materialize. Instead, Larry Kudlow’s prediction that the economy would remain strong proved true.

This is why politicians shouldn’t talk about the economy:


Now Sen. Schumer will be able to dine on a major helping of crow at next Tuesday’s SOTU Address. Earlier this week, Sen. Schumer told President Trump to stay out of the negotiations and leave the governing to the Senate. After this jobs report, which blew away the expectations by 140,000 jobs (304,000 actual vs. 165,000 forecast), Sen. Schumer should stick to what he does best — whining while wearing bad-fitting glasses.

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi issued this statement:

The January jobs report holds some encouraging news, but it belies the lasting financial damage that the Trump Shutdown has inflicted on hundreds of thousands of Americans across the nation. Federal workers, many of them veterans, saw their financial security shaken, their credit ratings harmed, and their lives upended by the longest shutdown in history. And now, with families still hurting, President Trump refuses to take a second senseless shutdown off the table.

Meanwhile, House Republicans overwhelmingly voted against a pay raise for federal civilian workers, refusing to respect the perseverance and patriotism of the men and women who were just furloughed or forced to work without pay. This consistently callous GOP attitude disrespects workers, dishonors our values and damages our economy.

House Democrats are working For The People, moving forward with our bold agenda to lower health costs, raise workers’ wages, and restore integrity to government. We must keep government open, and keep working to deliver an economy that works for every American, not just the wealthy and well-connected few.

What financial damage? I don’t see it. Next, getting told that Democrats “are working For The People” is a little like being told that arsonists are assisting firefighters. There just isn’t a ring of truth to it. Finally, saying that the “GOP attitude” is damaging the economy is BS. The economy isn’t damaged.

After reading this article, the obvious question is whether Nancy Pelosi will accept this offer or if she’ll simple ignore these women. I’m betting that she’ll ignore them, even if they appear in the First Lady’s box during the SOTU Address.

A group of women whose husbands work as Border Patrol officers are inviting Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to come to McAllen, Texas, to see what’s taking place at the U.S.-Mexico border. “We would like to show you around!” Jill Demanski wrote in a Facebook post to Pelosi last Thursday, which marked the 34th day of the government shutdown. “You don’t need to bring any security detail. Our husbands/boyfriends/fiancés/wives/significant others are actually very good at their jobs, thank goodness! And since you see no threat here, I’m sure you can just make a quick flight down here alone.”

During the shutdown, I wrote President Trump with the suggestion that he include some of the Angel families in the FLOTUS box, as well as border patrol agents. I also suggested that President Trump blister Ms. Pelosi in the opening of his speech. With her sitting right behind him, its a golden opportunity to highlight the fact that she flew to Hawaii for Christmas while President Trump cancelled his Christmas plans. If he thinks that’s too harsh, he can dial it back a notch or 2.

Democrats might want to consider this:

The government shutdown is over — for now — but the political ramifications are still being sorted out. The media has been chortling that Donald Trump “caved,” and he may well have lost this battle with congressional Democrats. Their “victory,” such as it is, is to notify American voters that they are so opposed to a wall and a secure border that they were willing to keep the government shut down for four weeks to ensure it doesn’t happen.

Trump has thus exposed the Pelosi-Schumer Democrats as being hopelessly soft on illegal immigration. Some Democrats are starting to wonder whether they have dug their own political grave for 2020. This is why in recent days congressional Democrats are screaming from the rafters that they are for border security — just not the way Trump wants to do it.

The reality is far from this spin. At the start of the shutdown, the Pelosi crowd was saying that “there is no border crisis” and that “a wall is immoral.” But actions speak louder than words, and every response to illegal immigration over the past decade proves they don’t want it stopped. Democrats have instead openly encouraged illegal immigration.

There’s only one vote that matters on this or any other issue. That vote belongs to Nancy Pelosi. Democrats, including Chuck Schumer, don’t matter. That’s why I agree with President Trump that a deal won’t get reached. Pelosi is too dug in to let President Trump get credit for an important victory.