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Although it felt like fingernails running across a chalkboard, I still listened to Dick Durbin’s spin about the Democrats’ trip to the US-Mexico border. Durbin tweeted out a message that essentially said that Trump is a racist for enforcing US immigration laws. Specifically, Durbin said “Just got done with my trip to the southern border in McAllen, TX. Our immigration system is broken. You can’t walk into these facilities, see these children, and believe that this situation is acceptable. America is better than this.”

Like Sen. Schumer, Durbin didn’t mention a thing about tightening the asylum laws, closing immigration loopholes or fixing the Flores decision. Neither man mentioned building a physical structure to funnel drug cartels or human traffickers into chokepoints. Everything these men said focused exclusively on the conditions for the children.

What these Democrats didn’t talk about spoke louder than the things these Democrats did talk about. Here’s Durbin’s tweet:


What chutzpah from Sen. Durbin. President Trump first told Democrats that there was a crisis on the border before the midterm elections. Back then, Democrats called it a “manufactured crisis.” CNN joined in to sing from the Democrats’ spin hymnal. Ditto with MSNBC. Kirstjen Nielsen testified before Congress that Homeland Security was at a breaking point. The day after Christmas, 2018, she re-iterated that point in this article:

Declaring the U.S. immigration system had been “pushed to a breaking point by those who seek open borders,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday ordered mandatory medical checks on all children under the age of 10 in U.S. custody and said she would send U.S. Coast Guard medical personnel to the border to help. Nielsen said she also planned to visit the border later this week to see “first-hand” how medical screenings were handled.

Apparently, Democrats didn’t give a damn one way or the other about “the children.” Apparently, Democrats didn’t start caring until it reached a political tipping point. The Democrats’ phony solution to everything that’s happening on the border is nothing more than treating symptoms. Caring for children in custody is the right thing to do but that’s treating a symptom. In this post, I noted Sen. Schumer’s ‘solution’ to the border crisis:

We must pass our bill to help end it—the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act.

I don’t know who’s worse between Sen. Schumer or Sen. Durbin. Neither of them paid attention to the crisis until a month ago. These Democrats ridiculed President Trump, who correctly identified the crisis months ago. Then again, Sen. Durbin has a history of criticizing law enforcement and the military. Here’s an oldie but goodie:

A US senator has refused to apologize for comparing the actions of US soldiers at Guantanamo Bay to those of Nazis, while others have decried or defended the mandate and method used to hold prisoners there.

“If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime – Pol Pot or others – that had no concern for human beings.”

That’s what Sen. Durbin said about our military guarding terrorists in Gitmo. That’s what a Democrat dirtbag sounds like.

Don’t mistake the Democrats’ calls for helping the children as actual empathy. Always remember my old saying about Democrats. If you’ve forgotten, it goes like this: Democrats will always do the right thing … when it’s the last option left.

That’s the definition of a dirtbag politician.

Chuck Schumer has tweeted that he’s visited Texas. In this tweet, Sen. Schumer announces that he’s in Texas with a group of Senate Democrats “to investigate, inspect, and evaluate conditions for migrants at facilities on the southern border.”


In this tweet, Sen. Schumer said something that’s undoubtedly true and another thing that I find impossible to believe:


I find it interesting that Sen. Schumer found it important to inform the world that “the vast majority of migrants coming to the United States are NOT criminals.” It only took 19 people to commit 9/11. Ever since that day, I’ve been wary of rationalizations that essentially say ‘the majority of people coming into the United States are good people.’

I don’t buy the notion that these are people fleeing danger. I’ve seen too many interviews with Border Patrol agents or chiefs that tell a dramatically different story than the spin that Sen. Schumer’s peddling. This video should be must viewing for people who want to get a true picture of what’s happening:

The truth is that most of the people fleeing Central American countries are fleeing failed economies and corrupt governments. The fleeing danger line is vastly overblown. I don’t know the figures off the top of my head but I’m betting that there are more criminals coming into through the southern border than there are people who get accepted as legitimate asylees.

One thing that comes through repeatedly is the line “These are human beings.” Sen. Schumer used it repeatedly in his tweets. He didn’t address the fact that these people were caught trying to get into the United States illegally. Sen. Schumer didn’t mention the fact that Congress could fix this problem with legislation that closes immigration loopholes, fixes the Flores decision and that tightens our asylum laws.

Go back to Rep. Chip Roy’s questioning of Kevin McAleenan. Specifically watch the part where Congressman Roy talks about fixing these problems with legislation that would fit onto “a single sheet of paper.”

Sen. Schumer should be ashamed of himself. He spent the entire day telling us things that we already knew while ignoring his responsibility for not fixing this crisis. Do Democrats think that they shouldn’t help fix this problem? Based on this tweet, Sen. Schumer apparently thinks that we don’t need any rules governing immigration:


In Sen. Schumer’s world, all that matters is that people want to come here so we should let them in. How do they elect people this corrupt? The next time you hear a Democrat tell you they care about border security, tell them that they’re liars. Not once did Sen. Schumer mention fixing border security in his tweets. Not once in his tweets did he say that Democrats should help fix our nation’s immigration laws. In this tweet, Sen. Schumer proposed new legislation:


So much for prioritizing border security. It’s now official. It’s impossible to take Democrats seriously on immigration and border security.

With ICE planning on arresting illegal aliens who’ve tried gaming US asylum laws starting today, the Democrats ‘solution’ is laughable. If Greg Sargent’s article is accurate, which I think it is since the DNC and Senate Democrats spoonfeed him lots of his articles, Democrats will give President Trump more ammunition proving that Democrats aren’t for securing the border.

According to the article, “Senate Democrats are now set to introduce a major new proposal that will offer another way: It would make family separations illegal; invest much more in legal support for asylum seekers; and beef up humanitarian standards for the treatment of families and children.” In other words, the Democrats’ ‘solution’ is to provide legal aid to help asylum seekers game the system? Seriously? Here at LFR, I’ve spoken about the role incentives play in increasing illegal aliens crossing into the US in this post:

The next time a Democrat tells you that they’re for securing the border, ask them what they’re doing to increase the risk to traffickers. Then ask those Democrats to tell you what they’re doing to shrink the incentives for attempting to illegally enter the United States. If their plans don’t include creating chokepoints and increasing the efficiency for border patrol agents, then tell them to contact you when they put together a serious plan.

The Senate Democrats’ plan doesn’t include anything to shrink the illegal aliens’ incentives to try and game the system. That alone makes this proposal unserious. Further, making “family separations illegal” is another way for traffickers to continue buying children to game the system. Will Democrats beef up asylum fraud detection systems? Will Democrats close the loopholes that traffickers are currently using?

If those things aren’t part of their legislation, Republicans should reject the Democrats’ plan as being a PR stunt. Republicans should also highlight the fact that this legislation isn’t serious. I’d also use the Democrats’ words against them:

“The strategy of treating refugees deliberately in a fashion that injures them to discourage additional immigration is unacceptable under any moral code or religious tradition,” Merkley told me.

“This legislation is a necessary step to restore America’s moral credibility, and an example of how we can deal with our immigration issues with dignity and common sense,” Schumer said in a statement sent my way.

Then there’s this incentive for increasing illegal immigration:

The Merkley-Schumer bill would make all such separations illegal, and reaffirm the court settlement limiting child detention. Functionally, this would mean the administration must release families after 20 days.

If Democrats were serious about enforcing the border, they’d increase child detention to 150 days rather than keeping it at 20 days. There’s an important question that hasn’t gotten asked. Why do Democrats want illegal aliens to go free after 3 weeks?

This is proof that Democrats are the ‘Open Borders Party’. They can’t be seen as the party of enforcing laws. This legislation is proof that Democrats are the party of leniency. They should be punished at the polls for that in 2020. This information needs to be part of this discussion:

Apparently, the AOC wing of the Democratic Party isn’t too happy with the somewhat slightly less crazy wing of the Democrat Party, aka the Senate Democrats. There’s definitely some infighting between House and Senate Democrats, with House Democrats saying that Sen. Schumer wasn’t “able to hold his people” together. Senate aides said “They’re blaming everyone but themselves.”

The House Democrats are stupid if they think their bill had any chance of passing in the Senate:

The report recounted how Democrats had hoped to pass a more liberal bill that would have “eliminated funding for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement back pay as well as for Defense Department border operations” and “further tightened the administration’s ability to shift money around” in order to force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for more concessions.

In what universe is not paying law enforcement for work that they’ve already done a plausible idea? Even if it’s a negotiating attempt, it isn’t something that’d get taken seriously. Sen. McConnell would’ve swatted that proposal aside in a New York Minute.

“The Senate Democrats did us a huge disservice. The benefit to having one chamber controlled by Democrats is you have people who can fight and win. But that requires the people in the minority chamber to also fight, even if they lose,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the Congressional Progressive Caucus chair whose demands reportedly “slowed progress” and rattled more conservative Democrats.

It’s time for progressives to realize that their agenda isn’t that popular. While their agenda might play well in New England and on the Left Coast, the progressives’ agenda doesn’t play well in Great Lakes states or the Rust Belt.

Finally, it’s worth noting that Democrats aren’t united like they were in 2018. Since taking the House majority, significant divisions have appeared. The AOC wing of the Democratic Party is definitely clashing with the Problem Solvers Caucus wing of the Democratic Party. This isn’t as much about ideology as it is about getting re-elected.

The Democrats in the Problem Solvers Caucus have pretty much done nothing except caved to Pelosi’s wishes on everything she’s told them to cave on.

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.