Donald Trump ‘Never Been Happier’ — Attends Church on Easter

By Breitbart. President Donald Trump wished the world a happy Easter on Sunday, pointing to his happiness and success as president.

“Happy Easter!” he wrote Easter morning on Twitter. “I have never been happier or more content because your Country is doing so well, with an Economy that is the talk of the World and may be stronger than it has ever been before. Have a great day!” . . .

The president and his family had brunch after church, returning to his club at Mar-a-Lago with his family. He will return to the White House on Sunday evening. (Read more from “Donald Trump ‘Never Been Happier’ — Attends Church on Easter” HERE)

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Trump Attends Easter Church Services

By The Hill. President Trump on Sunday attended Easter church services in Palm Beach, Florida, according to a White House pool report.

Trump arrived at the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea shortly after 11 a.m. eastern time. He was joined by First Lady Melania Trump and his daughter, Tiffany Trump.

Trump has previously celebrated Easter at the same church. He and Melania were also married at the church in 2005.

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FBI Arrests Head of Militia Group ‘Assisting’ Immigration Authorities at Southern Border

On Saturday, the FBI arrested the leader of a group that claims to be “assisting” United States Customs and Border Patrol in apprehending illegal immigrants along the United States-Mexico border.

Reuters reports that the FBI took Larry Hopkins, also known as “Johnny Horton” into custody in New Mexico, on charges of being a “on a federal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.”

Hopkins is the leader of the United Concerned Patriots, who have been “camped out on a rotating basis” along the United States southern border, inside the U.S. near Sunland Park, New Mexico. The group isn’t new to the area; a small band of militia members has been stationed in Sunland Park since mid-February.

What is new, however, are complaints. New Mexico state government announced last week that it was cracking down on the group after photos and videos emerged of them rounding up and detaining migrants who crossed the border under the nose of border patrol agents. The videos, which UCP posted itself, show the group capturing illegal immigrants, cordoning them off, and then ordering them to “stop, sit down, and wait” until the CBP arrived to handle the situation.

UCP claims to have “arrested” more than 5,000 migrants since taking up residence at the New Mexico-Mexico border in mid-February. (Read more from “FBI Arrests Head of Militia Group ‘Assisting’ Immigration Authorities at Southern Border” HERE)

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Targeted by Mystery Multimillionaire Donor

By Fox News. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surging national profile has inspired a trio of Republican opponents from her home district — along with a multimillionaire mystery donor who could help close the gap in her foes’ long-shot race against her.

Just three months after taking office, the Democratic socialist congresswoman’s challengers include an Egyptian American journalist, who has already tossed her hat in the ring, and an NYPD cop-turned-high-school-civics teacher and conservative talk-radio producer, both of whom are seriously exploring a run against her.

And the fledgling challengers could get help from a wealthy New Yorker committed to backing an Ocasio-Cortez opponent, a GOP big said. . .

“There’s definitely national energy and money on this race,” Bronx Republican Chairman Mike Rendino told The Post, adding that he has been in touch with a mega-bucks donor hell-bent on getting AOC tossed. (Read more from “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Targeted by Mystery Multimillionaire Donor” HERE)

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The Democratic Party Is Cracking Down on Candidates Who Hope to Be the Next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

By Business Insider. In late February, Lindsey Boylan, a former adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, received a pointed email from a powerful acquaintance.

The sender, a prominent Democratic party donor and activist, told Boylan that her plan to run for the Democratic nomination against incumbent Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York was a lost cause, and that she may have already “seriously impaired” her political future by simply considering the challenge. . .

Nadler is one of at least seven Democratic incumbents in New York alone who will likely face a primary challenge this cycle. One progressive New York consulting firm told INSIDER it’s considering putting together a primary tracker because they’ve been contacted by so many potential candidates.

There will likely be an uptick in Democratic primary challengers across the country after Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley managed to defeat sitting Democrats in New York and Massachusetts last year.

But those efforts may face strong headwinds with a distracting presidential primary and new efforts by the Democratic party to protect its incumbent members. (Read more from “The Democratic Party Is Cracking Down on Candidates Who Hope to Be the Next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” HERE)

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Guess What the Ninth Circuit Had to Say About Sanctuary Cities

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a lower court decision that ruled said sanctuary cities do not conflict with federal immigration laws. The decision comes after the Trump administration challenged multiple aspects of California’s sanctuary city designation, which protects illegal aliens from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

From the Times of San Diego:

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Senate Bill 54, otherwise known as the California Values Act, overriding the federal government’s assertion that it violates the Constitution’s supremacy clause that states federal law preempts state law when the two are at odds.

The court also upheld two other laws named in the suit, AB 103 and AB 450, which allow the state attorney general to limit expansion of immigration detention facilities and require employers within the state to tell workers when their citizenship may be inspected by federal officials, respectively.

“SB 54 may well frustrate the federal government’s immigration enforcement efforts,” the court said. “However, whatever the wisdom of the underlying policy adopted by California, that frustration is permissible, because California has the right, pursuant to the anticommandeering rule, to refrain from assisting with federal efforts.” (Read more from “Guess What the Ninth Circuit Had to Say About Sanctuary Cities” HERE)

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NYT Makes Stunning Admission About Steele Dossier

The salacious and uncorroborated “dossier” compiled by ex-British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele was used by the media to justify its endless attacks on President Donald Trump and accuse him of treason. . .

Now, after two years of using the dossier to perpetuate the “collusion” narrative, the New York Times has finally acknowledged what those of us not parroting the collusion delusion have known for years – the dossier was garbage.

“[T]he release on Thursday of the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, underscored what had grown clearer for months — that while many Trump aides had welcomed contacts with the Russians, some of the most sensational claims in the dossier appeared to be false, and others were impossible to prove. Mr. Mueller’s report contained over a dozen passing references to the document’s claims but no overall assessment of why so much did not check out,” the Times reported.

The dossier will now be the subject of at least two inquiries – one from congressional Republicans and one from the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, who is looking into whether the FBI improperly relied on the propaganda document to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant to spy on Trump adviser Carter Page. . .

The FBI, according to the Times, appears to have been suspicious of the dossier since early 2017. That, however, was right around the time media outlets reported on the existence of the dossier – and Buzzfeed published the unverified document in a breach of journalistic ethics – and so the fact that the FBI doubted the dossier’s credibility was never part of the story. (Read more from “NYT Makes Stunning Admission About Steele Dossier” HERE)

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‘Sickened’ Romney Attacks President Trump Over Mueller Report

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Friday declared he is “sickened” by the conduct of President Donald Trump and his aides as described in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. . .

Romney’s blistering criticism following the Mueller report’s release Thursday morning by the Department of Justice. The special counsel specified his team did not find any evidence of a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election. . .

The special counsel’s findings detailed how Trump campaign members heard in advance about a WikiLeaks release of emails that Russian intelligence obtained from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. The report states that while investigators found communications between Trump campaign aides and Russians, “the investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

Further, Romney said he was “appalled” that Trump campaign members were open to receiving aid from the Russian government. “I am appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia—including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement,” he said. (Read more from “Romney Attacks President Trump Over Mueller Report” HERE)

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A Day at Our Beleaguered Border: Human Smugglers Fire AK-47s at DHS Agents

One under-appreciated aspect of our border influx is not the more frequently covered direct humanitarian crisis, but the myriad more indirect, downstream effects of mass illegal immigration on the sundry denizens of the nation’s border states. One obvious such downstream effect is the metastasis of drug/gang/trafficking ring-induced violence all along the border. Earlier this week, the mayor of besieged Yuma, Arizona saw fit to symbolically declare a “state of emergency” for the town. And on Wednesday, the Phoenix, Arizona local ABC affiliate reported on a harrowing shootout between AK-47-wielding human smugglers and federal Department of Homeland Security agents:

Investigators continued to follow [U.S. citizen Warren] Jose for more than two weeks. Agents going to arrest him followed another vehicle connected to him on I-10 south of the Valley and as it exited the freeway began trying to get away from authorities.

The vehicle took off once the Homeland Security agents tried to get the SUV to pull over, hitting several other cars on the road and causing one agent’s vehicle to crash into a wall, according to court paperwork.

Once the SUV spun out, agents say Jose started firing at agents from the front passenger seat with an AK-47-style assault rifle. Agents returned fire, and in the exchange the SUV’s driver was hit and killed.

ABC further reports that Jose and one other U.S. citizen in the vehicle have been arrested and charged with violating federal human smuggling law. (Read more from “A Day at Our Beleaguered Border: Human Smugglers Fire AK-47s at DHS Agents” HERE)

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How Much Military Gear Could We Have Gotten for What We Spent on the Mueller Probe?

Almost two years and around $30 million in taxpayers’ hard-earned money later, the Mueller probe yielded a conclusion that many Americans knew all along: That there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

And while Democrats gear up to use the findings as fuel for their next impeachment push, the report’s conclusions raise another question: What else could we have spent that money on?

One conservative congressman has an answer. Freshman House Freedom Caucus member Mark Green, R-Tenn., tweeted out a list of military supplies that could have been purchased with the probe’s estimated $30 million price tag.

Green is a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger and special operations flight surgeon. According to his reckoning the American people could have purchased over 1.5 million meals for troops or almost half a million uniforms or almost 20,000 sets of lifesaving body armor.

A spokesman for Green’s office told Blaze Media that the calculations were based off the costs outlined in a 2002 NBC report from the War on Terror while the cost for boots came from the current online retail cost of this pair of military boots. (For more from the author of “How Much Military Gear Could We Have Gotten for What We Spent on the Mueller Probe?” please click HERE)

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Here’s a Secret: Trump Has Power to End Judicial Amnesty TODAY Under CURRENT Law

How much longer are we going to allow lawless acts of past administrations and lower courts to flip immigration law on its head and act as if the laws themselves are the problems? Our immigration laws aren’t broken, it’s just that carefully selected lower courts violate those laws as well as Supreme Court precedent, plus the executive branch has refused to enforce many laws that haven’t even been tampered with yet by the judges. The American people never voted for the system in place to today. In fact, the people’s representatives voted for the opposite.

Last week, near Philadelphia, yet another alleged illegal alien child molester was arrested on charges of attempting to lure minors. Twenty-five-year-old Eudy Najera-Arita, an illegal alien from Honduras, was arrested in Delaware County, PA, in connection with two luring attempts of minors and exposing himself to one of the girls. As has been my practice in these cases, I reached out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to get his immigration history. I asked if Najera-Arita was previously deported and reentered unknowingly or if he had been in this country undetected until local police picked him up on April 9. To my shock, it was neither. He was known to immigration officials, but was indeed never deported.

“Eudy Najera-Arita, 25, an unlawfully present citizen of Honduras, was arrested Nov. 28, 2012, by U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) as he attempted to enter the United States illegally,” said an ICE official on background. “On May 16, 2016, an immigration judge administratively closed his case as he was not considered an enforcement priority at the time.”

Here we have a single adult illegal alien who was apprehended by Border Patrol and was never deported. Somehow, he got into the immigration court docket rather than being removed immediately and had his case closed and was released, as was a common practice by immigration judges during the Obama administration.

Many of you might be wondering, why is it that, even aside from those claiming asylum, it seems like it takes years upon years to deport a single illegal alien, including the new ones who come here. Intermittently, “immigration judges” seem to have the power to block deportations. Or do they?

There is this dangerous perception that somehow our laws declared open borders or at least granted endless rights to avoid deportation until and unless we muster the votes to change the laws. The reality is the opposite. Our laws in place since 1884, revamped in 1952, and strengthened in 1996, were designed so that almost every individual who enters this country without proper documentation should be removed immediately without any ability to litigate in most circumstances. It’s about time we follow the law, rather than allow the lawlessness of previous administrations, to prevail.

A Unanimous Senate Voted to End Lawfare in Immigration Two Decades Ago

In 1996, sensing a growing trend of litigation against deportations, Congress clarified unambiguously in The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (“IIRIRA 96”) that any illegal not seeking discretionary relief of asylum must be immediately placed into “expedited removal” unless he or she has a claim of being a citizen or holding a green card. Section 235(b)(1)(A)(i)(iii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act stipulates that whenever an immigration officer determines that an alien is inadmissible, “the officer shall order the alien removed from the United States without further hearing or review unless the alien indicates either an intention to apply for asylum under section 1158 of this title or a fear of persecution.”

That is to say that not only is every illegal alien ineligible to access the courts, they are not even entitled to a hearing in front of an administrative immigration judge. Period. So right off the bat, putting aside the debate over credible fear and asylum law, every other illegal should be immediately deported. A total of 30,555 single adults were apprehended at the border in March of this year plus another 6,168 were deemed inadmissible at points of entry, very few of them having even asserted a bogus credible fear claim. Why are they not all being deported within hours?

But it goes deeper than that. How far does expedited removal go? Congress intended for the executive branch to use it for every single illegal not only caught at the border, but caught in the interior within two years of entry. Yes, you heard that right. A unanimous body of the Senate, backed by the signature of then-President Bill Clinton, wanted to ensure that illegal immigration is, you know, illegal. They are entitled to no due process against deportation (only for criminal charges that threaten them with imprisonment) other than what Congress gives them through statute. And in statute, Congress gave them nothing for the first two years of their illegal status. [Knauff v. Shaughnessy, (1950)]

What if they try to litigate their status as being here for two years? Existing regulation [8 CFR § 235.3(b)(1)(ii)], pursuant to the plain text and unambiguous intent of the statute, is abundantly clear that the burden of proof is on the alien to establish “to the satisfaction of the immigration officer that they have been physically present in the United States continuously for the 2-year period.” Again, who gets to decide? “The Commissioner [now, the ICE Director] shall have the sole discretion to apply the provisions of section 235(b)(1) of the Act, at any time, to any class of aliens described in this section.”

Congress wanted to avoid the very judicial nightmare we have been facing the last number of years even before the bogus asylum surge. Congress wanted illegal aliens to have no access to courts or administrative judges. While there was disagreement in Congress at the time about a parallel proposal to limit legal immigration, everyone agreed upon the goal of ending illegal immigration once and for all. The original regulation promulgated by the Department of Justice reflects this goal. So, what happened? How come we barely remove anyone without a legal fight, even when they are not asylum-seekers?

Like every aspect of the ’96 law, including blocking in-state tuition for illegals and ending visa overstays, it was never implemented. The Clinton administration rarely used expedited removal outside of ports of entry. The Bush administration, while making a big deal about expanding it to between points of entry, still bastardized the entire intent of expedited removal, and through regulation on August 11, 2004, limiting its use only to those caught within 100 miles of the border within just 14 days of entry. This has since become the ‘ceiling’ for enforcement, and we rarely even apply these standards fully.

Isn’t it time to restore the real law? This administration can simply publish a new regulation in the Federal Register with a 90-day notice period to authorize ICE to remove all aliens anywhere, any place, any time. The only limitation that would allow apprehended aliens to go before an immigration judge for a hearing is if the alien can prove he was residing in the country continuously for two years. Any illegal alien in the interior who cannot provide such proof, and certainly anyone coming in at the border now, should be removed immediately without any judicial review or access to administrative judges. As the existing law says, “Such designation shall be in the sole and unreviewable discretion of the Attorney General and may be modified at any time.” [Section 235(b)(1)(A)(iii)]

The only other wrinkle is that, under current practice, Border Patrol is mainly responsible for expedited removal, which is one reason why they’ve been limited to removal within 100 miles of the border (although that includes all land and sea borders, which is a large area, including many metro areas), which is their operational jurisdiction. To truly apply expedited removal everywhere, ICE would have to assume control over much of the program, which they have full authority to do under existing law.

That is the LAW that was passed by a unanimous Senate and it exudes common sense. For someone who has established ties to this country for two years, Congress intended to offer a modicum of due process in administrative courts, although they were not constitutionally required to do so. But anyone else should be out of here like anyone who trespasses on your property.

Asylum Law Does Not Nullify Our Sovereignty and Immigration Laws

As for those who assert credible fear, we have noted time and again, that statute is clear that none of these people qualify. The sole determination of whether these inadmissible aliens qualify for relief from expedited removal based on credible fear claims are in the hands of the DHS secretary. Once that claim is denied on the spot, these illegal aliens are just like everyone else and placed into expedited deportation and there is no inherent judicial review of that deportation.

The only caveat is that those rejected from a credible fear claim can ask for review by an immigration judge of the actual denial of credible fear. But statute mandates that this be done ideally within 24 hours and at most within 7 days. Also, they SHALL be detained during that week [8 U.S. Code § 1225(B)(iii)(IV)] and cannot be released. The sole discretion for guidance in dealing with initial interviews and appeals is up to the DHS secretary and the attorney general. They have the power to shut this down. Beyond that, U.S.C. § 1158(b)(2)(C) states, ”[t]he Attorney General may by regulation establish additional limitations and conditions, consistent with this section, under which an alien shall be ineligible for asylum under paragraph (1).”

Thereafter, they must be deported without any access to the courts. The only petition they can make to the court is that they are being removed without an official expedited removal order, they got the wrong man, or the deportee is in fact a citizen. As the Congressional Research Service says regarding the lack of judicial jurisdiction, “The jurisdictional bar applies to claims that an immigration officer improperly placed an alien in expedited removal proceedings; challenges to an immigration officer’s credible fear determination; arguments challenging the procedures and policies implemented by DHS to expedite removal; and claims contesting the expedited removal order itself.”

Thus, we see that once placed in expedited deportation, no denial of credible fear claims can be second guessed after a brief appeal to a DOJ judge. None of this requires passage of a new law, rather the administration expanding expedited removal with a new regulation to automatically cover everyone under existing law.

The Laws Aren’t Broken, They’re Just Ignored

This entire process is operating under the normal governing statutes assuming we continue to offer asylum. Of course, the president has unlimited inherent Article II and delegated statutory authority to shut down all forms of immigration requests and deny entry to anyone at any point [no matter how they stepped foot on our soil] and return them for such period as he deems in the national interest [8 § U.S.C. 1182f]. Denial of entry is unnegotiable in terms of court jurisdiction, even if one believes the courts could get involved in deportations of illegal aliens in general. By definition, if the Constitution and statute vest the president with the power to deny entry, as affirmed by the Supreme Court just last year, no alien could have obtained lawful entry contrary to that order even if they physically step foot on our soil. As the Supreme Court said in 1982, “An alien seeking initial admission to the United States requests a privilege and has no constitutional rights regarding his application.” [Landon v. Plasencia]

This analysis doesn’t even factor in the number of statutes in 8 U.S.C. 1182 that downright make almost all these aliens inadmissible on the grounds they are or will become a public charge or have a communicable disease of public health significance.

Nor does this factor in the reality that many of these migrants are traveling in belligerent caravans violent enough to even chase off the Mexican authorities. If this is not an invasion, I’m not sure what is. In addition, the cartels are weaponizing the migrants for military-style strategic surveillance and infiltration of our border. The notion that we could ever adjudicate ourselves out of a gradual invasion through migration was swatted down by Congress in 1996. They never envisioned this degree of paralysis from a direct invasion orchestrated by cartels. There is absolutely nothing that can stop a president from shutting down migration and processing just on that account alone because it’s quintessentially within the province of his powers of national security and foreign affairs.

We have reached the point that if anyone is advocating simply for Congress to “fix” laws that have been abused and are not broken, rather than addressing the executive and judicial malfeasance against existing law, there is frankly nothing Congress can pass that will ever solve the problem more than it did in 1996.

Just five days after taking office, President Trump issued an executive order (sec.11c) directing his DHS secretary to properly follow the statutory framework of expedited removal. Over two years later and over 1.2 million additional illegal aliens, we are still waiting for the fulfillment of the 1996 promise. With a new regulation, lawfully binding under current law, almost all of those people can be removed without any intervention from the courts. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. (For more from the author of “Here’s a Secret: Trump Has Power to End Judicial Amnesty TODAY Under CURRENT Law” please click HERE)

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Liar Elizabeth Warren Pushes for Trump’s Impeachment Following Mueller Report

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Friday urged Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, suggesting that the newly released Mueller report had laid out the groundwork for Congress to act.

In a series of tweets, the presidential hopeful cited the report as evidence of obstruction of justice and collusion, adding that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had “put the next step in the hands of Congress.” . . .

Warren went on to cite the report, which was released in full, with redactions, on Thursday. In it, Mueller says that “Congress has the authority to prohibit a president’s corrupt use of his authority.” . . .

Mueller’s report was released into Washington’s partisan scrum Thursday morning. It showed investigators did not find evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russia – a conclusion reiterated by Attorney General Bill Barr last month and again in the run-up to the document release.

Warren went a step further on Friday with her insistence that congressmen “do their constitutional duty.” (Read more from “Liar Elizabeth Warren Pushes for Trump’s Impeachment Following Mueller Report” HERE)

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