Most Illegal Aliens in U.S. Receive Government Benefits

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to count self-identified illegal immigrants in the 2020 census. Cities worry adding the citizenship question could undercount 6.5 million people. Their argument, however, isn’t just about political power but billions of dollars in federal funds states expect.

The case underscores what experts say is a growing cost to taxpayers from the surge of Central American families and unaccompanied minors.

“We’re talking about billions of dollars in taxpayer benefits over the next few years,” said Dan Stein, director of the right-leaning think tank, Federation for American Immigration Reform. “The payout for the taxpayer is enormous and income to the Treasury is miniscule.” . . .

While federal benefits are supposed to be off limits, in practice many are not. More than 25,000 undocumented workers receive subsidized housing, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Children receive free education and most qualify for English lessons and free school breakfast and lunch.

Illegal immigrants do not qualify for Obamacare but under federal law, hospitals and clinics are required to provide urgent medical care without regard to legal status. Pregnant women are entitled to prenatal and postpartum care under the Women, Infants and Children program. Infant delivery costs are paid for by Medicaid. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a federal-state immigrant insurance program cost $2 billion a year in emergency treatment, not including the $1.24 billion in infant delivery expenses. (Read more from “Most Illegal Aliens in U.S. Receive Government Benefits” HERE)

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Trump Orders Crackdown on Illegal Aliens Overstaying Their Visas in U.S.

President Trump is ordering a crackdown on the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who overstay their visas after arriving in the United States wit a presidential memorandum.

On Monday, Trump signed the memorandum, which calls for the State Department and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “immediately begin taking all appropriate actions” to reduce the overstay rates for all nonimmigrant visas — that is the more than 415,000 illegal aliens who originally arrived in the U.S. legally but overstayed their visas and have yet to leave.

Specifically, Trump is ordering Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and DHS officials to provide his administration with recommendations within 120 days on how to effectively cut the number of B-1 and B-2 visa overstays from countries that have a visa overstay rate higher than ten percent. . .

The presidential memorandum reads:

Nonimmigrant visa overstay rates are unacceptably high for nationals of certain countries. Aliens must abide by the terms and conditions of their visas for our immigration system to function as intended … individuals who abuse the visa process and decline to abide by the terms and conditions of their visas, including their visa departure dates, undermine the integrity of our immigration system and harm the national interest.

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Uh Oh: Elizabeth Warren’s Past May Catch up to Her

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-WA) has made a name for herself as “strong progressive.” She’s championed traditionally progressive values like gun control, taxing the rich and even forgiving people’s student loan debt. But before Warren was a progressive darling she was actually a registered Republican, POLITICO reported.

For quite a few years, Warren was a registered Republican in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. It wasn’t until she was 47 years old and a Harvard professor that she suddenly changed parties. . .

Warren has acknowledged her Republican past before, but she does not often discuss it, or else downplays it. In a recent interview over tea at her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she said she assumes the first time she registered as a Democrat was 1996, but added, “I’m not even 100 percent sure what I was registered as.” According to Warren, in the six presidential elections she voted in before 1996, she cast her ballot for just one GOP nominee, Gerald Ford in 1976. She does not talk about her Republican past in either of her books or as part of the biography she recounts in her stump speech; the information often comes as a surprise even to Beltway politicos and longtime Warren allies.

“I was just never very political,” is how Warren explains her Republican years. “I just never thought much about the political end.”

Some on the left have already pointed out the less-than-progressive stances in her 2003 book, The Two Income Trap, including the rejection of a “quasi-socialist safety net to rival the European model.” But a review of Warren’s early scholarship and interviews with more than 20 friends and colleagues from her high school years through her academic career reveal a longer conservative track record that has not been fully explored. Warren’s conservatism centered not on social issues like abortion or gay rights, friends say, but on economic policy, the dominant focus of her academic work and now her presidential candidacy.

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Bill Barr Just Used Even Stronger Language to Exonerate Trump of Collusion

Speaking to reporters at the Department of Justice Thursday morning, Attorney General Bill Barr used stronger language than he has in the past to exonerate President Trump of collusion with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

“The report details efforts by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian company with close ties to the Russian government, to sow social discord among American voters through disinformation and social media operations. Following a thorough investigation of this disinformation campaign, the Special Counsel brought charges in federal court against several Russian nationals and entities for their respective roles in this scheme. Those charges remain pending, and the individual defendants remain at large,” Barr said (bolding is mine). “But the Special Counsel found no evidence that any Americans – including anyone associated with the Trump campaign – conspired or coordinated with the Russian government or the IRA in carrying out this illegal scheme. Indeed, as the report states, ‘[t]he investigation did not identify evidence that any U.S. persons knowingly or intentionally coordinated with the IRA’s interference operation.’ Put another way, the Special Counsel found no “collusion” by any Americans in the IRA’s illegal activity.”

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Ilhan Omar Sides Against U.S. Soldiers in ‘Black Hawk Down’ Mission

Ilhan Omar sided against US soldiers in Battle of Mogadishu

A 2017 tweet from Somali-American Rep. Ilhan Omar — discovered by John Rossomando of the Investigative Project on Terrorism — appears to slam U.S. soldiers for their efforts in fighting a Somali warlord’s militia during the infamous Battle of Mogadishu.

“he forgets to also mention the thousands of Somalis killed by the American forces that day!” Omar tweeted, using the hashtag “#NotTodaySatan,” in response to a post commemorating the loss of 19 U.S. soldiers during the operation. The epic battle and the U.S. troops’ heroism and sacrifice during the campaign are depicted in the film “Black Hawk Down.”

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Vladimir Putin emerges victorious from Mueller probe

Citing a former CIA station chief in Moscow, John Solomon of The Hill makes the case that Russia, and Vladimir Putin himself, emerged victorious as a result of the Mueller probe.

I made a similar argument in February 2018 in Conservative Review, writing that the Mueller probe itself “perfectly serves Russia’s agenda.”

North Korean regime takes shots at Bolton and Pompeo, but keeps Trump in good graces, for now

This weekend, regime officials in North Korea teed off against top U.S. officials Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton. Media outlets have taken notice of the apparent strategy to target everyone but the president. Some believe that Pyongyang appreciates the president’s less hostile rhetoric and prefers to negotiate with Trump rather than his deputies. Others see a more broad anti-American messaging campaign that is focused on forcing the president’s hand.

VOA reports:

“North Korea has directed a wave of criticism at top White House officials, as talks with the United States have stalled. But one person Pyongyang hasn’t criticized: Donald Trump.”

“The pattern reflects North Korea’s apparent preference to continue negotiating directly with Trump, who has taken a more conciliatory approach to the nuclear talks than many of his deputies,” the report adds. “It also appears to be a carefully calibrated effort by North Korea to increase negotiating pressure on the U.S. without completely derailing the talks.”

US tightens screws on Tehran regime, ends Iranian oil waivers for all nations

The U.S. State Department announced Monday that the Trump administration will discontinue waivers that allow select countries to continue to buy Iran-based energy and thwart U.S. sanctions.

“Today I am announcing that we will no longer granting any exemptions,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. “We are going to zero. We are going to zero across the board.”

Eight countries had previously been granted oil waivers: China, Turkey, Japan, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy, and Greece.

The Tehran regime has lashed out against the decision and threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a strategically important choke point and a vital shipping route to the Persian Gulf.

Ukraine elects new president on populist platform

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who is best known in the country as an actor and comedian, has ousted incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in a blowout.

“With over 90 percent of the ballots counted, Zelenskiy had 73 percent of the vote with Poroshenko at just under 25 percent,” NBC News reports.

“I’m not yet officially the president, but as a citizen of Ukraine, I can say to all countries in the post-Soviet Union look at us. Anything is possible!” the newly elected president said Sunday night during his victory speech.

Zelenskiy won the presidency on a largely populist platform, promising to enhance the transparency of the political process and to tackle political corruption within the country. (For more from the author of “Ilhan Omar Sides Against U.S. Soldiers in ‘Black Hawk Down’ Mission” please click HERE)

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Far-Reaching Implications: Supreme Court to Rule on Whether LGBT Status Is a Protected Class Under the Civil Rights Act

The Supreme Court has agreed to rule on whether or not the Civil Rights Act needs further clarification to include LGBT people specifically as a protected class.

What’s the background?

Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act “prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.” The question before the Supreme Court now is whether or not this protection for employers against sex-based discrimination already extends to sexual orientation, making it a protected class.

One of the plaintiffs in the cases being brought before the court involves a New York skydiving instructor named Donald Zarda. According to the lawsuit, Zarda told a female skydiving client that he was gay to ease her mind about being strapped to him while skydiving. He claimed he was fired in 2010 for divulging this information after the woman’s boyfriend complained to his employer.

Zarda would later die in a BASE-jumping accident in 2014, four years before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that he had been wrongfully terminated under Title VII.

Along with Zarda’s case, the court will hear the case of a Georgia child welfare services coordinator and a transgender funeral home worker from Michigan, who both attest that they were fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Lower courts have disagreed about whether or not Title VII protections apply in these cases, with the 6th Circuit Court ruling they do, and the 11th Circuit Court ruling that they do not. The Trump administration has also argued that Title VII only applies to discrimination based on birth gender and not orientation or transgender identity.

What else?

In addition to answering more general questions about discrimination, this ruling could also determine whether or not religious organizations or business owners have a right to refuse to employ or do business with gay or transgender people on the basis of their personal convictions.

The Supreme Court had refused to hear a similar case in 2017.

These cases are scheduled to be heard when the Supreme Court reconvenes for its next term in October. (For more from the author of “Far-Reaching Implications: Supreme Court to Rule on Whether LGBT Status Is a Protected Class Under the Civil Rights Act” please click HERE)

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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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