Saturday, February 25, 2017

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Immigration Chiefs Say ‘Trump’s Deportation Plan May Be Illegal’

Several former immigration enforcement chiefs are openly questioning the legality of President Trump’s plan to ramp up a program that allows federal agents to quickly deport suspected undocumented immigrants without appearing before a judge.

Trump’s immigration raids show greater focus on non-criminals, and using ‘expedited removal’ may be illegal,'” the former officials said, according to USA Today,

Congress created ‘expedited removal program’ in 1996, but  the Clinton administration limited its use to people caught at ports of entry who had arrived in the previous 14 days.

However, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly recently ordered an expansion of the program to apply nationwide and for anyone who entered the country within the previous two years.

“The expansion threatens the constitutional rights of undocumented immigrants who may get mistakenly deported,” warned John Sandweg, who headed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under President Obama, the USA Today reported.

Photo: Homeland Security
Photo: Homeland Security

“The Supreme Court has consistently held that even undocumented immigrants are entitled to due process,” he said.

Julie Myers Wood, who headed ICE under President George W. Bush, agreed. She said her team considered expanding expedited removals, but decided against it because of legal concerns, the newspaper wrote.
Wood note that other aspects of Trump’s tougher immigration enforcement plan also may run afoul of the law.

“Many of these authorities have never been used that way,” Wood said. “The administration is really testing the parameters of what’s acceptable. There is some litigation risk there.”

It’s unclear how many people could be deported immediately under Trump’s plan.

‘Journalists Should Not Be Allowed To Report Leaks’, ‘We Need To Fight Dishonest Media’ — Trump At CPAC

Addressing a room full of supporters at the Conservative Conference, CPAC, president Donald Trump railed against his favorite target: The press.

Trying to stop the constant leaks from his chaotic administration, Trump went after the media for reporting them.

“It’s all fake, it’s fake news,” Trump told the audience.

“We need to fight the dishonest media, folks. They are the enemy of the people.”

“They’re very smart, they’re very cunning, and we need to fight them,” he added.

He then said journalists “shouldn’t be allowed” to report leaks or use sources unless they reveal their names.

“They have no sources. They just make them up when there are none,” he said.

Watch a portion of his speech at CPAC in the clips below:

“I’m not against the media. I am not against the press,” Trump said “I am against the people that make up stories and make up sources.”

State Department Issues An Anti-Leak Memo, Which Quickly Leaked To The Media

In another sign that the Trump administration is operating like a bad joke, a memo issued by the State Department warning against leaks, was quickly leaked to the media.

The State Department legal office prepared a four-page memo for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warning of the dangers of leaking by State Department employees. It promptly leaked, to a Washington Post reporter.

According to The Post, the four-page memo, which itself was marked sensitive but unclassified, argued that leaks chilled policy discussions and harmed the State Department’s reputation.

The Feb. 20 memo issued by acting legal adviser Richard Visek explained how Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was authorized to protect certain types of “sensitive but unclassified,” the report notes.

“When such information is leaked … It chills the willingness of senior government officials to seek robust and candid advice, which ultimately is to the detriment of informed policymaking and the reputation of the institution from which the leak emanated,” the memo reads, according to The Washington Post.

“If the Department is going to be able to influence policy deliberations, we need to have a reputation for engaging responsibly in those deliberations,” the memo reads.

The memo encourages disgruntled officials to take a more active role in shaping policies and express any concerns about policy afterwards to their colleagues or higher-ups.

“The Department has also benefitted [sic] from the existence of the Dissent Channel, which is itself a confidential deliberative channel that seeks to facilitate open, creative, and uncensored dialogue on substantive foreign policy issues,” the memo says.

More than 900 State Department employees used the Dissent Channel to object to President Donald Trump’s travel ban before Tillerson was confirmed, and some of those objections were leaked to the media before they were filed.

But some experts and career officials told the Post that they’re being left out by Tillerson’s office, and some employees complained about a lack of clear communication from the secretary and the president.

Tillerson has reduced the number of officials present at his daily senior staff meeting, and detailed accounts of his meetings with foreign officials are no longer circulated widely within the State Department.

“There’s so much that’s not being communicated inside the building and it’s a huge problem that effects everybody,” one veteran State Department official told the newspaper. “Posts are calling us and asking us, ‘What are we supposed to say?’ We don’t know what to tell them.”

There you have it.

A GOP Congressman Just CRACKED Under Pressure And Did The UNTHINKABLE

The increasing pressure by angry voters fed up with Donald Trump’s deplorable policies as his disregard of the U.S. constitution is finally breaking the GOP wall that protects the ‘so called’ president from a potential impeachment.

Facing a crowd of angry protesters Thursday night, Rep. Matt Gaetz was forced to call for President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

Throughout Gaetz’s hour-long town hall here just outside of Pensacola, protesters booed, chanted, yelled over him and jeered Gaetz.

Voter Donna Waters, a 56-year-old lawyer from Pensacola, became emotional Thursday night as she pressed Gaetz for an answer over the president’s refusal to release his Tax returns.

“I’m the descendant of an immigrant, he came to America in 1607 to a town called Jamestown, and my family’s been here ever since,” Waters said, noting that her family members have fought in every major US war, including both sides of the Civil War.

“Whenever there’s a threat to this country, my family has stepped forward,” Waters said, tearing up. “There are allegations that a hostile foreign country is committing acts of undeclared war by infiltrating the highest levels of our government.”

“You are on the Judiciary Committee,” Waters continued. “You have said they are going to investigate the Russian allegations. Yes or no, Yes or no — let me ask my question — will you call for the release of President Trump’s income tax returns?”

As Gaetz took back the microphone, the crowd immediately began screaming, “Yes or no! Yes or no!”
Then Gaetz said, “If you hear me out, you’ll like my answer,” and called for Trump’s returns.

“Absolutely, Donald Trump should release his tax returns,” Gaetz said, according to CNN.

 Rep. Matt Gaetz
Rep. Matt Gaetz was forced to call for President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Photo: Imgur

The line garnered some rare applause from the crowd that was otherwise mostly livid over Gaetz’s push to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and a string of other issues.

But the Florida Republican stopped short of saying Congress should subpoena those returns.

Then, a questioner asked Gaetz if he would vote to impeach Trump, to which the crowd began chanting, “Impeach Trump! Impeach Trump!”

IMPEACH TRUMP!

Russian Editor Reveals How The Kremlin Is Manipulating ‘Stupid’ Donald Trump

A prominent Russian newspaper editor has opened a can of woopass on Donald Trump, saying Wednesday that the U.S. president is a “puppet” in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hands and is being used to fulfill Putin’s agenda of discrediting democracies across the world.

Mikhail Fishman, the editor-in-chief of the Moscow Times, said popular opinion in Russia is that Trump is a “stupid, unstrategic politician” who can be manipulated for the Kremlin’s benefit, according to Vox Magazine.

Fishman also said Russia is looking to take advantage of the Trump administration’s many slip-ups during its first month in office. “They see the clumsiness, the inexperience. Naturally, they’re working to exploit that,” he told Vox.

While the world was unsure about a Trump presidency during the campaign stage, the Kremlin portrayed the Republican nominee in a positive light. Kremlin’s propaganda showcased Trump “as an honest representative of the American people who was being mistreated by the establishment elites and other evil forces in Washington,” Fishman said.

According to Fishman, Putin never expected Trump to win the presidential election last year. Instead, his goal was to discredit his rival and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Clinton would have likely followed former President Barack Obama’s global policy, and may have further isolated Moscow, especially after the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

In the U.S., Trump’s comments lauding Putin and calling for better relations with Russia while on the campaign trail have raised alarm over his alleged links to the Kremlin, and the influence the latter may have on the U.S. president.

Since Trump became president his supporters have shown a favorability for the Russian leader, giving him even more control over Trump.

A recent Gallup poll revealed that the number among Republicans that favor Vladimir Putin has gone up to the highest it’s ever been, while Democrats’ numbers have hit new lows.

Yes, Trump is Putin’s puppet and he is playing him like a fiddle.

BREAKING: The FBI Just Refused A White House Request To Cover-Up Trump-Russia Scandal

Multiple sources just revealed to CNN that the FBI rejected a White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign, which is under investigation by U.S. Intelligence agencies.

According to the report, White House officials had sought the help of the bureau and other agencies investigating the Russia matter to say that the reports were wrong and that there had been no contacts, the officials said.

Such a request from the White House is a violation of procedures that limit communications with the FBI on pending investigations.

Last month, FBI Director James Comey and then Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper issued a join statement backing the CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Trump win the presidency.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus reached out toFBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe asking for the FBI to publicly deny the Trump-Russia stories the day after the CIA report was published, a U.S. law enforcement official told CNN.

Comey rejected the request for the FBI to comment on the stories, according to sources, because the alleged communications between Trump associates and Russians known to US intelligence are the subject of an ongoing investigation, the network reported.

Political Dig has previously reported that there was constant communication between high-level Trump advisers and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential elections.

Several members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees said that the congressional investigations are continuing into those alleged Russian contacts with the Trump campaign, despite Priebus’ assertion that there is nothing to those reports.

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the goal of his panel’s inquiry is to follow “leads wherever they go even if they may be uncomfortable to Republicans.”

“The American public will want to know if the President had personal or financial ties to the Russian government,” Swalwell said.

Trump Plans To Use The Military To Deport Millions Of Innocent Immigrant Families

Donald Trump spoke Thursday where he called his new efforts on deportation a “military operation.” His plan is to deport anyone who is here illegally, innocent families included.

“We’re getting really bad dudes out of this country,” he said at a meeting with manufacturing CEOs. “And at a rate nobody has ever seen before. And they’re the bad ones. And it’s a military operation.”

Trump’s new policies increases the umber of immigrants who are considered priorities for deportation. They also encourage law enforcement agencies to hire thousands of new agents to apprehend people living in the country illegally, with local police and sheriffs’ offices enlisted in the effort.

However, John Kelly has said that the military will not be taking part in deporting immigrants. “There will be no, no use of military force in immigration,” Kelly said in Mexico City.

Trump officials have said the effort is aimed at deporting criminal undocumented immigrants.

“You see what’s happening at the border,” the president said. “All of the sudden, for the first time, we’re getting gang members out. We’re getting drug lords out.”

“When you see gang violence and you’ve read about it like never before, all of the things, much of that is people who are here illegally. And they’re tough and they’re tough, but they’re not tough like our people,” he continued.

Trump’s new guidelines are not anything like Obama’s, which focused on serious criminals, recent border crossers and suspected terrorists.

On the other hand the new administration’s guidelines, any immigrant who is convicted, charged or suspected of a crime is considered a priority for removal. Meaning that an undocumented immigrant that gets a speeding ticket is on the same watch as an undocumented immigrant that committed a serious crime, like murder or trafficking drugs.

These changes have provoked immigrant-rights groups to act out. They said the changes could result in families being split apart and violations of due-process rights.

RIDICULOUS: Spicer Comes Up With Worst Excuse Yet For Defending Trump

Donald Trump spoke on Thursday where he made the remark that the military will be playing an important role in immigration enforcement, calling his new immigration policy a “military operation.”

“We’re getting really bad dudes out of this country,” he said at a meeting with manufacturing CEOs. “And at a rate nobody has ever seen before. And they’re the bad ones. And it’s a military operation.”

During a press briefing following Trump’s remarks, Sean Spicer was asked what the president meant when he described his deportation push as a “military operation.”

“The president was using that as an adjective. It is happening with precision,” Spicer told reporters Thursday.

Spicer added that “the president was clearly describing the manner in which this is being done.”

Also following Trump’s remarks, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly later clarified that military troops would not be used to enforce immigration laws.

“There will be no, no use of military force in immigration,” Kelly said in Mexico City.

Steve Bannon Uses CPAC Platform To Attack The Media: ‘The Corporatist, Globalist Media’ Is Wrong About Trump

Former CEO of the white nationalist website Breitbart News and now White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon decided to attack the media during his appearance on Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), referring to reporters as the “opposition party.”

“If you look at the opposition party, how they portrayed the campaign, how they portrayed the transition, how they portray the administration, it’s always wrong,” Bannon said.

“If you remember, the campaign, by the media’s description, was the most chaotic, the most disorganized, most unprofessional, had no idea what they were doing. And then you saw [the media] all crying and weeping” on election night.

The White House agenda is to side against anything the media says. Bannon has embraced his role as the media’s top antagonist. “The corporatist, globalist media is adamantly opposed to economic nationalist agenda like Donald Trump has,” he said.

“He’s going to continue to press his agenda as economic conditions get better, as jobs get better, they are going to continue to fight. If they think they are going to give you your country back without a fight, you are mistaken. Every day, it is going to be a fight.”

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus also spoke at CPAC where he said everything the media has said about him and Bannon is false.

WHAT?: Ted Cruz Just Called Democrats ‘Bat-Crap Crazy’

One of the biggest anti-Democrats and a man who has long been decried by the left as a deranged conservative, says it is actually the Democrats’ liberal base that is “bat-crap crazy.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke with conservative radio host Mark Levin at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, where he criticized Democrats for being “crazy.”

“The anger on the left, I’ve never seen anything like it. They’re right now opposing everything. Democrats in the Senate are filibustering everything.”

His comments come after Cruz noticed that it has taken Trump a longer time to get his cabinet picks confirmed by the Senate than any other president in history. He blames the Democrats for requiring the entire Senate to vote on routine paperwork.

He says the Democrats tactics are being driven by their angry base and lawmakers’ fear of facing a primary challenge.

“Right now Democratic senators are more scared of their base than they are of the voters. A liberal Democrat told me a couple weeks ago, ‘Listen, we’re afraid of being primaried,’” Cruz said.

“The Democrats took as the lesson of this election that Hillary [was] too moderate. So their lesson is they need more Bernie Sanders, more Elizabeth Warrens, that’s where Senate Democrats are,” he added.

Cruz also urged his fellow Republicans not to let Democrats slow Senate business to a standstill, arguing that Republicans need to be ready to trigger the so-called “nuclear option” to change the Senate’s rules with a party-line majority vote to change.

“I think it is likely they will continue to oppose everything. The answer for us is they can’t shut down the Congress. They prevent us from doing anything, so we need to look at tools that can get things done despite a Democratic filibuster,” he said.

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