Mid-Day Digest

Jun. 21, 2018

THE FOUNDATION

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” —John Adams (1775)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

  • It’s no surprise the Trump’s EO on illegal minors didn’t satisfy Democrats.
  • Beware viral photos of detained immigrant children.
  • This whole episode is a despicable hate-fest ginned up for the midterms.
  • Ireland will mandate even Catholic hospitals perform abortions.
  • Is ObamaCare repeal back from the dead?
  • The Census Bureau’s citizenship question is “racist”?
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

FEATURED ANALYSIS

Resolving the Alien Minor Separation Issue

Thomas Gallatin

As pressure mounted nationally under the strategic Democrat- and mainstream media-fomented conniption fit over the practice of separating minors from parents who have illegally crossed the U.S. border, President Donald Trump issued an executive order Wednesday halting the practice. Trump said that the U.S. needs to have a “very powerful, very strong border … [while] at the same time we have compassion.” He added, “We want to keep families together. It’s very important. … I don’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”

In his executive order, Trump noted that while the families will not be separated, they also will not be released. The order reads, “It is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws. It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources. It is unfortunate that Congress’s failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law.”

Did Trump’s action assuage Democrat and MSM “moral” objections? Nope. Before the ink was even dry on Trump’s EO, Democrats began voicing their objections. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-2020) complained, “This Executive Order doesn’t fix the crisis. Indefinitely detaining children with their families in camps is inhumane and will not make us safe.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (S-VT) harangued, “Trump’s executive order merely replaces one inhumane act with another. In response to the overwhelming public outrage at his policy of tearing children away from their parents at the border, this administration thinks the appropriate response is to indefinitely detain families.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) lamented, “It’s extremely troubling that the president’s executive order would require immigrant families with children to be detained indefinitely. The order appears to be the next step in the Trump administration’s larger agenda to eliminate basic protections for asylum seekers.”

Clearly, Democrats favor open borders and want to see the reinstatement of Barack Obama’s catch-and-release policy that amounted to nonenforcement against illegal immigration. It’s a despicable hate-fest ginned up for the 2018 midterms.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) quickly called out the Democrats, tweeting, “Some Democrats now even using the disingenuous ‘indefinite detention’ term. They know full well that those who unlawfully enter the U.S. are not held indefinitely… Just heard Senate colleague on floor say U.S. detains immigrant children ‘indefinitely & indiscriminately’. That is just PATENTLY FALSE. They are entitled to due process hearing so not indefinite. And only applies to those who enter the U.S. unlawfully so it’s not indiscriminate.”

But it was Trump himself who dealt the most devastating blow with a video of Democrat leaders advocating tough immigration enforcement. You know, back before they could bash him for actually doing it.

Now for a few important details the mainstream media is deliberately not telling you.

Of the 12,000 immigrant minors in Health and Human Services custody, 10,000 crossed the border without a family member, and 2,000 are in custody because their parents entered the country illegally.

Mark Alexander argues that “these minors in HHS custody are now safer, more comfortable and better cared for than at any other time in their lives.”

As HHS Secretary Alex Azar notes: “The vast majority of these kids are teenagers, over the age of 13. We have a few who are under the age of 13 and keep them in separate facilities with separate protocols. These kids are getting the full range of services. America is a generous nation, and America takes care of these kids even though they should not be in the country. We provide them with education, we provide them with meals, they get medical care, they get dental care, vision, they get athletic time, entertainment, they get psychiatric care. We’re providing excellent care for these kids. … Each child costs taxpayers hundreds of dollars per day … more than most U.S. parents can afford to spend on their children.”

Azar notes further, “The simple fact is, the way you prevent separation, the way you prevent your children from coming into our care — don’t come into our country illegally. Go and present yourself at a legal border crossing with permission to come into the country, or make your case why you legally should be allowed to enter. If you break our laws, you will be prosecuted. If you’re prosecuted, you may have your children given into our custody.”

Listening to hysterical media coverage, you might be amazed that it’s so simple. But it is.

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Those Viral Immigrant Children Photos — Caveat Emptor

Mark Alexander

As part of a cynical political ploy to undermine Trump administration policy success ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, Democrat Party leaders have executed a successful campaign appealing to their Latino constituency. The centerpiece of that appeal has been a viral social media firestorm promoting images of children in cages, claiming they have been “ripped from the arms of their parents by Donald Trump” and comparing Trump to Hitler.

Fact is, the most widely circulated of those viral photos were taken in 2014 when Barack Obama was setting immigration policy.

By extension, as the Left correctly calculated, these images of caged children generated a lot of “heartfelt emotive compassion” across its other constituencies and across the political divide. (For the record, the vast majority of these detained minors separated from one or more parents who entered our country illegally are between the age of 13-18, not young children.)

The resulting public outcry prompted Donald Trump to sign an executive order attempting to resolve the issue, while Congress endeavors to reach a consensus on competing immigration reform bills. But because of Left-judiciary rulings regarding immigrant minors, the government may have no option but to release these minors with their families into the American heartland, where they will then never return for a deportation hearing. In effect, it’s an open-border invitation to more illegal immigrants.

So pervasive are these viral images, ostensibly of detained children, that in a report on the Demo response to Trump’s executive order on Fox News’s “Special Report With Bret Baier,” his reporter on the hill, Peter Doocy, included a “tragic” viral social media image in his coverage.

To put it mildly, it’s unfortunate when you have to turn to CNN to dispel Fox’s errant description of this photo as one of those children “ripped from the arms of their mother” by Trump administration policy. But CNN reported days before the Baier report that this was a staged photo.

To his credit, before the end of his show, Baier did apologize for using that fake image. However, when it comes to emotive viral photos of children, pushed by the Left to bolster its statist political agenda, caveat emptor!

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Top Headlines

  • Data shows sanctuary policies are hampering ICE arrests (CNS News)
  • Supreme Court rules states can require online retailers to collect sales tax (NBC News)
  • White House to propose merging Education, Labor Departments (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Senate can’t muster votes to trim 0.08% of federal budget (Reason)
  • Democrats demand end to firing delinquent government workers, union reforms (Hot Air)
  • Michael Bloomberg will spend $80 million to flip the House for Democrats (The New York Times)
  • RNC sets another fundraising record, hauls in $14.6 million for May (The Washington Free Beacon)
  • Three of the five FBI employees dinged for anti-Trump bias in IG report ended up on Mueller probe (The Washington Times)
  • Report: Nearly 400 million civilian-owned guns in America (The Washington Free Beacon)
  • Humor: New ballot initiative proposes dividing California into tiny bits, feeding it to sharks (The Babylon Bee)
  • Policy: How immigration officials cooked the books and fooled Congress for years (The Daily Signal)
  • Policy: A day in court remains elusive for some taxpayers (American Enterprise Institute)

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TODAY’S CARTOON

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MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

OPINION IN BRIEF

Victor Davis Hanson: “The inspector general’s report on the Clinton email covers just one scandal. Presumably, the IG and other investigators will issue reports on a number of other ongoing scandals that involved the 2016 campaign. How did government officials, by hiding information about the so-called Steele dossier, mislead the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to get warrants to spy on U.S. citizens associated with the Trump campaign? How was it decided that the Clinton campaign would pay Christopher Steele for gathering dirt on the Trump campaign, and how did the information from the dossier get to intelligence agencies? How was an FBI informant inserted into the Trump campaign? How were names of U.S. citizens unmasked by Obama administration officials and leaked to the press? If the IG report on the Clinton email scandal is any guide to these upcoming investigations, expect widespread abuse of the English language to warp reality. The media is using the antiseptic ‘informant’ in place of the cruder but more accurate ‘spy’ or ‘mole.’ The off-putting but accurate ‘wiretapping’ has become the more professional ‘surveillance.’ The sanitized ‘improper’ always sounds cleaner than the more accurate ‘illegal.’ In sum, ‘2016’ could make a logical sequel to 1984.

SHORT CUTS

For the record: “Ramzi Yousef was the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the Bojinka plot, as well as the nephew of 9/11 architect Khalid Sheik Mohammed. Poor Yousef almost didn’t make it through customs. Not only was his own passport of dubious provenance, but his traveling companion was carrying bomb manuals, car bombing videos — and instructions on how to lie to U.S. immigration inspectors. Yousef claimed asylum and was released into our country to execute the first WTC attack.” —Ann Coulter

Memory lane, part I: “Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back.” —Barack Obama in 2014

Memory lane, part II: “We have to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay. So, we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.” —Hillary Clinton in 2014

Braying Jackass: “Vice President Mike Pence let me be the first person to officially welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love, and to my District in the State House! To be clear, we’re a City of soaring diversity. We believe in the power of all people to live and to contribute: Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Atheist, Immigrant, we want you and we’ll respect you. So keep that in mind while you’re here raising money to attack more families, spread more lies, blaspheme with your bible, and maybe even talk to a woman without your wife in the room. We have plenty of them, and they’re pretty much all more powerful and more real than you have ever been. So…get bent, then get out!” —Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims, whose vitriol included an image of him flipping off Pence

Alpha Jackass: “WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL WILL STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT A—HOLE SHE IS MARRIED TO.” —actor Peter Fonda

And last… “If emotion is to supersede law, then just about any law can be circumvented if the emotional level is high enough.” —Cal Thomas

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