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Jun. 26, 2019

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

IN BRIEF

Dems’ ‘Fake Border Crisis’ Turns Out to Be Real

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the “fake crisis at the border.” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer called it “a crisis that does not exist.” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, “There is no crisis at the border.”

Byron York highlights those and many other Democrats (and a few Republicans) utterly denying the crisis at our southern border. But many of those same people are now decrying that crisis, particularly so they can blame President Donald Trump, who just happens to be the only one trying to stop the crisis.

With that, we come to the latest news on the immigration front.

First, Trump has named Mark Morgan, Barack Obama’s former Border Patrol chief, acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection after its current acting commissioner, John Sanders, announced his resignation effective July 5. Morgan had just taken over at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this month. Here’s how The Washington Post “reports” the move:

A week after beginning his reelection campaign with promises of mass deportations, President Trump sent the agencies responsible for immigration enforcement deeper into disarray on Tuesday, replacing his interim border chief with a figure he plucked from cable news punditry last month.

You know where the Post mentions that Morgan was Obama’s guy? The 25th paragraph.

In any case, Trump’s move does come amid continued bad Leftmedia publicity for his border policies, particularly regarding detention of illegal border crossers. Perhaps his strategy with personnel changes is to keep moving the lightning rod.

Beyond the kerfuffle over “concentration camps” at detention facilities, the latest bad publicity is the horrific photo of the Salvadoran father and toddler daughter who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande. “This photo of a dead father and daughter shows the true nature of Trump’s immigration policy,” reads the headline at Vox. No it doesn’t. Why was this Salvadoran man and his family allowed to get through Mexico and then escape a holding facility? Poor enforcement there, for one thing, but also because Democrats invited a border invasion.

Don’t believe us? Take Elizabeth Warren’s word for it. She backs the proposal of fellow Democrat presidential candidate Julian Castro to repeal the federal law criminalizing illegal border crossing. “We should not be criminalizing mamas and babies trying to flee violence at home or trying to build a better future,” Warren says. Well, they’re dying on the way here trying to follow her advice, all while leftists are standing on the caskets of the dead to politically attack Trump.

Meanwhile, before tonight’s presidential debate, several candidates attempted to gain access to detention facilities for political photo ops — like the pathetically embarrassing one staged by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

What happened to this father and daughter shouldn’t happen to anyone. The question is what are government officials going to do to stop it? The Trump administration, despite being utterly overwhelmed with illegal crossings and managing detention centers well over capacity, wants to close the border to such crossings. Democrats want to fling wide the gates.

As for legislation, the House passed a $4.5 million emergency border bill Tuesday, but it includes so many mandates to provide free stuff for border crossers while lacking key enforcement provisions that Trump has threatened a veto. To be clear, there should be money allocated for true humanitarian relief, and detained migrants should be treated humanely. But a U.S. detention center is not the Ritz-Carlton, and people who cross the border illegally have no “right” to be here.

This humanitarian crisis is largely the result of Democrats, who advertise “free” stuff and sanctuary policies if only migrants can reach American soil. That’s a cynical ploy for votes and it’s having serious and deadly consequences.

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Mueller Subpoena Reeks of Political Theater

Robert Mueller, who spearheaded the special-counsel investigation of Donald Trump and his fictitious collusion with Russia, was inevitably subpoenaed yesterday by Democrat lawmakers. Mueller will publicly converse with the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on July 17, during which time Democrats will engage in an all-out effort to leverage the situation to their advantage. It may very well be their final opportunity to orchestrate more make-believe collusion fodder — straight from the horse’s mouth, no less — before the 2020 election.

But Democrats may be remiss if they think Mueller’s testimony will implicate Trump. According to The Washington Post, “Even Mueller repeating aspects of his report in a public setting could be politically damaging for Trump — exposing the findings to sections of the country that may not be aware of them, and creating a televised spectacle.” It will be a spectacle alright — but perhaps not in the way Democrats think.

Sen. Lindsey Graham hypothetically asks, “Bottom line is, after all of your looking and all the time you had and all the money you spent, did Trump collude with the Russians? ‘No.’ Do you stand by your report? ‘Yes.’” He added, “It is ‘case-closed’ for me. [Democrats] can do anything they want to in the House, and I think it will blow up in their face. … The conclusions can’t change. There is no collusion. That’s what the whole thing was about to begin with.” Moreover, Graham added, “There’s nobody on Earth who could bring an obstruction case based on these facts.”

Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz echoes these sentiments. He stated, “[Mueller] can’t refuse to answer questions about the FISA application [for surveilling Trump’s campaign]. Those are the kind of questions that I think Republicans will be very well prepared to ask. Those are the kind of questions which are currently under investigation by the inspector general whose report we are waiting for. But those are not in any way precluded. So I think that [Democrats] will regret having called him.”

Time will tell. But if the Democrats’ history of overplaying their witch-hunt cards is any indication, Graham and Dershowitz are probably right. Or as Rep. Mark Meadows sums it up: “Mr. Mueller better be prepared. I mean, there’s a lot more questions that Republicans have than Democrats. This is the Democrats trying to resurrect a Russia collusion narrative that the American people are tired of. And yet, Mr. Mueller has not been subject to cross examination. He will be now.”

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TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • UNPRECEDENTED DEBT: Reason reports, “The national debt will hit ‘unprecedented levels’ in the coming decades, soaring well above the record highs set during World War II and reaching nearly one-and-a-half times the size of the entire U.S. economy by 2049, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected in a report released Tuesday. And that’s the optimistic view.” Just imagine the projections if (or, God forbid, when) socialist Democrats get their way.
  • PRESS SECRETARY NAMED: “Stephanie Grisham, a top aide to first lady Melania Trump, was named Tuesday to replace Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary after a brief but competitive search for the president’s next spokesperson. Grisham, who developed a reputation as a fierce defender of the first lady during her tenure as spokeswoman, will also become the White House communications director.” (Fox News)
  • RUSSIA POKES THE BEAR: “Russia has dispatched several warships, including one of its newer missile frigates, to Cuba in a bid to bolster the floundering regime of Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, according to a senior administration official.” (The Washington Free Beacon)
  • COLLEGE REGRETS — AND A WRONG PRESCRIPTION: “Two-thirds of employees report having regrets when it comes to their advanced degrees,” reports CBS News, adding, “Student loan debt … was the No. 1 regret among workers with college degrees.” On a related note, the Washington Examiner says, “The senior policy adviser for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has a Ph.D. from Fordham University and $180,000 in student loan debt.” Sanders wants to enact a massive student-loan giveaway. Ben Shapiro writes, “College for all became the mantra; the government stepped into the breach; costs rose. Now government once more steps into the breach.”
  • VACCINE SUSPICION: “A new survey delving into feelings over immunizations finds the country may be more split on the issue than believed, with 45% of adults admitting to harboring some doubt about the safety of vaccines.” (StudyFinds)
  • COERCED ABORTION IN IRELAND: “Female pilots in Ireland are being told by their employers to ‘terminate’ their pregnancies or their employment.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • POLICY: New data show risk to Democrats of fully repealing Trump tax cuts (Washington Examiner)
  • POLICY: Busting the college-industrial complex (National Affairs)
  • HUMOR: Modern-day good Samaritan sees injured man on side of road, angrily tweets about Republicans (The Babylon Bee)

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Ben Shapiro: “The suggestion that freedom lies in prosperity — not that freedom is the precondition for prosperity — still retains draw. That’s mainly because the human heart will always embrace the notion that our shortcomings spring not from choice but from circumstance. Sometimes that’s true. But in a free country, it’s far more often untrue. Still, that notion relieves us of responsibility while making demands of others. After all, if freedom lies in lack of college debt, then those who demand that you pay your debts are curbing your freedom. … Canceling student debt may mean a more carefree life for those who voluntarily took on debt, but it means a more burdensome life for those who have paid off their debts, who didn’t go to college or who haven’t yet been born. And carefree doesn’t mean free. It simply means that someone else may be taking responsibility for your decisions. My children are carefree; they’re certainly not free.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “Unchecked emotion has replaced thoughtful reasoning on campus. Feelings are no longer subjected to evidence, analysis or empirical defense. Angry demands, rather than rigorous arguments, now appear to guide university policy. This must change.” —Harvard University law professor Ronald Sullivan

For the record: “America’s colleges are run by reasonably clever people. Put trillions of dollars in free money on the table, and they’ll figure out a way to absorb it. Indeed, subsidized student borrowing is believed by many economists to be an important driver of tuition inflation.” —National Review

Observations: “Too many in the media are like the guy who owns the substandard gas station, ignoring complaints about their performance. The predictable results are fewer readers of newspapers and lower ratings for television news programs.” —Cal Thomas

That’s not saying much: “It was literally easier for me to become the youngest woman in American history elected to Congress than it is to pay off my student loan debt.” —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“When we won this election, it wasn’t in districts like mine or Alexandria’s. … This glass of water would win with a ‘D’ next to its name in those districts.” —Nancy Pelosi, April 2019)

Alpha Jackass: “[There is] an active desire by this administration to hurt kids. We need to stop funding the detention of children under any and all circumstances.” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Non Compos Mentis: “Yeah, the concentration camps, even though there’s lots of controversy about the word. But actually, legitimate scholars who study genocide say, yes, these are, in fact, the criteria for concentration camps, they meet them. There are over 100,000 camps in nearly every state.” —Rosie O'Donnell

Braying Jenny: “Trump, you get no credit for so-called stopping the strike against Iran. Why was the unmanned drone in Iran’s airspace? Why the surveillance? Don’t provoke and then pretend innocence.” —Rep. Maxine Waters

And last… “There’s another possible reparations issue completely ignored: Blacks as well as whites live on land taken, sometimes brutally, from American Indians. Do blacks and whites owe American Indians anything?” —Walter E. Williams

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