Big govt, International, Politics

Mexico Plans “Free Zones” To Stop Illegal Immigration

Newly inaugurated Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has a plan to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, and it doesn’t include a border wall. Rather, he intends to declare certain areas that are “no man’s land” as economic “free zones.” The goal for these 15-mile wide, 2,000-mile zones is to help reduce the incentive for Mexicans to emigrate to the U.S. The higher price point for goods and services in this zone could also make the trek less feasible for Central American would-be illegal immigrants. It’s an interesting theory. We’ll see how that works out.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has unveiled a new plan to curtail illegal immigration to the United States by focusing on creating economic “free zones” along the U.S.-Mexico border.

López Obrador, a leftist, announced the Tax Incentive Decree for the Northern Border Region which will create free zones near the border that are over 15 miles wide and will reportedly encompass approximately 2,000 miles. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the free zones will:

reduce income taxes from 30 percent to 20 percent
slash the Value Added Tax for goods coming into the country from 16 percent to 8 percent
boost the minimum wage 100 percent to 176 pesos ($8.80), and
make fuel prices the same as those in the the U.S.

 

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Enforcing Immigration Laws Decimating MS-13

Long Island law enforcement is reporting that its war against MS-13 is making meaningful gains thanks in no small part to community policing and support from the federal government. According to a Newsday report, only four homicides tied to MS-13 were reported in 2018 compared with a staggering 14 in the previous calendar year. “Suffolk County has waged war against MS-13, and our comprehensive strategy to eradicate this violent gang from Long Island is working,” reported New York’s Suffolk County Police Department. “This dramatic reduction is a result of great policing, expanded community outreach and leveraging governmental partnerships to bring in additional resources to combat gang violence.” Read more..

Here’s more from Fox News…

The ongoing state and Trump administration crackdown against MS-13 in one of their most infamous strongholds has taken such a toll on the gang that they’ve only been linked to a single murder in the area during 2018.

Police in Long Island – a part of New York that has been a hotbed for violent crime at the hands of MS-13 – told Newsday that four homicides recorded there in 2018 appeared to be linked to the gang, down from 14 the year prior. Yet only one of those murders is said to have occurred this year. The other three cases were killings believed to have happened in 2015 and 2017, but they were counted in 2018 totals since the bodies were found within the past 12 months.

“Suffolk County has waged war against MS-13 and our comprehensive strategy to eradicate this violent gang from Long Island is working,” the Suffolk County Police Department told Fox News in a statement Monday. “This dramatic reduction is a result of great policing, expanded community outreach and leveraging governmental partnerships to bring in additional resources to combat gang violence.”

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Big govt, International, Politics

Oakland Mayor Foils ICE Raid, Insists She “Did the Right Thing”

Recall when Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf gained notoriety early in 2018 for warning illegal immigrants in California about a scheduled ICE raid. In a recent Buzzfeed interview, Schaaf reported that she has “no regrets” over her stunt and blasted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for going “astray.” Due to Schaaf’s revelation, more than 900 illegal immigrants remained “at large in the community” according to follow-up reports from ICE. At the time, Schaaf defended her actions, arguing, “How could I live with myself if it came to be that my sharing this information could have kept a family together?” Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf — who once warned Northern California residents about an impending ICE raid — said she has “no regrets” for her actions and said the federal immigration agency “has gone astray.”

“I have no regrets, none. The more time goes by, the more certain I feel that I did the right thing in standing up for our community and pointing out our values are not aligned with our laws,” Schaff told BuzzFeed in an interview. “That’s hopefully the message that is sent out.”

“I have no regrets, none. The more time goes by, the more certain I feel that I did the right thing in standing up for our community and pointing out our values are not aligned with our laws.”
— Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

 

 

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The Generosity of Americans

Nine days ago (at this writing), Iraq War veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe page to help build the wall on the United States southern border with Mexico. In a week and a half, Kolfage has raised over $17 million (toward his stated goal of $1 billion) with gifts from over 285,000 people.

The explosion of support for Kolfage’s grassroots fundraising has gotten a great deal of attention, not all of it positive, needless to say. On my own Facebook and Twitter feeds, I read many snarky posts to the effect of, “Oh, sure — these people can give money for a wall but can’t donate funds to help (veterans/the poor/the disabled/fill in your cause of choice here).”

This — like so many pronouncements on the shortcomings of Americans these days — is not just false but a staggering distortion of reality. Perhaps because I teach entrepreneurship, I am well aware of America’s long history of philanthropy. America’s entrepreneurs have always been generous with their wealth — and we have countless universities, civic institutions and medical facilities as proof. Americans as a rule are among the most generous people on Earth, giving to support hundreds and thousands of causes each year — a fact that the esteemed Smithsonian noted when it launched its Philanthropy Initiative in 2015, by which its curators sought “to document, preserve, interpret, and exhibit … the role of philanthropy in American history, as well as the role of Americans in encouraging and using philanthropy throughout the world.”

According to the Giving USA Foundation, which publishes an annual report of charitable giving, Americans gave over $410 billion in 2017, 2.1 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. This was a record-breaking amount — the first time that annual charitable giving crossed the $400 billion mark — and substantially in excess of the $389 billion record set in 2016.

The report reveals other important data about Americans’ charitable inclinations and debunks popular myths propagated by those whose political machinations depend upon characterizing Americans as “selfish” and “greedy.” For example, individuals — not foundations or even corporations — constitute the largest number of givers, representing 70 percent of all gifts. Individual gifts increased by 5.2 percent in 2017 to an estimated $286.65 billion. That said, corporate giving increased by 8 percent to an estimated $20.77 billion, and $405 million of those funds was earmarked for victims of natural and manmade disasters.

Furthermore, Americans’ generosity is directed to an extraordinarily broad spectrum of causes. Eight of the nine types of charitable subsectors tracked by the Giving USA Foundation saw substantial increases in 2017: religious charities (up 2.9 percent), education (up 6.2 percent), human services (up 5.1 percent), health organizations (up 7.3 percent), public-society benefit organizations (up 7.8 percent), organizations that promote the arts, humanities and culture (up 8.7 percent), environmental and animal welfare organizations (up 7.2 percent) and foundations (up 15.5 percent).

Experts quoted by Giving USA cited the booming economy as a primary reason for the increase in giving in 2017 and predicted that the tax cuts that went into effect in 2017 would have a multiplier effect on giving in 2018 as well. Dr. Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPIU, said, “Some of our most fortunate citizens are using their wealth to make some significant contributions to the common good.” In fact, 91 percent of high net worth individuals gave to charity last year — at an average of over $25,509 per household.

This flies in the face of the popular sloganeering that Americans who benefit from tax cuts are greedy and want those less fortunate to suffer. Increased prosperity in the United States results in increased generosity. (It’s worth mentioning here that while corporate pre-tax profits rose by 4.1 percent in 2017, corporate charitable giving rose by nearly double that percentage.)

But it is not only wealthy individuals and families who give generously; middle-class and lower-income Americans do as well. Average household giving among middle- and lower-income families was over $2,200 last year — another record. Nor is it a white phenomenon: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans and other minorities have a strong history of philanthropy in this country.

Keep in mind that the $410 billion figure cited above is for one year. Americans have given over $350 billion a year every year since 2014, over $300 billion a year since 2005 and over $200 billion since 2000, according to Giving USA. In other words, Americans have given over $5 trillion in charitable donations just since the year 2000.

Nor is it simply a matter of money. Last year, 63 million Americans — 25 percent of the adult population — donated their time, talents and energy by volunteering for one or more charitable organizations of their choice. This, too, is a distinctly American tradition going back to the country’s founding (as author Alexis de Tocqueville famously observed in his book “Democracy in America,” published in two volumes between 1835 and 1840).

It should therefore be unsurprising that hundreds of thousands of Americans are willing to pony up for something as important as border security — and further, that this priority does not come at the expense of support for people’s many other needs.

2018 has been a tumultuous year, filled with propaganda and polemic. As the year comes to a close, look at your neighbors and countrymen through a kinder lens; we are much more generous than we give one another credit for.
To find out more about Laura Hollis and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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Border Wall GoFundMe Reaches 16M

Not to be out down in crowdfunding, open borders activists started their very own campaign to aid to abet illegal immigration into the U.S. Transgender Army veteran and human rights activist Charlotte Clymer launched a GoFundMe entitled “Ladders to Get Over Trump’s Wall” which has received about $130,000 in donations so far. However, this is a meager collection compared to the GoFundMe “We The People Will Fund The Wall” launched by Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee and Air Force Veteran, which has brought in a staggering $16 million in just six days. The average donation is just over $60 with about 260,000 individuals making contributions toward the $1 billion goal. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

You gotta give it to liberals: They not only oppose building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border to keep foreigners from illegally entering America, they actively want to encourage them to do so.

A GoFundMe campaign, titled “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” is closing in on $16 million in just six days. Some 259,936 have donated $15,828,419 toward a $1 billion goal, making the average donation just over $60. The page was created by Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee Air Force veteran.

“It’s time we uphold our laws, and get this wall BUILT! It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling,” Kolfage wrote on the page.

But now a new page has popped up to compete with the wall page. Charlotte Clymer, a transgender Army veteran and human rights activist from Texas, has launched a page titled “Ladders to Get Over Trump’s Wall.”

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Big govt, International, Issues, Politics

Mexico Shutting Its Border…With Guatemala

New Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador appears to be on a charm offensive with the Trump administration and is now working to secure his nation’s southern border with Guatemala to stop any future caravan stunts from Central Americans. From the Washington Times: Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero says Mexico will end the practice of undocumented or illegal crossings over the Suchiate River, which marks much of the border between the two countries. It is as yet unclear how Mexico will secure its border, whether with manpower or by building its own “wall.” Read more…

Here’s more from Hot Air…

The new Mexican government of incoming president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (or “AMLO”) continues to pleasantly surprise me. Not only have we seen increased cooperation with Mexican law enforcement on our own southern border, but he seems to be serious about attacking the illegal immigration problem at its source. The latest announcement coming from Mexico City indicates that they’re seeking to shut off the flow of migrants and caravans by cracking down on their own southern border.

Mexico’s top security official says the government will effectively close off illegal entry at its southern border with Guatemala.

Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero says Mexico will end the practice of undocumented or illegal crossings over the Suchiate River, which marks much of the border between the two countries.

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International, Issues, Politics

Migrants Give Ultimatum: Let Us In Or Give Us 50Gs To Turn Around

Two organized groups from the Central American caravan marched on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana with no less than a demand for reparations for “everything the United States has stolen from Honduras” to the tune of $50,000. They say let them in or give them the cash to take home with them. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, they also demanded a halt in deportations and faster processing. “It may seem like a lot of money to you,” organizer Alfonsa Guerreo Ulloa told the paper, “but it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras. “Another said, “We thought they would let us in, but Trump sent the military instead of social workers. “They “generously” gave the consulate 72 hours to think about it and respond.

Here’s more from Fox News… 

Two groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a list of demands, with one group delivering an ultimatum to the Trump administration: either let them in the U.S. or pay them $50,000 each to go home, a report said.

Among other demands were that deportations be halted and that asylum seekers be processed faster and in greater numbers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The first group of caravan members, which included about 100 migrants, arrived at the consulate around 11 a.m. Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa, an organizer from Honduras, said the $50,000 figure was chosen as a group.

“It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Ulloa told the paper. “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”

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International, Issues

Border Patrol Arrests MS-13 Gang Member of Caravan

President Trump was proven right when in his claim that among the 6,000 “asylum” seekers amassing at our southern border would be MS-13, terrorists, and non-Central Americans. So far U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested a member of the Salvadoran MS-13 gang, who admitted to authorities that he was acting as an opportunist in attempting to enter the United States. Common tactics include posing as an unaccompanied minor. Last week the Department of Homeland Security warned that roughly 500 MS-13 gangbangers were among the Central American caravan. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

“You’re going to find MS-13, you’re going to find Middle Eastern, you’re going to find everything,” President Trump said in one of his much-criticized statements about the kinds of people included among the thousands of caravan migrants amassing at the U.S. southern border.

While the president has taken heat for describing the migrants as including criminals, the Mexican government has confirmed that to be the case, announcing last week that they are in the process of deporting hundreds of the migrants for criminal behavior at the border near Tijuana. Trump’s reference to MS-13 has also been proved correct, as a recent U.S. border patrol arrest reveals.

“U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested a member of the infamous Salvadoran MS-13 gang who admitted to authorities that he traveled with a caravan of Central American migrants who were hoping to qualify for asylum in America,” National Review’s Mairead McArdle reports.

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International, Issues

Rock-Throwing Migrant Mob Used Women and Children as Human Shields

U.S. Border Patrol is confirming what we all suspected: that the Central American migrants who threw rocks at our agents shoved women and children to the front to use as human shields and no doubt as photo props convenient to their open borders ambitions. “What we saw over and over yesterday was that the group – the caravan, as we call them – would push women and children to the front, and then begin, basically, rocking our agents,” Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott told CNN. Separately, National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd told Fox News that “They pushed women and children up front. And then behind those women and children, they started throwing rocks, cement bricks, they started throwing bottles at our Border Patrol agents.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The U.S. Border Patrol’s top San Diego agent says violent migrants who stormed the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday shoved women and children to the front of the mob to use as human shields.

“What we saw over and over yesterday was that the group – the caravan, as we call them – would push women and children to the front, and then begin, basically, rocking our agents,” Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said in a CNN interview.

“Several agents were actually struck by rocks,” Scott said, noting that three were injured.

National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd backed up Scott’s assertion, saying male migrants used women and children as shields as they threw rocks at U.S. border agents.

“They pushed women and children up front. And then behind those women and children, they started throwing rocks, cement bricks, they started throwing bottles at our Border Patrol agents,” Judd said in a Fox News interview.

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Trump Threatens Border Breachers: “We Will Close the Border Permanently”

President Trump is doubling down on his commitment to securing the U.S.-Mexico border, warning that “we will close the Border permanently if need be” after a wave of Central American caravan migrants tried to overwhelm the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday, even throwing rocks at U.S. authorities. Trump tweeted: “Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!” President Trump has additionally threatened a government shutdown if Congress does not act to help secure the border that now has some 6,000 Central Americans camping out in Tijuana. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

After chaos at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday forced U.S. authorities to fire tear gas into a violent crowd of angry migrants seeking to enter the United States, President Trump on Monday warned that “we will close the Border permanently if need be.”

The president also said that many of the so-called migrants now gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border are “stone cold criminals” and urged Mexico to send them back to their homes “anyway you want.”

“Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

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