Merkel Accepts 2-Week Ultimatum Amid Migrant Row

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Despite major disagreements on migration policy between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s interior minister, Horst Seehofer, both politicians seem to show a readiness to compromise.

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader, Angela Merkel, has announced that she agrees with Horst Seehofer, head of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU), on further steps in the migration policy, citing a dispute that has jeopardized the decade-long alliance between their parties.

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The chancellor noted that both sister parties support Seehofer’s “Masterplan for Migration” and have a common goal to better organize immigration in Germany, as well as significantly reduce the influx of refugees entering the country.

The interior minister gave Merkel two weeks to negotiate a European solution to the migration crisis, an ultimatum accepted by the chancellor, according to the German DPA news agency. If, by the end of this period, Merkel cannot present an agreement negotiated with EU partners, migrants will be turned back at the German borders.On July 1, after the EU summit, Merkel is due to inform the CDU leadership about the state of her negotiations with the European countries that were most of all affected by the migration crisis.

Seehofer, in turn, stated that “it is a scandal, if people banned from entry still arrive in Germany.” The minister pledged to immediately instruct the federal police to change the situation.

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Previously, the union of the two parties, the CDU and the CSU, was on the brink of collapse, as the partners failed to agree over harder border checks proposed by Seehofer, since his stance contradicts Merkel’s migration policy principle of SC

Seehofer’s blueprint calls for some refugees to be rejected on the country’s national borders if they have already been registered in other EU countries.Since 2015, Europe has been struggling to cope with the effects of an influx of refugees, with hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing war and social crises in the Middle East and Africa.

New figures from the EU Asylum Agency show that no where in Europe are there as many asylum applications as in Germany. With more than 222,000 requests, it is almost two times more than in Italy. Fifty-three percent of all refugees registered in the EU in 2017 live in Germany.

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Immigration policy is a burning issue, not only in Europe. US President Donald Trump has expressed his sympathy with Germans and blamed immigration for high crime rates in Germany.

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In another Twitter message, Trump added that he does not want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen in the United States.

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PHOTOS: Inside Shelter for Illegal Alien Children Separated from Parents

By Breitbart News

The Department of Health and Human Services hosted Breitbart News and other media on a tour of a facility in El Cajon, California, on Friday where migrant children are being sheltered after being separated from their parents.

The children are separated from their parents — or, to be precise, from the adults accompanying them, who may or may not be their parents — when their parents cross the southern U.S. border illegally and are caught and detained.

Previously, under the “catch-and-release” policy, the adults would be released. Under the “zero tolerance” policy of the Trump administration, the adults are being detained and prosecuted. Children cannot be incarcerated with them.

However, families that arrive together at legal ports of entry and apply for asylum status are generally not split up and are permitted to stay in the U.S. pending the adjudication of their applications (which can take several years).

Democrats and the mainstream media have accused the administration of separating the children of “immigrants” from their parents and imprisoning them in “cages.” On Thursday, CNN analyst and Playboy reporter Brian Karem shouted at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “These people have nothing. They come to the border with nothing and you throw children in cages.” None of the reporters in the briefing room corrected him.

The facility at El Cajon, however, is not a “cage.” It is a comfortable facility providing lodging, meals, clothing, medical care, education, recreation, counseling, and other services.

It is run by a nonprofit organization called Southwest Key as part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Program, run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Administration for Children and Familes (ACF).

The facility is located on a main street in a quiet, suburban neighborhood. It has 65 beds, occupied by boys ages 6 to 17. The rooms are spare, with three to four beds in each; the boys are responsible for cleaning the rooms and making their own beds. There is an outdoor recreation area with picnic tables and a small soccer pitch.

There is a classroom area, and English lessons. The goal is “reunification”: letting each child depart with a legal guardian.

Some 90% of the children at the shelter arrived at the border without adults; the other 10% were separated from the adults accompanying them. Once the children arrive — usually brought by U.S. Border Patrol agents — they are greeted in the “intake” office, where they receive any urgent medical care, are assigned a case worker, and are given food, a shower, and new clothing. They are also given toiletries and lessons in hygiene — literally how to flush a toilet, brush their teeth, and operate the shower, which some of the children may have never seen in their lives.

The children receive six hours of education daily, which include lessons in English and physical education. The boys interact with girls who are housed offsite and brought to the shelter during the day to access its services.

They have limited access to telephones to call relatives, both in the U.S. and abroad. They receive therapy, both as individuals and in group sessions. They enjoy field trips to local museums, parks, and the zoo, where they can explore the city beyond the shelter. And they also have social activities, including a recent “prom” for which they dressed up.

“Cages,” these are not. What is immediately striking about the facility is the enthusiasm and care of the staff who work there. One administrator greeted the journalists on the tour: “Welcome to our home.” The children at the facility seemed genuinely happy, despite their unfortunate circumstances and the trauma of their long journey.

The real scandal is how the media have portrayed the shelters. When MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff toured a similar facility this week in Brownsville, Texas, for example, he referred to the children there as being “incarcerated,” which is only true in the same sense that hospital patients, too, are not permitted to leave, for their safety. (One official who had seen Soboroff’s televised report accused him of “flat-out lying” about the facility — such as, for example, reporting on a mural of Donald Trump without noting 19 other presidents were similarly depicted.)

Southwest Key has operated its facilities — 27 in total, across California, Arizona, and Texas — since 1997, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Flores v. Reno that unaccompanied illegal alien minors could not be held in detention facilities. This is not a new problem, even though it took Trump to make the media realize it existed.

Update: HSS provided a video of the visit:

 

Trump-Hating Beltway Pundits Insult Jews by Invoking Holocaust to Criticize Border Enforcement

Joel Pollak at Birkenau (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

By Joel B. Pollak

Beltway pundits who dislike President Donald Trump seem to agree that the Holocaust is now fair game when it comes to attacking the administration’s immigration policies.

On Friday, left-wing hosts on MSNBC, such as Joe Scarborough, compared U.S. Border Patrol agents to “Nazis.” The White House objected, but others continued.

Former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele referred to the facilities used to detain and shelter illegal alien children as “concentration camps for kids” and warned that the Trump administration could target the children of U.S. citizens as well.

It was not the first time Steele has abused the Holocaust: in 2006, as lieutenant governor of Maryland, he had to apologize for comparing stem cell research to Nazi experiments on humans.

Over the weekend, retired General Michael Hayden, who served as Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief in the Bush administration, and as National Security Agency (NSA) chief in both the Clinton and Bush administrations, tweeted an image of the death camp of Birkenau as a comment on Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigration, which often results in the children of arrested migrants being held separately and sent to shelters.

Hayden was hailed by Trump’s critics — but criticized by other observers, such as Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, who called his tweet “a form of Holocaust denial.”

Hayden tried to defend his use of the image on CNN on Monday morning, saying he wanted to “grab people’s attention.” He apologized, somewhat: “If I overachieved [sic] by comparing it to Birkenau, I apologize to anyone who may have felt offended,” he told CNN.

The Holocaust analogy is deeply offensive to Jews, six million of whom were murdered by the Nazis merely for being Jews. They had not crossed an international border illegally; in many cases they were patriotic citizens of Germany and other nations that collaborated in their murder.

When the U.S. Border Patrol separates children from parents who are arrested, it is to protect the children, and help them, with the intention of reuniting them with their families. When the guards at death camps like Birkenau separated children, it was to lead them to the gas chambers.

Not to be outdone, First Lady Laura Bush “>wrote an op-ed in Monday’s Washington Post comparing Trump’s policy to the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II. They were citizens of the U.S.

Citing atrocity, falsely, not only makes civil debate impossible, but insults Jews and others who have been the real victims of historic injustice.

Devin Nunes: DOJ Document Deadline | Rosenstein’s Impeachment | More Campaign Spies | Wray

Devin Nunes joins Maria Bartiromo on Fox News Sunday Morning Futures to discuss DOJ Document deadline by wed this week or there weill be “hell to pay”, The Washington Post story about more spy’s in the Trump campaign? What to do with Rosenstein? Contempt or Impeachment? Paul Ryan, Trey Gowdy, Roger Stone, I.G. Report, Horowitz, Strzok, China, and so much more!

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FARRELL – IG REPORT SHOWS OBAMA RAN FBI OPERATION AGAINST TRUMP

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By Rick Wells

Judicial Watch’s Chris Farrell says the IG report on FBI malfeasance in the sham Clinton Probe shows Obama was running the covert operation from the White House…

In welcoming Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch to his program, Lou Dobbs makes what may be his most understated observation of the year, that President Trump “has been very constrained with this Justice Department and FBI,” asking for his opinion on the President’s comments as to whether or not Comey should be locked up. Of course there’s no reason to stop with Comey or to exclude present DOJ and FBI leadership.

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Trump doesn’t want to tie his own hands by calling for Comey to be locked up, but certainly he’s labeling him a criminal, which the content of the IG report reinforces. Farrell notes that the report itself contains useful information as to the nature of some of the improprieties, illegalities and potential illegalities that occurred. He says, “It’s weak, it loses its horsepower when it comes to recommendations. It’s a standard IG cover up document from that perspective, it’s not hard-hitting.”

Dobbs interrupts to give credit to Farrell as the only one of his many guests who correctly predicted the watered-down product that would be the result of this process, noting his earlier statements that “the Inspector General’s office is where truth goes to die.” Farrell describes IGs as being universally, “departments of cover ups, that’s what they do.”

Farrell references “Incredible commentary from Lisa Page asserting that everything that they were doing was being coordinated or is being briefed to the ‘president,’ meaning Mr. Obama. So this reaches back into the Obama White House, without any doubt or any sort of waffling. The Obama White House owns this, this is their activity. These crooked, dirty FBI agents and attorneys were coordinating their operations with the Obama White House.”

Farrell also notes what he calls a “startling admission by the character who is named as attorney number 2, where he says that there are legal documents with his name all over it…investigating President Trump’s staff” written the day after the election.

Farrell says, “This is a stop the presses moment. We’ve got the ‘president’ of the United States, Obama, wrapped up in this investigation, according to Lisa Page, and you have an FBI attorney talking about how he was investigating the president’s staff the day after the election.”

MERKEL GONE IN A WEEK?

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By ALESSANDRA SCOTTO DI SANTOLO

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel could lose her powerful seat in the heart of Europe as soon as next week amid clashes within her coalition Government over EU migration policies, claimed German MP Kai Whittaker.

Speaking on BBC World at One, the German politician claimed clashes between  and German interior minister Horst Seehofer could result in a “new political situation” in Germany by the end of next week.

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician said it was still unclear in Berlin what the essence of the disagreement between the Chancellor and Mr Seehofer was and that other members of the coalition had been left “in the blue”.

Mr Whittaker said: “We are in a serious situation because the question of the migration crisis evolved into a power question.

“The question is who is leading the Government? Is it Angela Merkel or is it Horst Seehofer?

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“Everybody seems to be standing firm and that’s the problem.”

Asked what the German Chancellor and her interior minister are clashing over, he replied: “We don’t know really. There is a master plan to solve the migration crisis, which consists of 63 ideas of Horst Seehofer.

“We don’t know that concept yet, so we are a bit in the blue.

“This must have to do with the coming election in Bavaria because it is vital for the Conservatives to win an overall majority because that’s why they have a national importance.

“This kind of has the potential to diminish the authority of her and Horts Seehofer and it could well be that at the end of next week we have a new situation.

“Probably a new Chancellor.”

Mr Seehofer, of the Christian Social Union (CSU), has often voiced his hostility towards Mrs Merkel’s open border policy, which brought more than a million refugees in the country in 2015.

He pushed for police forces to have the power to turn away undocumented migrants at the border if they are already registered in another European Union country.

But Mrs Merkel opposes to such measure and has held emergency talks with members of her party to look for support.

Despite them pledging to back her, her MPs are also demanding a change in Germany’s “open-door” migration policy.

And CSU MPs already declared they will support their leader, Mr Seehofer.

The rift puts Mrs Merkel in an awkward situation as she is facing a serious challenge to her authority which could limit her ability to negotiate with other EU state members.

And her own position as a Chancellor is under threat because a walkout of CSU MPs from the coalition would see her losing a majority in Parliament.

The plan proposed by Mr Seehofer would replace an already existing EU rule, which allows Germany to send asylum-seekers back to the first member state they entered.