Sen. Rand Paul: President Trump Cares ‘Deeply’ About Haiti, Financed Medical Mission Trip

by SEAN MORAN 15 Jan 2018

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday that charges of bigotry against President Donald Trump remain unfounded because the president previously financed a 2014 medical mission to Haiti.

Paul said on Meet the Press, “I think it’s unfair to sort of paint him, ‘oh well, he’s a racist,’ when I know for a fact that he cares very deeply about the people of Haiti because he helped finance a trip where they would get vision back for 200 people in Haiti.

President Trump stoked controversy recently as he reportedly called Haiti and other African countries “shithole countries.”

Trump allegedly said, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” The president reportedly then added that America should have more people from Norway and other similar countries come to the United States.

The 45th president repeatedly rebuked reporters on Sunday after they asked him if he was a bigot.

“No. I’m not a racist,” he replied. “I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you.”

Sen. Paul and a team of other doctors from the John A. Moran Eye Moran at the University of Utah performed over 100 surgeries over three days in Salama, Guatemala.

In Guatemala, Paul contrasted politics and medicine, saying, “It’s a lot different in the sense that here we see a problem and fix it.”

Reporters, including Breitbart News’s Matthew Boyle, as well as NBC’s Meet the Press, theWashington Post, and National Review attended the trip to Guatemala.

Breitbart News wrote from Antigua, Guatemala in August 2014, “Paul raised tens of thousands of dollars through various donors, including real estate magnate Donald Trump, to help cover the Moran Eye Center’s trip costs,” which included a $10,000 donation from Donald Trump.

Sen. Paul’s communications team confirmed to Breitbart News that Sen. Paul solicited a donation from Trump for the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah to fund the trip to Haiti and Guatemala.

Sergio Gor, Paul’s communications director, told Breitbart News, “It wasn’t to Rand Paul foundation, it wasn’t to Rand Paul, it wasn’t to any of his victory committees—it was directly to University of Utah.”

“Well, of course,” Gor confirmed to Breitbart News when asked whether Sen. Paul helped solicit the donation. “It’s not a secret. And he [Paul] admires him [Trump] for it. But it has nothing to do with his political positions. His charity giving was honorable. No one questions that. In fact, it’s been under reported.”

‘Undocumented, unafraid.’: DACA recipients storm the U.S. Capitol

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By Perry Stein

They ditched school and marched to Capitol Hill en masse, then filled four floors of balconies in the vast atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. Silent at first, fists raised in the air, they soon erupted into bellowing chants that echoed through the massive marble-clad room.

“Dream Act. Dream Act.”

“Sí se puede. Sí se puede.”

The demonstration Thursday involving high school and college students from the Washington region and beyond was the latest attempt by undocumented immigrants and their advocates to keep Congress focused on their plight.

In September, President Trump announced he would kill the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants work permits and deportation protection to nearly 700,000 illegal immigrants brought here as children.

If Congress does not pass legislation to replace the program, work permits will begin expiring in March.

Competing bills have been proposed to offer DACA recipients a path to citizenship, and a group of Republican lawmakers held a news conference Thursday to urge action on that legislation this year. The Republican leadership — consumed with plans to cut taxes — has said no vote is likely before January.

“It’s been two months since DACA has been rescinded, and we have no solution yet,” said Bruna Bouhid, communications manager for United We Dream, the organization that helped plan Thursday’s protest. “Immigrant youth are honestly fed up, and they are tired of waiting.”

Students wore orange shirts that said “Clean Dream Act,” a reference to legislation that would offer a path to citizenship without adding tough new anti-immigration measures.

They came from local schools including Woodrow Wilson High School in Northwest Washington, Gaithersburg High School in suburban Maryland, Georgetown University, Trinity Washington University and more.

Groups also traveled from states as far as Washington and Arkansas. Kristina Saccone, a spokeswoman for D.C. Public Schools, said the protest was not a sanctioned school event, and students who participated received unexcused early dismissals.

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“My parents were hesitant to let me come, but I insisted that this is an important cause and they came around,” said Gissel Bonilla, a sophomore at School Without Walls in Washington whose parents are from El Salvador. “Something needs to be done.”

A U.S. Capitol Police officer used a megaphone to warn the crowd it is illegal to demonstrate in the building. “Stop chanting if you do not intend to be arrested,” the officer said.

Most people became quiet and raised their fists in the air, but a handful of protesters continued their refrain.

Eva Malecki, a spokeswoman for U.S. Capitol Police, said 15 people were arrested, all of them adults.

Martin Martinez, a 24-year-old DACA recipient from Spokane, Washington, said he came to Capitol Hill to fight for his future. He immigrated from Mexico with his family when he was 8, and now attends college and works as a field organizer for United We Dream.

“I consider this country my country,” Martinez said. “DACA gave me the opportunity to feel safe and provide for myself and my family. That power that I have been given to help myself and my community is at stake.”

The protest inside the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) stood with some of his staff in the corner of the Hart Senate Building watching the protest unfold early Thursday afternoon. He said it was a powerful display, and he wants to vote for a clean Dream Act as soon as possible.

“We need to just get Ryan to put something on the floor so we can vote on it,” Ellison said, a reference to Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).

On Wednesday, Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security was asked about DACA recipients during her confirmation hearing.

Nielsen said participants in the program would not be an enforcement priority for Immigration and Customs Enforcement if Congress fails to act, an assurance that drew criticism from anti-immigration groups on social media.

She also told Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), one of the administration’s fiercest critics, the government would not use personal information it has compiled through the program to track down individuals whose DACA permits expire and deport them.

No matter. The young protesters who came to the Senate a day later said they would not stop demonstrating until Congress passed firm legislation.

As they exited the Hart building Thursday, again with their fists raised, they chanted once again.

“Undocumented,” they yelled. “Unafraid.”

‘Latinos are a real problem for him’ – Panama hotel aims to remove Trump brand

Owners of the Trump International Hotel in Panama are working to strip the US president’s name from the building and fire the hotel management. The decision follows a steady rejection of the Trump brand from properties around the world.

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The 70-story building, located on Panama City’s waterfront, once paid at least $32 million to associate with Donald Trump. The 369-room condominium-hotel has been struggling with poor occupancy, however.

The move to erase the president’s name and fire the hotel management followed the news that Trump was being paid to end a similar management contract for the Trump Soho hotel in New York.

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“I bought there because I thought Trump’s name made it a safe investment,” Al Monstavicius, a retired Nevada doctor who owns a penthouse hotel unit in the Panama project told AP. “But Latinos are a real problem for him in Panama.”

The Trump Organization acknowledged to AP the effort to strip away the Panama property’s management and brand. It said it believed the move was a contract violation.

Owners of apartments and hotel units at the Panama property have previously complained about problems with Trump’s management. In October 2015, AP reported owners of apartments in the building had revolted over alleged mismanagement, firing Trump’s manager from the building’s overall board of directors. Trump threatened to sue but the claim was settled and Trump remained manager of the hotel component of the tower.

“Not only do we have a valid, binding and enforceable long-term management agreement, but any suggestion that the hotel is not performing up to expectations is belied by the actual facts,” the Trump Organization said in a statement.

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The Panama move follows similar efforts at other buildings. Earlier this month, an apartment complex on Manhattan’s West Side stripped Trump’s name from its three buildings after complaints from residents. Close to 600 residents in the Trump Place apartment complex signed a “Dump the Trump name” petition, according to Bloomberg News. The building will use its street address instead.

“We’re very pleased, people felt really good that they could do something,” Linda Gottlieb, one of the petition’s authors, told Bloomberg. “It was an empowering way to protest. It wasn’t a random protest, it was a very specific protest.”

The name change was mutually agreed upon and “simply the enforcement of a pre-existing agreement which has been in place for years,” Amanda Miller, a Trump Organization vice president, told the news outlet in an email.

Even before Trump was elected, a Dubai real estate firm building a $6 billion golf complex removed his name and image following a backlash over the presidential candidate’s proposal to “ban all Muslims” from entering the United States.

 

Previously Deported Gang Member, Child Sex Offenders Busted Crossing Border

by BOB PRICE 22 Nov 2017

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector arrested two previously deported child sex offenders and a member of the Sureño 13 street gang illegally re-entering the U.S.

The arrests began on Saturday afternoon when agents working from the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station captured a man illegally crossing the border near Naco, Arizona. Agents arrested and transported him to the station for processing. During a background investigation, the agents learned that 34-year-old Abigael Calvo-Calvo, a Mexican national, has a criminal history that includes a conviction in San Mateo County, California, for “Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child Under 14.” The conviction occurred in 2012, according to information provided to Breitbart Texas by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesman Rob Daniels.

Calvo-Calvo now faces new criminal charges for felony re-entry after being deported as a registered sex offender.

The following evening, Agents from the Douglas Station found another man crossing west of Douglas, Arizona. During processing, the agents determined the identity of 33-year-old Juan Herrera-Gameros, a Mexican national. A records check revealed a 2005 conviction in Cochise County Superior Court for “Sexual Conduct with a Child,” officials stated. Herrera-Gameros also faces charges of re-entry after being deported as a sex offender.

Brian A. Terry Station agents also stopped another potentially violent illegal immigrant from re-entering the U.S. The agents arrested 28-year-old Pedro Castro-Guillen, a Mexican national, after he crossed west of Naco. A records check uncovered a prior deportation due to his membership in the Sureño 13 street gang. Officials stated that Castro-Guillen will face criminal charges for immigration violations.

The Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station is named in honor of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry who was killed by a Mexican “rip crew” in southern Arizona on December 14, 2010. Agent Terry’s murder led to the disclosure of the Obama Administration’s Fast and Furious gun running scheme that put thousands of guns in the hands of Mexican criminals.

Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon spoke at a banquet honoring Agent Terry on Saturday, Breitbart News’ Michelle Moons reported.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that he will lay down his life for his friend,” Bannon told attendees of the annual Brian Terry Foundation Courage Awards Dinner. “Brian Terry laid down his life for his friends, his family, his community, and his country. I don’t think you’ll meet a braver man.”

Bannon told Terry’s family and friends that his murder helped make border security a major issue for the 2016 presidential campaign.

“I can tell you, [Donald Trump] wouldn’t be President of the United States if [not for] the incident that happened here,” Bannon said. “Brian Terry will live in history as a historical figure and the reason was, he brought to the attention of the American people, he put a human face on it, he put a hero’s face on it, of what is exactly at risk on the southern border of our country.”

‘I Am Not Hiding’ Stamford Mother Says After Stay Of Deportation Denied – Hartford Courant

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By Sandra Gomez-Aceves, Nicholas Rondinone and Christopher Keating

When Miriam Martinez-Lemus left violence-stricken Guatemala in 1992 for the United States, “there was no alternative.” After a stay of deportation was denied Monday afternoon, she defied Immigration and Customs Enforcement and instead of boarding a flight, she headed to her Stamford home. That was her only alternative.

“I am not hiding,” Martinez-Lemus told The Courant in a phone interview. “I am in my home, with my family, causing no harm.”

She is wearing a tracking bracelet issued by ICE, so there is no doubt about her whereabouts.

Early Monday Martinez-Lemus and her attorney, Glenn Formica, were armed with roughly 700 pages of supporting documents to present in court. It was a last-minute effort that they hoped would convince officials to allow her to remain in the United States, beside her family.

But as the afternoon came, the hopes shifted. The stay of deportation that would temporarily postpone Martinez-Lemus’ deportation order was denied. She was ordered to board the 3 p.m. flight she had previously booked to her native Guatemala, but she purposely missed it.

“My day has been full of emotions — both positive and negative,” Martinez-Lemus said. “But I feel stronger now because I am doing something to remain with my daughters.”

ICE remained firm in its decision to carry out the deportation.

“Miriam Martinez-Lemus is citizen of Guatemala,” said Shawn Neudauer, a spokesman for ICE and the Department of Homeland Security. “A federal immigration judge granted her voluntary departure in 2002, but she failed to leave the U.S. as instructed and that order automatically changed to a final order of removal.

“In a measure of discretion, ICE did not place her in custody, but entered her into an Alternatives to Detention program, and she has been checking in periodically at an ICE office. She was asked to provide proof she intends to leave the U.S., in compliance with the court’s order, which she has done. Should she fail to depart as instructed, she will be listed as an immigration fugitive and arrested when encountered, and then ICE will carry out her removal order.”

In other cases, undocumented immigrants whose stay of deportation requests have been denied have sought refuge in churches. Martinez-Lemus decided to remain in her home and “it did not cross my mind” to seek sanctuary in a church, she said.

“Miriam is going to do what she has done as she came — she is going to be lawful and abide by all conditions [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] places on her,” Formica, said. “We are saying to ICE, you know where she is. You want her, come and take her from her child.”

Now, Martinez-Lemus, her two daughters and her husband, will wait for ICE to knock on their door.

“It could be hours, to weeks, to months,” Sidd Sinha, an associate attorney at Formica Williams, said. “It depends on how much of a priority she is, and she obviously was, for [ICE] to deny her a stay.”

Formica said, “ICE, for whatever reason, sees this as a priority. They have said she cannot stay, and I am saying she cannot go.”

Since Martinez-Lemus’ case went public, a petition on MoveOn.org asking for her deportation order to be stopped has obtained more than 8,000 signatures. At her home Monday night, a member of the organization Building One Community, remained at Martinez-Lemus’ side.

In an afternoon press conference in New Haven, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urged ICE to reconsider.

“I understand it’s complicated but I have to say the American people did not ask for what’s happening here to take place,” Malloy said. He said President Donald Trump promised only immigration action against what he called “bad hombres.”

“That is not the situation here,” Malloy said. “If it was the situation here, I wouldn’t be here. This is a very different set of circumstances.”

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he is working with Martinez-Lemus’ attorney to stop the deportation. He arrived at the press conference and hugged Martinez-Lemus.

“This persecution by ICE is reprehensible and irresponsible, “ Blumenthal said. “Miriam is the voice and the face of our resistance to a policy that cannot be countenanced or condoned. … Miriam should be given a chance to contest this order.”

Blumenthal and others said she has been living peacefully in the United States for 25 years and should not be deported.

He said he will bring the case directly to the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees ICE.

Martinez-Lemus has been checking in with immigration authorities since 2012, and has been granted stays of removal, according to her husband, Raphael Benavides.

“Besides the fact that she’s a human being, she’s a mother, she’s a wife. We’re a family,” he told The Courant over the weekend. “That’s what we’ve created. We wanted our children to grow up in a healthy environment.”

Not long after crossing the border at Nogales, Ariz., in 1992, Martinez-Lemus settled in Stamford, where she lives with Benavides and daughters — Brianna, 12, and Alison, 10. Both the children are U.S. citizens.

Brianna suffers from Type 1 diabetes, according to the family, and requires constant care and supervision.

Dr. Stuart Weinzimer, a professor of pediatrics at Yale, said Brianna’s juvenile diabetes is a serious condition that has been helped with Martinez-Lemus’ care.

“It is a life-threatening condition,” Weinzimer told reporters Monday. “It is a lot of risk if all that good care-taking is put in jeopardy.”

“Let us remember that Brianna is an American citizen, and she needs our help,” Malloy said. “I plead with ICE for sufficient time for other avenues to be explored.”

Joining the three dozen people rallying outside the federal building Monday were Hartord Mayor Luke Bronin and members of Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance. Jesus Morales Sanchez, a member of the group, said, “We are hoping for a Thanksgiving miracle that she will be able to stay home with her family.”

Open Border Policies Kill Border Officer With Cracked Skull, Another Critical

Border security is a joke to Congress and the Chamber of Commerce, a game of pay to play for not doing what is best for America. That game cost a life today and…

By Rick Wells

Once again an American is dead and another fighting for his life as a result of Democrat and RINO insistence and manipulation in maintaining America’s open borders. Once again the death and injury were completely preventable if we had a Congress that put national security and sovereignty ahead of self-enrichment and facilitating the destruction of our nation.

Border Patrol Agent Rogilio Martinez is dead by the hand of illegal aliens, possibly cartel members or terrorists, we don’t really know. We do know that if the fence had been built when the money was appropriated back in 2006 or anytime since then, the perpetrators would not have been in the United States and agent Martinez would have had dinner with his family this evening.

Breitbart News was first to report the incident in which, according to Border Patrol Agent Brandon Judd, who is also their union president, Agent Martinez appears to have been ambushed by a group of illegal aliens he was tracking. He said, “Our agents’ reports from the ground say that he was struck in the head multiple times with a rock or rocks.”

Judd says the other agent, who has not been named, “arrived on scene a short time later and was also ambushed and struck in the head with what is believed to have been a rock or rocks.” He went on to say, “These disgusting acts and complete disregard for human life need to stop immediately. Family members of slain Agent Martinez will never get to see him come home again all because we have failed to secure our borders from such criminals.” The second officer is hospitalized in serious condition.

President Trump recognizes the threat that Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the other swamp creatures who are paid off by the US Chamber of Commerce choose to deliberately ignore. If armed, experienced and trained border agents aren’t safe on American soil, no American is. These could well have been terrorists making their entry into the country, determined that no infidel would stand in their way.

Judd stated, cryptically, as if they might in fact be terrorists, “When all facts come to light on this matter, I believe the public will be outraged as there are those who do not value life who come across our border. Our borders must be secured and criminals must be held accountable.”

The American people are already outraged by the lack of action and the resistance to the border wall by the criminal, corrupt, globalist Democrats who are determined to overthrow our nation, partially by eliminating our borders and overwhelming us with a foreign, non-assimilated population.

The problem lies with the corrupt officials, communists and fascists, who are still working as hard as ever to achieve the fundamental transformation of America into a slave nation ruled by the elites, our would-be globalist masters. This man didn’t have to die in service to his nation. His partner didn’t have to be critically injured, perhaps for life. We simply need patriots in positions of power.

All it would have taken was politicians and government officials willing to put the interests of Americans first instead of obstructing and ridiculing every effort of those who try. It means calling out those offenders, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Luis Gutierrez, Al Green, Sheila Jackson Lee, Dick Durbin and all of the other vile Democrats. It means holding accountable RINOs like Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, John Cornyn and Mike McCaul who say one thing and do another, who promise security and then serve the globalist dictators who reward them handsomely.

They are to blame and for our own safety and security shortcomings that they intentionally engineer. They need to be eliminated from the equation. It’s past time for Americans to identify them and get rid of them. They are the scum making our downfall not only possible, but perhaps now unavoidable.

 

One-Third of 214 Arrested MS-13 Gangsters Were ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’

by IAN MASON16 Nov 2017

Almost one-third of 214 U.S.-based MS-13 gang members arrested in an international sweep were invited into the United States by President Barack Obama’s “Unaccompanied Alien Children” policy.

The successful “Raging Bull’ sweep was announced by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Tom Homan in a joint press conference at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

The operation is a “significant step towards dismantling and eradicating MS-13 in the United States and in El Salvador,” said  Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Rybicki, the second-ranking official at DOJ’s Criminal Division. El Salvador police also arrested 53 gang members in El Salvador.

Sixteen of the 214 arrestees in the United States are U.S. citizens. Five were legal immigrants.

Ninety-three of 214 arrestees are charged with federal or state criminal offenses and will face prison time in the United States, said Derek Benner, the deputy executive associate director of the Homeland Security Investigations division. 

The group of 214 include 193 illegal aliens, including 121 arrestees who will be deported but will not face criminal charges. 

Sixty-four of the 193 illegals – nearly one in three – are would-be “dreamers” because they illegally crossed the border while claiming to be minors. Their unscreened claims to be children — not adults — won them the legal status of Unaccompanied Alien Children,” which allowed them to claim federal aid and be released into the United States.

The status was provided by Obama’s administration, which was seeking ways to welcome migrants from Central America into the United States. That invite spiraled out of control, resulting in a huge wave of migrants in 2014, which helped Donald Trump get elected.

“Definitely some UACs end up being bad people and enter the country to do bad things,” said Homan, who is serving as acting ICE director and was nominated on Tuesday by Trump to head the agency. “That’s why we asked for several policy changes in [the requests] we sent to the Hill.”

Criminal charges against the 214 gang-members include racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder in the furtherance of racketeering. According to Rybicki, an entire eight-man MS-13 “clique” (a local division of a gang) was arrested in the operation. This “Sailors Clique” operated in suburban Maryland, a hotspot of MS-13 activity, and has been linked to at least three murders.

U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief Scott Luck explained that the operation worked with El Salvadoran intelligence agencies to identify people with links to MS-13.

The gang was created in Los Angeles during the 1980s because the U..S government failed to enforce immigration laws, which allowed El Salvador youths to sneak into the United States. Without economic skills in California’s diverse society, they formed their own national gang — and then recreated that gang in their own homeland once the illegal immigrants were repatriated home. 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna explained that his agency’s work to identify illegal aliens with gang affiliations was vital to Raging Bull’s success. USCIS had one of its Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS)agents at the Raging Bull command center full time to work to that effect. “That individual reviewed asylum claims for MS-13 members targeted by the operation and assisted in assembling target packages for the immigration and/or criminal court proceedings of these gang members arrested during the operation,” Cissna said.

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions bemoaned in October, gang members and other unworthy illegal aliens often use the United States’s generous asylum policies to tie up their cases in administrative proceedings, often needing only a “credible claim” of persecution in their home country to avoid deportation for years.

“FDNS also notified ICE HSI regarding asylum applicants with strong ties to MS-13 or other significant gang indicators,” Cissna continued. “Our headquarters FDNS officers search USCIS systems for information regarding 195 targeted MS-13 members and associates identified by the operation for additional vetting.”

Operation Raging Bull carries on a series of nationwide and international efforts against the brutal gang. In July, Attorney General Sessions went to El Salvador to announce nearly 600 arrests in that country. Earlier in the summer, ICE’s “Operation Matador” netteddozens of arrests in the United States.

El Salvador police also arrested 53 gang members in el Salvador.