Anti-Migrant Border Fence to Go Up as Balkans Crisis Re-Ignites

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By Dan Lyman

Montenegro is making plans for a fence along its border with Albania as the migrant crisis in the Balkans heats up again.

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Migrants and human traffickers are forging new pipelines through the Balkan Peninsula to the European Union after a primary route exploited by hundreds of thousands in the 2015 surge was effectively sealed off.

“In the case of a greater influx of migrants, we may raise a razor wire fence on the border with Albania,” said Vojislav Dragovic, head of Montenegro’s department for state border supervision.

He accused Albania of refusing to re-admit migrants once they had been rejected by Montenegro, despite bi-lateral agreements obligating them to do so.

Montenegro is seeing an increase in migrants attempting to cross its borders in their quest to reach Croatia and EU soil.

Similarly, nearby Bosnia and Herzegovina is experiencing a large build-up of ‘asylum seekers’ who have totally overwhelmed Sarajevo’s modest migrant centers and continue to arrive by the thousands.

“We expect about 50,000 arrivals by the end of the year,” Adnan Tatarevic, a Sarajevo-based pro-migrant activist, told Reuters.

The government of Republika Srpska, which represents the Serbian entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has called for increased measures to secure the nation’s borders.

“We want to protect our way of life,” said Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska. “We don’t want changes to the future structure of the population.”

Croatia and Slovenia are bracing for a deluge of at least 60,000 illegal immigrants attempting to gain entry to their countries before moving north towards the heart of Europe.

Last month, Serbian MP Sanda Ivic warned that the EU is seeking to turn the Balkan Peninsula into a “parking lot for migrants,” using strong-arm tactics against weak nations, while deferring to demands from Turkey.

“The EU is no longer ready to accept large masses of migrants, so it needs some kind of filter to stem the flow of refugees; but it can’t use Turkey for this purpose because the latter could start blackmailing Brussels,” Ivic told Sputnik. “Croatia is the EU border territory, located next to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.”

Hungary erected a border fence following the 2015 migrant crisis that effectively reduced illegal immigration at its southern border completely.

AP ISSUES RETRACTION, DELETES TRUMP “ANIMAL” TWEET

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The Associated Press (AP) deleted its tweet that falsely claimed Trump’s “animal” comment was directed at all illegals crossing the border.

AP’s Thursday correction admits it was not clear that the president was specifically referencing the violent MS-13 gang.

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The now-deleted tweet that 12.8 million followers originally saw said Trump described all illegals crossing the border as “animals,” a statement the AP is now backing away from.

“Trump referred to those crossing US border illegally as ‘animals’ and slammed California sanctuary state laws as ‘deadly,’” read Wednesday’s deleted tweet.

Kellyanne Conway scolded the media who took the president’s words out of context and said they owed him an apology.

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Even CNN had to clarify its original report by saying Trump was responding to a question about the MS-13 gang.

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MS-13 is the very gang President Trump declared war on earlier this year.

Four Ways Speaker Ryan Can Block the Discharge Amnesty

By Neil Munro

House Speaker Paul Ryan has many tools to prevent the discharge petition from reaching the House floor — and even to prevent a clear majority of legislators from passing the planned amnesty.

Twenty GOP legislators have signed the petition, just five short of the number need to let the Democrats get 218 votes for a floor vote on an amnesty bill. When, or if, 25 GOP members have signed, Democrats can rush another 193 signatures on the petition, giving them then 218 votes they need to force a vote on the floor, which can happen the following month.

Voters can make their opinions clear, and the President can threaten a veto, but House Speaker Ryan has the institutional and political power to make or break the amnesty petition — and to avoid turning the floor over to Rep. Nancy Pelosi in the run-up to the November election.

Ryan can demote, defund and defenestrate GOP legislators who sign the petition.

“What can be doing is beating the crap out of these moderates just like they would be beating the crap out of conservatives if they were trying to do this,” said Rachel Bovard, policy director at Conservative Partnership Institute.

Ryan can exclude members from joint fundraisers, deny them any share of collective funds and kick them out of the committee slots which make members attractive to donors. He can ask donors to stop donating, and he can ask allies to stop allying, and he can threaten to freeze out retiring members if they start lobbying for favors.

In 2015, 34 House members voted against the House Speaker John Boehner’s leadership on a trade issue.

Boehner retaliated and Rep. Mark Meadows temporarily losing the chairmanship of a House subcommittee. Rep. Steve Pearce from New Mexico and two other legislators were kicked out of the whip’s team for the same cause.

Rep. Richard Nugent got the hook in 2015 when he voted against Boehner in the leadership election. Shortly after, Politico reported:

Campaign checks from corporate political action committees have all but dried up. GOP leaders have prohibited him from traveling on congressional trips to Iraq and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Bills that Nugent has written have been snatched away and doled out to other members of the House Republican Conference, including one dealing with mental health. And Boehner kicked him … off the influential Rules Committee.

In 2012, conservative Rep. Tim Huelskamp was pushed out of the Budget Committee and the Agriculture Committee. Four years, later, he was defeated in a primary by a business-backed rival.

So far, Ryan has not visibly penalized any of the 20 GOP members who have signed the petition.

The retiring Speaker can get the next Speaker to pressure House legislators.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is Ryan’s expected replacement — unless the party fractures itself before the election.

“Paul Ryan is a lame duck Speaker, but Kevin McCarthy could be threatening people,” said Vaughan. “It is hard for [Ryan] to lean on people— there is not much pressure that he can put on them” because everyone knows he is departing, she said. But people know they can lose out if they try to ignore demands from the next House Speaker.

After weeks of quiet, McCarthy now appears willing to push back. On Tuesday, for example, Breitbart News reported that McCarthy urged GOP members to not sign the petition:

“Our numbers are better,” McCarthy told House GOP members, per a source in the room. “If election is today we win. Will we continue to grow. But few things can disrupt us. We cannot disrupt ourselves. Intensity levels are still not there, and discharge petitions release the power of the floor that the American people gave us the responsibly to hold. When you release that power the majority goes to Nancy. If you want to depress intensity this is number one way to do it. We can debate internally but don’t let someone else like Nancy decide our future.”

The Speaker can put the Goodlatte bill on the floor.

The discharge petition offers an amendment to a bigger immigration bill created by Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Mike McCaul, the chairmen of the House judiciary committee and the House homeland security committee.

The petition’s status as an amendment means that it is sidelined if the House debates the Goodlatte bill, said Bovard.

The petition says:

Pursuant to clause 2 of rule XV, I, [Rep.] Carlos Curbelo, move to discharge the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution (H.Res. 774) entitled, a resolution providing for consideration of the [Goodlatte] bill (H.R. 4760) to amend the immigration laws and the homeland security laws, and for other purposes, which was referred to said committee March 13, 2018, in support of which motion the undersigned Members of the House of Representatives affix their signatures …

“Kill this discharge petition in the cradle — bring the [Goodlatte] bill to the floor and make [GOP] people vote for it,” she said. A big fight would show the base that their legislators are fighting for them,  and show voters what immigration policies are being pushed by Democrats, she said, adding “a big ‘ol fight right before the midterms would be hugely clarifying.”

If the petition gets to 218 votes, the Speaker can block the vote by keeping the House out of session for just two days each month.

The petition rules say debates forced by petitions can only be held on two Mondays of each month. According to the rules:

If the Member is successful in convincing a majority of the total membership of the House (218 Members) to sign a discharge petition, the motion to discharge is placed on the Calendar of Motions to Discharge Committees and becomes eligible for consideration on the second or fourth Monday of the month after a seven legislative day layover

“It is the one play the Speaker has if they get 218,” said Bovard. “Just not have the House in session in the second and fourth Mondays.”