Immigration Chief Says Rollout of New Asylum Rule to Happen in Days

The acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said a Supreme Court victory regarding asylum applicants will result in significant changes to the immigration process in a short time.

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Ken Cuccinelli touched on what the Sept. 11 ruling will mean for the illegal immigrants who are reaching the U.S.-Mexico border en masse and lodging asylum claims.

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“So [the impact on the ground] is already being felt,” Cuccinelli told host Margaret Brennan. “We will do it in the places where we have the logistics in place fastest first and then move it all the way across the border, but this will be measured in days, not weeks.”

The nation’s highest court ruled that the Trump administration can enforce its rule of barring asylum applicants from entering the country if they first did not seek protected status in a country they passed on their way to the U.S.

The decision means the U.S. government could soon begin denying thousands of asylum applicants who reach the southern border—giving relief to the country’s immigration court system.

The Supreme Court decision followed a back-and-forth between the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and a judge appointed by President Barack Obama who twice imposed a nationwide injunction on the Trump administration’s asylum rule.

“Most of the people coming in that are claiming asylum on the southern border are coming in illegally already,” Cuccinelli said. “The circumstances that we face on our southern border are still crisis circumstances and we have a 335,000-asylum-case backlog, which I take very seriously, and it has creeped up while I have been here, despite us throwing more and more resources at trying to drive it down.”

“There are legitimate asylum claims in there,” he added. “Some of them have been waiting over two years, and we take very seriously the need to get to those people. Unfortunately, this system is clogged up with a lot of fraudulent claims.”

Cuccinelli also noted that Customs and Border Protection, a separate agency within the Department of Homeland Security, has deployed resources into the Bahamas, something he says he never recalls the agency doing before. Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands.

“We rushed resources in. … The Coast Guard, who are downright heroic in there, and Border Patrol assets were moved in there as well, to make hundreds of saves,” he said.

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Pastor-Turned-Congressman Is Taking Conservative Ideas to New Places

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., is building bridges between conservatives and communities of color. The congressman spoke out against the chant “send them back,” directed at critics of President Donald Trump such as Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. Walker, also a Baptist pastor, is challenging his colleagues, and all Americans, to honor and respect those who disagree. Listen to the full episode of The Daily Signal Podcast or read a lightly edited transcript below.

Virginia Allen: Congressman Walker, you have just returned to Washington from your district in North Carolina. What’s on the minds of the citizens back in North Carolina?

Mark Walker: Well, there’s a lot on their minds, and as you get more and more closer, I should say, to the presidential elections, a lot of people want to talk about that.

Of course, there are some people from the business community that are very concerned whether [House] Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi will allow a vote on the USMCA [U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement] trade act.

That’s going to be very important. It impacts North Carolina, impacts the whole country and tens of thousands of jobs, so one of the things they talked about was that. And always health care and some of the other things, as far as what Republicans are doing, even in the minority, to make sure.

I think Vice President Mike Pence said it really well: “In the majority, you legislate. In the minority, you communicate, and sometimes you try to figure out a way to do both.”

Bluey: And you’re certainly in a position, and in the House, where that is a priority, communication. I know that in your previous role [as chairman] with the Republican Study Committee, it was as well. So tell us about what you expect to happen this fall.

What are the priorities that Republicans have? In some cases, you’ve been able to outmaneuver Democrats, it seems … using a motion to recommit and other rules to make sure your issues do stand at the forefront.

Walker: Yeah, I appreciate that you’re paying that close attention to the process, because it is important.

Is there any way that we can do that? One of the things that we did try to win, something that’s very important to the American people, that the majority of the American people support, is allowing a baby to survive if he or she goes [through] a botched abortion.

I was one of the people that spoke firmly and consistently, as most people I think with any kind of heart would do so. Yet, once again, the Democrats have blocked any kind of floor vote. The reason, the strategy behind that is, that Speaker Pelosi and her leadership team, they know that the majority of the American people are horrified. The fact that we are in a First World country [and] claim any kind of moral high ground.

Take the abortion argument out of it. We’re just talking about a born-alive amendment. That’s one of the things that we’re going to continue to talk about.

Trade is another [priority], and why the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Act is an important trade agreement to move forward. Mexico is now our No. 1 trade partner, so those things are important to us.

Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to talk more about those in the fall as well.

Bluey: Well, I’m glad you brought up communication, because it is so critical for conservatives to make sure that they’re on the forefront. … Because it’s so critical that conservatives talk not just to our base about those issues, but also reach out to new audiences, and that’s been a priority of ours at The Heritage Foundation under the leadership of Kay Coles James. And I wanted to ask you about a recent article that was in The Charlotte Observer, talking about your efforts to reach new communities, particularly those of color.

Share with us why it is important for you to take your message [of] conservative values to this audience.

Walker: There is probably nothing that I’m more passionate about in my time in the U.S. Congress, whatever time God allows us to serve in this capacity, than to build some of those bridges.

Maybe [it’s] the background as a pastor for 16 years working in the inner cities of places like Cleveland and New York and Baltimore. I have met so many wonderful people, yet sadly on the behalf of Republicans or conservative ideology as a whole, it has not permeated in to many of these communities.

The Democrats have beat us to it, and they have used arts and entertainment, education, politics, pretty much any kind of medium, to be able to propagate a false message that has created a victimhood to the point that you’ve put limitations [on ourselves].

Now, forgive me for using a Scripture reference, but Psalms 139. I understand that every person that God creates [is] fearfully and wonderfully made with unique abilities and talents and skill sets.

So part of my job, and you just said it, Rob, [is going beyond] just taking the message to the base. What I say is, we can’t survive just simply preaching to the choir.

Sorry for the other church reference, but how do we augment our message? How do we take it to new places and new communities that have never heard about individual liberty and opportunity in fulfilling the very giftedness that you’re created with?

That’s my passion, and we’ve been able to have, I guess, some marginal success. But as long as I get a chance to serve, as I said, we’re going to continue to make that the forefront of our message.

Allen: Congressman, how are you going about encouraging your colleagues on the Hill to reach out to those communities of color and begin to build and strengthen those relationships?

Walker: Well, there’s a lot of good intentions by Republicans and my colleagues and some who are working very hard. But I think the biggest flaw that we’ve had over the last decade or so is the idea that there’s a secret policy that builds the conduit to all of our communities.

Policy, we have to understand, comes second. It is the relationship that comes first, because with healthy relationships, you build trust. And with trust then you have the pathway or the asphalt to be able to drive home some of this wonderful freedom ideology that liberates all of us economically and what have you.

Now, the president gets some wonderful props in some of the numbers that we have seen, but in order to build this long term, we have to—to your question, Virginia—be disciplined enough to go into the communities even when you’re not the keynote speaker.

This past Sunday, I had a chance to speak at a 95% to 97% predominantly African-American church. In fact, this one, many of the parishioners were immigrants from Kenya, Nigeria, and some other African nations, and I was just so humbled to be there.

I called my wife. She was at our home church. I called my wife afterwards, [about] just the way they treated me with such class, and they made me feel worthy of that. But it is months and years of investment, building those relationships. Genuine, not faking it with some kind of “Hey, like us because we can do this for you,” but earning the trust to be able to talk about things that we believe are best for all of our communities.

Bluey: Congressman, our president [at Heritage] Kay Coles James, who I’ve mentioned already, and our [Daily Signal] editor-in-chief, Katrina Trinko, both wrote about how troubling it was to use the chants [of] “send them back” or “go back.” Kay herself has heard that as an African-American woman in her own experience, and shared how hurtful it was to her personally.

You also came out and were critical of the chant that was heard, “Send them back,” directed at people like [Rep.] Ilhan Omar, a colleague of yours in the House. Why did you feel it so important to speak out on this issue?

Walker: Because Republicans must take the lead when it comes to calling some of this out.

There’s
nothing more advantageous that the left likes to use than the stereotype that
Republicans do not care about communities of color. The second part of that is,
there just should be something internally that if we know there are certain
phrases or certain things that are tropes or phrases that have hurt our
brothers and sisters … that shouldn’t be something we have to think about.

That shouldn’t be about politics. That should be about our moral fiber and the content of our character to immediately call that out, even if it’s some people that identify with certain ideology that we may agree with.

That’s an easy call. It should be. And I felt like it was important for me, being there live at that event, to speak about that.

In fact, the next day, I was having breakfast with the vice president, a handful of the members of leadership, about seven or eight of us. The last thing I said to the vice president [was], “Please communicate to the president that this is something that does not help us.”

I was glad to see that President Trump, not just because of my encouragement, later on that day condemned that [chanting], and we haven’t had to worry about that since.

But that’s what Republicans have to do. Historically, we are the party that has tried to care about and really lift up the lives of all our communities. But we’ve got to be very, very vocal about it, because we’re pushing back against the narrative that we’re not.

Bluey: The Republican Party certainly has such a rich history. It’s something that I think oftentimes doesn’t get discussed enough or taught in schools, or we just seem to forget. But it is the party of Lincoln, after all.

Walker: Absolutely, and we need to continue to build on that.

Allen: You speak openly about how conservative policies, such as criminal justice reform and tax cuts, have really helped low-income communities, including African-American communities. But how should those on the right go about messaging these successes to communities of color?

Walker: Virginia, that’s a great question. The approach is crucial. If your attitude is you coming in from a condescending standpoint or spike the football, no matter how good the policy might be there’s a defensive reaction, as we all would have.

If you’re on
the receiving end, and somebody’s like, “I told you so” or “You should do this,”
our first human reaction is to resist it a little bit.

I think if we’re disciplined enough to do it, really, from a genuine place of loving the communities that we’re privileged to represent, I think it has a chance to resonate not only quicker, but even augment it to a place where it impacts many more Americans.

Bluey: You know, Congressman, last week on “The Daily Signal Podcast,” we featured an interview with CJ Pearson. He’s a 17-year-old high school senior who talked about … how his own family, his parents, are registered Democrats. But the values that they taught him and then continued to teach him in his own house, are what he would consider to be traditional American values or conservative values.

So it sounds like sometimes with the policies, there just might be a disconnect. Because really, in many of these families, they might from a value system be with us, and in many cases, across the board, as CJ talked about.

Walker: There’s no question. I have a friend of mine, his name is Odell Cleveland. He is the CEO, executive pastor of the second-largest African-American church in North Carolina. When he came out five years ago when I first decided to run and not only supported us, but publicly endorsed me, he took a lot of heat over it. There’s a narrative there that you don’t do that. But he was willing to really put his neck on the line to be able to say, “I believe in this guy. I trust his heart in this.”

Because of
heroes like that, it opens up certain pathways to begin to talk about hard
issues. That’s to your point, Rob. That’s what I discovered is, there’s a ton
of similarities there when it comes to pro-life issues, when it comes to what
we believe in as far as the best way to rear children in traditional homes. There’s so much there, but there’s been such a false narrative.

Listen, we have to own some of that. When I had a chance to be invited to Alabama with [Rep.] John Lewis to be able to return to the civil rights pilgrimage, I think there were 50 of us on Saturday, 48 Democrats and two Republicans. And sometimes I wonder, with my voting record, why I would be invited, because it’s pretty staunch conservative, but I believe it’s about the heart.

Even today, earlier, getting a chance to be invited … by the [Congressional Black Caucus] of all people, even though they know my record is without blemish when it comes to holding up the conservative values that we believe in.

But I believe if you get to the place where you understand that it’s not so much about winning the argument as it is about making a difference, I believe that puts you at a good place to be able to share, really, in a much broader way than maybe even you thought you originally could do.

Bluey: Well, I imagine that when you get together with members of the [Congressional Black Caucus] or other Democratic congressmen, you probably both recognize that there is a problem. Maybe you have different solutions for how you would go about addressing it, but fundamentally you all do want to make a difference.

Walker: Absolutely, and listen, I don’t shy away from the fact that I believe some of these policies from the left have damaged these communities, entrapped people into poverty, and we’ve seen 50, 60 years of it. So there are big differences, but I’d use this quote: “It’s harder to hate up close.”

So if you’re willing to go in and try to build a genuine relationship, but talk about these differences, I’m not under some kind of pie-in-the-sky mentality that once you do that, everything goes away.

But sometimes, as much as I have relationships with those leaders, I would rather go to the communities and say, “Well, here’s the truth about the situation.” Because that’s where the pressure comes up on their leaders to make some changes, as opposed to the other way around.

Bluey: You’ve talked about how you attempt to bring people together, and a couple years ago, you were able to bring some conservative congressmen together with leaders of historically black colleges and universities.

Talk about some of the efforts that you’ve attempted … where you get people together in the same room where they otherwise might not have an opportunity to even have this conversation.

Walker: It’s personal for me. One, I represent the largest historical black college and university in the country in North Carolina, A&T, with 12,000 wonderful students. Aggie pride, as we like to say.

My wife, 25 miles away, went to Winston-Salem State University. She’s got two degrees. And for some of your listeners, you may understand the history of the football rivalry, whether you’re a Ram or Aggie. But once again going and understanding a little bit of where the different cultures have prospered, where they’ve struggled.

I remember being here and really not even having a title at the time. I wasn’t vice chair [of the House Republican Conference] like I am now, or even chair of the Republican Study Committee. But I believed it was important for Republicans to hear from these chancellors. The first year, we were able to bring over 80 chancellors from the, I guess, nearly 100 historical black colleges and universities and said, “Tell us what it is that you see. How can we help?”

I think out of that stemmed a year-round Pell Grant that eventually became law, something that impacted their university. Sometimes, just the little things of being able to work a little bit on behalf of the different universities, or different people in general, is something that I believe goes a long way when it comes back to what I said earlier: building that genuine relationship.

Allen: Congressman, for those who are thinking, “I want to be a part of building those bridges in my community between conservatives and communities of color,” what advice would you give to them?

Walker: Well, I think it starts, I know this isn’t necessarily a religious broadcast, but I think it starts from your faith.

That’s what
we’re compelled to do in the Ten Commandments. Love your neighbor as yourself.
It doesn’t say whether Republican or Democrat, or black or white, or whatever.
If you truly do, what happens is, people have a chance to see your heart.

We know, and we’ve been blessed to see that conservative, traditional values put people in the best category–from anti-poverty, from an education standpoint, and historically from a best prosperity standpoint.

We know
that, but how we share those principles is crucial as far as to the next
generation. Listen, as a former pastor for 16 years, I get the divide.

Fifty, 60 years ago, when some of the minority communities couldn’t drink out of the same water fountain or sit at the same lunch counter, like in my hometown of Greensboro, at Woolworth, or that took place, the conservatives and the church, we were slow to react.

Now, none of us were around back then, but who was immediately reacting was the progressive movement, the actors, the entertainers of the world, the people that didn’t believe in the same ideology.

There were
some relationships forged that we have to go back and say, “Listen, I
appreciate it historically, but where we have been led astray is thinking that
more government has been the solution for all these communities, and we know
that nothing could be further from the truth.”

The goal is to earn the right and the opportunity to share what we believe.

Bluey: Congressman, to wrap up here, a couple of final questions. You’ve mentioned your role as a pastor prior to coming to Congress. Of course, you’ve ascended into a leadership position. Tell us about the vice chair [of the House Republican Conference], what exactly it is that you do, and how people can learn more about you and the work that you have going on.

Walker: Well, you’ve been very gracious with your time today. Yeah, I get to serve as what they call the No. 4 [Republican] position in the House. It was a little bit of surprise to me that they would vote for a conservative to be able to do that. … But go back to the relational side, it’s your colleagues that vote.

Coming out of [being] the chairman for the Republican Study Committee, which was 150 members, it is great to be able to talk about our values, and about budget, deficits, and fiscal responsibility.

That’s something that’s very important to me, so I guess we combined those two and our colleagues honored us be able to vote us in as vice chair.
A lot of that does have to do with communication and messaging, as you referred to a little bit earlier, Rob. That is something that I am passionate about, and that’s why I feel like it’s so important.

Yes, let’s continue to talk to our base, to be able to lock arms and stand and fight when we need to, and be strong when we need to. But let’s not forget about those who have been robbed of the opportunity to hear about our message as well. That’s what I’m committed to do.

Bluey: That’s great, and I encourage our readers to follow you on Facebook and Twitter and all those social media accounts. We’ll make sure to put a link in the show notes.

Walker: Thank you, Rob. Thank you, Virginia.

Allen: Thank you so much for your time, Congressman.

Walker: My privilege.

Bluey: Thank you.

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Cruz: New Allegation ‘Shows the Obsession’ to Smear Kavanaugh; ‘There’s Nobody They Don’t Want to Impeach’

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh poses in the official group photo at the Supreme Court on November 30, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – On Saturday, two New York Times reporters published a story from their forthcoming book about Brett Kavanaugh, renewing old smears against the now-sitting Supreme Court justice.

President Trump tweeted his outrage, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told one of the Sunday shows that the report shows the left’s obsession to “smear” and “impeach.”

In two tweets, Trump fumed:

“Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue. The lies being told about him are unbelievable. False Accusations without recrimination. When does it stop? They are trying to influence his opinions. Can’t let that happen!” Trump tweeted.

“Can’t let Brett Kavanaugh give Radical Left Democrat (Liberal Plus) Opinions based on threats of Impeaching him over made up stories (sound familiar?), false allegations, and lies. This is the game they play. Fake and Corrupt News is working overtime! #ProtectKavanaugh”

The two New York Times authors, both women, say their research “uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year” at Yale “that echoes” an allegation made by his former classmate Deborah Ramirez. They write that Max Stier, another classmate of Kavanaugh’s, told the FBI that he saw Kavanaugh “with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party [not the one supposedly involving Ramirez], where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student.”

The authors said that Stier “notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly.”

Mollie Hemingway, a reporter for The Federalist, said she has seen a copy of the book, and she tweeted: “The book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event.”

Sen. Julian Castro, one of many liberals running for president, is among the Democrats now calling for Kavanaugh’s impeachment.

So what do we have here? A bunch of impeachment-obsessed Democrats, says Sen. Ted Cruz:

“I read that The New York Times article this morning,” Cruz told ABC’s “This Week.”

You know, I got to say, they apparently spent 10 months with undercover reporters trying to track down every person that went to school with Justice Kavanaugh 30 years ago. You know, it’s an amazing level of reporting trying to just really dig up any dirt they can on the guy.

I think that follows up with — with the rather shameful circus we saw during the confirmation hearing, where — where they took allegations, they sat on them, they didn’t make them public, they revealed them at the 11th hour.

And you know what, the Judiciary Committee did what we should have done. We held a hearing, we — we invited the principal witness to testify, we heard it, the American people heard it and at the end of the day, the American people made a judgment that — that the evidence wasn’t there, the corroboration wasn’t there, and — and I think this article just shows the obsession with the far left, with trying to smear Justice Kavanaugh by going 30 years back with anonymous sources.

It — it — it really is another sign of how nasty and divided the time is today.

Host George Stephanopoulos noted that the New York Times article was making the point that certain alleged witnesses were never interviewed by the FBI, and therefore, the investigation into Kavanaugh “wasn’t an adequate investigation.”

Cruz responded that the allegations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford were the main event, and she had her public hearing.

And what you saw is, you really saw the Democrats, I think, taking advantage of Dr. Ford and turning it into a circus. You know, we saw a Spartacus moment in the middle of it, which showed how ridiculous the entire proceeding was.

But at the end of the day, we listened to the evidence, we listened to all of the potential corroborating witnesses for Dr. Ford, the FBI interviewed them, examined them. Their testimony did not corroborate her allegations and the American people had a chance to look Judge Kavanaugh in the eye — now Justice Kavanaugh — and hear his explanation. And at the end of the day, I think this is The New York Times just — just — just being bitter enders.

And you know what, I bet you the next Democratic debate, they’ll all be saying impeach Kavanaugh, impeach Trump. There’s nobody they don’t want to impeach. And at some point, they just have to let the anger go and recognize that the democratic process actually moves on. And I think it’s time for them to do that.

Also appearing on “This Week,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who also sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she thinks the Kavanaugh confirmation process “was a sham.”

She said senators on the committee were not given adequate time to look at all the allegations that had been called into the FBI tip line.

“I don’t think you can look at impeachment hearings without getting the documents,” she said. “The House would have to get the documents. And the attorney general is shielding documents.”

Klobuchar said for the documents to be turned over to Congress, “you need a new president.” Klobuchar is among the many Democrats now running for president.

 

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OB/GYN Testifies Before Congress: Babies That Survive Abortion Are Being Left to Die

Dr. Kathi Aultman, M.D.

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(CNSNews.com) — As Democrats continue to block a House vote on the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962),” Dr. Kathi Aultman, M.D., recently testified on the issue and told CNSNews.com that, as a society, “we have been so blinded by the abortion rhetoric that now letting babies die after they are born doesn’t seem bad either.”

“The opposition is saying that it [H.R. 962] is an impediment to abortion, which it is not,” Aultman told CNSNews.com. “It only deals with a baby that has survived abortion and asks you to treat that baby like you would treat any baby of that same gestational age.”

Dr. Aultman, is a board-certified OB/GYN and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” would  “amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”

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Basically, if a baby survives an abortion, the law would require that the child receive immediate medical care and be admitted to a hospital. If the abortionist or doctor fails to do this, he would face criminal penalties, including a fine, up to five years in prison, or both.

In addition, “an individual who intentionally kills or attempts to kill a child born alive is subject to prosecution for murder,” reads the legislation.  “The bill bars the criminal prosecution of a mother of a child born alive for conspiracy to violate these provisions, for being an accessory after the fact, or for concealment of felony.”

On Sep. 12, House Republicans led by GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), and Pro-Life Caucus Chair Chris Smith (R-N.J.) held a hearing on this issue. According to Dr. Aultman, the opposition by the majority Democrats in the House is preventing the legislation from being given a floor vote.

“Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is determined not to let it go to the floor,” Aultman said. “She wouldn’t even give them a hearing room for the hearing. They had to go to the basement.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)  (YouTube/C-SPAN)

This should not be a partisan issue, she said. There has been a lot of misinformation from the media and the opposition regarding the bill, said Aultman, including the notion that there are not many third-trimester abortions and that babies are unlikely to survive late-term abortions.

“1.3 percent, over 600,000 abortions reported in 2015 were late-term abortions and … there were probably many more — the states don’t have to report, it is a voluntary reporting.” Aultman said. “They [babies] can survive, they do survive and we have survivors walking around.”

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Democrats justified blocking the bill claiming it would put unnecessary restrictions on the doctors and push them to do “unnecessary” procedures on premature kids. Aultman said that is not the case and explained that the legislation is about granting the same right to wanted and unwanted babies.

“We shouldn’t even have a bill like that except for the fact that babies are being brought to die,” Aultman said. “That is why that bill is so critical and why people need to contact their congressman and find out if they have they sign the discharge petition [to force a floor vote], and if they haven’t, pressure them to sign it.”

Although a previous bill signed by President George W. Bush in 2002 helped define babies born alive after abortion as persons, Aultman said it failed to “prevent the babies to die from neglect.”

“It did not give the abortion industry any guidelines for what is to be done,” Autlman said. “This bill [H.R. 962] does, it gives law enforcement and medical providers all a clear guideline of what needs to happen.”

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Trump Approval Climbs, Tracks Better Than Obama At Same Point

While President Donald Trump has continued to struggle in many national approval polls, according to the daily tracking poll produced by Rasmussen — one of the most reliable U.S. pollsters — after taking a dip in the polls, Trump’s back up to nearly his highest mark in the last two years — and tracking better than President Barack Obama at the same point in his presidency.

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Snopes Leaps to Defend AOC From Spin on Words She Actually Said

The "fact checkers" at Snopes.com are fervent and incessant defenders of "The Squad," especially Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. On September 13, Bethania Palma tagged several pro-Trump tweets as "FALSE" based on something AOC said on tape….five months ago

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Arizona Gun Store Sells Out ‘Beto Special’ AR-15s in 4 Hours

Alpha Dog Firearms in Phoenix, Arizona, responded to Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s AR-15 confiscation pledge by running a “Beto Special” and selling out of the guns in four hours.

On August 17, 2019, O’Rourke tweeted about visiting a gun show in Arkansas. One of the photos he tweeted showed a sign advertising AR-15s for $395:

O’Rourke used his time at the September 12, 2019, Democrat debate to make clear his plans to take AR-15s from Americans, saying, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.”

Alpha Dog Firearms responded by running a special in which it sold AR-15s even cheaper than the $395 price Beto found in Arkansas. It priced them for $349.99, calling it a “Beto Special.” The rifles sold out in less than four hours.

Alpha Dog Firearms explained via a Facebook post, “Our $349.99 AR deal sold out in less than 4 hours. We’re trying to process the orders and work on getting more special deals for our good friend gun grabber Beto.”

The National Shooting Sports Foundation reported there are more than 16 million privately owned AR-15s in the United States.

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DACA Illegals Sue to Ensure They Can Use Welfare and Still Get Green Cards

Two illegal aliens shielded from deportation by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are suing the Trump administration to ensure they can collect federal welfare and still obtain green cards to permanently stay in the United States.

The open borders group CASA de Maryland and two DACA illegal aliens are suing the Trump administration over its soon-t0-be enforcement of the “public charge” rule, which would save American taxpayers billions by effectively ending welfare-dependent legal immigration to the U.S.

The regulation prevents legal immigrants from permanently resettling in the U.S. by obtaining green cards so long as they are found to have used or likely to use welfare programs like food stamps and subsidized health care.

The DACA illegal aliens, represented by Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP), want a preliminary injunction to stop the implementation of the public charge rule while the case goes through the courts, calling an end to welfare-dependent immigration “discriminatory” and suggesting the rule is racist against non-white immigrants.

“The new rule would allow immigration officials to deny [Lawful Permanent Resident] status to many immigrants in an arbitrary and discriminatory way,” Amy Marshak, senior counsel at ICAP, said in a statement. “This is by design. President Trump and his advisors have expressed animus toward non-white immigrants, and studies already have shown that the new rule will disproportionately affect immigrants of color.”

The lawsuit seeks to ensure that DACA illegal aliens, who have lobbied for DACA amnesty for years, would be able to obtain green cards if such an amnesty is granted despite them having used welfare that U.S. taxpayers have been forced to pay for.

“The new rule would expand the concept of a ‘public charge’ beyond recognition, making someone who receives little more than $1500 in food stamps or a few benefits at the same time for less than a year into a ‘public charge,’” ICAP counsel Jonathan Backer said. “That is not what anyone has ever understood the term to mean.”

Despite outrage from the open borders lobby, Democrats, and establishment media, Trump’s seeking to end welfare-dependent immigration is hugely popular with Hispanic Americans and U.S. voters overall.

The latest Harvard/Harris Poll finds Hispanic Americans, by a majority of 56 percent, support denying permanent residency to immigrants who are known to have used welfare or are likely to use welfare. Likewise, a majority of 65 percent of Hispanic Americans said illegal aliens should not be allowed to draw from taxpayer-funded welfare programs, as well as 71 percent of black Americans.

A study by the Center for Immigration Studies notes that about 63 percent of noncitizen households in the U.S. use at least one form of taxpayer-funded welfare, while only about 35 percent of native-born American households are on welfare. This means that noncitizen households use nearly twice as much welfare as native-born American households.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that granting amnesty to roughly 3.5 million enrolled and eligible DACA illegal aliens would cost American citizens at least $26 billion as about one in five DACA illegal aliens would end up on food stamps, and at least one in seven would go on Medicaid.

The case is Aguiluz v. Trump, No. 8:19-cv-02715-CBD in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

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Facebook of the Sky: Airbus Tests Program to Track Everything You Do During Flights

Airbus is reportedly testing a new digital platform on its A350-900 test plane which would monitor every passenger action, from chosen meal preferences to in-flight purchases and even bathroom habits.

Business Insider reports that the aviation giant Airbus announced this week that it has started in-flight trials of its newest cabin technology which will connect passengers and crew to different elements of the plane such as seats, cargo, and bathrooms. Airbus unveiled its plans for its Connected Experience at the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Expo last year.

The platform links real-time information generated from cabin components such as meal trolleys and overhead bins to passengers and crew members on the flight in an effort to create a more personalized experience. Of course, all of this information is digitally traceable and just another example of modern companies collecting mass amounts of personal data from its customers.

Airbus stated that the data collected from the platform will be uploaded to the “Skywise” cloud service, an open data platform developed by Airbus. The firm claims that the platform provides significant benefits to flight crews and will allow them to access passenger information such as meal and seat preferences more easily. Airbus claims that this will provide a more personalized travel experience for passengers while airlines will be able to utilize cabin equipment trends to perform “predictive maintenance” on the most used facilities on the plane.

Ingo Wuggetzer, Airbus’s vice president of cabin marketing, said at the aviation trade show in Los Angeles this week that the technology could help flight crew to determine if a passenger in the lavatory may need assistance. The firm plans to roll out the technology on A321 planes in 2021, and its larger A350 series in 2023. Wuggetzer commented on the new system stating: “It’s not a concept, it’s not a dream: It’s reality.”

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Women’s Soccer Fans in Portland Loudly Boo Armed Forces Enlistees Over Oath to Obey Orders of the President

Women’s soccer fans in Portland, Oregon loudly booed several dozen enlistees in the Armed Forces who were sworn in during a halftime ceremony on September 11 at a National Women’s Soccer League game at Providence Park between the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage. The crowd of over 17,000 President Trump hating fans filled the stadium with boos at the part of the oath of allegiance that commands orders of the President of the United States be obeyed. The crowd loudly cheered the enlistees upon completion of the oath.

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Video posted by The Oregonian to YouTube shows the incident.

A women’s soccer journalist was perplexed by the pro-America display at the game.

The oath of enlistment:

I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

The Oregonian reported the ceremony was scheduled for the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. The paper also reported on the controversy involving the banning of political displays at Portland professional soccer games.

The ceremony came against the backdrop of Major League Soccer facing backlash from fans for changing its Fan Code of Conduct to ban political signage and displays at games. Though the National Women’s Soccer League does not have a fan code of conduct, the Timbers and Thorns organization has enforced the MLS ban on political signage at Thorns games this season as well.

…Some fans said on social media Wednesday night that a military swearing-in event was inherently political and criticized the Timbers and Thorns organization for hosting the ceremony when the MLS Fan Code of Conduct still bans political signage at games.

Among the specific signage that is barred by MLS’s fan code of conduct is the “Iron Front” symbol, an emblem with three arrows pointing downward which was first used by an anti-Nazi paramilitary organization in Germany in the 1930s. Fans say that the Iron Front symbol is not political because it represents an opposition to fascism and oppression, which are issues of human rights. MLS is concerned that the symbol has been adopted by the antifa movement, a loose affiliation of activists whose protests against fascism and racism have sometimes turned violent.

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