Mexicans Flip Flop on Border Deal

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Saturday afternoon, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets were reporting a deal made by the incoming administration of Mexican President Lopez Obrador–who takes office December 5th–to keep thousands of Central American migrants in Mexico while their asylum cases made their way through the American immigration courts.

On Sunday, the same incoming administration flip-flopped and said “no deal” with the US on asylum seekers, even as hundreds of migrants charged past a blockade by Mexican police, carrying crudely made American and Honduran flags and shouting, “We are not criminals! We are international workers!”

US military helicopters flew in Mexican airspace, firing tear gas to stop those several dozen Hondurans who broke the border fence in Tijuana. Some retaliated by pelting US border agents with rocks.

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen announced that the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego would be closed until order can be restored.

The President tweeted warnings that all migrants will stay in Mexico until their claims are individually approved in court. “Other than that,” he warned, “our very strong policy is Catch and Detain. No ‘Releasing'” into the US.

Trump blames Democrats for the problems at the border, and said it would be very smart for Mexico to stop the caravan before it reaches the US border.

The plan that had been reported on Saturday was called “Remain in Mexico,” a short-term solution that would have screened migrants at a US port of entry, but kept them in Mexico until the day of their US immigration court hearing. If their asylum wasn’t granted they would be released into Mexico to await a final decision or, if their application was denied, they would be deported by the US back to their country of origin.

Zero Hedge reported that a group of business leaders in Tijuana–where more than 6,000 migrants have “camped” in a sports stadium–said they have thousands of job openings at the city’s assembly plants. Officials added there are 100,000 jobs available to asylum seekers across the country, although they are low-paying.

In October, 60,000 people came into the US seeking asylum; about 10 percent are usually granted asylum. Currently, we have 750,000 cases awaiting a hearing, but 12,000 or more are headed to the US–a historic increase.

Funding for migrants is likely coming through George Soros’ Open Societies Foundations network of non-profits, which includes Pueblo Sin Fronteras (a 501c4 advocacy group for illegals). Soros gave OSF $18 billion in 2017.

Why this Matters: When someone applies for asylum, they are given a court date–usually a couple of years down the line. The migrant is expected to appear for that court date where they will either be given asylum, or turned away. In the meantime, they are free to disappear into our country. Many want to work, but need papers, so they pay for forged documents which provide “proof” of citizenship so they can get food stamps and other forms of government aid. Emergency healthcare is free, and any children born to these migrants–whether they have forged papers or not–provides them with legal status.

Americans are the most generous people on the earth, yet when we have homeless veterans and other destitute citizens, we should take care of them first. US taxpayers should not bear the burden of non-citizens’ care.

President Trump has tried to stop illegals from crossing the border and applying for asylum. On November 9, he issued a proclamation that no one is allowed to breach the border and apply for asylum. US District Judge Jon Tigar, who was appointed by President Obama, struck down that proclamation, agreeing with legal groups who argued that US immigration law allows asylum even if the person enters the country between official ports of entry.

This is why it is imperative that Trump continues to nominate conservative judges for the lower courts. Several dozen such nominees are awaiting Senate confirmation.

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Trouble in the Black Sea

Russian military aircraft opened fire on Ukranian ships off the Crimean coast in the Black Sea on Sunday. Three Ukranian sailors were wounded.

Russian Security Services (FSB) said the ships ignored commands to stop from crossing the Russian border and therefore impounded three vessels. They called it an “act of aggression.” In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula and claims the waters off Crimea are their territory.

Ukranian President Poroshenko has called for martial law in his country and demands an emergency meeting of the UN security council.

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North and South Korean Soldiers meet at the DMZ

And Now the Good News:

On Tuesday, North Korea’s military destroyed ten guard posts along the demilitarized zone-the border between the two Koreas. The Koreas each agreed to dismantle or disarm 11 of their guard posts by the end of November. That will leave South Korea with about 50 posts, and North Korea with about 160 posts. Both sides had already withdrawn all firearms from a joint security area, and last month limited themselves to 35 unarmed military personnel each.

Prison Reform – The President is working with Congress to pass a “First Steps” prison reform bill. There are three aims:

1. Provide incentives for prisoners to commit to vocational training
2. Place federal prisoners in facilities located closer to their families
3. Reform sentences to be tougher on “dangerous and violent” criminals but more lenient to low risk offenders

The law passed the House with some bipartisan support, although a group of Democrat leaders called it a “step backwards” because there was no provision to overhaul sentencing laws.

The President says this legislation is specifically aimed at fixing the disproportionate impact of Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime law on the black community. The legislation now moves to the Senate.

China is the biggest loser in trade with US, according to new research. Trump imposed 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods, but U.S. companies and consumers will only pay 4.5 percent more for them. The other 20.5 percent toll will fall on Chinese producers.

The President negotiated lower prices for Saudi oil. He tweeted: ‘Oil prices getting lower. “Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!'” On Friday, the end-of-day value fell to $50.42 a barrel, the lowest in 13 months.

How to Pray: For the remaining Senate race in Mississippi. Pray that the conservative candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith will be victorious. Pray that the smear campaign to paint her as a racist will utterly fail. The President will campaign for her Monday night on the eve of the election run-off against Democrat Mike Espy, who has been indicted on 39 felony charges and was forced to resign from the Clinton administration.

Pray that any election or voter fraud during the 2018 midterms will be exposed and offenders will go to jail. Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes, who counted and recounted and still couldn’t provide a fair and timely result in Broward County, has resigned. This is a “Praise the Lord!”

Also praiseworthy are the victories of Brian Kemp (GA governor’s race) and Rick Scott (FL Senate). Praise the Lord that these stalwart conservatives will be representing the people in their states!

Pray for a peaceful resolution in the Russia-Ukraine situation, and that God will continue to influence the North Koreans to disarm and reconcile with South Korea.

2 Cor. 10:3-4 – For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Col. 3:14 – And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.


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