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On this week's lifestyles of the rich and infamous, Joe Biden.
It seems a little tacky to be living in a White House, before you actually get elected, but maybe Joe misses hanging out at the Obama White House. And occasionally bursting into the Oval Office to declare his support for gay marriage or mandatory hair plugs or sending a huge check to Iran.
The Georgian-style home — from the front a brick version of the White House — once belonged to Alexander Haig, the former secretary of state. Nestled on a wooded lot in McLean, the nearly 12,000-square-foot residence contains five bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, marble fireplaces, a gym and a sauna.
“Surrounded by Washington elite and sitting high above the Potomac River, there is an undeniable grandeur in the design of this home,” said the British-accented agent in a video released when it went on the market in 2015. “This property makes an imposing statement with parking for over 20 cars and creates a perfect setting for the most lavish of events.”
“This may have already been the residence to a very important person,” he continued. “But I suspect it will be home to many more.”
It is currently home to Joe Biden. He and his wife, Jill, rented it after leaving the vice presidential quarters at the Naval Observatory in 2017. The house had been purchased for $4.25 million in June of 2016 by Mark Ein, a wealthy venture capitalist who lives next door.
Biden points out on the presidential campaign trail that he was often the poorest member of the United States Senate, and for at least a decade has referred to himself as “Middle Class Joe.” But since leaving office he has enjoyed an explosion of wealth, making millions of dollars largely from book deals and speaking fees that ranged to as much as $200,000 per speech, public documents show.
Here's what his current copy of the White House includes.
. Three levels of Georgian style architecture overlook the Potomac—including a master bedroom that runs the length of the house—in this 5 bed, 9 bath home. The one-acre lot has a separate apartment above the three car garage, as well as more living quarters for staff in the main house where there is also a sauna, gym, two kitchens, and eight fireplaces.
The nearly 12,000-square foot estate sits on a 1-acre lot and features six bedrooms and 7.5 baths. The home was last on the market in 2013, for $5,495,000. Haig and his wife, Patricia, bought the home in 2006 for $7 million, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. 
Much like Joe Biden, this home does not seem like a good investment.
According to WaPo, the Zillow rent estimate is $20,000 a month. If Joe is paying that much, maybe it's a decent investment after all. Especially if he's back to subleasing space to the Secret Service.
This Georgian style home encompasses an estimated 11,750 square feet of finished space. The generous room sizes, floor to ceiling windows and doors, along with the stunning renovation opening the kitchen and family room, make this home perfect for formal entertaining. Featuring 6 bedrooms along with 9 bathrooms, a theater room, a new smart home audio visual system, home gym with sauna and parking for up to 20 cars, this beautiful home will make any large family comfortable in their own private retreat.
They forgot to mention the wet bar. There are more pictures of Biden's middle class digs here. And while you look around, remember that under Obama, D.C. bedroom communities got richer than the rest of the country.
his isn't the home that Biden owns though. This is.
Since leaving the vice presidency, Biden has rented the McLean home and purchased a $2.7 million, 4,800-square-foot vacation house near the water in Rehoboth Beach, Del., to go along with his primary residence, the nearly 7,000-square-foot lakeside home he built more than two decades ago in Wilmington, Del.
And they say Democrats don't do anything for the little guy.
Meanwhile here's what you need in the way of food and treats if you want Biden to come over and rasp to you about his working class background.
For his speeches — whether in Benton Harbor, Mich., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Buffalo, or Salt Lake City — Biden’s hosts were obligated to serve him the same Italian meal, according to several contracts obtained through public records requests: angel hair pomodoro, a caprese salad, topped off with raspberry sorbet with biscotti.
As he traveled to the various speaking engagements, Biden had some specific requests, according to several riders to his speech contracts, which are used by speakers to outline their requirements in greater specificity.
His dressing room was to be stocked with bottled water, Coke Zero, regular Coca-Cola, Orange Gatorade and black coffee. It needed a full-length mirror, six straight back chairs and one portable steamer.
Joe needs to admire his incredible form from toupee to toe.



Activist judge declares all Massachusetts courthouses 

ICE-free zones

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All courthouses in Massachusetts have become ICE-free zones because a zealous left-wing Obama judge took it upon herself to forbid immigration officers from detaining suspected illegal aliens on judicial soil.
This lawless order is reportedly the first judicial fiat in the United States to block immigration arrests across an entire state, according to The Epoch Times. Massachusetts happens to be the home of state Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph, who was charged earlier this year under federal law for helping an illegal alien evade an ICE agent in her courthouse.
Although police have been arresting suspects in courthouses ever since courthouses were invented –it is a great deal safer for police than raiding a factory or a home— labor lawyer Indira Talwani, now a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, granted a preliminary injunction barring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents “from civilly arresting parties, witnesses, and others attending Massachusetts courthouses on official business while they are going to, attending, or leaving the courthouse.” The order specifies that it “does not limit ICE’s criminal arrests of such individuals or its civil arrests of individuals who are brought to Massachusetts courthouses while in state or federal custody.”
President Barack Hussein Obama nominated Talwani Sept. 24, 2013. The U.S. Senate confirmed Talwani on May 8, 2014.
The injunction dated June 20 came in the case of Ryan v. ICE, a lawsuit brought by two left-wing prosecutors: Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan (D) and Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins (D). Ryan has described herself as a “proven progressive prosecutor.” Rollins released a 65-page memo laying out her vision of “progressive prosecution,” which involves not prosecuting accused criminals.
Ryan and Rollins hit the jackpot when a friendly fellow radical, former AFL-CIO lawyer Indira Talwani, got assigned the case. Ryan, by the way, lauded the judge’s ruling, saying, “The granting of this injunction is a critical step in the right direction for our Commonwealth and it should be a model for our nation.”
President Trump reportedly called into “The Adriana Cohen Show” in Boston in May to blast Ryan and Rollins for their lawsuit.
“These are people that probably don’t mind crime, they don’t mind what’s going on,” Trump said. “You look at MS-13, they say in the world there’s nothing more evil. These are some very, very bad people. To try and protect them, I don’t think so.”
Trump singled out Rollins for criticism after she said “it would be my honor” to be arrested for assisting illegal aliens escape from ICE officials.
“What they’ve done to young girls, what they’ve done to women, what they’ve done to others, is just horrible,” Trump said of MS-13. “So for her to be saying that—she’s got to live with it, she’s got to live with her own conscience.”
Meanwhile, the left-leaning South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) speaks of Judge Talwani in glowing terms, describing her as “a tireless advocate on behalf of the underserved” who “understands the value of labor relations.” It adds, “the Chinese Progressive Association awarded her the Workers Justice Award” in 2012.
Ryan and Rollins sued claiming, fancifully, that there exists “a common law privilege against civil arrest in courthouses.” They also argued that allowing ICE to arrest illegals in courthouses makes their jobs more difficult because it discourages illegals from making court appearances.
Talwani bought this nonsense and issued the temporary restraining order preventing the men and women of ICE from doing their jobs in Massachusetts.
This was not the first time the judge’s animus to immigration law enforcement showed.
As the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reported:
Specifically, Law360 reported that on April 25, 2018, Judge Talwani complained to a federal prosecutor that he “should have stopped” plain-clothes ICE officers who were attending sentencing proceedings in the case of a Chinese national who had admitted to visa fraud. Those officers arrested the student as soon as she left the building after being sentenced to a year probation. The judge reportedly stated, in open court, “I am upset at the notion that ICE thinks a courtroom is a place to go and pick up people.” She further opined (again, apparently in open court): “I see no reason for places of redress and justice to become places that people are afraid to show up.”
The authors of the CIS article say this is proof that Talwani is violating judicial ethics.
The judge’s “own statements call into question her impartiality, and suggest that she may have already made up her mind on the issue of ICE courthouse arrests. Simply put, she is against them, as the statements above would appear to indicate.”
Citing an indictment, they note that in November 2017 “the Executive Office of the Massachusetts Trial Court issued guidance to all Massachusetts state judges, clerks, and other courthouse personnel,” which stipulated that “DHS officials may enter a courthouse to perform their official duties.” (The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is ICE’s parent agency.)
Why Talwani, a federal judge, thinks she has authority over state judicial officials is a good question.
Why she thinks the reach of U.S. immigration law ends on the courthouse steps is an even better question.



Communists exploiting useful Democrat idiots for their own ends

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John Bachtell, chairman of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA, addressed the Communist Party USA’s national convention this past weekend, celebrating its 100th anniversary. Looking at key Democrat Party constituencies as potential fellow travelers, he talked about using this “pivotal moment” in history to help bring about a “democratic and transformative upsurge” for the purpose of radically shifting politics in the United States. He talked about forging a “socialist path,” working as needed “within and alongside the Democratic Party” to defeat “the extreme right and the GOP” including ousting the “fossil fuel, military-industrial complex, and the industrial elite that constitutes its core.” He added that “many of the forces operating within the Democratic Party today”—along with Communist Party members themselves — “will form the working-class party of tomorrow.”
Mr. Bachtell had written back in 2015  how the Communists could use the constituencies of “labor, African Americans, Latinos, other communities of color, women, most union members, young people, and a wide range of social and democratic movements” already within the Democrat Party as “the vehicle” to advance the Communist Party USA’s own agenda.
The Democrat Party today, which has become a grievance machine against the imaginary ills of toxic maleness and white privilege, is helping Mr. Bachtell’s vision become a reality. The communists are shrewdly exploiting the identity politics that have taken over the leftward-leaning Democrat Party of today to serve their own more radical ends. As a result, the communist-progressive Democrat agendas are melding.
According to a Gallup poll published last October, less than half of Democrats view capitalism positively. In the two previous presidential election years of 2012 and 2016, more than half of Democrats who were polled viewed capitalism positively. 57% of Democrats now view socialism positively, virtually the same as in 2016 but up 4 percentage points from 2012. Americans aged 18 to 29 are six percent more positive about socialism than they are about capitalism, according to the Gallup poll. In the last two presidential election years, this age group was more positive about capitalism than socialism, although in 2016 the spread was quite narrow.
The terms “capitalism” and “socialism” were not defined in the poll question’s wording. However, leftist political leaders, including presidential contenders such as Democrat-Socialist Bernie Sanders and ultra-leftist Elizabeth Warren, together with opinion makers on social media and in the liberal press, are succeeding in making “capitalism” a bad word synonymous with exploitation by the greedy rich. Simultaneously, they are succeeding in turning “socialism” into a romantic fantasy, synonymous with Robin Hood-style taking from the greedy rich in the interest of “social justice.” This is the impetus behind Democrat wealth redistributionist proposals such as Medicare for All, free college tuition and college debt cancellation, and all manner of new taxes on wealth.
In short, the Democrat electorate is ripe for the picking by the communist-socialist wolves in sheep’s clothing. The real legacy of communism, and its close cousin socialism, includes the failed Soviet Union totalitarian state, the repressive Cuban and Venezuelan dictatorial regimes, and the murders of millions of people who would not tow the party line. Nevertheless, Democrat voters are increasingly falling prey to class and racial demagoguery, which delights the communist and socialist wolves.
In a speech to the youth of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and the youth of the Communist Party of Venezuela, who were hosting the General Council Meeting of the World Federation of Democratic Youth last April, an American Communist Party USA representative said that “excitement over socialism has been put forth by Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s #GreenNewDeal proposal and Trump’s announcement in early February that, ‘America will never be a socialist country.’”
In words that could have been uttered by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and other leading Democrat leftists, the communist speaker told his audience in Venezuela, “Our youth is active in the demonstrations and online campaigns which demand #MedicareForAll, free college tuition and an end to families being separated at the border.”
Bernie Sanders has just proposed cancelling all student college debt, which he said would be paid for by taxing stock and other investment transactions. This is on top of his proposal for free tuition at public colleges and universities.  Elizabeth Warren has proposed similar wealth redistribution plans. Corey Booker wants to move towards a system of debt-free college and free community college.
Government-run healthcare is the communist/socialist prescription for the health industry that eliminates the profit motive. The profit drive “underlies or exacerbates all major social ills of our times,” according to the Communist Party USA Party Program.  Democrats are mainstreaming government-run healthcare in their own domestic program for social justice and calling it Medicare for All, which in turn the Communist Party USA representative embraced in his speech in Venezuela.  While many Americans are happy with their private health insurance coverage, profits for businesses that insure against risk cannot be tolerated by communists, or by today's progressive Democrat elite. So, Medicare for All would abolish private health insurance and have the government take over instead.  
Bernie Sanders led the way with promoting government-paid universal health care during his 2016 presidential campaign. His competitors for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination are following suit on this and other hot-button issues.
“I’m fighting for #Medicare4All," proclaimed Elizabeth Warren. "Health care is an American right, and the current system is definitely wrong,” said Corey Booker. “I believe the best way to get there is by having medicare for all." Kamala Harris said that “we need to have Medicare for all. That’s just the bottom line."
One of the resolutions considered at last weekend’s Communist Party USA national convention demanded “an end to the persecution of immigrants, refugees, and the foreign born; the breakup of families; the mistreatment of children at the border; the deadly violence against immigrants by the Border Patrol and other immigration enforcement agents; and the efforts to use state and local police for immigration enforcement.” The resolution also demanded the cancellation of President Trump’s “racist” border wall.
Democrats are making the same demands in equally inflammatory terms. Remove the names next to the four quotes below and one could easily have attributed the quotes to the Communist Party USA.
“This president has separated children from their parents and called it border security. No, it’s a human rights abuse,” Kamala Harris tweeted. Bernie Sanders proclaimed, “No more snatching babies from the arms of their mothers.” Joe Biden said, “The America I see values basic human decency. Not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border.” Elizabeth Warren condemned President Trump’s proposed wall as “a monument to hate and division.”
Another Communist Party USA resolution that was discussed last weekend proposed “an end to the multibillion-dollar, profit-based immigrant incarceration industry and the building of immigrant detention centers.” Last Friday, Senator Warren proposed essentially the same thing. “Washington hands billions over to corporations profiting off of inhumane detention and incarceration policies while ignoring the families that are destroyed in the process,” Warren wrote. “Incarcerating and detaining millions for profit doesn’t keep us safe. It’s time to do better.”
Socialist-Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is one of the most prominent voices of progressivism today, leading the Democrat Party sharply to the left. She is the force behind the economy-wrecking New Green Deal proposal, which most of the current crop of Democrat candidates for president have supported. She introduced a resolution in the House making climate change a racial and class issue. Her resolution states that “climate change, pollution, and environmental destruction have exacerbated systemic racial, regional, social, environmental, and economic injustices…by disproportionately affecting indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth.” The New Green Deal resolution seeks to “promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression" of these “vulnerable communities.”
The Communist Party USA is all in. The first resolution submitted to its national convention last weekend quoted from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed legislation, including its references to “vulnerable communities.” The Communist Party resolution said that the party would commit “to working within these communities to advance the goals of the Green New Deal” and develop “a plan within our districts and clubs to connect the Green New Deal organizing with ongoing struggles in their neighborhoods and workplaces.”
Yuri Bezmenov, a Soviet journalist and former PGU KGB informant who defected to Canada, once used the term “useful idiots” to describe leftists who “serve a purpose only at the stage of destabilization of a nation.” He added, “For example, your leftists in the United States: all these professors and all these beautiful civil rights defenders. They are instrumental in the process of the subversion only to destabilize a nation. When their job is completed, they are not needed any more.”
The Communist Party USA is intent on using the Democrat Party of today, built around its aggrieved constituencies, as its “vehicle” (i.e., “stupid idiots”) to achieve the communists’ vision of a more radical "working-class party of tomorrow.” They are making major inroads.


‘Acid attack was a hate crime’: London victim speaks out

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“Three people had acid thrown on them in two separate incidents… in London, including a market stall vendor targeted by people wearing burqas.”
Despite the crime and chaos in London, Sadiq Khan still stands proud as ever as mayor, along with his Member of Parliament supporter Naz Shah who recently slammed the UK government for its silence over Donald Trump’s twitter attack on Sadiq Khan. Trump, who referenced Khan as a “stone cold loser“, stated that “London needs a new mayor,” and that “Khan is a disaster – will only get worse!”
Naz Shah has gotten away with retweeting that the victims of the Muslim rape gangs should “shut up for the good of diversity”, while Sadiq Khan got away with defending Islamic supremacists, 9/11 jihadists and was endorsed as mayor by antisemites. Khan still gets away with the mess he has made of London. Khan and Shah’s deeds are tolerated while criticism of them is deemed to be “racist”. To criticize Islam renders one a blasphemer and to criticize Muslims defines one as a “racist” and “Islamophobe” automatically. It is astonishing that the West has accepted this sharia tenet. Any other religion or its adherents can be criticized but not Islam or its adherents. It is an undue strain on Western society that is increasing and needs to stop.
Just over a week ago, Jihad Watch reported about the state of London…..
A knife crime epidemic has struck London and has seen over 51 murders this year. A Muslim migrant “acid gang” was sentenced four months ago following violent, unprovoked attacks on gays. London gangs also include “the Mali Boys,” which are becoming “more ‘organised, ruthless and driven by drugs profits.” Mali is a Muslim country plagued by Islamic rebel groups aiming to impose strict Islamic law across the country. The groups include: Ansar Dine, Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the Signed-in-Blood Battalion and the Islamic Movement for Azawad. Somali rape gangs have also victimized girls in London.
London has become a cesspool of crime where jihad preachers speak and recruit freely. An Islamic State jihadist “tried to create jihadist child army in east London,” and now, Somalian parents are sending their children back home to save them from knife attacks in Sadiq Khan’s London.
It is not “racist” to call out Sadiq Khan and Naz Shah for their role in shielding perpetrators who are piling up victims.
An important revelation to note about this latest London acid attack: the attackers were wearing burqas.
“It is alleged that the victim had been approached by two suspects, both wearing burkhas, and had the substance thrown at him before they fled in a waiting car.”
While Westerners continue to be battered about disrespect for Muslim religious rights whenever proposals to ban face coverings come up, face coverings pose an undeniable threat and always did. While there are those who have argued that the balaclava is worn in winter which covers the face and therefore Muslim women should be allowed to wear face coverings, no one wears a balaclava indoors and while communicating with others indoors. Unfortunately, Westerners seem to be waiting for more victims to pile up to allow themselves permission to ban face coverings. It should be banned everywhere in the West in the interest of public safety. Banning them has nothing to do with “Islamophobia”.
Sri Lanka banned the burqa after the deadly Easter bombing, while Muslim clerics cried foul (as usual). “Police found several women suspected of having aided the Easter terror attacks were wearing burqas, making finding and arresting them more difficult.” There was also concern that the use of the burqa would “hinder operations to arrest individuals believed to be involved in the attacks.”
In 2015 in Chad, two Boko Haram jihad suicide bomb attacks that killed 23 people, led the country’s Prime Minister to condemn the use of the burqa as “camouflage,” and a ruling that all burqas on sale in markets must be burned. The burqa has also been banned in China, Tajikistan, Morocco, Latvia, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon, Chad, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria, France and Algeria.
The province of Quebec in Canada has just passed a new law which bans religious symbols for public sector workers. This includes face coverings but it is unfortunate that only face coverings were not banned for security purposes.
“Khan’s London: Attackers ‘Dressed in Burkas’ Throw Acid in Man’s Face”, by Jack Montgomery, Breitbart, June 24, 2019:
Three people had acid thrown on them in two separate incidents over just a few hours in London, including a market stall vendor targeted by people “wearing burqas”.
Djamil Mogdad was preparing his clothes stall around at 6.40am on Friday morning at Walthamstow Market when he was “assaulted with a corrosive substance”, according to a Metropolitan Police spokesman.
“Officers and the London Fire Brigade attended. The man was taken to an east London hospital for treatment; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening,” the spokesman added.
“It is alleged that the victim had been approached by two suspects, both wearing burkhas, and had the substance thrown at him before they fled in a waiting car.
“There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.”
A binman who was at the scene and gave chase to the attackers said that he was “in the cafe having a cup of tea with the boys when Djamil ran in”.
He added: “He was shouting: ‘I have been attacked by acid.’ He knew it was acid straight away. I jumped up and… [went] out and I see two people running so I ran after them. They were covered in black burqas. All I could see is the back of them so I couldn’t tell if they were men or women.
“I got to the top of the road and I see them get in a car. They knew where the car was.”
“I managed to get the first three registration numbers but it was all so quick, and they sped off and that was it… The whole thing lasted around 30 seconds. Where the acid hit the pavement it was bubbling on the floor,” he added.
A fellow trader who said he has “spoken to [the victim’s] nephew who is in the hospital with him” appeared to confirm the burqa story, suggesting that “the way [the attackers] ran he said it was not like the way a lady runs it was like the way a man runs. So it was two people wearing ladies clothes.”




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Is President Trump’s immigration agenda being sabotaged by high-ranking officials in his own cabinet?

Senior administration officials told the Washington Examiner that a major leak related to ICE raids of illegal aliens families scheduled to begin last weekend was orchestrated by Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan (shown).
The three current and two former officials who spoke on the basis of anonymity said it was McAleenan who leaked information of the planned raids to the Washington Post, which the newspaper published in a Friday article.
The Post’s reporting revealed that the raids would take place on Sunday in Los Angeles, Houston, and Miami, among other cities.
President Trump had stated on Twitter that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would begin removing “millions of illegal aliens” this week.
The day after the Post’s article was published, the president announced he would delay the deportations for two weeks — ostensibly at the request of Democrats.
But the five officials who spoke with The Examiner claimed it was the leak that prompted President Trump to stop the 10-city operation. ICE allegedly advised the White House that the Post article undermined the success of the raids and the safety of immigration enforcement officers.
“Leaking the locations and details to stop the operation from happening not only harmed operational integrity, but it put the safety and well-being of his own officers in jeopardy,” one of the administration officials wrote of McAleenan.
According to the sources, McAleenan opposed the raids since they were planned back in April. The operation was set to target illegal aliens families who have remained in the country despite being denied asylum.
The officials also claimed only a handful of individuals in the White House, ICE, and DHS were aware of details like who would be targeted by the raids, in which cities, and on what date and time.
One official said, “I know [Kevin McAleenan] has not approved of this operation for months. The president wouldn’t leak that. ICE wouldn’t leak that. There’s only a few people involved in these discussions.... The only one who could have shared the details of those operations were Kevin.”
Another of the five officials alleged that the DHS head “cares more about what liberals and 'Never Trumpers' in Congress and the media think of him than achieving the express mission of his department.”
On Wednesday, McAleenan traveled to the border on a government plane with Post immigration reporter Nick Miroff, who wrote the Friday story.
“That’s law enforcement sensitive information,” one of the unnamed officials said. “You just don’t reveal that."
Another added that McAleenan’s “hands were dirty.”
Former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan took to Fox & Friends on Saturday, where he also accused McAleenan of seeking to hinder President Trump’s immigration policy.
“You’ve got the acting secretary of Homeland Security resisting what ICE is trying to do,” Homan said. “He does not support this operation, and I tell you what, if that’s his position, then he’s on the wrong side of this issue.”
He went on to say: “This leak — which, I know where the leak came from, I think we all know where the leak came from, that story only benefits one person—put these officers at greater risk of harm.”
McAleenan also serves as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The report raises the question: How effectively can President Trump deliver on his immigration promises if his attempts are blocked by the very people responsible for their enforcement?


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In a new Gallup poll conducted from June 3-16, 23 percent of respondents identified immigration as the most important problem facing the country. Gallup said that this the highest they had ever seen immigration listed as the number one problem since the poll first began recording mentions of this issue in 1993.
Gallup noted that respondents mentioning immigration as an important problem in its polls have been higher on average in 2019 than in any prior year. The 20-percent average of those citing immigration in this year to date compares with 14 percent in 2018, and no more than 10 percent in any other year, although some monthly figures were higher. For example, mentions of immigration reached 22 percent in July 2018 when there was highly publicized controversy over a U.S. policy to separate children and parents who were trying to enter the United States illegally. It reached 17 percent in July 2014 at a time a wave of young immigrants from Central American countries crossed the U.S. border illegally. And it reached 19 percent in April 2006 during a time when there was ongoing debate in the Senate over a comprehensive bill to address illegal immigration.
The Gallup poll also measured whether immigration levels should be increased, remain the same, or be decreased, with 37 percent saying it should be kept at its present level, 35 percent saying it should be decreased and 27 percent saying it should be increased. 
Respondents were also asked whether they thought immigration was good for the country — in general and in specific areas. An overwhelming majority, 76 percent, answered that it is a good thing for the country and 19 percent said it is a bad thing.
Getting down to specifics, those polled were given an opportunity to state if immigration was making the situation in the country better or worse, or not having much effect in different categories. On food, music and the arts, 57 percent said immigration made things better, 10 percent worse, and 32 percent no effect.
On the economy in general, 43 percent said it made things better, 31 percent worse, and 25 percent no effect.
On social and moral values, 31 percent said it made things better, 28 percent worse, and 39 percent no effect.
On job opportunities for “you and your family,” 19 percent said it made things better, 25 percent worse, and 56 percent no effect.
On taxes, 20 percent said it made things better, 42 percent worse, and 37 percent no effect.
And on crime, seven percent said it made things better, 42 percent worse, and 50 percent no effect.


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Having canceled a retaliatory strike against Iran after it shot down a U.S. drone, President Trump has apparently listened again to the neocon laptop bombardiers angling to get the United States into yet another unwinnable war in the Middle East.

Now, Trump says, Iran deserves economic sanctions, an act of war, and on Monday he imposed them. Iran responded as expected. Even worse, Trump unleashed three tweets this morning threatening Iran with “obliteration.”
Question: Will Trump, who ran as an America First non-interventionist, listen to the neocons?
“Mental Retardation” Trump imposed the sanctions, the executive order says, “in light of the actions of the Government of Iran and Iranian-backed proxies, particularly those taken to destabilize the Middle East, promote international terrorism, and advance Iran’s ballistic missile program, and Iran’s irresponsible and provocative actions in and over international waters, including the targeting of United States military assets and civilian vessels.”
The provocative actions include two alleged attacks on oil tankers, one Norweigian and one Japanese, and last week’s downing of an American drone, which the United States claims was in international waters. Iran says the drone was over its territory.
A top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin said his nation’s military intelligence also reported the drone over Iranian air space.
Wherever it was, Trump backed off a plan to attack Iran because it would have caused 150 casualties, which Trump thought a “disproportionate” punishment for downing a pilotless drone. Many believe Fox talker Tucker Carlson’s commentary influenced Trump.
The sanctions will block Iran’s top officials from doing financial business outside the country or from using the international banking system, the New York Times reported. The Times called the sanctions “largely symbolic” because “Iranian officials most likely do not keep substantial assets in international banks, if any at all, or use those institutions for transactions, and any additional pressure from the new sanctions is likely to be minimal.”
Still, National Security Adviser John Bolton, the top neocon banging the drums for war in the administration, said the sanctions will soften Iran, modify its behavior, and encourage negotiations with the United States.
Bolton says Trump has held “the door open to real negotiations” with Iran, the Washington Postreported, and “all that Iran needs to do is walk through that door.” A deal with Iran, he said, must “eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapons program, its pursuit of ballistic missile delivery systems, its support for international terrorism and other malign behavior worldwide.”
But Bolton threatened even more economic pressure, the Post reported. “They’ll either get the point or ... we will simply enhance the maximum-pressure campaign further.” That, he said, will “bring Iran to the table.”
Iran replied with the usual overheated rhetoric. The sanctions are “outrageous” and “idiotic,” President Hassan Rouhani said, the Associated Press reported. The White House is “afflicted by mental retardation.”
Iranian officials also called the White House “mentally crippled,” the Post reported.
Trump: Iran Is Doomed if They Attack For his part, Trump doesn’t appear as reluctant to attack Iran as he was when he called off last week’s planned strike after Iran shot down the $130 million U.S. Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk.
In three tweets this morning, Trump threatened to erase Iran from the world map:
Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words “nice” or “compassion,” they never have. Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone..
....The wonderful Iranian people are suffering, and for no reason at all. Their leadership spends all of its money on Terror, and little on anything else. The U.S. has not forgotten Iran’s use of IED’s & EFP’s (bombs), which killed 2000 Americans, and wounded many more...
.... Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality. Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!
Trump’s attitude toward Iran is markedly different than it was in 2013, when he tweeted a critique of President Barack Hussein Obama’s policy: “Remember that I predicted a long time ago that President Obama will attack Iran because of his inability to negotiate properly-not skilled!”
Question is, again, will Trump negotiate, or start another costly and counterproductive war?