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CONGRATS: Democrat Congressman Gives Ann Coulter Credit For The Shutdown

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Democrat congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland gave writer Ann Coulter credit on the House floor Wednesday for inspiring President Donald Trump to keep the government shut down.

Raskin said that Trump apparently saw one of Ann Coulter’s commentaries and then “changed his mind” and decided to keep going.

President Trump has all the leverage in these negotiations, as evidenced by Democrats expressing openness to “physical barriers,” “infrastructure on the border,” and a “partial wall.”

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President Trump can build the Wall through the national emergency option, especially considering the fact that the United States has 31 active emergencies declared by Trump and previous presidents, including 11 active emergencies declared by Barack Obama. (READ: How President Trump Can Get Around The Ninth Circuit To Build The Wall).

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Furloughed federal workers can be laid off using the “Reduction In Force” procedure after 30 days. The government has been shut down for 26 days. Laying off the non-essential workers would save taxpayers more than $1 billion per week, according to data compiled by the Center for American Progress.

Update: President Trump has signed the bill guaranteeing back pay to furloughed government workers.

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Over 200 Illegal Aliens Arrested in Bust of Human Smuggling Operation in Laredo, Texas

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More than 200 illegal aliens were transferred to the custody of Customs and Border Patrol last week, with the wave of arrests coming as authorities moved upon a human smuggling ring operating in the Laredo, Texas area.

Border Patrol agents most recently recounted finding 25 people hiding within a horse trailer at an immigration checkpoint on Thursday. They’ve encountered other smuggling attempts with the use of commercial tractor-trailers, box trucks, agriculture and fuel containers, and a travel trailer. CBP has reported making 242 arrests last week alone, a figure not seen since before the coronavirus pandemic.

At least two of the men arrested by CBP for attempting to unlawfully enter the country have outstanding arrest warrants for sex crimes in the United States, one of which is said to have targeted a minor. Both of these suspects are currently facing extradition proceedings for their alleged crimes.

The south Texas city appears to have become a hub for cartel-affiliated human smuggling, which has resumed in force following a lull during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. CBP and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a human smuggling stash house in the city last month, in which 47 illegal aliens were being stashed.

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The freeze on illegal immigration that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic appears to largely be over, with criminal smuggling groups now once again attempting to move large groups of unlawful aliens into the United States. It’s very likely that smuggling organizations will attempt to move their customers across the southern border in a greatly increased capacity if Joe Biden is inaugurated in January. The Democrat candidate has already confirmed he only intends to deport illegal aliens who are convicted of a violent felony, which would largely abandon the enforcement of American immigration law.

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