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DRUDGE: Shutdown Agreement Reached, Announcement This Afternoon

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According to the banner on drudgereport.com, an agreement has been reached to end the government shutdown, and President Donald J. Trump will make the announcement live at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon.

“Source: Shutdown agreement reached; announcement set for 1PM; govt to reopen ‘temporarily,'” the site said in all capital letters.

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The apparent deal comes on the midst of growing angst among federal workers, who will miss their second paycheck Friday, though they will be back-paid in full when the shutdown ends.

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Last weekend, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi swiftly rejected a deal that would have reopened the government. Trump offered temporary extensions for DACA recipients in exchange for border wall funding.

Thursday, reports swirled that Trump was planning to declare a national emergency in order to build the wall.

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President Donald Trump seems closer to finally declaring a national emergency to build the southern border Wall to secure the United States of America from criminal cartels, drug smugglers, and terrorists. (READ: How President Trump Can Build An Emergency Border Wall With Best Results).

“The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency,” a draft of a presidential proclamation reads.

“Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C 1601, et seq.), hereby declare that a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States,” the draft adds.
The draft was updated as recently as last week, a US government official told CNN.

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Customs and Border Patrol Set to Deploy Elite Units to Sanctuary Cities to Assist ICE

CBP is serious about enforcing immigration law, even in cities that intend to flout it.

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Customs and Border Patrol is preparing to redeploy some of the agency’s highly trained tactical personnel throughout the nation’s “sanctuary cities” in order to support Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The New York Times reported on the development Friday, that signals the Department of Homeland Security(which presides over both entities) is dead serious about national immigration enforcement, even in scofflaw municipalities that have sought to neuter it.

According to the report, more than 100 of CBP’s agents are being deployed throughout the nation to assist in ICE operations. It’s possible the agents could be tasked with apprehending illegal alien fugitives who are released onto the streets from local jail custody. They’ve been described as members of a unit known as BORTAC, an unit of personnel analogous to CBP’s SWAT team.

It’s common for sanctuary city jurisdictions to release individuals who are often violent criminals from custody, ignoring ICE detainer requests that the fugitives be instead handed over to face federal charges for immigration violations.

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Sanctuary cities often create unnecessary risks to public safety by forcing ICE to arrest dangerous criminals off of the streets, when they could’ve been simply handed over from municipal jail systems to the federal agency. Eric Garcetti, the mayor of one of America’s biggest cities, openly admits that Los Angeles simply does not participate in immigration enforcement.

If scofflaw cities such as Philadelphia and Los Angeles are truly determined to undermine immigration law enforcement, then so be it. Attorney General Bill Barr has followed the lead of his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, in instituting new measures to punish the open borders cities, restricting them from federal law enforcement programs.

Conservatives shouldn’t be afraid of advocating for a strong federal government that will step in to perform the law enforcement duties sanctuary cities are cowering away from.

 

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