Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer appears set to coast to yet another easy victory in an end of year government funding dispute, as the GOP and White House now appear poised to cave on a previous demand for $5 billion in wall funding.
Although it seems a bare minimum to merely begin wall construction is an unacceptable demand, the same government funding package in which wall funding is noticeably absent features more than $10 billion in foreign aid directed towards Mexico and Central America. It was announced at a State Department event in Mexico with the Mexican foreign secretary that $5.8 billion will be spent in Central America for “strengthening government and economic development,” with an additional $4.8 billion slated for economic development in Southern Mexico.
The purpose for the foreign aid payment was framed as a way for poor countries in the region to improve circumstances as a means to make caravan-style mass migration to the United States unnecessary. However, the irony of paying foreign nations to stop the flow of migrants while keeping the porous and unsecured U.S border largely exposed could strike many conservatives and American nationalists as a totally flawed set of priorities.
To put matters in perspective, most serious estimates gauging the price of an effective and serious border wall estimate it would cost between $20-30 billion. The money the U.S. taxpayer is slated to send across the border as a free gift to the notoriously corrupt governments of countries like Mexico and Honduras could have been spent to cover half the costs of the border wall that the American people were promised in the 2016 Presidential election.
After signaling a willingness to shut down the government for the bare minimum of $5 billion to begin wall construction, the Trump administration seems to have backtracked, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying the administration wished to avoid a shutdown. She said that the administration was looking at alternative means of securing wall funding and construction.
Enough excuses and slush payments to corrupt foreign governments while the border wall remains unrealized.
Illegal Alien Arrested in the Beating, Torture, and Death of His Nine Year Old Son in Idaho
Erik Osuna is an illegal immigrant.
A man identified by prosecutors as an illegal alien has been arrested in the beating and torture of his own son, with the boy’s stepmother being charged with murder in his death.
Emrik Osuna, a nine year old boy, was discovered starved and covered with bruises at the residence of Erik Osuna-Gutierrez and Monique Osuna. First responders who were summoned to the Meridian, Idaho home later pronounced the boy dead.
(Pictured: nine year old Emrik Osuna.)
(Pictured: Erik and Monique Osuna.)
Police reports indicate that Monique Osuna has admitted to police that she kicked her stepson in the groin and beat him with various household objects, among them a frying pan, a wooden spoon, a backscratcher, a belt, and even a dog leash. She’s being charged with murder, and Erik Osuna is being charged with felony injury to a child, infliction of great bodily harm and destruction of evidence in the abuse of the child.
The couple allegedly subjected the nine year old boy to a sickening regimen of continual child abuse, such as forcing him to exercise for hours, locking him into a closet, and feeding him starvation rations of water and rice for weeks. Prosecutors are alleging that Erik Osuna allowed the abuse to happen, and that the sick couple only called 911 hours after Emrik Osuna was in severe medical distress.
Idaho prosecutors have identified Erik Osuna as an illegal immigrant, pointing him out as a flight risk in pre-trial bond hearings in the case. They urged a judge to deny Osuna a bond because of his status as an illegal, arguing that he could attempt to flee because he doesn’t have many personal connections in the state.
Both Osunas are being held on $2 million bonds in the Idaho jail system, and neither have entered a plea in response to the charges. Their next court appearance is scheduled for September 17th.
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