AOC draws an early 2020 challenger

AOC draws an early 2020 challenger

While the race to be the next president pretty much begins on inauguration day in the modern era, congressional races tend to start a bit later. Yet with more than fifteen months to go, freshman congresswoman and “squad” member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has already drawn a challenger who officially launched her campaign today. Shockingly, we’re not talking about a Democrat hoping to take AOC on in the primary, but a Republican.

Scherie Murray came to America from Jamaica as a child, is a successful businesswoman and has been regularly involved in NY GOP politics. To call this a steep, uphill climb would be an understatement, but she seems well prepared and is trying to get out of the gate early. (Fox News)

Scherie Murray, a New York businesswoman who immigrated from Jamaica as a child and is active in state Republican politics, is launching a campaign Wednesday for the congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Fox News has learned.

In a phone interview, Murray, 38, confirmed her intention to run for the New York congressional seat as a Republican.

“There is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC,” Murray told Fox News. “And instead of focusing on us, she’s focusing on being famous. Mainly rolling back progress and authoring the job-killing Green New Deal and killing the Amazon New York deal.”

Murray, who was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States when she was 9, is officially launching her campaign Wednesday with an introductory video that takes sharp jabs at the 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez.

Before diving into this, let’s take a look at her launch video.

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I’d like to start on a positive note here, so allow me to say that this is an exceptionally well done campaign video. The production quality is excellent, Murray is an engaging speaker and they hit all of the points that should deliver some real impact. She paints AOC as a woman more obsessed with herself and her own celebrity than her constituents. They tie her to the very unpopular Green New Deal and the loss of the new Amazon center in New York. She talks about working across party lines (always important in New York) and hits subjects with bipartisan appeal.

Of course, there’s one word that never appears in the entire video: Republican. You would be forgiven for thinking this was an advertisement for a Democrat hoping to primary AOC next year. And if she were, this sort of launch might have put her in contention early on.

There are those on social media already arguing that it might not matter. AOC’s favorability numbers nationally are underwater. One recent poll showed that she’s not even well liked in her own district. (We should note that the linked poll should be taken with a hefty salt tablet as it was kind of dodgy, but still interesting.)

But let’s not kid ourselves here. This is still New York’s 14th district. The lines have shifted quite a bit over the years, and I’ve to double-check my figures, but I don’t think a Republican has represented this particular stretch of the five boroughs since roughly World War 2. Cook rates it as D+29. I’m willing to bet there are plenty of voters there who would look at this video and definitely be interested until finding out Murray has an “R” after her name and then it’s over.

Sorry to be a Debby Downer here, but it’s just reality. If AOC is to be removed from her congressional seat next year I would bet dollars to donuts that it will be by another, less incendiary Democrat and not a Republican. I’d love to be wrong, but I highly doubt it.

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God Is Better Than Government at Healing the Human Heart

God Is Better Than Government at Healing the Human Heart

A medic escorts a 39-year-old woman to an ambulance after she was revived from an opioid overdose in Salem, Mass., August 2017. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)Given government’s oft-pattern of hurting when it tries to help, skepticism of even its well-intentioned efforts is in order.

Earlier this week, J. D. Vance — a person I admire greatly, by the way — delivered an address to the National Conservatism Conference that caught my attention and highlighted an important distinction between more-nationalist and more-statist Republicans (like Vance) and more-libertarian conservatives (like me). The issue is a key question: How much can government help solve the existential crisis that grips so many American hearts?

First, let’s dispense with straw men. I don’t think for a moment that Vance believes that only government can deal with the crises of family dissolution, suicide, and drug overdoses. But I would say it’s fair to argue that he has more confidence in the government’s role in solving the problem than I do. Similarly, I truly wish that Vance (and other allied commentators) would stop attacking straw men of their own.

In his speech, Vance said, “The question conservatives confront at this key moment is this: Whom do we serve? Do we serve pure, unfettered commercial freedom? Do we serve commerce at the expense of the public good? Or do we serve something higher, and are we willing to use political power to actually accomplish those things?” But as my colleague Kevin Williamson pointed out yesterday, even libertarian-minded conservatives don’t believe in “pure, unfettered commercial freedom.” Moreover, one of our core ideas is that commerce doesn’t come at the expense of the public good but rather facilitates public good. Capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty than any other economic system in the history of man.

By contrast, the questions I ask are different. What are the most effective means of addressing deaths of despair? If we know what is most effective, should we not concentrate our efforts in that sphere? Moreover, what are the lessons that we can learn from the past, including lessons about the role of government in addressing deep-seated social problems?

Applying this frame, I freely admit that I want to double down on God and not government. I freely admit that I see that while government can do some good, it also has immense, demonstrated ability to do harm even as it tries to help.

Let’s take the opioid crisis, for example. While the media has justifiably paid a great deal of attention to the role of Purdue Pharma in the widespread distribution of OxyContin, the story of the opioid crisis is also a story of well-meaning government blunder after well-meaning government blunder. From FDA approvals of OxyContin, to the adoption of “pain as a fifth vital sign,” to changes in policies of the Drug Enforcement Administration to reduce physician oversight, the government made decisions that ultimately cost lives.

Indeed, the history of well-intentioned top-down government intervention in complex economic and cultural structures is littered with at least as many failures as with successes. Conservatives are well versed in failures of welfare policy, including disability policy, but the history of economic interventions is checkered as well. This Scott Lincicome paper on the “long history of America’s protectionist failures” is indispensable reading for any idealist who views restrictionist trade policies as an important tool in preserving economic opportunity.

In his speech, Vance referenced “a very popular libertarian author” who writes quite a bit about deaths of despair, the decline of the family, and the challenges of social media. Vance then remarked “that if you think children killing themselves are problems, if you think people not having families, not being married, feeling more isolated are problems, then you need to be willing to use political power when it’s appropriate to solve those problems.”

As my podcast co-host and colleague Alexandra DeSanctis remarked on Twitter, the phrase “when it’s appropriate” is doing “a huge amount of heavy lifting.” I want to use political power “when appropriate” also, but I’ve got ample reason to believe that the government is incompetent in the use of its power. Moreover, I’ve also got reason to believe that encouraging people to look to government to salve the wounds in their heart can distract them from looking to the true source of hope and healing.

In other words, influential cultural forces are speaking about government when they should spend far more time speaking about God.

This weekend my friend Ericka Andersen had a piece in the Wall Street Journal that asked “Is God the Answer to the Suicide Epidemic?” She shared research showing that women who attended church at least once a week were “five times less likely to commit suicide.” She also noted that “regular participation in religious community is clearly linked to higher levels of happiness.”

The response to data like that is sometimes an odd sense of resignation and sometimes even outright contempt. America is secularizing. What are you gonna do? Given that reality, government is what we’ve got, right? In his “Against David French–ism” essay, Sohrab Ahmari rejected my own repeated arguments for the indispensability of religious faith to national renewal with this dismissive remark: “Calls for religious revival are often little more than an idle wish that all men become moral, so that we might dispense with moral regulation.”

Idle wish? It’s more like urgent need, and it’s not just a need for people to be “moral” but rather for them to be renewed, born again into the infinite love of Jesus Christ. And this urgent need for renewal should color the way Christians with a platform use their bully pulpit. It should dictate how Christians with resources spend their money, and it should inform how churches and denominations direct their evangelism.

Here again let me return to Ericka’s outstanding essay. She notes that “church plants” — new churches started in often-underserved areas — attract new attendees. As many as “42% or more of church-plant attendees have not been to church in many years.” This data fairly scream to religious organizations, “Plant churches!” Go to the forgotten places in America. Go to the struggling towns. Lease room next to the laundromat by the trailer park. And then pour yourself into the community. Love the people there. Rebuild civil society, from the ground up, with the most hopeful message in the history of humanity.

That doesn’t mean we don’t think hard about what government can do. But it does mean that we should major in the majors and minor in the minors. Government draws us in because it is so powerful. Theoretically it can do so much. But its power is in the hands of fallen men, and its actions and programs consistently reflect that sad fact. Fallen men populate the church, yes, but Christians also know that Christ said, “Where two or three gather in My name, there I am with them.”

Given the choice of allocating my limited time between seeking religious renewal and government intervention, we should prioritize renewal. And given government’s oft-repeated pattern of hurting when it tries to help, I’ll maintain my skepticism of even its well-intentioned efforts. Facing declining life expectancy and rising despair, we urgently need to ask, “What or who is most effective at healing the human heart?” In that contest, believing conservatives should take God over government every time.

David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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95 Dems Vote in Favor of Trump Impeachment Over ‘Racism’ – Rep Al Green’s Resolution Defeated

95 Dems Vote in Favor of Trump Impeachment Over ‘Racism’ – Rep Al Green’s Resolution Defeated

95 Dems Vote in Favor of Trump Impeachment Over ‘Racism’ – Rep Al Green’s Resolution Defeated

Rep. Al Green

For months and months liberal Democratic Rep. Al Green has called for President Trump’s impeachment.

To this day Green still wants President Trump impeached, he will find the crime later.

On Wednesday Al Green tweeted that it is time to remove President Trump due to “racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia…”

Whatever that means.

Al Green’s articles of impeachment was dead on arrival Wednesday afternoon because the Democrat-controlled House voted to kill the resolution.

332 “Yeas” to 95 “Nays” to kill the impeachment resolution.

Congressman Jim Jordan said today’s vote was shameful.

95 Democrats voted today to impeach President Trump.

This is an increase from the last impeachment vote that took place in January of 2018 where only 66 Democrats voted in favor of impeaching Trump.

President Trump slammed the Dems on Wednesday evening in a pair of tweets.

“The United States House of Representatives has just overwhelmingly voted to kill the Resolution on Impeachment, 332-95-1. This is perhaps the most ridiculous and time consuming project I have ever had to work on. Impeachment of your President, who has led the Greatest Economic BOOM in the history of our Country, the best job numbers, biggest tax reduction, rebuilt military and much more, is now OVER. This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!” Trump said.

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AWFUL! Former Bill Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart Calls Trump Supporters ‘Resentful, uneducated people screaming for blood from people of color’

AWFUL! Former Bill Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart Calls Trump Supporters ‘Resentful, uneducated people screaming for blood from people of color’

AWFUL! Former Bill Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart Calls Trump Supporters ‘Resentful, uneducated people screaming for blood from people of color’

Joe Lockhart, press secretary to President Bill Clinton during his second term impeachment, went on an epic 21 tweet meltdown over President Donald Trump Wednesday afternoon. Lockhart calls his anti-Trump Twitter tantrums “shadow briefings” in lieu of the Trump administration cancelling daily briefings by the press secretary. Wednesday’s shadow briefing was insane.

Lockahart not only attacked Trump and his administration, he also viciously attacked Trump supporters attending Wednesday night’s reelection campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, calling then an “angry crowd of resentful, uneducated people screaming for blood from the people of color who are stealing everything from them.”

The first tweet and the ‘screaming for blood tweets are embedded with the text of the other nineteen tweets quoted below. Click the tweet to read the entire tantrum on Twitter if you prefer.

“1. Welcome to the WH #shadowbriefing where all the questions get asked and a few actually get answered. Since @PressSec has not done a single briefing yet, only the shadow briefing is here for the American public. To quote @ChrisCuomo let’s get after it.”

“2. As you read here yesterday, @realDonaldTrump is very pleased with how the whole racism campaign. He forced all but four Republicans to walk the plank and vote for him saying go back to where you come from is not racist. He believes if there was any doubt that he has totally”

“3. taken over and reshaped the Republican Party in his own image–that of a bigoted, misogynist white supremacist. He thinks that’s pretty cool. He also thinks the Dems are now defined by the squad and the public will roundly reject any party that tolerates people of color.”

“4. Given that, expect a whole bunch more tonight in North Carolina. He’ll have an angry crowd of resentful, uneducated people screaming for blood from the people of color who are stealing everything from them. It ought to be a real fun time. Remember, CNN sucks and the media”

“5. is the enemy of the people. Q. Does the President agree with his son Eric that 95% of America agrees with him. A. No. @potus thinks he son Eric is a moron and ignores everything he says. He said not even Rasmussen cooks the numbers that much. @realDonaldTrump does believe”

“6. that most white people are with him outside of Boston and San Francisco, he hates those cities. Q. What did the President think of the vote? A. Great unifying moment, just wished it could have been unanimous. Q. Will the President pressure his golf buddy @RandPaul to lift”

“7. the block on money for the 9/11 compensation fund. A Absolutely not. There isn’t any money left, just like there’s no more room for new immigrants. Didn’t you see the deficit was up 23% this year. This is no time to be spending new money on heroes who are about to die and”

“8. can’t vote for him anyway. Remember the President’s philosophy. Soldiers who get captured and endure years of torture are weak because they got captured. Men and women who got cancer saving lives on 9/11 are weak because they got cancer. @realDonaldTrump didn’t get cancer”

“9. Q. But didn’t Paul and POTUS work to pass a multi trillion tax cut mostly for corporations. A. what’s your point? There was money then and we spent it on what we wanted to spend it on. The rich. That’s who deserved a tax cut. The rich needed some wealth stimulation.”

“10. Q. There is some video of the President partying with Jeffrey Epstein at Mar A Lago and grabbing a women’s ass. Does the WH have a reaction to that? A. Not really. @realDonaldTrump and Jeffrey Epstein are good friends. They shared a lot of fun together and a lot of girls.”

“11. There is nothing about this video that should surprise or trouble anyone. 63 million people voted for @potus knowing he was a sexual assaulter, an accused rapist and someone who bragged about how much he liked to seen teen girls naked. So exactly what is the problem here?”

“12. Are you denying the President had sex with underage girls provided by Epstein. A. Of course I’m not denying that. It stands to reason he did. And because he thinks it’s ok, then it is ok. For god sake, he campaigned for a guy who was banned from shopping malls.”

“13. You guys all went to Harvard or Yale, what is it you can’t understand here. When you’re famous you can take what you want. And the people you take all enjoy it. Just ask them. Q. Another Federal judge has barred the citizenship question from the Census. Is the POTUS”

“14. disappointed. A. Not really. The whole point was to create a fight to show how much he hates people of color. He got that done. He’s got his party behind him, he’s got lots of white people behind him, he got the job done here. This is the genius of Trump. This is what”

“15. the whole campaign is going to be about. Hate and division. Remember last campaign, he knew he wasn’t going to build a wall and Mexico wasn’t going to pay for it. So he’s not worried he didn’t get anything done. He’s worried that people will stop being scared that brown”

“16. people are coming with drugs and crime and planning to rape everyone. without that fear, he’s got nothing. That’s why he locks them up in cages. When you see a bunch of people in cages they look scary, they look like they’re about to rape you. Q. But many of them are”

“17. children, how can you say that? A. POTUS believes they are MS-13 in training, like children wearing vest bombs ready to blow us up, after they’ve raped us. Fear is the whole game here. Fear of people who look different from you, maybe speak another language. Fear they”

“18. that they are taking something from you and it’s not your own damn laziness, drinking and lack of education that is keeping you back. To paraphrase Gordon Gekko, Fear is good, fear works. That’s what the President ran on last time and he’s gotten much better at it”

“19. Was the President surprised the DOJ has closed the campaign finance investigation? A Not at all. That what he told Barr he had to do in the interview. And we all know how well Barr is serving as his defense attorney. The Garner thing was just a little icing on the cake.”

“20. What’s the President’s message at the rally tonight. A. Did you just get here or are you stupid. Its about hate, man, hate black people, hate homosexuals, hate transgender, hate Latinos, hate Muslims, hate the media, hate Democrats, hate the squad, hate anyone who didn’t”

“21. vote for him. I can’t do anymore with this group, you’re clearly not paying attention… Let’s try again tomorrow. Don’t forget to listen to @WMM_podcast It’s where you hear the good shit.”

END.

Lockhart’s rant shows how Democrats feel about the half of the country that voted for President Trump, calling his supporters bloodthirsty, racist, lazy, drunk and uneducated.

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JUST IN: Bill Barr, Wilbur Ross Write Pelosi Urging Her to Cancel Imminent Vote to Hold Them in Contempt of Congress

JUST IN: Bill Barr, Wilbur Ross Write Pelosi Urging Her to Cancel Imminent Vote to Hold Them in Contempt of Congress

JUST IN: Bill Barr, Wilbur Ross Write Pelosi Urging Her to Cancel Imminent Vote to Hold Them in Contempt of Congress


Bill Barr

Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to cancel an imminent vote to hold them in contempt of Congress.

A vote on the contempt resolution is expected by 7 PM ET.

The Democrat-led House Oversight Committee previously issued Barr and Ross a subpoena for documents related to the citizenship question on the 2020 census.

Both Barr and Ross defied the congressional subpoena and the Democrats moved to hold them in contempt.

Now that President Trump has backed down from adding the citizenship question to the census, Barr and Ross are asking Pelosi to cancel the “unjustified contempt vote.”

“We write to strongly oppose the pending resolution of the Committee on Oversight and Reform concerning the decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 Census,” they wrote.

The two argued in the letter that the Department has already accommodated numerous Committee requests.

Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) earlier Wednesday blasted Chairman Elijah Cummings for holding the contempt vote and used the chairman’s previous words against him.

“‘Holding someone in contempt of Congress is one of the most serious and formal actions our committee can take,” Meadows began. “It should not be used as a political tool to generate press as part of an election-year witch hunt. Now, who is responsible for that quote? It’s not Jordan, it’s not Cheney, It’s Chairman Elijah Cummings!”

The Democrats no longer legislate. All they do is use time and resources to harass President Trump and his associates.

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Today’s hot topics on Relevant Radio®: Impeachment vote, tariff support, Catholic evangelization, and more!

Today’s hot topics on Relevant Radio®: Impeachment vote, tariff support, Catholic evangelization, and more!

Once again, I get to step outside the box and guest host A Closer Look on Relevant Radio® from 6-7 ET today! The Catholic talk-radio network is heard nationwide on the air, as well as online and through their free mobile app that plays live and podcast shows.

Today’s Relevant Radio® show includes:

  • Salena Zito, co-author of The Great Revolt and reporter for the Washington Examiner and New York Post, discusses today’s events in the House of Representatives on impeachment. We’ll also touch on the view of voters in rural and Rust Belt districts on the administration’s use of tariffs to reset trade policies, and how many Southern Democrats have stepped up to the pro-life plate.
  • Mark Hart, executive VP of Life Teen International, gives us a look at a new evangelization program called The 99. We’ll walk through all three phases of the program and discuss the need for structured evangelization for today’s church.

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BOOM! President Trump NUKES Ilhan Omar: “There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother” (VIDEO)

BOOM! President Trump NUKES Ilhan Omar: “There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother” (VIDEO)

BOOM! President Trump NUKES Ilhan Omar: “There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother” (VIDEO)

President Trump spoke with reporters on Wednesday afternoon before departing the White House for his rally in North Carolina tonight.

The president was asked about his recent tweets against the radical Democrat freshmen “Squad.”
The president stood by his comments.

Then he added this on Rep. Ilhan Omar: “There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother.”

BOOM! He went there!

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It’s more than just talk, Mr. President.

As reported earlier today…

Alpha News from Minnesota released Part I of their Ilhan Omar investigation tiled “The Secrets of Ilhan Omar” on Tuesday.

The shocking video explores the myriad of evidence that a member of Congress Ilhan Omar committed Bigamy, Marriage Fraud, and Tax Fraud.

The video is currently posted on YouTube.

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It should be noted that by American law — When a marriage fraud is discovered, not only might the immigrant face severe immigration consequences, but both members of the marrying couple may face criminal penalties… An immigrant who is found to have committed marriage fraud would likely be removed from the United States (deported).

Jack Posobiec also posted the video on his popular Twitter page.

The video echoes information posted yesterday on The Gateway Pundit.

The Gateway Pundit was sent several updates on Ilhan’s story in the past two days. Our sources are hesitant to go public due to concerns of retribution from certain segments in the US Somali community.

What is interesting is that as Ilhan continues to deny her marriage to her brother there is clear evidence that she is lying.

The marriage certificate between her and Ahmed Nur Said Elmi has his birthdate as April 4, 1985.

David Steinberg reported at PJ Media:

According to official student enrollment records archived by St. Paul Public Schools and the state of Minnesota, an “Ahmed N. Elmi” was enrolled as a senior in the Class of 2003 at Arlington Senior High School in St. Paul, MN, from September 6, 2002, until June 10, 2003. He graduated and received a diploma.

The enrollment record states that “Ahmed N. Elmi” was born on April 4, 1985.

Both Ilhan Omar’s 2009 marriage documents and her 2017 divorce proceedings state that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi was born on April 4, 1985.

After an extensive background search, I have not been able to find any other person named “Ahmed Nur Said Elmi,” “Ahmed N. Elmi,” or even “Ahmed Elmi” with the birthdate April 4, 1985. The man Ilhan Omar married and the 17- to 18-year-old who attended Arlington Senior High School in St. Paul, MN, in 2002-2003 are one and the same.

It is also clear that her brother-husband Ahmed Nur Said Elmi has an almost identical name to her father Nur Said Elmi Mohamed.

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Univision Promotes ‘Weapons’ Against ICE Raids

Univision Promotes ‘Weapons’ Against ICE Raids

The Trump Administration’s announcement of massive deportations threw the nation´s liberal Spanish-speaking media into a panic last week. Wide-eyed newscasters provided all sorts of advice on how to react to the raids and evade law enforcement.

Watch below as Univision anchor Ilia Calderón warns viewers about the horrors faced by undocumented immigrants being persecuted by ICE for ignoring final deportations orders, and how two mobile apps might help them “in their fight against immigration raids”:

ILIA CALDERÓN, ANCHOR, UNIVISIÓN: Social media networks and at least two mobile apps have become big allies of undocumented immigrants in their fight against immigration raids. With those tools, the migrants can discover what danger zones to avoid, and can also contact family members and attorneys if they become involved in the raids, and even film the arrests.

Calderón´s story excluded any balanced reporting or point of view from immigration officials or others concerned with the nation´s border security. Furthermore, the story failed to explain the reasons behind President Trump’ś instructions to ICE with regard to the detention of at least 2,000 unauthorized immigrants whose deportations had already been ordered – and ignored.

Instead, correspondent Francisco Cobos turned to frequent collaborator Martha Sánchez, Community Organizing Coordinator at the leftist LUPE Organization, to “inform” viewers on what to do during “times of stalking” -as if being in the country illegally were a right- and to promote the mobile phone apps that convert smart phones into “shields” to protect undocumented workers from ICE. Of course, not a word about legal immigrants having NOTHING to fear.

According to the report, “´MigraCam´, developed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, is among the most frequently used applications by migrants who feel at risk of being arrested”. On the other hand, Notifica (Notify), promoted by the United We Dream organization, allows users to add contacts that will receive an alert message if arrested by immigration, by just pressing a button…quite the “weapons” to keep lawbreakers from their due day in court.

Below is a complete transcript for the above mentioned report as it aired on Noticiero Univision, on July 15, 2019.

ILIA CALDERÓN, ANCHOR, UNIVISIÓN: Social media networks and at least two mobile apps have become big allies of undocumented immigrants in their fight against immigration raids. With those tools, the migrants can what the danger zones to avoid, and can also contact family members and attorneys if they become involved in the raids, and even film the arrests.

Francisco Cobos has the details.

FRANCISCO COBOS, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISIÓN: Despite being fearful of the massive raids, José Antonio was of the few migrants who showed up to work as a day laborer, at this street in downtown McAllen, Texas. He did not go unarmed; he stated that he watched the news on television before leaving (his house), and he also searched the social networks in order to track ICE’s movements in his city.

JOSÉ ANTONIO, MIGRANT WORKER: I went to Facebook, to Whatsapp and to YouTube, they’re on all of those.

COBOS: He is part of the thousands of migrants that have been watching their cell phones since last weekend, as their main weapon for information on the raids. Basically, his cell phone has been the shield that protects him.

MARTHA SÁNCHEZ, ACTIVIST, THE LUPE ORGANIZATION: And (people must) always have their ears on alert and with eyes wide open, and remain connected to organizations that will provide help in times of stalking.

COBOS: But there are two available mobile phones app that have become popular, through which you can send an alert to family members, lawyers or civil rights organizations, in the event of an arrest or a search warrant.

´Migra cam´, developed by the American Civil Liberties Union in Texas, is among the most frequently used applications by migrants who feel that they are at risk of being arrested. This application can record video in the event of an arrest, and also allows you to request assistance via text message. Through this application that works like a panic button, video of the interaction with authorities is sent to at least three contacts that have been chosen beforehand. With the video as evidence, contacts are alerted about the arrest, and aid organizations are immediately activated.

SANCHEZ: We always tell people they should always have that person to be immediately notified when they are detained. That is useful, and gives the person the courage to choose someone.

FRANCISCO: Notifica is another application promoted by the United We Dream organization where, in a similar fashion, one can add several contacts to be notified in the event of an arrest by immigration authorities by just pressing a button. The activists stated that the apps are available online at no cost, or at any of the available app stores. In McAllen Texas, Francisco Cobos, Univisión.

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Pentagon to Send 2,100 More Troops to Border

Pentagon to Send 2,100 More Troops to Border

Marines deploy concertina wire at the U.S.-Mexico border at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego, Calif., November 15, 2018. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

The Pentagon announced Wednesday that an additional 2,100 troops will be deployed to the southern border as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.

Acting Secretary of Defense Richard Spencer approved the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard and 1,100 active-duty troops to the border in the coming weeks, adding to the 4,500 soldiers already stationed there. The troops will assist federal border authorities with aerial surveillance and logistical, operational, and administrative support.

Of the new National Guard troops, 250 will be stationed at ports of entry and airports in Texas as backup for civilian law-enforcement authorities. The remaining 750 will be stationed at two temporary migrant-detention facilities in Donna and Tornillo, Texas to assist Customs and Border Protection officials.

President Trump has made illegal immigration the signature issue of his presidency, insisting that troops are necessary in the absence of a wall along the southern border to stop migrants from crossing into the country illegally.

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Ben Carson Tells America: Donald Trump is ‘Not a Racist’

Ben Carson Tells America: Donald Trump is ‘Not a Racist’

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Ben Carson has a message: Donald Trump is not a racist.

Since Trump tweeted a message to congressional left-wing freshmen over the weekend encouraging them to “go back” to where they “came from,” Democrats have been calling racism on The Donald with particular furor.

But Ben knows the guy:

“I have an advantage of knowing the president very well, and he’s not a racist and his comments are not racist.”

Speaking to FNC’s America’s Newsroom, Dr. Carson explained that the Fab Four — Alexandria Oasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar — don’t appear, to the President, to love their country; hence his Twitter post:

“[H]e loves the country very much and, you know, he has a feeling that those who represent the country should love it as well.”

As a reminder, here’s what the Commander-in-Chief served up:

But could it have been a genius move? Some think so — just see here.

According to Ben, not only is America’s favorite New York billionaire not a racist; he’s actually helped minority communities:

“Look at his policies. You know, under this president, you see the rising tide lifting all boats. You see low unemployment…record-low for blacks, for Hispanics…for all the demographics of our nation.”

He’s right about unemployment — although the ladies at The View wouldn’t give him Trump credit (here).

Ben praised Trump’s support for “opportunity zones.”

Here’s more about that, courtesy of Economic Innovation Group:

The Opportunity Zones incentive is a new community investment tool established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. Opportunity Zones provide a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into dedicated Opportunity Funds. Read more below about how the Opportunity Zones incentive works, as well as its history and community of supporters.

Ben loves ’em:

“What’s happening in some of these places is just astonishing. And talking to some of those people there … they say I didn´t think this could ever happen. And just a couple of weeks ago, the president signed an executive order establishing a council on eliminating the barriers to affordable housing. Who’s going to benefit from that? So when you have somebody who’s spending this much time and this much effort, trying to elevate those who are vulnerable and who are suffering in our society — I think we should pay a lot more attention to what they are doing than what anybody is saying.”

Will the mainstream media listen to the brain surgeon? Not likely. They don’t seem too interested in what pro-Trump racial minorities have to say.

Speaking of, if you’d like to hear much more from some black Americans who don’t mind The Donald — and, in this case, are more than just a little suspicious of Bill and Hillary — I recommend you check out this video. But beware: There’s a lot of objectionable language.

Let us all know what you think — of all this — in the Comments section.

-ALEX

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