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The 2019 American National Border Security and Illegal Aliens Debate has started.

President Trump made the decision to reopen the government Friday after the Federal Aviation Administration grounded flights bound to New York’s LaGuardia Airport because air traffic control staff, who were not being paid, called in sick. Nearly 800,000 federal workers had been affected by the partial government shutdown, which has gone on for over a month and was the longest in U.S. history, with many working without pay or furloughed from their jobs. Federal contractors, not included in that number, are losing about $200 million a day.

The government shutdown economic hit to the US Economy amounted to about $5B

The agreement Trump announced on Friday funds the government until Feb. 15, giving congressional negotiators three weeks to work out a larger immigration deal. Democratic leaders, including Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, expressed optimism that such an agreement could be reached. But others, including numerous Republicans, and the leadership of Friends of the African Union were less confident.

The first agreement between Trump and the 116th Congress on shutdown was S. 24: Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019


Trump on Immigration from 2016 to 2019

The President launched his 2016 presidential campaign on immigration, tapping into a rock solid base of support that catapulted him into the White House. He has relied on immigration fears — and promises of security — during campaigning, leaning heavily on the issue leading up to the midterm elections. Though some political observers in Washington scoffed at his promise to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it, his base fully supported it. Today they are livid and may be so for the next 21 days. But….

Many beleieve Pelosi brought Trump to his knees

Although picking winners and losers in politics is always tricky, there is a clear-cut case to be made that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just completed a masterful political strategy that brought Trump to his knees. It looks like the President has done what the Democrats have demanded all along: Open the government now, negotiate over border security and the wall later.
Pelosi also did a good job keeping almost every Democrat in line. She ruled the caucus with an iron fist, making certain that none of her members opted for some kind of bipartisan deal contravening her approach. 

First the Senate, then the House swiftly and unanimously approved the deal. Late Friday, President Trump signed it into law. The administration asked federal department heads to reopen offices in a “prompt and orderly manner” and said furloughed employees can return to work. But…

The Trump Approach to Immigration is based on this statement: The United States must adopt an immigration system that serves the national interest. To restore the rule of law and secure our border, President Trump is committed to constructing a border wall and ensuring the swift removal of unlawful entrants. To protect American workers, the President supports ending chain migration, eliminating the Visa Lottery, and moving the country to a merit-based entry system. These reforms will advance the safety and prosperity of all Americans while helping new citizens assimilate and flourish.

So we now have 21 Days for solutions?

Remarks by President Trump on the Government Shutdown

Issued on: January 25, 2019
Start of Readout at the Rose Garden
2:17 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  My fellow Americans, I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and re-open the federal government.  (Applause.)  As everyone knows, I have a very powerful alternative, but I didn’t want to use it at this time.  Hopefully it will be unnecessary.

I want to thank all of the incredible federal workers, and their amazing families, who have shown such extraordinary devotion in the face of this recent hardship.  You are fantastic people.  You are incredible patriots.  Many of you have suffered far greater than anyone, but your families would know or understand.  And not only did you not complain, but in many cases you encouraged me to keep going because you care so much about our country and about its border security.

Again, I thank you.  All Americans, I thank you.  You are very, very special people.  I am so proud that you are citizens of our country.  When I say “Make America Great Again,” it could never be done without you.  Great people.

In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks until February 15th.  I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay very quickly, or as soon as possible.  It’ll happen fast.  I am asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to put this proposal on the floor immediately.

After 36 days of spirited debate and dialogue, I have seen and heard from enough Democrats and Republicans that they are willing to put partisanship aside — I think — and put the security of the American people first.  I do believe they’re going to do that.  They have said they are for complete border security, and they have finally and fully acknowledged that having barriers, fencing, or walls — or whatever you want to call it — will be an important part of the solution.

A bipartisan Conference Committee of House and Senate lawmakers and leaders will immediately begin reviewing the requests of our Homeland Security experts — and experts they are — and also law enforcement professionals, who have worked with us so closely.  We want to thank Border Patrol, ICE, and all law enforcement.  Been incredible.  (Applause.)

Based on operational guidance from the experts in the field, they will put together a Homeland Security package for me to shortly sign into law.

Over the next 21 days, I expect that both Democrats and Republicans will operate in good faith.  This is an opportunity for all parties to work together for the benefit of our whole beautiful, wonderful nation.

If we make a fair deal, the American people will be proud of their government for proving that we can put country before party.  We can show all Americans, and people all around the world, that both political parties are united when it comes to protecting our country and protecting our people.

Many disagree, but I really feel that, working with Democrats and Republicans, we can make a truly great and secure deal happen for everyone.

Walls should not be controversial.  Our country has built 654 miles of barrier over the last 15 years, and every career Border Patrol agent I have spoken with has told me that walls work.  They do work.  No matter where you go, they work.  Israel built a wall — 99.9 percent successful.  Won’t be any different for us.

They keep criminals out.  They save good people from attempting a very dangerous journey from other countries — thousands of miles — because they think they have a glimmer of hope of coming through.  With a wall, they don’t have that hope.  They keep drugs out, and they dramatically increase efficiency by allowing us to patrol far larger areas with far fewer people.  It’s just common sense.  Walls work.

That’s why most of the Democrats in Congress have voted in the past for bills that include walls and physical barriers and very powerful fences.  The walls we are building are not medieval walls.  They are smart walls designed to meet the needs of frontline border agents, and are operationally effective.  These barriers are made of steel, have see-through visibility, which is very important, and are equipped with sensors, monitors, and cutting-edge technology, including state-of-the-art drones.

We do not need 2,000 miles of concrete wall from sea to shining sea — we never did; we never proposed that; we never wanted that — because we have barriers at the border where natural structures are as good as anything that we can build.  They’re already there.  They’ve been there for millions of years.

Our proposed structures will be in pre-determined high-risk locations that have been specifically identified by the Border Patrol to stop illicit flows of people and drugs.  No border security plan can ever work without a physical barrier.  Just doesn’t happen.

At the same time, we need to increase drug detection technology and manpower to modernize our ports of entry, which are obsolete.  The equipment is obsolete.  They’re old.  They’re tired.  This is something we have all come to agree on, and will allow for quicker and safer commerce.  These critical investments will improve and facilitate legal trade and travel through our lawful ports of entry.

Our plan also includes desperately needed humanitarian assistance for those being exploited and abused by coyotes, smugglers, and the dangerous journey north.

The requests we have put before Congress are vital to ending the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border.  Absolutely vital.  Will not work without it.

This crisis threatens the safety of our country and thousands of American lives.  Criminal cartels, narco-terrorists, transnational gangs like MS-13, and human traffickers are brazenly violating U.S. laws and terrorizing innocent communities.

Human traffickers — the victims are women and children.  Maybe to a lesser extent, believe or not, children.  Women are tied up.  They’re bound.  Duct tape put around their faces, around their mouths.  In many cases, they can’t even breathe.  They’re put in the backs of cars or vans or trucks.  They don’t go through your port of entry.  They make a right turn going very quickly.  They go into the desert areas, or whatever areas you can look at.  And as soon as there’s no protection, they make a left or a right into the United States of America.  There’s nobody to catch them.  There’s nobody to find them.

They can’t come through the port, because if they come through the port, people will see four women sitting in a van with tape around their face and around their mouth.  Can’t have that.

And that problem, because of the Internet, is the biggest problem — it’s never been like this before — that you can imagine.  It’s at the worst level — human trafficking — in the history of the world.  This is not a United States problem; this is a world problem.  But they come through areas where they have no protection, where they have no steel barriers, where they have no walls.  And we can stop almost 100 percent of that.

The profits reaped by these murderous organizations are used to fund their malign and destabilizing conduct throughout this hemisphere.

Last year alone, ICE officers removed 10,000 known or suspected gang members, like MS-13 and members as bad as them.  Horrible people.  Tough.  Mean.  Sadistic.  In the last two years, ICE officers arrested a total of 266,000 criminal aliens inside of the United States, including those charged or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 homicides or, as you would call them, violent, vicious killings.  It can be stopped.

Vast quantities of lethal drugs — including meth, fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine — are smuggled across our southern border and into U.S. schools and communities.  Drugs kill much more than 70,000 Americans a year and cost our society in excess of $700 billion.

The sheer volume of illegal immigration has overwhelmed federal authorities and stretched our immigration system beyond the breaking point.  Nearly 50 migrants a day are being referred for medical assistance — they are very, very sick — making this a health crisis as well.  It’s a very big health crisis.  People have no idea how big it is, unless you’re there.

Our backlog in the immigration courts is now far greater than the 800,000 cases that you’ve been hearing about over the last couple of years.  Think of that, though: 800,000 cases because our laws are obsolete.  So obsolete.  They’re the laughing stock all over the world.  Our immigration laws, all over the world — they’ve been there for a long time — are the laughing stock, all over the world.

We do not have the necessary space or resources to detain, house, vet, screen, and safely process this tremendous influx of people.  In short, we do not have control over who is entering our country, where they come from, who they are, or why they are coming.

The result, for many years, is a colossal danger to public safety.  We’re going to straighten it out.  It’s not hard.  It’s easy, if given the resources.

Last month was the third straight month in a row with 60,000 apprehensions on our southern border.  Think of that.  we apprehended 60,000 people.  That’s like a stadium full of people.  A big stadium.

There are many criminals being apprehended, but vast numbers are coming because our economy is so strong.  We have the strongest economy now in the entire world.  You see what’s happening.  We have nowhere left to house them and no way to promptly remove them.  We can’t get them out because our laws are so obsolete, so antiquated, and so bad.

Without new resources from Congress, we will be forced to release these people into communities — something we don’t want to do — called catch-and-release.  You catch them.  Even if they are criminals, you then release them.  And you can’t release them from where they came, so they go into our country and end up in places you would least suspect.  And we do as little releasing as possible, by they’re coming by the hundreds of thousands.

I have had zero Democrat lawmakers volunteer to have them released into their districts or states.  And I think they know that, and that’s what we’re going to be discussing over the next three weeks.

The painful reality is that the tremendous economic and financial burdens of illegal immigration fall on the shoulders of low-income Americans, including millions of wonderful, patriotic, law-abiding immigrants who enrich our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the defense of our great country.  We cannot surrender operational control over the nation’s borders to foreign cartels, traffickers, and smugglers.  We want future Americans to come to our country legally and through a system based on merit.  We need people to come to our country.  We have great companies moving back into the United States.  And we have the lowest employment and the best employment numbers that we’ve ever had.  There are more people working today in the United States than have ever worked in our country.  We need people to come in to help us — the farms, and with all of these great companies that are moving back.  Finally, they’re moving back.  People said it couldn’t happen.  It’s happening.

And we want them to enjoy the blessings of safety and liberty, and the rule of law.  We cannot protect and deliver these blessings without a strong and secure border.

I believe that crime in this country can go down by a massive percentage if we have great security on our southern border.  I believe drugs, large percentages of which come through the southern border, will be cut by a number that nobody will believe.

So let me be very clear: We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier.  If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15th, again, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency.  We will have great security.

And I want to thank you all very much.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)END                2:35 P.M. EST

Friends of the African Union acknowledges that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants except for its Africans which we made Slaves and Indigenous peoples whose land we took.

From Wikipedia – According to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center the estimated the total population to be 11.1 million in 2014, or approximately 3 percent of the U.S. population.[5][4][6] This “is in the same ballpark” as figures from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which estimated that 11.4 million illegal immigrants lived in the United States in January 2012.[3][7] The estimate and trends are also consistent with figures reported by the Center for Migration Studies, which reported that the U.S. illegal immigrant population fell to 10.9 million by January 2016, the lowest number since 2003.[8] A 2018 paper by three Yale School of Management professors estimated that the illegal immigrant population was in the range of 16 million to 29 million,[9] however the methodology presented in this study has been criticized as leading to vastly overstated results.[10]

Friends of the African Union believes the current illegal population in the USA is 11M Adults and 4M Children with 8M in the workforce

We supported civil society organization action during the December 2018 United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration Conference, but we reserved the right of nations to set their individual policy. In the USA this reservation is based on dealing with the illegal immigrant population in the United States. The size is uncertain and is difficult to ascertain because of difficulty in accurately counting individuals in this population. Figures from national surveys, administrative data and other sources of information vary widely.

The Conference was convened under the auspices of the United Nations General Assembly and is held pursuant to resolution 71/1 of 19 September 2016, entitled “New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants,” which decided to launch a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration. The modalities for the Conference were further elaborated in resolutions 71/280 of 6 April 2017, 72/244 of 24 December 2017 and 72/L.67 of 31 July 2018.


Marrakech, 11 December 2018—The Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration concluded today following the adoption of the Global Compact.

“The Global Compact expresses our collective commitment to improving cooperation on international migration,” world leaders declared, acknowledging that migration affects countries, communities, migrants and their families in different and sometimes unpredictable ways.

Member States came together in Marrakech to embrace the Compact that represents the firstever global framework aimed at fostering greater international cooperation to better address the complex situation facing the world’s 258 million migrants — 3.4 per cent of its (world) population.

The Special Representative for International Migration, Louise Arbour, in her role as Secretary General of the Conference, emphasized that “the overwhelming support of the international community for this Compact is also the expression of multilateralism at its best.”

“Governments committed to a global migration framework based on facts not myths, a framework that protects their national interests and in fact advances them through better cooperation”, she added.

The Global Compact is not legally binding. Its guiding principles reaffirm States’ sovereign rights to determine their national migration policies and to govern migration within their jurisdictions.

As migration experiences and challenges vary across the world, the Global Compact is a flexible instrument that can meet the needs of every country and stimulate joint cooperation
at all levels.