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Trump’s border wall will cost up to $21.6 billion, Homeland Security internal report says

  • A new internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security report evaluating the logistics of Trump’s border wall may be a rude awakening.
  • The document, first reported on by Reuters, estimates the wall would cost the government up to $21.6 billion and take nearly the entire length of Trump’s term to construct.
  • Officials are expected to present Trump’s administration with their findings — which include blueprints for a three-phase plan to close off the border by the end of 2020 — in a few days. After that, it’s up to Trump and his advisers whether they will honor the department’s recommendations. Read more (2/9/17 7:42 PM)
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They go by many names,

They come from all backgrounds,

But they all have one job in common,

Protecting life.

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Trump Unveils 'Hard Power' Budget That Boosts Military Spending
President Trump's budget blueprint calls for a 10 percent increase in military spending, along with deep cuts in foreign aid and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Trump administration’s new budget blueprint aims to quantify the president’s nationalistic agenda in dollars and cents. The plan, released Thursday morning, calls for significant increases in military and border-security spending, along with corresponding cuts in many other parts of the government.

It also sends a clear message domestically: this administration is willing to make drastic, controversial cuts to fund that “strong-power” message. That includes slashing spending on foreign aid and the environment, as well as long-standing programs aimed at boosting the arts and humanities, as well as the fortunes of the most vulnerable Americans. The question now is how much the Republican-controlled Congress will go along with that vision.

The Limits of Sovereign Immunity

As a matter of law, government officials are immune from liability in the performance of their duties. This shields the government from litigation, a nice perk that many businesses would love as well. But when Attorney General Holder lets automatic weapons fall into the hands of Mexican Drug Cartels, is that the performance of his duties or is it the grossly negligent inaction with foreseeable consequences: the death of many anonymous Mexican citizens and Border Patrol officer Brian Terry. In past centuries, the sovereign may have been immune from suits, but his agents were not. The actions on behalf of the sovereign and crown may have imposed civil liabilities on the individual carrying out those actions. Eric Holder may never be held responsible, but his actions should cause a reappraisal of a policy which gives a wide latitude of negligence to state officials.

From the very first stances the United States government took on immigration to the most recent policies, Americans should be able to agree on at least one thing; immigration should be an issue of wrong or right, not an issue of left or right. Immigrants should be welcome in America with open arms. From the very beginning, we have been a nation of immigrants, and nothing will change that, despite the fears about immigrants that have come and gone as our nation has grown. Now it is more important than ever to come together to recognize where we came from and use that knowledge to help those in need, putting aside political differences. “You know, and it gets into this whole issue of border security, you know, who’s gonna say that the borders are secure? We’ve got the House and the Senate debating this issue, and it’s… it’s really astonishing that in a country founded by immigrants, ‘immigrant’ has somehow become a bad word. So the debate rages on and we continue….”

10 Journal Prompts to Get You Thinking About Politics

1) Make a list of causes you are passionate about, and write a few notes beside each one to explain what makes you so passionate. 

2) List all the issues you can think of that have been in the news recently (local, national, or international). Create a mind-map using these as the centre points. Try to connect issues by indicating common elements (ie. border security, islamophobia, environmental challenges, etc.)

3) Cut out an article from a newspaper regarding a local political issue. Highlight key phrases in the article that provide the most information. Underline phrases that indicate bias or unreliable information. Write your opinion of the article and the issue it discusses on the opposite page. 

4) Make a venn diagram of issues in your personal life, political or societal issues, and places where they overlap. 

5) Draw a pyramid in the middle of the page and separate it into three levels. Brainstorm political/ societal/ cultural issues that affect you personally, and place those on the top. In the middle section, brainstorm issues that affect your friends and family. In the bottom section, brainstorm issues that affect everyone in your region/ community. 

6) Make a question chain: At the top of the page, write a few of your most deeply held political beliefs. Then, interrogate yourself. Use arrows to point to questions regarding why you hold this belief. Each question should have another arrow pointing to the answer. Each answer should point to another question. As you work your way down the page answering your own questions, your goal should be to wind up with a question you can only answer based on your own fundamental principles of what is morally right and wrong. 

7) Write about a time you got into an argument with someone over a political/ cultural/ societal subject. Do the best that you can to describe their argument as fairly as possible. Then, write a bit about why you think they hold this belief and you don’t. Try to understand their motivations and core moral values, and the factors in their lives that contribute to these motivations and values. Again, be as fair as you possibly can be; the goal is understanding an argument, not winning it.

8) Make a list of words that often get thrown around in political discussion (racism, patriotism, democracy, etc.). Then, brainstorm different interpretations or values that may be attached to these words. Try to think of as many different interpretations as possible. For example, patriotism is a cultural norm in America, but frowned upon in Germany. Even between individuals in the same region, words like patriotism imply very different actions and commitments: ie. Fighting a war overseas vs. protesting foreign involvement.

9) Dedicate a page to sorting out your own stances on relevant societal/ cultural/ political issues. Do you fall to the right, left, or centre of the political spectrum? Do you have extreme or moderate political beliefs? If you describe yourself as a member of a particular ideology or political party, discuss what that label means to you. What beliefs do you hold that align with the political identity you use to describe yourself?

10) Write a bit about how you would change the world if you were the most powerful person alive. Re-examine those goals and make a few notes on how you can work towards achieving them in your every day life. Would you divert all funding to a particular cause? How can you help that cause as you are now? Would you make laws against certain behaviours? How can you help discourage those behaviours in day to day life? 

anonymous asked:

What is your favorite thing to watch on netflix?

Lately I’ve been binging on LOCKUP… which is not for littles.

My favorite movie ever, nacho libre….just came back to Netflix

And I also enjoy border security and canadas worst driver

Helix >Slade

So remember how Helix wanted Felicity to do them a favour? They wanted her to hack the Homeland Security border control drones. Would that be so that someone can enter the country? Someone who is wanted? Or someone who is a prisoner on an island? Or was? What if Felicity unwittingly unleashes a certain Mr Wilson back into their lives? What if this whole Helix thing was just a front, just a way to manipulate Felicity into getting Slade back into the country?

Tagging @nalla-madness

anonymous asked:

Do you think Israel has the right to exist with secure borders?

I do not think that the Jewish state will be destroyed and the Jews evicted. They are there and they are a nuclear power with enough nukes to flatten the entire middle east. They are not going anywhere.

Israel was founded on a grave injustice i.e. the conquest of an Arab land by force of arms leading to the dispossession of a people that had been living there for 1300 years. Now, it bears mentioning that those people took the land from the Christian Roman empire also by force of arms. The Romans also took the land by force of arms. So did the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and Assyrians. That strip of land has been conquered and reconquered many times. If the Jewish holy books are to be believed then the Jews themselves took the land in a God-sanctioned genocide in the time of Joshua.

As an American living on land which was conquered and taken from the Mexicans who took it from the Spaniards who took it from the Native Americans, I would be quite the hypocrite if I were to claim the moral high ground on this issue. The only difference is that our conquest is a few centuries old and Israel’s only seventy odd years.

There is only one solution. A new secular democratic state which is inclusive of all the people who live there. There must be compensation given to the dispossessed or their descendants. Then, in a century, we may have peace.

The E.P.A. is among the hardest-hit agencies. The budget calls for the elimination of about 3,200 staff positions — over 20 percent of the department. It would also eliminate all funding for enactment of the Clean Power Plan, the regulations designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. It would also discontinue funding for climate change research and international climate change programs.

It includes a $1.4 billion increase for public and private school choice programs while eliminating funding for before- and after-school and summer programs.

About $2.6 billion would be dedicated for border security technology and infrastructure, including the early stages of a wall between the United States and Mexico. The budget sets aside $314 million to hire and train 500 Border Patrol agents and 1,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel next year. Another $1.5 billion would go toward supporting the detention and removal of illegal immigrants.

Who Wins and Loses in Trump’s Proposed Budget

‘Uh, no’: McConnell says Mexico won't pay for Trump's border wall

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked Thursday whether Mexico will pay for President Trump’s planned wall along the U.S. southern wall — a promise Trump repeated countless times during his 2016 presidential campaign.

“Uh, no,” McConnell replied during a Politico Playbook breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday morning.

While McConnell said he is in favor of “border security,” the Kentucky Republican also suggested that in some places, a border wall “is probably not the best way to secure the border.” Trump has said that, due to natural barriers, his wall project would not need to be continuous.

Lawmakers in border states have said that a physical wall is not enough to secure the border — and that a combination of fencing, technology and patrol officers are needed in many areas.

Trump has repeatedly vowed that Mexico would pay for his proposed wall despite public refusals by Mexican officials. In January, Trump said that the wall would initially be funded by U.S. taxpayers “for the sake of speed” and that the money would be reimbursed by Mexico at a later date.

The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017

Last week during his address to a joint session of Congress, Trump said that construction on the border wall would begin soon.

“We must restore integrity and the rule of law at our borders,” Trump said. “For that reason, we will soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border.”

The “great wall” is a key, if symbolic, part of Trump’s plan to curb illegal immigration, which once called for the deportation of all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. He has since muddled his position, saying he would treat DACA recipients with “great heart” and focus on criminals.

“We are removing gang members, drug dealers, and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our very innocent citizens,” he said during his address to Congress. “Bad ones are going out as I speak, and as I promised throughout the campaign. To any in Congress who do not believe we should enforce our laws, I would ask you this one question: What would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or their loved one because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders?”

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that “illegal border crossings” — defined as people who were detained or rejected at the border — fell by nearly 40 percent from January to February compared to the same period last year.

“The early results show that enforcement matters, deterrence matters, and that comprehensive immigration enforcement can make an impact,” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a statement.

At the breakfast, McConnell praised Kelly’s leadership.

“I think Gen. Kelly knows what he’s doing,” McConnell said. “And my suspicion is we will take his advice.”

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From CFWE and Windspeaker:

“Frustration with multi-national oil, gas and forestry companies has led Bigstone Cree Nation to plan drastic action.

“Border security” will be erected at the intersection of highways 754 and 813 within treaty entitlement lands. Access will be denied to CNRL, Husky, Cenovus, Laricina, Exact Oilfield, Alstar Oilfield, ALPAC and all log haulers.”

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