BREXIT – IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC MELTDOWN Economists & Politicians Always Remark; “Is the Economy Stupid? And Then Comes BREXIT Referendum. What Is Stupid Now? Economy? The Irish Border? Or Immigration … Or Are We Indeed Stupid Ourselves?

|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA!NO!|Early this year, President Trump ‘marking one-year-in’ at The White House signed a national security memorandum establishing a “National Vetting Center” aimed at stricter vetting of those looking to enter the US. The promise and the results came pretty quick: The separation of parents and children at the US-Mexico border phenomenon isn’t just cruel and inhumane – it’s ridiculous isn’t it?Trump to establish National Vetting Center focused on travelers, immigrants to US

The presidential memorandum gave the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies six months to establish the center, which administration officials said is intended to streamline vetting and improve the flow of information between various federal agencies. The ‘Presidential policy promise‘ and consequent outcomes came pretty quick: The separation of parents and children at the US-Mexico border phenomenon wasn’t/isn’t just cruel and inhumane – it is and will ever be ridiculous. Right?

In the same vein and at the same time however, Mr.Trump freely disparaged US immigration laws, claiming that “not another country in the world has the stupidity of laws that we do when it comes to immigration.”

“MS-13 recruits through our broken immigration system, violating our borders. And it just comes right through — whenever they want to come through, they come through. It’s much tougher now since we’ve been there, but we need much better border mechanisms and much better border security. We need the wall; we’re going to get the wall. If we don’t have the wall, we’re never going to solve this problem. And I’ve gone to the top people. Many of these people are at the table right now, including this group. And without the wall, it’s not going to work …;” Remarks by President Trump at Law Enforcement Roundtable on MS-13; February 6, 2018

Michael Fallon, the defence secretary. He said: ‘In some areas of the UK, down the east coast, towns do feel under siege, large numbers of migrant workers and people claiming benefits.’ Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

The statement sounds familiar. Yes it is. Pretty similar remarks to alarmist; hysterical claims – those made four-years earlier from this side of the pond by ‘our own’ non other than the then Defence Secretary  Michael Fallon – “In some areas of the UK, down the east coast, towns do feel under siege, [with] large numbers of migrant workers and people claiming benefits, and it’s quite right we look at that.”This was in October of 2014. We actually haven’t gone far; have we?

Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, has claimed British towns are being “swamped” by immigrants and their residents are “under siege”, in an escalation of the emotive language being used by Tory ministers calling for a renegotiation of the UK’s relationship with Europe. In terms reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s, he said that in some areas of the UK, large numbers of migrant workers and foreign people  claiming benefits should be subject to some form of restraint – or risk dominating the local population.

The comment, which came during an event aimed at combating the MS-13 gang, came as Trump was trying to tie gang violence in the United States — particularly that of MS-13 — with the need to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and reform the immigration system.
“We need these immigration laws changed. We are just not going to be able to continue to do this. They just come in so far, so easy,” the President said. “And then you have catch and release. You catch people, you have to release them right away.”
He added: “Not another country in the world has the stupidity of laws that we do when it comes to immigration. And if we don’t get them changed, this isn’t politics, this isn’t Republican and Democrat, this is common sense. So, it has to be taken care of.”
Trump also claimed that members of the gang that traces its roots back to El Salvador “just come right through” the US-Mexico border and “recruits through our broken immigration system.”
The event featured stories from law enforcement officials, with some of the officers discussing specific stories about how they fought the gang and what could have helped them.
Trump has made combating Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a central focus of his first year in office, pairing efforts to combat the gang with his hardline immigration policy. The Central American gang, which originated decades ago among Salvadoran immigrants in Los Angeles and has since built an extensive network of gangs across the country, currently has an estimated 10,000 members.
Trump slammed the gang during his first State of the Union address, saying it has “caused the loss of many innocent lives” and “took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors.”

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GRADUATE STUDENT: MASTERS OF LAWS, DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY, http://dmu.ac.uk/ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & LAWS, LEICESTER.

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