TRUMP declares Illegal immigration “an invasion of our country”; announces a national emergency to fund wall for US-Mexico border

TRUMP declares Illegal immigration “an invasion of our country”; announces a national emergency to fund wall for US-Mexico border

Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump announced overnight he was declaring a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Bypassing Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he had sought, Trump said he would use executive action to siphon billions of dollars from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts for the wall, aides said.

The move is already drawing bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill and expected to face rounds of legal challenges. Continue reading TRUMP declares Illegal immigration “an invasion of our country”; announces a national emergency to fund wall for US-Mexico border

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Trump’s most vocal supporter Sean Hannity warns the President and GOP: ‘Don’t back congressional negotiators’ new ‘Garbage compromise’ Mexico border deal

Trump’s most vocal supporter Sean Hannity warns the President and GOP: ‘Don’t back congressional negotiators’ new ‘Garbage compromise’ Mexico border deal

President Donald Trump’s most ardent cable news defender cut away from his Monday night rally in El Paso, Texas, to issue a warning to Republican lawmakers: Don’t back congressional negotiators’ latest border deal.

“On this new, so-called compromise, I’m getting details,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said, referring to the tentative agreement reached by a bipartisan conference committee that would allocate roughly $1.3 billion for physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“1.3 billion? That’s not a — not even a wall, a barrier?” Hannity said. Continue reading Trump’s most vocal supporter Sean Hannity warns the President and GOP: ‘Don’t back congressional negotiators’ new ‘Garbage compromise’ Mexico border deal

Home Office ‘wrecked my life’ with misuse of immigration law

Home Office ‘wrecked my life’ with misuse of immigration law

The Home Office has been accused of inflicting irreversible damage on the life of a pharmaceutical expert by misusing a controversial clause in immigration law to try to force her out of the UK.

Nisha Mohite finally received indefinite leave to remain (ILR) this week after a government review found she was one of more than 300 highly skilled migrants who the Home Office had wrongly tried to force to leave under paragraph 322(5) of the immigration rules.

The paragraph is a discretionary, terrorism-related clause that the Home Office’s internal guidance states should only be used when the applicant’s misconduct is on a par with “criminality, a threat to national security, war crimes or travel bans”. However, the Guardian has reported extensively on the Home Office’s use of the clause to try to force applicants – including teachers, doctors, lawyers and engineers – out of the UK for making minor and legal amendments to their taxes. Continue reading Home Office ‘wrecked my life’ with misuse of immigration law

UK firms plan mass exodus if May allows no-deal Brexit

UK firms plan mass exodus if May allows no-deal Brexit

The secret history of modern Britain is made in obscure corners between men and women taken seriously by no one but themselves. A good time to begin it would be in the winter of 2013/14 when the Institute of Economic Affairs, a rightist outfit that won’t reveal where its money comes from, offered a €100,000 prize to whoever could devise a means of leaving the European Union.

The reason why politicians are now stumbling towards disaster like prisoners marching to the scaffold ought to have been clear from that moment. Obviously, Britain can leave the EU, but only if it is willing to pay an extortionate price. Yet first the institute’s judges, led by Nigel Lawson and Gisela Stuart, then the Leave campaigns of Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Dominic Cummings and, finally, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, who even now cannot speak plainly, have refused to acknowledge the harsh truth.

As if to anticipate their failings, the winning entry came from a minor functionary in the British embassy in Manila by the name of Iain Mansfield. He brushed away the difficulties of leaving the EU and offered us our first helping of unicorn cake. Britain, he declared, could enjoy the free movement of capital and goods in the single market, he announced, but stop the free movement of labour. Continue reading UK firms plan mass exodus if May allows no-deal Brexit

Trump moving ahead with State of the Union speech next week

Trump moving ahead with State of the Union speech next week

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is moving forward with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week in front of a joint session of Congress – despite a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting he delay it.

The White House sent an email to the House Sergeant-at-Arms on Tuesday asking to schedule a walk-through for the speech in anticipation of a Jan. 29 delivery.

That’s according to a White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the planning.

Pelosi had sent a letter to Trump last week suggesting he either deliver it in writing or delay it until after the partial government shutdown is resolved, citing security concerns.

Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Continue reading Trump moving ahead with State of the Union speech next week