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Admittedly this holiday week for the incremental update to the Trump Russia Timeline has been one giant wait while the Government remains shutdown and Trump tries to bully and shame Democrats with disgusting accusations that they are somehow responsible for the death of two migrant kids who were in the custody of his CBP Officers.

It’s bullshit, everybody knows it bullshit, even Fox and Fools knows it bullshit. 

You talk about a tragedy,” Fox News host Pete Hegseth opined. “There was the tragic death of two migrant children, which no one wants, everyone’s willing to talk about, obviously they were in bad shape when they went into custody but you still do everything you can.”

According to Hegseth, President Donald Trump took the issue “head on” with a tweet blaming “Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies” for the deaths of children.

“Border Patrol agents didn’t kill these migrant children!” Hegseth insisted.
“Of course not!” co-host Rachel Campos Duffy agreed.
“And neither did the Democrats,” co-host Ed Henry added, pushing back on Trump’s tweet.
“Well, they created policies that incentivize illegal immigration,” Hegseth shot back. “Not saying they killed them! But the policies are dumb.”

“Democrats are not the ones shouldering them being killed, let’s be clear,” Henry replied.

“I didn’t say that,” Hegseth complained.

“That’s what the president said,” Henry pointed out.

“It’s their policies!” Hegseth said. “It’s different than people.”
It’s not their policies.  It’s the U.S. Constitution your having a problem with and the fact that it requires that Treaties Ratified by Congress actually become part of our Constitution, and in 1968 the U.S. Ratified the UN Convention on the Refugee in the aftermath of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany.

US Asylum law requires that we accept refugee who apply for asylum whether they enter an an official port of entry or not.

Sec. 208. (a) Authority to Apply for Asylum.- 
(1) In general. – Any alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival and including an alien who is brought to the United States after having been interdicted in international or United States waters), irrespective of such alien’s status, may apply for asylum in accordance with this section or, where applicable, section 235(b).
The UN Treaty includes rights for the refugees, including the right of non-refoulement.

The 1951 Refugee Convention is the key legal document that forms the basis of our work. Ratified​ by 145 State parties, it defines the term ‘refugee’ and outlines the rights of the displaced, as well as the legal obligations of States to protect them.

The core principle is non-refoulement, which asserts that a refugee should not be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom. This is now considered a rule of customary international law

Current Democrats did not vote to ratify this treaty, or write the asylum laws which are based on them — and even if they did change these laws to ignore the rights of refugees, that law would be in violation of the treaty and unconstitutional which is why Trump has so easily rebuffed in the courts when he attempted to change asylum rules to limit the ability to apply only to those who had entered the “right” way….

And has also been slapped down with his attempt to block those trying to escape gang and domestic violence from being able to apply for asylum.

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Trump administration policies that prevented immigrants who suffered gang violence or domestic abuse in their home countries from seeking asylum.

Emmet Sullivan, a US district court judge, declared that some of the guidance that the then attorney general, Jeff Sessions, issued this year cannot be used to determine whether an immigrant has a credible fear of persecution or torture in their home countries, the first step to making an asylum claim in the US.

[…]

A further rebuke to Trump’s efforts came from a US judge in San Francisco who on Wednesday extended his decision blocking the Trump administration from enforcing a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the US-Mexico border. Judge Jon Tigar ruled in favor of keeping the ban on hold pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging it. The case could take months to resolve. He had previously blocked the ban for 30 days.

The ban conflicts with an immigration law that says immigrants can apply for asylum regardless of how they enter the US, Tigar said.

Democrats have nothing to do with this, the LAW and the Constitution have everything to do with it, but of course you then have the FoxFools try and twist this into a pretzel logic with the argument that it’s more compassionate to refuse to accept and block people literally running for their lives from having a safe place to go.

“Is it compassionate to have policies that incentivize people to bring children as a free pass to get in?” Campos-Duffy said, spinning the argument. “Because it’s easier, in fact, if you’re a smuggler — they are actually giving the immigrants that are coming over a lower price to bring them over if they bring a child with them. Because they are more likely to get over the border.”

“Children are definitely being used as pawns in this,” she continued. “And they’re dying. By the way, it’s not just dying. Thirty percent of girls are sexually assaulted, 20 percent of boys. This is a very dangerous journey. The compassionate thing to do would be to stop this.”

The idea that you’re less likely to be rejected and immediately deported if you have children with you is largely a misnomer.  There is a 21 day limit on how long families can be detained which is based on the Flores decision which was established during Clinton Administration.

MARY LOUISE KELLY: The Flores lawsuit went all the way to the Supreme Court. Eventually, in 1997, the two sides signed a settlement that has governed treatment of migrant children in detention ever since. The Flores settlement has been revisited multiple times, most recently in 2015 when the Obama administration sought to carve out an exception for minors who had arrived in the U.S. with their parents. It came amid a surge in migrant families from Central America, and the administration wanted to detain some of them for as long as it took to process their cases. A federal judge in California said no, which brings us to yesterday when the Trump administration submitted a very similar request. And the same federal judge, Dolly Gee, is set to hear the case 33 years after Carlos Holguin first brought suit on behalf of Jenny Flores.
Right here Playboy’s WH reporter Brian Karem totally blasts all this entire wall scam by pointing out that people can tunnel under it and the real issue for Republicans is that they’re afraid of Mexican and Central Americans coming here is the fear that they might gain citizenship and eventually vote Democratic.  He also points out that Trump got over $1 Billion for border security last year — and they’ve only spent 6% of that — so what the frack do they need another $5 Billion for something they haven’t even really started doing?  And won’t work.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=IQz

And also there’s this from Ana Navarro.

The fact that Trump made this ridiculous accusation against Democrat is just another example of his slow meltdown as he also made the claim that the shutdown doesn’t matter because — according to him — most Federal workers are Democrats, which is not true.  He’s also frozen the 2.1% scheduled pay raise for Federal employees because he claims it’s a problem for the deficit, even though the real problem with the deficit is his tax cuts which haven’t provided trade benefits, produced, revenues, jobs or wage increases.

This is all one big distraction from the fact that Mueller is coming after him.  He’s not satisfied with the written answers and still wants to interview Trump personally on the issue of obstruction of justice while Fooliani is flailing around and giving up the ghost with his silly after-dinner act.

“What we see is a whole lot of table pounding by Mr. Giuliani,” he observed.

“When they can’t overcome the facts that are against them, they attack law enforcement, they attack the FBI, they attack prosecutors,” he explained. “I’ve had it happen to me many times over the years.”
“That is a sign of weakness by Giuliani and company,” he concluded.
“The only thing that he is contributing to the dialogue at this time is carbon dioxide,” he added.
All their doing is trying to muddy the waters and make Mueller look biased or dishonest so that whatever he ultimately reveals will be pre-rebutted by Trump and Russian stooges in the Senate like Lindsey Graham, MItch McConnel and Marco Rubio.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has received at least $800,000 in campaign donations from a man with ties to Putin-allied oligarchs, which could explain why the Senator has been increasingly supportive of President Trump lately.

Ruth May, in a piece for the Dallas Morning News, details the donations from Len Blavatnik, “one of the largest donors to GOP political action committees in the 2015-16 election cycle.”

Data from the Federal Election Commission show that Blavatnik’s campaign contributions dating back to 2009-10 were fairly balanced across party lines and relatively modest for a billionaire. During that season he contributed $53,400. His contributions increased to $135,552 in 2011-12 and to $273,600 in 2013-14, still bipartisan.

In 2015-16, everything changed. Blavatnik’s political contributions soared and made a hard right turn as he pumped $6.35 million into GOP political action committees, with millions of dollars going to top Republican leaders including Sens. Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham.

In 2017, donations continued, with $41,000 going to both Republican and Democrat candidates, along with $1 million to McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund.

An infographic accompanying May’s article notes the following:

Blavatnik contributed $800,000 to the Security is Strength PAC, associated with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., via Access Industries.

Blavatnik and oligarch Viktor Vekselberg met attending university in Russia years ago, and together they now own a 20.5% stake in Rusal, oligarch Oleg Deripaska‘s aluminum company.

Even the news that a  Russian intelligence officer Victor Boyarkin was trying to shake down convicted Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort for the $18 Million that he owed Oleg Deripaska — yes, the same Oleg Deripaska who is partners with Vekselberg and Blavatnik who have been shoveling money at Trump, McConnel, Graham and Rubio — isn’t even a blip for Trump.

They’re betting none of this will matter because the fix is in with the GOP Senate.

We’ll see, because for a guy who got the ultimate escape hatch of pardoning anyway the Feds come after — he seems really really nervous and panicked these days.
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