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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Team Trump prepares border security

President Trump's transition team spent the last month asking some tough questions about the porous Southern border.

From Reuters:
In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.
The team also asked about the department's capacity for expanding immigrant detention and about an aerial surveillance program that was scaled back by the Obama administration but remains popular with immigration hardliners. And it asked whether federal workers have altered biographic information kept by the department about immigrants out of concern for their civil liberties.
The requests were made in a Dec. 5 meeting between Trump's transition team and Department of Homeland Security officials, according to an internal agency memo reviewed by Reuters. The document offers a glimpse into the president-elect's strategy for securing the U.S. borders and reversing polices put in place by the Obama administration. 
Trump's transition team did not comment in response to Reuters inquiries. A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined to comment.
This is not a smooth transition in which the bureaucracy just brushes off the new Republican regime.

President Trump does not trust these agencies.

Nor should he.

From the story:
The transition team also asked for copies of every executive order and directive sent to immigration agents since Obama took office in 2009, according to the memo summarizing the meeting.
Trump has said he intends to undo Obama's executive actions on immigration, including a 2012 order to allow children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents to remain in the country on temporary authorizations that allow them to attend college and work.
The program, known as DACA, collected information including participants' addresses that could theoretically be used to locate and deport them if the policy is reversed. Another request of the transition team was for information about whether any migrant records have been changed for any reason, including for civil rights or civil liberties concerns, according to the internal memo seen by Reuters.
A Department of Homeland Security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the agency interpreted the request to mean the transition team wanted to make sure that federal workers were not tampering with information to protect DACA recipients and other migrants from deportation.
Team Trump has rattled Washington.

President Trump is dead serious about that wall, too.

Americans voted for it.


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  1. And he's not even President yet. There are reports of demoralization in the Border Patrol regarding Obama's catch and release policies, babysitting illegal aliens rather than deporting them, and all around refusal to let them do their jobs. President Trump should be able to instill a new spirit of enthusiasm in them. That and reversing Obama's policies will do as much if not more good than the wall/fence/barrier itself. As for electronic surveillance and deploying National Guard/Reserve units: Good Training! Win/Win! - Elric

    1. Correct on all points, Elric. Once the illegals see that we mean business, the flood will become a trickle.

    2. did a lot of investigatng down on the border. Local Border Patrol union presidents were very vocal. One thing they were really mad about was being forced to let criminal illegals loose in this country.

  2. "The program, known as DACA, collected information including participants' addresses that could theoretically be used to locate and deport them if the policy is reversed."

    Obama knows where they live. And soon Trump will too. Thanks, Leftists!

    1. The White House may know where they LIVED, but where they live now is another matter. People move. People hide. And the WH may have indicated to such people that officials did not want to know where and when people moved in order for Obama to claim he only learned about it when he read it in the newspapers. That's plausible deniability, so HE thinks. I call it LYING and COLLUSION.

    2. The Leftards are so caught up in their Russian hacking meme that Trump could probably bend them to his will by threatening to "have a chat with Putin".

    3. Gee, use the info to find them? And they wonder why we find keeping track of gun owners anathema?

  3. Operation Soaked-Stern redux?

  4. We have GOOD NEWS today!

    And Thanks, DC, for that link!

  5. Donald Trump is a businessman who has bought and sold companies. Before the sale is complete there is a stage called "due diligence" where every document and account is pored over to discover any problems or poison pills. That is what Trump is having his team perform - Due Diligence.

    -Mikey NTH

  6. We also have to do something about the "I'm claiming asylum" dodge that many illegals have learned or been trained to use. That puts them in a relatively sweet spot -- can stay, get some bennies, maybe later the authorities remember come to look for you.