Monday, January 15, 2018

Video President Trump Delivers the Weekly Address Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Weekly Address: 1/15/2018

The White HouseVerified account


"Dr. King's dream is our dream. It is the American Dream. It's the promise stitched into the fabric of our Nation, etched into the hearts of our people, and written into the soul of humankind."

Sunday, January 14, 2018


'He feels really bad': Civil Defense employee who sparked terror in Hawaii by accidentally triggering ballistic MISSILE warning will be 'retrained' say officials after thousands fled to bomb shelters

  • The alert was issued to residents' phones at 8.07am on Saturday morning
  • It told them to seek shelter and warned of an 'inbound ballistic missile threat'   
  • It took 38 minutes for a second phone alert to be issued across the state 
  • By then, terrified residents had flocked to shelters and into their garages 
  • Civil Defense employee accidentally hit alert, was unaware until his phone got it
  • An FCC investigation into the incident is underway, officials said
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

US Congress The Leader's Weekly Schedule - Week of 1/15/18

Leader's Weekly Schedule
On Monday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. in pro forma session. No votes are expected in the House.

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 4258 - Family Self-Sufficiency Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy / Financial Services Committee)

2) H.R. 770 - American Innovation $1 Coin Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Himes / Financial Services Committee)

3) H.R. 4279 - Expanding Investment Opportunities Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Trey Hollingsworth / Financial Services Committee)

4) H.R. 4318 - Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)

5) S. 117 - Alex Diekmann Peak Designation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines / Natural Resources Committee)

6) H.R. 1107 - Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei / Natural Resources Committee)

7) H.R. 1532 - Poarch Band of Creek Indians Land Reaffirmation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne / Natural Resources Committee)

8) H.R. 2897 - To authorize the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the Director of the National Park Service to enter into cooperative management agreements for the operation, maintenance, and management of units of the National Park System in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton / Natural Resources Committee)
On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 3445 - AGOA and MCA Modernization Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)

2) H.R. 3776 - Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)

3) H.R. 1660 - Global Health Innovation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Albio Sires / Foreign Affairs Committee)
H.R. 2954 - Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Emmer / Financial Services Committee)

H.R. 3326 - World Bank Accountability Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr / Financial Services Committee)

H.R. 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn / Judiciary Committee)

Consideration of Legislation Making Further Appropriations for FY 2018

Additional Legislative Items are Possible
Committee activity for the week of January 15 can be found here.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Walmart Closing 63 Sam's Club Stores

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Walmart is closing 63 Sam's Club stores and laying off thousands of employees.
The company abruptly shut down some of the affected stores on Thursday. The rest will close within the next couple weeks.
Sam's Club CEO John Furner notified employees of the closures in a company-wide email sent Thursday.
"After a thorough review, it became clear we had built clubs in some locations that impacted other clubs, and where population had not grown as anticipated," Furner said in the email. "We will be closing some clubs, and we notified them today. We'll convert some of them into eCommerce fulfillment centers — to better serve the growing number of members shopping with us online and continue scaling the business."
Here's Furner's email in full:
Over the past year, we've talked about how our business must change in order to be positioned for the future of retail. We're committed to creating a new and better Sam's Club that offers more value and a great experience to our members. When I shared our strategy in October, I said we'd make the choices it will take to get there. Today, I want to share some important decisions we've made.
Transforming our business means managing our real estate portfolio — we need a strong fleet of clubs that are fit for the future. After a thorough review, it became clear we had built clubs in some locations that impacted other clubs, and where population had not grown as anticipated. We've decided to right-size our fleet and better align our locations with our strategy. We will be closing some clubs, and we notified them today. We'll convert some of them into eCommerce fulfillment centers — to better serve the growing number of members shopping with us online and continue scaling the business. The first of these conversions will be in Memphis, Tennessee.
We know these decisions impact people we care about deeply — our associates and their families, as well as our members and their neighbors — and we did not make them lightly. A Sam’s Club is a place of community and memories, and we are so appreciative of our associates who have worked hard over the years to serve our members. Our immediate focus will be on helping those impacted by today’s news. We will work to place as many associates as possible in new roles at nearby locations, and we’ll provide them with support, resources, and severance pay to those eligible. Many of our associates and members will move to nearby clubs. If you work in such a club, please make them feel welcome.
The steps being announced today will help us serve our members better and grow. We'll be able to invest more in eCommerce, remodels, and in-club technology. We’ll also be able to lean into the areas members care about most, including fresh food, Member’s Mark, and exciting merchandise. By narrowing our focus and simplifying what we do, we'll be able to provide better items, a better experience, and a more valuable membership. In the coming weeks, we'll share some exciting steps we're taking to become even more special to our members.

Change is never easy, but we're making these decisions from a position of strength. As you've seen in our recent quarterly results, our traffic and comps have improved, and that’s because of the work you do to serve our members. We have momentum, and now is the time to accelerate our transformation efforts. Thank you.

Arizona Rep Cardenas Introduces Legislation To Protect Medical Marijuana Industry from Trump Administration

Jan. 10, 2018
Contact: Robbie Sherwood
PHOENIX, State Capitol Rep. Mark Cardenas has introduced legislation to protect Arizona's growing and much-needed medical marijuana industry from recent Trump Administration threats to prosecute people in states that have made cannabis legal.

"Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions inexplicably attacked the growing cannabis industry nationwide, so I'm taking steps to protect 157,000 patents in Arizona who desperately need this medicine to live with debilitating illnesses like PTSD and cancer," Cardenas said. "This move by Sessions makes no sense from a law enforcement, medical, human or economic perspective, so Arizona leaders should not just sit still and let it happen."

Cardenas' bill – House Bill 2144 -- will prevent any state or local law enforcement agencies from assisting federal law enforcement that might try to investigate, detain or prosecute any Arizona residents working legally in the industry under Arizona's Medical Marijuana Act, or who possess or are prescribed the medicine.

Arizona became the 14th state to allow medical marijuana when Arizona Medical Marijuana Act that went into effect in 2011. Since then, Arizona's cannabis industry has grown, and dispensaries now serve more than 157,000 patients with conditions ranging from seizures to PTSD, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

On Thursday, AG Sessions announced the withdrawal of federal guidelines that limited prosecutions of individuals and businesses that sold legalized marijuana. A memo released by the Department of Justice on Thursday called for “the rescission of previous guidance documents.”

While marijuana is still not legal under federal law, under President Obama the DOJ's 2013 Cole Memo instructed law enforcement and prosecutors not to prosecute medical marijuana users and providers in states operating well-regulated dispensary programs like Arizona's.

"The Sessions decision is out of step with where we are as a country on this issue, and it is causing undue stress for patients and those employed in the cannabis industry," Cardenas said. "The people of Arizona voted for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act and support its health and economic benefits, and I am working to protect them."

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

TWO Illegal Aliens Having A Baby Shouldn't Shouldn't Make Baby A US Citizen

A FOREIGN Crossing the US Border by land,sea or air to have a baby, that child SHOULD NOT automatically become a US  Citizen. 

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”
-- U.S. Const. amend. XIV, § 1 Eminent legal scholars and jurists, including Professor Peter Schuck of Yale Law School and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, have questioned whether the 14th Amendment should be read to mandate such a permissive citizenship policy. Nevertheless, the practice has become the de facto law of the land without any input from Congress or the American public.
Advocates of maintaining this citizenship policy argue that the plain language of the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment protects automatic birthright citizenship for all children born to illegal and temporary aliens. However, several legal scholars and political scientists who have delved into the history of the 14th Amendment have concluded that “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” has no plain meaning and that the executive branch’s current, broad application of the Citizenship Clause may not be warranted.

BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP Is The Biggest Problem In Immigration Policy

Eminent legal scholars and jurists, including Professor Peter Schuck of Yale Law School and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, have questioned whether the 14th Amendment should be read to mandate such a permissive citizenship policy. Nevertheless, the practice has become the de facto law of the land without any input from Congress or the American public. “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”
-- U.S. Const. amend. XIV, § 1
In 2010, there were 4.5 million U.S.-born children whose parents were illegal.
• Nearly 200,000 children are born annually "to foreign women admitted as visitors, that is, tourists, students, guest workers, and other non-immigrant categories."
• 8% of all U.S. births (approximately 350,000 a year) come from at least one illegal-alien parent.
• As of March 2010, 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the United States.
• The population of U.S.-born children with illegal alien parents has expanded rapidly in recent years from 2.7 million in 2003 to 4.5 million by 2010.
• The population of U.S.-born children with illegal alien parents has expanded rapidly in recent years from 2.7 million in 2003 to 4.5 million by 2010.
• As of 2010, four out of five children of illegal aliens residing in the U.S. were born here — some 4 million kids.
• While illegal immigrants make up about 4%t of the adult population, “because they have high birthrates, their children make up a much larger share of both the newborn population (8%) and the child population (7%) in this country.”
• At 18, an “anchor baby” can sponsor an overseas spouse and unmarried children of his own; at 21, he can sponsor parents and siblings.
• Illegal aliens can obtain welfare benefits such as Medicaid and food stamps on behalf of their U.S.-born children. Many of the welfare costs associated with illegal immigration, therefore, are due to the Executive Branch’s current interpretation of the 14th Amendment’s Citizenship Clause.
• Currently, 71% of illegal-alien headed households with children make use of at least one major welfare program.
• U.S.-born children of illegal aliens are entitled to American public schools, health care, and more, even though illegal-alien households rarely pay taxes.
• In 1994, 74,987 anchor babies in California hospital maternity units cost $215 million and constituted 36 percent of all Medi-Cal [California’s Medicaid program] births. Now [2005] they account for substantially more than half.
Birth Tourism
• The number of birth tourists coming to the United States each year is very roughly around 35,000 to 36,000 people based on the limited governmental data available.
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 896,363 women who gave birth in 2012 indicated that they were born outside of the United States. If only 2 or 3 percent of these births were to women who are engaging in birth tourism, it would mean the United States sees 18,000 to 27,000 births annually.
• Birth tourists have defrauded hospitals and taxpayers by taking advantage of healthcare meant for the indigent. In one case, a birth tourist paid just $4,080 of a $28,845 hospital bill. Investigations revealed that their bank account had charges at Louis Vuitton, Rolex, and the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel.
U.S. Compared to the World
• Of advanced economies, as rated by the International Monetary Fund, Canada and the United States are the only countries that grant automatic citizenship to children born to illegal aliens.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018



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Monday, January 8, 2018


Birthright citizenship:
The Immigration and Nationality Act defines Birthright Citizenship in the United States, but there is also a clause in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. While the Supreme Court has interpreted the latter Birthright Citizenship clause as it applies to legal immigrants, it has never done so with regard to illegal aliens.
The United States and Canada are the only developed nations that grant automatic citizenship so expansively to children born within their borders. Anyone born in the United States is considered an American citizen regardless of whether the parents are U.S. citizens, legal residents, temporary visitors, or illegal aliens in the U.S. (Here is a more detailed country-by-country list of the status of national laws regarding birthright citizenship.) Automatic citizenship is granted according to federal statute, not the 14th Amendment, so critics of the policy argue that this could be reformed by changing or repealing the statute outright.
Birth Tourism:
Birth tourism is travel to another country for the purpose of giving birth in that country. "Anchor baby" is another related term which can have negative connotations. The main reason for birth tourism is to obtain citizenship for the child in a country with birthright citizenship (jus soli). Other reasons include access to public schooling, healthcare, sponsorship for the parents in the future,[1] or even circumvention of China's two-child policy. Popular destinations include the United States and Canada. Another target for birth tourism is Hong Kong, where mainland Chinese citizens travel to give birth to gain right of abode for their children.
Chain Migration
Chain Migration starts with a foreign citizen chosen by our government to be admitted on the basis of what he/she is supposed to offer in our national interest. The Original Immigrant is allowed to bring in his/her nuclear family consisting of a spouse and minor children. After that, the chain begins. Once the Original Immigrant and his/her spouse becomes a U.S. citizen, they can petition for their parents, adult sons/daughters and their spouses and children, and their adult siblings.
The Family-Chain categories are divided into four separate preferences:
  1st Preference: Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their children (capped at 23,400/year)
  2nd Preference: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons/daughters of green card holders (capped at 114,000/year)
  3rd Preference: Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children (capped at 23,400/year)
  4th Preference: Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age) and their spouses and children (capped at (65,000/year)
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an American immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. As of 2017, approximately 800,000 individuals—referred to as Dreamers after the DREAM Act bill—were enrolled in the program created by DACA. The policy was established by the Obama administration in June 2012 and rescinded by the Trump administration in September 2017.[1]
Visa Lottery
The Diversity Immigrant Visa program, also known as the green card lottery, is a United States congressional lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. The Immigration Act of 1990 established the current and permanent Diversity Visa (DV) program.
The lottery is administered by the Department of State and conducted under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). It makes available 50,000 immigrant visas annually and aims to diversify the immigrant population in the United States, by selecting applicants from countries with low rates of immigration in the previous five years. As of 2017, around 20 million people apply for the lottery each year. Each year, the Department of State publishes new instructions for applicants.
Numerous fraudulent schemes purport to increase the likelihood of winning in the lottery, but in fact the only way to apply and win is to enter one's data into the State Department's website, free of charge.
Attempts have been made to end the program since 2005. In 2017, it received widespread attention after eight people were killed in a terrorist attack by a recipient of a diversity immigrant visa.
Illegal Entry Into USA
Illegal immigration to the United States is the entry into the United States of foreign nationals without government permission, and in violation of United States immigration laws. Foreign nationals are also illegal immigrants if they continue to be in the country after their visa, or other authority to enter or be in the country, has expired. The United States had nearly open borders until 1924, which meant that all immigrants to the United States up to that point were legal.[1][2][3][4] The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and a few other modest border regulations were enacted in the 1870s and 1880s.[5] The Immigration Act of 1924 established visa requirements and enacted quotas for immigrants from specific countries.[2]
Estimates in 2015 put the number of unauthorized immigrants at 11 million, representing 3.4% of the total U.S. population.[6] The population of unauthorized immigrants peaked in 2007, when it was at 12.2 million and 4% of the total U.S. population.[6][7] Illegal border crossings are at the lowest levels they have been in decades.[8][9][10] In 2014, unauthorized immigrant adults have lived in the U.S. for a median of 13.6 years, with approximately two-thirds having lived in the U.S. for at least a decade.[6] In 2012, 52% were from Mexico, 15% from Central America, 12% from Asia, 6% from South America, 5% from the Caribbean, and another 5% from Europeand Canada.[11]
Overstaying VISA
US Department of Homeland Security is scrutinizing a lesser known type of undocumented immigrant: the one who comes in legally. In a new report released May 22, the agency has attempted to count the people who overstayed their visas in fiscal year 2016. The results tell a different story than the border apprehension numbers, and suggest that the US should broaden its singular focus on the border to include airports and seaports as well.
By the end of fiscal year 2016, some 630,000 visitors had failed to leave the US, far exceeding the 415,000 people who were intercepted crossing the US-Mexico boundary during the same time period. According to Homeland Security, Canadians, not northbound Latin Americans, were the biggest group of violators. About 120,000 Canadians with expired visas were still believed to be living in the US at the end of the period covered by the report, versus roughly 47,000 Mexicans.