Trekking North America

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6-21-2018

Trekking North America

How many folks grab their gear and begin trekking across North America? Doesn’t that sound exciting? Have you thought about walking from Hometown USA to say Panama City, Panama? What about driving? What if MS-13 or the Cartel was hot on your tail? What if they held your hand? What if……?

What kinds of images are conjured up by merely suggesting this kind of journey? A few years back I was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone. I was talking to a neighbor, who had family make the trip south in their RV, pulling a jeep.

If I remember correctly they were stopped at every border crossing and forced to bribe their way from country to country, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and finally Panama. At one border the border police wanted to charge a “tax” on their spare tire and extra gasoline can full of gas. Refusing to pay the fee, the Gringos simply poured the gasoline out all over the tire and light it on fire. No more “tax” and the angry border police reluctantly let them continue on their journey.

One of the hazards was sleeping in the RV on the road. They were awakened in the middle of the night by someone rocking the RV or attempting to access the little sky light vent in the roof. Banditos ravaged their pour jeep and stripped what they could before being chased off. This was on the way down to Panama. I can’t imagine their return trip back to the states.

You might be saying, nice story but why does it matter anyway (sound familiar)?

Think of the immigrants originating from Africa, South America and various countries in Central America. Immigrants with children; single mothers; brothers and sisters; grade schoolers and middle school age children deciding on their own to leave home, their families and everything familiar and head north to “America”, actually to the United States of America.

This is a journey which is unfathomable to Americans here, but often a necessity if your life or the lives of your family are threatened. The will to live, to survive will drive you to do the unthinkable. The distance from Panama, Central America to Juarez, Texas is just over 51 hours DRIVING.

These families who flee their homeland for their very lives for fear of persecution are now refugees seeking asylum. My heart is broken for them, as the journey ahead is more than 3 months long. It is no walk in the park.

According to international law the first country they enter must give them asylum when they flee. So with 5 countries between Panama and the USA, why are they not given asylum, but given a pass to traverse these nations on their quest north?

Now in each country there is an American Embassy or Consulate where real refugees can go to seek asylum. Why do they not go there? Think about the adults, children, & infants traveling with just the clothes on their backs, and quite possibly a small back with essentials or mementos from family and home. Where do they get water to sustain themselves, food to eat, or other costs? Many if not all must pay the Coyote an exorbitant amount of money PER PERSON for the opportunity to try.

There are drug cartels and gang members posing as “family” for children, and many times they have been deported multiple times from the USA, so they know the ropes, yet with children they cannot be stopped or detained at the border? Come on now, what kind of sense does that make?

The entire “Flow of Migrants” is designed to flood the border with enough refugees that the INS will be forced to “catch and release”. This is what is happening now.

Contrary to what is being flouted in the media, Congress has the power to make laws. Once laws are created and passed in both the House and Senate the President has the power to sign or veto and Congress can override a Presidential veto.

What has been proposed in the Congress for more than 20 years is an “eVerify” system that will create a database of immigrants entering the United States. Liberal members of Congress have repeatedly shot this method down or refused funding for the program.

Other nations worldwide already use an eVerify process, you must stand in front of a camera, place your forefinger in the scanner and your information appears. Then you are either admitted or locked up.

In fact we use it for immigrants entering and citizens returning by air to the USA. You must have documentation in the form of a passport AND picture ID (state or federally issued). Try skipping this step at the international concourse and try doing so WITHOUT documentation. It doesn’t work.

So why do we collect immigrants without documentation along our southern border, house and feed them and buy them new clothes when they show up wanting into the United States?

Maybe what we need built into the wall are a series of “Walkup Windows” with a kiosk where immigrants and refugees (same thing) can select their language, enter their personal data, and press ENTER so that after processing (internal whirring of the computer) a green or red light will come on that says either “ENTRÉE” or “NO ENTRÉE”. Problem solved. Immigrants are on Mexico soil and the Mexican government can care, feed and shelter them, or transport them back across the border with Guatemala.

There is no reason for the debacle that is occurring on our southern border with immigration and/or amnesty “hearings”.

Build the wall. Stop the flow of people and drugs from crossing illegally (unlawfully). – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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Rampant Misinformation versus the Truth

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6-21-2018

Rampant Misinformation versus the Truth

Today it becomes harder and harder to see through the smoke and past the mirrors of misinformation to find the truth in any matter big or small. What we see on TV, in the news outlets or on the internet is not even close to reporting what has and is happening.

Oh you hear from the left and from the right, but what you hear is clearly debatable. A politician speaks and the left reports “this”, while the right reports “that”, and the public goes “What”? Then to make matters even worse ask someone about it, based on their mood, feelings or hunger pains you will get at least one or two “opinions” about everything. (You are still reading this, Right?)

What I encourage everyone to do is treat information as with a grain of salt, not too much, or not too little. You can often find out real quick who your real friends are by the feedback you receive on subjects you discuss. Sheep don’t fare well when walking past hungry lions.

The old saying, “You can’t sour with eagles if you’re hanging around with turkeys”.

The hottest news today has to do with the Attorney General’s Inspector General’s Report on the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. You might disagree and say it’s with immigration and the kids, or its North Korea and nuclear weapons, or its tariffs. It depends on what the media places emphasis.

I say it’s the IG Report because the information being covered involved national security, proper protocol for handling classified material and at a time of a national election and within the DOJ’s major investigative agency the FBI and senior level management and key investigative agents.

There is the AG IG Report that is 568 pages and is available to download and/or read online. It contains a lot of legal babble, but information that clearly shows a certain level of mismanagement or missteps by government officials at various levels.

Also there are the Congressional Oversight Committee hearings going on in Washington, where legislators are able to question the AG IG over his report. You will hear a lot of names and finger pointing, but nothing changes the report, only ones perception of it.

Lastly there is media coverage, not much really as the media has chosen to focus on any number of the above mention issues, rather than this seemingly boring hearing about something that happened way back in 2016.

So I suggest that if you are interested in what’s in the report, you download it for free, or wait until it becomes a best seller on Amazon or another publishing outlet. It’s better to muddle through the report at your leisure, then digest what you have read and in the end draw your own conclusions (I’m up to page 34).

Continue to make yourself aware of what is going on in our nation and in the world, because what you knew yesterday may not be true today. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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The Swamp Just Got Bigger

6-20-2018

The Swamp Just Got Bigger

This morning the liberal left and both democrats and republicans were berating President Trump for tearing families apart, locking up children and prosecuting parents, unthinkable they said, disgraceful they said.

President Trump took that message to heart and signed an executive order giving Congress an opportunity to change immigration laws to prevent family separation. Good job Mr. President they said – NOT.

In fact before the ink had dried on the executive order liberal democrats were crying foul. That’s not enough, you can’t incarcerate entire families forever they said, you must let them go they said.

President Trump declares that “zero tolerance” will continue and illegal entry will not be allowed. The media continues to blitz a false narrative, of numerous and massive concentration camps reminiscent of the Nazis of WWII Germany, all over the news, chastising President Trump and his administration for dastardly deeds and major misdemeanors.

The legislators in both the House and in the Senate have drafted multiple bills which will fix much of the immigration issues, but guess who is not doing their part, Senator Chuck Schumer and Company, and the Representative Nancy Pelosi and CBC gang. They are not only not playing, but not even showing up for the vote. Well why doesn’t both the House and the Senate LOCK THE DOORS TO THE CHAMBERS and not unlock them until a majority of THOSE PRESENT cast their votes? (Remember how voting was done on Obamacare?)

While they’re at it, how about a resolution (or bill) be presented, voted on and passed that would dock the pay of legislators who intentionally and willingly refrain from attending the proceedings and casting their votes?

It becomes very clear that there is a movement within the legislature, aided by the media and compounded by various cabinet agency senior officials to stop the Trump administration at all costs, and to tear down the national borders of the United States and overturn the Rule of Law as mandated by the Constitution of the United States.

We have seen what will happen when senior FBI officials decide to go rogue, sabotage official investigations, guide along fake inquiries, and repeatedly lie to congressional oversight committees in a covert and overt attempt to disrupt a national election, unseat a sitting president and bring the federal government to a halt in disgrace and now subvert the immigration laws of the United States by overwhelming the entire immigration process.

A critical component of this silent coup is the disarming of Americans by insane gun control laws which allow law enforcement to seize weapons of non-compliant citizens who are unwilling to simply hand over their very means of self-defense.

I say this in all seriousness, you are either the solution or you are the problem. Stand by, do nothing and then you will surely have no leg to stand on when America is no longer “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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Executive Order on Ending Family Separations

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 Executive Order on Ending Family Separation

Today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that ends the separation of families at the border who unlawfully enter the United States. This order does in no way end or lighten the policy of border enforcement, but provides Congress an opportunity to put aside political division and work together on substantive legislation to correct obvious issues with immigration laws.

I’m stunned that the Congress sees this as a major problem that required immediate action, yet lacks the political will to put their words into action, and action into a bill that the President will sign.

I’m also disappointed at American’s who believe all the political rhetoric spewed by the political right and the political left, without challenging the logic of congressional legislators in their home districts. If keeping families together is the desired result, why not support the administration’s stance on preventing unlawful entry of foreign nationals into the United States? – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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 Executive Order

Affording Congress and Opportunity to Address Family Separation

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws. Under our laws, the only legal way for an alien to enter this country is at a designated port of entry at an appropriate time. When an alien enters or attempts to enter the country anywhere else, that alien has committed at least the crime of improper entry and is subject to a fine or imprisonment under section 1325(a) of title 8, United States Code. This Administration will initiate proceedings to enforce this and other criminal provisions of the INA until and unless Congress directs otherwise. It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources. It is unfortunate that Congress’s failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law.

Sec. 2. Definitions. For purposes of this order, the following definitions apply:

(a) “Alien family” means

(i) any person not a citizen or national of the United States who has not been admitted into, or is not authorized to enter or remain in, the United States, who entered this country with an alien child or alien children at or between designated ports of entry and who was detained; and

(ii) that person’s alien child or alien children.

(b) “Alien child” means any person not a citizen or national of the United States who

(i) has not been admitted into, or is not authorized to enter or remain in, the United States;

(ii) is under the age of 18; and

(iii) has a legal parent-child relationship to an alien who entered the United States with the alien child at or between designated ports of entry and who was detained.

Sec. 3. Temporary Detention Policy for Families Entering this Country Illegally.

(a) The Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary), shall, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, maintain custody of alien families during the pendency of any criminal improper entry or immigration proceedings involving their members.

(b) The Secretary shall not, however, detain an alien family together when there is a concern that detention of an alien child with the child’s alien parent would pose a risk to the child’s welfare.

(c) The Secretary of Defense shall take all legally available measures to provide to the Secretary, upon request, any existing facilities available for the housing and care of alien families, and shall construct such facilities if necessary and consistent with law. The Secretary, to the extent permitted by law, shall be responsible for reimbursement for the use of these facilities.

(d) Heads of executive departments and agencies shall, to the extent consistent with law, make available to the Secretary, for the housing and care of alien families pending court proceedings for improper entry, any facilities that are appropriate for such purposes. The Secretary, to the extent permitted by law, shall be responsible for reimbursement for the use of these facilities.

(e) The Attorney General shall promptly file a request with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to modify the Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Sessions, CV 85-4544 (“Flores settlement”), in a manner that would permit the Secretary, under present resource constraints, to detain alien families together throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings for improper entry or any removal or other immigration proceedings.

Sec. 4. Prioritization of Immigration Proceedings Involving Alien Families. The Attorney General shall, to the extent practicable, prioritize the adjudication of cases involving detained families.

Sec. 5. General Provisions.

(a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented in a manner consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,

June 20, 2018.

 

Watch Where You Point!

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6-20-2018

Watch where you point!

I’ve written about this before, but still nobody pays attention. All the posturing and finger pointing does is indict the pointer. No convinced? Just look around at all the so called “hot spots” that have become visible since the 2015-2016 presidential campaign and after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

We’ve had sexual allegations and scandals, women claiming abuse, business dealings with a questionable foreign nation (Russia), claims of incompetence and unfitness to be president, foreign trade and tariffs, posturing with the nuclear DPRK, and immigration debacles like the wall (Mexico’s going to pay for it, really they will) and now the children pulled from their mommies arms and placed in cages, right?

In fact every tweet or word that comes out of the president’s mouth becomes a front page smear. So much so that comedians who haven’t had a success talent-wise have to resort to Trump impersonator renditions just to drum up media attention. Actors, actresses and entertainers likewise have lost their box-office touch and have to dig deep within themselves just to find a way to connect with an audience about Trump related material.

Not to be left out, but we have legislators who are sleighed because after their financial buddy became president, they have nobody left to bum money from, unless you believe those campaign ads. Yes even Chucky, Nancy, Diane and Hillary were at one time or another craving just to be seen with “The Donald” as it was a status thing.

Now rather than do sit-ins and sleep-ins for one cause or another ON THE FLOOR OF CONGRESS, they are now content to think of themselves as “Resistance Fighters”, rising up to engage in literary combat with the President of the United States.

The cry of Trump tweeting is un-presidential, well it’s funny but Obama began tweeting before Trump and nobody seemed to care. Maybe it was the presidential thing to do back in 2007. I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump was paying attention, but didn’t start tweeting until 2009 after observing the master-blaster at work. Bill and Hillary got started tweeting in 2013, so they were playing catchup back then.

I’ve noticed that when someone points at Trump this…..or Trump that…. The one doing the pointing is actually playing on what THEY are doing. i.e. Obama and Hillary cry “Trump Collusion Russia” after handing over cash and uranium to the Russian government (I’ll bet Putin laughed all the way to the bank on that one).

Democrats shout “Trump Sex Scandal”, after paying an aging “stage performer” to bring up false charges, and by coincidence a Democrat or two have to leave their cushy “public sector” jobs because of sexual scandals of their own.

Now Democrats cry “Trump jailing babies”, and it’s the Democrats who stand in the way of immigration reform that would fix the entire problem. I’ll bet if Trump pulls an Obama and uses Executive Order to “fix” it, they will cry “Impeach Trump”. (Wait they are crying Impeach Trump for Obstruction of Justice?) Why, because he threatened to drain their congressional wading pool, aka “The Swamp”?

Now all the while America is being made just a little bit safer every day. Now all those who disagree can exit stage right and make their way to the nearest exit – San Diego, El Paso or maybe Canada? I hear Cuba is a great place to live if you’re a liberal, or maybe Venezuela?

I guess the old saying “Pointing one finger at someone, leaves 3 fingers pointing back at you” really is true. The saying I like better is for the democrats in congress, “If you can’t stand the heat, get away from the fire”! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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My Simple Solution

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6-20-2018

My Simple Solution

I guess all the money spent on training lawyers and legislators in congress has failed to instill common sense in our legislative body when it comes to immigration. So I’m going to have a stab at fixing the issue of illegal immigration, child separations from parents and even the unlawful practice of “lawyers” who instruct immigrants on how to appear to be refugees in order to enter the United States.

“All immigrants who unlawfully enter the United States of America will be detained, fingerprinted, mug shots, and personal data recorded into a central immigration database and deported to nearest immigration entry point. Second or subsequent offense will result in prosecution.”

That’s it.

Oh and one more thing, “American citizens who aid and assist immigrants to gain entry into the U.S. by fraudulent or other means will be prosecuted.”

I don’t play that “Ring around the Illegal Immigrant” game! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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Political Posturing on Immigration

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6-20-2018

Political Posturing on Immigration

America is tired of the extreme bias, contempt and hatred being stirred up due to inaccurate and misleading reports on the Trump administrations enforcement of current immigration laws and other matters. One must distance oneself from the issues and examine each one individually and with logical thinking in order to identify problem areas and formulate solutions to the complex issue of immigration.

As of today what we see in the news is not always what it is reported to be. Turn on the news or go online to follow “breaking news” feeds will show one of two main sides to the current immigration story, “the children being separated from their families by Donald Trump” or “Congress can fix immigration”. So let me weigh in on this subject.

The Legislative Branch (Congress) is responsible for creating and passing in both the House and the Senate bills to be sent to the president.

The Executive Branch (President) is responsible for signing bills from Congress into law.

The Facts:

  • Anyone who gains unlawful entry into the U.S. is an illegal alien
  • Apprehended aliens who gained unlawful entry into the U.S. are prosecuted
  • Aliens who unlawfully enter the U.S. are prosecuted
  • Minor alien children brought by parents unlawfully into the U.S. are not prosecuted, but held until reunited with their parents
  • Alien parents are brought before the federal immigration judge without their children to be sentenced
  • Aliens and family members with valid pleas are admitted
  • Aliens and family members without valid pleas are deported to their home country

The message sent by the Trump Administration is clear, “Don’t come into the U.S. unlawfully, violators will be prosecuted”.

All the hype (and it is just that) about Trump’s policy places and holds children in prison camps while their parents are prosecuted and deported are not true, simply misleading the American people and the world.

Democrat members of Congress, former presidents and their family members have spoken out publicly against the Trump Administration’s enforcement of current immigration law. They are playing on the emotions of a naïve public in an attempt to prevent enforcement of immigration laws.

There are individuals who are trained in the law, obtain their license to practice law in the U.S. who are currently violating the law by entering Mexico with the INTENT and PURPOSE of instructing immigrants on how to interact with immigration judges in order to gain entry into the U.S.

This entire situation can and must be remedied by the U.S. Congress. No amount of trash talking President Trump or his administration changes that.

On several occasions televised meetings have shown the president encouraging members of congress to do Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Secure our Southern Border and Strengthen Enforcement Measures, and to FIX DACA.

What has congress done about those issues to date?

So put blame where blame is due and credit where credit is due.

When people from any nation cross through any other nation with the specific INTENT of unlawful entry into the U.S. it is the duty of the government of the United States to insure lawful entry is allowed and unlawful entry is prevented.

Immigration and Asylum they are two different entities. Immigration is the lawful entry into the United States of foreign nationals. Asylum is the fleeing of refugees from their homeland in the face of persecution, false imprisonment and/or death. Those seeking to immigrate into the U.S. must follow established guidelines and procedures.

To apply for admission

It is up to the American people without regard to political persuasion to ignore the hype (smoke and mirrors) to see not only the problems inherent with current immigration policies and to contact their members of congress and insist solutions be sought, considered and adopted so this “circus performance” ceases. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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