20 thoughts on “A Humanitarian Wall

  1. Confidence Man says:

    A decorated veteran who raised more than $20 million to finance construction of a wall along the southern U.S. border has announced that he will instead use the money to finance a new nonprofit group that will build the wall itself—or at least a couple miles of it.
    Brian Kolfage’s crowdfunding campaign on the website GoFundMe went viral in December, before news outlets uncovered previous instances in which the triple-amputee veteran appeared to have pocketed funds raised through similar, if far smaller, campaigns billed as efforts to assist wounded warriors.
    Kolfage, a prolific operator of conspiracy theory Facebook pages, has recruited a team of prominent figures in President Donald Trump’s orbit to run a new nonprofit outfit named We Fund The Wall to do some wall construction of its own. The new group’s board, Kolfage announced on Friday, includes Erik Prince, the founder of infamous military contractor Blackwater; David Clarke, the scandal-plagued former sheriff of Milwaukee County; Fox News contributor Sara Carter; Tom Tancredo, an immigration hardliner and former Colorado congressman; and former Kansas Secretary of State and voter fraud crusader Kris Kobach. https://www.thedailybeast.com/gofundme-border-wall-campaign-implodes-turns-to-kris-kobach-and-sheriff-clarke-for-new-non-profit
    The shift echoes the transformation another politically charged crowdfunding effort that Kolfage said he was involved with: an unasked for, and ethically murky GoFundMe campaign for the family of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court choice Brett Kavanaugh. That campaign raised over $600,000. However about $160,000 of it never reached its final destination. https://qz.com/1505407/what-happened-to-the-money-gofundme-raised-for-brett-kavanaugh/

  2. Déjà Vu says:

    “I am the only one. Trust me. I can build a wall around your homes that nothing will penetrate. You ask how do you build that wall. You ask, and I’m here to tell you.” Walter Trump (Lawrence Dobkin) “Trackdown” (TV Series) “The End of the World” (1958)
    1950’s TV episode featured salesman named “Trump” who wants a wall to prevent end of the world (CBS News) https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-trackdown-1958-tv-series-the-end-of-the-world-episode-build-wall/ “As President Trump and Democrats feud over funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a clip from the 1950s television series “Trackdown” that captured eerie parallels between the show and reality resurfaced. In the episode titled “The End of the World,” a sketchy salesman by the name of Walter Trump pitches the idea of building a giant wall, claiming it would protect townspeople from a catastrophic cosmic event.
    On Wednesday, “Gravity Falls” creator Alex Hirsch tweeted a part of the episode and it went viral. https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/1083140191362048000 But it wasn’t the first time the video made the rounds. Snopes reported on the authenticity of the clip in 2017 after a portion of the show was uploaded to YouTube and claimed to have “predicted Donald Trump.” https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trackdown-trump-character-wall/

  3. Walleyed says:

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 4:16 AM – 31 Jan 2019: “Lets just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games! A WALL is a WALL!”

  4. Wag the dog says:

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump [AKA The President of the United States of America] 2:03 PM – 3 Feb 2019: “With Caravans marching through Mexico and toward our Country, Republicans must be prepared to do whatever is necessary for STRONG Border Security. Dems do nothing. If there is no Wall, there is no Security. Human Trafficking, Drugs and Criminals of all dimensions – KEEP OUT!”

  5. Nothing of Importance says:

    Arizona: The Nogales City Council will vote Wednesday night whether to condemn the now nearly completely enshrined border fence that separates this city from Mexico. The proposed resolution calls the concertina wire “lethal” and says it’s the kind of measure only used in war zones or prisons. https://fronterasdesk.org/content/757855/nogales-vote-whether-condemn-military-concertina-wire-border-project The resolution condemns a new U.S. military project this week that installed the concertina wire not only atop the 18-foot-high border fence downtown, but all the way down to the ground.
    The military first strung up the concertina wire last fall amid fears asylum seekers would try to rush into the country over the barrier. Since then, the Pentagon has solicited bids from contractors to purchase $26 million to $46 million dollars worth of new concertina wire. Last Sunday, the Pentagon stated soldiers would erect another 160 miles of the wire between the border’s ports of entry.
    FIELD FORTIFICATIONS EN0065, Edition B, United States Army Engineer School
    Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. LESSON 4: BARBED WIRE ENTANGLEMENTS scroll down to 4-5. CONCERTINA FENCING https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/accp/en0065/le4.htm

  6. Posse Comitatus says:

    “President Donald Trump has mused about closing down the US-Mexico border entirely. He’s reportedly talked about restarting the family separation policy (which he denies). And now, Trump has added another line to his stop-immigration-at-all-costs rhetoric.
    The president is saddened by the fact that the military can’t be more “rough” with migrants coming to America.
    After telling reporters in Texas on Wednesday that he wants more troops at the US-Mexico border, the president added, “our military, don’t forget, can’t act like a military would act. Because if they got a little rough, everybody would go crazy.”
    The reason? “They have all these horrible laws that the Democrats won’t change [and] they will not change them,” the president said, without explaining what laws he means, or how his political opponents thwarted him.” https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/4/10/18305175/trump-border-immigration-military-texas It’s easy to dismiss this as another off-the-cuff, tough-guy Trump comment. But one can’t lose sight that this is the commander in chief — the head of all American forces — saying he kind of wishes the military could have more freedom to hurt men, women, and children.

    • Ungood says:

      US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would have to mobilize more of the military at the border with Mexico after listening to stories from people attending a Republican fundraiser in Texas about migrants crossing the border. “I’m going to have to call up more military,” Trump said without elaborating. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/trump-call-troops-mexico-border-190410200141867.html
      “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.” George Orwell “1984′

      • Wag the dog says:

        President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that armed soldiers are now being sent to the U.S.-Mexico border, more than a week after two American soldiers were confronted by Mexican troops on the southern border in Texas.
        “Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border. Better not happen again!,” Trump tweeted. “We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!” https://warisboring.com/trump-tweets-about-sending-armed-troops-to-us-mexico-border/
        In Trump’s Wednesday tweet, he did not clarify his claim of drug smuggling, which seemed to contradict earlier statements made by U.S. military officials indicating the confrontation was a misunderstanding.
        The Pentagon referred questions about the president’s tweet to the White House.

  7. Curiouser and curiouser says:

    “Trump: I’m the one running Homeland Security” https://nypost.com/2019/04/10/donald-trump-im-the-one-running-homeland-security/
    “Trump offered to pardon Homeland Security head if law broken while closing border” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/12/president-trump-offered-pardon-homeland-security-secretary-close-border/3450995002/
    “DHS denies Trump urged ‘anything illegal'” https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/latest-pelosi-plan-immigrants-disrespectful-62358768
    “President Trump said on Friday that his administration was “strongly” considering releasing migrants detained at the border into mostly Democratic “sanctuary cities,” suggesting that the idea should make liberals “very happy” because of their immigration policies.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/us/politics/trump-sanctuary-cities.html
    “The Trump Administration’s Proposed Sanctuary City Policy Was Too Vengeful for ICE.” https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a27126344/trump-administration-immigrants-sanctuary-cities-ice/

  8. Nightmare with no end says:

    Attorney General William Barr issued an order Tuesday night that asylum seekers will remain detained indefinitely while their case is sorted out in the courts. Asylum seekers who had already proved they faced credible fear previously could have asked a judge to release them on bond while their case was pending.
    Opening sequence of Orson Welles’s 1962 adaptation of a short story fragment by Franz Kafka, as featured in “The Trial” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqPeI7-eVgc

  9. Shining City upon a Hill says:

    “Trump tightens asylum rules, will make immigrants pay fees to seek humanitarian refuge” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-issues-memo-calling-for-changes-to-handling-of-asylum-cases/2019/04/29/df41b5f2-6adb-11e9-be3a-33217240a539_story.html?utm_term=.259093ca6399 The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is holding on to more than $200 million in bond money that belongs to immigrants who have been in the agency’s custody, cash that has yet to be returned to thousands of immigrant families or the U.S. citizens who bailed them out, according to data obtained through open-records requests. https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/ice-is-holding-204-million-in-bond-money-and-some-immigrants-might-never-get-it-back/2019/04/26/dcaa69a0-5709-11e9-9136-f8e636f1f6df_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.01a4477d3c36 The unreturned bond money stood at $204 million as of July 31, 2018, according to the data, which immigration-law clinics at Stanford University and the University of California at Davis obtained and shared exclusively with The Washington Post. The clinics’ report also revealed that the federal government’s immigration bond system is a $1.5 billion operation. https://law.stanford.edu/immigrants-rights-clinic/stanford-and-u-c-davis-clinics-uncover-new-details-about-federal-governments-immigration-detention-system/

    • Up against the wall says:

      “Homeland Security to Start DNA Testing Asylum Seekers as It Tries to Back Up ‘Fake Families’ Scare Tactic” https://gizmodo.com/homeland-security-to-start-dna-testing-asylum-seekers-a-1834438389 The idea is to test whether people who claim to be crossing the border as a family are lying about their relationships — a move that not only invades privacy but also excludes families with adopted children or have other unconventional family family structures.
      Last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), warned of a “315 percent increase in the number of cases of adults with minors fraudulently posing as ‘family units’ to gain entry” from October 2017 to February 2018. While that sounds like a concerning surge, a Washington Post analysis found that figure to be wildly misleading. The raw numbers—46 alleged fraud cases in fiscal year 2017 compared to 191 in the first five months of the 2018 fiscal year—show that just 0.61 percent of the 31,102 family units apprehended at the border during that time period were believed to have been fraudulent. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/06/18/how-to-mislead-with-statistics-dhs-secretary-nielsen-edition/?utm_term=.e7a0ee22fa7a

      • Vecino says:

        May 6, 2019: Government isn’t reuniting migrant children with legal guardians https://www.revealnews.org/article/government-isnt-reuniting-migrant-children-with-legal-guardians/
        The government isn’t reunifying all separated children because it’s treating legal guardians different from parents. The federal court case that forced the Trump administration to reunite families, Ms. L v. ICE, excludes legal guardians. It applies only to adoptive or biological parents. https://www.revealnews.org/blog/judge-approves-plan-to-reunite-366-children-with-deported-parents-but-questions-linger/
        More than 2,800 children were separated from parents last summer, and hundreds of family separations have been reported since then. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw recently expanded the Ms. L ruling to include any migrant parents and children torn apart in the past two years after a government report concluded that thousands more children were separated well before April 2018.
        But it’s unclear how many legal guardians are affected. The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to questions about how many have been split up from their children.
        Some lawyers say these families should get the same court protections afforded to parents and their children. Legal guardians have to find attorneys to file their own legal claims, which means they have to wait much longer to see their children again.
        “They are the functional equivalent of parents,” said Joshua Toll, an attorney representing two legal guardians. “Because it’s the same trauma, we do believe they should be treated the same way.”

  10. Vecino says:

    “Pentagon to expand mission on US-Mexico border, allow some troops direct contact with migrants” (Stars & Stripes 4/26/19) https://www.stripes.com/news/us/pentagon-to-expand-mission-on-us-mexico-border-allow-some-troops-direct-contact-with-migrants-1.578607 “The new deployment will bring the number of active-duty troops operating along the southern border in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California to about 3,200. Another roughly 2,000 National Guard troops are also serving deployments along the border in a separate, but related, mission to support Customs and Border Protection agents.”

  11. Footnotes says:

    Before Trump’s purge at DHS, top officials challenged a secret White House plan to arrest thousands of parents and children in a blitz operation against migrants in 10 major U.S. cities. (Washington Post 5/13/19) https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/before-trumps-purge-at-dhs-top-officials-challenged-plan-for-mass-family-arrests/2019/05/13/d7cb91ce-75af-11e9-bd25-c989555e7766_story.html?utm_term=.06038b66da3e “ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations branch had an initial target list of 2,500 adults and children, but the plan, which remains under consideration, was viewed as a first step toward arresting as many as 10,000 migrants. The vast majority of families who have crossed the border in the past 18 months seeking asylum remain in the country, awaiting a court date or in defiance of deportation orders.
    DHS officials said the objections Vitiello and Nielsen raised regarding the targeted “at large” arrests were mostly operational and logistical and not as a result of ethical concerns about arresting families an immigration judge had ordered to be deported.”
    See also “The time a president deported 1 million Mexican Americans for supposedly stealing U.S. jobs” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/08/13/the-time-a-president-deported-1-million-mexican-americans-for-stealing-u-s-jobs/?utm_term=.0f1cbec0150b
    “The Mexican Repatriation was a mass deportation of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans from the United States between 1929 and 1936. Estimates of how many were repatriated range from 400,000 to 2,000,000. An estimated sixty percent of those deported were birthright citizens of the United States. Because the forced movement was based on race, and ignored citizenship, the process meets modern legal definitions of ethnic cleansing.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Repatriation

  12. Canute says:

    “The barrier that President Trump wants to build along the Mexico border will be a steel bollard fence, not a concrete wall as he long promised, and the president is fine with that. He has a few other things he would like to change, though.
    The bollards, or “slats,” as he prefers to call them, should be painted “flat black,” a dark hue that would absorb heat in the summer, making the metal too hot for climbers to scale, Trump has recently told White House aides, Homeland Security officials and military engineers.
    And the tips of the bollards should be pointed, not round, the president insists, describing in graphic terms the potential injuries that border crossers might receive.
    …At a moment when the White House is diverting billions of dollars in military funds to fast-track construction, the president is micromanaging the project down to the smallest design details. But Trump’s frequently shifting instructions and suggestions have left engineers and aides confused, according to current and former administration officials.”
    Washington Post 5/16/19 https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/trump-wants-his-border-barrier-to-be-painted-black-with-spikes-he-has-other-ideas-too/2019/05/16/b088c07e-7676-11e9-b3f5-5673edf2d127_story.html?utm_term=.fffa8d0b17bd

  13. Judge & Jury says:

    “Mark Morgan, the White House choice to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said during a Fox News interview earlier this year that he can judge the likelihood that an unaccompanied minor will become a gang member by looking into that child’s eyes.
    “I’ve been to detention facilities where I’ve walked up to these individuals that are so-called minors, 17 or under,” Morgan said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in January. “I’ve looked at them and I’ve looked at their eyes, Tucker — and I’ve said that is a soon-to-be MS-13 gang member. It’s unequivocal.” https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/16/mark-morgan-eyes-ice-director-1449570 The view that unaccompanied minors are more likely to become criminals is unsupported by statistical evidence. Studies have shown immigrants — legal and undocumented — are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6241529/

  14. Pawns says:

    The White House threatened late Monday to veto a $4.5 billion House bill that would provide emergency funding at the border over concerns that legislation in its current form lacks certain funding and includes provisions thrown in by Democratic lawmakers “that would make our country less safe.”
    Customs and Border Protection Chief Operating Officer John Sanders told The Associated Press last week that children have died after being in the agency’s care. He said Border Patrol stations are holding 15,000 people — more than triple their maximum capacity of 4,000. (FOX News) https://www.foxnews.com/politics/white-house-threatens-veto-on-current-house-emergency-aid-bill-that-would-make-our-country-less-safe
    The acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to step down in the coming weeks, according to two agency officials, amid a public furor over the treatment of migrant children in U.S. facilities. Customs and Border Protection has come under fire in recent days amid revelations that nearly 300 migrant children — from infants to 17-year-olds — had been detained in a remote Border Patrol station in West Texas without adequate food, water and sanitation. (NPR) https://www.npr.org/2019/06/25/735764301/acting-head-of-customs-and-border-protection-plans-to-step-down

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