Thomas DiLorenzo: This is How Cultural Marxism Destroys Education


Published on Sep 9, 2017

Thomas James DiLorenzo (born August 8, 1954) is an American economics professor at Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business. In this clip, he talks about how leftists switched from economic socialism to cultural marxism and how this affected education, especially at universities. Recorded at the Mises Circle in Dallas-Fort Worth on 3 October 2015. Full talk licenced under creative common: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS3tt… — This channel aims at extracting central points of presentations into short clips. The topics cover the problems of leftist ideology and the consequences for society. The aim is to move free speech advocates forward and fight against the culture of SJWs. If you like the content, subscribe to the channel!

Canada, EU and Germany Signal Compliance With President Trump Trade Demands…


This win needs to be sipped slowly for maximum enjoyment.  

First, we would draw your attention to May 23rd, when President Trump announced an instruction to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to begin a Section 301 review of the auto industry a week prior to the implementation of the Steel and Aluminum tariffs.

At the time when all media were discussing other ‘matters’ CTH pointed out the strategy that was visible in the Auto-Sector.  China, the EU (specifically Germany), and Canada were the strategic trade targets in the approach.  About a week later, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland snarkily announced her “sisterhood in trade” with EU Trade Minister Cecilia Malström, and how together they formed a strategy and were going to block President Trump.  They were very pleased with themselves (please watch).

Freeland and Prime Minister Justin from Canada, then strategized with Emmanuel from France and Angela from Germany on how they were going to use the G7 to embarrass President Trump on trade conflict issues via the summit; and subsequent use of media press conferences.  The entire thing back-fired, bigly.  President Trump announced the tariffs would continue until trade reciprocity improved.

Well, it’s been two weeks since the best-laid-scheme was attempted.  In the interim, the international audience has watched President Trump’s unrelenting approach toward China.

In the grand-trade-conflict; China is a big fight none of the sideline players would ever attempt.  However, the downstream consequence of the international trade team watching intently is their realization that President Trump is not bluffing.  You can hear the proverbial gulps from across the Atlantic; and the tremors up North.

Back to May 23rd, 2018, and remember the auto tariff proposal.  President Trump has made it clear that he’s more than willing to use reciprocal trade tariffs against all trade partners in getting fair and balanced trade.  He ain’t bluffing.

Well, guess what just happened?

Yup, Germany, without consulting with Emmanuel from France, just unilaterally announce the EU is willing to drop all trade tariffs against U.S. auto manufacturers as part of their strategy to fend-off steel, aluminum and crushing auto tariffs.

BERLIN—Germany’s leading auto makers have thrown their support behind the abolition of all import tariffs for cars between the European Union and the U.S. in an effort to find a peaceful solution to the brewing trade war.

The U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, brought the proposal for a broader industry trade pact to the Trump administration on Wednesday, according to people familiar with the situation.

That would mean scrapping the EU’s 10% tax on auto imports from the U.S. and other countries and the 2.5% duty on auto imports in the U.S. As a prerequisite, the Europeans want President Donald Trump’s threat of imposing a 25% border tax on European auto imports off the table.

[…] A French official said Paris was unaware of the proposal, and it wasn’t discussed during a recent summit between French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Meseberg, Germany.  (Read more)

Too damned funny.

Don’t overlook Angela Merkel making this announcement without consulting with Emmanuel Macron.  The German auto-sector is vital to the German economy.  Lose the support of the auto industry in Germany and Chancellor Merkel is toast.

Chancellor Merkel controls mini-brie Macron.

Emmanuel gets no respect (LOL).

What comes next?

How about the knee from Ms. Freeland’s “sister in trade“, Cecilia Malström:

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The European Union is ready to engage with the United States to solve a trade row triggered by Washington’s decision to impose metal impose tariffs, E.U. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Thursday.

“We are always open to talk with the U.S. The whole EU is based on the idea that we talk,” she told a seminar. She described the tariffs as “illegal” as they contravened World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.  She also said the WTO needs rules to address China’s subsidies and dumping of its goods in markets.

Oh, that winnamin is extra tasty….

The EU is now leaving Canada naked to the trade monster that is the indefatigable Trump.  TTFN, it’s every snobby economic minister for themselves.

We must look at that video of Freeland again; just to savor the smugness of it all.

Ha,.. Ha,… Ha… stop, yer killin’ me.

Oh the winnamin.  Perfect.

Now, the EU -Germany specifically- might seem like they are attempting to gain some leverage equity here; but really they don’t get any.  U.S. automakers gain no short-term benefit from the EU dropping restrictive trade tariffs because Ford, and GM were forced to open plants in the EU to sell vehicles (prior best interests).  The benefit to dropping the 10% tariff on American autos is really non-existent; it’s the threat of the 25% Trump tariff on German autos that has the entire sector panicked.

Jaw agape Merkel never thought vulgarian Trump would ever follow through on the 25% auto tariff, until she just saw Trump go from $50 billion against China to the whopping $200 billion tariff he just announced.

When you plant your tree in another man’s orchard, you might end up paying for your own apples; it’s a risk you take…

Gadzooks, that,…. that…. that Trump, he’s serious.

However, as mentioned, there’s no gained leverage for Germany in putting dropped tariffs on U.S. autos on the table.  Almost all of the benefit is on the EU side of that proposal; and U.S. auto workers won’t gain.  Fraulein Merkel better quickly start adding to her NATO defense funding and reconsider her opposition to the Iran deal withdrawal.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is the one handling the EU trade discussion; while Lighthizer and Navarro focus on NAFTA (all three involved in China).  It is going to take much more equity on the table from the EU side for Secretary Ross to take a deal.

Hilariously, in response to Merkel’s proclaiming a zero tariff proposal; the CEO of Volvo, a Swedish brand owned by the Chinese, is well positioned to benefit because Volvo are about to launch production inside the U.S. with plans of export to the EU.  Conversely, on the losing side, GM shifted to making cars in China (Buick Encore), and Trump is nailing them with a 25% tariff.

All foreign automakers with limited U.S. operations are seriously concerned that Trump’s auto tariff threats will hurt their sales and profits, and the only way to avoid losing market share is to shift production investment into the U.S; or back into the U.S.

Strategery.

Back to Canada, and the ill-fated, now back-fired, scheme of Justin and Chrystia; standing naked and alone, as the reality of national economic interests has their former anti-Trump trade allies headed for the exits to save their industries.

Yikes, amid all of Canada’s uppity antagonism and demands for gender equity in NAFTA trade negotiations now they’re seriously exposed and more vulnerable than ever to Godzilla Trump and his “killers’.  The sight of a grinning Robert Lighthizer demands another slowly savored winnamin…. delicious.

Yup, the Canadian reality is beginning to sink in.

Stay With It:

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What Canadians are only just beginning to realize is that Trump doesn’t bluff; he really means this stuff…  Trade equity is part of President Trump’s DNA profile.

So we should keep an eye on Justin and Chrystia…  My guess is, given the political stunt the Canadian duo just pulled at the G7 – President Trump is not inclined to take the lumps out of this one.  It is increasingly likely that POTUS might quietly remove those 1 million imported Canadian autos from their manufacturing base and deliver them to Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Actions have consequences.

Leverage; he is the master at it.

Unstable Activist Allison Hrabar, Who Threatened DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, is a Federal Employee Within The DOJ….


Well, for anyone who was wondering about the institutional and political bias within the U.S. Department of Justice, here’s more information.

Meet DOJ employee Ms. Allison Hrabar.

Last night DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was eating dinner at a local restaurant in Washington DC when a rage-filled activist mob went after her and her husband.  The mob are members of the violent MDC-DSA group: Metro DC Democrat Socialists of America.  The lead agent within the mob was Ms. Allison Hrabar; who is also an employee of the Department of Justice.

Ms. Allison Hrabar was very excited about the confrontation and took to twitter to share her joy.  Her twitter handle is:  @allisongeroi  The Daily Caller has more:

One of the activists who chased Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen out of a Mexican restaurant Tuesday night over the Trump administration’s immigration policies is an employee of the Department of Justice, The Daily Caller News Foundation has confirmed.

Members of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America crashed Nielsen’s meal with a demonstration full of chants and other outbursts.

One of those participants, Allison Hrabar, actually works for the Trump administration — as a paralegal in the DOJ.  […]  The Washington Examiner spoke with Hrabar Wednesday and she defended her behavior as off government time and a use of her First Amendment rights.

“If you see these people in public, you should remind them that they shouldn’t have peace,” she told The Examiner. “We aren’t the only ones who can do this. Anyone who sees Kirstjen Nielsen at dinner, anyone who sees anyone who works at DHS and ICE at dinner can confront them like this, and that’s what we hope this will inspire people to do.”

[…]  Hrabar has worked at the DOJ since July 2016. Prior to that, she was a student at the selective Swarthmore College where tuition runs over $50,000 annually. She previously attended a charter school in Arizona. (read more)

Many people often wonder what happens to young, generally over-indulged, activists who don’t think about the logical consequences to their actions.  It is likely anytime a prospective employer does a background check on Allison Hrabar they will encounter hundreds of headlines surrounding this event.  Her career options are likely gone as a direct result.

Perhaps her Arizona family is independently wealthy and able to compensate Allison Hrabar for the loss in future employment or career advancement.  However, generally speaking the downstream consequences upon the family of the socialist/activist also end-up negatively impacted.

A few minutes of gleeful fist-pumping joy plays well with the political comrades, but the ultimate end results, the life-consequences, are rarely thought through.

Oh well; resist we much…

Funny that. 

President Trump Minnesota Business and Worker Roundtable Discussion…


Prior to attending a rally in Duluth Minnesota, President Trump attended a business and worker roundtable discussion to hear from business leadership in Northeast Minnesota.

Comey Let Hillary Walk When He Knew Foreign Agents Hacked Secret Emails



There is no question now after the Inspector General’s Report that Comey was off the charts. The FBI even knew that ‘foreign actors’ had access to Hillary Clinton emails including at least one classified message 7 weeks BEFORE Comey let her off the hook. The most disturbing thing was he never took notes during her interview to clearly protect her.

House memo found the FBI knew at least one Clinton email marked secret had been hacked by foreign agents before Comey announced no charges against her. The memo raises serious questions about Comey and the games he has played.

This is seriously shaping up to be a bureaucratic attempt at a coup and Mueller is still trying to go after anyone to testify against Trump

Definition of Free Trade = Gov’t is Free to Change the Definition to Freely Get Revenue


COMMENT: I live in Alberta, Canada and for years as a sign maker I had to order materials from the United States. I can assure you that the problems you mention are no different than the problems we encounter when buying American products: tariffs; customs duties etc. and as well paying in $US which really hikes our prices. We also sold promotional items, many which we ordered from the States. What a nightmare!  I am now retired and I could go to the States to buy shoes, but why would I? We have shoes here, as a matter of fact, a lot of our friends are now only buying  Canadian products, especially since President Trump has made so many negative remarks about us. I actually thought he was doing great things for the USA, but these digs against Canada are not helping anything.

DC

REPLY: Trump’s comment about scuffing up shoe is really ridiculous. The currency exchange defeats and benefit. This whole thing about blurring the distinction between tariffs and customs duties is a global problem. I was flying from Australia to Tokyo and I had to stop in Hawaii. I argued with the customs officer that I was going to Tokyo and then to New York so I should pay the customs duty one time on final entry. He was nasty and said either I paid there or they confiscated my bags. With no choice, I paid. Of course, when I landed in New York and told them I paid the duty in Hawaii, he could care less. They then made me pay it a second time.

This entire issue of trade is a total mess. Trump, in my opinion, does not understand trade and what really is going on. It is becoming outright extortion. If you eliminate the tariffs, they will still demand customs fees. We really need a complete reset. He should simply state that tariffs should end across the board except on defense and food.

President Trump Massive MAGA Rally – Duluth Minnesota 7:00pm EDT Livestream…


Tonight President Trump is holding a MAGA rally in Duluth, Minnesota.  The visit is a contrast between former Decepticon governor Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who criticized the MAGA policy, and his primary opponent Jeff Johnson who backs the president.

The rally in Duluth is also for Pete Stauber, a Republican congressional candidate running in the traditionally Democratic 8th District. Home of the state’s famed Iron Range, Minnesota is important ground for MAGA policy as a place where new tariffs on foreign steel will deliver economic benefits.  The GOP primary is set for Aug. 14.

President Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks to the audience at 7:30pm EDT:

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President Trump Signs Executive Order To Address Illegal Alien Family Separation…


Earlier today, in response to current issues surrounding human trafficking arrivals at the U.S. – Mexico border, President Trump signed an executive order (full text below) addressing family separation.

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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:

[Text] ♦ 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.

♦ Section 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.

♦ Section 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.

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

♦Section 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.

ABC Fake News – “Manafort Pleads Guilty To Five Charges of Manslaughter”…


Earlier today ABC News broadcast a fake news banner claiming Paul Manafort pleads guilty to five charges of manslaughter:

Video Below:

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President Trump Meets With Members of Congress Discussing Multiple Issues…


Earlier today President Trump met with members of the republican deception caucus in the cabinet room.  The Decepticon Caucus are funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and their President Tom Donohue.  Within the discussion the Decepticons fight for open-ended immigration and trade deals to benefit Wall Street and the multinationals.

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[Transcript] Cabinet Room – 11:44 A.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much, everybody. I’ll be leaving for Minnesota today. We have two stops; one a very big one, and it will be a lot of fun. I know a lot of you are going with us, so that will be interesting.

We’re meeting right now on immigration. And we are very strong at the border, we’re very strong on security. We want security for our country. The Republicans want security and insist on security for our country, and we will have that. At the same time, we have compassion. We want to keep families together; it’s very important. I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that. And the people in this room want to do that, and they’re working on various pieces of legislation to get it done. But I’ll be doing something that’s somewhat preemptive but ultimately will be matched by legislation, I’m sure.

We’re having a lot of problems with Democrats. They dont want to vote for anything. They don’t care about lack of security. They really would like to have open borders, where anybody in the world can just flow in, including from the Middle East. From — anybody, anywhere, they can just flow into our country. Tremendous problems with that. Tremendous crime caused by that. We’re just not going to do it.

I do want to say that because we’re all so busy, and I just mentioned to the congressmen and the senators in the room, that we are going to cancel and postpone tomorrow’s Congressional Picnic. We have a Congressional Picnic tomorrow. And I was just walking over to the Oval Office and I said, you know, it doesnt feel right to have a picnic for Congress when we’re working on — doing something very important. We have many things that are important. We’re talking about trade. We’re talking about many, many things. But it didnt feel exactly right to me.

So we will be officially postponing the Congressional Picnic for tomorrow. We’ll make it another time when things are going extremely well. And they are going, for the country, extremely well.

We have record-setting numbers in every way economically, but we want to solve this immigration problem, which is going on for 40 years, more. It’s been going on forever. And we want to see if we can solve it. So we are cancelling or postponing the Congressional Picnic tomorrow.

Would anybody in the room have any question or a statement that you’d like to make while the press is here? Anybody? Anybody?

SENATOR SULLIVAN: I’ll say one, Mr. President. On the issue of immigration, trade, and investment, these are all areas where Congress has a lot of authority under the Constitution, and you have authority; the executive branch has authority under the Constitution. And I think that’s why meetings like this are really important, bringing the leadership on both sides together because of important issues.

So appreciate the opportunity to let you see our views, hear our views on these issues, where we share authority on important matters. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: And we all very much have the same views. We want to keep family together; at the same time, we have to be strong on the border. Otherwise, you’ll have millions of people coming up — not thousands, like we have now; you’ll have millions of people flowing up and just overtaking the country. And we’re not letting that happen.

So we have to be very strong on the border, but, at the same time, we want to be very compassionate.

Yes. Lamar.

REPRESENTATIVE SMITH: Mr. President, thanks for having us. I think what Dan said was good. We really have — on the issues, on trade, on immigration — we have a partnership under the Constitution. We have some authority; the President has some authority. We need to work together.

I was thinking this morning, when we look at President Nixon’s portrait in the White House, we think that he did the unexpected and he went to China, because he could do that; he was in a position to do it. And President Reagan did the unexpected. He went to the Berlin Wall and Moscow.

And when we were here a year ago, I think I suggested to you that immigration, which has bedeviled us for 40 years, as you’ve said — I believe you can — you’re the President who can help us solve the immigration problem with your leadership. You may be able to do for immigration what Nixon did for China and Reagan did for the Soviet Union. And a lot of us would like to work with you on that.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Lamar, very much.

We need the Democrats’ support, because we need their votes. It’s very simple. You know, people say we have a majority. Well, we have a one majority in the Senate. We need 60. Unfortunately, we don’t go with the majority; we go with 60. Someday, somebody will explain why, but that’s the way it is. We have — we need 60 votes; we have 51 votes at the most. So we need Democrat votes in order to do it, otherwise you can’t do it.

Tom, you were going to say something? Tom Cotton.

SENATOR COTTON: I think it’s very important that we protect our border. We cannot allow a child to be a “get out of jail free” card and a “get into the U.S. free” ticket.

But at the same time, as you’ve said, as we’ve all said, we’d like to keep families together, keep them together at the border for the orderly and timely processing of the adults immigration claim. If it’s a lawful, legitimate claim, we can admit the family into the country. If not, they’ll have to go back to their home country.

I’m glad you’re looking for a solution for that. I know that we, in Congress, are working on legislation that will allow our hardworking Border Patrol agents to keep families together at the border while we process their claims in a timely fashion.

THE PRESIDENT: You’re right. And you bring up something that I have to say. Our Border Patrol agents and our ICE agents have done one great job. ICE is throwing — we’re throwing, by the thousands, MS-13. They come into the country. We’re liberating towns on Long Island and other places. We’re throwing them out by the thousands. But we need laws that don’t allow them to come back in.

Mac, you’ve been very involved in this issue. Do you have anything to say?

REPRESENTATIVE THORNBERRY: Well, Mr. President, there are a number of issues that we’re going to be able to discuss today that touch on our country’s national security. And certainly, controlling who and what comes across our border is an element of national security, as we do the compassionate thing with families.

And I look forward to working with you to further strengthen our military. Together, we have turned around a declining situation. But that’s also part of what we need to do together. In fact, to Lamar’s point about we both have responsibilities, we can do more together.

THE PRESIDENT: I will say, with all of the numbers that you see, if we weren’t strong on the border, you’d have hundreds of thousands of people pouring through the border. They’d just be pouring through, and the country would not be the country anymore.

Lindsey?

SENATOR GRAHAM: We’ve got a big massive mess that’s been going on for decades, and we’re all going to fix it one day, I hope. But we got a specific problem that puts the country in a dilemma. Here’s your dilemma and was President Obama’s dilemma, and our dilemma: If a family shows up at the border and we let the family go into the country, and say please come back for your hearing, about 80 percent of the time the adults never show up for the hearing. I think most Americans feel like that is bad; it will create a third wave of illegal immigration.

I want to be fair to people who came here under the old system, but I don’t want to create incentives to create a third wave.

The other choice is, is if you detain the parents who broke the law, under the Flores decision you have to break the family up. So there’s a 1997 Supreme Court case that we’ve got to deal with.

So I would urge my Democratic friends to see if we can find a way to keep families together, have a legislative fix of the Flores decision, and argue about the other things later.

Because right now, Mr. President, you’re in a real bind. If you detain the adults, the law requires the children to be separated. If you let the adults into the country, they’d never show up. It seems to me that we want to keep the family together and have the parents show up for their day in court.

To Senator Schumer: I know there’s a lot we don’t agree on, but surely to goodness we can fix this court decision, because the country is in a bad spot, not just you.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, Lindsey, the dilemma is that if you’re weak — if you’re weak, which people would like you to be — if you’re really, really pathetically weak, the country is going to be overrun with millions of people. And if you’re strong, then you don’t have any heart. That’s a tough dilemma. Perhaps I’d rather be strong, but that’s a tough dilemma.

SENATOR JOHNSON: Mr. President —

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, go ahead, Ron.

SENATOR JOHNSON: In our community, homeland security, we’ve held 30 hearings on border security. And you know how much I like data. And, you know, Senator Graham mentioned the fact that we have these incentives. There’s nothing compassionate, by the way, of enticing people to take a very dangerous journey on a train they call “the beast,” or through the desert. We’ve seen the pictures of dead — desiccated bodies in the desert. There’s nothing compassionate about that.

But here’s what’s happened since 2012, since DACA. Just to talk about unaccompanied children: Prior to that, somewhere between 3,000 or 4,000 unaccompanied children from Central America came into this country. Then DACA was instituted in 2012, and that problem skyrocketed. The numbers on it — about 225,000 unaccompanied children, just from Central America; about almost half a million family members. So we’ve got another 750,000 individuals — very sympathetic — that we’re just incentivizing for coming. And we have to stop those incentives.

Our goal of our policy should be to reduce the flow of people incentivized to come to this country, and that’s what strong enforcement actually does.

THE PRESIDENT: So just so everybody knows, this deal was just about done. We had a deal signed. President Obama signed DACA. When he signed it, he said, I’m really not allowed to sign this, and I’m going to sign it anyway. But he actually said, I’m not allowed to sign this, never going to hold up. And they got a judge who held it up, and they got another one who held it up. Then we had a couple that turned it down, and it’s going to be a Supreme Court issue.

But before it was held up, everyone assumed that the DACA would not be held up. But we had a deal with the Democrats. It was a deal that everybody agreed to. It was $25 billion. We were going to build a wall. We would take care of many, many different things, including loopholes. And it was all done, except when this judge ruled in favor of DACA, meaning that it could continue until we get to the Supreme Court, all of a sudden, they weren’t there anymore. And that’s what happened, and that’s why we’re in this mess — because we had a couple of court decisions, which is going to force an issue to the Supreme Court that shouldn’t be forced to the Supreme Court.

Yes, John.

SENATOR HOEVEN: Thanks for inviting up on these important issues, and for having this important discussion certainly on immigration, but also on trade. And the context that I want to make sure we talk about is, we’ve made incredible progress on tax relief, we’ve made tremendous progress on regulatory relief, and it’s reflected in our economy. Now, if we can do the same thing on trade, think what that means for our country in terms of economic growth, in terms of jobs, in terms of getting wages moving higher, and the impact that has for all Americans.

So we have to look at in that context. When we talk about trade, it’s on top of tax relief, regulatory relief. And now, if we can get the right policies in place on trade, think what that means for our country.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, were doing very well on trade, I will say. We’ve been really hurt as a country on trade, for many years. Despite bad trade deals, we’re doing very well. And now we’re making very good trade deals. Well, you’ll be seeing that. They’ll be announced pretty rapidly. We already have a couple that are made. But we’re making great trade deals.

And honestly, we need people coming into our country. You know, we have a lot of companies coming into our country: Chrysler just announced. We have Foxconn is going up to Wisconsin, as you know, and a great company. They make the Apple iPhones and laptops and — unbelievable company. We need people. We need people that work for these companies because they’re coming in at a number that nobody ever thought possible.

So we want people to come into our country, but I think I can speak for everybody at the table: We want them to come in based on merit. We want great people that will be great for our country. And we want them to come in based on merit. We’re going to need those people because we have so many companies coming to the country.

John, you were going to say something?

SENATOR CORNYN: Mr. President, to your point, America is the most generous country in the world when it comes to legal immigration. And I think we ought to draw a very clear line between legal immigration that benefits our country —

THE PRESIDENT: Right, absolutely.

SENATOR CORNYN: — and illegal immigration, which is a threat to public safety.

I just wanted to make the one point. I agree with what Tom Cotton and others have said, what you’ve said, about being able to enforce the law and keep families together. It’s not a mutually exclusive choice. We can do both. And I’m confident we will achieve that goal.

But I just want to point out that, coming from a border state, like Mac and I do, the border — the illegality along the border is a complex problem because it is — as somebody pointed out, it’s “commodity agnostic.” In other words, they said it’s people, it’s drugs, it’s weapons. And you talk about an opioid crisis in the United States — it’s not just prescription drugs; it’s heroin that comes from Mexico.

THE PRESIDENT: Right.

SENATOR CORNYN: So this is a very complex situation. We need law and order along the border. Everybody agrees with that. We need to be compassionate in the way we handle these families. But it’s important to remember that larger context, because the cartels and the criminal organizations that benefit from this, they’re just making a lot of money and keeping this situation very dangerous for everybody involved.

THE PRESIDENT: And, John, in many ways, they’re using the children and always — they’re using the children as a ticket to getting into the country.

SENATOR CORNYN: Absolutely.

THE PRESIDENT: And we have to remember that. You know, there’s a number of the 12,000 children; 2,000 are with the parents, and 10,000 came up with some really horrible people, in some cases. You have the coyotes, you have the traffickers — the human traffickers — not only drug traffickers, but you have the human traffickers. And they use these children as passports to get into the country. So we have to work on that, too. It’s a very complex issue.

It has been going on — you shouldn’t feel guilty, because it’s been going on for many, many years. Many, many decades. But we’re going to solve that, along with a lot of other problems that we’ve already solved. We’re doing well at solving problems.

You know, when I became President, we had North Korea; we had the Iran deal, which was no good; we had lots of problems with trade and bad trade deals. There are a lot of things that we’ve solved and we’re solving that, in theory, I shouldn’t have had to solve. These are things that should have been solved for a long time. Even on trade.

We should have never allowed our past leaders — should have never allowed China to get to a point where there’s a $500 billion trade deficit with the United States. When they went up, we should have gone up. We should have gone up together — not where you allowed one to get so far ahead. And that includes the European Union and it includes many others. Shouldn’t have happened.

So we came at a time where there were plenty of problems to solve, and one of the big problems is immigration. And I hope that within not too long a distance — and I mean beyond just one problem of immigration. You can mention the word “comprehensive,” or you dont have to use it. A lot of politicians don’t like the word “comprehensive immigration reform.” But I really think we have an opportunity to redo the whole immigration picture, and that’s what I’m looking to do, ultimately. But right now, we want to fix this problem and I think we’ll be able to do that.

Does anybody else — David, do you want to say something?

SENATOR PERDUE: Well, Mr. President, the last year and a half has shown an absolute turnaround in this economy. I mean, we were faced with eight years of 1.9 percent economic growth. We focused on, as John said, regulation, energy, taxes. This year, we’ve put a Dodd-Frank bill — a bipartisan bill, and we freed up a couple trillion dollars.

And what this administration has done is freed up $6 trillion to go back into the economy. This is real jobs — 3.5 million new jobs, 870 regulations reversed. This economy is moving. The rest of world is paying attention.

NATO has doubled their investment in terms of their military spending. We have a new free trade agreement with Korea. We’re heading in the right direction. I just hope that we can focus on the priorities right now, within this trade equation, to get equal access. It’s not right and Alibaba can do cloud computing in the U.S., and Google can’t do cloud computing in China. And that’s what this is all about.

We’ve reduced global poverty by two-thirds in the last 40 years, while poverty in the United States has remained flat. That’s not right. And this is moving to change that.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes. Jim?

SENATOR INHOFE: I appreciate the fact that you call attention to what’s really happening now with the economy, due to two things: the tax bill and the regulations. You know, we’re killing people with the regulations. But what hasn’t been said around this table, and I’m surprised, the biggest accomplishment from your administration is what you’ve done with the military.

You succeeded a President who had a policy that said you can’t do anything with sequestration, with the military, unless you do it with the non-defense. And we changed that. We had to vote for a lousy budget bill to do it, but nonetheless, it is changed. We’ve broken parity, and we’re now rebuilding our military.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s true. The military is really incredible. We’re ordering new planes, new ships — all jobs too. You know, jobs, I would say, in this case is a far second. But we’re going to have a military like we’ve never had before, and it’s great. $700 billion approved and $716 [billion]. And in that budget, $6 billion for opioid. That’s an important thing, too.

So a lot of progress is being made.

Mike, did you have something to say? Mike Pence?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. And I just — I know I speak for the President when I express the gratitude of this administration for the support of the members of the Senate and the House that are gathered around here. You’ve delivered for the American people on national security and rebuilding our military; on tax cuts and regulatory reform, restoring our economy.

But what the President reiterated again yesterday, and he has said every day from when he sought this office, is we have a crisis of illegal immigration. And as the President made clear, we don’t want families to be separated. We don’t want children taken away from parents. But right now, under the law — and we sit with these lawmakers — we only have two choices before us: Number one is, don’t prosecute people who come into our country illegally, or prosecute them and then, under court cases and the law, they have to be separated from their children.

What I want to be clear about is we’re calling on these lawmakers, Mr. President, not just to solve this problem in a way that affirms our commitment to law and order and compassion, which we can do. And there are proposals in the Senate and proposals in the House to do that. But the President’s vision, articulated in his State of the Union address, was let’s solve the whole problem. Let’s build a wall, let’s close the loopholes, let’s solve the problem for 1.8 million people that were brought into this country through no fault of their own, and let’s deal with law and order and compassion with this issue of family separation at our borders.

And I would say, with great respect to the members of Congress, as the House considers legislation tomorrow and the Senate is considering legislation, the President has postponed the Congressional Picnic — we’re calling on Congress to act. Let’s roll our sleeves up, let’s work the whole problem. Let’s end this crisis of illegal immigration.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Does anybody else have anything to say? Because I think we’re pretty much — yes, Adam.

REPRESENTATIVE KINZINGER: Mr. President, thank you. And just from the House perspective, I want to say — and as a still-currently serving Guard member — you’re my Commander-in-Chief — there has been a marked difference in the security and the good feelings in the military. They understand that we’re investing in them again, even though we’re asking them to do a lot.

And secondly, security plays a big role. So that includes border security. And the bill that we’re going to bring up, and hopefully pass in the House this week, fully funds the border and takes care of all these issues. And I hope the House can pass it. And I wish Democrats would join us, because frankly, it’s a lot of stuff in there that they like, too. It’s an 80 percent issue. Unfortunately, I think they like the politics of this a little better.

And I also want to say, we really wish you didn’t take Secretary Pompeo from the House, because he did a great job. (Laughter.) He’s doing a great job.

THE PRESIDENT: He’s doing a great job. He is doing a great job. Thank you, Adam, very much. Appreciate it.

Anybody over here? Yes.

REPRESENTATIVE CHENEY: Thank you, Mr. President. I want to echo particularly what Chairman Thornberry and Senator Inhofe said in terms of the change that we’ve seen — and Adam as well — the change we’ve seen in terms of resources for the military. We got to make sure we don’t have another CR for the military.

THE PRESIDENT: Right.

REPRESENTATIVE CHENEY: And we are working hard in the House. We’re hopeful we’re going to pass defense appropriations bill next week in the House. And we need to make sure that that gets taken up and passed in the Senate, and that we don’t give you another omnibus-type bill —

THE PRESIDENT: Please. Please, that would be very nice.

REPRESENTATIVE CHENEY: — that we get a straight defense appropriations bill passed and taken up. And that will be critically important to continue the work you’ve done to rebuild the military.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Liz. And say hello to your father, please.

REPRESENTATIVE CHENEY: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Great guy.

PARTICIPANT: Can you tell Adam to shave — (laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: He looks good. Handsome guy.

So thank you all very much. We appreciate it.

Q Mr. President, are you supporting (inaudible) to keep families together? (Inaudible) executive order?

THE PRESIDENT: We are. We’re looking to keep families together. It’s very important.

Q Are you signing an executive order?

THE PRESIDENT: We’re going to be signing an executive order. We’re going to also count on Congress, obviously. But we are signing an executive order in a little while. We’re going to keep families together, but we still have to maintain toughness, or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don’t stand for, that we don’t want.

So I’m going to be signing an executive order in a little while before I go to Minnesota. But at the same time, I think you have to understand: We’re keeping families together, but we have to keep our borders strong. We will be overrun with crime and with people that should not be in our country.

Q Will you accept a standalone bill addressing the family separation issue?

THE PRESIDENT: We’re going to see what happens.

Q Mr. President, did the images of those young children at the border change your mind on this?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes. They affect everybody. Those images affect everybody. But I have to say that you have double standards. You have people that want absolute security and safety, and you have people that do look at the children. And then you have people like me, and I think most of the people in this room, that want both. We want the heart, but we also want strong borders, and we want no crime.

We don’t want crime in this country. We don’t want people coming in. We don’t want people coming in from the Middle East through our border, using children to get through the lines. We don’t want that. We’re doing too good a job to allow that to happen. So we’re not going to allow that to happen.

Thank you very much. Thank you.

Q (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: Nothing. This has been going on for — when you say what took long — this has been going on for 50 years, longer. This has been going on under President Obama, under President Bush. This has been going on for many, many years. We’re going to see if we can solve it. This is not something that happened just now.

You look at the images from 2014. I was watching this morning, and they were showing images from 2014. They blow away what we’re looking at today. And that was not during this; that was during the Obama administration. I saw images that were horrible. And you know the ones I’m talking about because I’m sure you all saw them too.

We are going to see if we can solve the immigration problem like we’ve solved so many other problems. And I think we’ll get it done.

Thank you very much.

Q (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: North Korea is doing great. North Korea is doing great. North Korea is doing great.

Q (Inaudible) for North Korea?

THE PRESIDENT: No, no, no. North Korea itself is doing really well.

Thank you very much. Good job, Sarah.

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