Daily Dispatch 1/28/19
January 28, 2019
Mick Mulvaney says Trump is open to shutting down the government again on Feb. 15 if he doesn’t get his wall. Or he might declare a state of emergency. House and Senate Democrats so far aren’t budging on the wall issue. As Nancy Pelosi responded to a reporter’s question about the wall on Friday, “have I not been clear on a wall?” Trump puts the chances of reaching an agreement before the deadline at less than 50-50. So, looks like we’re at a 33% chance of a spending agreement, 33% chance of a shutdown, 33% chance of an emergency declaration, and 1% chance of a zombie apocalypse that will render the issue moot.
Trump’s Friday announcement was filled with all of his greatest hits: drugs, MS13, terrorists, and the taped-up women:
Women are tied up. They are bound. Duct tape put around their faces and around their mouths. In many cases, they can’t even breathe and put in the back of cars, vans, or trucks… They can’t come through the ports. If they come through the ports, people will see four women sitting in a van with tape around their face and around their mouths. Can’t have that. And that problem, because of the internet, is the biggest problem. It’s never been like this before. But you can imagine, it’s at the worst level, human trafficking in the history of the world.
Trump has referred to the tape-gagged women 10 times this month, despite having no concrete case to support his description. CPB tried to find evidence to back up Trump’s claim but couldn’t. Vox was provided an internal email from CBP, in which agents were asked to provide any evidence or information related to Trump’s tape-gagged women.
We require your assistance on a quick turnaround for C-1 [CBP head Kevin McAleenan].
Please forward any information that you may have (in any format) regarding claims “that traffickers tie up and silence women with tape before illegally driving them through the desert from Mexico to the United States in the backs of cars and windowless vans.” Reference the news article below for further info.
We require this information to be submitted to BPHQG2 by 1200 EST.
Armando Sianez — Acting Assistant Chief
US Border Patrol Headquarters
As we reported on Friday, the new Migrant Protection Protocols, which require asylum seekers to await decisions in Mexico, began on Friday. To the surprise of many, the CBP union (the same union that has backed Trump on things like the border wall, even deleting its previously held anti-wall position from its website earlier this month) spoke out against the policy. NBPC President Brandon Judd told CNN: "This is attacking the legal process, because it's discouraging people from following the law. We are incentivizing illegal immigration and punishing legal immigration."
Related: "Mexico Protests U.S. Decision to Return Asylum Seekers" (NYT)
This pretty much sums up Trump’s idea of what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck:
According to Trump, at the grocery store they— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 24, 2019
- demand photo ID
- let you take food for free if you're a furloughed federal worker. https://t.co/KGjA4oNoZL
SNL’s cold open includes an appearance by Kate McKinnon’s “Wilbur Ross” who totally gets it. (My favorite of Mr. Ross’s money-saving tips: “Or, for a period of time, you could have your horses attend public school.”)
Keep an eye on this story: Trump tweets about 58,000 non-citizens voting in Texas. The Texas Tribune pushes back.
58,000 non-citizens voted in Texas, with 95,000 non-citizens registered to vote. These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg. All over the country, especially in California, voter fraud is rampant. Must be stopped. Strong voter ID! @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2019
1/ You might be seeing headlines or tweets tonight that claim Texas says 58,000 non-citizens have voted in Texas.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 26, 2019
That is not true.
That is not what the state has said.
Here is what we know. #txlege https://t.co/wyvcrEDkmD
3/ Those 95,000 registered voters are individuals who the state says have provided some form of documentation that showed they were not a citizen when they were obtaining a driver’s license or an ID card. https://t.co/wyvcrEDkmD— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 26, 2019
5/ First: In its notice to counties, the secretary of state's office said the names should be considered "WEAK" matches, using all capital letters for emphasis. https://t.co/wyvcrEDkmD— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 26, 2019
7/7 Counties may now choose to investigate the eligibility of the individuals who were flagged.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 26, 2019
So it’s unclear exactly how many of those individuals are not actually U.S. citizens and whether that number will be available in the future.https://t.co/wyvcrEDkmD
Tomorrow will see the publication of Cliff Sims’ Team of Vipers, which includes this not-at-all-surprising quote from Trump’s immigration goon Stephen Miller: “I would be happy if not a single refugee foot ever again touched America’s soil.”
Here is an interesting look at “The Tech Revolt,” conversations with socially conscious Silicon Valley workers holding employers to account for, e.g., their cooperation with ICE.
From WaPo: "Steve King is spurned in Washington. In Iowa sentiment is mixed"
From Politico: “Trump White House stonewalls as Puerto Rico aid runs dry”
From the Texas Observer: “In Texas, 3 Out of 4 County Jail Inmates Haven’t Been Convicted of a Crime”
From the Miami New Times: “Miami Child Migrant Camp Operators Plan $100 Million Stock Offering With Firm Once Tied to John Kelly”
From NBC News: “Trump golf club fired 12 workers living in the U.S. illegally, lawyer says”
From AP: “More than 25,000 workers strike at Mexican border factories”
From NYT: "Jared Kushner, a Confident Negotiator, Finds Immigration Deal to Be Elusive"