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Daily Dispatch

January 29, 2019


Countdown to Shutdown v.2.0:

 

Hopes are high for the new bipartisan committee to negotiate a deal that everyone will love because it averts another shutdown and protects from ~scAry~ immigrants. Here are the members of said committee, which meets tomorrow:

House Democrats House Republicans Senate Democrats Senate Republicans

Nita Lowey (D-NY)

Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)

David Price (D-NC)

Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Henry Cuellar (D-TX)

Pete Aguilar (D-CA)

Kay Granger (R-TX)

Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN)

Tom Graves (R-GA)

Steven Palazzo (R-MS)

Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Jon Tester (D-MT)

Richard Shelby (R-AL)

Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

John Hoeven (R-ND)

Roy Blunt (R-MO)

Meanwhile, as Trump threatens to declare a state of emergency to fund his border wall, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asked AG nominee Bill Barr whether he would support this move. His written response:

The President’s authority to declare a national emergency, and the authorities that are triggered by such a declaration, would depend upon the specific facts and circumstances at the time… I have not examined the facts and circumstances pertaining to security on the southern border with this issue in mind, and therefore, I am not in a position to further comment on what would constitute a national emergency. If confirmed, I will ensure that the Department’s advice on this subject is consistent with any applicable law, including the National Emergencies Act.

Guidance for implementing the Migrant Protection Protocols (aka “remain in Mexico”) was provided to USCIS yesterday and included the following:

The officer should conduct the assessment in person, via video teleconference, or telephonically. At the time of the interview, the USCIS officer should verify that the alien understands that he or she may be subject to return to Mexico under Section 235(b)(2)(C) pending his or her immigration proceedings. The officer should also confirm that the alien has an understanding of the interview process. In addition, provided the MPP assessments are part of either primary or secondary inspection, DHS is currently unable to provide access to counsel during the assessments given the limited capacity and resources at ports-of-entry and Border Patrol stations as well as the need for the orderly and efficient processing of individuals. (More coverage here.)

Here is a fact check on this tweet:

An exchange between Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and a constituent at a town hall gathering:

Constituent: One of the things that I was bothered by, when you had this problem, was the reverse racism toward the white European man that founded this country. And that’s the values that we’re built on. And we have to be embarrassed to say, anymore, that we are white and European background, and I think that is wrong, and I think we need to push back.

King: First I would say in response to your statement and your question, Pam, that we can do the things that you’ve described and we can, at the same time, embrace everything that Dr. Martin Luther King taught us, all at the same time. And if we had stuck with his vision, we wouldn’t be in the place we’re in today in this society, in this country. (Here's the video.)

Other Stories:

13 civil rights groups are demanding transparency from - and threatening to sue - the state of Texas for violating the Constitutional rights of 95,000 registered voters flagged by the Texas Secretary of State for “citizenship checks.” The first batch of letters requesting “proof of citizenship” were mailed today.

Is the US planning to send 5,000 troops to Colombia?

From CNBC: “In her shutdown battle with Trump and the GOP, Nancy Pelosi drew a line on governing”

From Vox: “There is a crisis at the border. It’s just not what Trump says it is”

From NBC News: “Comedian traveling home from gig is detained by immigration agents”

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