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President Trump Faces Big Hurdle in Hiring 15,000 Agents for ICE, Border Patrol

ICE agents, via Wikipedia

ICE agents, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s plans to hire 10,000 more ICE officers and 5,000 more Border Patrol agents may not succeed.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said it’s unlikely that “we’re going to get 10,000 and 5,000 on board within the next couple of year,” NPR reports.

That’s largely because of the extensive training and background checks for potential agents.

When the number of agents at Customs and Border Protection were increased from 10,000 to 21,000 during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administration, problems occurred. For example, new agents were rushed into the field, many without completed background checks.

“You have to make sure that no red flags come up in someone’s background before you’re putting them in a position like this,” says Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents Border Patrol agents.

One of the most burdensome steps to becoming an agent is passing a rigorous – and some say flawed and overly burdensome – polygraph exam that two out of three applicants fail.

Moran said the exams, which can take up to eight hours, “is excluding qualified candidates from being Border Patrol agents.”

NY Post: Trump’s Immigration Orders Are Strong, But Not Harsh

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

By Editorial Board
New York Post

Team Trump’s newest immigration orders definitely toughen enforcement, but they’re a far cry from mass roundups.

If the administration sticks to this approach — prioritizing the serious criminals for apprehension and deportation, while also making it harder to succeed at immigrating illegally — it’ll have broad public support.

Over-the-top approaches (deporting law-abiding moms) will mean big trouble.

In that regard, it’s worth noting that Trump still hasn’t touched Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives safe harbor and work permits to those brought here illegally as young children, a k a “the dreamers.”

The Department of Homeland Security also sought to provide instant clarity this time ’round, with background briefings even as DHS chief John Kelly issued his latest orders.
In a conference call with reporters, one official noted, “We do not have the personnel, time or resources to go into communities and round up people and do all kinds of mass throwing folks on buses. That’s entirely a figment of folks’ imagination.”

Yet Trump is moving to actually enforce US law, reversing the across-the-board Obama-era slowdown of enforcement actions. Violent criminals remain the top priority, but are no longer the only priority.

Now plea-bargaining a felony down to a misdemeanor won’t leave you automatically exempt from immigration enforcement, nor will DHS officials wink at an illegal immigrants’ fraudulent filing for welfare benefits.

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Homeland Security Secretary Says He Has No Clue What a Sanctuary City Is

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What is a sanctuary city?

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confessed that he had no idea.

“I don’t have a clue,” Kelly told San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman when she asked for a definition.

Kelly was speaking to law enforcement in San Diego.

The definition is important because President Trump signed an executive order that threatened to pull federal funding from every “sanctuary jurisdiction.”

To be sure, what constitutes a sanctuary city has not been made clear. In general, it means cities that refuse to work with federal authorities on immigration enforcement.

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Report: Estimated Cost & Timeline of Trump’s Wall Skyrockets

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The cost of President Trump’s proposed wall along the Mexican border has soared to an estimated $21.6 billion, according to an internal report by Homeland Security.

The wall also would take 3.5 years to complete, Reuters reports. 

Trump has estimated that the wall would cost $12 billion.

More than 1,200 miles of walls would need to be erected to secure the border.

A White House spokesman declined to comment on the report, saying it would be “premature” because it has not been officials given to the president.

What remains unclear is how Trump will pay for the wall. He wants Congress to approve the expenditure, which he maintains will be reimbursed by Mexico. Mexican officials said they won’t pay for the wall.

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Homeland Security Secretary Kelly Defends Trump’s Immigration Restrictions

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly defended President Trump’s immigration restrictions but said he regrets how quickly the executive order was rolled out.

Despite Kelly’s misgivings, he insisted the immigration order was “lawful and constitutional” and “will prevail” in court, ABC News reports.

“The thinking was to get it out quick so that potentially people that might be coming here to harm us would not take advantage of some period of time that they could jump on an airplane and get here,” Kelly said.

Kelly also claimed the order is not a Muslim ban, saying it’s just a “pause” to ensure the country is safe.

“So I’m at a total loss to understand how we can vet people from various countries when in at least four of those countries we don’t even have an embassies,” he said.

Homeland Security IG to Investigate Trump’s Travel Restrictions

Protest at Wayne State University in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Protest at Wayne State University in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Office of Inspector General for Homeland Security is investigating the agency’s role in President Trump’s immigration restrictions, CBS News reports. 

The review comes after four federal judges issued stays on Trump’s executive order, which bans travel to the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim countries. Members of Congress also have complained about the constitutionality of the travel restrictions.

Lawyers representing some of the stranded travelers said CBP and DHS workers ignored the judge’s orders.

In a statement, Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin called the executive order “rushed and poorly drafted.”

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DHS Secretary Says He Knew Trump’s Travel Ban ‘Was Coming’

Marine Gen. John Kelly

Marine Gen. John Kelly

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Security Secretary John Kelly denied reports on Tuesday that he was blind-sided by President Trump’s executive order that imposes a travel ban on seven predominately Muslim countries.

“We did know the executive order was coming,” Kelly said at a news conference, NBC News reports. “We had people involved in the general drafting of it. Clearly this whole approach was part of what then-candidate Trump talked about for a year or two. So we knew all this was coming.”

He added: “It wasn’t a surprise that it was coming.”

According to a senior administration official, Kelly was informed of the upcoming executive order before Trump’s inauguration and after his confirmation hearing.

Kelly also denied the immigration restrictions amounted to a “ban on Muslims.”

“Religious liberty is one of our most fundamental and treasured values,” he said. “This is a temporary pause that allows us to better review the existing refugee and visa vetting system.”

President Trump Appoints Elaine Duke to Serve as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Proponents of a tougher immigration crackdown were disappointed with Donald Trump’s choice for deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

Trump appointed Elaine Duke, a little-known bureaucrat who was the former undersecretary of management at the department.

Supporters of an immigration crackdown wanted a more prominent figure, the Washington Times reports. 

Nevertheless, Duke spent years working on the budgets and procurement for Homeland Security.

Duke served as undersecretary for President George W. Bush and President Obama. 

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