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Neera Tanden’s Death by Twitter

Its almost beyond credulity that she would even be nominated. Shhh, maybe no one was following her tweets??? Not many know the classical texts anymore, but one says: “If you live by the sword, you die by the sword.” mrossol

WSJ 2/25/2021.  By Daniel Henniger

Joe Biden’s nomination of Neera Tanden to run the Office of Management and Budget looks as if it is going to fail Senate confirmation because of her . . . tweets. As the long-ago talk-show host Jack Paar was the first to say, I kid you not.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin most likely sank Ms. Tanden’s nomination when he said he would vote against her. He joined three Republicans in opposition—Sens. Rob Portman, Susan Collins and Mitt Romney. On Wednesday, two Senate committees “postponed” votes on her nomination, which means, it’s melting.

 

In her years before the Twitter mast, Ms. Tanden tweeted that Mitch McConnell was “Voldemort” and “Moscow Mitch,” compared Ted Cruz unfavorably to vampires, called Tom Cotton a “fraud,” said that Bernie Sanders —a frequent Tanden target—was helped by Russia in the 2016 Democratic primaries, and called Sen. Collins’s reasons for voting to confirm then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh a “pathetically bad faith argument as cover for President Trump’s vicious attacks on survivors of sexual assault.”

For readers by now wondering how the phrases “Neera Tanden” and “U.S. budget director” fit together, let it be noted that Ms. Tanden was once president of the Center for American Progress, a left-of-center think tank that has published fact-filled policy papers on public issues. Which is to say that in an earlier life, Ms. Tanden was a serious person. Then she discovered Twitter.

Amid Ms. Tanden’s current crucible, it has been reported that in preparation for her confirmation hearings, she deleted 1,000 of her Twitter account’s 88,000 tweets. A thousand deleted tweets???!!! Does Twitter have a tool for scanning and erasing a user’s tweets, which on second or third thought were a bad idea?

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says it will be hypocritical if Ms. Tanden is defeated for a cabinet post by Republicans who “looked the other way” from Donald Trump’s all-through-the-night Twitter rants, which by the way, the New York Times took the time to compile last month as “The Complete List of Trump’s Twitter Insults (2015-2021).”

In fact, rather than turn a blind eye to Mr. Trump’s Twitter feed, everyone begged him in public and private to stop doing it, but he refused, insisting this was how he “communicated” with his base. Who can doubt it? But the belligerence of his tweets contributed to the erosion of Mr. Trump’s re-election support among suburban voters, who simply couldn’t take it any more. Neera Tanden isn’t setting any precedent as a high-level Twitter self-immolator. She’ll always be No. 2.

Beyond self-destruction, a more serious concern is the implication for free speech of disqualifying people for what they have said (or tweeted).

 

I think calling Mitch McConnell “Voldemort” is kind of funny and fair game—just as the connotative effect of calling Sen. Schumer “Chuck” makes sense. Columns of political opinion, one may have noticed, would be out of business if they had to be written in patty-cake prose.

But it’s hard to credit progressives’ complaints about punishing Ms. Tanden for free, if ill-considered, speech when they have transformed what people say—going back to writings in college—into a justification for routine political and personal destruction. When that stops, the free-speech dialogues can begin.

No one would understand better than Ms. Tanden, a famously hardball political player, that you pays your money and you takes your chances. She took hers with this endless stream of insults against U.S. senators.

I think Sens. Manchin, Collins and Portman are concerned about something beyond Ms. Tanden’s OMB nomination. Mr. Manchin has become famous recently for saying he won’t vote to end the legislative filibuster, as has fellow Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Actively protecting the Senate’s prerogatives is an overdue step toward not letting the legislative branch become moribund in an era when national policy is increasingly set by whoever wins the presidency, as in Joe Biden’s stream of executive orders and those of the two presidents before him.

 

Sen. Manchin, explaining his opposition to Ms. Tanden, said her “toxic” tweets would impair her ability to work with Congress as budget director. That assumes she has much interest in working with Congress, which I doubt. Diminishing the role of the legislative branch is a progressive goal dating back to Woodrow Wilson, as Ms. Tanden surely knows. She has little use for Congress, which would explain why she was so dismissive of even Sen. Sanders and why she reflexively mocked senators. It’s not them personally but their institution that is an impediment to her force-fed agenda.

The Center for American Progress was the originator of the arguments for Barack Obama’s unilateral pen-and-phone authority. That expertise is why Joe Biden, or someone, wanted her at OMB. She published the blueprints for ignoring Congress.

A vote to defeat her isn’t personal. It’s about making sure the Senate still matters.

Write henninger@wsj.com.

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Exclusive: Former ICE Chief Says Immigration Law Becoming Meaningless

The administration is doing some very unwise things, but opening the boarders of a sovereign nation ranks as one of the worst. mrossol.

The Epoch Times, BY CHARLOTTE CUTHBERTSON

February 24, 2021 Updated: February 24, 2021
 

The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says the new administration’s steps to narrow the criteria for immigration enforcement are “just ridiculous.”

“It’s almost like it’s not illegal to be illegally in the United States anymore,” Tom Homan told The Epoch Times on Feb. 18.

Homan retired during the Trump administration, after directing the agency responsible for interior immigration enforcement and deportations as well as investigations into human trafficking and cross-border crime.

He’s concerned the Biden administration is rendering immigration law meaningless.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Feb. 18 announced new enforcement priorities that will focus on three groups of illegal immigrants: national security threats such as known or suspected terrorists; those who crossed the border illegally after Nov. 1, 2020; and public safety threats who are convicted of aggravated felonies.

Any ICE agent who encounters an illegal immigrant who falls outside of the three categories must get pre-approval from their field office before taking any action.

“They say it’s public safety, but it’s only the worst of the worst,” Homan said. “When it comes to assault, when it comes to robbery and burglary, and all these other crimes that they’ve taken off the table, they’ve pretty much sent a message to the rest of the world [that] it’s OK to enter the country illegally—as long as you don’t commit a few of the most serious crimes, you’re free to stay, because ICE isn’t looking for you.”

He argues that crimes such as driving under the influence should be considered a public safety issue.

“I was a police officer. I know what it’s like to run up on a scene of a deadly DUI—it’s terrible. And they’ve obviously never talked to an angel mom or angel dad whose child was killed by someone here illegally that was driving drunk,” Homan said.

A DHS official said the new guidelines for ICE are to help the agency focus its limited resources on “cases that the public cares about.”

The official said ICE arrests aren’t expected to drop under the new guidelines. “It’s just a question to us of reallocating resources to the cases that really, truly matter,” the official said.

But Homan said ICE was already prioritizing public safety threats.

Ninety-two percent of the almost 186,000 individuals that ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations removed in fiscal 2020 had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges, according to ICE’s end-of-year report.

ICE also conducted more than 103,000 interior arrests—just under 30 percent fewer than in fiscal 2019, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Approximately 90 percent of those arrested had a criminal conviction or charge, according to the report. Those arrested included aliens with criminal charges or convictions for 1,837 homicide offenses, 37,247 assault offenses, and 10,302 sexual assault or sex offenses.

“Every crime committed by an illegal alien is a preventable crime,” Homan said. “If we had true border security, true immigration enforcement—if we actually enforced immigration laws in this country and secured our border—thousands of crimes every day could be prevented because they’re not here.”

Part of ICE’s job is to track down and remove the 672,000 fugitives who have been ordered removed by a federal immigration judge but are still in the United States.

But the new DHS directive says ICE agents must first get clearance from supervisors if they encounter illegal immigrants who aren’t convicted criminals during operations.

The decision to then arrest the individual, or not, needs to take into account whether the person might be suffering from a serious physical or mental illness, a DHS official said.

“We want them [ICE] to think about ties to the community, whether the individual has family here in the United States, U.S. citizen family members, and other considerations,” the official said.

Homan said DHS is telling ICE agents to ignore removal orders from immigration judges.

“At what point can the executive branch tell the judicial branch that their legal orders are meaningless?” he said.

“It’s ridiculous for a law enforcement officer to have to call a supervisor for permission to enforce the law. The law is black and white. Name a state trooper that needs to get approval to write a speeding ticket.”

On Feb. 22, attorney general nominee Merrick Garland testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was asked whether he believed illegal entry into the United States should remain a crime. The immigration court system sits within the Department of Justice.

“I just haven’t thought about that question,” Garland said. “I think the president has made clear that we are a country with borders and with a concern about national security. I don’t know if a proposal to decriminalize but still make it unlawful to re-enter. I just don’t know the answer to that question. I haven’t thought about it.”

President Joe Biden has undone several border security measures that the Trump administration had put into effect, including temporarily suspending deportations of illegal aliens, reversing President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from terror-prone countries, halting border wall construction, and issuing a sweeping immigration package to Congress that includes amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.

Homan asserts that the Biden approach is “never going to solve the immigration crisis, and so the border will continue to be out of control.”

He expects an imminent humanitarian crisis at the border.

“During the last surge [in 2019], Border Patrol said 50 to 60 percent of their manpower is no longer on the border because they’re changing diapers, making hospital runs, taking care of families, [with] half or more [agents] no longer on the line,” he said.

“President Biden was vice president during the first surge in FY14 and ’15. How did we stop it? We stopped it by building detention facilities and detaining people until they saw a judge. So he forgot all the lessons learned and now he’s trying to stop detention.”

ICE detention facility capacity has been decreased from 52,000 to 15,000 illegal aliens.

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Biden Agenda ‘Would Fundamentally Erase Very Essence Of America’s Nationhood’

I cannot believe that even 30% of Americans want this change to immigration. We need to push back and push back hard. mrossol

The Daily Wire. 2/20/2021

Transcript of Interview:

MARIA BARTIROMO, SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES ANCHOR: A new border crisis is afoot, with congressional Democrats unveiling an ambitious immigration reform bill on Friday that would extend amnesty and citizenship to nearly 20 million illegal immigrants, a population five times the size of Los Angeles.

This legislation comes hot on the heels of President Biden’s sweeping executive orders to erase President Trump’s border legacy.

Stephen Miller was a senior adviser to President Trump and the architect of the administration’s immigration plan. He joins us this morning.

Stephen, it’s great to have you today. Thanks so much for being here.

STEPHEN MILLER, FORMER SENIOR ADVISER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP: Good morning. Thank you.

BARTIROMO: Let me just point out that you have studied immigration issues for more than a decade.

I remember years ago you were a congressional staffer in the House. Then you moved over to the Senate. You were studying and working on immigration issues in the Senate before joining President Donald Trump.

So, give us your expert opinion and assessment of President Biden’s new immigration bill.

MILLER: Thank you.

And the reason why I have studied immigration so closely is because it’s so fundamental to what it is to be a nation, the right of the people living in a country to decide who enters that country, on what conditions, for how long, and how to establish national boundaries and borders. That’s fundamental to what it means to be a country.

The legislation put forward by President Biden and congressional Democrats would fundamentally erase the very essence of America’s nationhood.

For the first time, I believe in human history, this legislation proposes sending applications to previously deported illegal immigrants and giving them the chance to reenter the country on a rapid path to citizenship. This is unheard of.

These are the people that ICE officers, at great time and expense, found, large numbers of them with criminal records, returned to their home countries at taxpayer expense. And now we’re going to have the secretary of state and homeland security mailing applications for readmission and amnesty to previously deported illegal immigrants?

This is madness. Now, this is on top of the fact that the current administration has already dismantled border security, canceling President Trump’s historic agreements with Mexico and with the Northern Triangle countries, restoring catch and release, and, additionally, gutting interior enforcement, issuing a memo preventing ICE from removing the vast majority of criminal illegal immigrants that it encounters.

And the last thing I will say about that memo is that they have engaged in a fraudulent representation to the court in the Texas litigation, because they are claiming this is a resources issue.

I know for a fact that ICE has the resources to remove these public safety threats. This is a policy choice disguised falsely to the court and to the country as a resource issue. That is a lie. And it’s a lie that threatens public safety.

BARTIROMO: Wow.

And I know that the ICE, Border Patrol men and women are now being told that they have to get authority to make any moves. They need authority from above before detaining anyone.

I spoke with Mark Morgan, the head — the former head of Customs and Border Patrol, and he told me that we are averaging 3,500 apprehensions every day. So, you’re talking — and then another 500 turned back. So, you’re talking about 4,000 people coming to our border areas every day.

Let’s take a look at this map, because we have a map showing all of — the most porous areas pretty much. And as we zero in on this map, we see Texas, as well as California and the Rio Grande area. This is the area, Rio Grande, that is — the Rio Grande River — that is most vulnerable.

I actually took the show to El Paso and witnessed people coming across then.

I wanted to mention this, because this is one of those pocketbook issues where it impacts people’s families and their lives. You can talk about it as a headline immigration bill, but when you zero in on what this means, with 4,000 illegals coming in every day, you really get a sense of how this impacts the American families.

Walk us through it. Tell us what’s most important for our viewers to understand.

MILLER: Yes, well, I will give you a — give you a simple example.

So, right now, under the current administration, they are failing to abide by the CDC guidance, and they are processing for entry and release 100 percent of illegal immigrants under the age of 18. In other words, any illegal aliens 17 or younger who is smuggled to the border or trafficked to the border is being processed for admission through Health and Human Services and then resettlement in the country.

So, ask yourself, who is going to pay for the education? What does it mean — when classrooms, God willing, reopen, what does it mean for classroom size? What does it mean for health care?

Then you add on top of that the families that are being released. Who’s paying for the medical bills? Who’s paying for the health care costs?

You pay with your local property taxes in many cases, and your sales tax, and many other forms of local tax on your rent, on everything that you do in your life. And one way or another, you’re paying for those local services.

So, when people show up illegally, having never lived here a day in their lives, that’s coming out of your pocketbook. And it’s a public safety issue. As I mentioned, ICE is now disallowed from removing the vast majority of illegal immigrants with criminal records.

So, whether you’re in Louisiana, or whether you’re in Arkansas, whether you’re in Montana, whether in New York state, illegal immigrants are being re-released into the community who have already committed crimes, and we know there’s a high recidivism rate.

BARTIROMO: Right.

MILLER: That’s going to cost lives. That’s a public safety calamity in real time happening now. This is not theoretical.

BARTIROMO: Right.

MILLER: And then you add an amnesty bill on top of that.

If you give low-skilled illegal immigrants a path to citizenship, that will mean a net fiscal transfer of trillions of dollars long term to pay for Social Security, to pay for medical care, to pay for Medicaid, to pay for state and local services.

That’s an extraordinary expense to give that to 20 million illegal immigrants.

BARTIROMO: Yes. Yes.

There’s a good piece in The L.A. Times that I want to point out, because, under President Biden’s direction, border officials on Friday began processing the first of an estimated 26,000 people who have pending cases in the United States.

They reversed the asylum system. As you say, those people who were waiting in Mexico, now they will be in the United States. It radically alters the asylum system.

And it was actually one of your administration, President Trump’s administration’s most popular and successful parts of the immigration plan.

MILLER: President Trump secured the Southern border.

Through his deals with Mexico, through his deals with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and others, we were able to ensure that, if you were apprehended illegally, you were safely and humanely returned home. This was a game-changer.

President Biden hasn’t only failed in his duty to protect American citizens. He has — went out of his way to privilege illegal immigrants over American citizens. So, when your kids can’t go to school, when your spouse or you have been laid off because of COVID-related shutdowns, 200 countries in the world can send their illegal immigrants to our border without masks, without vaccines, without health care, without any rules at all.

How is that fair? How is that just? How is that moral? How is that right? It’s not.

BARTIROMO: Well, it’s horrible to think that our schools are closed, but the border is wide open.

This is the reason that Texas, the state of Texas, is suing. And we had the A.G., the attorney general of Texas, Ken Paxton, on this program last week. Listen to what he had to say. Got to get your reaction.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

KEN PAXTON (R), TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: These were laws put in place by elected representatives basically requiring that, if you come here illegally and you’re caught, that you would be deported.

And he basically said, no, we’re not going to do that anymore. The border is open. You can stay. And we’re not going to deport you.

And you can see what’s happening. We’re having people come in from other countries through Central America. They believe that he has opened the border for them. And I think most Americans believe that he’s opened the border. That’s not just a change in policy. That’s a change in law.

And if he wants to do that, seems to me that he could go back to Congress and get pretty much what he wants.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BARTIROMO: Stephen Miller, your reaction?

MILLER: The attorney general of Texas is 100 percent right.

This is a fundamental constitutional issue. Does the president of the United States have the authority to suspend law at will? Because, if he does, it’s not just immigration. Then President Biden can rewrite every federal law to his liking. He does not need Congress at that point in time.

He would assume the powers, not of a president, but of a king. That’s why it’s so important that this legislation — that this — that this executive action — I’m sorry — be stopped in court, because this can only be done legislatively.

And I would submit to you a bill sent to Congress to release criminal aliens en masse would never, ever have a chance of becoming law, which is why this was done by executive action.

BARTIROMO: Yes, unbelievable.

Real quick. Stephen, have you spoken with President Trump? There are reports that he is perhaps thinking about running again in 2024, perhaps with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. There, we also know that the president will make his first public appearance this upcoming week at CPAC.

What are your thoughts on President Trump right now?

MILLER: Yes.

Well, I have had the opportunity to speak to the president. And he’s very excited to make his upcoming address to CPAC, where you will hear him lay out his positive vision for the future of this country, a vision where we stand up to China, as the president was doing before he left office, and reclaim our manufacturing, a vision where our schools are open and our border is closed to illegal immigration, a vision where the big tech monopoly is dismantled and free speech and free expression and free thought can reign, because that’s what this country is about.

He’s going to present an optimistic vision for a country where communities are safe, where criminals are behind bars, and where everybody can earn a decent, high-paying wage and produce products here in the United States, where they should be made, not in China, not overseas.

BARTIROMO: Well, I’m really glad you mentioned the cancel culture situation, because that continues to deepen and is a serious problem. I would think, on either side of the aisle, you don’t want people just canceling out groups.

Stephen Miller, we will continue that conversation when we see you next time.

MILLER: Thank you so much.

BARTIROMO: Thanks so much.

MILLER: Thank you.

BARTIROMO: Stephen Miller joining us.

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Beijing Tells Biden Administration to Play by CCP’s Rules

Well, China did not waste any time. They waited a strategic few weeks, but then pounced. I don’t believe they ever tried this “move” on President Trump. mrossol

2/2/2021. The Epoch Times. BY FRANK FANG

China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi warned the Biden administration not to cross Beijing’s “red line” in a half-hour speech on the evening of Feb. 1.

“The United States should stop interference in the affairs of Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang,” Yang said, calling the issues regarding the three regions China’s “internal affairs.” He made the remarks while speaking at a virtual event hosted by New York-based nonprofit the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Yang added: “They constitute a red line that must not be crossed. Any trespassing would end up undermining China-U.S. relations and the United States’ own interests.”

He also told the United States that it should “strictly abide by the One China principle” with regards to Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing claims is part of its territory.

The Trump administration confronted China on its human rights violations against Falun Gong adherentsHongkongers, Muslim minorities, Tibetans, and Uyghurs, by imposing visa restrictions and sanctions against Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials responsible for the abuse.

Additionally, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated CCP’s persecution against Uyghurs and other majority-Muslim ethnic minorities as genocide and “crimes against humanity” last month.

The Chinese regime has often deflected international criticism against its own policies by claiming that certain issues, including its militarization efforts in the South China Sea and coercion tactics against Taiwan, are “internal affairs.”

Yang called on the Biden administration to “restore” the China-U.S. relationship to a “predictable and constructive track of development.”

He named areas in which he said the two countries could cooperate, including drug control and cybersecurity.

China is the largest source of illicit fentanyl and fentanyl-like substances in the United States, according to a 2018 report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

According to data from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were 70,630 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2019; the majority of the deaths related to the use of fentanyl.

Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more powerful than heroin. As little as two milligrams is considered a lethal dosage for most people.

In 2020, the United States sanctioned several Chinese nationals and a Chinese company for fentanyl trafficking.

Under the Trump administration, the Justice Department brought more indictments related to China’s trade secrets theft and related crimes in 2019 than during the eight years of the Obama administration.

Yang also criticized the Trump administration, saying that its “misguided policies” had led the bilateral relationship to “its most difficult period” since the two countries established diplomatic ties.

Washington ended its diplomatic ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing in 1979 but has maintained a robust relationship with the island based on the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). Under the Trump administration, the Taiwan-U.S. relationship warmed considerably, most evident by Pompeo’s decision to lift restrictions on how U.S. officials should interact with their Taiwanese counterparts.

Jacob Gunter, senior policy and communications manager at the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China took to Twitter to give his summary of Yang’s speech.

“Trump bad, it’s all his/your fault, and let’s just go back to the 2015 status quo,” he wrote. “The lack of even feigned introspection isn’t even surprising anymore.”

Scott Kennedy, senior adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics at the Washington-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), also commented on Yang’s speech.

“Bottom line: Beijing is ready [to] cooperate only on China’s terms,” he wrote.

Follow Frank on Twitter: @HwaiDer

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