Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Group Wants To Crowd-Source Money For Trump’s Border Wall

The Daily Caller ^ | March 22, 2017 | Thomas Phippen 

President Donald Trump’s border wall project could get funding through an unlikely method: voluntary donations from private citizens!

The newly-founded America First Foundation, Inc., has started accepting donations to fund “the great wall of America,” with the ultimate goal of raising $21 billion to contribute to construction of the nearly 2,000 mile, 18 to 30-foot-high barrier between the U.S. and Mexico.

“This is not a joke, this is not a scam, this is the REAL DEAL!” a post on the group’s Facebook page reads.

America First’s founders want to bring the American people together to be part of what will be a historic construction project, securing the southern border by slowing illegal immigration, reduce drug trafficking, and reducing the burden on federal coffers.

Trump’s Border Wall to Kick Off in San Diego California – Walls Up to 30 Feet High

thegatewaypundit ^ | Cristina Laila 

One of President Trump’s campaign promises was to build a wall along the border of the United States and Mexico to help curb illegal immigration and cartel violence and drugs which have been plaguing our country for years.

The wall is set to kick off in the San Diego border community of Otay Mesa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed Monday according to the San Diego Union Tribune. Although the construction is beginning with prototypes, there are documents revealing that wall construction will start in San Diego, CA.
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Trump travel ban defended by 15-state coalition led by Texas AG

FOX ^ | 10 April 2017 | Brooke Singman 

The Texas attorney general led a 15-state coalition Monday defending President Trump’s revised immigration order, amid lawsuits opposing the plan to halt immigration from six countries.

In a friend-of-the-court amicus brief to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, 13 other state attorneys general and Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, laid out constitutional and federal statutory provisions defending Trump’s authority. The attorneys general also defended Trump’s “lawful actions” to revise the executive order, which was blocked last month by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit.
“The president’s revised immigration order is constitutional, lawful, addresses the 9th Circuit’s concerns and is a vital step in securing our borders,” Paxton said in a statement. “A temporary pause in the national refugee program will give the government time to review and determine how we can improve the screening process for
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Sessions: Congress will fund Trump's border wall

The Hill ^ | April 11, 2017 | Olivia Beavers 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he expects Congress to fund President Trump's campaign promise of building a wall on the Mexican border.

"I know he's going to battle for that and I believe he will get funding for the wall, I can't imagine Congress to deny him that," Sessions said on Fox News' "Hannity." "It doesn't have to be every foot of the entire 1,700[-mile] border, we know that."
"We need a wall. A barrier multiplies the ability of our border patrol and customs officers to be effective. They tell me that and I know they've told you that in the past. This is the way to go, if we follow through on this, we can secure this border. It will be a historic thing and something that the border patrol and our ICE officers and our customs people are really excited about," added Sessions, who spoke with Customs and Border Patrol agents on the Mexican border earlier Tuesday.
Sessions also touted recent numbers from the Department of Homeland Security that show a recent drop in those detained crossing the border illegally.
“Can you believe that we've had the lowest number of entrance at the border in 17 years?” Sessions said.
Sessions echoed President Trump’s repeated campaign criticism that Obama did not do enough to secure the border.
“I knew strong presidential leadership, unlike the wishy-washiness we’ve in the past would impact the flow but not as much as we've seen already. The numbers are down 70 percent since President Obama left office. It's really a remarkable achievement,” Sessions added.
Sessions reiterated the necessity for a wall in order to properly police the border.
“We need a wall. A barrier multiplies the ability of our border patrol and customs officers to be effective…if we follow through on this, we can secure this border.”

Prototype Border Walls Will Be Built Near San Diego ^ | 11 Apr 2017 

The federal government will test 20 different prototype border walls near San Diego this summer, according to a Tuesday report in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The test walls will be built in the Otay Mesa community alongside the existing border walls, once the most promising proposals are selected in June, according to the newspaper.

Federal officials told the Associated Press that the prototype walls would be 30 feet high and 30 feet long, and will each cost between $200,000 to $500,000.

Democrats in the Senate are blocking President Donald Trump’s border-wall funding request for $1 billion dollars by April 28. Top GOP leaders are not fighting the Democrats’ obstruction, but are promising to fund construction of the border wall from October onwards.

DHS spokesman David Lapan said Tuesday that the agency is funding the test walls by transferring funds from other parts of the agency. The agency has permission from budget leaders in Congress to “reprogram” the existing funds, he said.
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If Tesla Is Worth More Than GM, Why Are Taxpayers Still Subsidizing It?

Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/11/2017 | Staff 

Motor City: The big news in the auto world was that Tesla topped the market value of General Motors. That means the car company that gets massive taxpayer subsidies is now worth more than the car company taxpayers bailed out a few years ago. Welcome to the world of crony capitalism.

On Monday, Tesla's stock closed at $312.39, which meant the startup electric car company, which sold a grand total of fewer than 80,000 cars last year, was worth more than GM, which sold 80,000 Chevy Silverados every eight weeks. (Tesla's market cap edged below GM's on Tuesday.)

Is this a case of irrational exuberance gripping investors? Or the electric car version of the 1990s internet bubble? Is the future of Tesla really that bright? We tend not to second guess the wisdom of the markets to get things right, at least over the long term.

But it's worth noting that whatever Tesla's growth potential, at the moment the company is heavily reliant on taxpayer support.
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