Politics Team Trump urges GOP to raise the border alarm 'from 3 to 10'
Officials say ballots safe after alarm at elections facility
ATLANTA (AP) — An alarm linked to a motion sensor inside a warehouse in Atlanta where ballots from last year's election are stored went off over the weekend but the ballots remained secure, officials said Tuesday. The alarm at the Fulton County elections warehouse went off Saturday, and county Sheriff Patrick Labat said his office is investigating what triggered the motion sensor on the second floor. Answering questions from reporters during a news conference, Labat said he “absolutely would” call it a false alarm. © Provided by Associated Press Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat, center, speaks to the media Tuesday afternoon, June 1, 2021 in Atlanta.
They’ve issued press releases, given floor speeches, even made a few visits to Texas, but congressional Republicans haven’t seized on the threat of illegal immigration across the border with the urgency to satisfy Team Trump.
Now former President Donald Trump and a top adviser are calling on House and Senate Republicans to start sounding alarms about the historic crisis that they believe will draw attention to how successful Trump’s border agenda was.
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“The Republican Party needs to turn this up from a three to 10 on the attention and emotion scale,” said Stephen Miller, the architect of Trump’s immigration policies.
In an interview after the Customs and Border Protection reported that a record 180,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended in May, Miller said, “There needs to be massive public engagement at every single level. It really is about the survival of the country.”
Trump is also urging stepped-up attention on the issue, which he made a cornerstone of his winning 2016 presidential campaign. Miller said Trump will be using political appearances leading up to the 2022 midterm elections to draw attention to the issue.
“You're going to increasingly see him going out and directly engaging with people,” said Miller, adding that it is the former president’s way around social media bans to make his voice heard.
'We get the brunt': In Texas border towns in the Rio Grande Valley, life intertwines with migrant surge
The Rio Grande Valley has been the backdrop of the migration surge. And for local officials, taking care of migrant families has been a priority.Vareli, 6, checked the photo and her eyes lit up with joy as her black face mask, with the phrase “grateful” printed on it, hid her smile. Her mother nodded approvingly before continuing her conversation with a woman sitting next to her on the maroon bench at the bus station in downtown McAllen.
“That's one thing you still can't shut down in this country, although Lord knows people are trying to. But I think he will increasingly use his gifts as an orator to go out and engage with the public about these issues, and he's gonna have a big part in a Republican win in 2022,” Miller said.
Winning control of the House and Senate, he said, is key to handcuffing the Biden administration’s moves to dismantle Trump’s immigration policies and open the door to more immigration.
Miller said that once back in control, Republicans can use “riders” on spending bills to block President Joe Biden from using money for the Department of Homeland Security and other immigration agencies to ease entry rules, end deportations, and settle migrants nationwide.
The former president and his advisers also believe that with the swift reversal of Trump’s border policies that has led to the highest invasion of migrants in 20 years, the public will see that the former administration’s policies were effective.
US envoy: Syrians face 'senseless cruelty' if border is shut
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The closure of a final humanitarian border crossing into Syrian could cause “senseless cruelty” to millions of Syrians, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Friday, renewing a call for the U.N. Security Council to extend authorization for the delivery of cross-border humanitarian assistance. U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield made the comments at the end of a three-day visit to Turkey, which included a trip to the Bab al-Hawa border crossing — the sole remaining access point for humanitarian aid to enter conflict-ravaged Syria.
“It wasn't hyperbole, all the horrible things we said would happen if we stopped enforcing our laws. People are now seeing it with their own eyes,” Miller said.
“He truly was Samson holding up the whole structure, wasn’t he?” Miller said. “In other words, you look at what was out there in the world, the disaster just waiting to happen as soon as somebody began pulling bricks out of the structure. Look at how quickly the whole house fell down overnight. So I hope people really understand what President Trump did for them.”
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Biden RETURNS $2billion set aside for Trump's border wall .
The Biden administration is returning $2 billion set aside for Donald Trump's signature border wall and calling on Congress to cancel other funding, despite a surge in people trying to cross illegally. President Joe Biden suspended construction when he took power but his new plan falls short of canceling it altogether.Instead, it ends fast track provisions.'Building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border and costs American taxpayers billions of dollars is not a serious policy solution or responsible use of Federal funds,' said the White House Office of Management and Budget (O.M.B).