Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said President Donald Trump should not use emergency powers to build a wall or barrier on the southern border Friday morning. “The president is threatening emergency action, a national emergency declaration. I don’t think he should do that. I think it’s a bad precedent. And it contravenes the power of the purse that comes from the elected representatives of the people,” Grassley said in a CNBC “Squawk Box” interview.As Trump traveled to the southern border to meet with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to discuss border security, Republicans have been lobbying members of Congress to come to an agreement on a bill that would fund the government and protect the borders, which Grassley said Democrats need to come to a “compromise” on. “I don’t understand why there can’t be a compromise here,” Grassley continued. “We have so many senators and a lot … [Read more...] about Chuck Grassley Says Trump Should Not Use National Emergency Powers For Border Wall
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South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham asked President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall on the southern border after meeting with him Friday. “I just met with President Trump and his team. It’s clear to both of us that Democrats don’t want to make a deal and will never support border wall/barriers on President Trump’s watch, even though they did so in the past,” Graham said in a statement after meeting with Trump.“They hate President Trump more than they want to fix problems, even problems they acknowledged to be real and serious in the past. Democrats will do everything in their power to defeat Trump in 2020,” Graham continued. “Mr. President, declare a national emergency now. Build a wall now,” he said. Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham delivers remarks about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh during a mark up hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on … [Read more...] about After Meeting With Trump, Graham Says ‘Declare A National Emergency Now’
The Auto Alliance has urged President Donald Trump against shutting the border with Mexico in his immigration dispute with the U.S.'s southern neighbor, warning of "significant disruptions" were he to make good on his threats. The group, representing America's biggest automakers, put out a statement Wednesday titled "The Importance of Open Borders" in response to repeated comments by Trump that, unless Mexico takes greater action to curb undocumented migration, he will close the U.S. border. "Automakers rely heavily on cross-border trade throughout the North American region," the Auto Alliance statement said. In many instances, auto parts can cross the border multiple times before being integrated into the final assembly of a vehicle. "We urge all parties to work together to avert a border closing that would result in significant disruptions to the North American auto industry, because ultimately the costs of all this fall upon our customers and make it more difficult for them to … [Read more...] about American Automakers Urge Donald Trump Not to Shut Mexico Border, Warn of ‘Significant Disruptions’
From Tucson to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, it’s 126 miles of largely open road. There’s just one area where traffic is likely to slow down, right after the barely-there town of Why and just before you hit the park. There, a white canopy extends over the road with Border Patrol agents clustered underneath, away from the harsh desert sun. Cars are forced to slowdown at the checkpoint, answering questions by the agents. Dogs are there to sniff the cars for drugs and the agents’ eyes scan backseats looking for stowaways. It’s a jarring interruption for visitors en route to 330,689 acres of solitude, and one they’ll be forced to go through all over again on their way back to Tucson at another checkpoint on the eastern edge of the Tohono O’odam Nation. The two checkpoints are part of a decade-plus effort to harden the border, slowly turning the southern fringe of the U.S. into a de facto militarized zone. But the various fences, checkpoints, … [Read more...] about Trump’s Border Wall Could Destroy an Icon of the American Southwest
A new US-backed military offensive against Islamist militants in Somalia could undermine the massive international effort to help millions of people threatened by the worst drought there in more than 40 years, aid officials in the unstable east African state fear. More than £50m has been raised by individual donors in the UK and the British government has contributed another £110m to help avert hundreds of thousands of deaths in Somalia. More than six million people there are in need of immediate assistance, with half of them facing famine. British officials in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, said that the effort was “unprecedented”. The UN target of raising $835m (£654m) has largely been met, raising hopes that a repeat of the tragedy of the 2011 famine, which killed 250,000 people in the country, will be averted. However, aid workers in Somalia warn that any significant offensive, especially if accompanied by the use of air power, could have a … [Read more...] about Trump’s offensive to ‘wipe out’ al-Shabaab threatens more pain for Somalis
In the historic centre of Ferrara, an imposing statue of Girolamo Savonarola confronts passersby. Savonarola, a local boy, was a 15th-century preacher of fire and brimstone, making his name denouncing secular vanity, pagan idols and the corruption of clerical elites. The monument hails him as “the scourge of corrupt and slavish times, full of vice and tyrants”. Savonarola was hanged for his troubles in 1498, but his brooding, disruptive presence in modern Ferrara seemed apt this month as the city, in northern Italy, hosted a group of modern iconoclasts with their own mission to “clean up” the country. On a bitterly cold evening, MPs and senators representing the Five Star Movement (M5S), launched by Beppe Grillo, the comedian-turned-political rabble rouser, implored a packed piazza to use a referendum on the constitution on Sunday 4 December to send the prime minister, Matteo Renzi, packing. Renzi, the telegenic, youthful leader of the centre-left Democratic … [Read more...] about First Brexit then Trump. Is Italy next for the west’s populist wave?