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Trump Ramps Up Hiring Of Border Police

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President Trump doesn’t yet have his “big, beautiful” border wall, but the administration is ramping up recruitment of border agents going into the new year in a bid to enhance security with more manpower – if not bricks and barbed wire.

Up until now, the White House’s fix to immigration issues has included Trump reversing many of his predecessor’s policies, increasing round-ups of illegal immigrants and restricting the number of refugees allowed into the country.

There has been some success: The number of people trying to sneak over the border has dropped to its lowest level in four decades. Illegal border crossings are down 24 percent, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s most recent statistics, released in December. During the government’s 2017 fiscal year, border agents made 310,531 arrests.

While construction of the highly touted border wall with Mexico still hasn’t started, the administration hopes to build on the statistical trendlines by carrying out a January executive order to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents.

To accelerate the hires, the federal government on Nov. 17 awarded a massive five-year, $297-million contract to a division of Accenture. Accenture will also be responsible for hiring 2,000 customs officers and 500 new agents for the Office of Air and Marine Operations.

The proposed hiring surge is the largest since the George W. Bush administration, when Congress funded an expansion of border enforcement following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The newest push to recruit 5,000 new agents, though, comes with its own set of pitfalls. Already, the union is concerned about a rush to hire amid concerns about corruption in the ranks.

“As long as the Border Patrol continues to place priority on the quantity of recruits rather than the quality of recruits, corruption within the Border Patrol will continue to be a problem,” the National Border Patrol Council told Fox News in a statement.

The administration enters this task at a disadvantage. The number of officers has actually dropped by 220 as the Border Patrol continues to struggle to meet minimal staffing quotas set by lawmakers. Congress requires a force of 21,370 agents – but an employee count in May revealed there were only 19,500 agents on the job. Making matters worse is that between 2013 and 2016, an average of 523 agents were hired while another 904 left.

According to former Department of Homeland Security watchdog John Roth, it takes more than nine months to hire one Border Patrol agent and about seven months to hire an ICE officer.

Roth told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in February that an audit “highlighted numerous bottlenecks in effective hiring” and there were “inadequate systems to track and process applicants” at DHS.

Critics argue that in order to meet the ambitious hiring goal, the applicant pool will be widened and standards could be sacrificed.

That’s what happened the last time the agency tried to up its workforce in the mid-2000s. More than 140 Customs and Border Protection agents have been arrested or convicted on corruption charges in the past 12 years, according to a joint analysis by the Center for Investigative Reporting and The Texas Tribune.

Corrupt officials gave sensitive information to cartels, accepted millions of dollars in bribes and derailed billions of dollars in surveillance measures.

To combat a spike in corruption, Congress mandated that all new recruits pass lie detector tests.

That didn’t work out so well.

The Associated Press reported in January that 65 percent of applicants failed the test – more than double the average rate of eight law enforcement agencies.

Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst for The Cato Institute, says a mass hire of agents isn’t an effective way to beef up border security – and that Congress should address DHS personnel issues “before hiring new agents or further lowering hiring standards.” He’s calling for more investigators instead.

“The most critical recommendation is hiring enough CBP-OPR investigators so the office is both entirely operational and has substantially reduced its backlog of cases,” he said.

But the Trump administration maintains more boots on the ground to patrol the borders is the way to go.

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Assange’s Freedom: A Blow to the Neo-Con and Neo-Liberal Elite

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In a surprising turn of events, Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, has been freed from prison, sending shockwaves through the political establishment. For years, Assange has been a thorn in the side of the global elite, exposing their secrets and lies to the world. Now, as he walks free, many on the right-wing populist side of the aisle are celebrating, while others, particularly those with skeletons in their closets, are trembling in fear.

The release of Julian Assange is a victory for truth and transparency. For too long, the powers that be have operated in the shadows, manipulating the masses and advancing their own agendas. Assange and WikiLeaks have been instrumental in shining a light on the dark underbelly of global politics, revealing the corruption and deceit that permeates our institutions.

However, not everyone is happy about Assange’s newfound freedom. Neo-cons and neo-liberals, who have long been in cahoots with the global elite, are terrified that their treasonous activities will be exposed. They fear that Assange’s release will lead to a flood of information that will expose their lies and destroy their carefully constructed narratives.

Take, for example, Mike Pence, the former Vice President of the United States. Pence, a known neo-conservative, has been a vocal opponent of Assange and WikiLeaks. Why? Because he knows that his own treasonous actions could be exposed. Pence has been accused of colluding with foreign powers and selling out the American people for his own gain. The release of Assange could be the final nail in the coffin for Pence and his ilk.

The truth is, the opposition to Assange’s release is not about national security or protecting classified information. It’s about protecting the interests of the global elite and their puppets in government. The neo-cons and neo-liberals are terrified of losing their grip on power, and they will do anything to silence those who threaten their reign.

But the people are waking up. They are tired of being lied to and manipulated. They are hungry for the truth, and they will not be silenced. The release of Julian Assange is a step in the right direction, but it is only the beginning. The fight for truth and transparency is far from over.

As a right-wing populist, I believe that the people have a right to know the truth about their leaders and the institutions that govern them. I believe that the global elite and their puppets in government should be held accountable for their actions. I believe that Julian Assange is a hero, and his release is a victory for the people.

So, to Mike Pence and all the other neo-cons and neo-liberals who oppose Assange’s release, I say this: The truth will come out, and you will be exposed for the traitors that you are. The people will not be silenced, and they will not be fooled. The fight for truth and transparency is just beginning, and we will not rest until justice is served.

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Nick Fuentes’ America First Populism Will Win

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In an era where the political landscape is dominated by establishment figures and grifters, Nick Fuentes emerges as a refreshing and unapologetic voice for America First populism. While many on the right pay lip service to putting America’s interests first, Fuentes is one of the few who consistently advocates for policies that prioritize the needs of the American people over the interests of foreign nations, particularly Israel.

Fuentes has been a vocal critic of the pro-Israel lobby’s influence on the Republican Party, arguing that it has led to a foreign policy that is often at odds with the interests of the American people. He has called out politicians who claim to be America First but support policies that benefit Israel at the expense of the United States, such as the massive aid package that the U.S. provides to Israel each year.

While some may dismiss Fuentes as a fringe figure, his message resonates with a growing number of Americans who are tired of the establishment’s empty promises and are looking for a leader who will truly put America’s interests first. Fuentes’ America First movement represents a rejection of the globalist agenda that has dominated both parties for decades and a return to a foreign policy that puts the needs of the American people above all else.

Fuentes’ uncompromising stance on Israel has earned him the ire of the pro-Israel establishment, but it has also won him the respect of many on the right who are tired of seeing their leaders kowtow to the demands of a foreign nation. As the America First movement continues to gain momentum, Fuentes’ message is likely to become increasingly mainstream, forcing the Republican Party to confront the issue of Israel’s influence on its foreign policy.

In the end, it is clear that Nick Fuentes represents the future of the America First movement, and his brand of populism is likely to win out over the grifters and establishment figures who surround Trump. While Trump may know where the real energy is, it is Fuentes who is leading the charge for a foreign policy that truly puts America’s interests first.

Trump would be wise to embrace Fuentes’ brand of America First populism, as it would likely result in even better results and increased popularity for his administration.

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Paul Ryan Committed Treason Against President Trump

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In a shocking revelation, it has come to light that former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was in possession of the infamous Steele Dossier long before it was made public. This bombshell information was uncovered by none other than former Trump official Kash Patel, who shared the details on Steve Bannon’s show, The War Room.

According to Patel, Paul Ryan had a copy of the Steele Dossier in his possession as early as 2016, while he was still serving as Speaker of the House. What makes this revelation even more damning is the fact that Ryan never disclosed this information to his Republican colleagues or to President Trump himself. Instead, he chose to keep it hidden, allowing the false narrative of Russian collusion to fester and grow.

This act of betrayal by Paul Ryan is nothing short of treasonous. By withholding vital information from the President and his team, Ryan actively contributed to the spread of lies and misinformation about Trump and his administration. This not only undermined the President’s ability to govern effectively, but it also eroded the trust of the American people in their elected officials.

The implications of Ryan’s actions are far-reaching and deeply disturbing. If a high-ranking member of the Republican Party can so easily betray the President and the American people, what does that say about the state of our democracy? It is clear that we must hold those in positions of power accountable for their actions, regardless of their political affiliation.

As we approach the 2024 election, it is more important than ever that we elect leaders who are committed to upholding the principles of truth, transparency, and accountability. Once President Trump is re-elected, he must act swiftly to make an example out of those who have betrayed the American people. Paul Ryan must face charges of treason for his actions, and justice must be served. Only then can we begin to heal the wounds inflicted upon our nation by those who sought to undermine our democracy for their own gain.

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