Push Back: Border Wall Funding Found; Free Speech on Campus or else

Push Back:

Border Wall Funding Found; Free Speech on Campus or else

Pentagon identifies $12.8 billion in funding for the wall

The money will come from funds already allocated for various military construction projects in the states.

By Rick Moran

The Pentagon has identified $12.8 billion in military construction spending that could be used to fund the building of a wall on the southern border.

The money has already been appropriated but not spent and is targeted for various stateside military facilities.  It’s unclear which projects would be affected.

Washington Examiner:

It’s a question of priorities.  Should building a new PX at a Georgia military base be given a higher priority than building a wall?  That’s the Pentagon’s reasoning, and, given the president’s declaration of a national emergency, it’s not a hard call.

Not all the projects will be scrapped.  Some may be delayed; other long-term projects could see reduced funding on a year-to-year basis.  The allocation of money is somewhat at the discretion of the secretary.

The point is, the money is there whenever Trump wants to use it.  There will no doubt be temporary court injunctions to prevent any construction immediately, but with the emergency declaration, the delay is not likely to be a long one.

Pentagon identifies $12.8 billion in funding for the wall
Mar 20, 2019 01:00 am

CNN Stunned to Find Pro-Trump Latinos: We Want ‘Longer and Taller’ Wall

 

Executive Order: Free Speech on Campus or No $$$

Donald Trump Demands Universities Comply with Free Speech Requirements to Receive Federal Grants

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday requiring universities receiving federal grants to certify that they follow free speech principles.

“The president strongly supports free speech,” a senior administration told reporters during a briefing on the upcoming order. “American institutions of higher education should support open intellectually engaging debate, which is critical to creating the next generation of successful leaders and thinkers.”

The order directs twelve federal grant-making agencies and the Office of Management and Budget to ensure that schools receiving federal research or education grants uphold the First Amendment and principles of free inquiry. The order will not apply to student aid, the official confirmed.

All universities already follow certain criteria to get federal aid, and the president’s order will include free speech on campus as one of the requirements.

“Agencies will enforce the order how they are already enforcing grant conditions,” the official said, who confirmed that the new requirements would take several weeks to implement.

The president signed his executive order on free speech on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

 

Exec Order: Free Speech on Campus or No $$$…

Report: Trump Could Save Billions by Ending ‘Press 2 for Spanish’

 

Is Trump embracing Brazil to teach Germany a lesson?
Mar 20, 2019 01:00 am
Are we about to have a new NATO member?

ADL: Extremist Killings DOWN 39% Under Trump

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Political Cartoon: Border Wall Funding is much less than Welfare for Non-Citizens

Political Cartoon:

Border Wall funding is much less than Welfare for Non-Citizens

No Crumbs for You

According to the latest figures, The cost of not having a wall is much more expensive than building a wall when you figure in welfare, healthcare, and housing for illegals. Pelosi remains blind. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

More A.F. Branco cartoons at FlagAnd Cross.com here.

National Security Facts, Border Wall National Emergency vs Democratic Party and Mainstream Media Censorship

National Security:

UPDATE:

President Trump’s response to the Senate national emergency vote

Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signed a resolution to disapprove of President Donald J. Trump’s national emergency for the crisis on our southern border.

The President had a one-word response for the Democrat-led bill: “VETO!”

The stakes couldn’t be clearer, as Vice President Mike Pence laid out in an interview with Fox News. “A vote against the President’s national emergency declaration is a vote to deny the humanitarian and security crisis that’s happening at our southern border.”

This morning, three state Attorneys General explained the Constitutional authority President Trump used in declaring the national emergency. “Unlike President Barack Obama, who unlawfully used executive power to create new laws or rewrite laws Congress enacted, President Trump is lawfully using executive power to address a crisis worsened by CONGRESSIONAL INACTION,” Ken Paxton (R-TX), Curtis Hill (R-IN), and Jeff Landry (R-LA) write.

Border Wall National Emergency vs Democratic Party and Mainstream Media

Top 5 Border Falsehoods Pushed by Congressional Democrats and the Media

Illegal immigration is not compassionate. It’s inhumane, unjust, and cruel. ~President Donald J. Trump

Left-wing Policies: ” [A] fervid but false solicitude [“compassion”] for the unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery, and then enslave them. ~David O. McKay

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke before Congress yesterday about the security and humanitarian crisis on our southern border. Acknowledging that such a crisis exists would make Democrats accountable for working with President Trump to solve it. Their leaders have already gone on the record to say they will not.

Instead, they hope to keep a lid on the ugly, painful truths behind America’s broken immigration system. It is important to set the record straight.

MYTH #1: There is no crisis at the border.

FACT: We continue to face a surge in illegal immigration that has brought the border crisis to a breaking point.

  • There has been a massive surge in illegal migrants arriving at our border, with more than 76,000 apprehended or deemed inadmissible at a port of entry last month—the most of any February during the past 12 years.
  • This fiscal year, U.S. Border Patrol has seen a 97 percent increase in apprehensions compared to the same time period last year.
  • Even before this recent surge, former President Obama called the situation at our southern border “a humanitarian crisis” as early as 2014.

MYTH #2: The problem at the border used to be much worse.

FACT: Today, we face an unprecedented number of illegal immigrants that loopholes prevent from being returned quickly to their home countries.

  • The makeup of illegal immigration has completely changed from previous years. Now, record numbers of family units and minors are arriving at our border, and legal loopholes force them to be released into the interior of the country. Human smugglers know this, and these criminal enterprises routinely exploit these loopholes to smuggle children across the border as leverage.
  • By contrast, in FY 2000, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) apprehensions were primarily single adults and, as such, 95 percent of those apprehended were repatriated within hours.
  • Apprehensions of family unit aliens and Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) have surged by 338 percent and 54 percent respectively this year.

MYTH #3: A wall wouldn’t help because drugs are coming through ports of entry.

FACT: Not only do we not know the amount of drugs smuggled between ports of entry, but building the wall will help free up more resources to seize the drugs coming in.

  • Obviously, there are more drug seizures at ports of entry that are manned by security than remote areas of the border with limited law enforcement presence. That doesn’t mean drugs aren’t coming in between ports of entry.
  • A physical barrier allows law enforcement personnel on the ground to carry out their missions more safely and effectively, preventing more deadly drugs and criminals from crossing our border in undermanned areas.

MYTH #4: Law enforcement such as ICE and U.S. Border Patrol are the villains in this story.

FACT: The real villains are the vile cartels and smugglers who exploit loopholes in our immigration laws for their own horrific gain. Law enforcement is the front line against them.

  • The brave men and women who enforce our immigration laws and secure our border are working tirelessly to keep our communities safe.
  • The cartels have devastated American communities with deadly drug supplies.
  • The smugglers who profit from our weak borders and immigration laws have subjected migrants to horrific violence and abuse. Our border officers are the ones fighting to stop them.
  • Secretary Nielsen testified on March 6 that law enforcement must give pregnancy tests to all migrant girls 10 years or older as a result of regular sexual assault from smugglers and others on their journey.
  • One-third of the women making the trek to our border become victims of rape or other forms of sexual abuse.

MYTH #5: President Trump’s executive action on the border is overreaching, similar or worse to President Obama’s.

FACT: President Trump’s exercise of executive power is categorically different from the kind President Obama used to circumvent existing immigration law. 

  • President Trump acted under the clear authority provided under the National Emergencies Act to address the crisis at the border.
  • This is the literal and exact opposite of President’s Obama’s orders invalidating Congressional statute. President Obama violated Congressionally enacted law by effectively awarding lawful presence to those living in the country illegally and granting them affirmative immigration benefits—contravening a variety of clear-cut provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act (such as 8 U.S.C. §1101, 1158, 1226, 1229b, 1231, 1325, and 1326).
  • Beyond violating the INA, the whole thrust of President Obama’s action was to facilitate activity Congress had expressly outlawed (e.g., illegal entry, illegal work, etc.).
  • By contrast, President Trump is fulfilling his core Article II duties to enforce our duly passed immigration laws and prevent foreign nationals from violating those laws en masse. Whereas President Obama could not find a single statute authorizing his Administration to issue DACA/DAPA (because none existed), President Trump’s emergency declaration is an explicit and straightforward invocation of authority delegated to the President by Congress.
  • Far from unprecedented, 60 national emergencies have been declared since Congress passed the National Emergencies Act in 1976, and 32 are still in effect today. The President’s Emergency declaration enforces existing law and carries out his sworn duty to uphold U.S. sovereignty and national security.

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/top-5-border-falsehoods-pushed-congressional-democrats-media/

 

Critical Thinking Topics: Judgment and Decision Making

Critical Thinking Topics:

Judgment and Decision Making

Discernment

Sometimes people feel that it is wrong to judge others in any way. While it is true that you should not condemn others or judge them unrighteously, you will need to make judgments of ideas, situations, and people throughout your life.

The Lord has given many commandments that you cannot keep without making judgments. For example, He has said: “Beware of false prophets. . . . Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15-16) and “Go ye out from among the wicked” (D&C 38:42). You need to make judgments of people in many of your important decisions, such as choosing friends, voting for government leaders, and choosing an eternal companion.

Judgment is an important use of your agency [free will] and requires great care, especially when you make judgments about other people. All your judgments must be guided by righteous standards.

Remember that only God, who knows each individual’s heart, can make final judgments of individuals. (Revelation 20:12; 3 Nephi 27:14; D&C 137:9)

How to Make Righteous Judgments

Your righteous judgments about others can provide needed guidance for them and, in some cases, protection for you and your family. Approach any such judgment with care and compassion.

As much as you can, judge people’s situations rather than judging the people themselves. Whenever possible, refrain from making judgments until you have an adequate knowledge of the facts. Always be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, who can guide your decisions. True to the Faith, 90-91

How Do We “Judge Righteous Judgment”?

By Tyler J. Griffin

Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture, Brigham Young University

Jesus is not telling us never to judge. He is commanding us to make sure the judgments we make are righteous.

Have you ever been in a situation where somebody tried to correct another person by saying, “Judge not, that ye be not judged”? (Matthew 7:1). Few of Jesus’s teachings are more widely known than this one. Unfortunately, this phrase is not always correctly understood or applied. Our ability to benefit from this command will increase as we examine how Jesus Christ used it in His teachings and how His prophets have reiterated it through time.

In the Joseph Smith Translation of Matthew 7, we read, “Judge not unrighteously, that ye be not judged; but judge righteous judgment” (Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 7:2 [in Matthew 7:1, footnote a]).

According to Joseph Smith’s addition to this passage in Matthew, Jesus is not telling us never to judge. He is commanding us to make sure the judgments we make are righteous.

Our Judgments of People

Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught, “God cares a lot more about who we are and who we are becoming than about who we once were.”5

Our own sins and lack of perfect understanding disqualify us from being able to pass final judgments on anyone, including ourselves. We must, however, make constant intermediate judgments. We are to righteously judge actions, not condemn people.

 

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Critical Thinking Definition: Discernment and Judgment

Push Back: Abuse-of-Power Witch Hunt to end? Taxpayer Funded Congressional Pensions to end? GOP bill vs. Infanticide

Push Back:

Abuse-of-Power Witch Hunt to end?

John Dowd Says Mueller Probe Will Clear Trump

“There’s no basis. There’s no exposure. It’s been a terrible waste of time.” ~John Dowd

John Dowd, who once headed Donald Trump’s legal team, is predicting the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller will clear the president.

Dowd made his comments to ABC News in an interview for an episode of “The Investigation,” a new podcast centered on Mueller’s probe.

“I know exactly what (Mueller) has,” Dowd said. “I know exactly what every witness said, what every document said. I know exactly what he asked. And I know what the conclusion or the result is.”

He added: “There’s no basis. There’s no exposure. It’s been a terrible waste of time.”

“I don’t think there’ll be a report. I will be shocked if anything regarding the president is made public, other than ‘We’re done.’”

Fraud

Mueller used FBI SWAT tactics when arresting Roger Stone, Some say that is a bit overkill for such a small fish. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

More A.F. Branco Cartoons at The Daily Torch.

Dowd called the investigation “one of the greatest frauds this country’s ever seen.”

While on the job, Dowd said he provided Mueller’s office with extensive documents, but put his foot down when it came to a possible special counsel interview with Trump.

Dowd said he did not want to establish a precedent by permitting the interview.

“You cannot treat the president like anybody,” he said.

And he called the indictments stemming from the probe “nickel-dime process crimes.”

“I ran big corruption cases,” he said. “I didn’t go around, picking scabs and just making any case I could make.”

He offered the advice for Mueller: “Your job is to find out if there’s collusion or there was obstruction. And the answer’s ‘no,’ so let’s get on with it.”

Ex-Trump Lawyer Dowd: Mueller Won’t Issue a Report

Report: Senate Intel Panel to Conclude No Evidence of Trump-Russia Conspiracy

GOP bill vs. Infanticide

Born-Alive Infant Protection Act vs. Infanticide

“We must build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life. All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God,” he said. “Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven.” ~President Donald Trump

House Republicans Re-Introduce Born-Alive Act to Protect Babies from Infanticide

Missouri Republican Rep. Ann Wagner re-introduced a bill Wednesday that would protect babies born alive after abortion from infanticide.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) asked for unanimous consent for the House to consider the bill.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would ensure any infant born alive following an abortion receives the same medical care and protection the law gives any newborn baby.

Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana – who originally co-sponsored the legislation when it was introduced previously – will bring a resolution that provides for floor consideration of Wagner’s bill. The two Republicans would force a vote in the House after 30 legislative days if no action is taken.

“Innocent life must be defended and protected at every stage, and that includes babies born alive during an abortion,” said Scalise in a statement. “We must immediately extend legal protections to these vulnerable newborns and prosecute any doctor who would leave them to die.”

Scalise added he began the process of forcing a vote on the bill “especially after horrific actions taken in New York and Virginia to permit infanticide.”

“The silence from Congressional Democrats is deafening and shameful,” Scalise continued. “Every Member of Congress, regardless of party, needs to go on record against infanticide, and we must immediately take action to stop it. The American people deserve to know where their representatives stand on this critical issue.”

House Republicans Re-Introduce Born-Alive Act to Protect Babies from Infanticide

Trump Standing O at National Prayer Breakfast

“We must build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life. All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God,” he said. “Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven.”

Cuomo’s Popularity Plummets After Abortion Law

Taxpayer Funded Congressional Pensions to end?

Time to End Taxpayer Funded Congressional Pensions

Sens. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced legislation on Tuesday to end taxpayer-funded congressional pensions. Braun contends that this legislation would help drain the D.C. swamp.

Ben Garrison

Sens. Braun and Scott introduced the End Pensions in Congress (EPIC) Act on Tuesday. Lawmakers can receive a taxpayer-funded pension if they work in Congress for five years and their pension can rise even higher depending on their years of service and average of the highest three years of salary.

Braun and Scott’s bill would eliminate the congressional pension.

Sen Braun said in a press release on Tuesday that this bill will help drain the swamp. The Hoosier conservative also said that he would donate his pension to Hoosier charities if Washington bureaucrats force him to accept the pension.

Braun, Scott Introduce Legislation to End Taxpayer-Funded Congressional Pensions

National Security, Border Wall

State of Texas Considers Building Its Own Border Wall

Texas Lawmakers Propose State Wall Funding…

U.S. to Purchase Iron Dome Missile Defense System from Israel

 

Socialism Fails

’We are BORN FREE, will STAY FREE… America will NEVER be a socialist country’ ~President Donald Trump

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Bolsonaro: Erase ‘Marxist Rubbish’ from Brazilian Colleges

EXCLUSIVE – Hungary: E.U. Wrong to Push Aside Christianity, Nat’l Identity

‘God Is Not Neutral’: Hispanic Celebrities Criticize Pope over Venezuela Stance

Culture Wars

Florida School Hires Armed Combat Vets to Protect Students, Teachers

Job Openings Dispel Fears That Metals Tariffs Have Hurt U.S. Workers

…Parent of Parkland Victim: President Trump Delivering on School Safety

National Security: Border Wall gives US Crime Prevention

National Security:

Border Wall gives US Crime Prevention

 What about “put an end to stoppable crime and drugs!” do the democrats not understand?

Donald Trump: ‘Build a Wall & Crime Will Fall!’

Charlie Spiering

President Donald Trump tested a new slogan Wednesday on Twitter, promoting his idea to build a wall on the southern border.

“BUILD A WALL & CRIME WILL FALL!” he wrote. “This is the new theme, for two years until the Wall is finished (under construction now), of the Republican Party.”

The president commented as the partial government shutdown showdown continues into its 33rd day.

“Use it and pray!” Trump wrote, referring to the slogan.

Despite the president’s attempt to work out a deal with Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to budge, demanding the president unconditionally reopen the government.

Trump said that Republicans were still united in the standoff.

“Great unity in the Republican Party. Want to, once and for all, put an end to stoppable crime and drugs!” he wrote. “Border Security and Wall. No doubt!”

 

Trump: ‘Build a Wall & Crime Will Fall!’

 

Political Cartoon: Pelosi, Trump, and State of the Union

Political Cartoon:

Pelosi, Trump, and State of the Union

We’re Talking Peanuts

 

Pelosi says Trump is not welcome to give State of the Union Address at the House of Representatives due to security concerns caused by the shutdown, Trump responds by canceling her overseas trip for the same reason. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

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Good News: Walls around the World, Walls WORK

Good News:

Walls around the World, Walls WORK

If there is no border crisis, why don’t democrats go down to the border without bodyguards?

Jim Acosta Makes the Case for the Wall!

Acosta, the gnat, tweeted this: “I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today.”

This clown does not realize that he is making the case for a wall! The reason that there aren’t any illegals and the reason there isn’t a crisis is because there’s a steel slat wall, and he’s standing right next to it! No one is there because there is a wall there!

PHOTOS: From Vatican Walls to Obama’s Fence, 20 Barriers Around the World

 

As President Trump requests full funding for a border wall along the United States-Mexico border, elected Democrats continue to claim that walls are “immoral” and “racist.”

Vatican 1

From the walls surrounding Vatican City to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) iron fence, below,  Breitbart News breaks down 20 walls, fences, and barriers from around the world.

  1. The Walls of Vatican City and St. Peter’s Square

Though Pope Francis has routinely blasted the enforcement of

vatican

international borders, Vatican City and St. Peter’s Square are completely walled off from Italy.

 

  1. wall-hillary’s home

    Hillary Clinton’s House Privacy Fence in Chappaqua

 

3. Israel’s Border Wall

wall-Israel

Israel has had one of the most effective border fences and walls in the world, decreasing illegal immigration to the country by 100 percent after it was constructed and built.

  1. Hollywood’s Walled Off Awards Shows

When Hollywood’s elite have their annual awards shows, such asthe Academy Awards (Oscars), they have automatic guaranteed security at their ceremonies. Pictured below, the Oscars keep pedestrians and bystanders out of the general area by erecting tall chain link fences around the grounds of the red carpet. The fencing around the borders keeps celebrities safe.

  1. North Carolina’s Supermax Prison Fence

6. Obama Home Backyard Brick Barrier

Wall Obama home

7.The 2016 Democratic National Convention’s Security Walls

Though failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke out against border walls for the U.S., her 2016 Democratic National Convention made sure to keep protesters and Bernie Sanders supporters out of the general area by erecting steel and iron fences. Sanders supporters can be seen standing plastered outside the barriers where police and guards stood opposite, ensuring no person made it past the fence.

10. Hungary’s Migrant Crisis Fix 

Wall Hungary

Perhaps no other European nation has a border as secure as Hungary. The populist-nationalist Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, decided to fully guard his country’s borders with this fence as a response to the continent’s migrant crisis.

  1. Bill Gates’ Gates

Tech billionaire Bill Gates professes a globalist worldview, but his own home off of Lake Washington has not only giant gates guarding it from outsiders, but also is meticulously surrounded by natural barriers like trees, hedges, and water.

15. Royal Gates of Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth II is securely protected by royal guards and a beautiful fence outside her working residence at Buckingham Palace, London, England. Tourists on the street must view the palace from behind the fence, which is adorned with detailed sculpted columns and the Royal Family’s crest.

16. Bill de Blasio’s Brick Wall

Wall, DeBlasio, NY

For a self-professed liberal, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) sure enjoys the protection that comes with having a brick wall around his home, Gracie Mansion, on the Upper East Side. These photos show how de Blasio’s house is completely secured by a brick wall and iron gates.

18. Paul Ryan’s Personal Sovereignty

Despite former House Speaker Paul Ryan’s admiration for open borders, when it comes to his own living quarters, he prefers personal security and sovereignty. Ryan’s Wisconsin home is surrounded by a fence and brick columns, coupled with a natural barrier.

19. Bulgaria’s Border Fence

Similar to Hungary, Bulgaria has erected a border fence on the Bulgarian-Turkish border to prevent illegal immigration. Both barriers are lined along the top with barbed wire and guarded by border patrol.

20. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Mansion

Fence, Wall, Cuomo NY

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has spoken out against border walls for the U.S., but when it comes to his personal security, he prefers iron gates and fences. At this governor’s mansion in Albany, New York, Cuomo enjoys security and protection thanks to a chain link fence and sculptured iron gates.

MORE HERE:

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/01/14/photos-from-vatican-walls-to-obamas-fence-20-barriers-around-the-world/

 

Abuse of Power Report: Media Bias censors Angel Families

Abuse of Power:

Media Bias censors Angel Families

Silence of the Moms: Media Refuses to Discuss Angel Families, Victims of Illegal Alien Crimes

Since January 1, neither CNN nor MSNBC has booked a single “Angel Mom” — mothers of children brutally murdered by illegal aliens — as guests on their networks, per an analysis conducted by the Republican National Committee (RNC).

The RNC told Breitbart News it has tracked both networks since the beginning of the year as they intensely bash President Donald Trump over the government shutdown that is now the longest ever in the history of the United States. Since the turn of the year to 2019 from 2018, neither network has conducted a single interview with any family members of victims of illegal alien crimes.

The Angel Moms, or Angel Families, are the surviving family members of those Americans who were tragically killed by illegal aliens. Their plight is a particularly vivid illustration of the effects of unfettered illegal immigration. Had the federal government enforced immigration law and removed the illegal aliens who committed these heinous crimes before they committed them, the crimes never would have happened and their loved ones would presumably still be alive today.

Funny how the Democrat’s daily talking points regarding the border are in lockstep with the mainstream media, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NYT, WaPo, etc right down to the same wording and phrasing. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

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Silence of the Moms: Media Refuses to Discuss Angel Families, Victims of Illegal Alien Crimes

Political Cartoon: Democrat Politicians vs. National Security

Political Cartoon:

Democrat Politicians vs. National Security

Blind Ambition

The saga continues; Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer are blinded by politics and their hate for President Trump in regard to border security and Protecting U.S. citizens. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

More A.F. Branco Cartoons at The Daily Torch

 

Growing Number of Democrats Want to Negotiate with Trump on Border Wall