Reports: Trump offered to pardon Homeland Security head if law broken while closing border
Christal Hayes USA TODAY
Published 5:56 PM EDT Apr 12, 2019
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump reportedly offered to pardon Kevin McAleenan, the acting Homeland Security secretary, if he violated the law and was arrested for blocking entry into the U.S. along the southern border, CNN and The New York Times reported.
The news outlets, quoting anonymous administration officials, reported that the conversation happened last week when Trump traveled to the border in Calexico, California. At the time, McAleenan was the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. Trump tapped him to head DHS after Sunday’s resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen.
While touring the border, Trump told McAleenan to close the border and he “would pardon him if he ever went to jail for denying US entry to migrants,” CNN reported. The Times reported the conversation centered on closing the entirety of the southwest border, not just migrants seeking entry.
Both CNN and the Times say it was unclear whether the president’s comments were a joke, as they happened just one day after Trump backed away from threats to close the border.
In a statement, DHS pushed back on the reports.
“At no time has the President indicated, asked, directed or pressured the Acting Secretary to do anything illegal,” the department said in a statement. “Nor would the Acting Secretary take actions that are not in accordance with our responsibility to enforce the law.”
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Trump had said there was a “very good likelihood” that he would close the border due to the flow of migrants that travel through Mexico and head toward the U.S. He backed away from the idea after sharp blowback from business groups and Republicans on Capitol Hill. A closure would disrupt the flow of roughly $1.5 billion in daily trade.
Instead, Trump suggested his administration would slap tariffs on autos long before it considered sealing the nation off from its southern neighbor. “I don’t think we’ll ever have to close the border,” Trump said in the Oval Office last week.
During his trip to the border, Trump said Mexico has responded to his threats to close the southern border with an unprecedented effort to monitor cross-border activity, claiming Mexico was “now apprehending people by the thousands” at their southern border.
The president also had a blunt message to migrants heading for the U.S.
“Our country is full,” Trump told border agents and elected officials. “Can’t take you anymore. I’m sorry. Turn around. That’s the way it is.”
In March, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 92,000 immigrants trying to cross the border illegally, a 12-year high, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Tuesday.
Of those, 92,607 immigrants were apprehended at the border – the highest monthly total since April 2007, when 104,465 immigrants were stopped trying to enter the country illegally.
Of those apprehended in March, 30,555 were single adults, 8,975 were unaccompanied children and 53,077 were family units, primarily from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
The number of family units apprehended is an all-time high.
Contributing: David Jackson, Michael Collins and John Fritze
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Published 5:56 PM EDT Apr 12, 2019
Reports: Trump offered to pardon Homeland Security head if law broken while closing border
President Trump posted a photo of his paycheck to Twitter on Monday, revealing that the money would be donated to the Department of Homeland Security.
President Trump on Monday revealed he donated a quarter of his $400,000 salary to the Department of Homeland Security.
“While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security,” Trump tweeted. “If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA!”
Trump posted a photo of the check, which was dated March 12 and paid to the order of the Department of Homeland Security. It was signed by Trump, whose address was listed as Trump Tower on New York City’s Fifth Avenue.
It was not immediately clear for what quarter the paycheck stems from, but the White House in January said Trump donated his salary from the third quarter of 2018 to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
While a candidate for the presidency in 2016, Trump pledged not to accept the $400,000 annual presidential salary, which, by law, must be paid out.
So Trump has donated the quarterly payments to various federal departments and agencies — including the departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Transportation and Veterans Affairs, among others.
Homeland Security is comprised of several different agencies or organizations that focus on securing the U.S. and its citizens. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are among those included under the department umbrella.
Fox News’ Madeline Fish and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
He later made several amendments to that section of his application, known as an SF86. His aides at the time insisted he had omitted those meetings inadvertently.
Mr. Kushner initially operated with a provisional clearance as his background check proceeded.
In an entry to Mr. Kushner’s personnel file on Sept. 15, 2017, the head of the personnel security division, Carl Kline, wrote, “Per conversation with WH Counsel the clearance was changed to interim Top Secret until we can confirm that the DOJ or someone else actually granted a final clearance. This action is out of an abundance of caution because the background investigation has not been completed.”
In a statement to The Times when Mr. Kushner received the clearance last year, Mr. Lowell said that “his application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and underwent the normal process,” Mr. Lowell said.
During a review of security clearances in February 2018 that was prompted by the controversy surrounding the then-White House staff secretary, Rob Porter, who had been accused of domestic abuse, Mr. Kushner’s clearance was downgraded from interim top secret to secret, limiting his access to classified information. At the time, Mr. Kelly wrote a five-page memo, revoking temporary clearances that had been in place since June 1, 2017.
That affected both Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump, who told friends and advisers that they believed that Mr. Kelly and Mr. McGahn were targeting them for petty reasons instead of legitimate concerns flagged by officials.
Both complained to the president about the situation, current and former administration officials said. In Mr. Kushner’s case, Mr. Trump would often turn to other aides and say in frustration, “Why isn’t this getting done?” according to a former administration official. On at least one occasion, the president asked another senior official if the person could sort out the issue. That official said no, according to this account.
Mr. Kelly did not believe it was appropriate to overrule the security clearance process and had brushed aside or avoided dealing with Mr. Kushner’s requests, a former administration official said. Mr. Kelly did not respond to a request for comment.
By PoliZette Staff|March 18, 2019
President Donald Trump on Monday exposed that he donated the latest installment of his $400,000 income to the Division of Homeland Security, as Fox Information reported.”While the press does not like discussing it, neither do I require them to, I donate my yearly
presidential income of$400,000.00 to various companies throughout the year
, this to Homeland Protection,”Trump tweeted.” If I really did not do it there would be hell to pay from the PHONY INFORMATION MEDIA!”Trump additionally published a photo of the check itself, which was dated March 12, 2019. While
journalism does not like covering it, neither do I require them to, I donate my yearly Governmental income of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Protection. If I didn’t do it there would be heck to pay from the PHONY INFORMATION MEDIA! pic.twitter.com/xqIGUOwh4x
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019 It was paid to the order of the Division of Homeland
Safety and security. Trump signed it; his address was listed as Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
The White Home claimed in January that Trump donated his wage from the 3rd quarter of 2018 to the National Institute on Alcoholic Abuse as well as Alcoholism.
While he was competing president in 2016, Trump promised not to accept the $400,000 yearly governmental salary.
It must, by legislation, be paid out to the head of state of the United States.
Trump has contributed the quarterly repayments he’s gotten to various government departments and companies.
Homeland Safety and security includes a number of various firms or organizations that focus on safeguarding the U.S. and its people.
Citizenship and also Migration Solutions (USCIS), the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, Transport Safety And Security Management (TSA), Migration as well as Customs Enforcement (ICE), and also Federal Emergency Administration Agency (FEMA) are amongst those that are included under the department umbrella.
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President Donald Trump on Monday revealed that he donated the latest installment of his $400,000 salary to the Department of Homeland Security, as Fox News reported.
“While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security,” Trump tweeted.
“If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA!”
Trump also posted a photograph of the check itself, which was dated March 12, 2019.
While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security. If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA! pic.twitter.com/xqIGUOwh4x
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019
It was paid to the order of the Department of Homeland Security.
Trump signed it; his address was listed as Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
The White House said in January that Trump donated his salary from the third quarter of 2018 to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
While he was running for president in 2016, Trump pledged not to accept the $400,000 annual presidential salary.
It must, by law, be paid out to the president of the United States.
Trump has donated the quarterly payments he’s received to various federal departments and agencies.
Those include the departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Transportation and Veterans Affairs, among others.
Homeland Security contains several different agencies or organizations that focus on securing the U.S. and its citizens.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are among those that are included under the departmental umbrella.
Anti-gun Hollywood celebrities enjoyed presidential-level protection by barricades, bomb-sniffing dogs, armed guards, LAPD officers, and numerous security checkpoints as they arrived for the 2019 Golden Globes.
Security was reportedly ramped up after last month’s triple stabbing at a Manchester railway station on New Year’s Eve.
“The recent attacks in Europe only reinforce that nothing can be left to chance tactically and strategically,” a Los Angeles law enforcement official told Deadline. “Our plan is to have eyes everywhere and shut down any possible disturbance that could arise long before it gets anywhere near the venue or the event.”
Variety previewed the heightened level of security expected around the Beverly Hilton — the venue for Sunday night’s star-studded ceremony — by noting that the days of being able to park on the street, walk up, and get inside may be long gone. They report that “the City of Beverly Hills has cracked down on allowing crowds near the building.”
And while the Beverly Hill Police Department would not go into details on specificity of their security plans, they made clear they would be using “additional staff and security measures to ensure a safe and secure site, utilizing the latest technology and best practices for high-profile events.”
— Sandra Spagnoli (@Chief_Spagnoli) January 6, 2019
Beverly Hills public information manager Keith Sterling made clear that federal agencies would also be involved in security. Sterling said, “As you might imagine, we are prohibited from discussing the specific security plans we have in place. But this is an extensive, collaborative effort, with federal and local agencies assisting the Beverly Hills Police Department.”
After the good guys with guns keep Hollywood’s upper crust safe at the Beverly Hilton, the celebrities can go back home, and wake up Monday to start pushing more gun control for commoners.
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NBA star and gun control proponent LeBron James is critical of private citizens carrying guns for self-defense, but employs “at least 10 armed security personnel” at his home for defense of himself and his family.
Following the October 1, 2015, attack on gun-free Umpqua Community College Associate Press reporter Tom Withers quoted LeBron saying, “There’s no room for guns.”
He told the AP that there need to be greater penalties for carrying a gun, “legal or illegal,” to make people think twice about doing it.
After the February 14, 2018, attack on gun-free Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the Bleacher Report indicated LeBron criticized laws allowing 19-year-old “minors” to buy a gun and called for the passage of more gun control.
But LeBron is fine with being surrounded by guns for defense of himself and his family. TMZ that news of a burglaries of “more than 24 homes of the rich and famous” in Los Angeles has led LeBron to fortify his dwelling. This fortification includes “at least 10 armed security personnel at the home — including off-duty police officers.”
Celebrity gun control advocate Kim Kardashian modeled this same kind of hypocrisy after being robbed in Paris in 2016. TMZ reported Kardashian “met with some ex-special force members from the Israeli army, ex-CIA agents as well as former Secret Service members” after the robbery occurred and hired an unspecified number of former Secret Service agents as part of the effort to “[amp] up her security to Presidential levels.”
All the while Kardashian’s public comments on guns were those favoring stricter gun laws for rank and file Americans.
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Few U.S. government efforts are consistently more vilified than anti-poverty programs. They’re dismissed as ineffective and ridiculed as giveaways to undeserving recipients.
A new paper puts the lie to these assertions by showing that the nation’s most important anti-poverty efforts all succeed in serving their goals — in the case of Social Security, spectacularly. The authors, Bruce D. Meyer and Derek Wu of the University of Chicago, used administrative statistics from six major programs to demonstrate that five of the six “sharply reduce deep poverty” (that is, income below 50% of the federal poverty line) and the sixth has a “pronounced” impact among the working poor.
The programs that reduce deep poverty are Social Security; Supplemental Security Income; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which is what commonly is known as “welfare”; housing assistance; and food stamps, or SNAP. The sixth is the Earned Income Tax Credit, which helps mostly families that earn around 150% of the poverty line. (That line is about $25,100 in annual income for a family of four.)
The claim that poverty hasn’t gone down since the start of the war on poverty is nonsense.
Bruce D. Meyer, University of Chicago
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In each case, Weber and Wu found that the effect of each program has been materially underestimated by traditional measurements. That’s because the earlier estimates are based on Census Bureau surveys that underreport benefits from these programs. As a result, the authors say, the effects of food stamps and TANF are underestimated by one-third to one-half, and the impact of Social Security is underestimated by as much as 44%. Their research covered 2008-13, the period of the Great Recession.
“You don’t want to say that our programs haven’t reduced poverty,” Meyer told me. “They’ve had huge effects in reducing poverty.”
These findings are important because all these programs, with the possible exception of the EITC, come under constant attack by budget-cutters and other conservatives. The claim is that, despite the expenditure of trillions of dollars in public funds, the poverty rate has barely budged in more than a half-century.
Ronald Reagan’s quip on the topic, from his 1988 State of the Union address, has adorned reams of Republican screeds against the safety net: “The federal government declared war on poverty, and poverty won.” Republicans have exploited the notion to support proposals to cut program benefits, turn anti-poverty efforts over to private or philanthropic organizations, or block-grant the funds to states (a back-door means of cutting benefits).
The truth is, however, that poverty has lost. Meyer and Wu find that Social Security alone has reduced poverty among the elderly by 75%; the other programs do more for non-elderly households, though at lower rates.
The paper doesn’t specifically address the programs’ effect on the poverty rate, but Meyer has examined that effect in other research. In a 2012 paper with James X. Sullivan of Notre Dame, for example, he concluded that the official poverty rate failed to count tax credits received by needy households such as the EITC, and overlooked food stamps, housing benefits, and other in-kind transfers that have become an ever more important component of anti-poverty spending.
An inflation index that overstated price increases over time also tended to minimize the success of the war on poverty, as did a focus on household income rather than consumption, which Meyer and Sullivan suggested was a better indicator of a household’s standard of living.
The official measurement indicated that the poverty rate fell by a scant 4.4 percentage points from 1960 to 2010, ending at 15.1%. Adjusting for flaws in the measurement however, Meyer and Sullivan determined that the percentage of Americans living in poverty had fallen by more than 26 percentage points, to about 4.5%.
“The claim that poverty hasn’t gone down since the start of the war on poverty is nonsense,” Meyer says. “You can see there were big reductions in poverty over time due mainly to two things — all the transfer programs we’ve added such as SNAP, TANF, SSI, expanded Social Security, and housing benefits — and because the economy has grown.”
The findings of Meyer and Wu give a hint of what’s at stake in the debate over the federal safety net. It’s often pointed out that the elderly are among the economically best situated Americans. But for many of them — especially the lowest-income seniors — their economic status is dependent on Social Security.
“Most people who are very low-income and retired are getting almost all their income from Social Security,” Meyer says. “If you took it away, a lot of them would be below the poverty line.” To put it in terms of the paper’s specific findings, three-quarters of the elderly who would live below the poverty line are raised above that line by Social Security.
Meyer doesn’t think that all our anti-poverty programs are equally effective or well-designed. “It’s fair to say that we could try and encourage work more,” he says. “Even the poor prefer to have a job than to be on the dole. Support for work or even provide public service employment for those who can’t find a job would be improvements.”