New ‘March of the Migrants’ Timing Looks Political, Immigration Hawks Say

Some immigration hawks see U.S. politics at work in a 1,300-person migrant caravan now making its way north.

Reuters reported over the weekend that the caravan set off from Honduras on Saturday, headed for the United States with entire families — including men, women, children and babies.

The scene drew immediate comparisons to a migrant caravan that traveled from Central America through Mexico in April. Some dropped off before the journey ended, and the Mexican government detained others. But several hundred made it to the U.S. border, where activists helped them file asylum claims.

Andrew “Art” Arthur, a former immigration law judge who now is the resident fellow in law and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), questioned the timing of the latest endeavor. He asked if it is tied to the midterm elections in the United States, which now are three weeks away.

“I really don’t know,” he told LifeZette. “The timing seems a little curious … They may just be taking advantage of the law.”

Ric Oberlink, executive director Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), agreed.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if it had something to do with the U.S. midterm elections,” he told LifeZette. “It’s a clear case of asylum shopping.”

Related: They’re Back: New ‘March of the Migrant’ Hondurans Headed to U.S.

Oberlink noted that under international law, people fleeing persecution are suppose to seek asylum in the nearest safe country. Yet, many bypass Mexico and head straight for the United States, he said.

Oberlink said that U.S. policy does not do any favors for Central Americans — particularly women — to encourage such a dangerous trek. He pointed to a 2010 study by Amnesty International suggesting that as many as 60 percent of women and girls making the trip from Central American countries experience sexual violence. A report by an outlet …read more

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GOP May Keep House ‘Because of Trump,’ Kavanaugh, Pollster Says

Republicans could retain their majority in the House after the November midterm elections “because of President [Donald] Trump” and his decision to stand by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (pictured above left) following last-minute sexual assault allegations, GOP pollster John McLaughlin predicted Monday on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“There’s 63 million Trump voters out there who came out in 2016 to vote for us. That was our strategy, to bring millions of new voters form the Rust Belt and the heartland out, to get them to vote for President Trump,” said McLaughlin, who worked as a pollster for Trump’s presidential campaign.

When Fox News host Laura Ingraham asked McLaughlin why the GOP has a chance to hold onto the House, the pollster replied, “Because of President Trump.”

Noting that the “typical midterm election” draws “90 million voters,” McLaughlin said each party is “trying to excite their base to get more of their base out.”

“The Republicans, to win all they have to do is run a campaign to say, ‘We have to stop Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues from giving us open borders, raising taxes, killing jobs, government-run health care.”

“So the Democrats are trying to get the anti-Trump vote out and we’re trying to get the Trump voters out,” McLaughlin said. “And the Kavanaugh Supreme Court fiasco was really about a Democrat effort to suppress our vote.”

Democratic senators and liberal activists adamantly opposed Kavanaugh from the moment on July 9 that Trump nominated him. But the judge’s nomination was nearly tanked after Christine Blasey Ford became the first woman to come forward publicly on September 16 alleging that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a high school gathering 36 years ago in Maryland.

Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, also came forward with sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. None of the witnesses the …read more

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Prince Harry Reunites with 98-Year-Old War Widow, Introduces Her to Meghan: ‘So Happy to Meet You’

There’s another special lady in Prince Harry‘s life besides Meghan Markle, and the two finally met while in Australia!

Stepping out for their first public meet and greet since announcing they are expectant parents, Meghan and Harry interacted with hundreds of members of the public who waited for them outside of the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday.

As Harry made his way down the line, he spotted a familiar face in the crowd: 98-year-old war widow Daphne Dunne. She has previously met the prince twice — first in 2015, when she memorably planted a kiss on his cheek, and again in 2017.

After greeting her with a big hug, Harry went out of his way to introduce Dunne — who wore several of her late husband’s military medals — to Meghan. As they chatted Dunne caressed Harry’s face and held Meghan’s hand.

“Congratulations, I think that’s marvelous,” Dunne told Meghan of the couple’s baby news, as reported by news.com.au. “It’s just what Harry needs.”

“I’ve seen your shoes, they’re very cool,” Harry responded to Dunne. “Have you dyed your hair a shade of pink?”

“It’s fantastic,” Meghan added. “I’m so happy to finally meet you. I’ve heard so much about you. All good things.”

“I think it’s wonderful, the two of you,” Daphne said before giving the couple some cards and flowers.

“Enjoy the rest of the day,” Meghan said. “Hopefully next time we see you, we’ll have a little one with us!”

RELATED: Prince Harry Has Touching Reunion with War Widow Who Stole a Kiss From Him in Australia

Prior to the sweet moment with Dunne, the royal couple had been inside the stunning performing arts center in Sydney to watch dance rehearsal.

When they emerged from the Opera House, Meghan and Harry walked out hand-in-hand, looking over the large crowd who showed a …read more

Source:: People.com – Royal News

‘Total Defeat’ for Stormy Daniels in Her Suit Against Trump: Case Dismissed!

Federal District Judge S. James Otero dismissed porn actress Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against President Donald Trump and ordered her to pay the president’s legal fees, multiple outlets reported on Monday.

“No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr. Avenatti, can truthfully characterize today’s ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels,” Trump’s attorney Charles Harder said in an emailed statement to The Washington Post.

Stormy Daniels — real name Stephanie Clifford — lodged the suit on April 30.

It was based on a claim that Trump had defamed her by casting her as a liar regarding her allegations of having been threatened to keep her relationship with him a secret.

The presidential tweet on which Daniels based her suit was a response to another tweet — in which Daniels’ drawing of the person she alleged threatened her in a parking lot was placed alongside a photograph of Daniels and her husband.

Trump’s response to the side-by-side drawing and photo was, “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”

A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)! https://t.co/9Is7mHBFda

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018

The court held that the president’s tweet was “’rhetorical hyperbole’ and is protected by the First Amendment,” according to the “Civil Minutes General” of the suit provided by CNN.

The court added that it found “Mr. Trump had issued the tweet as a rejoinder against an individual challenging him in the public arena. This is the definition of protected rhetorical hyperbole.”

Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti — who recently represented a woman who claimed Justice …read more

Source:: LifeZette