Trump’s immigration tweetstorm is a lesson in fact-free fearmongering

Border Patrol agents search the Rio Grande River for illegal immigrants crossing the border. (Loren Elliott/AFP/Getty Images) PRESIDENT TRUMP’S failure to secure funding for his new “beautiful” border wall has prodded him to new flights of rhetorical excess and deviation from fact. In the latest iteration, the president denounces Democrats and Mexicans for what he calls a “dangerous” immigration flow. The truth is that illegal entry at the southwest border is at its lowest level in nearly half a century. The last year the Border Patrol apprehended fewer unauthorized immigrants,…

Trump administration seeks to close immigration ‘loopholes’

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) WASHINGTON (AP) – Frustrated by slow action on a big campaign promise, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants to use the military to secure the U.S.-Mexico border until his promised border wall is built. Trump told reporters he’s been discussing the idea with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. “We’re going to be doing things militarily. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going…

Dutch lawyer sentenced in Mueller probe

A Dutch lawyer tied to former Trump deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates who admitted to lying to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine. Alex van der Zwaan is the first person to be sentenced in Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. source