The Trump administration acted Monday to allow 15,000 more visas for temporary seasonal workers this year. Under authority provided by Congress, the Secretary of Homeland Security is permitted to allow the additional visas after determining that the needs of U.S. businesses can´t be satisfied with Americans willing and qualified to do the work. So-called "H2B visas" are used to bring in non-agricultural guest workers. Landscaping businesses, resorts, and other seasonal employers depend on them every year. A federal law caps the number available at 66,000 a year nationwide, but Congress gave DHS the power to
Comments: Ibelieve that this is the correct way to control those who claim to be searching for work as "migrants". By controlling those who come in for "seasonal" work needed, and then back home when done, everyone wins. That´s provided no families come with them. (I actually suggested this recently. Wonder if the Trump administration reads our website? They should.)
The hard core "deport all illegals" guy has no problems whatsoever with a properly set up, properly run operation to bring in seasonal farm workers for no more than about 4 months to pick crops. As long as they are monitored and all of them go back home, don´t get welfare or food stamps or other benefits while they are here.
(Video) - Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) sounded off this morning on a Minnesota federal judge´s decision to order an ISIS supporter to undergo "terrorist rehabilitation." Abdullahi Yusuf, a 21-year-old from Minnesota´s Somali community, was sentenced last November by federal judge Michael Davis after he was arrested for plotting to join the terrorist organization. Yusuf then allegedly violated the terms of his 20-year supervised release by watching a documentary on ISIS fighters while at a halfway house. Peters said this is a dangerous experiment for U.S. federal courts when dealing with
The Russian lawyer who met with President Trump´s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. in New York last year said Tuesday that she is ready to testify before Congress about the meeting. "I´m ready to clarify the situation behind this mass hysteria – but only through lawyers or testifying in the Senate," Natalia Veselnitskaya said in an interview with Russia´s Kremlin-backed RT TV channel. Donald Trump Jr. met with Veselnitskaya in June 2016 after he was informed that she might have incriminating information about the Hillary Clinton, who was his father´s Democratic rival for the presidency at the time. Donald Trump Jr. drew
Critically ill British baby Charlie Gard was granted permanent resident status in the U.S. on Tuesday so he can receive experimental treatment for his rare medical illness, The Telegraph reported. The 11-month-old suffers from a rare genetic disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which weakens the muscles and creates organ dysfunction. The baby has been on life support at a children´s hospital in London since October. The baby was able to obtain resident status after Congress passed an amendment on Tuesday. ((Tweet) Charlie´s parents have been fighting in court to keep their son on life support even though some
President Trump said election integrity is an American issue, not a Republican or Democratic issue, during a brief appearance Wednesday at the first public meeting of his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The meeting comes as the commission and its vice chair Kris W. Kobach have come under fire from Democrats and civil liberty groups who alleged the commission was created to suppress voters, lacked transparency and violated federal law. Several groups filed lawsuits against the commission earlier this month after Mr. Kobach asked states to turn over voter information including names, partial Social Security
Snail slime. On your face. All for the sake of beauty. And, hopefully, a handsome profit for U.S. retailers looking to push it along with other K-beauty trends into the mainstream -- if people can get over the "ick" factor. Korean consumers are on a constant hunt for innovative products and unusual natural ingredients. Now, the decade-old craze is making its way to everyday consumers in the U.S., as K-beauty products jump from niche websites and slide onto the shelves at Target Corp., CVS Health Corp. and Ulta Beauty Inc. stores. The retailers earlier this year announced expansions of the merchandise.
In good, bad and ugly ways, this week has been a revealing metaphor for Donald Trump’s presidency. (Snip) There is no denying that America elected an exceptional president in Trump, a consummate outsider and the first president ever to have no government or military experience. But as it wraps up its first six months, Trump’s presidency looks more conventional than exceptional. Separating the substance from the noise shows him in a position familiar to all new presidents: struggling to turn his campaign promises into reality while juggling foreign-policy challenges and mastering the learning curve of the world’s
German car brand Audi is facing a fierce backlash on social media over an advert aired in China which is being accused of objectifying women in a sexist manner. The advert compares finding a car to finding the perfect wife. It shows a couple at the altar seemingly about to tie the knot before an apparently concerned future mother-in-law interrupts proceedings to inspect the bride’s body. The older woman is shown pinching the younger woman’s nose and ears and scrutinising her teeth while an exasperated groom and priest look on. She then takes a last look at the bride’s chest before a caption declares: “an important
China´s Internet crackdown on memes comparing President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh is a major overreaction not worthy of even a bother ... according to the guy who gives Pooh a voice. Jim Cummings -- the voice of Pooh since the ´80s -- told us China and Prez Xi are taking the comparison all wrong, because it´s actually a good thing. (Video) The memes started with a side-by-side image of Pooh and Tigger with a 2013 pic of Xi and President Obama -- and took off from there. Well, up until the government started blocking the images on all public sites and forums. Jim, who also voices Tigger, advises a smackerel of Pooh's
There´s a lot of pork in Washington -- not the kind you eat, the kind that flows out of taxpayers´ pockets into lawmakers´ pet projects. I´m talking about pork-barrel spending. Pork-barrel projects, or "earmarks," are funds lawmakers set aside for their pet projects. Lawmakers will often throw them into spending bills to get their colleagues to vote "yes" and the programs they fund are often created without any hearings in Congress and without being requested by the president or another agency. (Snip) Earmarks have only continued to grow in recent years, even after the House voted in 2011 to place a moratorium on them.
Russia and China will join forces for a Baltic Sea military drill in late July, rallying around 10 ships for another bout of muscle flexing in the tense region, state news agency Itar-Tass reported Tuesday. (Snip) “The key goal of the exercise is to increase the effectiveness of the two navies’ cooperation in combating security threats at sea, developing the compatibility between crews aboard Russian and Chinese warships, [and] strengthening the friendship and cooperation between Russia and China’s navies,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement to Tass. The drill will involve joint anti-air defense, as well as anti-submarine and
The lot of a censor in China is not always a happy one. Not for lack of trying, Beijing’s suppression of published opposition to its one-party Marxist rule is in trouble. China employs some 1.5 million censors, a half million more than in its uniformed military, and its propaganda — like all government propaganda, it’s so heavy-handed that only the credulous and the cowed could believe it — deserves all its difficulties. A Harvard study says China’s vast censorship operation, “the Great Fire Wall of China,” is currently blocking 18,000 websites. The latest crisis of the blue pencils has arisen over an obscure episode in China’s
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) has been released from a Minnesota prison and transferred to a re-entry facility in Chicago, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records. He is set to be released from the re-entry management office on Aug. 16. Once second in line to the presidency, Hastert, 75, is one of the highest-ranking U.S. politicians to ever go to prison. He had been serving a 15-month sentence in a banking violations case that revealed accusations that he had sexually abused teenage boys while coaching wrestling at Yorkville High School in suburban Chicago from 1965 to 1981.
Heading to church one evening in late March, a farmworker and her sister were stopped for speeding in the village of Geneseo, N.Y. They were driving with their five children in the back of the minivan. Two were not in car seats, as required. The police officer, trying to cite the driver for the infractions, discovered she had no driver’s license, so he called Border Patrol to review her Guatemalan passport. Both sisters were undocumented immigrants. They were detained and are facing deportation. Under a Trump administration that has taken an aggressive stance on illegal immigration, the moving car has
The Minnesota cop who shot and killed an Australian bride-to-be opened fire on her after being startled by a “loud sound” near his patrol car, investigators say. Officer Mohamed Noor, 31, began blasting at 40-year-old Justine Damond, of Minneapolis, just moments after he and his partner, Matthew Harrity, heard the noise in the alley behind her house, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The agency provided an update Tuesday on their investigation into the Saturday night shooting. Officers Noor and Harrity had been called to Damond’s home after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault happening
Since Hillary Clinton’s unexpected loss to Donald Trump, her donors have strategized with Democratic leadership about how to revive the failing party. Billionaire George Soros held a closed door conference with wealthy donors in November 2016 that addressed how to “take back power” and was attended by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. On the weekend of Trump’s inauguration, David Brock hosted a retreat for the most prolific Democratic donors to figure out how to “kick Donald Trump’s a--.” On July 15, Page Six reported that Sen. Kamala Harris, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, met with top Clinton donors in the Hamptons. Many figures in Clinton’s inner circle attended, including Clinton’s
President Trump sat down with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a second discussion at the G-20 summit in Germany this month — a talk the White House never disclosed, according to reports. The talk came hours after their two-hour bilateral meeting on July 7, towards the end of a “couples-only social dinner” at the summit, National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton told CNN. Trump and Putin conversed in the room where the dinner was being held. “No staff or Cabinet were at the dinner at all, for any of the countries,” Anton said, adding that translators were present. The White
Target Corp. Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell is sounding alarm bells over the state of Hispanic shoppers in the U.S. -- a key growth demographic for many retailers and consumer brands. “The Hispanic consumer in the U.S. is shopping much less,” Cornell said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech event Tuesday in Aspen, Colorado. “They are staying home. They are going out less often.” Cornell didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name, but he talked about a shift in behavior this year and mentioned “border towns” -- where retailers for years have depended on shoppers from northern Mexico for higher revenue.
Health Reform: There were lots of celebrations on the left side of the aisle after the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare died. The good times will be short lived, because one way or another ObamaCare is going away, and it´s not at all clear that Democrats will gain additional leverage over what comes next by waiting for its collapse. It was amusing to hear Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer say, after the Senate bill failed, that Republicans should "work with Democrats on a bill that lowers premiums, provides long-term stability to the markets and improves our health care
Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran jointly announced Monday night that they will oppose a vote to open debate on the Senate GOP´s healthcare bill, meaning Republicans currently do not have the votes to advance the legislation in its current form. Lee, R-Utah, and Moran, R-Kan., announced their opposition to the bill in tweets in which they cited one another, but they issued separate statements.With Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, already coming out against advancing the healthcare bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., no longer has the votes he needs to have least 50 of 52
If any doubts remained that the Fox News channel is continuing to swerve from its conservative roots, they were erased on July 16, 2017 when Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., a principal architect of Obamacare and a barely hinged spin doctor for the Democrat socialist left, appeared on the channel’s signature weekly program Fox News Sunday in his new role as a paid contributor. During the program, the ever arrogant Emanuel jumped on the Resist Trump bandwagon and suggested that President Trump is worthy of being impeached. Hired last February primarily as a health policy analyst (he is a physician and professor,
Dunkirk is a great movie but there aren’t enough ‘women’ or ‘people of color’ in it, according to a review in USA Today. The movie – with a cast including Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, and former One Direction singer Harry Styles – has been given a slew of five-star reviews for its vivid, nailbiting depiction of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in 1940. But though USA Today’s reviewer praised it too, he couldn’t resist giving it a little rap on the knuckles about its shameful lack of diversity and equality: The trio of timelines can be jarring as you
The Somali-born Minnesota police officer alleged to have shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman on Saturday had been lauded by Minneapolis’ mayor and feted by the local community when he joined the force in 2015. “I want to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Noor, the newest Somali officer in the Minneapolis Police Department,” Mayor Betsy Hodges wrote in a Facebook post when Noor began serving the city. “Officer Noor has been assigned to the 5th Precinct, where his arrival has been highly celebrated, particularly by the Somali community in and around Karmel Mall.” In fact, The Washington
Donald Trump Jr. is reportedly "miserable" and can´t wait for the next four years to end. A friend of President Trump´s sons told People that Trump Jr. and Eric Trump "never wanted this." “Don can’t do any deals, because he’ll be overly scrutinized. He just goes to work every day and is miserable," a source in their circle added. Trump Jr. is facing backlash after news surfaced earlier this month that he took a meeting last year with a Russian lawyer. Last week, Trump Jr. released a chain of emails detailing his conversations about setting up the meeting with the Russian
In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state Legislature’s approval of the first bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200 with a wheel diameter of at least 26 inches. Even though the funding has been earmarked for improvements that will benefit cyclists, the tax has managed to irk both anti-tax Republicans and environmentally conscious bikers. BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it “an unprecedented step in