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border groups scramble for message to counter trump's wall, tax talk


a broad-based alliance of border advocates gathered in tijuana on thursday to call for a public paign to highlight the benefits of bilateral trade and the need for u.s.-mexico collaboration — a striking counterpoint to president donald trump’s plans for a border wall and a proposal to fund it through a 20 percent import tax.the meeting, held on the  same day that mexican president enrique peña nieto canceled a planned visit to washington, d.c., brought together organizations from both sides of the border urgently calling for a collective message about the importance of cooperation aimed at policymakers in mexico city and washington.“it’s going from very bad to horrible, very fast,” said michael uñez, a former istant secretary of commerce under the obama administration and now president of






mexican politician sits on border wall to send trump a message


braulio guerra, a congressman from the state of queretaro, tweeted photos of himself on a boarder wall thursday. (photo: @brauliopri, twitter)a mexican politician tweeted photos and a video sitting on a border wall thursday.braulio guerra, a congressman from queretaro, said he wanted to show how president donald trump’s plans for a new wall are “unnecessary.”“i was able to scale it, climb it, and sit myself right here,” guerra said in a video. “it would be simple for me to jump into the united states, which shows that it is unnecessary and totally absurd to build a wall.”in january,  president trump signed two controversial immigration-related executive orders, including  efforts to build a wall on the mexican border. the plans call for  the immediate building of a southern border wall, ne






mexican politician sits on border wall to send trump a message


braulio guerra, a congressman from the state of queretaro, tweeted photos of himself on a boarder wall thursday. (photo: @brauliopri, twitter)a mexican politician tweeted photos and a video sitting on a border wall thursday.braulio guerra, a congressman from queretaro, said he wanted to show how president donald trump’s plans for a new wall are “unnecessary.”“i was able to scale it, climb it, and sit myself right here,” guerra said in a video. “it would be simple for me to jump into the united states, which shows that it is unnecessary and totally absurd to build a wall.”in january,  president trump signed two controversial immigration-related executive orders, including  efforts to build a wall on the mexican border. the plans call for  the immediate building of a southern border wall, ne






travel ban, border wall protests outside rep. peter king’s long island office


several hundred people chanted for an end to u.s. travel restrictions and called for no border wall at a protest outside the district office of rep. peter king in m apequa park — capping a week of demonstrations against president donald trump’s executive orders on immigration.the marchers responded to a call to action from a loose network of immigrant advocates, civil rights groups and progressive groups that organized online. they were responding to policies that the trump administration has said are intended to curtail the terror threat and illegal immigration.most popularby early evening the group chanting “no ban, no wall!” had swelled to about 300 people marching and chanting behind barricades, while about three dozen counter-protesters shouted for border security and more travel rest






what you need to know about the border in san diego and the wall


what you need to know about the border in san diego and the wallwhat you should know about the u.s.-mexico border and the wall trump has ordered.what you should know about the u.s.-mexico border and the wall trump has ordered.see more videos






israel pm netanyahu praises trump’s plan for mexico border wall


tel aviv—israel’s prime minister benjamin netanyahu on urday praised plans by u.s. president donald trump’s new administration to build a wall on the mexico border, saying his country’s own barrier on the egyptian border had halted illegal immigration.“i built a wall along israel’s southern border. it stopped all illegal immigration,” mr. netanyahu wrote on his official twitter account, adding emoticons of the u.s. and israeli...






homeland security secretary: 'we’re not going to build a wall everywhere all at


homeland security secretary john f. kelly laid out for lawmakers on tuesday the lengthy timeline needed to build a wall along the border with mexico, giving the administration's first detailed description of how the project, president trump's central paign promise, will unfold. rather than immediately launching a m ive, multibillion-dollar construction project along the 2,000 miles of the southern border, kelly described a more restrained approach. “we’re not going to build a wall everywhere all at once,” he told the house homeland security committee. about 650 miles of walls and fences already exist along the border now. kelly said he would rely on border agents to tell him where they need a wall right away, and fill in gaps with ground sensors, surveillance blimps and other technolog






build a wall? trump should talk to the man who spent 25 years fixing it


fence builders began submitting design ideas for president trump’s promised “big, beautiful wall” this week, so i drove to the border monday to meet with an expert.i knocked on the door of a small home in the heart of el centro, and albert garcia, a 76-year-old retiree from the border patrol maintenance crew, answered immediately and let me in.i hadn’t seen him since 2004, when i first wrote about garcia, who spent more than two decades doing a job that never ended.he was a welder who fixed holes in the fence, every day, including some weekends.i’ll never forget the day i met garcia, in august of 2004. he got to the wall at 6 a.m. that day to begin fixing five holes that had been cut overnight through the 16-foot-high fence of steel pickets. he said five holes was a light day at the office






trump promises border wall 'soon, way ahead of schedule'


media captionpresident trump: "(the wall) it's going to start soon, way ahead of schedule"us president donald trump has vowed to start building a wall on the mexican border "soon, way ahead of schedule", in a speech at a conservative event.addressing the conservative political action congress (cpac), he vowed to always put american citizens first and build a "great, great border wall".he also promised to focus on "getting bad people out of this country".mr trump was greeted by chants of "usa, usa, usa!" as he addressed the annual forum in maryland."we're building the wall," he said. "in fact it's going to start very soon. way ahead of schedule. it's way, way, way ahead of schedule."his comments come a day after secretary of state rex tillerson and homeland security secretary john kelly met






us agency seeks ideas for trump’s proposed border wall


the u.s. customs and border protection agency said on friday it will accept proposals next month for the design of a wall to be built near the u.s.-mexican frontier, a first step in picking vendors for president donald trump’s proposed border wall.in a document on the federal government’s website for business opportunities, the cpb said it would release a request on or about march 6 asking companies for prototype ideas for a wall to be built near the u.s.-mexican border.after reviewing the ideas submitted by vendors, the agency will evaluate and select the best designs by march 20, then issue a request for proposals by march 24 in which vendors would be asked to price out the cost of building the proposed wall.the document says multiple awards for the barrier are expected by mid-april as p






84 lumber forced to re-tool super bowl ad rejected for depicting trump's border


perhaps more than any other time in history, politics appear to be playing a larger role than ever in the super bowl. bill o'reilly interviewed president trump in an interview that aired before the game; former president george h.w. bush and his wife, barbara, did the coin toss; and some of the ads have tackled controversial social issues such as immigration.one such ad was imagined by the family-owned company 84 lumber, which decided to tackle the subject in its first super bowl ad. it wasn't exactly how the company originally planned it, however.in the ad's initial iteration, a mexican mother and daughter, who appear to be on their way to the united states, come across a depiction of an imposing border wall, reminiscent of the one trump has touted will eventually divide the country from






they've planned a protest thursday while tillerson meets with mexican officials


a group of americans living in mexico is planning a protest thursday to send a message to visiting secretary of state rex tillerson . their gripe? president trump’s "inflammatory rhetoric." that's according to a draft of a letter that several groups organizing the protest hope to deliver to tillerson, who is in town along with homeland security secretary john f. kelly for talks with top mexican officials. the letter, which will be cosigned by the mexican chapter of democrats abroad, as well as other groups, complains about trump's "hostile" attitude toward mexico, which it says is engendering "nationalistic sentiments" in mexico. among trump's hostile acts, the letter says, is trump's vow to build a border wall and force mexico to pay for it. "the idea of building a wall ... frames mexico






they've planned a protest thursday while tillerson meets with mexican officials


a group of americans living in mexico are planning a protest thursday to send a message to visiting secretary of state rex tillerson . their gripe? president trump’s "inflammatory rhetoric." that's according to a draft of a letter that several groups organizing the protest hope to deliver to tillerson, who is in town along with department of homeland security secretary john kelly for talks with top mexican officials. the letter, which will be co-signed by the mexican chapter of democrats abroad, as well as other groups, complains about trump's "hostile" attitude toward mexico, which it says is engendering "nationalistic sentiments" in mexico. among trump's hostile acts, the letter says, is trump's vow to build a border wall and force mexico to pay for it. "the idea of building a wall ... f






super bowl ad supports donald trump's wall after all


everything is not what it seems, especially in the case of 84 lumber. the private building materials supplier made headlines this week after fox censored what appeared to be a re al to donald trump’s xenophobia over super bowl weekend. however, what the network deemed a controversial message turns out to be in favor of the nation’s 45th president.the commercial follows a mother and daughter’s perilous journey to the “land of the free” before their american dreams are blocked by a border wall, which trump has moved to construct. however, the duo’s hope is reignited when they find an unbarred door that grants them access to the united states.read: here’s the super bowl commercial fox didn’t want you to seeaccording to people, the pennsylvania-based company wasn’t making much of a political s






agency plans to award mexico border wall contracts by april


u.s. customs and border protection said friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-april for president donald trump's proposed border wall with mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect "a great wall" along the 2,000-mile border.the agency said it will request bids on or around march 6 and that companies would have to submit "concept papers" to design and build prototypes by march 10, according to fedbizopps.gov, a website for federal contractors. the field of candidates will be narrowed by march 20, and finalists must submit offers with their proposed costs by march 24.the president told the conservative political action conference on friday that construction will start "very soon" and is "way, way, way ahead of schedule."the agency's notice gave no de






house speaker getting firsthand look at us-mexico border


mcallen, texas — u.s. house speaker paul ryan is visiting the rio grande valley for a firsthand look at the u.s.-mexico border as the trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask congress to pay for a border wall.it's the first time the wisconsin republican has visited the border, and protests have been announced to meet his arrival in mcallen, texas, on wednesday.ryan is leading a small group of lawmakers on the trip.in mcallen, ryan will come face to face with some of the challenges that arise in building a wall along the entire 2,000-mile border.the border includes much remote and inhospitable terrain as well as the rio grande.






hundreds of mexicans protest with 'human wall' on us border


mexico city — hundreds of people in the mexican border city of ciudad juarez have gathered on the edge of the rio grande river to form a "human wall" to protest u.s. president donald trump's plans for a wall between the countries.the demonstrators held aloft on friday colorful swatches of cloth and waved to the residents of the neighboring city of el paso, texas.organizers said a friendly, human wall meant to join the two cities was better than a wall of steel or concrete to divide them.former presidential candidate cuauhtemoc cardenas said: "we have, as it is being demonstrated here, many friends also on the other side of the river, on the other side where they intend to build this wall that will never separate two friendly peoples."






white house cites 'buffet of options' on paying for wall


washington — the white house says it has yet to determine how mexico will pay for a m ive wall at the mexican border that president donald trump has promised to build.chief of staff reince priebus (ryns pree'-bus) tells cbs' "face the nation" that a "buffet of options" remains. he says that could include a tax on goods coming across the border, import and export taxes — even a tax on drug cartels or fines to people who come to the u.s. illegally.mexican president enrique peña nieto last week canceled a meeting with trump amid tensions over trump's plan to build a wall at mexico's expense.priebus says it's early in the planning process. he says the broader point is that trump is fulfilling a paign promise to build the wall.






report: dhs has only identified $20 million to fund border wall construction


the department of homeland security has identified only $20 million in funding that could be shifted to president trump’s plan to build a wall along the southern border, significantly less than the more than $21 billion price tag, according to reuters. the money was included in a document obtained by reuters and prepared by dhs to distribute to congressional staff last week. it would only be enough to cover a handful of contracts for wall prototypes, the report said, but not enough to start building a physical wall. in order to move forward, congress would need to approve new funding to pay for the wall, but there’s been little movement on such action on capitol hill. last month, speaker paul ryan, r-wisconsin, said in an interview with msnbc’s greta van susteren that congressional leaders






plan would ban trump wall builders from doing business in nyc


companies hired to work on president donald trump’s proposed southern border wall would be blocked from doing business with new york city under a pair of proposals unveiled tuesday.new york city public advocate letitia james, speaking at a news conference in lower manhattan, announced her plan to introduce legislation to the city council that would bar city agencies from contracting firms involved with the construction of a wall along the u.s. and mexico border.most popular“companies have a choice, help build the wall, a monument to racism and bigotry, or do business in new york city. we won’t allow you to do both,” james said while surrounded by immigration and civil rights activists. “the same cranes that president trump uses for his wall cannot simply be turned around to build our schoo






trump administration has found only $20 million in existing funds to build wall


president donald trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the u.s.-mexico border has hit a financial roadblock, according to a document seen by reuters.the rapid start of construction, promised throughout trump’s campaign and in an executive order issued in january on border security, was to be financed, according to the white house, with “existing funds and resources” of the department of homeland security.but so far, the dhs has identified only $20 million that can be re-directed to the multi-billion-dollar project, according to a document prepared by the agency and distributed to congressional budget staff last week.the document said the funds would be enough to cover a handful of contracts for wall prototypes, but not enough to begin constructi






israel's netanyahu vows new west bank settlement as outpost is dismantled


on urday evening, israel's prime minister tweeted his praise of president donald trump's decision to build a wall along the u.s. border with mexico."president trump is right," netanyahu wrote. "i built a wall along israel's southern border. it stopped all illegal immigration. great success.... (william booth)






gop lawmaker hammers ‘nonsensical’ trump plan to pay for border wall by gutting


although president donald trump has repeatedly said that he will force mexico to pay american taxpayers to construct a wall along the u.s.-mexico border, the reality seems to be that the president will pay for it in part by gutting the budget of the u.s. coast guard.reacting to the news that trump’s budget calls for $1.3 billion in cuts to the coast guard — or more than 14% of the entire coast guard operating budget — rep. duncan hunter (r-ca) slammed the president for putting out such a “nonsensical” proposal.he noted that the coast guard is already operating on a $9 billion “shoestring” budget, and noted that it’s responsible for doing many of the things that the president said were important campaign priorities.“you have president trump talking about security, criminal networks — that’s






trump promises border wall 'soon, way ahead of schedule'


media captionpresident trump: "(the wall) it's going to start soon, way ahead of schedule"us president donald trump has vowed to start building a wall on the mexican border "soon, way ahead of schedule", in a speech at a conservative event.addressing the conservative political action congress (cpac), he vowed to always put american citizens first and build a "great, great border wall".he also promised to focus on "getting bad people out of this country".mr trump was greeted by chants of "usa, usa, usa!" as he addressed the annual forum in maryland."we're building the wall," he said. "in fact it's going to start very soon. way ahead of schedule. it's way, way, way ahead of schedule."his comments come a day after secretary of state rex tillerson and homeland security secretary john kelly met






protest against mexico border wall


18 february 2017 last updated at 08:41 gmt they formed a "human wall" to protest us president donald trump's plans for a wall between the countries.






4 washington state firms interested in building trump’s border wall


some washington state companies have expressed interest in helping build president trump’s proposed wall on the u.s.-mexico border, which could be a $20 billion construction project.president donald trump’s promised “big, beautiful wall” along the u.s.-mexico border faces many unknowns, not the least of which is who will pay for it.still, the administration is moving swiftly to get started — and some washington businesses are looking for a piece of the construction project, which by some estimates could cost more than $20 billion.as of friday, representatives of least four washington companies had responded to a presolicitation notice on a federal business opportunities website.the government is asking firms to submit concepts by march 10 for “the design and build of several prototype wall






house speaker getting firsthand look at us-mexico border


mcallen, texas (ap) — u.s. house speaker paul ryan is visiting the rio grande valley for a firsthand look at the u.s.-mexico border as the trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask congress to pay for a border wall.it’s the first time the wisconsin republican has visited the border, and protests have been announced to meet his arrival in mcallen, texas, on wednesday. ryan is leading a small group of lawmakers on the trip.in mcallen, ryan will come face to face with some of the challenges that arise in building a wall along the entire 2,000-mile border, which includes much remote and inhospitable terrain as well as the rio grande, the river between texas and mexico.president donald trump has not yet formalized his request to congress to pay for the wall he pr






trump promises border wall 'soon, way ahead of schedule'


media captionfive things we learned about president trump from his address to conservative activists.us president donald trump has vowed to start building a wall on the mexican border "soon, way ahead of schedule", in a speech at a conservative event.addressing the conservative political action congress (cpac), he vowed to always put american citizens first and build a "great, great border wall".he also promised to focus on "getting bad people out of this country".mr trump was greeted by chants of "usa, usa, usa!" as he addressed the annual forum in maryland."we're building the wall," he said. "in fact it's going to start very soon. way ahead of schedule. it's way, way, way ahead of schedule."his comments come a day after secretary of state rex tillerson and homeland security secretary joh






trump promises border wall 'soon, way ahead of schedule'


media captionfive things we learned about president trump from his address to conservative activists.us president donald trump has vowed to start building a wall on the mexican border "soon, way ahead of schedule", in a speech at a conservative event.addressing the conservative political action congress (cpac), he vowed to always put american citizens first and build a "great, great border wall".he also promised to focus on "getting bad people out of this country".mr trump was greeted by chants of "usa, usa, usa!" as he addressed the annual forum in maryland."we're building the wall," he said. "in fact it's going to start very soon. way ahead of schedule. it's way, way, way ahead of schedule."his comments come a day after secretary of state rex tillerson and homeland security secretary joh






trump promises border wall 'soon, way ahead of schedule'


media captionfive things we learned about president trump from his address to conservative activists.us president donald trump has vowed to start building a wall on the mexican border "soon, way ahead of schedule", in a speech at a conservative event.addressing the conservative political action congress (cpac), he vowed to always put american citizens first and build a "great, great border wall".he also promised to focus on "getting bad people out of this country".mr trump was greeted by chants of "usa, usa, usa!" as he addressed the annual forum in maryland."we're building the wall," he said. "in fact it's going to start very soon. way ahead of schedule. it's way, way, way ahead of schedule."his comments come a day after secretary of state rex tillerson and homeland security secretary joh






how trump's wall is affecting those at the borders | usa


tijuana, mexico - alfredo lives in a shelter for deportees on tijuana beach, a stone's throw from the border wall that bars him from the united states. that wall - not to be confused with the bigger one us president donald trump plans to build - has existed for decades.alfredo's is among the most physically emblematic of these shelters. there are many others. in fact, there are more shelters and migrants here than ever, since trump launched his campaign to keep mexicans and other immigrants out of the us, activists say.the shelters are struggling to cope with what people familiar with the border-crossing industry - people-smugglers known here as "coyotes" - tell al jazeera is a wave of migrants and deportees coming to and from the us since trump made calls to heighten deportations of undoc






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download download build the trump wall or destroy it. collect supply drops, upgrades and characters. multiple political figures to play with including donald trump, barack obama and hillary clinton. trump's wall uses google play services for leaderboards and achievements. short on memory? don't worry, trump's wall isn't too huuuuge. enjoy trump games? check out my other app; trump flip.






israel apologizes to mexico for netanyahu's tweet on us wall


jerusalem — israel's president has apologized to mexico for a tweet by prime minister benjamin netanyahu that appeared to endorse u.s. president donald trump's proposed border wall.a statement on tuesday from president reuven rivlin's office says he told mexican president enrique pena nieto in a phone call that there has been a misunderstanding.it says pena nieto said the tweet hurt israel-mexico ties.netanyahu tweeted on urday that israel's barrier along its border with egypt had stemmed a swell of african migrants.he wrote: "president trump is right. i built a wall along israel's southern border. it stopped all illegal immigration. great success. great idea."netanyahu also said the tweet was meant to draw attention to the success of israel's fence.mexico demanded an apology for the tweet






mexican border wall building contracts to be awarded by april


u.s. customs and border protection said friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-april for president donald trump's proposed border wall with mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect "a great wall" along the 2,000-mile border. the agency said it will request bids on or around march 6 and that companies would have to submit "concept papers" to design and build prototypes by march 10, according to fedbizopps.gov, a website for federal contractors. the field of candidates will be narrowed by march 20, and finalists must submit offers with their proposed costs by march 24. the president told the conservative political action conference on friday that construction will start "very soon" and is "way, way, way ahead of schedule." the agency's notice gave no






trump insists he can bring the cost of $21.6 billion border wall 'way down'


by philip rucker, (c) 2017, the washington postpresident donald trump vowed in a pair of tweets saturday morning to negotiate the costs of constructing a wall along the u.s.-mexico border “way down,” after a government analysis estimated the price at a whopping $21.6 billion.the department of homeland security said this past week that the wall would cost $21.6 billion and take 3 1/2 years to construct. reacting to the estimate, trump tweeted:“i am reading that the great border wall will cost more than the government originally thought, but i have not gotten involved in the. . .design or negotiations yet. when i do, just like with the f-35 fighterjet or the air force one program, price will come way down!”trump sent his tweets from his mar-a-lago estate in palm beach, fla., where he and fir






israel's netanyahu applauds trump's plan for wall; mexico not pleased


on corona and avocados: trump's 20 percent border tax concerns chicago businessesgreg trotter, robert channick and lauren zumbachlet's get this out the way right now: yes, your avocados would cost more if a proposed 20 percent border tax on mexican imports were to become reality.that being said, the import tax floated by the white house on thursday as a possible way to fund president donald trump's proposed wall along the...let's get this out the way right now: yes, your avocados would cost more if a proposed 20 percent border tax on mexican imports were to become reality.that being said, the import tax floated by the white house on thursday as a possible way to fund president donald trump's proposed wall along the... (greg trotter, robert channick and lauren zumbach)






travel ban, border wall protests outside rep. peter king’s long island office


several hundred people chanted for an end to u.s. travel restrictions and called for no border wall at a protest outside the district office of rep. peter king in m apequa park — capping a week of demonstrations against president donald trump’s executive orders on immigration.the protesters responded to a call for action “against islamophobia, xenophobia and racism” from a loose network of immigrant advocates, civil rights groups and progressive groups that organized the event online. they are upset about trump policies that the administration has said are intended to curtail the terror threat and end illegal immigration.most popularthey chanted “no ban, no wall” and “no hate, no fear, immigration welcome here” and carried a wide array of signs with messages such as “love trumps hate,” “pr






we’re seeing the ‘jekyll and hyde’ president


cnn’s ana navarro compared donald trump to dr. jekyll and mr. hyde, noting the dramatic changes between his composed speech at a rally friday and thursday’s wide-ranging and widely criticized press conference.“you know what we saw between yesterday and today though is dr. jekyll and mr. hyde,” navarro said on cnn newsroom with brooke baldwin. ”yesterday he was all over the place, today he was actually focused on the relevant subject matter in front of him, boeing.”“he actually sounded presidential,” navarro continued. “it might be the first or second time in 29 days he sounds presidential. he didn’t talk about the electoral college vote.”“he did talk about winning south carolina in a landslide,” baldwin reminded navarro.“yeah but he didn’t talk about the 3 to 5 million illegal aliens votin






ellen degeneres uses 'finding dory' to critique trump's travel ban


ellen degeneres took a moment tuesday to register her disapproval of president trump's travel ban by way of her hit film "finding dory." on urday, trump held a screening of the film at the white house, just a day after signing the executive order restricting travel for refugees and citizens of seven muslim-majority countries. after clarifying that she doesn't like to get political, degeneres launched into an explanation of the plot of "finding dory" and what message she hopes viewers take from it. "dory arrives in america with her friends marlin and nemo. she ends up at the marine life institute behind a large wall. they all have to get over the wall and you won't believe it, but that wall has almost no effect in keeping them out," degeneres joked, to audience approval, a clear referen






homeland security chief wants border wall built in two years


homeland security secretary john kelly is setting a timeline for completing construction of president trump’s southern border wall: 2019. “the wall will be built where it’s needed first, and then it will be filled in. that’s the way i look at it,” kelly told fox news in an interview that aired wednesday, predicting that construction could begin in a matter of months. “i really hope to have it done within the next two years.”kelly, who was traveling wednesday along the u.s.-mexican border in mcallen, texas to meet with department of homeland security workers, gave further details about the border plan, which he called a “layered approach.” “any discussion about the protection of our southwest border involves discussion of physical barriers but also of technological sensors, things like that






graham to trump: send an immigration bill to senate


if president donald trump wants to tackle immigration, he should “send a bill over” to the senate. that’s the view of sen. lindsey graham, the south carolina republican who was a member of the “gang of eight” that drafted the 2013 immigration overhaul that passed the senate before stalling in the house.“i think it would be helpful for him to do it. i’m encouraged by some of the things i hear. we got 68 votes for a bipartisan bill that i was one of the chief architects of,” graham said. graham said the 2013 legislation allowed for merit-based immigration, something, he pointed out, trump mentioned in his joint session address on tuesday. the three-term senator said that he thought democratic votes could be mustered for funding trump’s proposed wall along the border with mexico if it came as






graham to trump: send an immigration bill to senate


if president donald trump wants to tackle immigration, he should “send a bill over” to the senate. that’s the view of sen. lindsey graham, the south carolina republican who was a member of the “gang of eight” that drafted the 2013 immigration overhaul that passed the senate before stalling in the house.“i think it would be helpful for him to do it. i’m encouraged by some of the things i hear. we got 68 votes for a bipartisan bill that i was one of the chief architects of,” graham said. graham said the 2013 legislation allowed for merit-based immigration, something, he pointed out, trump mentioned in his joint session address on tuesday. the three-term senator said that he thought democratic votes could be mustered for funding trump’s proposed wall along the border with mexico if it came as






female officers in high demand at st. paul police department


allison rogers knew she wanted to be a police officer, but others had their concerns: did she consider teaching instead? had she seen the most recent news articles about officers who were killed in the line of duty?so rogers pursued a degree in corrections instead.“i had a lot of people telling me i wouldn’t want to be in the profession,” said rogers. “more out of fear than that it wasn’t a noble profession. i’m a pretty small … i’m 5-foot-1. with my boots, i’m 5-3.”in her second year at minnesota state university, mankato, she gained the confidence to switch tracks to law enforcement after speaking with an officer from her hometown of waseca, minn., where she served as a police reserve. on a recent urday morning, rogers, 23, was among 88 people who packed an informational meeting at the n