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House Freedom Caucus chairman: ‘We still have major concerns’ with Obamacare replacement bill

While House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows announced earlier this week that members of the caucus will not be bound to vote against the GOP Obamacare replacement legislation, he says a number of the members, himself included, have serious reservations about the bill. USA Today has the details: But just because they were given the OK to vote however they chose didn’t mean everyone was ready to vote yes. Several Freedom Caucus members, including Meadows, said late Monday they still expect most of the group will vote "no." "I think we still have major concerns with this bill," Meadows said after the Freedom Caucus met for their weekly ...

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ICE cracks down on three states harboring illegal-immigrants with criminal records

Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tuesday said they arrested a total of nearly 250 illegal immigrants in three different states who have a record of crime or are facing criminal charges and that the arrests largely took place in Philadelphia. The Washington Examiner has the story: The focus was Philadelphia, a so-called "sanctuary city" that has been refusing to comply with ICE demands that city law enforcement detain illegals for arrest. "In the Philadelphia area, ICE arrested several at large criminal aliens in which the agency had issued detainers but the City of Philadelphia failed to honor them and released the individuals ...

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Washington Examiner: Most illegal immigrants in U.S. are from Mexico

Illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America comprise the majority of illegal immigrants in the U.S., according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute. The Washington Examiner has the story: The new report said that no other region came close to Latin America for delivering illegal immigrants into the U.S. "Mexico and Central America accounted for most unauthorized immigrants in the United States as of 2010-14, with MPI estimating their totals at about 7.9 million (71 percent of the overall unauthorized population). About 1.5 million (13 percent) were from Asia; 673,000 (6 percent) from South America; 432,000 (4 percent) from ...

Senate confirms Dr. Ben Carson as next HUD secretary

Retired neurosurgeon and former GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson garnered bipartisan support Thursday as half a dozen senators crossed party line to help Republicans confirm him as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. USA Today has the details: Carson has never held public office and has no housing policy experience. But Republicans have praised the life story of a man who grew up in inner-city Detroit with a single mother who had a third-grade education. When his nomination cleared the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in January, Democrats said Carson would not have been their choice, but they welcomed his ...

Law-enforcement official: Less accountability for illegal aliens than for citizens

A local law-enforcement official at the forefront of enforcing our criminal and immigration laws says non-U.S. citizens who don’t comply are held to a different and lower standard compared to lawful residents. The Washington Examiner has the story: In a Senate hearing focused on the impact of crimes by illegal immigrants on Americans as far north as Wisconsin and Washington, Grant County, Wash., Chief Deputy Ryan Rectenwald described a gruesome murder in 2016 of Jill Marie Sundberg by a previously deported illegal immigrant who skipped out on an $8,000 bond. "He never returned for his hearing. No failure to appear warrants were ever issued," ...

Watch Tea Party Patriots’ Jenny Beth Martin demonstrate how to defend the Supreme Court!

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin this week during a Facebook Live broadcast encouraged viewers to visit http://tpp.us/defendthesupremecourt and sign up to host a #ConfirmGorsuch house party in an effort to maximize the social-media buzz surrounding the confirmation process of conservative Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. “There’s a reason why we encourage people to use social media. There are studies that show that some members of Congress can be influenced by as few as 30 tweets, and we’ve all seen how much a single tweet from President Trump can get – how much media attention that can get,” said Jenny Beth. ...

Tea party activists tell liberal New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to vote to #ConfirmGorsuch

Tea party activists gathered this week at Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) Binghamton office to protest the senator’s blind criticism of President Donald J. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Binghamton Homepage has the details: Attendees say Schumer had written-off Gorsuch before he was announced as the nominee. Tea Party Patriots Coordinator Gilda Ward says Schumer and other Democrats are acting like sore losers. "The Democrats have expressed so much hatred, obstructionism and violence in some cases. They have paid protestors go out there. It bothers me when they say they're speaking for me because they don't," said Ward. Su...

Jenny Beth Martin: When it comes to listening, members of Congress should take a cue from President Trump

Members of Congress would do well to learn from President Donald J. Trump who, during the course of his election campaign, took the time to listen to the American people, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest opinion piece, adding our leaders in Washington, D.C. should listen to their constituents before cramming through controversial legislation like they did with Obamacare. The Washington Times has the commentary: Congress is on recess this week, and recess usually means more interaction with constituents and more engagements in forums and dialogues with constituents. Or, at least, that is what it has historically ...