Saturday, March 30, 2019

Shutting off the spigot

The God-Emperor turns off the money:
US President Donald Trump has ordered to cut all aid programs for the so-called Northern Triangle nations over the migrant inflow into the US. Washington is often criticized for worsening the conditions that force people to flee.

“We are carrying out the President’s direction and ending FY [fiscal year] 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle,” a State Department spokesperson told the media. “We will be engaging Congress as part of this process,” she added.

Earlier, Trump himself told journalists that he “ended payments to Guatemala, to Honduras, and to El Salvador. No money goes there anymore.” He also accused the Central American countries of not doing “a thing for us.” The president also turned to Twitter to lambaste the three nations, along with Mexico, over their failure to stop illegal immigration into the US.
It's a good start, anyhow.

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Blogger flyingtiger March 30, 2019 9:38 PM  

Their citizens are sending admittances. They do not need foreign aid.

Blogger Solon March 30, 2019 9:52 PM  

Excellent. It's not like any of the money was actually filtering down to the people that need help.

Also, more importantly, it's not like their poor people are American's responsibility.

Blogger Colin Flaherty's baby momma March 30, 2019 9:52 PM  

Most people were expecting/asking too much from Trump.
He started with 95% of the political media establishment against him, beat them at their rigged game, then took office with bureaucratic resistance armies & state snake network all against him, because he exposes their frauds.
So many supposedly intelligent people going hysterical & denouncing him for not overriding the entire evil empire in the first year.
Trump is a hell of a lot better than Hellary and all other phony candidates.

Presidential powers have been way over-hyped. It amazes me to hear people talk as if Hillary Clinton or our first half-Afroblack pres Barikibu BoBongo were some kind of political masterminds when they are puppets running on scripts. The president appears powerful when he's following his bosses' orders.

Blogger Deep Thought March 30, 2019 9:56 PM  

I pray he continues to find funding and build the wall. Faster.

March will set a record for illegals caught crossing the border. Over 100k.

Blogger Cecil Henry March 30, 2019 9:58 PM  

Block off all remittances to Mexico and other.

Watch them wake up fast.

Blogger VFM #7634 March 30, 2019 9:58 PM  

It would be supremely ironic if the sh-tholes to our south cost the Democrats the 2020 election.

Blogger tz March 30, 2019 10:01 PM  

Cut off Remittances (not done via wire tranfers from US "know your customer" banks and CUs to non-cartel Mexican banks.

Release those waiting to be deported or asylumed or whatever into Puerto Rico where they speak Spanish, but where they won't do crimes against Americans or take US Jobs but also no cages or separations. Sign an EO ending Anchor Babies from illegals (in PR and not in the 50 staates).

Make E-Verify mandatory to any business that is in any way linked with the US Government (USDA inspections, Universities that get student loans or pell grants, etc., almost all).

Also end cash to Mexico until they send every cavanner back across their southern border.

Greatly increase ICE sweeps and send them to PR within hours of apprehension.

Override DHS/Neilsen for TPS and move them to PR (including Hatians, etc.) until they are deported.

Blogger Dhrndz March 30, 2019 10:03 PM  

".. accused the Central American countries of 'not doing a thing for us'....."

Where's the lie? Even the left should be able to admit that there's more truth in that "accusation" than there isn't.

Blogger Doug Cranmer March 30, 2019 10:11 PM  

Seize all admittances from these countries. It's our money. It stays here.

Ok, I have some awareness of secondary and tertiary consequences that would develop in time.

But the message for now would be something.

Blogger NO GOOGLES March 30, 2019 10:14 PM  

Good first step.
Now we need WALL.
We need mandatory E-Verify with HEAVY penalties for being found in violation.
We need deportations.
We need to tax remittances at high levels.

We'll see how much we can get on this list. I'm not one to criticize a fat guy's first trip to the gym, though.

Blogger NO GOOGLES March 30, 2019 10:20 PM  

Remember, from the left's perspective Central American countries are doing us a MASSIVE favor by flooding us with their undesirables by the million.

Blogger #7139 March 30, 2019 10:26 PM  

It's a good start, anyhow

Yes it is. Gotta start somewhere.

Blogger Nathan Hal March 30, 2019 10:27 PM  

There were several trains full of steel slats traveling through TX a little more than a month ago. The wall is getting built here. Any spottings in Arizona and New Mexico?
How much funding do we have secured so far? 4 of 7 billion? Even if there was 15b it wouldn't be finished by 2024. Trackhoe a trench, crane puts in one slat, pour concrete, reposition, put in another slat and pour again. They're probably framing the concrete too. How far could one crew get in a day, couple hundred yards? Rice, beans, buckets for water and ammo. RIP the U of the SA.

Blogger White Knight Leo #0368 March 30, 2019 10:28 PM  

He did say that was going to be the price of letting the caravans through.

Blogger Ford Prefect March 30, 2019 10:40 PM  

Why not slap a 20% "wall tax" on remittances (did I spell that correctly) and use it to fund the wall?

Blogger Watcher of the skies March 30, 2019 10:49 PM  

well, according to this article on Forbes from 2014
the U.S. gives aid to 96% of all countries around the world. My blood pressure just rose to 196!

One would think that after all that we get a bit more sympathy around the world.
Think again...

Blogger Bobiojimbo March 30, 2019 10:53 PM  


"Trump said the funds totaled $500 million, but it wasn’t clear Friday if that figure was accurate. The State Department announced in December that the U.S. would mobilize $5.8 billion in public and private american investment to these three countries."

I think Trump just found the funding for The Big Beautiful Wall.

Blogger VFM #7634 March 30, 2019 10:53 PM  

Release those waiting to be deported or asylumed or whatever into Puerto Rico where they speak Spanish, but where they won't do crimes against Americans or take US Jobs but also no cages or separations.

@7 tz
Interesting idea. Puerto Rico's population has dropped a half million in the past decade or so, which means there should be lots and lots of empty housing there.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine March 30, 2019 11:06 PM  

"Even the left should be able to admit that there's more truth"

Whom hate the truth? Nah.

Blogger Long Live The West March 30, 2019 11:15 PM  

Good for him.

There's times where Trump is more talk than walk, but at least his talk has some bite to it since he's been willing to take action on many occasions.

2020 will be a breeze if he can make significant progress on the border.

Blogger wreckage March 30, 2019 11:36 PM  

Trump. More effective than all the conservative Presidents before, put together.

Blogger S1AL March 30, 2019 11:47 PM  

I'll put a Benjamin on a series of announcements like this for the next 2 months... this is the fruit of the Mueller report. Trump has Carte Blanche now.

Blogger Michael Maier March 31, 2019 12:16 AM  

I still want minefields and sniper towers.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd March 31, 2019 1:22 AM  

Nathan Hal wrote:How far could one crew get in a day, couple hundred yards?

With a bit of planning and the right equipment, a mile or two a day seems plausible. One crew trenches, another sets pre-fab steel forms for the foundation, another crew pours. Second day, those crews move ahead, while another crew strips yesterday's forms and another crew sets prefab slat sections on the foundation. Five crews following one another, plus logistics.

There doesn't have to be just one gang of five crews, either. 2,000 miles of wall, 2 miles per gang per day, so 100 gangs get it done in 10 days. More likely 10 gangs get it done in a year.

Blogger Jack Amok March 31, 2019 1:33 AM  

A very good start. Now cut funding to everyone else. I'm all charitied out. The rest of the world can pay it's own damn way.

Blogger Raker_T March 31, 2019 1:52 AM  

A few thoughts: increased border crossings at this time might be indicative of actual wall construction, in that they know it's their last chance to get to El Norte. Also, If routes are known, then preventing illegals from getting to California, where they will be encouraged to vote, is the most important place to start the wall. Sure, they'll be coming in or trying to, during construction, but make them go where they can do less damage.
OT, but isn't it likely, maybe obvious that the Jesse Smollett thing was someone ponying up bucks for a bribe to create some bad news after good news for the Right? Missouri defying federal gun laws, and the no collusion news were pretty good events for one week.

Blogger Joseph Maroney March 31, 2019 2:27 AM  

"I pray he continues to find funding and build the wall. Faster."

The whole thing could be crowd funded. But that would destroy Washington's power. They use the budget to hold American citizens hostage to their bullshit.

Blogger Raker_T March 31, 2019 2:34 AM  

Another thought: I was just looking at a sidewalk along the riverfront nearby, this recreational area apparently was funded by selling paver bricks with names in them. So, just like the star registry bit, where you pay to get a star named after someone, could mile markers be stamped or affixed to the wall; then you could pay to have a metal slat named after someone, and tell everyone that slat number 1067 on mile 234 is mine? We have July 4th, and Pearl harbor day, will there be a Wall day? At least on the Right. We talk about alternate media, which is good, but what about alternate culture? Memes circulating about this holiday or that. They take down a statue, we have General Lee day. There are sites that will never sell a thing to the left, so why not No Collusion Tuesday, buy now and get a free vial of liberal tears, of it's California long magazine day, buy 1 magazine , the second one is half price. Fun, morale, and sales, what could be better?

Blogger Retrenched March 31, 2019 2:34 AM  

Trump must be feeling the heat from his base. He's sounding a lot more hawkish on border security lately. It's been a little while since he's called for massive increases in legal immigration as well.

Now he needs to end catch and release, close the border, and call on Congress to start impeaching federal judges who are facilitating the asylum scam.

Oh, and actually build the damn wall, instead of going around talking like it's almost finished when he hasn't built anything new. He wasn't elected to just cut corporate taxes, free prisoners early and move the embassy after all....

Blogger Jack Ward March 31, 2019 2:55 AM  

Want them all to self-deport? End all the freebies handed out by the government. No more benefits off Uncle Sugar's tits for any illegals, their supposed 'anchor' babies, EO ending anchor baby policies, all states, strict background checks, death penalties, by tribunal, for any illegals that do violent crime, trials and executions to happen within one week. Lets try that on for size. That would be a start.

Blogger SciVo March 31, 2019 3:32 AM  

Weaksauce. I can only justify it by noting that this hits the leeches hardest, contrary to what was implied by the snide aside. But I'll bet that they hate their peasants more than they love their luxury, and that it won't work at all.

Blogger Argus Bacchus March 31, 2019 3:36 AM  

The folks over at AMPA (Aztec and Mayan Peasant Association) ain't gonna like this.

Blogger peter blandings March 31, 2019 3:58 AM  

what i'm about to say is not defeatism by any stretch, although it will immediately be called that by numerous commenters. you can not solve a problem if you do not know the true cause, and 99.999999% of trump supporters do not. and if i'm wrong about this prediction, vox, please, perma-ban me right now; we don't have to wait for the outcome of the wall wager. for those of you who haven't figured out the story line yet, here is what's going to happen.

congressmen on both sides will yelp about how terrible it is to cut off money to these poor people who just want a better life. an illegal lawsuit will be filed in the 9th circuit or an equally liberal jurisdiction by plaintiff/s who have no standing whatsoever in a u.s. court of law. nonetheless, a corrupt judge will issue a stay and the money will continue to flow south of the border. trump will observe the stay even though it is illegal and unconstitutional, and appeal. then the subject will drop and not be heard from again.

today trump issued his 263rd threat about closing the southern border, and the result will be the same as the other 262; nothing. the border will remain open to all comers. as i've said many times in these comments, this farce is not a failing on trump's part; he's in an impossible situation. he needs our help and you're not helping him by continuing to go along with the farce. i have complete faith and trust in your judgement and fairness, vox. i'm only trying to find the truth, i'm only trying to explain things that otherwise don't make sense. you can wait to see if my current prediction is correct if you want, or ban me today. your blog, your call. i would only ask that you realize that i am on trump's side, have been since day one, i am not the opposition. but we can't win this by making the same mistake over and over.

trump has the constitutional and statutory authority to close the southern border any effing day of the week. he doesn't need approval from congress, he doesn't need approval from any federal court that doesn't have any authority regarding national security, border security or any other issue that has to do with the sovereignty of the u.s. The left can take comfort in the fact that damn near 100% of the electorate has no idea of how this country works or what the constitution says or does not say.

Blogger Gettimothy March 31, 2019 4:48 AM  

@28 I like the way you think.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart March 31, 2019 4:48 AM  

Their citizens are sending admittances. They do not need foreign aid.

Don't they call these remittances? Regardless, just tax those 20% and the Wall is paid off, and then some.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart March 31, 2019 5:06 AM  

Excellent. It's not like any of the money was actually filtering down to the people that need help.

Neither is actual development desired. In a well-governed country, your government purchases influence over those foreign governments. They call it raison d'état. But since the CIA and other three letter agencies of the Deep State turned treasonous against the POTUS and The People, this money is no longer needed, nor indeed profitably invested. Trump was right to turn it off.

Blogger Mark Stoval March 31, 2019 5:46 AM  

In my close family I have had army intelligence, high ranking officers, copter pilots, and navy personal. I believe we need to defend ourselves.

However, I have not seen the USA military actually defend our land. Defend the homeland.

Before I go off this mortal stage, I would like to see our fighting men defend our land and not be destroying people in far away places that have never done us any harm. Of course, that would mean we need to end the Empire. (before it ends us)

We need to put men on the southern border and fight WW1 trench warfare. Shoot anything that moves. Close the border.

Blogger IAN March 31, 2019 6:13 AM  

An idea I've seen floated by VDare is to stop issuing any Visas to these countries until their governments cooperate - that will hit the elites where it hurts. I doubt they care that much about poverty programs except as opportunities for their corruption.

Blogger pdwalker March 31, 2019 6:32 AM  

Why the flippin flip is foreign aid paid by the american taxpayers being sent out to all these foreign countries anyway? I mean, besides the usual reasons of graft and corruption....

Blogger John Doe03526 March 31, 2019 6:57 AM  

They are swarming now because they know Trump will eventually get this done. It won't be so easy in a few years. In the meantime, militarize the border.

Blogger peter blandings March 31, 2019 9:21 AM  

one more thing. or two. aid to these countries is instantly stolen by the spaniards who have run them for centuries. it is immediately transferred into offshore accounts and never sees the peasants for whom it was intended. therefore cutting such aid has nothing whatsoever to do with illegal immigration into the u.s. It would be very difficult to convince me that trump
is too stupid to know this. therefore, i have to ask, what exactly is the point?

thing 2; there is no possible way that these central american pygmies could traverse the hostile territory of the entire nation of mexico from south to north without not only the express permission of the mexican government, but also it's aid and facilitation. it would seem to me that this constitutes a casus beli that would more than justify a declaration of war against mexico. take it over and take their oil. before they complete their takeover of us.

Blogger Avalanche March 31, 2019 9:21 AM  

@25 "The rest of the world can pay it's own damn way."

U.S. OUT OF NATO NOW! (And the U.N., while wer'e dreaming...)

Blogger LZ March 31, 2019 9:25 AM  

The migrant flow is prima facie evidence that the government has lost the "mandate of heaven" or has lost control over its borders, or is intentionally attacking the United States. The U.S. has casus belli for everything from humanitarian military intervention to full on invasion and colonization.

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Blogger Avalanche March 31, 2019 9:34 AM  

@18 "Puerto Rico's population has dropped a half million in the past decade or so, which means there should be lots and lots of empty housing there."

Downside: the REST of the *)@#$%^& Puerto Ricans will move to the U.S. And claim Social Security Disability Pay because "no speakka dah engalis," like some PRs already here are! And they're GETTING it!

Maybe upside: finally get all the illegals and legals out of the U.S.; then get them all out of Puerto Rico, and turn Puerto Rico into a high-end WHITE-only resort or even a high-end PRISON.

Blogger JD Curtis March 31, 2019 9:54 AM  

I can't wait to see what Pendejo Bob has to say about this, his base.
I firmly believe Biden getting MeTooed recently was to clear the path for O'Rourke

Blogger Toris March 31, 2019 10:16 AM  

This site is fake news. Migrants aren't an issue, California is totally white. I know cos I just watched David Lee Roth documenting demographics of girls in California.

Blogger VFM #7634 March 31, 2019 10:21 AM  

and turn Puerto Rico... or even a high-end PRISON.

@45 Avalanche
An island-size Gitmo. Let's do it. That's all it's good for anyway.

Blogger Rough Carrigan March 31, 2019 11:16 AM  

Stop all money transfers to those nations. No Western Union etc.

Blogger Argus Bacchus March 31, 2019 11:50 AM  


The idea of a band with David Lee Roth's and Van Halen's "partytime" attitude and sensibilities coming out of today's southern California is almost unimaginable.

They are the product of mid-late 70's soCal culture.

It's gone forever.

Then we got Guns N' Roses (LA is now a sleazy shithole) and Rage Against the Machine (fuck you, whitey!)


Blogger Brett baker March 31, 2019 11:54 AM  

I miss Diamond Dave. We need more rock frontmen like him.

Blogger Argus Bacchus March 31, 2019 11:58 AM  

Sorry, my previous DLR/Van Halen comment was meant as a response to @47.

Not myself.


Blogger Argus Bacchus March 31, 2019 12:08 PM  


They're mostly afraid of going in jail or being poundmetoo victims.

They just don't make slutty groupies like they used to.

So tragic.

Blogger DonReynolds March 31, 2019 12:16 PM  

Perhaps the only good thing about having Mexico between ourselves and Central America relates to the international law for refugees.

Any so-called refugee loses their status as a refugee upon entering the first safe country....which in this case would be Mexico. Once in Mexico, the Central Americans cease to be refugees.

Blogger Hammerli280 March 31, 2019 12:41 PM  

@41: "it would seem to me that this constitutes a casus beli that would more than justify a declaration of war against mexico."

I've thought that, too. And a declaration of war against Mexico would make the removal of enemy aliens pathetically easy. Especially as any who stay can be considered saboteurs and shot out of hand. Doubly so since any judge who decided to interfere would face real, live, honest-to-the-hangman Treason charges.

Quite aside from the security advantages of shortening the border by taking Baja California, and moving the border to 1 mile south of the Rio Grande (enough for a proper Barrier Wall, with minefields).

Blogger SciVo March 31, 2019 1:22 PM  

Hammerli280 wrote:Quite aside from the security advantages of shortening the border by taking Baja California

Wat. That would lengthen the border. Considerably.

This isn't some computer strategy game where "land" units can't cross "ocean" hexes.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine March 31, 2019 1:28 PM  

"moving the border to 1 mile south of the Rio Grande (enough for a proper Barrier Wall, with minefields)."

Why do we need to invade Mexico to do what would be done better here, with the river as the first layer of deterrent?

Why does everyone want to invade other countries? Get that stupid imperial mindset out of your system.

Blogger Michael Maier March 31, 2019 2:02 PM  

@Azure: Mexico's govt aids in sending migrants (invasion) and drugs (international crime) into the US. Notwithstanding how much our govt is complicit in that stuff, we have all the fig leafs we need to invade and "protect" ourselves. Makes much more sense than Iraq or Afghanistan.

Blogger Hammerli280 March 31, 2019 2:23 PM  

@56 Scivo: If we take Baja, the border becomes all water. Much easier to patrol, much harder to cross 50 miles of the Gulf of California than 50 yards of dirt.

Blogger Lance E March 31, 2019 3:34 PM  

Azure Amaranthine wrote:Why does everyone want to invade other countries? Get that stupid imperial mindset out of your system.

Invasion is war, and they're invading the U.S. already.

Taking territory, especially territory directly adjacent to your own country, is not automatically "imperialism". Russia does it, China does it, Israel does it... and very often for the same reason, they want a buffer against constant invasions and low-level warfare.

Because of the actions of neocons/neolibs over the past several decades, a lot of us have been conditioned to automatically connect war with suzerainty - trying to rule over other people, turn them into puppet states and impose our idiotic ideas of liberal democracy on them. That's not necessarily what all military action is for. Sometimes the goal is simply to drive would-be invaders farther back into their own territory, and either claim the disputed territory for yourself or just salt the earth and turn it into moats and minefields.

Blogger sammibandit March 31, 2019 4:10 PM  

Remember when nationals of a country that was in conflict with America were not permitted in until the conflict ended? Remember when nationals avoided American after conflict ended if they were offended enough, choosing instead other Anglo countries? Pepperidge Farms remembers.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd March 31, 2019 6:08 PM  

Azure Amaranthine wrote:"moving the border to 1 mile south of the Rio Grande (enough for a proper Barrier Wall, with minefields)."

Why do we need to invade Mexico to do what would be done better here, with the river as the first layer of deterrent?

Why does everyone want to invade other countries? Get that stupid imperial mindset out of your system.

If the Messykins had behaved themselves, we could have shared the river. They didn't, we can't.

Now, let's build the wall and the minefields on their side. Let's make a depopulated zone between them and us, a no-go zone for beaners. Let's let them suffer the consequences of their invasion.

Blogger eclecticme March 31, 2019 6:19 PM  

I understand that the MX govt gets financial and political benefit from allowing MX citizens to cross into the US. I do not undestand the benefit to them for non MX people traversing all of MX to cross into the US. Maybe it is illegal kickbacks from human smugglers or Soros.

Trump should increase tariffs on MX goods coming into the US until MX screams uncle. MX citizens should ask why they have to suffer so that non MX citizens can cross MX.

I would like to see a price put on all illegal borders crossers, say $10K for MX and $20K for each non MX. Fix the tariffs for the next week to cover the previous week's total. Unopredictable sure. Not as drastic as shutting border totally.

I am not sure what the Central America countries can do to keep people from leaving. MX can do plenty over thousands of miles to keep them from passing through.

Lots of US mfgs depend on parts from MX. Count on seeing MSM videos of US plant workers unemployed due to mean Trump.

Blogger eclecticme March 31, 2019 6:42 PM  

Another season of seeing rotund 5 foot 200 pound brown women (future US dialysis patients) with infants said to be walking 10, then 20, then 40 miles per day. In flip flops no less! Better time than Roman Legions or the US Marines!

IMO Trump has his hands tied legally in many aspects. He cannot return non MX border crossers to MX. He cannot hold 'families' very long, especially if claiming asylum, due to the law. He could hold single adults whether or not claiming asylum but has to let them go for lack of holding space.

I believe that closing the border would only reduce legal crossings. Illegals are bused to remote areas and run across the borner, claiming asylum. US manufacutuers, making the rope to hang us with, will cry bloddy murder in the MSM.

Razor wire and mine fields are OK with me. I do not like US covert action abroad but 50 cal slugs in bus engine blocks or the equivalent would be fine with me. Kinder and cheaper than dorning wedding parties in other countries.

I want MX to feel extreme pain for allowing the border crossers, especially non MXs.

Trivia: 40 US states pay for dialysis once per week for illegals. 10 states pay for 3 times per week. VDH said that 2 new dialysis centers opened in Fresno CA, near him.

Blogger terrapin March 31, 2019 8:21 PM  

# 37 Excellent points.

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