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Leadership was an important factor in enabling some countries to quickly prevent the spread of the coronavirus and minimize the adverse impact of the pandemic. In contrast, lack of competent leadership allowed COVID-19 to develop into an enduring health crisis that has now resurged with a second wave of outbreak. A leading example of this aspect is U.S. president Donald Trump, who up to now, downplays the pandemic even as he himself has become infected.

Hopefully, voters have learned their lessons, albeit still dependent on the outcome of the November presidential election. Yet is Joseph “Joe” Biden Jr. a leader in the truest sense? Perhaps yes, because he has a track record to show for it, during his term as Vice President to former President Barack Obama.

Now let us think about the future and our responsibilities as current adults of our nation. Are we, at the moment, raising children who can become future leaders not only in terms of politics but in every sector of our respective communities?

Psychology experts are one in saying that leaders are not born but are made. Yet every child has the potential to become a great leader, if we as parents, give them the support they need as they grow up and help them navigate their way in different settings and environments. .

Are Leaders Born or Made?

Based on research studies conducted by expert psychologists, the ability to lead is about one-third inborn and two-thirds acquired or made. Leadership is actually a set of very complex skills that can be developed by training, and honed through actual experiences; whether in sports, business, politics or military. Effective leadership is one that can motivate and steer a group of people toward working for the common good and not just for his or her personal benefits.

It is unreasonable to expect a child to be born with a full set of tools needed in becoming a great leader because there is also complexity present between existing processes and social groups.

What Can We as Parents or Guardians Do, to Tap the Leadership Qualities of Our Children?

While some of us were not trained or have been able to develop our own leadership skills, we cannot exactly fulfill the role of being models of leadership. Although some children look to famous personalities and celebrities, it would be best if we reinforce their exposure to genuine leadership qualities.

One way to do this is to give our children opportunities to know and even interact with people in our localities who exemplify leadership traits; e.g. youth community leaders, youth lay leaders, school administrators, educators, coaches and even relatives.

Even the simple act of providing our children with recreation, entertainment or toys can help in nurturing their innate leadership ability. While we want to make our kids happy and give them a free hand in choosing, it’s still our responsibility to give them guidance on how to make the right choices. However, keep in mind that the goal is not to develop perfect individuals, as we ourselves are not. Just like us, our children can make wrong decisions and we as adults, can teach them how to overcome disappointments or failures.

Even the simple act of buying toys during the early stages of their childhood, particularly in the formative years, can have an impact on their development as future leaders. Selecting toys that have educational values, such as those that can develop their communication skills, encourage future aspirations, nurture perseverance and recognize the value of teamwork, can all work toward developing qualities that make good leaders. .

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While it is now clear that the paths in moving forward are in the digital spaces, entrepreneurs deciding to do business online shouldn’t do so in a mad rush. Although many consumers went on a buying spree during the COVID-19 lockdown, the stark truth is that many have also come to realize that the worst isn’t over yet.

Most online businesses will be in a tighter competition to attract consumers who are now constrained to change their buying habits in order to get through the economic recession.

The reality in America is that the current government administration is more focused on getting Trump re-elected, as there are no real economic plans in place. So even if you are one who is currently taking the e-commerce path, it is important to analyze if you will be investing financial resources on product/s that will stay afloat amidst the current economic condition.

Nonetheless, recessions in the past have shown that many innovations came around as solutions. A good way to restart is to be with an e-commerce platform when the innovations arrive. Yet when looking for an e-commerce platform, don’t get easily swayed by all the hype and the rush to get your business on board. After all, existing platforms today are built with features that were designed to work in a well-oiled economy.

The Practicality of Using a Free e-Commerce Platform for a Start-Up Online Business

Initially, it would be best to operate a start-up online store on an e-commerce platform that offers unlimited free use, and there are quite a number that do so. It is worthwhile to note that there is now an e-commerce platform called Groove Funnels that offers tools and applications beyond the basic shopping cart, payment processors and shipping elements.

Aside from supporting the online sales system with funnel technology, the platform comes with an affiliate marketing program to make the cost of product promotions manageable. Articles about Groovefunnel review and feedback from genuine customers provide comprehensive information on why they deemed this new platform as helpful, especially during the COVID-19 quarantine period.

The point is, once the innovations come rolling in and the changes in trends finally define the shape and dimension of the emerging markets, an e-commerce platform that has the capability to introduce new digital innovations would prove as a sustainable, long term solution.

Driving Factors of Digital Innovations

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought on rapid changes, requiring efficient innovations influenced by three critical factors: dissatisfaction, simplification and diversification. All three factors can be gleaned from current data analytics provided by market researchers..

Responses to surveys were in relation to new business conditions that encourage employees to work from home as a way to minimize overhead costs. Employees on the other hand, have to make their home-based working spaces more comfortable and their Internet connections more reliable and secure. Improvements in digital technologies will simplify applications, to promote broader participation across various age groups, gender and other major demographic distinctions, among people of diverse cultures.

As Trump’s numbers at all polls continue to nosedive, Republican lawmakers are feuding, but only because their political future is now at stake. Several Republican senators are losing support in their respective state, which could mean leadership and domination of the Congressional upper house could go to Democratic lawmakers.

As GOP senators like Susan Collins (Maine), Thom Tillis (North Carolina) and Martha McSally (Arizona) appear to be losing ground in their home state, their chances for re-election likewise continue to recede. Mainly because of their continuing show of support for Donald Trump.

Actually, the feuding between GOP lawmakers is primarily caused by Republican Representatives who are voicing advocacies opposing Trump’s handling of national security issues and the COVID-19 pandemic. That being the case, Republican lawmakers are finding it hard to arrive at a consensus in legislating new coronavirus bills based on what Trump thinks matters. An example of which is the payroll tax cut to which many GOP House representatives are opposed.

Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a long time Trump supporter and touted as the highest ranking female Republican House member, has taken an active voice in supporting Dr. Anthony Fauci’s science-based opinions and recommendation. As a result. Representative Cheney is under attack from fellow Republicans because they deem her support of Dr. Fauci as a blatant act of disloyalty against Trump.

GOP Lawmakers are Aware that Trump’s Actions are Constitutionally Questionable

Democratic lawmakers are yet to take action in stopping Trump from deploying federal agents in major U.S. cities on the pretext of protecting federal assets. Republicans on other hand, voice their disapproval of Trump’s secret policies, only in the shadows

While Republicans at Capitol Hill express doubts on the constitutionality of Trump’s secret police, they do so only under conditions of anonymity. After all, Trump is only targeting cities led by Democratic mayors who prefer to apply maximum tolerance on the peaceful protesters; whilst letting local police officers go after agitators and looters.

As November election nears, more and more voters in the Blue states and the so-called Swing states are making it known that they no longer approve of Trump’s display of leadership, or for that matter, the lack of it. Nonetheless, most Republican legislators and other politicians are still hoping that Trump still has some trump card up his sleeve to save them from possible political doom.

Video game players spend a lot of time playing on gaming consoles or PCs, yet it turns out that many tend to develop political awareness through the exercise. Consider this, if all gamers are a dumb lot, why will the military even think of recruiting them?

Gamers are inclined to form community groups in the lobbies of their favorite online game, or at Twitch and Reddit. Discussions can cover anything; not only about gaming-related topics but also real time information on current events as they happen in their respective country or community.

So even if Statista’s 2019 reports state that video game players ranging between ages 15 and 19 spend 64 minutes playing on their PCs or consoles on an average weekday, they also engage in discussions about the political, social and economic aspects of the game content. In some ways, some even get to understand when a political concept is right or left leaning.

Why Reddit’s Gaming Discussions Can Also be Informative

While many ordinarily ask for advice about a computer component or accessory that is better suited for gaming, such questions elicit useful and meaningful responses from gamers who use Reddit’s discussion forums. Here, a gamer once asked about the best panel for gaming reddit responses even included comprehensive explanations coming from gaming solutions provider NVIDIA.

Most gamers know about LCD monitors but do not necessarily have knowledge about gaming panels. As a form of response, NVIDIA came out with a Reddit article explaining about LCD monitors and the different types of flat panels of liquid crystal which the LCD acronym stands for: Liquid Crystal Display.

Apparently, business organizations also benefit from Reddit’s discussion groups, posing as excellent sources of feedback. They then collect such information as useful data in monitoring product performance, or when making a baseline study for a future project.

While not a few video game players also have sub-community discussion groups at Twitch or Facebook, a serious discussion can at times be reactionary. One example are the rants against representations of feminists or LGBT in multiplayer games.

Twitch though, does not allow hateful conduct and comments. The streaming platform demonstrated this by suspending Donald Trump’s account for streaming campaign speeches with disparaging messages, such as those describing Mexican immigrants as drug dealers, criminals and rapists.

As opposed to Facebook, where even FB employees complained about CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to take action against Trump, when he uploaded his “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” broadcast.

To most serious gamers, all things matter, which is why the U.S. military is using massive multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG) as tools for recruiting American youths.

House Democrats Readying Recovery Plans

March 31, 2020 | Law, Politics | No Comments

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has steered Democratic House Representatives toward working proactively on a coronavirus recovery plan.

As Easter and Passover holidays are just a week ahead, Speaker Pelosi wants legislators to be ready with proposals for a recovery package that they will pass by the end of April. That way, pertinent laws will be on the negotiations table at the Senate level, ready to receive another round of terse debates and discussions.

Apparently, Democratic legislators are anticipating that a 4th coronavirus relief bill that aims to set the nation on the road to recovery will not go through as quickly as the three emergency and relief bills passed previously.

Still, Speaker Pelosi wants a recovery bill that will stand ready for voting, to ensure timely enactment once the Covid-19 crisis is over.

Democratic New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer is voicing concern,s saying

““States are bleeding out.” “There are massive costs of care and treatment, where there is no revenue coming…creating a huge hole to dig out of, and for which we need more resources.”

In a conference call held last Monday, the House Speaker told reporters that after addressing the country’s emergency and mitigation needs, she believes we are one in looking forward to plans that will enable the public and the economy to recover in a positive way.

Republican Lawmakers Not Likely to Act Urgently on a Recovery Bill

Even while at the House level, and after undergoing rounds of discussions with Republican House Representatives, most of the recovery ideas put forward by House Democrat leaders will not advance.

This early, senior Republican Senators are already voicing disapproval over the Democrats’ early approach to proposing another set of multi-trillion stimulus packages. They are warning Speaker Pelosi not to jam the upper house with a progressive plan, whilst dismissing the Dem’s potential bill as a mere wishlist of ideological ideas.

Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas), a close ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), opines that

It seems the Democrats are seizing an opportunity to pass their ideological and political agenda.” “Whereas we (Republicans) are approaching it with views on how we can protect the public health and the country’s economy”

Nonetheless, Speaker Pelosi hopes that just like the three previous bills that received bipartisan support, they are hoping that the potential recovery bill would be bipartisan as well.

The State of New Jersey has become the 14th U.S. jurisdiction to pass a law giving illegal immigrants the right to apply for a driver’s license.

Last Thursday, Governor Phil Murphy signed the new law to formally ratify a legislation which he strongly supported; following suit to similar laws already adopted by the States of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Vermont, including the federal district and U.S. capital, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.
Governor Murphy reasoned that

“Expanding access to driver’s licenses in order to allow residents to obtain a driver’s license regardless of their status as immigrant, will make the roads safer as it works toward bringing down the number of uninsured drivers and in building a fairer and stronger New jersey for all.

Democratic State Senator of Essex, NJ, Teresa Ruiz, who acted as primary sponsor to the bill said the right extended by the bill is available to undocumented immigrants already living as residents of New Jersey. who are already using the state’s roads and already contributing to the state’s economy as taxpayers.

What the NJ MVC Requires from Illegal Immigrants Applying for a Driver’s License

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The new law adopted a two-tiered driver’s license issuance system. The first tier is in accordance with the federal Real ID Act but which in the case of undocumented immigrants may include foreig documents issued by the country of origin such passports, driver’s license or social security; U.S. birth certificate if applicable, employment authorization, and other documents to show proof that the immigrant is gainfully employed in the state of New Jersey.

After an undocumented immigrant applying for a driver’s license passes the Real ID system, as prerequisite of the driver’s license application, he or she can then apply for a standard driver’s license with the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC).

As conditions to the approval of the driver’s license application, and regardless of immigration status, an MVC applicant must also take and pass the related tests e.g. drivings test, vision test, sd well as attend driving classes. The license available to undocumented immigrant applicants though, does not include commercial-purpose driver’s license.

A week after a transcript of Trump’s call to Ukraine President Zelensky and of the suppressed whistleblower complaint were made public, support for impeachment proceedings have increased. Surveys conducted by various pollsters indicate that more Americans are now supporting the impeachment inquiry launched by the House of Representatives.

Poll Comparisons that Show Rising Trend in Impeachment Support

The rise in numbers was tracked through comparisons of completed polls starting after the release of the Mueller Report in April 2019, to after Mueller’s testimony (July 24, 2019), and finally after news of the Ukraine call came out (September 20, 2019).

The comparisons strongly indicate that forthcoming polls after the Ukraine call and whistleblower complaint became public, will show further approval of the impeachment actions against Donald Trump.

YouGov/HuffPost polls after the Mueller Report showed 37% approval for impeachment. The percentage increased to 41% after Mueller testified in Congress. The latest result was from polls conducted after the Ukraine news, which showed impeachment approval rising to forty-seven percent (47%).

Morning Consult/Politico poll results showed a trend of 34%, to 37% to 43% following the same events.

Quinnipiac polling results for the same question went from 29%, to 32% to 37%

HarrisX/ScottRasmussen.com polls yielded results that trended from 42% to 43% to 44%

Number of Americans Who Disapprove of Trump’s Ukraine Actions Gives Support to Increased Approval for Impeachment

In a recently released poll conducted by YouGov/Economist, the results showed that 52 percent (52%) of Americans surveyed, found Trump’s request to President Zelensky inappropriate. Only twenty-two percent (22%) consider the request appropriate, while twenty-six percent (26%) expressed uncertainty of opinion regarding the issue.

Moreover, the same poll found that sixty-two percent (62%) of Americans surveyed are of the opinion that it is inappropriate for a president to withhold financial aid to a foreign country — if that country refuses to take action that will bring personal benefits to the president. Only fourteen percent (14%) said withholding financial aid for such reason is appropriate, while twenty-four percent (24%) were not sure if it is proper or not.

The way things are taking shape in the U.S. one would get the impression that Donald Trump’s presidency parallels that of a character in the Far Cry 5 video game and other similar Mobile Unblocked Games. Considering that the game was developed in 2017 and released for gaming in 2018, it is apparent that storyline developers of Far Cry 5, drew inspiration from Trump’s political views on how to improve the country’s socio-economic conditions.

Anyway, the Far Cry 5 story revolves around a doomsday cult called Project Eden led by Joseph Seed. The seed is a sentient android, an artificial human that is capable of experiencing feelings, and devious enough to sow conflict between humans and androids. To sow discord, the cult exploits the impoverished conditions of unemployed humans, in order to gain loyal and fanatic followers.

Seed and members of his Project Eden consider the non-sentient androids and the humans who employ them, as enemies and therefore must be eliminated from their world. A plot that is not a far cry from Trump’s actual political actions.

Similarity Between Trump’s Agenda and Joseph Seed’s Goals

To Trump and his supporters, immigrants have been taking employment opportunities that rightfully belong to American citizens. His campaign promise, therefore, included giving back to natural-born Americans, the right to take on jobs without tough competition. He promised to introduce policies that will diminish, if not eliminate immigrants from the employment markets.

Now that he has become the 45th US president, Trump has made good on his promise by imposing new policies limiting the number of immigrants allowed to work in the US. Moreover, he has branded illegal immigrants as animals, using it as justification for the need to build higher border walls.

Trump’s political saga continues to unfold. Non-profit civic organizations and 16 American states have filed lawsuits to stop him in his continuous pursuit of substantial funds for his ambitious border wall project. On the side, the US economy is hurting because of Trump’s new tariff policies, which led to trade rifts between other countries, particularly China. Anti-immigrant and anti-semitic sentiments are also on the rise.

Far Cry 5 Review

Far Cry 5 received favorable reviews from gamers, as they found the game packed with actionable settings that first-person shooters find engrossing. The game offers a broad range of weapons that include non-shooting objects used in melees, in addition to a wide selection of sniper and assault rifles, sidearms, shotguns, submachine guns, rocket launchers, dynamites and grenades. Players can ride cars, trucks, boats, quad bikes, and helicopters plus a special tractor outfitted with front blades that can shred cultists to pieces.

The enemies are the Project Eden fanatics led by hard-to-kill underbosses. Incapacitated targets can be revived by fellow cultists, which makes the action scenes more challenging to handle. Players may even encounter cultists who appear possessed or intoxicated, as indicated by some cloud hovering above their heads. Such adversaries are tougher to kill than the ordinary ones as they take in lots of bullets; giving a player some measure of uncertainty in extricating oneself from a tight situation.

Playing could take endless hours of immersion in trying to liberate posts and in the main mission of capturing Joseph Seed. Far Cry 5 is too hard to resist, making it important for gamers to nestle in gaming seats that can provide them adequate and proper support.

The Amma Vodi scheme is the campaign promise of the YS Reddy Congress Party (YSRCP), which focuses mainly on making sure that in Andhra Pradesh (AP), every child attends school and that no one has a reason to drop out. The scheme is part of the Manifesto of the YSRCP, the party founded by current AP Chief Minister Jagan Mohan (JM) Reddy, son of the former AP Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

After assuming office in May 2019, Chief Minister JM Reddy immediately set the wheels of the Amma Vodi scheme rolling, starting with the presentation of the budget for 2019-20, The education sector received a substantial allocation for the Amma Vodi project, which includes a commitment to give Rs 15000 per year to eligible Andhra Pradesh mothers who will enroll their children in a school.

Mechanics of the Amma Vodi Scheme

The amount is allocated under the “Promoting the Literacy” section of the state budget. The allocation intends to fully fund the promise of providing financial assistance to support the school attendance of children between ages 6 to 14, as well as those attending intermediate schools.

In his review of the current conditions of education in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister JM Reddy found out that the increasing number of school dropouts were family initiated. Children are being compelled by their families to stop attending school due to lack of money.

Through the Amma Vodi Scheme, eligible mothers of Andhra Pradesh, regardless of caste, will be issued a government check for Rs.15000 every year. The financial support is expected to allow mothers to let their children attend and finish school. Originally, the scheme intended to fund only up to high school; but Chief Minister JM Reddy later ordered the education ministry to extend the financial assistance to students enrolled in intermediate education.

In time with the school opening last June 2019, Chief Minister JM Reddy instructed the Ministry of Education to hold a 3-day celebration called the “Rajanna Badibata Program” to officially launch the Amma Vodi Scheme. During the program officiated by AP Minister of Education Adimulapu Suresh, it was clarified that the Rs 15000 yearly financial support will be awarded by the state starting January 26, 2020.

Application can be submitted online using the Amma Vodi Application Form 2019 available at the Eligibility, Scheme Benefits @ ap.gov.in of the Andhra Pradesh government website.

As additional information, mothers who may have missed the Amazon’s Great Indian Sale held last August in celebration of India’s Independence Day, can have another chance at finding more of Amazon’s bargain deals. The online store is scheduled to hold the annual Great Indian Sale on Amazon from September 04 to 08, 2019, open to registered Amazon Store members.

Republicans are obviously in fear of Trump, apparently afraid of losing their current political positions because opposing Trump means losing the support of their leader’s grassroots followers.

Only recently, their president fielded a new attack on another person of color. This time he tweeted insults at Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, calling the latter incompetent and a brutal bully, and his Baltimore district a “very dangerous and filthy place infested with rats and rodents”, “where no human being would want to live.”

Silence of Republicans in Congress Denotes Support of Trumpism

It is hard to believe that everyone in the Republican Party agrees with what Trump said in his latest offensive against Democrats; words that exemplify Trumpism.

Yet not a single Republican dared to voice an opinion that would make Trump vent his malice on them.Not even the only black House Republican Will Hurd, who only went as far as saying that Trump’s tweet this time is different from the slur hurled against the four women House Representatives known as The Squad.

Although Republican Hurd agreed to condemn the racist remarks Trump threw against the four Congresswomen, he is one example of a Republican whose “Red” political motif is tinged with “Yellow.” Appropriately turning into “Orange” that matches Trump’s own distinct skin coloring.

Still, Rep. Hurd tried to sound a little braver by saying that one should not focus on an entire city and call it rat infested …and a flimsy comment about Trump losing his chance to be invited by the city to throw the first pitch

One House Republican who immediately became the focus of attention as a result of Trump’s vicious Twitterspeak, is North Carolina Representative, Mark Meadows. Thrown into the middle of the fray not only because of his close friendship with Representative Cummings, but mainly because the latter once defended him against Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s accusation that Rep. Meadows is a racist.

Still, the Republican Representative from North Carolina’s true political color also turned from “Red” to “Orange.” Rep. Meadows’ only show of defense for the Baltimore Rep who calls him “one of his best friends,” was by way of a text message which he let Rick Santorum, an ex-Republican Senator, read aloud on a CNN’s Talk Show (“The Lead with Jake Tapper.”).

The text message simply conveyed Meadows’ confirmation that Rep. Cummings is a close friend and works hard for the City of Baltimore. Yet his message made mention that he is also a close friend of Donald Trump.

Republicans overlook the fact that Donald Trump, who expects to be re-elected for another term as president, disparaged not only Rep. Cummings but an entire city and its people, as well as infuriated many non-Baltimore citizens. Despite the inappropriateness of Trump’s words and conduct, they continue to defend their orange-skinned leader; saying his remarks had zero-racist context.

They also overlooked or are not aware of the fact that one person who can help solve some of the ills of Baltimore is Trump’s son-in-law, Jarred Kushner.

Ivanka’s Husband Jarred Kushner is Scion to a Family that Owns Many of the Rat-Infested Dwellings in Baltimore

The city of Baltimore now knows who owns many of the hundreds of complex units that Baltimore renters have complained about; not only as mice infested, but also maggots and mold infested as well. Whereas before, they were in the dark about whom their “slumlords” are working for, Baltimore residents are now aware that Jarred Kushner, husband to Trump’s favorite daughter Ivanka, is co-owner of the dangerous and health-risk dwellings they have been renting and complaining about for years,

Since Orange is the new Republican color, it is likely that the Republican politicians will be carrying that color motif for the rest of their political career. They have made it clear to many that they are in Congress not to represent and work for their constituents; but to doggedly follow orange-skinned Trump, however twisted his arguments and ideologies may be.

No less than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has voiced objections to the five percent plus (5% +) importation taxes that Trump is poised to impose on Mexico goods. Come Monday, June 10, 2019, all goods imported from Mexico will be meted with a five percent (5%) tariff.

The new Mexico Tariff is set to increase by an additional five percent (5%) each month, to reach a final rate of 25% by October 2019. The final rate stays until such time that the Trump administration deems that Mexico is satisfactorily meeting the U.S. president’s demands pertaining to the prevention of illegal immigrants from crossing the U.S.- Mexico Border.

However, Senator McConnell said

“There is little support in my conference for tariffs.”…”Most of us are hoping that the negotiations with the Mexican envoys on Wednesday will be fruitful so that the tariffs will not kick off”

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After convening in a closed door lunch at Capitol Hill, Republican senators raised concerns over the impending Mexico tariffs. Republicans are pushing against it not only because it goes against the grain of the party’s robust support of free trade. The GOP senators view the potential effects of the tariff. Initially, it will weigh down heavily on American manufacturers, who in turn, will subsequently pass the additional costs to consumers.

Based on a state-by-state analysis prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the state of Michigan will be the hardest hit. The region’s automotive industry is largely dependent on its North American supply chain that delivers components and finished goods to and from the border. Other U.S. states with large Mexican imports include Texas, California and Illinois.

Despite their displeasure with the president’s use of the Mexico tariff as tactics in compelling Mexico to solve the border immigration crisis, Republicans are hoping that the outcome of the Mexico negotiations will not require the tariff’s actual execution come June 10, 2019.

Outcome of the Mexico-U.S. Negotiations Over Trump’s Planned Mexico Tariffs

Unfortunately though, the meeting last Wednesday between the Mexican delegation headed by Mexico Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard and the White House representatives led by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, failed to reach an end to the Mexico tariff issue.

Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard disclosed to reporters that the negotiations delved mostly on immigration issues and Trump’s conditions. Apparently, the White House is asking the Mexican government to maintain a “safe third country” agreement similar to the the one the U.S. entered with Canada. Moreover, the Trump administration wants Mexico to accept the controversial “Migrant Protection Protocol” that will see undocumented migrants remaining in Mexico during immigration proceedings.

Although Trump tweeted that the results of the negotiations last Wednesday indicated progress, Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said a “safe-third country” agreement drew a “red line” in the negotiation talks. Mexican officials who were present during the meeting explained that Mexico’s economy will not be able to bear the burden of holding the influx of Central American migrants. Still, the negotiation is set to continue with another round of talks on Thursday.

It used to be that politics merely provided excellent materials for riddles and jokes. Yet Ukraine’s latest presidential election produced a comedian as the country’s real-life president. This seemed like a joke to many who regard politics as a serious matter.

Comedians winning as president is nothing new and has become a riddle. Outcomes like that had happened before without bringing beneficial results, yet they continue to happen.

Well at the least, the majority who voted for Volodymyr Zelenskiy as their new president were well aware that he is a comedian by profession. It is apparent that for many Ukrainian voters, Zelenskiy’s lack of political experience did not matter; breaking political status quo was the more important issue.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy gained fame in Ukraine by playing the role of a history teacher who won Ukraine’s presidential election. He owed his victory to a video that was surreptitiously taken by one of his students. The video went viral as it showed Zelensky’s TV character making a plea for students to give importance to history, as a way of knowing how politicians have made their country a revolving door for unscrupulous nobodies.

U.S. president Donald Trump is no comedian but, a colourful character just the same. Many considered his running for the presidency a big joke. Yet the joke turned out to be on the American people who did not cast their vote. They thought that only a few would think of voting for Donald Trump, and that by abstaining, they will not have anything to do with putting Hillary Clinton in power, either.

As history has it, Donald Trump won and gained a chance to misrule a country that has an important impact in global economy.

In fact, his presidential stance and actions have been the butt of jokes posed as riddles.

Some Popular Donald Trump Riddles Related to His U.S. Presidency

Riddle: What nation does Trump strongly support?

Answer: Discrimination

Riddle: How does Donald Trump plan to deport illegal Mexican immigrants?

Answer Juan by Juan

Riddle: What language does Trump write well?

Answer: Twitterspeak

Riddle: If minority groups have the race card, while women can play the gender card, what card do white supremacists have up their sleeves?

Answer: The Trump Card

The entire U.S. Border marking the territorial boundaries between the U.S. and Mexico, and between the U.S. and Canada is a stretch of almost 6,000 miles of land and 2000 miles of coastal waters, spanning 12 nautical miles along the Florida Peninsula and surrounding the U.S. Territorial Island of Puerto Rico. The U.S. Homeland Security Department, through the Customs Border and Protection (CBP) agency, provides and deploys a dynamic workforce of more than 21,000 border patrol agents to secure the entire length of the U.S. International Border.

What Do CBP Patrol Agents Do to Protect the U.S. International Borders

Border Patrol Agents carry out the legwork in accomplishing the CBP’s mission of preventing terrorists and their weapons from entering the country; and to ensure that only legal travel, lawful immigration and legitimate trade takes place.

They patrol all types of border terrain under any weather condition across the entire expanse of land and coastal waters comprising the U.S. Borders. Their daily duties include, but are not limited to the following

Linewatch and Signcutting

Linewatch are monitoring activities conducted near international boundaries, along land and coastlines, by observing through binoculars any signs of illegal entry and trafficking of undocumented foreign individuals. The purpose of which is to alert other Border Patrol agents in signcutting illegal activities.

Signcutting refers to the actual detection of any signs indicating the presence or passage of humans, animals or vehicular equipment, and intercept them before perpetrators can escape the border areas to enter the U.S. illegally.

Conduct Traffic Checks

CBP units conduct traffic checks along major highways to detect and thereafter apprehend illegal travelers before they reach interior land areas of the U.S. jurisdiction.

Transportation Checks

CBP agents, along with a K-9, inspect buses, freight and passenger trains, commercial aircrafts and marine vessels plying toward U.S. interior to proactively detect and prevent illegal entry and smuggling activities.

Marine Patrol

Border Patrol agents regularly scout coastal waters, waterways, and interior waters, to perform border control activities while on decks of various marine vessels and crafts covering all 16 sectors of the border areas.

Horse and Bike Patrol

Horse riding patrol units of the CBP provides support to linewatch spotters detecting unusual human activities in remote areas not accessible to standard, all terrain transport equipment. Patrols on bikes provide assistance to city patrol, for use in rough terrains spotted as critical by linewatch agents.

Conduct Cargo Security Checks and Examination at Ports of Entry

The CBP’s mission at ports of entry is quite complex, as they work with different law enforcement authorities when screening entrants at more than 300 land, sea and air ports. Entrants include tourists, returning Americans, daily commuters and imported cargo.

CBP agents determine admissibility of port entrants by verifying documents presented to prove the identity, nationality and purpose or intent of those entering a border port. Verification starts outside of the border, via pre-inspections conducted by U.S.Immigration authorities.

CBP checks and inspections at ports of entry comprise all tasks carried out in order to thwart attempts of illegal immigrants, drug traffickers, criminals and terrorists, to set foot in the U.S. via port entry.

Cargo inspections employ risk-based and advanced technology in pre-screening and assessing cargo containers. Any deemed as suspicious undergo 100 % inspection. The purpose of which is to have a look of what is inside, as means of ascertaining that the contents do not pose as risks to U.S. citizens, as well as to make sure that proper customs revenue will be collected.

It is quite ironic how widespread adoption of hardline anti-immigration policies gained major political support during the Age of Globalization.

Migration policies received little attention several decades after World War Ii in light of past racial actions taken by Hitler during his Nazi regime. However, growth in immigrant population that produced workers with similar and in some cases exceptional skills created perceptions of potential threats to the dominant group in terms of national identity, rights to welfare, and political influence. So much so that continuing increases spawned negative views and attitudes toward future acceptance of immigrants.

The 9/11 Attack added another aspect to the growing antipathy toward immigrants particularly to those coming from Middle Eastern nations. Muslim communities were being stereotyped as harborers, supporters or members of religious fanatics engaged in terrorist activities.

Moreover, negative sentiments received encouragement from major national leaders like Trump. The US president issued an executive order banning or restricting entry to the US, of Iranian, Libyan, Syrian, Yemen, Somalian and Venezuelan citizens.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison initiated a hardline stance against incoming refugees. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy were one in saying that the application of the principles of multiculturalism to a nation’s migration policy only spelled failure.

What is Multiculturalism and How is the Principle Applied to Migration Policies

The principle of multiculturalism believes that people from countries with differing cultures, religious beliefs, and linguistic backgrounds can exist peacefully in a country where there is general acceptance, tolerance and respect for every cultural or ethnic group. A multicultural country constitutes the natural born citizens as the dominant group and the different migrants as the minority group.

In applying the principle of multiculturalism, there should be laws protecting the rights of both the dominant group and that of each sub-cultural minority, especially in practicing their beliefs and traditions. It is also just for minority groups to expect equal recognition for their contributions to the country, and at the same time perform the same duties and responsibilities carried out by the dominant group.

The country on the other hand, must institute relevant and timely policies that will address any applications for citizenship that will absorb minority group members as naturalized citizens of the dominant group.

Current US immigration policies mirror the shifts outlined by Catherine Dauvergne in her book “The New Politics of Immigration and the End of Settler Society.” Ms. Dauvergne is Dean and Law Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at Canada’s University of British Columbia. Her literary works are based on her research work as a fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, delving mainly on migration, refugee, Canada’s citizenship laws and policies, all in relation to the changing landscape of global migration.

As a citizen of a country that welcomes multicultural migration, it is worth mentioning that the politics governing Canada’s immigration policies stands in contrast to that of other major countries. The Canadian government considers its share of immigrants as significant, acknowledging their contributions in enhancing the prosperity of the country. At the same time, Canada encourages reuniting migrants with their family, and also offers refuge and protection to the unfortunates who have been displaced or persecuted in their countries of origin.

In citing the shifts in global migration politics mentioned by Ms.Dauvergne, we cannot help but relate the changes to the constantly evolving migration policies in the US. Where in previous administrations, the influx of immigrants was not a cause for concern, certain factors have brought on changes that altered immigrant status quo in the US soil.

Changes in Global Immigration Policies Outlined in “The New Politics of Immigration and the End of Settler Society.”

According to Ms. Dauvergne, her writing aims to point out the past and present as a way of providing a bigger picture on which to build forthcoming modifications in immigration regulations. Here, she refers to Australia, Canada, USA and New Zealand as “settler societies”, nations founded on large concentrations of immigrants that later called for the institution of migration regulations.

Asylum Seekers and the Global Asylum Crisis

The first shift occurred as a result of global asylum crisis. War and domestic conflicts in some countries had brought on asylum seekers to well-known “settler societies.” However, the constantly increasing number of asylum seekers had meant additional government spends, which more often than not, was not part of the government’s annual plans and appropriations.

The 9/11 Attacks and the Rise of Islamophobia

The September 11 attacks fueled anti-immigrant sentiments particularly for those coming from Islamic countries. As the US government asserted itself as still a major power to contend with, the so-called “War on Terror” was waged against Islamic countries suspected of harboring and/or conspiring with the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda.

In the US, heightened securitizations at airports and massive detention of Muslim immigrants rubbed off a sense of fear, or feelings of prejudice and hatred for Muslims in general, known as islamophobia.

End of Settler Societies and Loss of Multiculturalism

The events of the past, eventually led to the breakdown of multicultural ideology, in which every race making up a community is regarded as equals in terms of rights and opportunities. The policies that evolved thereafter became harsher, as in the case of those imposed by the Trump administration.

Ms. Dauvergne’s earlier observations turned out to be a foretelling of harsher immigration politics. As head of a country that was largely founded by immigrants, Donald Trump made clear his stance against multiculturalism; blaming immigrants for rises in criminality, loss of employment and acts of terrorism.