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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.

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. 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. 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 introducing 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. To find out if a chair in use is designed and built for long hours of gaming, checkout reviews furnished by GamingChairs.