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Trump holds rallies in Pensacola and Chattanooga

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While President Donald J. Trump (R) has not held any campaign rallies in Alabama this election he was just across the state line this weekend. Saturday the President was in Pensacola campaigning for Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis. On Sunday, he was in Chattanooga campaigning for Marsha Blackburn.

“This election is about safety and it’s about prosperity,” President Trump said in Chattanooga. “For years you watched as we let foreign countries plunder and drain our wealth, shutter our factories and steal our jobs, but those days are over Tennessee. Those days are over we’ve added nearly half a million manufacturing jobs since the election.”

President Trump and Governor Kay Ivey (R) are both promoting the incredible job growth under Republican governance in the final days before the election.

“Last month alone, we added another 33 think of this 33,000 manufacturing jobs,” Pres. Trump said. “One thousand each day. Remember the previous administration we’re never going to have manufacturing jobs anymore by the way they’re. Among the best jobs we have in our whole country and very important jobs, the magic wand, you need a magic wand to bring them back.”

“We have seen 16,000 new jobs created since I took office and $16 billion in investments announced,” Gov. Ivey told the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association. “Alabama now has more people working than ever before in our history and Alabama’s automotive industry is powering that momentum.”

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“So many companies coming back into the United States are all coming back,” Trump continued. “They want the action plus our new deal makes it extremely hard for companies to fire all their workers and leave it. So we’re not having that anymore, and I talked about that during the campaign not going to happen. Where they fire workers they move to Mexico or another country, they’d build their cars, and then they sell them back here, no tax, no, nothing! We end up with no jobs and empty factories.”

Gov. Ivey said that when companies come to Alabama, “They can expect hard work, growth, and success,” Ivey added that manufacturers. “Want to be made in Alabama.”

Democrats have been attacking Republicans on healthcare. This is not lost on President Trump.

“We’ve taken bold action to reduce the price of prescription drugs – that’s happening,” the Pres. Said. “You see it thanks to our aggressive measures to drive down the price of health insurance this year. Premiums on the exchange in Tennessee are plummeting by an average of 26 percent, and we got rid of the individual mandate, which was a disaster.”

The President promoted his increase in defense spending.

“You know what was happening to our military,” Trump said. “It was depleted, it was tired, it was exhausted, the planes were old, everything was tired, we are rebuilding, America’s military might like it’s never been rebuilt before and hopefully we’ll never have to use it, but I can tell you the stronger we become the less likely it Is that we will have to use it? Ok and we are building it at a level that has never been done before: $700 billion and $716 billion the following year.”

Of course, President Trump also promoted his border security policies.

“No nation can allow its borders to be overrun and that’s an invasion,” Trump stated. “I don’t care what they say. I don’t care what the fake media says. That’s an invasion of our thank you and you’re right and we started the war. We have $1.6 billion and we just got another $1.6 billion s and we’re getting yet another 1.6, but we want to build it all at one time. We want to get it done and it’s happening. It’s all happening. It’s all happening, but we need Republicans or the Democrats have to start voting for this, because this is the worst immigration laws anywhere in the world. The world laughs at us. The world sees this stuff catch and release they come onto our land.”

The President always brings it back to the economy, though.

“We’ve lifted 4.3 million Americans off of food stamps and the unemployment rate just fell to the lowest level in over 50 years,” the President emphasized. “More Americans are working today than ever before. Think of that in the history of our country. We have more people working today than ever before. Nearly 100 hundred fifty-seven million Americans now have a job. African American Hispanic, American Asian American unemployment’s, all of them all of these groups have all reached their lowest level in the history of our country. Poverty is plummeting, wages, are rising, incomes are soaring and the confidence level of our businesses and our people is at an all time, high.”

President Trump continues to hit back at Democrats.

“The Democrats are going to be raising your taxes and not cutting your tax, so I have to put a little caveat: we’ve got to win Congress got to win the House,” Trump told the crowd in Chattanooga. “A vote for any Democrat on Tuesday is a vote to hand power to cry and Chuck Schumer nancy Pelosi and, of course, the legendary Maxine Waters and to Maxine to judge your bank.”

“This is one of the most important elections of our time,” Trump said. “I don’t know if I rate it more important than the last election ’16, but it’s almost it’s right there. This is really one of the most important elections that we will ever have the privilege of voting in and for this is a big one. It will decide whether we build on the extraordinary prosperity that we’ve achieved for our nation or whether we let the radical Democrats take control of Congress and take a giant wrecking ball to our economy and to our future.”

“I think we’re doing great in the house,” Trump predicted. “I think we’re doing great in the Senate, but who knows right? Who knows? You’ve got to get out to vote, but I will say there is that electricity in the air, the likes of which I and you have not seen since the 60s.”

The polls will be open today, November 6, at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.

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Jones calls for Trump to approve individual assistance for Alabamians affected by Hurricane Michael

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U.S. Sen. Doug Jones urged President Donald Trump last week to push for approval of individual assistance grants for Alabamians impacted by Hurricane Michael.

While a Major Disaster Declaration was approved last week, it only provides public assistance grants. Public assistance grants help local governments and community organizations, but can’t be disbursed to individuals recovering from a disaster.

“The people of Alabama are grateful for the Public Assistance grants approved in the Major Disaster Declaration dated November 5, 2018, but more relief is clearly needed,” Jones wrote in a letter to Trump. “I am aware that a determination as to the availability of Individual Assistance (IA) grants is still under review, and I urge you to approve IA grants as soon as possible. The effects of Hurricane Michael have been devastating to our state, and without individual federal assistance, many areas may never fully recover.”

IA grants are vital in order for impacted Alabamians to fully recover, Jones’ office said. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency has requested IA grants. AEMA also provided additional evidence to demonstrate that certain Alabama counties qualify for assistance.

Neighboring counties in Florida and Georgia have already received IA grants.

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“The people and the State of Alabama are resilient, but as in Georgia and Florida, the recovery efforts in this case require resources beyond their reserves,” Jones wrote.

Jones’ office said the senator continues to engage with federal, state and local leaders and residents to ensure that Alabama gets the resources it needs to fully recover from Hurricane Michael, which was one of the most powerful hurricanes to make landfall in the continental United States.

Jones visited the Wiregrass region earlier this month to listen to local farmers to better understand the extent of the damage their crops sustained as well as their unique recovery needs, Jones’ office said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has not yet approved the State of Alabama’s application for an agricultural disaster declaration, which Jones supported in a recent letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

 

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Brooks supports Trump’s changes to American amnesty laws

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Friday, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) announced his support for President Donald J. Trump’s (R) Presidential Proclamation addressing mass migration through the southern border of the United States and the Department of Homeland Security’s newly released asylum rule.

“Each year, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens furtively thumb their noses at America’s sovereignty by clandestinely violating our borders and laws,” Congressman Brooks said. “Now, Central American caravans openly and brazenly seek to do the same. This outrageous conduct cannot be, and should not be, tolerated by America. As a sovereign nation, the American people have every right to expect their government to secure our borders.”

“Illegal immigration hurts American workers and taxpayers,” Brooks continued. “According to the Center for Immigration Studies, illegal aliens are a net $116 billion annual cost to American taxpayers. That’s $300 in additional taxes each man, woman and child in America is forced to pay for people whose first act on American soil is to violate American law.”

“Fraud and abuse plague America’s asylum system. Let me make this clear: no one has a right to demand asylum from any nation,” Brooks concluded. “Asylum and sanctuary is a discretionary benefit given by nations to those with clear justification. Too often, illegal aliens are coached by attorneys to say ‘magic words’ that help them take advantage of America’s generosity. Their exploitation of America’s already generous immigration laws must stop! As such, I support President Trump’s steps to close asylum loopholes and stop the damage to America caused by illegal aliens’ wrongful conduct.”

Mo Brooks office shared some information about the border:
So far in FY18, 500,000 people apprehended attempting to cross the border, about 100,000 at checkpoints and 400,000 in the interior. According to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice, “[i]n recent weeks, United States officials have each day encountered an average of approximately 2,000 inadmissible aliens at the southern border.”

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According to data provided by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice, “[o]ver the past decade, the overall percentage of aliens subject to expedited removal and referred, as part of the initial screening process, for a credible-fear interview jumped from approximately 5% to above 40%, and the total number of credible-fear referrals for interviews increased from about 5,000 a year in Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2008 to about 97,000 in FY 2018.”

Last year, nearly half of the completed cases that involved aliens who claimed credible fear resulted in the alien failing to show up at a hearing or even to file an application for asylum.

“Illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum,” President Trump said. “Instead, migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry.”

President Trump’s proclamation declared that migrants seeking asylum along the southern border must present themselves lawfully at a port of entry. Those who arrive at a port of entry will remain eligible for asylum. The President also deployed additional resources to support our ports of entry.

Last week, the Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives. This likely effectively kills any serious efforts to construct the President’s border wall and makes it even less likely that a comprehensive immigration reform bill is going to be passed that upgrades border security.

Congressman Brooks has been a strong proponent of limiting immigration and getting cracking down on illegal immigration.

Brooks was re-elected to his fifth term representing the Fifth Congressional District on Tuesday.

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Jay Town appointed to serve on DOJ’s China initiative

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U.S. Attorney for North Alabama Jay E. Town has been appointed to the Department of Justice’s China Initiative. The group is led by Assistant Attorney General John Demers, who heads the Department of Justice’s National Security Division.

“It is an honor and a privilege to join my colleagues in the FBI and Department of Justice to expose any threats to our national security posed by the theft of American innovation, American technology, and American intelligence,” Town said. “I look forward to the leadership of Assistant Attorney General John Demers. The Department of Justice remains on the front lines of these threats to our national security. U.S. companies, many of them with a footprint here in the Northern District of Alabama, spend billions developing intellectual property, trade secrets, and other proprietary information only to see it infringed upon by foreign bad actors. Whether state secrets or trade secrets, the China Initiative will offer profound resolve to those inimical threats posed to our sovereignty, by China.”

Town is one of five U.S. Attorneys, including U.S. Attorneys from Massachusetts, California, New York and Texas, serving on the working group along with other Department of Justice leaders, senior FBI officials, and Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, Brian Benczkowski.

The Initiative will pursue high priority Chinese economic espionage and trade secret cases. It reflects the Department’s strategic priority of countering Chinese national security threats and reinforces President Trump’s overall national security strategy.

“China wants the fruits of America’s brainpower to harvest the seeds of its planned economic dominance,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers. “Preventing this from happening will take all of us, here at the Justice Department, across the U.S. government, and within the private sector. We will confront China’s malign behaviors and encourage them to conduct themselves as they aspire to be: one of the world’s leading nations.”

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The stated goals of the initiative are to: 1) Identify priority trade secret theft cases, ensure that investigations are adequately resourced, and work to bring them to fruition in a timely manner and according to the facts and applicable law; 2) Develop an enforcement strategy concerning non-traditional collectors (e.g., researchers in labs, universities, and the defense industrial base) that are being coopted into transferring technology contrary to U.S. interests; 3) Educate colleges and universities about potential threats to academic freedom and open discourse from influence efforts on campus; 4) Apply the Foreign Agents Registration Act to unregistered agents seeking to advance China’s political agenda, bringing enforcement actions when appropriate; 5) Equip the nation’s U.S. Attorneys with intelligence and materials they can use to raise awareness of these threats within their Districts and support their outreach efforts; 6) Implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRMA) for DOJ (including by working with Treasury to develop regulations under the statute and prepare for increased workflow); 7) Identify opportunities to better address supply chain threats, especially ones impacting the telecommunications sector, prior to the transition to 5G networks; 8) Identify Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases involving Chinese companies that compete with American businesses; 9) Increase efforts to improve Chinese responses to requests under the Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement (MLAA) with the United States; and 10) Evaluate whether additional legislative and administrative authorities are required to protect our national assets from foreign economic aggression.

According to a 2017 report by the United States Trade Representative, Chinese theft of American intellectual property currently costs between $225 billion and $600 billion annually.

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Alabama reacts to Sessions firing

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Wednesday, White House Chief of Staff, General John Kelly phoned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and asked for his resignation. Sessions, who serves at the pleasure of the President, submitted his letter of resignation. It was accepted by President Donald J. Trump (R). Alabama Leaders responded to the shocking news.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said of Sessions, “A man of integrity, Jeff Sessions has led the Department of Justice with dignity and a firm commitment to the rule of law. His reputation as a dedicated public servant precedes his many years of honorable service to our nation.”

“From his time as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Alabama Attorney General, U.S. Senator, to the 84th Attorney General of the United States, Alabamians have strongly supported Jeff Sessions,” Chairman Lathan said. “Whether it’s running into him at a restaurant, football game, or a local church service – many view Jeff Sessions as not just an elected official, but also a dear friend. In our hearts, we hold a deep sense of love and admiration for Jeff Sessions and his family.”

“A true Alabama statesman, Jeff Sessions has been a warrior for President Trump’s conservative agenda,” Lathan continued. “From enforcing our nation’s immigration laws, fighting opioid abuse to strongly supporting members of our law enforcement, Jeff Sessions has consistently made Alabama proud. His service can be most accurately summed up in our state’s motto: ‘We dare defend our rights.’ Unwavering and resolute, our country needs more public servants like Jeff Sessions. We are blessed and are stronger because of his humble sacrifices through his lifetime of service to Alabama and America.”

Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) said, “Jeff Sessions honorably and ably served as a United States Attorney, Alabama Attorney General, United States Senator, and U.S. Attorney General. Throughout his long career of public service, Jeff’s deep love of country was evident in his unwavering devotion to upholding America’s foundational principles as enshrined in our Constitution. He served with integrity and dignity. I’m proud to have worked alongside him as both a prosecutor in Alabama and member of Congress.”

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“I have been fortunate to know Jeff Sessions for a quarter of a century,” Brooks said. “As an elected official, Jeff Sessions never wavered in his fierce defense of the Rule of Law and America’s sovereign right to defend and secure its own borders. Jeff Sessions has made Alabama proud. I wish him the best as he embarks on his next journey.”

“Thank you to my good friend, Jeff Sessions, for over 40 years of noble service to Alabama and our country,” U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said. “Jeff was a respected colleague of mine in the Senate for two decades and represented our nation with honor as the U.S. Attorney General. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

““Attorney General Jeff Sessions served our nation and the Department of Justice as he always has done…with honor,” U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said in a statement. “His leadership successfully implemented President Trump’s many priorities, to include reducing violent crime, aggressively addressing the opioid epidemic, and bringing rule of law principles to trade, immigration, and national security issues. He leaves the Department of Justice stronger than ever.”

“I’ve known Jeff Sessions for almost four decades, and I applaud his dedicated service to Alabama and our country,” said Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose). “I wish him and Mary nothing but the best. I’m confident President Trump will nominate an Attorney General who will continue to be strong on illegal immigration and work to enforce the rule of law in our country.”

Former U.S. Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) was quick on Twitter to say what everybody else was wondering. “Jeff Sessions for Senate in 2020!”

Then Alabama Attorney General Strange was appointed to Sessions’ U.S. Senate seat when Sessions vacated it to accept Trump’s appointment as AG. Alabama Republicans were bitterly divided on who they wanted in the Senate. Strange bested Brooks in the Republican primary; but lost to former Chief Justice Roy Moore in the Republican primary runoff. Moore then lost to former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones (D) in the special election last December. Jones is up for reelection in 2020.

Sessions is one of the most popular people in Alabama politics ever; but his popularity may have taken a hit from the incessant pounding he received from Pres. Trump and conservative pundits who are angry with Sessions for his decision to recuse himself from the Russian collusion investigation.

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