Capitol View: Senator Tom Cotton Opinion on Immigration After President Trumps Visit to the Border

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On this week’s Capitol View, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton joins Jessi Turnure discussed their opinions on immigration after President Donald Trump visited the United States/Mexico border.

President Trump’s tour is reigniting the debate over immigration policy.

During his visit to Calexico, California, the President insisted the U.S. is full, and can’t handle any more migrants.

He has backed off his recent threat to close the border altogether.

Democrats argue threats like that make the border situation worse.

Republicans, including Arkansas’s Tom Cotton, noting that the number of people showing up at the border has spiked in recent weeks.

“We have had a huge surge in illegal immigration at our border. In March alone, it’s one of the highest months in the last decade. But it’s a very different kind of illegal immigration than most people perceive or are used to over the last 30 years,” Sen. Tom Cotton said.

‘Unusual crew’ including U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, Dems’ Senate leader team on effort to halt foreign flow of opioids

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Setting their partisan differences momentarily aside, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., promised Thursday that they’ll work together to fight the flow of synthetic opioids into the United States.

At a Capitol Hill news conference, they called for passage of the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, which would punish Chinese drug manufacturers and others when they knowingly supply fentanyl to drug traffickers.

The legislation, which was filed Thursday, is the “first ever legislation to give broad and powerful sanction tools to the administration to target illicit fentanyl producers in China, Mexico and throughout the world,” Schumer said.

Sen. Cotton Seeks IRS Investigation Into SPLC’s Tax-Exempt Status

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) is seeking an investigation into the tax-exempt status of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), according to a letter provided to the Washington Free Beacon.

Cotton sent the letter to the IRS April 2 and urges an investigation into whether the SPLC “should retain its classification as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization” amid news reports that have verified the “long-established fact that the SPLC regularly engages in defamation of its political opponents.”

The SPLC has garnered massive amounts of cash for its operations. The Washington Free Beacon reported in early March that the group has $518 million in assets, with $120 million now offshore.

“The business model has paid well,” Cotton writes in the letter. “The SPLC has accrued more than $500 million in assets. According to the group’s most recent financial statement, it holds $121 million offshore in non-U.S. equity funds. The SPLC uses these assets to pay its executives lavish salaries far higher than the comparable household average.”

Tom Cotton book to focus on Arlington National Cemetery service

A book by Tom Cotton will be released May 14 chronicling the history of Arlington National Cemetery’s Old Guard as well as his own time in the unit, according to his publisher.

The Arkansas senator spent 16 months during 2007 and 2008 leading the Old Guard unit that oversees and performs funerals for fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery between his own tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also spent the past year observing and reporting on the unity’s present-day soldiers, which his publisher, William Morrow (part of HarperCollins), says forms the “spine of the book.”

Tom Cotton: Senate Democrats Must Be Reasonable or Face ‘Martial Law’

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WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) threw down the gauntlet to Senate Democrats on Thursday, telling the Federalist Society that Democrats would either agree to reasonable conditions for confirming President Donald Trump’s nominees or “face the Senate equivalent of martial law.”

Cotton delivered the opening address to the 2017 National Lawyers Convention of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy, the largest and most powerful group in the nation for conservative and libertarian legal thought. The three-day conference was held last week at the Mayflower Hotel in the nation’s capital.

Cotton ‘Reminds’ Democrats the Obamacare Individual Mandate Is a Tax

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Wednesday responded to Democrats who are criticizing the Senate Republican tax reform bill for repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate, reminding them how the Obama administration argued before the Supreme Court that the requirement is a tax.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Cotton addressed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D., N.Y.) comments earlier in the day that Republicans are “injecting health care into the tax bill” by including a repeal of the individual mandate, which forces most Americans who do not have health care to pay a fine.

How Cotton brought Obamacare repeal back from the dead

Sen. Tom Cotton was about to enter the White House early this month to discuss immigration policy when he got an unexpected call from President Donald Trump to talk about a different topic.

For days, the Arkansas senator had been working behind the scenes to convince Republicans that reigniting a battle over repealing Obamacare in the tax fight wasn’t as crazy as it seemed. But Trump, still smarting from GOP’s failures to dismantle the law whom Cotton had first pitched on the idea four days prior, needed little persuading.

“I am with you 1,000 percent on this,” Trump told Cotton over the phone. Trump tweeted twice that Republicans should repeal the mandate…

Is it time for Facebook, Twitter, and Google to become more American?

This week, US Congress members accused Facebook, Twitter, and Google of being everything from hapless to stupid in a series of public hearings in Washington D.C.

But Tom Cotton, the Republican senator from Arkansas, took things a step further, and called them traitors. Cotton lit into Twitter attorney Sean Edgett about the company’s refusal last year to let US intelligence agencies use a data-mining tool, at the same time it was marketing the same tool to Russian state media outlet Russia Today.

Cotton Grills Twitter Lawyer: ‘Is It Bias to Side With America Over Our Adversaries?’

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) grilled Twitter’s acting general counsel Sean Edgett on Wednesday about the company’s willingness to cooperate with Russian government-funded media—but not with the U.S. government.

Edgett admitted that Twitter has had to reverse course on a number of issues in its attempts to apply policies consistently, but Cotton questioned their decisions. Namely, he pointed out ways in which RT, a Kremlin-sponsored propaganda outlet, was able to analyze tweets in real time using Dataminr—a software company partially owned by Twitter—even though Twitter prevented the U.S. government from doing so.

Immigration in the National Interest

Last year, for the first time in our nation’s history, the American people elected as president someone with no high government experience—not a senator, not a congressman, not a governor, not a cabinet secretary, not a general. They did this, I believe, because they’ve lost faith in both the competence and the intentions of our governing class—of both parties! Government now takes nearly half of every dollar we earn and bosses us around in every aspect of life, yet can’t deliver basic services well. Our working class—the “forgotten man,” to use the phrase favored by Ronald Reagan and FDR—has seen its wages stagnate, while the four richest counties in America are inside the Washington Beltway. The kids of the working class are those who chiefly fight our seemingly endless wars and police our streets, only to come in for criticism too often from the very elite who sleep under the blanket of security they provide.

Donald Trump understood these things, though I should add he didn’t cause them. His victory was more effect than cause of our present discontents. The multiplying failures and arrogance of our governing class are what created the conditions for his victory.