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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    I think the most significant one is the requirement for asylum seekers to apply for asylum at the nearest country to the country they are seeking to escape (although that may be more of an international principle rather than a US law), as well as the requirement that asylum seekers must enter the country at approved international ports of entry. Neither of those requirements are being enforced.

    There are also restrictions on those seeking asylum for purely economic reasons although current estimates reveal that something over 80% of the millions of illegal immigrants already released into the United States should have been denied on the basis of that requirement alone.
    How many immigrants have been granted asylum based on economic reasons during the Biden administration? And how does that compare to previous administrations?

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    At the absolute bare minimum, the feds need to be stepping up with funds to help the states deal with the influx. They’ve not done squat, as far as I can tell. NYC was reducing the police budget to divert funds to deal with the influx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    That's an interesting bit of speculation. I wonder how whatever Federal aid received stacks up against revenue the Feds receive from Texas and its citizens?
    That's a good question and beyond my ability to answer. My brief google search says that Texas is among the highest state for receiving federal aid and gets about 18% of their budget from the feds. They got many billions from Biden's Infrastructure and Jobs Act. I couldn't even start to guess how much they receive in oil and gas subsidies, but it's probably very big. Of course they would no longer have to contribute to the national defense, homeland security, social security, and Medicare, so maybe it would all even out. Or maybe not.

    They'd probably still need some form of the Texas Rangers to protect their northern borders from undocumented blue state invaders.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    If those so inclined to think that way would simply ask, I'm sure the current administration and it's bureaucratic handlers might simply expel pesky red states for such nebulous offenses as failure to enforce approved groupthink among its subjects or perhaps the crime of allowing free expression resulting in insufficient subservience.
    Realistically, I don't think the electoral votes would ever become so fluid, but I'd favor the elimination of the electoral college anyway if it were up to wishes and speculation. If anything, I'd see the red authoritarian regimes the most likely to manipulate the electoral votes. They've already tried to manipulate electoral votes, as in 1/6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp1 View Post
    How many immigrants have been granted asylum based on economic reasons during the Biden administration? And how does that compare to previous administrations?
    I have no idea. As I understand it, the 8 million or so migrants already processed at the border during the Biden Administration are given court dates to review their status before being granted unrestricted access to the United States. I believe those court dates are now approaching 10 years into the future so it may be quite some time before we know how many of the individuals who bother to show up for those court appearances actually qualify.
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    Chemo has started so I haven't been watching the news much.
    Let me ask, did the supreme court just rule on the legality of who is allowed to control the boarder, or did they go into the right and responsibility of it?

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    It's slightly complicated. This is a good explanation.

    https://www.texastribune.org/2024/01...certina%20wire.
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    Forgive me, but it's "secession" and "border." Thank you.
    My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already!

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    Good call, Kay! Success it is not...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KayLR View Post
    Forgive me, but it's "secession" and "border." Thank you.
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    Good call, Kay! Success it is not...
    LOL, I believe the OP would consider secession a huge success if it guaranteed a progressive succession for the remaining nation. He's looking at the end game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    LOL, I believe the OP would consider secession a huge success if it guaranteed a progressive succession for the remaining nation. He's looking at the end game.
    No need for the magatexans to secede. Time will take care of the progressive succession of the nation. Unless trump succeeds (not secedes) when he makes his second coup attempt.

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