United States and Mexico Sign Key Part of Immigration Deal, Trump Says

June 10, 2019


The United States and Mexico signed a key portion of an immigration dealthat will require approval by Mexico’s legislative body, President Donald Trump announced on June 10.

The details of the agreement would be released in “the not too distant future,” Trump wrote on Twitter. The president added that if Mexico’s legislature fails to deliver the approval, the White House would follow through on a threat to raise tariffs on Mexican imports.

“We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the U.S. has been asking about getting for many years,” Trump wrote. “It will be revealed in the not too distant future and will need a vote by Mexico’s Legislative body!”

“We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated!” the president added.

The United States and Mexico reached a deal on June 7, with Mexico agreeing to help stem the flow of illegal aliens into the United States. The agreement came after Trump threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on all imports from Mexico. The tariffs would increase by five percentage points every month until October, when the levy would reach 25 percent, unless Mexico took measures to prevent migrants from traversing its territory in order to illegally enter the United States.

The State Department released an outline of the deal later on June 7, which states that Mexico agreed to take “unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration,” including the deployment of the Mexican National Guard throughout the country, starting June 10, especially on its southern border with Guatemala. Mexico also committed to taking “decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations as well as their illicit financial and transportation networks.”

The deal outline also says the United States “will immediately expand the implementation” of a program that returns immigrants who cross the southern border to Mexico while their claims are adjudicated. Mexico, in turn, will “offer jobs, healthcare and education” to those people, “according to its principles,” the agreement stated.

The two countries also agreed to continue a discussion on the next steps to be completed in 90 days.

“This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States,” Trump wrote on Twitter on June 7.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said in Washington on June 7 that he was satisfied with the deal.

“I think it’s a fair balance, because they had more drastic measures and proposals at the start and we reached some middle-point,” he said.

On June 8, Trump said he believed Mexico would “try very hard” to enforce the agreement. In separate messages, the president also thanked Mexico’s president and foreign minister for working hard to reach a deal, and announced that Mexico agreed to buy large quantities of U.S. agricultural products.

“Mexico will try very hard, and if they do that, this will be a very successful agreement for both the United States and Mexico!” the president said.

Epoch Times reporters Janita Kan and Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.

Press Conference on Release of Full Mueller Report

April 18, 2019


General Membership Meeting 

April 18, 2019

The General Membership Meeting for April was well attended today, with 65 members, associates, dignitaries and guests turning out to hear nationally acclaimed author and speaker Don Jans, who gave a rousing and fascinating speech. The meeting began at 11:30 with quick reports from specific Board Members, then Rep. Doug LaMalfa dropped in and was promptly asked to the lectern to make a 10 minute speech and report on how things are going in Washington DC and in our District.

LaMalfa spoke on a number of topics, including the reactions today to the Mueller Report, which was released this morning by AG William Barr. He encouraged our members to get as fully involved in Republican politics in our area as possible and to start gearing up for the 2020 elections, including local, district, state and national.

We had a great turnout at the April, 2019 General Membership Meeting of the CRWF

The luncheon served by the Chico Elks was delicious, as usual, and as the group settled in with their lunches, the main speaker rose to address the room. Don Jans did not need a microphone, expounding easily and readily he spoke about the terrible influence collectivism has had on the United States and the need for us to decide, when we come to the fork in the road, whether we will go with the collective or take the “road less traveled.” He said the road less traveled is the way of freedom, liberty and limited government. He backed up his claims with lessons in United States history, starting with the first settlers that landed in America.

Jans was an interesting and knowledgeable speaker and the author of three books, “My Grandchildren’s America Will It Still Be the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave,” “Goodbye, Constitution, Freedom, America” and “The Road To Tyranny Individualism to Collectivism.” After his speech Jans autographed and sold his three books. He paid a great compliment to our club by stating toward the end of his talk that the Republican Women Federated clubs around the nation have been a great force against the advent of socialism, calling upon us to keep up the good work.

1st VP Colleen Waugh accepted a framed NFRW award for the work of the late Mary Kennedy, our former club president, for her publishing ability on several 2018 CRWF “Elephant Ears” newsletters. Thank you, Colleen, for submitting the work to NFRW so that Mary received the recognition she so richly deserved.

Juleah Cordi from Assemblyman James Gallagher’s office addressed the group about the AR430 legislation introduced recently, asking for our support. Club leadership reminded us that they will not be calling each member of the CRWF monthly to find out if they are going to attend the luncheon. If you want to be assured of your place at the table, then you need to call Peggy Dudman at least one week prior. You can find her number in the new ROSTER that was published and handed out today. See you next month!


The Latest: Pence claims total vindication in Mueller report

From the Associated Press

March 24, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the special counsel’s Russia investigation. (all times Eastern time):

8 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence says special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusions are a “total vindication” of President Donald Trump and “our campaign” and “should be welcomed by every American who cherishes the truth and the integrity of our elections.”

Donald Trump
President Donald Trump – Photo Courtesy of the Associated Press

Pence calls it a “great day for America,” Trump and the administration.

Attorney General William Barr declared Sunday that Mueller’s long investigation found no evidence that Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. Mueller also looked into whether Trump tried to obstruct the inquiry, but did not provide a definitive answer on that point.
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March General Membership Meeting 

March 21, 2019

The March 21, 2019 General Membership meeting of Chico Republican Women Federated had quite an agenda of presentations, informative speakers, attending dignitaries and club business. The meeting kicked off with a presentation by CFRW Northern Division President Dottie Linden and CFRW Northern Division Vice President Gaylon Kastner. The Northern Division raised almost $7,000 in gift cards for our club to distribute to Camp Fire survivors and it is greatly appreciated!

We had a large influx of new members this year and we are really excited to get to know them! New members received their Membership Packets today and had their photo taken with CRWF President Loretta Torres and CRWF 1st VP Colleen Waugh. Welcome!

Our guest speaker was City Councilman Sean Morgan, who spoke to those in attendance about the state of the City of Chico in 2019, including the issues faced by the City’s budget now that there are a majority of liberals on the City Council, and the seriousness of the Camp Fire in Paradise and how that is affecting the Chico community. He discussed the attempts to bring in marijuana dispensaries by new council members, the homeless problem in Chico, and addressed concerns about the condition of roads and streets in Chico that need repair. Sean is such an excellent speaker with an intelligent approach, our club probably could have listened to him for another hour!

Juleah Cordi, District Representative from Assemblyman James Gallagher’s office, stepped up to the mic to ask conservatives in our area to support the movement to fire UC Davis Professor Joshua Clover, who has called for the killing of police officers. Assemblyman Gallagher’s petition can be found here: Cordi explained that this petition began March 7, 2019 and we really need conservatives to spread the word on Facebook and see if we can make that petition go viral, garnering large numbers of signatures.

Dottie Linden, Lynn Cardwell, Gaylon Kastner and Patty Krause
Dottie Linden, Lynn Cardwell,
Gaylon Kastner and Patty Krause

Laura Page, Senior District Coordinator at U.S. House of Representatives for Rep. Doug LaMalfa, spoke to the group about LaMalfa’s work to make it clear that marijuana is not legal at the Federal level and discourage public officials from breaking Federal Law by enabling dispensaries to be set up in our region of Northern California. LaMalfa reached out to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California to assist our area in slowing the proliferation of marijuana and is hopeful that we will receive the support we need from them. Page says there are several non-profit organizations in the region that are looking into suing public officials who break Federal Law by enabling marijuana to be sold on the open market.

Page also discussed the work LaMalfa and his office have been doing to ease the requirements for Section 8 housing in our county due to the Camp Fire. Specifically, he is trying to make it easier to transfer Section 8 certification to another area if the recipient is unable to find housing in Butte County’s overcrowded housing scene.

CRWF First Vice President Colleen Waugh spoke about the conventions she has been attending. She was appointed as a Delegate to the State Republican Party recently and was very excited about the new officers the Party elected. Waugh had many interesting experiences to tell the group, but not much time, so we will be hearing about this topic at the next General Membership meeting in April and we look forward to it.

Having had a delicious lunch and a chance to socialize, the meeting was adjourned.

2019 Membership Tea a Great Success

February 24, 2019

Our 2019 Membership Tea was a great success this year, with over sixty-five in attendance. New CRWF President Loretta Torres opened the proceedings on time, introduced the Board, and then Sheriff Kory Honea and CRWF VP and Ways and Means Chair Jennifer Honea spoke for about an hour.

Kory Honea spoke about his visit to the Mexican border and meeting Warren Buffett’s son, Howard Graham Buffett, author of “Our 50-State Border Crisis: How the Mexican Border Fuels the Drug Epidemic Across America.” Butte County has the 5th worst opioid/fentanyl epidemic and overdose rate in the state of California. BCSO officers rarely encounter methamphetamine labs, never opioid, never fentanyl – these drugs were made south of the border and brought here. Sheriff Honea is trying to figure out how to support the effort to stop those drugs from coming into our county.

He flew the length of the border and noted that at the port of entry, where there were immigration officials, there were heavy fortification, cameras, officers – but the further from the port of entry in Cochise County, as you go out to the Normandy barriers, which are just high beams, barbed wire or nothing, there is little to stop illegal immigration. Honea also got the chance to speak to ranchers, where he discovered a high level of frustration about the way the situation is being handled.

Honea feels we need a better system. He is concerned that the argument over the border wall has become overly politicized, with the news media calling those who want to build the wall immoral and racist. He says people in Butte County are dying because the wall issue has divided everyone so much. BCSO is hamstrung by California Senate Bill 54, and border security is a threat. He says we have to be smart about the way it is handled. According to, California Senate Bill 54 effectively makes California a “sanctuary state” by legalizing and standardizing statewide non-cooperation policies between California law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities.

Wife Jennifer Honea, a dispatcher for the Butte County Sheriff’s Department, spoke about the couple’s recent trip to Washington, DC.  Sheriff Honea had taken the self-funded, solo trip to Arizona last year and visited the border area, then in October, Sheriff Honea received an invitation to the White House to come and do a briefing. The couple funded a trip for themselves to go to DC, flew back there, and had a very interesting trip. They got to go to the National Law Enforcement Museum, were given a tour of the capital by Doug LaMalfa, and met with the President and his cabinet at the White House. They got a tour with 7 other sheriffs from around California, then had a briefing. Kellyanne Conway came out and spoke to them about the opioid epidemic and she was very articulate and knowledgeable. The couple found the cabinet officials they met to be very well spoken and articulate. The President was also incredibly intelligent and the couple were impressed with his knowledge of what is happening in the US. They didn’t get to meet him personally, but they did get to take photos of him and found the entire trip to be fascinating.

Sheriff Honea said he felt no other administration had ever reached out to the people on the front lines of the local law enforcement front like the Trump Administration has done. As soon as the couple returned home they were on another front line – the Camp Fire.

Next, Lisa Page from Doug LaMalfa’s office spoke about the great works that have been underway by our Congressional Representative and the President to bring help and funds to the North Valley after the Camp Fire. LaMalfa went to great lengths to impress on the President our need for 90% funding after this national disaster, rather than the normal 75%, which has been approved. This means Butte County and the Town of Paradise will be responsible for 0% of the funding necessary to recover. She also spoke about the work LaMalfa has done to protect our forests.

All in all, it was a very entertaining and interesting afternoon tea with our Sheriff, his wife and other officials from our area and a good time was had by all. We had lots of women signing up to become members and we are really excited to get to know them this year. Our next regular meeting will be at the Chico Elk’s Lodge at 11:30am on March 21st – remember to contact Lee Flournoy at 521-0981 to make a reservation. For new members, just a reminder that we need an RSVP that you are coming so we can get a head count each meeting. See you there!

Heritage Foundation President’s Statement on Confirmation of Bill Barr as Attorney General

Feb 14, 2019 1 min read

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James released the below statement following the U.S. Senate’s vote to confirm Bill Barr as attorney general of the United States:

“The Heritage Foundation commends President Trump for nominating and the U.S. Senate for confirming my friend Bill Barr as attorney general of the United States.

“Over his decades of public service, Bill Barr has earned a reputation as someone who acts objectively and will uphold the Constitution and the rule of law. As a former assistant attorney general, deputy attorney general, and U.S. attorney general, he is eminently qualified to serve once again as our nation’s top attorney and will be able to smoothly transition into the role.

“Bill Barr’s appointment is a great moment for the Department of Justice and for the rule of law in America.”

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