Saturday News: Improbable Cause


ICE AGENTS USE LIES AND PRETEXT TO ENTER IMMIGRANTS' HOMES: “They give a typically Hispanic name, like Francisco or José, and show a picture,” he said. “And in the course of speaking they ask for identification.” That’s what happened to Edwin Enamorado, one of the two men arrested in Hillsborough last week. His wife, who asked that her name be withheld, said ICE agents tricked her daughter in order to enter her home. The couple’s 18-year-old daughter, who was born in Durham, opened the door, the wife said. Five policemen — only a few with the word ‘ICE’ on their vests — showed her a picture of the man they were looking for. It wasn’t Enamorado. The agents asked to enter the house, promising her they wouldn’t ask for anyone elses's identification. “After verifying and looking in every room, and [realizing] the person they were looking for wasn’t there, they proceeded to ask for documentation of the family and arrested the husband,” Posada said.

CONCERNED STUDENTS WALKOUT, SPEAK OUT ON LACK OF ACTION ON GUN CONTROL: Hundreds of students from East Chapel Hill High School joined other students from across Orange County in a march down Franklin Street that ended at the post office. Students walked miles, while chanting and holding signs calling out the NRA and sharing what they say are legitimate safety concerns they have every day they head to school. Charlie Mascia, a senior at East Chapel Hill, said he hopes Friday's rally will push adults and lawmakers to "do something." "We shouldn't be here. We should be in school. We should be learning," he said. "But the adults in the country - our elected officials - they are not doing their jobs. They are not stepping up to the plate to protect the American people." Mascia said the government does things to prevent other disasters, but he does not understand why there is not "common sense gun control."

VP PENCE TOURS NC BLABBERING ABOUT TAX CUT: Speaking in Charlotte, Vice President Mike Pence on Friday touted the Trump administration's record and particularly its tax cuts, the results of which he called "nothing short of remarkable." The event came in the middle of a North Carolina swing that included a Greensboro fundraiser for a Republican member of Congress and an uptown Charlotte fundraiser for the national GOP and Trump's re-election campaign. It was the vice president's 11th appearance for a pro-Trump group called America First Policies. Pence alluded to many of those policies, from the border wall to the Syria missile attack to the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. This week, Bank of America credited the tax cuts with record first quarter profits of $6.9 billion. The bank said the tax law reduced its first quarter taxes by $500 million.

NIKKI HALEY FIRES BACK AT KUDLOW OVER "CONFUSION" REFERENCE: Trump was angry Sunday when he saw Haley on television discussing new Russia sanctions that she said would be announced the next day. He blasted her for being out of step with the rest of the administration, according to two White House officials. They were not authorized to discuss private conversations and commented only on condition of anonymity. Despite Haley's words, no new sanctions were imposed. Asked for an explanation, Larry Kudlow, the president's new economic adviser, told reporters that Haley "got ahead of the curve" and he added, "She's a very effective ambassador, but there might have been some momentary confusion about that." The next day, Haley hit back, releasing a statement to Fox News that read: "With all due respect, I don't get confused."

NORTH KOREA SAYS IT WILL STOP NUCLEAR & MISSILE TESTS, BUT ARSENAL WILL REMAIN INTACT AND READY: North Korea said it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. The announcement came ahead of a new round of nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington, but there was no clear indication in the North’s announcement if it would be willing to deal away its arsenal. The North rather expressed confidence about its nuclear force, which leader Kim Jong Un declared as complete in November after a slew of weapons tests that included the underground detonation of a purported thermonuclear warhead and flight tests of three intercontinental ballistic missiles. Some analysts believe Kim is entering the negotiations from a position of strength and is unlikely to accept a significant cut of his arsenal. South Korean and U.S. officials have said Kim is likely trying to save his broken economy from heavy sanctions.