Sus­pected leaker op­poses Trump

Face­book page filled with vit­riol

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE BOYER

The Face­book page of gov­ern­ment con­trac­tor Re­al­ity Leigh Win­ner was filled Tues­day with pre­dic­tions from strangers about the in­dig­ni­ties await­ing her be­hind bars.

“Hope you en­joy prison,” wrote one de­trac­tor. “At least it will be fed­eral not state.”

Ms. Win­ner, a 25-year-old Air Force veteran, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and op­po­nent of Pres­i­dent Trump, is ac­cused of leak­ing a clas­si­fied gov­ern­ment re­port to an on­line news site.

While the Jus­tice De­part­ment didn’t ad­dress her mo­tives in its crim­i­nal com­plaint, Ms. Win­ner’s so­cial me­dia ac­count con­tains nu­mer­ous ref­er­ences to en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivism and sup­port for lib­eral Sen. Bernard San­ders of Ver­mont.

She refers to Mr. Trump in one post as “a soul­less gin­ger orang­utan.”

Pros­e­cu­tions for leak­ing gov­ern­ment se­crets are rel­a­tively rare, but they in­creased dra­mat­i­cally dur­ing the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, with at least eight cases. Be­fore Pres­i­dent Obama took of­fice in 2009, the gov­ern­ment had pros­e­cuted only three such cases since the Es­pi­onage Act was en­acted in 1917.

Many ob­servers ex­pect such

at the im­mi­gra­tion ser­vices, which has a rep­u­ta­tion for per­mis­sive­ness, and re­mind­ing of­fi­cials there that they are on a first line of de­fense to keep out po­ten­tial ter­ror­ists.

“Rather than the idea of bring­ing as many refugees as you can to meet some num­ber set by the last ad­min­is­tra­tion, or bring in, you know, as many visas as you can, we ac­tu­ally, now, are chang­ing the cul­ture to say, ‘Look, if you want to come to Amer­ica, you con­vince me you are who you are and you’re com­ing here for a pe­riod of time, and then you’ll go home, and you won’t do any­thing wrong when you’re here,’” he said.

He warned that Amer­i­cans will likely feel some pain as he stiff­ens de­fenses. That in­cludes hav­ing cell­phones searched — and per­haps even copied — by bor­der guards, in a tiny frac­tion of cases. It also means states need to quickly com­ply with the 2005 Real ID law that sets fed­eral stan­dards for valid IDs.

Of­fi­cials in the hand­ful of states that are still strug­gling to com­ply with the law will have to tell res­i­dents that their IDs will no longer be valid for board­ing air­planes, Mr. Kelly said, as the U.S. tries to fend off an­other 9/11-style air­plane at­tack.

“For those states and ter­ri­to­ries that can­not or will not make the Jan­uary 2018 dead­line, they should en­cour­age now their cit­i­zens to ac­quire other forms of ID com­pli­ant with the Real ID law,” he said.

Pass­ports are one op­tion, though sen­a­tors said they feared a run at the State De­part­ment this sum­mer could leave some trav­el­ers in the lurch when the Jan­uary dead­line hits.

Mr. Kelly has be­come the fo­cal point for many of the at­tacks on the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, hav­ing over­seen a com­plete change in im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy.

Ap­pre­hen­sions at the bor­der — an in­di­ca­tor of over­all at­tempts to sneak in from Mex­ico — are down dra­mat­i­cally, in a mas­sive mea­sure of early suc­cess.

But a spike in ar­rests in­side the U.S., in­clud­ing of rank-and-file il­le­gal im­mi­grants whom the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion al­lowed to stay, de­fy­ing judges’ de­por­ta­tion or­ders, has Democrats on Capi­tol Hill fu­ri­ous.

Mr. Kelly, a re­tired Marine gen­eral, said he is en­forc­ing the laws Congress has writ­ten. That goes for Real ID, for im­mi­gra­tion, and for hu­man­i­tar­ian pro­grams such as the Tem­po­rary Pro­tected Sta­tus des­ig­na­tion that lets il­le­gal im­mi­grants from coun­tries hit hard by dis­as­ters re­main in the U.S.

The sec­re­tary said as many as 400,000 peo­ple are here un­der TPS, work­ing legally and without fear of de­por­ta­tion. Some of those date back nearly two decades, to earth­quakes and hur­ri­canes that struck Cen­tral Amer­ica in the 1990s, while more re­cent dec­la­ra­tions in­clude the 2010 Haiti earth­quake and vi­o­lence in Syria and Ye­men over the past year.

Mr. Kelly said ad­min­is­tra­tions for years have au­to­mat­i­cally ex­tended TPS without look­ing to see what’s needed. He said he’s go­ing to take a hard look at each coun­try.

He said, how­ever, that it could be dif­fi­cult to root out those from Hon­duras who have been in the U.S. since the 1999 TPS dec­la­ra­tion, or El Sal­vador since 2001. He said Congress may need to come up with a so­lu­tion that gives them “a way to­wards cit­i­zen­ship.”

Mr. Kelly sounded grim about the chances for cut­ting off the flow of il­le­gal drugs into the U.S., say­ing as long as there’s a de­mand, smug­gling car­tels will find a way to get the drugs in.

He said the so­lu­tion isn’t along the bor­der, but rather a per­mis­sive at­ti­tude in­side the U.S. that needs to be com­bated at all lev­els.

“It’s not law en­force­ment, it’s Hol­ly­wood, it’s pro­fes­sional sports, col­lege sports, the pres­i­dent of the United States, the Se­nate, ev­ery­one out there, the in­flu­encers,” he said.

In ad­di­tion to en­forc­ing the laws, Mr. Kelly said, he’s fol­low­ing court or­ders as scrupu­lously as pos­si­ble.

He said that af­ter a judge in Hawaii is­sued a broad in­junc­tion against Mr. Trump’s travel ban, the Home­land Se­cu­rity De­part­ment stopped most work, in­clud­ing some ef­forts to im­prove vetting.

“I learned very early on, if there’s a per­cep­tion that we’re not ex­e­cut­ing the law, then a lot of peo­ple get ag­i­tated and call,” he said.

Mr. Trump’s cur­rent pro­posed travel ban would cre­ate a 90-day halt on many ad­mis­sions from six ter­ror­ist-con­nected coun­tries: Iran, Libya, So­ma­lia, Su­dan, Syria and Ye­men. The cur­rent ex­ec­u­tive or­der, is­sued in March, also im­poses a 120-pause on ad­mis­sion of refugees.

Courts have blocked both parts of the or­der.

Sen­a­tors from both par­ties said they wanted Mr. Kelly to go as far as he could in im­prov­ing U.S. vetting. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Mis­souri Demo­crat, said she didn’t read the Hawaii judge’s or­der to be as re­stric­tive as the ad­min­is­tra­tion is treat­ing it.

“I can’t imag­ine any­body is go­ing to ar­gue with you about the fact that you should be pre­par­ing poli­cies that will keep this coun­try safe,” she said, adding that there’s been enough time to im­prove screen­ing so that the 90-day pause might not even be needed.

Mr. Kelly ticked off a list of ar­eas where he’s made changes, in­clud­ing au­to­mated screen­ing and en­hanced cap­ture of bio­met­ric data of ar­riv­ing vis­i­tors.

“We haven’t stopped. We’re just be­ing, as I say, very, very cau­tious about not get­ting out in front of the courts,” the sec­re­tary said.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary John F. Kelly dis­missed ac­cu­sa­tions that Pres­i­dent Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der dis­crim­i­nates against a re­li­gion, say­ing he was re­ly­ing on lists drawn up by Congress and the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to sin­gle out six coun­tries.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.