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Faith Nation: November 2, 2018

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- As the midterm elections approach,

immigration is on the minds of many.

Welcome to Faith Nation.

I'm John Jessup.

Well, the President ismaking illegal immigration

a major headline in the lead-upto the midterm elections,

often bring it up at ralliesand in tweets like this one,

which says, "Illegal immigration affects

"the lives of all Americans.

"Illegal immigrationhurts American workers,

"burdens American taxpayers,undermines public safety

"and places enormousstrain on local schools,

"hospitals and communities."

This renewed focus began whenthousands of Honduran migrants

started journeying tothe U.S.-Mexico border.

Undeterred by the threatof military action

from President Trump,the so-called caravan

continues to move north.

Now, some experts predictthey may make it to the border

sooner rather than later.

To prepare for their arrival,the Defense Department

is deploying troops to the region.

Chuck Holton has the story.

- [Chuck] As the TrumpAdministration has seen its efforts

to stop illegal border crossings stymied

by Federal judges over and over again,

those who want to come to America

have been paying attention.

Illegal crossings at the U.s.southern border have spiked

and border patrol agents havebeen struggling to keep up.

The migrant caravan making its way north

may have dwindled somewhatto just over 3500 Hondurans

but more groups are coming along behind.

In a briefing October29th, CBP Commissioner,

Kevin McAleenan, put it in perspective.

- We are already facing aborder security and humanitarian

crisis at our southwest border.

Each day, on average for the last 3 weeks,

CBP has encountered a combinationof almost 1900 persons

apprehended crossing our border illegally

or presenting withoutdocuments at ports of entry.

They're incentivized to tryto cross by the expectation

that they will be allowed to stay.

This means that at any given moment,

there are tens of thousandsof intending migrants

between the Guatemalanborder and the U.S. border,

moving toward us at any given time.

Within that flow, includedare about 17000 criminals

last year, along with hardened smugglers

and people from over a hundredcountries around the world.

- [Chuck] Last year,more than 38,000 migrants

who came looking for asylum were found

not to meet the requirementsand were refused.

To deal with this burgeoning crisis,

border patrol is bringingin every resource

at its disposal from extraagents, to helicopters,

to Special Operations and medical teams.

Add that to the U.S.troops who are moving in

from around the countryto provide logistical

and engineering support,and there will soon be

more assets guarding our southern frontier

than we have currentlyin Afghanistan or Iraq,

but even that might not be enough.

This man traveling with the caravans

says they are coming in, no matter what.

But if this group plans onrepeating the performance

they made on the Guatemala-Mexico border,

these soldiers from Fort Carson, Colorado,

are going to havesomething to say about it.

- As combat engineer, weare very highly trained

in obstacles, which isvery useful right now.

This is just another wayto support my country

and do what needs to be done.

- [Chuck] NORTHCOM Commanding General,

Terrence O-Shaughnessy, agrees.

- I think the President has made it clear

that border security is national security.

That is the direction we've given.

That is the direction we're marching to.

Our orders are very clear.

We are engaged, we're here to support CBP

and we're gonna secure the border.

- [Chuck] The new borderwall going up very slowly

in California is likelynot to see significant

progress unless Republicans hold the House

in next week's elections.

But in the meantime, thesetroops are being sent

to fill in the gaps andform a human wall that will

help border agentsbetter handle the crisis

along our 2,000 mile southern frontier.

For CBN news, I'm Chuck Holton.

- Thanks Chuck.

Well, Faith Nation co-host, Jenna Browder

and our chief politicalanalyst, David Brody,

traveled with the Presidenton Air Force One earlier

this week and asked himabout his immigration policy.

- There are people following up on that

who like to call you anti-semetic,

who like to call you aracist, Mister President.

What would you say to these people?

- Well, you know, theword racist is used about

every Republican that's winning.

Any time a Republican is leading,

they take out the R word, the racist word.

I'm not anti-immigrant at all.

I'm all for people coming into the country

legally and people based on merit,

but when you see acaravan that's pouring up

to our country with thousands of people,

maybe 10,000 people now, andthen you see the violence

that was caused by a secondcaravan that's forming

on the northern Mexico side,where you look at what's going,

Guatemala and Honduras, andyou look at the violence,

at people being hurt,Mexican soldiers being hurt

and police, they're throwingrocks in their face.

Look, we're not gonna letthem come into our country.

We have 10 and we might even go

up to 15,000 soldiers on our border.

We are building a wall at its own way.

We are putting up walls of barbed wire,

and when you look at what we're doing,

they're just not coming into our country.

They might as well go back now.

But take a look at the violence

that they've created downthere, the level of--

I mean, these are notangels, as you would say.

These are not angels.

- You say you're not gonnalet 'em into the country.

What is this about tent cities?

That could be a tricky situation.

- We're gonna build housing.

Obviously, it has to be built very fast,

and we're gonna give them better housing

than many of them have.

We're going to hold them.

We're not gonna release them.

We're gonna hold them untiltheir deportation hearing goes

and their asylum hearing.

- No catch and release, right?

- No, we're not gonnado catch and release.

Catch and release is no good.

President Obama proved that.

Catch and release is no good.

We've got it down to a very good system

and we're gonna be very strong on it.

We're not going to be releasingpeople into our country

that never show up for their court case.

- On immigration, one last question.

What about the critics who say,

look, you're just doingall of this for political,

you know, to chin upthe base and everything.

What's the answer to that?

- Well, if I am, I've beendoing it for a long time,

because I've been on thisissue for a long time,

ever since you've known me.

Now we have a chance todo something about it.

The problem we have is,we have no democrat votes.

We need democrat votesin order to pass bills,

'cause we have a verytiny little majority.

We'll see what that is, but now

we have another election coming up.

We need Republicans, because the Democrats

will give us no votes on anything.

They don't mind open borders,they don't mind crime

because open borders mean crime.

They don't mind crime.

They don't wanna takecare of our military.

They don't wanna take care of our vets,

and that's where we are, butwe have no votes on immigration

with the Democrats andwe can't let that happen,

so I've been very strongon immigration, David,

as you know, right from the beginning,

right from the first time you saw me.

- Just four days remainuntil the mid-term elections

and one big Senate toss-uprace is in the State of Nevada,

where the challenger holds asmall lead over the incumbent.

The latest polls show 48%of likely voters choosing

Democrat Jacky Rosen, while45% say they back current

Senator, Republican Dean Heller.

10% say they're still notsure who they'll vote for.

- CBN News Capitol Hillcorrespondent, Abigail Robertson,

traveled to Las Vegasand files this report.

- It's a razor-thin Senaterace here in Nevada.

With Democratic Senatecandidate, Jacky Rosen,

hoping to unseat Republicanincumbent, Senator Dean Heller,

in a state Hillary Clintonnarrowly won in 2016.

- I would say that it's a close race,

with some wind at our backs.

- [Abigail] Bothcandidates are campaigning

with big names from their parties,

like President Obama and President Trump.

Heller told CBN News, he and the President

may have had arguments anddifferences in the past.

- But then, somethinghappened, and that was,

we started to have somesuccesses together.

When it comes to our veterans,when it comes to military,

when it comes to tradeand some of these issues,

we see eye to eye, so there's no reasons

why we shouldn't work together.

- [Abigail] The Presidentnudged Senatory Heller

to change his stanceand support GOP efforts

to repeal parts of theAffordable Care Act.

Rosen is making that vote acenterpiece for her campaign.

Since Nevada majorly benefited

from Obamacare's Medicaidexpansion provision.

- And what did Senator Heller do?

He caved, he caved.

- [Abigail] And whilecampaigning with Cecile Richards,

the former head of Planned Parenthood,

Rosen also accused Hellerof breaking a promise

to protect Federal fundingfor Planned Parenthood,

a promise Heller denies ever making.

- The National Right to Lifehas supported me for 12 years,

since I've been inCongress, so whatever this

Planned Parenthood thingthat they're making up,

and let me assure you, they make it up.

- [Abigail] Rosen andHeller both agree, however,

the future of the President's agenda

hinges on the Nevada race.

- The future of our AffordableCare Act, the future of the

Supreme Court, all of it,every single bit of it,

is on the line this election.

- And the key to controlling the Senate,

obviously is to makesure that we have good,

conservative judges;good, conservative judges

that believe in the Constitution.

- Heller has won hisnine previous elections

and tells me while this race is close,

he's confident of another victory.

Reporting from Las Vegas,Abigail Robertson, CBN News.

- CBN Political Editor,John Waage, joins me now

from CBN news headquartersin Virginia Beach.

John, we just saw in Abby'spackage the race in Nevada,

the Senate race betweenDean Heller and Jacky Rosen.

He is the only Republicanup for re-election,

a state that HillaryClinton carried in 2016.

What do you make of theSenate race there now?

- Well, it's interesting,John, because as the polls

have been all over themap, really in Nevada,

it's been fairly consistentover the past few weeks

with Heller holding a slight lead,

sometimes up to six points, so it's been

more consistent thansome of the other ones.

A little bit of a surprise,because as you mentioned,

Hillary Clinton won thatstate, although narrowly.

It's gonna be interesting to see whether

what's left of the Harry Reid machine

that was in place there for 20 years,

will turn out Democrats on election day

or if Dean Heller, asan incumbent Republican

who's held on in officeand now is retiring,

so there's a Governor's race going on,

it'll be interesting tosee if Heller can hang on,

which is true of all fourof the Republican Senate

candidates that are somewhat endangered.

- John, turning to theeconomy, today the Jobs Report

came out, showing that250,000 jobs have been added.

Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high

and hourly wages went up about 3.1%.

How much of an effect is this gonna have

on people when they head to the polls?

- Yeah, in a normal election,this would be everything.

Remember, 20 years ago, 25years ago, James Carville

with President Clinton saying,"It's the economy, stupid."

That was just a given thatthe economy would determine

elections in Presidentialyears and in midterm years.

Well, we don't have that goingon now, so they're talking

about everything but theeconomy, for the most part.

But I do think, in the background

when people go to the polls,they're gonna remember

that these are pretty good economic times.

- John, just a follow up there.

Why, if these economicnumbers are so good,

if people have more money in their wallets

after the tax cuts, whywouldn't Republicans

be doing better at this point?

- Well, for one thing, whenthe media coverage is 90%

negative on the sittingPresident, it's obvious

that they're not talking muchabout the economic numbers.

They're talking about everything but that

and so people are hearing that.

That's one thing.

Another thing, I think, isconcerns over healthcare.

There are legitimateconcerns that people have,

especially about pre-existing conditions,

which the Democrats are playing up

in every Senate race and House race.

Also, just that President Trump himself

is emphasizing otherthemes, although he always

hits the economy on these big rallies

that he's been having across the country.

- John, we're just a fewdays away from election day.

What are some of the racesthat have surprised you

in the run up to the midterm elections?

- Well, I think one surpriseis that Beto O'Rourke

in Texas has been able tostay as close as he has been

to Ted Cruz, although it'snot that much of a surprise

when you see that they'vespent an incredible 70 million

dollars on the Texas race.

That's probably theGDP of a small country.

Anyway, there are surprisesin the North Central region.

I think Minnesota is flyingunder the radar screen

with the appointee for Al Franken's seat.

Tina Smith is running a pretty close race

with the former TVreporter, Karin Housley.

That one's interesting to me.

New Jersey is very closewith the Democrat incumbent,

Bob Menendez, so Bob Hugin ischallenging him in New Jersey

and that one wasn't really onthe radar screen for much time

so, there's a whole goodbaker's dozen of races

that we'll be watching on election night

to see how they fall.

- I like the reference to baker's dozen.

John, it's been widely assumed Democrats

will retake the Houseand Republicans, however,

will remain in control of the Senate.

Just a few days out, do youagree with that assessment?

- I don't think I do, John.

Yes, I agree with it on paper.

For sure, I agree with it on paper.

You look at the polls andsome people are predicting

upwards of 40 seats forDemocrats to gain in the House.

Republicans are looking prettysolid to keep the Senate,

but I'm not sure the pollsare accurate this year

and I know that's a terriblething for a pundit to say,

'cause you could say that every two years,

but I honestly am not surethat people are answering

the questions, that they'rereaching the right people.

I'm not sure that they'reanswering honestly

and I think that it couldbe a more optimistic look

for Republicans on electionnight than what we're hearing

right now, because itcertainly looks bleak

when you look at everything on paper.

- John Waage, we look forwardto hearing more from you

in the run up to election day.

- [John] Look forward to it John.

- Concerns over secure voting is high

after Russian meddlingin the 2016 election.

Now, two years later, are we any safer?

White House Correspondent, Ben Kennedy,

joins us with the answer.


- Well John, President Trumpjust held an election security

briefing, where heinsisted his administration

would keep the midterms perfect and safe,

saying there will be hopefully

no meddling, no tampering, no nothing.

Today, I spoke with Jamie Fly

with Alliance for Securing Democracy

to get his take on the issue.

Jamie, we're talking aboutthe midterm elections.

Is there a threat to interfereand meddle in the midterms?

- Yes, certainly givenwhat we saw in 2016,

there's an ongoing threat inAmerican political debates.

The Russians, now the Iranians,potentially the Chinese.

Authoritarian powers aretrying to insert themselves

into our political conversations

and potentially compromiseour voting systems.

And so, this is an ongoingthreat and a new challenge

that I think Americansare gonna grapple with

every election that wehave for years to come.

- Jamie, you brought up 2016.

It's been two years since Russia

meddled in the Presidential election.

What have cybersecurityexperts learned since then

and is the U.S. better prepared to combat

and stop a threat fromtargeting the midterms?

- I think, when it comes to the security

of the actual votingmachines and the electoral

infrastructure, there have been

some significant improvements.

You've seen better coordinationand information sharing

between the Federal governmentand States and localities,

who actually run the elections

and manage the voting process.

When it comes to the onlinedisinformation challenge,

there have also been some steps taken

by the social media companiesand the U.S. government,

but there, a lot still needs to be done,

and it's in that area ofbroader issue-based advocacy

disinformation, where many authoritarians,

especially the Russians,have focused their efforts.

So I think Americans should feel secure

when they go to the polls thattheir vote will be counted,

that there is not muchlikelihood that there'll be

direct interference inthe vote tallying process.

The bigger challenge, though,is in our political discourse

in the broader media ecosystem,

and there's still a lot of workthat needs to be done there.

- I wanna talk about thecandidates, Senator Joe Manchin,

who is running forre-election in West Virginia.

He was notified that social media accounts

associated with hisoffice had been hacked.

The accounts are now secure,so that's the good news

to share, but what does this news mean

for people wanting to run for office?

- It's a challenge thatany political candidate,

any public official nowfaces, this hacking of,

not just social mediaaccounts, but email accounts.

We've seen some attemptsthat Microsoft also revealed

to target sittingSenators, some who were up

for re-election, so thecybersecurity of campaigns

is a huge issue, given howmany political campaigns

there are going on ineach election in the U.S.,

so that's always a challenge.

What we watch for, especially given 2016,

is the marrying of hackinginto a politician's campaign

and then leaking the information

through America's free and open media.

That's something wehaven't really seen yet

in this cycle, but it'ssomething we need to be aware of

and very careful aboutand all the campaigns

need to be securing their infrastructure.

- Now, Jamie says thatvoters should have faith

and confidence in the election process,

but that yes, there is adanger that the Russians

or others might try toundermine that confidence

through disinformation theyspread on social media.

The Department ofHomeland Security reveals

about half of the states have undergone

Federal election securityahead of the midterms.

The ones that passed on this service cite

they are already well prepared.


- [John] Thanks Ben, for your reporting.

How one group is connectingneighborhoods to the cops,

working to keep themsafe, when we come back.

- [Announcer] Watch liveelection coverage on the CBN News

Channel, Tuesday, November 6th,from eight p.m. to midnight.

- Welcome back.

Throughout history, the church has been

a driving force behind social change

and today, many congregations still are.

Amber Strong reports from Indianapolis,

where churches are building bridges

between communities and cops.

- Can't we all get along?

Can we get along?

- [Amber] Division betweenpolice and certain communities

is nothing new and while manyenjoy an amicable relationship

with law enforcement,social media shines a light

on the division and broken trust.

But in Indianapolis, membersof the faith community

and law enforcement hopeto exchange vantage points

and walk a mile in each other's shoes.

All thanks to a program called One Cop.

- The one thing that'sreally unique and special

about One Cop is that it's really

focused on beat police officers.

These are the people who,if they're doing their job

correctly, are literallywalking up and down the block.

- [Amber] And it's something this

community sees most every day.

What they don't usually seeis a nun in a police car

or police officers seatedin pews during the week.

Church leaders also get to trytheir hand at being officers,

facing the challenge ofsplit second decisions.

- You're drinking.

- [Amber] The team atOne Cop believes churches

are uniquely positioned tobreak down any walls existing

between the police and thosethey are sworn to protect.

- To walk the streets, Ithink, with a police officer

would be an eye-opening experience.

- [Amber] Pastor Jim Wrightjumped at the opportunity

to be a liaison and perhaps more.

- Introducing them to the community

and being a host site for the community

would be a really good way of connecting

the community with the police officers

with us as the bridgeand then, Lord willing,

opening up the door to share the gospel.

- Local law enforcement are also eager

to open doors and makea good first impression.

If you commit a crimehere in Indianapolis,

you're likely to wind up here,

at the Marion County Jail,where you'll be greeted

by a member of the Sheriff's Department.

Local law enforcement arehoping to change all that

and build a relationshipwith the community

before they wind up in jail.

Marion County Sheriff, John Layton,

hopes renewing relationshipscan help cut down

on counterproductivecodes, like no snitching.

He also wants to create andbuild levels of respect.

- You shouldn't have to fear auniform, ever fear a uniform,

but please respect it.

- [Amber] While Layton blames social media

for the growing antagonism,he quickly admits

mistakes have been made.

- There are tens ofthousands of police officers

across the United States.

Every now and then, one steps out of line.

Sometimes it's a mistake of the head,

sometimes a mistake of the heart.

It's such a minuscule percentage

of the police that are out there every day

dodging bullets, instead of sending 'em.

- Put your hands behind you.

- I can't breathe.

- Even a few, however,can deepen the divide.

- [Reporter] A 17-year-oldlay prone on the pavement

as the shots continued,16 rounds in 14 seconds.

The aftermath captured in graphic video

and streamed live on Facebookby the man's girlfriend.

In Texas, for example,tensions remain high

after Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger,

shot and killed 26-year-old faith leader,

Botham Jean, inside his apartment.

Community leaders there questioned

why Guyger was able to stay on the job

for so long after the shooting.

Indianapolis crimereporter, Steve Jefferson,

points out if and whenincidents like this happen,

transparency is important.

He's seen it work so far in Indy.

- The ongoing relationship,which still needs a lot of work,

has kept things from beingexplosive here in our city.

- [Amber] He credits programs like One Cop

and other faith-based initiatives

for helping calm things down.

Prevention is key and Jefferson adds

that training goes a long way.

- Our department here in Indianapolis,

now actually teaches officers

not to let their biases

impact their work on the street.

We all expect to be treateda certain way by the police

and I think them knowing howto de-escalate a situation,

whether it be a traffic stop,whether it be trying to ID

a young black man whoyou think is trespassing.

- [Amber] As a deacon himself,Jefferson knows the church

can play a major role inbuilding relationships.

- Pastors need to do is take advantage

of their captive audience,because if they can

get the message to theparents of the children,

then the children get themessage from the parents.

- [Amber] Sheriff Layton is optimistic

because mutual respectand basically living

by the golden rule willsuccessfully bring churches,

the community and lawenforcement together.

- We can start respect again,not just for the uniform,

but for the people in those churches.

- [Amber] Amber Strong,CBN News in Indianapolis.

- [John] Coming up next,we'll look at who's reading

their Bible the most in America.

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- [Announcer] Watch live,election coverage on the CBN News

Channel, Tuesday, November 6th,from eight p.m. to midnight.

- Finally tonight, African-Americansengage with the Bible

more than any other ethnicgroup in the United States.

That, according to the lateststate of the bible survey

by the American Bible Society.

It found 60% of African-Americansuse the Bible every day.

50% say they feel more connected to God

when they read their Biblesand 75% say they feel

the need to know God betterwhen reading the Bible.

That's gonna do it fortonight's Faith Nation.

Thank you so much for watchingand have a great weekend.

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