My fellow Americans,

This is a season of great hope.

This week, Jewish families across our country, and around the world, celebrate Passover and retell the story of God’s deliverance of the Jewish people. The story of the Exodus is a story of freedom. It is the story of an incredible people who were liberated from oppression and raised up the face of humankind.

Down through the centuries, the Jewish People have lived through one persecution after another–and yet, they persevered and thrived and uplifted the world beyond measure. And now, the State of Israel stands as a monument to their faith and endurance.

Another day of faith and celebration is also upon us.

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Tried to use a tourist visa to sneak into U.S.

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry yesterday caught a fugitive wanted for attempted homicide and arson, as he attempted to enter the U.S. using a tourist visa.

On Apr. 5, at about 5:45 a.m., 42-year-old Antonio Perez, a U.S. citizen, applied for entry on foot through the Otay Mesa border crossing. Antonio Perez attempted to gain entry into the U.S. using a tourist visa that was not legally issued to him. Through facial comparison the officer detected inconsistencies and referred Perez for a more in-depth inspection.

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CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SOMALIA

On April 12, 2010, by Executive Order 13536, the President declared a national emergency to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the deterioration of the security situation and the persistence of violence in Somalia, acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, which have repeatedly been the subject of United Nations Security Council resolutions, and violations of the arms embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council.

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By Karen Parrish, DoD News

WASHINGTON -- Threats from violent extremists and a resurgent Russia require both strong U.S. capabilities in Europe and a sustained commitment to the NATO alliance, the senior U.S. military leader in Europe told the Senate Armed Services Committee here Thursday.

Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe, told the committee that the current European strategic environment is the most dynamic it has been in recent history.

EUROPEAN THEATER CRITICAL TO U.S. INTERESTS

The European theater holds about a billion people and its trade is roughly half of the world's gross domestic product, the general said.

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Remarks as prepared for delivery

Good morning. One of the Justice Department’s top priorities is to protect the United States from threats to our national security. Therefore, I want to discuss two points: first, the national security basis for this order, and second, our department’s role in defending the lawful orders of the President.

First: As the President noted in his address to Congress, the majority of people convicted in our courts for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from abroad. We also know that people seeking to support or commit terrorist attacks here will try to enter through our refugee program. In fact, today more than 300 people who came here as refugees are under FBI investigation for potential terrorism-related activities.

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President Donald J. Trump is greeted by Maj. Gen. John K. McMullen, the Air Combat Command vice commander, Col. Caroline Miller, the 633rd Air Base Wing commander, and Col. Peter Fesler, the 1st Fighter Wing commander at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. The 633rd ABW is the host wing to 24,000 Airmen, Soldiers and civilians who support 11 major units, one of which is the 1st FW, whose mission is to deliver stealth, combat airpower world-wide on short notice to combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Areca T. Bell)

By Tech. Sgt. Daylena S. Ricks, 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. -- President Donald J. Trump greeted a crowd of service members, their families and friends as he made his first official visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis and the Tidewater military community, March 2, 2017.

Trump was welcomed by Maj. Gen. John K. McMullen, the Air Combat Command vice commander,, Col. Caroline M. Miller, the 633rd Air Base Wing commander and Col. Pete M. Fesler, the 1st Fighter Wing commander.

“As America’s vanguard air dominance provider, the 1st Fighter Wing delivers F-22 Raptor airpower worldwide,” Fesler said. “As the oldest wing in the Air Force, the 1st Fighter Wing continues its tradition of air superiority which began in World War I and continues with current fifth-generation operations across the global spectrum of conflict. Anytime we can showcase our first-class raptor fleet to the president and his staff, we’re proud to do so.”

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