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ust one of the many reasons we need the border wall: MS-13. Americans should support President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program initiated by his predecessor — President Barack Obama’s executive order creating it was unconstitutional. Of course, that’s too much to ask in today’s hyper-politicized environment. Americans who supported Obama’s DACA program never cared whether it was constitutional or legal. But OK, I get the politics. How about supporting the rescission of the program because it improves community safety and national security? Are those still “biparti-

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san� objectives? As reported by the Washington Examiner, DACA recipients are part of a group of 300,000 or so illegal immigrants who are feeding the recruitment efforts of MS13, one of the deadliest, most dangerous gangs in the U.S. And now its members have spread to nearly half of all states — 22 to be exact. The gang, which was “stifled under President George W. Bush,� the news site noted,


has committed crimes — many of them horrific — in at least that many states. Since 2012, 207 murders have been tied to the gang, called “Mara Salvatrucha,� and there are more than 500 cases nationwide of MS-13 members being charged in major crimes, according to the report from the Center for Immigration Studies. What’s making the situation worse is that it is difficult to deport these predators because there are so many sanctuary cities  around the country whose leaders have passed ordinances forbidding local police from cooperating with federal immigration authorities — acts of defiance that have only grown stiffer in the age of WALL, continued on Page 9







n a just released book, “Lady in Red,� Sheila Tate tells how former first lady Nancy Reagan was referred to as The Dragon Lady and was seen as cold, snobbish and standoffish. But, in fact, she was actually just the opposite. Tate, who was the former first lady’s press secretary for the first four years of the administration, describes Nancy as reserved, thoughtful and soft-spoken, with a great sense of humor. Readers will get an insight into her loyalty, sense of humor and dedication to country, a first lady who made an impact. The book is a nice collection of memories, stories and thoughts by those who worked closest with her, and who want people to understand that Nancy Reagan had much more depth and grace than she was ever given credit for. Elise Cooper: Why write the book now? Sheila Tate: Nancy and I became close personal friends after I left the White House. At her memorial service, many people came up to me and said, “We wish others saw her like we did.� This planted a seed and the result is this book. EC: It seems there are a lot of similarities between her and Jackie Kennedy? ST: Both had grace, a strong sense of humor that was not seen very often publicly, and was criticized for their expensive wardrobe. Jackie wrote Nancy a letter shortly after Ronald Reagan was elected president, and was one of the first people to call Nancy after the election to give her the benefit of her experience. After that private meeting both met several more times and Nancy told of how much she appreciated what Jackie did. I think they really liked each other. Compare that to when the Clintons were elected. Nancy reached out to Hill-

Nancy Reagan’s former press secretary, Sheila Tate, gives readers an inside look at the first lady in “Lady in Red.�

ary, writing her a personal note and offer- press and elected officials have skits and ing to help the new first lady in any way speeches that usually make fun of people. I knew Nancy was going to be the target she could. Nancy told me Hilland they were going to hamary never even responded and mer her. The reporters were said she would have absolutely going to sing a song mocking no use for her after that. her as they changed the lyrics EC: Please explain how to “Second Hand Rose.� Some Nancy Reagan brought the of the words, “I never wear a media elite to their feet? rock more than just once. I sure ST: I wanted to write this miss Rodeo Drive. We’re living because it describes Nancy’s like kings. So what if Ronnie’s ability to make fun of hercutting back on welfare.� self with such a great sense I suggested she dress up as of humor. She changed her someone with no taste in fashion image overnight with her and we keep it a secret from most surprise appearance on everyone including the president. stage at the Gridiron Club. It hosts an annual dinner where various members of the She was all in to come onstage and sing




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Silently in theaters from director John Krasinski via storytellers Bryan Woods and Scott Beck is Paramount Pictures directions to “A Quiet Place.� Living in a world built on survival by being silent, Lee (John Krasinski) and wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) along with sons Beau (Cade Woodward), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and daughter Regan (Millicent Simmons) are in a drugstore looking for medications. Young son Beau sees a toy he wants, but dad Lee explains that it makes noise. He does this by use of sign language as Regan is deaf. The whole family communicates now using sign language because the creatures that hunt them have uber hearing and any sound will bring them within seconds. On the way home to their farm, there is an incident that changes the family and makes survival even harder. Evelyn is pregnant and the family finds clever ways to prepare for the new arrival. Lee takes Marcus out with him to find food and Regan isn’t happy that she isn’t asked to go. Feeling that her father doesn’t care about her, she takes off down the road. Evelyn is alone taking care of the house when the first sign that the baby is coming and a cry out brings the creatures. She has only moments to send a signal to

John Krasinski stars as Lee in the incredibly scary “A Quiet Place,� in theaters now.

the others that there is danger and it all sends each in another direction trying to redirect the creatures. From the house to the field, they each use what they have learned to try and save one another from the creatures that can’t see but most certainly can hear ‌ every ‌ sound.

Krasinski as Lee is a man who is continually trying to find ways to keep his family safe. When there is a moment to breathe, he is working on a way to help his daughter or showing Marcus how to survive in the creature-infested world. Blunt as Evelyn is in total mom-mode and certainly takes a

quiet childbirth to a whole new level. This is not the world she ever intended for her children to live in but knows it’s the one they now must survive in. Simmonds as Regan deals with this QUIET PLACE, continued on Page 8

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one of the four Western Conference playoff matchups were decided until Wednesday night, the official end of the regular season. Every hour since has been a mad scramble for the coaching and video staffs involved — a frantic turn from focus on their own team to a specific opponent. The playoffs yield the best basketball because of how tailored every challenge is to the team involved. Teams no longer run a base offense or defense, but one customized to their opponents limitations. It’s a deeply personal means of competition. If a player can’t shoot, the defense will refuse to guard them, broadcasting their disrespect to a national TV audience. If a player can’t guard, they’ll be picked on relentlessly until they’re removed from the game entirely. What makes the Rockets and Warriors so frustrating is how few weaknesses they present — and how effectively they cover for them. The Timberwolves and Spurs, respectively, will have their work cut out for them. Yet in the middle matchups, we find two series ripe for tactical experimentation. The Blazers, Thunder, Jazz, and Pelicans all wear their limitations on their sleeve; each is so reliant on their top players as to be put at a precarious balance. The coming weeks will see all four pushed from every angle, testing their balance and their capacity to respond. And the lucky winners will have the privilege of enduring that same scrutiny once more — this time from the Rockets and Warriors themselves.

Can the Thunder hit high gear?

No team in the West has embraced variance quite like the Thunder, who have managed to dominate and implode in almost equal measure. The best of OKC — something we haven’t seen consistently or often enough this season — would scare any opposing coaching staff. Gameplanning against Russell Westbrook is always an ordeal. The ferocity of his driving game is such a unique test for a defense, and when perfectly calibrated it can be overwhelming.


San Antonio’s defense will make the Golden State Warriors earn every point in the first round of the playoffs.

Factor in Paul George, Steven Adams, Carmelo Anthony, and a punchy cast of reserves, and the Thunder have the personnel necessary to mount a challenge to any team in the field. At issue are the conditions to make that challenge a reality. Oklahoma City’s defense has been flaky ever since Andre Roberson went down for the season with a ruptured patellar tendon. Its offense —

while efficient overall — is prone to the would leave an already shallow team short kinds of fits and starts that can derail a yet another viable rotation piece. playoff run. The Thunder aren’t a team waiting to flip the switch so much as one Houston vs. Minnesota: Can the veering desperately to find their groove. If Wolves get any stops at all? they do, it could change the outlook of the entire Western Conference bracket. The Wolves aren’t exactly the picture of defensive discipline, which is pretty much the only way to keep competitive in Biggest X-factor: Rajon Rondo There has never been a clean fit for New a series against the Rockets. Every layer of Orleans’ mercurial point guard, which your coverage needs to be in order. Whichmakes his most effective stints all the ever defenders are assigned to cover James more noticeable. His game remains fun- Harden and Chris Paul — or are switched damentally unchanged; the Rondo we’ve into covering them mid-play — face the come to know from years of over-passing most challenging isolation matchups in and hesitant shooting remains a glaring the league. The pick-and-roll defense has to be presence in the modern NBA. Yet when his game is working — as is periodically so impeccably timed as to disrupt the the case with a team that relies on his mid- rhythms of Clint Capela, but without faplay facilitation — it elevates the Pelicans voring him so much as to give up lanes to Harden or Paul. The help has to come beyond their standing. New Orleans needs the version of Ron- quickly, but the second level of help even do that slowed Isaiah Thomas in the play- more so; if you’re the sort of team that offs last year to do the same to Damian can only make one rotation reliably (as Lillard and C.J. McCollum. They need a is often the case with the Wolves), you creator who can alleviate some of the pres- have no shot of stopping Houston’s inisure on Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, tial actions and keeping their arsenal even if he won’t often be knocking down of three-point shooters under wraps. shots himself. Rondo coming up big could It’s for that reason that the Rockets litchange the complexion of the Pelicans’ NBA PLAYOFFS, continued on Page 12 series — in part because the alternative XXXNJMJUBSZQSFTTDPNtOFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTTDPN

Carl Vinson returns to San Diego after historic Vietnam visit First visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier in more than 40 years Sailors from aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) returned home to Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, April 12, after completing a scheduled three-month deployment. More than 5,000 Sailors from Carl Vinson and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 deployed Jan. 5 to conduct routine operations in the Indo-Pacific and maintain security and stability in the region. “We safely conducted our mission in a complex operating environment,� said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the Carl Vinson Strike Group commander. “I give full credit to our Sailors. They demonstrated outstanding readiness, watchstanding and navigational skill, and represented our nation and Navy with great pride and professionalism. I am very pleased with what we accomplished at sea and ashore as a team.� Carl Vinson steamed approximately

Senior leadership from Vietnam greet leaders from U.S. 7th Fleet, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, and the Carl Vinson Strike Group, during a welcome ceremony in Da Nang, Vietnam on March 5. The Carl Vinson Strike Group returned from deployment on April 12 after the historic visit. | U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Monroe

40,000 nautical miles and visited Guam, the Philippines and Vietnam. The visit to Vietnam was the first by a U.S. aircraft carrier in more than 40 years and dem-


onstrated America’s continued commit- Sailors also participated in community ment to the region. Carl Vinson hosted service events and sports competitions. more than 1,300 guests for tours, profesCARL VINSON, continued on Page 12 sional exchanges and a formal reception.


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t Marshal Josip Broz Tito is chosen president of Yugoslavia on Jan. 14. t Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia form the Baltic Pact on Feb. 28. t Joseph Stalin dies March 5 after suffering a stroke March 1. He is succeeded by Goergy Malenkov, who would battle with Nikita Khrushchev for control until 1955.

t Ian Fleming publishes his first James Bond novel, “Casino Royal,� on April 13. t Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first men to reach the summit of Mt. Everest on May 29. t Queen Elizabeth II is coronated June 2 at Westminster Abbey. t The Soviet Union sends troops to East Berlin on June 17 to quell the Workers Uprising. t Egypt declares itself a republic June 18. t Armed conflict in the Korean War ends July 27 with the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement.

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part of the film is actually seeing the fears that are totally believable by everyone in the audience unfold on the screen. Let me make it clear — I would not survive in a silent world purely because, as I learned during the teen years, trying to be quiet meant the pressure to make that happen would definitely produce noise (just ask my sister Ellen!). That being said, I also cringed at every little creak, every little, muffled sound and held my breath with every footstep the family took. That’s what makes an amazing movie-going experience — when you unknowingly become physically invested. The story didn’t give me a moment’s peace and I couldn’t work on my bag of popcorn because I didn’t want to be jumped by any creatures! In the midst of all the silence and insane creepy creatures — the writers and director Krasinski manages a moment of beauty between Lee and Evelyn and it made my heart melt. Of course, I had to snap out of that quickly and walking out of the theater my first thought was that I wanted to see “A Quiet Place� again. John Krasinski took the story by Woods and Beck and directed right where it needs to be, straight into our fears. Well played sir, well played. In the end — if they can hear you they can hunt you!

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been arrested and incarcerated for various crimes, including a vicious random attack on a sheriff ’s deputy in 2015. It should come as no surprise that President Trump has called on border states to send National Guard troops to the border. Even California is sending them — for the sole purpose of combating international crime. Americans don’t see eye-to-eye on much these days, but if we can’t even agree to end insane immigration/sanctuary city policies that  are leading to the death of American citizens, then there’s no point in debating how to make our children safer at schools. Richard Matz is the publisher of the Military Press. Send comments and thoughts to rmatz@ "QSJM 9

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erally doubled up the Wolves in made threes during the season series, turning a strength into an overwhelming mathematical edge. Whether Minnesota can keep any of these specific elements contained will dictate how long they survive in this series. Great as it is to see the Wolves in the postseason again, it’s hard to imagine they’ll be long for it. Rockets in four

Golden State vs. San Antonio: How vulnerable are the Warriors?

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EC: Nancy Reagan was one of the first to use her power to make an impact on an issue important to her. ST: She had a deep commitment to ending drug abuse and refused the staff suggestions to pursue an alternative. Her answer, “If I am going to pursue something four to eight years, it has to be something I care about.� I think after a dear friend lost a daughter to drugs she took up the mantle. She took the spotlight that shined on her and turned it around to have it shine on this issue. It was important to Nancy to try and prevent young children from experimenting with drugs. She did not stop here, but enlisted the first ladies help around the globe. They attended a conference together in Atlanta and met again at the United Nations.

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The strike group conducted a variety of joint and combined exercises designed to strengthen regional partnerships and enhance maritime interoperability. Carl Vinson completed a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in March. The exercise included a series of training drills and Sailor-toSailor exchanges. “I’m very proud of what we accomplished as a team,� said Capt. Douglas Verissimo, Carl Vinson’s commanding officer. “The historic visit to Vietnam and the crew’s efforts there will have a tremendous impact for many years.� Carl Vinson is the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 1. The strike group also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and guided-missile 12"QSJM 

EC: What was her relationship with the press? ST: Nancy Reagan was very much her own person. For example, she stood her ground when asked about the Equal Rights Amendment. Although she did favor equal rights for women, she was against a Constitutional Amendment. Yet, there were other instances when she played the press. At a wedding where there was a majority of liberals, after the Reagans had left office, she was asked to dance by a lesbian. Nancy did not skip a beat, but responded, “Only if you lead,� and proceeded to dance. EC: What do you want people to get out of this book? ST: I am hoping that this will highlight the extraordinary impact she had as a first lady. But also, will show how she was a target for criticism and scrutinized so much, yet was able to gain the respect and to win over many of the White House press corps.

destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) from Destroyer Squadron 1. Wayne E. Meyer returned to Naval Base San Diego at 32nd Street immediately following Carl Vinson’s return. Lake Champlain will return to San Diego after completing scheduled operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. Michael Murphy will return to its homeport at Pearl Harbor. The strike group’s deployment marks the second time it has successfully operated in the Indo-Pacific region under U.S. 3rd Fleet’s command and control. U.S. 3rd Fleet’s control of ships and aircraft across the Western Pacific and beyond the international dateline to India enables U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleets to operate together across a broad spectrum of maritime missions in the region.

overcome them by committee. Fittingly, each defense will put that idea to the test. If you’re New Orleans, your goal is to get the ball into the hands of anyone who isn’t Lillard or McCollum as often as possible (even Jusuf Nurkic is preferable). If you’re Portland, your aim is to deny Davis touches at every turn, thereby forcing possessions into the hands of Solomon Hill, Emeka Okafor, or Darius Miller. Those sorts of contributors will have to knock down shots, lest the integrity of the offense buckle beneath them. The scrutiny of a seven-game series will quickly decide who needs to be guarded and who doesn’t. Outstanding as Davis, Lillard, and McCollum might be, none wants to turn the corner to find multiple defenders and a crowded lane waiting for them. The winner of this series will be the team that best alleviates that pressure — whether through role players stepping up as contributors or stars, through some creative quirk, circumventing the premise entirely. Trail Blazers in six

There is an incredible amount of respect for the Spurs around the league, and in the Bay Area in particular. Players and coaches with the Warriors have spoken candidly over the years about the trouble the Spurs have caused them — a glowing endorsement from one of the greatest teams of all time. But let’s get one thing clear up front: these are not those Spurs, in the sense that they don’t present the full-strength Warriors any Oklahoma City vs. Utah: Who dicreal threat. tates the matchup game? The injured, short-handed Warriors, on the other hand, have shown that they What makes both the Thunder and can fall out of their groove against pretty Jazz such an interesting pair is that


The Jazz have the more trustworthy baseline, but the Thunder have more dangerous potential.

much anyone. And that’s what the rest of the league will be watching — not for a potential first-round upset, but as a stress test of a defending champion that hasn’t been healthy in months. Stephen Curry will likely miss the entire series. Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston are working through some nagging issues. Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are only a few weeks removed from missing time themselves. A defense like San Antonio’s will make Golden State earn everything, and it can be especially stifling with Dejounte Murray and Danny Green at the point of attack. This is a low-risk series for the Warriors, but the kind that should hint at how they might play — both with and without Curry — the rest of the way. Warriors in five


both teams have their options. There is the flexibility to play big and small, to cross-match between positions, and to put skilled players to use in unconventional ways. In the broadest sense, their series will be decided by the intersection of what both teams do best: OKC’s explosive offense working against the grain of one of the best defenses in the league. Yet the terms of engagement are all up for grabs, starting with how each team elects to match up. Who should guard Russell Westbrook between Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio, and who should wreak havoc off the ball? How much should Paul George check Mitchell, the engine of Utah’s entire offense, after barely guarding him in the regular season? How might Derrick Favors look to attack Carmelo Anthony and vice versa? This promises to be a fun, competitive Portland vs. New Orleans: Which series, which makes the strategic choices on the margins that much more meaningsupporting cast shows up? ful — and also quite challenging to preBoth the Blazers and Pelicans have dict. The Jazz have the more trustworthy high-level defenders to throw at the oth- baseline, but the Thunder have more daner’s stars, but it’s telling that Davis and gerous potential. My lean is toward secuLillard had 77 points between them in rity after watching OKC waffle all season, their last regular season meeting. You in particular because no matchup play on don’t hold down players this good for the board can easily get Rudy Gobert out an entire series. You only hope to make of Westbrook’s way. Jazz in six their lives difficult enough that you can XXXNJMJUBSZQSFTTDPNtOFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTTDPN


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