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New Mexico rancher says property is ‘under siege,’ details how illegal immigration is poisoning livestock and driving cattle away from food

New Mexico rancher Russell Johnson, whose property runs for eight miles along the U.S.-Mexico border, told Fox News on Monday that President Joe Biden’s illegal immigration crisis has his property, as Fox put it, “under siege.”

The biggest problem he is currently experiencing, he told Fox News, is the treatment of his cattle.

According to Johnson, illegal aliens’ actions are poisoning and scaring off his cattle, driving them away from their food sources.

What’s happening on his ranch?

Johnson, whose family has ranched along the border for more than 100 years, indicated that he has long dealt with illegal immigrants traipsing across his land. But, he told Fox News, since Biden took office, he has seen a “dramatic increase in illegal foot traffic” that is hurting his ranching operation.

And this current surge is causing severe problems for his livestock.

“Every time that we’ve had a dramatic surge of foot traffic like this, you get the common problems that everybody sees along the border with trash being left behind, the backpacks, the clothing, all the stuff that’s in the backpacks gets scattered across the range land,” Johnson said. “And that’s horrible for cattle to encounter, especially if they attempt to consume it.”

The current drought conditions in the area are only exacerbating the problem, Johnson said.

With less food currently growing for the cattle to graze on, “Our cattle are struggling to get enough feed to maintain their body conditions,” he explained. “So we’re having to feed them. But we still have pretty good usable feed in areas along the border, and, because we’re having such an increase in foot traffic, it’s keeping our cattle driven out of these areas.”

But no matter how much Johnson does to push his cattle to the usable food, the illegal alien foot traffic is keep the livestock away.

“We’ve had to try to push them back into these areas, and they keep getting pushed out by the amount of traffic that’s coming through,” he said, “particularly in the three-quarter mile gap that’s been left funneling all this traffic into our area.”

The gap Johnson mentioned is one he has hit out at the administration over before. Back in mid-March, Johnson told Fox News that when Biden put a halt to the border fence, he left a three-quarter mile gap that serves to funnel illegals directly onto the Johnsons’ ranch land. And most of those immigrants are criminals, not the “unaccompanied minors” the administration has focused on.

“We have a three-quarter-mile gap,” Johnson told Fox News on March 19, “and they’re exploiting this, we don’t have the unaccompanied minors coming to our area. What we have is a criminal element.”

‘Never felt more abandoned’

Fox asked Johnson for his thoughts on Vice President Kamala Harris’ refusal to visit the southern border in the 75 days since Biden tapped her to manage the immigration crisis — though she is currently in Guatemala to discuss the “root causes” of illegal immigration.

“The problem with the United States is right here on our border,” Johnson answered. “It’s very disappointing to see our elected officials going down to another country and basically putting the citizens of this country on the back burner. We feel very abandoned. We talk amongst our family all the time.”

“We’ve never felt more abandoned by our government in all the years — my family’s been on this border for over 103 years — and we’ve never felt more abandoned and disheartened that we have today,” he added.

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Border Patrol arrests of criminal illegal immigrants skyrocket 900% in sector of Texas

There has been a massive spike in arrests of illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds in the Laredo Sector of Texas, which includes gang members and sex offenders.

Border Patrol agents in the Laredo Sector arrested nearly 760 criminal illegal immigrants since the beginning of this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, 2020, according to a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Compared to the same time period the year before, Border Patrol only arrested 60 criminal illegal immigrants in the Laredo Sector — an alarming increase of more than 900%.

On Wednesday, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents and the Laredo Police Department shut down three stash houses and apprehended 182 illegal immigrants in the city of Laredo, according to a CBP news release. The migrants who were arrested originated from Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Honduras.

“The identification and interdiction of these stash houses and the apprehension of over 180 non-citizens in less than two hours highlights the challenges that our agents and law enforcement partners face on a daily basis,” Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said. “These numbers also illustrate the potential risk to our communities from this criminal activity and those perpetrating it.”

Also on Wednesday, the CBP announced that it had two successful drug busts at the Laredo Juarez-Lincoln Port of Entry, where Border Patrol agents seized 167 pounds of methamphetamine and 21 pounds of cocaine worth over $3.5 million in street value.

“In an effort to secure our nation’s borders, as these narcotics seizures clearly illustrate, CBP has implemented enforcement strategies that have furthered the disruption of dangerous drugs entering the country,” Acting Laredo Port Director Eugene Crawford said.

Border Patrol seizures of illegal drugs have spiked in recent months, especially with fentanyl, which CBP agents have confiscated more of the deadly drug in the fiscal year 2021 than all of the fiscal year 2020.

Meanwhile, in the neighboring Del Rio Sector, which is also in Texas on the southern border, arrests of convicted sex offenders have skyrocketed during the current border crisis. Border Patrol arrests of convicted sex offenders in the Del Rio Sector are up a whopping 3,166% compared to the same timeframe last fiscal year. There were 95 arrested, including 10 in one week — between May 17 and 24.

“The convictions of those apprehended include forcible sexual assault, sexual assault of a child under 14, sexual conduct with a person under 13, statutory rape, second-degree sexual assault of a child, and lewd and lascivious acts with a child,” according to Fox News.

“The majority of these criminals were apprehended in our sector’s most remote areas, attempting to avoid detection by crossing far from populated areas,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero said in a statement. “Our agents’ sign cutting and tracking skills were instrumental in capturing these criminals, preventing them from infiltrating our communities.”

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Migrants from overseas are now flocking to the southern border to enter the US

A new wave of migrants who are not from the typical countries that flood the U.S. southern border are attempting to illegally enter the United States, according to a report from Axios. There are tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from overseas who are traveling to the southern border because they believe they can gain access to the U.S. during the current migrant crisis.

Typically, migrants encountered at the U.S. southern border are from Mexico and Central America’s Northern Triangle, which includes Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. However, there has been an alarming spike in migrants from atypical countries on the other side of the world.

There were 33,877 migrants from countries other than Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador encountered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in April. The number of migrants who are not from the usual countries is exploding during the border crisis. There were 25,126 in March and 11,911 in February. April 2021’s total is triple what it was in 2019 (11,665) and there were only 1,310 CBP encounters in April 2020, according to Department of Homeland Security data.

U.S. immigration agents have encountered people from over 160 countries, the New York Times reported earlier this month.

“More than 12,500 Ecuadoreans were encountered in March, up from 3,568 in January,” the outlet stated. “Nearly 4,000 Brazilians and more than 3,500 Venezuelans were intercepted, up from just 300 and 284, respectively, in January. The numbers in coming months are expected to be higher.”

“From India and elsewhere in Asia, they embark on Phileas Fogg journeys,” the Times said. “Some reported taking buses in their hometowns to a big city, like Mumbai, where they boarded planes to Dubai and then connected through Moscow, Paris and Madrid, finally flying to Mexico City. From there, they embarked on the two-day bus ride to reach the Mexico-U.S. border.”

There were over 2,217 Romanians apprehended by CBP at the southern border since the start of the fiscal year 2021, which began in October 2020. There were only 266 Romanians caught at the border in fiscal 2020 and 289 in fiscal 2019, according to CBP data.

A Reuters photographer claimed to have witnessed nearly 200 Romanians crossing at different points along the Texas border over a three-week period this year.

Many of the overseas migrants at the U.S. border are Romani, a traditionally nomadic people who originated from northern India and are now Europe’s largest ethnic minority, but “have a long history of social exclusion and discrimination” and are attempting to seek asylum in the United States.

Four people whose names were on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database have been arrested attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico since Oct. 1 of last year. Three of the suspects were Yemen nationals and another was Serbian.

Border Patrol agents encountered 178,622 migrants in April attempting to enter the U.S. illegally at the southern border. Border apprehensions during April were the highest in over 20 years, since March 2020 when there were 220,063 illegal aliens during Bill Clinton’s presidency.

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Drone video shows dozens of illegal aliens rushing outnumbered Border Patrol agents in mad dash into Texas

New drone video footage obtained by Fox News showed a group of about 40 illegal aliens rushing the U.S.-Mexico border into La Joya, Texas. The crowd of immigrants heavily outnumbered Border Patrol officers who attempted to stop them as they dashed across fences and streams into southern Texas.

What happened?

Fox News’ drone team captured video Sunday morning of the group of dozens of illegals “running from overwhelmed Border Patrol agents.”

The group was reportedly made up only of adults, including two men who were already handcuffed together, the outlet said.

Image source: Twitter/Fox News video screenshot

The video taken by a Fox News drone at La Joya showed 30 to 40 adult migrants, mostly men, scattering across the border, being chased by a lone Border Patrol agent in a pick-up. The agent attempted to chase the group down, but he was significantly outnumbered.

Another clip showed a single agent attempting to chase the large group on foot as they scaled fences and wall and leapt over narrow streams.

Image source: Twitter/Fox News video screenshot

According to Fox, only about 15 to 20 of the illegals were eventually taken into custody, with the rest fleeing on foot and avoiding capture by Border Patrol.

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A separate group of more than 50 migrants mostly from Romania, as well as some from Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, elected to turn themselves in to agents Sunday rather than run, Fox News said.

Image source: Twitter/Fox News video screenshot

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott told Fox News he would be sending additional resources to the border to help the overwhelmed federal agents, citing not only immigration concerns but also the massive increase in drugs being smuggled across the southern border.

Just last week, Customs and Border Patrol revealed that their agents have seized more fentanyl in fiscal year 2021 than all of fiscal year 2020. Gov. Abbott told reporters that there had been an 800% increase in fentanyl seizures by the Texas Department of Public Safety in April compared to April 2020.

Drugs and people are not the only smuggled items officials are worried about. Fox News’ Bill Melugin reported that the La Joya illegal immigration hotspot saw the arrest Friday of a Mexican national who was attempting to smuggle an arsenal of high-powered firearms and ammunition across the border.

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Border crisis worsens: Highest number of migrants in two decades crossed into US illegally during April

Border apprehensions during the month of April reached a new 20-year record, breaking the previous record set in March.

“CBP continues to see a large influx of illegal migration along the Southwest Border,” Customs and Border Protection chief Troy Miller said.

How many migrants came in April?

CBP agents encountered 178,622 migrants attempting to enter the U.S. via the southern border last month, a 3% increase over March.

The number is more than 10 times greater than April 2020, when 17,106 migrants were caught at the southern border.

In fact, border apprehensions during President Joe Biden’s first three full months in office — February, March, and April — now exceed all total apprehensions during fiscal year 2020, the last complete fiscal year prior to Biden’s presidency.

According to CBP data, single adults constituted the majority of all migrant encounters last month. Meanwhile, CBP deported more than 111,000 adults back to Mexico under the Title 42 public health order. CBP said 62.5% of all adult encounters resulted in a Title 42 deportation.

What about unaccompanied minors?

Fortunately, encounters of unaccompanied minors dropped 12% last month from 15,918 in March to 13,962.

The CBP celebrated the fact that most unaccompanied minors who crossed the border are no longer in CBP custody, saying only 455 minors remained in the agency’s care as of Tuesday.

However, that statistic may be misleading. While the number of children in CBP custody is down significantly, many of those children remain in government care — just under a different department, the Department of Health and Human Services.

In fact, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) is accusing the Biden administration of playing a “shell game” with unaccompanied migrant children to mislead the public.

“What they’re doing now is they’re moving the kids from the Border Patrol tents over to, next door, to the HHS facility,” Cuellar said. “With all due respect, it’s all been a shell game.”

Cuellar has been one of Biden’s most vocal critics during the border crisis. Cuellar represents a congressional district on the U.S.-Mexico border, so he understands the realities of the border crisis. Cuellar has said that Biden’s immigration policies and his promises to reverse former President Donald Trump’s deterrent policies have contributed to the border crisis.

Anything else?

Mark Morgan, former acting CBP commissioner, reacted to April’s numbers by claiming the message from Biden remains the same.

“The message is clear—America’s borders are open,” Morgan said, the Daily Wire reported. “If you make it to the border as an unaccompanied minor or as part of a family unit, you will likely be released into the interior. Once that happens, the Biden administration will do nothing to remove you, as the plummeting deportation numbers from ICE make clear. In fact, the Biden administration will push to give you the greatest reward of all—American citizenship via amnesty—in response to your lawbreaking.”

Neither Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris have visited the border during the migrant crisis.

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Horowitz: No, the border crisis is not getting better

Every month, a mass of illegal aliens, including some of the world’s most dangerous criminals, are pouring over our border in numbers large enough to fill up major cities. Our border is less secure and our country is less sovereign than most third-world countries. Yet you’d never know about it because the media has chosen not to cover it.

Last week, President Joe Biden said in an interview with NBC that “we’ve now gotten control” of the border. The media has certainly taken his cue with its blackout of any news at the border. But the reality is that the weekly and monthly apprehensions are still higher than at any point in recent history, and there is a concern that the number of criminals getting away from Border Patrol is increasing every week.

According to preliminary numbers obtained by TheBlaze, Customs and Border Protection apprehended 177,431 illegal aliens at the southern border during April, topping the roughly 172K apprehensions during March. That is higher than at any point since March 2006. Broken down by individual week, the numbers for the last week in April were over 44,400, which is higher than almost any week and slightly higher than the preceding three weeks. So, the numbers haven’t even peaked yet from record levels, much less dropped to controllable levels.

What is more concerning than the number of people we apprehend is the number we don’t apprehend. Every week, Border Patrol counts the number of “gotaways,” but that number is a rough estimate based on footprints, cameras, and sensors. Typically, the number of gotaways is about one-fourth the number of apprehensions in a given sector. But based on the data we’ve obtained, it appears that those numbers are going up in some sectors. For the last week of April, the number of gotaways in the Tucson sector (5,692) actually exceeded the number of apprehensions for the first time I can remember. The numbers were also unusually high in the San Diego and Del Rio sectors.

Think about that for a moment: a monthly flow of 177K is the equivalent of over 2 million people a year. But based on the snapshot of gotaways, there are likely hundreds of thousands, if not more, who will come over undetected this year. Those are your drug smugglers, gang members, and previously deported criminals. Guess where they are headed? First, they trespass on the ranches and towns within 100 miles of the border; then they travel to every city imaginable.

Perhaps Biden feels as if they are finally getting the rush on the holding facilities under control. But in his mind, the border crisis is all about the needs of the aliens, not the security of the American people, beginning with the border towns.

The Del Rio Sector, where Don McLaughlin serves as a small-town mayor in Uvalde County, has been particularly harmed by the border crisis. “I don’t know what Biden is talking about; he clearly hasn’t spent time in our part of Texas,” said the Uvalde mayor in an interview with TheBlaze. “Last Thursday, we had to put all our schools on lockdown because of the bailouts in the heart of the city. Illegal aliens tried to break into my own house, and we caught 14 of them down my block – all of them young men. They will steal anything they can get their hands on.”

McLaughlin also noted that “almost every car we find leads to a chase and they have guns inside.” “They are getting tougher, and they want to fight more,” warned McLaughlin.

Due to the increase in crime, several Texas counties have declared an emergency and called upon the governor to help them deal with the financial and criminal burden. Apprehensions in the Del Rio sector are up 340% this year over the same period in fiscal year 2020. Stash house arrests are up 300%, the number of sex offenders caught this year is up 2,000%, ands the number of failure to yields leading to bailouts is up 151%. You can now get a sense of why the elites living on the East Coast have no idea what it’s like to be a rancher near the border when all these criminals are coming over.

As Border Patrol Agent Chief Matthew Hudak warned in a tweet, gang members “attempt to evade arrest by exploiting the influx of migrants attempting to enter our country.” So, when you see in some sectors the number of gotaways on par with the number of those apprehended, you know there are likely thousands of criminals and gang members who are not caught out of the pool of those who are apprehended.

It’s become clear that Texas needs to take action on its own. Rep. Bryan Slaton has already introduced legislation (HB 2862) for Texas to complete the border wall, but the legislative leadership and the governor have refused to advance the bill forward. There is also a need to pass a bill imposing a minimum of 10 years in prison for those caught smuggling illegal aliens into the country. At present, the feds have no interest in holding the gotaways they wind up catching unless they have something like a murder conviction on their rap sheet. Local law enforcement agencies are hamstrung. If Texas made human smuggling a state crime, that would really be a deterrent against the criminal element.

Given the GOP control of Texas, it is shocking how the state has gone through the entire legislative session – coinciding with the greatest border crisis of all time – without passing any meaningful border enforcement legislation. What ever happened to “don’t mess with Texas”?

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CBP: 172,000 illegal immigrants encountered at Southwest border in March, smashing records

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published new statistics on Thursday that show the highest monthly total of people attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in more than a decade.

In the month of March, 172,000 people attempted to enter the United States illegally along the Southwest border, far exceeding the 100,441 people who attempted to do so in February 2021. The new total represents a 71% increase in border crossers over the span of just one month.

On Monday, before the new numbers were released, White House press secretary Jen Psaki faced questions from reporters on preliminary numbers from CBP that suggested at least 171,000 individuals attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, far exceeding the 78,442 migrants who were encountered at the border in January when President Joe Biden first assumed office.

At the time, Psaki said the final numbers released by CBP would paint a fuller picture that would show high numbers of migrants being turned away as well. Now the numbers are out, and Americans have the full picture of the crisis at the border.

The monthly numbers for March far surpass any monthly numbers of border encounters recorded by the Trump administration and in fact are the highest monthly numbers recorded in 15 years, according to the Washington Examiner.

So far this year, CBP has encountered more than half a million people — 569,800 — at the U.S. border. Biden administration officials say this is a 24% increase from the total number of encounters CBP had in the entirety of fiscal year 2020 and an increase of 34 percent from all of FY 2019.

CBP says most of the encounters at the border are single adults, who are expelled from the country pursuant to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency reports that 103,900 individuals were turned away by Border Patrol in March and that 28% of those turned away were previously expelled from the United States.

Of the 172,000 people encountered, 60% were turned away.

“CBP has experienced an increase in encounters and arrests. This is not new. Encounters have continued to increase since April 2020, and our past experiences have helped us be better prepared for the challenges we face this year,” said CBP Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner Troy Miller. “We are committed to balancing the need to maintain border security, care for those in our custody, and keep the American people and our workforce safe.”

The number of unaccompanied migrant children encountered at the border dramatically increased in March to 18,890 children, an increase of 100% over February.

Children remain the largest demographic group held in CBP custody as President Joe Biden has directed his administration not to turn away unaccompanied minors who appear at the border seeking refuge in the United States. Those that are taken into custody by Border Patrol are turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, which holds them at facilities in border states until they can be released to a sponsor already in the U.S.

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Horowitz: Texas school district warns of danger from illegal alien car chases over the border

Rural America is generally safer from crime, but not if you are unfortunate enough to live in a rural county near the Mexican border. As the politicians and the media focus the attention of the border crisis on the needs of the illegal aliens held in detention, they never focus on the terrible effects mass illegal immigration foists upon Americans living near the border.

Cotulla is a small town about 60 miles north of the international border at Laredo, Texas. Yet it is so affected by the invasion over our border that the school district sent out a letter to parents and administrators warning them to protect the children from the endless car chases and bailouts of criminal aliens in the region.

“Please be watchful of your children as they are playing outside, walking home from school, or generally out of the house,” warns Cotulla Independent School District Superintendent Jack Seals and La Salle Sheriff Anthony Zertuche in a joint notice to the community. “Both our communities and the rural areas of the county have experienced a great increase in law enforcement chases and ‘bailouts.'”

The sheriff goes on to warn the citizens about 8-10 car chases and bailouts a day and encourages the locals to lock their cars and not keep valuables outside.

This cuts to the core dereliction of the federal government, which in many ways undermines its entire legitimacy. The purpose of the federal government is to keep us safe from foreign threats. These communities, which would otherwise have minimal internal crime, are now faced with high-speed car chases, rampant theft, and menacing criminal aliens and drug carriers attacking their ranches.

It was recently announced that the border numbers for March were higher than any level in 15 years, with over 170,000 apprehensions. Many of those people are ultimately released and sent out on buses, but tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of others have never been apprehended, but are able to get into the country while Border Patrol is busy caring for illegal aliens rather than protecting the ranchers and border citizens from them. Those are the people we should really be concerned about.

Border Patrol has already apprehended three times the typical number of sex offenders, and given the amount of money they pay the cartels to cross clandestinely, it’s likely that many more successfully evade capture. In other words, the world’s criminal enterprises are all converging on our border and trespassing on the private property of our fellow Americans.

One rancher, Cyndie, who owns a lot of property south of La Pryor in Maverick County, Texas, posted on a private Facebook page that her husband was assaulted by a group of illegal aliens when he found them hiding out in their lodge. When they called Border Patrol, they were told they didn’t have the resources to come out, a complaint I’ve heard from many ranchers. Eventually, the sheriff’s deputies caught them, but were forced to release them immediately.

Cyndie told me yesterday that when she got home from work, she found sheriff’s SUVs parked across from her mailbox and two Border Patrol vehicles in the ditch on the ranch. When she went to check it out, she heard a helicopter hovering. “Then he [the helicopter pilot] ducked down and went towards the bush, and he’s trying to flush out a big group that was on the property, so I ran to the house for safety and my husband joined their search,” she told me. “It’s so sad that we have to live this way.”

On Monday, Deputy Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz stated that “way over 100,000 people” have gotten away from Border Patrol this week. Who do you think those people are? Girl Scouts? Our ranchers are the first victims of their invasion, but they don’t necessarily stay at the border. They come to all 50 states, and we have no idea who they are. Earlier this week, CBP announced the capture of two Yemeni nationals on the FBI’s terror watch list at the California border earlier this year.

Again, how many terrorists, sex offenders, and previously deported criminals have not been caught? With Border Patrol now expecting 184,000 unaccompanied minors this year, how many hundreds of thousands of criminals will they enable to cross our border while tying down our agents with “humanitarian” missions? How much money will pile up in the coffers of the cartels to further facilitate their human smuggling and drug operations? And how will such a mass flow of criminal activity affect the border counties?

As one rancher, Jessica, wrote on a private Facebook page of border citizens about current life as far as 100 miles from the border:

Friends who do not live near our Southern border, I invite you to read this then close your eyes imagine this is your life.

It’s 7:30pm on a Monday, your husband is outside working, your oldest is outside playing with baby kittens, your middle baby is in the shower and your littlest baby is outside enjoying playing in the dirt (supervised) while you wash dishes. You get a call from a concerned friend there has been another bail out, only this time, a 1/2 mile from your house and less than a 1/4 from your parents. You normally receive an emergency alert from the local sheriff’s department but not this time. You aren’t given much information. Number of criminals – unknown. All you know is there is an unidentified number of illegals running from local law enforcement somewhere in your area. For a moment you think F this. We aren’t stopping what we are doing. We have protection and this is starting to interfere with our daily lives. Then you remember, our border patrol agents are being shot, children are being left to die, vehicles are being stolen and left with only the kind of evidence you see on CSI and for most there is no punishment. You find a gun, grab your spouse, bring everyone inside and lock the doors. You watch and listen carefully. You can’t help but look at your children and wonder why United States of America has a President that couldn’t care less about its citizens.

This THIS is what it is like living 107 miles from the Mexican border. This is not a story fabricated by President Trump or Republicans. This crisis doesn’t care about your skin color or who you voted for, only your location. How fortunate some of you are to look at this situation and pretend it’s make believe.

Should the protection of American ranchers against these people take priority over the care of the hundreds of thousands trying to surrender to agents to freeload in our system? Where is their vaccine passport to cross the border as Americans are now facing the prospect of needing one to function within their own cities?

The bottom line is that our government and its law enforcement resources were created for the benefit of our people. It’s time to use them for that cause.

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Heartbreaking video  shows abandoned 10-year-old migrant boy found sobbing in Texas desert, seeking help

The U.S. Border Patrol has released a heartbreaking video taken by an agent who was approached by an abandoned 10-year-old migrant boy last week in a Texas desert near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The child is seen sobbing and asking for help, telling the off-duty agent who was on his way home, “They can rob me, kidnap me, I’m scared.”

What are the details?

The video is taken from the perspective of the agent who is seen driving down the road when he sees the boy walking toward him. The agent parks and exits his vehicle, and the boy asks him twice in Spanish, “Can you help me?”

“What happened?” the agent asks, according to translation provided by CNN.

“It’s that I was walking with a group and they left me behind, and I don’t know where they’re at,” the boy cries.

The agent then asks, “You don’t know where you’re at? They left you behind alone?”

And the boy replies, “Of course they left me.”

“They left you behind by yourself?” the agent asks again, “You’re not traveling with your mom or dad or anybody?”

The child, still sobbing, says, “Nobody. I was with a group to turn myself in with you, and they left me behind and I came to look for help.”

“They left you behind and told you to seek help?” the agent asked.

“No,” said the boy, “I came looking because I didn’t know where to go, and they can also kidnap me.”


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According to Univision, the footage was first released on social media, and the border agent did take the unidentified child into his vehicle and to safety. The outlet reported that the boy “survived throughout the night in an area of the desert where rattlesnakes and wild animals abound.”

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Chief Brian Hastings also shared the video with CNN “to underscore the concern over the danger associated with the increase in unaccompanied children” crossing into the U.S.

According to Hastings, “migrant families are ‘self-separating’ in Mexico, sending children alone to cross into the United States after first having been expelled,” the outlet reported.

Anything else?

The abandoned boy was reportedly found April 1, just one day after the Border Patrol released footage of smugglers dropping 3-year-old and 5-year-old sisters from a 14-foot border wall and abandoning them. All three children were taken into U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody for care.

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Border Patrol agents nab previously deported convicted rapist among group of illegal aliens hiding in California

U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed Wednesday that agents recently arrested a convicted rapist who had made his way back into the U.S. with a group of nearly 20 illegal aliens.

CBP said agents in the Yuma Sector apprehended the previously deported sex offender in California on Monday night, just across the border from Yuma, Arizona.

The convicted rapist, Aurelio Sandoval-Valdivia, was found with 17 other illegals near midnight Monday.

Sandoval-Valdivia, a 54-year-old Mexican national, had been deported following his conviction on rape charges, as well as charges of willful cruelty to a child and driving while intoxicated.

From CBP:

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended a convicted rapist who illegally entered the United States as part of a group of 18 Monday night.

Agents assigned to the Yuma station encountered and arrested the group near Andrade, California, at approximately 11:30 p.m. After conducting record checks, agents discovered that one of the individuals, Aurelio Sandoval-Valdivia, had a felony conviction for rape. Sandoval-Valdivia also had misdemeanor convictions for willful cruelty to a child and driving while intoxicated, and was previously deported from U.S.

The 54-year-old Mexican national was processed according to CBP guidelines.

The New York Post said that Border Patrol officials have not responded to requests for comment.

Anything else?

Axios reported this week that four people whose names match those of suspects on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database have been arrested trying to illegally enter the U.S. from Mexico since Oct. 1.

CBP said that three of the individuals were Yemen nationals and the fourth was Serbian.

“Individuals that they have on the watch list for terrorism are now starting to exploit the southern border,” Rep. John Katko (N.Y.) — the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee — said during a press conference at the southern border. “People who they’ve got in the last few days … have been on the terror watchlist.”

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Border crisis: Migrant facility at 729% capacity, children take turns sleeping on the floor, no showers for days

The border crisis worsens as a new report sheds light on the conditions at an overflowing migrant facility on the U.S. southern border. Minors haven’t seen the sunlight in days, have only had one shower in a week, and have to take turns sleeping on the floor because of overcrowding, according to lawyers who spoke to children at a detainment center.

Neha Desai, a lawyer for the National Center for Youth Law, interviewed children being detained at the Customs and Border Protection holding facility in Donna, Texas. As of March 2, there were more than 1,800 people being detained at the facility, which is 729% of its capacity during the pandemic. The Donna facility opened last month and has been operating over its pandemic capacity for weeks.

“Some of the boys said that conditions were so overcrowded that they had to take turns sleeping on the floor,” Desai told CBS News.

“They all said they wanted to shower more and were told they couldn’t,” Desai said, adding that several minors were only permitted to shower once in seven days.

“One of them shared that he could only see the sun when he showered, because you can see the sun through the window,” Desai said. She said many children did not have access to outside activities and were visibly emotional.

Children had been denied phone calls to communicate with family members. “They were hysterically crying, wanting to talk to their family,” she said.

Leecia Welch, a senior director and lawyer at the National Center for Youth Law, spoke to about a dozen children at the Donna facility.

“Donna is quickly becoming a humanitarian crisis,” Welch told CNN. “We understand the administration inherited this disaster, but I cannot stress enough how urgent the situation is with the growing number of young unaccompanied children. We spoke to numerous distraught children who don’t understand why they can’t talk to their parents, see their siblings at Donna, or get some fresh air.”

The Washington Post reported this week, “The magnitude came into clearer focus Wednesday as the new administration was holding record numbers of unaccompanied migrant teens and children in detention cells for far longer than legally allowed and federal health officials fell further behind in their race to find space for them in shelters.”

Last week, the New York Times reported that migrant facilities were “akin to jails.”

CNN reported that the record-high “number of unaccompanied migrant children in Border Patrol custody continues to climb, reaching more than 3,700 on Wednesday, many of them in jail-like facilities along the US-Mexico border.”

An Axios report found that February had the highest number in the history of the Unaccompanied Alien Child program. There were nearly 9,500 unaccompanied children who were taken into custody in February, a 21-month high.

Border officials expect the number of unaccompanied minors to surge to 13,000 children in May, which would be the most of the border crisis. The massive influx of illegal immigrants is believed to stem from President Joe Biden’s lax border and immigration policies.

“DHS has continued our close coordination with HHS as it increases its capacity to care for unaccompanied minors and place them with sponsors,” a CBP spokesperson told the Washington Examiner. “Our goal is to ensure that CBP has the continued capability to quickly and efficiently transfer unaccompanied minors after they are apprehended to HHS custody, as is required by U.S. law, and as is clearly in the best interest of the children.”

“Addressing the flow of unaccompanied children crossing our southwest border is an important priority of this Administration and DHS,” the CBP spokesperson added. “It requires a whole of government coordinated and sustained response.”

After being overwhelmed by the surge of illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Department of Homeland Security is recruiting volunteers from the agency to assist in the border crisis.

“Today, I activated the Volunteer Force to support Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as they face a surge in migration along the Southwest Border,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly said in an email to DHS staff.

The Biden administration has publicly denied that there is a crisis at the border.

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Border crisis: Record number of migrant children being held in ‘grim’ cage-like ‘cells’ for longer than is legal

While the Biden administration continues to publicly deny that there is a “crisis” at the U.S. southern border, new information continues to surface every day demonstrating just how grave the situation is. Unprecedented numbers of illegal immigrants are surging into the country in anticipation of more lenient treatment under President Biden, but the administration is woefully unprepared to manage the rapid influx.

In a shocking report published Wednesday, the Washington Post didn’t shy away from characterizing the situation as a “crisis,” noting its “magnitude came into clearer focus Wednesday as the new administration was holding record numbers of unaccompanied migrant teens and children in detention cells for far longer than legally allowed and federal health officials fell further behind in their race to find space for them in shelters.”

“More than 8,500 migrant teens and children who crossed the border without their parents are being housed in Department of Health and Human Services shelters as they wait to be placed with relatives or vetted sponsors. Nearly 3,500 more are stuck at Border Patrol stations waiting for beds in those shelters to open up, the highest figure ever,” the Post noted in the report.

The news outlet went on to say that the migrant children are being held in “grim steel-and-concrete cells built for adults,” known as Border Patrol surge facilities, for “an average of 107 hours” while they await transfer to an HHS-run shelter. That time period is well over the 72-hour legal limit.

When similar surge facilities were briefly opened during former President Trump’s tenure, Democratic lawmakers and immigration activists alike lashed out at the administration for carelessly stuffing “kids in cages.” On the campaign trail, Biden decried the practice as representative of his Republican opponent’s tough stance on illegal immigration, and vowed to adopt a more welcoming approach. But the situation is far worse under Biden than it ever was under Trump — and it hasn’t even been two months into the new president’s term.

“Young people are waiting in cramped, austere holding cells with concrete floors and benches. Lights remain on 24 hours a day, agents say, and there are few places to play,” the Post report continued. The outlet noted that the largest number of children held in surge facilities under Trump was about 2,600 in June 2019.

Internally aware that the situation is bad and only getting worse — the Department of Homeland Security projects at least 117,000 unaccompanied migrant children will illegally enter the country this year — the Biden administration has been scrambling to come up with solutions.

Last month, the administration authorized officials to purchase plane tickets to fly migrant children to relatives within the U.S. But according to the Post, even that radical action has not been enough to keep up with the influx.

“Over the first week of March, HHS received more than 450 migrant teens and children per day on average, roughly three times as many as the agency was able to release to family members and sponsors,” the report stated.

Now the administration is searching for new shelter facilities to house the children under the expectation that the current facilities will reach maximum capacity by the end of the month.

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Horowitz: Illegal aliens now allowed to challenge their removal as not in line with Biden’s unlawful ‘priorities’

A tale of two classes of people. The alien is the citizen and the citizen is the alien.

American businessmen are being threatened with jail time for exercising their property rights because they supposedly violated a royal edict of individual governors, which in itself is against our written laws. Many are having trouble finding legal help.

At the same time, illegal aliens are pouring into our country thanks to a royal edict of Joe Biden essentially promising to suspend most deportations – against our written laws. Now, the Biden administration is offering illegal aliens a formal process through which they can contest their deportation if they feel it doesn’t comport with Biden’s “priorities.”

No such process was accorded to the American people before they had their rights stripped under the new regime of COVID fascism. Indeed, we are second-class citizens in our own land.

On Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the creation of the ICE Case Review (ICR) process for individuals who believe their case does not align with ICE’s enforcement, detention, and removal “priorities.” What’s the nature of the process?

“This process continues efforts to further the development of an orderly immigration system that treats individuals humanely while ensuring national security, border security, and public safety,” wrote ICE in a press release last Friday. “The ICR process offers another channel through which noncitizens and their representatives can request that ICE exercise its prosecutorial discretion on a particular noncitizen’s behalf, and to resolve questions and concerns, consistent with law, policy, and the interests of justice.”

Talk about the inmates running the asylum! I wish I could have my request heard on behalf of so many business owners who believe the various departments of health could better exercise their prosecutorial discretion by not going after those who seek to exercise their property rights. I guess that is only for “noncitizens and their representatives.”

Now hold that thought and pay attention to the story of Marlena Pavlos-Hackney, a Polish immigrant who came here to escape communism in the early 1990s. She is the antithesis of those invading our border. She came here with permission and started a restaurant in Holland, Michigan, only to now be confronted with communism in the land of the once free. She now faces a bench warrant for her arrest for keeping her business open after losing her license. Why did she lose her license? She had the audacity to earn a living and keep it open when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer illegally shut restaurants and ruined the lives of their owners.

Where is the government-funded legal help for her? Where is her hotline to call and demand that the government focus its “prosecutorial discretion” on people who are actually a threat to society? A hard-working American immigrant is being stripped of her constitutional rights, while illegal aliens who either engage in criminal conspiracies of human smuggling or who pay the evil cartels get to manipulate our legal system against our laws and national sovereignty.

There is a two-tier justice system in this country that is beyond anything our founders could have imagined. While Marlena is facing arrest for not having “social distancing” in her restaurant, the CDC is now allowing child care shelters that house illegal aliens to expand from 50% capacity to 100% capacity. Numerous illegal aliens who test positive continue to be released into the country. And that’s if they even bother to request a test. At present, the CDC is not requiring all the illegal aliens to even take a test. Yet if an American travels from abroad, he must have a negative COVID test in order to enter the U.S. If non-Americans invade our land border? Not so much.

Just last week, in a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that the burden of proof to demonstrate eligibility to remain in the country is on the alien, not on the United States. The Immigration and Nationality Act (§1229a(c)(2)(A)) clearly states that an alien applying for admission show “clearly and beyond doubt” that he is “entitled to be admitted and is not inadmissible.” Those laws have now been unilaterally canceled in favor of Joe Biden’s new standard of everyone being legal until proven otherwise.

When will we enjoy a standard granting us the benefit of a doubt to live freely? Do we need to travel through the border as well?

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Border Democrat blasts Biden’s open-borders immigration policy: ‘The bad guys know how to market this’

A Democratic lawmaker representing a district along the U.S.-Mexico border called out the Biden administration’s open-borders immigration policy over the weekend, citing several harmful consequences a border surge could have on American communities.

What are the details?

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told Axios on Saturday that the new administration’s more lax illegal immigration enforcement measures could end up hurting American businesses, emboldening drug cartels, and leading to greater spread of the coronavirus, overwhelming local hospitals.

“You just can’t say, ‘Yeah, yeah, let everybody in’ — because then we’re affected down there at the border,” Cuellar told the news outlet.

Cuellar reportedly expressed concerns that smugglers and bad actors would use the shift in immigration policy to expand their dangerous and illegal operations.

“The bad guys know how to market this,” Cuellar said.

He added that a flood of new migrants could also result in COVID-19 outbreaks too large for local hospitals to handle, noting that several of the illegal immigrants are being allowed into the country without receiving COVID-19 tests, which puts the non-governmental organizations providing them with care at risk.

The Democratic lawmaker urged the Biden administration, so long as the pandemic is ongoing, to continue using a Trump-era public health order, known as Title 42, to quickly expel migrant adults and families.

According to Axios, Cuellar also “complained about a contradiction between releasing some unauthorized immigrants into border communities while keeping legal, cross-border travel closed.”

He noted that many of the local businesses in border districts depend on Mexican shoppers for 50% to 75% of their sales.

What else?

The Biden administration’s bungled implementation of new immigration polices and rollback of Trump-era policies have led to a crisis at the country’s southern border, as scores of new migrants are flooding into the U.S. expecting lenient treatment.

“We need to prepare for border surges now,” new Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief of staff Timothy Perry wrote in a recent email to agency leadership. “We need to begin making changes immediately. We should privilege action over cost considerations; do what is needed, and the department will work on funding afterward.”

In response to the influx of border crossings, Biden has already elected to reopen a migrant children housing facility — the likes of which he condemned during Trump’s presidency — and now immigration authorities are expecting thousands more unaccompanied children to flood into the country in the coming months.

To avoid opening more housing facilities, the Biden administration has authorized officials to purchase plane tickets and fly certain illegal immigrant minors to their relatives’ residences in the U.S.

In the meantime, the administration is trying to ward off new migrants to de-escalate the situation that it created.

“This is not the time to come,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last Tuesday during a press briefing. “We have not had the time to put in place an immigration system, an immigration policy. We don’t have the processing we need at the border.”

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Texas Democratic mayor begs President Biden to stop releasing illegal immigrants into border city during crisis

The mayor of a Texas city on the U.S. southern border with Mexico is begging President Joe Biden to stop releasing illegal immigrants into his community during the crisis stemming from Winter Storm Uri.

Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano made an urgent plea to President Biden to stop releasing illegal immigrants into his community because they don’t have the resources to help illegal aliens, plus the migrants pose a potential health risk to residents by spreading COVID-19.

“I am pleading and requesting with you to please put a halt to any measures regarding the release of immigrants awaiting court dates, into the city of Del Rio and surrounding areas,” Lozano told Biden in a video message.

Del Rio is a city on the southern border that received a record 11 inches of snow this week. The city, which has a U.S. Border Patrol station, has experienced widespread power outages, water shortages, and there are empty food shelves at stores.

“If you do send these individuals into our community, we will be forced to make a decision to leave them without resources under these dire circumstances,” the mayor said in the video as images of long lines to grocery stores with empty shelves were shown.

“Please make another plan for this federal issue,” he told the president. “If you are going to allow these individuals into our community, I ask that you please provide the supplies and means necessary to accommodate them safely under these extreme circumstances.

“We are completely and utterly spread thin with resources for our community,” he continued.

The city has been housing its citizens who are without heat in municipal buildings.

“Our nonprofits, our churches are running thin with resources to provide to our very own citizens,” Lozano added. “Additionally, we have been burdened with the inadequate communication systems throughout the entire area, which has impacted our ability to respond and coordinate limited resources and distribution.”

Lozano, who is a U.S. Air Force veteran, highlighted his city’s medical emergencies that would be exacerbated by an influx of new people.

“We have been outsourcing dialysis treatments for at-need persons within our community,” he said of the dire circumstances, adding that the city has had to “relocate the elderly who are in need of power for oxygen tanks.”

The mayor also pointed out the health dangers of allowing in large numbers of individuals who have not been tested for the coronavirus.

Lozano noted that the Biden administration has “taken a firm stance on COVID-19 protections for Americans.”

“I am asking you to ensure the health and safety of all of our tax-paying citizens along the border are treated with the same urgent consideration,” said the mayor.

“Releasing the migrant population without any COVID-19 protection protocols is undermining your commitment to the stand against COVID-19,” Lozano said in his message to Biden.

Last week, the Biden administration announced that it will allow 25,000 asylum-seekers into the United States from Mexico while their cases are pending, a dramatic shift from former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Earlier this month, Sheriff A.J. Louderback of Jackson County, Texas, said that President Biden was releasing illegal immigrants into the U.S. without testing them for the coronavirus.

Lozano declared, “I cannot mix the migrant population with Del Rio residents that are extremely vulnerable and have been displaced due to the extreme weather that has not improved.”

“We may be a small town that is off of your radar, but we are a community of 50,000 people who need your attention,” Lozano concluded. “We are requesting that you please listen and that you please come through.”

Winter storms left 4.1 million Texans without power earlier this week. As of Thursday afternoon, there were an estimated 325,000 people in the state still without power.

In 2019, Lozano made headlines when he blasted state and federal lawmakers for not securing Del Rio from illegal immigrants and called for more CBP officers.


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Biden Takes Trump’s Wall to Next Level, New ‘Smart’ Wall Will Spy on Americans Hundreds of Miles Inland

This article was originally published by Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project. 

On January 20, in the minds of the establishment left, a new dawn was on the horizon with nothing but unicorns, a$15 minimum wage, and free health care and college for all. However, many on the left are already learning that their new messiah, Joseph R. Biden, is not that different from the right’s former messiah when it comes to wars, the police state, and immigration.

Though the right claims Biden is “going to open up the borders” so all the immigrants can rush in and “take our jobs and rape our children” that is not what will happen. For people outraged by Trump putting “kids in cages” as part of his crackdown on illegal immigration over the last four years, Joe Biden is not different, in fact when you read below to see what is unfolding, you will see that he is worse.

Remember, Biden was vice president during the Obama administration which aggressively deported more immigrants than Trump and who also put “kids in cages.” In fact, the photos used to first bring attention to kids in cages under Trump were actually taken during Biden’s tenure as VP and the detention facilities were an Obama era creation.

Sure, Biden used executive action to stop the construction of Trump’s silly wall that was easily scalable and could easily be circumvented. He also stopped new enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols program, which forced asylum seekers to wait in often-dangerous circumstances in Mexico for their US immigration hearings. However, this is little more than virtue signaling for which the media can have something to praise him. Behind the scenes, Biden and his advisers have something in the works that dwarfs Trump’s wall — a “virtual” or “smart” wall.

Biden’s new “Smart” wall will use advanced surveillance technology to patrol the border presenting a danger to immigrants and citizens alike. According to a report in the Nation, while the full text of the immigration legislative proposal Biden sent to Congress has not been made public, a fact sheet distributed to reporters contains a section titled “Supplement existing border resources with technology and Infrastructure,” which calls for additional funding to, among other things, “enhance the ability to process asylum seekers” and “manage and secure the southern border between ports of entry that focuses on flexible solutions and technologies that expand the ability to detect illicit activity.”

The smart wall will not be as obvious and physically offensive as an actual wall, but aerial drones, infrared cameras, motion sensors, radar, facial recognition, and artificial intelligence is far more ominous than steel and bricks. According to the Nation:

These implements have the veneer of scientific impartiality and rarely produce contentious imagery, which makes them both palatable to a broadly apathetic public and insidiously dangerous.

Unlike a border wall, an advanced virtual “border” doesn’t just exist along the demarcation dividing countries. It extends hundreds of miles inland along the “Constitution-free zone” of enhanced Border Patrol authority. It’s in private property and along domestic roadways. It’s at airports, where the government is ready to roll out a facial recognition system with no age limit that includes travelers on domestic flights that never cross a border.

A frontline Customs and Border Protection officer, who asked not to be identified as they were not authorized to speak publicly, told The Nation that they had concerns about the growth of this technology, especially with the agency “expanding its capabilities and training its armed personnel to act as a federal police.” These capabilities were showcased this summer when CBP agents joined other often-unidentified federal forces in cities with Black Lives Matter protests. The deployments included the use of ground and aerial surveillance tech, including drones, as first reported by The Nation.

This sort of mission creep illustrates the folly in complacency over the use of advanced surveillance tech on the grounds that it is for “border enforcement.” It is always easier to add to the list of acceptable data uses than it is to limit them, largely owing to our security paranoia where any risk is unacceptable.

One of the most minacious aspects of this smart wall is that it will extend the police and surveillance state tactics used at airports — around the entire country. Imagine you are checking into a flight at an airport, excited to go on vacation but when you attempt to get your ticket, you are told you cannot fly. Suddenly, you are surrounded by security and hauled off for questioning. You have committed no crime and you have no recourse to ask why you cannot fly. This happens every day in this country as Homeland Security enforces the unconstitutional No Fly List.

Experts like Edward Hasbrouck, a consultant with the Identity Project and writer at the affiliated Papers Please blog, say the new border wall will essentially implement a no-fly list around the entire country. Hasbrouck told the Nation DHS officials “complain constantly and explicitly about the fact that, unlike at the airport, where we know who’s getting on the plane before they get on the plane, at the land border anybody can just show up. They regard this as a horrible defect that they’re working assiduously to rectify.”

As the Nation points out, entire companies have formed to cater to these contracts, including Anduril, headed by crypto-fascist troll Palmer Luckey, who has close ties to mass surveillance firm Palantir (not coincidentally, both are companies named after objects from Lord of the Rings, by people who probably cheered the villains’ quest for absolute power).

They have already poured millions into this new surveillance state project.

All of this is happening out of sight of the general public who largely has no idea what is taking place. As the mainstream media praises Biden as their new savior, his administration is building a virtual TSA that will encompass the entire country. Imagine attempting to flee the future technocracy that America will surely become, only to be met by aerial drones and Boston Dynamic robot dogs. This could soon be a reality akin to the scariest Black Mirror episode.

What’s more, it is important to remember that all this technology the government has been implementing to keep people out can and will just as easily be used domestically to keep people in.

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DHS officials warn illegal border crossings are surging in anticipation of Biden presidency

Homeland Security officials warned recently they are already seeing a surge in illegal border crossings at the United States southern border as migrants anticipate more lenient immigration enforcement policies under a Joe Biden presidency.

What are the details?

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics released last Thursday, immigration authorities made more than 69,000 arrests during the month of October, which was a 21% increase from September and marked the highest total of any October since 2005.

The high numbers were part of a trend, as illegal border crossing arrests have been steadily climbing since the summer. Immigration authorities made 47,283 arrests in August and 38,536 in July.

On a conference call with reporters Thursday, acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan noted that while many of the crossings are due to worsening economic conditions south of the border, “perceived or anticipated shifts in policies” under a Biden administration were also creating new pull factors.

Morgan warned that things would only get worse if more Trump-era policies, such Migrant Protection Protocols, which sent migrants to Mexico to await hearings, were repealed.

“If you remove MPP as well as other policies that critics have said they’re going to remove, make no mistake that is going to sound the alarm that our borders are open,” he said. “It’ll be absolutely devastating.”

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf added: “If these critical tools are removed or overturned, then the Department — and you, our frontline partners — would be imperiled by another immigration crisis.”

What else?

Democratic nominee Joe Biden has pushed for a number of liberal immigration policies on the campaign trail, including a moratorium on deportations for his first 100 days in office and a road map to citizenship for 11 million illegal aliens residing in America.

“Within 100 days, I’m going to send the United States Congress a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people,” Biden said during a debate with President Trump in October.

Morgan noted on the call that statements like that undoubtedly “sound the alarm that our borders are open,” adding, “you will see a crisis that makes last year’s crisis look like child’s play, and you can take that to the bank.”

Anything else?

If recent comments from immigrants facing deportation in Denver, Colorado, are emblematic of the whole, Morgan appears to be correct.

One illegal immigrant, who has lived “in sanctuary” for two years in the city and is now awaiting deportation to Mexico, told a local news outlet she hopes Biden makes changes to the immigration system for the benefit all illegal immigrants.

“My hope is this new president create change in the immigration system,” she said. “Yeah, my hope is it’s about time, not just for me, but for more than 11 million people.”

Another, facing deportation to Peru, added: “Yes we have more hope with this president, Joe Biden. With [the Trump] administration we tried but had a lot of doors closed.”

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The Border Patrol Is Monitoring Millions Of Americans’ Cellphones Inside Their Homes

This article was originally published by Mass Private I at Activist Post. 

The Feds are using the pandemic as an excuse to ID and track millions of innocent Americans’ cellphones inside their homes.

This past August, a Motherboard article revealed the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) had signed a $476,000 contract with Venntel, a cellphone data mining corporation.

Motherboard went on to explain why the Feds signing a contract with Venntel is so troubling.

The news highlights how law enforcement agencies continue to buy data that may in some cases require a warrant or court order to obtain.

What Motherboard is saying is that the CBP is using Venntel to monitor Americans’ cellphones without a warrant.

“This new contract raises even more concerns about the cozy and ongoing relationship between the federal government and these data brokers, which operate in the shadows and can amass mountains of sensitive personal data without any restrictions,” Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform said.

What makes this even more disconcerting is how law enforcement can use Venntel to monitor every cellphone in a ‘certain house.’

If you search a certain house, you’re only going to get three or four different signals out of there. I think from that standpoint, you could definitely try and identify specific people, the first [Venntel] source said. I think that was part of the goal in using it for government customers and things like that, is that you’re able to identify devices, and then you can do device searches to see where else they might have been, they added. A second person who has worked with the company [Venntel] said the data in a geofenced area is not going to contain 100 percent of devices in that location, and that identifying someone would be laborious.

Five U.S. senators were so horrified about law enforcement secretly monitoring millions of innocent Americans’ cellphones that they sent a letter to the CBP demanding an explanation.

As revealed by public contracts, CBP has paid a government contractor named Venntel nearly half a million dollars for access to a commercial database containing location data mined from applications on millions of Americans’ mobile phones. CBP officials also confirmed the agency’s warrantless tracking of phones in the United States using Venntel’s product in a September 16, 2020 call with Senate staff.

The letter asked what legal analysis did the Feds use to justify creating a national cellphone location tracking program?

.The senators also requested the inspector general investigate any legal analysis CBP’s lawyers performed before the agency started to use this surveillance tool and how CBP was able to begin operational use of Venntel’s location database without the DHS Privacy Office first publishing a Privacy Impact Assessment.

It is hard to imagine a more invasive national public surveillance program than what the CBP is conducting right now under our very noses.

The Feds don’t care if we know that they are secretly spying on our cellphones inside our homes

A recent Vice article revealed that the CBP is refusing to justify to Congress how it is legal to ID and spy on Americans’ cellphones inside their homes without a warrant.

“CBP officials confirmed to Senate staff that the agency is using Venntel’s location database to search for information collected from phones in the United States without any kind of court order,” the letter signed by Wyden and Warren, and addressed to the DHS OIG, reads. “CBP outrageously asserted that its legal analysis is privileged and therefore does not have to be shared with Congress. We disagree.”

As the Vice article pointed out, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is also using Venntel’s data to ID and monitor Americans’ cellphones without a warrant.

Allegedly, the CBP and the IRS cannot tell what nationality a particular person is based only on the information provided by Venntel, but they can track a particular person’s movements throughout the country.

The CBP’s admission that it is not restricting its personnel to only use Venntel near the border sends an unmistakable message to Americans everywhere: law enforcement treats everyone like a suspected criminal.

There simply is no justification for a so-called democratic country treating millions of its citizens like suspected criminals. Our country is on the precipice of becoming a full-blown surveillance state.

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Nearly 20,000 fake US driver’s licenses from China and other countries seized at Chicago airport

Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 20,000 counterfeit U.S. driver’s licenses at Chicago’s O’Hare airport this year. The shipment of fake driver’s licenses were sent to the United States and originated from China and other countries, according to the report from WNYW-TV.

Within the first six months of this year, CBP reportedly seized 19,888 counterfeit driver’s licenses and other fake documents in 1,513 shipments at O’Hare International Airport alone. Federal customs officials say the shipments arrived mostly from China and Hong Kong, but there were some shipments from South Korea and Britain.

CBP said most of the counterfeit driver’s licenses were for college-age students. Many had the same photo but with different names.

Ralph Piccirilli, CBP’s acting area port director in Chicago, said the IDs were “very realistic.” CBP noted the barcodes on fake Michigan driver’s licenses actually worked.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport also intercepted fake driver’s licenses arriving through international cargo.

“In the last six months, CBP officers at DFW intercepted nearly 900 counterfeit driver’s licenses that were delivered via international shipping services to the Dallas area,” a CBP press release from April said. “Approximately 2000 fake IDs have been seized over the last 18 months.”

“What is most disconcerting about theses interceptions, besides the volume in which we are experiencing, is the ease in which so many young people freely share their personal information with counterfeiters abroad,” CBP Port Director Timothy M. Lemaux, Area Port of Dallas, said. “We’ll continue to collaborate with local law enforcement to educate the public, and anyone who is contemplating purchasing a counterfeit ID online, on the potential dangers of sharing your personal identifiable information with a criminal element.”

The CBP teamed up with local area law enforcement and local universities in the Dallas area to inform young adults about the dangers of providing their personal identifiable information online to counterfeiters abroad to obtain a fraudulent document.

Law enforcement is not only concerned that the fake IDs will be used by criminals, but also that the money made from selling the counterfeit documents are “possibly funding criminal or terrorist organizations.”

“These fraudulent identity documents can lead to identity theft, worksite enforcement, critical infrastructure protection, fraud linked to immigration-related crimes such as human smuggling and human trafficking,” CBP said in a news release.

“These counterfeit driver’s licenses can lead to disastrous consequences,” Piccirilli said in a statement. “Criminal organizations use these counterfeit IDs to avoid attracting attention to their illegal activities.”

Last fall, CBP agents in Kentucky intercepted nearly 3,000 counterfeit IDs and over 3,000 blank cards for counterfeiting licenses that were headed to New York City, according to Fox News.

Last month, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a massive shipment of human hair products from China that could be connected to “potential human right abuses of forced child labor and imprisonment.” CBP officers at the Port of New York/Newark confiscated a shipment of 13 tons of hair products worth over $800,000.

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US Customs and Border Protection asks for help as the new southern border wall gets sawed through and climbed over

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put up 180 miles of new border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but there’s a problem: The agency can’t figure out how to stop smugglers and other illegal border crossers from cutting through or climbing over the new barriers.

Now the CBP is asking private industry for help.

What’s happening with the wall?

President Donald Trump vowed to have about 500 miles of new border fencing built before the end of 2020. So far, the government has put up 182 miles, acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan told Fox News last month.

The agency tasked with building the 30-foot-tall steel bollard wall posted a notice seeking private industry’s help to stop people from being able to saw through and climb over the border barrier. From the CBP posting:

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recognizes that industry, other agencies, and other private entities may have interesting, innovative, and useful ideas that could be implemented to enhance and or improve mission essential operational deterrent capabilities related to the anti-climb/anti-cut features of the border wall and persistent impedance. Through the prototyping process in 2017-2018, it was identified that bollard style construction (steel slats) provided the best value and operationally effective border barrier solution to CBP.

CBP is constantly seeking to improve the effectiveness of the border wall and now is seeking further product improvements to the anti-climb/anti-cut features of the border wall barrier.

However, the CBP said the new request “does not amount to an admission that the current design is inadequate or flawed,” the Washington Post reported.

“We have an adaptive adversary; regardless of materials, nothing is impenetrable if given unlimited time and tools,” the agency said, according to the Post. “Walls provide the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) the ability to slow and stop potential crossings. That means building wall will deter some people from attempting to cross, while slowing the efforts of those who still try.”

In January 2019, NBC News revealed a Department of Homeland Security test that showed military and Border Patrol personnel were able to cut through and destroy the bollards with common tools.


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Though the government has not publicly admitted how many smugglers have breached the wall so far, records the Post obtained via the Freedom of Information Act revealed at least 18 breaches in one month last fall in the San Diego area alone.

The CBP call for help is looking for “tools to determine the best type of anti-climb and anti-breach attributes for the border wall for each sector of the Southwest Border.”

“CBP is specifically looking for innovative wall designs that have the capacity to leap frog current technology to dramatically improve efficacy,” the posting said.

The cutoff date for private outfits to submit white papers for consideration is June 12.

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New Border Patrol chief says he won’t turn illegal aliens over for criminal prosecution if sanctuary jurisdictions won’t return them

The Border Patrol’s new chief said this week that the law enforcement agency won’t be turning over illegal aliens accused of crimes if the prosecuting jurisdiction can’t guarantee that they’ll be given back to federal authorities for deportation afterward.

“My job is to protect the United States and to secure the borders, not to get prosecutions, so we are deporting people that have active warrants because the state will not give back that person to us, and we have to pick: federal law or state law,” Rodney Scott said recently at a briefing, as reported Tuesday by the Washington Examiner.

The new chief also said it doesn’t matter what kind of crime the illegal alien has been charged with if a jurisdiction won’t cooperate with immigration authorities.

“It doesn’t really matter the charge,” Scott explained, according to the report. “If they will not give confirmation that they are going to return the individual, then we are not going to turn them over. We’ll prosecute them federally, then deport them.”

Scott, a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol, was named chief of the agency in late January. Before that, he headed up the agency’s San Diego Sector, which includes 60 miles of land border with Mexico and over 930 miles of coastal border stretching from California to Oregon. The sector also employs over 2,200 uniformed agents, according to its Fiscal Year 2019 report.

In a January statement announcing his selection for the post, acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan called Scott “the absolute embodiment of the U.S. Border Patrol’s motto, ‘Honor First.'”

Fighting against sanctuary jurisdiction policies throughout the United States has been a key component of the Trump administration’s immigration policy since the president took office. For example, earlier this year, Immigration and Customs enforcement called out Cook County, Illinois, in January for releasing 1,070 criminal aliens and immigration violators during Fiscal Year 2019 despite detainer requests.

Last month, acting ICE Director Matthew Albence also slammed sanctuary policies following an inspector general’s report that state and local jurisdictions’ non-cooperation actions since 2013 had resulted in over 17,000 removable aliens still being at large.

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Greyhound says Border Patrol may no longer search for illegal immigrants on buses without a warrant

Bus giant Greyhound announced Friday that the company will no longer allow Border Patrol agents in search of illegal immigrants to board its buses without a warrant, in a move being hailed by civil rights advocates.

What are the details?

The Associated Press reported Greyhound wrote in an emailed statement that “it would notify the Department of Homeland Security that it does not consent to unwarranted searches on its buses or in areas of terminals that are not open to the public.”

The emailed stated, “Our primary concern is the safety of our customers and team members, and we are confident these changes will lead to an improved experience for all parties involved.”

Greyhound’s new policy comes one week after the AP noted in a separate exclusive report that an internal memo from U.S. Customs and Border Protection dated Jan. 28 notified agents that boarding buses and questioning passengers without the consent of the company is a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.

The report further noted that “Greyhound has faced pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, immigrant rights activists and Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to stop allowing sweeps on buses within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of an international border or coastline.”

In June 2018, Greyhound stating on a company blog post, “While we are required to comply with the law by allowing Border Patrol agents to board our buses when they ask to do so, we do not support or coordinate these searches, nor are we happy about them.” It concluded, “Our drivers face arrest and fines for obstructing these agents, and we would not want to put their safety, or the safety of our passengers at risk by attempting to physically stop a federal agent from boarding.”

Both the ACLU and Ferguson took victory laps upon hearing of Greyhound’s policy change.

Andrea Flores, deputy director of policy for the ACLU’s Equality Division told the AP via email, “We are pleased to see Greyhound clearly communicate that it does not consent to racial profiling and harassment on its buses. By protecting its customers and employees, Greyhound is sending a message that it prioritizes the communities it serves.”

Ferguson’s office released his statement on Twitter, which read, “Today’s announcement from Greyhound confirms what should have been obvious to the company since I contacted them a year ago — it has both the power and the responsibility to stand up for its customers, who suffered for far too long from Greyhound’s indifference to CBP’s suspicionless bus raids and harassment.”

“It’s unfortunate it took a leaked memo and the threat of a lawsuit by my office before Greyhound acted,” Ferguson continued. “That said, we’re not just going to take Greyhound’s word. We’ll be following up with Greyhound to ensure compliance.”

As of this writing, CBP had not yet issued a public statement in reaction to Greyhound’s announcement. The AP noted that in the past “Border Patrol has insisted that it does not profile passengers based on their appearance, but instead asks all passengers whether they are citizens or in the country legally. The agency says the bus checks are an important way to ferret out human trafficking, narcotics and illegal immigration.”

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