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Texas takes action over growing ‘border crisis,’ blames Biden’s policies for making situation worse

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced Saturday he was deploying the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to address what he described as a “border crisis.”

The development comes just days after a top immigration official warned the incoming migrant surge will be the biggest in over 20 years, potentially handing President Joe Biden the first crisis of his administration.

What are the details?

Abbott announced Texas began “Operation Lone Star” to combat the growing “crisis” at the border.

“Today Texas launched Operation Lone Star to respond to the border crisis,” Abbott tweeted Saturday. “It deploys Nat’l Guard + DPS Officers + air, ground, marine, & tactical border security assets to deny Mexican Cartels & smugglers the ability to move drugs & people into Texas.”

In a statement, Abbott blamed Biden administration policies for the intensifying problems at the border.

“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” Abbott said.

“Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans. We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis,” he added.

What about Biden?

On the campaign trail, Biden promised to reverse his predecessor’s deterrent immigration policies, and he has already begun to make good on those promises.

For example, Biden has reversed a Trump-era policy that forced migrant asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their immigration cases are processed in the U.S. The Biden administration’s current goal is to process migrants and release them into the U.S. within 72 hours, according to the Washington Post.

Unfortunately for Biden, his policies are being blamed for the magnifying crisis.

“Shelters are overflowing. Border crossings are rising. Border Patrol facilities are overwhelmed. And the new administration is taking fire from both the left and right as it grapples with the issue’s harsh realities,” Axios reported last week.

Even Texas Democrats, especially those whose congressional districts border Mexico, are blaming Biden.

“You just can’t say, ‘Yeah, yeah, let everybody in’ — because then we’re affected down there at the border,” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said recently. “The bad guys know how to market this.”

In a separate interview, Cuellar said, “We are weeks, maybe even days, away from a crisis on the southern border. Inaction is simply not an option. Our country is currently unprepared to handle a surge in migrants in the middle of the pandemic.”

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CDC changes COVID-19 guidelines to let Biden admin house migrant kids at 100% capacity

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has changed its guidelines to allow the Biden administration to house migrant children that cross the U.S. border illegally in shelters at 100% capacity, according to a report.

Previously, the CDC required that temporary housing shelters used by the federal government to house unaccompanied minors be filled to only 50% capacity as a COVID-19 safety protocol. But Axios
reported Friday that the CDC lifted this requirement as the Biden administration faces a crisis at the U.S. southern border.

“Facilities should plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases,” a draft CDC memo reported by Axios states. The memo encourages facility operators to continue giving COVID-19 tests to children placed there, wear masks, follow 14-day quarantine guidelines, and improve ventilation.

The situation at the border is not good. President Joe Biden reversed President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 pandemic policy of turning migrants away at the border, which has led to an influx of kids and adults migrating to the U.S. An average of
321 unaccompanied children are arriving at the southern border each day.

The children taken into custody by the federal government can either be housed at facilities operated by the Department of Health and Human Services or by U.S. Customs & Border Patrol. The Department of Health and Human Services has
called for 20,000 additional beds to accommodate the expected number of migrants arriving in the next few months. The facilities operated by CBP are currently “operating significantly above COVID-19 capacities.”

“At this time, CBP does not have adequate space for physical distancing, quarantine of persons exposed to COVID-19 or isolation of ill or infected persons,” the memo says.

The CDC recommends that migrants be housed by DHS as the safer option, necessitating that DHS facilities operate beyond 50% capacity.

The Biden administration came under fire in recent weeks for
reopening a temporary facility for migrant children in Texas that previously held unaccompanied minors under President Donald Trump. Critics accused the administration of continuing President Trump’s immigration policies, a charge that White House press secretary Jen Psaki vigorously denied.

“To ensure the health and safety of these kids, HHS took steps to open an emergency facility to add capacity where these children can be provided with the care they need before they are safely placed with families and sponsors,” Psaki
said last week.

Axios notes that the CDC memo comes “amid a ferocious national debate over whether and when to reopen schools.” The report points out that these CDC guidelines only apply to migrant children housed at federal facilities, and do not speak to whether it’s safe to reopen schools.

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Horowitz: Border state officials dealing with violent incursions deep into US territory

What would you call a situation where tens of thousands of young males pour over our border, orchestrated by the most violent cartels and smugglers in the world? How would you refer to high-speed car chases and bailouts across our border continuing on for at least 200 miles beyond the border? It sure looks like an invasion to ordinary Americans. But what do you call it when our own Department of Homeland Security is orchestrating such chaos, lawlessness, and trans-national travel during a pandemic at the same time officials are entreating Americans to obey COVID fascism? A sadistic undermining of the very foundation of this country, indeed.

“Illegal immigrants from 59 different countries have crossed the border illegally in our area – the Del Rio Sector,” warned Uvalde, Texas, Mayor Don McLaughlin in an exclusive interview with TheBlaze. “These illegal immigrants are from China, South America, Venezuela, Cuba, and the Middle East and Africa, just to name a few.”

Uvalde is a small town of 17,000 inhabitants, and it is now overrun by illegal immigrants and an international cartel smuggling operation. Uvalde is 40-60 miles from the border, but it might as well be right at the border given how the smuggling corridors come right up to this town.

“In our city and county, we are averaging 6-8 car chases a week,” said McLaughlin in describing how the border crisis strains the area’s small law enforcement operation, which is already stressed from the logistics of the pandemic and the recent weather-driven energy crisis.

“These human smugglers have no regard from human life – they have led our officers on chases through our town at speeds exceeding 100 mph. In two instances, our local law enforcement officers have been shot at. It’s not unusual to find weapons in these cars when they are caught. In Kinney County, which borders us, the chases are exceeding 20 a week. In these chases they are finding illegal immigrants that have previously been deported and have criminal records for sexual assault, murder, and drug trafficking.”

The Biden administration has ended Trump’s pandemic response policy, which, pursuant to Title 42, required Customs and Border Protection to immediately turn away illegal aliens who show up at the border. The new policy openly invites illegal aliens to come in, which has created an entire cottage industry for the smugglers and the drug cartels. While the smugglers can present illegal aliens who don’t have criminal records openly at the border, they still have to sneak in those with criminal records through gaps in the border wall, which leads to dangerous high-speed chases that result in what are known to border officials as “bailouts.” Often the smuggler will drive off the road and crash, with the occupants bailing out and running in every direction.

The more agents have to deal with those coming in directly, the less manpower they have to apprehend the dangerous “runners” who usually have criminal records. This is particularly a problem during the pandemic, when more personnel are now required to deal with the social distancing logistics of the mass flow across the border.

The fact that the border wall was stopped midway through construction has actually been a boon to the smugglers, because they are able to use the newly created access roads to gain entry into the interior but are not completely blocked because of the gaps, as reported by the Washington Times from Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels. This has enabled the high-speed chases and bailouts to penetrate deep into Texas, as far as Jackson County on the eastern coast, which is some 200 miles from the border.

“We’re on the travel corridor,” said Jackson County Sheriff A.J. Louderback in an interview with TheBlaze. “We’ve had an uptick in stolen three-ton pickups; we’re having the bailouts coming through.”

Louderback placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Biden administration. “This is a comprehensive, multi-pronged strategy to disable and dismantle every facet of our immigration system,” said the veteran rural sheriff. “This is a concerted effort to alter all of immigration laws through policy change. It’s an absolute nightmare. I don’t think there is a single place in the INA that has not been violated. It’s obvious to me that they’ve been working on this for quite some time. We went from a secure border to an unsecure border in a matter of days.”

Sheriff Dannels told me that in southeast Arizona, in some of the most rugged terrain at the border, the cartels now have roads they can use to navigate an area that was previously extremely hard to traverse. “By ending the wall construction with the roads exposed, they have become nothing but cartel roads,” said Dannels to me. Here is a picture of the access roads built behind the wall in Cochise County.

Cochise County Sheriff’s Department

According to Dannels, apprehensions in his remote county went from 300-500 a year ago to 2,500 in December. The suspension of the border wall mid-construction in his county has been a boon for the cartels. “We went 24 months without illicit drugs, and now we’re catching more than 500 pounds,” said Sheriff Dannels. “12 people were injured in car crashes, and there have been two deaths. Some of the coyotes [human smugglers] are now shooting at my deputies. It’s insane how nobody sat down with local law enforcement to discuss the ramifications of not completing the construction that was already under way.”

The bailouts are often risky for the migrants as well. In California earlier this week, 13 of them were killed when their car caught fire during a high-speed incursion at a breach in the border fence, which the Biden administration refuses to repair.

Mark Lamb, sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona, is seeing the same problem on the western side of the border. “We’re 60 miles off the border, and we’ve had 45 pursuits and have assisted in another 80 with other agencies,” the Arizona sheriff told TheBlaze. “We had one bailout where they had 11 people who bailed into the desert and left us with a 16-year-old Guatemalan girl in the car. ICE doesn’t even have space for these people, and they are let go right into our communities. Talk about a kick in the teeth. When you do this, it sends a message to criminals that they can do whatever they want because we are no longer for the rule of law.”

Not only is Lamb prohibited from holding these people, he wouldn’t even have the jail space anyway. “We get 20-30 a day right now. I could fill my entire jail within a week.”

The cartels are sending 2,000 children over the border each week this month, and there are now at least 8,000 minors in custody, approaching a record. The Biden administration is openly bragging about estimates of 117,000 minors on the way. With that comes a massive pipeline of transnational gang recruitments inside our country and in every major city.

It’s a lose-lose for everyone. Americans are stuck with the expenses and social effects, as well as the narcotics and increased gang activity. At a time when the lockdowns are tempting so many Americans to turn to drugs, the Biden border invitation is creating a lucrative market for the drug cartels in human smuggling as well as drug smuggling. And in the irony of all ironies, the COVID lockdown policies that are inducing the circuitous drug cycle exacerbated by the border policies are suddenly being relaxed when it comes to illegal aliens.

As for the illegal aliens themselves, Mayor McLaughlin observes that there is nothing humanitarian about chaotic open borders.

“We as a country act as though we are helping these illegal immigrants as we release them into our country. We talk about slave labor and sex trafficking all the time, but these illegal immigrants end up working day jobs where they are picked up in neighborhood street corners where they stand around waiting for work, are paid subpar wages, and if hurt, are dropped off back without getting taken care of. The women are forced into the sex trade to survive and take care of their families. We are not helping these people or our country. We are only setting them up to fail.”

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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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Violent Antifa protesters turn on Biden after reopening child migrant facility, target Portland businesses

Violent protesters descended on Portland late Saturday, an almost weekly occurrence, this time rioting over President Joe Biden’s administration reopening a controversial migrant center designed to house minors who illegally entered the United States without their parents.

What happened?

Violent protesters, who were reportedly associated with Antifa, marched down the streets of Portland’s Pearl District smashing cars and vandalizing businesses.

More from KOIN-TV:

Businesses in the district have been coated with graffiti decrying police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Demonstrators also broke windows at some businesses.

A Chipotle on Northwest Lovejoy Street had its windows smashed out at around 9:30 p.m. Saturday while customers were still inside. Other businesses caught in the damage include a Starbucks, an Urban Pantry and an Umpqua Bank. As protesters chanted for police to “go home,” residents shouted at protesters from their balconies to “go home.”

Videos posted to social media showed hundreds of black-clad protesters creating chaos in the streets.

(Content Warning: The following videos contain strong language):

Other videos showed police reportedly backing away from engaging the protesters because of their level of violence.

According to KOIN, Portland police forces were strained as the violence was ongoing, limiting their abilities to enforce the law, because of “several shootings” that had occurred in other parts of the city.

Just two people were arrested, one person for first-degree criminal mischief and a 17-year-old protester on charges of interfering with a peace officer and third-degree escape.

Why were they protesting?

The pre-planned violence came in response to immigration policy being enacted under Biden, KOIN reported, specifically the reopening of a detention center for unaccompanied migrant children.

The facility — located in Carrizo Springs, Texas — is capable of housing hundreds of children, and was the site of controversy under former President Donald Trump.

The Biden administration said reopening the facility was necessary because of a spike in border crossings and coronavirus-related restrictions meant other government facilities designed to house migrant children have lower-than-normal capacity limits.

Reopening the facility earned Biden condemnation from immigration activists.

“It’s unnecessary, it’s costly, and it goes absolutely against everything Biden promised he was going to do,” Linda Brandmiller, a San Antonio-based immigration lawyer who represents unaccompanied minors, told the Washington Post. “It’s a step backward, is what it is. It’s a huge step backward.”

“When I read they were opening again, I cried,” Rosey Abuabara, a San Antonio immigration activist, said. “I consoled myself with the fact that it was considered the Cadillac of [migrant child] centers, but I don’t have any hope that Biden is going to make it better.”

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‘This is not okay’: AOC slams Biden for reopening Trump-era migrant children holding facility, calls for elimination of DHS and ICE

The Washington Post revealed Monday that the Biden administration officially reopened a Texas housing facility for migrant children along the U.S.-Mexico border capable of holding hundreds of children. The location was opened by the Trump administration for just a month in 2019 — a move that was a source of repeated criticism from the left and immigration activists.

News of the facility’s reopening led to a massive hue and cry on the left, which accused Biden of betraying his base by repeating the horrors of former President Donald Trump.

Not one to be overshadowed by fellow outraged leftists, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got into the action Tuesday evening and offered her critique of President Joe Biden’s decision to follow in Trump’s throw-kids-in-cages footsteps.

“This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay — no matter the administration or party,” the democratic socialist New York lawmaker declared.

She went on to blast U.S. immigration policy, which currently does not offer illegal aliens the opportunity to simply waltz over a border or overstay a visa and automatically grant the immigration violator American citizenship.

“Our immigration system is built on a carceral framework,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “It’s no accident that challenging how we approach both these issues are considered ‘controversial’ stances.”

“They require reimagining our relationship to each other and challenging common assumptions we take for granted,” she continued.

“It’s only 2 [months] into this admin & our fraught, unjust immigration system will not transform in that time,” she added. “That’s why bold reimagination is so [important].”

What is the “bold reimagination” she envisions?

Get rid of the Department of Homeland Security. Scuttle the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Create a new status of refugee for climate change. And more.

“DHS shouldn’t exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE gotta go, ban for-profit detention, create climate refugee status & more,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

Old hat for AOC

Of course, this isn’t the first time Ocasio-Cortez has ranted about ICE and DHS and called for doing away with our immigration enforcement system. For example:

  • In June 2018, then-candidate AOC campaigned on abolishing ICE, alleging that “black sites” were facilitating the “separation of children” and calling the actions “human rights abuses.”
  • In June 2019, she declared that ICE detention centers are “concentration camps.”
  • Later that month, she doubled down on the comparison and demanded that “not one dime” go to DHS to “fund the caging of kids & families. Pretty simple.”
  • In August 2019, AOC attacked the CEO of a private prison operator that manages the operation of migrant detention centers on behalf of ICE. She offered to go “toe to toe” with the CEO over his “immoral” business, which she called “the caging of humans for profit.”
  • In January 2020, she repeated her calls to break up ICE, as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and instructed an audience on how to obstruct ICE.
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Reporter confronts Jen Psaki on Biden admin reopening ‘cages’ shut down under Trump

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday was confronted by a reporter on the Biden administration’s apparent hypocrisy for reopening a temporary facility for migrant children in Texas closed by the previous administration.

President Joe Biden’s administration reopened the temporary Influx Care Facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, to care for children, mostly teenagers age 13-17, who arrive at the border unaccompanied by a parent. The facility is capable of holding roughly 700 children with coronavirus safety measures implemented.

The site has been inactive since July 2019, when it was closed by President Donald Trump’s administration after fierce criticism by Democrats that this facility and others like it treated migrant children inhumanely.

During Tuesday’s press briefing, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked Psaki why the Biden administration was reopening the facility.

Psaki said the policy of the Biden administration is “not to expel unaccompanied children who arrive at the border.” She said Customs and Border Patrol transfers migrant children to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement. She explained that COVID-19 protocols have reduced the capacity at existing facilities to hold migrant children, so this facility was reopened to accommodate the overflow.

“To ensure the health and safety of these kids, HHS took steps to open an emergency facility to add capacity where these children can be provided with the care they need before they are safely placed with families and sponsors,” Psaki said.

According to the Associated Press, HHS operates several long-term facilities to process unaccompanied minor aliens apprehended by Border Patrol. Almost all of the nearly 7,100 beds at these facilities are reportedly full, requiring the administration to reopen temporary housing for these migrants.

Following up, Doocy reminded Psaki that in summer 2019, when the prior administration operated this facility, then-candidate Biden accused President Trump of keeping kids in cages and Kamala Harris said the Trump administration was keeping “babies in cages” and committing a “human rights abuse.”

“How is this any different?” Doocy asked.

“We very much feel that way,” Psaki replied, speaking of the accusations thrown at the Trump administration. “Let me be clear here, one, there’s a pandemic going on. I’m sure you’re not suggesting that we have children right next to each other in ways that are not COVID safe, are you?” she fired back at Doocy.

“I’m suggesting that Kamala Harris said that putting people in this facility was ‘a human rights abuse committed by the United States government’ and Joe Biden said, ‘Under Trump there have been horrifying scenes at the border of kids being kept in cages.’ Now it’s not under Trump, it’s under Biden,” Doocy fired back.

“This is not kids being kept in cages,” Psaki asserted. “This is a facility that was opened that’s going to follow the same standards as other HHS facilities. It is not a replication, certainly not, that was never our intention of replicating the immigration policies of the past administration. But we are in a circumstance where we are not going to expel unaccompanied minors at the border. That would be inhumane. That is not what we are going to do here as an administration.”

Continuing, she said that once the migrant children receive medical care they will be transferred to their families or sponsors.

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Biden administration reopens Trump-era migrant children housing facility

Despite excoriating former President Donald Trump on the campaign trail over immigration policies affecting children separated from their families at the border, President Joe Biden appears to be adopting the same approach to the issue as his predecessor.

According to the Washington Post, the Biden administration has officially reopened a housing facility for migrant children along the U.S.-Mexico border in Carrizo Springs, Texas, capable of holding hundreds of children.

“Dozens of migrant teens boarded vans Monday for the trip down a dusty road to a former man camp for oil field workers here, the first migrant child facility opened under the Biden administration,” the Post reported on Monday. “The emergency facility — a vestige of the Trump administration that was open for only a month in summer 2019 — is being reactivated to hold up to 700 children ages 13 to 17.”

The move has been in the works since earlier this month, CNN reported, characterized by an administration spokesperson to the outlet as a necessary evil as immigration officials grapple with an overflow of illegal crossings taking place at the country’s southern border.

“Fully remedying [Trump’s] actions will take time and require a full government approach,” a senior administration official said, urging patience.

Government officials similarly told the Post that the camp is needed to temporarily house children amid the coronavirus pandemic and the current surge of border crossings. Never mind the fact that Biden’s lax immigration policies instigated the border surge in the first place.

In both cases, Biden administration officials are attempting to put a nice spin on the move. But what’s happening in this case is obvious, at least to CNN reporter Priscilla Alvarez, who acknowledged, “While administration officials have condemned Trump’s actions, they’re still relying on them as they sort out next steps.”

Despite the administration’s best efforts to cast the move in a positive light, progressive immigration lawyers and advocates are also calling it out for what it is.

“It’s unnecessary, it’s costly, and it goes absolutely against everything Biden promised he was going to do,” Linda Brandmiller, a San Antonio-based immigration lawyer who represents unaccompanied minors, told the Post. “It’s a step backward, is what it is. It’s a huge step backward.”

“When I read they were opening again, I cried,” said Rosey Abuabara, a San Antonio immigration activist. “I consoled myself with the fact that it was considered the Cadillac of [migrant child] centers, but I don’t have any hope that Biden is going to make it better.”

Mark Weber, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that handles migrant children, also made clear that the good care given to the children at such facilities has been consistent between administrations, though the Trump administration got a particularly bad rap from left-wing media.

That fact is especially pertinent given the Post’s coverage of the new development under Biden. In its report this week, the facility is described in delicate terms, a far cry from the “kids in cages” language used by the Post during Trump’s presidency, as noted by Fox News.

“Headlines from 2018 include, ‘The American tradition of caging children,’ and ‘The real reason we’re locking children in cages,'” Fox News recalled.

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Texas Democrats issue stern warning to their own party over embrace of far-left immigration policy

Three Texas Democrats warned their own political party this week that the continued embrace of progressive immigration policies will result in electoral distaster for the Democratic Party.

What is the background?

Coming into office, President Joe Biden had promised to reverse most of his predecessor’s immigration policies. Biden has already taken executive action to implement some immigration reform.

But on Thursday, Democrats in the House and Senate introduced legislation championed by Biden that would provide amnesty to approximately 11 million immigrants who are illegally living in the U.S.

As TheBlaze reported:

The bill would also increase the number of legal immigrants, provide foreign aid to South and Central American countries, make it easier for refugees to claim asylum, change all instances of the word “alien” in federal law to “noncitizen,” increase spending on border infrastructure to process migrants, assign Social Security numbers and provide health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act to illegal aliens granted “lawful prospective immigrant” status, and much more.

What are the Texas Democrats saying?

Democratic Reps. Henry Cuellar, Vincente Gonzalez, and Filemón Vela — all of whom represent congressional districts on the Texas-Mexico border — are warning the Biden administration’s aggressive immigration agenda is a “receipt for distaster” for Democrats.

In fact, Gonzalez told Politico that Democrats will lose their majorities in Congress if they continue to move forward with progressive immigration policies.

“The way we’re doing it right now is catastrophic and is a recipe for disaster in the middle of a pandemic,” Gonzalez said.

“Our party should be concerned. If we go off the rails, it’s going to be bad for us,” he added. “Biden is going to be dealing with a minority in Congress if he continues down some of these paths.”

Unfortunately, Biden’s immigration policies, which are drawing more migrants north, have already had undesirable impacts, according to Cuellar.

“I said, ‘Hey, we don’t want the wall, but when it comes to the other issues, we gotta be careful that we don’t give the impression that we have open borders because otherwise the numbers are going to start going up. And surely enough, we’re starting to see numbers go up,” Cuellar told Politico.

Still, all three Democratic politicians told Politico they share Biden’s vision of a “fair and humane” immigration system.

According to Politico, Democrats’ vulnerabilities have already been exposed, when then-President Donald Trump saw “an unexpected surge in support” in Democratic strongholds along the Texas-Mexico border in the 2020 election.

Republicans hope to further galvanize voters that Democrats have traditionally taken for granted to win future elections.

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Democrats introduce the ultimate amnesty bill to give citizenship to 11 million illegal aliens

House and Senate Democrats on Thursday introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and provide them with a path to U.S. citizenship. The bill, which contains a wish list of immigration priorities long campaigned for by the radical left, is unlikely to pass in the U.S. Senate, a fact the White House recognizes.

The 353-page bill, promised and supported by President Joe Biden, would create an eight-year path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, including so-called Dreamers and other classes of people from other countries currently living in the United States in violation of federal law.

The bill would also increase the number of legal immigrants, provide foreign aid to South and Central American countries, make it easier for refugees to claim asylum, change all instances of the word “alien” in federal law to “noncitizen,” increase spending on border infrastructure to process migrants, assign Social Security numbers and provide health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act to illegal aliens granted “lawful prospective immigrant” status, and much more.

“We have an economic and moral imperative to pass big, bold and inclusive immigration reform that leaves no one behind, not our Dreamers and [Temporary Protective Status] holders, not our farm workers and meat packers, not our essential workers and not our parents, friends and neighbors,” bill sponsor Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) told reporters Thursday.

Notably, the bill contains no provisions to increase border security or tighten immigration law enforcement, policies Republicans demand of any immigration compromise legislation. Democrats are forthright about their unwillingness to compromise.

“We have compromised too much and capitulated too quickly to fringe voices who have refused to accept the humanity and contributions of immigrants to our country,” Menendez said.

“We know the path forward will demand negotiations with others. But we’re not going to make concessions out of the gate,” he also said. “We will never win an argument that we don’t have the courage to make.”

This legislation is seen as a statement of progressive principle, not a reform that has any chance of becoming law with the Senate tied 50-50. To overcome a filibuster, Democrats would need to muster support from three-fifths of the Senate, swaying at least 10 Republicans to their side, a task viewed as insurmountable.

“This bill was not designed to get to 60,” a source told Politico. “There’s no pathway to 60.”

The primary purpose of the bill is to provide amnesty to illegal aliens and make them full U.S. citizens. Aliens who qualify must have been physically present in the U.S. on or before Jan. 1, 2021, unless granted a waiver from the secretary of Homeland Security for humanitarian purposes.

Those who qualify to receive lawful prospective immigrant status would be allowed to obtain a work permit and may travel outside of the United States with the ability to reenter at will if they show documentation of their lawful status. After a period of five years they may apply for a green card, provided they pass a background check and pay all related taxes or fees. DACA recipients, migrants with Temporary Protected Status, and farmworkers will receive expedited preference to obtain green cards without waiting five years.

A lawful prospective immigrant who holds a green card for three years may then apply for U.S. citizenship if they pass additional background checks.

Several provisions of the bill are a direct rebuke to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The bill would severely curtail a president’s power to suspend or restrict a certain class of aliens from entering the United States for national security reasons, requiring the president to only be able to do so on the recommendation of the secretaries of state and Homeland Security and after notifying Congress with full report. Additionally, the bill creates a right for affected aliens to sue to block such an order.

Other policies would dramatically increase the number of aliens allowed to use family-based immigration provisions, make visas more widely available, and repeal restrictions that prevent aliens unlawfully present in the U.S. from reentering the country for a period of three to 10 years.

In terms of foreign aid, the bill would spend $4 billion over four years to encourage economic development and strengthen law enforcement and anti-corruption efforts in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. This policy is meant to improve conditions in those countries so people living there do not flee to the United States. It would also establish refugee processing centers in those countries to screen migrants applying for refugee status before they arrive at the U.S. and, if they are approved, help relocate them here.

The bill contains no provisions to increase border security favored by Republicans. There is no additional funding for the construction of a border wall. Instead, it would spend more on new technology to identify narcotics and contraband and authorize the secretary of Homeland Security to “develop and implement a strategy to manage and secure the southern border of the United States by deploying smart technology.”

Several Republicans have declared the Democrats’ bill dead on arrival, slamming it as a “nonstarter.”

To overcome expected Republican opposition, President Biden has floated attempting to pass amnesty legislation “piecemeal,” focusing on aspects of Democrats’ immigration priorities that are either most likely to get Republican support or could be passed under the budget reconciliation process to dodge a filibuster.

As the Center for Immigration Studies’ Mark Krikorian summarized for National Review:

The “piecemeal” amnesties would not be small. The pieces of the larger bill that Democrats are likely to push separately include the Dream Act (for illegal immigrants who came as minors), the Promise Act (for illegal immigrants granted “Temporary” Protected Status), and the Agricultural Workers Adjustment Act (“adjustment” meaning amnesty). Based on CBO and other estimates, these three “piecemeal” measures could amnesty some 3.5 million people, maybe more. That’s more than the 2.7 million amnestied by the notorious 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, which was supposed to solve the illegal immigration problem but whose broken promises instead have poisoned the debate.

Immigration activists are demanding that the Democratic majority in the Senate invoke the nuclear option and eliminate the legislative filibuster to pass the comprehensive bill. But Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have separately said they would not support an effort to kill the filibuster, which would squash any real chance of the Biden immigration bill becoming law.

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Federal Judge extends injunction against Biden’s deportation freeze

A federal judge in Texas has extended his previous order temporarily preventing the Biden administration from beginning its 100-day pause on deportations of illegal immigrants.

Fox News reported that U.S. District Court Judge Drew Tipton in the Southern District of Texas lengthened his suspension of the White House’s deportation freeze for another 14 days to give the Biden administration and the state of Texas more time to “provide for a more fulsome record” to assist the court in “adjudicating Texas’s motion for a Preliminary Injunction.”

Additionally, the judge warned of “the irreparable harm that would accrue to Texas if an extension” was not granted. Though he did acknowledge the Biden administration’s argument that “the 100-day pause on removals is necessary to allow” them to take account of “important immigration, foreign policy, and humanitarian considerations.”

“The Court may ultimately be persuaded by the Defendants’ arguments, but any harm they might incur between now and then does not outweigh the potential for irreparable harm to Texas,” Tipton wrote.

As one of his first acts in office, President Joe Biden ordered Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to cease deporting some illegal immigrants for a period of 100 days. Biden’s order instructed these agencies within the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a “review and reset” of the former President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies, allowing time for the Biden executive branch to begin reversing those policies.

Immediately after Biden signed his executive order, Texas took legal action to sue the Biden administration, seeking a court injunction to block Biden’s deportation moratorium. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed Biden’s executive order “violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas” and the Department of Homeland Security.

In response to Texas’ lawsuit, Judge Tipton issued a nationwide injunction forcing Biden to continue deportations until the case is resolved.

On Jan. 22, Fox News reported an internal email sent to ICE officers in Texas that gives insight into how Biden’s executive order was enforced. The internal email instructed ICE to “stop all removals” and went on to say, “Release them all, immediately. No sponsor available is not acceptable any longer.”

Biden’s executive order paused deportations and ordered the release of all illegal immigrants detained by immigration enforcement authorities for minor offenses. Non-citizens who were suspected to have engaged in terrorism or espionage were exempt from the order and could still be deported.

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Border Patrol agents arrest 11 Iranians who entered US from Mexico

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 11 Iranian citizens on Monday night after they illegally entered the United States from Mexico. Border Patrol agents arrested the group on a bridge near San Luis, Arizona.

“There were five women, ages 28, 30, 35, 35 and 37, who were arrested,” KPNX reported. “Four men, ages 24, 31, 36 and 43, were taken into custody along with two boys, ages 10 and 2. These people had previously lived in Iran.”

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told KPNX that it was not yet clear as to why the group was attempting to illegally enter the United States. The Iranians have yet to be fully processed and interviewed. The group was arrested and taken to Yuma Station for processing.

“Yuma Sector agents regularly encounter people from all over the world, including Special Interest Countries,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection statement said. “Agents adjudicate each arrest in accordance with law and policy in order to secure our nation’s borders.”

In the 2021 fiscal year, Yuma Sector agents have apprehended 14 nationals from Iran. In 2020, eight Iranians were arrested by Yuma Sector agents.

The group was from Iran, which is classified as a “special interest country.” Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar defined “special interest countries” as “basically countries designated by our intelligence community as countries that could export individuals that could bring harm to our country in the way of terrorism.”

The Department of Homeland Security describes “special interest aliens” as “non-U.S. person who, based on an analysis of travel patterns, potentially poses a national security risk to the United States or its interests. Often such individuals or groups are employing travel patterns known or evaluated to possibly have a nexus to terrorism.”

The DHS encountered more than 3,000 special interest aliens at the southern Border in 2018.

As TheBlaze reported last month, thousands of migrants from Central America are making their way to the United States. The caravan is traveling to the U.S. southern border because some believe that President Joe Biden will have a more relaxed stance on illegal immigration than former President Donald Trump was.

Migrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras issued a statement on behalf of the people participating in the caravan.

“We recognize the importance of the incoming Government of the United States having shown a strong commitment to migrants and asylum seekers, which presents an opportunity for the governments of Mexico and Central America to develop policies and a migration management that respect and promote the human rights of the population in mobility,” the statement reads. “We will advocate that the Biden government honors its commitments.”

Last week, the Daily Mail reported: “U.S. Border Patrol agents reported a 436 percent increase in migrants apprehended in so-called stash houses near Laredo, Texas since October when compared to the same time last year. The stash houses at the Texas-Mexico border are operated by human trafficking organizations to hide undocumented immigrants.”

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Horowitz: States should block caravan invaders if Biden regime refuses to do its job

What if our own federal government openly encourages caravans to flood the border states and saddles them with violent drug cartels, crime, social ills, hospitalizations, and the public cost of mass migration from across the border? Are the states completely at the mercy of the federal government’s refusal to defend the sovereignty of the whole union and that of the individual states, particularly those like Arizona and Texas at the border?

This is essentially the question Justice Antonin Scalia asked Obama’s solicitor general during oral arguments in Arizona v. U.S., when the Obama administration began illegally granting amnesty to illegal aliens and preventing Arizona from enforcing the laws on the books. What does sovereignty mean if it does not include the ability to defend your borders? Scalia asked, referring to Arizona’s right as an individual state to defend its own borders. “The Constitution recognizes that there is such a thing as State borders and the States can police their borders, even to the point of inspecting incoming shipments to exclude diseased material,” said Scalia during litigation between the Obama administration and the state of Arizona.

This discussion is even more relevant today, as the Biden regime has de facto invited caravans to come for amnesty by suspending Trump’s asylum reforms and has now asked ICE to release some of the worst criminal aliens imaginable.

The Constitution is clear as to the responsibilities of the federal government and why we have one in the first place. The federal government exists not to impose more mask mandates and lockdowns on the people, but to protect their rights and security where states are inherently less capable of doing so effectively — namely, in repelling an invasion. Ironically, it is the one act of war a president can pursue without the consent of Congress, yet the invasion at our border is the only one we refuse to address. So where does that leave the states?

Scalia answered this question in his partial dissent in the 2012 Arizona case:

But there has come to pass, and is with us today, the specter that Arizona and the States that support it predicted: A Federal Government that does not want to enforce the immigration laws as written, and leaves the States’ borders unprotected against immigrants whom those laws would exclude. So the issue is a stark one. Are the sovereign States at the mercy of the Federal Executive’s refusal to enforce the Nation’s immigration laws?

Scalia rhetorically asked:

Now, imagine a provision—perhaps inserted right after Art. I, §8, cl. 4, the Naturalization Clause—which included among the enumerated powers of Congress “To establish Limitations upon Immigration that will be exclusive and that will be enforced only to the extent the President deems appropriate.” The delegates to the Grand Convention would have rushed to the exits.

He ended his dissent discussing Obama’s amnesty and Arizona’s response to it:

As is often the case, discussion of the dry legalities that are the proper object of our attention suppresses the very human realities that gave rise to the suit. Arizona bears the brunt of the country’s illegal immigration problem. Its citizens feel themselves under siege by large numbers of illegal immigrants who invade their property, strain their social services, and even place their lives in jeopardy. Federal officials have been unable to remedy the problem, and indeed have recently shown that they are unwilling to do so. Thousands of Arizona’s estimated 400,000 illegal immigrants—including not just children but men and women under 30—are now assured immunity from enforcement, and will be able to compete openly with Arizona citizens for employment.

Scalia concluded, “If securing its territory in this fashion is not within the power of Arizona, we should cease referring to it as a sovereign State.”

The Constitution is not a suicide pact for the states, as Americans are treated like criminals and criminal aliens are treated like pristine citizens. If courts were able to rule in favor of states abrogating and criminalizing the enforcement of immigration law under Trump, it’s for states to enforce them while Biden is seeking to unilaterally nullify them.

As Scalia observed in the Arizona case,The naturalization power was given to Con­gress not to abrogate States’ power to exclude those they did not want, but to vindicate it.”

What Scalia meant is that states can’t be more liberal than the federal government on immigration because that would violate the national sovereignty and the choice of the union of states to deny entry. This is exactly why our Founders assigned control over immigration policy to the federal government. They didn’t want states to artificially inflate their representation by flooding the entire federal union with undesirable aliens. Commenting on the power of Congress (as opposed to states) over immigration, Justice Joseph Story explained, “If aliens might be admitted indiscriminately to enjoy all the rights of citizens at the will of a single state, the Union might itself be endangered by an influx of foreigners, hostile to its institutions, ignorant of its powers, and incapable of a due estimate of its privileges.”

While this was written in 1833, every word is speaking to liberals today in states like California that want to increase their representation at the expense of other states. Let’s not forget that once an alien is admitted to the union by one state, he is free to move around anywhere in the country. Thanks to California’s sanctuary policies, Americans all over the country must suffer.

Roger Sherman, among the greatest of all the Founders, noted during the House debate on the Naturalization Act of 1790 that “it was intended by the Convention, who framed the Constitution, that Congress should have the power of naturalization, in order to prevent particular States receiving citizens, and forcing them upon others who would not have received them in any other manner” (emphasis added). Sherman was emphatic that federal control was designed to “guard against an improper mode of naturalization” and prevent individual states from flooding the country with immigrants based on “easier terms.”

James Madison, in a 1782 letter to Edmund Randolph, noted that a uniform rule of naturalization from a future federal government would cure the existing problem under the Confederation of “the intrusion of obnoxious aliens through other States.” Writing in Federalist #42, Madison elaborated that the federalized power over naturalization solved “a very serious embarrassment” and “defect” of the Articles of Confederation, whereby “certain descriptions of aliens, who had rendered themselves obnoxious” can force themselves on several states had they “acquired the character of citizens under the laws of another State.”

Thus, both the Constitution and the inherent right to sovereignty rooted in social compact theory dictates that federal control over immigration should primarily be in one direction: more restrictive than states would want, not less restrictive. Now, obviously, once the feds were given final say over immigration, the letter of the law dictates that states cannot prevent immigrants from settling within their borders where statute otherwise authorizes it. However, as Scalia noted, a state “has the sovereign power to protect its borders more rigorously if it wishes, absent any valid federal prohibition,” and in this case, “Arizona is entitled to have ‘its own immigration policy’—including a more rigorous enforcement policy—so long as that does not conflict with federal law.”

To that end, patriots would be wise to pressure every red state to institute a mandatory E-Verify law like the one Florida just implemented. These states must clamp down on tax fraud and identity theft and refuse to accept unaccompanied alien minors being resettled in their states.

In addition, the border states, which have their sovereignty literally violated by the caravans, smugglers, and cartels, have the right to deploy their own National Guard units to push back any invasion. Are Texas and Arizona at the mercy of Biden’s criminal disregard for the violent hordes of predominantly young males attempting to crash their borders like we saw in Guatemala last week?

Article I, § 10, cl. 3 (the Compact Clause) states:

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

The Constitution is clear that, all things equal, states shouldn’t engage in warfare with other countries. But all things are not equal in this case, and the Constitution made an exception for those times when states are invaded and in imminent danger.

Joseph Story in his commentary on the Compact Clause writes that while the prohibition on states making war is obviously necessary, it was “wisely guarded by exceptions sufficient for the safety of the states, and not justly open to the objection of being dangerous to the Union.”

Still, a state may be so situated, that it may become indispensable to possess military forces, to resist an expected invasion, or insurrection. The danger may be too imminent for delay; and under such circumstances, a state will have a right to raise troops for its own safety, even without the consent of Congress.

Haven’t the border states (the ones that still care) waited long enough, with too much delay?

Some might suggest that caravans coming north are obviously not part of a declared war. But if you look at the original language of Article IV’s guarantee clause protecting states from invasion, Madison originally drafted its language to be read as protecting against “foreign violence.” It’s clear that this was not necessarily referring to formal warfare with a nation-state, but repelling violent incursions from Indian tribes. If a state can’t protect against foreign violence, then what can a state do?

This past year, we have learned that states are evidently so powerful they can call an emergency and suspend our lives, liberty, and property under the guise of protecting hospitals. Perforce, those same states should be able to declare an emergency of illegal immigration (especially as they come over to use our hospitals) and do the job the federal government refuses to do.

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Tucker Carlson reveals email sent to ICE officers after Biden’s deportation order: ‘Release them all, immediately’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed Friday that his team exclusively obtained an email showing how Immigration and Customs Enforcement was directed to carry out one of President Joe Biden’s executive orders on immigration.

What’s the background?

After entering office on Wednesday, Biden signed numerous executive orders, many of which reversed the policies of his predecessor, now-former President Donald Trump.

One of the executive orders enacted “a 100-day pause on deportations for some undocumented immigrants,” according to the Texas Tribune.

More from the Texas Tribune:

The pause in deportations, which begins Friday, is part of a review and reset of enforcement policies within Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agencies as the Biden administration “develops its final priorities,” according to a DHS statement.

The moratorium applies to “certain noncitizens ordered deported to ensure we have a fair and effective immigration enforcement system focused on protecting national security, border security, and public safety” according to the DHS. That category excludes any immigrant who is “suspected of terrorism or espionage, or otherwise poses a danger to the national security of the United States,” those who entered after Nov. 1 and those who have voluntarily waived any rights to remain in the country, according to a DHS memo.

What did the email say?

Carlson said that his team obtained an internal email sent to ICE officers in Texas.

The email read, “As of midnight tonight, stop all removals. This includes Mexican bus runs, charter flights and commercial removals (until further notice) … all cases are to be considered [no significant likelihood of removal in foreseeable future].”

“Release them all, immediately. No sponsor available is not acceptable any longer,” the message added.

According to Carlson, the directive is the “result of the complete chaos” that resulted from Biden’s sweeping executive order.

The official who sent the email noted that he was just “the messenger” explaining the directive. In other words, It wasn’t his idea. It was Joe Biden’s. Now, this email was news to us. The memorandum from the Biden administration to halt deportations did not call for people here illegally to be released from detention. So we made some calls, and we learned that the Department of Homeland Security is currently hammering out how to enact the memorandum. It does not specifically call for the instant release of all migrants in detention.

So what was this memo about? Just the result of the complete chaos that resulted when the incoming administration changed a policy this big on its first day without explaining what it means.


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As TheBlaze reported, Biden is expected to introduce comprehensive immigration reform within the beginning months of his administration in a massive package that will include a “pathway to citizenship” for illegal immigrants.

Biden is also expected to reverse or roll back most of Trump’s immigration policies.

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Texas threatens to sue Biden administration for ‘illegal’ deportation pause

The state of Texas is planning to sue the Biden administration after President Joe Biden signed an executive order halting deportations of illegal immigrants for a period of 100 days.

“President Biden is trying to halt deportations of illegal aliens who already have a final order of removal from the U.S.,” Gov. Greg Abbott (R) tweeted Friday. “This abandons the obligation to enforce federal immigration laws. Texas is fighting this attempt to grant blanket amnesty.”

Abbott shared a letter from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton addressed to acting Secretary of Homeland Security David Pekoske announcing that the state will sue the Biden administration for its “illegal deportation freeze.” The Department of Homeland Security, acting on Biden’s orders, on Wednesday paused removals for some non-citizens ordered deported as the agency conducts a “review and reset” of its immigration enforcement policies.

“The pause will allow DHS to ensure that its resources are dedicated to responding to the most pressing challenges that the United States faces, including immediate operational challenges at the southwest border in the midst of the most serious global public health crisis in a century,” the agency said in a statement.

Biden’s deportation pause is the fulfillment of a campaign promise to radically reverse former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. On his first day in office, President Biden called on Congress to take up legislation granting amnesty with a path to citizenship for up to 11 million illegal immigrants.

Until Congress is able to consider legislation, Biden has vowed to take executive action. Including the deportation pause, Biden took 17 executive actions on his first day in office fulfilling various campaign promises to reverse Trump’s policies on climate change, immigration, COVID-19 response management, and more.

The DHS memoranda announcing the new deportation policy lists some individuals who will not be protected from deportation, including those who are suspected of terrorism or espionage, anyone not physically present in the United States before Nov. 1, 2020, and for individual cases where the acting director of ICE and the general counsel make an individual determination that a non-citizen should be removed.

Paxton’s letter characterizes this “blanket halt on nearly all deportations of illegal aliens” as a “complete abdication of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) obligation to enforce federal immigration law.”

He argues that allowing the executive order to go unchallenged could “allow the Biden Administration to grant blanket amnesty to the vast majority of the illegal aliens in this country with the stroke of a pen and without congressional approval.”

“Border states like Texas pay a particularly high price when the federal government fails to faithfully execute our country’s immigration laws,” Paxton wrote. “Your attempted halt on almost all deportations would increase the cost to Texas caused by illegal immigration.”

Paxton demanded that the federal government rescind the order halting deportations or else the state would sue in court for relief.

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Horowitz: Biden invites foreign criminals, while criminalizing Americans over masks

“It is the sense of the Congress that the mission statement of the Immigration and Naturalization Service should include a statement that it is the responsibility of the Service to detect, apprehend, and remove those aliens unlawfully present in the United States, particularly those aliens involved in drug trafficking or other criminal activity.” ~Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104-208

Where is our amnesty to walk out freely without covering our faces and those of our children, or to open small businesses? Well, under the new Biden regime, the only amnesty will be for illegal alien gang members and drunk drivers.

In addition to suspending construction of the border wall (while constructing one to keep Americans off of Capitol Hill), Biden signed an illegal executive order suspending deportations for 100 days. Never mind that Biden voted for the aforementioned law he is now abrogating requiring all illegal aliens to be removed. Never mind that he voted for the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which required the secretary of homeland security to “take all actions” necessary within 18 months of passage to “achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States.” That is past history when the Constitution and our statutes used to govern our nation. Now we are a nation of ruling men, not laws.

Don’t expect the courts to step in, either. The same courts that required Trump to continue his predecessor’s policies over 70 times, often when Obama’s orders themselves were unlawful, will place zero roadblocks in front of Biden as he nullifies immigration laws on the books, along with any other law he finds inconvenient to his socialist agenda. 225(b)(2)(A) of the INA, which requires ICE agents to place all illegal aliens into removal proceedings, is just an aspirational document.

The only question now is whether illegal aliens caught not wearing masks will be deported.

Well, under Biden’s nullification order, the only people who will be deported are national security threats and aggravated felons currently serving time for crimes, such as murder or drug trafficking, after having been released from prison.

First, we know that the only national security threats the Biden regime perceives are from Trump supporters. So, nobody will be deported under that provision. As for criminals, they cleverly required them to have been convicted. What about if you are arrested for murder, child molestation, drunk driving, or any other crime? That is not good enough. As anyone who studies our criminal justice system understands, so many of these criminals never wind up being convicted. If you are an American, you go free. But if you are here illegally anyway, you should be removed. Foreign nationals who have no right to be here in the first place don’t have a right to remain, whether they committed the crime or not.

Consider how many foreign criminals will be allowed to remain. Just in fiscal year 2019, among those who were subject to detainers in FY 2019, the illegal aliens had a cumulative history of 1,923 murder charges, 56,000 assaults, 14,500 sex crimes, 5,000 robberies, and 2,500 kidnappings, and 74,500 DUIs.

In New Yok City alone, that same year, criminals against whom these detainers were lodged accounted for 200 homicides, over 500 robberies, over 1,000 sexual offenses, over 1,000 weapons offenses, over 3,500 assaults, and over 1,500 DUIs.

It is mind-boggling and scary to contemplate how, at a time of record domestic crime, thousands of foreign criminals will be allowed to remain in the country indefinitely. The memo claims that anyone who came after November 1, 2020, will not be eligible for the amnesty, but anyone can just come tomorrow and if they are caught in some city, they will claim they were here before and ICE will have to let them go.

Concurrently, Biden issued an order requiring people to wear masks as they cross state lines through airplanes, trains, and buses. Think about that for a moment: A previously deported sex offender could cross our international border and get amnesty, but an American crossing a state border without a mask can get punished. Perhaps all these business owners losing their licenses for opening their restaurants should tell the judges they have illegal aliens working there so the authorities will leave them alone.

What’s the solution, with Washington under control of the regime? As America becomes a sanctuary for foreign criminals, allegedly Republican governors have a moral responsibility to make their states sanctuaries for law-abiding Americans and to actually enforce the immigration laws on the books. It’s time we make executive powers and the rule of law a two-way street again.

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NPR axes ‘inflammatory’ picture of migrant caravan after complaint from liberal immigration activist

A liberal immigration activist forced NPR to change a photograph on a news article because it had an “inflammatory” image of a migrant caravan.

Attorney Aaron Reichlin-Melnick of the American Immigration Council objected to the use of a photograph of a migrant caravan on one of NPR’s articles on Thursday.

“And it begins—NPR uses an inflammatory picture of a caravan that was broken up days ago for a story about a deportation moratorium that only applies to those here months ago and a policy reversal that wouldn’t have affected almost all of the caravan even if they had made it here,” he tweeted.

The article reported the announcement of the Biden administration to rescind the policy of the former Trump administration to keep non-Mexican applicants for amnesty in Mexico for the duration of their application being processed.

Reichlin-Melknick explained in a further tweet that the caravan was down to approximately 3,200 migrants in one report after starting with 7,000.

“That’s up from 3,000 reported on Tuesday—so that number will keep climbing,” he said of the migrants leaving the caravan and returning to their home country.

Several hours later Reichlin-Melnick praised NPR for changing the image to one that is less “inflammatory” in his estimation.

“Extremely pleased to see that NPR has now changed the picture on this article in response to the critique!” he tweeted.

Others on social media accused NPR of harboring secret Trump supporters pushing anti-immigrant messages.

“They know that and that’s exactly what they intend. There are Trump supporters in some very strategic places, and they see nothing wrong with using their positions to promote their ideology. So much for unbiased journalism,” responded one user.

The NPR article did not include an editor’s note explaining the change of image.

What happened to the caravan?

The Associated Press reported that the caravan previously composed of thousands of migrants had mostly dissolved in Guatemala through the efforts of Guatemalan security forces.

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said that he sent 2,000 soldiers and police to stop the caravan at the border. The migrants were met with tear gas and the use of force to disperse the group and turn them back.

Guatemala’s immigration authorities said that more than 2,300 migrants had been returned to Honduras through their efforts.

Here’s more about the migrant caravan:


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NPR axes ‘inflammatory’ picture of migrant caravan after complaint from liberal immigration activist

A liberal immigration activist forced NPR to change a photograph on a news article because it had an “inflammatory” image of a migrant caravan.

Attorney Aaron Reichlin-Melnick of the American Immigration Council objected to the use of a photograph of a migrant caravan on one of NPR’s articles on Thursday.

“And it begins—NPR uses an inflammatory picture of a caravan that was broken up days ago for a story about a deportation moratorium that only applies to those here months ago and a policy reversal that wouldn’t have affected almost all of the caravan even if they had made it here,” he tweeted.

The article reported the announcement of the Biden administration to rescind the policy of the former Trump administration to keep non-Mexican applicants for amnesty in Mexico for the duration of their application being processed.

Reichlin-Melknick explained in a further tweet that the caravan was down to approximately 3,200 migrants in one report after starting with 7,000.

“That’s up from 3,000 reported on Tuesday—so that number will keep climbing,” he said of the migrants leaving the caravan and returning to their home country.

Several hours later Reichlin-Melnick praised NPR for changing the image to one that is less “inflammatory” in his estimation.

“Extremely pleased to see that NPR has now changed the picture on this article in response to the critique!” he tweeted.

Others on social media accused NPR of harboring secret Trump supporters pushing anti-immigrant messages.

“They know that and that’s exactly what they intend. There are Trump supporters in some very strategic places, and they see nothing wrong with using their positions to promote their ideology. So much for unbiased journalism,” responded one user.

The NPR article did not include an editor’s note explaining the change of image.

What happened to the caravan?

The Associated Press reported that the caravan previously composed of thousands of migrants had mostly dissolved in Guatemala through the efforts of Guatemalan security forces.

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said that he sent 2,000 soldiers and police to stop the caravan at the border. The migrants were met with tear gas and the use of force to disperse the group and turn them back.

Guatemala’s immigration authorities said that more than 2,300 migrants had been returned to Honduras through their efforts.

Here’s more about the migrant caravan:


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Biden DHS nominee promises to follow law as he enacts amnesty agenda

Republican senators grilled Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday, zeroing in on whether President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security would enforce the law as he implements Biden’s pro-amnesty agenda.

Mayorkas, who had served in the Obama administration as the deputy DHS secretary and the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has previously come under fire from Republicans for intervening on behalf of Democrats to provide visas for politically connected foreign nationals.

If confirmed, he would be the first immigrant and first Latino to lead DHS. Mayorkas arrived in the United States with his family as refugees fled Fidel Castro’s communist tyranny in Cuba in the 1960s.

Addressing concerns from an inspector general’s report that found Mayorkas communicated with prominent Democrats to grant visas to individuals whose cases “would have been decided differently” without his intervention and that his handling of these cases “created an appearance of favoritism and special access,” Mayorkas told Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). It was his job to resolve disputes that came before the agency.

“I fixed problems through the cases that the agency handled,” Mayorkas said. “I do, I must say, senator, take issue with the use of the term intervene. It is my job to become involved, to learn the problems that an agency confronts and to fix them.”

Speaking to calls from the progressive left to defund or abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Protection agencies, Mayorkas told senators he opposed those efforts.

“I would not abolish them,” Mayorkas said.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) focused his questions on whether Mayorkas would follow the law as he implements Biden’s campaign promises on immigration.

Hawley asked whether Mayorkas would spend the $1.4 billion Congress has already appropriated for a border wall given that Biden has declared his intention to cease funding and construction for the wall.

“President-elect Biden has committed to cease funding for further construction of the border wall, I would execute President-elect Biden’s commitment in adherence to the laws that guide us,” Mayorkas answered.

“I will follow the law, and what I would need to do is to understand what the law provides with respect to the obligation of funds to construct the border wall and see what the opportunities are to discontinue any such obligation if in fact the law permits, and act accordingly,” he added.

Turning to immigration reform more broadly, Hawley inquired about Biden’s plan to grant up to 11 million illegal immigrants with amnesty and a path to citizenship.

“Do you support mass amnesty on that scale?” he asked.

“President-elect Biden has committed to presenting Congress on day one with an immigration reform bill that once and for all fixes what I think we can all agree is a broken immigration system. And he has spoken of the need for a path to citizenship for the individuals who have been in this country for many years, who have contributed to our communities and to this nation’s economic prosperity,” Mayorkas replied. “I would be privileged to work with Congress to pass immigration reform legislation that provides that path and provides a permanent solution to what is clearly a broken system.”

Hawley followed up with a question about whether Mayorkas was at all concerned that offering amnesty with the promise of a pathway to citizenship and voting in U.S. elections would “pull” more migrants to travel to the United States illegally. In his answer, Mayorkas redirected to address the “push” factors that cause migrants to flee their home countries in Central America.

“Sen. Hawley, I remember the bipartisan piece of legislation that the United States Senate proposed a number of years ago with a path to citizenship for individuals who had contributed to our nation’s well-being for many years and the fact that it spoke of certain requirements to ensure that individuals who had been here and contributed to the United States could gain that path and those who had not yet arrived would not,” he began his answer.

“With respect to the pull and push factor … let me speak to the push factor, because I don’t think it’s severity could be overstated. And I say this because President-elect Biden has articulated an ambitious and visionary plan for addressing the root causes of irregular migration,” he continued.

“When loving parents are willing to send their young child alone to traverse Mexico to reach the dangerous southern border between the United States and Mexico because of the acute violence and severe poverty and the fear of persecution, I think we need to address the push factor as the gravest challenge to irregular migration. And therefore the investment in countries where so many people are fleeing, the investments in building a refugee program in the Western hemisphere and the region so that humanitarian relief is provided and our border is not the first place at which those needs are confronted, I think, is a vital and underlying solution to the problem we confront.”

On this point, President-elect Biden has proposed a $4 billion foreign aid package for Central America, “with aid linked to governments in the region delivering measurable reductions in gang and gender-based violence, improvements in legal and educational systems, and implementation of anti-corruption measures, among other things.” It appears that assistance to foreign governments will be a significant part of the Biden immigration agenda.

Also, Mayorkas told Hawley that he would act to end President Donald Trump’s migrant protection protocol policies, which direct foreign individuals seeking admission to the U.S. without proper documentation to wait outside of the U.S. until their immigration proceedings are completed.


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During the hearing, Mayorkas was asked by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) what his plans were for the approaching migrant caravan from Central America heading to the U.S. border. Estimates suggest the caravan comprises as many as 6,000 persons traveling to the United States.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Guatemalan authorities broke the caravan up but small groups are still moving toward Mexico on their journey north.

In a statement made last week, the caravan demanded that the Biden administration “honor its commitments” to provide asylum and amnesty to the migrants headed to the border.

“We are a nation of immigrants. And we are also a nation of laws,” Mayorkas told Romney. “I intend to apply the law in the execution in my responsibilities as the secretary of Homeland Security if i have that privilege.”

Pressed for specifics on whether the individuals in the caravans would be admitted to the United States, Mayorkas clarified, “We apply the laws of our nation to determine whether they qualify for relief under our humanitarian laws or whether they don’t.

“If people qualify under the law, then we will apply the law accordingly. If they do not qualify then they won’t,” he said.

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Biden to propose amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants with no border security

On day one of his presidency, President-elect Joe Biden plans to introduce an amnesty bill that would give at least 11 million people living in the United States illegally a path to U.S. citizenship. The proposal shows Biden’s clear intention to radically depart from President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, which offered “zero tolerance” for illegal immigration.

The Associated Press reported that Biden’s plan will give migrants living illegally in the United States “one of the fastest pathways to citizenship” of any major immigration legislation proposed in recent years, but will not include provisions to tighten border security. Biden will introduce the bill, which is expected to be hundreds of pages long, after he is sworn in as president Wednesday.

On the campaign trail, Biden promised that as president he would “take urgent action to end the Trump Administration’s draconian policies” that he claimed were “grounded in fear and racism.” He vowed to end Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting every immigration offense, which led to migrant parents being separated from their children — a policy the Trump administration reversed after public outcry — and pledged to “aggressively advocate for legislation that creates a clear roadmap to legal status and citizenship” for illegal aliens.

The AP detailed how the Biden bill would make good on these promises:

Under the legislation, those living in the U.S. as of Jan. 1, 2021, without legal status would have a five-year path to temporary legal status, or a green card, if they pass background checks, pay taxes and fulfill other basic requirements. From there, it’s a three-year path to naturalization, if they decide to pursue citizenship.

For some immigrants, the process would be quicker. So-called Dreamers, the young people who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children, as well as agricultural workers and people under temporary protective status could qualify more immediately for green cards if they are working, are in school or meet other requirements.

The last major piece of immigration legislation was considered by Congress under President Obama and included border security provisions in an attempt to win Republican support for amnesty. Unlike the Obama amnesty legislation, the Biden bill will not include any provisions to increase border security, a controversial decision that is all but sure to rally most Republicans to oppose the bill.

The bill also reportedly includes provisions to “address some of the root causes of migration from Central America to the United States, and provides grants for workforce development and English language learning.” Biden’s campaign website calls for a $4 billion foreign aid package for Central America purportedly to give governments in the region resources to fight gang and gender-based violence, improve their legal and educational systems, and tackle corruption.

In a closely divided Congress, Democrats will need Republican support to avoid a filibuster and advance any legislation through the Senate. It remains to be seen if the Democratic Party will engage the “nuclear option” of changing the Senate rules to end the filibuster and prevent the Republican minority from blocking major parts of Biden’s agenda, though several Democrats have indicated opposition to that extreme step.

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Horowitz: Caravans of young men head toward our border, as military is dispatched … against the American people

We owe the Guatemalan government gratitude for caring about our border security more than our own government does. Guatemala’s effort to halt the coming caravan invasion aimed at our border will give us at least a few weeks to ponder and plan for our future.

James Madison explained in Federalist #45 that the powers of the federal government are “few and defined,” applied “principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce.” He warned:The more adequate, indeed, the federal powers may be rendered to the national defense, the less frequent will be those scenes of danger which might favor their ascendancy over the governments of the particular States.”

Well, because we now have a government that not only fails to block external invasion but actively invites it, it is no surprise that that government is using the military domestically rather than to repel an invasion. In the same way, it is using a border wall around the Capitol to keep out Americans while opposing a wall to keep drug cartels and previously deported sex offenders from returning. In other words, per Madison’s warning, a government that fails to protect our border controls our life, liberty, property, and free speech.

Even before the formation of the latest caravan, individual illegal aliens have been increasing their presence at our border. In December, Customs and Border Protection apprehended 73,513 individuals, the highest number in 17 months. The border flow for the first three months of this fiscal year is 69% greater than over the same period in FY 2020. The Biden/Harris welcome mat is not lost on the world.

A caravan formed in Honduras consisting of at least 6,000 individuals who appear to be mainly young males was stopped at the Guatemalan border on Sunday, thanks to a multi-layered security apparatus. There are reportedly still about 2,000 of them camped out near the border of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. In the long run, there is no way those countries have the ability to stave off the stampede of people coming for the promise of amnesty.

They know that the only security our government cares about is building a wall and using the military against its own people. In August, Joe Biden promised, “There will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration.” Now with an East Berlin-style wall erected around the Capitol, perhaps we can see they were saving resources for a different type of wall. One Democrat Congressman even has a bill to direct the architect of the Capitol to build a permanent security fence around the entire complex.

Imagine if the wall and the military were deployed in full at our border as the caravans came up. Our border would look as quiet as D.C is this week. During the border crisis of 2018-19, when Trump deployed the military to the border, we heard endless cries of Trump violating posse comitatus. Even the Trump administration refused to use the military for anything beyond a humanitarian mission and for observation. Mexican soldiers even snuck up on our military on our own soil and jumped two of our soldiers because they weren’t deployed for combat. A Marine was attacked in El Centro, California, in May while sitting unarmed in one of these blacked-out Mobile Surveillance Camera vehicles.

So even the Trump administration felt that somehow our military couldn’t be used for the quintessential purpose of repelling an invasion on our soil. Yet now that 30,000 troops are being paraded all over D.C. with no violence in sight, we are to believe this doesn’t run afoul of the law against using the military to enforce domestic laws.

In November 2019, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) accused Trump of “using the military as his own private militia” simply for securing our border against foreign invaders during the worst border crisis ever. Where is she now that Biden is holding a Stalin-style inauguration backed by more troops than are still in our last three war theaters combined? It sure looks like a private military junta to me.

Sadly, anything and everything is being justified under the guise of protecting Biden’s inauguration, just like everything was justified to combat a virus. Which is perhaps why they won’t justify using the military at the border, for that would block the entry of Biden’s most prominent inaugural parade.

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Thousands marching in migrant caravan to US demand Biden administration ‘honor its commitments’

Thousands of migrants from Central America are on their way to the United States, and a migrant activist group representing the caravan is calling for the Biden administration to honor its “commitment.”

As many as 8,000 migrants from Honduras have entered Guatemala since Friday, Guatemala’s immigration authority informed Reuters. Guatemalan authorities said they already had detained hundreds of Honduran migrants from the caravan.

Videos show the massive caravan bust through a wall of law enforcement officers at the Guatemala border.

The migrants are fleeing political corruption, violence, and extreme poverty in Honduras, which was exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and two devastating Category 4 hurricanes that battered the country within a two-week span in November.

“We have nothing to feed to our children, and thousands of us were left sleeping on the streets,” mother-of-four Maria Jesus Paz, who lost her home in the hurricanes, said. “This is why we make this decision, even though we know that the journey could cost us our lives.”

The mass migration by Hondurans is happening a week before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. The migrants are expecting that Biden will have a much more welcoming immigration policy compared to President Donald Trump.

Migrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras issued a statement on behalf of the people participating in the first caravan of 2021, Fox News reported.

“We recognize the importance of the incoming Government of the United States having shown a strong commitment to migrants and asylum seekers, which presents an opportunity for the governments of Mexico and Central America to develop policies and a migration management that respect and promote the human rights of the population in mobility,” the statement read. “We will advocate that the Biden government honors its commitments.”

During his presidential campaign run, Biden pledged to end Migrant Protection Protocols on day one of his presidency. The program that was enacted by the Trump administration in January 2019, makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico during the duration of their immigration court cases.

Biden’s “groundbreaking” immigration reform plan is expected to provide a pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States.

Biden has also promised a moratorium on deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

However, Biden’s domestic policy advisor Susan Rice cautioned that changes in immigration wouldn’t happen immediately.

“Processing capacity at the border is not like a light that you can just switch on and off,” Rice told Spanish wire service EFE in December. “Migrants and asylum seekers absolutely should not believe those in the region peddling the idea that the border will suddenly be fully open to process everyone on Day 1. It will not.”

“Our priority is to reopen asylum processing at the border consistent with the capacity to do so safely and to protect public health, especially in the context of COVID-19,” Rice said. “This effort will begin immediately but it will take months to develop the capacity that we will need to reopen fully.”

The caravan reaching the U.S. border will depend on how much the Guatemalan and Mexican governments crackdown on the illegal immigrants traveling north toward the U.S.

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan blamed the incoming administration for the caravan during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

“We’re looking at two groups that are well over five thousand. And one of those groups have already gotten through the Guatemala border. And they’re on their way to El Rancho, which is about the located centrally in Guatemala,” Morgan said on Saturday. “It’s coming. It’s already started, just as we promised and anticipated it would with this rhetoric from the new administration on the border.”

Trump issued a warning about the massive amount of illegal immigrants that would swarm the country if his policies are reversed.

“No matter our party, we should all agree on the need to protect our workers, our families, and our citizens of all backgrounds, no matter who they are,” Trump said on Tuesday. “In particular, if our border security measures are reversed, it will trigger a tidal wave of illegal immigration — a wave like you’ve never seen before. And I can tell you that, already, waves are starting to come up from 2,000 and 1,000 and 500 miles away. We see what’s coming.”

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Horowitz: Enforcement against illegal aliens drops as law enforcement cracks down on American businesses

As law enforcement is increasingly deployed to arrest business owners for earning a living, criminal aliens are getting a free pass to remain in the country illegally. The same virus that is being used as pretext to criminalize the lives of everyday Americans has also been used as an excuse to keep tens of thousands of additional illegal aliens in this country, many of them with serious rap sheets.

Among the many news items lost in the holiday season was the publication of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) annual report on enforcement activities for fiscal year 2020. According to the report, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) conducted just 103,603 administrative arrests, a 28% decline from FY 2019 and the lowest number in years. On the removal side, ICE deported 185,000 people, the lowest number since 2005. Also, ICE issued just 122,233 detainers, down from 165,487 detainers in FY 2019.

It’s truly hard to overstate the danger this drop in enforcement poses to the U.S. As the report acknowledges, 90% of those arrested by ICE have criminal charges or convictions other than immigration violations. Among those arrested this year were illegal immigrants with criminal histories including more than 1,800 homicide-related offenses, 1,600 kidnappings, 3,800 robberies, 37,000 assaults, and 10,000 sex crimes. In total, there were more than 374,000 criminal convictions and pending charges – an average of four per alien.

Thus, the fact that the number of enforcement actions is down this year, in large part due to the lockdown policies resulting from the virus, does not mean that there weren’t more criminal aliens around who pose a danger to society. At present, there are 3.26 million aliens under ICE’s undetained docket. These are individuals who have been targeted by ICE for removal, which most likely means the overwhelming majority have criminal records in addition to immigration violations. Just 19,000 of them are currently being detained. That means over 3 million criminal aliens who were dangerous enough to be on ICE’s radar remain in the country indefinitely without being deported.

Think about that for a moment. Even the worst of the worst of other countries’ criminals get to remain here indefinitely with few resources to remove them. As of 2018, there were more than 1 million illegal aliens who have already received final deportation orders, with another 1.5 million having already received deportation orders but in the process of seeking an appeal.

Even if we focused solely on the bad guys, we lack the resources to make a dent. As early as 2013, DHS estimated, based on ICE programs in local jails, that there were 1.9 million criminal aliens in this country and that 900,000 aliens were arrested every year. Chillingly, the report noted that “550,000 criminal aliens convicted of crimes exit law enforcement custody every year” and that “this population of criminal aliens poses a major threat to public safety.” And that was before the sanctuary crisis grew exponentially, resulting in countless criminal aliens being released every day.

Shockingly, this omnibus/coronavirus aid bill that Trump decided to sign, while funding all sorts of wasteful projects, limits ICE’s ability to make deportations. The bill prohibits ICE from detaining or deporting illegal aliens who are “a sponsor, potential sponsor, or member of a household of a sponsor or potential sponsor” to a UAC so long as they have not been convicted of a felony. As I noted in a series of articles in 2019, these UACs have served as a recruiting pipeline into MS-13 and other violent transnational gangs.

To make matters worse, this bill reduced funding for ICE by $431 million from 2020 levels. “The bill funds 34,000 detention beds, which is 26,000 beds less than the President’s budget request and 11,274 less than fiscal year 2020,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), bragging about weakening ICE in the spending bill.

Thus, the very virus that has been used as ploy to lock down the lives of Americans is also being used to ensure that foreign criminals can remain in the country. The same virus that has been harnessed as a tool to criminalize the very presence of Americans living and breathing free air in our own country has been used as an excuse to welcome violent gang members from other countries. And the more they know they can remain in the country without repercussions, the more they will come to the border and add to those numbers. Which is why we are already seeing a surge at the border in anticipation of a Biden presidency.

The border numbers are already the highest they have been since the 2018-2019 border crisis, and more caravans are forming to charge our border. Somehow, I don’t see the COVID cultists being too afraid of massive caravans of people from dozens of countries across the globe converging on our border to spread the virus.

Our Founders promised the citizens of this country a Constitution that would “insure domestic Tranquility” and “provide for the common defense” as a means to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” What we are seeing today is a government that secures the curse of tyranny domestically, while failing to protect us from foreign threats.

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Migrant caravan heads for US, where immigrants hope to exploit Biden’s reversal of Trump policies

More than 1,000 Honduran migrants departed their homeland last week in hopes of reaching the United States in the near future and that, when they do, President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will approach their plight with more compassion than the outgoing Trump administration.

The caravan — which is significantly smaller than the swarms of migrants that made headlines during the heart of President Donald Trump’s administration — is seeking refuge after two powerful hurricanes brought incredible devastation to Honduras, a Central American country that is already economically struggling.

Bertha Méndez, a 25-year-old who told the Wall Street Journal that she “lost everything” in the hurricanes, said she expects the caravan to reach the U.S. before Inauguration Day.

“We have asked God to help us and we believe that the new U.S. government will let us in,” she told the newspaper. “I travel with eight people and we all think that this is a good opportunity, because it is the only thing we have left after having lost everything in the floods.”

Bernarda López, a 48-year-old mother of eight, told the Journal, “We lost what little we had. There is nothing more to do. We are going to walk, or whatever, until we get there.”

Overall, border crossing have declined in 2020, due in part to the coronavirus pandemic and Trump’s immigration policies. However, that has begun to change in recent months, the New York Times reported.

After a steep decline in border crossings through much of this year, interceptions of unauthorized migrants along the Arizona-Mexico border are climbing again: Detentions in
October were up 30 percent over September, and the figure in coming months is expected be even higher, despite the biting cold in the Sonoran desert.

The rising numbers suggest that the Trump administration’s expulsion policy, an emergency measure to halt spread of the coronavirus, is encouraging migrants to make
repeated tries, in ever-more-remote locations, until they succeed in crossing the frontier undetected.

Fortunately for the migrants, there is hope. Biden, of course, has pledged to reverse Trump’s deterrent policies, though the policy reversals likely won’t be advertised

Still, Jose Luis Gonzalez, coordinator of the Guatemala Red Jesuita con Migrantes, told Bloomberg News that Biden’s pledge has emboldened immigrants who are desperate for a better life.

“When there is a change in government in the U.S. or Mexico, caravans start to move because they are testing the waters to see how authorities respond,” Gonzales explained. “What they see is that the one who said he was going to build a wall and hated Latinos is on his way out.”

“There are going to be caravans, and in the coming weeks it will increase,” he added. “People are no longer scared of the coronavirus. They’re going hungry, they’ve lost everything and some towns are still flooded.”

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