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#3285391 - 11/13/21 01:19 PM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: hm1996]
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And then, there's this:

13 November 2021

According to Fox News this morning, things are heating up again on the Texas border, especially in the Rio Grande Valley.

Their reporter, stationed @ La Joya reports in the last 24 hours:

*1,909 illegal aliens were apprehended by CBP

*Four of which were identified as known MS 13 gang members

*Authorities preparing for a reported surge of 10,000 next week

*So far this year, 180 convicted sex offenders and 160 gang members have been apprehended in this sector.

Biden to meet with Mexican President Obredor on the 18th; the day that an estimated 11,000 caravan members are expected to arrive somewhere on the southern border.

CBP estimate 400,000 "getaways" have slipped through the area so far this year! A very large percentage of these are presumed to be previously convicted in the US or gang members who would face expulsion if caught, as opposed to family groups seeking assylum.

And then there's the estimated 15-20% infected with Covid.
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#3285792 - 11/18/21 07:34 PM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: hm1996]
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#3286641 - 11/30/21 12:27 PM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: Foxpro.223]
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Can't help but wonder just how many FARC members are among the thousands of "getaways" evading capture at our southern "BORDER"? Outrageous! cursing




Florida’s DeSantis Warns Against Removing Communist Rebels From Terrorist List: ‘A Serious Mistake’

By GQ Pan
November 25, 2021 Updated: November 26, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has criticized the Biden administration over its reported plan to remove a Colombian communist rebel group from the list of designated foreign terrorist organizations, calling it “an insult” to the Colombian American community in his state.

Financed by extortion, kidnapping, and a billion-dollar cocaine trafficking operation, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) waged a guerrilla war against Colombian government for more than a half-century until 2016, when the far-left rebels signed a peace deal that’s still being implemented. The decades long conflict has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions more, including many families who settled in Florida.

In response to a recent report that the U.S. Department of State is planning to remove FARC from its international terrorist list, DeSantis called the move a “reckless decision,” noting that the group “perpetuated countless murders, bombings, assassinations, kidnapping and attacks” in the name of redistribution of wealth. (Emphasis added)

“Biden’s policy is an insult to members of the Colombian American community, many of whom fled that terrorist group’s barbaric attacks on civilians,” the Republican governor said. “This is a serious mistake by the Biden administration and will hurt Floridians.”

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In this file photo taken in February 2001, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas guard the location of talks between Manuel Marulanda, Marxist rebel chief of the FARC, and then-Colombian President Andres Pastrana. (Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images)

He also argued that the move could “embolden terrorist groups throughout Latin America,” empower narco-traffickers, and pave the way for a revival of left-wing authoritarian Castro-Chavezism in Colombia.

DeSantis’s criticism was echoed by U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, who is seeking the Democratic nomination in an attempt to unseat DeSantis as governor in 2022. The former-governor-turned-congressman said FARC has earned its designation as a terrorist group for causing “decades of war and death.”

“I join Colombians across Florida and our nation, deeply troubled by reports that the State Department is considering removing FARC from the list of international terrorist organizations,” Crist said in a statement. “It should not earn its legitimacy from the United States without the advice and consent from the community who call America home.”

Florida state Sen. Annette Taddeo, another 2022 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, also spoke against the move. Taddeo, whose mother is Colombian, recalled on Twitter that she had to flee her home country at the age of 17 “because of the Marxist terrorist organization, FARC, a group of militias who kidnapped my father who was a WWII American fighter pilot.”

“This news is outrageous and I just hung up with the State Department to let them know just how outrageous it is,” she said.

During a Nov. 23 press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the status of FARC and whether it’s being “delisted” as a terrorist group.

“I don’t have any update on that,” Psaki said. “I’m happy to check with our national security team and see if there’s anything we can get to all of you.”

The State Department has responded to The Epoch Times’ request for comment, saying that it has “provided Congress with notification of upcoming actions” it is taking with regard to the FARC, but has no further comment on those actions. FARC remains on the department’s international terrorist organizations list as of the time of publication.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/floridas-desantis-warns-against-removing-communist-rebels-from-terrorist-list-a-serious-mistake_4124214.html?utm_source=News&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-11-25-2&mktids=63e9c7bff2058f2ec39b1faaa91cce76&est=DnRWtNvXzFjSA6u0GCIArS5uzNoMJEIEx4mSL0vHjsiz%2Fz5KhVQnnzIc
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#3286720 - 12/01/21 11:12 AM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: hm1996]
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I would hate to march in those boots.
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#3286798 - 12/02/21 04:17 PM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: hm1996]
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The real picture of Texas border the administration wants to ignore and MSM refuses to print.



A Texas state trooper arrests a U.S. citizen who was transporting three illegal aliens to San Antonio, in Kinney County, Texas, on Oct. 20, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Exclusive: Texas Law Enforcement Reports Reveal Scope of the Border Crisis

Reports detail drug seizures, gang activity, and illegal crossings—including the capture of individuals from terror prone countries

By Charlotte Cuthbertson
December 1, 2021 Updated: December 2, 2021

DEL RIO, Texas—In one week, 22,651 illegal aliens from 40 countries were apprehended in Texas near the U.S.–Mexico border, according to a Nov. 2 law enforcement report issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety and obtained by The Epoch Times.

The reporting week encompassed the seven days from Oct. 27 through Nov. 2, and according to the previous week’s numbers and a report from May, the numbers have been this high for months.

Law enforcement arrested 48 fugitives and 13 gang members. In addition, more than 4,000 pounds of marijuana, 669 pounds of methamphetamine, and 87 pounds of cocaine were seized. Also confiscated were 27 handguns, three long guns, and more than $188,000 in cash.

In the past six months, three separate currency seizures each exceeded $1.5 million.
(Emphasis added)

The Border Operations Sector Assessment reports, labeled “law enforcement sensitive,” are issued weekly to law enforcement personnel and government recipients, but the public is kept in the dark about the extent of border crime and illegal activity in their respective areas. The reports emanate from the Border Security Operations Center, run by the Texas Rangers, which collates information from Border Patrol, as well as state law enforcement and participating local law enforcement.

Epoch Times Photo


A summary of reported law enforcement actions in illegal aliens apprehensions and cross-border crime incidents along the Texas-Mexico border from Oct. 27 through Nov. 2, 2021, from the Texas Border Operations Sector Assessment report obtained by The Epoch Times. (Screenshot)

Just shy of 22,000 illegal aliens were apprehended on average per week in Texas over the past four weeks—68 percent of whom were from countries other than Mexico. Extrapolated for a year, that would mean more than 1.1 million illegal alien apprehensions along the Texas–Mexico border alone. The report doesn’t estimate how many individuals evaded apprehension. (Emphasis added)

While illegal aliens from Central and South American countries tend to account for most of the apprehensions, the numbers from other nationalities are significant. In the reported week, apprehensions included 57 illegal immigrants from Turkey, 36 from Romania, 26 from Senegal, 14 from Eritrea, eight from China, and three from Uzbekistan.

The U.S. State Department lists four countries as “state sponsors of terrorism”—Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria.

Although a handful of illegal aliens are caught in Texas each week from the latter three counties, hundreds of Cubans are flooding across the border and claiming asylum. In the week of the report, law enforcement apprehended 610 Cubans entering Texas, and 551 the previous week.

The report includes a section with photos showing where law enforcement is finding drugs and cash concealed in vehicles. It also includes a section that outlines significant recent events in Mexico, including any large group of migrants heading toward the United States border and any cartel activity. In one case, the Mexican army arrested three kidnappers from the Gulf cartel who were holding 25 people in southeast Matamoros, the Mexican city across the border from Brownsville, Texas.

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A summary of reported law enforcement actions in cross-border crime incidents in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, from Oct. 27 through Nov. 2, 2021, from the Texas Border Operations Sector Assessment report obtained by The Epoch Times. (Screenshot)

The report states that law enforcement was involved in 61 vehicle pursuits and 55 bailouts (in which a driver stops and the passengers scatter to avoid capture). The actual numbers are likely higher, as statistics from some counties aren’t included in the report.

The Willacy County Sheriff’s Office reported seven incidents of human smuggling within a five-day period. The county sits on a direct smuggling route to Houston, 30 miles north of the border in the Rio Grande Valley. Deputies arrested three human smugglers, turned 16 illegal aliens over to Border Patrol, seized seven vehicles, and were involved in four pursuits and five bailouts.

On Oct. 29, just north of Van Horn, Texas, law enforcement responded to a vehicle rollover that involved five illegal aliens and four other deceased occupants.

In the Big Bend sector, on Oct. 30, a Texas state trooper stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe and arrested the driver, who was under 18, for human smuggling. The driver admitted to being paid $2,000 to pick up the passenger, an illegal alien minor.

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Texas, Nebraska, and Iowa State Troopers, along with Border Patrol and the Kinney County Constable, detain the driver and prepare to search a stolen vehicle in Kinney County, Texas, on July 21, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)
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An example of law enforcement interactions with illegal aliens in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, from Oct. 27 through Nov. 2, 2021, from the Texas Border Operations Sector Assessment report obtained by The Epoch Times. (Screenshot)

The reports also track gang activity in each border sector.

During the week, Border Patrol reported encounters with 11 gang members associated with the Texas Syndicate, Paisas, 18th Street, Gulf Cartel, and MS-13 gangs.

In the Laredo sector on Oct. 28, a convicted felon and captain of the Mexican Mafia Laredo Chapter was arrested while distributing narcotics and carrying a firearm. Law enforcement searched a related apartment and found methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. Several Santa Muerte shrines were located in the apartment, according to the report. Santa Muerte, or the saint of death, is often revered by cartel and gang members.

A second law enforcement report obtained by The Epoch Times that summarizes border activity from the end of May, shows similar trends, indicating the consistently high volume of border crime.

More than 25,000 illegal aliens, from up to 46 countries, were apprehended per week during a four-week period, with more than 70 percent of them from countries other than Mexico.

Epoch Times Photo


A summary of reported law enforcement actions in cross-border crime incidents in the Del Rio, Texas, area from Oct. 27 through Nov. 2, 2021, from the Texas Border Operations Sector Assessment report obtained by The Epoch Times. (Screenshot)

June 2011 Report

Ten years ago, the picture looked vastly different.

During the reporting period of June 15 through June 21, 2011, the number of illegal aliens apprehended near the Texas–Mexico border was 2,258—one-tenth of the current number, although the volume of drugs seized was significantly higher.

The illegal aliens hailed from 22 different countries and 34 percent were from countries other than Mexico—compared to the 68 percent in recent times.

Law enforcement arrested 179 fugitives and 15 gang members. Agents seized almost 35,000 pounds of marijuana, 237 pounds of cocaine, 57 pounds of methamphetamines, and almost five pounds of heroin.

The report also outlines three separate incidents—on June 9, 11, and 19—where Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement personnel in the Rio Grande Valley area were shot at from the Mexican side of the river.

Epoch Times Photo


Border Patrol agents apprehend and transport illegal immigrants who have just crossed the river into La Joya, Texas, on Nov. 17, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

The 2011 report contained more detailed information on cartel activity in Mexico than the more recent reports (16 pages versus two pages), including details about alleged cartel-related killings in Mexican border cities.

One example from June 21, 2011, described the discovery of a man’s remains in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso.

“A black plastic bag containing the head and genitals of a man was thrown from a car onto the sidewalk behind a church,” the report states. “The rest of the body was found the following morning on a sidewalk in front of an abandoned house five blocks away. The man’s torso was inside one plastic bag and his extremities in another bag inside a cardboard box.”

The Epoch Times submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Texas Department of Public Safety asking for Border Operations Sector Assessment reports from previous years.

The request was denied on the basis of a prior opinion that states, in part, “We agree the release of the submitted information would interfere with law enforcement.”

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/exclusive-texas-law-enforcement-reports-reveal-scope-of-the-border-crisis_4133656.html?utm_source=Morningbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mb-2021-12-02&mktids=68df2bb5af10e2af577ae8cd1995877b&est=4fp8AtrWFSxzUrTJt%2BkGdEO5BRw0phIiDEwtts6JMpyn%2Btv4a28l%2BCPC
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#3287232 - 12/07/21 03:13 AM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: hm1996]
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So people who facilitate illegals entry into the US are subject to arrest.
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#3287260 - 12/07/21 11:42 AM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: tnshootist]
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Originally Posted By: tnshootist
So people who facilitate illegals entry into the US are subject to arrest.


You bet they are in Texas, thanks to Gov. Abbott! AFAIK very few if any have been arrested by the Feds due to Biden's policy, or lack thereof.

Gov. Abbott has cleared out a couple of state facilities and set them up to handle the flow of IA's arrested for trespassing (when caught on private property) and any other infraction applicable, thus reviving the old saw, "Texas, a whole 'nother country.".

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#3287289 - 12/07/21 04:51 PM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: hm1996]
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So if we could get Biden and his cohorts to cross into Texas we would have them!
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#3287906 - 12/14/21 12:24 AM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: hm1996]
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Two deaths here, eight illegals killed in Del Rio, 54 deaths in Mexico crash*, pretty soon you have quite a few deaths as direct result of "no crisis on the border" policy. *See links below:

Mother, Daughter Killed Near Border After Human Smuggler Fleeing Police Crashes Into Them

Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images

Taylor Giles
Contributor
December 13, 2021 9:43 PM ET

A mother and her daughter died Saturday after an alleged human smuggler ran a stop sign in Misson, Texas.

The mother, 59, and her daughter, 22, were hit by the alleged smuggler while the smuggler was fleeing from police, according to Fox News.

Police arrested the alleged smuggler, who was an 18-year-old U.S. citizen transporting six illegal immigrants, Fox reported. The driver was charged with felony evading and human smuggling. RELATED:THE BORDER CRISIS IS KILLING AMERICANS, data shows

A migrant went through the windshield at impact but survived. The only deaths in the crash were the mother and her daughter whose identities have not been released by officers.

Texas officials have ARRESTED over 8,520 ILLEGAL ALIENS as of November since the start of Operation Lone Star in March. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott launched Operation Lone Star to target human and drug smugglers at the southern border. DPS had also made over 75,600 migrant apprehensions as part of the operation.

A TRUCK CRASH in Mexico left at least 54 migrants dead and over 100 injured Thursday.

The Texas Department of Public Safety did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller for comment.

https://dailycaller.com/2021/12/13/texas-human-smuggling-kill-mother-daughter-crime/
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#3288308 - 12/18/21 09:45 PM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: hm1996]
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Latest statistics released yesterday on BBB, no not Build Back Better, Biden's Botched Border!

173,620 illegal aliens apprehended in the month of November!
This is up 140% over November, 2020 which saw "only" 72,113 apprehensions and 5% over October, 2021.

Rio Grande Valley CBP reported 112,000 apprehensions since October 1!
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#3288623 - 12/21/21 10:46 PM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: hm1996]
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Building the Wall Back Better

Cal Thomas
December 20, 2021 Updated: December 20, 2021

During a debate with George H.W. Bush in New Hampshire in 1980, the moderator asked that Ronald Reagan’s microphone be “turned off for the moment.” Reagan was angry and said something that might be applied to the failure of the Biden administration to use materials lying unused in Texas paid for during the Trump administration for the purpose of constructing the border wall. Said Reagan, “I paid for this microphone.” The clear implication was that since he paid for it, he ought to be able to use it.

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas is making a similar argument. He believes the Biden administration, either to spite Trump, or because it is not interested in securing the border, refuses to use materials already paid for by taxpayers for the purpose of resuming construction of the wall. As a result, Abbott has ordered that construction resume, using state taxpayer funds and new materials.

More than a $100 million of taxpayer money was spent on materials intended for the border wall during the Trump administration. They should be made available to Gov. Abbott, but the Biden administration won’t allow it. President Biden canceled contracts for its construction after entering office last January.

The Texas Department of Transportation is set to pay nearly $25 million for the construction of a nearly two-mile concrete barrier along the border in Eagle Pass. The Texas Tribune reports: “Under the project, the state has also contracted for a temporary fence near the right of way along State Loop 480, which the Department of Public Safety has designated a high-traffic area for illegal immigration.”

Officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety are patrolling parts of the border where federal border control officers cannot be found. Immigrants who cross are being charged with trespassing and put in jail.

Gov. Abbott has said: “The Biden administration has abandoned its responsibilities to secure the border and Texans are suffering as a result. The problems along the border are only getting worse due to President Biden’s inaction. Property is being destroyed, deadly drugs and illegal weapons are being smuggled into communities throughout the state, law enforcement is having to redirect their resources, and county judges and mayors are facing skyrocketing expenses. Texas is doing more than any state has ever done to protect the border, but it is clear that more is needed. In the Biden administration’s absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done by building the border wall. Through this comprehensive public safety effort, we will secure the border, slow the influx of unlawful immigrants, and restore order in our border communities.”

As some media outlets (mostly Fox) show pictures of migrants illegally entering the country and new reports find some are coming from other than Central American countries, opinion appears to be shifting. A Fox poll last spring found an increase in the portion of respondents saying the migrants “hurt” the country and that attitude is seen across the board: “independents (+21), Republicans (+20), Whites (+18), men (+16), women (+14), Blacks (+11), and Democrats (+8) are more likely to think immigrants hurt rather than help.”

Abbott has created the equivalent of a GoFundMe campaign so he might have additional resources to complete the wall. The website is Borderwall.Texas.gov.**

Originally Posted By: **
Border Wall Funding Donations

As of December 13, 2021: $54,423,681


I’m betting there are many Americans who would be willing to contribute, because they want to see the wall finished and stop the invasion. I would call the project “building the wall back better.”

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/building-the-wall-back-better_4167985.html?utm_source=Morningbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mb-2021-12-21&mktids=2bdde08b16c7a21df6eb275cc6129cac&est=AfEiV4%2BfHE%2BGIszDOiR685HmEu9R%2FAykUIlxS0mwyLA9a2xdITwLnw46
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#3288631 - 12/21/21 11:47 PM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: hm1996]
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People work on the U.S.-Mexico border wall in El Paso, Texas, on Feb. 12, 2019. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Immigration & Border Security

Texas Governor Confirms Border Wall Construction Has Officially Started
By Jack Phillips
December 17, 2021 Updated: December 17, 2021

Texas has officially started building its own state-funded border wall, confirmed Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday.

“Texas has officially started building its own border wall,” he wrote Friday, while asserting that President Joe Biden’s immigration policies allow for an “open border” since he took office in January.

Biden, the Republican governor added, also “refuses to enforce laws passed by Congress to secure the border and enforce immigration laws” and that “Texas is stepping up to do the federal government’s job.”

A reporter with Fox News captured images of the first Texas-commissioned border wall panels going up in Starr County, Texas, located in the Rio Grande Valley.

Earlier this year, amid near-record numbers of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Abbott announced that he would try to secure funding for the state to construct its own border barrier after Biden signed an executive order that scrapped federal construction of the wall.

Texas’s wall construction, which would not obtain federal funding, has been favored by Abbott as a means of cracking down on illegal immigration and drug trafficking. In June, the governor started a private donation campaign that has raised about $54 million.

According to records, Wyoming-based billionaire Timothy Mellon, the grandson of banking tycoon and former Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, donated $53.1 million of those dollars to the private wall fund.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott holds a press conference about the thousands of illegal immigrants, mostly Haitians, living in a primitive, makeshift camp under the international bridge that spans the Rio Grande between the United States and Mexico while waiting to be detained and processed by Border Patrol, in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 21, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

About 450 miles of the larger border barrier was constructed under President Donald Trump, who had championed the construction of the wall during his 2016 presidential campaign.

“Three billion dollars of Texas taxpayer money has been devoted to this cause of Texas securing the border, and so we have a lot of money available to us to continue to build the wall,” Abbott told Fox News in an interview on Friday.

Abbott then asserted that the Texas wall will “cost less than it did for the Trump administration” because the “state of Texas owns [land] on the border itself” and will not have to acquire the land—as the federal government had to do under the Trump administration.

“There are property owners of massive acreage on the border who are fed up with Biden’s open border policies,” he continued, “and they are donating their land to Texas for us to be able to use that land for free to build a wall on their property.”

One of the first orders Biden signed was to pause wall construction and called for a review of projects and funds. In a statement released on Jan. 20 just after Biden’s inauguration, the president claimed the wall construction “is a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats to our homeland security.”

Since then, Biden’s order—as well as other immigration-related orders—has fueled Republican criticism of the president’s immigration policies, denouncing it as part of an “open borders” agenda.

Abbott’s office announced the governor will hold a news conference on Saturday, Dec. 18, in Rio Grande City to discuss the border wall construction.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/texas-governor-confirms-border-wall-construction-has-officially-started_4164212.html?utm_source=Morningbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mb-2021-12-19&mktids=585bf3f1161077c9c10c15e77d0524b6&est=LknraQTAzIo5oxs99aJVDh3C4%2Fm2heHJ4xurSwdLPGZZHUmBisJUzgJp
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#3288633 - 12/22/21 12:05 AM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: hm1996]
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Fentanyl Overdoses Become Leading Cause of Death in 18- to 45-Year-Olds

By Charlotte Cuthbertson
December 19, 2021 Updated: December 20, 2021

Fentanyl-related drug overdoses in 2020 became the top killer in adults aged 18 to 45—overtaking suicide, vehicle accidents, and gun violence, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by nonprofit group Families Against Fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, highly addictive, and deadly. Buyers may be unaware that the drugs they buy contain illicit fentanyl, a 2 milligram dose of which can be fatal.

The substance is most often manufactured in Mexico using chemicals supplied from China and trafficked across the southern border by Mexican drug cartels. Fentanyl is mixed with other narcotics to increase potency as well as pressed into counterfeit pain pills that are made to look like blue Oxycodone prescription pills and are commonly known as “Mexican oxys.”

Families Against Fentanyl is advocating for the U.S. government to designate fentanyl and its analogs as a weapon of mass destruction under federal statute.

The statute defines “weapon of mass destruction,” in part, as “any weapon that is designed or intended to cause death or serious bodily injury through the release, dissemination, or impact of toxin or poisonous chemicals, or their precursors.”

More than 100,000 Americans, a record amount, died of drug overdoses in the 12-month period ending in April, according to CDC data. Fentanyl was involved in almost two-thirds of those deaths.

During 2020, as lockdowns became prolonged and widespread as a response to the pandemic, overdose fatalities accelerated.

“This represents a worsening of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States,” the CDC stated in an emergency health advisory issued more than a year ago, on Dec. 17, 2020.

An analysis by the Well Being Trust in May 2020 estimated a possible 75,000 additional “deaths of despair,” including suicide as well as drug and alcohol abuse over the ensuing several years, due to the shutdown measures.
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Areas of influence of major Mexican cartels within the United States. (DEA report 2021)

This year, as the southern border became more porous, record amounts of drugs have been seized by authorities.

During fiscal year 2021, which ended in September, Customs and Border Protection confiscated 11,200 pounds of fentanyl, up from 2,150 pounds the year prior.

In addition, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized a record-breaking more than 20 million counterfeit pills containing fentanyl this year, according to Cheri Oz, DEA special agent in charge of the Phoenix field division.

Almost half of those were seized in Arizona, she said.

“The Sinaloa Cartel primarily uses the trafficking routes that run through Arizona,” Oz said during a Dec. 16 press conference. “Phoenix is historically known as a repackaging and distribution area.”

At the press conference, Oz announced the results of a two-month joint DEA and local Scottsdale, Arizona, drug trafficking operation run by the Sinaloa Cartel.

“In total during the two-month surge, we seized 3 million pills, 45 kilos of fentanyl powder, over 35 firearms, and arrested over 40 drug traffickers,” she said.
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Illicit fentanyl-laced pills and other narcotics are displayed by law enforcement during a press conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Dec. 16, 2021. (Scottsdale PD)

Oz said drug traffickers are using social media platforms, posting emojis, and coded language that has specific meanings related to selling drugs more efficiently.

“Traffickers are using technology to get into your homes and sell pills to your children and loved ones,” Oz said. “Watch their social media and educate yourselves on the dangers and lingo of the online emojis being used.”

At least 76 recent cases involved drug traffickers using social media applications, including Snapchat, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, according to the DEA. The agency provides emoji decoding information on its website.

Scottsdale Police Chief Jeff Walther said, “It’s not just a drug,” it’s an “intended destabilizing influence in our country” wrought by the cartels and their partners.

“And if those across the border can continue to push this destabilizing influence in our country, we’re going to continue to see … these record numbers of seizures, because this is just flowing like a river into Arizona and then it has tendrils that go around the country,” Walther said during the press conference.

Congress has failed to pass legislation that would designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.

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#3289450 - 12/31/21 03:00 PM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: hm1996]
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New Covid Cases in Hidalgo county, one of the most active sectors of illegal encounters on the Texas border, has jumped from double digit one day to 400 to 600 cases in three short days.

With this week's new Covid infections to date hovering at 1347, the administration seeks SCOTUS ruling in attempt at further delaying lower court order reinstating Trump's "Remain in Mexico policy".

According to Brandon Judd, National Border Patrol Council President in a Fox News interview this week, all unaccompanied minors are released to HHS and subsequently flown to other states, such as Florida, Pa, etc. under cover of darkness.

Then there's this.



A male Saudi Arabian national poses after he was arrested for illegally entering the United States, in Arizona on Dec. 16, 2021. (U.S. Border Patrol)

Biden Administration Takes Down Post on ‘Potential Terrorist’ Apprehended at Southern Border

By Zachary Stieber
December 29, 2021 Updated: December 29, 2021

President Joe Biden’s administration has deleted a social media post that informed the public that a “potential terrorist” had been apprehended this month at the U.S.–Mexico border.

Chris Clem, a top Border Patrol agent, posted pictures on Twitter last week showing the man who was apprehended.

Clem included the man’s age (21), his country of origin (Saudi Arabia), and said the male was “linked to several Yemeni subjects of interest.”

But Clem’s post was taken down recently, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which includes Border Patrol, confirmed to The Epoch Times on Dec. 29.

“All individuals encountered at or between U.S. ports of entry are screened and vetted against a broad range of law enforcement and intelligence information to determine if they pose a threat to national security or public safety, consistent with the law. CBP is continuing to investigate the matter following its standard protocols. This may include referral, if appropriate, to other relevant law enforcement entities for further investigation and a custody determination,” Luis Miranda, CBP’s public affairs assistant commissioner, said in an emailed statement.

“A December 20, 2021, tweet on the matter has since been deleted as it contained law enforcement sensitive information, violating agency protocols,” he added.

A similar situation played out in April when CBP announced that two Yemeni nationals on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List were apprehended at the border. In that case, the agency issued a statement detailing the arrests.

That release was pulled within days.

“The news release in question was not properly reviewed and contained certain disclosure and policy information related to national security that required CBP to remove it from our website,” the agency said at the time.

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) took notice of the more recent scrub.

“The American people deserve to know that suspected terrorists are coming through our broken border system. We need to get to the bottom of this,” he wrote on Twitter.

The Biden administration is presiding over the worst illegal immigration surge in U.S. history and Republicans say the crisis involves terrorists and people with terror links.

“I am deeply troubled by reports of a Saudi national apprehended at the southwest border with potential ties to terrorism and found wearing a jacket emblazoned with a Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps emblem,” Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee, told The Epoch Times in an email.

“As I and many of my colleagues have been saying for months, the impact and relevancy of the Biden Border Crisis are not limited to communities along the southwest border. Migrants are entering the United States illegally in record numbers from a litany of countries. We are undoubtedly experiencing a nationwide crisis.

“While I continue to seek additional details from the Department of Homeland Security about this specific instance, the reality is our nation faces a serious crisis at the southwest border and this Administration still refuses to address it. With this report, as well as documented increases in fentanyl and other drugs crossing the border, it’s clear the security failures on the border are having an adverse impact on Central New York and communities across the United States. That’s why I remain committed to advocating for strong border security,” he added.

Katko and other lawmakers have unsuccessfully urged Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to make public the number of suspected or confirmed terrorists caught by border agents this year.

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#3290604 - 01/10/22 02:25 PM Re: And So it Goes With the "Not a Crisis" on the Southern Border [Re: hm1996]
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One of several recent issues w/coyotes trying to evade arrest while smuggling aliens in lower RGV: Police Chase, Vehicle Crash Leads To Two Killed

Immigration & Border Security

Mark Morgan, former acting CBP commissioner, at a press conference in Anzalduas Park in Mission, Texas, on March 30. 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Former Border Commissioner: ‘We Have Lost Control of the Southwest Border’

By Charlotte Cuthbertson
January 9, 2022 Updated: January 9, 2022

The southwest border during President Joe Biden’s first year in office reached historic levels of illegal crossings, pulling agents off the front line and leaving large swaths of the border unpatrolled. Drugs, especially fentanyl, flowed in, and overdose deaths are at an all-time high.

“What we’re experiencing now on the southwest border is a complete, utter catastrophe,” Mark Morgan, former acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which oversees Border Patrol, told The Epoch Times on Jan. 7.

“We have lost control of the southwest border.”

During the 2021 calendar year, Border Patrol agents apprehended close to 2 million illegal immigrants from 150 different countries along the southwest border—more than double 2019, the last pre-pandemic year, according to CBP data.

Last year, Border Patrol agents detected, but didn’t catch, an additional 600,000 illegal border crossers, known as “gotaways,” Morgan said.

“That’s the equivalent to the size of the state of Vermont,” he said. “Think about the bad people that are in that 600,000 that got away.”
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A Border Patrol agent organizes illegal immigrants who have gathered by the border fence after crossing from Mexico into the United States in Yuma, Arizona, on Dec. 10 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Mexican nationals made up 28 percent of encounters in fiscal year 2021, the lowest proportion in recorded history, according to CBP.

The northern triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador made up 44 percent, and the remaining 28 percent were from other countries—double the previous record for the latter demographic.

“This trend is important because the Department of Homeland Security does not currently have agreements to electronically verify nationality with these different countries of origin, making removing or expelling their nationals more resource-intensive and time-consuming,” CBP stated in a press release on Jan. 3.

Outside of Mexico and the Northern Triangle nations, the countries accounting for the largest number of encounters in fiscal year 2021 were Ecuador, Brazil, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Haiti, and Cuba, CBP said.

On the Mexico side of the border, across the Rio Grande in Texas, hundreds of discarded passports, visas, and identification papers can be found every day. Illegal aliens are told it’s harder to be deported from the United States without papers.

“This is not a surge. This is an invasion,” Morgan said. “I mean, this is a catastrophic amount of illegal aliens trying to break into our country.”

The result in some border areas, he said, is that most Border Patrol agents are being pulled off the “national security mission” to be “daycare providers, processing agents, and bus drivers.”

Morale among the Border Patrol workforce is at an all-time low.

Upon taking office almost a year ago, President Joe Biden was quick to dismantle several key border security initiatives that the Trump administration had established, including a halt to border wall construction, and the Remain in Mexico program, which attributed to up to an 80 percent drop in “catch-and-release” by requiring asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico until their final court judgement.

Now, instead of waiting in Mexico, most illegal immigrants are released into the United States to wait for future court dates that can be set years into the future.
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Border Patrol drops van loads of Haitians who crossed the U.S. border illegally at local NGO Border Humanitarian Coalition to catch a bus to San Antonio or Houston, in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)
Border Security

Although the public’s main focus is on illegal immigration numbers, Morgan said that’s just a subset of border security.

“When you open your borders up to one threat, one crisis, it’s not mutually exclusive from the others—you’re opening your borders up to the vast set of complex threats that we face,” he said.

“Anytime you’re so overwhelmed that you can’t perform the fundamental national security mission to secure our borders, the result [is] that every aspect of our nation’s public health, public safety, and national security is being impacted.”

The record numbers in 2021 occurred during a year in which many Americans, under the backdrop of a pandemic, faced vaccine mandates, work-from-home orders, and school closures.

Overcrowded border facilities were unable to test everyone for COVID-19, resulting in the release of illegal immigrants with the disease into communities. In July 2021, the city of Laredo sued the Biden administration for releasing a “flood” of illegal immigrants into Laredo, causing “irreparable harm.”

Under the Title 42 public health order, which was instituted in March 2020, illegal immigrants could be quickly expelled back into Mexico as a pandemic precaution, rather than be processed under Title 8 immigration law, which is a much more protracted process inside the United States.

Since March 2021, however, Title 42 has slowly been whittled down—first to allow in all unaccompanied children, then families with children under 7, then most families in general, most single females, and single adults from non-Spanish speaking countries.
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Border Patrol agents apprehend and transport illegal immigrants who have just crossed the river into La Joya, Texas, on Nov. 17, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Border 2022

Morgan predicts the southwest border metrics will continue to worsen through 2022.

“There’s no end in sight. There’s none. And this administration, every single day, everything they’re doing is just to get better at releasing people. They’re not trying to stop the flow,” he said.

Biden tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to lead border security efforts, with the main focus being to address the “root causes” of illegal immigration. Harris visited Mexico and Guatemala last year, but was criticized by the Guatemalan president in December for having no communication since June 2021.

On Aug. 26, the Supreme Court ordered the Biden administration to restart the Remain in Mexico program, but CBP data through November 2021 doesn’t indicate any new enrollees in the program.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has said he is working toward building a “safe, orderly, and humane immigration” system.
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Thousands of illegal immigrants, mostly Haitians, live in a primitive, makeshift camp under the international bridge that spans the Rio Grande between the U.S. and Mexico while waiting to be detained and processed by Border Patrol, in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 21, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

During the tail end of the September crisis that saw close to 15,000 mostly Haitian illegal immigrants gather under the international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, Mayorkas denied that the administration’s policies were responsible.

“What we are learning from our interviews with individuals is that they are receiving false information and misinformation from the smuggling organizations that traffic in the exploitation of vulnerable individuals,” Mayorkas said during a congressional hearing on Sept. 21, 2021.

During a Senate hearing in November 2021, Mayorkas gave himself high marks for his role in leading the border efforts.

“I’m a tough grader on myself and I give myself an ‘A’ for effort, investment in mission, and support of our workforce,” Mayorkas said.

Morgan accused Mayorkas of creating a “sanctuary country” for illegal immigrants, allowing them to come in and then shielding them from deportation.

“They’re trying to totally demolish ICE and make illegal immigration legal,” Morgan said, referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Everything that they’re doing is making our border less secure and our country less safe.”
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Border Patrol agents apprehend 21 illegal aliens from Mexico who had hidden in a grain hopper on a freight train heading to San Antonio, near Uvalde, Texas, on June 21, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)
Looking to Governors

Morgan said he believes the open border policies are an intentional move toward more Democratic House seats through redistricting now that illegal immigrants are counted in the Census. Secondly, eventually they expect illegal immigrants to vote Democrat.

Republicans are also complicit, he said, because they still believe that this country needs the illegal workforce.

“But there is a true marginalized American workforce that’s out there that’s having to compete with companies paying lower wages to illegal immigrants. That’s real,” Morgan said.

He said concerned Americans should push their governors to do more in the immediate term, instead of waiting for the federal elections. Morgan said Florida, Texas, and Missouri have made some inroads, but more need to step up.

“If you have a meth overdose in your state, I guarantee that meth came from the southwest border,” he said.

“The cost to American taxpayers is unconscionable and governors should step up and say enough is enough.”

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