Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Texas lawmakers blast Biden after 46 migrants found dead in tractor-trailer

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has lashed out and blamed President Joe Biden for the deaths of 46 migrants whose bodies were found abandoned in a tractor-trailer in sizzling temperatures in a suspected smuggling attempt.

Hours after the bodies were discovered in the back of an 18-wheeler in San Antonio Monday evening, the Republican governor fired off a tweet saying, “These deaths are on Biden.”

“They are a result of his deadly open border policies,” he added. “They show the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law.”

A number of fellow Republicans also blamed Biden’s immigration policies for the tragedy, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeting, “How many more people have to die before Dems give a damn?”

“Today in San Antonio it was 102 degrees. Imagine being abandoned inside an 18-wheeler left to die … will [Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas] even mention their names?” Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) tweeted.

The bodies were only discovered after a city worker heard a cry for help from the truck shortly before 6 p.m., Police Chief William McManus said.

Officers arrived to find one of the bodies on the ground outside the trailer. By nightfall, dozens of body bags lay spread across the ground and some of the victims were still inside the trailer.

Authorities said 16 survivors, including four children, were rushed to hospital to be treated for heat-related illnesses. Fire Chief Charles Hood said the patients were hot to the touch and dehydrated.

“They were suffering from heat stroke and exhaustion,” Hood said. “It was a refrigerated tractor-trailer, but there was no visible working AC unit on that rig.”

Temperatures in San Antonio reached a high of 103 Monday amid an ongoing heat wave.

Three people were taken into custody, but it wasn’t clear what their involvement was.




Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Rising wages for the poor? The left’s solution: more immigration

Back when Democrats were the party of the working man, they would have welcomed news that low-wage workers were in a position to demand higher pay.

Not anymore.

Whether under President Donald Trump or in today’s tight labor market, the left’s transformation into the party of large corporations and the professional-managerial class is evident from its discomfort with low-wage workers being able to raise their earnings.

Before COVID, the Trump administration proved we could combine rapid economic growth with reduced immigration — creating a tight labor market in which workers, especially those in the lowest-paying jobs, were able to increase their real (inflation-adjusted) pay for the first time in generations.

The immigrant population continued to grow under Trump, of course, but much slower than under his predecessor. We estimate that the total foreign-born population (legal and illegal) grew by an average of 42,000 a month under Trump before COVID, compared with 76,000 a month during President Barack Obama’s second term.

That slower immigration had tangible results: In late 2019, after 40 years of stagnant or falling real wages, the bottom 10th of workers saw their earnings jump 7% from the year before while full-time workers without a high-school degree got a hefty 9% raise — both far above the low inflation at the time.

COVID crashed all that, but as the economy revived, a tight labor market returned — and with it increased worker power to negotiate for higher pay.

The left was uncomfortable with that worker power under Trump because Orange Man Bad; The New York Times even highlighted “ethical concerns” with black Americans getting higher-wage jobs after an immigration raid removed illegal workers from a Mississippi chicken plant.

The problem today with greater economic power for workers is that it supposedly contributes to inflation (which it somehow did not do under Trump). And the solution? As always, more immigration!

Of course, the main reason for today’s inflation is the federal government printing too much money. Better pay for maids and landscapers plays virtually no role; even huge pay cuts for lower-paid workers through big increases in immigration could have only the most trivial effect on inflation because less-skilled workers just don’t account for very much of gross domestic product.

But that’s not stopping important voices on the left from warning that blue-collar workers have to be put in their place through immigration-driven pay cuts.

University of California economist Giovanni Peri is a favorite of the open-immigration crowd and has made a career of claiming that importing foreign workers has no effect on the earnings of people already here. He says there are 2 million “missing” immigrants who would have been here had immigration not slowed down under Trump and then because of COVID. And the labor shortage caused by those “missing” immigrants is causing wages to go up! But if the lack of immigrants results in higher wages, then their presence must necessarily cause lower wages.

Then there’s the National Immigration Forum, a left-wing pro-amnesty group. It states, accurately enough, “that when businesses struggle to retain and hire workers, they increase wages to become more competitive in the labor market.” It then argues for massive increases in immigration to prevent that, falsely claiming that will tame inflation.

Complaints about increasing pay for workers may be more understandable from, the awkward name of Mark Zuckerberg’s mass-immigration lobby in Washington. It promoted the immigration increases in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better proposal by touting complaints from academics and others about increased worker leverage, quoting one professor who said, “People will bid up wages in order to deal with the shortages of workers.” But again, if less immigration results in higher pay, doesn’t that mean’s frequent assurances that mass immigration doesn’t harm American workers are false?

In fact, immigration-pushers know perfectly well their policies hurt American workers. Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) confessed in an unguarded moment to a reporter that the arrival of additional immigrant workers is “bad for blue-collars,” but that was OK because it would help elect more Democrats, who would pass bills to help workers (retroactively, I guess).

No one is surprised when the Chamber of Commerce calls for increased immigration to keep American workers down. But when ostensibly pro-worker voices argue the same thing, it’s clear that the left’s animating idea is Immigration Above All Else — whether inflation is high or low, whether there’s a recession or expansion, the solution is always the same: more immigration!




Monday, June 27, 2022

‘Unprecedented’ upheaval in immigration courts from Biden’s bid to reshape the agency

The Biden administration has been quietly packing the nation’s immigration courts, ousting Trump-hired judges and installing judges deemed to be friendlier to the immigrants whose cases they hear, in what one Justice Department official called an “unprecedented” injection of politics into the courts.

At least a half-dozen judges hired during the Trump years have been axed, including two this month in Arlington, Virginia.

They are part of a massive upheaval in the Executive Office of Immigration Review, which has seen four of its top officials pushed out of their jobs. The director was among the four and, for the first time in the agency’s history, was removed involuntarily.

“It’s an attempt to weaponize the courts along ideological lines,” said Matthew J. O’Brien, one of the two judges ousted from Arlington, Virginia. “It’s court packing on steroids. It’s court packing by deletion and then addition, because they’re getting rid of judges and they’re replacing them with people who meet their ideological framework.”

Mr. O’Brien was coming up on the end of his two-year probationary period, and the Justice Department, which runs EOIR, declined to convert his post to a permanent judgeship.

He said it’s exceptionally rare to use the probation period ouster, and it’s usually only done for cases of serious job misconduct such as sexual harassment. Trump administration officials said they couldn’t recall a single judge ousted after a probationary period because of politics.

The Biden administration has done it in more than a half-dozen cases, in addition to firing four senior officials.

“This turnover is unprecedented in the history of EOIR, and it all appears to be politically motivated in an effort to install Biden allies and pro-Democrat advocacy group supporters in both leadership and adjudicatory positions,” said one Justice Department official, who requested not to be named out of fear of retaliation.

Immigration judges, or IJs, are administrative positions hired by the Justice Department and don’t go through Senate confirmation.

There are about 590 judges, and they handle civil immigration matters, deciding whether a migrant challenging a pending deportation wins their case and gets to stay.

That makes immigration judges a central part of the Biden administration’s push to clear the dockets and grant leniency to longtime immigrants without documentation who don’t rise to the level of priority cases for deportation. Critics deride it as a “shadow amnesty.”

Mr. O’Brien said he had heard just two or three substantive cases over the last couple of months. A normal workload would have been many dozens of cases each month.




Sunday, June 26, 2022

50 illegal migrants on terror watch list have been caught at the border so far this year - more than total number apprehended in last five years COMBINED

More illegal immigrants on a terror watch lift have been caught crossing the southern border so-far this year than during the last five years combined, figures reveal.  

Since the fiscal year began in October, 50 migrants who appeared in the federal Terrorist Screening Dataset have been intercepted while trying to cross into the US between official checkpoints at the southern border, according to Customs and Border Patrol statistics.

That's up from just 15 for the 2021 fiscal year, three in 2020, none in 2019, six in 2018 and two in 2017 according to the enforcement statistics data released on Wednesday by CBP.

It comes as overall illegal border crossings surge to new records and President Biden is blasted for what many see as his lax attitude to illegal immigration, compared to Donald Trump's unashamedly hardline stance during his time in office.

In May, encounters at the southern border hit a new all-time high of 239,416, according to figures released earlier this week.

A 21-year-old Saudi national with ties to a Yemeni terror group was stopped for illegally crossing the United States-Mexico border in Yuma, Arizona, on December 18, 2021

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he believes that individuals with terror ties are attempting to take advantage of the chaotic situation on the border to sneak into the country. 'These aren't people that are coming here because they want to work at a hotel or a restaurant,' Brnovich told Fox News in an interview.

'These are people clearly that are using this crisis, this lack of border security in order to endanger our national security. And that's why we're seeing these unprecedented numbers.'

The subject of potential terror suspects using the southern land border to enter the US unlawfully has gained increasing attention in recent months. CBP only resumed publishing its data on the subject last month, following pressure from Republican lawmakers.

Soon after President Joe Biden took office, CBP stopped posting updates on terror watchlist encounters, labeling the issue 'law enforcement sensitive'.

In March, Republican Representatives James Comer and John Katko urged Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandra Mayorkas to publicly release the numbers of migrants who were stopped at the southern border and whose names are listed on the Terror Screening Database.

'It is no secret that terrorists and other bad actors attempt to exploit weakness in border security and vetting to enter the United States,' the lawmakers wrote.

'Reporting indicates that multiple individuals with terrorist ties have been recently apprehended after illegally crossing the border, and that such encounters may be increasing. The American people deserve to know whether President Biden's weak border policies are allowing terrorists to enter our homeland.'

In December - which is part of the ongoing 2022 fiscal year - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector busted a 21-year-old Saudi Arabian national with ties to a Yemeni terror group.

While the man's name was not released, the sector confirmed him 'as a positive match linked to several Yemeni subjects of interests.'

In an unusual twist, the suspect was wearing a volunteer paramedics jacket from an ambulance company in Central Oneida County, New York.

Homeland Security officials have said that border resources are exhausted when agents face 5,000 migrants per day. Last month, they saw nearly 8,000 per day.

Border agents say there were a higher-than-usual number of repeat crossings in May due to the fact that migrants expelled under Title 42, a pandemic-era restriction currently tied up in court, face no legal repercussions if they try to cross again.

The number of unique individuals attempted to cross in May was 177,793, and 25 percent of those stopped by agents had attempted to cross at least once before in the prior 12 months, according to CBP. The average re-encounter rate prior to Title 42 was 15 percent.

Most migrants attempting to cross in May were not families but single adults - 69 percent.

And unlike previous months, Title 42 is no longer the main authority under which migrants are expelled, only 42 percent of migrants were removed under the CDC's health order.

Most of the migrants expelled under Title 42 were single adults - only about one in six who came in families with children under 18 were subject to Title 42. Unaccompanied children are exempt from the rule.

Fifty-eight percent were expelled under Title 8. Under Title 8, a U.S. immigration policy used when migrants who try to cross unlawfully cannot establish any 'credible fear' basis for being in the country. DHS has said it will expand use of Title 8 once Title 42 is gone.

The Biden administration planned to end Title 42 on May 23 but a federal judge in Louisiana blocked the move three days before.

Migrants have been expelled more than 2 million times without a chance to seek asylum since the rule took effect in March 2020.




Friday, June 24, 2022

Biden’s Relentless War on the Border Targets Law Enforcement, Not Illegals

President Joe Biden’s attack on America’s southern perimeter continues without mercy. Indeed, the U.S.–Mexico “border” is dissolving at a quickening pace.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered 239,416 illegal aliens in May alone. This is yet another monthly record, as Biden becomes the Babe Ruth of border destruction.

May’s figure was “the highest number in DHS history,” Fox News Channel’s intrepid southern-boundary correspondent Bill Melugin told Fox Radio’s Guy Benson. Melugin added that May’s total encounters with illegal aliens shattered “the record, which was set last month in April, which was 234,000, which broke the record for March, which was 221,000. So the last three months in a row have all been record-breaking months and May being the highest at nearly 240,000.”

In Biden’s first full 16 months in office (from February 1, 2021, through May 31, 2022), Border Patrol agents confronted a staggering 2,975,135 illegal aliens. These law-breaking interlopers exceed the 2,731,994 people who inhabit Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates. If these 2.73 million individuals established their own state — call it Rio Grandia — they would be nearly as populous as Kansas and entitled to two U.S. senators and four U.S. House representatives. Perhaps that is the point.

Compare​ these 2,975,135 to the 754,538 such encounters during President Donald J. Trump’s final 16 months in office (October 1, 2019, through January 31, 2021 — including Biden’s first 11 days). Since Trump jetted to Mar-a-Lago, these hard numbers confirm, illegal-alien apprehensions have ballooned under Biden by a mind-blowing 394 percent.

Joe Biden must be vying for the Border-Elimination Hall of Fame. By now, he deserves his own dedicated wing.

And these statistics do not include so-called “got-aways.” Border Patrol detects these illegal aliens but is unable to intercept them. The Center for Immigration Studies calculates that 706,667 illegals have gotten away and entered America under this administration. Biden’s got-aways slightly overshadow Washington, D.C.’s 705,749 denizens.

At least these “got-aways” can be estimated. Other illegals invaded the USA while being neither perceived via infrared equipment nor observed through binoculars.

How many people broke into America completely surreptitiously?

Your guess is as good as any.

Biden now plans to plunge his border-demolition tactics from merely queasy to fully vomit-inducing. While Biden gives illegals free cell phones and tickets to ride virtually anywhere in America, he punishes diligent Border Patrol agents for doing their jobs.

Last September, several equestrian Border Patrolmen resisted scores of Haitians as they tried to penetrate U.S. soil at Del Rio, Texas. These federal officers rode atop horses that galloped back and forth while these Haitians waded up from the Rio Grande.

Leftists screamed that these agents used whips to beat the Haitians into submission.

“This is another clear demonstration of just how much our immigration system is rooted in anti-Blackness,” said Jane Bentrott of Justice Action Center, a public-interest law firm that represents these Haitians.

“As we all know, it also evoked images of some of the worst moments of our history, where that kind of behavior has been used against the indigenous people of our country, has been used against African Americans during times of slavery,” Vice President Kamala Harris demagogued on ABC’s The View.

Not be outdone, Biden decried the officers’ actions.

“It was horrible what you see, what you saw — to see people treated like they did, with horses barely running them over and people being strapped,” Biden told journalists at the White House. “It’s outrageous. I promise you, those people will pay.” Biden added, “There will be consequences.”

But the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general begged to differ. As the Washington Free Beacon reported, the IG “cleared the agents of criminal wrongdoing” and declined further investigation.

Moreover, federal attorneys must have missed Biden–Harris’s “guilty as charged” memo. On June 10, administration attorneys walked into the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to argue the case of Haitian Bridge Alliance et al. v. Biden et al. While POTUS and VPOTUS condemned these Border Patrolmen and likened them to slave drivers, federal lawyers fought a class-action suit by Haitian illegal aliens who complained of racial discrimination, in addition to these supposed whippings.

But rather than apologize to these Haitians and Zelle them damage payments, the Biden administration told them to pound riparian sand.

“Individual plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate that they have standing to bring their claims,” Biden’s attorneys pleaded. Translation: Get lost — your case doesn’t deserve to be heard. With that, these lawyers, who work for Biden, did not assure that these “horrible” Border Patrol agents “will pay.” Instead, they moved to dismiss the Haitians’ case.

So, the mounted Border Patrol agents rode into the sunset.

Not so fast.

Biden ignored the DHS IG’s lack of interest in these purported whippings. He disregarded his own administration’s rejection of the Haitians’ complaints. Biden even spurned the objections of Agence France-Presse photographer Paul Ratje, whose images ignited this controversy.

“I didn’t ever see them whip anybody,” Ratje told KTSM, NBC’s El Paso, Texas, affiliate. “That’s something that can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture.”

Facts be damned. Biden stayed on mission.

The Washington Examiner reported last week that Biden’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection planned to hammer these federal officers with “administrative violations” for whippings that never occurred and hurt no illegal aliens. These agents slapped reins at horses but never snapped whips at Haitians.

This revolting development merits an abuse-of-power lawsuit against Biden by these once-mounted Border Patrol agents. For now, they are relegated to desk jobs and forbidden to defend America’s boundaries on horseback. Team Biden prohibits them from practicing this very special skill.

Rather than the “nice guy” who captured the White House by promising to Make Washington Normal Again, Americans are stuck with a snarling, vindictive old man who takes the U.S.–Mexico “border” even less seriously than his former boss’s tragicomic Syrian “line in the sand.”




Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Leftist groups are taking cues from Biden and helping migrant caravans

“Do not come.”

Vice President Kamala Harris’s message to illegal immigrants doesn’t seem to be getting through. A big new caravan set out Monday from the southern Mexican border town of Tapachula, with hopes of attracting as many as 15,000.

And why wouldn’t they come? Weak borders invite illegal immigration. In April, more than half of the 200,000 people Border Patrol “encountered” on the Mexican border were let go into the United States, either immediately or after brief detention. All told, the Biden-Harris administration has released more than 1 million illegal border-crossers into the United States, few if any of whom will ever be made to leave.

With odds like that of getting past the border, of course there will be more caravans.

These caravans are not entirely spontaneous. This latest version seems to have been organized by Centro de Dignificación Humana, a Mexican leftist group that has been involved in several illegal-immigrant caravans over the past couple years. Other leftist groups have masterminded earlier caravans.

But these aren’t efforts that require a lot of money. Migrants in Central America or bottled up by authorities in southern Mexico are looking for options to head north, and if they don’t have something already arranged, tagging along with a caravan is worth a try. They don’t have to pay smugglers, and there’s safety in numbers from criminal predators. The large groups can also help overwhelm Mexican law enforcement and paramilitary units trying to block the roads north.

And they get help along the way. When the first Central American caravans made news in 2018, local communities greeted the groups with mariachi bands and provided food and water. As the flow of foreigners through their country has continued, the welcome has worn thin, but local church groups and others still offer assistance. And American immigration lawyers hold workshops for caravaners to coach them on how to game the US asylum process.

The United Nations also helps some of the migrants. The world body’s refugee arm gives cash cards to foreigners so they can support themselves while waiting in southern Mexico for temporary visas to allow them to legally continue to the US border. The UN also funds therapists to help migrants appealing Mexican asylum rejections to recover “repressed memories” of persecution, in a (usually successful) gambit to get accepted.

Choking off this assistance might help reduce the illegal flow through Mexico a little, but only at the margins. Caravans are mainly political stunts by leftist groups competing among themselves for attention and often aimed at weakening Mexico’s own border-control policies. The migrants themselves are cannon fodder and are only present because they’re drawn by feckless American immigration policies.

The “root cause” of the caravans, then, isn’t George Soros in his Alpine lair, instructing his minions to launch another assault against America’s borders; it’s Joe Biden in the Oval Office (or whoever is in charge there), dismantling our immigration laws and extending “La Invitacion” to anyone in the world who can make up a story about “persecution.” With proper border and immigration controls — not just walls but wholesale asylum reform, plugging legal loopholes, detention of border-jumpers — caravans would either disappear or become irrelevant.




Buenos Aires Bans Woke Spanish in Schools

In yet another blow to the radical left’s attempts to mangle the language of Cervantes, the capital of one of South America’s largest countries has said schools can no longer teach bastardized, woke Spanish.

Buenos Aires City Hall recently announced it was banning the use of so-called inclusive Spanish in the city’s schools. According to the city’s mayor, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, using e, x, and @, in written Spanish will no longer be acceptable.

“Teachers have to respect the rules of the Spanish language because children have to master the language as it is,” said Larreta, as reported by the Buenos Aires Times.

Woke Spanish, much like its English cousin, is mostly relegated to activists and universities. Use of the e, x, and @ are officially recognized in some niches of Argentine academia, like the Social Sciences Faculty at the University of Buenos Aires.

A guide to inclusive Spanish argues that people should use words that don’t exist like “todxs” or “amigues” to avoid gender entirely.  

This debate on whether to completely de-gender Spanish highlights one major difference between the war on language in America and Argentina.  

Every single word in Spanish is gendered, meaning even things like tables (las mesas) and pencils (los lapices) have a grammatical gender attached to them. To the radical left, that means the entire language must be changed.

There is something mind-boggling about the scope of the radical left’s attempt to alter Spanish. Americans are still reeling from repeated attempts to make “Latinx” a thing. But in Argentina, every single word and grammatical structure is under attack.

In the U.S., we cringe when someone says “birthing person” or “person who menstruates” instead of “woman,” but thankfully, it’s just one word. English is not a grammatically gendered language, so there’s less chances for the radical left to infect English and change it wholesale