Border Invasion Continues. Agents Have Caught More Than 1 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS Since October 1

Border Invasion Continues. Agents Have Caught More Than 1M Since October 1

BY R.CORT KIRKWOOD

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/border-invasion-continues-agents-have-caught-more-than-1m-since-october-1/;

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U.S. border agents have apprehended more than one million illegal aliens at the border with Mexico since October 1, the beginning of the fiscal year, and are on track to apprehend at least an additional 550,000 if the June daily rate of apprehensions continues.

The latest monthly total of apprehensions, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported, jumped 4.5 percent from last month to almost 190,000. As well, the number of criminals apprehended jumped 13.2 percent to almost 8,000 on the fiscal year.

If anything is clear about the crisis at the border, it’s this: Joe Biden and his leftist subalterns are trying to alter the demographics of the country by swamping it with the poor of Latin America in the hope they will become Democrat voters.

Invasion Continues

The latest shocking figure from the southwest frontier with Mexico and ports of entry followed May’s relatively small increase from April. Agents apprehended 188,829 illegals in June, up from 180,641 in May. In April, agents apprehended 178,850.

Monthly apprehensions zoomed almost the minute Biden took office and ordered federal immigration authorities to open the borders. In January, President Trump’s last month in office, agents caught 78,442 illegals. 


In February, they caught 101,095, a 28.9-percent increase.

The difference from October is even more stark. Apprehensions were 72,115. 

Some 63 percent of June’s apprehensions were, as usual, single adults: 117,602. Another 55,805, about 30 percent, were in so-called families.

Agents caught 178,416 trying to jump the border; they stopped the rest at ports of entry.

Totals This Year

The total apprehended thus far this year is staggering: 1,119,204; 1,076,242, or 96.2 percent, jumped the border.

The size of the Camp of the Saints invasion and the task facing border agents becomes even more incomprehensible in looking at daily and hourly figures:

  • For June: 6,294 per day; 262 per hour;
  • Fiscal 2021 through June: 6,183 per day; 258 per hour.

Should June’s rate continue through September, agents will catch another 579,048 by September 30, the last day of fiscal 2021. Total apprehensions will be almost 1.7 million.

That figure is slightly less than the population of West Virginia, and about equal to the population of Phoenix, Arizona, the fifth-largest city in the country.

If the lower rate for the nine months of the fiscal year holds, agents will apprehend another 568,836. The total for the year will be about the same. In 12 months, agents will have arrested the equivalent of every living soul in Phoenix or West Virginia.

Border authorities have no reason to believe the flow will stop.

Criminals Apprehended

Not surprisingly, agents have their hands full not just with jobless “migrants.” Criminals keep coming, too.

CPB reports that agents caught 7,830 thieves, rapists, murderers, drug dealers, drunk drivers, and others who came to do the jobs Americans won’t do.

  • Assault, battery, domestic violence: 881
  • Burglary, robbery, larceny, theft, fraud: 612
  • Driving under the influence: 1,250
  • Homicide, manslaughter: 46
  • Illegal drug possession, trafficking: 1,593
  • Illegal entry, re-entry: 4,378
  • Illegal weapons possession, transport, trafficking: 246
  • Sexual offenses: 393
  • Other: 2,049
As of May, agents had apprehended 6,918 criminal illegals. This year’s total of criminal illegals is already 221-percent more than last year’s 2,438.

Agents are catching about 870 per month. If that pace continues, they’ll have to deal with another 2,610 criminals for a total of 10,440 on the year.

Biden has done nothing to stanch the invasion and is, frighteningly, flying illegals around the country and dumping them into unsuspecting communities. How many are criminals Biden cannot know. And even if he could, he wouldn’t care.

He decided months ago not to deport dangerous criminal illegals.

What Should You Do If a “Vaccine Strike Force” Knocks on Your Door?~Senator Rand Paul Says Don’t Answer~Kathleen Sebelius wants “medical apartheid” implemented

Sen. Paul to door-knocking vaccinators: ‘Don’t come knocking on my door’

Rumble — In an exclusive interview, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tells One America News what he's doing to fight against Joe Biden's COVID-19 policies. One America's John Hines has more.

Kathleen Sebelius wants you to be separated from your children if you refuse to get “vaccinated” for covid

BY ETHAN HUFF

SEE: https://www.naturalnews.com/2021-07-16-kathleen-sebelius-separated-children-refuse-vaccinated-covid.html;

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(Natural News) The former head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Barack Hussein Obama is pushing the narrative that parents who refuse Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines” should be forcibly separated from their children and denied employment.

Kathleen Sebelius spoke with CNN the other day to explain how she believes that full medical fascism is the only way to bring about a “new normal” in which the only people in America who are afforded rights under the Constitution are those who agree to roll up their sleeves and get injected for Chinese Germs.

“We’re in a situation where we have a wildly effective vaccine, multiple choices, lots available, free of charge, and we have folks who are just saying I won’t do it,” Sebelius complained during the “OutFront” segment.

“I think that it’s time to say to those folks, it’s fine if you don’t choose to get vaccinated. You may not come to work. You may not have access to a situation where you’re going to put my grandchildren in jeopardy. Where you might kill them, or you might put them in a situation where they’re going to carry the virus to someone in a high-risk position.”

Since the vaccines apparently do not work, those who foolishly took them are now living in even more fear over a dreaded “variant” like the “Indian delta” strain taking over their bodies and killing them. This is why they are now lashing out like wild hyenas against other human beings who chose to leave their bodies and immune systems alone.

Sebelius is one such hyena who wants to deny everyone who just said no to experimental drugs from Tony Fauci, and the government access to their children, jobs and society in general. Everyone who decides to live their lives as nature intended must be locked away at home forever, Sebelius insists.

“That’s, I think the point where we are, freedom is one thing, but freedom when you harm others like secondhand smoke and issues that we’ve dealt with very clearly in the past — you can’t drive drunk,” Sebelius further stated, comparing unvaccinated people to drunk drivers.

“You can drink, but you can’t drive drunk because you can injure other people. You can’t smoke inside of a public place where you can give cancer to someone else in spite of their never having been a smoker.”

Democrats like Kathleen Sebelius are chomping at the bit for medical apartheid

Should Sebelius get her way, there will soon be two Americas: One in which all vaccinated people are allowed to live their lives as normal, and another where all unvaccinated people are treated like second-class citizens – medical apartheid that only deranged fascists like Sebelius could ever think is normal or acceptable.

“So, I think we’re reaching that point in the United States where those of us who are vaccinated, I want to take off my mask,” Sebelius went on to complain.

“I want to be able to live my life with vaccination, and right now, I’m being impinged on by people who say I don’t want to get vaccinated. It’s fine. I want them to maybe have a limitation on where they can go and who they can possibly infect.”

CNN of course closed out the segment by thanking Sebelius for her “wisdom,” apparently endorsing her particular brand of medical fascism. We now know what CNN plans to impose upon us all if it gets its way in the coming months.

The latest news about the hysterics of vaccine-worshipping leftists like Kathleen Sebelius can be found at Libtards.news.

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Biden DHS Official: Americans Trying to Preserve Their Heritage ‘Makes Me Sick’

Does this sound like someone interested in "securing our homeland"?

by Chris Menahan | Information Liberation

SEE: https://www.infowars.com/posts/biden-dhs-official-americans-trying-to-preserve-their-heritage-makes-me-sick/;

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Samantha Vinograd, the Department of Homeland Security’s new acting assistant secretary for counterterrorism and threat prevention in the Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans is a former CNN analyst who said the idea of Americans trying to preserve their heritage makes her “sick.”

While appearing on CNN in March 2019, Vinograd slammed President Trump for giving a speech at CPAC about the importance of preserving our heritage. 

“His statement makes me sick, on a personal level,” Vinograd said. “Preserving your heritage, reclaiming our heritage, that sounds a lot like a certain leader that killed members of my family and about six million other Jews in the 1940s.”

“But our national security level, the president talks about preserving our heritage as a catch-all for implementing policies that misallocate resources,” Vinograd continued. “He pretends there are massive flows of illegal immigrants coming over our borders and spending billions of dollars on a border wall emergency instead of paying attention to real national security threats. He sounds a lot like despotic leaders who talked about white heritage and white nationalism around the world and putting resources in the wrong place and pretending there are foreign people trying to influence our country in a way that just isn’t accurate.”

WATCH:

Vinograd cares deeply about preserving her own heritage as she noted in a 2017 article in Marie Claire where she railed against Trump’s travel ban and blamed America for the Nazis killing her family in the Holocaust:

As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I know far too much about what closing borders to refugees means. And as a four-year veteran of the White House National Security Council, I know about how to make policies that keep us safe from real threats, not imaginary ones. I also know that the amateur policy-making behind the misguided Executive Order that President Trump signed on Friday—which was, let’s not forget, International Holocaust Remembrance Day—will not make us safer. It will actually make us less secure.

[…] I am alive today because my father survived the Holocaust by hiding on a farm and joining the French resistance. His whole family—and about 6 million other Jews—did not survive. The United States could have helped by offering sanctuary, but chose not to let in as many Jewish refugees as it could. We even turned back a ship of refugees docked right by our coast—so close they could see the lights of Florida—and sent them back to Europe and the Nazi killing machine.

The Executive Order that President Trump signed on Friday would similarly abandon refugees to persecution, and in some cases death. My father did not survive the Holocaust for this.

Owen reacts to the big lie that General Milley has just caught himself in.

Vinograd will be working together with DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and DHS’s top counterterrorism official, John Cohen, on “counterterrorism” and “threat prevention,” aka labeling the American people as “terrorists” in order to strip them of all their rights.

From Politico last week:

The Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence arm is getting new leadership.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced Friday morning that John Cohen, the department’s top counterterrorism official, will take the helm at DHS’ Office of Intelligence and Analysis in addition to his current role. POLITICO obtained the announcement Mayorkas sent to the department.

[…] Mayorkas brought him back to DHS, where he has focused on the department’s efforts to combat domestic terrorism. Earlier this year, DHS stood up a new team in the intelligence office to focus on that specific threat. And late last month, Cohen told members of Congress in a closed-door briefing that the department was concerned about the spread of the conspiracy that Trump will be reinstated as president in August.

Mayorkas’ letter also announced that Samantha Vinograd, currently the department’s senior counselor for national security, will become acting assistant secretary for counterterrorism and threat prevention in the Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans.

The announcement said Vinograd previously worked in government for nearly a decade, including as director for Iraq on the Obama administration’s National Security Council. More recently, she worked at Goldman Sachs and Stripe. She also provided on-air national security commentary for CNN.

In addition to being sickened by our country and our heritage, Vinograd was a top Russiagate conspiracy hoaxer who went so far as to claim the Mueller report was “a gift to the government of Russia” after it failed to back up her baseless conspiracy theories.

Does this sound like someone interested in “securing our homeland”?

 

America’s Frontline Doctors: Door-to-door COVID shot pushers report unvaccinated to government health departments

BY MORDECHAI SONES

SEE: https://americasfrontlinedoctors.org/frontlinenews/door-to-door-covid-shot-pushers-report-unvaccinated-to-government-health-departments/;

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‘Be sure to fill out the Doorknocking Spreadsheet with the counts of who still needs a vaccine … This is important information that the Health Department is relying on!’

The Department of Homeland Security offers a training course to law enforcement, health care workers, and other government employees detailing how to prepare and execute a mass public quarantine in rural areas of the United States.

A website by the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC), a training provider for the Department of Homeland Security, says:

“This 8.0-hour, instructor-led course is designed to provide the knowledge necessary to begin planning for situations requiring the isolation and quarantine (I&Q) of a large portion of a local, rural population. This training will provide public- and private-sector emergency managers, community policymakers, public health, and public safety personnel with the general knowledge necessary to begin planning for situations requiring the isolation and quarantine of a large portion of a local, rural population. A rural community’s ability to collectively respond to an emergency requiring isolation and quarantine is not only essential to minimizing the negative impacts to the community at risk, but also to minimizing the long-term negative economic and health effects on the American public as a whole.”

“This program was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number EMW-2016-CA-0097, administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Preparedness Directorate, National Training & Education Division.” A disclaimer reads: “Points of view or opinions in this program are those of the author(s) and do not represent the position or policies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency.”

“Core Capabilities” recommended for course participants include environmental response/health and safety, on-scene security and protection, operational communications, operations coordination, planning, public health, healthcare and emergency medical services, risk management for protection, programs, and activities, situational assessment, and supply chain integrity and security. However, the only solid prerequisite to gain the “knowledge necessary” in the 8-hour course is that the “participant must be a U.S. citizen.”

Module Two of the course overview entitled Legal and Ethical Issues of Isolation and Quarantine says: “This module focuses on the legal and ethical considerations of isolation and quarantine. The federal, state and local government legal authorities regarding isolation and quarantine responses will be covered. Due process of law regarding isolation and quarantine will also be reviewed.”

Each student is required “to participate in and pass a course post-assessment with a score of 70% or better to meet the course completion requirements. Each student who meets all of the course completion requirements will receive a pre-approved, Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) certificate of completion stamped with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) logo.”

It is unclear what authority bearers of this certificate wield, or the limits thereof.

A Lake County, Illinois Health Department document entitled Community Health Ambassador Outreach Door Knocking Project to Increase COVID Vaccine Acceptance contains “information and a script” that stresses: “You are not soliciting. Because you are not seeking an order for any goods or services, you are not considered a solicitor. Therefore, ‘No Solicitation’ signs do not apply to you while you are performing this activity.”

The document continues: “After you enter the building, orient yourself so you systematically proceed from floor-to-floor, covering each wing. Utilize the tally sheet to keep count of those interested in getting the vaccine, those who refuse and those with further questions.”

The document also advises participants to “report on your work! Be sure to fill out the Doorknocking Spreadsheet with the counts of who still needs a vaccine … This is important information that the Health Department is relying on!”

Meanwhile, in the words of breaking911.com, North Carolina health department workers “armed” with COVID-19 shots lurked nearby as Action NC volunteers went door to door, plying their target neighborhoods with the experimental biological agent.

“Action NC’s mission is to confront and reduce the root causes of poverty, underdevelopment, and social and economic inequality through grassroots education, training, organization and mobilization.

We organize in poor and working-income communities full of talented and committed people looking for an opportunity to work together to build a stronger and more secure future. We reach out to them in a variety of ways to offer them the opportunity to join, organize, fight, and win.”

“The purpose of these campaigns is to win improvements and to build power,” Action NC’s mission statement says, concluding: “as our members work to build our organization, we also look for opportunities to partner effectively with others so that we can present a stronger and more united front in our specific campaigns, and in our collective drive for justice and equality.”

In a 2017 article appearing on the Action NC website entitled How Trump has trumped your rights, author Kevin Rogers wrote: “Since Donald Trump has taken office, every policy that has been suggested or imposed has received fierce backlash from a majority of the country.”

 

REP. RASHIDA Tlaib calls for defunding Border Protection, Immigration Enforcement, and Department of Homeland Security

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/07/tlaib-calls-for-defunding-border-protection-immigration-enforcement-and-department-of-homeland-security;

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One might almost get the impression that she wants America defenseless before its enemies if it weren’t for the establishment media and the political elites reassuring us of how patriotic she is.

“Rashida Tlaib calls to defund immigration agencies amid border crisis,” by Mark Moore, New York Post, July 8, 2021:

​Rep. Rashida Tlaib, original member of the progressive “Squad,” is calling for defunding immigration agencies like Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and even the Department of Homeland Security, because they “terrorize” migrant communities.

Tlaib (D-Mich) in comments released Wednesday from an interview with Just Futures Law was reacting to a question about her thoughts on President Biden wanting to increase technology at the border for CBP​, Immigration and Customs Enforcement​ and the Department of Homeland Security in response to the ongoing crisis of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants arriving in the US.

“Look, the simple answer to that question is we must eliminate funding for CBP, ICE and their parent organization, DHS,” Tlaib told the legal group that opposes deportation.

“Time after time we have seen it as advocates on the ground, as human services agencies on the ground continue to see over and over again, that these agencies are inept to humanely guiding migrants through our immigration system and instead they further continue to terrorize migrant communities located within our communities,” she said in the interview​ recorded last month.​…​

AFL PRESIDENT STEPHEN MILLER REACTS TO PRESIDENT BIDEN’S OPERATION CENTRAL AMERICAN AIRLIFT FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS’ RELATIVES

BY STEPHEN MILLER

SEE: https://www.aflegal.org/news/afl-president-stephen-miller-reacts-to-president-bidens-operation-central-american-airlift-for-illegal-aliens-relatives;

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WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday evening, AFL President Stephen Miller reacted to the announcement that the Departments of Homeland Security and State are jointly expanding the blatantly unlawful Central American Minors (CAM) Program–originally created under the Obama Administration and ended under the Trump Administration–effectively creating a new chain migration program for illegal aliens.  CAM was already illegal, as Congress never created, nor authorized it.  Under the newly announced expansion of the program, millions of illegal aliens and non-citizens living in the United States are now eligible to formally petition to have the U.S. government transport their relatives to the United States on the taxpayer’s dime.

Read AFL President Stephen Miller’s full statement:

“The Biden Administration’s war on national sovereignty has reached unimaginable new depths. Unsatisfied with simply melting the border through nationwide catch-and-release, they have announced a new program to find and recruit the relatives of illegal aliens and fly them into the United States.  The new program is a colossal airlift operation for the relatives of illegal aliens now living in the United States.  Under this preposterous and plainly unlawful program, illegal aliens now residing inside the United States — including recipients of deferred action and those who have merely applied for asylum — can petition the government to ‘parole’ their children into the United States, or any other relative over whom they assert guardian status,” Stephen Miller said. “A larger magnet for illegal immigration could not be envisioned: sneak across the border, gain a foothold in the United States, and then the government will then bring in the rest of your family.  We are conscripting career Homeland Security and Department of State officials into providing a global taxi service for illegal aliens and their families.  This massive, government-fueled surge of both illegal and low-skilled migration will place enormous burdens on the already burdened shoulders of the U.S. workers and taxpayers. What the Biden Administration has announced is illegal, unconstitutional, and unconscionable.”

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Texas Gov. Abbott Launches Border Wall Construction with $250M in Down Payment

Texas Gov. Abbott Launches Border Wall Construction with $250M in Down Payment

BY VERONIKA KYRYLENKO

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/texas-gov-abbott-launches-border-wall-construction-with-250m-in-down-payment/;

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Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday formally announced that Texas will build its own border wall. Abbott accused the Biden administration of abandoning its responsibility to protect the southern U.S. border: “Today we are announcing that Texas will build a border wall in our state to help secure our border,” Abbott said at a press conference.

The governor promised a $250 million down payment to begin the project, allowing the state to hire a project manager and get the task underway. He said the construction on the wall would be built on a combination of state land and donations of private land, and be partly funded by donations.

The Dallas Morning News later reported that the down payment will come from the state’s Department of Criminal Justice.

On Tuesday, in a podcast interview on a conservative talk show discussing politics called “Ruthless,” Abbott said the state would solicit donations to help build the wall.

“For everybody in the United States, really everybody in the entire world who wants to help Texas build the border wall, there will be a place there where they can contribute to Texas building the border wall,” he said.

Abbott reiterated the idea on Wednesday and said donations could be made on a website for the border wall or by sending a check in the mail. He ensured the public that donations would go to a fund that would be overseen by the state and governor’s office.

The land on which the wall will be erected will be identified by the program manager and contractors and include land already owned by the state or private citizens who can “volunteer” that land for the wall.

The combination of state and privately donated land is expected to yield “hundreds of miles” to build the wall. It is noted that state agencies have begun talking to property owners about putting up fencing on their private land.

In addition, the federal government must return the Texan land to private citizens, which was obtained by the U.S. government in order to build a border wall, Abbott insisted.

“In response to the federal government’s neglect of all of the people who live along the border, the people who are facing the consequences of the spread of drugs like fentanyl, Texas is stepping up and doing more than any other state ever has done to respond to these challenges along the border,” Abbott said. “Texas taxpayers are having to step up so we as a state can protect our citizens.”

The same day, Abbott sent a letter to President Biden demanding the return of border property seized by the federal government.

“The federal government used condemnation powers to take property from Texans for the purpose of building a border wall,” the governor stated. “Once you took office, however, your Administration made clear the federal government will not move forward with building the border wall at this time.”

It was reported in April that the Biden administration continues to seize private land near the U.S.- Mexico border to be used to continue building a wall, despite Biden pausing the construction of the wall on his first day in office.

One day after Abbott’s announcement to proceed with the construction of the wall, the White House renewed its call to end construction of the border wall, calling on Congress to cancel funds it previously appropriated to border barriers and redirect them toward other border management efforts. The White House also said the Trump administration paid up to $46 million per mile for some segments of newly built parts of the wall, even though federal lawmakers have estimated that it cost the Trump administration about $27 million per mile in some parts of Texas.

Customs and Border Protection said there were 452 miles of new barriers completed by the end of 2020. Of them, 131 miles were built in the Texas counties of El Paso and Hudspeth, and 17 miles in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Starr counties.

Even though Abbott may face legal challenges to his mission, the border must be secured, as the surge in migration continues. There were more than 180,000 migrants encountered in May alone, with the summer months still ahead. The Biden administration has blamed the spike on “root causes” such as violence, poverty, and climate change in Central America while downplaying the role the relaxing of restrictions and law enforcement has had on the surge.

Former President Donald Trump announced on June 15 that he would tour Texas’ southern border with governor Abbott on June 30.

“The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S history. It’s an unmitigated disaster zone,” Trump said in a statement.

 

Biden Ended Use of Defense Funds for Border Wall. Here’s Where The Money’s Going Instead.

Biden Halts Use of Defense Funds for Border Wall. Here’s Where the Money Is Going Instead

BY LUIS MIGUEL

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/biden-halts-use-of-defense-funds-for-border-wall-heres-where-the-money-is-going-instead/;

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The fate of America’s border wall is uncertain as the Biden administration pursues a markedly different course on immigration than that of former president Donald Trump.

Biden is reportedly giving back more than $2 billion that had been redirected from Defense Department projects in order to fund the border wall long sought by President Trump. Furthermore, the Biden White House is asking Congress to cancel other remaining border wall funds.

On the campaign trail, Biden vowed not to build “another foot” of the wall along the southern U.S. border. One of the president’s first actions in the Oval Office was to pause the wall’s construction. He also called for a plan for use of the wall funds to be submitted within 60 days, a deadline that lapsed in March.

“Building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border and costs American taxpayers billions of dollars is not a serious policy solution or responsible use of Federal funds,” read a release from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The Department of Defense (DoD) has already started ending border wall construction projects that used diverted funds. The Biden administration has said they are halting expansion of the wall wherever legally possible.

The monies that had been allocated for the wall will now go to 66 different defense projects, including for military housing, on-base schools, and training facilities.

Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reviewing land that was acquired by eminent domain over the past year for the border wall. If DHS deems tracts of land not to be needed, it “will work to return the land to its prior owners.”

Yet the administration is required to use an estimated $1.9 billion in funds on border barriers because they were directed to do so by Congress. For this reason, the White House is “reiterating its call for Congress to cancel funds it previously appropriated for border barrier projects so that these resources can instead be used for modern, effective border management measures to improve safety and security.”

The Biden DHS seeks to use those funds to prioritize “urgent life, safety, and environmental issues resulting from the previous Administration’s wall construction,” as well as for clean-up of DoD-funded construction sites.

Earlier this year, the Biden administration said it would resume construction of a flood wall in the Rio Grande Valley area of south Texas and address soil erosion on the U.S. border along San Diego, California.

Under President Trump, the federal government built 52 miles of new slatted structures where no barrier had previously existed and added hundreds of miles of replacement fencing. 

Supporters of the wall argue that using defense funds for the wall is not “diverting” at all because a border barrier that repels foreign invasion is a core national defense activity.

In the absence of presidential initiative on border security, some Republicans are seeking to stop illegal immigration at the state level.

Texas Governor Greg Abbot, a Republican, has announced that he will build a wall along the southern border.

“Long term, only Congress and the president can fix our broken border,” Abbott said in Del Rio. “But in the meantime, Texas is going to do everything possible, including beginning to make arrests, to keep our community safe, to keep the cartels and smugglers out, and to keep your community safe.”

Earlier this month, Abbot moved to close more than 50 shelters in Texas that house approximately 4,000 migrant children, arguing that the federal government cannot legally force the state to continue issuing licenses in reaction to a federal problem. The Biden administration has threatened to sue unless that order is rescinded.

Even Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency whose purpose it is to enforce federal immigration law, has taken a softer approach under Biden. The agency has terminated a Trump-era office that focused on victims of crimes linked to illegal immigration.

Notably, Texas Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Biden’s pick to lead ICE, opposed ICE raids to deport illegal aliens during the Trump administration.

“I do not support #ICERaids that threaten to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, the vast majority of whom do not represent a threat to the U.S.,” Gonzalez tweeted in July of 2019. “The focus should always be on clear & immediate safety threats. Not others who are not threats.”

AFL FILES NEW FOIA SEEKING INFO REGARDING DHS’ DECISION TO TERMINATE OFFICE THAT SERVED AMERICAN VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIME

BY AMERICA FIRST LEGAL

SEE: https://www.aflegal.org/;

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VOICE office was established in the Trump Administration to assist victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens. 

WASHINGTON, DC – America First Legal has filed a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request about the Biden Administration’s ludicrous and deeply disturbing decision to terminate the VOICE office. . 

AFL President Stephen Miller issued the following statement:

“One of the most marginalized and neglected groups in the country are the American citizen victims of illegal alien crime and violence. VOICE existed to protect and care for these heartbroken, grieving American families. Unlike illegal aliens, these citizens don’t have billionaire tech CEOs and powerful special interest groups in their corner. VOICE was their one place to go for help. Now, it’s been mothballed and turned into yet one more free government service for illegal aliens — courtesy of taxpayers. This would be like if the DEA opened a call center to help drug dealers get lawyers and amnesty for their crimes. DHS is a law enforcement agency, not a legal help center for criminals and lawbreakers. The decision to terminate VOICE is a moral stain on the conscience of our nation.”

The FOIA can be accessed here.

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Texas Gov. Abbott Declares Border Emergency as Intel Community Warns of Rising Terrorist Threat

BY BRYAN PRESTON

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/bryan-preston/2021/06/02/texas-gov-abbott-declares-border-emergency-as-intel-community-warns-of-rising-terrorist-threat-n1451521;

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Joe Biden likes to accuse you and me of being terrorists because we don’t agree with him. He has numerous other Democrats playing the same game, which is corrosive to the republic. Dissent is only patriotic when a Republican is in the White House, it seems.

Meanwhile, the U.S. intelligence community is warning that chaos on the border is leading to a rising terrorist threat to the country, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Intelligence officials told the White House in a classified briefing that individuals with ties to terrorist groups may be illegally crossing the southern border, contradicting claims by Democrats that the immigration crisis does not constitute a national security threat.

Immigrants with connections to Islamic terrorist groups have begun taking advantage of what one senior Customs and Border Protection official called “a porous border.” In April, border patrol officers arrested two Yemeni nationals on a terrorist watch list. National security officials have pledged to assist officers in counterterrorism operations at the U.S.-Mexico border to help the strapped agency handle the influx of threats, according to a memo reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

There was also the armed Iraqi who didn’t make much news beyond the border. There is also the ongoing case of ventilator theft the Del Rio Sector of the Border Patrol is dealing with.

Human trafficking is still a huge ongoing problem. Various Border Patrol sectors post about issues they’re encountering and thus far are not being censored as heavily as the media.

DHS Secretary Mayorkas Cancels Agreement to Arrest Illegal-alien Criminals

DHS Secretary Mayorkas Cancels Agreement to Arrest Illegal-alien Criminals

BY R. CORT KIRKWOOD

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/dhs-secretary-mayorkas-cancels-agreement-to-arrest-illegal-alien-criminals/;

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has ended his department’s 287(g) agreement with Bristol County, Massachusetts. The program trained county law-enforcement personnel how to identify illegal-alien criminals and helped Immigration and Customs Enforcement deport them.

An open-borders subversive born in Red Cuba, Mayorkas acted three months to the day after a letter from Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and other leftist elected officials suggested the move.

Result: Bristol County cops will identify fewer illegal-alien rapists and murderers.

That means fewer violent predators will be deported. So Mayorkas, Warren, and the rest of the subversive gang now running the country will be directly responsible for the crimes these offenders commit.

Free the Criminals

Reporting the news yesterday, Jon Feere of the Center for Immigration Studies disclosed just how important the 287(g) program is to protect Americans from illegal-alien thugs.

“In fiscal year 2020, state and local law enforcement trained under 287(g) encountered approximately 920 aliens convicted for assault, 1,261 convicted for dangerous drugs, 104 convicted for sex offenses/assaults, 377 convicted for obstructing police, 190 convicted for weapon offenses, and 37 convicted for homicide, to name a few crimes,” he reported.

And “as of May 2021, ICE has 287(g) agreements with 71 law enforcement agencies in 21 states. ICE has an additional 76 agreements in 11 states based on a more narrowly-focused version of the program.”

That was irrelevant to Senator Warren and her pals. They were more concerned that the Bristol County sheriff’s deputies roughed up the aggressors in detention.

More concerned about the thugs than the crimes they committed — and what the thugs would have done to Americans if left on the street — the Warren cohort demanded that Mayorkas cancel the program:

On May 1, 2020, there was a violent altercation between Sheriff’s Office personnel and detainees. The incident followed detainees’ expression of concerns about contracting COVID-19 in the facility.

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office conducted an investigation of the May 1 incident and made a number of concerning findings including that the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office “violated the civil rights of the detainees on May 1 by using excessive force against the ICE B detainees.…

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office recommended that “DHS should terminate its IGSA and 287(g) agreement with the” Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. We agree, and we ask you to implement this recommendation without delay.

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Biden’s Priorities Questioned, As DHS Roots Out “Extremists” in Law Enforcement

Biden’s Priorities Questioned, As DHS Roots Out “Extremists” in Law Enforcement

ABOVE: Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco /AP Images

BY RAVEN CLABOUGH

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/bidens-priorities-questioned-as-dhs-roots-out-extremists-in-law-enforcement/;

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The Biden administration continues to focus its attention on the January 6 protests at the U.S. Capitol instead of the crisis at the U.S. southern border and the violence of Black Lives Matter and Antifa increasingly jeopardizing the lives and livelihoods of Americans. Under the guise of rooting out “extremists,” opportunistic Democrats have been exploiting the January 6 protests to achieve their tyrannical agenda of punishing and silencing critics, particularly those in law enforcement.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a Request for Proposals earlier this year, offering $500,000 to fund research projects to determine how allegedly violent extremists are infiltrating police, the Western Journal reported on Sunday. The deadline for proposal submissions is May 18.

“The goal of this solicitation is to contribute to a comprehensive and extensive understanding of insider threats facing domestic law enforcement agencies,” the Request for Proposals (RFP) reads.

The RFP states the intent is to learn more about threats posed by the police.

“Reviewing and analyzing research from fields such as criminology, mental health, psychology, and sociology will help determine gaps in current knowledge and counter the threats posed by violent extremists and violent ideologies to United States LEAs and the public,” it said.

Moreover, DHS is seeking “recommendations for detecting, deterring, and mitigating the potential for insider threats facing domestic law enforcement agencies through infiltration by violent extremist organizations or lone actors.”

While claiming DHS will be mindful of civil rights and civil liberties, the RFP said it will transfer the findings of the research to federal, state, local, and private organizations “to enable education and awareness to reinforce a whole-of-society prevention architecture.”

“These prevention efforts will equip and empower local efforts — including peers, teachers, community leaders, and law enforcement — to minimize a threat as it evolves while enhancing emergency preparedness and response,” the RFP reads.

The $500,000 research project appears to be motivated by the largely peaceful protests that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

“Recent events, including the January 6th attacks on the U.S. Capitol, have highlighted that domestic violent extremism poses the most lethal and persistent terrorism-related threat to our country today,” said Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a memo last month. “As we work to safeguard the Nation and our values, we must be vigilant in our efforts to identify and combat domestic violent extremism within both the broader community and our own organization. Violent extremism has no place at DHS and we will work with urgency and focus to address it.”

But in reality, the project is the latest effort in a campaign by leftists to target law enforcement officers who fail to subscribe to leftist ideology.

In California, lawmakers have introduced a bill that proposed to remove police officers engaged in “hate speech” titled the “California Law Enforcement Accountability Reform Act (CLEAR Act),” which would “root out” police offers connected to “hate groups.”

State Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose, Calif.), the sponsor of the bill, said the goal is to stop “the infiltration of extremists in our law enforcement agencies,” according to The Federalist.

Kalra claims the bill is necessary to prevent “the apparent cooperation, participation, and support of some law enforcement” in the January 6 protests at the Capitol, ignoring once more the role that leftist organizations played in orchestrating those events.

Predictably, the bill presents the potential for discrimination and free-speech violations, as well as privacy and confidentiality issues.

In addition to the Department of Homeland Security’s project, the Justice Department is reportedly conducting an internal review with the goal of weeding out “extremists” from federal law enforcement, NBC reported.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco “has met with the heads of all our law enforcement agencies to determine how we can carefully vet our own employees.”

As reported by U.S. News and World Report, the attorney general’s disclosure came in response to a question from Illinois Senator and Democratic Deputy Whip Dick Durbin about the arrest of a retired New York Police Department officer who engaged in violent behavior on January 6. It was during that same hearing that Garland described the efforts into the Capitol protests, noting there have been more than 400 arrests and more coming as authorities continue to pour over videos and other evidence.

“This investigation is not over,” he said. “We will pursue each lead until we’re confident that we will have reached the end.”

No such efforts have been made into the violent BLM and Antifa protests that pervaded most of 2020 and continued well into 2021.

Instead, Both Garland and Mayorkas astoundingly claim the greatest domestic threat facing the United States comes from “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists…who advocate for the superiority of the white race.” These assertions wholly ignore the years-long anti-white, anti-American violence driven by Black Lives Matter and Antifa groups.

Perhaps more importantly, this assertion ignores the crisis at the southern border and the unprecedented flow of illegal drugs as a result. In an interview with Fox & Friends last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott drew attention to the administration’s failure to address the threat at the border.

“On the national level with regard to the Border Patrol, they apprehended this last month — in the month of April, more than 170,000 people. That is a tenfold increase over the prior April where they apprehended about 17,000 people,” he said, citing data released by Customs and Border Protection. April was the second consecutive month in which border agents encountered more than 170,000 illegal immigrants, according to the data. This includes a growing number of unaccompanied children, many of which are victims of human trafficking, for which adequate homes are unavailable.

“We had almost [an] 800 percent increase April over April of the amount of fentanyl that has been apprehended by the Texas Department of Public Safety,” he added.

Cochise County Sheriff Mark J. Dannels told Border Report border agents are so tied up at processing centers that many such groups are getting away, their drugs reaching the streets of America’s heartland.

“We’ve had over 60,000 get-aways. These are people that are seen on Border Patrol cameras but have not been captured,” says Dannels, whose Southeastern Arizona county borders Mexico. “I don’t fault Border Patrol on that. I fault Congress and this administration because we must have a strong message when it comes to border security. But when you divert Border Patrol into immigration processing, childcare, administrative work, that opens up an opportunity for the cartels.”

But until the Biden administration completes its priority of rooting out “dissidents” in law enforcement, the border crisis and leftist violence will have to wait.

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Border In Chaos: 17 Texas Counties Declare Emergencies, Border Patrol Dismantles Multiple Human Smuggling Operations

Illegal aliens picked up in Laredo, Texas. Photo by U.S. Border Patrol Laredo Sector:

BY BRYAN PRESTON

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/bryan-preston/2021/05/06/border-in-chaos-16-texas-counties-declare-emergencies-border-patrol-dismantles-multiple-human-smuggling-operations-n1445009;

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Earlier this week, PJ Media was the first to report that 12 Texas counties have declared emergencies due to the chaos the Biden border policies are causing. Since then, we have learned that four more counties have declared emergencies, bringing the total to 17. The additional counties that have or are set to declare emergencies are Davis, Medina, Terrell, Val Verde, and Live Oak. The land area these counties cover includes regions well away from the border and is larger than many whole states.

The Border Patrol continues doing what it can, with no policy help from Washington, to stem the tide of human trafficking that has exploded across the border. In a Facebook post, the Laredo Sector of the Border Patrol reports that it busted three human smuggling sites in half a day.

Yesterday, within a span of 12 hours, #USBP Laredo Sector agents working with Laredo Police Department, Webb-County Constable Pct 2, and federal law enforcement partners, discovered and dismantled three residential properties throughout Laredo that were being utilized as human smuggling stash houses. The discovery led to the arrest of over 180 undocumented individuals who were found in deplorable conditions. These apprehensions were a result of a collaborative effort between Border Patrol and our partners who work diligently to stop the housing of large numbers of undocumented individuals in our communities.

The stash houses were discovered in the south, central, and north Laredo. This shows that all areas of the city are being affected by these transnational criminal organizations.

One residence was discovered in north Laredo near a church and the Laredo Country Club. Packed inside were 65 undocumented individuals.

A second stash house was located in central Laredo near a school. A total of 68 undocumented individuals were arrested at that location.

The third stash house was found in southeast Laredo near a city park. After searching the property, 50 undocumented individuals were found throughout the residential property.

Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Carl E. Landrum said, “All of the people rescued from these stash houses were being held against their will. Human Smuggling/Trafficking are dangerous situations. Please help others by reporting suspicious situations you see; you just might save a life.”

Ranchers and residents continue to report bailouts and finding abandoned backpacks full of clothing and other items on their property daily. This photo was taken earlier this week in La Salle county by rancher Stephanie Crisp-Canales, who was interviewed on this week’s C’Mon Now! show.

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Abandoned backpacks left by illegal migrants are found daily on Texas ranches. Photo by Stephanie Crisp-Canales.

These clothes are not typical of what one would wear for an arduous walk across an entire country. They are typical of what Texans are seeing abandoned on their property.

At the same time, the Washington Examiner reports that the Biden administration is holding more than five times the number of unaccompanied children the Trump administration held when it was accused of having a “humanitarian crisis” with “concentration camps” on the border.

Nearly 25,000 migrant children were in the custody of the government, apart from their families, in early May.

The number of unaccompanied migrant children in the federal government’s care is at an all-time high, easily eclipsing the corresponding total in 2018 when the Trump administration pursued a policy that led to the intentional separation of children from their families, eliciting major controversy.

The situation underscores the severity of the crisis facing President Joe Biden early in his administration and the moral quandary he faces.

Biden continues blaming the problem on President Trump, despite the incontrovertible fact that Biden publicly ended Trump’s border policies in his first days in office.

DHS Considering Hiring Contractors to Spy on “Domestic Terrorists” Online

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Report: DHS Considering Hiring Contractors to Spy on “Domestic Terrorists” Online

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering working with outside firms to surveil “extremist” language by Americans online, according to a report.

The DHS is discussing a plan that would allow them to circumvent limits on intelligence gathering. Federal agents are only allowed by federal law to scroll through public posts on social media and cannot use burner accounts to follow private accounts or enter private chat rooms. However, the reported DHS plan would enlist private cybersecurity firms to engage in those practices.

The initiative comes as law-enforcement agencies ramp up scrutiny of extremist groups with members present at the January 6 Capitol protest. In the aftermath of that event, both Republicans and Democrats criticized security officials for intelligence failures that caused them to underestimate the number of people that would attempt to enter the Capitol.

During his address to a Joint Session of Congress, President Biden said, “The most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today is from white supremacist terrorism.” He said that, even though the Capitol survived the supposed insurrection, “The struggle is far from over. The question of whether our democracy will long endure is both ancient and urgent.” 

Biden’s remarks echo comments made in congressional testimony by FBI Director Christopher Wray in March. “The problem of domestic terrorism has been metastasizing across the country for a long time now, and it’s not going away any time soon,” Wray said at the time.

The extremists allegedly operate and plot online. It was found that the majority — more than 85 percent — of those charged with crimes for their role in the January 6 “insurrection” were charged in part using evidence from their personal social media accounts, others’ accounts, or both. Facebook was the preferred platform and was used by 73 of the people charged, more than all other social media sites combined, according to a Forbes analysis. YouTube was the second most-referenced at 24 percent. Instagram, a Facebook-owned company, was next at 20 percent. Parler, the app that pledged protection for free-speech rights and garnered a large conservative user base, was mentioned in just eight percent of the charges.

Thus, monitoring “extremist” chatter online becomes a crucial necessity for the DHS. To achieve that, some privacy protections need to be overcome. According to the Exclusionary Rule, first formulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Mapp v. Ohio, the government is prohibited from using information that it obtained illegally — usually meaning without a warrant — in court. However, evidence first obtained by private citizens may be used in court, regardless of how it was obtained, as long as the private citizen is not acting as an agent of the police.

In coordination with the National Security Council and the FBI, officials at DHS are considering multiple ways to expand the department’s approach to gathering information via social media. “There was only limited awareness before January 6 of what violent extremists were planning through social media,” said Tom Warrick, former DHS deputy assistant secretary for counterterrorism policy. Warrick confirmed the DHS will likely “explore whether contractors could help them understand plots and trends” online.

Using private contractors to monitor social-media sites would give DHS a work-around to warrant requirements. In the new reported plan, the private contractors could tell the government officials what information they saw, thus avoiding the warrant application. “We are exploring with our lawyers, civil rights, civil liberties and privacy colleagues, how we can make use of outside expertise,” a DHS official said.

The DHS is not the first major federal institution under the Biden administration that has sparked concern among Americans.

The U.S. Postal Service has been quietly monitoring social-media posts, including posts about planned protests. At least some of that specifically targeted “right-leaning accounts,” Yahoo News reported. The surveillance program, they explain, known as the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP), centers around hired analysts who review social-media accounts for “inflammatory” posts to share across government agencies.

Last summer, amid the Portland protests, the DHS got under fire for compiling “intelligence reports” on two journalists who covered the riots. After the Washington Post published a story detailing the department’s practices, then-Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf ordered the intelligence office to stop collecting information on journalists and assured Americans that DHS is committed to respecting civil rights and civil liberties, particularly when it comes to the exercise of First Amendment-protected rights.

But as President Joe Biden says, no amendment is absolute, and for his administration, privacy and freedom of speech seem to be secondary to “public safety” endangered by the “most lethal terrorist threat.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Declares State Of Emergency Due To “Crisis” At Southern Border, Blames Biden

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey yesterday announced a state of emergency and activated the National Guard due to the conditions at the southern border, placing blame on the Biden administration.

Biden’s Border Security Pick Backs Amnesty, Opposes Wall

CBP candidate, TPD Chief Magnus critical of past border policies

BY FRED LUCAS

SEE: https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/04/15/bidens-border-security-pick-backs-amnesty-opposes-wall;

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President Joe Biden’s pick to run border security has tweeted or spoken regularly against the Trump administration’s immigration policies, supported a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and opposed a border wall. 

Chris Magnus, the police chief of Tucson, Arizona, is Biden’s nominee for commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Magnus also has cited research by the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, backed free injection sites for drug addicts, and expressed support for law enforcement building relationships with all immigrants, “documented and undocumented alike.”

Though not inherently a political actor as Tucson’s police chief since 2016, Magnus regularly made public comments about political issues of the day. 

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Last July, he criticized Department of Homeland Security agents who were deployed to respond to urban riots. 

“This activity—I won’t even dignify it by calling it policing—is an affront to constitutional, professional law enforcement,” Magnus tweeted. “Cammo—Seriously? No visible patches? No name tags? Unmarked vehicles?  What is this—some authoritarian regime?”

Last Nov. 16, well after sordid scandals emerged regarding the Southern Poverty Law Center, Magnus seemed to endorse the organization’s research. 

The SPLC is a left-leaning group that frequently labels organizations it doesn’t agree with as “hate groups,” lumping some mainstream conservative organizations with the Ku Klux Klan or Nazi organizations.

The police chief’s tweet cited a New York Times story quoting the Southern Poverty Law Center as saying, “It’s important to note that, because of the nature of hate crime reporting, the FBI’s annual report vastly understates the real level of hate crimes in the country.” 

It is not clear, of course, whether quoting from a news article without comment means that Magnus endorses the sentiment of SPLC, which many observers would not agree legitimately “tracks hate groups.” 

In another example, Magnus tweeted about the positive side of drug injection sites for addicts, quoting from a National Public Radio story.  

“Most studies show that supervised injection sites can drive down fatal overdoses. These cites are credited with restricting the spread of infectious diseases,” Magnus tweeted. “Advocates say the facilities help move more people into treatment. The AMA [American Medical Association] has endorsed them.”

Magnus did not respond to phone and email inquiries Thursday from The Daily Signal. 

In a New York Times interview earlier this week, the chief denied that he was a partisan.

“Sometimes it’s frustrating how hyperpartisan all these issues can become, but I want to say from the very start, I am no ideologue and I do want to make a difference on things,” Magnus told the Times. 

Magnus became police chief in Tucson after gaining some notoriety and glowing national media coverage for reforms he made as police chief in Richmond, California, to improve race relations there. He took that job in 2006. 

Before that, Magnus was police chief of Fargo, North Dakota, beginning in 1999. This came after 15 years with the police department in Lansing, Michigan. 

He also gained some national attention for holding a Black Lives Matter sign in 2014 in Richmond, California. 

Magnus has been involved in national policy before, testifying in 2015 before President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He has been an expert witness for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. 

“In each of these cities Magnus developed a reputation as a progressive police leader who focused on relationship-building between the police and community, implementing evidence-based best practices, promoting reform, and insisting on police accountability,” said the White House press release Monday announcing Biden’s intent to nominate him. 

Today, the Biden administration is facing scrutiny for conditions at detention facilities for illegal immigrants at the border. In February 2020, Magnus criticized conditions at detention facilities during President Donald Trump’s administration.

Earlier, on June 1, 2019, Magnus tweeted: “This is a level of inhumanity and mistreatment of human beings that should shock the conscience of any citizen and law enforcement agency in this country.”

In apparent support of amnesty for illegal immigrants, Magnus tweeted on Feb. 9, 2019: “Imagine what it’d be like if you were brought here as a child, grew up here, pay taxes here, only know here—yet have no path to citizenship.”

Magnus backed providing illegal immigrants with visas as a means to encourage crime reporting in a May 14, 2019, post on Twitter. 

The chief expressed support for anti-bias training for police in a January 2019 tweet, a policy that could extend to his position heading Customs and Border Protection if he is confirmed by the Senate.

If confirmed, Magnus could have a rocky relationship with Border Patrol officers. In a Facebook post in June 2018, National Border Patrol Council Local 2544, the union representing officers in the Tucson area, asserted that Magnus “encourages anarchy.” 

“If law enforcement is now free to pick and choose which laws they want to enforce based on their personal ‘morals’ and political beliefs, this country is in one hell of a mess,” the Border Patrol union said in the Facebook post, adding:

Chris Magnus is an ultra-liberal social engineer who was given a badge and a gun by the City of Tucson.  …  Chris Magnus is dangerous. He is preaching anarchy and encouraging police officers to commit dereliction of duty. He is supposed to staunchly defend the rule of law. He routinely crosses the line between politician, social engineer, liberal activist and ‘police chief.’

This week, Magnus acknowledged a need to listen to what those who soon could work under him have to say. 

“I know much is made of how Border Patrol might feel about my nomination, and I want to say right off that I do recognize that a Border Patrol or customs agent is doing a very difficult job,” Magnus told The New York Times. “I’m going to be making it a priority to get to know the people doing that job, to learn from them and to try and help them.”

Magnus faced scrutiny from immigrant rights groups last year after the Tucson Police Department took two months to release body camera footage of the death of Carlos Ingram-Lopez, 27, who repeatedly had asked for water. 

According to news reports, Lopez was intoxicated, having a mental health crisis, and running around the house naked when his grandmother called 911 in April 2020. Police officers chased Lopez to the garage, handcuffed him, and placed him in a face-down position for 12 minutes, according to the Times. 

An autopsy found that the cause of Lopez’s death was cardiac arrest and no charges were brought against the officers who took him into custody, although three resigned. 

Magnus said the delay in releasing the video was due to bureaucratic problems. 

In a Nov. 5 tweet that likely wouldn’t have a bearing on his position at CBP, but expressed a politically charged view, Magnus called for Google to ban former Trump White House aide Steve Bannon. 

Google owns YouTube, where Bannon has a channel. It wasn’t clear whether Magnus was referring to YouTube, or wanted to make it impossible to find a Bannon link through a Google search. 

“Law enforcement should condemn ANY political operative for advocating violence, such as Steve Bannon saying the heads of FBI Dir. [Chris] Wray & Dr. [Anthony] Fauci be placed on pikes,” Magnus wrote on Twitter. “Google must also be condemned for allowing Bannon’s channel to remain online. This isn’t politics, it’s criminal.”

In a follow-up tweet, Magnus wrote: “It doesn’t matter which party or ideology the individuals who incite this kind of violence belong or subscribe to, it’s a step way too far. This is how people get hurt—even killed. Absolutely unacceptable.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on Biden’s nomination of Magnus to head Customs and Border Protection. 

In written testimony to that committee on Dec. 12, 2018, Magnus opposed Trump’s construction or reinforcement of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border:

Tucson is in Pima County, Arizona, the 6th largest county in the U.S. Last year, our Republican elected sheriff, Mark Napier, who has the responsibility for policing a county with 125 miles along the border, told lawmakers they would be better off giving a fraction of the estimated billions it would take to build the wall to law enforcement. He said, ‘I think it’s kind of a medieval solution to a modern problem, 10,000 years ago we were building walls around things, and here we are in 2017, and this is the best idea we can come up with?’ I agree with Sheriff Napier, as do many other law enforcement leaders.

In responding Dec. 19, 2018, to a questionnaire from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Magnus said it is important for police departments to have strong relationships with immigrants, regardless of their legal status. 

“There are many reasons to foster strong relationships with our immigrant communities,” Magnus wrote, adding:

The following list, while not all inclusive, highlights some of these:

—Immigrants (documented and undocumented alike), as well as the family and friends of immigrants, need to feel safe coming forward to report crimes and cooperate as witnesses to crimes without fear.

—From a crime deterrence standpoint it’s critical we avoid creating a subgroup of victims who are easily preyed upon because they are afraid to report crimes due to the threat that they or a family member will be deported.

—It’s important to ensure this vulnerable population will appear in court as needed to testify as victims or key witnesses in both civil and criminal cases rather than fearing the entire criminal justice system.

—Our intention is to partner with the residents of all neighborhoods in the community, regardless of documentation status, so we can make very area of the city as safe as possible through crime prevention initiatives and relationship building. 

—The immigrant population contributes to the social, economic, and cultural fabric of the entire community. It is critical they have a positive perception of the police in order to maximize the many contributions they can make to our city.

In a December 2017 op-ed in The New York Times, Magnus criticized Trump and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions while defending sanctuary cities, which refuse to help federal officials enforce U.S. immigration law. He also said that Tucson was “not technically a sanctuary city.” 

Magnus wrote in the Times:

I’m deeply troubled by the Trump administration’s campaign against ‘sanctuary cities,’ which refuse to turn over undocumented immigrants to federal authorities. Washington is trying to retaliate against them by withholding funding for things like crime prevention, drug treatment and mental health programs. … 

The harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric and Mr. Sessions’s reckless policies ignore a basic reality known by most good cops and prosecutors.

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