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Texas | April 16, 2021

Poll: Hispanic Approval of Biden’s Border Response Lower than Rest of America

Texas | April 16, 2021

Overall, only 29 percent of Americans say they approve of Biden’s handling of the pandemonium occurring at the border. Even lower, just 27 percent of Hispanics approve and 25 percent of whites. A majority—56 percent of black Americans—support Biden’s response to the crisis.

A recent report from the Washington Post reveals border crossings reached a 15-year high in March:

More than 171,000 migrants were taken into custody along the U.S. southern border in March, the highest monthly total since 2006, according to preliminary U.S. Customs and Border Protection data reviewed by The Washington Post.

The extraordinary increase — up from 78,442 in January — underscores the magnitude of the challenge facing the Biden administration, especially as it races to add emergency shelter capacity for an unprecedented number of teenagers and children crossing without their parents. Numerous tragedies have been reported at the border in recent months, including the fact that a 6-month-old baby had to be pulled from the Rio Grande River by border agents after human traffickers tossed the child into the waters….

 

(Excerpts from Charlie Kirk)

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Arizona | April 13, 2021

State AG sues Biden administration over immigration policies that harm the environment

Arizona | April 13, 2021

Brnovich alleged that the administration has not complied with its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which generally requires federal agencies to weigh the potential environmental consequences of policies prior to their implementation

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is suing the Biden administration over its immigration policies, citing questions over whether recent decisions comply with environmental regulations.

Brnovich alleged that the administration has not complied with its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which generally requires federal agencies to weigh the potential environmental consequences of policies prior to their implementation.

During an interview with Fox & Friends on Monday, Brnovich, a Republican, said NEPA is habitually used by Democrats to stop projects like highway projects and airport reconstruction.

“It is estimated that every person, every migrant that crosses our desert is bringing six to eight pounds – plastic bags, drug paraphernalia, backpacks – that’s left in our desert ,” Brnovich said. “That’s about a million pounds of trash in one month … [but] because it’s Biden doing it, somehow everyone’s getting a pass. And it’s not right.”…

(Excerpts from Fox News)

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South Carolina | April 13, 2021

Governor Blocks Biden Administration From Bringing Unaccompanied Children From Border

South Carolina | April 13, 2021

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order on Monday that prohibits the federal government from bringing unaccompanied children from the U.S.-Mexico border to South Carolina.

McMaster issued the executive order in response to inquiries from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration of Children and Families about if the state had resources to place unaccompanied children in the state’s foster care facilities and group homes.

Michael Leach, the head of the South Carolina Department of Social Services, told McMaster about the federal government’s inquiries about taking children from the border and placing them in South Carolina’s foster care and group homes, according to a letter (pdf) dated on April 8.

“South Carolina’s children must always be given first priority for placement into foster care and the State’s strained resources must be directed to addressing the needs of its children,” McMaster stated….

(Excerpts from The Epoch Times)

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Ohio, Texas | April 11, 2021

Republican House Judiciary Members Witnessed Border Crisis

Ohio, Texas | April 11, 2021

McALLEN, Texas — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) led several Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee on a two-day visit to McAllen this week where they witnessed the ongoing border crisis, and all the members — as they recapped their visit — said the Biden administration was at fault for surging numbers of illegal migrants.

Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 170,000 migrants crossing the southern border illegally in March, a 72 percent increase from February. As Breitbart News reported, in the first two full months of President Joe Biden’s time in office, February and March, apprehensions were at a combined total of nearly 210,000, while in the last four months of former President Donald Trump’s tenure, apprehensions were at a combined total of just over 280,000.

Jordan, the ranking Republican member on the Judiciary Committee, gathered from speaking with Border Patrol agents that the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, also known as Remain in Mexico — which Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspended on his first day as president — is imperative to reinstate as a first step in controlling the migrant influx….

(Excerpts from BreitBart)

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Iowa | April 10, 2021

Iowa Governor Declines Request to House Unaccompanied Minors

Iowa | April 10, 2021

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said her state can’t receive unaccompanied minors amid the unfolding border crisis, which she says was caused by President Joe Biden, adding that he has a duty to correct the situation.

Reynolds, a Republican, told WHO radio earlier this week that she declined a request from the Biden administration to come up with foster care for children who illegally cross the border.

“We don’t have the facilities. We are not set up to do that,” Reynolds said. “This is not our problem, this is the president’s problem.”

The governor also explained that there are Iowa children that still need to be placed in foster homes at the moment…

(Excerpts from The Epoch Times)

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Texas | April 9, 2021

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise Posts Video – 100 Illegal Immigrants Cross Border in a Single Hour

Texas | April 9, 2021

The border crisis is “out of control,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said in a video shot as a group of more than 100 illegal immigrants trooped across the border.

“This is out of control. It’s the middle of the night. We’ve seen dozens of children flow freely across the border in just the past few minutes. This is the reality of [President] Joe Biden’s disastrous amnesty agenda,” Scalise tweeted on Friday.

In the video posted to Twitter from McAllen, Texas, Scalise highlighted the out-of-control flood of illegal immigrants crossing the border….

(Excerpts from WJ News)

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