As calls explode for head of DHS to be fired, Homeland Security Chief of Staff unexpectedly resigns

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WASHINGTON, DC – According to reports, the chief of staff to President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Karen Olick, abruptly resigned on September 13th, citing that she’ll be leaving the agency at the end of the month.

A report from Politico noted that Olick proclaimed that she was leaving DHS at the end of September, reportedly in pursuit of “an undisclosed opportunity” according to the outlet.

This was confirmed in an email from Secretary Mayorkas sent to DHS officials, noting that Olick “has decided to resign her position and pursue new opportunities. We are grateful to Karen for her service during the critical first nine months of the new Administration.”

Jennifer Higgins, the current associate director of Refugee, Asylum and International Operations at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will reportedly be filling the void left by Olick once she leaves at the end of September, but Higgins’ serving as the chief of staff will only be temporary until a new appointment for the role is made.

In a note from Olick where she bid adieu to the agency, she shared the following sentiments:

“Though too often underappreciated by our fellow citizens, I am continually struck by how many millions of Americans sleep in safety every night because so many at DHS do not sleep.”

It’s unclear as of this writing what this undisclosed opportunity is that Olick has set her sights on, as she’s not spoken with any media outlets regarding her plans after leaving DHS.

The sudden resignation of Olick comes at a time where the Biden administration attempts to deal with the immigration crisis at the southern border.

Higgins has spent her career as civil servant, hosting over 20 years of experience working in the federal government.

Olick, on the other hand, was most recently a senior executive at SKDK, a strategic communications firm known as a contender in the realm of Democratic endeavors. She was most recently the firm’s ballot initiative practice leader, according to reports.

As if the border crisis weren’t already an issue for an untimely shakeup within the agency, DHS employees and senior officials have been working around-the-clock on other crises, such as dealing with Hurricane Ida’s aftermath and assisting in the vetting of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees who were evacuated from Kabul in August.

One DHS official who spoke with Politico said that some career DHS employees have expressed frustrations with the fact that career personnel in important security roles have had to go into the office, whereas top political appointees in the front office haven’t been held to the same standard.

This anonymous DHS official claimed that this sort of treatment going on within the agency is causing some morale issues:

“It’s impacted morale and caused tension that the political people are setting rules and the rules don’t always apply to them.”

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Congresswoman Lauren Boebert criticizes ‘Open Borders Pelosi’ over security fencing around Capitol

(Originally published September 10th, 2021)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Outspoken Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has taken House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to task on the subject of fencing around the Capitol, in light of Pelosi’s support of porous borders.

In her weekly press conference on July 8, 2021, Pelosi was asked:

“On Capitol security, have you been briefed at all on the ‘Justice for J6’ rally that’s planned for September 18, and if so, are you concerned that this could be a replication of January 6?”

The Justice for J6 rally is an event intended to show support for the nearly 600 demonstrators who are facing federal charges after being arrested after the events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Pelosi responded:

“Well, I, I, there are some briefings going on, at the appropriate level, to the committee of jurisdiction in our House, which is House Administration, and then we will be briefed after that.

“I’ll have an announcement about that, but I don’t want to say it right here, because it involves other people, in terms of briefing and knowledge of what is going on.”

Another reporter asked a followup question, saying:

“Are you planning to re-erect the fence, re-install the fence?  Do you have a view on that?”

Pelosi initially responded:

“Not necessarily, no.”

But next, apparently nevertheless hinting that the fence would indeed be installed again, Pelosi responded:

“We intend to have the integrity of the Capitol be intact.”

She continued:

“I’m not going into any specifics in that regard.”

Congresswoman Lauren Boebert tweeted a response to Pelosi’s statements, pointing out the hypocrisy inherent in Pelosi’s stance on open borders versus her intent to “have the integrity of the Capitol be intact.”

Boebert wrote:

“Open Borders Nancy Pelosi is getting ready to put the Capitol Fence back up.

“Nothing says “The People’s House” quite like razor wire.”

According to information obtained by the Associated Press, it does appear that Pelosi’s hinted Capitol fence reconstruction will come to fruition before the rally on September 18.

The Associated Press reported on September 8, 2021, that an anonymous source “familiar with the discussions” had tipped them off to plans by law enforcement to reinstall fencing.

The AP article stated:

“A security plan that is being finalized calls for a fenced perimeter on the streets immediately surrounding the Capitol building and the Supreme Court, though not around the congressional office buildings nearby, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement.”

Another anonymous source of the Associated Press, a House Democratic aide, reportedly informed the AP that “[t]he Capitol Police formally requested the fence to the board that oversees it, and it is likely to be approved.”

The AP also reported that Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) stated in an interview:

 “I wouldn’t be surprised to see the fence go up.” 

She added:

“The preparations are certainly going to be more than they were on Jan. 6.”

This is certainly not the first time Congresswoman Boebert has taken to social media over the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis.

In just the last two weeks alone, she has addressed several concerns with immigration.

For example, on September 4, she tweeted:

“Even the mainstream media is now admitting that the Biden regime has done a horrible job at vetting the people he allowed into America & that the whole situation is a disaster.

“They’ve already found people with terror ties.

“This is a crisis waiting to happen!”

On September 2, Boebert drew attention to the humanitarian crisis of missing children, saying:

“Even Mark Greenberg, who oversaw unaccompanied minors under the Obama regime, calls Biden’s situation “dismaying”.

“One in three children who illegally crossed our border are unaccounted for.

“WHERE ARE THESE KIDS, JOE?”

Also, on September 7, Boebert wrote:

“Border Patrol encountered 212,672 illegals in July at the border. 

“This is a 420% increase from last July.”

“Combine that with the unvetted Afghan migrant crisis.

“We have absolutely no idea who lives among us in our nation.”

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Terrifying report shows nearly 300K green cards given to immigrants from hijacker countries since 9/11

(Originally published September 14th, 2021)

Since 2002, almost 300,000 foreign nationals from countries where the September 11th, 2001, hijackers originated have been granted green cards in the United States.

On September 11th, 2001, a terrorist plan targeting New York City and Washington, D.C. resulted in the deaths of almost 3,000 Americans.

Fifteen of the hijackers entered in the United States via visas that were obtained in Saudi Arabian, with the other terrorists coming from countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.

According to data from the Department of Homeland Security, roughly 283,000 foreign nationals from 9/11 hijacker countries have been granted green cards since the year following the terrorist attacks, paving the way for naturalization.

The data demonstrates how the federal government has made hardly any changes regarding the pace at which foreign nationals coming from nations notorious for being a breeding ground for terrorism and anti-American sentiments are issued green cards.

Take for example, about 10,300 foreign nationals from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates were granted green cards to permanently live in the United States in the year following 9/11.

Four years later in 2006, the number of foreign nationals granted green cards had risen to almost 17,100.

More than 16,100 foreign citizens from 9/11 hijacker nations were granted green cards in 2019, the most recent year for which data is accessible.

Annually, roughly 1.2 million immigrants with green cards are brought to the United States under current legal immigration levels, which have been constant for over three decades.

Outside of those issued green cards, approximately an additional 1.4 million foreign nationals enter the country on different temporary visa programs.

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