After severe backlash from the American public, Biden “drops” proposed $450K payouts to illegal border crossers

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to reports, after severe backlash from the American public, President Joe Biden is dropping his original plans to provide $450,000 payouts to nearly 1,000 illegal immigrant families. 

For several months, Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) were in settlement talks with border crossers represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who claim they have suffered trauma as a result of former President Donald Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy.

Shortly after the news of the payouts the Biden administration was looking to give, ACLU attorneys involved with those talks told the Wall Street Journal that the settlements previously considered have been dropped by the administration.

The settlements previously considered were upwards of $450,000 per border crosser, nearly costing about $1 billion in American taxpayer money and more than was given to the American victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

Instead, the DOJ will litigate the border crossers’ claims individually. ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt told the Wall Street Journal:

“We are hardly naive that politics sometimes plays a role in Justice Department decisions, but it is shameful that it happened when the lives if little children are at stake. History will not look kindly on the Biden administration’s decision not to stand up for these small children.”

After severe backlash from the American public, Biden "drops" proposed 0K payouts to illegal border crossers

 

In the settlement talks, about 940 illegal immigrant families had filed claims against the federal government and each was asking for an average of $3.4 million as a result of their being subjected to the Zero Tolerance policy.

According to recent reports, those talks had stalled as a result of massive public outcry with polls showing overwhelming opposition to the payouts. 

Nearly 63 percent of Americans told CBS News/YouGov pollsters that they are opposed to the payouts, including 64 percent of swing voters and even 4-in-10 voters who supported Biden against Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Polls from Rasmussen Reports and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) showed similar results where a majority of Americans, including likely swing voters, oppose the payouts. 

Angel Families, those who have lost loved ones from illegal immigration, slammed the payouts as a “plan to create millionaires out of over 5,000 illegal alien families” in a statement to Breitbart News.

Don Rosenburg whose son Drew Rosenburg was killed by an illegal immigrant in 2010 and Maureen Maloney whose sone Matthew Denice was killed in 2011 by an illegal immigrant, wrote in an open letter how Biden plans to reward border crossers while American victims of open borders are ignored. They wrote:

“On its face, none of these illegal aliens deserve anything more than a removal back to their country of origin. Paying these families anything compared to the amount paid to our fallen soldiers and victims of 9/11 shows how completely devoid of reality this administration is, but we already knew that.”

Not only are Angel Families left to deal with the loss of their loved ones, without any financial help from the federal government, but they often struggle to sue the sanctuary jurisdictions that sometimes aid the illegal immigrant suspects in a case. 

Former President Trump endorsed a plan, initially authored by Sen, Thom Tillis (R-NC), that called for the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act that would give Angel Families the right to sue a sanctuary jurisdiction if it had helped shield an illegal immigrant suspect. 

In his last State of the Union address in 2020, Trump said:

“The United States of American should be a sanctuary for law-abiding Americans, not criminal aliens.”

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Report: Afghan refugees under Biden get free food, housing, $2275, but questionable vetting

December 15th, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under the Biden administration, thousands of Afghans transported to the United States are receiving free food, housing, and $2,275 in federal aid, along with questionable vetting.

According to the Washington Post, as Afghan refugee families are moved from temporary housing and care on military bases to cities throughout the United States, resettlement agencies are struggling to keep up with the volume of families waiting for permanent housing and additional aid.

KTRH NewsRadio reports that the White House has provided a “loose” estimate of 95,000 Afghans total coming into the United States.

The Washington Post notes:

“Federal officials say they are working to spread the evacuees to different parts of the country as they begin to shut down the temporary housing camps at seven military bases that are still home to 34,000 Afghans. 

“The process is expected to be completed by mid-February.”

In some areas of the country, Oklahoma for instance, resettled refugees are being offered “free housing” to relocate there.

The Post adds:

“The evacuees are each entitled to receive $2,275 in federal support that is meant to cover housing costs, job training and other expenses over a three-month period once they are matched with a resettlement agency.”

Funding for such expenses is covered nationally by massive dollar amounts earmarked for Afghan refugees.

As we previously reported, Congress has now authorized a total of $13.3 billion for the Biden administration to settle Afghans in the United States.

Other areas of the country are working on additional local funding for Afghan refugees.

For example, according to Breitbart, New York taxpayers will be covering at least $5 million in relocation expenses, after Governor Kathy Hochul (D) earmarked an additional $2 million for that purpose.

Also for example, in Oregon, Yahoo News reports that SB5561, passed on December 13, 2021, will “support Afghan individuals and families with housing, education, legal aid, job training and culturally-specific support as they settle in the state.”

The news outlet goes on to note:

“Of that $18 million, $5.25 million has been earmarked for short-term food and shelter, $2.9 million will support case management services, $5.9 million will be for rental assistance and $2.89 million is for immigration and legal services. 

“An additional $807,600 will be available for culturally specific assistance and interpretation classes.”

These costly efforts are not without criticism, especially given the question of vetting, or possible lack thereof, of these Afghan refugees.

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According to Breitbart, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that “not all” of the thousands of Afghan refugees entering the country have been interviewed by federal law enforcement, even though that is “standard vetting protocol.”

Ira Mehlman, spokesperson for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, recently told KTRH NewsRadio:

“We need to be concerned about the fact we really don’t know who is has gotten out of Afghanistan. And at the same time, we need to be doubly concerned about the growing humanitarian crisis in that country.”

He added:

“We have no idea for the most part who those people are.”

Mehlman continued:

”Most of them no doubt are just decent people who understandably wanted to get out of there. But as we’ve learned at a very high cost, it only takes a few people to cause an awful lot of trouble.”

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton echoed these sentiments.

Noting that the “federal government has not shared its vetting procedures with Texas,” Paxton told Alex Marlow:

“We don’t have any confidence in the Biden administration [to vet Afghan migrants].”

He continued:

“When you look at the border and how they’re just inviting people to come across … obviously the cartels are involved in every transaction, because you have to pay them to get across the border….

“We’ve got the Biden administration helping the cartels, helping them import drugs, helping them import COVID into our state, helping them import sex trafficking and other human trafficking…. and yet here we are with the Afghan refugees.”

Paxton went on to say:

“I don’t know that we’ll vet [Afghan refugees] at all. I think it’ll just be whatever the federal government says they’ve done. We won’t really know if it’s true. 

“We won’t even know if they’ve done anything, and so, they’ll be dropped wherever the federal government wants to drop them, and they’ll disappear into our society. 

“We’ll never know, until something bad happens, if we have a terrorist.”

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Fort Dix, overwhelmed with Afghan refugees, now larger than half the towns in New Jersey

Originally published December 7, 2021

FORT DIX, NJ- As the Biden administration opens the country up to pretty much anyone who wants to come here unabated, the New York Times reports that one of the military bases Biden opened up to Afghan refugees is now “larger than half the towns in New Jersey” in terms of population, Breitbart reports.

Fort Dix in New Jersey is among a number of military bases where Biden has converted them into virtual refugee camps, housing over 70,000 Afghans in temporary housing after they were flown to the United States with minimal vetting, reports say.

In total, Biden is hoping to resettle some 95,000 Afghans to the United States with plans to scatter them among 46 states.

Currently, Fort Dix is housing approximately 11,000 Afghans, with additional “refugees” arriving every week through Philadelphia International Airport. According to the Times:

After fleeing Afghanistan as the Taliban seized power, she and her mother and four siblings were routed through Germany before arriving at what has been known as Liberty Village, a community that swelled nearly overnight to hold a population larger than half the towns in New Jersey. [emphasis added]

It is the only location still accepting new Afghan arrivals from overseas, according to the Department of Homeland Security. It is likely to be among the last sites to shut down, based on its housing capacity and proximity to Philadelphia, the main U.S. port of entry for the new arrivals, officials said Thursday as they offered the first media tour of the encampment. [emphasis added]

As many as four planeloads of Afghans continue to arrive in New Jersey each week from overseas safe havens where 3,300 people are waiting their turn to enter the United States as part of the largest evacuation of war refugees since Vietnam. [emphasis added]

Thus far, according to the latest information, Biden has brought some 36,000 Afghans into the U.S. since September, with another 37,000 still temporarily living on U.S. military bases awaiting resettlement. At Fort Dix alone, over 3,500 Afghans have left the base to be resettled throughout the U.S.

Thanks to Republicans, Biden’s “get Afghans to vote Democrats when we give them amnesty” program received a jolt, with 19 Senate Republicans and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) breaking ranks and voting with Democrats to give Biden an additional $7 billion in American taxpayer money to fund the resettlement operation.

All told, Biden’s scheme will set back the American people a cool $13.3 billion, which also means the operation now has no end in sight. Under the funding bill, foreign nationals who claim to have been impacted by the withdrawal in Afghanistan as “individuals at risk” who are then allowed to take part in “relocations” to the United States.

Since Bush started the Afghanistan military operation in 2001, the Afghan population in the United States has exploded. As of 2019, 133,000 Afghans lived in the U.S., over three times the 44,000 Afghans who called the U.S. home prior to the start of the war.

Another statistic shows that most Afghan arrivals in the U.S. live on welfare. Terrific.

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This op-ed is written by Chelsey Poisson, a U.S. Army Veteran, Emergency Department & Trauma Nurse, Clinical Researcher, Internationally Published Author and the Executive Director at the HunterSeven Foundation – one of the “charities of choice” for Law Enforcement Today.  

The fall of Afghanistan has evoked many emotions within the American public and specifically the Veteran community. Widespread conversations about the wellbeing of the allies have evolved, but something that is yet to be addressed is the wellbeing of the service member as it relates to the evacuation.

While many Afghans have been saved from the imminent threats, the mission to support these allies is far from over. The health conditions rooted in the poverty and environmental exposures of the Afghanistan region plague the masses that will migrate to the United States.

Assuring our Afghan supporters are medically assessed, screened, and treated is the humanitarian, ethical thing to do. We owe it to them.

As an organization focused on military exposures, the HunterSeven Foundation views this current situation as a potential exposure for military personnel – not only for those that supported evacuation efforts in-country, but also individuals that are working on military bases or healthcare facilities that may be treating the refugees.

Let us explain why we believe this is an important topic and one that should be a part of the conversation relating to the Afghanistan withdrawal.

We are specifically talking about tuberculosis (TB), a disease that has been nearly eradicated in the United States but remains prevalent in Afghanistan.

Tuberculosis is one of four communicable diseases of “public health significance” that restricts entry and makes immigration inadmissible in the United States. In 2019, active forms of tuberculosis infection were present in nearly a half million Afghans, a number suspected to be drastically underreported.

In comparison, during the same year, the United States reported approximately 9,000 cases of tuberculosis (74% of those being born outside of the country).

Tuberculosis, a minuscule sized bacterium, can survive approximately six months outside of the body if protected from sunlight – making close quarters ideal for exposure and potential transmission, occurring from something as simple as a cough, sneeze, or conversation.

Tuberculosis can be in an inactive or latent state – meaning one does not show signs or symptoms but does possess the bacteria and can activate an infection under immunocompromising circumstances: states of chronic, prolonged stress, fatigue, poor diet, and malnutrition – all in which are currently impacting the Afghan refugee population and our military service members.

In America, we have the capabilities to reduce widespread disease and can do so with preventative measures. The question is – are we screening TB infections as part of the intake process for these refugees and for those that are on active duty assisting them?

And if not, what is the potential fallout of thousands of Afghan people being transported to the US and allied countries with a potentially life-threatening infectious disease?

If not properly screened, those with TB could inadvertently spread the illness to people with whom they are in immediate contact, including service members that assisted in the evacuation and provide relocation support. 

For our service members, active tuberculosis is not currently common, but remains a diagnostic concern among healthcare professionals in deployed settings for numerous reasons.

It is unclear if standard deployment protocols, which include infectious disease screening, will be in place for those supporting the evacuation efforts. It is our hope that both the refugees and service members will be screened for potential exposures.

The fallout of an infectious disease outbreak could be a massive burden to the medical infrastructure as specific treatments, services, and equipment are required to properly control TB.

Moreover, the impact of an outbreak within a military unit could cause a significant reduction in effectiveness.

Understanding exposures, in conjunction with preventative healthcare measures, is the best way to maintain the highest level of warfighter health.

As a team of medical researchers and combat veterans, we, at HunterSeven Foundation are always thinking about potential exposures to our military and how to educate our fellow service members about their risks.

We’ve tracked toxic exposures in Afghanistan through our research, but this current situation proves that the exposures tied to that region pose a greater threat to our community. It is our duty to ask, “how are we protecting our military from this potential exposure?”

And to determine how we can best educate service members about their risks and exposure potential.

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