WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, April 30th, a group of illegal immigrants and open border activists were arrested by members of President Joe Biden’s secret service after reportedly blocking an intersection near the White House.
While blocking the intersection, the illegal immigrants and open border activists were demanding that Biden give them amnesty to permanently stay in the United States.
According to reports, a couple dozen activists affiliated with the open borders organization Movimiento Cosecha sat by a security checkpoint near the White House complex delaying Biden’s motorcade. The self-described “comrades” sang:
“We are not afraid. We will live for liberation because we know why we were made.”
They also chanted in Spanish, demanding “permanent protection for all 11 million” illegal immigrants living in the United States. In the press release announcing the protest, the protesters said they were “no longer” satisfied with the “crumbs” from the Biden administration.
Gema Lowe, an immigrant organizer with Movimiento Cosecha, said in the release:
“President Biden ended his first 100 days in office with broken promises and insufficient action for my community. Biden originally committed to a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants. Now, he is ready to pursue a ‘piecemeal’ strategy instead that would exclude me and millions of others who have lived in this country for decades.
“We deserve better. That is why today I am willing to risk arrest, detention, and deportation to demand papers, not crumbs.”
Immigration Protestors have blocked exit of White House delaying Biden’s motorcade to the airport. pic.twitter.com/AyBugTadpy
— Andrew Leyden (@PenguinSix) April 30, 2021
Group organizer Hector Morales said in a statement:
“The current legislation the Democrats are pushing only focuses on a small portion of undocumented immigrants. Even though I would qualify under the current Dream and Promise Act, I am risking arrest today to tell President Biden that I won’t accept piecemeal bills that exclude and criminalize my own community members.”
“I won’t accept these crumbs. We need permanent protection for all.”
The Hill reported that the action, which was titled, “Paper Not Crumbs” was organized by Movimiento Cosecha, which is an organization that advocates for the rights of undocumented immigrants.
“We’re going to do a civil disobedience action because I felt that we need to start doing drastic things in order for not just the politicians, but the public, to understand that we need to fight for our own liberation and our own rights.”
CBS News reported that within Biden’s first 100 days, there was a record increase in arrivals of unaccompanied children at the the southern border. Biden’s promise to place 11 million undocumented immigrants on a pathway to permanent legal status faces an uphill battle in Congress.
A White House official said the Biden administration is “focused on rebuilding” the U.S. immigration system and reversing the hundreds of immigration changes made in the past four years.
Cosecha members, wearing shirts that say "100 Days of Empty Promises" have been in a stand off with Secret Service for an hour around the perimeter of the White House.
Biden, this is the message we're sending to you. We're done waiting around & we won't settle for crumbs pic.twitter.com/SHqsOB4oIr
— Movimiento Cosecha (@CosechaMovement) April 30, 2021
The official also stated that the Trump-era rules that remain in place after Biden’s first 100 days could still be discontinued at a later date. The official said:
“We’re taking our time to do it right. We’ve had to sort of crawl out of a bit of a mess from the previous administration.”
One of Biden’s key promises was to raise refugee cap to 125,000 up from the 15,000 set by President Trump. According to the Associated Press (AP), the Biden administration is no where close on this promise.
At first the White House said it would stick to Trump’s 15,000 cap due to “humanitarian concerns,” but after facing backlash from Democrats, it shifted gears and said Biden would increase the historically low cap on refugees set by Trump.
However, this is unlikely to get all the way to the 62,500 that Biden previously had planned and the numbers actually admitted this year are likely to be closer t0 15,000.
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Biden administration’s immigration policies earn traffickers $14M per day while costing taxpayers billions
March 22nd, 2021
TUCSON, AZ – As the Biden administration struggles to control the onslaught of immigrants at the U.S.- Mexico border, criminal organizations trafficking people over the border earned as much as $14 million dollar a day in February.
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) March 22, 2021
Former Tucson Border Patrol Chief Roy Villareal told Fox News that trafficking women, children, and single adults has become a multi-billion dollar industry:
“A lot of these vulnerable populations use their life savings. Some are essentially indentured servants and they’re working off this debt for a long period of time. In other cases, some of these migrants are asked to transport narcotics or some form of crime to work off a different part of their debt.”
According to smuggling fee revenues estimated by the Customs and Border Patrol, traffickers made $411.5 million in February ferrying people from Mexico and other Central American countries to the U.S. border.
That breaks down to approximately $14.7 million per day.
Coyotes who smuggled people into America made up to 14 million dollars PER DAY! https://t.co/m5rBcvMsUF
— Kelly Nash🎙️ (@KellyNashRadio) March 22, 2021
News of the windfall for traffickers comes as the border crisis spikes under the Biden administration’s promise to ease border enforcement, in contrast for his predecessor. Former President Donald Trump took a hard line against immigration, and demanded strict enforcement along the border.
Border enforcement is costing taxpayers over $5 million day, based on 2019 figures provided by the Health and Human Services Department.
Adding to the financial burden, the Biden administration awarded an $86 million contract to provide hotel rooms to hold 1,200 migrant families after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) overran holding capacity.
The contract with Texas-based nonprofit Endeavors will provide temporary shelter and processing services for families who have not been expelled from the United States but have been placed in immigration proceedings for their removal.
— Israel News Links (@IsraelNewsLinks) March 22, 2021
Endeavor’s President and CEO Jon Allman said:
“(The money will go toward) critical services to migrant families, which is a continuation of services we have delivered to the migrant population since 2012.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been a vocal opponent to the Biden administrations’ lax enforcement policies. He said in a statement:
“The Biden Administration has been an abject failure when it comes to ensuring the safety of unaccompanied minors who cross our border.
President Biden’s refusal to address the border crisis is not only enabling criminal actors like human traffickers and smugglers, but it is exposing innocent unaccompanied children to illness and potentially unsafe living conditions.”
The growing crisis on the southern border is growing by the day, according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who said on Tuesday:
“In more than 80 percent of cases, the child has a family member in the United States. In more than 40 percent of cases, that family member is a parent or legal guardian. These are children being reunited with their families who will care for them.”
Mayorkas defended the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis, which he refused to call a crisis:
“We are encouraging families, not to send their children along the dangerous journey because so many do not make it safely. We are encouraging them not to do so. Yet, if they arrive at the border, we have a responsibility to allow them to make their claims under United States law.”
Biden Flag Flies in Mexico Tent City!
Border Crisis Intensifies
What ’Rona? No Social Distancing
— SkyMax ✟ (@Sky_Max) March 22, 2021
In addition to tax money through government agencies flooding into the border crisis, non-governmental agencies have also been seeking taxpayer support to provided services at the border.
In San Diego, the county asked the California delegation to reimburse Jewish Family Services for shelter, food, transportation and case management for hundreds of migrants taken in since January.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) asked for a breakdown of the expenses, but the county has not responded. Rep. Issa stated:
“They did hold a gun to our head because they were asking for money to non-government organizations that take on these refugees. And they wanted an indeterminate amount of money for something permanent. And they wanted basically a blank check.
“The NGOs are happy to take federal dollars to do social work. But at the end of the day, the taxpayers on the hook and probably for a long time to come.”
White House press secretary has no good answers for border crisis—still says it's not a crisishttps://t.co/rcRztY4bBk
— Joe Jackson (@JoeJ1513) March 22, 2021
The Biden administration has feigned surprise at the influx of refugees arriving at the southern border, but form Trump immigration officials say they were warned. Former Ice Chief Ken Cuccinelli said:
“During the transition, we told them what would happen if they went this route. So, it is both predictable and predicted. And they went down this route. So you have to ask yourself why did they do that, and the answer is they want this flood at the border.”
There is no border crisis if you dont believe in borders. https://t.co/wRJ0IA4k8Y
— James Jay Carafano (@JJCarafano) March 22, 2021
This week, Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) will lead a delegation of 14 House member to the southern border to review the situation. Arrington said:
“I don’t think that folks in the federal government, whether it’s Mayorkas or it’s members of Congress, are prepared to witness what’s going on at the border as a result of President Biden’s policies. I heard the clip about Mayorkas saying we’re encouraging people to not cross the border.
“The fact is, actions speak louder than words. And the policies taken together are saying, come one, come all, violate our laws and we won’t detain and deport you.”
'(Biden) created a humanitarian crisis down here at this border': Rep. Michael McCaul | ABC News https://t.co/iUBVePebpW
— BanglaViral (@BanglaViral) March 22, 2021
The Biden administration made so many promises for leniency at the border during his campaign that he had to backtrack last week. The President sent a message to immigrants approaching the border:
“I can say quite clearly: Don’t come. We’re in the process of getting set up, don’t leave your town or city or community.
Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called the situation at the border a “Biden border crisis”:
“This crisis is created by the presidential policies of this new administration. There’s no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis.”
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