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WASHINGTON, DC- Let’s get to the heart of the matter. Dr. Anthony Fauci is a fraud. Never before has a more clueless individual gotten more media attention (well maybe with the exception of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez).
Fauci spends more time on television than doing what he is paid over $400,000 a year for doing. He has been wrong more often than he’s been right, and since the election of Joe Biden, has been more interested in pushing the panic narrative than being consistent.
No more is that the case than what is currently occurring at the southern border, and at least one United States Senator has taken notice, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
On Thursday’s broadcast of Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle, Graham suggested Fauci visit the border and “if he’s not compelled to shut down this illegal immigration program, I don’t want to hear anything you’ve got to say about baseball or restaurants.”
Since the border surge began in December and has accelerated since Biden was inaugurated, Fauci has remained silent.
This despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of illegal migrants entering the country have not been tested for COVID-19 and also in spite of the significant overcrowding in migrant facilities in border communities. And Graham for one has noticed.
Graham referred to comments attributed to Biden where he suggested the Texas Rangers MLB team significantly restrict the numbers of people who would be allowed to attend that team’s opening day baseball game.
Specifically, Biden said the team should listen to Fauci’s recommendations about limiting attendance at the game.
Graham contrasted that with Fauci’s not going down to the border and witnessing first-hand what is going on down there.
“Dr. Fauci, you need to go to the border, and here’s what you will see. You will see 900 people in a room built for 80.
You will see people living on top of each other, a 10% positive rate, where the positive people are intermingled with everybody else, and all these illegal immigrants are dumped off in Texas and the rest of the country.
So Dr. Fauci, you need to go down to the border…”
Graham then demanded Fauci “shut down this illegal immigration program,” while suggesting that if he wouldn’t, he had nothing to say about baseball or restaurants.
“So, Dr. Fauci, you need to go to the border, and if you’re not compelled to shut down this illegal immigration program, I don’t want to hear anything you’ve to to say about baseball or restaurants.
It is the biggest, in my view, COVID spreader in the world along the border, where thousands of illegal immigrants are coming to this country…”
Graham said that he was unconcerned about a Texas Rangers baseball game, and was more concerned about the large number of illegals flooding the border, being housed in squalid, tightly-cramped conditions in the midst of a global pandemic.
“So I’m not worried about the baseball game in Texas. I’m worried about illegal immigrants infecting the whole country given the policies that Biden has.”
It is highly unlikely that Fauci is going anywhere near the border. One thing we’ve learned over the past 14 months is that Fauci is a political opportunist and a media diva who seems more interested in how many boot licking members of the mainstream media worship at his feet than doing his job.
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TEXAS — The governor of the Lone Star State has criticized the Biden administration for allowing wretched and unsafe conditions at multiple detention facilities for unaccompanied migrant children.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said conditions at multiple Health and Human Services (HHS) detention facilities, which were hastily opened to accommodate increasing numbers of unaccompanied migrant children, are “unacceptable and inhumane.”
The Biden Admin. has turned a humanitarian crisis into a complete disaster.
One location where migrants are housed has no clean running water & has a massive Covid outbreak.
Another location also has a massive Covid outbreak.
They were unprepared for open border policies. pic.twitter.com/qRAHdwbRdt
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 19, 2021
In a March 19 press release, Abbott cited concerns of unsafe drinking water and COVID-19 outbreaks at different facilities:
“The water at the federally run unaccompanied minor facility in Midland was not proven safe prior to placing children in the facility. In addition, there has been a COVID-19 outbreak in the Carrizo Springs facility.
“The Biden Administration has been an abject failure when it comes to ensuring the safety of unaccompanied minors who cross our border. The conditions unaccompanied minors face in these federally run facilities is unacceptable and inhumane.
LISTEN: @GovAbbott sounds the alarm on the humanitarian crisis at the TX border, saying the Midland center has 'no proven clean running water'. He goes on to add 'more than 10% of migrants' at both the Midland & Carrizo Springs facility 'have tested positive for COVID-19' pic.twitter.com/CgTJPaGAbD
— America Reports (@AmericaRpts) March 19, 2021
“From a lack of safe drinking water in one location to a COVID-19 outbreak in another, the Biden Administration has no excuse for subjecting these children to these kinds of conditions.
“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 administration must act now to keep these children safe, secure our border, and end this humanitarian crisis.”
Progressive reporter Yamiche Alcindor called Team Biden out. https://t.co/klkxP51JlR
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 16, 2021
In the press release, the governor also announced the deployment of Texas Department of State Health Services resources and personnel to the federally run facility in Carrizo Springs to “investigate, identify, and combat” an additional COVID-19 outbreak.
In an interview with FOX News, Gov. Abbott said the Midland center has “no proven clean running water” and “more than 10 percent of migrants” at both the Midland and Carrizo Springs facilities “have tested positive for COVID-19.”
— KTRH News (@ktrhnews) March 19, 2021
The facility in Midland, Texas, is located at a former oilfield mancamp and had a massive COVID outbreak, with nearly 11 percent of the minors testing positive, Breitbart Texas reported. The outbreak was nearly double the statewide average of 6.5 percent throughout Texas.
Today, 174,430 Texans got a Covid shot.
The positivity rate has remained below 6.5% for a week.
Hospitalizations continue to decline.
Two important metrics will be achieved tomorrow.
Thanks, Texans, for all you are doing to crush Covid.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 20, 2021
HHS spokesman Mark Weber told the Associated Press the Biden administration put their plans to move more unaccompanied migrant teenagers to the Midland facility on pause after discovering that 53 of the 485 migrant minors tested positive for COVID-19 after being secretly moved by buses to Midland under the cover of darkness.
With the recent surge in unaccompanied minors since Biden became president, there have been growing concerns that his administration appears overwhelmed and unprepared to handle the crisis at the border.
"On March 2, the Donna complex was holding more than 1,800 people — 729% of its pandemic-era capacity, which is designed for 250 migrants, according to an internal CBP document reviewed by CBS News"https://t.co/8S1NIYykDX
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) March 13, 2021
After sneaking migrant minors into the Midland facility and trying to handle the growing influx of thousands of unaccompanied children, HHS officials had to work with FEMA to open an additional shelter.
A temporary facility was created at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas to place thousands of minors in what was called a “decompression shelter.”
Legal advocates checking on conditions for migrant children held in U.S. custody report many are afraid, unable to contact family members and have limited access to the outdoors. https://t.co/4ecyxxNaFA
— ABC News (@ABC) March 15, 2021
Breitbart Texas asked former HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison what a “decompression shelter” was.
“Who knows? Never heard that. I was the chief of staff of the agency that oversaw these things. I’ve never heard that term in my life. I have no idea.”
“I think it’s just, I think it’s just the, you know, the Democrats in the media colluding to change the name so the American people won’t know the full extent of the devastation and the crisis that they’re creating on the border.”
100 kids in a room. Mattresses just inches from one another. 200+ border agents diverted to care for children. 35 cases of coronavirus detected at one HHS facility. Senators describe conditions for children arriving alone at the border: https://t.co/AWHE6SJO3X
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) March 21, 2021
Despite a pledge for transparency from the Biden administration, media and lawyers representing migrant children have been banned from visiting migrant detention centers. Reporters are not allowed inside the Carrizo Springs facility for minors due to the COVID outbreak.
How would this shorten time in custody? @HHSGov and @CBP are unresponsive to public records requests, so how can we check? I requested to visit the Carrizo Springs facility and was told no due to Covid. When I last visited, they tore a page from my notebook. https://t.co/C4vyymFC7p
— Molly Hennessy-Fiske (@mollyhf) March 1, 2021
An unnamed spokesperson for the Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) allegedly told the Daily Caller News Foundation:
“The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is not hosting media tours of unaccompanied children (UC) facilities currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If media tours resume, we will send a media advisory.”
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had said he would look into why an ABC News reporter was told media would not be allowed to tour migrant facilities in Texas due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The press and the public do need to see the conditions in government facilities where unaccompanied children are being held – thanks to Sens. @ShelleyCapito & @ChrisMurphyCT for advocating on our behalf https://t.co/DGLdgvwbqy
— Michelle Hackman (@MHackman) March 21, 2021
CBS reported on prison-like conditions for children being held at detention facilities include minors reportedly taking turns to sleep on the floor because of overcrowding; not being allowed to call family; showering once a week; and going days without seeing sunlight.
Neha Desai, a lawyer representing migrant youth in U.S. government custody, said:
“It is deeply concerning to see young children in facilities for days on end, unable to take a shower, call their families or see the sunlight.”
We cant even take care of our own homeless crisis. How do we take care of those across the border illegally?
— kuoweiwang (@hmmblahhmm) March 17, 2021
Lawyers conducting oversight of the detention centers told Associated Press that they interviewed children who said they are kept so closely together and can touch the child next to them despite COVID concerns.
Biden’s administration has now denied the lawyers access to a tent facility in Donna, Texas. Leecia Welch, a lawyer with the National Center for Youth Law, told Associated Press:
“It is pretty surprising that the administration talks about the importance of transparency and then won’t let the attorneys for children set eyes on where they’re staying. I find that very disappointing.”
Biden Admin ‘Quietly Pressing Mexico’ To Help With Border Crisis https://t.co/1HSIFT40mo
— Gregg Jarrett (@GreggJarrett) March 21, 2021
Lawyers were not able to go inside the tent to inspect the reportedly harsh conditions for themselves, so Welch confirmed that they are piecing information together based on their interviews with the children.
The Associated Press also reported interviewing the mother of one 4-year-old girl from Guatemala who crossed the border March 5 with her aunt. Border authorities expelled the aunt and labeled the girl unaccompanied by a parent, placing her in the Donna tent.
The girl’s parents live in Maryland, and the mother said she didn’t know her daughter’s whereabouts until Sunday and didn’t speak to her until Monday.
According to the mother, the girl was unable to speak in a nearly 20-minute phone call:
“She cried as if something was going on, as if she was scared. I started crying when I heard her that way. It didn’t seem right to me.”
The next day, the mother tried to speak to her daughter again. The seemingly traumatized girl was no longer crying, but still unable to speak. The mother said:
“She didn’t say anything. I tried everything I could, but nothing.”
Sources in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector indicated they are still apprehending between 400 and 500 unaccompanied children each day, according to a report by Breitbart.
In addition, agents are holding, according to the source, over 2,100 unaccompanied children in Border Patrol facilities and cannot keep up with the backlog in processing and transfer to HHS.
HHS is responsible for providing detention space for the children under current law.
Harrison told Breitbart Texas that Biden shoulders the responsibility of the humanitarian crisis on the southern border:
“We actually had COVID protocols in place, you know, in these UAC [unaccompanied migrant children] shelters. They have undone the COVID protocols. You know, the same people who say schools can’t be open, the economy can’t be open, lockdowns forever, are undoing the COVID protocols in the shelters.”
Most Border Patrol facilities aren’t equipped for long-term detention, and children are forced to sleep on mats in cells where the lights stay on around the clock.
Last month, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced during a press briefing that the Biden administration ended the COVID capacity restrictions in facilities housing unaccompanied minors to ease overcrowding:
“We had to expand and open additional facilities because there was not enough space in the existing facilities if we were to abide by COVID protocols.”
— Joni Job (@jj_talking) March 3, 2021
Why wasn’t there enough space?
Harrison said the capacity issue came about as a direct result of Biden eliminating successful programs put in place during the Trump administration:
“We didn’t have a capacity problem. When Joe Biden took office, we had a lot of excess capacity.
“The reason there’s a capacity problem doesn’t have anything to do with shelters, or the number of buildings. The reason there’s a capacity problem is because Joe Biden has supercharged the magnet incentivizing record numbers of illegal immigrants across our borders illegally. That’s why there’s a capacity problem.”
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