SOUTHWEST BORDER – During a ten-week period, more than a half-million migrants crossed the border illegally.
Border patrol is overwhelmed by the massive number of migrants crossing the southwest border.
More than a half-million migrants illegally crossed the southwest border with Mexico during a 10-week period ending on May 15. https://t.co/64sHW8GUCs
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 22, 2022
The El Paso sector is now the site of a major surge in migrant crossings.
According to Breitbart, agents in the El Paso Sector detained approximately 5,000 illegal migrants in their processing center just on Monday. Fifty percent of this number is made up of Haitian migrants.
An anonymous source who spoke to Breitbart commented that at the expense of local government and charitable resources, hundreds of migrants are being released into El Paso.
Migrant apprehension in the El Paso Sector has surpassed 1,500 and is at more than double its capacity. The Del Rio Sector is reporting that they are nearly 40 percent beyond their capacity.
The number of migrants detained in the El Paso Sector now surpasses detention levels in the Rio Grande Valley and Del Rio. https://t.co/XVwD5t9FFI
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 22, 2022
April set a record for apprehensions. Agents put more than 201,000 illegal migrants in custody. These numbers exceed records set during the Clinton administration.
Even though U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials stated the borders of the United States “are not open,” the April report shows otherwise.
In 2020, there was a record-level low number of apprehensions. 16,182 migrants were apprehended during that period of time. April 2022 revealed 201,800 migrant apprehensions. This is a steep increase of almost 1,150 percent in just two years.
EXCLUSIVE: 364K Migrant Got-Aways Already Recorded in 2022 https://t.co/DKru9loN7x
— BreitbartTexas (@BreitbartTexas) May 2, 2022
An additional 364,000 illegal migrants fled and successfully crossed into the United States. Add that to the already 1.2 million who were apprehended just in 2022.
Chris Magnus, CBP Commissioner, remarked in a written statement during the release of the April Southwest Land Border Encounters report
“The fact is that our borders are not open, and we will continue to remove those who enter our country unlawfully and have no legal basis to stay.
After many months of planning, we are executing a comprehensive strategy to safely, orderly, and humanely manage our borders.”
The southwest border with Mexico is a dangerous location. It is disorderly and tragic. Almost two dozen illegal migrants have drowned in April in the Del Rio Border Patrol.
Reports show the hazardous and life-threatening conditions that are occurring in human smuggling operations at the border.
Videos from Eagle Pass and the Rio Grande Valley continue to reveal illegal migrants crossing.
CUBA— Cuba’s government isn’t taking back nationals deported from the U.S. Currently, tens of thousands are attempting to leave the island behind and gain entry to the U.S. during its most recent massive exodus.
Since October 2022, approximately 46,000 Cubans have left Cuban and found their way to the U.S. via the Mexico border. During that same period, only 20 Cubans willingly returned to their home country.
The Obama administration developed a deal with the Cuban government to return Cubans who came to the U.S. illegally. President Trump made changes to parts of the relationship with Cuba.
Cuba has stopped accepting deportations of its nationals from the U.S., ICE says https://t.co/IKkeL8xOpj
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) April 13, 2022
In the following years, deportations soared but came to a halt in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Then, in October 2020, Cuban reopened the island but again stopped flights until November 2021. But, they did not receive any deportations, regardless of the airport being open.
Obama’s deal with the Cuban government enabled the Department of Homeland Security to oust Cubans coming to the border through what has been called “expedited removal.”
In contrast, those who were found at sea were generally sent back immediately. Yet, the majority of Cubans have been allowed to proceed with a normal immigration process and seek asylum.
President Trump pulled out of many of the Obama administration’s policies with Cuba saying in 2017,
“Our policy will seek a much better deal for the Cuban people and for the United States of America.
It’s hard to think of a policy that makes less sense than the prior administration’s terrible and misguided deal with the Castro regime.
The outcome of the last administration’s executive action has been only more repression and a move to crush the peaceful democratic movement.
Therefore, effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.”
Cubans are able to apply for permanent residence after living in the U.S. for one year and a day due to the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966. They are also exempt from Title 42.
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,
“The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 (CAA) allows Cuban natives or citizens living in the United States who meet certain eligibility requirements to apply to become lawful permanent residents (get a Green Card).”
By March 2022, there were approximately 40,450 Cuban nationals in the U.S. ICE has confirmed that there is a final order of removal from an immigration court on them.
According toU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement:
“ICE ERO removes noncitizens from the United States who are subject to a final order of removal.
ERO facilitates the processing of undocumented non-citizens through the immigration court system and coordinates their departure from the United States.
ERO’s robust removal program reduces the number of noncitizen absconders in the U.S.
Removal management involves planning and coordinating removals across the country and developing and implementing strategies to support the return of all removable noncitizens to their country of origin.
ERO removal operations require complex coordination, management, and facilitation efforts to successfully remove/return noncitizens from the United States.
ERO accomplishes this mission through contract/chartered flights and commercial airlines for escorted and unescorted removals.
In collaboration with the ICE HSI Office of International Operations and the Department of State, ERO also works with international partners to successfully execute removal operations.”
The U.S. is being blamed by Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Ministry which has said that the current surge in migrants is the fault of the U.S.
They allege that U.S. policies “encourage illegal and irregular” migration.
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PHOENIX, AZ- As the administration sends troops to protect the border—no, not our border—the border between Ukraine and Russia, one border state attorney general has had enough, the Washington Times reports.
On Monday, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a legal opinion in which he said the surge of illegals crossing the border from Mexico into the United States meets the legal definition of an “invasion” under the United States Constitution.
Brnovich’s ruling only applies to the legal auspices of the situation, and he noted it is up to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to make the actual determination, which would allow the state to “defend itself” under Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution.
“The on-the-ground violence and lawlessness at Arizona’s border caused by cartels and gangs is extensive, well-documented, and persistent. It can satisfy the definition of ‘actually invaded’ and ‘invasion’ under the U.S. Constitution,” Brnovich, a Republican wrote in his opinion.
Article 1, Section 10 reads:
“No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.” [emphasis added]
According to Constitution Annotated, this section “contemplates the use of the state’s military power to put down an armed insurrection too strong to be controlled by civil authority…” [emphasis added]
Clearly, Brnovich seems to be on the right track, since not only Arizona but also New Mexico, California and Texas have been basically overrun by an “armed insurrection” otherwise known as Mexican drug cartels.
Brnovich was asked for an assessment by a member of the Arizona state assembly. This is just the latest in a war of words between border states (basically Arizona and Texas, which have borne the brunt) and the Biden administration as the crisis at our southern border has spiraled out of control.
Estimates say that over two million illegals were encountered on the southern US border last year, and that number doesn’t include the “got-aways.”
Yet despite all of that, the administration has basically seemed to turn a blind eye to the crisis. Kamala Harris, who was put “in charge”
It is difficult to even get the administration to admit there is a problem, let alone what is amounting to a full-scale invasion of our country.
Some who know exactly what is going on the border are sheriffs, who are dealing with the criminal fallout of the invasion.
Sheriffs, as well as a bipartisan group of elected officials, say the word “’crisis’ undersells what they’re seeing,” the Washington Times reported. Some border cities, in fact, have declared states of emergency over the situation.
Brnovich’s opinion however ratchets the situation up one of constitutional concern.
The attorney general said that the key sections in the Constitution aside from Article 1, Section 10, is Article IV, Section 4, which requires the federal government to guarantee each state a republican form of government and to “protect each of them from invasion.” On that point, the federal government is failing miserably.
Of course, not everyone agrees with Brnovich. The CT Post citing the AP reports that Paul Bender, a constitutional law professor at Arizona State University disagrees.
“I think the invasions the Framers had in mind were organized invasions by the governments of other countries, not by disorganized undocumented aliens,” he said.
Read Article IV, Section 4 again—it doesn’t differentiate who the “invasion” is coming from…it merely says “protect each of them from invasion.” Period.
The framers of the Constitution were careful not to restrict the states because there were a number of them which were fearful of a powerful central government, which is why any powers not specifically granted to the federal government are reserved for the states. Bender is wrong, in our opinion.
Brnovich agrees with our assessment, noting that the Constitution’s “state self-defense and invasion clauses are not limited to an invasion by a hostile state.”
Ducey, who is unable to run for reelection due to term limits responded to Brnovich’s ruling through a spokesman, saying Ducey has already had National Guard troops at Arizona’s border for nearly a year. Brnovich is seeking the Republican nomination to run for US Senate in the state.
For more on the border along with an actual admission that the border crisis is out of control, we invite you to:
WASHINGTON, DC – The DHS Secretary admits that the border crisis is worse now than it has been in 20 years according to audio leaked that was obtained by Townhall.
Current Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas met with several members of the Border Patrol on January 26th to discuss several issues.
During the meeting, Mayorkas admitted that the increasing number of illegal border crossings has made the job worse for those in charge of securing our border.
During a recording of the meeting, obtained by Townhall, Mayorkas said:
“The job has not gotten easier over the last few months, and it was very, very difficult throughout 2021. I know apprehending families and kids is not what you signed up to do.
And now we got a composition that is changing even more with Cubans, Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, and the like, it just gets more difficult…
“I know the policies of this administration are not particularly popular with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, but that’s the reality and let’s see what we can do within that framework.”
During the meeting, an unidentified federal agent stood up and asked the question that probably a lot of others in attendance were thinking…how border security is the main mission for the agency and yet they are allegedly not allowed to patrol the border.
The agent alleged that Border Patrol was being used to process thousands of illegal aliens into the country as opposed to securing the border.
After the agent asked the question, he allegedly turned his back on the secretary who responded:
“Let me just say, you can turn your back on me, but I’ll never turn my back on you.”
Another agent took the opportunity to point out the overcrowding that has been reported at different processing sites, including in the Yuma Sector where the meeting was occurring.
The agent told Mayorkas that it is not their job or responsibility to be processing illegal aliens and taking care of the family units.
Another asked Mayorkas why the number of illegal aliens was low in the Migrant Protection Protocols (Remain in Mexico) after the Biden Administration was ordered by a judge to reinstitute the practice.
Mayorkas conceded that the number of illegal aliens in the program were not sufficient:
“The numbers are not where they need to be. I agree with that.”
The policy was enacted under Republican President Donald Trump which forced those seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to remain in Mexico while their asylum cases played out. This was one of the first policies that President Biden suspended when he took office in January of 2021.
The administration was forced to reinstate the policy by U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk of the Northern District of Texas.
Later in the meeting when Mayorkas and the agents were specifically speaking about the overall conditions at the southern border, Mayorkas slipped:
“Look, it’s worse now than it, frankly, has been in at least 20 years, if not ever.”
One person who agrees with Mayorkas on this point is Steven Kopits who is with the Princeton Policy Advisors. Kopits analyzed the number of illegal aliens that will come into the country this year will outpace last years. He said:
“Given the comparatively steady pace of apprehensions, we might expect recent experience under the Biden administration to continue.
Under such circumstances, we forecast 2.1 million apprehensions for both calendar year and fiscal year 2022, both records besting not only all other administrations but even the Biden administration’s disastrous first year.”
While the reported numbers of illegal alien apprehensions are alarming, at least to some, another number is not addressed. That would be the number of illegal aliens that have come into the country undetected.
It would be easy to assume that those numbers, like the apprehensions, have also increased since President Biden has taken office. However, unlike the number of apprehensions made, there is no possibility of accurately estimating that number.
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