Rep. Mast urges Americans ‘do not comply!’, says ‘ignore Biden’s illegal mandates like he ignores our immigration laws’

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WASHINGTON, DC- Last week, the current occupant of the White House, Joe Biden issued what is likely an unconstitutional dictate whereby he said he would direct the Department of Labor to force any business with 100 or more employees to coerce those employees into getting vaccinated against COVID or be tested weekly.

Remember, this is the guy who said he would “bring the country together.” Since January 20, he has done exactly the opposite.

The messages emanating from Biden and the White House which are supposed to be “based on science” are anything but. For example, his latest dictate, which also includes all healthcare workers, federal workers and workers who contract with the federal government includes one big unscientific exception—US postal workers.

Is there something in postage stamps which makes postal workers immune from COVID? No, however postal workers are the ones who are expected to deliver mail-in ballots nationwide, and Biden has likely received internal polling which says the postal union is not down with the forced mandate.

In other words, Biden is trying to pigeon-hole some 100 million Americans as being “unpatriotic” and pitting the vaccinated against the unvaccinated. This sends a convoluted message because one would think that if you were vaccinated, you have nothing to worry about from unvaccinated people. Yet here we are.

He’s also threatening to take the livelihood away from many of those 100 million people, who are actually working and not living off the government teat.

Shortly after Biden’s angry old man, “get off my lawn” type of speech, Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) advised Americans to “ignore Biden’s illegal mandates like he ignores our immigration laws.” Touché!

In a tweet, Rep. Mast said:

“Ignore Biden’s illegal mandates like he ignores our immigration laws. Keep your money and exercise your freedom. Do not pay fines, do not pay for tyranny!”

Mast wasn’t the only one to slam Biden’s dictatorial and likely illegal mandate.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) blasted Biden:

“From ignoring property rights, to shirking his duty at the border, and now, coercing private citizens to undergo a medical procedure, Joe Biden has shown a wanton disregard for the U.S. Constitution. As a would-be autocrat, Biden endangers the very fibers of this great nation. Freedom and agency are the hallmarks of the American experiment,” Lee said in a tweet.

Utah’s attorney general, Sean Reyes said his office is looking at the regulations and “will fight any unconstitutional limitation of individual liberties and privacy.” He also noted that the state has taken a “responsible” approach to the pandemic and such an “autocratic” mandate from the White House is unnecessary.

“Regardless of where you stand on vaccinations overall, the federal government should not be able to mandate such a personal medical decision to employers and individuals,” Reyes said in a statement.

Biden’s dictate is an unprecedented interference in private businesses by an overreaching government. Under the proposed OSHA mandate, any businesses which do not comply will be fined up to $14,000 per violation, according to the Wall Street Journal. In addition, the directive is expected to force businesses to provide workers time off to get vaccinated and/or to recover from any side effects of the jab.

It is mixed messages coming from Biden, the CDC and other administration officials that is causing so-called “vaccine hesitancy” and this latest unhinged dictate from the cognitively declined Biden is not expected to help overcome that.

Here’s an example of a convoluted tweet from Kamala Harris:

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) agrees with the assessment of mixed messages:

“Sadly, his [Biden’s} arrogant and heavy-handed approach is likely to make more and more people resist the vaccine,” he said.

Steward also said that the vaccine issue is much more complex than Biden is apparently understanding, or maybe he simply does not care.

“What if someone has experienced past sensitivities to vaccinations? Do  they already have natural immunities that may be even more effective? Are they pregnant? Do they have sincere religious concerns?” Stewart asked.

“No president has the right to ignore such legitimate scenarios, and someone’s ability to work and earn a living should not be threatened by an arrogant federal government.”

Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), who said he is a proponent of getting the vaccine, and who believes the chances of serious adverse reactions to the virus are slim still believes Biden is taking the wrong approach.

“That said, during a time of historic distrust of the CDC and federal health agencies, President Biden moving to illegally mandate private citizens at private companies be vaccinated is illegal and absurd. The announcement will only create more vaccine hesitancy and distrust of the federal government, the opposite of what we need in this moment,” he said in a statement.

Writing in National Review, Andrew McCarthy said Biden’s dictate is clearly unconstitutional. As he writes:

“There is no general federal health-care power. The constitutional exhortation for Congress to ‘provide for…the general Welfare of the United States’ (art. I, sec. 8) is not an open-ended authorization. Ours is a federalist system, the states presumptively govern their internal affairs, and Congress’s power to provide for the general welfare is cabined by its enumerated powers.”

Even if someone were to make the argument that Congress could possibly make a law mandating what Biden is attempting to, that would also not likely meet constitutional muster because the Constitution, as McCarthy notes “only permits Congress to regulate ongoing interstate commerce, not to coerce people into engaging in such commerce.” As he notes, “a vaccine is not even commerce, much less interstate commerce.”

In fact, McCarthy notes the recent opinion over the unconstitutional eviction moratorium gave an indication of how the high court might treat Biden’s latest foray into dictatorial politics.

In striking down the eviction moratorium, the Supreme Court ruled that when federal action “intrudes into an area that is the particular domain of state law,” Supreme Court jurisprudence requires “Congress to enact exceedingly clear language if it wishes to significantly alter the balance between federal and state power[.]”

In light of the clear unconstitutional (in our opinion) dictate issued by the cluelessly lost Joe Biden, we agree with Rep. Mast—“DO NOT COMPLY!”

For more on Biden’s issuing of illegal or unconstitutional orders, we invite you to:

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TEXAS- In a ruling on Thursday, August 19th, a Texas judge struck down President Joe Biden’s “sanctuary country” orders for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

These orders, which were first announced back in February, have allowed countless criminal illegal immigrants from local, state, and federal custody to be released into the United States.

At the time, the new guidance instructed agents not to pursue illegal immigrants for arrest and deportation until they have been convicted of aggravated felonies against Americans or identified as terrorists or gang members.

Aggravated felonies include crimes such a rape, murder, child pornography, sexual abuse or a minor, trafficking firearms, and theft.

In his recent ruling, Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary nationwide injunction sought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) that prevents the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing the orders that have kept several criminal illegal immigrants in the U.S. since Biden took office. 

As a result of the orders implemented back in February, illegal immigrants who were not recently convicted of an aggravated felony in the U.S. were released into American communities instead of being turned over to ICE agents for arrest and deportation.

Tipton’s recent ruling, however, blocks DHS from continuing to implement the orders. He wrote, he part:

“Although this case involves many issues of administrative and immigration law, its core concerns whether the Executive Branch may implement a policy that directly conflicts with laws that Congress enacted.

The answer is no. In the end, through all their detailed explanations of the Executive’s seemingly unending discretion, the Government substantially undervalues the People’s grant of ‘legislative powers’ to Congress.”

The judge added:

“Because the States have demonstrated that there is a substantial likelihood that portions of the Memoranda direct Executive Branch officials to act in a way that is contrary to Sections 1226(c) and 1231(a)(2), those actions of the Memoranda cannot stand and are hereby enjoined.”

He continued:

“Additionally, the Court enjoins the sections of the Memoranda described above because the States have demonstrated a substantial likelihood that the policy concerning detention of certain aliens set forth in the Memoranda is arbitrary and capricious under the [Administrative Procedure Act] APA and the Memoranda fail to comply with the APA’s notice and comment requirement.”

The judge concluded:

“This Preliminary Injunction is granted on a nationwide basis and prohibits enforcement and implementation in every place the Government has jurisdiction to enforce and implement the January 20 and February 18 Memoranda.”

Additionally, Tipton ordered the Biden administration to provide a monthly report on the number of illegal immigrants who were released into the U.S. the previous month after ICE agents did not detain them.

The court asks for each illegal immigrants’ name, the crime they are charged and were detained for as well as the reason they were not detained by ICE agents and the ICE official who made the decision not to detain them.

Tipton ordered the nationwide preliminary injunction to remain in effect pending a final resolution in the case or “until a further Order from this Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, or the United States Supreme Court.”

The case is Texas v. U.S. No. 6:21-cv-00016 in United States District court for the Southern District of Texas. Other states, such as Florida, Montana, and Arizona have also filed lawsuits against the Biden administration.

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House Democrats pushing to defund a police program, effectively allowing criminal illegal aliens to evade deportation

May 7th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic members are asking the House Appropriations Committee to defund a vital and effective ICE and police cooperative program in order to assist illegal aliens evade apprehension and deportation.

Dozens of House Democrats led by Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) in sending a letter to the Committee asking that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287(g) program be defunded.

“Squad” members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Presley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) joined 28 other Democrats in signing the letter.

The 287(g) agreements allow local law enforcement agencies to enter into agreements with ICE allowing local departments to identify illegal aliens and hand them over to ICE for processing and eventual deportation.

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ICE describes the 287(g) program as “mutually beneficial”:

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287(g) Program enhances the safety and security of communities by creating partnerships with state and local law enforcement agencies to identify and remove aliens who are amenable to removal from the United States.

The 287(g) Program continues to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from its partners. The mutually beneficial agreements allow state and local officers to act as a force multiplier in the identification, arrest, and service of warrants and detainers of incarcerated foreign-born individuals with criminal charges or convictions.”

Some of the criminal illegal aliens arrested by local police and subsequently turned over to ICE agents included those charged with drug trafficking, child rape, domestic violence, carrying a firearm without a license, aggravated assault, and felony embezzlement.

In 2019, the 287(g) program encountered 775 illegal aliens convicted for assault, 704 convicted for dangerous drugs, 145 convicted for sexual offenses/assaults, 173 convicted for obstructing police, 110 convicted for weapons offenses, and 21 convicted for homicide.

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Despite the success of the program, the lawmakers wrote that the 287(g) program should be defunded in the upcoming federal budget because it “degrades community trust in local law enforcement.”

Democratic House members wrote:

“As you begin to craft the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill, we write to ask you to eliminate funding for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency’s 287(g) program.

“It is critical for our nation to have humane immigration laws and systems that seek to build trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement, compared to a system of distrust and fear.”

The House members have joined an effort that began last month when Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) sent a letter to Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, asking him to terminate the agency’s 287(g) agreements with local law enforcement agencies.

The Democratic lawmakers wrote to Mayorkas, telling him that he must terminate the agreements:

“We write to you to urge you to immediately terminate all existing 287(g) agreements. These agreements undermine public safety and result in the racial profiling and harassment of immigrant communities.

“In order for our immigration system to properly represent our American values, it is paramount that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implement critical changes in how it seeks to enforce federal immigration law.”

In the letter to House Appropriations, the members said that continuing the program would be “irresponsible”:

“We are pleased that the 287(g) program did not receive any significant increases in funding from FY 2017 to FY 2020.

“However, with the lack of oversight, no clearly defined strategy for the 287(g) program, and a continued degradation in public trust of local law enforcement, it would be irresponsible for the federal government to continue funding this program. As such, we ask that all funding for the 287(g) program be zeroed out for FY 2022.”

President Biden, whose administration is struggling to control an immigration crisis at the southern border, has not addressed the Democrats’ call for termination of Section 287(g) agreements.

In February, a group of 60 House Democrats urged the President to end programs at the Department of Homeland Security that allowed for state and local police to assist in immigration enforcement.

Despite claims by Democratic leaders that the program needs to be defunded, those tasked with protecting the border and Americans disagree.

In his 2019 fiscal year report to Congress regarding the 287(g) program, Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matthew T. Albence wrote that the program has been highly successful:

“ICE firmly supports the 287(g) Program, which is a successful force multiplier in the identification and processing of aliens subject to removal from the United States.

“Participating state and local agencies allow ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations to refocus its jail screening assets in those jurisdictions to other at-large threats.”

Republicans have been critical of the administration’s handling, or failure to handle, the immigration crisis. A group of 12 Republican Senators led by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) urged the Biden administration to reconsider its immigration agenda in light of the rapidly expanding border crisis.

Elliot Spagat,  a journalist for the Associated Press, wrote in April that border encounters have soared since President Biden took office:

“Border encounters — a widely used but imperfect gauge that tells how many times U.S. authorities came across migrants — rose sharply during Donald Trump’s final months as president, from an unusually low 17,106 last April to 74,108 in December.

“They soared during President Joe Biden’s first months in office. Encounters totaled more than 172,000 in March, up from about 100,000 the previous month and the highest since March 2001.”

 

 

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