Report: Biden administration appears to engage in almost complete media blackout of true border crisis

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DEL RIO, TX- The conditions at the border have gotten bad and appear to be getting worse, putting a strain on law enforcement resources in border states such as Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

According to law enforcement sources, the acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is touring the southern border in the Del Rio (TX) Sector, however there is apparently a media blackout on the tour.

According to Breitbart News, government officials denied Breitbart Texas an interview with acting senior CBP official Troy Miller about his observations during the border tour, and what is being done to address the crisis at the border.

According to Breitbart, CPB issued a “sharp” response, saying, “Sorry but this is strictly a no-media visit,” when asked by Breitbart Texas about the acting commissioner’s availability for a media visit and to answer questions.

This is, Breitbart notes a continuing pattern of a virtual media blackout to control the messaging on what is becoming an untenable crisis at our southern border.

CBP released a statement in which they addressed recent apprehensions along the border. Miller stated, “Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the border is not open, and the vast majority of people are being returned under Title 42. Do not believe smugglers or others claiming otherwise.”

However according to Breitbart, the scene on the ground seems to paint a different picture as to the status of the border, that is whether it is truly closed or not.

In addition, Breitbart reported that officials with knowledge of the apparent media blackout, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “The situation with media relations now is night an day compared to the last administration.” 

“We have been advised not to speak on immigration issues at the border and to rely on DHS’s Office of Public Affairs and the White House Press Office to handle messaging.” 

They noted the verbal order only applies to senior law enforcement leaders within the Department of Homeland Security, and carries with it no expiration date. 

Moreover, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said in a recent interview on the Fox News Channel, “I can tell you this, those numbers of people that are being released, they’re purposely withholding that information.” 

“I now know that they’re bringing people from McAllen over to Laredo, processing them in Laredo, and they’re going to release them in my community,” Cuellar said.

“I’ve seen this before, don’t let the local communities know what you’re doing, where they’re starting to bring people in from the valley, process them in Laredo, release them at a bus station. And again, I’ve seen this before in the past.” 

Miller’s visit to Del Rio is one of several planned during the upcoming week, according to sources, Breitbart reports. Sources said that Miller toured the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo Sector prior to his arrival in Eagle Pass, Texas on Friday.

Since January 20, Border Patrol facilities have been virtually overrun with illegals entering the country, a sharp reversal of the situation in the prior four years. Biden reversed nearly all of the Trump administration policies which had been largely successful in stemming the flow of illegals into the country.

Also, Biden has promised an amnesty plan for those getting into the country no matter how they do so, and that is once again encouraging additional migrants to cross the border into the US.

Last month, CBP apprehended nearly 100,000 migrants, a number they said which had not been seen since 2006, when George W. Bush was president. The bulk of the apprehensions occurred in Texas-based sectors.

Border Patrol officials emphasized that those apprehensions don’t include what they refer to as “got-aways.” Those are the estimated number of illegals who cross the border but who are not captured, Breitbart Texas reported. During the first five months of this fiscal year, CBP officials estimate around 118000 got-aways—nearly double that for the entire FY2020.

Typically, VIP visits are not announced other than a few local Border Patrol leaders who are informed on a “need to know” basis,” sources told Breitbart. On many occasions however, field agents are invited to hear leadership who may offer words of encouragement—but that is no longer happening.

In addition, in stark contrast to transparent policies under the Trump administration, the current one does not invite news media to witness what is going on at the border. It’s staggering reversal of transparency.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration is employing what can only be described, Breitbart notes as a “nothing to see here” approach to media relations, as well as the apparent secrecy surrounding the current immigration crisis at the southern border.

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ARIZONA– Illegal aliens crossing the border from Mexico into the United States has been a continuous problem over the years. Former President Donald Trump intended to combat that problem by building a wall along the border, which angered many Democrats and liberals. 

Since taking office, President Joe Biden has halted the construction of the wall, and has yet to make a decision on if he will let the current wall remain in place. 

Many immigrants have associated Joe Biden’s presidency with an open door policy on immigration. 

On Monday evening, February 1st, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 11 Iranian citizens after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, Fox News reported

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, around 6 p.m. Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents encountered the group near San Luis, a city in the southwest corner of Arizona, near County 21st Street and the Salinity Canal.

Agents determined the group, which consisted of five females and six males, had entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico. Agents arrested the group and took them into custody. 

The Customs and Border Protection has said that Yuma Sector agents regularly encounter people from all over the world crossing the border illegally, including people from “Special Interest Countries.”

In the last few years, Border Patrol agents at the Yuma Sector have apprehended more illegal crossers from Iran than all other Border Patrol sectors combined. Since October, Yuma Sector agents have apprehended 14 Iranian nationals. Fox News reported.

It is reported that the way Joe Biden’s administration is viewed by immigrants, along with disastrous hurricanes that hit Central America, immigration scholars say they expect a wave of people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to try to cross the U.S.-Mexico border this year. 

Andrew Selee, president of the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, wrote in November in Americas Quarterly magazine:

“Heading north will continue to be seen as an option,”

He went on to say:

“President-elect Joe Biden has promised to do things differently, treating migrants and asylum-seekers with dignity.”

Selee warned that sudden policy changes could encourage would-be border-crossers to flood north.

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Report: Biden orders on immigration have put DHS, ICE into state of confusion over border enforcement

January 31, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC- Richard Andrew Cloward and his wife Frances Fox Piven had nothing on Joe Biden.

Cloward and Piven developed something called the Cloward-Piven strategy, which seeks to destroy capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy. Basically throw as much mud as possible at the wall and see what sticks. This is government under Joe Biden.

By issuing dozens of executive orders in around a week, it is hard to keep up with the damage Biden is doing to the country. Among Biden’s directives is one that will have a significant impact on our border security. Let us explain.

According to Breitbart News, Biden signed two executive orders, released through a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo which has left Immigration and Customs Enforcement confused as to their enforcement duties.

Former ICE Director Thomas Homan told Breitbart that, “It’s a mess,” speaking of Biden’s orders and directed toward the agency’s staff.

Biden’s order bans the agency from deporting nearly all illegal aliens for 100 days, an order which has at least been temporarily blocked by a federal judge. The executive order would ban deportation of all illegal aliens with the exception of those convicted of “aggravated felonies.”

The directive would also ban ICE agents from arresting illegal aliens who are not convicted felons, known or suspected terrorists, or newly-arrived border jumpers, Breitbart said.

Sources told Breitbart that the memo has led to mass confusion at the DHS, with no direction offered as to how ICE agents can arrest and detain illegal aliens who have not yet been convicted of aggravated felonies, with no end goal for their removal. ICE facilities are not set up for long-term detention.

“If an MS-13 gang member gets arrested for child rape, ICE can’t take him because he hasn’t been convicted,” Homan said.

“Even if he has a final order for removal, if he posts bond, ICE cannot touch him.”

This is merely another example of Democrats, in this case embodied in the person of Joe Biden throwing down with criminals while screwing over law enforcement.

The memo, Homan noted, was poorly written, and received no input from the immigration division at DHS for input, Homan said. Biden’s choice as deputy of the Domestic Policy Council for Immigration, Esther Olavarria is believed to have helped draft the memo, although she was not a signatory to the document.

“Nobody with immigration enforcement experience was at the table when they were writing this memo,’ Homan said.

Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy at the Center for Immigration Studies noted that DHS would typically conduct a conference call with a number of the agency’s officials prior to issuance of such a directive and noted that none of the typical protocol was followed in this case.

“I’ve talked to ICE officers in the field who said they are completely confused and concerned and as a result the managers told them to do nothing because nobody knows what they can do,” Vaughan told Breitbart.

“The language is not specific…there was no trainings or briefings.”

“’Confusion’ is the word I’ve heard most often from my ICE sources,” Vaughan continued.

An internal email which noted to “release them all” created a great deal of confusion at the agency, causing many at ICE to be “taken aback,” Breitbart said. The federal government later attempted to clarify that message, claiming it was only in reference to detainees at high risk of contracting the Chinese coronavirus.

Breitbart said they reached out to ICE, where an official seemed unclear about what the internal email had suggested.

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to make custody determinations on a case by case basis, in accordance with U.S. law and Department of Homeland Security policy,” the unnamed official said.

“During the course of routine operations, individuals can be released from custody based on the particular facts and circumstances of their cases,” the official continued.

“Additionally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, ICE continues to release detainees when possible or when directed by court order to maintain a detention capacity at or below 75% recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

In addition to the memo, Biden directed DHS to stop the “Remain in Mexico” policy implemented under President Trump, where illegals entering the U.S. were returned to Mexico while the U.S. processed their asylum claims. Trump’s directive effectively ended the policy of illegal border crossers being released into the interior of the U.S.

Meanwhile, thousands of migrants have been approaching the United States border with Mexico, emboldened by Biden’s promise to basically open up the country’s borders to anyone wishing to enter without penalty.

Immigration officials are currently trying to figure out how they will handle the anticipated influx of illegals into the country either seeking asylum or just deciding they want to come here and take advantage of the Democrats’ “Welcome to America” policy.

Since October, the number of apprehensions at the southern border has exploded, with nearly 208,000 illegal border crossers being apprehended in the first quarter of FY 2021—the highest level of illegal immigration over this time period in 20 years.

So what you have is millions of American citizens who are out of work due to the policies of Democrat governors and Biden welcoming illegals into the country who will be completing for a smaller number of jobs.

Welcome to Joe Biden’s America.

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