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(RepublicanWire.org) – During a Senate hearing on Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas appeared to change his tune when it comes to the southern border after saying earlier in the week that it is secure.

The secretary’s responses on Thursday were a change from what he told a House committee on Tuesday. When asked by Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., if the southern border is secure, Mayorkas said, “Yes, and we are working day in and day out to enhance security, congressman.”

Mayorkas the same series of questions the head of Border Patrol was asked by Florida officials earlier in the year, the first of which being whether the southern border is in a state of crisis.

“The entire hemisphere is suffering a migration crisis,” Mayorkas said. “We are seeing an unprecedented movement of people from country to country. It is not restricted to the southern border.”

The secretary cited “unprecedented” movement of people out of Venezuela, with many currently situated in Colombia.

Portman, not interested in Colombia or Venezuela for the purposes of the meeting, repeated his question about whether there is a crisis at the border.

“We are seeing a significant challenge at the southern border, as we are seeing it throughout the hemisphere,” Mayorkas said.

Portman’s next question was about whether there is an unprecedented number of migrants crossing the border, and Mayorkas confirmed that this past year it has been “the highest on record.”

Later in the hearing, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., challenged Mayorkas to provide some information about what the Biden administration plans to do about an expected increase of migrants crossing the border when the Title 42 public health order is no longer in place to allow swift deportation of illegal immigrants from countries affected by COVID-19.

“Secretary Mayorkas, you and I have talked about Title 42 for about 18 months, and I’ve asked you the question, what happens when Title 42 goes away, and for 18 months you’ve said we’re working on it,” Lankford said. The Republican then pointed to the recent court order calling for Title 42 to be lifted, after the Biden administration had previously failed to lift it on its own.

“But we’re still waiting to try to figure out what happens now and how many are about to cross the border,” Lankford continued. “What’s the plan for dealing with this massive migration, illegal immigration coming now post Title 42?”

Mayorkas responded by saying the administration’s plan remains the same as it was in April, and that they “have indeed been executing on the plan.” The secretary then briefly outlined a six-pronged approach that includes a surge of resources — personnel, technology, transportation and more — to the border; increasing the processing efficiency of Customs and Border Protection; increasing the consequences for entering the country illegally; strengthening nonprofit organizations and police at the local and state levels; targeting smuggling operations; and working with other countries to the south “to deter irregular migration.”

Retired ICE director, Tom Homan, joined Brian Kilmeade on “Fox &Friends” earlier in the week, and revealed what is really happening at the border.

(RepublicanWire.org) – GOP gubernatorial candidate in Arizona Kari Lake went on CBS’ Face the Nation to tell President Joe Biden time is up and he has failed at the border. She said she will form a compact with other states to enforce the border laws if Biden will not.

Major Garrett started by saying, “your website is detailed and specific on the question of immigration and border security. You call, if elected as governor, for Arizona to join other states to form what you call a compact to carry out border security separate from the federal government, including arrest and detention. For the benefit of Arizona voters, can you explain the legal and practical application of this approach?”

Lake expalined, “well, of course, if you know the Constitution, you know that Article 4, Section 4 calls for the federal government to protect us from invasion, and under Joe Biden’s lack of leadership, we just aren’t seeing that. And we have an invasion at our border, the cartels, these Narco terrorist groups have operational control.

And they’re using Arizona to smuggle people, to traffic children and to traffic the most dangerous drug we’ve ever seen, fentanyl. 

And so we’re going to invoke our Article One, Section 10, basically, authority to take care of our own border and protect our own border. It’s right there in black and white in the Constitution.

And we meet all three criteria, we have an invasion, our people are in imminent danger, and time is of the essence. There’s no time for delay.

So we’re going to have other states offer help. I’ve already got a couple other governors who are willing to help out.

And I know that if you ask people in other states that are not border states, they deem this crisis on the border as one of the top issues facing our country–

Major Garrett said, “would Arizona?”

Lake continued, “with young people dying of fentanyl poisoning right now.”

Major Garrett asked again, “would Arizona go it alone if it didn’t get this compact agreement with other states?”

Lake answered, “yes, we will. But I believe we will get help. I’ve already talked to some other governors and they’re- they’re vowing to help us out wherever they can, because they realize that what comes into Arizona, fentanyl, people coming here illegally, children being trafficked, doesn’t stay in Arizona, it goes to all 50 states. And I just spoke last week to a mother and father who lost their son. And it’s just tragic. We’re losing more people to fentanyl in Arizona, since Joe Biden took office than we lost in 9/11 or during COVID.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Republicans have had enough of President Biden and his administration’s inability to secure the border, and are effectively taking the matter into their own hands. That was exactly what the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick said he was going to do during a Saturday taping of “Fox and Friends”.

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R-TX) stated, that that state will “keep those buses coming” as long as the southern border remains unsecured.

“I’m serious about this. The legislators are serious about this. The people of Texas are serious about it,” Patrick began. “The other thing I’d want to do, we’re spending, by the way, to put this in perspective to all these whiny babies up in these blue states, ‘Oh, this is such a crisis.’ We normally spend $400 million a year on border security.”

“We’re spending over $4 billion of Texas taxpayer money, money we could spend on health care, on education, on more roads, whatever it might be, $4 billion a year.

We have our National Guard there on the border,” the Texan explained, adding, “This is a financial burden on us. But most importantly, it’s an invasion of our state.”

State and local officials across the Lone Star State have begun to use the language of invasion in an effort to not only call it what it is, but also set the legal foundations for additional action by law enforcement to secure the border, per the Texas Tribune.

Just this past week, two more Texas counties, Wharton and Burnet counties, called for “additional measures to secure the border, stop the invasion at the border, and protect our communities.” They join 27 other Texas counties that have released similar resolutions, according to The Center Square.

Texas itself has spent billions of dollars attempting to fill the void left by the Biden administration via Operation Lone Star which utilized state national guard troops to patrol the Rio Grande.

“I’ve said it for a long time, I’m not shy about the word. But we have to do this the right way.

But I will also propose that since we’re spending so much money, I’d like to hire every Border Patrol agent on the border,” adding, “Every one of them. There’s about 8,000.”

We can afford to do it, hire them and make a new state border guard so that Joe Biden doesn’t have one person left. And by the way, the Border Patrol agents are heroes in my book.

They hate working for this guy. I think they love working for Texas…”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said under oath that President Biden’s border policies have “no consequences” for illegal migrants traveling into the U.S. and are to blame for the unprecedented surge at the border and release of hundreds of thousands into the interior of the country.

Ortiz’s assertions, which came during a recorded deposition from July 28 as part of discovery in a lawsuit by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody against the Department of Homeland Security and other border agencies.

Ortiz, who has more than 31 years of experience in law enforcement, told attorneys representing Florida that he believes migration will increase at an exponential rate at the southern border because there are no “consequences” in place to curb the tide of migrants flooding into the U.S.

“In my experience, we have seen increases when there are no consequences,” said Ortiz during the deposition.

“So, if migrant populations believe that they’re going … there are not going to be consequences, more of them will come to the border. Is that what you’re saying?” questioned the attorney.

Ortiz responded: “There is an assumption that if migrant populations are told that there is a potential that they may be released, that, yes, you can see increases.”

“So, it will increase at an exponential rate. Is that what is being suggested here?” continued the attorney.

“Well, I do think it will increase, yeah,” responded Ortiz.

In addition, the attorney pressed Ortiz, asking, “Since President Biden was elected, does this document indicate that aliens illegally entering the United States perceive that they will be able to enter and remain in the United States?”

“Yes,” he told the lawyers while under oath.

During the deposition, Ortiz went on to testify that the southern border is currently in crisis and replied “yes” when asked if the border is “less safe for Americans and aliens alike.”

Ortiz said he agreed with a statement by the plaintiff attorney that “unprecedented numbers” of migrants have illegally entered the U.S. this year. There have so far been more than 2 million migrant encounters with Border Patrol this fiscal year, already surpassing the historic 1.7 million encountered last fiscal year.

Ortiz’s testimony comes after DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said during the Aspen Security Forum that although the situation is a “historic challenge,” the border is “secure.”

“The Biden administration caused the surge, made the border less safe and is flagrantly violating the very federal laws they swore to uphold. The Biden administration is putting hard-working border patrol agents in impossible and untenable positions — risking their lives and safety, and I want to thank Chief Ortiz for testifying truthfully at his deposition,” Moody said.

The lawsuit brought by Florida is set for trial in January 2023 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) claimed the state’s plan to bus illegal immigrants to liberal cities like New York is not political, and the Lone Star State will keep doing so until the Biden administration makes an effort to address the border crisis, during an interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Monday.

“First of all, this is all voluntary. We’re not forcing anyone to get on the bus. Secondly, that’s part of the agreement. You’re going to the destination. And this is not political, Bill. If it’s political, it’s from the mayor who said he’s going to send door knockers to Texas for the November election to help Democrats. That’s the person who’s made it political.” Patrick explained.

“And by the way, Mayor, don’t threaten Texas. And also, he may spike the Republican turnout so much with that rhetoric — that he’s sending New Yorkers to Texas — that the Republicans might send him an award after we blow them out in November. But that’s the politics of it. They turned it into politics. This is a disaster.”When asked what Texas had to prove, Patrick replied that the Biden Administration needs to address the crisis at the nation’s Southern Border.

“Well, first of all, every mayor of a big blue city, which are most of the top 25 in the country, should be on notice,” he proclaimed. “Look out your window, you might see a bus coming to you one day in the future, and the buses are going to keep coming.” While Patrick admitted he hadn’t heard of any liberal mayors contacting the White House, he still took time to highlight the extent of the problem. “We’ve had now 400,000 people in the Del Rio sector in the last year. The population of that town is 36,000. That’s more than ten times the population,” he added. “It would be like us sending 80 million to New York. We’re desperate, Bill, we gotta make this a story — and no one else is covering it but you Fox News. And so, if we can put pressure on all these Democrat mayors around the country, maybe they’ll pick up the phone and call Joe Biden and say the border is not secure.” America needs to put pressure on the Biden Administration to address this pressing problem, before the future of the country is caught up in this mess.

(RepublicanWire.org) – New York City Mayor Eric Adams threatened to send New Yorkers to Texas to campaign against the state’s Gov. Greg Abbott days after the first busload of migrants arrived in New York City.

According to a Friday press release, Abbott has bussed 6,500 illegal migrants to D.C. and, now, New York City, from the Texas Southern border since the governor announced “Operation Lone Star” in April following the CDC’s announcement that it would end Title 42 restrictions on border crossings.

“We are sending them to the United States Capitol, where the Biden administration will be able to more immediately address the needs of the people that they are allowing to come across our border,” Abbott said when he announced the plan in April.

Abbott sent the first busload of migrants to New York City Friday, saying in a press release that he hoped Adams “follows through on his promise of welcoming all migrants with open arms so that our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief.”

Mayor Adams reacted to the move in a press conference Tuesday.

“I am deeply contemplating taking a busload of New Yorkers to go to Texas and do some good ol’ fashion door knocking,” Adams said, “because we have to — for the good of America, we have to get him Abbott out of office.”

Adams blasted Abbott for sending illegal migrants to his city Monday, calling the move “horrific.”

“And New York is a city that has always represented the Democratic values, the values of our city, showing our compassion, that’s what we’re doing today,” Adams said.

“Because of the Mayor’s poor leadership, high taxes and out of control crime, people are already volunteering to leave New York City without the Mayor asking,” Gov. Abbott’s office stated.

The New York Post asked Eric Adams if he has asked or plans to ask Biden or federal agencies to change the open-border policy and stop the endless flow of illegal border crossers from entering the country. “Shockingly,” Adams said he has no interest in doing so.

Abbott’s spokesman said in a statement, “We hope the Mayor of New York City will come to Texas and campaign for Beto O’ Rourke. He should stop by the Border as well to see the real humanitarian crisis President Biden has created.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador asserted that the Biden administration’s immigration policies have contributed to a surge of migrants that has overwhelmed facilities at the southern border in recent weeks.

President Biden reversed several Trump-era immigration measures, loosening restrictions for asylum claimants and ending a policy that required migrants to remain in Mexico while making their case to enter the United States. Lopez Obrador said the changes prompted migrants fleeing harsh conditions in Central America to risk the journey to the border.

“Expectations were created that with the Government of President Biden there would be a better treatment of migrants,” Lopez Obrador said at a press conference. “And this has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so.”

The Biden administration has resisted calls from GOP lawmakers in recent weeks to declare a crisis at the border and tighten immigration restrictions in response to the surge. More than 15,000 unaccompanied migrant minors are in custody at federal facilities, according to CBS News.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reiterated this week that the southern border is closed. He said the Biden administration has no plans to expel unaccompanied minors who cross the border despite strained capacity at border facilities.

Earlier this week, Biden said he plans to visit the border “at some point.”

US officials were set to meet with counterparts in Mexico and Guatemala for discussions on how best to address the border crisis. Lopez Obrador argued Tuesday that US support for economic development in Central American nations would aid the root cause of the migrant surge.

“People don’t go to the United States for fun, they go out of necessity,” Lopez Obrador said, according to Reuters. “There needs to be support for the development of Central America and the south of Mexico. Particularly Central America.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – During congressional hearings focused on the Biden border disaster, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas indicated that the Biden administration was considering diverting resources from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help illegal immigrants if and when the Title 42 controls ended.

Title 42 expulsions are removals by the U.S. government of persons who have recently been in a country where a communicable disease was present. Biden has slated to end them on May 23.

Republicans are slamming the administration for this proposal.

…Several representatives have sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas about the ‘mishandling’ of the border and called the possible usage of VA personnel at the border ‘deeply troubling’ as it is already hard for veterans to see doctors.

‘Moving VA medical staff away from our veteran’s healthcare needs to examine illegal immigrants is a recipe for disaster,’ the letter, written by Georgia Representative Jody Hice, said. ‘Wait times for a veteran to see their doctor can average 22 days and reach as high as 42 days. This is unacceptable mismanagement of federal government resources by the Biden administration.

‘Biden’s failed open border policies are no excuse to funnel resources away from our veterans. Our men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our liberties and our country’s sovereignty deserve the best resources for their health care needs.

‘The Biden Administration must provide the American people answers. Even the thought of abandoning our veterans’ care for the needs of illegal aliens is disgraceful.’

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says he still hasn’t received an answer from Biden on these plans.

In his letter, Cruz urged the president “to secure our Southern border and immediately renew Title 42,” a public health authority that’s allowed federal agents to quickly expel illegal immigrants during a public health emergency. The Biden administration announced it was ending it May 23. Unless halted by the courts, border officials say ending Title 42 will result in roughly 18,000 people rushing the southern border a day, overwhelming Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement as a result.

“The Department of Homeland Security has been considering potential strategies for dealing with the anticipated influx of migrants when CBP’s Title 42 authority is revoked,” Cruz said in a statement. “Reportedly, one such strategy, according to a source from within CBP, includes diverting VA medical personnel and deploying them to the border. The CBP source went on to say ‘we’re going to take medical services away from people … who went to combat … to give free medical attention to illegal migrants.’”

This “is completely unacceptable,” Cruz said.

Congresswoman Mary Miller (R-IL) sent a letter yo Biden’s Veterans Affairs Secretary asking if any resources from the VA will be diverted from serving our nation’s veterans to deal with the crisis Biden has created on our southern border.

“We need to ensure that no money that was set aside to help our veterans is being diverted to the southern border,” Miller said. “VA resources should be used for our veterans, not to manage President Biden’s self-created crisis at the southern border. Instead of depriving our nation’s heroes of resources, the Biden administration should reinstate the effective border security policies of the Trump administration and complete construction of the border wall.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – The state of Texas has filed another immigration-related lawsuit against the Biden administration following changes to asylum and parole procedures along the border deemed illegal.

The suit filed by Attorney General Ken Paxton is the 11th one related to border and immigration issues.

“I protested the proposed version of these rules back in October 2021, and, unsurprisingly, Biden found a way to make it worse, so I’m suing,” Paxton noted in a statement.

“The last thing Texas needs is for this Administration to make it easier for illegal aliens to enter the U.S. and obtain asylum through false claims and less oversight. We know what’s going to happen when the rule goes into effect in May 2022: wave upon wave of illegal aliens claiming ‘asylum,’” he continued.

“It’s true that our immigration system is extremely backlogged. But the answer is to secure the border, not overwhelm it even more by enacting cheap, easy incentives for illegal aliens to get into the United States,” he added.

According to his complaint, Paxton seeks to block the Department of Homeland Security from implementing a policy changing the system of processing illegal migrants who claim to fear persecution in their home countries.

The rule change shifts handling of those cases from immigration judges to asylum officers. If Paxton’s bid to block the rule is unsuccessful, it will take effect on May 29.

The transfer of authority would upend the present system of handling asylum cases along the border, the complaint alleges.

“The Interim Rule transfers significant authority from immigration judges to asylum officers, grants those asylum officers significant additional authority, limits immigration-judge review to denials of applications, and upends the entire adjudicatory system to the benefit of aliens,” the lawsuit says.

The Texas AG also took to Twitter to blast the Biden administration over its latest change to border policy.

“The last thing TX needs is Biden to make it easy for aliens to break into USA through false claims. We know what’ll happen when the rule goes into effect: new waves of illegals claiming ‘asylum.’ I’m suing to stop it,” he tweeted on Thursday.

A legal challenge last week that was led by Paxton saw the attorneys general of 21 states file suit to stop the administration from ending Title 42, a Trump-era pandemic authority that allowed for rapid deportation of most illegal migrants.

“The Biden Administration has made one disastrous border decision after another, and I’ve sued him at every turn,” Paxton wrote in his complaint. “But his new plan to rescind Title 42 is the most consequential yet. Without Title 42, hundreds of thousands more illegal aliens will flood Texas every month—even more than have been pouring over in the past year.”

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that the administration had to continue enforcing Title 42 for the next 14 days.

The order requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to continue enforcing the policy, and prevents the agency from implementing the CDC’s order to terminate the program.

“It is hereby ordered that for the next 14 days, unless this Court acts to extend or shorten that period: Defendants, including DHS and all of its subdivisions, agencies, and employees, are hereby enjoined and restrained from implementing the Termination Order, including increases (over pre-Termination Order levels) in processing of migrants from Northern Triangle countries through Title 8 proceedings rather than under the Title 42 Orders, and are further enjoined and restrained from reducing processing of migrants pursuant to Title 42,” the order stated.

“Defendants acknowledge some changes in policy in preparation for the termination of the CDC’s Title 42 Order, particularly with respect to the increased processing via expedited removal of single adults from the Northern Triangle countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras),” U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays wrote.

(RepublicanWire.org) – A majority of Americans want President Joe Biden to secure the southern border with tougher immigration policies. However, it seems the will of the American people falls on deaf ears under the Biden regime.

Customs and Border Protection encountered 221,2020 migrants illegally crossing the southern border in March, marking a 22-year high as the Biden administration releases an unprecedented number of border crossers and illegal aliens into the U.S. interior.

The Department of Homeland Security warns as many as 18,000 migrants will flood across the southern border per day if Title 42 is revoked.

The Biden administration has no plans to stop the mass illegal migration surge.

In fact, the Biden White House is “grateful” for the job Vice President Kamala Harris has done as border czar.

Asked during Wednesday’s briefing whether Harris could still be trusted to halt the influx of illegal immigrants, White House press secretary Jen Psaki recognized Harris’s handling of the border crisis.

“A question about immigration. Does the president still have confidence that the vice president can get to the bottom of root causes of migration?” Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked.

“He absolutely does,” Psaki replied. “And he’s grateful for her work in doing exactly that.”

“Why?” Doocey shot back. “What gives the president confidence when he sees that March 2022 has 28 percent more migrant encounters at the border than March 2021, when she got this assignment?

Psaki insisted the administration has addressed the root cause of migration by forging immigration agreements with Costa Rica and a partnership with Mexico to stem “irregular migration.”

“Addressing root causes means working with countries in the region to take steps to have regular partnerships and be able to have people sent back to the region as needed,” she said.

A majority of Americans have an unfavorable view of Harris. Fifty-six percent of likely voters have an “unfavorable” view of the vice president, according to a Rassmussen survey conducted on March 27 and 28.  Forty-seven percent said they had a “very unfavorable” impression of Harris, while 9 percent viewed her ‘somewhat unfavorably.

Most Americans also want Joe Biden to implement tougher immigration policies. A new CBS News/YouGov poll reveals that 52 percent of Americans believe Biden “should be tougher on illegal immigrants, while just 27 percent say he is “handling things right” at the border.