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Border Crisis Escalates As Whistleblowers Step Forward

Child at the border

On April 25, 2023 Tara Lee Rodas, a Department of Health and Human Services whistleblower testified that “today, children will work overnight shifts at slaughterhouses, factories, restaurants to pay their debts to smugglers and traffickers.Today, children will be sold for sex.” In her explosive testimony about the crisis of migrant children entering the country unaccompanied by an adult, she said, “It could be argued that the U.S. government has become the middleman in a large scale, multi-billion-dollar, child trafficking operation that is run by bad actors seeking to profit off of the lives of children.”

Ms. Rodas’ testimony was given in a hearing of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security and Enforcement, “The Biden Border Crisis: Exploitation of Unaccompanied Alien Children.”

In a separate hearing on April 18, 2023, Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, a member of the U.S. House Oversight Committee, National Security, Border and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, questioned the director of the Health Department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) Unaccompanied Alien Children Program as to the 85,000 migrant children the ORR has apparently lost contact with. Director Robin Dunn Marcos had no direct response.  

Americans deserve answers and accountability. Children deserve safety – including all those who have been allowed into the country and who are now unaccounted for, as well as the more than 20,000 children the U.S. Customs and Border Protection(CBP) is reporting have entered the country in February and March alone. According to the CBP report, “encounters of unaccompanied children increased 14%, with 12,374 encounters in March compared with 10,845 in February.” In the same report, CBP states that illegal alien adult “encounters and noncitizens processed at Ports of Entry along the southwest border was 191,900, up nearly 23% from 156,138 in February 2023.”

The devastating whistleblower’s testimony, coupled with the pending end of Trump-Era policy Directive 4510-26 and the fast-approaching Title 42 border policy end date of May 11, 2023, indicates that the entire crisis at the border is about to get much much worse.

Border Policy Changes – Vehicle Pursuits and Ending Title 42

Beginning Monday, May 1, 2023, Border agents will follow a new policy, Directive 4510-26A, regarding vehicle pursuits of suspected smugglers fleeing from law enforcement.  The policy replaces yet another workable Trump-Era border policy, Directive 4510-26, with one that is likely to significantly deter and impede Border agents from pursuing vehicles that fail to stop at checkpoints or points of entry.

U.S. Border Patrol agents following the new “vehicle pursuit” policy will have to think twice before initiating or continuing “hot pursuits” of vehicles suspected to be smuggling illegal aliens, unlawful drugs, and/or victims of human trafficking into the United States through our borders. Why? Because this new “hot pursuit” CBP guidance is something akin to a complex legal analysis, requiring a 15+ factor analysis by the agent before deciding whether to initiate a vehicle pursuit, or once in pursuit, to continue.  The policy places tremendous burden on our Border agents and, depending on how courts interpret the policy, it might shift legal liability directly to the Border agent in a majority of cases.  By its own language, this policy contravenes any notion of securing our borders and, instead, is demonstrably protective of criminal smugglers and the Mexican cartels.

On May 11, the Biden Administration intends to end Title 42, a policy that allows illegal immigrants from Canada or Mexico to be turned away at the border under expedited procedures if they came from countries with high rates of COVID-19 infection.

Numbers Don’t Lie 

While it’s nearly impossible to know the exact number of illegals already in the homeland, over the last two years estimates range between four and five million and continue to climb. At a recent Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is reported to have said that he “calculated the total to be anywhere from four to five million border crossers and illegal aliens who entered the U.S. interior over the last two years — including those directly released by DHS, known got-aways, and unknown got-aways.” The Center for Immigration Studies reports that “at least 3.4 million border crossers and illegal aliens have entered the U.S. interior since Biden took office with likely hundreds of thousands more of whom DHS is unaware.”

Americans may never know the “real” number, but what citizens do know is that they are paying the price for the present administration’s ineptitude and incompetence in tax dollars, the death of hundreds of young Americans due to the infusion of fentanyl on our streets, our nation’s sovereignty, and our individual safety and security.  Reports of terrorists and criminals entering the country at the border are commonplace, as well as human trafficking – including children – by cartels who mark their victims with wristbands toting money due to their handlers, never mind what unknown diseases are infesting our cities and towns causing unnecessary strain on hospitals and health centers to care for local citizens.

And, if all this isn’t enough, Americans learned in April that three former Presidents,– Clinton, Bush, and Obama – have put together a nonprofit to fly illegals around the country and onto the streets of America.

Immigration is out of control. Illegals are swarming the borders – south and north, child smugglers are destroying innocent lives, cartels are getting rich off drug and human trafficking, illegals who are criminals are roaming our neighborhoods, our national sovereignty is at stake, and when Title 42 ends, American taxpayers will be footing the bill at the risk of their own safety and that of their families. As President Reagan told us: “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.”

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