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Governor Abbott Shuts Down Entry Points At Southern Border

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On Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott shut down six pots of entry along the state’s southern border with Mexico as illegal immigration levels continue to be at 20-year highs.

“The sheer negligence of the Biden Administration to do their job and secure the border is appalling. I have directed the Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to surge personnel and vehicles to shut down six points of entry along the southern border to stop these caravans from overrunning our state,” Abbott said in a statement Thursday.

Abbott said that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had asked Texas to close the ports of entry to help regain control over the border.

“Six hours after U.S. Customs and Border Protection requested help from Texas to close ports of entry and secure the border, the Biden Administration has now flip-flopped to a different strategy that abandons border security and instead makes it easier for people to cross illegally and for cartels to exploit the border,” Abbott said in a statement. “The Biden Administration is in complete disarray and is handling the border crisis as badly as the evacuation from Afghanistan. I have directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to maintain their presence at and around ports of entry to deter crossings.”

Abbott’s announcement came after to drone footage from Fox News showed that the number of migrants waiting for processing at an entry point in Del Rio, Texas, had doubled overnight from 4,200 to 8,000 people.

 

Illegal immigration levels broke a 20-year record in March and continued to rise every following month until peaking in July at 212,672 border encounters – the first-time encounters rose above 200,000 in 21 years. August was the second consecutive month with over 200,000 encounters, with agents encountering 208,887 migrants.

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7 Comments

  1. Steve Hanchette

    September 16, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Not no, but hell no!

  2. Dennis Burge

    September 17, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Leo, respect your efforts. If the remain in Mexico is backed up by The Supreme Court, why are they still coming? Why don’t they need a COVID vac?

  3. SoCalGal

    September 17, 2021 at 11:26 am

    The border is back open because the feds are in charge. What a joke that is.

  4. Chris

    September 19, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Biden administration is doing this because they want to punish Governor Abbott and destroy Texas

  5. Jorge P

    September 19, 2021 at 10:01 am

    I’m hearing from personal sources that Florida, especially the Miami area, has tons of illegal immigrants from South America, Colombia and Venezuela, that are bypassing the legal route (Since Biden administration has put a 3 year hold on work visas) and are working now living and working illegally in Florida and of course other states as well. This is a free for all situation.

  6. Mary⁰ Queen

    September 20, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Biden & Hsrrus are disgraceful .. neither one doing their job & liberal media covering 4 them.. is there any wonder Covid still killing people .. illegals en masse stuffed 2gether with no masks

  7. Mike

    September 20, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Why did Abbott wait this long to do something?…Did he forget all about State’s rights, and expect the Marxist democrats to “do something?”…I think it’s time for Col. West to become governor….

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Mayorkas, DHS Further Diminish ICE Powers by Limiting Worksite Raids; Blame ‘Exploitative Employers’

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has just taken even more responsibility off illegal immigrants and placed it on the shoulders of employers and ICE instead. In a memo to acting ICE Director Tae Johnson, “Mayorkas argued that enforcement operations could be more effective when directed at employers of illegal immigrants, instead of immigrants themselves” reports National Review.

Mayorkas wrote:

“The deployment of mass worksite operations, sometimes resulting in the simultaneous arrest of hundreds of workers, was not focused on the most pernicious aspect of our country’s unauthorized employment challenge: exploitative employers. These highly visible operations misallocated enforcement resources while chilling, and even serving as a tool of retaliation for, worker cooperation in workplace standards investigations.”

A Department of Homeland Security press release was almost identical:

“Under the [Trump] administration, these resource-intensive operations resulted in the simultaneous arrest of hundreds of workers and were used as a tool by exploitative employers to suppress and retaliate against workers’ assertion of labor laws.”

Mayorkas has been making moves in this new direction for months. National Review writes:

Mayorkas previously directed Immigration, Customs and Enforcement to prioritize undocumented immigrants who are deemed to pose a threat to public safety for deportation, as opposed to migrants who are deemed “contributing” members of society.

“The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen therefore should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them,” Mayorkas wrote in new enforcement guidelines on September 30. “We will use our discretion and focus our enforcement resources in a more targeted way.”

Border Patrol agents encountered 212,672 migrants at the border in July, the first time in 21 years that monthly encounters breached 200,000. In August Border Patrol agents logged 208,887 migrant encounters, with over a million people entering the U.S. illegally since the start of this year.

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DHS Announces New Rules To Cut Back On Deportations

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ordered authorities to prioritize deporting illegal immigrants who “pose a threat to national security, public safety, and border security” because the government does not have enough resources to handle the record-breaking illegal immigration that has occurred under President Biden’s administration.

“The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen, therefore, should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas wrote in a memo. “We will use our discretion and focus our enforcement resources in a more targeted way. Justice and our country’s well-being require it.”

The memo further outlines “mitigating factors” that would prevent the deportation of an illegal immigrant who had committed a crime. Among the factors listed are: “advanced or tender age; lengthy presence in the United States; a mental condition that may have contributed to the criminal conduct, or a physical or mental condition requiring care or treatment.”

The New York Post reported, “The guidance, which is due to take effect Nov. 29, replaces interim rules issued in February that were initially blocked by a federal judge in August as part of a lawsuit brought by Texas and Louisiana. The judge ruled that the administration did not have discretion to choose which migrants to detain, but a federal appeals court allowed the guidelines to take effect while the lawsuit proceeds.”

The February rules are suspected to be a large factor in the surge in illegal immigration seen this year as migrants knew that their likelihood of being able to remain in the United States was much greater. The February Memorandum led to record low deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while there was simultaneously record high illegal immigration.

The Washington Post reported in May, “Under new Biden administration rules curtailing immigration enforcement, ICE carried out fewer than 3,000 deportations last month, the lowest level on record. The agency’s 6,000 officers currently average one arrest every two months.”

“ICE under President Biden is an agency on probation,” the Washington Post continued. “The new administration has rejected calls from some Democrats to eliminate the agency entirely, but Biden has placed ICE deportation officers on a leash so tight that some say their work is being functionally abolished.”

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