Republicans Were Right: Report Shows DHS Threatened National Security By Failing To Vet Afghan Evacuees

Republicans Were Right: Report Shows DHS Threatened National Security By Failing To Vet Afghan Evacuees

Republican legislators were shamed, ridiculed, and smeared as racist for questioning whether the U.S. government was properly vetting the influx of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees into the United States. But their suspicions that U.S. agencies’ lax vetting process may have let in national security threats, it turns out, were correct.

A new 34-page redacted report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General confirms that the primary border security agency failed to properly screen, vet, and inspect Afghan evacuees who arrived in the United States following President Joe Biden’s botched military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Under Biden’s direction and the agency’s Operation Allies Refuge and Operation Allies Welcome programs, DHS brought and resettled more than 79,000 Afghan evacuees into the United States between July 2021 and January 2022.

But because DHS failed to keep a list of evacuees who did not provide documentation and because DHS did not have a backup plan designed to handle influxes like the one from Afghanistan, the inspector Ggeneral said, “DHS may have admitted or paroled individuals into the United States who pose a risk to national security and the safety of local communities.”

As a matter of fact, the OIG report confirmed that DHS let at least two security risks into the country. Both men were detained within a month of arriving in the states, but the inspector general noted that “dozens” of other evacuees made it into the states despite “derogatory information.”

Ultimately, thousands of men, women, and children who did not provide their first name, last name, or date of birth and who provided documents missing key information were still allowed into America. That’s in addition to the 35 evacuees who were allowed to fly to the states despite failing approval for travel and the 1,299 evacuees whose fingerprints were not collected by Customs and Border Protection as required.

“CBP’s use of incomplete or inaccurate data would not have yielded positive matches from intelligence databases if the individuals had derogatory records under a different name or DOB,” the OIG report concluded. “Therefore, DHS and CBP cannot be sure they properly screened, vetted, and inspected all evacuees.”

The inspector general’s office recommended that DHS seek out proof that the Afghan evacuees who made it into the United States were properly vetted and will be routinely vetted until their time in the country expires. The OIG also recommended that the secretary of homeland security “develop a comprehensive contingency plan to support similar emergency situations in the future and account for, screen, vet, and inspect all individuals during unprecedented events when limited biographic data is available.”

Instead of implementing the recommendations, DHS refused to concur with the OIG based on its belief that CBP did and still does screen, vet, and inspect all Afghan refugees in America. The inspector general noted there was not enough evidence to consider that claim legitimate.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended DHS shortly after the report was released, claiming, “That very report did not take into account the key steps in that rigorous, you heard from us, rigorous and multi-layered screening and vetting process the U.S. government took before at-risk Afghans were permitted to come to the U.S.”

DHS isn’t the only agency that may have let potential terrorists into the country. In a letter to the Department of Defense last month, Republican Sens. Josh Hawley and Ron Johnson demanded that the inspector general determine if “DoD instructed agency personnel to cut corners when processing evacuees” and “abbreviate their [fingerprint] tests in order to promote the rushed evacuation from Afghanistan.”

The GOP legislators said a whistleblower within the DOD reported that 324 people were evacuated from Afghanistan and placed in the United States “despite appearing on the DoD’s Biometrically Enabled Watchlist.” That’s a much higher number than the“50 Afghan personnel in the United States” that the DOD identified in February as being “potentially significant security concerns.”


Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.

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More Than 221K Migrants Were Caught Illegally Crossing U.S. Border In March As Biden’s Crisis Escalates

More Than 221K Migrants Were Caught Illegally Crossing U.S. Border In March As Biden’s Crisis Escalates

As peak months for illegal immigration draw near, President Joe Biden’s southern border crisis is escalating. Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants are pouring into the United States each month as the Biden administration works to dismantle Title 42 and create what amounts to an open border. 

In March alone, border officials apprehended 221,303 illegal border-crossers, the highest number in 22 years. That’s a more than 33 percent increase from February when officials arrested 165,894 migrants at the border.

Of those March apprehensions, 76 percent were single adults, which is also a 33 percent increase since February. Arrests involving family units in March skyrocketed 42 percent from the previous month, while those involving unaccompanied minors increased 18 percent in the same timeframe. 

Seizures of fentanyl also increased 55 percent as fentanyl-induced overdoses, especially in black teens, are on the rise. 

Just six months into the 2022 fiscal year, border officials have arrested approximately 1,217,802 illegal border crossers. That puts the U.S. on track to record more than 2 million encounters by the end of the fiscal year in September.

Much like 2.5 million migrants who have already illegally entered and stayed in the U.S since Biden assumed office, most of these new migrants who are caught illegally crossing the border will be allowed to remain without significant consequences. 

Others, such as the 300,000 “got-aways” recorded by border officials since October and other undetected migrants, will not be apprehended at all. 

In 2021 alone, approximately 47,000 migrants were released into the United States because of Biden’s policies but did not report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement on time or at all, as they were required to do. That same year, federal law enforcement arrested at least 23 suspected terrorists illegally crossing the southern border. 

Even more arrests and releases are expected this year as the Biden administration plans to rescind Title 42, the public health order designed to expedite the expulsion of illegal border crossers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Title 42 will be canceled on May 23, and as of now, there is no real plan for how to handle the surge of migrants it will draw to the border.

Republicans and Democrats alike have begged the Biden administration to rein in this border crisis. Instead, the White House appears to be doubling down on its open-border policies while continuing to vilify Border Patrol agents who are charged with maintaining order along the Rio Grande. Even after they were cleared of wrongdoing, Biden still refuses to apologize for amplifying lies about Border Patrol agents whipping migrants who tried to cross the border illegally last fall. 


Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.

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No Matter If Title 42 Stays Or Goes, A Massive Migrant Influx Is Coming

No Matter If Title 42 Stays Or Goes, A Massive Migrant Influx Is Coming

It’s a well-established fact that the U.S. border crisis began shortly after President Joe Biden assumed office and rescinded most of former President Donald Trump’s border security policies. Now, Biden and his team are working to remove one of the last lines of defenses left over from the Trump administration’s border policy toolbox.

Two years ago under Trump, the Centers for Disease Control instituted a public health order called Title 42 to expedite the expulsion of illegal border crossers during the Covid-19 pandemic. The policy was designed to prevent overcrowding in border facilities, which policymakers feared would lead to the rapid spread of Covid-19 along the border.

Now, the CDC is set to repeal Title 42 effective May 23, a decision it reached after months of pressure from leftist activists and politicians who claim the policy fueled “racism.”

Days after the CDC’s announcement, Missouri, Arizona, and Louisiana sued the administration and demanded a reversal, claiming the termination of Title 42 will trigger a surge of bogus asylum claims and “create an unprecedented surge at the border that will overwhelm Defendants’ capacity to enforce immigration laws at the border.”

Several Democrat senators the administration needs to install Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court also expressed strong opposition to the repeal of Title 42 without a plan to take on the expected migrant surge.

After facing pressure from its own side, the Biden administration might opt to keep Title 42 and reverse the CDC’s plan to end it next month. Any action from the White House, however, will not change the near-certainty of a massive border surge in late May.

Word about the end of Title 42 has already spread among smugglers and other migrant networks. As a result, thousands upon thousands of illegal migrants will trek to the U.S. southern border in coming weeks in hopes of filing an asylum claim and getting released into the United States for years.

Under the administration’s current policies, most of the illegal crossers will get into the United States — and be allowed to remain — without significant consequences. As my colleague John Daniel Davidson wrote earlier this week: “ending Title 42 under these circumstances means every migrant who gets over the border and claims asylum will get to remain in the United States, legally and with work authorization, for years. As a matter of policy, it is effectively indistinguishable from open borders.”     

Due to these concerns of a rapid migrant surge at the end of May, there’s a small chance that the federal government will halt or at least delay rescinding Title 42. Keeping it, however, won’t deter illegal migrants who have heard the news from surging to the U.S.-Mexico border.

I discussed the potential for a migrant influx with Rodney Scott, the retired chief of U.S. Border Patrol, who was fired by the Biden administration last year because he didn’t share the administration’s lax approach to border security. Scott, now a distinguished senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, said the expected rise in illegal border crossings at the end of May isn’t just a consequence of the Title 42 rollback but the Biden administration’s failed border policy altogether.

“The wave started when they went on national TV and basically said ‘Hey, you know, there’s a welcome sign in America and we’re not going to be deporting people. We’re going to shut down interior enforcement and we’re going to stop all effective programs on the border,’” Scott said.

It’s What The Cartels Want

Regardless of Title 42’s fate, thousands upon thousands of illegal crossers are guaranteed to pour across the border every day because they know where the Biden administration stands on border policy.

Mark Morgan, former acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, told me that Mexican drug cartels, which control vast swaths of northern Mexico and profit off illegal immigration by charging migrants a fee to pass through their territory, see Biden’s open border policies as an opportunity to cash in.

“The cartels and smugglers, they pay attention to the shift in policies better than most Americans do in our country and so they’ve already used the rhetoric that Title 42 was going away to convince more migrants ‘Hey, you got to come now. Now’s the time to come because they’re going to start letting everybody in,’” Morgan said. “Some of the bump you’re seeing is just that the rhetoric has already begun. The smugglers have already convinced the migrants to come.”

Already, hundreds of migrants determined to come to the United States have formed a caravan and used a large cross as a battering ram to push through Mexican law enforcement officers at the Guatemala-Mexico border. Some of the migrants had been camped out in the southern Mexico border town of Tapachula for weeks waiting for Biden’s signal to make their way to the United States.

Most of the migrants in that group are from Venezuela and Northern Triangle countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Biden claims his administration is addressing the “root causes” of illegal migration in those regions, but border officials have also seen a growing number of migrants from hundreds of different countries in recent months, including Ukraine.

Even with Title 42, Biden’s border crisis has only grown worse each month as the administration scales back deportations even though illegal crossings rise.

“Beyond a policy shift, it’s really a continuation of the policies they set in place on day one and then creating a complete and total open border,” Morgan said.

In April of last year, nearly 1,000 illegal migrants crossed the border daily unpursued. This April, more than 8,000 migrants are expected to be apprehended at the southern border every day. According to current Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, that number “will probably become the norm over the next 30 to 45 days.”

Ever since Biden repealed Trump’s border security measures, illegal crossings have grown exponentially. By removing protections such as the Migrant Protection Protocols (also known as the Remain in Mexico program) and explicitly scaling back ICE arrests and deportations, Biden has encouraged illegal immigration. 

Already, border officials have logged at least one million arrests just six months into the 2022 fiscal year, putting them on track to record more than 2 million encounters by the end of the fiscal year.

Last summer, some 15,000 Haitian migrants congregated under a bridge near the border in Del Rio, Texas. The humanitarian crisis was a nightmare for border officials and the White House, which finally caught some of corporate media’s wrath when images of the squalid encampment emerged.

Despite criticism about its border policies then, the administration never changed course. Instead, Biden’s team doubled down and even spread lies about border agents whipping migrants, which the press amplified.

There’s ‘Got-Aways’ and Then There’s ‘Walk-Aways’

With so many people crossing the border, border officials are struggling to keep up. 

“There’s not even enough computer terminals or bandwidth to effectively process all these people crossing the border, which is why they end up getting released on parole,” Scott explained to me. “It’s really just semantics. They are basically just released into the U.S. with very minimal records checks because they’re only doing record checks against pretty much U.S. databases.”

Processing migrants is already a disaster, and the removal of Title 42 is only bound to make it worse. Even now, the administration is planning to introduce “pre-screening” methods including apps designed to cut down processing time by cutting out important vetting processes. 

Hundreds of thousands of illegal crossers enter the United States to surrender to border officials. Oftentimes, these migrant are released into the United States with little to no vetting or leverage to report to an ICE office. Hundreds of thousands more are crossing undetected or without being apprehended.

In the 2022 fiscal year alone, which began in October, border officials recorded more than 300,000 “got-aways,” who did not surrender to border officials and were not apprehended.

As bad as that number seems, it’s actually worse than that, because those 300,000 “got-aways” do not account for everyone who crossed the border undetected, only the ones border officials were able to record but not apprehend. It’s also just a small portion of the 2.5 million migrants who have illegally entered and stayed in the United States since Biden assumed office.

The Border Crisis Doesn’t Just Affect Border States

The illegal migrants who are released into the United States or sneak past Border Patrol usually have a plan. Many have jobs lined up and places to live. Oftentimes, their plans take them far from the southern border.

“We’re getting to a tipping point,” Scott said. “This many people being released into the U.S. this fast is going to change the demographics of U.S. cities because nothing stays at the borders.”

This is a cause for concern for many states struggling with the criminal effects of an open border, not just states that sit close to Mexico. As Morgan noted in our conversation, “the overwhelming majority of illegal migrants do not stay in the border towns and states.”

“What happens and what comes through our borders does not stay there. The border cities and states there, they receive the additional brunt of it, but they’re just the throughput,” Morgan explained. “And it doesn’t matter what the danger is whether that’s an invasion of illegal migrant, or drugs or gang members or criminal migrant, or a threat to our national security vulnerability, the border towns and states are the throughput but they’re making their way to every town, city, and state.”

When illegal border-crossers are released without significant repercussions and without being forced to report to an immigration facility, it endangers the entire nation. In 2021, approximately 47,000 migrants were released into the United States because of Biden’s policies but did not report to ICE on time or at all, as they were required to do.

Cartels, gangs, and other illegal operations are the first groups to exploit this release loophole for criminal activity. They use Biden’s lax border enforcement to shuttle illicit drugs and smuggle migrants into the United States undetected. These deadly drugs such as fentanyl are trafficked through the southern border in industrial quantities. As a result, nationwide drug overdoses are on the rise

“When you open your borders up to one threat or one crisis, you’re opening your borders up to the vast set of threats that we face,” Morgan said. “In this case, illegal immigration. But what this administration wants people to believe is somehow you can support border security and support illegal immigration at the same time. That’s just a bald-faced lie. They’re not mutually exclusive. They’re interconnected.”

Biden has thus far only made the border crisis he created worse, but Scott says it’s not for a lack of possibility: “The last administration proved that you can control the border,” Scott said.

Biden and his administration are simply choosing not to. 

“The [Biden] administration inherited the most secure border in our lifetime and they dismantled it,” Morgan said.


Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordangdavidson.

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Faced With A Coming Wave Of Illegal Immigration, Biden’s Plan Is Simply To Open The Border

Faced With A Coming Wave Of Illegal Immigration, Biden’s Plan Is Simply To Open The Border

The southern border is about to explode, and federal authorities are making preparations — not to arrest, detain, and deport record numbers of illegal border-crossers, but to process them quickly and release them into the United States.

How do we know? Two developments in recent days have revealed the White House’s scheme to handle the busiest time of year on the southwest border amid a record-breaking streak of illegal immigration.

Last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it will rescind Title 42 effective May 23. Title 42 is the public health order invoked by President Trump during the Covid-19 lockdowns and partially continued under President Biden. It’s one of the only reasons illegal immigration, which hit record levels last year, wasn’t much worse than it could have been. It was, in effect, the last remaining tool federal border officials had to control illegal immigration, and next month it will be gone.

By making it relatively easy for border officials to expel illegal border-crossers without processing them for deportation, Title 42 helped avert a full-blown humanitarian catastrophe at the border. For the past two years, Border Patrol agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were empowered simply to send certain classes of illegal immigrants (mostly single adults and some family units) back over the border to Mexico.

Ending Title 42 means a return to the pre-Covid process, which allows almost anyone who crosses the border, even those who cross illegally, to file a claim for asylum. Because Biden effectively shut down a Trump-era program called the Migrant Protection Protocols (also called Remain in Mexico) that forced migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases were adjudicated, most migrants who claim asylum will be released into the United States pending the outcome of their cases, which on average take about three years.

In other words, ending Title 42 under these circumstances means every migrant who gets over the border and claims asylum will get to remain in the United States, legally and with work authorization, for years. As a matter of policy, it is effectively indistinguishable from open borders.

The Biden administration understandably doesn’t want the American people to know this, to understand the details and what it means for the country. Uncontrolled illegal immigration is after all extremely unpopular, even among Democrat voters.

That’s why the administration is trying to portray what amounts to a de facto open borders policy as border enforcement and security. CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus this week issued a statement designed to do just that, but if you read between the lines you’ll see that CBP’s plan for the end of Title 42 amounts to an abdication of border security and acquiescence to open borders. Says Magnus:

Throughout our agency’s history we have capably managed immigration at the border utilizing the authorities under Title 8 of the US Code (traditional immigration management authorities). These authorities allow non-citizens appropriate access to make asylum claims and include a range of enforcement options to hold individuals accountable for entering the U.S. illegally.  This means most individuals who cross the border without legal authorization will be promptly placed in removal proceedings.

As a result of the CDC’s termination of its Title 42 public health order, we will likely face an increase in encounters above the current high levels.  There are a significant number of individuals who were unable to access the asylum system for the past two years, and who may decide that now is the time to come.

There’s a lot to unpack here, but note the last sentence about migrants being “unable to access the asylum system.” The implication is that if illegal immigration surges, it’s because of pent-up demand for asylum, not because Biden’s policies encouraged illegal immigration.

But that argument makes no sense given the record numbers of arrests at the southwest border since Biden came into office. Those include more than 2 million last year, an all-time record since CBP began tracking border apprehensions decades ago. Whatever pent-up demand there was has been met, and what we’re seeing now is increased demand driven almost entirely by Biden’s policies.

If illegal crossings surge in the coming months, as everyone expects them to, it’s because of what Magnus says at the end of that first quoted paragraph above: “most individuals who cross the border without legal authorization will be promptly placed in removal proceedings.”

Most Americans might think a term like “removal proceedings” means timely deportation of an illegal immigrant, but it doesn’t. Given the backlog in our immigration courts, removal proceedings amount to a legal backdoor into the United States.

The University of Syracuse keeps an ongoing tally of federal immigration data through a research center called the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC. According to TRAC, out of 11,664 completed immigration court proceedings so far this year, the average time to completion is 1,105 days, or more than three years. (That’s more than double the amount of time on average it took to adjudicate cases during the Trump presidency.)

Immigration Court Processing Time by Outcome
by Removals, Voluntary Departures, Terminations, Relief, Administrative Closures

In practice, that means a migrant who crosses the border illegally, gets arrested by Border Patrol, claims asylum, and is then released into the United States with a court date will have about three years to live and work in the United States before an immigration judge ever issues an order for removal.

Given Magnus’s emphasis on “removal proceedings,” then, it appears the entire federal immigration enforcement apparatus in the coming months will be focused on processing and releasing into the United States as many migrants as possible as fast as possible.

Indeed, in a long list of bullet points outlining everything CBP is doing to prepare, we see things like, “Shifting Border Patrol agents and CBP officers from other locations to assist at the border… Increasing the number of ICE personnel working alongside CBP personnel to assist in processing migrants… Activating other DHS personnel who have volunteered to temporarily work on the border… Maximizing the use of air and ground transportation to move migrants from sectors that are over capacity.”

In other words, it’s all hands on deck for the federal immigration bureaucracy, but the urgent task is to process and transport and release migrants, not arrest, detain, and deport them.

We also see, further down Magnus’s list, a plan to increase the “efficiency” of the asylum system “by restarting normal asylum-seeker processing at ports of entry and working with other DHS partners to decrease the length of these processes (this is being done, in part, by adopting a new rule to expedite processing by asylum officers).”

Last month, the Biden administration announced a sweeping new rule that will allow asylum officers at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to adjudicate asylum claims instead of immigration judges at the Justice Department. The idea behind the new rule is to ease pressure on overburdened immigration courts, but as Andrew Arthur and Robert Law of the Center for Immigration Studies noted recently, it’s really “a plan to rubberstamp asylum grants and hide the disaster at the Southwest border by turning ‘illegal aliens’ into ‘asylum seekers’ with the stroke of a pen.”

As Arthur and Law explain:

Under law prior to this most recent announcement, only IJs [immigration judges] could grant asylum to aliens apprehended at the border who were then placed into ‘expedited removal’ proceedings, and then only at the end of formal removal proceedings.

In those proceedings, the alien respondent was allowed to present evidence (including testimony) concerning his or her asylum claim. During that presentation of evidence, an ICE attorney representing the interests of the American people was allowed to cross-examine and impeach the alien respondent, offer contradictory evidence, and appeal an erroneous asylum grant.

Under the administration’s new rule… those procedural safeguards are thrown out the window. The AO [asylum officer] elicits the alien’s claim during a ‘non-adversarial’ interview during which the alien is allowed to have an attorney (but you, the American people, aren’t). If the AO grants asylum, even contrary to law, logic, and the weight of the evidence, that’s it. There is no ICE lawyer to appeal that decision.

Yet CBP’s plans for the coming surge at the border, however misguided they are, might be irrelevant long before Title 42 ends on May 23. The sheer number of illegal immigrants coming across the border might well overwhelm CBP officers and facilities, even with extra help from ICE and DHS.

Already, the number of arrests at the border has forced mass releases of adult migrants. Bill Melugin of Fox News has been documenting these so-called “parole releases” in south Texas for weeks now, reporting that hundreds of migrants are being released in border towns like Brownsville every day. 

They are being released, in most cases, with a notice to report to a local ICE office whenever they get to where they’re going. In some cases, they are being given phones to communicate with ICE. This means they don’t even have court dates, and have not even filed asylum claims.

In other words, the system is overwhelmed right now, with Title 42 still in place. Between now and the end of May, things are going to get much worse.


John Daniel Davidson is a senior editor at The Federalist. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Claremont Review of Books, The New York Post, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter, @johnddavidson.

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Biden’s Border Chief: Ending Title 42 to Spur ‘Increase’ in Illegal Immigration

Biden’s Border Chief: Ending Title 42 to Spur ‘Increase’ in Illegal Immigration

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Chris Magnus, appointed by President Joe Biden, is conceding that an end of the Title 42 border control is “likely” to spur an “increase” in illegal immigration to the United States.

Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Biden would end Title 42 on May 23. The broad public health authority, which serves as a border control measure, allows federal immigration officials to quickly return border crossers and illegal aliens to their native countries.

Former President Trump invoked Title 42 in 2020, the first time in American history that the order was used at the border to protect Americans from the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.

Magnus, like other Biden officials, conceded in a statement on Monday that ending Title 42 will further strain CBP resources, drive an even higher wave of illegal immigration to the U.S., and ensure that the administration releases more border crossers and illegal aliens into the nation’s interior.

“As a result of the CDC’s termination of its Title 42 public health order, we will likely face an increase in encounters above the current high levels,” Magnus said. “There are a significant number of individuals who were unable to access the asylum system for the past two years, and who may decide that now is the time to come.”

“We are doing everything we can to prepare for this increase, ensure we continue to process people humanely, and impose consequences on those who break the law,” he continued.

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Hundreds of Central American migrants — mostly Hondurans — moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life, wait for buses at the La Concha phytosanitary station in the State of Sinaloa on November 13, 2018. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images)

About half a million border crossers and illegal aliens are expected to show up at the U.S.-Mexico border every month, according to Biden officials. This is the equivalent of a population the size of Atlanta, Georgia, or Fresno, California arriving at the border over the course of just 28 to 30 days.

Magnus said CBP would, among other measures, expand coordination with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) “to help facilitate short-term-care and transportation” for border crossers and illegal aliens being released into the U.S. interior.

As Breitbart News reported, the Biden administration is hugely ramping up its expansive Catch and Release network where border crossers and illegal aliens are briefly detained before being bused into border towns and flown into American communities with the help of NGOs.

Also on Monday, the states of Missouri, Louisiana, and Arizona filed a lawsuit against Biden for his plans to end Title 42. The lawsuit accuses the administration of passing the costs associated with illegal immigration onto state taxpayers.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here

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Former Mexican Cop Sent to U.S. Prison for Child Rape Captured on Video

A former Mexican police officer will spend 30 years in prison for having a series of videos and photographs where he sexually assaulted a young girl. Authorities in the U.S. discovered the videos inside a cell phone when the police officer tried to cross into Texas through a port of entry.

This week, 38-year-old Jose Alfredo Fernandez-Martinez, went before U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera in the Southern District of Texas. The judge sentenced the former Mexican police officer to 360 months in prison, ordered him to register as a sex offender, and ordered him to follow a series of restrictions used for child predators. Fernandez pleaded guilty in August to producing child pornography by sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl for more than five months.

According to a prepared statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Fernandez served as a police officer in Mexico. It remains unclear which agency he worked for.

The case against Fernandez began in January, when he walked across one of the international ports of entry in Brownsville, Texas, a criminal complaint filed by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations revealed. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the bridge sent Fernandez to a secondary inspection where they went through his Alcatel phone and found a video that showed him sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl. The CBP officers at the bridge called agents from ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) who investigated the case. Federal authorities found five videos that Fernandez recorded with the victim. They also found 141 videos and 82 pictures of child pornography.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com

Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and senior Breitbart management. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at bdarby@breitbart.com.     

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Deadline Approaching for CBP Agents to Get Vaccinated, or Face the Consequences

Deadline Approaching for CBP Agents to Get Vaccinated, or Face the Consequences

The November 22 deadline for Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to get the Covid-19 vaccine is approaching, and the Biden administration is remaining firm in their threat to terminate agents who do not report that they have received it. This mandate could cut the number of border patrol agents by more than half, according to Fox News

Fox News reports, “according to the document [obtained from a source within CBP], as of October 25, 2021, 48% of border patrol agents have not responded to the reporting mandate. Of the 52% who had reported their vaccination status, 90% reported having received one or more COVID-19 jabs.”

An October 30 email from President Biden obtained by Fox News, demands that CBP supervisors order their employees to report their vaccination status by November 8, and threatens the supervisors if they do not. The email reads, “Supervisors who fail to have the required discussions with their employees will be subject to potential discipline for insubordination, up to removal from federal service.” In the email, President Biden includes “discussion points” and a log that supervisors are required to maintain and submit regarding their discussions with employees. Former acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan told Fox News that the requirement for supervisors to speak to each of their 64,000 employees is a severely time-consuming task. This is especially not easy when the border crisis is raging. 

Morgan argued that when an agency has to pressure supervisors to this extent, it shows that the mandate has been a “colossal failure,” and having to “strong-arm” leadership is a “red flag.” A CBP source told Fox News that employees are receiving multiple emails each day regarding the Covid-19 vaccine, and they include videos of CBP or Homeland Security employees who have been affected by it. Some Border Patrol agents who have spoken to Fox News said that they actually do have the vaccine, but “object to the mandate, particularly considering there is no such mandate for those crossing the border illegally.”

The crisis at the southern border is intensifying with over 192,000 migrants encountered in September and more than 1.7 million in the 2021 fiscal year; however, the full data on the number of illegal immigrants released into the U.S. is yet to be released from the Department of Homeland Security. 

The threat of losing over half of CBP agents includes ports of entry in addition to the southern border and other areas as well. Still, President Biden is firm in his order for them to either get vaccinated or face the consequences.

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Southern border immigration still high, with 208k migrants in August

Southern border immigration still high, with 208k migrants in August


According to their latest report, U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered 208,887 migrants at the southern border in August alone. While that is 2% less than the number of encounters in July, it’s a 317% increase since August 2020 and a 233% increase from August 2019.

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Of all those migrants who attempted to cross the southern border, a quarter of them had at least one prior encounter in the last 12 months. The vast majority, over 150,000 were attempting to cross for the first time. Meanwhile, only 14% attempted twice in 12 months throughout 2014-2019.

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However, 93,414 of the encounters were turned away under Title 42, a public health order meant to protect U.S. citizens from increased COVID-19 positive migrants. But that’s only 44% of the total encounters. Generally, many of those turned away, 75%, were single adults.

Now, CBP found 1,002,722 unique migrants during 2021. Last year, there were 851,513 migrants at the border. In the meantime, more than 10,900 CBP employees tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. A total of 43 have passed away. Eight of those deaths happened in August alone.

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