Hidin’ Harris: VP goes 25 days without presser after assuming border crisis role

Vice President Kamala Harris has not given a press conference on the border crisis since being appointed to handle the escalating situation by President Biden on March 24.

Harris’s failure to hold a single press conference to respond to how the administration is going handle the thousands of illegal migrants attempting to enter the United States since the administration rescinded most of President Trump’s previous policies.

President of the National Border Patrol Council Brandon Judd told Fox News Sunday that he thinks Harris is avoiding addressing the crisis so she doesn’t have to fix it.

“Because if she goes to the U.S. border, people are going to expect her to fix the problem, so she avoids it,” Judd said. “That’s disgusting because that’s putting politics ahead of what’s best for this country.”

Harris has also failed to schedule a visit to the southern border or the states affected by the crisis. She is, however, planning to travel to Guatemala and Mexico, the New York Post reports.

When asked about visiting the border, she threw the responsibility to a different official.

“The president has asked [Homeland Security] Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas to address what is going on at the border, and he has been working very hard at that and is showing some progress,” the vice president said, according to Fox News.

Harris says she is looking to the origins of the crisis in those countries, but still has no plans to cue the press into her work.

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Pew: 20 Percent More Americans Call Illegal Immigration ‘Very Big Problem’ Under Joe Biden

About 20 percent more Americans today call illegal immigration a “very big problem” under President Joe Biden’s direction as opposed to the same time last year when then-President Donald Trump imposed a series of controls to slow overall immigration levels.

The latest Pew Research Center survey, conducted from April 5 to 11, reveals the number of American adults who say illegal immigration is a very big problem has jumped 20 percentage points since last year when Trump was in office.

In June 2020, 28 percent of Americans called illegal immigration a very big problem. Today, 48 percent of Americans consider illegal immigration a very big problem. For context, more Americans see illegal immigration as a bigger problem than the Chinese coronavirus.

The jump in concern is across party lines. Today, 72 percent of Republican voters call illegal immigration a very big problem — a 29 percentage point increase since June 2020 — while 29 percent of Democrats say the same. In June 2020, just 15 percent of Democrats said illegal immigration was a very big problem.

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After Biden took office, he quickly dismantled Trump’s legal wall at the southern border by ending the “Remain in Mexico” program, canceling cooperative asylum agreements with Central America, and fast-tracking border crossers into the U.S. interior while giving them one-year work permits.

Simultaneously, Biden’s administration issued “sanctuary country” orders that have massively cut interior immigration enforcement and are preventing about nine-in-ten deportations of illegal aliens, analysis shows.

Last month, nearly 170,000 border crossers were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. This is a 450 percent increase in illegal immigration compared to the same time last year under Trump.

The expansion of overall immigration levels is at odds with the majority of Americans.

The latest Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,250 likely U.S. voters shows nearly six-in-ten said the federal government is doing “too little” to stop illegal immigration. Only 14 percent said the government is doing “too much,” and 21 percent said their policies are “about right.”

Rather than allowing businesses to have an endless supply of foreign labor via immigration, 65 percent of likely U.S. voters say it is better for businesses to recruit Americans with higher wages and better benefits. Only 17 percent said the federal government should bring in new foreign workers for business.

Already, about 11 to 22 million illegal aliens live in the U.S. This year, analysts project that federal immigration officials will encounter 1.2 million border crossers with likely thousands more able to successfully illegally enter the nation without being detected.

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

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Boehner: ‘Cruel’ America First Caucus Wants to Stop Country from Being a ‘Land of Immigration’

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the so-called America First Caucus was “cruel” and defied the concept of America as a “land of immigration.”

Partial transcript as follows:

CHUCK TODD: Let me ask something about the white supremacist stuff that just keeps trying to get into the mainstream, into the conservative movement. I feel like the Republican party that you grew up in did a pretty good job of trying to eradicate this. And, it creeped back in. Whether it creeped in via libertarian movements or whatever, it creeped back in, and you see it. You’ve gone from one problem in Steve King and it’s metastasized. Now they’re trying to start a caucus that’s sort of based on these racist ideas. How did this happen? How did this get mainstreamed a bit in your party?

BOEHNER: Well, Chuck, I have no idea how this even showed up. I wouldn’t call it mainstreamed in our party, but I can tell you that this so-called America First Caucus is one of the nuttiest things I’ve ever seen. Listen, America is a land of immigration. We’ve been the world’s giant melting pot for 250 years. And we ought to celebrate the fact that we are this giant melting pot. And to see some members of Congress go off and start this America First Caucus, it’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen. And Republicans need to denounce it.

TODD: By their definition, by the way, of immigration, they would basically say there shouldn’t be Asian Americans citizenship in this country, the way that’s described. I don’t think people realize how cruel their — that, that some of that stuff was said there, right Mr. Speaker?

BOEHNER: I think it’s awfully cruel, and frankly it has no place in the Republican Party. You know, my second-biggest regret during my time as speaker is not being able to come to an agreement with President Obama on an immigration reform bill. Our immigration system is a mess. It’s broken from top to bottom. And it needs to be fixed so that it’s fairer for Americans who are here and fairer for those who are trying to come here.

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Report: Biden Administration Releasing Hundreds of Migrant Families a Day into U.S. 

The Biden administration is planning to continue to release hundreds of migrant families a day into the United States in coming months.

The Washington Examiner obtained a document from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that reveals the plan:

The 400 figure is eight times greater than the 50 families that Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were releasing from its facilities each day early on in 2021. As of mid-March, Border Patrol agents were seeing 500 people arrive as part of a family group per day. Only the head of family is enrolled in ICE’s programs that track people after they are released or paroled into the country, so the total number of migrants released is at least two times higher than the 400 figure because each family has at least two people.

In the final months of 2020, the number of people who were intercepted at the border hovered around 75,000 per month. By February, the first full month that President Joe Biden was in office, that monthly number had grown to more than 100,000. In March, the number of families, adults, and single children showing up at the border spiked to 172,000.

Numbers rose as migrants anticipated friendlier asylum policies under the Biden administration. After taking office, Biden ordered the Border Patrol no longer to turn away single children immediately who cross the border alone. At the same time, the Mexican state of Tamaulipas blocked the U.S. from returning families as the U.S. had been doing since March 2020 in an effort to avoid detaining people during the pandemic. The majority of families and all non-Mexican children are not being removed from the country, but most single adults continue to be removed.

“The number of individuals enrolled in the ICE Alternatives to Detention program has increased from 50 per day to 200 per day in March 2021,” an ICE document states. “Within 90 days, the enrollment is projected to double to 400 per day. It is because of this unusual and compelling urgency that the Government requires the [emergency family reception sites] to meet the critical mission requirements of housing, feeding, transporting, and providing medical attention to these thousands of asylum-seeking families along the southwest border.”

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“DHS is seeing an increase in irregular migrant flows to the southwest border of the United States, including greater numbers of family units and unaccompanied children,” the document states. “The projected encounters for fiscal year (FY) 2021 are expected to be the highest number observed in over 20 years.”

The report noted that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) signed a $530 million no-bid contract for Texas-based nonprofit Family Endeavors to house Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and ICE gave another non-profit $87 million to house families in hotels before they are transferred from law enforcement custody to HHS.

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Joe Biden Now Describes Migrant Rush on the Border as a ‘Crisis’

President Joe Biden finally described the rush of unaccompanied minor migrants to the border as a “crisis” on Saturday, despite himself and members of his administration previously refusing to use the word to describe the situation.

Biden spoke to reporters about the border crisis after a round of golf at the Delaware Country Club on Saturday.

He commented on the crisis as he explained why he reversed his position on raising the caps set by former President Donald Trump on refugees.

“The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people,” he said to reporters. “We couldn’t do two things at once. But now we are going to increase the number.”

Preliminary data shows more than 18,500 unaccompanied children crossed the border in March, 60 percent more than the previous record of 11,494 in May 2019.

In March, Biden denied the flood of migrants coming to the Southern border was a crisis.

“No,” he replied when a reporter asked him if it was a crisis. “We’ll be able to handle it. God willing.”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also said the border situation was not a crisis.

“I think the answer is no,” Mayorkas said when asked by a reporter if there was a crisis on the border. “I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing, and we have our resources dedicated to managing it.”

In March, White House press secretary Jen Psaki corrected herself after she referred to the problems at the border as a “crisis.”

“Challenges on the border,” she said when asked by a reporter if the administration had changed its view of the crisis.

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Exclusive Videos: 300 Migrants Cross Border into Texas

Unaccompanied children continue crossing the Mexican border into Texas as Health and Human Services struggles to accommodate the increased numbers by opening new Emergency Intake Sites. Breitbart Texas observed nearly 300 migrants illegally crossing the Rio Grande in Roma, Texas, on Wednesday night. The groups of migrants consisted of family units and dozens of unaccompanied children looking to surrender to the few awaiting Border Patrol agents near the edge of town.

Cartel-connected human smugglers faced no resistance from law enforcement during their crossing as Border Patrol agents struggled to keep up with the ever-increasing rate of crossings in the area. In an exclusive video, Breitbart Texas interviewed two unaccompanied children shortly after they crossed the border. The unaccompanied children traveled alone and said they did not know their mother’s whereabouts. They also claimed they did not know their father.

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The teenage brother and sister, ages 13 and 15, claim to be traveling to San Francisco, California, to meet up with an uncle and a grandfather. The scene repeated itself throughout the night as children crossed the river alone or with family members. The children ranged in age from three months old to 17 years.

According to the latest statistics released by Health and Human Services, more than 22,000 unaccompanied children are currently in custody. They are being held at temporary Emergency Intake Sites, permanent shelters, or Border Patrol Stations. HHS estimates the daily cost to house the children is in excess of $6 million per day.

In March, Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 62,000 migrants (2,000 per day), according to the most recent reports from CBP. Those included 35,250 family units, 9,726 unaccompanied minors, and 16,992 single adults.

Border Patrol agents in the vicinity spoke of being overwhelmed by the volume of migrant crossings in such a short timeframe. Many of the migrants appeared nervous and tired from the journey to the United States. According to a few of the agents, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, this is almost a nightly occurrence.

Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol.  Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief for Law Enforcement Operations, directing operations for nine Border Patrol Stations within the Del Rio, Texas, Sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.

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Pew Poll: Illegal immigration is becoming a bigger problem than COVID-19, Americans Say

A new poll from Pew Research reveals that 48% of those polled believe illegal immigration “a very big problem,” while only 47% consider the coronavirus outbreak to their most pressing concern, which was a lower percentage of Americans than those polled last year.

“The survey finds that, for the most part, the public’s views of major problems facing the U.S. are little changed from about a year ago,” Pew Research said. “However, the share of Americans saying the coronavirus is a very big problem has declined 11 percentage points since last June (from 58% to 47%), while the share citing illegal immigration has increased 20 points (from 28% to 48%).”

Chart shows more adults view illegal immigration as a very big problem, as share citing COVID-19 declines

Those polled appeared to give their findings based on what political party lines.

“While views of most national problems are divided along partisan lines, including illegal immigration, increasing shares of both Republicans and Democrats rate illegal immigration as a very big problem. Nearly three-quarters of Republicans (72%) say illegal immigration is a major problem, up 29 points since last June. The share of Democrats who say this is a major problem is now 29%, compared with 15% nearly a year ago,” the poll findings said.

Interestingly, the issue of the federal deficit has changed in which political party views it as a problem.

“Over this period, Republicans and Democrats have moved in opposite directions in concerns about the federal budget deficit. Currently, 71% of Republicans say the budget deficit is a very big problem; about half of Republicans (49%) said this in June 2020. By contrast, just 31% of Democrats rate the deficit as a major problem, down from 45% last year,” the report said.

Read the full poll findings from Pew Research here.

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Biden admin to begin releasing 400 migrant families into the country per day

The Biden administration is preparing to release 400 migrant families per day into the country by June, as holding centers are facing record numbers of illegal immigrants arriving at the southern border, according to a breaking report from the Washington Examiner.

Based on information in a government document, the Examiner reported that the 400 number is eight times larger than previous amounts of migrants the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been releasing daily since early 2021. Border Patrol was previously releasing 50 family units per day.

“The number of individuals enrolled in the ICE Alternatives to Detention program has increased from 50 per day to 200 per day in March 2021,” the document from ICE that the Examiner obtained states.

“Within 90 days, the enrollment is projected to double to 400 per day. It is because of this unusual and compelling urgency that the Government requires the [emergency family reception sites] to meet the critical mission requirements of housing, feeding, transporting, and providing medical attention to these thousands of asylum-seeking families along the southwest border,” it stated.

The number comes as a result of record border crossings, both from single men and unaccompanied children.

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Jayapal: Biden Needs to Keep Promise to Raise Refugee Cap ‘Right Now’

On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Cuomo Primetime,” Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said President Joe Biden “said in February that he was going to lift the refugee cap, and I believe that he needs to do that right now.” And shot back at host Chris Cuomo for starting the interview by asking about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) by stating, “I don’t care about Marjorie Taylor Greene. If you all on TV want to talk about her, that’s fine, but that’s not my concern.”

After Cuomo asked about Greene, Jayapal responded, “Well, Chris, you know, I have not tweeted or talked about Marjorie Taylor Greene in more than a month. I came on your show to talk about the refugee cap, about shots in arms, about kids in schools, about getting people into jobs. I am not wasting one minute of time on Marjorie Taylor Greene. Because what she is doing is disgusting, but it is a reflection of what the Republican Party has become. The fact that not a single Republican was able to vote for the American Rescue Plan that 70% of the country supported is a travesty, but that is what the Republican Party has become. So what are we doing about it as Democrats? We’re passing a rescue plan that has 76% approval across the country. We are getting shots in arms. We are getting kids back in schools. We are helping small businesses. We’re going to pass a giant jobs bill to put people back to work. And we are going to make sure that we open our refugee assistance program again. Because, as even evangelicals have said, it is the crown jewel of American humanitarianism. And so, that’s what I’ve been concerned with today. I don’t care about Marjorie Taylor Greene. If you all on TV want to talk about her, that’s fine, but that’s not my concern. And that’s really — the fact that Kevin McCarthy is not even interested in decrying it is — that’s just what the Republican Party is today.”

She added, “Trump left us with a mess on immigration. … So, is it going to take the Biden administration some time to get that all in place? Yes, it is. Is it — are there things that they could do better and faster? Yes, there are. We outlined them already. But I wanted to talk about the refugee cap. … I’ve been tough on the president on this. I don’t think he should have changed. He said in February that he was going to lift the refugee cap, and I believe that he needs to do that right now.”

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Joe Biden Overrules Staff Plan, Raises Refugee Inflow

Pro-migration Democrats and business allies got President Joe Biden to quickly overrule a Friday announcement by his top staff that would have capped the 2021 inflow of refugees at 15,000.

“The President’s directive today has been the subject of some confusion,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in an afternoon statement. “We expect the President to set a final, increased refugee cap for the remainder of this fiscal year by May 15,” she added.

The Psaki announcement came a few hours after Jake Sullivan, Biden’s National Security Advisor, tweeted:

America needs to rebuild our refugee resettlement program. We will use all 15,000 slots under the new Determination and work with Congress on increasing admissions and building back to the numbers to which we’ve committed.

The scale of the reversal may not be known until May 15, when the final 2021 number is scheduled for release. But pro-migration groups are hoping that Biden will announce a 2021 goal of importing several tens-of-thousands of refugees before October, up from the 15,000 scheduled by former President Donald Trump.

The Washington Post reported late on Friday:

Late Friday, White House officials held a call with refugee advocates, during which deputy national security adviser Jon Finer said the cap would likely be lifted well before May 15, according to two people on the call. Finer also said that the administration would try to resettle refugees as soon as possible, rather than spreading out the admissions until Sept. 30, the people said. White House officials plan to hold another meeting with advocates next week, people with knowledge of the plans said.

Biden’s afternoon reversal came after a furious backlash by pro-migration advocates, including senior Democrats, far-left advocates, and business groups.

The morning statement setting the 15,000 level was slammed by Democrats, including Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA),  Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). “This is unacceptable,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-IL), the second-ranking Democrat Senator.

The politicians’ protests were backed up by pro-migration advocates, including the FWD.us group of investors funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

“We strongly urge President Biden to reverse this decision and commit to his prior promises to rebuild America’s refugee program,” said a quick statement from the FWD.us group, which supports almost any increased inflow of workers, consumers, and renters into the American economy.

The tweeted statement by the wealthy investors suggested that Biden should overrule his top deputies, despite the polling crash caused by the pro-migration preferences of his appointee at the Department of Homeland Security:

At some of our best moments, America has been a beacon of hope and a nation that actively seeks to welcome those seeking refuge—and at some of our worst, we turned our back on those very people in their time of greatest need … today’s decision is not only morally wrong, but will make the forced migration situation from Central America worse.

We strongly urge President Biden to reverse this decision and commit to his prior promises to rebuild America’s refugee program.

The Zuckerberg group of investors is the leading funder and advocate for more migration into Americans’ communities and workplaces. Many other like-minded groups that have received funds from Zuckerberg joined in the backlash.

“Biden should revisit” the decision, said a tweet from Frank Sharry at the Zuckerberg-funded America’s Voice group. “This refugee decision [reeks] of politics. If that’s true, then it’s an unforced political error,” Sharry said in another tweet.

“This decision is bullshit,” Sharry continued in another tweet.

The National Immigration Forum — another recipient of Zuckerberg funds — joined in slamming the 15,000 announcement, saying:

On the day the Biden administration decides to maintain refugee resettlement historic lows, I think about the Afghans who helped our military and what they must be thinking.

Late on Friday, pro-migration advocates celebrated when Biden reversed the staff’s 15,000 decision.

“This is a testament to the power that people’s movements, community advocates, & progressive coalitions have built,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Thankful for that and the Biden admin’s decision to respond to organizers today. Now let’s get these families to their new homes here in the United States.”

The Biden reversal will likely worsen public worries about his immigration policies.

A White House official told the New York Times that the lower goal of 15,000 was picked because of public opposition to the border chaos:

A senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the decision-making, said the administration grew concerned that the surge of border crossings by unaccompanied minors was too much and had already overwhelmed the refugee branch of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Washington Post reported April 16:

People close to the White House’s decision-making have said they detected political concerns about expanding the refugee program at a moment when there is increasing pressure on Biden to be tougher on immigration and border security. Biden is dealing with a surge in the number of migrants arriving on the southern border, which has caused policy and political worries about immigration inside the White House, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Biden’s half-open, half-closed border has created chaos and has deeply damaged Biden’s poll numbers. Breitbart News reported April 15:

Biden’s policies have gotten him 64 percent disapproval among independents, and 55 percent disapproval among Latinos, according to a Quinnipiac poll of 1,237 adults, conducted April 8-12.

Just 22 percent of swing-voting independents and 27 percent of Latinos support Biden’s policy to extricate hundreds of thousands of migrants from their countries into a Hunger Games-style obstacle course, so they can be used in the U.S. economy.

GOP voters strongly oppose these policies, so the Quinnipiac numbers translate into a national disapproval rate of 55 percent, with just 29 percent approval for Biden’s immigration policy.

The refugee programs are unpopular among ordinary Americans because they shift elite attention from Americans’ concerns by pushing foreign migrants into Americans’ towns. That population shift helps to push down wages, raise rents, crowd schools, fracture stable communities, shrivel investment in labor-saving machinery, and redirect corporate investment to the coastal states.

The programs are supported by low-wage employers, university leftists, landlords, retailers, and organizations that receive taxpayer dollars to settle the refugees.

Most refugees settle in coastal states, pushing up rents and capping wages for nearby Americans, such as those living in Ocasio-Cortez’s district. That skew hides much of the program’s damaging impact. But people in heartland states also lose when refugees settle in coastal states because the arrival of foreign labor allows coastal investors to focus their job-creating investments near their coastal homes, not in the interior states, such as West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

Refugees are put on a fast-track to citizenship and can import additional family members via chain migration. The growing population of Democrat-voting Somalis in the United States is the most obvious impact of the nation’s expensive refugee program.

If each migrant brings in just five relatives, then a 2021 goal of 30,000 refugees will eventually deliver 180,000 refugees. The New York Times sketched the chain-migration process:

Asende Ecasa, 33, packed her belongings and left the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania last month expecting to arrive in the United States on March 4. After Mr. Biden delayed the admissions designation, Ms. Ecasa’s flight was canceled. The medical screening she got to ensure her travel has expired.

Her cousin Alex Majaliwa, who lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., now has no idea when Ms. Ecasa will be allowed into the country.

“If possible, the president can really hear our suffering because we want to come to the nation to find our life, to improve our lives,” Mr. Majaliwa said. It took him years to be approved for resettlement in America.

For many years, a wide variety of pollsters have shown deep and broad opposition to labor migration and the inflow of temporary contract workers into jobs sought by young U.S. graduates. This opposition is multiracialcross-sexnon-racistclass-basedintra-Democraticrational, and recognizes the solidarity that Americans owe to each other.

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