GOP lawmakers react to Facebook’s continued Trump ban with threats and warnings

After Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld former President Trump’s suspension Wednesday morning, Republican members of Congress railed against the social media platform. The move to continue to ban Trump undoubtedly sets a precedent, but most GOP members agreed it’s not a good one.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) have experience peppering social media CEOs with questions. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in particular. Both congressmen are members of their prospective Judiciary Committees. Zuckerberg appeared in a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee as recently as last fall. Sen. Lee compared the move on Facebook’s part to George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

Rep. Jordan instead simply joined voices with the Federal Trade Commission, other members of congress and tweeted: “Break them up.”

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) saw the precedent as widely applicable to all Facebook users. He warned that anybody could be next in a tweet.

Yet, others don’t see the ban as detrimental to Trump’s image. Jarome Bell, a Republican candidate for Virginia’s 2nd district in the House, postulated that Trump doesn’t need Facebook.

Bell is likely referring to Trump’s new site, where he echoed Jordan’s threats. “These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process,” Trump wrote.

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Jordan, Biggs demand answers from Wray on FISA abuses

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) recently declassified a November 2020 opinion memo raising concerns about the FBI’s “apparent widespread violations” of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and House Judiciary Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) are demanding that FBI Director Chris Wray answer to the opinion. The two lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday, which also asked Wray how he is reforming the FBI to ensure the process is being used in a constitutional manner.

In their letter, Jordan and Biggs note that the ODNI’s memo highlights the misuse of FISA’s Section 702, which states that the government can permit the surveillance of foreigners outside the U.S. for national security purposes, to spy on American citizens.

The two Republican lawmakers also cite Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s December 2019 report showing abuse of the FISA process to illegally spy on members of the Trump campaign. The report revealed 17 “errors and omissions” and 51 incorrect points used as a basis for the surveillance.

Wray previously said the FISA warrant obtained against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page wasn’t justified and he’s promised to reform the system, but Jordan and Biggs aren’t convinced that anything has changed.

The FBI declined to comment on the letter, in an email to this reporter.

The Republican Congressmen ask Wray to provide the following:

“The recently released FISC opinion only raises more questions about the FBI’s respect for the constitutional and statutory parameters of FISA. Given the seriousness of this matter for civil liberties, please provide the following information immediately:

1. Please explain why almost a year after the OIG’s report about FISA abuses, the FISC found the FBI to still be abusing its warrantless surveillance authority under section 702.

2. Please provide a detailed accounting of every instance since December 2019 in which the FBI has queried, accessed, otherwise used information obtained pursuant to section 702 for purposes unrelated to national security.

3. Please explain what actions you have taken in the wake of the FISC’s November 2020 memorandum opinion and order to prevent the FBI from using its section 702 authorities to surveil, investigate, or otherwise examine U.S. citizens.”

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Jim Jordan demands answers from Biden admin after rioters cause nearly $20K in damage to Portland Boys and Girls Club

Nearly a year after riots first erupted in Portland and a week after the latest riot, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote a letter demanding justice from the Department of Homeland Security. This is his second letter in two months.

The letters are addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

First, Jordan asked to know what DHS is doing to protect federal land in the future. During the riots, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building, the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, the Edith Green-Wendall Wyatt Federal building, the Pioneer Courthouse, and the Gus J. Solomon United State Courthouse, have all been vandalized to varying degrees.

Jordan also noted that rioters caused $20,000 in damage last week to the Portland Boys and Girls Club, which supports underserved children and families.

In that first letter, Jordan asked that Mayorkas and Garland provided the requested information, in writing, no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 12. Then, afterward, the lawmaker asked for them to provide a staff-level briefing. The deadline came and went without any communication, according to Jordan.

Now, Jordan is writing again to make his same demands. The damage is costing the city with every riot; demonstrators caused as much as $20,000 worth of damage just las week, according to the Congressman.

“Americans deserve answers,” Jordan tweeted. His letter asks the following questions:

  1. Please explain the Justice Department’s current efforts to identify and prosecute
    individuals who are attacking federal law enforcement and damaging and vandalizing
    federal property in Portland, Oregon.
  2. Please explain how the Justice Department, in coordination with other relevant
    federal law enforcement agencies, is working to prevent individuals from damaging
    and vandalizing federal property in Portland, Oregon.
  3. Please explain whether the Justice Department still believes Portland, Oregon, has
    “permitted violence and destruction of property to persist” and has “refused to
    undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities.”
  4. Please explain whether the Justice Department still believes that “peaceful protestors
    do not throw explosives into federal courthouses, tear down plywood with crowbars,
    or launch fecal matter at federal officers. Such acts are in fact federal crimes under
    statutes enacted by this Congress.”

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As Long As ‘The New Normal’ Is Marked By Lockdowns, Lies, And Loneliness, It’s No Normal At All

It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. I’m vaccinated, I’m single, and I’m sitting alone. It’s cold outside, there are three inches of snow on the ground, and everybody else seems to have gotten used to staying in. By now it’s normal.

At this time 13 months ago, I was having friends over in D.C., preparing together for a night out. Drinks were being shared, gossip was being spilled, and new music was being introduced as we took turns on the speaker. We’d make it to our destination by midnight and make 22-year-old decisions we’d say we regretted in the morning — but didn’t really. I’d do anything to have that life back now.

I can’t say I’ve materially suffered during this pandemic. I never got sick with COVID-19, never lost a loved one to it, never lost my income. I moved across the country to Denver, the city of my choice, kept myself in shape, and took refuge in the landscape, meeting people along the way in a place where I knew no one. I savored the space the pandemic forced me to take from the wild nights out of my early 20s, cognizant that with the arrival of a vaccine they’d soon be back.

Little did I understand, however, that two weeks to slow the spread wouldn’t just morph into wait until there’s a vaccine. Now we appear to be in an endless lockdown where a population that doesn’t even take care of itself now demands life with absolutely zero risk at the expense of everyone else.

Thirteen months later and I’m finding it harder and harder not to blame Anthony Fauci and his allies in the political establishment for all the nights I never went out, the singles I never met, the dates I never went on, and the memories I never made. The drive-in raves are lame, distanced bars feel pointless, and most places are closed by an early hour anyway. These are all by the orders of Fauci, whose word carries the most weight in the country on coronavirus, like it or not, while he intimidates contrarian experts from speaking out by controlling their research funding. But Fauci’s not lonely, he’s not single, and at 80 years old, he’s likely not eager to go out.

There’s no evidence to prove the lockdowns prevent massive spread of the coronavirus. To the contrary, there’s plenty of research from elite academics finding otherwise, but to follow actual science would reject left-wing “science,” the only acceptable standard, which also characteristically carves out exceptions for those who say “Black Lives Matter.”

No one needs to read a plethora of academic research on the lockdowns anyway to see their ineffectiveness. Just glance at the states with the highest death rates and see their leaders. The deadliest states are run primarily by lockdown Democrats heeding Fauci’s every command. New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island top the list.

There won’t be a serious cost-benefit analysis of the lockdowns, however. They’ve become so politicized that the party and career bureaucrats that embraced them will never admit they were wrong. The lockdowns have been so devastatingly costly that no one who endorsed them will ever concede because they have nothing to gain and everything to lose. Fauci has bet his legacy of failing upward on their supposed effectiveness, Democrats have used them to expand their central-state planning, and corporations have reaped in unimaginable profits while small businesses continue to go under left and right.

The American people, meanwhile, have either been so convinced of COVID’s severity, even post-vaccination, that they demand their neighbors abide by Fauci’s rules, or they’ve become too powerless to do anything about them. How does one refuse to live by Fauci’s orders to wear a mask while vaccinated when they can’t go anywhere without one? How does one refuse to live by Fauci’s orders of not going to crowded places where there are no crowded places?

The crisis that was supposed to end with an optional vaccine has no end and no optional vaccine. When public health officials say we have a choice to get vaccinated, they’re lying. Americans are being told lockdown restrictions will remain in place until the nation reaches herd immunity, while Fauci demands restrictions remain in place for even those who have been vaccinated. Fauci says it’s because vaccinated individuals may still spread the virus, contrary to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s own research. Face masks have now become markers of a political stripe, of which a vaccinated Fauci wears two.

Fauci also says it’s because of potential viral variants that vaccinated people still refrain from a return to normal. Our leaders are now designing policy based on what might happen, not based on what is happening. Viruses mutate all the time. Fauci has no regard for liberty, however, offering Americans no option to choose whether to accept the vaccine. He made that clear last week.

“I don’t look at this as a liberty thing,” Fauci told Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan during a House hearing on COVID-19. The doctor doubled down on his comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, where he also offered his leftist views on gun control. “This has nothing to do with liberties,” Fauci emphasized on his orders that the nation remain in lockdown.

You can call me selfish for writing this piece. I don’t care. You’re likely the same person who demanded your neighbor’s business shut down so you can live a life without any risk. Sorry, but you’re on the wrong planet for that. More than half a million Americans have tragically died from COVID-19. I’m not blind to it. It wasn’t their fault, but it also wasn’t mine.

At some point, however, Americans ought to reclaim virtue in personal responsibility. Vaccinations are widely available, and those who wish to shelter in place may continue to do so. No one ever told them they couldn’t. And those really worried about getting sick with COVID-19 would do themselves well to get in shape, as nearly 80 percent of those hospitalized were overweight or obese. We knew early on that excessive weight gain substantially rose people’s risk profiles to complications from COVID, yet Americans binged on carbs, sugar, and Netflix while demanding their neighbors stay home and wait for a vaccine.

Thirteen months later, it’s not clear if we’ll ever return to normal. Considering its return has been politicized with the powers opposed, we might never return to normal. If we do, it’ll be far, far later than it should be.

If I didn’t live in Colorado, it would be harder. The summer evening weekday hikes help, and the weekend camping is superb. If I didn’t work for The Federalist, the lockdowns would also be harder, because at work, I’m doing something about them. If I hadn’t built any kind of support group in Denver, the lockdowns would be unbearable. By the grace of community found in mentorship, my reflections group, and CrossFit, however, the weekends completely alone are an increasing rarity.

But for now, here I am on a Friday night, 23, in the prime of my life, sitting at home — because at this moment, it remains the new normal.

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WATCH: Jim Jordan, Dr. Fauci get into shouting match over COVID restrictions, civil liberties

During a Thursday congressional hearing, a shouting match erupted between GOP Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Dr. Anthony Fauci over COVID-19 restrictions when Jordan pressed Fauci on when Americans can expect things to return to normal, bringing up civil liberties.

“When is the time?” Jordan asked during House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus hearing titled “Reaching the Light at the End of the Tunnel: Ending COVID-19”. “When do Americans get their freedom back? We had 15 days to slow the spread, turned into a year of lost liberties.”

“When we get the level of infection in this country low enough that it is not a really high threat,” Fauci replied.

“What is low enough? Give me a number […] what metrics, what measures, what has to happen before Americans get their freedoms?” the Ohio Republican asked.

Fauci replied that his message was to make sure as many Americans as possible get vaccinated quickly “to get the level of infection in this country low that it is no longer a threat.”

Unsatisfied, Jordan continued to press him on this until Fauci took issue with the congressman’s framing of the issue as one of civil liberties.

“You’re indicating liberty and freedom. I look at it as a public health measure to prevent people from dying and going to hospital,” Fauci said, adding that life will return to normal when people get vaccinated.

“You don’t think Americans’ liberties have been threatened the last year, Dr. Fauci?” Jordan asked, raising his voice. “They’ve been assaulted!”

Later on, the congressman brought up the various types of COVID-19 restrictions that have been put in place throughout the pandemic—such as those on houses of worship, having guests in one’s home, and curfews—arguing that they violated people’s constitutional rights.

Subsequently, Jordan claimed people have been censored because they dared to disagree with Fauci, citing a video where physicians disagreed with Fauci’s positions. This led to Fauci to claim that the congressman was making things personal.

“It’s not a personal thing,” Jordan claimed, to which Fauci shouted back: “You are! That is exactly what you’re doing.”

After Jordan’s time expired, committee Chairman Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said that he would be pleased once 90% of Congress is vaccinated. This prompted the Ohio Republican to ask Fauci again for a specific standard.

“When? What are the numbers?” he asked.

“Right now we’re at an unacceptably high level,” Fauci said. “What you’re going to see as more and more people get vaccinated and we get over three million people a day, you’re going to see the level of infection come down and down, and gradually there will be more flexibility for doing the things that you’re talking about.”

Jordan continued to press him for a specific number. But, as Fauci started to give a response, the next committee member began to speak, thanking Clyburn.

“I’d like my question answered!” Jordan shouted, in response to which Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) yelled: “You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth!”

“Don’t worry about this, we’re going to handle this,” Clyburn responded. “I think Mr. Jordan knows me very well, and he knows full well that we’re going to handle this.”

Jordan thanked the South Carolina Democrat, and the hearing proceeded, with the Ohio Republican and Fauci sparring some more in subsequent rounds of questioning.

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WATCH: Jerry Nadler refused to admit the Democrats plan to pack the Supreme Court

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY, avoided answering Rep. Jim Jordan‘s, R-OH, question on whether Democrats were planning to expand the Supreme Court during a Wednesday hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.

Jordan, while citing an report from The Intercept, said to Nadler, “It’s been reported that the Democrats will be introducing legislation to expand the Supreme Court from 9 members to 13 members and that you (Nadler) and two of our members on this committee will be sponsoring that legislation, is that accurate?”

Nadler refused to answer Jordan’s question and Jordan was told that it wasn’t an appropriate time to be asking that question.

“That is not the subject of the markup,” Nadler said.

“A report that the chairman is going to be sponsoring legislation is not something to be talked about on the House Judiciary Committee?” Jordan fired back. “If you don’t think it’s important about Democrats trying to expand the size of the Supreme Court… I think that’s a pretty important issue.”

Following the hearing, it was reported that congressional democrats are planning to unveil legislation to expand the court on Thursday.

The bill will be led by Nadler and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, according to NBC News. It will be co-sponsored by Reps. Hank Johnson of Georgia and Mondaire Jones of New York.

“Our democracy is under assault, and the Supreme Court has dealt the sharpest blows. To restore power to the people, we must #ExpandTheCourt. That’s why I’m introducing the Judiciary Act of 2021 with @RepJerryNadler, @RepHankJohnson, and @SenMarkey to add four seats to SCOTUS,” Jones tweeted.

GOP leaders slammed the Democrats’ court-packing plans.

“Packing the court goes against everything we believe as Americans. But make no mistake: this is about power and control. Democrats want to dismantle our institutions, including the courts, to enact their socialist agenda,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted.

“Packing the court is an act of arrogant lawlessness. Those behind this effort spit in the face of judicial independence,” Sen. Mike Lee tweeted.

“On court packing: ” … it was a bonehead idea. It was a terrible, terrible mistake to make, and it put in question … the independence of the most significant body—including the Congress in my view—the most significant body in this country, the Supreme Court,” Lee continued.

“Do you know who spoke those words?” Lee asked.

“Joe Biden.”

Congress has the power to change the number of Supreme Court justices, although it has remained at nine since 1869.

Democrats are expected to announce the bill outside the Supreme Court building on Thursday.

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Problem Solvers Caucus Announces Bipartisan Trip to Southern Border

The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC) announced Sunday that they will travel to the southern border Monday to witness the migrant crisis unfolding.

Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) said a delegation of the Problem Solvers Caucus will travel to the southern border for a two-day visit. The delegation will travel to Rep. Vicente Gonzalez’s (D-TX) district; Gonzalez is also a PSC member. The delegation hopes to discuss potential bipartisan solutions to immigration and border security; they will meet with federal, state, and local law enforcement as well as many humanitarian groups.

The delegation to the southern border will notably include many swing district Democrats such as Gottheimer and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA). The members include:

  • Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
  • Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ)
  • Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX)
  • Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY)
  • Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA)
  • Rep. Young Kim (R-CA)
  • Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA)
  • Rep. Ed Case (D-HI)
  • Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA)

The bipartisan trip to the border follows as many House and Senate Republicans traveled to the southern border to see the border crisis unfolding fewer than 100 days into President Joe Biden’s administration.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) led members of the House Judiciary Committee this week to the southern border. He told Breitbart News’s Ashley Oliver:

This is … not just Jim Jordan talking, not just Republican members of the Judiciary Committee talking. This is the Border Patrol agents themselves, what they’re telling us. That’s what we’ve got to get done, and we have to talk about this and try to persuade our Democratic colleagues this is just good common sense.

He added, “This is for the good of the country, and frankly, it’s for the good of these kids and these families who are making that treacherous trek up through Mexico to get here.”

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Republican House Judiciary Members Witness Border Crisis: This Is ‘Biden’s Mess’; America Has Become ‘Sanctuary Nation’

McALLEN, Texas — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) led several Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee on a two-day visit to McAllen this week where they witnessed the ongoing border crisis, and all the members — as they recapped their visit — said the Biden administration was at fault for surging numbers of illegal migrants.

Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 170,000 migrants crossing the southern border illegally in March, a 72 percent increase from February. As Breitbart News reported, in the first two full months of President Joe Biden’s time in office, February and March, apprehensions were at a combined total of nearly 210,000, while in the last four months of former President Donald Trump’s tenure, apprehensions were at a combined total of just over 280,000.

Jordan, the ranking Republican member on the Judiciary Committee, gathered from speaking with Border Patrol agents that the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, also known as Remain in Mexico — which Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspended on his first day as president — is imperative to reinstate as a first step in controlling the migrant influx.

Jordan told Breitbart News on Wednesday near the conclusion of his visit, “This is … not just Jim Jordan talking, not just Republican members of the Judiciary Committee talking. This is the Border Patrol agents themselves, what they’re telling us. That’s what we’ve got to get done, and we have to talk about this and try to persuade our Democratic colleagues this is just good common sense. This is for the good of the country, and frankly, it’s for the good of these kids and these families who are making that treacherous trek up through Mexico to get here.”

The MPP program allowed border officials to return asylum-seeking migrants back to Mexico while they await the processing of their claims, which the Trump administration at the time of implementing the program, in January 2019, said would serve as a deterrent for illegal migration and help control an “unprecedented number” of “fraudulent asylum claims.”

Opponents of the MPP program argue sending asylum-seekers back to Mexico puts them in potentially unsanitary or dangerous conditions and creates nearly insurmountable barriers to being granted asylum if they do actually qualify for it.

However, as Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) detailed during a roundtable the delegation attended Wednesday, halting the MPP program has served as one cause — among several other Biden policies — of what has now become America’s “massive humanitarian crisis.”

“We know that it’s policy driven,” Biggs said. “We know that it’s this Biden administration’s policies that have done this. Why do we know that? Because we simply have to look at when those policies were in place. I’m talking MPP, the Remain in Mexico policy. I’m talking about the agreements with the Northern Triangle states, with Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. I’m talking about the incentive factor. We all respond to incentives. How about $1,400 per illegal alien in the COVID relief package? How about a free education? How about, you’ll get transported wherever you need to go? And once you’re in, it’s almost impossible for you to be sent out, and that’s really what’s going on. And so, President Trump found a problem, and he solved it. President Biden saw a solution and now he’s dissolved that and created a massive humanitarian crisis.”

Biggs, at a press conference later on Wednesday, referred to comments Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made: “That’s why the president of Mexico said this is Biden’s mess. It is Biden’s mess.”

Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC), who also attended the trip, agreed asylum claims are a “predicate for people entering the country.” He told Breitbart News of the MPP program, “It was an innovative, strategic policy to eliminate the perverse incentive in asylum claims. They can assert their asylum right, but you don’t want as the price of that to have any unlimited numbers of people coming into the country.”

The House Judiciary Committee is the committee that has primary jurisdiction over immigration policy. Jordan said at the press conference the committee’s Democrat members were invited on the trip and declined the invitation. Breitbart News reached out to committee chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to inquire about the reason for this and did not receive an immediate response.

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), the lead Republican on the committee’s subcommittee on immigration, said the Biden administration also shares blame for the swell of illegal migration because of his 100-day moratorium on most deportations. “My assessment is that Biden’s executive order on returning criminal illegals, deporting them after they’ve served their terms, now essentially makes the United States a sanctuary nation,” McClintock said during the roundtable.

Despite a federal judge blocking Biden’s moratorium in February, a Wall Street Journal analysis found Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s job priorities have still changed under the new administration’s policies as indicated by a drop of 50 percent in deportations in March compared with deportations in the months at the end of Trump’s tenure.

Biden’s DHS issued a memo on his first day in office justifying calling for the moratorium, saying DHS must “surge resources” to the southern border to “ensure safe, legal, and orderly processing, to rebuild fair and effective asylum procedures that respect human rights and due process … and to prioritize responding to threats to national security, public safety, and border security.”

The delegation’s consensus, however, was that Biden’s immigration policies and rhetoric about such policies have created a magnet for illegal migration and resulted in what has become growing and uncontrollable numbers of illegal migrants.

Two other members of the Judiciary Committee in attendance, Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) and Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT), railed against Biden for failing to acknowledge the issue. “Not dealing with this issue, not looking at the policies, I think it’s a complete lack of leadership and disregard,” Spartz told Breitbart News.

Owens surmised, “It’s either incompetence or it’s on purpose.”

Write to Ashley Oliver at aoliver@breitbart.com.

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Number of unaccompanied minors at border hits all-time high in March

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Nearly 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children entered the U.S. border custody in March, authorities said Thursday — an all time high.

March’s number was double the amount of unaccompanied children encountered by the Border Patrol Agents in February and more than five times the number in March 2020.

Sara Carter spoke with Rep. Jim Jordan on “Hannity” Thursday about the largest monthly number of unaccompanied minors that entered the country last month.

“This is truly chaos,” Jordan said. “40% of the agents’ time is spent processing, not doing the job that the taxpayers expect them to do and that they want to do.”

The federal government called on all federal workers to help process the children, and normal background checks might be waived, according to a March 25 letter obtained by Border Report.

They are requesting workers to help in Dallas, San Diego, San Antonio and Fort Bliss, Texas.

“The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) needs current Federal government civilian employees for up to 120-day deployment details to support ORR at facilities for unaccompanied children,” read the letter by OPM Acting Director Kathleen McGettigan.

Because of the 100% increase in unaccompanied migrant children arriving on the Southwest border, traditional “child care check investigations that normally are required for federal workers to assist children, can be waived this time,” McGettigan wrote in the letter.

Jordan said the overcrowded facilities are not able to abide by Covid protocols.

Jordan saw a pod, where unaccompanied children are housed, with 527 children inside.

According to Covid protocols, the pod is only suppose to house 33 kids.

“You feel for those kids and those families who want what we enjoy — they want to be in the greatest country ever. But you have to do it in a legal way, you have to do it in an orderly fashion. You can’t have this surge,” Jordan said.

“These families who are trying to get here, particularly the children, what they have to go through is just heartbreaking,” Jordan said. “You can see it on some of the kids’ faces when you’re in the facility.”

Border Patrol Agents said this is the biggest surge they’ve seen yet. Last month was the busiest month in the history of Border Patrol, Jordan noted.

“There’s no other way to describe it — it’s chaotic.”

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Exclusive: Jim Jordan Sees ‘Chaos’ at Texas Federal Facility Holding Migrant Children

McALLEN, Texas — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during a two-day visit to the U.S.-Mexico border described the main federal border facility in Donna, which is far exceeding its capacity, as “chaos,” providing his remarks to Breitbart News on Wednesday after a roundtable meeting with congressional colleagues and Texas officials.

Jordan this week led a delegation of several Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee, the committee that has primary jurisdiction over immigration policy, to McAllen to tour the southern border and visit multiple federal border facilities.

Judiciary Committee border visit, Donna, Texas, April 6, 2021

House Judiciary Committee members visit federal border facility in Donna, Texas, on April 6, 2021. (Courtesy Rep. Jim Jordan)

Jordan, who is ranking member on the committee, observed cramped conditions in one “pod” in the Donna facility, which primarily holds unaccompanied alien children (UACs), noting the pod was holding 15 times more UACs than was permitted under current coronavirus guidelines.

Media were not allowed to accompany the delegation on its facility tour, and aside from a “single event” with select outlets last week, are currently not allowed access to the facility at all, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official confirmed to congressional staff.

Jordan said, “We saw one pod that was supposed to have 33 kids in this confined space area, and they had 527. So, that to me is overwhelming. That’s chaos. That is what our good Border Patrol agents are having to deal with.”

The overflowing pod is the product of a surge in illegal migration that U.S. Border Patrol’s union president, Brandon Judd, said during the roundtable was “unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.” In March, CBP reported 170,000 apprehensions of migrants crossing the border illegally, up 72 percent from February. According to Judd, that is the most monthly apprehensions Border Patrol has seen in the last 15 years. More than 18,000 of the 170,000 were UACs.

Jordan, like many of his Republican colleagues, says the first response to controlling the growing issue is reinstating the Trump-era Remain in Mexico policy in which border officials were able to send migrants seeking asylum back to Mexico to file their paperwork and await the processing of their claims.

Jordan assessed that President Joe Biden’s suspension of the policy was a key reason the numbers began to swell and that the Biden administration’s priorities for addressing the influx are unclear. “What I do know is the Remain in Mexico policy was working,” Jordan said. “Every border agent we talked to told us that is the reason they are seeing this surge, and according to the head of the Border Patrol council, Mr. Judd, he said this surge is unprecedented. He’s never seen anything like it.”

Biden’s Department of Homeland Security halted Remain in Mexico on his first day in office, citing a “commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation’s values.” The Associated Press reported the policy “exposed people to violence in Mexican border cities” and created more hurdles for completing the asylum-seeking process but that the Trump administration instituted the policy as a “critical” means of controlling peaking numbers of asylum-seekers in 2019.

When asked what stood out to Jordan the most during his trip, the Ohio Republican said it was the “overwhelming numbers” and added that although his “heart goes out to the kids, to the families,” the volume presents a “huge” concern for American education and hospital systems.

Ashley Oliver

“They said there are 16,000 kids, as we speak, who have moved from Custom and Borders to HHS, and they’re housing these kids, and these kids are going to be sent somewhere in the country to some relative — maybe a parent, maybe someone else — but they’re going to be moved in the country, and that turnover is every 24 days,” Jordan explained. “They told us that that 16,000 number turning over every 24 days, that number’s going to go to 60,000 turning over every 24 days. So you do the math. That’s hundreds of thousands of children just coming into the country over the next year, and you couple that with all the other immigrants we’re seeing coming into the country. It is two to three million people in one year’s time that they’re all coming in, and what does that mean for communities? What does that mean for our public education system? What does that mean for our hospital systems? That’s huge. So, that is a concern, and it can be prevented and it can be done in a legal fashion if we put back in place the policies that were working.”

Jordan said he believes the Biden administration’s second priority after reinstating Remain in Mexico should be to complete the border wall.

Write to Ashley Oliver at aoliver@breitbart.com.

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