President Joe Biden has issued a travel ban on South Africa, stopping most immigration to the United States from the country, and reinstated bans on Europe and Brazil to slow the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.
Biden, who once referred to President Trump’s travel ban on China as “hysterical xenophobic,” has issued a travel ban on South Africa as variants of the coronavirus spread in the country. Likewise, Biden has reinstated travel bans on Europe and Brazil, which Trump had ended after lobbying from the U.S. airline industry.
The bans will halt most immigration from South Africa, Europe, and Brazil, the order states [emphasis added]:
I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of noncitizens of the United States (“noncitizens”) who were physically present within the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), the Republic of Ireland, the Federative Republic of Brazil, and the Republic of South Africa during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.
Based on developments with respect to the variants and the continued spread of the disease, CDC has reexamined its policies on international travel and, after reviewing the public health situations within the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), the Republic of Ireland, the Federative Republic of Brazil, and the Republic of South Africa, has concluded that continued and further measures are required to protect the public health from travelers entering the United States from those jurisdictions.
The bans are in addition to those already in place on Iran and China, which experts said have immensely helped to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The World Health Organization (W.H.O.), reports revealed, sought to stop experts from recommending travel bans.
In a press conference on Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the Biden administration’s travel bans after previously suggesting Trump’s orders were rooted in xenophobia and racism.
“He also, though, has supported — and he himself, even before, or we did, I should say, even before he was inaugurated, steps, travel restrictions, in order to keep the American people safe to ensure that we are getting the pandemic under control,” Psaki said.
“That’s been part of his policy. But he was critical of the former president for having a policy that was not more comprehensive than travel restrictions,” Psaki continued. And he conveyed at the time, and more recently, the importance of having a multifaceted approach … not just travel restrictions.”
Biden’s initial coronavirus plan, though, did not include a single travel ban on any country.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki struggled to explain Monday why President Joe Biden’s travel ban on South Africa was not “xenophobic” — which is how then-candidate Biden described President Donald Trump’s ban on China last year.
Peter Doocy, the White House correspondent for Fox News, asked Psaki: “When President Trump was imposing travel restrictions in March [sic] specifically on China, then-candidate Biden called it ‘xenophobic’ and ‘fear-mongering.’ So now President Biden is putting travel restrictions on people coming in from other countries. What words would you use to describe that?”
I don’t think that’s quite a fair articulation. The president has been clear that he felt the “Muslim ban” was xenophobic. He overturned the “Muslim ban.” He also, though, has supported — and he himself, even before, or we did, I should say, even before he was inaugurated, steps, travel restrictions, in order to keep the American people safe to ensure that we are getting the pandemic under control. That’s been part of his policy. But he was critical of the former president for having a policy that was not more comprehensive than travel restrictions. And he conveyed at the time, and more recently, the importance of having a multifaceted approach … not just travel restrictions.
Biden did refer to Trump’s travel ban in January 2020 as “hysterical xenophobia and fearmongering.” He finally backed the China travel ban more than two months later, in April 2020.
As Breitbart News has noted several times, there was no “Muslim ban.”
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His Fraudulency Joe Biden admitted on Friday that throughout his campaign he lied about having a plan to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months,” His Fraudulency said Friday during a press conference where he signed a couple more executive orders.
Now you tell us, Joe.
In fact, so far, all Biden has done to “stop” the coronavirus is institute a stupid federal mask policy, a policy that he and his corrupt family have already violated. Oh, and he’s also promised to vaccinate one million people per day, which the Trump administration was already doing.
Biden’s vaccination goal is especially hilarious when you remember that just last week the Biden administration told far-left CNNLOL (I don’t link fake news) that President Trump left them with no vaccination plan. The truth, however, is that His Fraudulency’s vaccination plan is to adopt Trump’s vaccination plan, which was already well on its way to vaccinating a million people per day.
Biden’s other coronavirus “plan” is to take $1.9 trillion from U.S. taxpayers and distribute it to the rich.
Then, of course, there’s President Draft Dodger’s apparent plan to infect as many members of the military as possible with the coronavirus as he continues to use them as props to pretend all Trump supporters are terrorists.
Back to the main point…
Let’s contrast His Fraudulency telling us on Friday that “there’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months” to what His Fraudulency told us during the campaign, which was, “We’re eight months into this pandemic, and Donald Trump still doesn’t have a plan to get this virus under control. I do.”
We’re eight months into this pandemic, and Donald Trump still doesn’t have a plan to get this virus under control.
Anyone with even a shred of common sense knew at the time Biden was lying. Regardless, as you can see, his promise in that tweet was painfully specific. He said he had a “plan” to “get this virus under control.”
Well, what was the plan?
Why not save lives and share the plan with us in October?
What kind of sociopath would have a plan to stop the spread of a disease and keep it to himself. Sounded like blackmail to me. Elect me or people will die!
Well, His Fraudulency didn’t share his plan because His Fraudulency was lying about having a plan. He has no plan to “get the virus under control” — I mean other than to look at what Trump was already doing and say, “Looks good. Carry on.”
This is what happens when a great country mails out tens of millions of unsolicited ballots during a presidential campaign.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci raked in $417,608 in compensation from the federal government in 2019, putting the nation’s infectious disease expert at the top of the income chart above the rest of its 4 million federal employees, Forbes Magazine reported Monday.
At an income more than the president’s $400,000 annual salary, Fauci will collect $2.5 million serving as the director of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president from 2019 to 2024 if he maintains his role throughout the Biden administration absent a raise. Fauci’s pay, Forbes reported, rose from $335,000 in 2014 to its current level, and he’s brought in $3.6 million over the last 10 years. All data was collected by OpenTheBooks.com through requests under the Freedom of Information Act, according to the paper.
From the early onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Fauci’s public profile grew as the face of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, where he became a fierce advocate of the lockdowns that forced millions out of work while seeing no cuts to his own compensation, nearly double that of the vice president’s $235,100 salary. Vice President Mike Pence chaired the coronavirus task force on which Fauci served with Dr. Deborah Birx, who earned more than $100,000 less than her NIH counterpart with a salary of $305,972.
A popular figure on television, Fauci, a favorite of lockdown liberals for undermining President Trump throughout the end of the Republican president’s tenure, has managed the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic with remarkable inconsistency, raising questions about whether partisanship is corrupting the doctor’s judgment, from flip-flopping on masks to justifying protests for social justice while attacking churches. Fauci was also an early proponent of shutting down schools before he supported reopening them, leaving the United States as among the few Western nations to have kept schools closed throughout the public health crisis that will bear consequences for decades.
Fauci now claims he was always for full school reopenings, when in fact, virtually every public statement he has made on this topic has been to sow doubt on the safety of schools remaining open. He is a dangerous charlatan.
Teachers unions, such as the Fairfax teachers in Virginia, have now capitalized on Fauci’s early concerns to justify long-term closings even after teachers are vaccinated.
Fairfax’s teachers union boss allegedly said she wants to keep the hybrid model (2 days in school, 3 at home) even in the fall after teachers are vaccinated. That’s so absurd that I naively thought she was misquoted. So I reached out for comment and… that IS her position!
President Joe Biden’s wish list amnesty bill is comatose on arrival, but Democrats are pushing ahead with three alternative amnesty strategies.
Those alternatives are making progress because a handful of GOP Senators may approve Biden’s nominees, and some are talking up partial amnesties, according to a January 23 report in the Wall Street Journal:
“There’s common ground,” said Sen. James Lankford (R., Okla.). “The toxic area is when we get into an immigration conversation and suddenly it’s, ’We’re going to begin with every person that’s entered the country…suddenly becomes a legal citizen here, no matter how they came.’ … That’s a bad starting point to say the least.”
In 2017, Lankford told reporters “continual competition in our economy [from illegal immigrants] doesn’t hurt us, that continues to help us. It actually hurts us to put those [illegal immigrant] individuals out of the economy.”
The Associated Press reported January 23 that Sen. Lindsey Graham was talking up an amnesty for some or all of the roughly three million illegals brought to the United States by their parents:
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who’s worked with Democrats on past immigration efforts, said “comprehensive immigration is going to be a tough sale” this year.
“I think the space in a 50-50 Senate will be some kind of DACA deal,” he said.
Some GOP Senators are buckling under pressure from local businesses who want to import more temporary workers instead of hiring Americans. The AP reported:
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a moderate who’s sought earlier immigration compromises, praised parts of Biden’s plan but said she wants changes including more visas for the foreign workers her state’s tourism industry uses heavily.
But GOP leader Mitch McConnell and GOP Senators are pushing back by linking Biden’s amnesty plans to the public’s poll-proven popular demand that Americans’ jobs and wages be given a higher priority than the inflow of more workers and consumers for investors. “Before we deal with immigration, we need to … make sure everyone has the chance to find a good job,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said on January 19. In 2013, Senate Democrats lost five seats after unanimously backing the “Gang of Eight” amnesty.
The Democrats’ first alternative strategy is Senate confirmation of pro-migration Alejandro Mayorakas to run the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The second strategy is an establishment-wide push for passage of several smaller bills that will the same impact as Biden’s wish list amnesty. The third strategy is the removal of the Senate filibuster.
Mayorkas, Biden’s pro-migration nominee, may get a Senate vote this week.
He is likely to get unanimous support from Democrats, despite his long record of corruption, including pressuring agency officials to provide green cards — and citizenship — to Chinese buyers of EB-5 green cards and citizenship. If he gets the DHS job, he is expected to open many regulatory doors in the border — and then defend his open-borders policies from the public by citing his family identity as a refugee from Nazis and Fidel Castro.
Several GOP Senators showed their disapproval of Mayorkas at his January 19 hearing.
But the GOP Senators played up his multiple professional scandals — not his ability to implement Biden’s amnesty via regulations and agency directives. One partial exception was Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who asked Mayorkas if he would allow migrants seeking jobs to get asylum. Mayorkas evaded the question, suggesting to listeners he would allow many job seekers into the United States under the label of asylum seeker:
Johnson: Do you believe coming into this country illegally for economic improvement, is that a valid asylum claim?
Mayorkas: Senator, the asylum laws are well established, and they provide that an individual who’s fleeing persecution by reason of his or her membership in a particular social group is deserving of protection.”
Johnson: Okay, but coming here for economic gain is not a valid asylum claim: Would you agree with that?”
Mayorkas: I believe I articulated the legal theory in it.
“You should never sign off on someone who is corrupt … according to the Inspector General, pretty darn corrupt,” said Rosemary Jenks, the director of government relations at NumbersUSA.
Biden’s deputies have already stopped enforcing deportation laws, she said, adding, “the fact is that these are the people whose constitutional duty is to implement the law as passed by Congress: How is it legal, how is it constitutional for them to come in and say, “Yeah, no, we’re not going to do that, just stop right there.”
Sen. Menendez is the lead advocate in the Senate for Biden’s amnesty: He’s now begging corporations to threaten & punish GOP legislators who recognize that voters want to protect their jobs from labor migration. And the amnesty is popular, he insists. https://t.co/cucVyLI5Iq
The second strategy seeks to pass a series of bills by persuading a different handful of Republicans not to oppose the procedural progress of amnesty or cheap labor bills as they move through the Senate.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), who as the incoming Senate Judiciary Committee chairman is taking the lead on Mr. Biden’s immigration legislation, said that he aims to pass a comprehensive measure but may have to settle for narrow legislation aimed at providing a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants previously in the U.S. without legal authorization.
Business groups are pushing for an amnesty of roughly 5 million migrants who took jobs from Americans in the farm sector, food delivery, transportation, and hospitals. The sectors are deemed “essential” by the federal government’s disaster planners — allowing the business groups and their progressive allies to declare the individual migrants as essential and deserving of citizenship for taking the jobs from Americans.
A policy like legalizing the dreamers — and possibly people with TPS as well — could conceivably win Republicans. After all, some GOP senators who just won reelection, such as John Cornyn of Texas and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, did so while advocating for this, and others, such as Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and James Lankford of Oklahoma, have also backed the idea.
“If the Senate moved very quickly on a bill fully legalizing dreamers and TPS holders, that would not only defang the nativists, it would make space for progress on thornier issues both through executive action and subsequent legislation,” [Chris] Newman [the legal director at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, said.]
The third strategy emphasizes Senate confrontation and escalation until all Democrats agree to end the filibuster rule that requires 60 votes are needed to advance bills through the multi-stage process.
If all Democrats agree to kill the filibuster, Democrats could ram many bills through Congres with tie-breaking votes from Vice President Kamala Harris. To build internal Democratic support for killing the filibuster, Democrats could push popular tax and spending bills that are deeply opposed by the GOP’s big donors — who also want more immigrant consumers, renters, and workers.
Bipartisanship is great when it works, so it’s constructive that Brian Deese, the head of the White House’s National Economic Council, is meeting with moderates and moderate conservatives, including Collins and [Sen. Mitt] Romney [R-UT], to try to find common ground.
Reconciliation rules are largely limited to bills involving money. Eventually, Democrats will have to take on the filibuster itself. They might do this piece by piece if obstruction prevails on particular bills, notably democracy reform efforts.
Democrats “are not living on the same planet as the rest of us,” said Jenks. “There’s this whole struggle over COVID relief, and they’re going to give amnesty to millions and millions of people, and they’re going to allow more people to come in, and they’re going to increase legal immigration. And these jobs are coming from where?”
Wall St. & CEOs are waving skewed polls (& checks) to urge politicians to jump back into the amnesty waters. Polls show (& pols know) that voters strongly prefer economic policies to help blue/white-collar Americans get good jobs IOW, pocketbook politicshttps://t.co/fMtpvV1GYW
Fox News Channel “Life, Liberty & Levin” host Mark Levin on Sunday hit President Joe Biden over executive action he has taken his first week in office.
Levin highlighted how Biden ran on uniting the country. He then noted that Biden’s actions have instead been about “conformity” rather than uniting the country.
“Joe Biden made much of the word unity,” Levin stated. “Nothing that Joe Biden has done since his inauguration speech demonstrates any form of unity. It’s conformity. Conformity. He’s there proudly signing one executive order after another. These executive orders do what? Taxpayer-paid-for abortion on demand, even one minute before birth. The Paris climate accords, which ought to be a treaty, which ties our hands, plus his war on American energy. Who benefits from that? Communist China, of course. So, that does more damage to us than communist Chinese could ever hope to do. Open borders. The Iran deal. The World Health Organization that is controlled by communist Chinese and lied to us and caused us grave damage at the beginning of this virus.”
He continued, “He’s destroyed women’s sports because now boys who are genetically still boys get to participate in women’s sports, so that will affect the girls for a very, very long time in our high schools and colleges and universities. What else? COVID-19. He comes up with a $1.9 trillion package that has almost nothing to do with COVID-19. Massive payoff to the teachers’ unions, to blue state mayors, to blue state governors to help them pay off the debt they acquired long before the virus. And he has no real vaccine distribution plan. He says I want 100 million vaccines given in 100 days. Well, guess what. He took office. We were doing a million each day, which means 100 million in 100 days. His only plan in that regard is to trash Trump, to dumb down all those achievements, and to make some absurd claim that he has done some great job. There’s been no unity. In fact, we have a situation now, and I think we are in a constitutional crisis.”
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) presents himself as a patriot; however, he his also a tenuously positioned politician who attended the 2016 Sea Island summit to stop Trump. As an outcome, all Cotton positions, regardless of current issue-specific merit, should be reviewed carefully for self-serving benefit.
In this interview Senator Cotton discusses how China has recently targeted specific individuals within the former Trump administration for sanctions. Cotton walks through a few examples of how the financial and economic targeting has real life consequences.
President Joe Biden went to Mass with his family Sunday but stopped the presidential motorcade on the way home so that his son Hunter Biden could make a bagel run.
The motorcade stopped for about nine minutes on the way home from church in Georgetown, according to the press pool, as Hunter Biden went to the window of the bagel shop “Call Your Mother” to pick up a takeout order.
President Joe Biden remained in the motorcade with Hunter’s daughters Finnegan and Maisy for the duration of the bagel run.
Biden’s coronavirus response director Jeff Zients is a major investor in the deli, according to The Atlantic’s Edward-Isaac Dovere.
in addition to making good bagels, Call Your Mother has as a major investor Jeff Zients, who is running COVID response for Biden: https://t.co/tIFY05BbQl
Washington, DC, reporters and residents reacted to the moment on Twitter.
President Biden just left @CYM_DC in Georgetown after leaving mass at Holy Trinity. A Secret Service agent placed and picked up the order. Biden never exited his motorcade but did wave to a crowd of cheering onlookers. @nbcwashingtonpic.twitter.com/HbKnvr8sjm
En route back from church, Biden diverted motorcade so Hunter Biden could make a food run at Call Your Mother, arguably the best bagel shop in DC. Hunter stood at the window several minutes for the takeout order as his dad and daughters waited in the car, per pooler @TomDeFrank
“Biden has now visited the same number of restaurants that Donald Trump did in his entire four years in office. The former President never dined anywhere in DC other than the steakhouse in his Pennsylvania Avenue hotel.” https://t.co/v7lfz22MTj
That endearing yellow house next to Call Your Mother was where @VeenaRaiji and I brought home our two kids, celebrated countless milestones, and fondly said goodbye to a charming chapter in our lives. Thanks @JoeBiden@POTUS for this unexpected reminder of the beauty of DC. https://t.co/gLdk2bYRG4
The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, which has run an oil-and-gas operation on its 4.5 million-acre reservation for more than 70 years, requested Thursday an exemption for tribal lands from the Interior Department order that halts agencies from issuing permits and leases on mineral production for 60 days.
In a letter Thursday, chairman of the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee Luke Duncan wrote, “The Ute Indian Tribe and other energy producing tribes rely on energy development to fund our governments and provide services to our members.”
The Ute Indian Tribe does not mince words in their response to Interior’s order restricting federal energy development:
Duncan called the order “a direct attack on our economy, sovereignty, and our right to self-determination,” adding, “Indian lands are not federal public lands. Any action on our lands and interests can only be taken after effective tribal consultation.”
According to the tribe’s website, mining oil and natural gas is “big business on the reservation.”
“The Utes have a tribal membership of 2,970 and over half of its membership lives on the Reservation. They operate their own tribal government and oversee approximately 1.3 million acres of trust land,” the site continued.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden revoked the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline during his first day in office, wrote Breitbart News’s Joel B. Pollak:
In so doing, he killed some 11,000 direct jobs that the pipeline’s construction was to have created, and an estimated 60,000 indirect jobs in secondary, related industries. Over 1,000 workers already on the job — mostly union workers — will be laid off as a result of the decision, even if it is litigated, as many expect it will be, in the courts.
In his letter Thursday, Duncan said the order “must be withdrawn or amended to comply with Federal law and policies.”