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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Photos: Border Wall Materials Neglected After Joe Biden Halts Construction

Materials for the United States-Mexico border wall are sitting neglected in south Texas after President Joe Biden halted all construction of the barrier on his first day in office.

Photos in La Joya, Texas, reveal how border wall materials are languishing since Biden halted construction. The move has since prompted an investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) into whether Biden unlawfully stopped the construction after taxpayer money was allocated for the infrastructure project.

Other photos of the border wall, from Roma, Texas, show the extent to which large portions of the barrier are sitting unfinished with wide-open gaps. The border is nearly 2,000-miles long, the majority of which has no barrier.

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This week, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) wrote to GAO investigators that he believes Biden has violated federal law by halting border wall construction after the funding was allocated by Congress in prior budgets.

“In my view, the Biden administration is in violation of congressional directives to build the border wall … this reckless maneuver prevented contractors from demobilizing in an orderly fashion, thus wasting taxpayer dollars,” Gosar wrote.

Biden’s decision to halt construction cost American taxpayers about $6 million a day, an exclusive Breitbart News report revealed. Former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Director Mark Morgan said the move has killed about 5,000 construction jobs as well as other jobs in the steel, concrete, and technology industries.

Simultaneously, illegal immigration skyrocketed.

In March, federal immigration officials apprehended nearly 170,000 border crossers including more than 18,600 UACs, nearly 53,000 family units, and nearly 97,000 single adults. The surge in illegal immigration under Biden marks a 72 percent increase in a single month and 243 percent increased compared to March 2020.

Breitbart News exclusively reported about 155,000 illegal aliens have successfully crossed into the U.S. since October 2020 — roughly 1,500 “got-aways” every day.

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

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Gov. Abbott: ‘No acceptable way’ a president can ‘infringe upon Second Amendment rights’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called out President Biden’s actions on gun reform as “show.” He defended gun rights in a Fox News Sunday interview.

“I think that there is no acceptable way that a president by executive order can infringe upon Second Amendment rights or alter Second Amendment rights,” Abbott said, as reported by The Hill.

“[I]f the president wanted to do something more than show…if the president really wanted to do something substantively, what he really could do by executive order is to eliminate the backlog of complaints that have already been filed about gun crimes that have taken place,”

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Biden’s actions against so-called “ghost guns,” which are guns made from parts without serial numbers, were challenged by Abbott.

“[I]f the president wanted to do something more than show…if the president really wanted to do something substantively, what he really could do by executive order is to eliminate the backlog of complaints that have already been filed about gun crimes that have taken place,” Abbott said

Abbott believes Americans need their Second Amendment now more than ever.

“Texans and Americans know they need their Second Amendment rights to defend themselves at a time when the United States government and other governments are doing less to defend our fellow Americans, and that is exactly why we should not have any further limitations of our Second Amendment rights,” he said.

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Report: Biden Giving Federal Employees Paid Leave to Help Border Crossers

President Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly begging federal employees from various agencies to take paid leave to provide care to thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) arriving at the United States-Mexico border.

A report by the New York Times this weekend alleges the Biden administration is sending emails to federal employees asking them to take paid leave to help care for UACs who are arriving by the thousands every month.

The Times reports:

The desperate plea landed this week in the email inboxes of employees in government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and NASA: Will you consider taking a four-month paid leave from your job to help care for migrant children in government-run shelters packed with new arrivals at the border? [Emphasis added]

A briefing memo sent to administration officials this week directed the health department to “identify and deploy all available federal volunteers to support” the effort to address the increase of minors, a drive reflected by the email seeking government workers to help. As of Friday, 2,722 employees across the government have volunteered, in most cases with their salaries being picked up by the health department. Some are caring for children at shelters. Others are helping with case management, I.T. services, food delivery, transportation and other logistics. [Emphasis added]

The reported redeployment of thousands of federal employees to aid border crossers comes as the Biden administration has seen the U.S.-Mexico border become overwhelmed as a result of the policy changes made by the president in his first few weeks in office.

In March, federal immigration officials apprehended nearly 170,000 border crossers including more than 18,600 UACs, nearly 53,000 family units, and nearly 97,000 single adults. The surge in illegal immigration under Biden marks a 72 percent increase in a single month and 243 percent increased compared to March 2020.

Most concerning is the number of border crossers who are successfully illegally entering the U.S. without being detected by federal immigration officials. Breitbart News exclusively reported that about 155,000 illegal aliens have successfully crossed into the U.S. since October 2020 — roughly 1,500 “got-aways” every day.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter 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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Texas mayor says the Southern Border ‘is ‘a mad house’ and ‘not under control’

A Texas mayor opened up on Tucker Carlson Tonight about the reality of the situation at the Southern Border

, equating it to the “wild, wild West.”

Uvalde, Texas Mayor Don McLaughin joined Carlson to discuss the border crisis. His town is around 100 miles from the border with Mexico, as reported by the Daily Caller.

“We all get so frustrated in our community when we hear them and we hear our leadership tell us, ‘Oh, the southern border is under control,’” he said.

T”he southern border is not under control. It’s a mad house,” the mayor said.

McLaughlin told Tucker about the crimes his state sees every day due to the surge of migrants at the border and tha lack of a response form the Biden administration.

“We have car chases on a daily basis. We have immigrants jumping off trains. We have them coming into our schools. It’s just non-stop,” McLaughlin said.

He told Tucker that Border Patrol is often too preoccupied with children to stop the adult males streaming in, who are the ones with criminal records.

There are illegal immigratns “running through people’s yards,” he said.

“This is something we’re having to deal with every day. And it’s getting worse and worse and worse.”

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The interview comes as numbers were released showing the highest number of unaccompanied minors ever showed up at the border in the month of March.

Nearly 19,000 migrant children arrived at the border last month. Read the full story here.

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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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Iowa Rep. Ashley Hinson Calls on Nancy Pelosi to Visit the Southern Border

Rep. Ashley Hinson (D-IA) called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to visit the border, saying Congress has been “kicking the can for far too long.”

The Iowa Congresswoman visited the Southern Border this week with other Republican members from the Republican Study Committee (RSC) to tour the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) facilities and hear from the law enforcement officers and border patrol that are being affected by the crisis happening at the southern border.

Hinson called out Pelosi for saying, “things at the border were moving in the right direction.” At the border, the Congresswoman tweeted, “today hearing from law enforcement who are saying otherwise. If she believes things are going well, the Speaker should come here & see the crisis I am seeing firsthand today.”

When the group of Republicans met with reporters, Hinson said, “we have to fix this, we have our work cut out for us,” adding that Congress has been “kicking the can for far too long.”

“My colleagues have asked for President [Joe] Biden and Vice President [Kamala] Harris to come here. Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi needs to come here too,” the Republican further reiterated, “just yesterday, she said that things are moving in the right direction.” She went on to say:

Well, we can tell you, we just sat down with law enforcement officials from all over this border community, and they are telling us otherwise. they’re telling us, their resources are strapped, there being outspent by cartels, and the cartels are changing their game faster than they can keep up.

Hinson said being an Iowa mom, everything that’s happening at the border is concerning to her. “This is a safety and security issue for our families, not only here on the border but across this country.”

The Republican claimed that cartel members are able to bring the drugs straight to Iowa from interstate-35, which goes straight through Iowa. She said this problem is “putting our communities at risk.”

“I’m very passionate about this issue. I’m ready to get to work on fixing these problems,” she said. Hinson serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the Homeland Security sub-committee in the House.

“So we’re ready to step up and make sure we can provide the resources necessary to fix this problem, but it doesn’t just stop with money. it starts with a change in policy, and we are committed and prepared to do that,” Hinson said.

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McCarthy Requests FBI, CIA Briefing on Terror Suspects Crossing U.S. Border

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is requesting a classified briefing from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officials on terror suspects crossing the United States-Mexico border illegally.

In a letter to FBI and CIA officials, McCarthy asked that the two agencies brief him, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Vice President Kamala Harris on “the ongoing national security risk posed by the border crisis.”

This week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials revealed that two illegal aliens from Yemen were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in January and March. Background checks showed that both were on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and the No-Fly List.

McCarthy writes in the letter:

I am writing to request a classified briefing regarding certain individuals apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol. Through conversations with the Border Patrol and media reports, I have learned of the apprehension of foreign nationals on the Terrorism Watch List who were attempting to illegally cross our southern border.

McCarthy continued:

Last month, I, along with 12 other members of Congress, traveled to El Paso, Texas, to see firsthand the humanitarian and security crisis that has emerged along our southern border this year. The agents of the U.S. Border Patrol provided us with an eye-opening tour and briefings regarding the current crisis in El Paso and the operational challenges they face each day. During the briefings, the agents conveyed to us that they have apprehended individuals from not only Mexico and Central America, but also countries including China, Iran, Yemen, and Turkey. They then conveyed that they had apprehended individuals who are on the Terrorism Watch List. These revelations were shocking and concerning, and for those reasons, I felt compelled to share them with the nation. [Emphasis added]

Compounding the risk, approximately 1,000 people each day are evading capture by the U.S. Border Patrol, according to recent reporting from the Washington Post. While I am grateful to the Border Patrol for doing all they can, I have great concern about the number of bad actors that have escaped arrest and are residing in the United States. We simply have no way of knowing if other terrorists have crossed the border undetected. [Emphasis added]

Read the full letter here:

McCarthy Letter to CIA, FBI by John Binder

After DHS sent the press release revealing that the two illegal aliens from Yemen had been apprehended at the border, the agency erased the page.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson told Breitbart News that the press release “contained certain disclosure and policy information” that “required CBP to remove it from our website.”

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki attempted to downplay the national security threat of illegal immigration at the southern border.

“First let me convey that these sets of incidents are very uncommon,” Psaki said when asked about the two illegal aliens from Yemen who were apprehended. “… while this is rare, this is a reflection of [Border Patrol] doing their job.”

Those on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and No-Fly List seeking to cross illegally into the U.S. are not isolated incidents, as reports over the years have confirmed.

From October 2020 to the beginning of March, for example, congressional aides have said there have been at least four separate Border Patrol encounters with illegal aliens on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List.

Likewise, in 2016, Breitbart News reported exclusively on a series of leaked documents from the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center revealing that from July 2015 to July 2016, the FBI documented more than 7,700 encounters with illegal aliens who appeared on the Terrorism Watch List. Subsequent reports show encounters numbering in the thousands annually.

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

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Report: Joe Biden’s DHS Considers Resuming Border Wall Construction

President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering resuming construction of the border wall after having halted construction in late January, a report claims.

An exclusive report from Washington Times reporter Stephen Dinan suggests that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is considering restarting border wall construction to fill in “gaps” that exist after former President Trump’s administration constructed 450 miles from 2017 to 2020.

Dinan reports:

In a conversation with ICE employees last week Mr. Mayorkas was asked about his plans for the wall and he said that while Mr. Biden has canceled the border emergency and halted Pentagon money flowing to the wall, “that leaves room to make decisions” on finishing some “gaps in the wall.” [Emphasis added]

Mr. Mayorkas, according to notes of the ICE session reviewed by The Washington Times, said Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the wall, has submitted a plan for what it wants to see happen moving forward. [Emphasis added]

“The president has communicated quite clearly his decision that the emergency that triggered the devotion of DOD funds to the construction of the border wall is ended. But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration, as part of the administration, in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished,” he said. [Emphasis added]

As one of Biden’s first acts as president, he halted construction of the border wall, a move that has prompted an investigation from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Biden’s decision to halt construction has cost American taxpayers about $6 million a day, an exclusive Breitbart News report revealed.

Former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Director Mark Morgan said Biden’s halt to construction has killed about 5,000 construction jobs as well as other jobs in the steel, concrete, and technology industries.

Illegal immigration has skyrocketed under the Biden administration. Last month, more than 170,000 border crossers were apprehended at the United States-Mexico border — the highest level of illegal immigration in any month in at least 15 years. The total also means illegal immigration has increased 70 percent to February.

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

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