A business owner near the southern border is compelled to sell her family-run restaurant after immigrants break in countless times.
Selena Buentello Price, the second-generation now-former owner of The Wagon Wheel, a BBQ restaurant in Eagle Pass, Texas, is officially closing shop due to illegal immigrants breaking in on five different occasions this year.
“I worked alongside my father for 19 years,” Price said. “One break-in in 25 years. From February to now, I’ve had five.”
Price told Fox News she began setting up security cameras during early morning hours to monitor the activity around her building.
“I’m so scared that they’re going to steal something that was a family heirloom of mine and depreciate the value even more by rummaging through my stuff and breaking that building,” Price said.
The former owner also experienced migrants on her 126-acre ranch located in Eagle Pass, claiming her camera footage caught “more immigrants than I did wildlife.”
“Years prior to this opening of the borders, we used to see maybe five immigrants a month,” Price stated. “As soon as those borders opened… there was movement every single day.”
EAGLE PASS, TX BUSINESS OWNER ON ILLEGALS POURING INTO BORDER TOWNS:
“Once they are processed — I literally see busloads on a daily basis — they’re just released, and they find sanctuary in anything that’s abandoned or not,” Price said. “What I had that I valued — that not only had sentimental value, but had actual monetary value — has depreciated thanks to the mess, the trash, the vandalism.”
In Aug. 2022, a report revealed nearly 5 million illegal immigrants had crossed the border since Biden took office in Jan. 2021.
“Last month alone, they caught people trying to cross the southern border illegally 234,088 times. So a quarter of a million people just last month were caught trying to cross the border. That’s the highest number in the department’s history,” Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) said this summer. “Now, if you’ve got a problem that is four times bigger than it was in the three preceding years, it’s probably time to ask what they were doing in those three preceding years that we’re not doing now.”
The number of illegals crossing the United States border every day will cost taxpayers over $20 billion each year, according to a new analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
The White House on Monday disputed a reporter’s query comparing unvaccinated illegal immigrants and an unvaccinated tennis player, after Novak Djokovic recently announced he is not competing in the U.S. Open, amid travel restrictions that bar foreigners who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 from entering the United States.
“How come migrants are allowed to come into this country unvaccinated, but world-class tennis players are not?” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked by Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy.
“Which world-class tennis player?” she responded, to which Doocy said “Novak Djokovic.”
Djokovic, a three-time champion at the U.S. Open, said on Twitter on Aug. 25 that he “will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open,” but will “keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again.”
Djokovic recently won the 2022 Wimbledon title, making it the seventh time he won the tennis championship. He has pulled out of other tennis competitions in the United States earlier this year due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) COVID-19 vaccine mandate for foreigners.
Jean-Pierre told Doocy: “Since you asked me about him, these records are confidential under U.S. law, therefore the U.S. government cannot discuss the details of individual visa cases. Due to privacy reasons, the U.S. government also does not comment on medical information of individual travelers as it relates to this tennis player.”
She added that the vaccination requirement for foreign nationals is a requirement from the CDC. “I defer you to CDC … this is something that they decide.” She added that Doocy should reach out to the U.S. Open because they determine their own participant protocols. She suggested that Djokovic’s and illegal immigrants’ situations are “two different things.”
‘How is It Two Different Things?’
Doocy pressed Jean-Pierre: “How is it two different things? Somebody unvaccinated comes over on a plane, you say that’s not okay. Somebody walks into Texas or Arizona unvaccinated, they’re allowed to stay?”
“That’s not how it works… It’s not like someone walks over,” she said.
“That’s exactly what’s happening,” Doocey interjected. “Thousands of people are walking in a day. Some of them turn themselves over. Some of them are caught. Tens of thousands a week are not. That is what is happening.”
Jean-Pierre responded by reciting a running list of what the Biden administration has done with regard to immigration.
“We have installed new border technology and set up join protocols with Mexico and Guatemala to catch more human traffickers. We have already made over 3,000 arrests in the first three months of launching an unprecedented anti-smuggling campaign with regional partners,” she said.
Other initiatives included securing “record levels” of funding for the Department of Homeland Security, and installed “dedicated immigration judges” to hear asylum cases faster, and expanded labor pathways, including the H-2B visas, according to Jean-Pierre.
“By contrast, or to the prior administration, immigration strategy was to build a wall and they couldn’t even come accomplish that in the four years,” she said, dismissing the Trump administration’s policy that “just does not work.”
“It’s not that people are walking across the border, we have a plan in place. This is not like switching the lights on, this is going to take a process. We are fixing a broken system that was actually left by the last administration,” she said.
“As it relates to the tennis star, that is a totally different process, that is the U.S. Open that he is a part of, and there are CDC federal guidance that he needs to follow.”
“But why is there a CDC requirement for people that fly here as opposed to people that cross the southern border?” Doocey asked.
“We have talked about Title 42. Title 42 is a CDC imperative,” she said.
“But you guys got rid of it because you said the pandemic is not a big deal anymore,” Doocy noted.
The Trump-era Title 42 policy enabled border agents to expel illegal immigrants back to Mexico immediately if they potentially pose a health risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Since its implementation in March 2020, border agents have been able to turn illegal immigrants away from the southern U.S. border over 1.9 million times without giving them a chance to seek asylum.
“That is not how it works, Title 42 is very much in place,” Jean-Pierre said to Doocy. “And that is the process. So there is a CDC provision for folks coming through the southern border. It is not just for tennis players. Migrants have also a CDC guidance that we have to follow which is Title 42. So that is not the case, that is factually wrong.”
Since taking office, President Joe Biden reversed a number of immigration and border policies from the Trump administration, including pausing and ultimately suspending border wall construction; stopping President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” order for arrivals before Jan. 1; and pulling back on using Title 42 emergency powers amid the COVID-19 pandemic by exempting illegal immigrant children and many family units from being expelled under the policy.
In the 18 months since Biden took office, nearly 5 million illegal immigrants have crossed U.S. borders, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in a statement on Aug. 16.
“Roughly the equivalent of the entire population of Ireland has illegally entered the United States in the 18 months President Biden has been in office, with many being released into American communities,” FAIR President Dan Stein said in the statement.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have said migrant encounters have topped 2 million this fiscal year—a record. Amid the immigration crisis, a number of Texas counties have declared the situation an “invasion.” Officials also cited drugs, including fentanyl, being brought across the border.
Rita Li and Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.
19 GOP lawmakers signed on to the letter addressed to Amtrak president Stephen Gardner.
A group of Congressional Republicans signed a letter to Amtrak president Stephen Gardner expressing concerns that the Biden Administration is using the taxpayer-funded rail system to transport illegal aliens into the United States, after being apprehended at the southern border.
The letter to Amtrak president Stephen Gardener was signed by 19 Republicans who sit on the House Transportation Committee and expressed great concern over the Biden Administration’s use of the taxpayer-funded rail system to ferry illegal aliens deep into the United States.
The letter from the GOP lawmakers comes as the Biden Administration fights tooth and nail to rescind Title 42, a Trump-era regulation allowing for the immediate expulsion of illegal aliens from nations with communicable disease outbreaks. That fight comes in spite of the administration’s insistence that monkeypox presents a global health catastrophe and in the wake of renewed COVID restrictions and mandates on American citizens.
According to Biden DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, “when the Title 42 public health order is lifted, we anticipate migration levels will increase, as smugglers will seek to take advantage of and profit from vulnerable migrants.” That has led to the Biden Administration preparing to use planes and busses to ferry illegal aliens into the country upon the lifting of Title 42, something they’ve already been busted doing numerous times.
Frequently, the illegals transported by Biden’s DHS and their contracted partners with far-left “non-profit” groups are housed in hotels at the expense of taxpayers or merely dropped off on the streets of American cities and towns and injected straight into American society. As is often noted, in many cases, federal authorities have no idea who these people actually are.
“We are concerned about the impact that a border surge could cause to your services and the potential use of Amtrak in the Administration’s response to its self-inflicted border crisis,” the 19 GOP lawmakers wrote in their letter to Amtrak president Gardner.
Calling the border crisis one of the Biden Administration’s own doing, the lawmakers raised the alarm on the astonishing levels of weapons and drugs smuggled into America via the porous southern border.
“The Administration-created border crisis deeply alarms Americans, including leaders from both parties, as weapons and record amounts of drugs are smuggled daily into American communities,” the letter went on to say, noting that “despite these concerns, the Administration has continued to erode border protections.”
“If Title 42 were to end and cause another migrant surge at the southern border, we are deeply concerned that Amtrak’s resources – especially those supporting the Sunset Limited route – will be used to transport illegal migrants. Such a situation would cause disruptions for Amtrak customers as well as interrupt freight traffic on the Union Pacific-owned track that could further exacerbate the supply chain crisis. Such actions would also constitute an unconscionable use of significant amounts of taxpayer funds and resources to aid in the movement of illegal migrants.”
Amtrak’s Sunset Limited Route runs from Louisiana to California, and on multiple occasions, left-wing lawmakers and others within the “Amtrak Joe” orbit have proposed using the rail line to ferry illegal aliens from the Texas border to the sanctuary state of California.
In the more than one year that Joe Biden has been in office, record levels of illegal aliens have pounded America’s southern border, emboldened by Biden and the Democrats’ open borders agenda and anti-border wall positions. According to a recent analysis, a whopping 4.9 million illegal aliens have crossed America’s borders since Biden took office.
Earlier this year, more than a dozen illegal aliens who appear on America’s terror watch list were apprehended at the Southern Border.
By Charlotte Cuthbertson and Zachary Stieber July 30, 2022
Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants are having their cases dismissed before stepping inside an immigration courtroom because Department of Homeland Security officials are failing to file the requisite paperwork, a new report has found.
For the six-year period from fiscal year 2013 through fiscal 2018, fewer than 1 percent of the cases, or 1,221, were dismissed due to DHS failure to submit the necessary “notice to appear” paperwork.
The number of dismissals due to the same failure has increased dramatically every year since, with 47,330 cases so far in fiscal 2022, which has three months remaining, according to the newly released data.
TRAC obtained the information through a series of Freedom of Information Act requests.
A notice to appear is typically given to an illegal border crosser while the person is still in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody. The notice includes the date of the illegal immigrant’s first court hearing.
After handing over that notice, CBP is required to make sure the court receives an electronic copy of the document, according to TRAC. If CBP fails to submit the paperwork, the court doesn’t have jurisdiction to hear the case, and must dismiss it.
The failure to properly manage the process “suggests there is a serious disconnect between the CBP agents entering new cases and scheduling hearings through the Court’s ISS [Interactive Scheduling System] system, and other CBP personnel responsible for submitting a copy to the Court,” the report states.
CBP and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, did not respond to requests for comment.
The dismissals mean asylum seekers “now have no path to a work authorization card, possibly no path to asylum (unless they have an attorney who will file affirmatively), plus it’s just creating a mess for everyone,” Austin Kocher, a researcher at TRAC, wrote on Twitter.
Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy director at the American Immigration Council, said immigrants whose cases are dismissed are “effectively stuck in limbo, unclear how to proceed.”
While TRAC was unable to find where exactly the failure was occurring within CBP, it discovered that several immigration courts are responsible for the bulk of the dismissals.
The immigration court in Miami, Florida, topped the list for dismissals at 81 percent of all new dedicated docket cases, or a total of 7,700 people. The city was also fourth on the list with a 43-percent dismissal rate for its regular hearing docket. Boston and Houston came in second and third, respectively.
Bryan Griffin, a spokesman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, told The Epoch Times in an email that immigration proceedings are handled on the federal level and called the issue was “another failure of the Biden administration to defend the sovereignty of our nation.”
Biden Administration Changes
The Biden administration created the dedicated docket program in May 2021 and set a goal of issuing decisions in these cases within 300 days from their initial hearing, according to an earlier TRAC report on dedicated dockets. The average wait time for asylum cases is nearly 4.5 years.
Immigration judges ruled 92 percent of asylum claims on the dedicated docket as meritless and ordered the defendants removed from the United States, according to December 2021 data.
In 2021, as illegal border crossings reached record levels, Border Patrol agents began to issue “notice to report” to illegal aliens, instead of the official notice to appear form.
The notice to report was essentially a request that the illegal alien report within 60 days to a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office once they got to their destination in the United States.
Nearly 95,000 notices to report were issued from January through October in 2021, according to DHS. By January 2022, more than 47,000 were yet to report to ICE, according to official data received by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).
Matt O’Brien, an immigration judge dismissed by the Biden administration, said during his final two months on the bench that ICE dropped 99 percent of its deportation cases that were pending on his docket.
“The vast majority of the matters dismissed were legitimate cases that ICE spent taxpayer dollars investigating, filing, and prosecuting. There was absolutely no legitimate reason to withdraw the charges against any of these immigration law-breakers,” O’Brien, now the director of investigations for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, told The Epoch Times via email.
O’Brien suggested the dumping of cases is related to what he described as “the Biden administration’s radical commitment to destroying America’s borders and its immigration enforcement mechanisms” as well as a cosmetic reduction in the immigration courts’ overloaded system.
“This kind of complete lawlessness shows a disregard for the safety of the American public that simply cannot be overstated,” he said.