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Journalists Detained at Gunpoint by Border Patrol for Filming Biden’s Open Border

Journalists Detained at Gunpoint by Border Patrol for Filming Biden’s Open Border: Watch

By American Faith 3/21/2022

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents detained journalists at gunpoint on the Arizona-Mexico border for filming illegal aliens freely crossing into the U.S. thanks to Joe Biden’s open border policy.

Real America’s Voice investigative journalist Ben Bergquam and his crew were detained by CBP at gunpoint on Friday while filming the network’s “Law and Border” program.

I have been to this section of the border many times, both with law enforcement escorts and without, and have never had an encounter like this,” Bergquam said.

Footage shows that while numerous border agents were preoccupied harassing Bergquam and his crew, dozens of illegal aliens were seeing crossing the U.S. border unimpeded.

“There are guys out there fully armed, guns out- while Washington DC is supporting the drug cartels. While our country is being invaded, there are 60 guys who are just standing around and they are worried about us, ” Bergquam said as he and his team were detained and questioned.

“While we have complete respect for law enforcement, we were stunned to be detained at gunpoint while illegal immigrants looked on right after crossing our southern border. This incident reveals the backwards priorities of our leaders in Washington, unfortunately, as the border crisis worsens by the day,” he added.

Real America’s Voice CEO Howard Diamond condemned Biden’s targeting of journalists in a Saturday statement, but added his company won’t relent in its coverage of the open border crisis.

“Such targeting of journalists has rarely ever happened in America,” said Diamond. “Though the Biden administration’s border agency’s detainment of our journalists greatly concerns us, we remain undaunted in our commitment to deliver consistent and fact-based news reporting on the crisis on the southern border while the rest of the media ignore it.”

CBP data shows that 164,973 illegal immigrants were encountered at the U.S. southern border in February, the highest total number recorded in the history of the Department of Homeland Security. 

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US Immigration Agency Changes Mission, Removes Key Phrases

Since the Biden administration is willing to simply let people walk in over the southern boarder, why are they holding tens of thousands of Afgans- most who helped the US over 20 years -in foreign camps, explaining they have to go thru the normal ‘immigration process’? This makes sense to somebody?? mrossol

The Epoch Times, 2/10/22  By Zachary Stieber
 

A key federal agency on Feb. 10 changed its mission statement, removing several key phrases.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) “upholds America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility with fairness, integrity, and respect for all we serve,” the new mission statement says.

Under the old statement, the agency was described as “administer[ing] the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.”

USCIS, with approximately 19,000 employees, oversees legal immigration to the United States.

Ur Jaddou, the agency’s director, said the new statement “reflects the inclusive character of both our country and this agency,” adding, “The United States is and will remain a welcoming nation that embraces people from across the world who seek family reunification, employment or professional opportunities, and humanitarian protection.”

 

“USCIS is committed to ensuring that the immigration system we administer is accessible and humane. As we look towards the future, my commitment will remain the same—USCIS will continue to serve the public with respect and fairness, and lead with integrity to reflect America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility today and for generations to come,” Jaddou, an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, added.

Michael Knowles, president of AFGE Local 1924, said the union supports the statement.

He told The Epoch Times in an email that it “reflects the views of many of the employees who do this important work.”

The union represents USCIS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement workers. Both agencies sit inside the Department of Homeland Security.

Ken Cuccinelli, who served as acting USCIS director during the Trump administration, offered an opposing view.

“When we’ve got an invasion at the border, this is what USCIS chooses to spend their time on. This is just another example of Left-wing busy-bodies shirking their duty to Americans and not protecting our border,” he told The Epoch Times in an emailed statement.

Several lawmakers also spoke out about the change.

“With this move, the Biden Administration is signifying that lawful immigration, protecting Americans, and securing our homeland are no longer its priorities,” Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) said on Twitter.

“The Biden Administration has made clear that lawful immigration, protecting Americans, and securing our homeland are no longer a priority of theirs,” added Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas). “This is a complete dereliction of duty.”

The shift in language follows similar changes under President Joe Biden. Top officials told all immigration agencies in 2021 to stop using certain terms, including “illegal aliens.”

The USCIS mission statement in place until this week’s change came during the Trump administration. It was changed from “USCIS secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.”

Francis Cissna, the USCIS director at the time, said that the statement was changed because certain words, like customers, led to erroneous beliefs about which populations USCIS serves.

“I believe this simple, straightforward statement clearly defines the agency’s role in our country’s lawful immigration system and the commitment we have to the American people,” he said.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-immigration-agency-changes-mission-removes-key-phrases_4269309.html?utm_source=Morningbrief&utm_campaign=mb-2022-02-11&utm_medium=email&est=RvaIZ0jWAHaglxojnUEW8eSzx+nnKp8oByscdz6YMpZBGmhGFuxznEdpioSXsg==

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Mayor Declares State of Emergency in Arizona City Rocked by Illegal Immigration

The Epoch Times,  12/11/2021  by Charlotte Cuthbertson

YUMA, Arizona—The mayor of an Arizona border city that has nearly 100,000 residents declared a state of emergency this week due to the soaring numbers of illegal immigrants flooding in from Mexico.

Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls said he issued the declaration “due to the unprecedented numbers of migrants entering the city prior to being processed and released by Border Patrol.”

The action enables the city to receive state and federal funding to try to combat the crisis.

Apprehensions of illegal immigrants in Customs and Border Protection’s Yuma Sector have shot up since President Joe Biden took office in January.

Border agents in the sector made about 8,800 arrests in fiscal year 2020, which ended in September 2020. They made over 114,000 arrests in fiscal year 2021 and 21,623 arrests in the month of October alone.

Agents are releasing many of the illegal aliens into the United States, Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot told The Epoch Times.

Under the Biden administration, nearly 95,000 illegal immigrants have been released without a court date, and an untold number of others have been released with a court date. Some don’t show up to court and the majority of those that do are denied asylum.

Law enforcement is “overwhelmed,” Wilmot said.

Illegal immigrants are ditching identification cards before crossing the border to try to boost their chances of being granted asylum, he added.

“They don’t want to be associated with those countries, because they know they’ll get sent back. So it’s all a false narrative. And they’re there. They’re playing the game,” Wilmot said.

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A Border Patrol agent organizes illegal immigrants who have gathered by the border fence after crossing from Mexico into the United States in Yuma, Ariz., on Dec. 10, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)
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Illegal immigrants who have gathered by the border wall board a bus going to the Border Patrol station for processing in Yuma, Ariz., on Dec. 10, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

The Epoch Times witnessed on Friday more than 100 illegal immigrants being picked up by border agents after crossing into Yuma.

The group included eight nationalities, including 33 Venezuelans, 15 Colombians. four Bangladeshis, three Romanians, and two Russian men. Six young men from India were at the border fence area the previous evening.

Illegal immigrants are directed from the Mexican side to cross in a certain area because the border is a small, fairly shallow (about 3 feet) creek below a dam. The border fence here used to be just Normandy barriers, of x-shaped barriers, which were built to stop vehicles crossing. Construction started on a 30-foot tall fence during the Trump era but was halted before it was complete, and that’s where the illegal aliens come up after crossing the creek.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, was in Yuma this week. He announced he was surging Arizona National Guard personnel and equipment to the area to help deal with the flood of immigrants.

“The Biden border crisis is out of control and it’s getting worse by the day,” Ducey told reporters after a tour with local authorities.

The administration’s ending of “sensible policies” like the “Remain in Mexico” program has led to the crisis, Ducey asserted.

Biden and top officials under him altered or axed key Trump-era policies shortly after taking office. They’ve had to reinstate some, including the program, but have been able to continue with what experts say amounts to a weaker immigration enforcement system.

Ducey directed Arizona Adjutant General Kerry Muehlenbeck and other state officials to come up with a plan to address the situation in Yuma, calling it a top priority of his administration.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/

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Ted Cruz Introduces Legislation To Send Illegal Immigrants To Martha’s Vineyard, Other ‘Democrat-Led Communities’

Ted Cruz Introduces Legislation To Send Illegal Immigrants To Martha’s Vineyard, Other ‘Democrat-Led Communities’

Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz introduced legislation Tuesday that would bring processing centers for illegal immigrants to places such as Martha’s Vineyard and other Democrat-led communities amid the ongoing border crisis.

“For the past ten months, President Biden and his administration have willingly surrendered the United States’ southern border to dangerous criminal cartels, with no thought given to the South Texas border communities like McAllen and Del Rio, which are running low on resources from dealing with this massive influx of illegal immigrants,” Cruz said in a statement before introducing the legislation.

“That’s why today I am introducing this crucial legislation to alleviate the massive overload at the southern border by establishing new ports of entry in Democrat-led communities such as North Hero, Vermont, where Bernie Sanders spends his summers, and Martha’s Vineyard, where Democrat elites host their cocktail parties,” Cruz added.

The legislation would establish new ports of entry in 13 communities across the U.S. and mandate that all illegal immigrants caught at Border Patrol Sectors in Texas be transferred to one of the 13 new ports for processing.

The 13 New Ports Would Be In The Following Locations: 

  1. Block Island, RI
  2. Greenwich, CT
  3. Martha’s Vineyard, MA
  4. Cambridge, MA
  5. Governors Island, NY
  6. Rehoboth Beach, DE
  7. Nantucket, MA
  8. Newport, RI
  9. Scarsdale, NY
  10. Palo Alto, CA
  11. Yountville, CA
  12. St. Helena, CA
  13. North Hero, VT

“Local Border Patrol Sectors in Texas continue to be overwhelmed by the volume of illegal aliens at the border. The Texas government has been forced to declare a state of disaster and provide its law enforcement and fiscal resources to address the crisis,” Cruz wrote in a press release.

Cruz visited the border in March and said that he encountered human traffickers and cartel members. “That’s Mexico and you can see there are three smugglers right there standing on the Mexican side looking at us,” he said in one of his videos.

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