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Texas Border City Business Owner Forced to Sell Restaurant After Illegal Immigrants Break in Multiple Times

Source: Texas Border City Business Owner Forced to Sell Restaurant After Illegal Immigrants Break in Multiple Times – American Faith

A business owner near the southern border is compelled to sell her family-run restaurant after immigrants break in countless times.

QUICK FACTS:
  • 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.”

BACKGROUND:
  • 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).
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White House Disputes Comparison of Unvaccinated Illegal Migrants and Tennis Player Novak Djokovic

This is how the leader of the United States thinks. Try to follow the logic. And please, don’t vote for him or his party again; we don’t need more of his ‘rule’. mrossol

Source: White House Disputes Comparison of Unvaccinated Illegal Migrants and Tennis Player Novak Djokovic

By Mimi Nguyen Ly,  August 29, 2022
 

 

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.”

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic speaks during a press conference after attending his welcoming ceremony celebration at the Belgrade City Hall in Belgrade on July 11, 2022. (Pedja Milosavljevic/AFP via Getty Images)

‘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, ​i​mmigration 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.

The Biden administration earlier this year announced it would end Title 42, but a judge in May forced the administration to keep the policy in place.

“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.”

Epoch Times Photo

 

Illegal migrants are apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol and National Guard troops in Eagle Pass, Texas, near the border with Mexico on June 30, 2022. (Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)

Policies Reversed

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.

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Rising Number of Deportation Cases Automatically Dismissed Over Failure to Provide Key Documents

Source: Rising Number of Deportation Cases Automatically Dismissed Over Failure to Provide Key Documents: Report

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.

One out of every six new cases (16.6 percent) is being dismissed due to the failure, according to the immigration court docket tracker Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.

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.

Effects

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.

Senior Reporter
Charlotte Cuthbertson is a senior reporter with The Epoch Times who primarily covers border security and the opioid crisis.
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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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