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STYRNA: What American Society Could Pay For With $151 Billion Annually in Taxpayer Money Spent on Illegal Aliens
the Daily Caller

In a recent study, the Federation for American Immigration Reform demonstrated that an estimated 15.5 million illegal aliens and their 5.4 million U.S.-born children cost American taxpayers a net annual sum of $150.7 billion as of the start of 2023. That is a whopping 30% increase since 2017. The average American taxpayer is thus on the hook for $957 per year – and that’s after any taxes paid by illegal aliens are factored in. Given that tax season is upon us, it is worth pointing out this additional fiscal burden foisted upon working- and middle-class Americans, as well as the important...

Southern Border Security? DHS Phones It In For Nicaraguan Migrants

A record 35,500 migrants from Nicaragua were encountered at America’s southern border in December. So what did the Department of Homeland Security do? It added Nicaraguans to a lengthening list of foreign nationals who can use a reservation system to enter this country.

DHS calls its system “rigorous security vetting,”but, in fact, the agency has no way to check for criminal histories in a diplomatically estranged nation that is a pariah of Latin America.

The Migration Policy Institute reports that more than 200,000 Nicaraguans fled their country last year. In response,...

February Border Encounters Show Illegal Immigration Isn't Abating, It's Just Being Rerouted, Charges FAIR

 The Biden administration’s new “border enforcement measures” have not succeeded in curbing record levels of illegal immigration, they’ve just rerouted much of the flow through legal ports of entry, charged the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data, released Thursday, reveals that the total number of border encounters in February, 212,266, remained at historic high levels. But due to the Biden administration’s flagrant abuse of parole authority, 83,389 illegal migrants were encountered at legal ports of entry by the Office of...

Biden Pick Touts ‘Magic Answer’ to Nullify Popular Border Laws

President Joe Biden’s border chief has hired a lawyer who champions civil rights for migrants — but who also urges officials to use the “magic answer [of] prosecutorial discretion” to negate the civil rights of Americans.

The lawyer, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, has been invited to work as the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Officer (CRCL) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to her employer, Penn State. The office uses Americans’ civil rights laws to help pull migrants into Americans’ society.

Wadhia won the job after repeatedly urging border officials to...

Democrats to Skip Another Border Hearing, Claim GOP Going to Texas ‘to Attack’ Biden

Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee are skipping a hearing in Texas on Wednesday, marking the second instance this year of a group of congressional Democrats refusing to attend an official field hearing at the border with Republicans. 

Committee ranking member Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said Democrats made the decision “after careful consideration” and accused Republicans of “traveling to the border to attack the Administration” instead of going on a “fact-finding mission.”

“Unfortunately, it has become clear that Republicans planned to politicize this event...

Border Advocate Slams Biden’s Budget, Urges Congress to Reject It
Border advocates are blasting President Biden’s newly proposed budget, which they say will enable illegal immigration.

“The FY 2024 budget proposal President Biden sent to Capitol Hill … includes billions of dollars to fund his open borders policies,” Dan Stein (pictured), the President of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) contended in a statement. “The goal of the Biden administration is not to curtail the surge, but to create a more orderly process for people to violate our immigration laws,” the President of FAIR stated before going on to note that the budget “includes money to fund the president’s unlawful expansion of parole, use of a phone app to gain entry through ports of entry...

Fla. Fed. Judge Rules Biden's New Border Policies Unlawful
Numbers USA

A federal judge in Florida struck down the Biden administration's unregulated and broad use of parole in order to mass-release illegal aliens into the interior of the United States. Judge T. Kent Wetherell found the administration's use of parole unlawful and accused the Biden admin. of turning the U.S./Mexico border into a "meaningless line in the sand."

"Today's ruling affirms what we have known all along, President Biden is responsible for the border crisis and his unlawful immigration policies make this country less safe." - Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody. . . .

Joe Biden’s 2023 Border Budget: More Money for Migrants
President Joe Biden’s budget asks for more money to help deliver more legal, quasi-legal, and illegal migrants into the jobs and homes needed by Americans.

Biden’s budget asks for money to hire 500 extra border guards who catch migrants — and money to hire 460 more people to release the migrants so they can travel to jobs and housing.

The Democrats’ budget asks for a $4.7 billion “contingency fund” to operate the existing network of non-profit groups, shelters, training courses, travel routes, and healthcare checks which get low-wage migrants into the jobs that would otherwise go to better-paid Americans. . . .

New FAIR Cost Study: Illegal Immigration Now Costs American Taxpayers At Least $151 Billion a Year
Yahoo Finance

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) finds that, as of 2022, American taxpayers shell out at least $151 billion each year to cover the cost of illegal immigration. Broken down, the data reveals that taxpayers pay $182 billion annually to provide services and benefits to illegal aliens and their dependents. These costs are offset by about $31 billion in taxes that are collected from the estimated 15.5 million illegal aliens living in the United States, bringing the net cost to $150.7 billion annually. . . .

2 Americans kidnapped in Mexico found dead, 2 rescued alive and back in US

Two of the four Americans kidnapped in Mexico have been found dead, while the other two were rescued alive, officials announced Tuesday. 

The survivors -- Eric James Williams and Latavia "Tay" McGee -- have returned to the U.S., their families said.

The four Americans -- Williams, McGee, Zindell Brown and McGee's cousin Shaeed Woodard -- arrived Friday morning in Matamoros, Mexico, which is in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas just south of Brownsville, Texas.