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4 Americans who traveled into Matamoros, Mexico, missing in possible kidnapping: FBI

Four Americans who drove across the U.S.-Mexico border from Texas were fired upon, held at gunpoint and possibly kidnapped, according to the FBI.Special Agent Oliver Rich, who is in charge of the FBI’s San Antonio Division, announced Sunday that the bureau is seeking public assistance to locate four U.S. citizens who were last seen in the northern Mexico border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas.

They have been missing since Friday, March 3.

That day, "four Americans crossed into Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico driving a white minivan with North Carolina license plates. Shortly...

Over $66 Million in Taxpayer Funds Used to Defend Illegal Aliens in Court
Immigration Reform Law Institute

WASHINGTON – An investigation by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) has revealed that public officials in a number of large jurisdictions are collaborating with progressive, anti-borders activists from the Vera Institute of Justice to provide free lawyers to illegals, criminal aliens and visa overstayers – and taxpayers are footing the bill.

In the U.S., in criminal court, indigent defendants are entitled to a free lawyer. However, litigants in civil proceedings – like evictions, divorces and debt recovery actions – must pay for their own counsel. Immigration proceedings...

‘As Easy as Ordering Pizza’: How Fentanyl-Laced Pills Are Killing America’s Youth
the Epoch Times

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized approximately 47,000 rainbow-colored fentanyl pills, 186,000 blue fentanyl pills, and 6.5 pounds of meth hidden in a floor compartment of a vehicle at the Nogales port of entry on the southern border with Mexico on Sept. 3, 2022. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

On the morning of July 25, 2020, Matthew Thomas took what he believed was a Percocet, a prescription drug for pain relief. He died moments later, the victim of fentanyl poisoning.

On Jan. 26, 2019, Austen Babcock took what he believed was cocaine. Unbeknownst to him, it...

Exclusive: Photos Show Honduran Nationals Accused of Killing Bald Eagle

Photos, first shared with Breitbart News, show the pair of Honduran nationals accused of killing and planning to eat a Bald Eagle in Stanton County, Nebraska, as well as the rifle they allegedly used.

As Breitbart News reported, the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 20-year-old Ramiro Hernandez-Tziquin and 20-year-old Domingo Zetino-Hernandez late last month. Both are Honduran nationals whose immigration statuses have yet to be confirmed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. . . .

Hospitals and Taxpayers Hemorrhage With ‘Free’ Health Care For Illegal Aliens

While more than 98,000 illegal aliens were encountered in the Yuma, Ariz., border sector last year – a figure roughly equaling the city’s entire population — the local hospital provided $26 million in uncompensated care to migrants.CEO Robert Trenschel testified at a congressional hearing this month that many border crossers (apparently penniless and in hock to their cartel escorts) come with “significant disease” and required major treatments, ranging from dialysis to heart surgery.The $26 million price tag surely strains the financial health of Yuma and its hospital. But it’s not out of...

Investigation: Americans Charged $66M to Help Illegal Aliens Fight Deportation

American taxpayers across a number of towns and cities are being charged to the tune of more than $66 million, often passed through a group linked to billionaire George Soros, to help illegal aliens fight their deportations from the United States.

The investigation conducted by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) reveals the extent to which taxpayers across about 50 towns, cities, and counties are footing the bill to keep illegal aliens in their communities. Specifically, the Vera Institute of Justice has hugely expanded its contracts with cities and counties that work to...

Biden Asylum Rule Does Nothing to Fix Root Causes of Border Crisis

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a joint proposed rule entitled “Circumvention of Legal Pathways” to amend the asylum process for people who enter the country illegally or through our ports of entry.For once, the Biden administration recognizes that an insecure border is draining resources on taxpayers, though not that the border crisis was manufactured and deliberately created by President Biden’s open border policies. . . .


Migrants Housed in 85 NYC Hotels as Eric Adams Funnels Taxpayer Money to Powerful Real Estate Industry

Tens of thousands of migrants, bused from Texas, have stayed in 85 New York City hotels paid for by New Yorkers as Mayor Eric Adams (D) funnels taxpayer money to the city’s powerful real estate industry.

Since the spring of last year, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and a couple of other governors have bused more than 45,000 migrants to New York City — a sanctuary jurisdiction that has long prided itself on shielding illegal aliens from arrest and deportation. . . .

Gov. Abbott's Border Operation Nabs 348,000 Illegal Immigrants, 361 Million Fentanyl Doses
CNS News

 A state-level initiative to counter the swarm of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas has, to date, resulted in more than 348,000 apprehensions and the seizure of more than 361 million doses of the deadly drug fentanyl.

The initiative, Operation Lone Star, was created by Texas's Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in March 2021. 

As Abbott explained then, “The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration. Texas supports legal immigration but will...

Biden admin mulls move to open pathways to green cards for temporary agricultural, seasonal migrant workers
FOX News

FIRST ON FOX: The Biden administration is considering a rule that would open the door to allow temporary agricultural and seasonal workers to be able to apply for permanent residency in the United States, Fox News Digital has learned.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) previously announced it intends to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to "modernize and reform" the H-2A and H-2B visas — which are used for temporary agricultural workers and temporary seasonal workers.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has said that rule will incorporate policies to...