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Omnibus Spending Bill: $410M for Border Security — in the Middle East
Breibart

The $1.7 trillion year-end omnibus spending bill uses hundreds of millions of dollars of American taxpayer money to fund border security initiatives overseas as the United States, at its own border, is projected to set illegal immigration records next year.

The spending bill includes $410 million “for enhanced border security” in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, and Oman. At least $150 million of the funding is to be used to help Jordan secure its borders. . . .

DOJ: Outsourcing Firm for Fortune 500 Companies Hired Foreign H-1B Visa Workers over Qualified Americans
Breitbart

An outsourcing firm with Fortune 500 clients hired foreign H-1B visa workers for Information Technology (IT) jobs over qualified Americans, a Department of Justice (DOJ) settlement reveals.

Federal prosecutors announced a settlement with Secureapp Technologies, whose Fortune 500 clients include Pfizer, Comcast, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, FedEx, and Nike, after the outsourcing firm was found to have discriminated against qualified American professionals for IT jobs by seeking to hire foreign H-1B visa workers.

The settlement states:

… from at least January 10, 2019, to...

Judicial Ruling Barring Termination of Remain in Mexico Policy is a Life Vest for the President. He Should be Smart Enough to Take It
FAIR

Late on the Thursday, Federal Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk issued a ruling preventing the Biden administration from terminating the Migrant Protection Protocols, aka, Remain in Mexico. The situation at the southern border is hurtling from disastrous to catastrophic – and heading toward cataclysmic, if Title 42 is canceled in the coming weeks. Under the circumstances, the president and the adults in the White House (if there are any left), should view Judge Kacsmaryk’s ruling as a deus ex machina opportunity to save themselves and the country. . . .

Texas Governor Seeks Probe of NGOs for Alleged Migrant ‘Illegal Border Crossing’ Assistance
Breitbart

     Texas Governor Greg Abbott called on the attorney general to open an investigation into non-government organizations or NGOs who may have assisted in migrant border crossings into the state. The move comes after record-setting large group crossings around El Paso over the weekend.“There have been recent reports that non-governmental organizations may have assisted with illegal border crossings near El Paso,” Governor Abbott wrote in a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. “We further understand NGOs may be engaged in unlawfully orchestrating other border crossings through...

Mayorkas Turns a Blind Eye to the Bad Optics in El Paso
FAIR

Migrants are entering El Paso, Texas, at a crushing rate of 2,500 a day, but Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas managed to miss them during his visit to the beleaguered border city this week. The surge of illegal aliens is spilling onto the streets of El Paso, taxing already strained social services. Frustrated city officials report that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is releasing migrants into the community en masse.But    Mayorkas didn’t witness any of this for himself. In a tightly choreographed stop on Tuesday, the secretary met with Border Patrol agents at...

Steady Stream of Migrants Flow into West Texas Border Town Before Title 42 Ends
Breitbart

EAGLE PASS, Texas — Groups of migrants crossed the Rio Grande as the Border Patrol braces for the end of Title 42 enforcement. The parties forded the river and surrendered to authorities near the heart of the city on Tuesday.

The groups, numbering up to 30 in size, walked from the riverbank and surrendered to Texas Army National Guard soldiers posted in the vicinity. The guardsmen detained the migrants and arranged for their transfer to Border Patrol custody.

The crossings are significantly reduced during the daylight hours, according to law enforcement sources in the Eagle...

10K Migrants Apprehended in One Texas Border Sector Last Week, 4K More Got Away
Breitbart

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 10,000 migrants during the past week. Officials estimate more than 4,000 more got away without being apprehended.

Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens tweeted a weekly recap for his sector reporting the apprehension of 9,992 migrants during the last week. In addition, another 4,232 migrants are classified as known got-aways. . . .

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Venezuelan Migrant Films Deadly Journey Through Panama Jungle to U.S.
Breitbart

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Breitbart Texas posted at the municipal Migrant Resource Center and spoke to Yunior Rangel, a Venezuelan migrant who recently crossed the border at Eagle Pass, Texas. On a brisk Saturday morning, Yunior shared his story and a short video chronicling his journey into Panama from Colombia and through the Darien Gap.

Yunior, 25, recounted a two-month journey from Colombia to San Antonio, Texas. Yunior filmed his departure from Colombia on a ferry filled with migrants. He crossed the Gulf of Uraba to Panama. Like Yunior, the migrants on board are from a host of...

Letts: Sacrifices of Border Agents Go Ignored - It's Time for That to Stop
the Western Journal

Three Customs and Border Protection agents were shot recently during a confrontation with suspected drug smugglers off the coast of Puerto Rico. One of the officers died.

The two smugglers were also shot during the Nov. 17 incident, and one died.

The sacrifice of the CBP agent who died should have been something that politicians praised, as would have happened if a service member or police officer had died in the line of duty. . . .

Immigration Provisions in House GOP's "Commitment to America" Agenda
NumbersUSA

House Republican leadership has unveiled the party's new "Commitment to America" agenda to members of their caucus. The blueprint is a central group of policies party leadership hopes will help congressional Republicans communicate the GOP's vision effectively during and beyond the midterm elections. . . .

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