.@RepMTG: "I think the American people and the taxpayers of this country deserve to know why the Biden administration and this Congress is so interested in funding the protection of Ukraine's border, and not the protection of our border." pic.twitter.com/0cGkTNyoJx
Three days after Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted a legally dubious invocation of the “invasion clause” of the U.S. and Texas constitutions over the high number of migrant encounters at the Texas-Mexico border, his border mission is set to include armored personnel carriers designed to carry troops into battle alongside tanks, according to a planning document obtained by Army Times and The Texas Tribune.
The order issued Thursday by Texas Military Department officials to the headquarters overseeing Operation Lone Star reveals that the National Guard will soon deploy 10 M113 armored personnel carrier vehicles to the border.
According to the order, around 50 soldiers will be trained to operate the vehicles, and state officials will identify 10 positions to station them along the border.
The Texas Military Department said in a written statement Friday that in addition to the 10 armored vehicles, the Texas National Guard is increasing “aircraft flights and security efforts” on the border.
“These actions are part of a larger strategy to use every available tool to fight back against the record-breaking level of illegal immigration,” the department said. “The Texas National Guard is taking unprecedented measures to safeguard our border and to repel and turn-back immigrants trying to cross the border illegally.”
Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Armored personnel carriers like the M113 are designed to carry infantry troops across modern battlefields alongside tanks. They can be equipped with a range of weapons: heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, antitank missiles or even large cannons similar to those mounted on tanks. It’s not clear what weapons, if any, will be on the Texas Guard’s M113s at the border.
Such vehicles are by definition bulletproof and can withstand small explosions. In the civilian world, lighter, wheeled armored personnel carriers are sometimes used to carry police SWAT teams.
Lovingly known as the “battle taxi” by Army troops, the Vietnam-era M113 features tracks instead of wheels, leading observers to sometimes confuse them for tanks. Tracks allow heavy armored vehicles to traverse difficult terrain — such as ditches or muddy areas — with a lower risk of becoming stuck.
The U.S. has sent 200 of the aging vehicles to Ukraine to support that country’s fight against invading Russians.
It’s not clear why the Texas Military Department plans to deploy the vehicles to the border. Since Operation Lone Star began, the agency has not publicly acknowledged any incidents in which the protection provided by the more nimble Humvee vehicles deployed there was inadequate.
The move didn’t surprise Fernando García, the executive director and founder of the Border Network for Human Rights, who said Abbott is “trying to justify the narrative of the invasion” by casting asylum seekers and migrants seeking opportunities as violent criminals.
“For [Abbott] it’s easy to say there’s an invasion, and send troops to the border with a potential consequence of a major situation of human rights violations,” García said.
Since Operation Lone Star began, the number of migrants apprehended along the Texas-Mexico border has increased despite the expenditure of $4 billion and the involuntary deployment of up to 6,500 Texas Military Department troops.
In recent months, the military department has taken steps to address soldiers’ concerns and slowly reduced the number of troops on the border. Three of the department’s top leaders also abruptly departed the agency in March and April.
Ten soldiers linked to the mission have died since September 2021, all via accident or suicide.
NEW – Chuck Schumer calls for amnesty for "all 11 million" undocumented migrants in the US because the American population "is not reproducing on its own with the same level that it used to."pic.twitter.com/DNHHim68xr
As the country faces a border crisis, with millions of undocumented immigrants pouring over the southern border this year alone, the Justice Department awarded $41 million in contracts to a nonprofit to help immigrants fight deportation.
The Acacia Center for Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit created as a collaboration between Vera Institute of Justice and Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights, received six legal services contracts from the DOJ beginning Sept. 1, Fox News reported.
“The objective of the Acacia Center for Justice … is to expand on Vera’s work over the past twenty years in providing legal support and representation to immigrants facing deportation through the development, coordination and management of national networks of legal services providers serving immigrants across the country,” the group’s website states.
The Vera Institute, which views immigration enforcement agencies as a “threat” to civil liberties, hauled in a massive $171 million government contract in March to help unaccompanied minors avoid deportation,” Fox News also reported.
Former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy Betsy McCaughey pointed out in a recent column in the New York Post that non-profits get federal funds to facilitate illegal activity by supporting border crossings.
“Democratic politicians want to maximize illegal immigration, but they don’t want their fingerprints on it,” she wrote. “The remedy: pay so-called charities that will do the work for them.”
She said migrants still in Mexico are given debit cards — with $800 a month to pay for necessities — distributed by the non-profit Organization for Migration, paid for with funds from the U.S. State Department.
“The money isn’t coming from the Sunday collection basket,” McCaughey writes. “Sister Pimentel [executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley] admits her organization is reimbursed by the federal government. It’s coming from taxpayers, who have no clue they’re supporting this operation.”
NEW: For the sixth day in a row, in the exact same spot, yet another group of several hundred migrants crossed illegally into Normandy, TX this morning. At the same time on the other side of town in Eagle Pass, a large group of up to 200 crossed illegally. BP stretched thin. pic.twitter.com/XkGnAFXs8p
Illegal immigrants in Illinois will be permitted to apply for a basic income pilot program that will give residents monthly cash payments over the course of two years.
The Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot will send 3,250 households $500 per month for two years with “no strings attached,” according to Business Insider. The county, which includes portions of Chicago, has over 5 million residents and is the second largest county in the United States.
In order to be eligible for the assistance, applicants must be adult residents of Cook County and make an income of or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level, or make less than $69,375 for a household of four or more. Applicants will not be asked about citizenship status, Fox News reported.
On the Cook County website, it clarifies that the pilot “is open to all residents of Cook County, regardless of your immigration status. This means that is you are undocumented, or your household is a mixed-status household, and you meet the eligibility criteria above, you are eligible to participate,” adding that officials will not share immigration status information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
According to a government press release, 36 percent of county residents will be eligible to apply. The press release noted that the program is being funded by American Rescue Plan funds allocated to help Americans through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Toni Preckwinkle, the president of the county’s board of commissioners, said that the program is the “largest publicly funded guaranteed-income pilot in American history.” Preckwinkle said she hopes to make the program permanent in two years.
Julio covered how GOP Gov. Greg Abbott (R) began sending illegal immigrants at some of Texas’ border towns to “sanctuary” cities like Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago. Reportedly, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot began sending some of the migrants on buses to outsider counties without giving the officials any notice.
As Julio pointed out, the migrants were sent to Burr Ridge, located in Cook and DuPage counties.
“I am concerned neither the village administrator nor I were told about this,” Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso told WGN. “We want to know: Why Burr Ridge?”
By Peyton Holliday | October 5, 2022 | 12:06pm EDT
(CNS News) – TheOpen Society Foundations, which were founded by billionaire left-wing activist George Soros, donated millions of dollars to various organizations, such as New Virginia Majority and America’s Voice, to advocate for mass immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens, reported Breitbart News.
Ron Kovach, press secretary for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) told Breitbart, “Soros and his shadow organizations have worked hand in hand with the Biden administration since Biden took office to not only shield, but encourage more illegal aliens to flock to the United States.”
“Soros has had a hand in almost every move the Biden administration has made to topple our immigration system,” said Kovach, noting that Soros has helped to “secure visas for those already illegally in the country through misinterpretations of Trump’s VOICE initiative,” and “assisting those attempting to avoid deportations.”
According to the report, the New Virginia Majority received $100,000 from Soros’ Open Society Foundations. In its policy agenda, the New Virginia Majority says it supports “driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants” and ending “local collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).”
America’s Voice received nearly $1.6 million from Soros’ Open Society Foundation, according to Breitbart. This “immigration reform” group wants a “direct, fair, and inclusive road to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. without papers.” According to FAIR, at least 15.5 million illegal aliens now reside in the United States.
Other groups pushing amnesty or pathway to citizenship for illegals in one form or another include United We Dream, which received $700,000 in grants from the Open Society Foundations, reported Breitbart.
Also, the Unidos US Action fund got $300,000; National Immigration Reform received $1 million; Black Alliance for Just Immigration, $600,000; and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, $2.3 million.
George Soros, 92, has an estimated net worth of $8.6 billion. He made his money through several hedge funds and a major bet on the 1992 currency crisis in Britain. His website describes him as “one of history’s most successful financiers.” He supports many liberal/left causes through his Open Society Foundations, to which he has donated more than $32 billion over the years.
According to MRC Business, which monitors liberal media bias in business news, Soros has devoted his “life to constructing a leftist political legacy rarely, if ever, equaled. He has worked to reshape the U.S. and the world with his nebulous vision of an ‘open society’ through billions in funding to universities, media, politicians and left-wing groups.”
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WESLACO, TX – According to reports, a previously deported illegal immigrant attempted to wrestle an M-4 rifle out of the hands of a Texas National Guardsman.
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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has arrested a man, who is allegedly an illegal immigrant, who attempted to take a weapon away from a Texas National Guard soldier serving as part of Operation Lone Star.
According to reports, on September 26, 2022, just after 4:00 a.m., a Texas National Guard soldier assisted the United States Border Patrol in apprehending a large group of illegal immigrants on South Inspiration Road near Bentsen Palm Community Park in Mission, Texas.
During the operation, the soldier attempted to capture a suspected male illegal immigrant who had fled from law enforcement. The soldier reportedly issued several verbal commands to the suspect, but the man failed to comply with those orders.
In fact, instead of complying the suspect proceeded to grab the soldier’s M-4 rifle with both hands in an attempt to seize the weapon for himself. Luckily, the soldier was able to maintain possession of his weapon.
The suspect was then apprehended with assistance from other National Guard soldiers. As of this writing, the Texas Rangers are still investigating the entire incident.
The suspect has been identified as 45-year-old Ricardo Jaime-Ruiz, of Mexico. He has been arrested for attempting to take a weapon away from a public servant. He is a previously deported felon and was transported to the Hidalgo County Jail.
According to Breitbart News, Texas DPS spokesman Lt. Christopher Olivarez said that Jaime-Ruiz has a previous felony conviction for illegal re-entry after removal. That incident remains under investigation by Texas Rangers.
For more than an entire year, Texas National Guardsmen and DPS troopers have assisted the United States Border Patrol with the massive increase in illegal migration across the Texas-Mexico border.
For the fiscal year that began on October 1, 2021, nearly 1.26 million migrants illegally crossed the border from Mexico into the five Texas-based Border Patrol sectors. As of the end of September, agents apprehended a total of 1,997,769 in all nine southwest border sections for fiscal year 2021.
As a result of the massive migrant surge crossing mostly in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott responded by busing the illegal immigrants to the sanctuary cities of New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
According to a spokesperson for Governor Abbott’s office, since the busing program began in April, the state of Texas has bused approximately 11,375 illegal immigrants out of Texas to the Democrat-run cities.
The Rio-Grande Valley Sector reported the highest number of apprehensions with 440,423 migrants taken into custody. The Del Rio Sector came in second with the apprehension of 428,555 migrants.
The El Paso Sector ranks third in the year-to-date apprehensions with 258,766 taken into custody. Reportedly, if the 1.25 million migrants apprehended during the 2021 fiscal year at the Texas-based Border Patrol sectors were put into a brand new city, it would be the fourth-largest city in state, trailing just behind Dallas.
In August, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, had a negative reaction to Governor Abbott’s busing of illegal immigrants to his sanctuary city, calling the action “horrific.” Calling the move, “unimaginable,” Adams added:
“This is horrific, when you think about what the governor is doing. It is unimaginable what the governor of Texas has done, when you think about this country, a country that has always been open to those who were fleeing persecution.”
“We’ve always welcomed them and this governor is not doing that in Texas. But we are going to set that right one of being here for these families.”
National poll: Majority of registered voters think drug cartels have more control over southern border than U.S. government
September 26th, 2022
UNITED STATES – According to reports, a newly released Rasmussen national survey indicates that the majority of registered voters think drug cartels have greater control over the southern border than the American government does.
When sharing the link to the National Review piece about the poll, Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas tweeted:
“They are right. So – now we should do something about it. We should commit to provide #NotOneMorePenny to fund open borders & to empower cartels. #StandUpForAmerica.”
The poll found that 54 percent of registered voters do not think that the federal government, which is under President Joe Biden, is truly attempting to secure the border and decrease unlawful immigration.
According to the methodology section, the survey “was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 20-21, 2022. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.”
GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida has suggested that the United States should “get tough on the border and even tougher on the Sinaloa Cartel” in order to tackle the problem of the deadly drug fentanyl. He tweeted again, “Bomb Sinaloa. Not kidding.”
The State Run News Media does not care about your dead son! If they did, they would address the thousands of illegal alien gangster/drug cartel members pouring across our southern border smuggling Fentanyl with impunity. They don’t, so they won’t! Climate Change is the Danger! pic.twitter.com/SqvSxSqGhV
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, “fentanyl available in the United States is primarily supplied by two criminal drug networks, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that there have been more than 2 million southwest land border encounter during the 11-month period from October 2021 through August 2022.
Several GOP politicians have called for the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign. In a September 21st letter to Mayorkas, Sen Josh Hawley of Missouri declared:
“Your intentional disregard for our country’s immigration laws makes you unfit to remain in office. You should resign.”
A group of GOP lawmakers have backed a measure to put stop catch and release policies, but the bill has little to no chance of advancing through the Democrat-controlled Congress. In a press release, Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona said:
“Catch and release is incentivizing historic levels of illegal immigration, stretching Border Patrol resources thin, and making our communities unsafe. My legislation restores integrity in our immigration system by explicitly prohibiting DHS from patrolling or otherwise releasing illegal aliens into the country.”
“DHS can either detain the illegal alien or require them to remain outside the United States while their claim is pending. We must maintain operational control of the southern border and this legislation gets us closer to that.”
One man, who was interviewed on Fox News, said that he came to the United States illegally and that America’s border is open. He said:
“It’s open, not closed. It’s open because we enter, we come in, free. No problem.”
In September, Vice President Kamala Harris claimed that the border is “secure,” despite a record-breaking 2 million arrests at the southern border this fiscal year.
Sixty percent of voters said the “failure of the federal government to secure the southern border” is a bigger problem than governors like Ron DeSantis sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, and 63 percent said it is “hypocritical” for sanctuary cities, like Martha’s Vineyard, to complain when illegal immigrants are sent there.
Voters thought ending illegal immigration was important, with 83 percent of respondents saying it was important, 55 percent saying it would have a positive effect on the economy, and 44 percent saying it would “significantly reduce crime.”
Border patrol chief announces the “dangers are real” after sex offenders, gang members, murderers and drugs busted coming across the border
September 10th, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC – The head of the United States Border Patrol has announced that the dangers of illegal aliens coming into the country from the southern border are real.
Not only are there reports almost daily of large drug seizures, violent felons, and others attempting to cross, but now, the chief is reporting they have apprehended ten different illegal aliens who are sex offenders in just three days.
Just this week: •213 lbs. of Cocaine •71 lbs. of Meth •5 lbs. of Fentanyl •4,563 Migrants, 19 Large Groups •12 Sex Offenders •7 Gang Members •2 Active Warrants •1 Murderer •1 Injury to a Child •103 Rescues •1 Agent Assault
While those who support Democrat Biden’s stance on illegal aliens entering the country point to the number of apprehensions at the southern border being a sign of success and keeping the country safe, they are ignoring or not realizing the bigger threat at hand.
No one is taking away the significant results of federal authorities apprehending criminals illegally crossing the border, but those who oppose Biden are more concerned with how many people were able to make it across the border safely.
That issue could not be more clear after the United States Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz announced on September 6th that his agents had apprehended ten illegal alien sex offenders in three days.
In addition to those criminals being caught, numerous other alleged gang members and one murderer were also apprehended. In Chief Ortiz’s tweet, he wrote:
“The dangers are real. Great work by our agents.”
In three days, Chief Ortiz announced that his agents had encountered 2,690 illegal aliens who were attempting to cross into the country. That number included ten large groups of people who were attempting to come across at the same time.
Of that large number of people who were stopped, ten of those were sex offenders, four of them documented gang members, and one of them reported to be a murderer.
Along with those arrested, Chief Ortiz reported federal agents also seized a large number of illicit narcotics during the same time frame, including 71 pounds of methamphetamine and 100 pills of fentanyl.
During this fiscal year, which begins in October and runs until October of 2023, federal agents apprehended almost 2,000 illegal aliens attempting to cross the southern border.
That of course does not include the unknown number of illegal aliens who have been able to successfully cross into the United States. Although no one really knows how many people that could be, estimates are upwards of 500,000 or more.
How many of those 500,000 or more people who safely made it illegally across the border were terrorists, drug dealers, murderers, or child abusers?
The answer to that is not known which is troubling, considering the apparent belief that the number of those who are attempting passage into the country will only increase.
The recent news comes after Chief Ortiz reported under oath that President Biden’s policies seemingly lead people to believe that there are “no consequences” for illegal aliens coming across the border. According to Fox News Digital, Chief Ortiz made the comments during a recorded deposition on July 28th regarding a lawsuit that had been filed by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.
Chief Ortiz surmised the number of people attempting to illegally cross the border will only increase due to the belief that there are no consequences. Chief Ortiz said:
“In my experience, we have seen increases when there are no consequences.”
An attorney who was part of the deposition asked Chief Ortiz:
“So, if migrant populations believe that they’re going…there are not going to be consequences, more of them will come to the border. Is that what you’re saying?”
Chief Ortiz responded:
“There is an assumption that if migrant populations are told that there is a potential that they may be released, that, yes, you can see increases.”
After over 2 million illegal border crossings last year, Biden team halts most prosecutions
WASHINGTON, DC – With a significant increase in border crossing since taking office, Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration has halted most prosecutions for those people accused of illegally entering the country.
The Washington Free Beacon obtained an internal memo from the Department of Homeland Security which outlined the drastic reduction in prosecutions for those allegedly illegally crossing the southern border.
According to the memo, during the 2021 fiscal year, only 2,896 illegal aliens were transferred into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service compared to 13,213 in the fiscal year 2020.
The drop appears indicative of President Biden’s break from presidential administrations year’s past which some believe is actually encouraging illegal immigration.
Opponents believe that this move has only increased the crisis at the border which saw over two million people illegally cross into the country in 2021.
Those who illegally enter the country could face a misdemeanor charge for their first offense.
On subsequent illegal entries, illegal aliens have the misdemeanor charge elevated to a felony which could land them not only civil penalties but also up to two years in federal prison.
One of those people that are frustrated with the lack of consequences for those illegally entering the county is an unnamed Department of Homeland Security official who spoke to the Free Beacon. That person said:
“The lack of accountability from this administration encourages the worst people flooding our borders, criminals, to keep violating our laws until they finally commit a crime so egregious that the Department of Justice is forced to prosecute.”
Proponents of the President claim that the lack of prosecutions is only because of the administration’s use of Title 42, a public health regulation that provides authorities the ability to expel migrants quickly.
Thus, law enforcement, in theory, does not need to process the illegal alien as they normally would and simply expel them from the country.
According to data provided by the administration, roughly 90,000 illegal aliens were expelled back to Mexico or their home country under Title 42.
While the agency notes those that were expelled, they fail to mention how many met the criteria of expulsion under the title versus those who were released with just a notice to appear in court or sent to long-term detention centers.
Biden’s administration has worked tirelessly to undo all of former Republican President Donald Trump’s approach to securing the southern border through the removal and blocking of illegal aliens from entering the country.
The administration has unsuccessfully worked to end Title 42 while they have been successful in ending the Remain in Mexico policy.
These moves come as the U.S. Border Patrol reported they apprehended 191,898 illegal aliens in June and over 222,000 in May of this year. Those numbers point to authorities having processed over 1.7 million illegal aliens during the fiscal year 2022. A number that will exceed the fiscal year 2021 with a few months remaining during this fiscal year.
Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Chris Magnus said that they are working to reduce the number of illegal aliens crossing the border:
“We are committed to implementing our strategy of reducing irregular migration, dissuading migrants from undertaking the dangerous journey, and increasing enforcement efforts against human smuggling organizations.”
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California Governor Gavin Newsom makes an appearance after the polls close on the recall election, at the California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento, California, U.S., September 14, 2021. (REUTERS/Fred Greaves)
“They’re saying, ‘Look, the border is wide open. Use it.’” he added.
Diaz went on to list the ways illegal immigration is incentivized in America, including free education and relocation to wherever they would like to reside.
He said it’s “clearly not fair” to people like him who came to the United States through a legal process and waited years for citizenship.
Diaz also pointed out the tax implications of the policies, noting the mass exodus of Californians to other, less expensive states such as Texas and Florida.
“These policies are clearly not sustainable. You can tax Californians to death, and that’s why Californians are leaving to other states…” he said.
Diaz said Democrats are “absolutely” enforcing the new ID policy with a goal to allow the state’s illegal residents to vote in the future, particularly in hopes they will throw their support behind the Democratic Party.
Taylor Penley is a production assistant with Fox News.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sure has rubbed plenty of liberals the wrong way by sending the immigrants they’ve openly enticed straight to their doorstep.
However, as DeSantis pointed out in a rather savvy statement last week, various leftists states should be delighted by the arrivals, given their “sanctuary” status.
“States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country’ by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and support for the Biden Administration’s open border policies,” the statement noted.
Indeed, such logic does not escape those who are open-minded, notably celebrity podcaster Charlamagne tha God.
Before Biden was elected president, he declared that a black person who doesn’t vote for him “ain’t black” on Charlamagne’s podcast, and such a remark likely sat with the podcaster for a long time afterwards.
As evidenced by his recent defense of DeSantis amid a sea of Hollywood hysterics.
“For months, Republican governors have sent busloads of illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities like New York, D.C., and Chicago, with the message of, ‘If you like them so much, they’re yours, OK?” Charlamagne began.
Seriously. After all, they want illegal immigration so badly, they may as well deal with it entirely themselves.
“Well, just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis upped the game by sending two planefuls of immigrants to the East Coast, elites’ favorite vacation island, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts,” Charlamagne continued.
Clever move on DeSantis’s part, no doubt. Or, as Charlamagne puts it, “genius.”
In fact, the podcaster went a step further and continued to shred other Democrats while giving a shoutout to Texas Governor Greg Abbott alongside DeSantis.
“But I wish that governors like Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott would give Democratic governors and mayors more of a heads-up, because then, that would expose the hypocrisy of the Democrats, which is they don’t want immigrants here, either,” Charlamagne remarked.
Bam. Now that’s the truth the White House won’t admit.
They’d rather falsely accuse the Florida governor of “kidnapping” (despite the migrants’ consent) than admit the truth: The border is an unmitigated disaster, as well as a human rights catastrophe.
One of the participants on the panel also took the opportunity to shred another notorious area of Democrat hypocrisy: the treatment of the homeless.
Panelist Rye Wood Jr. noted that Democrats oftentimes say one thing in public while doing another thing in private, especially when it comes to vulnerable populations.
“A lot of these Democratic cities, ‘Oh, we love people, oh we love people. Hey homeless man, get your a** out of here.’ They deliberately hide people already. So a lot of these Democrats that are complaining about the Republicans are running something similar within their own counties,” Wood remarked disgustedly.
Seriously. No wonder a homeless man threw a water bottle at California Governor Gavin Newsom, a staunch Democrat and rumored 2024 presidential candidate, after the leftist made one of his many phony public appearances.
Humorously, the homeless man was promptly arrested, likely the only arrest of a homeless individual that entire year.
After all, only Emperor Newsom deserves the protection of the law.
No wonder DeSantis has scored $170M+ more in fundraising than Newsom has.
However, the left apparently remains as clueless as ever, given the rather hilarious class action lawsuit initiated by the deceptively named “Lawyers for Civil Right.”
According to the leftist lawyers, Florida officials allegedly “designed and executed a premeditated, fraudulent, and illegal scheme centered on exploiting this vulnerability for the sole purpose of advancing their own personal, financial and political interests.”
Unfortunately, the well-coiffed yet intellectually empty lawyers of Massachusetts failed to identify a single violation that occurred.
Which is why yet another DeSantis statement shredded their non-argument to pieces.
“It is opportunistic that activists would use illegal immigrants for political theater. If these activists spent even a fraction of this time and effort at the border, perhaps some accountability would be brought to the Biden Administration’s reckless border policies that entice illegal immigrants to make dangerous and often lethal journeys through Central America and put their lives in the hands of cartels and Coyotes,” the statement noted wryly.
Seriously. Significant human tragedy could have been avoided had the White House not “played politics” with people’s lives.
“The transportation of the immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard was done on a voluntary basis. The immigrants were homeless, hungry, and abandoned – and these activists didn’t care about them then,” the statement continued.
That’s right. They only “cared” when the migrants became inconvenient.
“Florida’s program gave them a fresh start in a sanctuary state and these individuals opted to take advantage of chartered flights to Massachusetts,” the statement added, “it was disappointing that Martha’s Vineyard called in the Massachusetts National Guard to bus them away from the island within 48 hours.”
It was deeply disappointed indeed.
After all, the left opposes the National Guard when BLM is literally setting entire cities on fire, provided that they aren’t impacted at all.
Nearly 50 actually peaceful migrants show up to Martha’s Vineyard, yet the left immediately uses the National Guard to expel them.
The class-action suit alleges that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and others “designed and executed a premeditated, fraudulent and illegal scheme … for the sole purpose of advancing their own personal, financial and political interests.” (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The activist group at the center of a class-action lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Florida officials for migrant flights to Martha’s Vineyard has received nearly $1.4 million from George Soros’ Open Society network.
Lawyers for Civil Rights, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy group, filed the lawsuit on behalf of Alianza Americas, according to a press release Tuesday that described the latter group as “a network of migrant-led organizations supporting immigrants across the United States.”
Alianza Americas has received a total of $1,383,947 from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations between 2016 and 2020, OSF’s records show.
The grants came from three of his nonprofits: Open Society Institute, Open Society Policy Center and Foundation to Promote Open Society.
The grants were to support policy advocacy on immigration, a Global Compact for Migration initiative and to strengthen the group’s international work in Central America and Mexico.
The law firm filing the suit, Lawyers for Civil Rights, received $50,000 from the Borealis Philanthropy in 2019, tax forms show. Borealis is a left-wing donor-advised fund that acts as an intermediary steering Democratic money to organizations.
Borealis has partnered with Black Lives Matter and the left-wing Marguerite Casey Foundation, which advocates for the abolishment of policing and prisons.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has also awarded $1.26 million to Alianza Americas between 2008 and 2020, according to grants posted on its website.
A group of immigrants is fed outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts, on Sept. 14, 2022. (Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette via AP)
The MacArthur Foundation funds liberal endeavors and said in September 2020 that it was awarding $25 million in grants to address “anti-Black racism, support Native Americans impacted by COVID-19, strengthen voter education and mobilization and combat voter suppression.”
The class-action suit filed by Lawyers for Civil Rights in the District of Massachusetts alleges that DeSantis and others “designed and executed a premeditated, fraudulent and illegal scheme centered on exploiting this vulnerability for the sole purpose of advancing their own personal, financial and political interests.”
The lawsuit alleges that the migrants were told they were going to Boston or Washington, “which was completely false,” and were induced with perks such as $10 McDonald’s gift certificates. It also alleges that migrants were induced to cross state lines under false pretenses, a line that some Democratic officials are using to urge a federal investigation.
A man who is part of a group of immigrants that had just arrived flashes a thumbs-up in Edgartown, Massachusetts, on Sept. 14, 2022. (Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette via AP)
“No human being should be used as a political pawn,” said Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director of Lawyers for Civil Rights, which is seeking class-action status representing Alianza Americas and other migrants.
In a statement provided to Fox News Digital, DeSantis spokesperson Taryn Fenske slammed the lawsuit as “political theater” perpetrated by “opportunistic activists” at the expense of illegal immigrants.
“If these activists spent even a fraction of this time and effort at the border, perhaps some accountability would be brought to the Biden administration’s reckless border policies that entice illegal immigrants to make dangerous and often lethal journeys through Central America and put their lives in the hands of cartels and ‘coyotes,’” Fenske said.
Illegal immigrants arrive at Martha’s Vineyard Airport on Sept. 14, 2022. (Video obtained by Fox News)
Fenske provided Fox News with a copy of a consent form — available in English and Spanish — that she said was given to migrants before they boarded.
The form states, “I agree to hold the benefactor or its designed representatives harmless of all liability arising out of or in any way relating to any injuries and damages that may occur during the agreed transport to locations outside of Texas until the final destination in Massachusetts.”
Fenske said the transportation of these migrants “was done on a voluntary basis.”
“The immigrants were homeless, hungry and abandoned, and these activists didn’t care about them then. Florida’s program gave them a fresh start in a sanctuary state, and these individuals opted to take advantage of chartered flights to Massachusetts,” she said. “It was disappointing that Martha’s Vineyard called in the Massachusetts National Guard to bus them away from the island within 48 hours.”
Fox News’ Bradford Betz, Adam Sabes and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jessica Chasmar is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to Jessica.Chasmar@fox.com and on Twitter: @JessicaChasmar.
Out there in the trackless wastes of Flyover Country, the unfathomable, toothless, WalMart-shopping, smelly denizens—you know: Deplorables, semi-fascists, MAGA Republicans, domestic terrorists, white supremacists, Q-Anon (whatever that is), racists and every other kind of “ist”—have a pithy saying: “put your money where your mouth is.” In other words, talk is cheap. It’s easy to virtue signal when it doesn’t cost anything, and people who claim to be paragons of virtue, but won’t raise a finger to act on it are, in the words of another Flyover Country idiom: “All hat, no cattle.” You know: loud mouthed posers.
WARNING GRAPHIC: There is a massive amount of clothing & trash discarded by migrants at popular crossing areas here in Eagle Pass, including on private property/ranches. @Bluelinemoving1 and his volunteers help clean it up. They recently came across a deceased migrant. @FoxNewspic.twitter.com/PRrnotqTou
Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a science initiative event in Chicago. (REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski)
A group of over 100 migrants from the southern border were moved to an Illinois suburb after being welcomed in Chicago – an action that is reportedly frustrating local officials.
The migrants are staying at a Hampton Inn in Burr Ridge and a Holiday Inn in Countryside, according to reporting by WGN-TV. An estimated 300 migrants have been bused from Texas to Chicago in the past two weeks.
While Chicago is a sanctuary city and Cook County is a sanctuary county, the migrants at the Burr Ridge Hampton Inn are in DuPage County. The county’s sanctuary status is unclear. However, Burr Ridge Republican Mayor Garry Grasso previously said he would work to secure the border and “defund sanctuary cities,” according to WGN-TV.
Some of the 100 migrants were reportedly sent to the Burr Ridge Hampton Inn in suburban Illinois. (Google Maps)
Now, Grasso said he is “frustrated” by the sudden influx of migrants.
“I’m the mayor of the village, I should have been told. I’m as frustrated as Mayor Lightfoot was in her not being told,” Mayor Gary Grasso said. “I’m frustrated but we’re dealing with the situation and I’m going to keep my residents and my businesses apprised.”
Grasso referenced Mayor Lightfoot previously lashing out at Governor Abbott for the transportation of migrants, calling it “unacceptable” at a press conference this week.
“My frustration comes from the actions of the governor of Texas,” the Chicago mayor said. “There could be a level of coordination and cooperation, but he chooses to do none of those things. Instead, he chooses to send human beings across the country to an uncertain destination.”
“He is manufacturing a human crisis and it makes no sense to me,” Lightfoot added. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker made similar comments, accusing Abbott of treating migrants “like cattle.”
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