Events: Sunday, November 28, 13.00pm – 17.00pm, approximately 5,000-10,000 demonstrators are expected to gather on the Bundesplatz, awaiting the results of the vote (COVID – Law). The local police will be out in large numbers and blockades will be set up. Traffic will be disrupted around the Bundeshaus during the given hours and following the election results.
Actions to take:
· Exercise vigilance and heightened situational awareness over the coming days · Stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, and transportation hubs · Be aware of your surroundings · Keep a low profile · Be prepared for potential traffic and public transportation disruptions. · Monitor local media:
. Maintain social distancing, follow hygiene requirements, and follow the Swiss crowd limitation requirements · Avoid groups that are not following the security requirements and/or local laws · Review your personal security plans
By U.S. Embassy Ethiopia | 26 November, 2021 | Topics: Alert, Notification
The security situation in Ethiopia continues to deteriorate. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S citizens in Ethiopia to depart now using commercially available options. Although the Embassy continues to process emergency passports and repatriation loans, and to provide other emergency services, the Embassy is unlikely to be able to assist U.S. citizens in Ethiopia with departure if commercial options become unavailable. Please see information on What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis.
U.S. citizens wishing to depart Ethiopia, currently have multiple options via commercial flights from Bole International Airport. If you have difficulty securing a flight or need assistance to return to the United States, please contact AddisACS@state.gov for guidance. The Embassy can also provide a repatriation loan for U.S. citizens who cannot afford at this time to purchase a commercial ticket to the United States. If you are a U.S. citizen and delaying your departure because your non-U.S. citizen spouse or minor children do not have immigrant visas or U.S. passports, please contact us immediately. Similarly, if you are a non-U.S. citizen parent of a U.S. citizen minor but do not have a valid U.S. visa or other document valid for entry to the United States, please contact us.
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Kamala Harris blames Trump for the ‘broken’ immigration system with crossings at all-time high and says ‘we can’t just flip the switch and make it better’ as new caravan surges north
09:10 EST 18 Nov 2021 , updated 20:14 EST 18 Nov 2021
‘It’s not going to be over night,’ Harris said of the unusually high number of border crossers. ‘We can’t just flip a switch and make it better’
‘We inherited an immigration system that is deeply broken,’ she added
Recent data shows that the US apprehended more than 1.7 million migrants along the US-Mexico border in the 2021 fiscal year
The vice president also hit back at claims she is being misused as vice president, saying she doesn’t feel like she’s being under utilized by President Joe Biden and his team
Her interview came amid reports of chaos in the vice president’s office and frustration among West Wing staff with her and her team
Vice President Kamala Harris blamed the Trump administration for the ‘broken’ immigration system that saw a record 128 percent rise in migrant crossings in October compared to the same time last year.
Citing the recorder number of unlawful border crossers, ABC’s George Stephanapoulos asked Harris, the president’s point person on root causes of immigration: ‘What are you doing to turn that around? How long will it take?’
‘It’s not going to be over night,’ the vice president conceded. ‘We can’t just flip a switch and make it better.’
‘We inherited an immigration system that is deeply broken,’ she added.
Meanwhile, Republicans have blamed the Biden administration for ending Trump-era border policies, including ‘Remain in Mexico,’ the public charge rule and and loosening of ICE enforcement.
The Supreme Court reinstated the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy in August, and the Biden administration made another attempt to end the rule that requires migrants to await trial in Mexico.
Harris added that migrants do not ‘want’ to leave their home country, but do so out of desperation due to dire conditions in Central and South America.
The vice president also hit back at claims she is being misused as vice president, saying she doesn’t feel like she’s being under utilized by President Joe Biden and his team.
‘No. I don’t,’ she told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired on Good Morning America Thursday morning. ‘I am very, very excited about the work that we have accomplished but I am also absolutely, absolutely clear-eyed that there is a lot more to do and we’re going to get it done.’
She rattled off a list of her accomplishments, including the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, her recent trip to France, her work with members of Congress and her presiding over the Senate as she defended her job as vice president.
Her interview came amid reports of chaos in the vice president’s office and frustration among West Wing staff with her and her team, which the White House has vigorously pushed back on, denying Harris is being sidelined
Recent data obtained by the Washington Post shows that the US apprehended more than 1.7 million migrants along the US-Mexico border in the 2021 fiscal year that ended in September, the highest number ever recorded.
+12 Vice President Kamala Harris
+12 Former President Trump
+12 Migrants sit together while waiting to board a border patrol bus after crossing the Rio Grande into the U.S. on Wednesday
+12 A border patrol officer begins processing a family after they crossed the Rio Grande into the U.S. on Wednesday in La Joya, Texas
+12 CBP encounters with illegal crossers jumped by 128% in October from the same time last year
But in October, there were 164,303 interdictions a 14 percent decrease compared to September. Border Patrol registered 192,001 encounters in September and 209,840 in August after a record-high 213,593 interdictions were reported in July, the peak of the southern border crisis facing the Biden administration.
CBP data showed southern border interdictions increased in each of former President Donald Trump’s last eight full months in office, and the crisis has unraveled in President Joe Biden’s first six full months at the White House.
Despite warnings from the Biden administration warning migrants not to come to the border, thousands have made the journey believing the current administration would treat them more kindly than the last.
Another caravan of migrants is headed toward the southern border.
Shocking photos show hordes of Central American migrants riding a tractor trailer to the US as Mexican police continue to clear migrant camps that have sprung up on the southern border.
Women climbed large tires and some young men carried no more than a backpack as part of a caravan that found momentary respite in a passing truck while walking through the state of Veracruz in southern Mexico on Wednesday.
President Joe Biden has faced questions about his border policies, and whether he should go down to see its effects for himself, as data shows that the US is continuing to detain a record number of migrants along the southern border.
Meanwhile, Biden’s approval rating remains at a low 43 percent and only 40 percent of voters believe the 78-year-old president is in good health, according to a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll.
+12 Migrants were seen crowding atop a tractor trailer headed north on Wednesday in Mexico
Migrant caravan with thousands heads northbound in Mexico
+12 The Central American travelers carrying nothing more than a bag in some instances
+12 They were photographed in the Mexican state of Veracruz, which is strongly guarded
+12 The migrants above walked in Donaji in Oaxaca state, bordering Veracruz, on Tuesday
+12 The photos were taken as the US continues to detain a record number of people at the border
In other photos, migrants are seen waking in Oaxaca state, neighboring Veracruz, a day before on Tuesday.
Recent data obtained by the Washington Post shows that the US detained more than 1.7 million migrants along the US-Mexico border between October 2020 and September 2021 – the highest number since 1986.
Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas was questioned on Harris’ role in immigration.
‘So what is she doing, exactly?’ the Missourian asked. ‘You said she’s not the borders czar. That’s not her role. We’re wrong about that. She’s not doing anything like that. She’s doing something very different, is what your testimony is, but you’re not actually consulting with her on any policy. So what is it that she’s doing, exactly?’
‘Senator, as I have repeatedly testified, she is focused on addressing the root causes of irregular migration in the context of the migration channels,’ Mayorkas responded.
‘How’s that been going?’ Hawley retorted.
‘That is a — We are advancing considerably, and in fact, I am contributing to that effort,’ said Mayorkas, who cited trips he had made to meet with officials in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and other countries.
‘And those efforts are working? That’s been successful?’ Hawley asked.
‘This is a process that takes time and delivers an enduring solution,’ Mayorkas insisted.
Speaking at a press conference touting the passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, Biden furiously defended payments to families separated at the border under Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy.
Earlier this month, Fox News‘ David Spunt asked: ‘You said last week, that this report about migrant families at the border getting payments was garbage.’
Biden interrupted: ‘No I didn’t say that, let’s get it straight, you said everybody coming across the border gets $450,000.’
Biden then was forceful in saying he would try to get payments to those families, criticizing former President Donald Trump’s border policy.
‘If in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you coming across the border – whether it was legal or illegal.’
Raising his voice into a yell, the president continued: ‘And you lost your child, you lost your child, it’s gone, you deserve some kind of compensation, no matter what the circumstance,’ he said. ‘What that will be, I have no idea.’
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas described the American immigration system as “broken,” and said that not all of the 1.2 million illegal immigrants who have final removal orders should be deported.
In late September, Mayorkas issued new guidance for the department’s immigration agencies and officers, which prioritized the deportation of illegal immigrants who pose a risk to national security, public safety, and border security. Officers were also directed to consider the “totality of the facts and circumstances.”
“The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen therefore should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them,” Alejandro Mayorkas wrote in a memo to the department’s immigration enforcement agencies. “We will use our discretion and focus our enforcement resources in a more targeted way. Justice and our country’s well-being require it.”
On Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) referenced this memo, asking Mayorkas whether this still applied to those who have a final removal order against them.
“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals,” Mayorkas responded. “I would not necessarily accept the fact that all of them have received due process.”
As Fox News reported, “When asked if any of the 1.2 million people should be deported, Mayorkas said those ‘who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat,’ should be deported from the U.S.”
“Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., defended DHS’s use of ‘prosecutorial discretion’ in deciding which deportation cases to pursue. Coons claimed that ‘an approach that effectively makes any undocumented immigrant a priority is actually making no one a priority,’” Fox continued. “Mayorkas agreed, arguing that discretion is warranted both because DHS has ‘limited resources,’ and also because it is ‘a matter of justice’ not to prioritize those who have become ‘contributing members of our society.’”
In another memo released in October, Mayorkas further limited Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) powers to combat illegal immigration, ordering them to halt mass worksite deportation raids.
The memo was addressed to several officials, including the acting director of ICE, the director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and titled, “Worksite Enforcement: The Strategy to Protect the American Labor Market, the Conditions of the American Worksite, and the Dignity of the Individual.” Mayorkas began the memo, saying, “Thank you for your leadership as we work to more effectively accomplish our Department’s critical missions.”
“Our worksite enforcement efforts can have a significant impact on the well-being of individuals and the fairness of the labor market,” Mayorkas wrote, before stating that the focus of the agency’s efforts should be on the exploitation of “undocumented workers.”
“Our accomplishments in this area make clear that we can maximize the impact of our efforts by focusing on unscrupulous employers who exploit the vulnerability of undocumented workers,” he wrote. “These employers engage in illegal acts ranging from the payment of substandard wages to imposing unsafe working conditions and facilitating human trafficking and child exploitation. Their culpability compels the intense focus of our enforcement resources.”
Posted: Nov 9, 2021 / 10:50 AM CST / Updated: Nov 9, 2021 / 10:50 AM CST
TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — The leader of an effort by Central American migrants to walk across southern Mexico said Monday the group will now head to the U.S. border, rather than Mexico City as originally planned.
Leader and immigration activist Irineo Mujica said in a video that he will try to organize another caravan of thousands of migrants to reach the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, where both groups will join up and set out for the border.
The apparent change in plans comes after Mujica said the group has been pursued and harassed by Mexican government officials. Relations deteriorated after a group of migrants pelted officers of Mexico’s National Guard with a hail of rocks Thursday, injuring five guard officers.
The change of plans may be an act of desperation: the group is dwindling after more than two weeks of walking through punishing heat, and now may number as little as 1,300 people. It had once been as large as 4,000.
The group of mainly Central American migrants got a cold welcome Monday when they entered the state of Oaxaca; the town of Chahuites initially refused to let them enter for fear of spreading COVID-19.
Adrián Aguirre, a migrant from Nicaragua, said when they arrived in Chahuites, “There were municipal police cars blocking the way, and then later we entered.” But many of the town’s stores closed when they saw the migrants coming, meaning they couldn’t buy food or drink. They settled in a park to spend the night.
The Mexican government has been attempting to discourage the march, saying the poor conditions are putting the migrants’ lives at risk. The National Immigration Institute said six cases of the tropical fever dengue had been detected among members of the migrant march, but had not previously mentioned cases of coronavirus.
The National Guard officers were tailing the march Thursday and had apparently tried to detain some of the mainly Central American migrants, when a group of 100 to 150 males started throwing rocks at two truckloads of guard officers equipped with plastic shields and helmets.
The Guard said in a statement that four male officers and one female officer suffered “considerable” injuries, and were hospitalized. It said that “at no time did the officers respond to the attack.”
National Guard officers have been wary of confronting migrants since a shooting incident the previous Sunday left one migrant dead.
Confrontations between law enforcement and migrants had been relatively rare in Mexico, but National Guard officers opened fire on a pickup truck carrying migrants Sunday when the vehicle tried to avoid an immigration checkpoint; the Guard said it had tried to ram a patrol vehicle.
A Cuban migrant was killed and four other migrants were wounded.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador later said the shooting was unjustified, and that the pickup — apparently driven by a suspected migrant trafficker — had simply tried to run past the checkpoint, not ram the Guard vehicle. The guard officers involved are now subject to a federal criminal investigation.
An estimated 4,000 migrants set out from the city of Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border, on foot on Oct. 23. They have made slow progress trudging along highways amid the brutal heat of the region, advancing only about 95 miles (150 kilometers) in almost two weeks.
Much larger caravans crossed Mexico in 2018 and 2019, but those migrants never tried to walk the whole distance. They usually caught rides aboard passing trucks.
But Mexico has told truckers not to pick up migrants, saying they could face charges of migrant trafficking.
A National Guard officer was killed by suspected immigrant traffickers in September. And a dozen members of an elite police force in the northern border state of Tamaulipas are on trial for allegedly killing 14 Guatemalan migrants and five other people, whose bodies were found shot and burned near the U.S. border in late January.
Frustration has been growing for months among the thousands of migrants waiting in Tapachula near the Guatemala border. Mexico’s strategy had been to contain migrants in the south, far from the U.S. border, while allowing them to apply for asylum in Mexico.
But Mexico’s asylum system has been overwhelmed and the slow process led many to decide it was not worth waiting.
Rather than finishing the wall & securing America they have given the border over to the cartels! While you & your family struggle, our country is being invaded, & your tax dollars are burning in the desert! This is Joe Biden’s America! Are you pissed off yet?!@RealAmVoicepic.twitter.com/sefsDhaO3B
— Ben Bergquam – Real America’s Voice (RAV-TV) News (@BenBergquam) November 4, 2021
The National Guard reports on the incident registered in the municipality of Pijijiapan, Chiapas.
Mexico City, November 4, 2021
The National Guard (GN) reports the following regarding the incident recorded in the municipality of Pijijiapan, Chiapas:
When they were in support of the activities carried out by the National Institute of Migration (INM), elements of the National Guard were attacked with stones and sticks in the Pijijiapan – Tonalá road section, by between 100 and 150 migrants, belonging to a group of more than 1,600 of different nationalities.
As a result of the attack, five national guards (four men and one woman), resulted with considerable injuries in different parts of the body, to whom the required hospital care is already provided.
It is important to specify that the elements of the institution never responded to the aggression.
The National Guard rejects all forms of violence as a means to achieve any personal or group objective, and reiterates its commitment to regulate its actions with strict adherence to human rights.
The labor union for ICE officers has filed two workplace safety complaints about the Biden administration’s handling of illegal immigrants and COVID-19 at the border, saying federal employees processing and releasing the migrants face conditions that amount to “a death trap.”
The complaints say many of the federal workers are contracting COVID-19.
A Texas processing facility designed to hold fewer than 1,000 people at times has topped 4,000 per day. Employees have been falling ill after spending time in close quarters with illegal immigrants, who generally aren’t tested for coronavirus infection, according to the complaints.
“Many ICE officers are testing positive for COVID, in addition to lung infections, viral infections, diarrhea, etc.” the complaint charges.
At the Anzalduas Port of Entry, officers share port-a-potties with migrants who have not yet been tested for infection, the second complaint says.
Filing the complaints with OSHA was an attempt to use the Biden administration’s regulatory machinery against itself. The ICE union hopes to force the government to follow some of the same standards in handling illegal immigrants that President Biden has attempted to impose on American workers and businesses.
“It’s an absolute act of desperation on our part,” Chris Crane, president of the council, told The Washington Times. “We’re just trying to save officers’ lives down there.”
The National ICE Council, the bargaining unit for thousands of ICE officers, said OSHA replied with a request for names of people at the facilities who could shed light on the situation.
OSHA confirmed it received the complaints and had open inspections at the Donna facility and the port of entry. The agency said it has six months to complete the inspection and no additional information will be available until afterward.
In late October, after the OSHA complaints were filed, ICE officers’ space was relocated inside the Donna facility. The officers no longer have to mingle with the busloads of migrants arriving.
Still, Mr. Crane said, the rest of the unsafe conditions are unresolved.
The presence of ICE officers at the two Texas locations is unusual. Border Patrol agents normally would handle all the duties at Donna, and Customs and Border Protection officers would work at the port. ICE would pick things up when custody has been transferred.
With migrants arriving in record numbers, however, the Homeland Security Department deployed ICE officers to help at CBP facilities.
The Donna facility was set up in February, early in a migrant surge that has plagued the Biden administration. The Border Patrol made about 98,000 arrests that month. It made more than 200,000 in July and more than 185,000 in September.
All of those arrests have to be processed through Border Patrol facilities, and roughly half are expelled back across the border under an emergency pandemic border shutdown order. The others are either caught and released or turned over to ICE or other federal agencies.
Homeland Security’s handling of migrants with COVID-19 risks has been controversial from the start.
Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ early claims that migrants were being tested turned out to be false. Facing criticism, the department reached agreements with local nonprofits and, in one case in Del Rio, Texas, signed a contract with a company to conduct testing.
That usually happens after Border Patrol processing and after government authorities determine whether to expel the migrants or allow them to stay in the U.S. — either in custody or in communities.
When migrants are turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE is supposed to be quarantining and testing.
If Border Patrol agents are catching and releasing the migrants at the border, the nonprofits do the testing. They also are supposed to handle quarantining, but they say they don’t have the power to enforce quarantines if migrants want to leave.
One of the new OSHA complaints asserts that migrants released from the Donna facility who test positive for COVID-19 are turned over to the local Catholic Charities chapter, which shelters them in a hotel for three days before releasing them.
Mr. Mayorkas told Congress this fall that 20% of migrants were ill.
Mr. Crane said the lack of precautions for federal employees at the border contrasts with the Biden administration’s moves to impose vaccine mandates on employees and contractors.
“It’s infuriating to us to see the lies from this administration in that vaccine executive order that they are using all these ‘science-based measures,’ is how they’re referred to, to save the lives of these federal employees, and down there [at Donna], science-based, common-sense-based protection is out the window,” he said.
“This is why they won’t let the media in there: because they don’t want the media to see how extremely inhumane this is to the aliens and to our employees. It’s a death trap,” he said.
Mr. Biden’s vaccine mandate applies to federal employees and contractors.
Declaring that “our patience is wearing thin,” the president also ordered OSHA to come up with a mandated rule for corporations that employ more than 100 people. Those rules, revealed Thursday, offer employees a choice of either vaccination or weekly testing and mandatory masks.
The American Federation of Government Employees units that represent federal Bureau of Prisons workers nationally and in Miami filed a lawsuit arguing that the mandate violates their constitutional rights and short-cut procedural steps.
Their OSHA complaints say ICE has been made aware of the conditions its employees face.
The Times reached out to the agency for a response. It’s not clear how many ICE employees are fully vaccinated.
Before their relocation last month, ICE officers at the Donna facility were assigned to a workspace next to the sick ward with no negative pressure rooms or other ways to seal off the sick area’s ventilation.
Every 45 minutes, newly arrived migrants were marched through the ICE officers’ workspace, the complaint said.
In addition to COVID-19 risks, the two OSHA complaints cite water leaking under the walls and running over electrical conduits.
Posted: Nov 3, 2021 / 05:52 PM CDT / Updated: Nov 4, 2021 / 11:28 AM CDT
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comment from Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero:
TIJUANA (Border Report) — The cables that supply electric power to the migrant campsite just south of the San Ysidro Port of Entry have been cut, leaving migrants without electricity.
City crews were seen arriving Tuesday afternoon and cutting the cables.
One migrant said this will have adverse consequences on people who live at the camp.
“They left us without electricity and no way to communicate with the outside world,” said José Luis Romero Hernandez, an immigrant from Honduras. “How are we going to get information? Just about every tent had an extension line that allowed us to plug in and charge our phones and connect other electronics, it’s complicated.”
Romero said they will now have to go to a nearby store and pay to charge their phones.
“They’re going to charge us 10 pesos ($.50) to charge the phones, it’s a problem, we also have a running battle with the bathrooms, we have to pay for everything,” he said
Romero said several families have gotten together and have agreed to split the cost of buying bath tissue and other essentials.
He reportedly works a few days a week picking onions that allows him to earn enough money to pay for his phone and internet service.
“My work is irregular, I’m not sure if I can stay in Tijuana now, I used to own two barbershops in Honduras but I came here then went back and realized they had taken them away from me,” he said
The Honduran national said he used to talk with his mother on a daily basis, but now without electricity, he’s not sure if he’ll be able to keep up with that routine.
Tijuana’s Mayor, Montserrat Caballero, said she wasn’t aware of the power being cut to the camp.
“If we took this measure, I didn’t know about it, but I’m sure it was done to eliminate some sort of electrical short and prevent a possible fire in the area, if our people suggested it, I’m all for doing away with the risk,” said Caballero.
The mayor figures the migrants themselves may have tapped illegally into the power supply using what are called “little devil” connections where people on their own patch into electrical lines.
“The question about the electricity is we know these little devil connections carry a lot of risks, I can’t really talk about something that is not regulated,” said the mayor.
A caravan of Central American and South American migrants headed to the U.S.-Mexico border has been halted in southern Mexico, held up by sickness and violence.
Between 2,000 and 3,000 migrants departed the Guatemala-Mexico border headed north on foot nearly two weeks ago. The group was walking through the Mexican state of Chiapas on its way to Mexico City, 800 miles away, but was blocked from continuing out of Chiapas by the Mexican military, as well as a mosquito-borne illness that has led to hospitalizations of children in the group, according to the Mexican government’s National Institute of Migration.National Guard soldiers on Sunday opened fire on a group of migrants who tried to pass through a checkpoint in Chiapas, according to local media reports. Four migrants were injured, and one person from Cuba was killed in the incident.
The National Human Rights Commission in Mexico opened an investigation into the use of force incident. The Pueblos Unidos Migrantes, the organization overseeing the caravan’s journey, alleged that the soldiers shot at the vehicle carrying migrants because the vehicle had not stopped at the checkpoint.
“How many deaths is necessary for AMLO to understand that the military should not carry out migratory tasks?” Jose Miguel Vivanco, executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Americas division, wrote on Twitter about the incident, referring to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
The National Institute of Migration disclosed on Monday that six cases of Dengue fever were suspected among the group’s members, including in five children. A local news outlet reported Tuesday that 17 children in the caravan have symptoms of a cough, fever, and diarrhea, but local hospitals have refused to treat the sick because they may have the coronavirus, according to Irineo Mujica and Luis Rey Garcia Villagran, the leaders of the group.
Mujica accused the Mexican government of trying to “create confusion and xenophobia,” according to a translated version of one media report.
“The health sector was used to try to contain the contingent by ensuring that there were cases of Dengue, which is not true,” Mujica said. “They are the tactics of Donald Trump that migrants brought diseases, but it is only to criminalize them.”
“The migrants have had a little dehydration from all they had to go through. They are completely fine. We put 30 (children to be checked), of which the institute checked five, and they were in charge of spreading this, but the INM is lying. They only have dehydration,” he said.
An Afghan refugee has been charged with the rape of a woman in Missoula, Montana, the state’s governor said Thursday – and he called for the Biden administration to halt all refugee resettlements until assurances are made about the vetting process.
Gov. Greg Gianforte’s office said in a statement that an Afghan male placed in Montana by the U.S. State Department was charged with sexual assault.
The Missoula Police Department told Fox that Zabihullah Muhmand was arrested after they received a 911 call from the victim and a local motel about concerning behavior. Muhmand, 19, is now being held at the Missoula County Jail on charges of sexual intercourse without consent and the case is being investigated by detectives – but did not confirm his evacuee status. The local court told Fox News that there is a federal hold on Muhmand.
The victim says she met Muhmand, who asked her to go back to her hotel room, but she said she did not want anything to happen, court documents reviewed by Fox News show. The victim was later seen in the lobby visibly upset and called 911, according to those documents. Authorities found the victim’s bra and socks in Muhmand’s room. The man said the incident was consensual.
Zabihullah Muhmand is charged with sexual intercourse without consent. (Missoula Police Dept.)
The incident was first reported by local outlet KGVO.
In a statement, Gianforte said that while he welcomes “full-vetted Afghan allies to Montana, this situation and others across the country raise serious concerns about whether the Biden administration is meeting its obligations to fully vet Afghans prior to resettlement.”
“I’m calling on President Biden to immediately halt resettlements to Montana until federal agencies provide me with adequate assurance that Afghans coming to Montana are fully-vetted in accordance with federal law,” he said.
Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said the suspect was admitted to the United States and placed in Montana under humanitarian parole, and backed stopping resettlements.
“The fallout and consequences from President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan continue,” he said in a statement. “While I support assisting our fully-vetted Afghan allies who served alongside our armed forces, President Biden has failed to provide answers as to who has come into the country or if they have been fully vetted according to what’s required by law. I’ve spoken to Gov. Gianforte about this situation, and I stand with him in calling on President Biden to stop all Afghan resettlements to Montana until we get answers.”
Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., who has expressed concerns about the vetting of nationals for weeks, and has introduced legislation on the matter, said the national was paroled into the country without proper screening. The Department of Homeland Security, which is overseeing Operation Allies Welcome, did not immediately return a Fox News request for comment.
“These unvetted Afghans do not share our culture and our values, and as this horrific incident shows they represent a serious risk to our communities,” said Rosendale. “We cannot allow this administration to continue to jeopardize the safety of our communities and the security of our nation in the name of empathy.”
He also urged a halt to the resettlement of nationals, and called on Biden to “begin to remove Afghan evacuees that have been resettled from the United States.”
The Biden administration has been bringing tens of thousands of Afghan nationals into the country in the wake of the U.S. drawdown. It has said the process is multilayered and officials say screening and security are conducted by intelligence, law enforcement and counterterrorism officials from multiple agencies.
“We screen and vet individuals before they board planes to travel to the United States and that screening and vetting process is an ongoing one and multilayered,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last month.
But Republicans have raised concerns about the vetting process, and pointed to a number of cases in which Afghans have been accused of serious crimes – although administration officials have noted that they are still relatively few considering the numbers that have come in.
A female soldier at Fort Bliss in New Mexico reported being assaulted on Sept. 19 by a group of male evacuees – an incident being investigated by the FBI. That was after Bahrullah Noori, a 20-year-old Afghan evacuee, was charged with attempting to engage in a sexual act with a minor using force against that person, along with three other counts of engaging in a sex act with a minor, at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.
Another evacuee at Fort McCoy, 32-year-old Mohammad Haroon Imaad, was charged with assaulting his wife by choking and suffocating her on Sept. 17.
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The decision was hailed by open-borders enthusiasts like Julian Castro. Obama’s former secretary of Housing and Urban Development asserted that the law “has an incredibly racist history,” and tweeted, “I doubt the Biden DOJ [Department of Justice] will want to defend it in the appellate court.”
But failing to challenge Judge Du’s ruling will only raise questions about the seriousness and efficacy of Biden’s airlifts out of Texas. If the White House were truly committed to removing illegal aliens, and keeping them out, wouldn’t it want the penalties for returning to remain in force?
The question is somewhat rhetorical, given Team Biden’s dismal enforcement record. Earlier this month, DOJ lawyers persuaded an appellate panel to uphold narrow and selective criteria that have curbed deportations. February-July removals fell 33 percent from the same period last year, while the Border Patrol let 50,000 illegal aliens into the country without even handing them notices to appear in immigration court. It all makes this summer’s handful of “fast-track” deportation flights to Central America pale into insignificance.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas sounded unequivocal this week when he declared: “If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned.” But that was countered by other U.S. officials who reported that Haitians are being released on a “very, very large scale.” The figure is said to reach into the thousands.
This administration’s tough talk rings hollow because it has created any number of loopholes and exclusions to limit or altogether halt deportations. As Mark Krikorian at the Center for Immigration Studies noted, deportations are possible unless …
You bring a kid with you,
You say you’re under 18,
Your smuggler provides you with a minimally believable story to pass a credible fear interview,
You get into the interior U.S. where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rarely deports,
You claim ‘sanctuary’ in a church,
You get front-page media coverage.
Is it any wonder that migrants keep coming in droves?
Kamala Harris Wants Biden Administration Investigated for Failed Border Policies She is in Charge of – The Last Refuge
It might sound like a weird headline, but the currently installed occupant of the White House specifically put Kamala Harris in charge of the southern border issues.
After several months of doing nothing, likely coordinating with the Obama crew that operates almost exclusively in her background, Kamala Harris pokes her head out of her bunker today and demands an investigation into issues at the border she personally is supposed to be in charge of. Not surprisingly, the ideological media who travel with her don’t even recognize the stupidity of what the appointed border czar Harris just said.
Yeah, you can’t make this stuff up. WATCH:
Wait until someone reminds her she’s in charge of it….
Former U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott sent a letter to Senate leadership warning that the agency is losing its ability to police the southern border amid an unprecedented surge in illegal immigration.
Scott, who served in Border Patrol for nearly 30 years before stepping down in June, also warned the situation is a national security threat, according to his Sept. 11 letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as well as Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
“As Chief, I was the most senior official responsible for border security between ports of entry,” Scott wrote in part. “I witnessed the [unprecedented] seismic shift in border security and immigration policy that was initiated on January 20, 2021.”
“I believe this policy shift and the associated public statements created the current border crisis. Of greater concern, I also witnessed a lack of any meaningful effort to secure our borders. Contrary to the current rhetoric, this is not simply another immigration surge. This is a national security threat,” he continued.
Contrary to the current rhetoric, this is not simply another immigration surge. This is a national security threat.— Retired Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott
Scott went on to say he has been “sickened by the avoidable and rapid disintegration of what was arguably the most effective border security in our Nation’s history.” He blamed the deteriorating conditions on inexperienced political appointees in the Biden administration, who he claimed are ignoring the advice of seasoned professionals and giving false information to Congress and the public.
SAN DIEGO, CA – APRIL 25: Rodney Scott, chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector, stands for a portrait near the border wall on April 25, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
“In my professional assessment, the U.S. Border Control is rapidly losing the situational awareness required to know who or what is entering our Homeland,” Scott warned. “The ability of USBP to detect and interdict those that want to evade apprehension is being degraded daily.”
Warning that the porous border is unsustainable and that transnational criminal organizations are taking advantage of it, Scott urged congressional leadership to convene a hearing to assess the extent of the threat.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency which oversees U.S. Border Patrol, declined to comment.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., whose office provided Fox News with a copy of the letter, said: “CBP Chief Scott is a career, non-partisan civil servant who worked tirelessly to secure our borders and keep America safe. That he felt compelled to write this letter, which warns of the significant national security risks this administration is creating, should concern every American. I hope the Biden administration and Congress will heed his fervent warning.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Sunday that the administration was moving to address the most recent challenge, thousands of Haitian immigrants huddled in the outdoors after trekking across the border.
“We certainly are experiencing a challenging situation, but we are surging resources and we have a multipronged approach to this,” Mayorkas told CNN on Sunday. He said that so far the administration had added 600 agents as part of a surge in the region and was working with American Red Cross and World Central Kitchen to bring supplies and food to people.
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