Texas sheriff drives 4 migrants back to US border

Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe

Emily Crane, MaryAnn Martinez

A Texas sheriff personally drove four illegal immigrants he’d apprehended back to the US-Mexico border to deport them, insisting he’s been left with no choice given the current border crisis.

Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe told the Epoch Times the migrants were discovered after a suspected smuggling vehicle his deputies were pursuing crashed on Wednesday morning.

Five illegal immigrants were found inside the vehicle, including a woman who had to be taken to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Suspected smuggler vehicle crashes in Kinney County

The sheriff said Border Patrol agents had told him they could only apprehend the four other migrants if they’d been medically assessed at a hospital first.

“They had declined any type of medical help,” Coe said of the four uninjured migrants.

“So I can’t let them walk the streets. I can’t say, ‘Hey, go, be free.’ Because I still have to protect the Constitution and protect the people in the county.”

He added, “To let them go, undocumented, unaccounted for, just go because of a policy — I couldn’t do it.”Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe personally drove four illegal immigrants he’d apprehended back to the US-Mexico border to deport them Wednesday. Kinney County Sheriff Brad CoeKinney County Sheriff Brad Coe said the migrants were discovered after a suspected smuggling vehicle his deputies were pursuing crashed.Kinney County Sheriff’s Office

Coe said he put them all into his sheriff’s vehicle and drove an hour to Eagle Pass, where there’s an official port of entry to Mexico.

The sheriff dropped the four migrants off in the middle of the international bridge.

The driver, a Mexican national who was wearing cartel-lined insignia, was arrested and is now facing seven felony charges.

The crash site in Kinney County

“It’s going to be the exception rather than the rule. But at the same time, if Border Patrol won’t take a group for whatever reason, I don’t have a choice,” Coe said.

Coe said he isn’t sure if there will be legal ramifications for his actions, but argued that local law enforcement shouldn’t have to tie up so many of its resources for the ongoing border crisis.

The American Civil Liberties Union has accused the sheriff of acting illegally by trying to deport the migrants himself, noting that state and local governments don’t have the lawful authority to do so.  

ACLU lawyers on Wednesday demanded information from the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office on the recent ordeal and any prior similar incidents of attempted deportation of migrants.Four of the migrants refused medical treatment in the wake of the crash, which meant Border Patrol refused to take them into custody. Kinney County Sheriff’s OfficeThe sheriff said he put the four migrants into his sheriff’s vehicle and drove an hour to Eagle Pass, where there’s an official port of entry to Mexico. Kinney County Sheriff’s Office

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had hailed Coe’s move during a press conference Wednesday in the wake of the latest human smuggling tragedy that left 53 migrants dead in a sweltering truck in San Antonio.

The crash scene in Kinney County

“I applaud all of our sheriffs for having to respond in unprecedented conditions. And that’s causing all of us to use unprecedented action,” Abbott said.

“And so whether it’s doing what that sheriff in Kinney County is doing, or what we’re doing, such as turning back more than 20,000 people, we all have our own tools and strategies that we use to either turn back or to return people across the border.”

Deputies in Kinney County have already arrested 66 human smugglers this month alone.

It comes as migrant encounters at the US border continue to soar to record highs, with a staggering 239,416 recorded last month, Customs and Border Protection data show.

The latest figures bring the total migrant encounters in fiscal year 2022 to more than 1.5 million.


This is what open borders do

“51 adult migrants found dead in tractor-trailer in San Antonio, survivors hospitalized (Updated)”

Border Patrol union reps say morale ‘in the toilet’ amid Biden admin policies, migrant surge

Tyler Olson

MCALLEN, Texas – Border Patrol union members are saying morale among their ranks is tanking under the Biden administration, blaming policies that allegedly encourage the massive southern border surge, reducing their capacity to catch criminals. 

“Morale is in the toilet. I mean, I’ve been here 20 going on 21 years. I’ve never seen it this bad,” National Border Patrol Council spokesman Chris Cabrera told Fox News Digital. 

“When you have all we have going on now with the administration just flat out calling our guys racists with the stuff that happened out in Eagle Pass or Del Rio, when you’re allowing people to come over and in a sense just flaunt the rules right in your face, we’re not doing what we’re hired to do,” Cabrera continued.

A group of migrants is led out of the brush and to a main road near Hidalgo, Texas by Texas National Guard. 

A group of migrants is led out of the brush and to a main road near Hidalgo, Texas by Texas National Guard.  ((Tyler Olson/Fox News))


Cabrera made the comments ahead of a night tour of the border with Reps. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., Kat Cammack, R-Fla, and Stephanie Bice, R-Okla. Fox News Digital and a group of Florida law enforcement officials joined the tour and witnessed dozens of migrants, including young children, being detained by law enforcement. 

One teenage girl told the lawmakers it was not her first time crossing the border, and that she expected the government to bring her to family members in Tennessee.

“She’s originally from Honduras, actually lived in the U.S. for about five years with her aunt in Tennessee and traveled back to the border because her goal is to reunite with her aunt in Tennessee,” Bice said of her conversation with the girl. “She seemed very comfortable with the process. She knew what papers to bring and did not seem uncomfortable or scared about being taken in.”

Border Patrol apprehends a group of migrants near a section of the border wall near Hidalgo, Texas. 

Border Patrol apprehends a group of migrants near a section of the border wall near Hidalgo, Texas.  ((Tyler Olson/Fox News))


Cabrera said that on many nights, officers are more focused on processing poor migrants who turn themselves in – like that teenage girl – than on catching criminals. That lack of focus in their duty, Cabrera said, leads to “smugglers going right past us and there’s… no manpower left to get him.”

The Border Patrol union representative said he places the blame for those issues on the Biden administration. 

“Any time you have a new administration that comes in, I mean, it’s their ballgame. They get to make the rules,” Cabrera said. “But our thought is, if you’re gonna take something out of play, take a rule or policy out of play, you have to replace it with something.”

Cabrera added: “You just can’t pull it out. It’s like a bucket. If you’re gonna pull one bucket out that’s catching water, you’ve got to have another bucket in its spot. It seems here we just pulled all the buckets out just for the sake of pulling it out.”

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encounters at the southern border reached nearly 240,000 in May 2022. That is up from just over 180,000 at the same time in 2021 and 144,116 in 2019. 

In the Rio Grande Valley where Fox News Digital toured the border with National Border Patrol Union members, encounters are up to 333,224 this year so far, compared to 272,300 through the same time in 2021. Encounters in the Rio Grande Valley were down in May 2022 compared to May 2021, however. 

A life vest and a deflated raft are left in the brush on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande, as seen on a tour of the river with the Texas Department of Public Safety. When trafficked heavily, the grass becomes pushed down around these landing areas, creating easily distinguishable paths. 

A life vest and a deflated raft are left in the brush on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande, as seen on a tour of the river with the Texas Department of Public Safety. When trafficked heavily, the grass becomes pushed down around these landing areas, creating easily distinguishable paths.  ((Tyler Olson/Fox News))


McAllen BPS Chief Union Representative Dominic Violante made similar comments in a briefing with reporters, calling administration policies “devastating” to morale.

“We joined to stop all those statistics, the fentanyl, the rapists, the murderers, the molesters, and those people are still out there,” Violante said. “If I’m over here with 100 women and kids, and this guy’s disabled, and that lady’s blind and, she’s pregnant going into contractions – that’s going to take hours of my time, and my partner’s time.”

Violante emphasized that officers feel “obligated” to help the vulnerable migrants who are crossing the border in droves, and they willingly do so. However, he said handling those issues takes focus away from stopping criminals from getting into the U.S.

“That’s hours that we’re not out there even counting the gotaways,” he said. “We’re not there to see the sign, or answer the cameras, or use the binoculars to even see the groups. And so not only are they not getting apprehended, they’re not even being detected after the fact.”


A high level CBP source confirmed to Fox News last week that there are 440,000 known gotaways since the beginning of the 2022 fiscal year last October, and more than 50,000 in May alone. 

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Chris Olivarez, meanwhile, said members of his agency patrolling the border feel “a lot of support” from state leadership. Nevertheless, he said, troopers working the border for Texas’ “Operation Lone Star” are feeling the stress of the massive migrant surge too.

“We have troopers that are away from their homes because they’re dedicated to their operation,” Olivarez said. “They’re taken away from their homes, you know, of course families, you know, all that gets, that becomes challenging for them as well… We’re trying to do as much as we can with what we have right now.”

Some hotels in southern Texas are packed with law enforcement officers. At one hotel in McAllen, Fox News witnessed droves of Texas Game Warden vehicles and officers, as well as National Guard troops. A Texas Game Warden officer said they were there at the order of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott supporting Operation Lone Star. 

Olivarez joined Donalds, Cammack and Reps. Bryan Steil, R-Wis., and Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, on a boat tour of the Rio Grande Friday. 

Officers showed the members the heavy Texas state and federal law enforcement presence along the river, as well as a section of privately constructed border wall between the river and farmers’ fields on the U.S. side. 

The boat also stopped in several locations to tour landing spots for migrants who come across the Rio Grande in rafts. The brush along the riverbank in those spots was heavily trodden down, signaling large amounts of traffic had passed through.

Customs and Border Protection did not respond to a request for comment for this report. 

Fox News’ Bill Melugin contributed to this report. 

Tyler Olson covers politics for Fox News Digital. You can contact him at tyler.olson@fox.com and follow him on Twitter at @TylerOlson1791.


What Joe Biden just did to these Border Patrol agents will make you furious

Joe Biden’s administration has been a joke.

Biden’s handling of the border crisis has been particularly bad.

And what Joe Biden just did to these Border Patrol agents will make you furious.

The Democrats have quickly become the party of open borders.

As soon as Joe Biden took office, he reversed Donald Trump’s effective border policies.

The result has been record-high numbers of illegal border crossings.

Worse yet, Biden and the Democrats have demonized Border Patrol agents for doing their jobs.

Last year, the Democrats accused border patrol agents on horseback of whipping Haitian migrants based on still photos.

In reality, the “whips” were actually split reins for controlling the horses.

Migrants were not whipped, but the facts did not matter.

Biden and others condemned the agents in the harshest terms possible.

The entire unit was disbanded, but the border patrol agents were vindicated when the announcement came down that none would be criminally charged.

But the Biden administration is still planning disciplinary action against them.

Fox News reported that “the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to discipline ‘multiple’ horseback Border Patrol agents involved in the infamous ‘whipping’ incident of Haitian migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border back in September . . . DHS will be putting forth proposals to discipline the agents who will have a chance to respond to the charges. The charges . . . are ‘administrative violations,’ and do not amount to criminal conduct – of which the agents were previously cleared. Images emerged in September of Border Agents in Del Rio, Texas showing them on horseback, blocking migrants from entering the U.S. and, in one case, grabbing onto a migrant’s shirt.”

In other words, the Left went so overboard in their criticisms of the agents, they couldn’t walk back their rhetoric, so they found some bogus “administrative violations” to save face.

The worst take belonged to Congresswoman Maxine Waters who said, “What we witnessed takes us back hundreds of years . . . What we witnessed was worse than what we witnessed in slavery.”

That is a deeply immoral statement and shows how empty the Left have become.

Haitian migrants were attempting to get into the country, not escape it.

And in this particular incident, they picked up carryout food in Mexico and were bringing it back to Texas.

Comparing that to slavery is beyond absurd.

But because the Democrats are only driven by narrative, the Border Patrol agents must be punished for some made-up process violation nine months after the incident.


The New America

Huge caravan of up to 15,000 migrants heads through Mexico towards U.S. border

By Morgan Phillips, Politics Reporter For Dailymail.Com 11:56 EDT 06 Jun 2022 , updated 14:53 EDT 06 Jun 2022

  • The caravan now is 11,000 strong and on Monday departed Tapachula on the Mexico-Guatemala border and the group is expected to swell up to 15,000
  • Many of the migrants come from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, three countries whose authoritarian rulers have been left out of this week’s summit
  • On Monday Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed that he would not attend the gathering in protest because leaders from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela had not been invited 
  • The caravan is making its way northward as the Biden administration is fighting in court to end Title 42 

One of the largest migrant caravans of all time is making its way to the U.S.-Mexico border, just as President Biden heads to the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.

The caravan now is 11,000 strong and on Monday departed Tapachula on the Mexico-Guatemala border and the group is expected to swell up to 15,000. 

Many of the migrants come from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, three countries whose authoritarian rulers have been left out of this week’s summit. 

On Monday Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed that he would not attend the gathering in protest because leaders from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela had not been invited. An administration official cited ‘lack of democratic space’ and human rights situations’ in the trio of nations as reasoning for leaving them out. 

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard will attend the conference in López Obrador’s place. 

Other migrants in the caravan hail from Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and even India, Bangladesh and some African countries. 

Title 42: Where it stands  

The Biden administration had tried to end Title 42, the CDC’s pandemic-era health order that allows border agents to immediately expel migrants, on May 22. 

But a group of two dozen conservative-led states filed suit, and on May 20 a Louisiana judge granted a preliminary injunction, blocking the Biden administration from lifting the policy. 

The Department of Justice quickly filed an appeal in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and has said it believes lifting Title 42 is legal. 

The states claimed the CDC violated the Administrative Procedures Act because they did not provide a notice-and-comment period for the plan to lift Title 42. The law also bars moves deemed ‘arbitrary and capricious.’ 

They also claimed that the Biden administration failed to account for the added cost to them of more migrants being allowed in.

The caravan is making its way northward as the Biden administration is fighting in court to end Title 42, the pandemic-era Centers for Disease Control (CDC) restriction that allows border agents to quickly expel migrants. 


Title 42 was supposed to end on May 23 but a federal judge in Louisiana granted an injunction on Friday that prevented the government from ending the policy. 

Nearly 2 million migrants have been expelled under the policy since it was first implemented. 

The Biden administration has stressed that the CDC has the authority to end Title 42 because it is a public health order, not an immigration order, but both Democrats and Republicans have called on the administration to rethink its ending of the policy.  

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have said they expect up to 18,000 migrants per day once Title 42 is lifted. Border resources are at capacity when 5,000 migrants attempt to cross per day. 

U.S. authorities stopped migrants more than 234,000 times in April, one of the highest marks in decades as the Biden administration prepares to lift pandemic-era restrictions on claiming asylum.

The figure is a 22-year high and surpassed the previous high of Biden’s presidency of 209,906 set in March, and the highest level since March 2000, when it reached 220,063. 

World leaders attending the summit with Biden are expected to discuss ‘regional solutions to regional problems,’ namely, the immigration issue that has been a drag on Biden’s popularity. 

Meanwhile,  Biden is preparing to finalize a first-of-its-kind deal with Spain to resettle refugees from the Western Hemisphere that continue to flood into the U.S., a Wednesday evening report revealed. 

The pledge from Spain is coupled with Canada significantly expanding its refugee commitment in the region, according to an internal planning document reviewed by Axios – and could help the U.S. deal with the prevailing migrant crisis at the southern border.

Both deals appear to be linked and contingent on bringing in migrants for work in both Spain and Canada.

The commitments are expected to be announced at the summit this week.  

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Illegal Immigrants Called the Cops on Fox News Host


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Illegal immigrants coming into the United States feel so entitled they had no problem calling the police on a Fox News host.

Lawrence Jones, host of “Cross Country,” told Sean Hannity on Thursday that “things got a little contentious” when he was trying to do his job—reporting on how the administration is flying illegal immigrants all over the country—when migrants tried to put an end to it by calling the police.

“The Biden administration had told us that these flights were going to end, that this wasn’t going on,” he explained. “We got a tip from a source saying that they were doing these flights yet again. They had quit them for a moment. But we did something different. They get on these buses, about three buses. There [were] about 150-plus migrants [who] got onto those buses—women, children, grown men.”

Lawrence’s team followed one of the buses in New Jersey.

“All these cars that you’re seeing right there were waiting for the migrants,” he added. “I wanted to go up there and talk to them and see where exactly did they come from and where were they going. So, as I began to do that, I guess it agitated some of the migrants. They started flashing our cameraman with lights and everything and trying to conceal their identity.

Lawrence said they ended up stopping but didn’t want to exit the vehicles near his cameraman.

“Eventually the migrants – the people [who] are here illegally – called the police on me,” he said. “And things got a little contentious.”

Lawrence told the officers he wasn’t harassing the illegal immigrants, he was just trying to do his job and report on the situation.


The faux outrage that Biden is stockpiling baby formula for undocumented immigrants


Glenn Kessler

“They are sending pallets, pallets of baby formula to the border. Meanwhile, in our own district at home, we cannot find baby formula.”

— Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.), on social media, May 12

“While mothers and fathers stare at empty grocery store shelves in a panic, the Biden administration is happy to provide baby formula to illegal immigrants coming across our southern border. This is yet another one in a long line of reckless, out-of-touch priorities from the Biden administration when it comes to securing our border and protecting Americans.”

Joint statement by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) President Brandon Judd, May 12

Cammack sparked a furor Thursday when she posted photos that compared what she said were stockpiles of baby formula for undocumented immigrants with empty grocery shelves for Americans in local stores. “You see the American government sending by the pallet thousands and thousands of containers of baby formula to the border, that would make my blood boil,” she said.

The Texas governor, along with other Republicans, quickly jumped on the bandwagon, issuing a joint statement with a president of a labor union that represents Border Patrol agents.

Cammack said she was not blaming the babies — “it is not the children’s fault at all” — but she and Abbott blasted the Biden administration for allowing this happen.

The problem is that the Biden administration is following the law — a law that President Donald Trump also followed (though he wasn’t happy about it).

At issue is something called the Flores consent decree, which began as a class-action lawsuit regarding the treatment of migrant children. The Justice Department negotiated a settlement in 1997 during President Bill Clinton’s administration.

The Flores settlement requires the federal government to release rather than detain undocumented immigrant children, first to their parents if possible, to other adult relatives if not, and to licensed programs willing to accept custody if no relatives are available. A 2015 judicial ruling then said the Flores settlement covered all children in immigration officials’ custody, regardless of whether they were apprehended crossing the border alone or with family.

Here’s the relevant section of the settlement, which refers to the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Note the reference to food: “Whenever the INS takes a minor into custody, it shall expeditiously process the minor and shall provide the minor with a notice of rights, including the right to a bond redetermination hearing if applicable. Following arrest, the INS shall hold minors in facilities that are safe and sanitary and that are consistent with the INS’s concern for the particular vulnerability of minors. Facilities will provide access to toilets and sinks, drinking water and food as appropriate, medical assistance if the minor is in need of emergency services, adequate temperature control and ventilation, adequate supervision to protect minors from others, and contact with family members who were arrested with the minor.”

A 2015 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) document laid out national standards for transport, escort, detention and search processes. These standards are derived from the Flores settlement and a 2008 law that codified elements of Flores, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

Among those standards: “Food must be appropriate for at-risk detainees’ age and capabilities (such as formula and baby food).”

We mentioned that Trump was no fan of Flores. He tried to get rid of it but was blocked by the courts. So he followed the law, too. “We also observed all Border Patrol stations had food, snacks, juice, and infant formula available for children,” said a 2020 Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report on how the administration struggled to manage the 2019 migrant surge.

“CBP takes seriously its legal responsibility to ensure the safety and security of individuals in our custody,” a DHS spokesman said. “Ensuring migrants, including children and infants, in our custody have their basic needs met is in line with this Administration’s commitment to ensuring safe, orderly, and humane processes at our border. CBP complies with all applicable regulations for the purchase of products used in CBP facilities.”

We sought comments from Cammack, Abbott and Judd but did not get responses.

This is a ridiculous faux outrage. The shortage of baby formula is a serious issue that the administration is seeking to address. But at the same time, the administration cannot be faulted for following the law and providing baby formula to undocumented immigrants. Anyone who suggests this is the result of specific Biden policies, i.e., his “reckless, out-of-touch priorities,” earns Four Pinocchios.

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“GOP Lawmaker: ‘Our Southern Border Is Under Siege And President Biden Is Asleep At The Wheel’”

Biden Admin Says It Will Comply With Expected Court Order Revoking End Of Title 42 Border Policy


Dillon Burroughs

The Biden administration said on Tuesday that it intends to comply with a Louisiana judge’s expected order to block the end of Trump-era Title 42 border policy.

The Biden administration had scheduled the policy, which allows stopping migrants at the southern border to help stop the spread of COVID-19, to end on May 23.

“If and when the court issues the TRO [temporary restraining order] the department is planning to comply with that order,” a senior administration official said on Tuesday, according to Politico.

“It really makes no sense to us that the plaintiffs would demand, and the court would order, that [Department of Homeland Security] be stopped in its use in expedited removal, which is going to prevent us from adequately preparing for the aggressive applications for immigration law when public health expires,” the official added.

In addition, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a plan to address the expected surge of migrant crossings following the end of Title 42 on Tuesday.

“When the Title 42 public health order is lifted, we anticipate migration levels will increase, as smugglers will seek to take advantage of and profit from vulnerable migrants,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a memo regarding the agency’s plan.

Mayorkas also noted, however, that the increase in migrant crossing attempts is placing added stress on Border Patrol efforts.

“Despite the efforts of our dedicated DHS workforce and our partners executing this comprehensive plan, a significant increase in migrant encounters will substantially strain our system even further,” he said in the memo.

The actions come in response to concerns that up to 18,000 migrants per day could attempt to cross the border if Title 42 ends, a number that could push illegal border crossing numbers to more than a half-million people per month.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over its decision to end the public health order.

“The Defendants now seek to eliminate their Title 42 border-control measures, which are the only rules holding back a devastating flood of illegal immigration,” the complaint states.

“But they failed to follow the Administrative Procedure Act in attempting this destructive rescission of Title 42. Without justification or concern for Texans, the Defendants unlawfully disregarded the APA’s notice-and-comment requirements, refused to consider numerous factors of crucial importance to their rulemaking, and laid bare the incoherence of their decision-making,” the lawsuit added.

At least 10 Democrats in Congress have joined with Republican lawmakers to oppose President Joe Biden’s plan to end Title 42. Among them is Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly.

“Right now, we have a crisis on our southern border. Right now, this administration does not have a plan. I warned them about this months ago,” Kelly said, according to Fox News.

“It’s going to be, to be honest, it’s going to be a crisis on top of a crisis,” he added.

Kelly also visited the border recently, taking to Twitter to address his concerns about ending Title 42.

“I heard directly from Border Patrol leadership about operational challenges and discussed with them my concerns about the administration’s intent to lift Title 42 without a comprehensive plan in place. My focus is on ensuring an orderly, humane, and secure border process,” he wrote.

I returned to Douglas today to visit Arizona’s southern border. The local port of entry is receiving major upgrades from our bipartisan infrastructure law, which will help Port Officers ensure more efficient trade and tourism while also stopping illegal cargo and smuggling. pic.twitter.com/h2jX3VaDLF

— Senator Mark Kelly (@SenMarkKelly) April 14, 2022


Operation Lone Star Pays Off with Arrests of Illegal Immigrants


Katie Pavlich

Del Rio, TX – Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety and members of the Texas National Guard completed a successful mission Sunday night after arresting five illegal immigrants from Honduras. 

The men arrested — most in their 20s — were in possession of Honduran passports and identification cards from Mexico. They were walking across a private ranch when they were spotted with a DPS drone. 

Illegal immigrants trespassing on private ranches in south Texas were spotted tonight by Texas DPS troopers using a drone ?@townhallcom? pic.twitter.com/Swmbrsr5Ts— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 25, 2022

As Townhall witnessed while embedded with Operation Lone Star along the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday night, the men were pursued on foot by soldiers and troopers after being spotted. 

After being seen on live footage from the drone, Texas DPS troopers and Texas National Guard soldiers pursued five men. They will be charged with criminal trespassing under state law. @townhallcom pic.twitter.com/qgAQW3fQPy— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 25, 2022

They were apprehended, handcuffed and walked to the road before being thoroughly searched for weapons and illicit items. Their backpacks were full of food, additional clothing and toiletry products. One man was carrying a box cutter. 

Townhall Media/Katie Pavlich

Townhall Media/Katie Pavlich

When Townhall asked in Spanish why they came to the U.S., one young man said, “To work.” When asked if they were afraid to be deported, the oldest man in the group spoke up and said he was fearful of being sent back to Honduras, parroting a line often coached by human smugglers to meet the federal government’s low bar of credible fear to make an asylum claim. 

After being searched and briefly un-handcuffed, the men were walked to a transportation van. They were handcuffed again and seated inside. They will be charged with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor, and fingerprinted at the Del Rio processing center. 

After being searched and questioned, they’re off for processing in Del Rio. @townhallcom pic.twitter.com/rfPoRvh56X— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 25, 2022

While DPS cannot charge or pursue federal crimes, prosecuting Texas crimes perpetrated by illegal immigrants has been a main priority for state law enforcement.  

The arrests are a result of Operation Lone Star, the partnership between Texas DPS and the National Guard to secure the border with Mexico and cut down on illegal immigration. Since Operation Lone Star was launched in July 2021, after the Biden administration made open border policies and lack of enforcement the federal standard, Texas DPS has made 3,800 arrests on private ranches. Patrols and missions are conducted nightly. 


“Texas Bus Carrying Migrants Arrives in DC | NBC4 Washington”

Second bus from Texas drops off migrants in D.C.

“JUST IN: White House Reacts To First Bus Of Migrants From Texas Arriving In DC”

First Texas bus drops off migrants blocks from US Capitol in Washington, DC


Ronn Blitzer

A bus from Texas arrived in Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning, transporting dozens of illegal immigrants as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s new plan to counter federal immigration policies during an ongoing border crisis.

Abbott announced last week that he was directing the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to transport migrants released from federal custody in Texas to the nation’s capital and other locations outside his state.


The bus pulled up at approximately 8 a.m. local time, blocks away from the U.S. Capitol building. Fox News has learned that they came from the Del Rio sector in Texas, after coming to the U.S. from Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

Upon the bus’s arrival in Washington, D.C., individuals disembarked one by one except for family units who exited together. They checked in with officials and had wristbands they were wearing cut off before being told they could go.

A group of migrants were bused from Texas to Washington, D.C., where they were dropped off blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

A group of migrants were bused from Texas to Washington, D.C., where they were dropped off blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, April 13, 2022. (Fox News)

A group of migrants were bused from Texas to Washington, D.C., where they were dropped off blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

A group of migrants were bused from Texas to Washington, D.C., where they were dropped off blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, April 13, 2022. (Fox News)

A group of migrants were bused from Texas to Washington, D.C., where they were dropped off blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

A group of migrants were bused from Texas to Washington, D.C., where they were dropped off blocks from the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, April 13, 2022. (Fox News)

According to TDEM, Abbott’s plan is already working. The agency told Fox News on Monday that many of the communities that originally reached out for support – from the Rio Grande Valley to Terrell County – say the federal government stopped dropping immigrants in their towns since Abbott’s announcement on April 6. 

Some had questioned whether Abbott’s plan to bus migrants was genuine. The White House dismissed it as a “publicity stunt.” Even Texas state Rep. Matt Schaefer, a Republican, called it a “gimmick.” 


TDEM said it dispatched buses over the weekend to border communities where it coordinated with officials to identify these immigrants. The agency added that each bus has the capacity and supplies necessary to carry up to 40 migrants released in Texas communities and transport them to Washington, D.C. 

Still, the governor’s legal authority to transport busloads of migrants to the U.S. Capitol remains in question. The 2012 Supreme Court case, Arizona v. the United States, prevents states from making their own immigration policies. 


Abbott insists that the federal government is failing to adequately address the situation. President Biden recently announced that he would be rescinding Title 42, which was used to expel migrants swiftly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Texans demand and deserve an aggressive, comprehensive strategy to secure our border—not President Biden’s lackluster leadership,” Abbott said in a statement. “As the federal government continues to roll back commonsense policies that once kept our communities safe, our local law enforcement has stepped up to protect Texans from dangerous criminals, deadly drugs, and illegal contraband flooding into the Lone Star State.” 

Fox News’ Griff Jenkins, Bradford Betz, Marisa Schultz, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


“There’s no distinguishing between the rights of citizens and non-citizens”

“Psaki calls Texas Gov. bussing migrants to DC a ‘publicity stunt'”

“Joe Biden finds a new way to WASTE your tax dollars on ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!”

“Abbott: Charter buses of illegal immigrants will be taken to Washington, D. C.

“Senate Democrats sound alarm on end of Title 42 as influx of migrants expected”

House poised to deny driver’s licenses for asylum seekers, undocumented residents in state – New Hampshire Bulletin


By: Amanda Gokee – March 30, 2022 3:57 pm

The House is set to vote on three bills Thursday that home in on who gets to have a driver’s license in New Hampshire. The answer the Republican majority is pushing for would exclude people who are seeking asylum or are undocumented.

They say granting a driver’s license in these instances would open the door to voter fraud, although certain noncitizens can already get a driver’s license in New Hampshire if they are here legally for work, business, or school. And those who register to vote are required to prove their citizenship, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Immigrants’ rights advocates have spoken against what they call the misplaced fear of voter fraud, pointing instead to the benefits of allowing increased access to driver’s licenses, which they say would boost public safety and the well-being of immigrant families. 

That’s what House Bill 1666 would do, in their view, by allowing people without a Social Security number, including people who are undocumented, to get a driver’s license. An estimated 14,660 undocumented people live in New Hampshire. The bill would prevent the Department of Transportation from sharing information with federal immigration enforcement agencies conducting civil investigations, another reason House Republicans on the committee recommended killing the bill, 10-9.

House Bill 1093 aims to add asylum seekers to those who could apply for a license while waiting for their paperwork to process, given how long it can take to process an asylum application. It comes to the House floor with a 10-9 party-line recommendation from committee that the chamber kill the bill.

House Bill 1463 – which would extend Real ID to people who aren’t citizens but are in the country legally – received the same recommendation out of committee and for a similar reason. 

In the majority report, Rep. Ted Gorski, a Bedford Republican, called it bad public policy to grant driver’s licenses and ID cards to asylum seekers and people who are undocumented. He claimed – with the backing of committee Republicans – that this would facilitate further illegal conduct, arguing that the doors opened by possessing a driver’s license should remain closed to these people.

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Biden Builds a Growing Immigration Consensus … Against Him


Bob Dane

President Joe Biden is changing America’s views on immigration — but not the way he intended. Last year, Gallup polling showed a public that equally favored increases and decreases in immigration. Now the number of people who want less migration has nearly doubled, while calls for more immigration have dropped.

One way or the other, 58 percent of the surveyed voters say they are dissatisfied with how the White House is handling immigration.

“Biden has drawn criticism from both sides of the aisle for his border policy, and his approval ratings on immigration have been more negative than positive, with declining approval from Democrats,” Gallup reported. Among six major policy categories, Biden has his highest disapproval ratings and lowest approval scores on immigration.

The president’s current negatives on immigration among Republicans (87 percent) are three points above the previous high recorded in 2015, the last time a Democrat occupied the White House.

While a bare majority (52 percent) of Democrats remains satisfied with current immigration levels, Independents, including Libertarians, are more than three times as likely to say they want them decreased rather than increased.

Another survey – the weekly Rasmussen Immigration Index – has registered consistent public support for lower immigration levels since Biden took office. The index is now more than 15 points below where it was in late October 2020, meaning voters want tighter immigration controls.

Fifty-six percent of likely U.S. voters surveyed told Rasmussen this month that Washington is doing too little to reduce illegal border crossings and visitor overstays. Seventy-six percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Independents say not enough is being done. Thirty-four percent of Democrats took that position.

Ominously for the president, he is even under water with Latino voters. Citing a Quinnipiac Poll last fall, FAIR noted, “Despite the shrill rhetoric of lavishly funded organizations that purport to represent the interests of Hispanic-Americans, a mere 23 percent of Hispanic voters who were polled approve of President Biden’s immigration policies.”


About Author

Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)’s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.


USCIS director: Federal immigration funds ‘critical’ to agency


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ur Jaddou at a Nov. 9 naturalization ceremony at USCIS headquarters in Camp Springs, Md.  (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ur Jaddou at a Nov. 9 naturalization ceremony at USCIS headquarters in Camp Springs, Md. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

She says the mainly fee-funded agency needs appropriations to tackle massive backlog — and ensure ‘long-term success’

Eun Kyung Kim 5 – 6 minutes

Posted February 2, 2022 at 7:17pm

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ur Jaddou put out a plea Wednesday to Congress for more funding to help the immigration agency tackle lengthy visa backlogs and processing times that have kept applicants in limbo for months or longer.

During a stakeholder briefing, Jaddou acknowledged mounting visa delays, which have caused individuals applying to receive and renew visas and work permits to wait months, some losing their jobs in the meantime. 

“Let me be very clear. Our processing times are too long. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it,” said Jaddou, who was confirmed to her post in July. 

She emphasized the issue “is critically important to me and my colleagues,” adding that everyone who applies for an immigration benefit with USCIS “​​is entitled to a timely decision, be it yes or no.”

While noting USCIS has improved its financial standing in recent years, Jaddou said the agency still needs “additional resources to decrease processing times and to tackle the unprecedented backlog and our ever growing humanitarian mission.”

[Lengthy processing times keep Indian green card seekers waiting]

Congress passed an emergency funding law in 2020 that allowed USCIS to collect higher fees for fast-tracked processing and offer the service on more types of applications, which the agency has yet to fully implement. Later that year, Congress gave the agency nearly $128 million in its fiscal 2021 spending bill. 

Senate Democrats have proposed giving the agency $345 million in fiscal 2022, while House appropriators have proposed giving the agency roughly $474 million this fiscal year.

“I cannot stress this enough: Appropriations are critical to the long-term success of this agency,” Jaddou said. “USCIS must continue to receive appropriations to meet the increasing demand for many of our humanitarian benefits.”

Jaddou also previewed an upcoming agency regulation to raise immigration application fees. USCIS, which is primarily fee-funded, is the Homeland Security agency responsible for adjudicating requests for green cards, asylum and U.S. citizenship. It previously attempted to raise its fees under the Trump administration, including by adding a first-ever asylum application fee, but the rule was struck down in court. 

Felicia Escobar Carrillo, the USCIS chief of staff, previously indicated fee hikes were in the works while speaking at a virtual immigration conference in May.

Jaddou did not indicate when the higher fees would take effect, but said the agency would be seeking public feedback later this year for a “new, equitable fee structure that balances the needs of our agency with our goals of promoting access to the system.” 

These fees will be particularly needed if Congress does not allocate more funds for the immigration agency, she said.  

“This rule will be critical, critical to the success of our mission, and even more critical if USCIS continues as a primarily fee-funded [organization] without appropriate congressional funding,” she said. 

[Limited operations at US consulates keep visa holders on edge]

Jaddou’s comments come exactly one year after President Joe Biden signed a series of executive orders aimed at revising an immigration system increasingly restricted under the Trump administration. 

One of those orders, signed Feb. 2 of last year, called on Homeland Security leaders to identify ways to improve trust in the system and to adjudicate immigration requests fairly and efficiently. 

USCIS has also suffered financially in recent years, in part due to a dip in applications and to travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency narrowly averted furloughs of more than half of its employees in 2020 and implemented a hiring freeze. 

In a July 2021 annual report to Congress, the Homeland Security ombudsman said the immigration agency “is still running at a revenue loss,” which will lead to “continuing backlogs and lengthening processing times.”

In her Wednesday remarks, Jaddou also pointed to ways in which the agency has made progress in the past year. 

USCIS eliminated a so-called “front log” of unopened immigration applications that built up during the pandemic, Jaddou said. The agency also reduced the fingerprinting appointment line from more than 1.4 million in January 2021 to a more “manageable” 83,000. 

Jaddou also pledged to increase staffing, including by hiring nearly 200 new employees in the agency’s asylum division to focus on reducing the backlog. 


What the border is costing taxpayers

ICE denies it organized charter flights to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport



Questions arose Monday about which government agency organized charter flights filled with minors that landed at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport four times this month.

Jim Gallagher, president of Aviation Technologies Inc., the airport’s fixed-base operator, said Sunday the flights were listed as “ICE flights” by private charter companies.

“ICE” stands for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

However, ICE spokeswoman Mary Houtmann said Monday the agency did not organize flights that landed at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Dec. 11, 17 and 25.

“These are not our flights,” Houtmann wrote in an email.

The flights might have been organized by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, she wrote.

Attempts to verify that with Health and Human Services on Monday were unsuccessful.

Gallagher stuck by his assertion that he was informed the flights were “ICE flights.”

“The airline that contacts us sends us paperwork,” Gallagher said. “The paper trail doesn’t lie.”

Gallagher said his company provided service for previous ICE flights, but prior to this month all of those flights involved prisoner transport.

The charter flights that originated in Texas and landed at the airport in December were filled with children who did not speak English, accompanied by adult chaperones and translators rather than guards, Gallagher said.

“We had never seen an ICE flight that wasn’t deporting people rather than bringing them further into the country,” he said.

Another wrinkle arose when a charter flight scheduled to land Dec. 30 that had originally been listed as an ICE flight was changed to a passenger charter service, Gallagher said.

A plane from the same company — World Atlantic Airlines — landed at the airport on Christmas Day and dropped off minors and chaperones who boarded buses bound for an undisclosed location, Gallagher said.

Some answers

Gallagher provided a partial answer to a question frequently asked as news of the charter flights spread via social media: Where were the children taken after boarding buses at the airport?

The flight on Dec. 11 landed at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after it was diverted from a New York airport, Gallagher said.

Passengers from that flight boarded buses bound for Brooklyn, New York, he said.

However, Gallagher said he did not know the final destination of passengers who landed on the Dec. 17 flight, or on two flights that landed Dec. 25.

After all of the charter flights, passengers disembarked and boarded buses, Gallagher said.

Gallagher disputed reports posted to social media that some passengers on the Christmas flights were adults.

Those flights were filled with teenagers accompanied by adult chaperones, Gallagher said.

The earlier flights, on Dec. 11 and Dec. 17, included younger children and chaperones, he said.

Airport board reaction

The airport is directed by a bi-county board that includes Lackawanna County commissioners Chris Chermak, Jerry Notarianni and Debi Domenick, as well as Luzerne County Council members Tim McGinley and LeeAnn McDermott and acting county Manager Romilda Crocamo.

McGinley, Crocamo, Notarianni and Chermak said they were not informed of the charter flights in advance.

The board does not normally get involved in day-to-day operations of the airport, Crocamo and McGinley said.

Notarianni called it “more of a federal issue than it is a local issue.”

Chermak said the federal government should have notified local officials of the flights and of where the passengers will ultimately end up.

“That’s not fair to the residents of our counties that they’re sneaking these people in,” Chermak said. “We don’t know who they are. We don’t know if they’re vaccinated (against COVID-19). We don’t know anything.”

Jeff Horvath, staff writer, contributed to this report.

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emark@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2117


Thanks Democrats! You’re doing a bang-up job!!!

Meuser, Barletta seek details on reports of undocumented immigrants being flown into AVP | Times Leader


By Bill O’Boyle boboyle@timesleader.com

Monday, December 27, 2021


Congressman’s letter says 130 people in country illegally were flown to AVP

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PITTSTON TWP. — U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser and Republican candidate for governor Lou Barletta on Sunday were looking for answers on reports that four airplanes carrying undocumented immigrants have landed at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport over the past two weeks and were taken to destinations not yet confirmed.

Meuser, R-Dallas, and Barletta, a former Congressman from Hazleton, have sent letters to Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking them to confirm the reports and to provide details of where they planes originated and were the occupants thoroughly vetted regarding their backgrounds and COVID status.

James Gallagher, president of Aviation Technologies, which is based at the airport, confirmed the four flights arrived — Dec. 11, Dec. 17 and two on Dec. 25 — and he said a fifth flight is scheduled to arrive Dec. 30 at 5 p.m. Gallagher said at least two of the flights were diverted to AVP from other airports.

Gallagher said his company holds government contracts, including military contracts. He said his business and AVP are publicly funded and must accept the flights.

“We are just doing our job,” Gallagher said. “We have no way of knowing details about the passengers — where they came from or where they were taken.”

Gallagher said most were children and teenagers. He said their names were written on duct tape attached to their bags. He said most did not speak English and interpreters traveled with them.

“We don[‘t know their status,” Gallagher sad. “It seems that all of the vetting should take place at the border, but it appears that there isn’t much transparency there. More information needs to be provided. There needs to be more control.”

Gallagher said each plane carried between 100 and 120 passengers.

Meuser’s letter was sent to Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and to Tae Johnson, acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In his letter, Meuser expressed concern about recent reports that the federal government has flown undocumented immigrants to the Wilkes Barre-Scranton International Airport.

“It is my understanding that a total of 130 immigrants, 118 minors and 12 adults, arrived aboard an iAero charter flight on Friday, Dec. 17, and were subsequently transported on buses from a private hangar,” Meuser wrote. “This flight seems to have occurred without airport officials receiving notice or a passenger manifest.”

Meuser said Sunday that he has been told that two more flights arrived at the airport on Saturday.

“The lack of communication and transparency surrounding this process is unacceptable,” Meuser said. “Your agency failed to notify me or any other local officials of these activities, leaving us unable to answer the concerns of constituents in the communities we represent. Pennsylvanians deserve to know about these decisions affecting their community,”

Meuser then asked several questions of the two federal officials:

• How many undocumented immigrants were transported to the Wilkes Barre-Scranton area and under what conditions are they being released?

• Are undocumented immigrants arriving in Wilkes Barre for the sole purpose of traveling elsewhere, or is Wilkes Barre the final destination for any of these illegal immigrants?

• Are the minors on this plane being relocated to be reunited with a family member, to be held in another detention facility, or being transferred to the custody of another entity?

• Is your agency tracking every undocumented immigrant released to ensure they arrive at the appropriate destination?

• Is every undocumented immigrant tested for COVID-19 before being released?

• With the Omicron variant spreading rapidly throughout Pennsylvania and the nation, what is the protocol for an undocumented immigrant who tests positive for COVID-19?

• What is your protocol for informing local officials of the release of undocumented immigrants into their communities?

• Are you conducting criminal background checks, utilizing both the U.S. crime database and the equivalent in the individual’s country of origin, for every individual released?

• Are all released individuals expected to appear in court and what is the current estimated time-frame for Notices to Appear?

“I am calling on you and President Biden to immediately end this irresponsible practice in northeast Pennsylvania and throughout the country,” Meuser wrote. “The Biden Administration has failed to secure the southern border and encouraged the mass migration that has been occurring for months. It is unconscionable that such policies have proceeded amid a global pandemic, economic crisis, and epidemic drug abuse to which an open border certainly contributes. This mismanagement is now directly impacting the people I represent, and I expect you will provide me the answers I need to address my constituents’ concerns.”

Meuser said he was at the airport Sunday and spoke with several people who he said were protesting the arrival of the planes. He said the people he spoke with were concerned about the passengers and the need for the planes to arrive late at night.

Meuser said he is determined to confirm all the reports and to obtain all details on the passengers and where they were taken and if they were properly vetted.

Meuser said he was told one group was placed on a bus and taken to Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Times Leader has not been successful in confirming any of the information provided by Meuser. No response was given to questions asked via email of Gov. Tom Wolf’s office or Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office. Officials at the airport have not responded, nor did the owner of Aviation Technologies, which reportedly handled the arrivals of the flights.

Meuser added that he was told most of the arriving passengers were children of varying ages and were not accompanied by adults, except for a few adult supervisors. He said he was told that some of the passengers had addresses written on their arms.

“My job is to do everything I can to assure they are vetted properly, that they are not criminals, and are not positive for COVID-19,” Meuser said.

Barletta letter

Barletta sent a letter to Wolf and Shapiro asking many of the same questions Meuser has raised.

In a news release issued Sunday afternoon, Barletta said two more chartered airplanes originating in El Paso, Texas, landed at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Christmas night, “adding to the evidence that illegal immigrants are being flown to Northeast Pennsylvania without citizens’ knowledge.”

Barletta said the two flights originated in El Paso, stopped in Cincinnati and landed in Pennsylvania at 6:48 p.m. and 8:47 p.m. on Dec. 25, according to FlightAware.com. Barletta said the air carrier was World Atlantic Airlines, which contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to transport undocumented immigrants.

Barletta, a former member of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, demanded answers from Wolf and Shapiro in a letter last week, after similar flights allegedly took place on Dec. 17.

“I asked Gov. Wolf and Attorney General Shapiro a series of straightforward questions about these flights, and they haven’t provided any answers,” Barletta said. “Now we see evidence of more flights on Christmas night, and people want to know if illegal immigrants are being transported to our community, whether they’ve undergone background checks and health screenings, and why no one was notified that this was happening.”

Barletta said witnesses at the airport took photographs of one of the planes being met by a charter bus for ground transportation.

In Barletta’s letter to Wolf and Shapiro on Dec. 23, he noted that such flights would be “in line with the established policy of the Biden administration to transport illegal immigrants from the border to other locations within the country.” He said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has confirmed the existence of such flights to other states, and only quibbled about the time of day they were occurring. null

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Mexico Received $50 Billion in Remittances from the United States – Why Don’t We Tax It?


About Author Preston Huennekens 4 – 6 minutes

Mexicans living in the United States are on pace to send more than $50 billion in remittances to people still living in Mexico, according to data from the World Bank and Bank of Mexico. Border Report noted that this is a record amount of money sent back to Mexico, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and economic issues in the United States.

Remittances are money sent to countries overseas, often using money-wire services such as Western Union and MoneyGram. Remittances account for a significant quantity of some countries’ gross domestic product, including those in Central and South America. Immigration analyst Andrew Arthur noted that “remittances significantly subsidize the economies in those countries, and each would be hard pressed to replace the lost GDP if its nationals were to stop migrating, or even worse, return to those countries.”

In 2020, remittances accounted for 24.1 percent, 14.7 percent, and 23.5 percent of the GDP of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras respectively. Other countries dependent on remittances in the Americas also have a large number of nationals residing in the U.S. such as Haiti (23.2 percent), Jamaica (22.2 percent), and Nicaragua (14.7 percent).

The federal government does not tax remittances flowing out from the United States to foreign countries. This leaves billions of dollars of potential tax revenue on the table. An additional and significant harm of large-scale remittances is that it represents money that does not remain in local economies, creating businesses and jobs and generating recurring revenue flows to local governments.

This is a colossal error on the part of our government, and one that Congress could – and should – address.

Look no further than the state of Oklahoma. Oklahoma is the only state in the country that taxes wire-transfer fees, at a rate of 1 percent. In a 2018 post on the subject, Center for Immigration Studies analyst David North noted that the state’s collections from this tax increase each year by about 10 percent.

Imagine if Congress levied a tax on wire transfers, the majority of which are remittances flowing out of the United States. A mere 1 percent tax on remittances to Mexico this past year alone would yield $500 million dollars. According to the World Bank, $69.9 billion flowed out of the U.S. as remittance payments in 2020. Taxing that figure at 1 percent would yield almost $700 million in revenue for the U.S. Treasury, with the possibility that revenues continue increasing year after year.

During the 2016 presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump proposed using a remittance tax (or the threat of one) to encourage Mexico to pay for his promised Southwest border wall. Authors pointed out that taxing remittances and using it on wall construction could fund most if not all of the proposed construction. The Center for Immigration Studies estimated that preventing 160,000 to 200,000 illegal crossings over 10 years would offset projected costs to build the wall over a 10 year period.

Using remittances to build the wall never ended up happening, and President Trump resorted to using an emergency declaration to build sections of it. When President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, he ended that emergency order and halted construction of the wall.

A future policy taxing remittances need not limit itself to the construction of a border wall. Even with a wall in place, asylum abuse will continue to be the top driving factor contributing to the illegal alien population in the United States. Instead of proposing a remittance tax to chase a specific construction project, Congress should install a remittance tax to raise funds in order to address changes to our immigration system in a broad sense.

Funds from a remittance tax could go towards an “immigration enforcement fund.” The government could use such a fund to hire more immigration judges and enforcement agents, build facilities needed to detain illegal aliens, and fund needed sections of the wall where necessary. Because this fund would be the result of legislation – rather than executive action – it would be much harder to end through executive fiat. This is a common sense and low-impact proposal that would go a long way in helping secure our southern border.


Biden to raise number of guest worker visas, with more for Haiti, Central America


December 20, 20211:37 PM ESTLast Updated 3 hours ago 2 – 3 minutes

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NEW YORK, Dec 20 (Reuters) – The United States will make 20,000 additional visas available for seasonal, non-agricultural guest workers through March 31, including 6,500 visas for workers from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti, in an effort to encourage legal migration, a U.S. official told Reuters.

The extra H-2B visas would be in addition to the annual allotment of 66,000 visas for the fiscal year, the official said, adding an announcement was set to be made Monday.

The expansion of the H-2B visa program, used to employ landscapers, housekeepers, hotel employees and construction and carnival workers, among others, comes as the U.S. labor market continues to face shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The White House has touted efforts to create legal pathways for migrants to come to the United States as record numbers of migrants have been arrested at the southern border under Biden.

Still, even if all 6,500 visas are used, it represents just a fraction of migrants trying to reach the United States. U.S. Border Patrol made more than 700,000 arrests of migrants from those four countries in fiscal 2021.

The additional 20,000 visas are a slight drop from the 22,000 made available for the second half of fiscal 2021.

The administration of U.S President Joe Biden set aside 6,000 H-2B visas for the three Central American countries during the second half of fiscal 2021, which ended Sept. 30, but fell short of filling all of those slots.

The addition of Haiti follows Biden’s decision to deport some Haitians after thousands arrived in southern Texas in September. The country has faced political instability and violence following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July as well as natural disasters.

Reporting by Ted Hesson in New York; Editing by Mica Rosenberg and Bernadette Baum