Tag: southern border

Fmr Border Chief Warns: MASSIVE Surge in Gang Members Coming to U.S.

There has been a 50 % increase in gang members entering the United States through the southern border according to testimony from former Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan.

The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard writes, “What’s more, he warned in Senate testimony Thursday, loopholes in federal law will result in some 650,000 illegal immigrants — more than the population of Wyoming — being released into the United States, where most will ‘never to be heard from again.’”

Morgan was speaking to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where he warned that many entering the country “either lack proper identifying documentation or effective vetting of what they produce is impossible, so we know virtually nothing about who we’re letting in.”

**LISTEN: Dan discusses the disgusting attacks in The NY Times by “unnamed” officials in an attempt to keep the witch hunt against Trump alive.**

Morgan said that many of the gang members entering the country do so under false pretenses as “unaccompanied minors.”

“The MS-13 is one of the most violent and prolific transnational gangs the U.S. as ever seen and the influx of minors into the country through the current crisis will provide them with unlimited vulnerable prospects,” he said.

“While Border Patrol is tied up with the humanitarian mission, the smugglers business is thriving. According to Border Patrol, 800 gang members were apprehended so far this year, a 50 percent increase from last year. Imagine what they’re not catching,” he continued.

For the full report, click HERE.

Democrats Fight Pentagon Plan to Fund Border Wall Construction

House Democrats are fighting the Department of Defense after it was announced yesterday the Pentagon would divert up to $1 billion in funding to begin construction President Trump’s border wall, according to Fox News.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) called the plan “unbelievably irresponsible” and said in a statement that “DoD’s recent notification of its intent to use that process to reprogram $1 billion without Congressional approval is a violation of that trust.”

On Monday, the Pentagon informed Congress that 10 U.S.C. § (b) (7) 248 enables the department to “construct roads and fences and to install lighting to block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of Federal law enforcement agencies.”

Fox News reports: During a hearing with acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and other Pentagon leaders, Smith sent a letter from the committee to the Defense Department denying its formal request to shift the money. The panel doesn’t have the legal authority to block the transfer but could make changes in the law to block any funding shifts in the future.

“You are not asking for our permission,” Smith told Shanahan. “Now you understand the result of that likely is that the appropriations committee will no longer give the Pentagon reprogramming authority.”

For the full report, click HERE.

President Trump to Visit U.S.-Mexico Border on Thursday

The White House announced today that President Trump will visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday as he continues to push for funding for the border wall.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders wrote on Twitter, “President @realDonaldTrump will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis. More details will be announced soon.”

Fox News reports:

The president’s visit will come on what will likely be the 20th day of the partial government shutdown. Numerous government agencies first ran out of funding on Dec. 22, as Democrats vowed to block Trump’s requested $5.7 billion to build the border wall and Trump insisted on the money. Last week, House Democrats proposed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees construction of the wall, at current levels through Feb. 8, with $1.3 billion for border security—a figure far less than Trump requested. Senate Republicans so far have not taken it up.

A recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that immigration is a top issue for Americans in 2019.

In an open-ended question, forty nine percent of respondents named immigration as one of the top five problems they’d like the government to handle in 2019. That is up from 27 percent who mentioned immigration in 2017.

Last week, President Trump joined Border Patrol officials at a White House press conference where they expressed their support for a wall at the southern border.

President of the National Border Patrol Council, Brandon Judd, told journalists, “I have been a border patrol agent for 21 years. I can personally tell you from the work that I’ve done on the southwest border that physical barriers, that walls actually work. You hear a lot of talk that there are experts that say that walls don’t work. I promise you that if you interview border patrol agents they will tell you that walls work.”

He continued, “I worked in Naco, Arizona for ten years. We didn’t have physical barriers in Naco and illegal immigration and drug smuggling was absolutely out of control. We built those walls, those physical barriers and illegal immigration dropped exponentially. Anywhere that you look where we have built walls, they have worked. They have been an absolute necessity for Border Patrol agents in securing the border.”