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Border Coalition Letter to Congress: if enacted, Senate Bill ‘would codify border crisis’

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On Tuesday, a coalition of organizations sent a letter to Congressional leaders with one message: the legislative text of the Senate’s long-anticipated immigration bill “confirms our worst suspicions: if enacted, the bill would codify the border crisis and severely limit any future enforcement-minded administration from securing the border.”

Among the signatories is the Border911.com team, a 501c3 with which Sara Carter belongs to. The Heritage Foundation, America First Policy Institute, Immigration Accountability Project and the Federation for American Immigration Reform are just a few of the dozens of groups that signed on to the letter.

“We now know why this text was released on a Sunday evening and is being rushed to the floor: the bill wouldn’t solve the crisis and has been falsely portrayed” the letter states. The bill “would not end ‘catch and release.’ Instead, it would replace current statutory mandatory detention with a mass release program of weaker discretionary ‘monitoring,’ intentionally undermining the capacity for removal, per DHS’s own enforcement report.”

“The Biden Administration inherited the most secure border in our lifetimes” the letter laments. “Many of us were involved in the direct operations to achieve that outcome. Through scores of executive actions and policy decisions, the Biden Administration has systematically opened the border and recruited, sustained, and exacerbated the crisis at every step.”

“If the Biden Administration were interested in anything but political messaging, they would immediately take steps to undo their own actions” the letter continues. “Our national security and sovereignty should be above politics. This legislative package turns a crisis of epic magnitude into a political talking point….This legislative package does not secure the border and it will severely curtail the ability of future administrations to do so” the letter concludes.

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DOJ says FBI informant on Biden had ‘high-level’ contacts with Russian intelligence

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In a memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to support Alexander Smirnov’s continued pre-trial detention, the Department of Justice(DOJ) wrote that he claimed to have had “contacts with multiple foreign intelligence agencies…[who] could resettle Smirnov outside the United States if he were released.”

Smirnov, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, was arrested and charged on Feb. 14 with making false statements to the FBI about Biden’s connections to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited, which employed his son Hunter Biden as a member of the board with a monthly salary of $50,000 during his term as vice president.

“During his custodial interview on February 14, Smirnov admitted that officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story about [Hunter Biden],” wrote special counsel David Weiss in the filing. “Smirnov apparently attended a separate meeting with Russian Official 1, [an] individual who controls groups that are engaged in overseas assassination efforts.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Smirnov was a confidential human source who provided information that was used to prepare a report, known as an FD-1023, about Joe Biden’s alleged connections to the Burisma business partners of Hunter Biden. That report has previously served as evidence contradictingJoe Biden’s claim that he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings; a notion at the center of an impeachment inquiry against him.

The FD-1023 detailing Smirnov’s claims was released by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on July 20, 2023, after it was provided to him by government whistleblowers. “[The] indictment confirms several points Senator Grassley has made repeatedly. The informant behind the FD-1023 was, indeed, a long-serving, trusted FBI source used by the agency for criminal investigations since the Obama administration. In fact, he was so trusted that the FBI provided him authorization ‘to engage in illegal activity for investigative purposes’,” a spokesperson for Grassley told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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