Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is giving his full support to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, whose state is overwhelmed with a growing illegal immigration surge that has been escalating since President Joe Biden took office in January.
DeSantis sent 50 Florida police officers to the state of Texas to help offset the growing need in the state. Texas Department of Public Safety officers have been stretched thin due to the thousands of people pouring across from Mexico into the Rio Grande Valley daily.
I know this because I’ve been watching the tsunami of illegal migrants entering the southern border for months now as I’ve traveled to the border.
On Monday, the number of migrants continued to increase. Tragically, 49 migrants have also lost their lives in Brook County, Texas since the beginning of the year, according to Brook County Sheriff Benny Martinez, who spoke to me on a ranch along the Texas border Monday. The soaring heat, unpredictable weather and criminal activity have led to the deaths.
He said the assistance is absolutely necessary, not only to the increase in migrants but to assist law enforcement with targeting criminals, narco traffickers, human traffickers and interdicting the narcotics.
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Daily Wire investigation: Italian company may have illegally sold rights to the Vatican’s priceless art
The Daily Wire has been conducting a fascinating investigation into the Vatican Museum’s priceless artwork. “Rights to the Vatican Museums’ priceless trove of art treasures may have been illegally sold without the Holy See’s approval in what one attorney described as a “high-tech heist,” the investigation finds.
An Italian company is allegedly selling the rights to reproduce the Vatican artwork in six-figure deals, while claiming to be working in “collaboration with” the Vatican Museums.
“This scheme is nothing less than a pre-meditated, high-tech heist of world-class treasured art from the Vatican Museums under the disguise of bogus licenses, as if sanctioned by the Vatican,” Sarah Rose Speno, a New York attorney, told The Daily Wire.
The Daily Wire’s report notes that Speno said she stumbled upon the alleged scheme in March when she sought permission to use images of Vatican art for an exhibition by a client.
“We discovered that a large table book had been published with high-resolution images of the interiors of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel,” Speno said. “We very much wanted to pursue an opportunity to license these images, as soon as possible.”
Speno contacted Scripta Maneant — the Italian publisher that licensed the photos in the book. Scripta Maneant claimed authority to broker the publishing rights via its “collaboration” with Vatican Museums vice director, Monsignore Paolo Nicolini. Scripta Maneant wanted $550,000 for the rights — with a portion being paid to the Vatican through Nicolini, according to Speno. Although Scripta Maneant claimed the fee would be shared with the Vatican, Speno said she later became suspicious.
“The Scripta Maneant scheme became obvious when the Scripta principals demanded a cash wire in the amount of $82,500 no later than their return from summer holiday in late August,” Speno said. “They said that they would produce Vatican approval for our Italian Renaissance Immersive project ‘if and only if’ the fee were wired to the Scripta bank account they provided. It was at this point that grave suspicion entered my mind.”
Ultimately, Speno said, “we terminated the deal when Scripta could not provide us with documented consent by the Vatican.”
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