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Border crisis ‘goes way past politics’: Border official discusses dangers migrants face on the journey to the U.S.

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National Border Patrol Council Vice President Chris Cabrera said that a reason why the trek migrants make to and across the southern border is because of the health risks and danger posed by the journey as well as a general lack of medical care available back in their home countries and on the way to the U.S.

Appearing on Monday’s episode of “The Sara Carter Show” podcast, Cabrera described to host Sara Carter that the border crisis is “a serious thing” he thinks “goes way past politics.”

“It’s a humanitarian issue when you have these young kids—seven years old—traveling alone, and sometimes even younger,” he said. “We’ve seen three- and four-year-olds, two-year-olds, or a 14-year-old traveling with a four-year-old. It’s very dangerous for these kids. And I feel that not everybody’s taking this as seriously as they should.”

Following that, Sara Carter said that “almost 100% of the time” the first person that people crossing the border are going to encounter, or even turn themselves into, is a Border Patrol agent—”whether they’re sick, whether they’re just turning themselves in, whether they’re going to be apprehended”. This, she said, is because many of these migrants are “trying to run away […] and a lot of times these children and people—this is the first time that they have actually even been with someone that can get them to a doctor or whatever. And on this long journey—some people taking eight weeks to get here—some people become very ill.”

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Carter then brought up Cabrera on the border helping a migrant man get medical help, which she had also witnessed.

According to Carter, there was a man who was with a large group of people, as well as with his two daughters. He told Cabrera and Carter—who both speak Spanish—that he had lost his wife to cancer, possibly in Honduras, and that he had traveled with his two young daughters. Describing the man as “so sick,” Carter noted that she and Cabrera didn’t know if he had COVID-19 or if he was asthmatic, noting that his oxygen levels “were very low.”

Recalling the encounter, Cabrera said, “I had my medic gear with me, not all of it, because usually we have fully stocked vehicles.”

“We see this guy and he’s complaining that he can’t breathe, and he’s got a look of distress on his face. So I talked to him to get as much out of him as I could. And then he really starts coughing—wet cough—and didn’t have his asthma inhaler. I took his levels and he was down in the 70s. So we called for a medic, another medic to show up who wasn’t from the area,” he continued.

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“It was just taking too long, so we just throw him in the back of my personal pickup truck—him and the family—and took off and got him to an aid station where he could get some oxygen, and ultimately he ended up going to the hospital,” Cabrera added.

Also while talking about this, Cabrera noted that there are “a good number of Border Patrol agents” who “are cross-trained as EMTs or paramedics.” Having EMTs out there, he said, is “a necessity” because “we work in areas that are inaccessible to ambulance emergency services”.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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