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Border Patrol Agents upset over new vaccine mandate



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A new COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Border Patrol agents requires them to receive the vaccine by Nov 1 or face termination. A whistleblower revealed the new policy. Carter reported on the story on Fox News’ Hannity.

But National Border Patrol Council President Chris Cabrera pointed out the hypocrisy of the mandate. Many of the migrants crossing the border don’t take COVID tests. “Agents are upset and rightfully so,” Cabrera told Carter. “We’re being required to take it. However people that are coming into the country illegally are already breaking one law and they’re getting preferential treatment.”

Meanwhile, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas sets new policies that allow more migrants to stay in the states. “Morale has never been lower,” Carter said. She’s reported on border issues since 2004. “In fact, Border Patrol agents say with these new guidelines issued by DHS Secretary Mayorkas, they don’t even know what their job description is.”

“I think that’s just silly,” Cabrera said of Mayorkas’ policies. “You’re in the country illegally you’re subject to removal, that’s what the law says. For him to say otherwise, I don’t know if it’s wishful thinking on his part, if he doesn’t know what we do for a living. It’s ridiculous.”

Now, with these expectations that migrants can stay, border patrol agents anticipate bigger waves. “They’re saying as the weather starts to temper they’re going to expect more and more people,” Carter said. “They don’t have the resources, Sean, to handle this.”

Notably, between 50,000 and 85,000 people from Haiti alone are currently on their way to the border.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Biden Administration Expands Obamacare Coverage for ‘Dreamers’



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Friday morning the Biden administration announced it is expanding health-care access for “Dreamers”, a select group of illegal immigrants brought to the country as children. Illegal immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be granted access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to the White House. Beginning in November, DACA members will be able to apply for healthcare coverage on and state level insurance marketplaces.

“I’m proud of the contributions of Dreamers to our country and committed to providing Dreamers the support they need to succeed,” President Joe Biden said in a prepared statement. “And that’s why today we are taking this historic step to ensure that DACA recipients have the same access to health care through the Affordable Care Act as their neighbors.”

National Review notes Biden was vice president when then-president Barack Obama created DACA through executive order over a decade ago. The program gives deportation protections and work visas to illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. An estimated 580,000 people are enrolled in the program. Former president Donald Trump failed to put an end to DACA during his term and the program continues to be fought in court.

Over 100,000 DACA beneficiaries will purchase health insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace and Basic Health Program created by the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services estimates. Access to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program will not be incorporated into the White House’s new rule after Biden proposed doing so last year, according to National Review.

“Now as Vice President, I have worked alongside President Biden to take steps to preserve and fortify DACA. Today, we are building on this progress by ensuring DACA recipients also have access to affordable health care, which will improve the health of all communities,” Vice President Kamala Harris said in a prepared statement. “This announcement will bring relief to more than 100,000 people and help them thrive while working to achieve their aspirations.”

The White House did not share a cost estimate for the expansion of Obamacare to DACA recipients. They will be eligible for financial assistance to help them afford the health insurance DACA enrollees are now eligible to purchase.

Biden called for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform and to give Dreamers permanent citizenship. It’s unlikely that Congress will grant Biden’s wishes, given the failure of the Senate’s bipartisan immigration package earlier this year. Conservatives widely rejected the Senate’s proposal for not being tough enough on the southern border at a time when record levels of illegal immigrants are entering the country.

Immigration is a top issue for voters in the 2024 election because of the surge in border crossings under Biden’s watch. Polls indicate that Americans believe that Trump is better suited to handle the crisis at the southern border with his hardline approach.

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