By Jenny Goldsberry
Hidalgo County Texas Judge Richard Cortez blasted President Biden for not bothering to communicate with his county over immigration issues. During this latest border crisis, the county has seen a twenty-year record high in illegal immigration. Meanwhile, Biden hasn’t visited or advised the county. As a result, the Democratic judge is “extremely disappointed” with the president.
“As you know, I, have invited the president to come here, to come and see what the federal government really has done to us,” Cortez said. However Biden has shunned even this judge in his own party by not bothering to respond. “They have over-committed their commitment that they can’t support, so we would love to see him. And I’m extremely disappointed that we’ve received absolutely zero communication with them.”
Later, a reporter verified that there has been no correspondence on the part of the Biden administration. “So you received no communication from the president ‘s office or the vice president’s office?” the reporter asked.
“That is correct,” Cortez said.
Now, Hidalgo County has been forced to host an emergency shelter for immigrants who test positive for COVID-19 to protect their residents from Biden’s border policies. “I hope it changes very quickly because I witness the problems that it’s causing to our community,” Cortez said.
While the most current numbers aren’t publicly reported, the last report included over 4,000 active cases of COVID among migrants. Meanwhile, Border Patrol officers contract the virus from them and as many as 30 died as a result.
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College to begin offering abortion pill on campus
Barnard College, a partner campus of Columbia University, will be rolling out a plan in May that involves supplying students with abortion pills, the Columbia Spectator reported. The plan to provide the abortion service in the form of mifepristone abortion pills to students was initially announced in the fall of 2022 after the overturning of Roe. V Wade, according to the Spectator. However, the rollout’s delay has been partially attributed to an August 2023 grant the college received, which allowed Barnard to join a large network of primary care providers that will help steer the college through the procedures.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports Barnard’s Primary Care Health Service will host student focus groups in upcoming weeks to find out student perspectives about the service and to identify new ways to support students considering abortion. “We wanted to make sure that we’re addressing this from every angle that will be supportive of students,” Sarah Ann Anderson-Burnett, director of Medical Services and Quality Improvement of Barnard, told the Spectator. Anderson-Burnett also said it has expanded the availability of its abortion providers to after-hours and year-round.
Barnard has six medical professionals, including two physicians and four nurse practitioners, who are capable of performing the procedure, Mariana Catallozzi, vice president for Health and Wellness and chief health officer of Barnard, told the Spectator. The school also launched a partnership with AccessNurse, a medical call center that will assist with patient concerns related to abortions.
“The training doesn’t end with the clinicians,” Anderson-Burnett told the Spectator. “Clinicians are trained on the actual provision, but there’s also an overall training that will be provided to key partners and stakeholders across the campus because we want every step, every touchpoint, to be supportive and to be trauma-informed and to be patient-valued and centered but also respect confidentiality and privacy.”
The University of Massachusetts Amherst spent more than $650,000 to stock abortion pills in March 2023 at the request of Democratic Maryland Gov. Maura Healey. Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill in May 2023 forcing college in the state to stock abortion pills on campus.
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