August 9, 2021 Texas Republican Representative Chip Roy wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking for critical information on the border crisis. “Please provide information, including documents and correspondence relating to” the letter began, followed by 13 categories, each with multiple subcategories.
Roy’s office just now received the important information about who crossed our borders in 2021. The full response by the DHS can be seen here:
In many instances DHS answers a question with a website link for further details. For example, question 2 asks for “The total number of migrants who unlawfully entered the United States and were taken into the custody of CBP since January 20, 2021.” The question further asked how the individuals were disaggregated by.
DHS responded: The nationwide Encounters page provides U.S. Border Patrol’s Title 8 apprehensions, Office of Field Operations’ inadmissible individuals under Title 8, and Title 42 expulsions for fiscal years (FY) 2020, 2021, and 2022 to date…this information can be parsed out further, by such filters as demographics, citizenship, location of apprehension/inadmissible, etc, and is available at: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/nationwide-encounters.
Not surprisingly, when questions were directly answered, the numbers are astounding. Question 9 asks how many migrants who unlawfully entered the United States since January 20, 2021 have a connection to a Mexican drug cartel, then further asked for the names of the gangs and cartels to be identified.
183 individuals from the notorious gang M.S. 13 were apprehended, in addition to members of 13 additional gangs, resulting in a total of 479 individuals.
Question 10 asks for information on “Migrants who have unlawfully entered the United States, since January 20, 2021, who (A) were apprehended by CBP” and
(B) are included one a list maintained by the Federal Government relating to terrorists or individuals prohibited from boarding a commercial aircraft.”
DHS answered: “From January 20, 2021, through December 31, 2021, U.S. Border Patrol conducted 1,911,942 encounters nationwide to include 1,083,275 Title 42 expulsions and 828,667 Title 8 apprehensions.” It noted the same individual can potentially be subject to expulsion under Title 42 multiple times.
As for those on a terror watchlist, CBP Operations “has arrested 42 subjects who were on the terror watchlist and attempted to enter the United States illegally. These numbers are inclusive of anyone who may be on the No-Fly List.”
Question 13 addresses the high cost of illegal immigration to U.S. citizens. The answers are jaw dropping:
- 13. The total amount of Federal funding obligated or expended for expenses relating to the care of migrants who unlawfully entered the United States since January 20, 2021, including— Amount of federal funding obligated/Expended by CBP:
(A) housing; 0.00
(B) shelter services and resources, including— (i) personnel; $95M
(ii) infrastructure; $338M
(iii) utilities and food; $98M
(iv) education; 0.00
(v) health care, including – $166M
(I) COVID-19 tests;
(II) COVID-19 vaccinations
(III) Personal Protective Equipment
(C) transportation, including –
(i) by vehicle; $12M
(ii) by airplane $36M
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20 states suing Biden administration over migrant parole program
President Joe Biden has expanded a humanitarian parole program leading to a significant increase of migrants entering the United States illegally each month. As a result, 20 states have geared up to sue the Biden administration.
Tuesday, 20 Republican states and conservative legal group America First Legal, announced their plans to sue the White House over the legality of the administration’s parole program. The program “allows up to 30,000 migrants from Haiti, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela into the homeland each month” reports Foreign Desk News.
Reports shoot the lawsuit was filed by Texas, the America First Legal and the other states in the Southern District of Texas in hopes to block the parole program.
Foreign Desk News reports of the history:
In October, the administration announced the program for Venezuelans, allowing a limited number to fly directly into the U.S. as long as they had not entered illegally, had a sponsor already, and passed certain checks. In early January, President Biden announced that the program would expand to include Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Cubans, allowing up to 30,000 a month into the U.S.
The program also allows migrants to receive work permits and a two-year authorization to live in the U.S. and was announced alongside an expansion of Title 42 expulsions to include those nationalities.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs argue that the program is unlawful given the “exceptionally limited” parole power the federal government has, adding that they have up to 360,000 migrants that could be allowed into the homeland a year.
The suit’s focus is on the limits placed on parole by Congress, saying that the authority is to be used on a “case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.”
“Every state in America, especially border states like Texas, is being crushed by the impacts of illegal immigration,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
“The Biden open borders agenda has created a humanitarian crisis that is increasing crime and violence in our streets, overwhelming local communities, and worsening the opioid crisis. This unlawful amnesty program, which will invite hundreds of thousands of aliens into the U.S. every year, will only make this immigration crisis drastically worse.”
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