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Donald Trump Jr. On Big Tech Censorship: They believe in their speech, not free speech

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Trump Organization Executive Vice President Donald Trump Jr. joined Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo Tuesday to tackle a number of issues, including big tech censorship. The President’s son explained that social media companies have targeted conservatives on their platforms, but are defending their actions by claiming to protect free speech, however, he said, it’s not free speech, it’s ‘their speech.’

“Well, it’s not just my father, Maria,” Trump Jr. explained. “It’s all conservatives. It’s people who are pro-life, it’s people who are pro-second amendment, the religious right. It’s happened to me on numerous occasions…” explaining that he was censored for questioning the now-debunked story on actor Jussie Smollett.

He added, “You know, I got targeted for hate speech. Turns out I was right. You know, that didn’t stop the mainstream media from dragging me through the mud for three or four days. But, that’s what’s gone on.”

The President and his supporters have been censored numerous times in recent weeks on Twitter and Trump himself, was recently temporarily suspended from Twitch, a popular streaming platform. Moreover, a group of his fans on Reddit had their page suspended on Monday.

“All these social media companies, they’re controlled by leftists. Even whatever they’re saying that 25,000 people that work of them are all leftists. They all believe in one thing and it’s not free speech, they only believe in their speech. You can only be woke, if you’re not woke enough, again, a cancellable offense,” Trump Jr. explained.

“So, you’ve seen this happen. You know, social media is supposed to be a free marketplace. These companies get all sorts of protections from the federal government, from liability, etc. But if they’re acting as publishers and saying ‘you can’t push this, you can’t write that, you can’t do that,’ they should not be getting those protections. And it’s an issue I’ve been really vocal about for quite a few years, and a lot of conservatives, frankly, have been very slow to adapt, unfortunately.”

Conservatives are starting to act now, Trump Jr. noted. Parler, a social media platform that touts itself as a “non-biased free speech” site, has seen an uptick in users by the thousands in recent weeks. A number of those users include top conservative influencers and lawmakers.

The President has also taken swift action against the social media giants with a recently-signed executive order, as reported.

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year

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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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