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GOP lawmaker visits Darien Gap ‘pipeline’ that pumps tens of thousands of migrants to southern border

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Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI) appeared on the Sara Carter Show to swap stories with Carter on both of their recent trips to Central America. Carter recently returned from Guatemala and Tiffany just returned from Panama. What Tiffany discovered was a “pipeline that runs all the way through Central America, Northern South America, Central America” right up to the southern border.

“First of all, this is not just about people in Mexico or Central America,” Tiffany said. In fact, people from countries outside of Central America make up the second largest group of people that Border Patrol officers encounter at the border. Instead, people from over 160 countries use this pipeline at the Darien gap to get to the southern border tens of thousands at a time.

“And it’s a harrowing journey,” Carter said. “The Darien gap is one of the most, if not the most dangerous place on planet Earth.”

Tiffany stayed in a town called Meteti along the Darien gap to experience what some of these migrants go through. Locals told him that thousands of people a day travel through this town, but there’s only one doctor and he works in a medical tent. And these migrants are not without injury.

“We saw people coming out of the jungle, they had trench foot, some people look like they were about to get gangrene,” Tiffany said. “I saw a woman being wheeled borrowed into a medical facility.”

War correspondent and previous guest on the show Michael Yon has stayed in the Darien gap for weeks, reporting on the recent migrations. Yon estimates that 1 in 7 migrants die along the journey.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.

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Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”

“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.

“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.

Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”

Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”

“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”

In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that.”

Grassley continued, “When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands.”

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