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Goya CEO claims economic shutdowns were politically motivated: the left ‘weaponized the virus’

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The President and CEO of Goya Foods on Friday said that locking down the U.S. economy was the worst possible response to the coronavirus pandemic, in an interview with “Fox & Friends,” accusing those on the political left of “weaponizing” the virus to “shut down the economy.”

“You were called to the White House to talk about the coronavirus and the response—and you went—and then people on the political left tried to cancel you with essentially a boycott. But then it turned around, people were supporting you with a ‘buycott’ and I understand Goya Foods has just finished your biggest, most successful year ever,” host Steve Doocy said to CEO Robert Unanue, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump.

“Yes,” Unanue replied. “You know, the problem is it’s a political year and they weaponized coronavirus unfortunately to shut down this economy.”

Throughout the pandemic, Unanue has been very public about his views on economic restrictions put in place by governors and local authorities to help stymie the spread of COVID-19.

“The worst thing we can do is shut down our economy, kill our spirit,” Unanue continued. “You know, we need a reason to get up in the morning: God, family, work. And they’re taking away our spirit. They’re taking away our ability to work. They essentially declared martial law, I believe, in this country, shutting everything down. It’s the worst thing we could have done, just for political gain. I think it’s criminal. I think it’s immoral. To shut down this economy for this basically political reasons and, you know, we’re one nation under God. We’re not one nation under Twitter. We’re not one nation under big media, or under central government.”

Unanue’s latest comments come the morning after President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic relief plan that he calls the “American Rescue Plan.” The plan seeks to speed up the United States’ vaccination effort, improve COVID-19 testing capacity to assist businesses and schools in reopening, and send $1,400 stimulus checks to Americans and federal dollars to state and local governments so they aren’t forced to fire police officers, firefighters, and other first responders, along with teachers and health workers.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Analysis: the 7.2 million illegals Biden has let enter the U.S. is larger than the population of 36 states

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For those who can’t comprehend the magnitude of what the Biden administration’s poor border policies have done, the nearly 7.3 million migrants who have illegally crossed the southwest border  on Biden’s watch is a greater amount than the population of 36 individual states.

A Fox News analysis looked at data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which shows the total number of southwest land border encounters since Biden assumed office in 2021 is 7,298,486. The CBP already reported 961,537 border encounters in the current fiscal year, which runs from October through September.

Fox News reports:

If the current pace of illegal immigration does not slow down, fiscal year 2024 will break last year’s record of 2,475,669 southwest border encounters — a number that by itself exceeds the population of New Mexico, a border state.

That is larger than the population of 36 U.S. states, including Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The analysis found that compared to the largest U.S. states, the 7.3 million number is about 18.7% of California’s population of 39 million; 23.9% of the state of Texas and its 31 million residents; 32.3% of the population of Florida; and 37.3% of New York. It’s more than half the size of Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio.

Were the number of illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. under President Biden gathered together to found a city, it would be the second-largest city in America after New York. And the total does not include an estimated additional 1.8 million known “gotaways” who evaded law enforcement, which would make it bigger than New York.

This unprecedented surge in illegal immigration isn’t an accident. It is the result of deliberate policy choices by the Biden administration,” said Eric Ruark, Director of Research for Numbers USA, a nonprofit that advocates for immigration restrictions.

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