On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order restricting the use of COVID-19 “vaccine passports,” as many Republicans rally against the concept, which allows individuals to provide proof of having received a COVID-19 vaccine.
“Everyday, Texans are returning to normal life as more people get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. But, as I’ve said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said in a video statement on Tuesday.
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“Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives,” the governor added. “That is why I have issued an executive order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas. We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health—and we will do so without treading on Texans’ personal freedoms.”
The executive order prohibits state agencies, political subdivisions, and organizations who receive taxpayer money from creating “vaccine passports” or mandating individuals to present evidence of COVID-19 vaccination in order to receive goods and services.
Another Republican governor, Ron DeSantis of Florida, last week signed an executive order banning the use of vaccine passports. He went a step further than Abbott and also prevented businesses from requiring customers to provide proof of having received a COVID-19 vaccine.
Many Republicans have expressed data, privacy, and civil liberties concerns with the adoption of vaccine passports. Proponents, on the other hand, argue that the measure will allow the reopening of the U.S. economy to speed up, as well as international travel.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and President Joe Biden’s top COVID-19 adviser, in a Monday interview with the Politico Dispatch podcast that he doubts “the federal government will be the main mover of a vaccine passport concept.”
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Judiciary hearing spotlights Biden’s dangerously ‘intentional’ open border policy
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee bashed the Biden administration Wednesday for the growing southwest border crisis, saying the massive increase in illegal migration and drug trafficking is the result of intentional policies put in place by the White House.
I absolutely agree and contend that Biden’s open border policy is a direct threat to the national security of our nation, making the U.S. vulnerable to our enemies and putting the lives of U.S. citizens and migrants at risk.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, began the hearing by addressing the overwhelming numbers of migrants from all over the world that are being trafficked by cartels and associated human smuggling organizations into the United States since Biden took office, as Iv’e previously reported. These migrants pay thousands, and many times tens of thousands of dollars, to make the dangerous and harrowing journey to the U.S. border.
The trek is laden with tragedy. Children are at the mercy of those trafficking them resulting in physical, sexual and mental abuse. Women and men are raped. Many illegal migrants are sold into slavery to pay back the cartels for their journey. Even those that make it into the country without being victimized by the traffickers are many times forced into slavery once they arrive or live in the shadows.
The officials at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C. are doing little to mitigate this crisis and in fact, tow the narrative of the Biden White House.
Republican lawmakers criticized embattled DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who has publicly stated that the U.S. southern border “is secure” despite all evidence to the contrary. His lies are palpable and lawmakers are calling for his resignation. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, was first to file impeachment articles against Mayorkas and said Tuesday, that “the founders said that you have impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors — that’s constitutional. They didn’t say you have to be convicted of a felony. What they said is you have a public official who has violated public trust and there is nobody who typifies that more in my opinion than Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.”
Still, Mayorkas is refusing to budge. Why should he? He’s doing exactly what the President is demanding of him. As for the American people, a significant portion of our nation is left in the dark because of a feckless politically motivated media that can’t allow the truth to get in the way of its lies.
It has never been this bad. I’ve covered the border for roughly 18 years and the consequences of President Biden’s open border policies will be dire. The number of illegal migrant encounters and more importantly the overwhelming numbers of known got-a-ways that have not been vetted and who have disappeared into the fabric of our nation will, in my opinion, directly impact our national security.
Jordan put the blame for the overwhelming border crisis squarely on the White House. I agree. He stated, “make no mistake the Biden administration is carrying out its plan.” It was a plan that Biden advertised when he became President and one that his minions are carrying out regardless of the warnings being issued by federal employees, like the Border Patrol agents and ICE officers, and local and state law enforcement, who are on the front lines of this daily battle.
Jordan reminded the committee that in Mayorkas’ own words he said, “we are executing our plan on the border.”
He also referenced Biden’s statement at the beginning of his presidency, when he bragged that his administration “would make it easier for people to get here.”
It’s just that simple. There is no need to dissect the White House statements or try to come up with other interpretations of why the U.S. Mexico border, is almost non-existent.
The numbers of people illegally entering our nation since Biden was elected is evidence enough. More than 2.3 million migrants were encountered at the U.S. Mexico border in 2022, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. By the time Biden leaves office more than 5 million will have been encountered by federal agents and that’s a low-ball guess, according to many U.S. officials I’ve spoken with familiar with the crisis. In fact, the real numbers of illegal aliens in the United States are believed to roughly 22 to 25 million people and you can bet based on those already apprehended that some of them are terrorists with the intention of doing harm to our nation.
“These numbers make clear that the Biden administration does not have operational control of the border,” said Jordan.“Month after month after month, we have set records for migrants coming into the country and frankly, I think it’s intentional.”
We know what’s happing with the open border, so the most important question we can ask is, why is the administration pursuing an open border policy? What is the ultimate agenda of this policy? Is it more votes? Is it more globalist pursuits in the Western Hemisphere?
We can only guess but it’s up to our lawmakers, like those on the House Judiciary Committee, to hold the Biden officials accountable in such a way that they are forced to confront the truth before the American public through tough questions under oath before the committees. No dog and pony shows. No excuses or deals.
Our lawmakers need to expose the truth no matter how difficult it is to hear – whether it’s the tragic deaths by our citizens from Fentanyl poisoning while adversaries like China send precursor chemicals to Mexican cartels to kill our youth, the trafficking of children for sex and other nefarious purposes, the increase in deaths of migrants at the border and the very real possibility that people associated with terrorism have entered the United States.
These are only some of the the litany of issues our nation is grappling with under a Biden open border policy.
We need to hold the Biden officials accountable because when something does happen, we need to have their lies on record. We cannot accept any U.S. officials making excuses or acting ignorant of the situation, just like we saw during the 911 Commission hearings.
In fact, the White House’s continuing failure to protect the national security of our country is already a dereliction of duty.
You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC
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