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Pat Robertson, Influential Christian Broadcaster and Political Figure, Passes Away at 93

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Pat Robertson, the renowned Christian broadcaster and influential figure in Republican politics, passed away at the age of 93, Thursday. While the cause of his death was not disclosed, Robertson’s impact on both religious media and political landscape cannot be overstated.

Robertson gained widespread recognition through his popular television show, the “700 Club,” which became a cornerstone of Christian broadcasting worldwide. His efforts in transforming a local Virginia TV station into the global Christian Broadcasting Network contributed significantly to the expansion of religious programming and its influence on mainstream media.

Notably, Robertson’s foray into politics during the 1988 presidential campaign left an indelible mark on the Republican Party’s relationship with evangelical voters. Although he finished in second place in the Iowa caucuses, ahead of Vice President George H.W. Bush, his innovative strategy of courting Iowa’s evangelical churches revolutionized campaigning techniques and helped solidify the alliance between the Republican Party and evangelical voters.

Subsequently, the Christian Coalition, an organization founded by Robertson, became a significant force in shaping conservative politics, particularly regarding social and religious issues.

Beyond his media ventures, Robertson was instrumental in establishing various organizations committed to furthering Christian values and aiding those in need. Regent University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia Beach, served as a platform for educating future leaders with a focus on faith-based principles.

Additionally, Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice defended the First Amendment rights of religious individuals, while Operation Blessing, an international humanitarian organization, provided vital assistance to communities worldwide.

Born Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson in 1930, in Lexington, Virginia, Robertson came from a politically active family. His father, Absalom Willis Robertson, had a distinguished career as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from Virginia.

Furthermore, Robertson’s own journey led him to serve in the military during the Korean War before pursuing a law degree at Yale University. Although he did not pursue a legal career after failing the bar exam, his endeavors in broadcasting and politics propelled him to international prominence.

Pat Robertson’s passing marks the end of an era in Christian broadcasting and political activism. His visionary contributions not only shaped the landscape of religious media but also had a lasting impact on the Republican Party’s alignment with evangelical voters.

As his legacy continues to influence American politics and the Christian community, the mark left by this influential broadcaster and political figure will be remembered for generations to come.

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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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