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Planned Parenthood Wants To Stop Chad Wolf’s Confirmation Over Family Separation Policy



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Planned Parenthood Action Fund President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson said Wednesday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf shouldn’t be confirmed by the Senate over several policies, including separating families at the U.S. Mexico border.

Wolf’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee is ongoing Wednesday. He was not immediately available for comment.

The family separation policy has been a tool in addressing a devastating human trafficking network and it’s been policy for years, even under the Obama administration. In 2019, Sara A. Carter and this reporter traveled through rural villages in Guatemala and spoke to residents who confirmed that cartels were ‘recycling’ children to enter the U.S. for nefarious purposes.

Senior Guatemalan government officials, along with sources advocating against child trafficking in the region, told Carter that by not enforcing U.S. policies to stop the flow of illegal migrants the situation became increasingly more dangerous.

In fiscal year 2019, Border Patrol agents found 6,200 fraudulent family members attempting to cross the border.

“Chad Wolf designed the family separation policy that led to thousands of children being illegally separated from their parents,” the abortion advocacy group wrote. “His cruelty to immigrants and disregard for their health and rights is NOT NEW. A vote for Wolf is a vote for family separation. #FreeTheFamilies.”

The tweet may read hypocritical coming from a group that set a record for the number of abortions between 2018 and 2019. During that year, Planned Parenthood performed 345,672 abortions, according to Susan B. Anthony List.

In the past 10 years, Planned Parenthood has performed over 3.3 million abortions, according to the pro-life group.

Still, McGill Johnson argues that Wolf shouldn’t be confirmed because his policy “has proven over and over that he has NO respect for health care access, free speech, or even basic human dignity.”

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap



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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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