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DHS document warns violent Venezuelan criminals are being sent to the U.S. border

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An internal DHS intelligence report reveals that the Department of Homeland Security has information warning Border Patrol agents to be on the lookout for violent criminals entering the United States illegally from Venezuela among the illegal migrant caravans, according information first obtained by Breitbart news and sources interviewed by SaraACarter.com.  These violent inmates were allegedly released from prison early, pushed to join caravans heading to the United States, according to DHS sources that spoke to SaraACarter.com.

The document obtained by Breitbart, however, proves the concern regarding criminal migrants is serious enough to issue warning to federal law enforcement officials manning the border. However, it might be too late. It is believed that more than 3 million illegal immigrants have already entered the United States since President Biden took office and removed all of President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders to tighten border security that he had in place.

The issue of prisoner releases by U.S. adversaries is not new. A very similar situation occurred during the Cuban ‘Mariel’ boat-lift in 1980. It is a concern that I’ve discussed on past trips to Central America with members of Congress. Many of members of the GOP border caucus have been investigating information that they have received regarding the issue. Those concerns became exacerbated as the number of young adult males traveling to the U.S. in caravans began to grow from hundreds to thousands.

Republican Texas Congressman Troy Nehls told SaraACarter.com on Sunday, the report confirms information Congress has been hearing for years regarding the release of prisoners by adversarial nations, like Venezuela, to access the southwest border for illegal entry into the United States.

“This bombshell report confirms what we’ve known for years,” stated Nehls. “Our adversaries despise what America stands for and take pride in emptying their prisons filled with the most violent and sick individuals to walk the earth and send them to our southern border, where they know they’ll have no trouble getting in.”

More importantly, Nehls stated that “our overworked border patrol agents can only do so much when President Biden gives everyone a no strings attached invitation into this country.”

Thus far, DHS states that between October 2021 and July 2022, more than 130,000 Venezuelan migrants have been encountered by Border Patrol agents along the border.

It is no surprise that this is happening. On my recent trip to Central America, a number of senior level officials, to include Guatemalan President Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei, warned that among the migrants fleeing to the United States were many criminals and possible prisoners that appeared to have been released early from nations like Venezuela.

As I noted earlier, Venezuela’s actions for prisoner release, is no surprise. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, along with his close relationship to Cuba, make his actions only logical. Since it was Cuba that first tested releasing prisoners in the early 80s.

In April of 1980, then Cuban leader Fidel Castro allowed more than 125,000 Cubans to leave Cuba on boats to head for the United States. It was known as the “Mariel Boat Lift.” The boat-lift was a major problem for then U.S. President Jimmy Carter after  it was discovered that a good portion of the exiles had been released from Cuban jails and mental health facilities. When that was discovered many of the people were placed in refugee camps. Others had to be held in federal prisons and some were made to undergo deportation hearings. But it was already too late.

“Of the 125,000 ‘Marielitos,’ as the refugees came to be known, who landed in Florida, more than 1,700 were jailed and another 587 were detained until they could find sponsors,” according to the History Channel. However, according to my family, who came to the United States in the late 1960s on the Johnson Freedom Flights and knew some of the people who arrived on the Mariel, many more of those prisoners had already been released into the U.S.

The report, according to Breitbart, “indicates the Venezuelan government, under the leadership of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is purposely freeing inmates — including some convicted of murder, rape, and extortion.”

Intelligence reports obtained by SaraACarter.com recently also warn agents that many of those crossing into the United States also have prison records that include child sexual predators,  murder and rape.

The documents obtained by Breitbart reveal that freed prisoners have been “seen within migrant caravans traveling from Tapachula, Mexico toward the U.S.-Mexico border as recently as July.”

For more on this story go here. 

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump appointee explains an ‘America First Strategy’ in the ME

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The author interviewed Ellie Cohanim, one of the authors of the new book: “An America First Approach to US National Security.” Ellie is the former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism under the Trump administration. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum focusing on Iran, Israel, and global antisemitism, and is a national security contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 2021, Ellie launched and hosted for Jewish News Syndicate 30 plus episodes of the show “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim.” Ellie spent 15 years in media and NGO management before serving in the public sector. How would you define an “America First” strategy in the Middle East?

Cohanim: An America First strategy in the Middle East would seek to advance American national security interests in that region, while maintaining our status as THE global superpower. To do that, the US would ensure that our principal allies in the region, countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, are economically and militarily strong, and that our adversaries in the region are deterred.

Postal: How has the United States’ standing in the Middle East differed between the Trump and Biden administrations?

Cohanim: Under President Trump, for four years we had peace, stability and prosperity in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Under President Biden, in just three tumultuous years there has been war in the region, which holds the potential for becoming a regional conflict and even a nuclear confrontation. Meanwhile, the US’ status in the region and the world has diminished due to Biden’s disastrous mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, his emboldening of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his weak response to Iranian attacks on our personnel and assets in the region. 

 

Postal: Do you think the United States and Israel are/were in a stronger position to deter Iran’s nuclear and territorial ambitions in Biden or Trump’s administration?

Cohanim: America’s position of strength has not changed under either administration vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. What has changed is our Iran policy. Under President Trump’s administration, the US contained and constrained Tehran. Trump applied a “Maximum Pressure” sanctions campaign which left the Iranian Regime with only $4 billion in accessible foreign currency reserves by the end of his term, giving the Iranians less cash and less ability to fund their terror proxies and their nuclear program, and Trump eliminated Qassem Soleimani. While all President Biden needed to do was to continue implementing such successful policies, his administration instead did the exact opposite.  Under the Biden administration, Israel, our leading ally in the region, was attacked for the first time directly from Iranian soil. This was an unprecedented escalatory attack by the Iranian regime, and could only happen under the Biden administration.

Postal: In your chapter of the book, you discuss the weakening of US relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration. How has the Biden administration affected the likelihood of future normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and deals between Israel and other Muslim countries (i.e., new Abraham Accords)?

Cohanim: The good news is that the Abraham Accords have withstood the test of multiple Hamas provocations against Israel, and now the current war. Despite numerous claims from the Biden administration regarding “successful” efforts to normalize ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, I do not think that the Biden administration will be able to clinch such a deal. In the Middle East, people have a long memory. Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has not forgotten President Biden’s snub when he first came into office, and Biden’s incredibly poorly advised behavior towards the Crown Prince when he made his first visit to the Kingdom as president. The last thing the Crown Prince wants is to hand Biden his first foreign policy success with a Rose Garden peace deal ceremony. So, I do not believe President Biden can broker Saudi/Israeli normalization.

However, I am also convinced that it is a matter of “when” and not “if” such a peace deal will happen between those two countries, as it serves both of their interests to make such a deal. The Saudis understand better than anyone that it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that threatens the Kingdom’s security and stability, not Israel.

Postal: What do you think of the Biden administration’s latest statements withholding arms to Israel?

Cohanim: President Biden will go down in history for his abject moral failure in not standing by Israel while she fights a five-front war. Biden has shown his despicable personality for trying to keep his anti-Israel arms embargo concealed until he could first deliver a speech on the Holocaust. Biden’s behavior is despicable on so many levels.

Ultimately, Biden is betraying the American people. He came into office presenting himself as a “centrist Democrat,” but has proven repeatedly to be beholden to the radical, extremist, pro-Hamas wing of his party.

Postal: How does the Biden administration’s support of a Palestinian state differ from the Trump administration’s support of a Palestinian state under its Peace to Prosperity framework?

Cohanim: The Biden administration stated that they will “unilaterally recognize” a Palestinian state. What the borders of that state are and who would lead it, nobody knows. 

The Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” was a detailed plan that was premised on the realities on the ground in Israel. The plan required that the Palestinians reach benchmarks proving a real desire to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. It included over $50 billion in investment in the region, which would have been a road to prosperity for all. Perhaps most significantly, the Palestinian state envisioned under the Trump plan would have been demilitarized, the wisdom of which could not be more clear following the October 7 massacre and attack.

The author would like to thank Ellie Cohanim for participating in this interview.

 

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