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REPORT: State Dept senior advisor resigns over ‘inhumane’ Title 42

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Senior advisor Harold Koh penned a memo to the State Department Saturday, tenuring his resignation and detailing why. Koh has been the sole political appointee for the State’s legal team. Politico obtained and subsequently leaked his memo.

Particularly, Koh claimed he left over Title 42, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention health order. The order is invoked in the name of border security, since it suspends the right to introduce certain persons during a pandemic.

“When the Trump Administration first issued its Title 42 order in March 2020 in response to the growing COVID crisis, it was the first time the CDC had invoked its authority under this statute,” Koh wrote. “But the breadth and subsequent implementation of Title 42 authority now raises significant concerns about whether the United States is living up to its binding obligations under international law.”

Remarkably, Koh even called out Biden’s hypocrisy. When photos of Border Patrol agents wrangling Haitian migrants on horses went viral, Biden condemned the agents. “It’s wrong,” Biden said at the time. “It sends the wrong message around the world and sends the wrong message at home. It’s simply not who we are.”

“The same could be said of current illegal and inhumane policy of Title 42 expulsions,” Koh wrote. “It simply is not worthy of this Administration that I so strongly support.”

Meanwhile, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas insists that Biden cannot undo the order. “The pandemic is not yet behind us,” he said back in May. Then, he claimed its “tied to data.” Therefore, an executive decision could not alter it.

Now, Koh will still work as a consultant to the State while taking on a new role at Oxford University.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Two-year-old murdered by illegal immigrant with long criminal history in Maryland

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Two-year-old Jeremy Poou Caceres of Maryland was allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant who was supposed to be deported over a year ago. The Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland charged El Salvador native Nilson Noel Trejo-Granados with first and second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and attempted first and second-degree murder.

A Department of Justice immigration judge in Newark ordered Trejo-Granados’s removal from the U.S. on November 7, 2022. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement that Trejo-Granados should have been deported a number of times following that order.

Unfortunately, as National Review reports, “Prince George’s County, where the suspect was arrested, is a sanctuary jurisdiction, meaning it does not cooperate with ICE detainer requests. Neighboring Montgomery County, where Trejo-Granados had previously been arrested on theft charges, is also a sanctuary.”

ICE Baltimore Field Office Director Darius Reeves has previously accused county of “recycling” offenders by failing to notice federal immigration detainers. ICE has issued 119 detainers on individuals in Montgomery County’s custody since October 2023, local news reported.

Poou Caceres was shot and killed in Langley Park on February 8 outside of an apartment complex. Police say that the boy and his 17-year-old mother were caught in the crossfire of a shootout between two groups.

National Review identifies the constant danger liberal policies have placed law-abiding citizens in:

In deep-blue Montgomery County, the struggle between ICE and local law enforcement has raged for years, contributing in-part to the county’s illegal alien crime wave. Most recently, MCPD released an illegal MS-13 gang member, ignoring three ICE detainers. County schools are not required to disclose students’ citizenship statuses — a policy that gained national attention in 2017 when a 14-year-old girl said that she was raped by an 18-year-old illegal immigrant from Guatemala.

Two illegal immigrants were also arrested in the county in 2019 for allegedly raping an eleven-year-old girl on separate occasions. One of them had been issued a “final order of removal” in 2016 by an immigration judge. The other was known to ICE as a “repeat immigration violator” and had already been deported from the U.S. in 2014, to no avail. Nine illegal immigrants were charged by MCPD with rape and sexual assault in July-October of 2019 — the same year that the county enacted a sweeping sanctuary policy.

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