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Sara Carter: Border crisis is ‘a situation that was created by Biden’

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As the border crisis rages, Sara Carter talked about migrants’ dire situation on the latest episode of the Sara Carter Show. As a result of mixed messaging, thousands of migrants are suffering in camps along the border.

“I don’t know how to explain to you what it’s like to walk through one of those camps. You know, it’s like a refugee camp,” Carter said. “There’s no, there’s no way to explain, explain the mess that is happening right now, on the Rio Grande to see little children. And I’ve talked about this before, it’s like, kids from Guatemala, from Honduras, or El Salvador. And now we have these beautiful little children, these Haitian children that are so poverty stricken. They’re living in these makeshift refugee camps. It’s filthy. They’re in the elements, there’s bugs everywhere.”

As a result of the surge of Haitian refugees, particularly at the Del Rio International Bridge,Texas Governor Greg Abbott held press conference Tuesday to discuss it. A surge of more than 16,000 migrants arrived at this past week alone. 

Abbott claimed the current White House caused the chaos. “The Biden Administration’s failure to enforce immigration laws and halt illegal crossings on a federal dam poses life-threatening risks to Texans and the migrants themselves,” Abbott said. “Texans ― and all Americans ― demand and deserve a secure southern border and the protection of our nation’s sovereignty.”

Similarly, Carter also pins the blame on the administration. “You see these kids, and you see their families, and you see the suffering and the way they live,” Carter said. “And you know that this was a situation that was created by Biden, the Biden administration, literally is trafficking humans.”

In August, U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered 208,887 migrants at the southern border.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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NY Lawmakers want to tax tech giants to get $500M to fund unemployment benefits for illegal migrants

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New York lawmakers are debating over a proposed Democratic initiative that would pave the way for a multibillion-dollar fund designed to provide unemployment benefits for illegal immigrants. Spearheaded by state Senator Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, the proposal has ignited passionate discussions within the Senate Finance Committee, where it currently awaits further deliberation.

The Center Square reports the proposal would utilize a $500 million trust fund earmarked specifically to offer jobless benefits for individuals who find themselves ineligible for traditional unemployment payments and other public assistance programs. To finance this ambitious endeavor, proponents of the plan are advocating for the imposition of a novel tax targeting tech behemoths like Google and Amazon. This tax, aimed at digital advertising revenue, is projected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars to sustain the fund.

Ramos has alluded to her belief that migrants are a fundamental contribution to the state’s economy. Despite their authorization to work, payment of taxes, and active involvement in the labor force, undocumented immigrants face a glaring disparity—they are excluded from accessing vital safety nets like unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs.

In a social media post, Ramos cited the expiration of federal unemployment insurance for freelancers and the depletion of the Excluded Workers Fund. She argues vehemently for a safety net aligned with the evolving dynamics of the labor market, one that extends support to all workers, regardless of their immigration status.

The proposed fund, aptly named the Unemployment Bridge Program, outlines comprehensive eligibility criteria encompassing a spectrum of marginalized workers—from undocumented migrants to freelancers and individuals recently released from incarceration or immigrant detention. By establishing clear guidelines and procedures, the program endeavors to streamline the application process, ensuring equitable access to unemployment benefits for those in need.

The initiative comes in the wake of prolonged deliberations regarding jobless benefits for undocumented immigrants and nontraditional workers in New York. Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state previously allocated $2.1 billion to the Excluded Workers Fund, offering a lifeline to those excluded from conventional unemployment benefits.

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2025 underscores a commitment to supporting asylum seekers, with significant allocations directed towards housing and legal assistance. The proposal has met with opposition from Republicans, who argue for prioritizing legal residents and taxpayers in the allocation of state resources. Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt contends that limited resources should be reserved exclusively for those who have contributed to the state’s tax base.

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