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Sen. Grassley Calls Border ‘Sorry State of Affairs’ That was ‘Preventable’ and ‘Predictable’



In Tuesday’s hearing on the border crisis, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), pointed directly to the Department of Homeland Security and the Biden administration for the uncontrollable situation.

“The most solemn responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security is to protect the people of the United States…in choosing to actively ignore the immigration laws passed by Congress and in choosing to pursue policies that encourage unprecedented levels of uncontrolled illegal immigration to the United States, this Administration and this DHS have failed on both counts,” Grassley said.

In the hearing, which featured DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who has increasingly come under fire over border security, Grassley noted that federal authorities have apprehended more than 1.4 million migrants since President Biden took office.

Calling the US-Mexico border a “sorry state of affairs” Grassley says the situation was not only “entirely preventable” but “also entirely predictable.” The senior Senator mentioned specific policies implemented by Biden which led to the crisis. Many of Biden’s problematic actions were “rolling back or reversing” former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

”When you terminate physical barrier construction, severely restrict the ability of ICE to deport illegal immigrants, terminate the  ’ Remain in Mexico ’  program, roll back asylum cooperative agreements, gut Title 42, and openly support sanctuary city policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when there’s a surge at the southern border,” Grassley said in his opening remarks.

“When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that,” Grassley added.

“When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands,” the senator went on. Referencing the roughly one-and-a-half million people who have illegally crossed the border into the United States, Grassley said, “That on its own is an astounding number.”

 “It’s greater than the individual populations of Wyoming, Alaska, Vermont, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Montana, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Washington, DC. It’s twice as large as the Des Moines, Iowa, metro area. And that doesn’t include the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who got away.”

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DOJ federal indictment connects Sinaloa Cartel and Chinese ‘underground banking’



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The Justice Department (DOJ) announced a huge connection between Chinese organized crime and the Sinaloa drug cartel. In a press release the DOJ reported a 10-count superseding indictment charging Los Angeles-based associates of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel with conspiring with money-laundering groups linked to Chinese underground banking to launder drug trafficking proceeds. During the conspiracy, more than $50 million in drug proceeds flowed between the Sinaloa Cartel associates and Chinese underground money exchanges.”

The indictment was the result of a multi-year investigation into the conspiracy—dubbed “Operation Fortune Runner”— unsealed on Monday charging a total of 24 defendants with one count of conspiracy to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, according to the press release.

“Dangerous drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine are destroying people’s lives but drug traffickers only care about their profits,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. “To protect our community, therefore, it is essential that we go after the sophisticated, international criminal syndicates that launder the drug money. As this indictment and our international actions show, we will be dogged in our pursuit of all those who facilitate destruction in our country and make sure they are held accountable for their actions.”

“Drug traffickers generate immense amounts of cash through their illicit operations. This case is a prime example of Chinese money launderers working hand in hand with drug traffickers to try to legitimize profits generated by drug activities,” said Chief Guy Ficco of IRS Criminal Investigation. “We have made it a priority to identify, disrupt, and dismantle any money launderers working with drug cartels and we are committed to our partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat drug cartels and those who assist them in laundering drug proceeds.”

The Justice.Gov website explains of the indictment: “Following close coordination with the Justice Department, Chinese and Mexican law enforcement informed United States authorities that those countries recently arrested fugitives named in the superseding indictment who fled the United States after they were initially charged last year.”

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