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SWAMP WATCH: Biggs questions why PR firm linked to Biden received $35M from COVID-19 package? What about small businesses?



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Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs questioned whether millions of dollars meant to offset economic damage due to COVID-19 lockdowns will actually be distributed to small businesses across the country that are on the brink of being wiped out.

Biggs, who is Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, appeared on Fox Business network last week with host David Asman. He pointed out that the CARES Act, which allocated $2.2 billion to COVID-19, did not have sufficient accountability to monitor where the funding was being allocated. He said the enormity of the funding, combined with the vast designations of how the package was to be divided among businesses made it easier for some to take advantage of the stimulus funding.

One major example, was a recent report from Fox News revealing a “highly questionable” $35 million contract that was awarded by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to a firm linked to President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign. Republicans with the House Oversight and House Administration Committees are demanding an investigation and saying it was a “misuse of taxpayer money and a violation of the law.”

According to Fox News, Padilla’s office allegedly allocated the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant money from the coronavirus stimulus package, known as the CARES Act, to fund a voter contract with SKD Knickerbocker. The firm is a public affairs and political consulting firm.

Republicans say that it is “Joe Biden’s main election campaign advisory firm.”

“What we have here is the California Secretary of State, secretary Padilla – here’s the deal, you’re not supposed to use HAVA, which is Help America Vote Act money to do voter outreach or voter contact at anytime, regardless of where the money is, specifically here,” said Biggs. “So he awards a $35 million contract, no bid – accelerated contract – to a firm associated with the Biden family.”

He added the money should have been allocated “to small business owners that are in trouble” and is demanding an investigation.

I certainly hope there is an investigation into this apparent misuse of funding and power. What happened to all the small business owners who have lost everything and their families because of these massive unnecessary lockdowns? Who’s going to help them and why should a public relations firm receive $35 million anyway?

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year



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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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