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Texas Governor: Biden ‘enriching’ the drug cartels

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott visited the southern border last week and spoke with Border Patrol agents about the influx in illegal immigration and slammed the Biden administration for instituting policies that are “enriching” drug cartels.

Border Patrol officers told Abbott the “massive surge” in illegal immigration was caused by the policy change of the Biden administration and warned that it will get “far worse” in the coming months.

Abbott said that Border Patrol officers told him that there was a total of 90,000 apprehensions in the Rio Grande sector in 2020. According to the officers, there has already been about 110,000 apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley Sector this year.

Of the 110,000 apprehensions this year, 800 were criminal aliens who had previously been arrested and deported, 78 sex offenders and 62 gang members, which include MS-13 gangs, Abbott said.

“The Biden open border policy is inviting even more illegal immigration and actually have created this humanitarian crisis,” Abbott told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo.

Operation Lone Star was launched in Texas to mitigate the surge in illegal immigration and cartel smuggling. According to Abbott, the operation deploys National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety officers to help fill in the gaps along the border to prevent the cartels from smuggling illegal drugs and migrants.

Bartiromo asked if the new operation was putting Border Patrol agents in harm’s way.

“Our Border Patrol agents are being putting in harm’s way in several ways,” Abbott responded.

Abbott said that Border Patrol agents were not being protected from the coronavirus because the Biden administration was not providing COVID-19 vaccines to the agents.

“Because of my public outcry when I was down on the border, now, finally, the Biden administration has changed gears and they are doing exactly what I called for and that is providing the border patrol with the vaccines they need because they are exposed to everybody coming across the border.”

Abbott confirmed that many migrants crossing the Texas border are infected with COVID-19. Abbott said he was unable to provide data on how many migrants were infected with coronavirus because the Biden administration has “refused and failed” to release those numbers.

“I am expecting answers from the Biden administration immediately this week,” Abbott said. “We need the total number of migrants who have been apprehended at the border who have tested positive for COVID-19. The state of Texas is responsible for fully reporting out anybody in our state who has COVID-19.”

“We expect that data and we expect the Biden administration to step up and assist the state of Texas in being able to respond to the imported challenge, imported only because of the change in policies by the Biden administration.”

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GOP bill proposes extra measures to ensure noncitizens are unable to vote in federal elections

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GOP members of both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill to add safeguards to ensure that non U.S. citizens who are already prohibited from voting in federal elections, do not do so. The bill seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to require documentary proof of United States citizenship to register to vote.

The Center Square reports that It would require states to obtain proof of citizenship – in person – when registering an individual to vote. Applicants would have to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote in person, when applying for a motor vehicle license, and when applying to vote by mail. The bill lists accepted citizenship documentation and requirements for voter registration agencies.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, led a coalition of 49 Republicans to introduce the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act in the U.S. House. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, with several cosponsors, introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Citing the border crisis and the greatest number of foreign nationals illegally entering the country in U.S. history, the measure’s supporters expressed alarm that instead of being deported, many are being registered to vote.

“There is currently an unprecedented and a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said. “And that is the threat of non-citizens and illegal aliens voting in our elections. In the last five and a half months or so, I’ve been to over 101 cities doing events all around the country in more than half the states. The first or second question that I’m asked in every public forum is about election security. Americans are deeply concerned about this. And it doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re in a blue state or a red state, everyone’s concerned.”

Johnson blamed President Joe Biden and his administration’s policies for for what he described as widespread concern about election integrity.

“… we now have so many non-citizens in the country that if only one out of 100 of those voted, they would cast hundreds of thousands of votes,” the speaker added. “And since our elections are so razor thin in these days that we’re in, just a few precincts in a few states decide the makeup of Congress and who is elected to the White House. This is a dangerously high number, and it’s a great concern to millions and millions of Americans. It could obviously change the outcome of our elections, and this is not an empty threat or concern.”

It is already a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in a federal election. Despite this, Johnson said, “no current mechanism to ensure only those registering or voting are actually citizens. … If a nefarious actor wants to intervene in our elections, all they have to do is check a box on a form and sign their name. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. And there’s a very small chance that illegal would get caught [because] states do not have the election infrastructure in place to confirm what they’ve said.”

Johnson said noncitizens “can simply go to their local welfare office or the DMV and register to vote there,” adding that “states are currently prohibited from asking someone to prove that they’re a citizen when they use the federal voter registration form.”

He also gave examples of “a growing number of localities” that are “blurring the lines for non-citizens by allowing them to vote in municipal local elections.

“You might not know this, but non-citizens are voting,” he warned Americans. “Democrats have expressed a desire to turn on citizens and voters. That’s what this open border has been all about.”

Roy said the proposed SAVE Act “would thwart Democrat efforts to cement one-party rule by upholding and strengthening current law that permits only U.S. citizens to vote in Federal elections.”

Lee said the bill should “pass right away” and unanimously in both houses of Congress. “The only reason to oppose this … would be if you want noncitizens to vote.”

It also would create a new program requiring the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to share information with state registration systems. States would be required to identify noncitizens attempting to register to vote by accessing data in DHS’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and the SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service. The information would be compared with data from state agencies that supply state identification cards or driver’s licenses.

The bill also would require states to remove non-citizens from existing voter rolls and increases federal penalties for those who register non-citizens to vote in federal elections.

 

 

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