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War Correspondent: ‘It’s a war out there’ on the border

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Over a month has passed since Vice President Kamala Harris was named the Biden administration’s Border Czar and she has yet to visit the Southern border or give a press conference on the current migrant surge. Now, reporters are visiting the border themselves to get the real story. Michael Yon has reported on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, he’s reporting on what he describes as another “war” at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The former Green Beret walks today’s “trail of tears,” as he calls it. He’s experiencing the border crossing just as these migrants do. He called into the Sara Carter Podcast from the Darien Jungle in Panama.

“It’s literally a war out there,” Yon said. “It’s war-time level dangerous.”

For many of these migrants, Yon explains, they’re traveling from the eastern hemisphere. People from all over the Middle East and Africa make the trip to the South American continent. They enter via Brazil or Ecuador because neither country requires a visa at entry. Yon is stationed at the Darien gap, a stretch of land between Colombia and Panama, where most of these migrants travel through.

The migrants he talks to don’t recommend that anyone make the journey. Even though they tend to travel in groups, they tell Yon stories of all those that die along the way. Often no one bothers to bury these bodies that are left on the sides of the path, he said, adding that women also face the danger of being raped as they traverse these countries.

It’s been heavy work to record the stories of these migrants. Luckily, Yon says he’s coped with it by going on nature walks.

“You got to get in the sunshine,” Yon told Sara. “I find it extremely helpful to just go for long walks.”

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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.

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Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”

“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.

“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.

Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”

Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”

“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”

In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “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 continued, “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.”

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