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Watchdog Groups Sue Biden Admin for Info on Paying Charities for Migrant Travel

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Biden’s Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services is being sued by two watchdog groups for their communications with Catholic organizations that have been involved with aiding migrants at the southern border.

News spread that the Catholic Charities were receiving reimbursements, funded by U.S. taxpayers, to buy plane tickets for migrants as well as other expenses to help them om “their journey” so they are not left on the streets.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Catholic Vote Action and Judicial Watch after the Departments failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made last September. “The Biden administration has refused to provide copies of communications between Catholic-affiliated charities and organizations at the border,” CatholicVote president Brian Burch said in a statement.

The purpose of the FOIA was to get communications between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, the Humanitarian Center in McAllen, Texas, and the Diocese of Brownsville in order to gauge activity.

 

“American Catholics deserve to know the full extent of the U.S. government’s role in funding and coordinating with Catholic church affiliated agencies at the border, and what role these agencies played in the record surge of illegal immigrants over the past year,” Burch added.

National Review Reports that the Catholic charity “operated” its Humanitarian Respite Center to aid migrants who crossed the southern border into the U.S. last summer. Additionally ,”Sister Norma Pimentel, CCRGV’s Executive Director, stated in an interview with journalist Ali Bradley on February 3 that the organization is reimbursed with “taxpayer’s money” for some of their efforts.”

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Terror watchlist individuals caught at border in August 3 times higher than past 5 years combined

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12 individuals on the FBI’s Terrorist watchlist were intercepted in August alone. The number not only breaks a record for this fiscal year but is three times the figure of the past five fiscal years combined.

New data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) this week shows that Border Patrol agents encountered 12 individuals in August whose names were on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), which includes information about individuals who are known or suspected to be involved in terrorist activities” reports ADN America. 

“The total encounters of individuals on the terror watchlist for this fiscal year have increased to a significant high, tripling the figure of the past five fiscal years combined.”

Frighteningly, the number reported by the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) data might “only be a small percentage of the individuals that attempted to cross the border and were caught by Border Patrol agents.”

The CBP reported that this fiscal year there were more than 500,000 gotaways—undocumented migrants who crossed the border without being caught – meaning many more individuals on the list could have crossed the border.

According to Department of Homeland Security data released this week, border agents have encountered a total of 2,150,639 undocumented migrants this year, surpassing the 2 million mark for the first time in U.S. history.

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