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DHS Receiving Illegal Immigrants “Beyond Sustainable Capacity”

Record setting waves of illegal immigration are overwhelming the Department of Homeland Security.

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Officials from the Department of Homeland Security recently revealed that massive waves of illegal immigration are overwhelming the department’s detention capabilities, speaking in a phone briefing with the press last Thursday. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney spoke on the call.

McAleenan described the record-setting levels of illegal immigrants the department was taking into custody as “beyond sustainable capacity.” Illegal immigration has risen to highs unseen in decades in the past two years, stemming from a failure to secure the southern border with a wall and implement asylum reform.

The Center for Immigration Studies summarized the DHS briefer, which documented a complete failure on the part of the United States government to properly deter illegal migration.

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Key takeaways from the call:

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-More than 100,000 people are said to be crossing through Mexico with the hopes of reaching the United States at any given time, according to McAleenan.

-Immigration authorities are currently detaining more than 80,000 illegal immigrants.

-The Department has intercepted more than 75,000 family units at the southern border- in May alone.

Existing Customs and Border Patrol protocol has proved insufficient in dealing with the new waves of ‘caravan’ migration, which usually involve massive groups of Central Americans arriving at the southern border and claiming asylum protections as family units. This represents a departure from previous phenomena of illegal immigration, which often involved single Mexican men arriving in the United States to seek work.

In response to a gaping crisis of illegal migration at the southern border, President Trump has enacted a gradual tariff policy on Mexico with the hopes of securing cooperation in deterring mass migration from Central America. Mexican authorities have expressed a willingness to work with Trump to solve the problem; it remains to be seen if they’ll follow through on their words.

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Coronavirus Stimulus Contains Whopping $350 Million Refugee Resettlement Boondoggle

This has nothing to do with the virus, or the economy.

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It appears that a $350 million dollar appropriation for purposes of “Migration and Refugee Assistance” managed to slip inside the coronavirus stimulus package.

Populist commentator Ryan Girdusky first reported on the hidden boondoggle as the legislation was being prepared for a Senate vote Wednesday night. It’s one of several unrelated pork planks in the massive $2 trillion stimulus that was able to slip in without the scrutiny of Republican senators.

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The proposal to enrich refugee resettlement contractors appears to have migrated into the legislation originally introduced by Mitch McConnell from Nancy Pelosi’s rivaling proposal. The Speaker of the House had temporarily derailed the stimulus package by introducing a plan of her own, but from the looks of it, she’s getting a crucial element of the left-wing social agenda Democrats have tried to tie to the stimulus with the refugee resettlement package.

Florida’s Matt Gaetz appears to be one of the few members of Congress to question the totally unrelated refugee giveaway in the moment of legislative urgency.

Nominal charitable and non-profit entities have gamed and rigged the American refugee resettlement process for years, enriching themselves to the tunes of tens of millions of dollars if not more on the taxpayer dime. Migration skeptics have long questioned the utility of such an arrangement, pointing out that spending hundreds millions of dollars to resettle people in the United States could be used to far greater effect in providing relief for displaced peoples closer to their homes countries.

Existing refugee resettlement programs have continued in spite of the raging coronavirus pandemic. More than 3,000 people have been resettled in the United States since January, when the disease began surfacing on the radar of the federal government.

The Washington D.C. Swamp appears to have succeeded in utilizing one of its oldest cards in this instance, attaching a totally unrelated refugee proposal to a sorely needed economic relief package. It’s likely the proposal would have shot down on other circumstances, but congressional Democrats ultimately proved tactful enough to advance their preferred and entirely unrelated special interest in a moment of great legislative urgency.

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