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GOP congressman questions if VP Kamala Harris is kidding with her border crisis agenda



A Republican congressman from Louisiana asked if Kamala Harris was kidding by sharing an agenda to fix the illegal immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border through Central American countries not border security.

Harris’ agenda, shared Thursday, had a five-point general strategy to manage the “root causes” of illegal immigration. The agenda does not have any timeframe and doesn’t have any specific policies. Instead, it calls for using “diplomacy, foreign assistance, public diplomacy, and sanctions” to “establish a fair, orderly, and humane immigration system.”

Reacting on Fox News on Friday, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-L.A.) condemned Harris for trying for these goals without securing the U.S. border.

“We’re scratching our heads here on Capitol Hill,” Johnson said. “It’s hard to believe that she wants to focus on things that she said on her list, you know, economic issues and ‘advance the rule of law’ she says; she wants to combat violent crime in Central American countries? I mean, is this some sort of a joke?”

“Of course, those are noble goals, but this administration has created those very crises here in the United States,” he added.

Since coming into office, President Biden has made a point of retracting as many of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies as possible. Biden has stopped border wall construction, ended Trump’s remain-in-Mexico policy for asylum-seekers, and reinstated the catch-and-release policies of the Obama administration.

The Biden administration has tried to portray the illegal immigration crisis as a humanitarian and global issue, rather than the crime at the border. Harris’ agenda brings up the “push” factors of migration, like natural disasters in Central America, poverty, hunger, and gangs, which all leads to people leaving their homes and on their way to America.

“In Central America, the root causes of migration run deep — and migration from the region has a direct impact on the United States,” the vice president said. “For that reason, our nation must consistently engage with the region to address the hardships that cause people to leave Central America and come to our border.”

Republicans often talk of “pull” factors — United States policies that entice illegal immigrants to come here by offering amnesty, protection from deportation, jobs, benefits, and other government programs Democrats want to allow illegal immigrants to have.

“It seems very much to us like this administration cares more about people who are not Americans than those who are,” Johnson said, echoing comments from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on the Biden administration’s focus.

The combination of push and pull factors has contributed to record increases of illegal immigrants since Biden took office. This last fiscal year, more than one million illegal aliens have been caught by border agents. The sheer number of migrants arriving creates issues for immigration enforcement agencies, which have to find a place for all of these people to go, and the issue is complicated by COVID-19, gangs, violent crimes, kids without parents or guardians, and American communities that feel overrun.

Tens of thousands of these migrants have been let go after being caught without being given a date to go to court to have their asylum claims processed. Many of these people disappear into the U.S. without reporting to Immigration and Customs Enforcement or showing up for those court dates as they were told. Many commit crimes in the U.S. that would have been prevented if the border were secured.

“We have an unprecedented, unmitigated disaster at the border,” Johnson said. “It’s beyond a crisis now. It’s a humanitarian, health, national security issue that we are going to be hard-pressed to get our arms around if the administration does not step up immediately and help us fix this problem.”

The Republican lawmaker squarely blamed Biden for adding to the border crisis by retracting most of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

“Yes, there are problems in Central America, all around the world,” he said. “And we’re the most benevolent nation in the world, by far it’s not even close. But we’ll never be able to do that unless we can maintain first our own security and sovereignty and that’s what securing the border is about.

“This administration is ignoring it and focusing on problems elsewhere in the world, it makes no sense.”

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Survey shows majority of Americans reject Build Back Better: More think Biden’s infrastructure spending bill will hurt them more than help them



In a total inversion of what Democrats had expected, Americans have dismissed the expensive framework bill with gigantic social projects incorporated into it. Another survey shows that more Americans repel the Democrats’ $1.75 trillion spending proposition than welcome it.

As indicated by another ABC News/Ipsos survey delivered on Sunday, public help for President Joe Biden’s bills to expand spending on framework and social projects has blurred.

The overview tracked down that 32% of Americans feel that the spending bills would hurt individuals like them if they became law, while 25% said they accept the bills would help them. Close to 66% (64%) of Republicans figure the bills would hurt individuals like them, and 29% of free thinkers feel something very similar. In spite of being the significant system of Biden’s administration, less than half of Democrats (47%) accept the two bills would help them.

A CBS News survey from recently tracked down that 36% of respondents said it would help them and their family versus 33% who said it would hurt their friends and family. The overview additionally said that 79% of review members said that expansion was brought about by supply and assembling issues after the pandemic and 66% said it was brought about by U.S. government strategy. “And when asked about potential causes of inflation right now, two-thirds cited U.S. government policy,” the outlet stated.

The poll showed that just 37% of Americans thought that Biden and the Democrats were centered around issues they care very much about.

This sad survey for Biden and the Democrats shows up on that very days as a NBC News review that shows the president at unsurpassed lows. The NBC News surveys found that Biden was submerged interestingly of his administration – 42% endorsement rating versus 54% who object.

The survey likewise showed that 71% said the nation is “off on the wrong track” – including 48% of Democrats.

“When you see a wrong track of 71%, it is a flashing red light,” Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies said. “These folks are telling us that this is not going well.”

That is a huge increment from one more survey in September that said 61% of Americans felt like the country has “pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track.”

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President Biden says the Pope advised him to continue to take communion and considered him a ‘good Catholic’



President Joe Biden said that Pope Francis let him know he was a “good Catholic” and said he could keep on taking communion regardless of the complaints of numerous U.S. bishops.

Biden made the case after a private gathering with the pontiff at the Vatican on Friday.

“We just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving Communion,” Biden said about the gathering.

He added that the topic of abortion didn’t come up in the gathering.

An assertion from the White House showed that Biden said thanks to the Pope for pushing for an “equitable global economic recovery” and for battling global warming.

“Biden thanked His Holiness for his advocacy for the world’s poor and those suffering from hunger, conflict, and persecution,” the assertion added.

The Vatican didn’t affirm Biden’s case in their official statement about their gathering.

Biden’s claim will probably disappoint and outrage many conservative Catholics in the U.S. who have called for communion to be declined to politicians who stand behind abortion, which is in opposition to Catholic church teaching.

The issue will be taken up by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops following upon a vote during their June plenary meeting to address it generally. After Biden met with the Pope, they delivered an assertion saying that they would not single out a particular legislator if they vote to say something about the issue.

The Pope had recently reacted to the contention by approaching the diocesans to try not to politicize the congregation’s most elevated holy observance, which would transform it into a “source of discord rather than unity within the episcopate and the larger church in the United States.”

Here’s additional info on the gathering between the Pope and Biden:

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Gold Star father tears into Biden over supposed arrangement to give large installments to illegal migrant families



Gold Star father David Horton slammed President Joe Biden in a meeting Sunday, scrutinizing the Biden organization’s accounted for plan to convey huge financial installments to some migrant families.

The Wall Street Journal announced last week about the arrangement to pay migrant families affected by previous President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance illegal immigration policies.

The Biden administration is in talks to offer immigrant families that were separated during the Trump administration around $450,000 a person in compensation, according to people familiar with the matter, as several agencies work to resolve lawsuits filed on behalf of parents and children who say the government subjected them to lasting psychological trauma.

The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are considering payments that could amount to close to $1 million a family, though the final numbers could shift, the people familiar with the matter said. Most of the families that crossed the border illegally from Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S. included one parent and one child, the people said. Many families would likely get smaller payouts, depending on their circumstances, the people said.

Among the issues pundits have raised with the arrangement, the greatest is that non-citizens remain to get additional cash from the U.S. government than gold star families if the arrangement becomes reality.

As of now, the U.S. government pays the group of fallen assistance individuals $100,000 in “death gratuity”; the installments are tax excluded. The families of service members additionally have the choice to gather a limit of $400,000 in extra security, however administration individuals need to pay into the protection intend to accept its advantages.

Speaking on “Fox and Friends,” Horton — whose son, Army Spc. Christopher Horton, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011 — proclaimed the Biden administration’s arrangement “an insult” and clarified it disrespects military families.

“I think it’s another — yet another insult … against our military families and Gold Star families and veterans’ families,” Horton said. “It’s just another another slap in the face. It’s completely disrespectful.”

“To compare an illegal person who has broken our country’s border laws … they’ve broken the law coming in on our borders and to compare that with someone, a patriot like my son, who gave his all on the battlefield of Afghanistan, and to just say, ‘Oh well, the value is more for someone who has broken our laws’ … and now to say, ‘Oh, we owe you money — and it’s more money than we would pay a patriot — I am outraged,” Horton said.

“You just wonder, where is the outcry against some of these policies that are just there? Unbelievable to me,” Horton added.

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