Immigration

Feds discover ‘most sophisticated’ cross-border tunnel with extensive ventilation, rail system

Immigration enforcement agents have uncovered a cross-border tunnel that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is saying could be the “most sophisticated” yet. Stretching from San Luis, Ariz. to San Luis, Mexico, the smuggling passageway includes a fully developed ventilation system, electrical wiring and a rail system. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), authorities discovered the tunnel in late July, before it could be completed. Photos show the tunnel measured three feet wide and four feet high. The discovery was made during an ongoing, multi-agency effort by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). “This appears to be the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history, and certainly the most sophisticated I’ve seen in my career,” Border Patrol Yuma Sector’s Acting Chief Patrol Agent Carl Landrum said in a statement Thursday. “We will continue to work closely with our partners – Homeland Security Investigations and state and local agencies — to provide the best national security possible.” Earlier this year, authorities announced they had found the longest known border smuggling tunnel, which stretched from Tijuana to San Diego. The tunnel originated near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and measured 4,309 feet long — more than three-quarters of a mile. The next-longest tunnel in the U.S., discovered in San Diego in 2014, was 2,966 feet long. In March, authorities located a tunnel containing a variety of drugs — including about 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 17 pounds of heroin, and two pounds of fentanyl. CBP has warned in the past that drug trafficking from the U.S.-Mexico border region results in the loss of American lives. News of the tunnel came on the same day that CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan held a press conference in which he warned about the scourge of smuggling. “As the U.S. continues to take on the challenges posed by COVID-19, we must secure our borders from illegal aliens who show their complete disregard of even the most basic application of health and safety precautions, which have become our new norm against COVID-19,” said Morgan, showing pictures of container trucks packed with migrants He added that criminal organizations and smugglers provide false promises to migrants and “have no concern for their safety or the safety of American citizens — again in this backdrop of COVID-19.” He explained that the migrants are kept in crowded, unsanitary stash houses for days in the sweltering heat, a situation he described as a “perfect incubator” for the new coronavirus.

Indeed..  And that’s just the latest consequence of illegal immigration..  Kudos to the great people in CBP and Homeland Security who discovered this before it was completed, and shut it down.  Excellent!!       🙂

Poll: 7-in-10 Voters Support Trump’s Exclusion of Illegal Aliens in Congressional Apportionment

About 7-in-10 United States registered voters support excluding illegal aliens when it comes to determining representation in Congress, a new poll reveals. A poll by Rasmussen Reports and Just the News Daily finds that voters overwhelmingly support excluding illegal aliens from congressional apportionment counts, which determine how many representatives each state receives in Congress. Last month, Trump signed a memorandum that ensures American citizens receive proper representation in Congress without being minimized by apportionment counts inflated by the illegal alien population. Overall, about 70 percent of all voters said they support excluding illegal aliens from such counts — including nearly 30 percent who want only citizens counted. Less than a quarter said they want illegal aliens included in the counts. Across party and racial lines, Trump’s decision is hugely popular. About 72 percent of white Americans, 67 percent of black Americans, and 57 percent of Hispanic Americans said they supported counting either only citizens or citizens and legal residents when determining congressional representation for the states. A majority of Republican voters, 52 percent, said they support counting only citizens in the counts, while 57 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of swing voters said they support excluding illegal aliens. Liberals are the most likely of any group to say illegal aliens should be counted in congressional apportionment counts, while conservatives are the most likely to want only citizens counted. About 43 percent of liberals said illegal aliens should be counted. Conservatives, on the other hand, said by a 53 percent majority that only citizens should be counted. The sanctuary state of California has filed suit against Trump for the memorandum, admitting in their legal case that their 2.2 million-strong illegal alien population is used every ten years to drive up their congressional representation in Washington, DC. Before Trump’s memorandum, red states that disincentivize illegal immigration were set to lose congressional representation. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) previously estimated that if there are roughly 15 million illegal aliens living in the U.S. and if they are counted in congressional apportionment, they could help secure 20 additional congressional seats for blue states. A 2018 analysis by Breitbart News determined that only counting American citizens — excluding all non-citizens, including illegal aliens — in congressional apportionment, would shift political power away from coastal states to middle America. Today, there are an estimated 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the U.S. The Census estimates that at current legal and illegal immigration levels, by 2060, about one-in-six residents will have been born outside the country. The poll surveyed 1,200 registered voters and was conducted from July 23 to 25. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.8 percent.

We are right there with the majority of Americans who want only U.S. citizens counted in the Census, and for congressional apportionment.  Only U.S. citizens should be counted and considered for their representation in Congress, and for voting in general (i.e. presidential) elections.  This is what the overwhelming majority of Americans want, and we at The Daily Buzz agree.  Democrats in Washington D.C., however, disagree.  They want to include as many illegal aliens as possible.  That’s why they are trying to get illegals voting rights, free health care (that you and I pay for), driver’s licenses, and on and on..  And, it’s why they’re so against a strong wall on our southern border in order to deter mass illegal migration. Remember that in November.

Supreme Court denies request to halt construction of the border wall

The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote has denied a request to halt construction of President Trump’s border wall over environmental concerns. A number of groups, including the ACLU and Sierra Club, had asked the high court to get involved again after the justices last year cleared the way for the administration to use military funds for construction while the case played out in the courts. A federal appeals court had ruled against the administration last month, but the justices, for now, have given another temporary victory to the administration. “The fight continues,” said Dror Ladin, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project. “Every lower court to consider the question has ruled President Trump’s border wall illegal, and the Supreme Court’s temporary order does not decide the case. We’ll be back before the Supreme Court soon to put a stop to Trump’s xenophobic border wall once and for all.” The four liberal justices dissented from Friday’s order. In June, the Supreme Court also declined to hear an appeal from a coalition of environmental groups that pushed back against the Trump administration’s construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The groups, led by the Center for Biological Diversity, challenged a 1996 law giving the president authority to fight illegal immigration and border crossings, and limiting some legal challenges. The coalition claimed that the Trump administration did not conduct sufficient environmental impact studies for the construction and that endangered species like the jaguar and Mexican wolf would be adversely affected by the barrier. They had asserted in their case that the law’s allowance for the secretary of Homeland Security to waive any laws necessary to allow the quick construction of border fencing violates the Constitution’s separation of powers. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals had dismissed the case, citing a prior case from 2007 with “a nearly identical context.” “This Court finds that precedent persuasive, and it compels the conclusion that Plaintiffs’ complaint fails to state plausible constitutional claims as a matter of law,” the Circuit Court’s ruling said.

This is great news!!  Kudos to the Supremes for this excellent decision.    🙂

ICE Arrests Four-Time Deported Child Sex Abuser Illegal Alien in Utah

A four-time deported illegal alien, previously convicted of child sexual abuse, has been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Utah. Roberto Montes-Lopez, a 37-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, was arrested by ICE agents on July 2 after he was released from the Weber County Jail in Utah. Montes-Lopez had been serving a prison sentence for second-degree felony child sexual abuse. In June 2015, after returning illegally to the U.S. for the fifth time, Montes-Lopez was convicted and sentenced to no more than 15 years in prison for the child sex crimes. Montes-Lopez has a criminal record dating back to 2004. “Law enforcement’s common goal is to keep communities safe and keep dangerous predators off the streets,” ICE official Sylvester Ortega said in a statement. “The arrest of a criminal alien like Montes-Lopez, whose criminal history spans nearly two decades, demonstrates why cooperation is so important between agencies,” Ortega said. “These partnerships will continue to protect the community from criminal illegal aliens that hurt the citizens of this country.” Between 2004 and 2011, Montes-Lopez was deported four times from the U.S. In January 2012, Montes-Lopez was prosecuted for felony illegal re-entry. Montes-Lopez’s rap sheet also includes: 2005 conviction for drug possession and distribution 2011 convictions for use of a firearm by a restricted person 2015 convictions for money laundering and drunk driving 2020 conviction for possession and distribution of heroin ICE officials say Montes-Lopez will remain in custody until he is deported for the fifth time.

As a rule of thumb, we tend to avoid the crime beat stories here at The Daily Buzz.  But, given Joe Biden’s new platform to just open our borders to illegal aliens and all, we’ll make an exception here.  This story shows the importance of clamping down on illegal immigration and criminal aliens.  We need to rid our communities of people like this worthless waste of space.  Major kudos to ICE for nabbing this loser.  Hopefully, once he’s deported for the fifth time, he won’t be able to get back in.

President Trump Wins Big on Secret Meatpacking Robots

President Donald Trump’s low-immigration strategy has pushed the nation’s low-wage meatpacking companies into a high-tech future, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. The July 9 article is titled, “Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks.” It quotes a variety of executives in the meatpacking industry who secretly launched large investments in robots once Trump shrank their imported supply of poor and dependent refugees. The article said: Difficulties recruiting workers have been an impediment to expanding plants and building new ones, executives said. “The biggest push that we have in terms of automation over the last five years is because of the availability of labor in the U.S.,” said Andre Nogueira, chief executive of JBS USA, a unit of Brazilian meat company JBS SA. Tyson has spent $500 million on technology since 2017, the newspaper said. “Excellent,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies. “Cheap labor policies are the Luddite policies of our era, and they are delaying the adoption of modern robots and technology.” Once deployed, the technology will help American meatpackers get higher wages, she said. The coronavirus crash in 2020 exposed the hidden risks in the labor-intensive, low-productivity industry, she said. “Packing in a lot of workers, many of whom may not quite understand the health and safety precautions because of language barriers, is dangerous, and not good for their bottom line,” she said. “When people get sick, they had to close.” The low-wage workforce imported by the companies killed many middle-class jobs from the early 1980s — and raised injury rates among the disposable migrant workers. Wages for slaughterhouse workers have fallen by half since 1975, including inflation, the WSJ said. The potential of robots has already been proven in Europe’s high-wage meatpacking sites: “The technology means a single worker in plants in Sweden, Denmark and France does the work of eight or nine workers in U.S. plants, though the operations run at a slower pace,” the article said. The WSJ also reported that meatpacking companies are hiring top-notch technology experts to raise the productivity of their labor-intensive companies: Dean Banks spent years directing automation projects at technology and health-care companies, most recently at X, the unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc. set up to solve some of the world’s most vexing problems. He joined Tyson’s board of directors in 2017 and became president in December. Other food-industry companies are being forced towards modernity by Trump’s low-migration policies. Costo has built a high-tech chicken plant in Nebraska, and farm companies — including strawberry growers — are developing and buying — machines to help grow and harvest crops. The meatpacking industry’s investments are a complete validation of Trump’s 2016 promise of no amnesties, lower immigration, and higher wages. “Policymakers in Washington need to understand there is no point in pushing bills and regs to expand employers’ access to more low-skilled workers,” said Vaughan. “We don’t need a guestworker program — the companies are working it out themselves.” The companies’ investment is also a massive repudiation of the nation’s refugee advocates who claim that meatpackers, retailers, and farming companies cannot grow without importing more workers, consumers, and renters. These groups have helped shape Joe Biden’s updated platform, which offers to welcome at least 125,000 refugees per year: Increase the annual global refugee admissions cap to 125,000 in the first year and seek to raise it over time. Support passage of the Guaranteed Refugee Admissions Ceiling Enhancement (GRACE) Act, and commit to complying with statutory requirements to consult with Congress prior to issuing refugee determinations. But the robots can allow the companies to process more meat and also raise wages for workers — providing there is a tight labor market, Vaughan said. “It is the robots that create well-paying jobs, not the [refugee] visas,” she said. The U.S. investment is helping the robots become as skilled as human cutters, according to the newspaper: At Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., PPC -1.88% the second-biggest U.S. chicken processor and majority-owned by JBS, deboning machines now trail humans by only 1% to 1.5%, in terms of meat yield per chicken. “They are much closer to what the person can do than seven years ago,” Mr. Nogueira said. Technology and automation are part of the $1 billion in capital expenditures JBS USA has planned for 2020. “One day we will be there, but we are not there yet,” he said. The meatpackers’ new policy shows how the political elites’ support for illegal immigration has driven down wages and slashed investment in technology. It has also changed the economies of many Midwest towns that are forced to pay the civic and social costs of the low-wage workforces imported by the low-tech meatpacking companies. The same forces operate in the white-collar economy, where American college graduates are sidelined by a huge inflow of legal and illegal foreign labor. That cheap white-collar migrant labor also reduces the need for Silicon Valley companies to invest in more productive policies and technology — despite the rush of new software and other products.

23 Deported Sex Offenders Arrested by Border Patrol in May

Border Patrol agents arrested 23 previously deported sex offenders after they illegally crossed the border into the United States. “Transnational criminal networks don’t do background checks on the people they help smuggle into the country,” said Chief Rodney Scott. “Our vigilance makes this country safer, one encounter at a time.” Border Patrol officials report that all migrants apprehended after illegally crossing the border undergo a biometric background investigation that includes checking local, state, and federal law enforcement databases for warrants and previous convictions. In these cases, the illegal aliens had previous convictions for sexual offenses — many against children. Here are some of the examples cited by Border Patrol officials: Border Patrol Apprehends Convicted Sex Offender Near Nogales Human Smuggler, Convicted Sex Offender Arrested by Border Patrol Border Patrol Nabs a Sex Offender and Armed Smugglers Over Memorial Weekend Sex Offender, Human Smuggler Arrested by Border Patrol Utah Sex Offender Arrested By Border Patrol Border Patrol Nabs a Sex Offender and Armed Smugglers Over Memorial Weekend Sex Offender, Human Smuggler Arrested by Border Patrol Convicted Criminals Arrested at the Border in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Two Sex Offenders Over Weekend Two Career Criminals Captured at the Border by RGV Agents Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Child Sex Offender

Thanks to the great men and women of the Border Patrol for all they do every day to keep us safe, and make sure vermin like these criminal aliens (many of them sex offenders) are not roaming our streets.  Great work!!  For more, click on the text above.

Tom Cotton, Marsha Blackburn Plan Ends China-to-U.S. Student Visa Pipeline

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) are looking to end China’s pipeline of foreign students to fill spots at American universities and take American STEM jobs. In the wake of the Chinese coronavirus crisis, Cotton and Blackburn — as well as Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN) in the House — have filed legislation called the SECURE CAMPUS Act that ends the China-to-United States pipeline of Chinese nationals receiving student visas for STEM fields. “The Chinese Communist Party has long used American universities to conduct espionage on the United States,” Cotton said in a statement. “What’s worse is that their efforts exploit gaps in current law. It’s time for that to end.” In short, Cotton and Blackburn’s plan would: Ban Chinese nationals from receiving student visas to the U.S. for STEM fields Ban Chinese nationals from working on federal R&D grants in STEM fields Require universities, labs, and research institutes recieving federal taxpayer money to confirm that they will not knowingly employ participants in China’s foreign talent recruitment programs Require China’s foreign talent recruitment program participants to register as foreign agents Require the State Department to publish a list of China’s foreign talent recruitment programs Blackburn said in a statement: ” Beijing exploits student and research visas to steal science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing secrets from U.S. academic and research institutions. We’ve fed China’s innovation drought with American ingenuity and taxpayer dollars for too long; it’s time to secure the U.S. research enterprise against [China’s] economic espionage.” As Breitbart News has chronicled, the U.S. legal immigration system remains hugely beneficial to China. From 2008 to 2018, more than 825,000 Chinese nationals arrived in the U.S. on green cards — an immigration status that provides them with permanent residency, a pathway to American citizenship, and eventually the ability to bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country through the process known as “chain migration.” There are nearly 500,000 Chinese students in the U.S. in any given year — more than any other country — taking seats in university classrooms and looking to eventually obtain Optional Practical Training (OPT) visas to take entry-level jobs in white-collar professions. In Fiscal Year 2019, alone, Chinese nationals secured about 170,000 F, J, and M visas to arrive in the U.S. as students — more than any other country in the world.

And it needs to end.  It’s ridiculous!  Major kudos to Sens. Cotton and Blackburn for spearheading this effort.  Let’s hope it turns into a bill, and then into law.  Excellent!!    🙂

Business Poll Backfires, Shows Public Wants Less Immigration

A business-funded poll backfired by showing that 56 percent of swing voters favor President Donald Trump’s decision to curb legal immigration for 60 days. Only 15 percent of claimed independents in the May 6-8 poll of almost 2,000 likely voters strongly disapproved of Trump’s April 22 policy, according to the survey commissioned by the D.C.-based Bipartisan Policy Center. Also, 14 percent of respondents declined to state an opinion, suggesting even more support for Trump. The BPC is a pro-migration advocacy group backed by businesses and run by Washington insiders and corporate chiefs. In 2014, the BPC was a cheerleader for the “Gang of Eight” amnesty and cheap labor bill, which was finally stopped by GOP primary voters in June 2014. The poll results are a problem for business lobbyists, who fear Trump will extend his popular temporary policy. The results are also a problem for the BPC, which favors a higher inflow of consumers, workers, and renters, which can nudge down wages and drive up real estate values. The public, in contrast, wants less legal immigration and more jobs and higher wages for Americans. The survey, which was conducted by Morning Consult, also showed the public rejects the BPC effort to portray migrants as essential workers in the coronavirus crisis. Roughly 21 percent of swing-voters said that “Allowing migrant workers to enter the U.S. to continue to support the food supply” is in their top four of six priorities. But that inflow was the lowest priority for 51 percent of swing-voting people who said they were “somewhat” favorable or unfavorable of Trump. The poll showed that 50 percent of liberals and 44 percent of people with post-graduate degrees believe immigration helps the coronavirus economic recovery. But only 24 percent of female independents and 13 percent of Republicans share that view. The poll was not skewed towards Trump. In fact, only 38 percent of the independents said they somewhat or strongly approved of Trump’s performance, while 55 percent said they somewhat or strongly disapproved of Trump’s performance. The poll avoided questions that would highlight the public’s increased emphasis on jobs for Americans instead of welcoming more migrants into a claimed “nation of immigrants.” Recent polls show that Americans generously want to welcome migrants — but they rationally want companies to hire Americans before importing foreign workers, especially in an economic crisis. These polls show that the public strongly objects to companies hiring foreign workers before American employees. For example, an August 2017 poll reported that 68 percent of Americans oppose companies’ use of H-1B visa workers to outsource U.S.-based jobs that could be held by Americans. In response, pro-migration business-first groups try to divert public attention away from the harmful impact of migration on Americans’ jobs and wages. For example, pro-migration groups commission and publicize skewed polls which prod Americans to voice support for attractive young migrants — such as “dreamers” — or for foreign doctors, and to publicly endorse the 1960s myth that the United States is a nation of immigrants, not a nation of and for Americans.

Poll: 7-in-10 Texas Voters Oppose Increasing Legal Immigration to the U.S.

A majority of Texans oppose increasing legal immigration levels to the United States, a new poll reveals. The latest survey by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin finds that nearly 4-in-10 Texas voters say the U.S. admits too many legal immigrants a year — including a plurality of Hispanic Texans. Every year, about 1.2 million foreign nationals are given green cards to permanently resettle in the country, and about a million more foreign workers are rewarded with temporary visas. The majority immediately enter the U.S. workforce and begin competing for jobs against America’s working and middle class. About 37 percent, a plurality, of Hispanic Texans said the U.S. brings too many legal immigrants to the country, as well as 44 percent of white Texans. Hispanic voters were the least likely of any racial group in Texas to support more legal immigration, with only 16 percent saying the U.S. should bring more legal immigrants to the country. About 33 percent said the U.S. admits the right amount of legal immigrants. About 34 percent, a plurality, of swing voters in Texas said the U.S. has too much legal immigration. Another 62 percent of Texas Republicans said the same. Pluralities and majorities of Texans with no high school degree, only a high school degree, some college, a two-year degree, and a four-year degree said the U.S. admits too many legal immigrants. Texans with pre-graduate educations are the only educational demographic in the state to support current levels of legal immigration by a plurality of nearly 40 percent. The poll comes as U.S. voters overwhelmingly support President Trump’s agenda to reduce legal immigration levels as 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment during the Chinese coronavirus crisis. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.89 percentage points.

Nothing really surprising here..

14 Miles of New Border Wall Coming to Laredo Sector in Texas

Fourteen miles of new border wall is scheduled to be constructed in the Laredo Sector where no physical infrastructure currently exists. Construction will begin in January 2021, officials reported. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the awarding of a contract to build approximately 14 miles of contiguous new border wall systems in the Laredo Sector along the Rio Grande. Currently, the Laredo Sector is wide open with no physical barriers to stop illegal border crossings. There are approximately 110 river miles of border in the Laredo Sector, Border Patrol officials previously told Breitbart Texas. The contract awarded on Friday calls for the construction of a 30-foot steel bollard wall system, all-weather access roads, lighting, and enforcement surveillance equipment. The border wall system will create a “complete enforcement zone,” CBP officials said in a written statement. Caddell Construction Company, (DE) LLC received the $275 million award to build the new border wall system. Officials sad the funding comes from FY 2020 appropriations approved by Congress. “The Laredo Sector is an area of high illegal activity, with over 21,000 illegal alien apprehensions and over 19,000 pounds of drugs seized this FY to date,” CBP officials stated. “The majority of its activity is occurring in areas where Laredo Sector lacks infrastructure, access and mobility, and technology. These projects will improve Laredo Sector’s ability to impede and deny illegal border crossings and the drug and human smuggling activities of transnational criminal organizations.” In an interview in April, Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez told Breitbart Texas that the sector is unique in that migrants crossing the border here are not looking to be apprehended like most other sectors. He explained the lack of physical infrastructure makes it challenging for agents to maintain operational control of the area and dangerous for migrants crossing the border illegally. “We are inches away from the heat of summer,” Chief Chavez explained. “Crossing the river here is very dangerous as the lake continues to release water creating deadly currents. The desert-like ranches in this sector are dangerous and present a great risk for injury or death to the migrants being smuggled around checkpoints. Then, add the dangers of COVID-19 on top of all of that.” “We have carried out more than 1,400 rescues during this fiscal year (which began October 1, 2019),” he explained. “Illegal border crossings are down, deaths are down, but rescues are up.” So far this fiscal year, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 24,000 migrants who illegally crossed the border from Mexico. That number is up from more than 22,222 during the same period last year.

Some good progress on this issue.  But, it’s still taking far to long to get contracts approved, and construction to begin.  Securing our southern border needs to be our #1 domestic national security priority.  Period.  This whole Wuhan virus crisis only adds to the urgency of it.