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Aspiring Pennsylvania governor vows to end sanctuary cities, restore law and order if elected

Aspiring Pennsylvania governor vows to end sanctuary cities,
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PENNSYLVANIA – During a recent interview with Breitbart News, former Rep. Lou Barletta – who is vying to become the governor of Pennsylvania – said during he would work to rid the state of sanctuary policies if he were to be elected.

Barletta appeared on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday on August 14th, claiming that if he were to become governor of Pennsylvania, one of his first priorities would be to end the practices of various sanctuary cities in the state:

“The first and foremost thing would be to stop sanctuary cities. You want to talk about a magnet to draw people into the state of Pennsylvania?”

During the August 14th interview, Barletta focused specifically on the city of Philadelphia, where he compared the city’s high crime rate to also having a rather large population of illegal immigrants.

Barletta also criticized Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, namely for the democratic mayor’s adoration of the city becoming a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants:

“When you have a sanctuary city, when you have a mayor who actually danced when he found out — Mayor Kenney danced when he found out that Philadelphia could become a sanctuary city.”

When Barletta claimed that Mayor Kenney danced over matters related to becoming a sanctuary city, it wasn’t hyperbole, as there is literally a video from June 6th of 2018 where Mayor Kenney is dancing while saying, “We are a sanctuary city”.

The relevance of June 6th, 2018, and that dance by the Philadelphia mayor related to a federal judge siding with the city of Philadelphia after the Trump administration’s Department of Justice attempted to withhold federal funding from the city over the sanctuary status.

According to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, the sanctuary status mandates enacted only allows detainers issued by ICE to be honored if the illegal immigrant in question has a past conviction of a first or second degree felony offense that involves violence and an arrest warrant accompanies the detainer.

The sanctuary status mandates in Philadelphia also prohibits local law enforcement and agencies from notifying ICE of any pending releases of illegal immigrants if the above criteria aren’t met.

Barletta stated during the interview that if he becomes governor, the nonsense attracting illegal immigrants to Philadelphia is going to come to a halt:

“I mean, look at the crime rates in Philadelphia. Look what’s happening. Look at the drugs that are being poured into that city and across Philadelphia. When you declare yourself a sanctuary city, you are literally advertising that you can come here and we will protect you and you can go about your business. That will stop immediately when I become governor of Pennsylvania.”

The aspiring governor pointed to the burden on taxpayers in Pennsylvania which is imposed by the harboring of illegal immigrants:

“We have to protect the Pennsylvania workers, without question. Illegal immigration cost — just last year — cost Pennsylvania taxpayers $1.38 billion, 1.38 billion.”

“So when we’re saying, ‘Where are we going to get the money for our infrastructure? Where are we going to get the money for our education for our children? Where are we going to get the money to do some of the things in our communities?’ Let’s start with almost one and a half billion dollars just by cracking down on illegal immigration.”

“There’s nothing good about illegal immigration, and we’re going to make sure we’re protecting legal immigrants, legal Pennsylvania workers, and as far as advertising to come to Pennsylvania if you’re in the country illegally, that’s going to end.”

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(Originally published August 15th, 2021)

AUSTIN, TX – A federal court has handed a solid defeat to the Biden administration’s immigration policy by ordering the revival of a Trump-era border policy requiring migrants to stay in Mexico until their U.S. immigration court date.

President Joe Biden ended the Migrant Protection Protocols border policy, known as “Remain in Mexico,” at the beginning of his term as he promised during campaigning.

The Trump program required thousands of non-Mexican migrants to wait in Mexico rather than make entry into the U.S. Texas and Missouri sued in federal court to stop the Biden administration from continuing its lax immigration policies, which have strained states’ resources.

On Friday, Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of the Northern District of Texas ruled in the case of Texas and Missouri v. Biden that the Biden Administration’s termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) violated both the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), as well as federal immigration law requiring that certain illegal aliens be detained.

Under Trump’s policy, migrants arriving at the border seeking asylum were permitted to file papers. They were then made to wait in Mexico for their court date, rather than be permitted to remain inside the United States.

Under Biden’s policy, immigrants have entered the country in record numbers and are being bussed and flown to cities throughout the United States to await processing. Many of these immigrants will never appear in court and join an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already inside the U.S.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in June formally ended the program, saying keeping it intact “would be a poor use of the department’s resources.”

Judge Kacsmaryk said Secretary Mayorkas made several errors in ending the program:

“First, the Secretary failed to consider several of the main benefits of MPP. As the Court stated above in the findings of fact, DHS had previously found that ‘aliens without meritorious claims — which no longer constitute[d] a free ticket into the United States — (were) beginning to voluntarily return home.’ DHS also found that MPP addressed the ‘perverse incentives’ created by allowing ‘those with non-meritorious claims . . . (to) remain in the country for lengthy periods of time.’”

Mentioning the June 1, 2021, memorandum that Mayorkas sent ending the program, the Judge said the Secretary never mentioned the benefits of MPP:

“The June 1 Memorandum never once mentions these benefits. At the very least, the Secretary was required to show a reasoned decision for discounting the benefits of MPP. Instead, the June 1 Memorandum does not address the problems created by false claims of asylum or how MPP addressed those problems.

“Likewise, it does not address the fact that DHS previously found that “approximately 9 out of 10 asylum claims from Northern Triangle countries are ultimately found non-meritorious by federal immigration judges,” App. 303, and that MPP discouraged such aliens from traveling and attempting to cross the border in the first place.”

The judge also pointed to the failure of Mayorkas to consider the wave of illegal aliens that would flood across the border and into the United States if MPP was terminated:

“Second, the Secretary also failed to consider the warnings by career DHS personnel that ‘the suspension of the MPP, along with other policies, would lead to a resurgence of illegal aliens attempting to illegally’ cross the border.

This is all the more important because the Secretary had the opportunity to see if the warnings were predictive because the Secretary suspended enrollments in MPP on January 20, 2021.

“From that date until June 1, 2021, when MPP was permanently terminated, the Secretary had the opportunity to observe the ever-increasing number of border encounters.

But the Secretary never discussed the rise in border encounters in the June 1 Memorandum or discussed why the warnings by  career DHS personnel were misguided or incorrect even as the data appeared to show that the career officials were, in fact, prescient.”

The ruling gave DHS seven days to file an appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals before the ruling goes into effect.

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(Originally published August 12th, 2021)

YUMA, AZ – According to reports, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents recently apprehended a convicted sex offender who had illegally crossed the southern border earlier in August.

Furthermore, Yuma Sector agents have reportedly apprehended over 400 convicted sex offenders since October of 2020.

During the weekend ending on August 8th, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested more than 1,500 migrants who had illegally crossed into the country. According to Chief Patrol Agent Chris Clem, one of those apprehended during the weekend was a convicted child sex offender.

While Yuma Sector agents were processing 45-year-old Salvadorian national Jorge Ramirez-Rivera, a biometric screening returned a 2012 conviction of sexual molestation of a child that Ramirez-Rivera received back in El Monte, California.

At the time of his conviction, Ramirez-Rivera reportedly served a mere 142 days in jail for the offense before he was released and then deported back to El Salvador.

However, with Ramirez-Rivera’s illegal re-entry into the United States, he could be facing up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of illegal re-entry after removal as a child sex offender.

Since October 1st of 2020, the start of the fiscal year for the Border Patrol, Yuma Sector agents have reportedly apprehended 429 convicted sex offenders that illegally re-entered the United States.

At around the same timeframe, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents in Texas apprehended two other previously deported sex offenders and a known gang member.

Border Patrol agents from the McAllen Station located a 38-year-old male traveling with a group of primarily migrant families near Havana, Texas, on August 6th.

The Guatemalan man was found to be a convicted child sex offender during a records check and biometric screening by the agents. According to officials, the individual was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in an unnamed court, which is a third-degree felony. The individual was sentenced to two years of probation by the court.

Another group of 18 single adult migrants was captured later that day by McAllen Station agents.

Officials said one of those arrested was a Honduran national who had been convicted in a Minnesota court of criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 13 and 15. For the 4th-degree felony, the Honduran man was sentenced to ten years of probation and 114 days in jail by a Minnesota court.

Fort Brown Station agents apprehended a group of seven migrants who had illegally entered the United States from Mexico the next day on August 7th. One of the individuals, a 33-year-old Nicaraguan national, was revealed to be a previously deported sex offender during processing.

In 2008, a Ventura, California, court found the individual guilty of having intercourse with a minor who was more than three years younger than him. The individual was sentenced to ten days in jail and was placed on probation for another 36 months by the court.

On August 9th, agents from the Falfurrias Station searched the brush encircling the Border Patrol checkpoint on US Highway 281 and discovered a group of six migrants attempting to avoid arrest, according to officials.

One of the males, a Salvadoran national, was recognized as a member of the notorious Latin Kings gang after a records check. The Salvadoran man has also been deported on several occasions.

All of the aforementioned migrants could face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of illegal re-entry after deportation.

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