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Kim Kardashian Ridiculed For Harvard Speech

Reality star and acclaimed businesswoman Kim Kardashian spoke to students at Harvard Business School on Friday as part of the University’s guest lecture series.

Despite Kardashian’s success as an entrepreneur (her SKIMS shapewear company was recently valued at more than $3 billion), Kardashian was mocked by many online users. One online critic tweeted that Kardashian probably “couldn’t even spell Harvard” while another insisted, “Kim Kardashian destroyed Marilyn’s dress, Diana’s necklace, and Harvard’s reputation.”

Another online user declared “Harvard should be ashamed”. The tweet received more than 25-thousand likes.

Despite the online critics, Kardashian has proven to be a bankable social media star and, thanks to the massive valuation on her SKIMS venture, a successful businesswoman as well. Harvard Business School invited Kardashian to explain the direct-to-consumer marketing approach she has employed at SKIMS.

Kardashian reportedly spoke to the students for two hours, with the entire speaking event being filmed by her team.

In addition to her direct-to-consumer marketing approach, Kardashian reportedly also spoke with Harvard students about SKKY Partners, the new Private Equity firm she recently established with former Carlyle Group partner, Jay Sammons. Sammons and Kardashian say they intend to assist budding entrepreneurs in both the consumer and media sectors. (Sammons himself, per his Linked In bio, is a graduate of Harvard Business School and spent over a decade at Carlyle where he ran the consumer and media group.)

Despite the many internet critics, some bystanders did jump to Kardashian’s defense. Kardashian, after all, has accomplished what Harvard Business School is trying to teach; Kardashian has created a multi-billion dollar company — and is growing her empire.


Breaking: Even More Classified Documents Found in Biden Home Search

A Justice Department search of President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware resulted in additional classified documents being discovered.

On Saturday, the President’s personal attorney Bob Bauer said six more classified documents had been found in a search that went from 9:45am until 10:30pm on Friday.


This is the newest batch of classified documents discovered to be in Biden’s possession. It follows the initial discovery of classified documents made ahead of mid-term elections at the Penn-Biden Center think tank in Washington, D.C.

Additional classified documents were found in Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home in December.

Meanwhile, yet another batch was discovered last week in the President’s garage. These classified documents were kept in a locked garage, with his corvette.

In confirming the documents’ location to reporters, Biden told the media, “By the way, my corvette’s in a locked garage, okay? It’s not like it’s sitting out there on the street.”

Ahead of the mid-term election, the President questioned how former President Donald Trump could have had classified documents in his possession, telling 60 Minutes, “How could that possibly happen?” he said in an interview with the CBS News program. “How anyone could be that irresponsible. And, it just… totally irresponsible.”


Biden Touts Rising Wages, But Inflation Has Kept Workers From Enjoying The Benefits

(The Center Square) – President Joe Biden touted Americans’ rising wages over the weekend, but a closer look shows there is more to the story.

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“More Americans have health insurance than ever in history,” Biden wrote on Twitter. “Fewer families are facing foreclosure today than before the pandemic. And wages are climbing faster than prices.”

While wages have increased during Biden’s presidency, soaring inflation has eroded and often surpassed any gains for workers since Biden took office.

“Only a few months of Biden’s presidency have [we] seen wages and earnings rise faster than prices,” said E.J. Antoni, an economist at the Heritage Foundation. “Over the last two years, the American people have become demonstrably worse off with the average family losing $6,000 in purchasing power because prices have risen so much faster than wages.”

Antoni argued Biden misrepresents the data.

“[Biden] also said ‘wages are higher now than they were seven months ago adjusted for inflation’ – but real wages are LOWER than they were 8, 9, 10, … months ago, and lower than when Biden took office (conveniently omitted),” Antoni said, adding that Biden “also omits real [average] weekly earnings, which have declined even further than real [average] hourly earnings, because businesses have been reducing hours, cutting full-time jobs [and] replacing with part-time.”

Federal employees faced this reality firsthand in recent weeks.

Biden issued an executive order in December giving a wide range of federal employees a 4.6% pay increase, 4.1% as a raise and 0.5% as a cost-of-living adjustment.

That raise is much higher than the 2.7% increase from the same time last year, but neither have helped those workers keep pace with rising prices.

The 4.6% increase is far less than the rise in consumer prices.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released new inflation data earlier this month that showed the overall consumer price index rose 6.5% in the previous 12 months.

This isn’t the first time Biden has given an especially rosy outlook on the economy. Biden suggested food prices were falling in a recent tweet when they have actually soared since he took office.

“For the sixth month in a row, yearly inflation is down,” Biden wrote on Twitter earlier this month. “It might be rising in economies around the world, but it’s coming down here. And gas prices, food, and more are following.”

But food prices actually rose again in December as they have for the past 12 months.

BLS data shows the “food at home” index rose 0.2% in December and 11.8% in the past year. Food away from home rose 0.4% in December and 8.3% in the last year.

“The index for cereals and bakery products rose 16.1 percent over the year. The remaining major grocery store food groups posted increases ranging from 7.7 percent (meats, poultry, fish, and eggs) to 15.3 percent (dairy and related products),” BLS said.

As The Center Square previously reported, here are some seasonally adjusted price changes for urban consumers for the major food categories in December as well as the annual numbers, according to BLS’ data:

  • Cereals and bakery products prices saw no change in December but rose 16.1% in the last year.
  • Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs rose 1% in December and 7.7% in the last year.
  • Dairy and related products prices declined 0.3% in December but rose 15.3% in the last year.
  • Fruits and vegetable prices declined 0.6% in December but rose 8.4% in the last year.
  • Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials prices rose 0.1% in December and 12.4% in the last year.
  • BLS’ “other food at home” category saw a 0.4% increase in December and a 13.9% increase in the last year.


Report: Children Under 14 Dying From Fentanyl Poisoning At Faster Rate Than Any Other Age Group

(The Center Square) – Children under age 14 are dying from fentanyl poisoning at a faster rate than any other age group in the U.S., according to a new analysis from Families Against Fentanyl.

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In the past two years, synthetic opioid (fentanyl) deaths among children surged.

Fentanyl-related deaths among infants (children under age one) quadrupled from 2019 to 2021; more than tripled among children between the ages of 1 and 4 and nearly quadrupled among children between the ages of 5 and 14.

Since 2015, fentanyl-related deaths among infants increased nearly 10-fold; among children ages 1 to 14, deaths increased 15-fold, an increase of over 1,400%, FAF said.

Nationally, fentanyl deaths also doubled over the same time period.

The majority of deaths were poisonings, meaning they resulted from fentanyl being ingested without the person’s knowledge. In 2021, less than 1% of fentanyl-related fatalities were suicides.

FAF reported its findings in a newly published brief, “The Changing Faces of Fentanyl Deaths,” which evaluated Center for Disease Control data of fentanyl poisoning fatalities.

“These disturbing new findings should serve as a wake-up call to our nation’s leaders,’” Jim Rauh, founder of Families Against Fentanyl, said. He again called on President Joe Biden to classify fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction “and immediately establish a White House task force dedicated to the fentanyl crisis.”

“Americans deserve to know what is being done to save lives, and what is being done to uncover and stop the international manufacturers and traffickers of illicit fentanyl,” Rauh added. “This is the number one killer of our nation’s young adults. It is killing more and more children each year. It’s time to treat this threat with the urgency it deserves.”

It announced its findings after the DEA issued several public safety alerts last year about fentanyl and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody warned of Mexican cartels targeting young Americans with rainbow fentanyl pills, fake prescription pills that look like candy but are laced with fentanyl.

The DEA last month announced that in 2022, it seized enough fentanyl to kill more than everyone in the U.S. Texas law enforcement officers, as of Jan. 13 and since March 2021, have seized over 356 million lethal doses of fentanyl, enough to kill more than everyone in the United States. Last year, in a few months’ time, Florida law enforcement officers seized enough fentanyl to kill everyone in Florida.

Two milligrams of fentanyl, the size of a mosquito, is lethal enough to kill a grown adult and is 100 times more potent than morphine.

In early January, Moody called on Biden to demand that Mexico take action to prevent fentanyl from pouring across the border. She said she was “deeply concerned” because in his meetings with the Mexican president they didn’t appear “to discuss the deluge of illicit fentanyl flooding across our border from Mexico or the record number of Americans dying because of your failure to take action and stop the unmitigated flow of this deadly poison.”

Biden has also “failed to demand accountability and cooperation during previous meetings with both Obrador and Chinese President Xi Jinping,” Moody said.

Both countries have been identified by U.S. federal and state law enforcement agencies for creating the illicit fentanyl crisis. Chinese mafia and gangs ship fentanyl precursors to Mexican ports, where cartels and their operatives manufacture fake prescription pills and lace other drugs with fentanyl, fueling the fentanyl crisis, the DEA and other agencies say.

Traffickers then bring deadly drugs across the border using migrant warfare as a way to distract and avoid law enforcement, experts say.

The DEA has published several public safety alerts about the dangers of fentanyl. Florida has also published resources through its Dose of Reality, One Pill Can Kill website. It’s Fast Facts on Fentanyl toolkit includes a DEA Emoji Drug Code to educate parents about how dealers are selling illicit drugs targeting minors through social media apps.

FAF points out that synthetic opioid (fentanyl) poisoning is still the leading cause of death among Americans between ages 18 and 45.

Americans are encouraged to have Naloxone on hand, a drug that’s proven to reverse opioid overdoses and fentanyl poisoning if administered quickly enough. It’s available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It’s accessible for free and low cost online, through a range of community organizations, and through pharmacies with and without a prescription and with or without insurance.


Border Patrol Chief Testimony: Biden Policies Led To Increased Illegal Crossings

(The Center Square) – “More damaging evidence” of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies have been uncovered in a trial that began Monday in a lawsuit filed against the Biden administration by Florida, state Attorney General Ashley Moody said Thursday.

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“Florida is the first state to take the Biden administration to trial over its unlawful catch-and-release policy,” Moody said.

Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz testified this week that after Biden took office in January 2021, policy changes were implemented via a memo that radically altered detention and release protocols, leading to an unprecedented number of people being released into the U.S. contrary to federal law established by Congress.

“We are using their own officials to prove to the court that the Biden administration knew its policies would create the chaos and destruction we now see at our Southwest Border,” Moody said. “Regardless of the outcome of this monumental trial – which we will win – the evidence we have uncovered is shining a light on the fact that Biden purposefully destroyed federal immigration protections and caused the intentional release of hundreds of thousands of immigrants into the country.”

Ortiz testified Tuesday that Biden administration policies repealed processing pathways of the MPP, ACA and PACR, which impacted Border Patrol agents’ ability to expeditiously process and remove illegal foreign nationals. Restrictions were also put in place regarding detention that forced agents to release even more people into the U.S.

When asked if reducing consequences that deter illegal immigration would increase illegal entries into the U.S., and that Biden administration policies were responsible for increasing the “flow of aliens” to the border, Ortiz answered, “yes.”

When asked if Biden administration policies restricting detention and processing resulted in Border Patrol agents releasing single adults and family units into the U.S. who otherwise wouldn’t have been released, Ortiz said, “That coupled with the reduced processing space or detention capacity within our facilities, and the increases in encounters that we were experiencing at the time all were part of that decision, yes.”

When asked about Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers not responding to detention requests, resulting in Border Patrol agents being forced to release people who should be detained, he said, “We don’t have a choice, you’re right.”

In another line of questioning about a January 2021 memo issued by White House senior official David Pekoske altering detention and release protocols, Ortiz testified that he wasn’t aware the policy had been blocked by a court and agents continued to implement it. Ortiz confirmed that the memo directed BP agents to “detain on a mandatory basis only those individuals listed” within specified priorities as opposed to those listed by federal statute.

At one point in Ortiz’s testimony, he appeared to contradict Border Patrol data when he replied to a question that “a new border surge” wasn’t occurring after the president was inaugurated.

He said, “I don’t know about a border surge. It’s been … we’ve been busy for a while. I felt like since 2013 we have steadily increased the levels of encounters that we’ve seen across the southwest border. So I’m not so sure I would characterize it as a new border surge but we are busy.”

He made the remarks after Customs and Border Protection have reported the largest number of apprehensions and illegal entries in U.S. history. In fiscal 2013, there were 414,371 apprehensions reported by all nine southwest Border Patrol sectors. By fiscal 2022, they totaled 2,378,944.

Since Biden’s been in office, over 5 million foreign nationals have been apprehended or reported evading capture from law enforcement, including over 3.3 million in fiscal 2022 alone.

When asked “did some aliens not flow to the border because of the policies that were enacted by the Trump administration,” Ortiz said, “I believe there was a perception that there were potential consequences, so there were – I’m assuming migrants that made the decision not to travel to the U.S., yes.”

During the Trump administration, total southwest border apprehensions/encounters in fiscal 2016 were 408,870; in fiscal 2017, 303,916; in fiscal 2018, 396,579; and in fiscal 2020, 458,088, according to CBP data.

In fiscal 2021 after Biden took office, they totaled 1,734,686; in fiscal 2022, they totaled 2,378,944.

In the first two months of fiscal 2023, they total 465,034, greater than any full fiscal year in Trump’s presidency.

Moody’s office released a transcript of portions of Ortiz’s cross-examination in a trial underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida Pensacola Division.


‘Not Authorized:’ AG Garland Appoints Special Counsel To Investigate Biden Over Classified Documents

(The Center Square) – Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday he has appointed Robert Hur as special counsel to lead the investigation into President Joe Biden after classified documents were found at Biden’s office at the Penn Biden Center and at his home in Delaware.

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Garland said the investigation will determine “whether any person or entity violated the law in this matter.”

“I will ensure that Mr. Hur receives all the resources he needs to conduct his work,” Garland said. “This appointment underscores for the public the Department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters, and to making decisions indisputably guided only by the facts and the law.”

Garland said that in November of last year, the National Archives Office of Inspector General reached out to the Department of Justice. The IG told the DOJ that they had been informed by the White House that classified documents were found at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C.

“That office was not authorized for storage of classified documents,” Garland said. “The [DOJ] prosecutor was also advised that those documents had also been secured at an archives facility. On November 9, the FIB commenced an assessment, consistent with standard protocols, to understand whether classified information had been mishandled in violation of federal law.”

Garland said that on Dec. 20, Biden’s personal counsel told the DOJ that more documents with classified markings were found in Biden’s private garage in Wilmington, Delaware. Those also came from during Biden’s time as vice president.

“The FBI went to the location and secured those documents,” Garland said.

Biden admitted during a news conference Thursday that he did have classified documents in his garage, next to his corvette.

“By the way, my Corvette is in a locked garage, OK?” Biden said. “So, it’s not like they’re sitting out in the street.”

Biden said his lawyers “discovered a small number of documents with classified markings in storage areas and in file cabinets in my home and my … in my personal library. This was done in the case of the Biden Penn – this was done in the case of the Biden Penn Center. The Department of Justice was immediately – as was done, the Department of Justice was immediately … notified, and the lawyers arranged for the Department of Justice to take possession of the document.”

“So you’re going to see,” he added. “We’re going to see all this unfold. I’m confident.”

Garland said that Biden’s personal counsel reached out to the DOJ yet again Thursday, having found another document with classified markings.

U.S. House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., has also launched an investigation into the classified documents

As The Center Square previously reported, Comer sent a letter to the National Archives and Records Administration and the White House Counsel’s Office demanding answers.

“The Committee is concerned that President Biden has compromised sources and methods with his own mishandling of classified documents,” the letter to Biden’s White House Counsel said. “Under the Biden Administration, the Department of Justice and NARA have made compliance with the Presidential Records Act a top priority.”


Feds Borrowed $4 Billion Per Day In 2022, Totaling $10K Per Household

(The Center Square) – Federal debt soared by $1.4 trillion in 2022 as President Joe Biden and Congress approved multiple new spending packages.

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The Congressional Budget Office released the final details of federal spending in 2022 showing the federal government had a $1.4 trillion deficit last year, borrowing roughly $82 billion in December alone.

“This is not a pretty picture no matter how you look at it,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “There are times to borrow – like during a pandemic or major recession – and there are times where we should ratchet down the borrowing, like now when the economy is strong and inflation is hot.”

MacGuineas pointed out last year’s borrowing totals more than $10,000 per household and $4 billion per day.

The federal debt surpassed $31 trillion in the fall.

The higher debt was fueled in part by a rash of several trillion dollars in additional spending bills since Biden took office. Initially, that spending received broad support as a response to the pandemic, but later bills received more opposition from Republicans.

“We need a fresh start in 2023 for how we budget, spend, and borrow,” MacGuineas said. “Members of Congress who are serious about the fiscal health of the nation should commit to passing a budget, not engaging in new borrowing, and coming up with a reasonable package of savings to help bring our debt down.”

Without changes, the debt and deficit future looks bleak. The Congressional Budget Office released its economic outlook for the next decade last summer and projected record high debt levels compared to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.

“CBO projects that the federal budget deficit will shrink to $1.0 trillion in 2022 (it was $2.8 trillion last year) and that the annual shortfall would average $1.6 trillion from 2023 to 2032,” CBO said. “The deficit continues to decrease as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) next year as spending related to the coronavirus pandemic wanes, but then deficits increase, reaching 6.1 percent of GDP in 2032. The deficit has been greater than that only six times since 1946.”


Republicans Blast Biden Over Classified Documents, Raise Questions Of Double Standard

(The Center Square) – President Joe Biden has come under heavy fire after news reports indicated that classified documents from his time as vice president were found at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington.

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Attorney General Merrick Garland has handed the case over to a U.S. attorney in Chicago to investigate, according to CBS News.

Republicans were quick to launch accusations of hypocrisy, pointing out federal law enforcement raided former President Donald Trump’s residence for classified documents.

“Why hasn’t the FBI raided Joe Biden’s home?” said Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas.

Biden’s defenders, though, argue that Trump was given warning from the National Archives and Records Administration before a referral was given to federal law enforcement.

“The difference is that Biden’s lawyers cooperated [and] reached out to the National Archives upon discovering the classified documents, unlike Trump [and] his circle obstructing the investigation into the classified docs at Mar-A-Lago,” said Olivia Troye, a national security expert who worked for former Vice President Mike Pence in the White House. “Regardless, the right will distort this [and] use it.”

Critics have shot back, saying there is more to the story, also raising questions about the think tank where they were stored.

“Biden stole classified documents and stored them at his think tank while he was VP,” said Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Texas. “The VP does not have any authority to declassify classified documents. And this ‘think tank’ received $54 million in funding from the CCP.”

It’s unclear to what degree Biden was personally involved in handling and storing the documents, but some Republicans blasted him, saying he knowingly broke the law. When Trump came under fire for similar allegations last year, the media and other officials speculated that he could end up behind bars.

“Biden knew for years that he’s been storing highly classified documents in his personal office,” said Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas. “He knew it when FBI agents were raiding Mar-a-Lago, and he knew it when he appointed a partisan special counsel. He knew the whole time but still had his DOJ goons persecute Trump.”

Some have yet to weigh in, but overall Republicans Tuesday echoed the call for accountability.

“Joe Biden took classified documents from the White House when he was Vice President,” said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia “The VP does not have the power to declassify, only POTUS. Joe Biden stole classified documents. This is a very serious crime. DOJ [and] NARA can’t sweep this under the rug and persecute Trump.”


Oil And Gas Industry Lauds EPA Decision To Reverse Course In Permian Basin

(The Center Square) – The Biden administration has backed down from a plan to impose what critics said were “draconian regulations” in the Permian Basin of west Texas and southeastern New Mexico, a move lauded by the oil and gas industry and Gov. Greg Abbott.

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The Biden Administration on Thursday released its Fall 2022 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which includes planned rule-makings and federal action. In it, the Environmental Protection Agency omitted its plan to impose “discretionary redesignation” of air quality conditions in the Permian Basin.

In June, the EPA had announced it was reversing a 2017 decision by designating regions of the Permian Basin as nonattainment areas, meaning they don’t comply with 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

In response, Abbott sent letters to the president first arguing in June that the EPA plan “could lead to skyrocketing prices at the pump by reducing production, increase the cost of that production, or do both.” In August, he argued the EPA’s plan to attack Texas production” was “based on illogical and flawed grounds.”

The president didn’t respond. Instead, the EPA said if it decided to do anything it would notify Abbott and solicit state input.

Four months later, the administration omitted the EPA policy that was quietly released late Wednesday, denoting it as “inactive,” meaning it wouldn’t be finalized in the next six to 12 months.

The EPA confirmed in an email to Bloomberg News that its potential Permian Basin designation was’t active but “could be revived later.”

If the plan had gone forward, Abbott argues, it would “result in draconian regulations that would directly interfere with 40% of all oil produced in the United States.”

“The Permian Basin is the crown jewel of Texas’ mighty oil and gas industry, and the State of Texas will do whatever it takes to protect its production and the hundreds of thousands of good-paying energy jobs in our state,” the governor said in a statement.

“While it is encouraging news that the Biden Administration has backed down on this disastrous plan,” he added, “Texas remains ready to fight any job-killing attacks on our critical oil and gas industry.”

Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, said, the EPA’s decision was the “correct one.”

“The wide-open spaces of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico are home to the oil and natural gas that fuel our economy and enhance modern life,” he said. “Carbon dioxide, methane, and other related emissions have been declining substantially over the last few years and operators are focused on continued good environmental stewardship.”

He also points out that “oil produced in the Permian Basin is among the cleanest in the world according to its lower carbon intensity.”

“Excessive government regulation is unnecessary and stifles affordable and reliable energy supplies,” he said, noting that the oil and natural gas industry remained committed “to making smart choices to improve air quality in this region and deliver the resources that are indispensable to our state, nation, and world.”

Ed Longanecker, president of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association, also lauded the move. He also pointed out that “over the past several years, our industry has made monumental steps in reducing air pollutants, and oil and gas producers are already taking the steps needed to improve air quality.”

A recent Texans for Natural Gas study found that between 2011 and 2021, methane emissions’ intensity fell by more than 76% in the Permian Basin.

“If the administration and EPA want to craft successful policy moving forward, they should be partnering with private industry in a collaborative manner to help advance emissions reduction efforts, not forcing them through unneeded and onerous regulatory mandates,” Longanecker added.

Thure Cannon, president of the Texas Pipeline Association, told The Center Square the decision “acknowledged the importance of the oil and natural gas to Texas, the nation and the world.” He also said the association hoped “the Administration will make other favorable decisions that benefit this industry, which is so vital to a strong American energy policy and our national security.”

The Permian Basin produces roughly 5.2 million barrels of oil a day, which translates to roughly 95 million gallons of gasoline a day.

The Texas oil and gas industry directly employs over 422,000 Texans and supports 1.37 million Texas jobs. Industry job gains have helped Texas lead the nation in job growth and in U.S energy production.

In 2021, Texas crude oil accounted for 43% of all U.S. production and 25% of all marketed natural gas production.

In the first half of 2022, the U.S. became the world’s largest LNG exporter, the EIA reports, led by Texas.


Gov. Abbott To Biden During El Paso Trip: These Five Policies Will Help Secure Border

(The Center Square) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday urged President Joe Biden to implement five policies to help secure the U.S. southern border, hand delivering him a letter after the president landed at the El Paso International Airport for his first visit to the border since he took office.

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“Thousands of Texans have lost their lives,” Abbott told reporters, saying he told the president that the chaos at the border was a result of the president’s “refusal to enforce immigration law” already passed by Congress.

He said the president’s visit was “two years and $20 billion too late” and argued Biden avoided crisis areas and meeting with Texas property owners whose lives were being “destroyed” by his policies.

Biden didn’t speak publicly or field questions from the media during his visit Sunday.

In his letter, Abbott told the president, “even the city you visit has been sanitized of the migrant camps which have overrun downtown El Paso because your administration wants to shield you from the chaos that Texans experience on a daily basis,” which is a direct result “of your failure to enforce the immigration laws that Congress enacted.”

While illegal immigration slowed under the Trump administration, Abbott said, under Biden’s watch, “America is suffering the worst illegal immigration in the history of our country.”

He said he told the president, “Your open-border policies have emboldened the cartels, who grow wealthy by trafficking deadly fentanyl and even human beings. Texans are paying an especially high price for your failure, sometimes with their very lives, as local leaders from your own party will tell you if given the chance.”

“All of this is happening,” he said, because the president has violated his “constitutional obligation to defend the states against invasion through faithful execution of federal laws.”

Abbott said he welcomed the president to the southern border. After Biden was finished with “photo-ops in a carefully stage-managed version of El Paso,” Abbott said, he “must” implement the policies he suggested. They include complying with federal law requiring detention and deportation of those in the U.S. illegally, fully complying with court orders to implement Remain in Mexico and Title 42 policies, finishing building the border wall in Texas, and designating Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.

The first proposal, requiring illegal foreign nationals to be detained to “end the practice of unlawfully paroling aliens en masse,” the Biden administration is currently fighting in court in a lawsuit filed by Florida. A trial begins Monday in that lawsuit.

The second, to “stop sandbagging the implementation of the Remain in Mexico policy and Title 42 expulsions, and fully enforce those measures as the federal courts have ordered you to do,” is also being fought in court by the Biden administration in a lawsuit brought by Texas and Missouri. Arizona, Texas and 17 other states sued over Title 42, and have so far prevailed in the courts to halt it from being terminated.

The third, to “aggressively prosecute illegal entry between ports of entry and allow ICE to remove illegal immigrants in accordance with federal laws,” the Biden administration is also fighting in court. Nineteen attorneys general filed a brief with the Supreme Court in attempt to get the administration to comply with federal deportation requirements.

The fourth, to “immediately resume construction of the border wall” in Texas, is something the administration has vowed not to do after it halted construction shortly after the president took office. In the federal government’s absence, Abbott was the first governor to build a wall on Texas soil, which broke ground in December 2021.

The fifth was a continued call by the governor requesting the president to designate cartels as FTOs.

Abbott told reporters on Sunday that Biden’s response was “cordial” and that the president said he “wanted to work with Republicans.”

Abbott also said the president “has never called me to discuss” the “chaos at the border.” He said, “I’ve provided him with real solutions” and “I expect him to call me.”

Of the policies proposed by Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last week, Abbott said, “they will do nothing more than entice more illegal immigration.”

He also said that “Texas desperately needs more money” after having already spent $4 billion of Texas taxpayer money on border security efforts. The Texas Legislature, which convenes on Tuesday, will be committing at least another $4 billion to ongoing border security efforts, he said.

He also said U.S. House Republicans have committed to border security measures and he expects the federal government to reimburse Texas. Its border security mission, as of Jan. 6 and since March 2021, has led to the apprehension of more than 340,000 illegal foreign nationals and criminal arrests of over 23,000 people with over 21,000 felony charges reported. They’ve also seized over 355 million lethal doses of fentanyl.

Abbott pointed to Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis sending busloads of people to Chicago and New York because “we don’t have the capability to cover them,” but “self-described sanctuary cities have the capacity to deal with this.”

Texas has bused over 9,100 people to Washington, D.C., since April, over 4,900 to New York City and over 1,500 to Chicago since August, and over 840 to Philadelphia since November, his office said.


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