Report: Economic ‘relief’ gives millions to foreign countries, keeps amnesty pipeline open for MS-13 gang

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The passing of a new “economic relief” package for Americans also includes using United States taxpayer money to fund border security in foreign countries. 

According to reports, as part of the more than 5,590-page spending bill, the deal provides the country of Jordan with “up to $500,000,000” in taxpayer money to “provide assistance to the Government of Jordan to support the armed forces of Jordan and to enhance security along its borders.”

The bill gives $250 million in taxpayer money to the countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, and Oman for “enhanced border security.” The bill specifically stated that in Lebanon, the bill gives taxpayer money to “secure the borders” of Lebanon. The bill also gives $700 million in taxpayer money on “assistance for Sudan and its citizens.”

Reportedly, the provisions of the bill are coupled with direct relief payments for Americans that are half of the first stimulus payment, which was $1,200 as part of the CARES Act passed earlier in the year. The new bill provides $600 stimulus checks for individuals and $1,200 stimulus checks for couples as well as additional money for each child a couple has.

Here is a more extensive breakdown of what was included in the 5,590-page bill:

$169,739,00o to Vietnam, including $19 million to remediate dioxins (pg. 1476);

Unspecified funds to “continue support for not-for-profit institutions of high education in Kabul, Afghanistan that are accessible to both women and men in a co-educational environment” (pg. 1477);

$198,323,000 to Bangladash, including $23.5 million to support Burmese refugees and $23.3 million for “democracy programs” (pg. 1485);

Pakistan: $15 million for “democracy programs” and $10 million for “gender programs” (pg. 1486);

Sri Lanka: Up to $15 million “for the refurbishing of a high endurance cutter,” which is a type of patrol boat (pg. 1489);

$505,925,000 to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama to “address key factors that contribute to the migration of unaccompanied, undocumented minors to the United States” (pg. 1490-1491);

$461,375,000 to Colombia for programs related to counternarcotics and human rights (pg. 1494-1496);

$74.8 million to the “Caribbean Basin Security Initiative” (pg. 1498);

$33 million for “democracy programs for Venezuela” (pg. 1498);

Unspecified amount to Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Curacao, and Trinidad and Tobago for “assistance for communities in countries supporting or otherwise impacted by refugees from Venezuela” (pg. 1499);

$132,025,000 “for assistance for Georgia” (pg. 1499) and;

$453 million “for assistance for Ukraine” (pg. 1500).

Before the details of the bill emerged, Rep. Andy Biggs tweeted:

“We still don’t have text yet for this massive spending bill and we’ll likely be expected to vote on it later today. Just another bill we have to pass before the American people discover all the goodies that special interests jammed into it over the past week.”

The new spending bill also includes a continuation of a de facto amnesty pipeline for illegal aliens while placing limits on where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can continue to construct the United States-Mexico border wall. 

According to reports, in this year-end spending bill that is meant to be “relief for struggling Americans,” lawmakers have included provisions that ban the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency from deporting any illegal aliens who are living in households with or are related to “Unaccompanied Alien Children” (UACs) who quickly get released to relatives after arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Under these provisions, ICE agents cannot detain, deport, or even refer for deportation illegal aliens who are “a sponsor, potential sponsor, or member of a household of a sponsor or potential sponsor” to a UAC so long as they have not been convicted of a felony.

These provisions provide a legal shield or de factor amnesty, to all illegal aliens claiming to be “part of a household” that is “sponsoring a UAC,” even those affiliated with the extremely dangerous MS-13 gang.

The spending bill does come with nearly $1.4 billion to construct over 56 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. However, the money comes with limitations that bans DHS from constructing the walls within the following:

The Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge;

The Bensten-Rio Grande Valley State Park;

The La Lomita Historical Park;

The National Butterfly Center;

The Vista del Mar Ranch tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge and;

Historical cemeteries.

In November 2020 alone, more than 67,000 illegal aliens were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, including nearly 4,500 UACs and more than 58,500 border crossers were single adults. Reportedly, the UAC program is widely used by the MS-13 gang to import illegal alien members into the U.S.

In fact, about 22,000 potential recruits for the MS-13 gang are resettled throughout the country by the federal government on a yearly basis. MS-13, which originated in El Salvador, has continually used the U.S. immigration system to slowly build up its membership within the U.S.

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Report: Texas port sees 182 percent increase of immigrants being apprehended for illegally crossing border

December 21st, 2020

DEL RIO, TX- In a report that compares November 2019 to the same month this year, Border Patrol officials said there is an increase of 182 percent of migrants being apprehended, after illegally crossing the border from Mexico into Texas. 

In a written statement, Del Rio Border Patrol officials said that agents arrested 8,472 illegal aliens who crossed the border between ports of entry in November 2020, compared to the 3,008 illegal aliens who were arrested in November 2019.

The statement, which was posted to Twitter by Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero (@USBPChiefDRT) on December 18th, 2020 also said:

“This increase, with continued pandemic concerns, highlight the importance of having our brave men and women patrolling the borders.”

According to reports, the bulk of the increase in apprehensions came in the category of “single adult aliens.” Agents arrested 7,951 single adults in November 2020 compared to 1,793 in November 2019. This marks an increase in the arrests of single adults to more than 340 percent.

Additionally, the nearly 8,000 single adults that were arrested in this single border sector of Texas, represents more than 13 percent of the total 61,000 single adults arrested along the entire southwestern border with Mexico.

Skero said in a statement:

“There has been a significant increase in arrests of single adults attempting to illegally enter the United States in our area of responsibility. The men and women of Del Rio Sector work to detect, deter, and apprehend anyone seeking to violate the immigration laws of the United States.”

Following their arrest, all apprehended migrants undergo a medical screening and criminal background investigation. Once cleared, they are almost immediately expelled to Mexico under Title 42 coronavirus protection protocols that have been put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The New York Post reported that Joe Biden’s team is anxious over the surge in illegal immigrants being apprehended, prompting his advisers to consider keeping some Trump administration immigration policies to avoid inspiring an even bigger rush.

This “uptick” threatens Biden’s promise to propose amnesty legislation, and to adopt policies that defer deportation and allow applicants to await amnesty decisions in the U.S. Allegedly, the Biden transition team has “grown concerned” and is “trying to decide which policies to change” and when to “avoid creating the appearance of leniency.”

Former Border Patrol acting director Ron Vitiello said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal:

“I don’t see any recipe that doesn’t have them as overwhelmed as we were in ’14 and ’18.”

Immigration was a major campaign issue, with both Biden and Trump swapping allegations of treating illegal immigrants and asylum seekers inhumanely. At the final presidential debate, Trump repeatedly said:

“Who built the cages, Joe?”

With Biden taking the White House, and his promises to roll out the welcome mate, the numbers of apprehensions of illegal immigrants are likely to climb faster and higher. The steady increase in migrants illegally crossing into the country is in no small part due to “expectations of a more lenient U.S. border policy.”

Biden has committed to an open-border policy. His campaign has promised to “undo” every one of the executive actions signed by President Trump on the border, which itself were not foolproof in stopping the endless flood of migrants forcing their way into the U.S.

Just since January, Border Patrol agents have apprehended nearly 330,000 illegal immigrants at the border. The pandemic initially pushed the numbers down in the first three months of the year. Since April there were only 17,000 apprehensions. Those numbers have now surged with nearly 60,000 apprehensions in September.

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What border crisis? More than 700 gang members in cross-border criminal organizations arrested in ‘massive bust’

November 30th, 2020

MEXICO CITY, MX – It was a great week for U.S./Central American Law Enforcement. However, the same could not be said for the members of various criminal organizations operating in and out of Central America.  

El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras brought criminal charges against more than 700 members of cross-border criminal organizations, primarily the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs, in a U.S.-assisted effort, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr released a statement saying:

“The U.S. Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners in Central America are committed to continued collaboration in locating and arresting gang members and associates engaged in transnational crimes.”

According to Reuters, the charges resulted from a one-week coordinated law enforcement action under Operation Regional Shield (ORS). The DOJ-led initiative to combat transnational organized crime brings together authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the United States.

Tackling transnational human smuggling networks and gangs, including MS-13, is a top priority for U.S. President Donald Trump. Many criticized the president for his outspoken contempt for Central American criminals and cited their activities as a leading factor for building a strong border wall. The arrests and charges made last week validate the need for extra safeguards.

Prosecutors in El Salvador this week filed criminal charges against 1,152 members of organized crime groups in the country, primarily MS-13 and 18th Street gangs, the statement said.

The national civil police captured 572 defendants on charges involving terrorism, murder, extortion, kidnapping, money laundering, human trafficking and human smuggling, among others.

In Guatemala, authorities executed 80 search warrants, arrested 40 individuals and served 29 arrest warrants against people already in custody, all of whom are members of the 18th Street gang and MS-13, the DOJ said.

Guatemalan authorities seized drugs and a firearm, and filed charges for extortion, illicit association, conspiracy to commit murder and extortive obstruction.

In Honduras, the one-week joint operation resulted in the arrest of over 75 MS-13 and 18th Street gang members and five police officers, along with the execution of over 10 search warrants.

President Donald Trump and the US Department of Justice’ Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force designated the violent gang MS-13 as a top priority to apprehend and prosecute.

As a result, over 600 alleged gang members have been taken into custody since the President took office. In total, over 700 alleged gang members have been arrested since 2016.

According to the FBI, Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13, is a gang of mostly Salvadoran nationals or first generation Salvadoran-Americans. The gang operates in 42 states and Washington, D.C. and has roughly 6,000 to 10,000 members throughout the country. 

The gang is notorious for drug trafficking, murder, rape, and numerous other violent crimes. 

The FBI said:

“Most of these crimes, you’ll notice, have one thing in common – they are exceedingly violent.  And while most of the violence is directed toward other MS-13 members or rival street gangs, innocent citizens often get caught in the crossfire.”

Because of their violence, the President and the DOJ have made it a priority to identify and apprehend these gang members. Since 2016, federal prosecutors have charged a total of 749 gang members, which has led to over 500 convictions for various crimes. 

Almost 400 of those convictions occurred while President Trump has been in office. Of those convictions, 37 led to life sentences for their involvement in gang activities. 

President Trump signed an executive order in 2017 for the federal government to disrupt any transnational criminal organization, which included MS-13. Part of that executive order required the DOJ to work closely with federal law enforcement agencies to close down the criminal organizations.

In a speech on Long Island, NY, in 2017 President Trump said:

“Together we’re going to restore safety to our streets and peace to our communities and we’re going to destroy the vile, criminal cartel MS-13 and many other gangs.” 

Of those arrested, the DOJ is seeking the death penalty for two people allegedly involved in the MS-13 gang. In one case, Alexi Saenz is alleged to have murdered seven people from 2016 until 2017, while he was in New York. Four of his alleged victims were in high school and six of the seven were killed with a machete or baseball bat.

The other death penalty case involves gang member Elmer Zelaya Martinez, who allegedly assisted in the murders of two teenagers in Virginia in 2016. Those victims were 14 and 17 years of age.

In 2019, Attorney General William Barr went a step further and created a specialized task force, named Joint Task Force Vulcan, which was designed to eliminate MS-13 from the United States. The Task Force extended beyond US borders and included El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. 

The Task Force prioritized federal prosecutions against gang members and leaders of MS-13. As a result, numerous indictments were gained from US Attorneys’ Offices throughout the nation. 

Barr said:

“In 2017, the President directed the Department of Justice to go to war against MS-13, and we did just that.

“In coordination with our partners at the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department’s law enforcement components have successfully investigated, charged, and arrested command and control elements of MS-13 responsible for particularly heinous crimes against our communities.

“Joint Task Force Vulcan’s operations have significantly degraded MS-13 capabilities. 

“While there is still work to be done, the Department of Justice remains steadfastly committed to protecting Americans from MS-13, and we will not rest until we have successfully eradicated this violent gang.”

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