Only in America, it seems, can border patrol agents be cleared of breaking the law and still be punished, while those who enter the country illegally mostly escape punishment. .
President Biden, then-press secretary Jen Psaki, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas all rushed to judgment when they saw video of Texas Border Patrol agents last September gathering Haitians trying to enter the country without authorization. Biden had threatened the officers, saying they would “Pay” for their actions. They paid in lost time at work, in sullying their character and probably in ending their careers. It is the administration that must pay. It is hoped that the agents will find a lawyer to sue them for defamation.
In a 511-page report (only the government needs so many words to explain the obvious), Customs and Border Protection said officers did not whip the migrants, who still managed to cross the border, but added that they were still guilty of “unprofessional conduct” including the use “a useless force on the Haitians.” Apparently some of the officers used foul language when trying to turn people away. Shocking, I know. Were they supposed to say: “Would you rather turn around and go back to your country?”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined other Republicans in calling on President Biden and others to apologize to the four officers they falsely accused. Good luck with that. Being a senior official means never having to say you’re sorry. Paxton said that instead of being punished, officers “should be rewarded.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is trying to do the job the Biden administration has so far refused to do by sending migrants entering his state back to an established crossing point where they can be processed. The administration opposes this decision and is suing Texas in an attempt to stop it. Yes, I understand that immigration is the constitutional responsibility of the federal government, but what should a governor do when his state is overrun by migrants, some of whom destroy private property and commit other crimes, including rape and murders?
In Richmond, Va., two men illegally in the country were arrested ahead of what authorities say was a plot to commit an act of terrorism on July 4. Someone heard something and said something, preventing what could have been a tragedy had the men been able to pursue their alleged plot. One of the men has reportedly been expelled twice already.
If Republicans win House and Senate majorities in the November election, their top priority must be securing the border and restoring a legal process for those seeking to enter the country. President Biden is likely to veto any legislation Republicans pass to achieve this goal, but if there are enough Republicans in Congress, his veto may be overridden.
It’s not just those who break our laws to get here that are an ongoing problem, but also the large amounts of the deadly drug fentanyl that are coming in. Fentanyl now ranks number one on the list of top killers for 18-45 year olds. elders in the United States. And that’s the number of desperate people promised a better life by cartels and human traffickers who have died on their dangerous journey.
All the administration has said is “do not come” which is like telling a child not to raid the cookie jar. Secretary Mayorkas has repeatedly repeated the ridiculous claim that the border is closed. He should be impeached for lying and not enforcing the law, or maybe bringing back the old form of whiplash punishment and applying it to high officials (just kidding).
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