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Another One Bites the Dust: NY Health Commissioner Zucker Resigns Over Nursing Home Scandal

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Biden’s Failure at Del Rio

Migrants rush into the Rio Grande River near the International Bridge between Mexico and the United States as they saw Mexican police patrolling the area in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, September 19, 2021. (Go Nakamura/Reuters) A crisis is a terrible thing to create. The incredible scenes in Del Rio, Texas, over the last week of the formation of an instant migrant encampment of 15,000 people on U.S. soil are a direct result of the Biden administration’s feckless policies at the border. The administration and its apologists blame the spread of bad information for the decision of Haiti migrants to travel en masse to Del Rio, but it was really the spread of good information — the presumption that they could make it into the U.S. and some significant number of them would be allowed to stay. This is exactly what’s happening, despite attempts by the administration at misdirection. Earlier in the week, secretary of homeland security Alejandro Mayorkas, whose job consists in part of giving transparently false assurances about border security, traveled to Del Rio to say the border is closed. Never mind that migrants walked unimpeded across the Rio Grande by the thousands to get to Del Rio, that some of them have been shuttling back and forth from the U.S. to Mexico to get supplies, and that once arriving in U.S. territory they had to take numbers and wait under the International Bridge to be formally apprehended. Mayorkas said the migrants would be deported, but this was only partially true. Some indeed were flown back to Haiti, apparently mostly single adults. Releases into the U.S., meanwhile, have been happening on a “very, very large scale,” according to a U.S. official who spoke to the Associated Press. These migrants have been getting a so-called notice to appear at a future court proceeding or an even more toothless notice to report, basically a request to check in with immigration authorities. The flights to Haiti have frightened many migrants back into Mexico, and Mexican authorities who looked the other way while the migrants headed to the U.S. border (see this excellent report from CIS) have finally stepped up to help by moving them back to points farther south in Mexico. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b9380 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b9380 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b9380 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b9380 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b9534 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b9534 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b9534 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b9534 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b95d9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b95d9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b95d9 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b95d9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b9680 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b9680 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b9680 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614ca1c4b9680 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } As the camp under the Del Rio bridge breaks up, the administration will try to declare victory. But so long as large numbers of migrants are getting into the U.S., the ongoing crisis will continue. An estimated 600,000 migrants have been released into the United States this year with notices to appear or report, and hundreds of thousands of others have been “got-aways,” or escaped into the country without any processing at all. The enforcement system built at the end of the Trump administration was based on the insight that almost all asylum claims at the southern border are bogus and those making them can’t be permitted into the United States because, even if their claims are ultimately rejected, they will never be deported once here. This led to the creation of programs and the use of authorities to exclude migrants in the first place and to make them pursue asylum claims elsewhere or to stay in Mexico while their claims are being adjudicated here. Biden tore much of this up for no good reason and has been letting in migrants who have no legitimate claim to asylum. The Haitian migrants are a case in point. They are obviously desperate and deserve our sympathy. Yet many of them were living in Brazil or Chile for years prior to coming to our border by traveling through other countries. Even if they fear persecution in Haiti, they had ample opportunity to apply for asylum in the countries where they were living or have been transiting. It is a symptom of the administration’s reflexive opposition to enforcement that Kamala Harris and Jen Psaki have joined the misleading media pile-on against two Border Patrol agents on horseback falsely accused of whipping Haiti migrants. The agents didn’t whip anyone — they had reins, not whips, and didn’t use them to strike the migrants they were trying to keep from coming across the Rio Grande. It’s bizarre that two of the very few federal officers even attempting to keep illegal crossers from gaining entry into the U.S. at Del Rio have been made the villain of the drama. With the encampment under the bridge dwindling, workers have begun dismantling and carting away temporary shelters. The larger mess at the border will remain.

U.S. Special Envoy to Haiti Quits: Decries Biden's 'Inhumane' Policy, Complains of Being 'Edited'

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Chinese Propaganda Machine Capitalizes on Concocted Border Patrol ‘Whip’ Narrative

U.S. Border Patrol officers cut off the way of migrants asylum seekers as they are trying to return to the United States along the Rio Grande River, after having crossed from the U.S. into Mexico to buy food, seen from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico September 19, 2021. (Daniel Becerril/Reuters) The crisis at the southern border has proven to be not only a humanitarian disaster and logistical problem for border states and federal government, but a propaganda coup for America’s adversaries. Seizing upon misleading coverage and the apologetic Biden administration’s rhetoric, the Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) English-language outlet, has taken to comparing the actions of Border Control agents to those of 19th century slave owners. #GTCartoon Old habits die hard#HaitianLivesMatter #Haitianmigrants #racism pic.twitter.com/LvdAJL1vDd — Global Times (@globaltimesnews) September 23, 2021 The cartoon echoed Democratic congresswoman and House Financial Services Committee chairwoman Maxine Waters, who on Wednesday asserted that Border Control agents were trying to “take us back to slavery days” and even suggested that the situation was “worse than what we witnessed in slavery.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not go so far as to compare the border crisis to America’s original sin, but did condemn the “horrific video of the CBP officers on horses using brutal and inappropriate measures against innocent people.” #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d3cc .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d3cc .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d3cc { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d3cc .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d624 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d624 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d624 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d624 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d6c6 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d6c6 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d6c6 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d6c6 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d75a .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d75a .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d75a { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c97043d75a .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } The agents referred to by Waters and Psaki and seen in a much-circulated video were swinging long reins — not whips — that make it easier to maintain control of their horses near refugees while trying to send them back across the border, according to Border Control chief Raul Ortiz. Ortiz also conveyed that he did not believe that the reins had been used to strike any refugees, a proposition that is backed up by photos and videos, none of which show the reins making contact with migrants. Moreover, another source told Townhall‘s Julio Rosas that the reins are sometimes swung to keep migrants away from the mounted horses, which could spook the animals and put agent and refugee alike in danger. This is not the first evidence of a symbiotic relationship between the rhetoric of the American Left and the CCP. Earlier this year, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes promoted another Chinese cartoon mocking the United States over the Fourth of July weekend. Continue to be grimly fascinated by how much America’s truly exceptional levels of gun violence figure in the perception of the country around the world. https://t.co/axcW21Pp18 — Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 6, 2021 Send a tip to the news team at NR.

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U.S. Special Envoy to Haiti Resigns over ‘Inhumane’ Deportation of Haitians

Migrants are separated from others as they are prepared for transport as others await to be processed in a makeshift camp along the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, September 21, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. (Adrees Latif/Reuters) The U.S. special envoy for Haiti has resigned over the Biden administration’s “inhumane” and “counterproductive” deportation of thousands of Haitian refugees.  Foote wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday that he was stepping down immediately “with deep disappointment and apologies to those seeking crucial changes.” “I will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs to daily life,” he wrote in the letter, first obtained by PBS. “Our policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and my policy recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, when not edited to project a narrative different from my own.” SCOOP: Special Envoy for Haiti, Amb Daniel Foote, a career member of foreign service, has RESIGNED. In his letter of resignation, he says he will not be associated with the U.S.'s "inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees." Letter attached. pic.twitter.com/KlW5GoTF3u — Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) September 23, 2021 He went on to condemn the administration’s decision to back Haiti’s de facto prime minister, Ariel Henry, claiming that it had not learned from the mistakes of previous “international political interventions in Haiti.” “The hubris that makes us believe we should pick the winner — again — is impressive,” the letter says. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a77483c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a77483c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a77483c { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a77483c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a774a5d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a774a5d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a774a5d { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a774a5d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a774b33 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a774b33 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a774b33 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a774b33 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a774be2 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a774be2 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a774be2 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-614c87a774be2 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } Ambassador Daniel Foote’s resignation comes just two months after he was appointed to the position in July following the assassination of Haiti’s president.  Earlier this week, the White House vowed to increase deportation efforts, saying it would send five to eight planes of migrants back to Haiti per day. The flights began on Sunday and more than 500 migrants have been removed, Reuters reported. Single adult males are the priority for expulsion, while many family units are being admitted. Yet the Associated Press reported this week that thousands of Haitian migrants who were camped under a bridge in Texas have reportedly been released into the U.S., despite the Biden administration’s assurances that they would be removed from the country. A U.S. official reportedly told the Associated Press that the migrants are being released into the country on a “very, very large scale” with notices to appear at an immigration court within 60 days. That official put the number in the thousands. The U.N. refugee chief said expelling the migrants back to Haiti could violate international law by sending refugees back to life-threatening situations. Border patrol agents had been overwhelmed by thousands of mostly Haitian migrants streaming across the border in Del Rio, Texas, and camping out on the American side of the Rio Grande under an international bridge. The number of migrants at the camp quickly exploded, at times topping 14,000. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

The Eastman Memo Is a Tragedy of Errors

Attorney John Eastman (left) speaks next to Then-President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021. (Jim Bourg/Reuters) Not all of the Trump legal adviser's arguments challenging the election results are unserious, but all of them are wrong, several in multiple ways. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Republican Party and the conservative movement would both be best served by moving on from Donald Trump, the 2020 election controversies, and the January 6 Capitol riot. Unfortunately, Trump is not eager to go away, a faction of his hard-core supporters still care deeply about defending stolen-election theories, and some of them are agitated about the January 6 prosecutions. Moreover, Democrats and their allies in the media and the pundit class are — for fairly obvious reasons — far more interested in talking about Trump, the 2020 election, and January 6 than in talking about the current government of the … To Read the Full Story

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The Question Biden Needs to Answer

President Joe Biden hosts a virtual summit as part of the United Nations General Assembly from the South Court Auditorium in the White House complex in Washington, D.C, September 22, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) There are missing pieces in the narrative concerning the lead-up to the tragic drone strike in Kabul. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W henever something awful happens in our government, there is a kind of informal competition among columnists to be the first to write: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” It is a tedious cliché. But the matter of the Kabul drone strike in which U.S. forces killed ten innocent civilians — including an aid worker and seven children — raises precisely that question. Joe Biden as commander in chief bears some general culpability for this slaughter — but if he was leaning on his underlings to put some bodies into body bags in order to grease the … To Read the Full Story
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