Monday, December 23, 2019


VIDEO: Newsmaker with CBP Head Mark Morgan
More than 450 miles of wall expected to be completed
or in the works by the end of 2020

Washington, D.C. (December 23, 2019) – Video and transcript are now available from Friday's Center for Immigration Studies Immigration  Newsmaker conversation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan. Mr. Morgan spoke with Jessica Vaughan, the Center's director of policy studies, emphasizing progress on the border wall, the ongoing crisis at the southwest border, the increase in migration from extra-continental countries, drug smuggling, the dangers of New York's new driver's license law, and work on an entry-exit tracking system.


Highlights from Commissioner Morgan:

Southwest Border Update
"[Cartels and human smuggling organizations] saw that we were making progress towards stemming the flow of illegal immigration from the Northern Triangle countries, really taking billions of dollars out of their pockets, and they shifted. So they're shifting towards supporting additional migration from extra-continental countries as well as Mexican nationals...Indians, Africans, Haitians, Brazilians, I mean, the list goes on and on and on...we're seeing thousands of each of those groups. And we're seeing – from this time last year we're seeing an increase sometimes 200, 300 percent of what we saw last year."

"The families from the Northern Triangle countries – and again, since May that's gone down 85 percent, overall the flow has gone down 70 percent – we're still at crisis numbers. We're still averaging between 1,400 and 1,500 daily."

"Congress has still failed to pass a single piece of meaningful legislation that would address this [immigration crisis]...It would take them 15 minutes, single piece of paper, and they could end probably 90, 95 percent of this immigration crisis that we're in. It would say three things. It would address the Flores Settlement Agreement... [allow us to send] unaccompanied minors from the Northern Triangle countries [to their home countries] and the credible fear standard...I'd probably throw in there give ICE some more bed space."

"Regardless of how great Mexico's stepping up and the Northern Triangle countries, at the end the United States, we cannot rely on other countries to fix our broken system... to have a durable, lasting solution to fixing our current legal framework, Congress has to act."

"What we're seeing now is an increase in the extra-continentals and we're seeing an increase in Mexican nationals, single adults and families, of which those initiatives right now with Mexico aren't being applied. But we're working with Mexico to expand that. We're also working with the government of Guatemala and Honduras on the ACA, the Asylum Cooperative Agreement, to also expand that so that they will also receive Mexican nationals as well."

"The ironic thing is right now we have other countries that are stepping up, seeing this as a regional crisis, addressing it as a regional crisis, and they're actually doing more to help us than our own Congress is."

"We just released funding back to the Northern Triangle countries, millions of dollars specifically designed to improve their asylum capacity as well as their interior enforcement ability to go after the cartels and the smuggling organizations."

National Security Crisis (Drugs, Cartels, and Gangs)
Last year, CBP apprehended "Over a thousand gang members... seized over 800,000 pounds of drugs. Think about that stat: 800,000 pounds. Air and Marine Branch, they contributed to, with other partners, another 300,000 pounds of drugs. The four hard narcotics – heroin, meth, fentanyl, cocaine – all those hard narcotics went up last year. Fentanyl, RGV alone – one sector out of nine sectors – seized 11 pounds. That's enough to kill 2 million people in the United States."

"Every town, city, and state in this country is a border town, city, and state, and because mark my words, if you have a meth overdose in Ohio, for example, mark my words, that meth came from the southwest border."

"When we talk about the crisis at the border, when we talk about the need for a wall as one tool, it's not just about stemming the flow of illegal immigration. It's about also stopping the drugs pouring into this country that killed 68,000 people last year."

"Why is there so much violence in Mexico? Why are the cartels warring with each other for control over the plaza, control over the smuggling routes? Because it's so profitable... it's a multibillion-dollar industry for them every single year. We estimate that the cartels, over $60 billion that they have."

A conservative estimate of cartel revenue from smuggling - $4 billion a year.

The Wall
Addressing some false narratives. A wall "is something that the experts have asked for. This is something that the Border Patrol agents and the leadership has asked for. This isn't something that the president asked for. This president asked the experts what they needed and he's delivering on what they have asked for."

"When you talk about the wall, it's not just a wall; it's a wall system. And it's not just a wall system; it's a part of a multilayer strategy of infrastructure, technology, and personnel. Everywhere along the southwest border where those three approaches have coalesced together effectively in a strategic location, it has absolutely made an impact both on the illegal flow of migration as well as drugs and bad people, every single place that that has been implemented. And we have the data and we can show that."

"I can say without hesitation, without doubt, every mile of new wall that's being built, this country is more safe because of it, because it absolutely increases the Border Patrol's operational capacity to be able to do what they need to do."

"... when I say I want the wall, it's not a political statement for me; it's from a law enforcement perspective. It's having the honor to be in this position and give the tools – the most effective tools – to the men and women of the Border Patrol..."

"This new funding that came [$1.375 billion] I'm absolutely confident not only are we going to, you know, get to somewhere between 4(00), 450 miles that are built, but I think we're actually going to exceed that. I think we're going to have more miles either under contract, being built, or ready to be built even exceeds the 450 by the end of 2020."

"Throughout the southwest border, all 2,000 miles, we estimated at least 150,000 [evaded our security at the border]. I think that's conservative. I think it's higher...a lot of people will say, well, those numbers are small. Well, how many is acceptable? How many? How many – how many rapists, how many murderers, how many pedophiles are acceptable? How many gang members? How many MS-13 members are acceptable for us to allow into this country? That's the question we should be asking. From my perspective, law enforcement for a lot of decades trying to safeguard this country, the answer is easy. It's zero. That's why we need to strengthen our borders. That's why we need the wall, along with other things."

Border Patrol Agents
"There were 4,900 rescues by Border Patrol agents and officers last year. So they saw somebody in need. They didn't stop to say, wait a minute, are you trying to illegally enter this country? No, they didn't ask that. They didn't ask, hey, what's your nationality? No, that didn't happen. What they saw is somebody, a human being, in need, and they immediately went into action..."

"Healthcare. We average between 70 to 80 hospital visits just along the southwest border every day."

Entry-Exit System
"We've expanded [biometric entry-exit] to 16 airports ...What I like to say we do is not facial recognition because recognition takes on a different kind of term. Really, what CBP is doing is facial comparison... And that's a very important distinction. So we actually have a database, right, a manifest where we have those photos, and we actually compare that one to one...sometimes when you look at facial recognition you're thinking some sort of surveillance program. That's not what we're doing."

"We have put millions and millions through this new biometric facial comparison process at a 98 to 99 percent accuracy rate."

"On the land side... in 2020 we're going to expand it to four areas on the southwest border."

New York's "Green Light Law"
"I can't have enough strong reaction. It's reckless. It's irresponsible. It's politics at its worst. I'm telling you – I'm telling the American people that this policy by New York will absolutely make this country less safe."

"Anytime you take a legitimate law enforcement tool away from a law enforcement entity, think about that: you're reducing their ability to safeguard this country every single time you're taking away a tool. That's exactly what this – has happened."

Migrants, Human Smuggler Busted in Boat off California Coast

CBP agents arrest nine illegal aliens off the California coast near San Diego. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Air and Marine Operations)
Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Air and Marine Operations

An Air and Marine Operations crew located a boat off the coast of California and helped disrupt a human smuggling operation. They teamed up with Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement to seize the boat and arrest the smuggler with his human cargo.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) crew intercepted a suspicious boat of the coast of San Diego, California, on December 19. The sighting followed a tip from the Joint Harbor Operations Center, according to information obtained from San Diego Sector CBP officials.
The AMO agents boarded the Bayliner pleasure craft and took control of the vessel. Agents navigated the boat back to port where they contacted U.S. Border Patrol agents to assist, officials stated.
San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents met the AMO crew at the dock and conducted an immigration interview with the nine passengers loaded onto the 24-foot boat. Agents determined all nine passengers, including the captain/human smuggler, to be Mexican nationals who were illegally present in the U.S.
The eight men and one woman ranged in age from 20 to 65 officials reported. Agents placed all nine people under arrest and transported them to the Border Patrol station for processing, a medical evaluation, and a biometric background investigation.
AMO officials reportedly seized the Bayliner.
The agents turned the boat’s captain over to ICE officials who will prepare charges for alien smuggling, according to information provided by CBP officials.
Since the beginning of the current fiscal year, which began on October 1, AMO agents have been involved in the apprehension of 4,153 migrants while working with CBP and DHS law enforcement officials.
Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

U.S. Citizen Killed in Mexico While Waiting to Cross Port of Entry into Texas

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Tamaulipas Government
A U.S. citizen in line to cross into Texas at an international port of entry died during a failed carjacking attempt in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. The fatal incident follows a series of recent armed robberies and carjackings in the Mexican border city’s downtown district.
The carjacking took place on Monday evening at the Reynosa-Hidalgo Port of Entry when 41-year-old Oscar Manuel Resendez was waiting to cross into Texas, Tamaulipas law enforcement sources revealed to Breitbart Texas. As the victim sat in a small SUV, a gunman tried to rob him. Resendez got out of his vehicle and tried to fight off the robber but was shot at least once.
Other motorists tried to help but the victim died next to his vehicle. The gunman ran away before authorities could arrive. The Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office responded to the scene for documentation and began the process of notifying next-of-kin. Since Resendez was a dual citizen, it remains unclear if the U.S. Consulate will take an active role in the case.
The incident comes at a time when Reynosa is seeing a spike in carjackings, kidnappings, and robberies as the holiday season approaches. Over the weekend, a group of Good Samaritans helped a kidnapping victim escape at a bank in the city as gunmen tried to force him to empty his account. No injuries were reported.
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The U.S. is on track to import about 15 million new foreign-born voters in the next two decades should current legal immigration levels continue. Those 15 million new foreign-born voters include about eight million who will arrive in the country through chain migration, whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country.

Study: Immigration to Redistribute 26 Congressional Seats to Blue States for 2022 Election


The nation’s illegal and legal immigration system will help shift 26 congressional seats, primarily from red states, and redistribute them to mostly blue states next year, according to new analysis.

Every year, the United States imports about 1.2 million legal immigrants who largely arrive to reunite with foreign relatives already in the country. This level of annual legal immigration is in addition to the hundreds of thousands of foreign workers who arrive on work visas every year and nearly a million illegal aliens who successfully enter the U.S.

Research by the Center for Immigration Studies’ Steven Camarota and Karen Zeigler finds that annual illegal and legal immigration to the U.S. will redistribute political power in the form of 26 House seats away from a number of red states and towards massively populated blue states like California and New York.
“To put this number in perspective, changing the party of 21 members of the current Congress would flip the majority in the U.S. House,” Camarota and Zeigler note.

2020 Census: Counting Citizens Likely to Shift Power from Illegal Alien-Flooded Coasts to Middle America 

2020 Census: Counting Citizens Likely to Shift Power from Illegal Alien-Flooded Coasts to Middle...

Ohio, a swing state that voted for President Trump in 2016, will get three fewer congressional seats in 2020 due to mass immigration in other states. Michigan and Pennsylvania, also states that voted for Trump in 2016, will each have two fewer congressional seats. Wisconsin, a Trump-supporting swing state, will have its congressional seats cut by at least one.
Red states such as Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia, Camarota and Zeigler predict, will all get one less congressional seat in 2020. Smaller blue states such as Minnesota and Rhode Island will each receive one less congressional seat.
Those seats cut from mostly red states will be redistributed to California, the most immigration-inundated state in the country. California, by 2020, is set to gain 11 congressional seats solely due to the fact that noncitizens, rather than just American citizens, are counted in congressional apportionment.
Likewise, New York — where nearly 40 percent of residents are foreign-born — is set to gain four more congressional seats and New Jersey, with a more than 22 percent foreign-born population, will also take an additional two congressional seats.
Texas, which has become increasingly blue due to immigration and out-of-state young people, will gain another four congressional seats, as will the swing state of Florida with its foreign-born population of 4.1 million.
The deeply blue states of Illinois and Massachusetts, both of which went 55 to 60 percent for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, will each gain one congressional seat.
As Breitbart News has chronicled for years, the counting of only American citizens to divide up congressional districts and electoral college votes would shift power away from the affluent, metropolitan coastal cities of the U.S. and towards middle America.

Kris Kobach: Democrats’ ‘Long-Term Strategy’ is Importing Foreign Voters to Replace Americans 

Kris Kobach: Democrats' 'Long-term Strategy' Is Importing Foreign Voters

If congressional districts were set by the number of citizens, the overall average population needed per congressional seat could decrease to about 670,000 citizens per district. This would give a stronger advantage for states with small illegal alien populations to gain and keep their current number of congressional seats.
Camarota and Zeigler’s research is one component of how overall immigration is aiding in shifting power to Democrats and metropolitan cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco. In the upcoming 2020 election, about 1-in-10 U.S. voters will have been born outside the country.

Ronald Brownstein, senior editor for The Atlantic, noted this year that nearly 90 percent of House congressional districts with a foreign-born population above the national average were won by Democrats. This means that every congressional district with a foreign-born population exceeding roughly 14 percent had a 90 percent chance of being controlled by Democrats and only a ten percent chance of electing a Republican.

The New York Times and Axios admit that legal immigration at its current rate will continue shifting the American electorate more towards Democrat control, as discovered in the 2016 presidential election between then-candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Among native-born Americans, Trump won 49 percent to Clinton’s 45 percent, according to exit polling data. Among foreign-born residents, Clinton dominated Trump, garnering 64 percent of the immigrant population’s vote compared to Trump’s mere 31 percent.
The U.S. is on track to import about 15 million new foreign-born voters in the next two decades should current legal immigration levels continue. Those 15 million new foreign-born voters include about eight million who will arrive in the country through chain migration, whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country.
University of Maryland, College Park researcher James Gimpel has found in recent years that more immigrants to the U.S. inevitably means more Democrat voters, and thus, increasing electoral victories for the Democrat Party.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder. 

4 of 10 Democrats back gun confiscation, reparations, open borders, unlimited abortions

Despite some calls for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to scale back on the liberal pandering, a sizable number of party voters back the most leftist of the promises, including "Medicare for all," gun grabs from those who’ve committed no crime, and a legal open border, according to a new survey.
The latest Zogby Analytics survey, provided to Secrets, also found solid support for slavery reparations to African Americans and the Green New Deal.
The survey was a wide-ranging review of where Democrats stand on key issues and candidates.

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It found that former Vice President Joe Biden continues to hold a national lead in the 2020 primary and caucus race, followed by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
The surprise is that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who funds gun control efforts, has pushed his way into fourth place with a multimillion dollar ad campaign. He pushed South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the leader in the Iowa caucus, to fifth.
Several of the candidates, notably Sanders and Warren, have made extravagant promises to voters on key issues and programs, and the poll found that there is a good audience for those, especially in helping illegal immigrants.
Among Democratic voters, Zogby found that:
  • 68% support "Medicare for all."
  • 63% would repeal the Trump tax cuts.
  • 53% back a ban on new oil and natural gas drilling on federal land.
  • 49% support the Green New Deal.
  • 43% support reparations for African Americans.
  • 39% would decriminalize illegal border crossings.
  • 38% want taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal immigrants.
  • 38% support unlimited abortion.
  • 36% support the confiscation of legally owned firearms from those who have not committed a crime.
The survey was conducted online of 443 likely Democratic primary voters. Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for the poll of 443 is plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.


Activist Group Plans $3 Billion City to Solve California’s Homeless Problem


An activist group is planning a $3 billion city that includes dorm-style accommodations, communal televisions, and underground tunnels to house California’s homeless.
Daune Nason, the founder of the activist group Citizens Again, announced Thursday his proposal for a city with an estimated $3 billion price tag decked out with amenities and services to serve 150,000 of California’s homeless.
In 2018, California’s homeless population reached nearly 130,000— about one-fourth of the national total, CBS Los Angeles reported.
According to a press release, the city would include dormitory-style sleeping quarters along with communal bathrooms and private showers.
“Qualified citizens”— those who meet as-yet undisclosed criteria— will be allowed to live in the city and are free to leave whenever they wish, says Nason, who adds, “Some might want to stay forever.”
Residents of this planned city would be provided wristbands to gain access to their dorms, as well as perform tasks such as job check-ins, medicine consumption, and buying items with credits.
The city would be divided into four neighborhoods, and each neighborhood would be equipped with its own cafeteria and kitchen with multiple scheduled eating times to accommodate an 150,000-person population.
The project will also involve building underground tunnels so deliveries can be made and city workers can commute to their jobs to “minimize disruption of citizen life,” according to Nason.
“It will be a city they’ll want to live in, a community they’ll want to be part of, and for those that desire, an opportunity to gain life skills to integrate back into society,” according to the Citizens Again website.
A GoFundMe page with a goal of $50,000 for the proposed city raised just $820 as of Sunday afternoon.