Horowitz: The federal government has forfeited all power over immigration enforcement

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This year the Biden administration has orchestrated the most widespread invasion of illegal aliens at our border on record. At the same time, the number of arrests and deportations in the interior have plummeted to the lowest level in recent memory. As such, the federal government is the entity that has seceded from the compact established in 1789. States should respond in kind by doing what it takes to rid themselves of other countries’ criminals at any and all costs.

According to a new ICE report, in fiscal year 2021, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) made about 72,000 administrative arrests, down from an average of 140,000 from 2017 through 2019. What this means in plain English is that our own government has left tens of thousands of violent criminals from other countries on our streets, declining to do its most foundational job of protecting us from foreign threats.

It’s not like the arrest and removal numbers were low because of a lack of illegal fish in the pond. This year, nearly two million illegal aliens were apprehended at our borders, over 1.7 million of whom were caught at the southwest border, which is the most on record. Our federal government has essentially dissolved the sovereignty of the entire union by forfeiting its power over the one unifying national policy that was designed to keep all 50 states safe from an invasion.

It’s truly hard to overstate the reduction in the number of illegal alien criminals in this country committing completely avoidable crimes if our federal government merely did its job. As of last year – before the biggest influx of all time – there were 3.26 million aliens on ICE’s undetained docket. These are individuals who have been targeted by ICE for removal, which most likely means the overwhelming majority have criminal records in addition to immigration violations. That means over 3 million criminal aliens who were dangerous enough to be on ICE’s radar remain in the country indefinitely without being deported. That number has obviously swelled under the Biden administration, with its de facto moratorium on interior enforcement as border enforcement against the new flow collapsed entirely.

As of 2018, there were more than 1 million illegal aliens who have already received final deportation orders, with another 1.5 million having already received deportation orders but in the process of seeking an appeal. The case of an illegal alien allegedly raping an impaired woman on a Philadelphia commuter train as onlookers did nothing to stop the person is perhaps a grisly but apt metaphor for what has become of our union. States have done nothing to pick up the slack from the lack of federal enforcement of our national sovereignty, claiming their hands are tied when the feds refuse to remove convicted sex offenders, as this Philadelphia alleged rapist was not deported despite such a conviction. Are states at the mercy of the federal government’s abandonment of our most foundational laws and tenets of the social compact?

Just this past Saturday, a 5-year-old girl in Polk County was killed by an alleged drunk driver who was in this country illegally from Guatemala. Drunk driving is a pervasive problem among illegal aliens and takes the lives of countless Americans every year. Yet none of them would die if we merely enforced our laws against illegal aliens. How bad does it have to get before the states take up the slack?

If red states truly cut off all the magnets, ensuring that illegal aliens could not obtain benefits and get jobs within the states, they would move on to the blue states and leave the red states alone. Red states must be willing to form a compact and agree to enforce the laws together and ignore illegal and illogical federal court rulings forcing red states to offer benefits to illegal aliens while they greenlight blue states violating federal immigration law every day. They must publish information quantifying the costs and crimes incurred by illegal immigration and provide citizens with a cause of action in state court against local officials who cause harm through sanctuary policies.

Our founders promised the citizens of this country a Constitution that would “insure domestic Tranquility” and “provide for the common defense” as a means to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” What we are seeing today is a government that secures the curse of tyranny domestically, while failing to protect us from foreign threats. If the federal government is going to abrogate the entire purpose of its existence, states should pick up where they left off before that preamble was written.

Authorities arrest mother and boyfriend in connection with abandoned children living in house of horrors with brother’s skeletal remains

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Texas law enforcement officials have arrested the mother of the children abandoned with the skeletal remains of their dead sibling.

Authorities also took her boyfriend into custody just two days after the three children were found abandoned inside the squalid Houston-area apartment after months of being alone with their dead brother’s corpse.

What are the details?

According to a Tuesday report from the Daily Mail, authorities arrested 35-year-old Gloria K. Williams and 31-year-old Brian W. Coulter in connection with the abandonment and alleged murder.

Authorities charged Williams with injury to a child by omission, failure to provide medical care, and failure to provide adequate supervision. Coulter was charged with murder in connection with the 8-year-old child’s death.

A spokesperson for the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office said that the deceased 8-year-old child suffered multiple blunt force injuries at least one year ago.

Williams’ 15-year-old son, who was caring for two younger brothers — ages 10 and 7 — called 911 on Sunday, prompting the welfare check that revealed the grisly findings. Just before calling emergency services, the 15-year-old reportedly texted his mother and said he could not take living this way any longer.

According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, the three siblings were left to fend for themselves for months at a time and relied on food donations from concerned neighbors and more.

“It appears they were basically fending for each other,” he told reporters. “The older sibling was doing the best he could to take care of the others.”

He added, “Very horrific situation here, very tragic. I’ve been in this business for a long time and I’ve never heard of a scenario like this, it really caught me by surprise.”

“We are trying to identify next of kin to determine exactly what happened and how we got to this point,” Gonzalez continued. “We’re going to make sure we conduct a thorough follow-up investigation.”

All three siblings were taken to a local hospital for treatment and were determined to be suffering from malnourishment and other injuries, including broken bones in the 7-year-old child’s face.

Child Protective Services has also launched an investigation into the incident.

In a statement, the agency said, “To ensure the safety of the children, the Department of Family and Protective Services is seeking emergency custody of the three boys. Child Protective Services does have history with the family, but there was no active CPS investigation at the time the children were discovered alone in their apartment.”

Manchin Admits He Is Totally Out Of Synch With The Democrat Party, Sinema Doesn’t Back Down

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West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin has been opposing several proposals made by his party over the last few months, particularly the budget reconciliation bill. Now, he is speaking out against an IRS bank monitoring proposal that is trying to get included in the spending package. While Democrats introduced the measure as a way to finance their budget, it would require banks to report the total amount of money that goes in and out of accounts where totals exceed $10,000.

Democrats have said that the proposal would also “better enable” the IRS to catch people evading taxes. But some, such as Manchin and Rep. Abigail Spanberger, have said that the proposal could jeopardize their rights to privacy without any clear tax law enforcement purpose. Manchin later shared how “no one” should be in anyone’s bank account.

Sen. Manchin has continued to battle against his own party and has even threatened to leave for good and become an Independent. But one politician, Republican Sen. Mike Lee, said he believes Manchin should switch parties and become a conservative. Some have pointed out that it wouldn’t be the “worst” decision for Manchin, as he is from West Virginia, a conservative state that revolves around coal. Coal is just another energy source that Biden has been trying to destroy. If Manchin became a Republican, it would give the party a 51-50 majority in the Senate.

Manchin has even acknowledged that he is “totally out of synch” with 48 other Democrats and that he’s just trying to survive in a very divided Congress in a very divided country.

Manchin has been so against the IRS proposal that he even met with President Joe Biden to talk about how messed up it is to create an “unfair intrusion” into people’s everyday finances. The original proposal had applied to accounts whose inflows and outflows exceeded $600 but that it has been scaled back to exclude paychecks and government checks. Manchin said he believes the provisions will be “gone” and that the details are too “murky” to be voted through.

The Wall Street Journal Editorial board went so far as to suggest that the political goal of this proposal is to create a mechanism, particularly an algorithm, for triggering audits that the IRS can rifle through. It would give the IRS even more access to taxpayers’ business and financial records. Manchin has continued to reject this way of generating revenue for the multi-trillion budget, as well as raising taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans. He has argued that it would eventually trickle down to middle-class Americans.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has also opposed several measures of the infrastructure package and has slammed House Democrats for their “ineffective stunts” to gain leverage on a separate proposal. Despite being heckled by radical left advocates and Dem leaders, Sinema has made it clear that her vote belongs to Arizona and that she does not trade for political favors.

“I vote based only on what is best for my state and the country. I have never, and would never, agree to any bargain that would hold one piece of legislation hostage to another,” Sinema said.

It’s clear that more and more Democrats are getting frustrated with their own party and conflicting promises. They have pretended that differences of opinion in the party “did not exist” and it has led to denying the country all of the economic opportunities they need right now. It’s clear that the Democratic agenda serves the Democrats first and the American people second. Manchin and Sinema see right through that.

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Portland city employees can take bereavement leave following an abortion

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Portland city employees may take bereavement leave due to a miscarriage, stillbirth or another sort of pregnancy loss including an abortion, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

OPB reported that according to the updated policy, which was unanimously approved by the city council, the leave is allowed for an abortion “irrespective of whether deemed medically necessary.”

OPB said that the policy also permits employees to take off in connection with the passing of “any individual related by close affinity” which encompasses “any person with whom the employee has a significant personal bond that is like a familial relationship.”

According to a document which appears to be the city’s new policy, a qualifying pregnancy could also be that of a partner and could even include surrogacy.

“A qualifying pregnancy is defined as the pregnancy of the employee or employee’s spouse or partner; or any pregnancy, including through surrogacy or adoption, where the employee or employee’s spouse or partner would have been parent or primary caregiver,” the document says.

“I thought it was just a clump of cells so why is it such a big deal now??” a person queried on Twitter regarding the news.

Someone on Twitter questioned, “If it isn’t a baby, what is are they bereaving?”

Another person responded to that comment and echoed the same sentiment: “That was my question. If in their mind its not a child, but a group of cells, what there to bereave?”

Dr. Birx claims Trump was distracted by the election, says coronavirus deaths could have been lower

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Former coronavirus adviser Dr. Deborah Birx testified that coronavirus deaths could have been far lower under the Trump administration but that White House officials were distracted by the election.

Birx made the comments during closed-door testimony before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis earlier in October. Excepts from her testimony were published Tuesday by the Washington Post.

“I felt like the White House had gotten somewhat complacent through the campaign season, and I wanted to make sure that as soon as everyone was back the day after the election, that people would comprehensively reengage,” Birx said during her testimony.

She went on to say that about 100,000 deaths during the Trump administration could have been avoidable.

“I believe if we had fully implemented the mask mandates, the reduction in indoor dining, the getting friends and family to understand the risk of gathering in private homes, and we had increased testing, that we probably could have decreased fatalities into the 30 percent less to 40 percent less range,” Birx told the panel.

She also criticized the administration for listening to other voices who were skeptical about the efficacy of official social distancing guidelines.

“Do I think that we could have done more on unified messaging coming out of the White House?” Birx asked rhetorically. “Do I think we could have done more on — very early on showing the efficacy of masks? Yes. And I think that would have decreased the confusion.”

Despite her critical comments, many on the left excoriated Birx for not speaking out against Trump while she was still in the administration.

“Trump enablers like her are trying to rehab their image through media hits & book deals. Do not let them! Dr. Scarves why the F didn’t you expose him A YEAR AGO?!” tweeted activist Lindy Li.

“She sat there and supported him and did NOTHING except change her f***ing scarf. She’s no better than him,” read another popular tweet.

Coronavirus cases and deaths appear to have plateaued from a recent spike due to the delta variant.

Here’s more about the declining coronavirus pandemic:

Signs Of Hope As New Coronavirus Cases Drop In The US

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Public school mask mandate in Massachusetts is being extended into early 2022

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Many Massachusetts students and school staff members will be stuck wearing face masks for several more months because a K-12 public school mask mandate in the state is being extended through at least Jan. 15, 2022.

“The Department, in collaboration with medical experts and state health officials, will continue to evaluate and consider other criteria that could be used in the future to lift the mask requirement based on public health data,” according to a press release from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Public school pupils 5-years-old and above and staff must use masks while inside at schools, though exceptions are allowed for eating, drinking, and during mask breaks.

“Students and staff who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, and students who cannot wear a mask for behavioral reasons are exempted from this requirement,” the release notes.

“It is strongly recommended that students younger than 5 also wear a mask in school,” it also states.

School officials will still have the opportunity to eliminate the mask requirement if they can show that at least 80% of students and staff in a school building have been vaccinated, according to the release.

“Masks remain a simple and effective measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep students in school safely,” Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley said.

Mask mandates imposed around the U.S. amid the COVID-19 pandemic have proven to be divisive and controversial.

So far in the U.S., COVID-19 vaccination has only been green lighted for individuals 12 and above, but children ages 5 to 11-years-old could soon be eligible to get vaccinated as well.

Report: Gun used by Alec Baldwin in lethal shooting had been used for live-ammo target practice that morning

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The gun used by Alec Baldwin in the lethal accidental shooting on the set of his latest film had been used for live ammunition target practice that morning, according to one report.

The Wrap reported that a number of crew members from the “Rust” film set had taken some guns from the production to shoot at beer cans with live ammunition the morning of the tragic shooting. The report said that the gun used in the lethal accidental shooting later was among those used.

The Wrap reported that the shooting of targets was called “plinking” by crew members.

The fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by Baldwin is still under investigation. The director of the movie was also injured in the same shooting.

On Tuesday the Santa Fe district attorney said that criminal charges had not been ruled out in the case.

“Everything at this point, including criminal charges, is on the table,” said Mary Carmack-Altwies to the New York Times.

A search warrant released by law enforcement said that Baldwin had been handed the gun by first assistant director David Halls, who yelled “cold gun” to indicate that it did not have live ammunition in it. The document says Baldwin was rehearsing a scene when he pointed the gun at the camera lens when it fired.

Another report from the Los Angeles Times said that many of the crew members had walked off the set the morning of the shooting in protest of working conditions. The production company replaced them with nonunion members, according to the report.

“Corners were being cut — and they brought in nonunion people so they could continue shooting,” said a crew member source with knowledge of the incident. “There was a serious lack of safety meetings on this set.”

Baldwin tweeted about the incident from his account on Thursday.

“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” he said. “My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Here’s more about the tragic shooting:

‘Rust’ crew members reportedly used guns with live ammunition hours before deadly shooting on set

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COVID-19 vaccine boosters could potentially be needed annually, Moderna chairman says

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Moderna co-founder and chairman Noubar Areyan indicated during an interview with Maria Bartiromo that COVID-19 vaccine boosters could potentially be needed annually.

“And so we just don’t know how this virus is going to travel from being a pandemic all the way to potentially an endemic virus we have to get used to living with,” said Areyan, the founder and CEO of Flagship Pioneering.

“If that’s where it ends up … it may well need a, an annual booster, potentially varying … on a year to year or every few years basis as the virus varies, a little similarly to what, what we do with the flu vaccine. And so, I think if we end up there, there will be a continuous need for boosting,” Areyan said.

Moderna says COVID booster, like flu vaccine, could be yearly

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Many in the U.S. are currently eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine boosters and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that when obtaining a booster people can choose to get a vaccine other than the one they received for their initial vaccination.

“There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose,” according to the CDC. “Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.”

Last week Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky indicated that the definition of what it means to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 could potentially be altered at some point in the future.

“Right now we don’t have booster eligibility for all people currently,” Walensky said. “We have not yet changed the definition of fully vaccinated. We will continue to look at this. We may need to update our definition of fully vaccinated in the future. But right now what I would say is, if you’re eligible for a booster, go ahead and get your booster, and we will continue to follow.”

Producer of Avengers movie admits one scene was re-shot after audiences said it was ‘pandering’ too much

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A producer for the blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” admitted that they had to re-shoot parts of the movie for an all-female superhero scene because test audiences found it to be too “pandering.”

The final episode of the superhero movie arc was one of the most successful movies in history when it was released in April 2019.

Two years later, a producer on the film admits that one scene was changed because it was pushed a feminist message too strongly without any basis in the storyline.

The scene came during a climactic battle between the superheroes and the movie’s villain, Thanos. At one point, the female superheroes assemble together and fly towards the villain while soaring music plays in the background.

Producer Trinh Tran revealed in the new book, “The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” that the movie was edited to make the scene fit better.

“When we started screen-testing it, there was a little concern for ‘Does it come off [as] pandering?’ Are we going to get people saying, ‘Oh you’re just putting that scene in there just to put the scene in there. Does it actually have a story to tell with the rest of the narrative?’ That was always a concern in the back of our heads.”

But Tran was insistent that the scene stay in the movie, so Marvel Studios shot additional scenes in order to show the female superheroes in smaller groups before the big scene. That made it flow easier and look less like pandering.

Despite the re-shooting and editing, some critics still complained that the final product was still too ham-fisted in its attempt to empower women in the all-female scene. Others on the left complained that the scene felt shoe-horned into the movie and wasn’t a good enough expression of feminism.

Avengers: Endgame was among the highest grossing movies ever released, with more than $2.79 billion in global box office sales.

Here’s more about the pandering Avengers assemble scene:

Marvel Re-Shot Avengers: Endgame’s All-Female Scene Over ‘Pandering’ Fears

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Pat Gray RIPS Forbes over anti-free speech article

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Pat Gray, the host of Pat Gray Unleashed, had a few things to say about a Forbes article that seemed to suggest that Americans should curb their tendency to criticize the President of the United States.

In the article, the author suggested that criticizing the commander in chief might weaken America’s standing. First of all, Pat began, this is the United States of America. We criticize our leaders. We don’t hold them sacred.

Pat was particularly irritated when the author stated:

“However, for whatever reason, starting in the Clinton years, pundits and so-called experts feel they can say whatever they want about our commander and chief–lob any insult or any accusation no matter or insane or insulting it sounds,” added Kazianis. “And going into the Trump years, it had gotten far worse. At what point, do we say enough is enough?”

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