An estimated 100,000 migrants are heading towards the U.S. from Central America, and 52 among them were stopped in Panama because of ties to al-Qaida, a Texas congressman warned.
Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales said in an interview Monday he was informed by Panama Foreign Minister Erica Mouynes that the record-breaking number of Haitian immigrants that entered the U.S. last month isn’t slowing down.
The San Antonio congressman said on the “Real America” podcast with GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, reported by DailyMail.com, the situation in the besieged border town of Del Rio, Texas, is the “worst I’ve ever seen it.”
He explained that Panama’s Mouynes came to visit him and other lawmakers to warn that there are “over 100,000 coming through Panama on their way to the U.S. as we speak.”
“I ask her, have you caught anybody on the terrorist watch list?’ Gonzalez continued. ‘She goes, ‘Funny you ask that, Tony, because in Panama we do biometrics and we have apprehended 52 people that are associated with al-Qaida.’
“I go, ‘Holy smokes, does the administration know about this?” he said. “She goes, ‘There’s no one home. I’m talking to you because the administration is absent.”
Most of the Haitians who have come to the U.S. border have been living in Chile and Brazil since the 2010 Haitian earthquake.
U.S. officials during this fiscal year — from last October through August — have apprehended 1,541,651 migrants at the southwest border. In 2020, agents apprehended only one-third of that number, 458,088.
Of the 1.5 million apprehended this fiscal year, at least 160,000 have been released in the U.S. They’ve either been under parole authority or issued a notice to report. Most with a notice to report never turn themselves into an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office as instructed.
The others were deported under the Centers for Disease Control’s coronavirus public health order, Title 42, which is opposed by Democratic Party activists.
A court has forced the Biden administration to reinstate the Trump-administration’s Remain in Mexico policy, which requires asylum advocates to stay south of the border during the processing of their applications.
On Monday, the New York Post reported the Biden administration is secretly flying planeloads of underage migrants from Texas to suburban New York in the dead of night in an effort to quietly resettle them across the region.
The Post said the flights have been underway since at least August. Reporters saw two planes land at the Westchester County Airport. Most of the passengers appeared to be children and teens. A small portion appeared to be men in their 20s.
On Tuesday, Fox News White House reporter Peter Doocy asked Biden press secretary Jen Psaki why the administration is “flying thousands of migrants from the border to Florida and New York in the middle of the night.”
Psaki began by disputing that the flights, some at 2:30 a.m., are in the middle of the night before saying, “We are talking about early flights.”
She said it’s the federal government’s “legal responsibility to care for unaccompanied children until they can be swiftly unified with a parent or a vetted sponsor.”
DOOCY: “Why is the administration flying thousands of migrants from the border to Florida & New York in the middle of the night?”
PSAKI: “Well, I’m not sure that it’s in the middle of the night…”
DOOCY: “2:30 AM, 4:29 AM…”
PSAKI: “We are talking about early flights…” pic.twitter.com/gE7elH5vAl
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 19, 2021
Former border chief: Biden abusing authority
Last week, Fox News reported leaked Border Patrol documents show 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S. since March, often with little to no oversight, supervision or immediate risk of deportation.
Under a broad use of limited parole authorities, more than 30,000 migrants have become eligible for work permits since August.
According to federal law, parole authority is to be used on a case-by-case basis for “urgent humanitarian purposes” and “significant public benefit.” Usually only a handful of parole cases are granted by officials.
However, Fox News reported, the Biden administration has been using the authority more broadly, including in its parole of tens of thousands of Afghans.
Former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott told Fox News he believes the administration is abusing its parole authority.
“By law and regulation a parole shall only be granted on a case-by-case basis and only for significant humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Neither of these appear to apply to the current situation,” he said.
“As a field chief, I don’t believe I ever approved more than five or 10 paroles in a year,” he said. “When I did, I ensured that the alien was monitored continuously and was detained or removed as soon as the circumstances allowed.”
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