Entries by Bethany Blankley

Border Czar Banks: Texas’ Successful Efforts Push Illegal Entry West

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One year in as Texas’ “border czar,” Mike Banks says the state has been so successful at blocking illegal entry that cartel activity has been pushed west into Democratic-led states that aren’t implementing similar tactics that Texas has. Banks spoke with The Center Square in an exclusive interview after reaching the one-year mark in his […]

Texas’ Dispute With Biden Over Border Crisis Escalates

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Congressional Democrat calls on Biden to federalize Texas Guard; Consitutional law expert says Congress should determine if that would be an impeachable offense   As the conflict between the federal government and Texas escalates over the state’s right to defend its border with Mexico, Gov. Greg Abbott is not backing down as a congressional Democrat […]

Attorneys General Testify To Impacts Of Border Crisis On Their States

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Attorneys general from Montana, Oklahoma and Missouri testified before Congress on Wednesday about how the border crisis was impacting their states. They testified in the first of three hearings to be held by the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee as part of its chairman’s stated plan to impeach U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. At Wednesday’s hearing, Committee […]

U.S. Sheriffs: Open Borders Lead To Heightened Terrorist Threats

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Surge in fentanyl deaths also cited as major public safety concern Members of the American Sheriff Alliance are calling for immediate action due to heightened terrorist threats they fear exist because of U.S. border policies. Their call comes as a record number of known, suspected terrorists (KSTs) were apprehended by federal Customs and Border Patrol agents […]

August Border Encounters Of More Than 322,000 Highest Monthly Total In U.S. History

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Total encounters reported at both the northern and southwest land borders in August was 304,162, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. It is the greatest total number of illegal entries of any month in recorded U.S. history, according to CBP data. Total encounter data excludes nearly 30,000 gotaways at the southwest border reported by Border Patrol […]

The Border Report: Nearly 1.6 Million ‘gotaways’ in U.S. Since January 2021

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Among the more than 8.6 million people who’ve illegally entered the U.S., at least nearly 1.6 million are “gotaways.” Gotaways is the official term used by Border Patrol agents to describe foreign nationals who illegally enter the U.S. between ports of entry and don’t return to Mexico or Canada. They don’t file asylum or other […]

IG: Known And Suspected Terrorists Falling Through The Cracks At Border

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As agents continue to apprehend more known, suspected terrorists (KSTs) illegally entering the U.S., internal federal agency processes have allowed them to enter the U.S. and “potentially threaten national security and public safety,” an Office of Inspector General report found. The OIG, which audited the Department of Homeland Security, the agency created in response to the 9/11 […]

Border Patrol Agents: June Southwest Border Apprehension Data Is A ‘Shell Game

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Apprehension and gotaway data for June, which was significantly lower than previous months, is deceptive, a Customs and Border Patrol agent, as well as the former acting CBP Chief and former Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan, told The Center Square.  They spoke in response to lower numbers reported for the month by Border Patrol agents that total […]

Illegal Border Crossers So Far This Year Outnumber The Population of 8 States

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At least 1.2 million people have been apprehended or reported evading capture at the southern border in the first five months of this year, according to data obtained and analyzed by The Center Square. The estimate is based on official apprehension data reported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as well as gotaway data. A […]

Preliminary Border Data: Record Number of Apprehensions, Gotaways in November

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Preliminary U.S. Customs and Border Protection data obtained by The Center Square from a border agent shows record numbers of apprehensions and gotaways at the southern border in November. Agents apprehended 212,608 illegal foreign nationals and recorded at least 93,461 who evaded law enforcement and are now living illegally somewhere in the U.S. Combined, they […]

House GOP: Venezuela Deliberately Releasing Violent Criminals, Sending Them to U.S. Border

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A coalition of House Republicans led by U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, is “demanding answers about Venezuela releasing violent prisoners early and pushing them to join caravans heading towards our southern border” in a letter sent to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “We need transparency and accountability from this administration,” Nehls tweeted when publishing a […]

Judge Chastises DoD, Marine Corps in Order Granting Class Action Status in Vaccine Mandate Case

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U.S District Court Judge Steven Merryday issued a blistering rebuke of the Department of Defense and Marine Corps for refusing to grant religious accommodation requests to service members. Merryday did so when issuing a 48-page ruling Thursday in which he granted class-action status for all active and reserve U.S. Marine Corps service men and women […]

Biden Administration Begins Closing Arizona Border Wall Gaps After Pledging To Not Build ‘another foot’

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The Department of Homeland Security has begun to close gaps in a border wall in Arizona after President Joe Biden pledged in January 2021 to not build “another foot.” DHS says it plans to complete the Yuma Morelos Dam Project and close four wide gaps in the border wall near Yuma, Arizona, to “address operational impacts, as well […]

Total Southern Border Encounters, ‘gotaways’ Greater Than Population of 23 U.S. States

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President Joe Biden and his administration insist the southwest U.S. border is closed and federal immigration laws are being enforced. But since Biden took office, more than 3 million people have been encountered/apprehended entering the U.S. illegally from over 150 countries, according to Customs and Border Patrol data. And that number doesn’t include so-called “gotaways,” […]

‘Shocking Discovery:’ Biden Knows Drug Cartels Control, Profit From Illegal Immigration, DHS Memo Shows

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Border patrol agents are preparing for “a possible increase in migrant activity due to an increase in large group activity” as a result of Biden administration immigration policies, an internal Department of Homeland Security document released by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody says. It specifically sites suspending the Migrant Protection Protocols, otherwise known as the […]

FGA Sues Over White House Plan Directing Federal Agencies To Engage in Voting Activities

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Editors’ Note: Americans must not accept this underhanded and unconstitutional manipulation of our voting system and our voting rights. This Executive Order put forth by President Biden (does he even know what he signed as an executive order?) has the fingerprints of none other than Susan Rice – an Obama operative and a classic master […]

20 AGs Demand Mayorkas Disband Disinformation Board, Threaten Legal Action

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Twenty attorneys general are demanding that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas “immediately disband” the agency’s newly created Disinformation Governance Board and “cease all efforts to police Americans’ protected speech.” In a letter dated May 5, they argue the board is unconstitutional, illegal, and un-American. If Mayorkas doesn’t shut it down, the AGs say […]

Law Enforcement: Border Patrol Agents Have Lost Operational Control, Awareness at Border

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Agents estimate 1 million people evaded capture and are already in U.S. illegally with no way of knowing who they are.   While Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claims the southern border is secure and he has a plan in place for increased surges, those in law enforcement say the opposite is true. […]

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Arguments in Lawsuit Seeking Reinstatement of Remain in Mexico Policy

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Editors’ Note (Restated from 4/25): The following article is an excellent description of the southern border crisis, an open border threatening all citizens and the national security of the United States. The statement is often made that the Biden administration doesn’t have an effective policy to address this crisis. Our national headlines should be shouting […]

It’s Not Just Inflation: Consumers Are Paying More Through Shrinkflation

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Americans are seeing the real costs of inflation in their daily lives as they pay record-high gas prices, significantly increased grocery costs, and suffer sticker shock at restaurants, hair salons, and other places. Restaurants are charging more, with some posting notices on their doors. Increased prices, they say, are necessary to stay open simply to […]

AGs Sue Biden Administration Over DOJ’s Call to Investigate Protesting Parents

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The lawsuit claims AG Garland has provided no evidence of spikes in threats against school personnel by American parents Fourteen Republican attorneys general, led by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, have sued the Biden administration for not responding to a Freedom of Information request related to the Department of Justice calling for surveillance of parents […]

25 Republican Governors Call on Biden to Prioritize U.S. Oil and Gas Production

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From oil rich North Dakota, U.S. senators introduce energy independence legislation North Dakota can produce enough crude oil to offset dependence on Russian imports, but the Biden administration is prohibiting it from doing so, the state’s governor and U.S. senators argue. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and 24 Republican governors have called on President Joe […]

AGs Take Measures to Protect Americans Who Donated to Canadian Freedom Convoy

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Several Republican attorneys general have taken action against two crowdfunding sites in an effort to protect Americans who donated to the Canadian Freedom Convoy, a group of truckers and pro-liberty Canadians peacefully protesting against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other restrictions imposed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act, which has never been […]

Investigators: Human Trafficking Across U.S. Borders Result in Murders, Other Atrocities

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Investigations into human smuggling stemming from illegal immigration reveal that not everyone makes it safely to the U.S. Open border policies that incentivize foreign cartels’ estimated $100 million in weekly human smuggling operations across the southern border are illegal and inhumane, attorneys general who’ve recently sued the Biden administration argue. While they maintain the administration […]

Survey: 5.4 Million Americans Legally Purchased a Firearm for the First Time in 2021

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At least 5.4 million Americans legally purchased a firearm for the first time last year, according to the findings of an annual National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) survey. The trade association conducted the survey among firearm and ammunition retailers about their business sales in 2021 based on background checks and other information. Among those surveyed, […]

State Attorneys General Discuss Border Crisis Solutions Ahead of Summit

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Ahead of a two-day border summit hosted by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, attorneys general from across the country are sharing why border security is important for their states. One of them, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, has expressed a sentiment other Republican AGs also share: “All states are border states” and all states are […]

25 States Urge Supreme Court to Hear Case Challenging Maryland’s Strict Firearm Laws

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Arizona, West Virginia, Kansas among states wanting law struck down Twenty-five states, led by Arizona and West Virginia, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Bianchi v. Frosh, which challenges Maryland’s restrictive Firearms Safety Act of 2013. They’re asking the court to ultimately strike down the law, which the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals […]

Poll: Majority of Democrats Say the Unvaccinated Should Be Confined To Home

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Editors’ Note: The remarkable polarization of the population concerning Covid is in line with divisions along other political/scientific lines. This may be in part because the Left has tended to politicize everything in life. Education is now political, healthcare is political, the climate is political, and even the kinds of cars we choose to drive […]

Growing Research Chronicles Toll COVID Lockdowns Imposed On Children

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A growing body of academic research is chronicling the toll that pandemic lockdowns imposed on children, indicating that the mental and social anguish the policies caused outweighs the health protections. The “overall impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents is likely to be severe,” an Oxford University professor […]

Arizona Seizes Record Amount Of Fentanyl

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Fentanyl now cited as the leading cause of death of Americans between 18 and 45. Attorneys General vows to fight lawlessness under Biden administration.   Authorities in Arizona seized $9 million worth of fentanyl pills in the state’s largest bust of the illicit drug – enough, they said, to kill half the population of Arizona. […]

Western Sheriffs Association Declares ‘no confidence’ in DHS Secretary Mayorkas

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The Western States Sheriffs’ Association has issued a declaration of “no confidence” in Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the border crisis. The association, which represents 17 states west of the Mississippi River, argues that illegal immigration is “not a new phenomenon” and has been occurring for decades. But what […]

Longtime Texas Democrat switches to GOP

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Longtime Democratic state Rep. Ryan Guillen of Rio Grande City announced Monday he is switching to the Republican Party of Texas. He made the announcement at a news conference with Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan of Beaumont, both Republicans. “Friends, something is happening in South Texas, and many of us are waking […]

National School Board Association’s Contempt for Parents Divides Organization

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26 state school board associations distance themselves from national group More than half of state school board associations have distanced themselves from the national association after it sent a letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal intervention to investigate parents who protest at local meetings. Of the 26 that have repudiated the letter, 11 […]

Sheriff’s Associations Oppose Tucson Police Chief’s Nomination To Head Border Patrol

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The National Sheriff’s Association and the Arizona Sheriff’s Association oppose the Biden administration’s nomination of Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to be the next commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Both associations sent letters to President Joe Biden expressing their opposition and have asked their U.S. senators to vote against his nomination. Currently, Troy […]

GOP Governors: Biden Ignores Meeting Request On border crisis, propose own solutions

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Twenty-six U.S. governors requested to meet with President Joe Biden to propose solutions to the ongoing border crisis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a Wednesday new conference. Because Biden did not respond to the request, the governors said they decided to take their message to the American people, proposing their own solutions to the […]

Arizona Faces Its Own Border Crisis, With Yuma Seeing Significant Increases In Illegal Crossings

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While much of the world watched roughly 15,000 Haitians illegally cross the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Del Rio, Texas, last month, an area near Yuma, Arizona, has become the Grand Canyon State’s Del Rio equivalent. Known as “The Gap,” a well-known break in the border fence near the Morelos Dam is where migrants […]

Biden Policy Imposes Vaccine Mandate On Border Patrol Agents, Not Migrants

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Border patrol agents who’ve spent their careers protecting the U.S. now face termination if they refuse to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by November. At the same time, the Biden administration is imposing no vaccination requirements on those entering the U.S. illegally as a condition for being processed and released into the U.S. In response, U.S. […]

More Than Half of U.S. States Vow to Fight Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

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Twenty-seven Republican governors or attorneys general have vowed to fight the latest executive order issued by President Joe Biden mandating that over 80 million private employees receive COVID vaccinations or undergo weekly testing, or their employer will be fined. The executive order directs the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) […]

Nearly 8,700 Criminals Arrested At Southern Border In Past 10 Months, Including Repeat Sex Offenders

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Over the past 10 months, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have arrested 8,691 known criminals who have entered the U.S. illegally through the southern border. Combined, they have committed 12,685 crimes in the U.S., according to federal data. Because Border Patrol agents do not have access to criminal records from other countries, they rely […]

Texas Parents Seeking To Home School Increases Five-Fold From 2020 Record

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The number of Texas families pulling their children out of public schools and pursuing home-schooling in one week this month is five times greater than the same time period last year, the Texas Homeschool Coalition reports. “We are literally inundated with calls and emails from thousands upon thousands of families asking how they can begin […]

Congressmen Double Down On Calls To Impeach Mayorkas

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U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., filed articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, after U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, repeatedly called for his impeachment, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is calling on him to resign over the southern border crisis. The Department of Homeland Security has been releasing a countless number of illegal […]

Many Reentering Arizona Illegally Are Repeat Violent Criminals, Report Finds

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Many who have entered the U.S. illegally have already been convicted of killing Americans, a report by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona says. After entering the U.S. illegally, they committed a crime, were arrested, tried, found guilty, and incarcerated. They were later released from prison and deported, only to return to […]

Study: Big Labor Spent $1.8 billion On 2020 Election Cycle

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Organized labor spent more than $1.8 billion on political activity and lobbying in the U.S. during the 2020 election cycle, according to a new study published by the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR). The majority of the money spent by labor, $1.4 billion, came straight from union dues taken from workers who can […]

Sixth Circuit Rules CDC Eviction Moratorium Is Unconstitutional

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The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the national eviction moratorium mandated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is unconstitutional. The court said in its ruling that the matter ultimately needed to be resolved by Congress. The three-judge panel ruled that the CDC engaged in federal overreach by mandating […]

61% of U.S. Counties Now ‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries’

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The majority of all U.S. counties have been designated as Second Amendment sanctuaries, according to an analysis by Sanctuary Counties. As of June 20, there are 1,930 counties “protected by Second Amendment Sanctuary legislation at either the state or county level,” representing 61% of 3,141 counties and county equivalents in all 50 states and the […]

22 GOP-Led States Urge Ninth Circuit To Uphold Lower Court’s Decision To Strike Down California’s Weapons Ban

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Twenty-two Republican-led states filed a brief in support of a district court ruling handed down by federal Judge Roger Benitez, who ruled that an assault weapons ban California had in place for three decades was unconstitutional. The states, led by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, argue in a June 15 filing that the Ninth Circuit […]

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