Vaccine Mandates ‘Are Discriminatory, Especially to Minorities’


On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox News @ Night,” RNC National Spokesperson Paris Dennard said vaccine mandates “are discriminatory, especially to minorities, and are causing people to be even more hesitant.”

Dennard said, “[W]hat we have are these political decisions that are being made that are confusing people and these forced vaccine mandates that are discriminatory, especially to minorities, and are causing people to be even more hesitant. So, this administration is failing on every scale when it comes to encouraging the people to have a better understanding about these vaccines that came about because of President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed.”

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We Should Grant Protection to All Haitian Migrants Despite Title 42, ‘Healthcare Needs Can Be Met’ in U.S.

On Saturday’s “CNN Newsroom,” Rep. Al Green (D-TX) argued that Temporary Protected Status should be given to Haitian migrants at the border, and this should override Title 42, “Because the healthcare needs can be met and satisfied in this country. We just have to be a better country, and I think we are a better country.”

Green said he thinks President Joe Biden isn’t giving TPS to all Haitian migrants due to Title 42, “which allows for the removal of persons for health reasons, when juxtaposed to TPS, Temporary Protected Status. But I believe that Temporary Protected Status ought to trump this. Because the healthcare needs can be met and satisfied in this country. We just have to be a better country, and I think we are a better country.”

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The Iron Dome ‘Saves Palestinian Lives’ Too, Are Its Opponents ‘Trying to Kill People?’


On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) said the Iron Dome also saves the lives of Palestinians because if Israel didn’t have the Iron Dome, it would take a “far greater, more aggressive stance against the Palestinians that are firing the rockets.”

Gimenez said, “Look, the Iron Dome is purely a defensive weapon. It saves Israeli lives. It saves Palestinian lives. So, what are they trying to do? They’re trying to kill people? I mean, are they out of their minds? And so, this is just their extreme politics again, and I’m happy that the vast majority of Congress rejected them. But you know what? It should have never been taken out of the continuing resolution to begin with. It was because of the Squad and all that that the Democrat Party bows to them and takes out the Iron Dome, again, something that saves countless lives. And by the way, if Israel didn’t have the Iron Dome, then they would have to take [a] far greater, more aggressive stance against the Palestinians that are firing the rockets. And so, therefore, the Iron Dome saves lives on both sides of the conflict.”

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Border Patrol’s Horse Patrol ‘Used to Save the Lives of Migrants’ a Lot of the Time

On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” CNN Correspondent Rosa Flores said that, many times, the Border Patrol’s “Horse Patrol is used to save the lives of migrants that are in treacherous areas” where “the timing of them getting there can be the difference between life and death.”

Flores said, “I’ve done a story with Horse Patrol before, Jake, and I can tell you that what I learned is that a lot of the [time], this Horse Patrol is used to save the lives of migrants that are in treacherous areas. The Border Patrol sector in Laredo, for example, has emergency beacons in some of the most desolate areas where many migrants died trying to cross into the United States, and it’s these horse patrols that are deployed to these desolate areas, and the timing of them getting there can be the difference between life and death. A lot of the [time], they’re used to save lives.”

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Biden Immediately Reversing Trump Rules on Immigration Was ‘Open Door Signal’ and He Was Warned It Was Dangerous


On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks said that President Joe Biden has made the immigration system worse and that his immediate reversal of former President Donald Trump’s immigration rules was “a big open door signal.”

Brooks said Biden “inherited a gigantic mess that nobody has had the solution for. I think Biden did make it worse. And part of the problem was, they promised, on day one, they would reverse all the Trump rules. Reversing the Trump rules was a good idea. But doing it all at once, on day one, people in the transition, in the White House were warning about that. They were saying, we’ll be overwhelmed. It’ll be a big open door signal. And we don’t have the facilities to handle what’s about to hit us. And that turned out to be true. I think what bothers me…was, it seems to be arbitrary, like who gets sent where. It seems like it’s just like, who knows who’s being decided? There’s no methodology. There’s no procedure for a lot of people. And so, we’re just overwhelmed right now. And it’s disturbing that we’re overwhelmed after basically 40 years of this mess.”

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‘I Still Say That We’re Not Going to See’ Central Vaccine Mandates, ‘It’s Still Not Going to Happen’

During an interview with CBS’ “The Takeout” podcast recorded on Wednesday and released on Thursday, White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci defended his previous statements that there won’t be central vaccine mandates, stating, “I still say that we’re not going to see vaccine mandates centrally. The president is not going to mandate that people in this country get vaccinated. I said that wouldn’t happen, and I’ll say it now, and it’s still not going to happen.”

Fauci stated, [relevant remarks begin around 37:00] “I’ve always said, and I still say that we’re not going to see vaccine mandates centrally. The president is not going to mandate that people in this country get vaccinated. I said that wouldn’t happen, and I’ll say it now, and it’s still not going to happen. But what you will see is local mandates. The president certainly has the right and the authority to mandate vaccines for federal workers, which he’s done, at the executive branch. He also has the authority to mandate for those who are in the healthcare system utilizing Medicare and Medicaid. What I’m saying right now is that now that we know these vaccines work, and we’re still dealing with a crisis, I am in favor, under certain circumstances, to make mandates for vaccines.”

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‘Only Regret’ Is That It’s Caused ‘Such a Degree of Distraction’

During an interview with CBS’ “The Takeout” podcast recorded on Wednesday and released on Thursday, White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci defended the NIH funding research at the Wuhan Institute Virology and said that “the only regret is that what it has caused right now is such a degree of distraction” from combating the pandemic.

Host Major Garrett asked, [relevant exchange begins around 7:35] “There were two grants from the National Institutes of Health into investigatory work in the field in the Wuhan Institute of Virology and another institution there. Have you run to ground what those did or didn’t do in terms of creating any atmosphere in which a leak could have occurred or might have occurred?”

Fauci responded, “Well, the grants that [were] funded were to do surveillance in the environment to ask and answer questions that I just mentioned, when you go out, do you see any viruses out there that could potentially evolve to infect humans and do you do surveillance among people in those areas in China to see if there’s any inkling that, under the radar screen, such viruses may have been circulating. In fact, one of the papers that came out from studies from that grant was extremely important in putting a definitive stamp of understanding of how the original SARS-CoV-1 was able to evolve. So, those were questions that got a high priority in peer review to do the research to try and understand that.”

Garrett then asked, “And to those who think there might be some type of scandal or something incorrect or ill-advised about those grants, what would you say, Dr. Fauci?”

Fauci answered, “Well, what you do, Major, is you take a look at the viruses that [were] worked on under the auspices of that grant and what the grant was directed for. And you look at the publications that came from the research associated with that grant. The viruses that were worked with in that environment, in that particular context of that grant could not possibly molecularly evolved into what we know now as SARS-CoV-2. Because when you look at how you can go from one virus and do something with it to get to be another, the viruses that the grant allowed the investigators, competent investigators to work with, molecularly, were so different than what ultimately came out to be SARS-CoV-2 that anyone that looks at those two viruses who knows anything about evolutionary virology will tell you that they’re so far apart that you couldn’t possibly have had it emerge into that particular virus.”

Garrett then asked, “Real quickly, no regrets about those grants?”

Fauci responded, “Well, the only regret is that what it has caused right now is such a degree of distraction [from] trying to do what we really should be doing, is addressing the outbreak, and what we did, and did quite successfully, was to develop vaccines that have now been life-saving. That’s what the job of myself and my team and my institute is, and, thankfully, we did that very successfully.”

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‘No Evidence’ for COVID Originating from Lab

During an interview with CBS’ “The Takeout” podcast recorded on Wednesday and released on Thursday, White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said there is “no evidence” to indicate COVID-19 originated from a lab leak or an infected lab worker.

Fauci stated, [relevant remarks begin around 5:50] “Well, you must always leave all possibilities open and address it with an open mind. But if you look, historically, at how outbreaks have occurred: Ebola, swine flu, SARS-CoV-1, MERS, and those other outbreaks, the circumstances under which this occurred, namely, in a region of the world where we have that animal-human interface, that it is more likely, in my mind, and in the mind of most of the evolutionary virologists, that it is more likely a natural occurrence of a jumping of species in the environment, in the animal-human interface. However, since you have not yet definitively proven that, you must always keep an open mind to the possibility of what you just mentioned, a laboratory leak or someone who was out doing research in the field who got infected while working with a pathogen in the laboratory. Those are all possibilities. There is no evidence to indicate that that’s happened. But you still must leave an open mind.”

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‘If It’s 10% or 15%, I Don’t Have the Precise Numbers’ of Haitians Allowed to Stay in U.S., ‘Believe It Is a Very Small Percentage’


On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said, “if it’s 10% or 15%, I don’t have the precise numbers” of how many Haitian migrants have been allowed to stay in the U.S. and put into immigration enforcement proceedings, but it’s “a minority” and “We believe it is a very small percentage” of those who massed in Del Rio, TX.

Host Wolf Blitzer asked, “I understand the Department of Homeland Security says 1,400 Haitians have been deported. How many have actually been released here into the United States?”

Maayorkas responded, “Wolf, we have indeed removed approximately 1,400 people from the Del Rio Sector. We accumulate our statistics on a monthly basis, and of course, we’ll publish those as well. The individuals whom we release and place into immigration enforcement proceedings are those, for example, with acute medical conditions, specific vulnerabilities, or if our operational capacity so dictates. It’s very important, Wolf, to underscore the fact that this is not a matter of immigration policy, but rather this is a matter of public health policy. We are applying the law pursuant to an order that the Centers for Disease Control issued in light of the fact that this country and the world is in the midst of a pandemic. We are exercising that authority as we are required to do, to protect the health and well-being of the migrants themselves, our personnel, local communities, and the American public.”

Blitzer then asked, “So, I take it 1,400 have been sent back to Haiti. There’s a local organization helping migrants that say[s] more than 1,000 have been released here into the United States. Is that right? Have 1,000 Haitians been allowed to stay in the United States, at least for now?”

Mayorkas answered, “Well, what we are doing is we are continuing to remove individuals. We have moved people from Del Rio to other processing centers along the border, to ensure the safety and security of the individuals and to facilitate the removal process. Those individuals who we’re not able to remove by reason of their acute medical conditions, we place in immigration enforcement proceedings or address our operational capacities as need be. But we are very focused on applying the public health laws that we are obligated to enforce.”

Blitzer then asked, “So, can you give us a number, how many have been allowed to stay here in the United States, for whatever reason?”

Mayorkas responded, “We believe it is a very small percentage of the total that assembled in Del Rio, Texas, and that will be removed.”

Blitzer then followed up, “What does that mean? About 15,000 have shown up. I take it 1,400 have been sent back to Haiti. What about the rest?”

Mayorkas answered, “Wolf, if it’s 10% or 15%, I don’t have the precise numbers. I assure you it’s a minority of the individuals for the reasons that I have articulated, and they are placed in immigration enforcement proceedings, where they are able — where they appear before a judge, and if, in fact, they make a valid claim to remain in the United States, then, of course, we honor that. And if not, they are removed as well.”

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Protecting Planet ‘First and Foremost’ in Dealings with China, Not Human Rights, Life Is ‘Full of Tough Choices’

During an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry responded to a question on how the U.S. trades off human rights concerns with concerns about climate change with China by stating that “life is always full of tough choices” and “first and foremost, this planet must be protected.”

Host David Westin asked, “Another issue related to China is the importing of solar panels. Because, clearly, a priority of the Biden administration is really addressing climate. But it’s not the only priority. There are other things as well, such as the Uyghur situation in the west. What is the process by which one trades off climate against human rights?”

Kerry responded, “Well, life is always full of tough choices in the relationship between nations. Ronald Reagan thought the Soviet Union was the evil empire, and he continually directed a lot of energy at getting the Soviet Union to change. He then went to Reykjavik, met with Gorbachev, and decided together…you know what? This doesn’t make sense that we’re aiming 50,000 warheads at each other, that we’re always on the brink of potential conflict. And so, they turned that around. … But the point I’m making is that, even as there were egregious human rights issues, which Ronald Reagan called them out on, we have to find a way forward to make the world safer, to protect our countries, and act in our interests. We can do and must do the same thing now. Yes, we have issues, a number of different issues. But first and foremost, this planet must be protected. We all need to do that for our people.”

Kerry further stated that the hope is that if there is cooperation on climate with China, it could lead to cooperation on other issues.

(h/t Fox Business)

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