US to Expel Illegal Immigrants Gathering Under Texas Bridge

Illegal immigrants who have gathered in a Texas bridge area will be expelled, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Saturday.

The DHS made the announcement after various reports said that thousands of illegal immigrants are amassing under an international bridge in Del Rio, Texas.

Some 9,000 illegal immigrants, including Haitians, Cubans, and Venezuelans, were in the area, Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez said on Thursday. However, the number has increased to 14,000, a Border Patrol source told The Epoch Times.

Thousands of illegal immigrants gather near the international bridge after crossing the Rio Grande, in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 16, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

The immigration authorities have temporarily closed the Del Rio Port of Entry and rerouted traffic from Del Rio to Eagle Pass, which is about 60 miles away.

The illegal immigrants are being relocated to other processing locations to accelerate the deportation process.

“DHS is conducting regular expulsion and removal flights to Haiti, Mexico, Ecuador, and Northern Triangle countries,” the agency said in a statement.

The number of illegal immigrants gathered in the bridge area has skyrocketed in less than a week, from only a couple of hundred under the bridge on Sept. 9.

Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said earlier the week that another 20,000 are on their way.

“I’m deeply frustrated. The thing that I worry about is a stampede. The thing I worry about is terrorism,” Lozano said.

“This is not secure. This is not defensible,” he said, looking toward the wide-open border and the number of people walking back and forth across it.

“We don’t really know who they are.”

Migrants stand by the International Bridge between Mexico and the U.S., in Del Rio
Migrants stand by the International Bridge between Mexico and the United States, in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 16, 2021. (Office of U.S. Congressman Tony Gonzales/via Reuters)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that he has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to “maintain their presence at and around ports of entry to deter crossings.”

“The Biden Administration is in complete disarray and is handling the border crisis as badly as the evacuation from Afghanistan,” Abbott said in a statement on Sept. 16.

Most of the illegal immigrants will be expelled under the CDC’s Title 42 authority, and others who are in the United States illegally and can’t be expelled under Title 42 will be placed in expedited removal proceedings, the DHS said.

Title 42 was invoked early in the CCP (Chinese Communist Partyvirus pandemic under former President Donald Trump to help control the spread of COVID-19 in detention facilities by turning back migrants encountered by the Border Patrol, without giving them a chance to seek to stay in the United States by asking for asylum or for some other reason.

Emmet Sullivan, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia, ruled Friday that the Biden administration can’t use Title 42 to expel illegal immigrants. However, the judge allowed the Biden administration to halt the practice for two weeks.

Zachary Stieber, Charlotte Cuthbertson, and The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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DHS must stop using pandemic to expel border migrants, judge rules

A federal judge issued an injunction Thursday blocking the government’s use of pandemic powers to immediately expel illegal immigrants who jump the border, dealing a severe blow to President Biden’s hopes of stemming the border surge.

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued a 14-day stay of his ruling, giving the administration a chance to seek intervention by a higher court, though that move would be fraught with political consequences.

The judge said the expulsion powers — known as Title 42— go beyond what Congress intended. He said the challengers, including the American Civil Liberties Union, are likely to succeed in a full proceeding, so an injunction is appropriate now.

“Here, the Title 42 Process deprives Plaintiffs and the proposed class members of an opportunity to seek humanitarian protections under the asylum and withholding of removal statutes,” the judge ruled.

Title 42 is a public health order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which says that unauthorized border crossers heighten the risk of spread of COVID-19, and can be blocked from being “introduced” into the country.

The Trump administration triggered Title 42 at the start of the pandemic and the Biden team, despite intense pressure from immigrant-rights activists, has kept it in place. 

Those activists argued that people who were entitled to protection in the U.S., such as asylum-seekers, were blocked from even making their claims.

“President Biden should have ended this cruel and lawless policy long ago, and the court was correct to reject it today,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s immigrant rights project.

If the ruling stands, it would put a major dent in the administration’s efforts. More than 46% of all border jumpers in August were expelled under the Title 42 powers. Of those that weren’t expelled, about half were caught and released into communities.

During the Trump administration, more than 90% of border crossers during the pandemic were expelled using Title 42.

Judge Sullivan rejected the government’s argument that canceling Title 42 would be a “pull factor,” enticing more people to make the journey.

He pointed to the administration’s own data suggesting that even though the Border Patrol was making more apprehensions, an increasing number were repeats.

Customs and Border Protection, data released this week about August border operations, said that while agents and officers recorded 208,887 unauthorized entries, that comprised just 156,641 unique people.

The Biden administration had reportedly been looking to end Title 42 powers earlier this year, but an unprecedented surge of illegal immigration put that idea on ice as the administration struggled for other answers.

Instead it has shifted toward a get-tough policy, announcing an expansion of speedy deportation powers and flights to send illegal immigrants deeper into Mexico to prevent them immediately trying again.

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Taliban leaders reportedly got into major brawl over who did the most to expel US from Afghanistan, who deserves cabinet positions. One prominent leader hasn’t been seen since.

Only days after installing a new government in Afghanistan, several top leaders of the Taliban reportedly got into a major dust-up over who did the most to boot U.S. troops from the country and who was most deserving of certain coveted cabinet positions.

Two rival factions of the militant regime brawled at the presidential palace in the capital city of Kabul late last week, BBC News reported.

The skirmish — which started after strong words were exchanged between Taliban deputy prime minister and co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and the regime’s new head of security, Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani — has reportedly resulted in Baradar’s disappearance.

Here’s more from the BBC:

One Taliban source told BBC Pashto that Mr. Baradar and Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani — the minister for refugees and a prominent figure within the militant Haqqani network — had exchanged strong words, as their followers brawled with each other nearby.

A senior Taliban member based in Qatar and a person connected to those involved also confirmed that an argument had taken place late last week.

The sources said the argument had broken out because Mr. Baradar, the new deputy prime minister, was unhappy about the structure of their interim government.

The row also reportedly stemmed from divisions over who in the Taliban should take credit for their victory in Afghanistan.

The Taliban has publicly denied that the argument took place and insisted that Baradar is alive and well despite the fact that the deputy prime minister hasn’t made a public appearance in days.

A Taliban spokesman, Sulail Shaheen, told Reuters on Tuesday that Baradar has been busy attending meetings in the southern city of Kandahar. The spokesman has shared video footage of the meetings, but the footage has not been independently verified.

“He says it is lies and totally baseless,” Shaheen added, claiming to pass along a message from Baradar himself.

The BBC noted that the Taliban has issued “conflicting statements” in regard to Baradar’s whereabouts. Some have maintained he is away on business, while others said the leader was “tired and wanted some rest.”

Baradar’s supposed rival, Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani, is known for carrying out violent attacks against Western allies in Afghanistan. He is the leader of the Haqqani network, a group designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization.

Haqqani currently has a $5 million bounty on his head for links to al Qaeda operations. His nephew, Sirajuddin Haqqani, has been appointed interior minister in the new Taliban regime in Afghanistan. He is on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list and has a $10 million bounty on his head.





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No jab, no job: Premier Ford set to expel MPP Rick Nicholls for not taking vaccine

Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls has stood firm against taking the COVID-19 vaccination, despite Premier Doug Ford’s ultimatum that he had to do so by 5 p.m. Thursday or face expulsion from caucus.

Precisely one hour before the deadline, Nicholls, who was first elected in 2011, held a brief press conference at Queen’s Park noting that he was not going to acquiesce to the premier’s demand nor deadline.

Said Nicholls: “I took the premier at his word that vaccination is a choice and that all Ontarians have a constitutional right to make such a choice. Like almost two million eligible Ontarians, I choose to exercise this autonomy over my own body, while continuing to work hard for the people of Ontario.”

Nicholls did not take any questions from the media upon the conclusion of his four minute long press conference.

(Rebel News has extended an invitation to Mr. Nicholls for a one-on-one interview regarding his decision.)

In the meantime, it has been reported that all other members of caucus have been vaccinated, although there are rumours that this might not be the case for two MPPs.

Still, in light of Premier Ford’s ultimatum, the question arise: whatever happened to the old pro-abortion chestnut of, “my body, my choice”? Whatever happened to the concept of reasonable accommodation?

Apparently when it comes to the Ontario PC Party, the new and not-so-improved slogan is, “our way or the highway.”

Just ask Rick Nicholls as he drives off into the sunset, presumably as an independent MPP if Doug Ford indeed follows up on his expulsion threat.





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GOP Conference — House Freedom Caucus Calls to Expel Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger

Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R., Ill.) listen during a hearing on the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 27, 2021. (Andrew Harnik/Reuters)

Members of the House Freedom Caucus called on Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) to expel Representatives Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R., Il.) from the House Republican Conference on Thursday.

The Freedom Caucus lawmakers said Cheney and Kinzinger should be ousted over their participation in the House select committee on the January 6 Capitol riot. Lawmakers argued that having the two in the GOP conference, which organizes House Republican leadership, committee assignments, and other matters, is counterproductive to GOP strategy.

“It was antithetical to have sitting in your conference individuals who professed that they want to take out the minority leader and then they want to go join the Democrats on a witch hunt through the Republican Party,” Representative Andy Biggs (R., Ariz.) told reporters.

“We’ve got two members…of our party who have switched teams,” said Representative Ralph Norman (R., S.C.). “What if you had a football game and two players just all of a sudden kept the same uniform but started playing for the other team. Something has got to be done.”

“Since January, I’ve seen firsthand that Representative Kinzinger and Cheney have done more to hurt [the] Republican Conference than help them,” Representative Lauren Boebert (R., Colo.) said.

Cheney and Kinzinger have been outspoken critics of former President Trump and his conduct during the Capitol riot. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) appointed Cheney to the select committee at the beginning of this month, and Kinzinger on Sunday.

Pelosi refused to accept the appointments of Representatives Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) and Jim Banks (R., Ind.) to the committee, leading McCarthy to withdraw all of his appointments.

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Report: Biden considers ending Trump-era COVID-19 border policy to expel migrant families

President Joe Biden has reportedly reviewed a plan to end a Trump-era public health order that permitted border officials to speedily turn away migrant families seeking entry to the U.S.

Trump’s order, Title 42, was intended to prohibit asylum-seekers who potentially were carrying COVID-19 from entering the country and spreading the disease. Tens of thousands of migrants were turned away at the border and sent back to Mexico under the policy.

As COVID-19 cases have fallen nationwide and vaccine distribution has led to falling numbers of deaths, hospitalizations, and infections, immigration activists have called on the Biden administration to end Title 42.

On Monday, Axios reported that Biden was briefed on a plan for ending family expulsions by the end of July, either through executive action or by letting a court strike down the policy. The American Civil Liberties Union has challenged the order in a lawsuit that claims the Trump administration usurped Congress to “bypass the entire immigration statutory scheme” by using public health law to “set aside the immigration laws.”

According to the report, Biden’s administration has been negotiating with the ACLU, which has put a temporary hold on its lawsuit. Top administration officials are reportedly urging Biden to be proactive and end Title 42 before the ACLU resumes its lawsuit and the Biden administration is forced to defend Trump’s policy in court. There appears to be a worry that a court battle over the policy “could result in sensitive information being released through the litigation process” that “could be seen as contradictory to Biden’s commitment to asylum,” Stef W. Kight reported.

A White House official who spoke to Axios said ending Title 42 would be “a public health decision that will be made ultimately on those grounds.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will ultimately make a determination on the policy, which Biden will then act on.

In the past four months, migrant adults have been denied entry to the U.S. at least 350,000 times under Title 42. Even so, Axios reported that since March, the policy has been applied to fewer than half of family encounters. This is because of limited space in Mexican shelters to house migrants turned away from the U.S. Additionally, some Mexican states are refusing to take in families with young children.

In May, the Biden administration also made it easier for asylum-seekers to claim a humanitarian exemption to the Title 42 policy.

White House officials admitted there is a chance ending Title 42 for families could lead to a surge of migrant families arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In the first months of Biden’s administration, the president sought to repeal several of his predecessor’s restrictive immigration policies, leading to the largest wave of migrants attempting to enter the U.S. in two decades. President Biden appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the administration’s response to the crisis, but her handling of the situation — and her bizarre refusal to visit the southern border — has been heavily criticized.

In May, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 112,302 border encounters under its Title 42 authority, the highest number of encounters reported since the order was enacted in March 2020.





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Oregon House Votes to Expel GOP Rep. Over State Capitol Breach

Oregon House Rep. Mike Nearman, a Republican, has been expelled from Congress for helping anti-lockdown protesters breach the state Capitol, with the move being the first-ever lawmaker’s expulsion in Oregon’s 162 years of statehood.

In a 59-1 vote on House Resolution 3 (pdf)—with Nearman casting the sole vote against—Oregon House lawmakers concluded the Republican had engaged in “disorderly behavior” when he opened a door during a Dec. 21 special session of the legislature and allowed some protesters to enter the Capitol building, which was closed due to the pandemic. Following a scuffle, police eventually ejected the protesters and made several arrests.

“Colleagues, it couldn’t be any clearer. Rep. Mike Nearman intentionally allowed armed protestors, occupiers, to illegally enter the building during the peak of the pandemic,” Rep. Paul Holvey, D-Eugene, said on the floor of the House, according to the Statesman Journal. “He coordinated with his supporters and extremist groups and then opened a door to let them in.”

Ahead of the vote on his expulsion, Nearman was defiant, arguing that the closure of the Capitol violated the state constitution.

“You can let this be tried in the media and down to summary judgment on the floor like we’re doing here,” he said, according to KATU. “You can choose to skip the House Committee on Conduct and just do it now. There’s no reason to hear both sides and have something resemble due process. The party in power doesn’t have to be fair. Might makes right. So, if that’s what you want to do, let’s do what the people have sent us here to do, let’s decide. That’s what we do. We decide. Let’s decide, and let’s do it in front of the people.”

Security footage from Dec. 21 showed Nearman exiting a door, through which protesters entered the building. Last week, a video surfaced that appeared to show Nearman coaching constituents on how to text him so they could get into the closed building, prompting all of his Republican colleagues in the House to sign a letter urging him to resign.

“Given the newest evidence that has come to light regarding the events of December 21, 2020, it is our belief as friends and colleagues that it is in the best interests of your caucus, your family, and the state of Oregon for you to step down from office,” the lawmakers wrote.

Nearman also faces criminal charges over the incident. He has been charged with official misconduct and criminal trespass, both misdemeanors, according to a court filing (pdf) with the Marion County District Attorney that was obtained by Oregon Public Broadcasting. Nearman was arraigned on May 11, with a judge being set in his case, and a new hearing scheduled for June 29, according to the outlet.

An aide at Nearman’s office didn’t immediately respond to an earlier request for comment.



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Biden Admin Is Still Using a Trump-Era Order to Expel Migrants Despite Ending ‘Remain in Mexico’

The Biden administration continues rapidly expelling most migrants under a Trump-era public health order despite ending the former administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program, officials announced Tuesday.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas formally ended the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) requiring people to wait in Mexico as their cases proceeded through immigration courts. However, the Biden administration continues to rapidly expel most migrants under the Trump-era Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public health order known as Title 42 implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Customs and Border Protection officials expelled around 295,000 migrants at the southern border under Title 42 from February through April, according to the agency. Mayorkas said border officials will continue exercising Title 42 removals in accordance with CDC guidelines, the DCNF reported.

“Now that DHS Secretary Mayorkas ended the Migrant Protection Protocols, asylum seekers who had to wait in Mexico during the Trump administration will be processed through the immigration court system inside the United States,” Syracuse University Assistant Research Professor Dr. Austin Kocher told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“Yet the move signals that the Biden administration will not be using that particular approach to managing the border going forward,” Kocher told the DCNF. “At the same time, the administration continues to turn back migrants back at the border—including many new asylum seekers—under the Title 42 policy that was implemented under the Trump administration.”

Mayorkas conducted a review of MPP and decided the program should end since enrolled migrants weren’t always able to attend their immigration hearings in the U.S. because of unsafe conditions and a lack of access to resources in Mexico. Immigration court hearings regarding MPP cases were paused in March 2020 due to COVID-19.

“In some ways, the termination of MPP is a formality,” Kocher said. “The Biden administration stopped enrolling new asylum seekers on day one of the administration.”

The program also burdened border officials, over 25 percent of migrants enrolled in MPP were apprehended attempting to illegally cross into the U.S., according to Mayorkas.

“The administration has not signaled if and when it might end the Title 42 policy,” Kocher said.

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Biden Admin Is Still Using A Trump-Era Order To Expel Migrants Despite Ending ‘Remain in Mexico’

The Biden administration continues rapidly expelling most migrants under a Trump-era public health order despite ending the former administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program, officials announced Tuesday.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas formally ended the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) requiring people to wait in Mexico as their cases proceeded through immigration courts. However, the Biden administration continues to rapidly expel most migrants under the Trump-era Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public health order known as Title 42 implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Customs and Border Protection officials expelled around 295,000 migrants at the southern border under Title 42 from February through April, according to the agency. Mayorkas said border officials will continue exercising Title 42 removals in accordance with CDC guidelines, the DCNF reported.

“Now that DHS Secretary Mayorkas ended the Migrant Protection Protocols, asylum seekers who had to wait in Mexico during the Trump administration will be processed through the immigration court system inside the United States,” Syracuse University Assistant Research Professor Dr. Austin Kocher told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“Yet the move signals that the Biden administration will not be using that particular approach to managing the border going forward.” Kocher told the DCNF. “At the same time, the administration continues to turn back migrants back at the border – including many new asylum seekers – under the Title 42 policy that was implemented under the Trump administration.”

Mayorkas conducted a review of MPP and decided the program should end since enrolled migrants weren’t always able to attend their immigration hearings in the U.S. because of unsafe conditions and a lack of access to resources in Mexico. Immigration court hearings regarding MPP cases were paused in March 2020 due to COVID-19.

“In some ways, the termination of MPP is a formality,” Kocher said. “The Biden administration stopped enrolling new asylum seekers on day one of the administration.”

The program also burdened border officials, over 25% of migrants enrolled in MPP were apprehended attempting to illegally cross into the U.S, according to Mayorkas. (RELATED: Officials Say Human Smugglers Bringing Migrants Into The US Illegally By The Hundreds)

“The administration has not signaled if and when it might end the Title 42 policy,” Kocher said.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Says She Will Introduce Resolution to Expel Maxine Waters From Congress

Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said Sunday that she plans to introduce a resolution calling on Congress to expel sixteen-term Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) over incendiary remarks Waters made at an anti-police protest in Brooklyn City, Minnesota late Saturday night.

Waters was recorded on video demanding a guilty verdict from the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial and urged protesters to “get more confrontational.”

Greene posted her intention to Twitter, saying, “Very soon I’ll be introducing a resolution to expel @RepMaxineWaters from Congress for her continual incitement of violence on innocent American people. Rep Waters is a danger to our society…After traveling across state lines to incite riots, her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center, directly led to more violence and a drive by shooting on National Guardsmen in Minnesota early this morning…As a sitting United States Congresswoman @MaxineWaters threatened a jury demanding a guilty verdict and threatened violence if Chauvin is found not guilty. This is also an abuse of power.#ExpelMaxineWaters”

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Video clip of Waters at the Brooklyn City protest over the police shooting of Daunte Wright that went viral:

**You can sign the petition to expel Maxine Waters, click here.

Full video of Maxine Waters speech and remarks to reporters (cued to the introduction of Waters):

Waters also told reporters Republicans in Congress were willing to kill their Democrat colleagues:

Hours after Waters’ remarks, two Minnesota National Guard soldiers on riot patrol were wounded in a drive-by shooting in Minneapolis.

Other Republican Congressmen have spoken out on Waters:

Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado asked, “Why is a sitting member of Congress encouraging protesters to get “confrontational?””

Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, “Why is Maxine Waters traveling to a different state trying to incite a riot? What good can come from this?…Molotov cocktails and firecrackers are not enough. Mad Max wants rioters to get MORE confrontational…Maxine Waters would already be expelled if she was a Republican.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) commented on Waters, “Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence. They want to tear us apart.“’We gotta stay on the street,’ Waters was recorded saying, adding that protesters needed ‘to get more confrontational’ & they should ignore the curfew in place.””

In June 2018 Waters encouraged liberals to attack Trump officials in public.





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