COVID Tyrant Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Backs Off on Mask Mandates in Response to Falling Approval Polls

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (AP Images)

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer agreed earlier this week to back off on enforcing her mask mandates. The reversal came in a budget compromise reached with the state’s legislature which has been at odds with Whitmer ever since she violated the state’s rules regarding COVID mandates.

As Thomas Lifson, writing in American Thinker, noted acidly: “The reason for Whitmer’s reversal is not hard to figure out. Her polls stink.”

There is nothing more threatening to an elected tyrant than to risk losing her position as tyrant. As The New American reported last fall, Whitmer continued to exercise her unconstitutional authority even after the state’s supreme court ruled against her. The court wrote:

The sheer magnitude of the authority in dispute, as well as its concentration in a single individual [Whitmer], simply cannot be sustained within our constitutional system of separated powers.

Nevertheless, Whitmer defied the court and continued to extend her mask mandates and other rules. She added to her state’s citizens’ discontent as a “pandemic hypocrite” when her husband was caught violating one of her rules. This was followed up by she herself being caught violating her own rules.

When James Craig, who retired as Detroit’s chief of police in June, announced he was running as a Republican to replace her in next November’s election, his poll numbers immediately reflected Whitmer’s discontent among registered voters: they were neck-and-neck according to polls released right after his announcement.

On Tuesday those polls were confirmed by Trafalgar Group, which reported that when asked “If Gretchen Whitmer and James Craig were the candidates for Governor in the 2022 general election, for whom would you vote?”, registered voters showed the former police chief beating Whitmer by a gaping six full percentage points, 50 percent to 44 percent.

Craig’s leap was no doubt helped by efforts of a Marxist group called Detroit Will Breathe which interrupted Craig’s initial announcement, forcing him to move to another location. Meshawn Maddock, co-chair of Michigan’s Republican Party, thanked the group on her Twitter account. She posted a photo of a protestor holding a sign that said “defund DPD,” adding:

See the sign? These leftists want to defund your police. Republicans are the only sanity left in the country. Gov. Whitmer is finished. Thank you BLM for reminding us what your world looks like.

Whitmer indeed appears to be finished. The Trafalgar Group polled 1,097 likely voters, with Democrats making up 53 percent and Republicans just 35 percent. When your own party disowns you, your career – even that of Governor of a dark blue state – is over.

As The New American noted, the COVID tyranny in Michigan “will only end when the virus ends, or she is removed from office.”

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Texas governor builds wall of cars to block illegal immigration at the border: ‘We’re doing Biden’s job for him’

Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, on Tuesday directed hundreds of Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles to form a barrier to stop thousands of illegal immigrants from pouring across the border.

Abbott is taking matters into his own hands amid the ongoing migrant crisis that suddenly worsened when thousands of Haitians unexpectedly surged the border and began residing in makeshift camps under the international bridge between Del Rio, Texas, and Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

Pointing to the Biden administration’s dismissive and unsupportive behavior to the state’s efforts to control the border, Abbott stated, “We’re doing Biden’s job for him.”

Abbott later confirmed that the state successfully regained control of the border thanks to the initiatives of the Texas Department of Public Safety in setting up a “steel wall” of “hundreds” of government vehicles across the largest sector of the Del Rio border.

“We effectively, as the officer said, regained control of the border in the Rio Grande sector, because the TDPS stepped up,” the governor stated. “If Biden followed that court order, we would not see the chaos that we are seeing in Del Rio today.”

“One day there were countless people coming across the border, then the very same day the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) put up all these DPS vehicles, and suddenly, in an instant, people stopped crossing the border in this location. That strategy is working,” Abbott told Fox News.

Th Texas governor said the migrant crisis and the steps taken to keep control of the southern border are “unprecedented” measures as the Biden administration continues to encourage a messy plan that involves “open border policies.”

“The only thing they’ve shown is an incapability of dealing with this crisis, candidly in a way where they pretend it doesn’t even exist,” the governor added at the Del Rio press conference. “And we’re here to tell you, it exists and it’s total chaos and the Biden administration- they need to up their game, big time.”

Amid record-high levels of illegal immigration due to Central American migrants who have flooded the border for months, an additional 15,000 migrants, a majority of them Haitians, began pouring in last week through open sections of the southern border. The Department of Homeland Security has gone back and forth on how to address the humanitarian crisis.

It appears there is a lack of communication because not everyone is on the same page. DHS Secretary Mayorkas announced at a press conference earlier this week that they would be accelerating flights for Haitian migrants either back to Haiti or other places of origin, including other countries in South America.

While DHS argues many would be deported under CDC’s Title 42 provision, and that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) only applies to Haitians residing in the U.S. on or before July 29, the Biden administration is hard at work to continue reversing Trump-era border policies that kept the southern border under control for most of his tenure. The current administration has been relocating migrants, a majority of them unvetted, to other cities within the United States with no means to account for them once they are “released.”

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Reflections on My Failed Campaign to Become California Governor

I want to thank the distributor of my articles, Creators Syndicate, for allowing me to take eight weeks off from writing my weekly column so I could campaign to recall and replace the governor of California. I also want to thank my readers for their patience and willingness to let me pursue that adventure.

The recall required 50% plus one of the votes be cast in favor of the recall. To replace required only that the replacement candidate receive more votes than any other candidate. Right now, ballots are still being counted, but the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom has failed.

On the ballot to recall the governor were two questions. Question one, do you want to recall the governor?

Question two, who do you want to replace him? For question number two, they were over 40 names. I finished first, by far, with more than 47% of the replacement votes. My closest competitor received 10%.

I entered the race late and campaigned for nearly eight weeks. One Republican rival, a two-term mayor of San Diego, campaigned a full year and got less than 9%. It appears that I raised more money than my Republican rivals combined—with the exception of a multimillionaire who pretty much self-funded.

As expected, the left-wing media were ruthless. A columnist in the Los Angeles Times called me “the Black face of white supremacy.” Only in America can a black person become president or a white supremacist.

Had Newsom been recalled, this would’ve been the second time Californians voted to recall their governor. But the electoral landscape the first time this happened in 2003, compared with today, is very different.

Between 2003 and 2021 there are 5% more registered Democrats, 50% more registered independents—who tend to vote for Democrats—and a whopping 33% fewer Republicans. To call an effort to recall a Democratic governor an uphill battle is a massive understatement.

In 2003, California Gov. Gray Davis faced a recall. The state voters’ political party registration was:

  • Dems: 44%
  • GOP: 35%
  • Independent/Decline to state: 16%

In 2021, as Newsom faced a recall, registration was:

  • Dems: 46.5%
  • GOP: 24%
  • Independent/Decline to state: 23%

Arnold Schwarzenegger received 48.6% share of the votes in 2003. I received 47% share of the votes in 2021 (votes are still being counted).

So, why bother?

Newsom’s two-term record as governor is flat-out abysmal. During the first eight months of the coronavirus pandemic, Newsom oversaw the early release of 18,000 convicted felons. Crime is up dramatically.

In 2020, Los Angeles homicides increased 40% over 2019. The increases were similar in San Francisco (17%), Oakland (36%), and San Diego (10%).

Homelessness is also up dramatically. When Newsom ran for mayor of San Francisco in 2004, he promised to end that city’s homelessness problem in 10 years. Have you been to San Francisco lately?

The quality of public education in California is abysmal. Despite spending an estimated $20,000 per student per year, according to the California Policy Center, California’s public school students’ test scores rank near the bottom of all 50 states.

Newsom, beholden to the powerful California Teachers Association, denied public school students an entire year of in-school learning. Meanwhile, his own kids enjoyed in-person learning at their private school.

Before the pandemic, 67% of fourth-grade public school students could not read at National Assessment of Educational Progress levels of proficiency. The math scores are even worse.

Black and Hispanic parents in urban areas want school choice—the right to use the education money to put their student in a charter school, private school, religious school, or to use the money for home-schooling—but Newsom and the teachers unions oppose true school choice.

California is facing a water shortage and experiencing “rolling brownouts” because of the failure to properly invest in our energy grid, and our fires are becoming increasingly more severe, in part because of Newsom’s poor forest management.

So, why did the recall fail? More on this next week.


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Nevada lieutenant governor candidate violently assaulted by security during protest

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LAS VEGAS (LifeSiteNews) — Nevada lieutenant governor hopeful Mack Miller was manhandled and shoved to the ground by security guards while protesting Tuesday on behalf of Nevada citizens’ freedom of speech.

The aggressive treatment of the Republican candidate occurred when Miller joined protesters in expressing displeasure with the Clark County Board of Commissioners for considering a resolution declaring that “misinformation” about COVID-19 is a “public health crisis.”

Cell phone videos circulating widely on social media show Miller being pushed and restrained by security guards, who then forcibly ousted him from the room and shoved him into a metal detector that nearly toppled.

Bystanders appeared to call 9-1-1 after Miller was pushed to the ground, landing on his back.

Miller, who Newsweek reported “ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for the Nevada state assembly in 2018 and for mayor of Las Vegas in 2019,” is now running for lieutenant governor in 2022.

Before being physically thrown out of the meeting, Miller began filming the unfolding incidents with his own phone. In a video posted to YouTube, he is heard saying the security guards had been “shoving and pushing” other people.

(Advisory: Strong language)

Miller appeared to interject himself into an altercation between security guards and several women, which is when the incident escalated.

The clip shows guards begin to approach Miller, touching his shoulder and then becoming increasingly aggressive after the candidate failed to immediately leave the premises.

Just before being grabbed by guards and ultimately thrown to the ground, Miller can be heard saying, “Hey, hey, wait a minute. What the hell?”

After Miller was pushed into the metal detector and shoved to the ground, bystanders can be heard in the video saying, “Don’t hurt him, don’t hurt him,” and asking, “What are you doing?”

The confrontation occurred during a break between meetings, in which Miller joined protesters in objecting to a resolution being considered by the county to treat coronavirus “misinformation” as a threat to public health.

During the break, many protesters became upset, arguing that the resolution was a violation of the first amendment while calling the board members “commies” and telling them to “resign.”

According to Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa, security guards decided to shut down public access when “some attendees” became “disruptive” and “boisterous” after a guard told someone to put on a mask.

“During a break in the meetings, a group of attendees became disruptive after one of them was asked by security officers to put on his face mask, in keeping with COVID-19 protocols. Numerous persons became boisterous and it became necessary to clear the room,” Pappa told Fox News on Wednesday.

After the incident, order was reportedly restored and attendees were allowed back inside the meeting room.

The resolution to treat “misinformation” as a “public health crisis” was formally adopted in a 5-2 vote.

According to a county news release, the resolution was implemented “following a discussion about how misinformation surrounding the effectiveness and safety of vaccines, masks, social distancing and other measures recommended by health officials to stop the spread COVID-19 have caused confusion in the public and created divisions in the community.”

As reported by a FOX5 affiliate station based in Las Vegas, the controversial resolution had been requested by Commissioner Justin Jones and adopted Tuesday.

Jones claimed that “COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on our economy, our children’s education, and the health and safety of our community, and the spread of false and misleading information has only made matters worse.”

“It’s important for our governing board to declare health misinformation as a public health crisis and commit to doing all we can to combat the falsehoods that continue to jeopardize the lives of our citizens,” he argued.

While it is unclear what specific actions the county will take to tackle “health misinformation,” the powers that government entities have taken to themselves in response to alleged “public health crises” have been far-reaching throughout the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

Using language made familiar by the COVID-19 narrative promulgated since March 2020, the Clark County Board said it plans to “curb the spread of falsehoods.”

According to the language of the resolution, “It is hereby resolved that it is the sense of the Board of County Commissioners that health misinformation is declared a public health crisis and Clark County should commit to combating health misinformation and curb the spread of falsehoods that threaten the health and safety of our residents.”

It is unclear what information the board considers “misinformation,” or which sources it considers legitimate or illegitimate.

The board’s resolution also failed to indicate whether any penalties will be levied against those who spread information contrary to the accepted COVID narrative.

To date, it has not been reported whether Miller sustained any injuries or plans to pursue legal action against the security guards who wrangled with him during the commissioners’ meeting.

Pappa said Tuesday that the matter involving Miller was under review.

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POLL: Republican Candidate For Virginia Governor Up 5 Points

A new poll shows former Carlyle Group CEO Glenn Youngkin leading former Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe by five points among likely voters in the state’s November gubernatorial election.

The poll, conducted by Research America Inc. for the University of Mary Washington, found Republican candidate Youngkin with 48% support among likely voters, compared to 43% support for McAuliffe, a Democrat. Research America Inc. surveyed 1,000 Virginia residents, including 885 registered voters and 528 likely voters, between Sept. 7-13, for a margin of error of 4.1%.

The poll of registered voters found McAuliffe with 46% support, compared to 41% for Youngkin.

The poll also found that 49% of Virginians believe that the U.S. is moving in the wrong direction, compared to only 23% who view the country as moving in the right direction.

“To borrow from Mark Twain, the reports of the end of Virginia’s status as a swing state are greatly exaggerated,” University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen J. Farnsworth said.

“This is an electorate in a very foul mood,” he added. “We shouldn’t be surprised. COVID has created the biggest health care and economic shocks to the world in decades and we prematurely thought the crises were over. So it is no wonder that voters are expressing high levels of frustration.”

The race is expected to serve as a bellwether for the 2022 midterms. Republican Bob McDonnell won the Virginia governor’s race in 2009 by 17 points, a year before the GOP netted 63 seats in the House of Representatives. Similarly, Democrat and current governor Ralph Northam won by 9 points in 2017, a year before Democrats picked up 41 seats.

Youngkin, who received former President Donald Trump’s endorsement upon winning the state Republican Party’s convention, has never before run for elected office. Before leading the Carlyle Group, he consulted at McKinsey and Co. (RELATED: ‘Big Lurch Left’: GOP Governor Candidate Glenn Youngkin Says Virginia Is Tired Of Democratic Leaders)

McAuliffe served as Virginia’s governor from 2014 to 2018. The state’s constitution permits governors to serve two non-consecutive terms. McAuliffe has received endorsements from his lieutenant governor and successor, Northam, as well as President Joe Biden, who is campaigning for him.

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Texas Governor Abbott Signs Massive Border-security Bill

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill tripling the state’s border security spending for 2021 and 2022 and bringing it to a record high.

On Friday, Abbott signed House Bill 9, which will spend $1.88 billion on border security over the next two years. This comes on top of another $1.05 billion signed earlier this year — itself over $200 million more than the previous budget — bringing Texas’s total border-security spending to nearly $3 billion.

This represents a significant increase from previous years. In Texas’s 2008-09 budget, only $110 million was allocated to border security, and funding never surpassed $800 million.

Among H.B. 9’s other allocations, it devotes $750 million to construct additional border barrier — in addition to $250 million that Abbott allocated in June and the $54 million that the governor raised through crowdfunding. The bill also allocates over $450 million to increase the deployment numbers of Texas National Guard and other law-enforcement personal at the border. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice will also receive funds to help detain illegal migrants.

Speaking at the bill’s signing ceremony, Governor Abbott stated, “This funding will provide our agency partners with even more support to address the influx of unlawful migrants and prevent dangerous people and contraband from entering our state.”

Abbott went on to note, “It is the federal government’s job to secure our border, but the Biden administration has failed to do its job, so Texas is stepping up to do what the federal government is supposed to do.” He blamed “the Biden administration’s open border policies” for the need for such legislation, as they “opened the floodgates to illegal immigration, to crime, to human trafficking, to drug smuggling.”

Texas Taking on Federal Government’s Role

Since the Biden administration began in January, Texas has been slowly, but steadily, taking over the federal government’s abdicated duty of securing the southern border. According to the left-wing Migration Policy Institute, the state is currently “challenging federal immigration policy on more fronts at one time than ever before.”

Among other recent policy shifts, Abbott authorized Texas National Guard troops to enforce Texas law, something that includes arresting illegal migrants who break state law. Additionally, under a new state law that went into effect on September 1, it is easier for state officials to prosecute human smugglers.

Nonetheless, there is much more that Texas can do to secure the southern border. Abbott would be wise to nullify the various unconstitutional court-imposed restrictions on states’ ability to enforce immigration law. Article VI of the Constitution, which states that only laws “made in pursuance” of the Constitution are valid, provides a solid legal basis for such actions.

Border Surge Continues

Abbott’s signing of H.B. 9 couldn’t come at a more relevant time. The United States is currently grappling with the influx of 15,000 Haitian migrants at Del Rio, Texas, a crisis caused by the Biden administration’s extreme open-borders policies. Not only will the Department of Homeland Security release many of these migrants into the United States, but the federal government’s weak response is likely to encourage another 20,000 Haitians to enter illegally.

Meanwhile, border apprehensions remain at record levels, with over 200,000 migrant apprehensions in August. Many of these migrants are also being released into the country, a practice that Biden revived shortly after taking office.

On the refugee front, the Biden administration has already admitted more than 48,000 Afghans into the United States, with plans to admit tens of thousands more. Many of these migrants are unvetted and pose health and national-security risks. None of this has deterred Biden, who plans to admit 10 times as many refugees in Fiscal Year 2022 as have been admitted this year.

Not only do many of Biden’s actions violate federal law, but Article IV, Section 4, of the Constitution requires the federal government to “protect each [state] against Invasion.” As both The John Birch Society and other organizations have pointed out, the current and planned illegal migration surge clearly meets the definition of an invasion.

It is encouraging to see Texas and other states begin to stand up to the Biden administration’s subversive mass-migration agenda. However, they would be wise to take even stronger actions to secure the border and enforce the Constitution.

To urge your state legislators to enforce the Constitution by nullifying unconstitutional federal laws and edicts, visit The John Birch Society’s legislative alert here. Additionally, to urge your U.S. representative and senators to oppose radical mass migration legislation, visit the JBS’s alert here.

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Virginia Governor Race: Youngkin Takes the Lead over McAuliffe in New Poll

Left: Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks during a campaign event in McLean, Va., July 14, 2021. Right: Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe participates in a campaign event at Lubber Run Park in Arlington, Va., July 23, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

The Virginia gubernatorial race is shaping up to be much closer than previous elections, according to a new poll by the University of Mary Washington and Research America Inc.

The poll found that 48 percent of likely voters back Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin, while 43 percent support former Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe. However, among total registered voters, 46 percent back McAuliffe while 41 percent favor Youngkin.

“The reports of the end of Virginia’s status as a swing state are greatly exaggerated,” Stephen J. Farnsworth, director of UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, said in a news post on the UMW site. “The large number of undecided voters at this stage demonstrates that either major party candidate can become the next governor of Virginia.”

The UMW/Research America Inc. poll was conducted from September 7-13, in phone and online interviews with 1,000 Virginia residents. The total sample held a margin of error of 3.1 percent, while the likely voters sample (528 of the respondents) held a 4.1 percent margin of error.

Republicans last won statewide office in 2009, when Bob McDonnell became governor. However, McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the 2013 gubernatorial contest, and current governor Ralph Northam defeated Ed Gillespie in 2017 by 9 points amid backlash against President Trump among suburban voters.

In the current campaign, Youngkin has sought to portray McAuliffe as soft on crime and radically pro-abortion, while McAuliffe has characterized Youngkin as a “Trump wannabe.”

“This election looks very different from those of the past four years, when Democrats could win by substantial margins by just focusing the electorate on President Trump,” Farnsworth noted. “He is not president anymore, and recent Democratic advantages in statewide contests seem to have departed with him.”

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

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Texas governor signs bill banning ‘abortion inducing drugs’ after seven weeks of pregnancy

It’s official: Joe Biden has announced that his Administration will be forcing COVID vaccinations on nearly 1/3rd of American citizens, blatantly disregarding the personal objections of millions of people and moving America ever closer towards a medical dictatorship.

We cannot stand for this unprecedented overreach, and we will not submit to Biden’s tyrannical public coercion efforts.

Please SIGN this urgent petition informing the President that you will NOT comply with these unconstitutional vaccine mandate orders issued by the Biden Administration, and that elected officials should act in their capacity to block these intrusive demands.

On Thursday, September 9th, Joe Biden announced the latest round of federal orders meant to further coerce large swaths of the public into getting the COVID vaccine — many against their will.

While the legal standing of these measures is, at best, dubious, the Biden Administration appears more ready than ever to gut our individual rights and practically erase medical autonomy in our country.

This latest escalation in overreach was announced via a televised speech in which Biden outlined a new “six-point plan” that includes far more than just six avenues to achieve mass medical compliance.

Among the most egregious new federal mandates are the following:

  • A requirement that all private businesses employing more than 100 people mandate their workers get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing (to be implemented by way of a new Department of Labor rule)
  • A requirement that all federal employees and federal contractors get the COVID vaccine
  • A requirement that all healthcare workers in facilities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and/or Medicaid (an estimated 17 million) get the Covid-19 vaccine without an alternative testing option
  • A requirement that all Head Start teachers get the COVID vaccine
  • A federal effort to lobby states to implement vaccine mandates for all school employees, and require regular testing of all students and school staff
  • A federal effort to lobby entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing in order to grant entry to the public
  • A continuation of mask mandates on all federal properties and during interstate travel (i.e. planes, trains, buses)

All in all, these new vaccine mandates, which will go into effect within the coming weeks, will affect an estimated 100 million American workers — 2/3rds of the entire workforce!

And, according to an administration official, violations of these unconstitutional requirements could result in fines of up to $14,000.

While this is clearly a political ploy on the part of the Joe Biden and his team of power-hungry Washington insiders to shift the focus from their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American public knows better: After nearly a year and a half’s worth of arbitrary, ever-changing, and unconstitutional government mandates in response to the COVID outbreak, it was always a given that the Biden Administration would ramp things up even further when it behooved them.

And now, it would seem that time has officially come.

“This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden uttered in his remarks, confirming his administration’s blatant dismissal of all Americans’ right(s) to accept or decline the experimental Covid-19 vaccine.

This is a stunning reversal from Biden’s declaration last December that “I don’t think [the vaccine] should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory.”

In fact, Biden even confirmed his intention to flout states’ rights in the process, warning that “If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way.”

These are not the words of an “empathetic” leader; these are the words of an aspiring dictator. And, for the time being, the only way to stop Joe Biden’s tyranny is through mass noncompliance.

As we’ve said from the beginning, science, basic logic, and common sense should dictate policy regarding COVID and the Delta variant.

But Joe Biden and the federal government have long abandoned those principles throughout this crisis, culminating into this disturbing yet inevitable flurry of intrusive vaccine mandates that use people’s jobs, individual autonomy, and livelihood as leverage.

This assault on our individual rights, private businesses, and American workers cannot be tolerated, and the easiest way to combat these unlawful orders is to just say NO.

Please SIGN and SHARE this most important petition letting Joe Biden know that you will NOT comply with the unconstitutional medical demands being made by this administration, and that action should be taken to block any intrusive action against working Americans and private employers.

Thank you!


‘Biden announces vaccine requirements for private businesses, impacting tens of millions of Americans’:

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Texas Governor Urges Biden to Declare Federal Emergency Due to Immigrant Surge

President Joe Biden should declare a federal emergency for the state of Texas because of the unprecedented surge of illegal immigrants, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says.

Abbott, a Republican, declared a state of emergency for counties across the state’s border with Mexico earlier this year, but that didn’t stop thousands of illegal aliens from entering the United States in Del Rio in recent days.

“If you look at what the financial strain and the healthcare strain and other strains that Val Verde County is dealing with, as well as the additional counties around this area, there is a need for a presidential disaster declaration,” Abbott told reporters in Del Rio on Tuesday.

Abbott sent a letter (pdf) on Monday to Biden making the request but he has not heard back yet.

Abbott said a dam on federal property is letting immigrants “easily traverse the Rio Grande River” and that the surge “shows no signs of slowing” while posing life-threatening problems for area residents and overwhelming law enforcement and healthcare resources.

Some 16,000 immigrants entered the area between Sept. 15 and Sept. 18, according to Texas officials. That’s nearly half the small city’s population, which is around 35,000.

“Families, including infants and children, need food, water, and medical supplies that the local government cannot supply. Thousands of families are immobilized in 100-degree heat as their numbers continue to swell as they wait to be processed by the approximately 64 federal agents in the area. Individuals are camping in squalid conditions and bathing in muddy river water, causing great health concerns,” Abbott said.

The White House did not respond to a inquiry on the request. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that the situation in Del Rio is challenging, adding that “it’s devastating” to watch video footage of what’s happening there.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told senators in Washington on Tuesday that the administration is executing its plan, which involves deporting many of the Haitians who are in Del Rio.

And Biden told reporters in New York that his administration “will get it under control,” referring to the crisis, which has exploded since he took office in January and reversed key Trump-era immigration policies.

But despite a surge in federal resources to Del Rio, and flights taking hundreds of Haitians to their home country, some 8,300 immigrants remain under the bridge in the city, its mayor, Bruno Lozano, told The Epoch Times.

Abbott said he was promised by Mayorkas as well as others in the Biden administration as early as February that they would provide resources to prevent situations like what has unfolded in Del Rio from happening.

“All those promises were never fulfilled,” he said.

Illegal immigrants cross the Rio Grande between Del Rio (far side) and Acuna, Mexico. Some are crossing back to Mexico to avoid deportation from the United States, in Acuna, Mexico, on Sept. 20, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

That’s prompted Texas to send state law enforcement to the border, direct the arrest of illegal immigrants for trespassing, and take other measures.

In Washington, Mayorkas was questioned sharply by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who expressed incredulity at his claims.

“Do you honestly believe that the border is not open?” Johnson asked.

“I do,” Mayorkas responded.

The official said that there has been a drop in encounters with illegal aliens at the U.S.–Mexico border over the last several weeks, after encounters topped 200,000 in both July and August.

Hawley pointed to the Del Rio situation and wondered when the administration’s plan, which has involved dismantling programs the Department of Homeland Security said helped staunch illegal immigration, would start working.

“We are not finished in the execution of our plan and I never suggested otherwise. We continue to do the work that we are required to do to secure our border. That is an ongoing process and, indeed, we are executing it,” Mayorkas said.

Charlotte Cuthbertson contributed to this report.

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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.

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Facebook Cancels GOP Governor After She Posts Withering Criticism of Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

It must have been the algorithm.

It was a mistake. Done in error. A bit of data went astray at a server bank in Utah and — wouldn’t you know it? — GOP Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey found herself locked out of her Facebook page. And after she spoke out about President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate, too!

Of all the rotten luck.

According to, the online home of the Birmingham News and affiliated publications, the governor’s campaign page was unpublished from Facebook Sept. 14 but was restored after her campaign appealed the suspension. Ivey said her campaign “fought back and won.”

“Evidently, they’re upset that I said I’m standing in the way of President Biden to protect Alabamians from this outrageous overreach by the federal government,” Ivey said.


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“If big tech thinks they can silence us and that I won’t fight back, then honey, they haven’t met me. They have another thing coming,” she continued.

“I’m not backing down. I never will. We’re fighting Washington. We’ll fight big tech, too.”

In an emailed statement to The Hill, Facebook acknowledged that the governor’s campaign page was  “mistakenly restricted for less than an hour.”

“When we learned of our mistake, the page was quickly restored,” said a spokesperson from Facebook said.

The suspension came days after Ivey had used her social media to hit back at the president’s vaccine mandate, according to an earlier report.


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In particular, Ivey targeted part of Biden’s speech where he said, “if these governors won’t help, I will use my power as president to get them out of the way.”

As The Associated Press noted, this came during a portion of the speech dealing with states that have battled teachers’ unions on statewide mask mandates in classrooms; Alabama leaves that decision up to individual school districts.

“You bet I’m standing in the way. And if he thinks he’s going to move me out of the way, he’s got another thing coming. I’m standing as strong as a bull for Alabama against this outrageous Washington overreach. Bring it on,” Ivey said.

“I encourage Alabamians to take the vaccine — have been since the beginning, but we’re never going to mandate it. And we certainly aren’t going to allow Washington, D.C. and this president to tell Alabama what to do. Here in AL, we don’t put up with that nonsense.”

She’d also described the mandates as “outrageous” and “overreaching,” saying they would “no doubt be challenged in the courts.”

And it’s just a coincidence that their page was “mistakenly” taken down by the social media giant. Facebook insisted the content on her page played no role in the temporary unpublishing.

The Associated Press reported that it was flagged as an imposter account, instead.

Ivey’s campaign called this a “nonsense excuse,” citing the fact they had been told the page was being unpublished because of “harassment and bullying.”

Gov. Ivey apparently doesn’t remember this is always a mistake. Whenever a social media platform or some other organ of big tech bans a conservative who’s recently said something inconvenient, it’s a big misunderstanding. Something went screwy with the doohickey. A piece of data made a wrong turn at Albuquerque. Don’t worry about it.

Surely big tech has given you every reason to trust them, right?

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he’s written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he’s written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).


Morristown, New Jersey


Catholic University of America

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Topics of Expertise

American Politics, World Politics, Culture

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