DHS confirms to Fox News the number of Haitians expelled back to Haiti

This morning, DHS confirmed to a Fox News reporter in Del Rio that the number of Haitians expelled back to Haiti is 1,719. The numbers of Haitian migrants housed under the Del Rio International Bridge on the southern border continue to be a mystery to anyone paying attention to the Biden border crisis. We are doing just that here on this site, paying attention, and there is no end in sight. To say that this administration has been less than transparent is an understatement.

Bill Melugin, a Fox News reporter, has been a constant source of information on the Biden border crisis for months. He was literally the only national reporter covering the flood of migrants crossing the Rio Grande River at the Del Rio point of entry, the International Bridge, as well as those who are just wading and swimming across the Rio Grande River to come ashore, for weeks. When the explosion of Haitian migrants began arriving, he switched his focus on the big story – the thousands of Haitian migrants have so overwhelmed Del Rio, a city of 35,000 residents, that the Border Patrol began housing them under the bridge. Today he was tossed a bone by DHS and told that the number of Haitians flown back to Haiti so far is 1,719. That is a far cry from the 15,000 estimated to have been under the bridge last weekend.

Then, as I began writing this post, the number changed. Unbelievable. Literally. The number is actually lower than the 1,719 confirmed just a couple of hours ago.

The numbers being reported are not adding up. DHS announced the agency chartered planes to fly the migrants back to Haiti. The small number of planes alleged to be used in the expulsions mean that it will probably take weeks to accomplish that task. However, as we are slowly learning now, most of the migrants are not, in fact, being flown back. They are being flown to other states away from the border or else they are being bused to other locations here in the U.S. Team Biden is lying to us all.

So, if only 1,401 have been flown back to Haiti, that leaves thousands of migrants unaccounted for by the administration – at least unaccounted for to the American public. Where are they? Does anyone seriously believe that they will be expelled under Title 42? The Biden administration has fought tooth and nail against using that policy though they have continued to use it to some extent. And the administration is now under court order to keep the policy in use.

There is an odd tweet about migrants tearing up their documentation before being apprehended by Border Patrol, too. Why are they doing that? Is someone telling them to do it? Perhaps they think if they have no id then it will be impossible to expel them. Nothing about the Biden border crisis makes sense. It is all so crazy that everything must be intentional on the part of the administration.

The Catch and Release policy is how most of the Biden border crisis is being handled. In this case, they are dropped off at a gas station in the Del Rio area.

Democrats and the administration are creating distractions to take the focus off the Haitian migrants. Whipgate is the most ridiculous of the distractions. DHS says it will investigate the completely fabricated story that Border Patrol agents in the Horse Calgary are using whips on Haitians to maintain control. This is hugely insulting to the professional Border Patrol agents and should have never been given any credibility at all. In Texas, horses are used where it makes sense to do so. Many areas are not accessible to vehicles. For crowd control, like under that bridge, horses are more practical to use, especially to stop those wading across the Rio Grande River. Yesterday, Rep. Maxine Waters accused Border Patrol of using whips and claimed it was worse than the days of slavery. This is unacceptable and she should be held accountable for her language, meant to incite outrage. Horse reins are not whips.

There is not any routine COVID testing on the migrants. There are medical facilities available for those who need them.

I heard Jen Psaki say during today’s White House press briefing that the administration is “horrified by photos of the Border Patrol officers and that behavior” when asked about Maxine Waters’ slavery reference to the alleged beatings with whips to the Haitians. This White House does not support law enforcement at the border and chooses to believe false narratives spread on social media by Democrats and the proponents of open borders. It is shameful. No wonder morale is at all-time low levels among those people working on the southern border. The Biden administration is openly working to discredit them and turn the American public against them.

So, why did DHS confirm a higher number to Fox News this morning only to have to correct it to the 1,401 that Jazz reported in his post this morning? It looks like the confusion is deliberate. This administration has no real plan to secure the border. They want open borders. DHS has to be held accountable. DHS knows the real numbers and they don’t want anyone else to know. It proves what a failure Biden’s policies on migration and illegal immigration are. He’s too stubborn to change course now. In the meantime, no one should believe anything this administration says. There are about 3,800 left in the camp under the bridge, down from 15,000. About 3,200 are in the removal process, though no real process is being explained to reporters, and that leaves about 5,000 still unaccounted for from the Del Rio Sector. None of the numbers add up. Just this morning, Jen Psaki argued that “the border is closed.” Unbelievable.





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DHS mum on number of Haiti migrants released into US; 1,400 sent back

The Department of Homeland Security revealed late Wednesday that more than 4,600 migrants who gathered under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas in recent days have been removed from the makeshift encampment — but did not specify how many have been released into the US.

The department said that fewer than 5,000 migrants remained at the Del Rio site, which by some estimates held nearly 15,000 people before the Biden administration ordered removals to begin this past Sunday.

Since then, according to DHS, 1,401 migrants have been deported to Haiti, while another 3,206 have either been processed for expulsion under the pandemic-related authority known as Title 42 or “placed into removal proceedings” — which in this case means being released with a notice to appear at an immigration office within 60 days.

DHS did not specify how many of the 3,206 have been expelled under Title 42 and how many have been released into the US. The Associated Press, citing a US official, reported earlier Wednesday that the latter number was in the thousands and releases were taking place on a “very, very large scale.”

It is not clear how officials determine which migrants are deported and which are released into the US. However, Wade McMullen, an attorney with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, told the wire agency that most migrants he and other advocates have interviewed and who have been turned loose have been families with young children and pregnant women.

A dust storm moves across the area as Haitian migrants use a dam to cross into the United States from Mexico.
A dust storm moves across the area as Haitian migrants use a dam to cross into the United States from Mexico.AP
Haitian migrants cross the Rio Grande river to get food and water in Mexico.
Haitian migrants cross the Rio Grande river to get food and water in Mexico.
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Haitian migrants bathe and do laundry along the banks of the Rio Grand after they crossed into the United States.
Haitian migrants bathe and do laundry along the banks of the Rio Grand after they crossed into the United States.
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Migrants are being bused from Del Rio, a town of 35,000 people, to either El Paso, Laredo or the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas border for processing, another US official told the AP. Some are also being taken to Tucson, Ariz. on flights that were added this week.

The numbers released by DHS Thursday suggest that several thousand migrants have also opted to cross back over the Rio Grande into Mexico, likely gambling that their asylum claims will be looked upon more favorably there than in the US.

Immigrants sit and lie under the international bridge at a migrant camp on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Immigrants sit and lie under the international bridge at a migrant camp on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Haitian migrants rest at a shelter in Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila state, Mexico.
Haitian migrants rest at a shelter in Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila state, Mexico.
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However, the Mexican government is taking its own steps to remove Haitian migrants from its soil as well. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that officials there were running flights from Piedras Negras, about an hour south of the US border, to Tapachula, near the border with Guatemala. Haitians taken there will be allowed to apply for asylum, while others may be made to go back to Guatemala.

The deportation of migrants to Haiti, where some have not lived for more than a decade, has caused outrage both in Port-au-Prince and Washington. Desperate migrants have tried any method, including violent assault, to avoid returning to their country of origin.

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers say the chaos is another example of the Biden administration’s border policies encouraging a surge of illegal immigration that has overwhelmed authorities. Democrats have called for the deportation flights to cease and criticized Border Patrol agents who were seen using their horses to try and block migrants from crossing the Rio Grande over the weekend.

On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warned those attempting to enter the United States illegally that “you will be returned.”

“Your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life,” he said at a news conference.

A boy bathes himself with a jug of water inside a migrant camp.
A boy bathes himself with a jug of water inside a migrant camp.
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Migrants are seen at an encampment along the Del Rio International Bridge near the Rio Grande.
Migrants are seen at an encampment along the Del Rio International Bridge near the Rio Grande.
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The department repeated that line in a statement Wednesday responding to reports of widespread releases: “The Biden Administration has reiterated that our borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey. Individuals and families are subject to border restrictions, including expulsion.”

DHS had been slow to provide details on the number of migrants deported from the border region during the Biden administration, with Mayorkas blaming his hectic work schedule for him not having the figures when asked about it during a House hearing earlier Wednesday.

With Post wires

Migrants exit a Border Patrol bus and prepare to be received by the Val Verde Humanitarian Coalition.
Migrants exit a Border Patrol bus and prepare to be received by the Val Verde Humanitarian Coalition.
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A migrant mother feeds her child while waiting for aid after arriving at the Val Verde Humanitarian Coalition facility.
A migrant mother feeds her child while waiting for aid after arriving at the Val Verde Humanitarian Coalition facility.
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Biden admin plans to double the number of refugees admitted to U.S., to 125K

U.S. President Joe Biden is set to dramatically increase admissions of refugees, despite the ongoing border crisis. The move also comes amid Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, which has created a refugee crisis in the region.

Biden is reportedly planning to double the number of refugees admitted into the United States despite the national security and humanitarian crisis that has erupted at the southern border under his administration. The State Department stated in a press release on Monday that the administration “recommends an increase in the refugee admissions target from 62,500 in Fiscal Year 2021 to 125,000 in Fiscal Year 2022 to address needs generated by humanitarian crises around the globe.”

“A robust refugee admissions program is critical to U.S. foreign policy interests and national security objectives, and is a reflection of core American values,” the administration claimed. “The United States has long been a global leader in refugee resettlement. The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) reflects our tradition as a nation that has long welcomed immigrants and refugees.  It is an important, enduring, and ongoing expression of our commitment to international humanitarian principles and reflects the best of America’s values and compassion.”

While the Biden administration is welcoming the influx of refugees from war-torn countries across the globe and struggles to close the southern border, the same administration has notably rejected Cubans fleeing communist oppression in Cuba from attempting to enter the United States, telling them that “if you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States.”

Monday’s announcement comes as the Biden administration faces a historic crisis on the U.S. southern border with hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens pouring across the border every month. The border has seen around 200,000 illegal entries each month in July and August, a dramatic increase since Biden took office in January. CNN reported earlier this year that the United States was on track to record around or over 2 million illegal aliens on the southern border, a number greater than the populations of several U.S. states combined. 

Over the past week, the administration faced a new crisis on the border, as thousands of Haitians illegally entered the United States through the Texas border town of Del Rio within the span of a few days. The situation has caused a dire situation for locals, who are now facing food shortages, as detailed by Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-TX). 

“Speaking to Border Patrol agents, the worst is yet to come; they’re worried about what is behind here; they’re worried about coordination with Mexico,” Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX) told Fox News on Saturday. “It’s worse than you could imagine.”

Pfluger also warned that the majority of the 15,000 illegal aliens estimated to be at the border were military age males. 

“If they decided to riot or if unrest happened, it would be a terrible situation,” he said. “It is ripe. It is 100 degrees outside right now and you literally have 14,878 people here — this is how serious the situation is.”





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What’s Going On? The Number of Container Ships Drifting Off Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach at All-Time High




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Alabama Remains Number One In The AP Poll After Week Three

Alabama is still the top team in college football.

In the AP Poll released after week three, the Crimson Tide held onto the top spot after an absolute dog fight against Florida. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Georgia, Oregon, Oklahoma and Iowa rounded out the top five. Iowa jumped up to number six.

Another week goes by in the world of college football, and Alabama remains in the top spot. After their incredibly tough game against Florida, I’d say they’ve done enough to earn the right to hold onto the number one ranking.

Until they lose, I’m not sure how you put any team ahead of the Crimson Tide.

Georgia, Oregon, Oklahoma, Iowa and Penn State have all been very impressive through weeks, but it’s hard to know for sure which one will separate from the group.

Oregon has the best win, but PSU honestly looks like the best team in the B1G right now.

As for my Badgers, we’re holding strong to the 18th spot after having a bye week. Now, we play 12th-ranked Notre Dame this Saturday.

If you’re not hyped up for that, then you’re likely not a real football fan.

This Saturday can’t get here fast enough. We’re in for another great weekend of action!





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Number of Americans Trapped in Afghanistan Exceeds Biden Admin Claims, GOP Lawmaker Says

Rep. Issa says at least 200 individuals stranded, double Biden’s public claim

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Adam Kredo • September 17, 2021 2:50 pm

At least 200 Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan, double the Biden administration’s public claim of around 100, according to Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R., Calif.) office.

Issa’s office has to date communicated with 68 GOP offices, barely a third of the total caucus, and told the Washington Free Beacon it is aware of at least 201 Americans seeking to return home. Issa’s team worked over the past weeks to free more than 35 individuals from Afghanistan, and says that it is in contact with “several more.” Issa’s office believes there are far more than 200 still waiting to be rescued.

The information collected by the lawmaker’s office is leading them to conclude that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and senior Biden administration officials are “lowballing” the total number of Americans trapped in Afghanistan after the botched withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country. Blinken testified before Congress earlier this week that he is aware of around 100 Americans who are in contact with the State Department about returning home—a number the administration has repeated for the past weeks.

“This is the number nobody in the White House wants you to know,” Issa told the Free Beacon. “State has been intentionally vague, even though they have more information than anyone. That’s why we’re making sure the truth is told. The coverup is over.”

Issa and his team disclosed difficulties in dealing with the State Department as they try to free Californians from Afghanistan. Administration officials are said to be overwhelmed by calls and emails from congressional offices on both sides of the aisle that are trying to bring Americans home. After days of back-and-forth, the State Department asked Issa’s office in an email to tell Americans: “Do not rely on U.S. government assistance.”

“State is lowballing the number of Americans in Afghanistan and dragging their feet bringing them home,” Issa spokesman Jonathan Wilcox, who has been working closely with the congressman’s staff and other offices on the matter, told the Free Beacon.

Republican offices working on evacuation efforts have accused the State Department of stymieing efforts to exchange information about Americans still in Afghanistan. The Biden administration also has not presented Congress with a plan on how it will rescue Americans who remain in the war-torn country, even as lawmakers from both parties push officials to do so. This has generated concerns the Taliban is using Americans as leverage to extract from the United States significant sanctions relief and access to hard currency in the form of aid dollars.

During his testimony Tuesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Blinken said the State Department only has a vague idea of how many Americans are still left in Afghanistan.

“To know precisely at any given moment in time exactly how many American citizens are in any country is something we can’t and don’t know,” Blinken said.

Blinken also claimed to be “in constant contact with American citizens still in Afghanistan who have told us that they wish to leave,” a claim that GOP lawmakers viewed as contradictory to earlier statements about not knowing for sure who remains in Afghanistan.

The State Department told the Free Beacon last week that it is having trouble ensuring the Taliban allows charter flights for Americans to leave the country. Planes remain stuck in the country as the Taliban uses them for leverage.

“We do not have personnel on the ground, we do not have air assets in the country, we do not control the airspace—whether over Afghanistan or elsewhere in the region,” a State Department spokesman said at the time. “We understand the concern that many people are feeling as they try to facilitate further charter and other passage out of Afghanistan.”





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Record number of mail-in ballot requests means vote result ‘very likely’ won’t be known election night

This year, the one million local mail-in ballots won’t be counted until Tuesday morning at the earliest, says an Elections Canada spokesperson

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OTTAWA – A record 1.2 million Canadians have requested a mail-in ballot this federal election, setting the stage for a potentially inconclusive night after polls close Monday.

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“It’s very likely that we won’t know who the winner is on election night,” Elections Canada spokesperson Natasha Gauthier said in an interview.

That’s because due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over one million Canadians have exceptionally requested a mail-in voting kit from inside their riding, meaning they will submit their ballot from their place of residence.

That is in addition to nearly 150,000 Canadians voting from within the country but from outside their riding (such as someone voting by mail from Toronto though they reside in Montreal) and 54,000 citizens voting from outside of Canada.

But unlike previous elections where most mail-in ballots are counted on voting day, this year, those one million local mail-in ballots won’t be counted until Tuesday morning at the very earliest, says Gauthier.

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That’s because mail-in ballots ordered from within a riding in Canada are treated differently from ballots sent from outside the country, by a member of the Canadian Armed Forces or an inmate in a penitentiary (which are counted on polling day).

They require verification that can take up to 24 hours to ensure that a voter didn’t — intentionally or not — vote both by mail and in-person in their riding, Gauthier explained.

“If you live in Poland and you’re voting, we know you haven’t voted in person. It’s impossible,” Gauthier said. “If you’re voting by mail in your riding, they want to make sure that some error didn’t happen, and the person didn’t also vote in person, which is something that could potentially happen.”

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Canadians voting by mail have until the minute their local riding polls close on Sept. 20 to get their envelope to Elections Canada, which means that the total number of eligible mail-in ballots is still unknown. But as of Wednesday night, over half of all voting kits had already been returned (though their eligibility has not yet been confirmed).

According to Elections Canada data, seven out of 10 and nearly half (23) of the 50 ridings in which the most mail-in voting kits issued to electors are in British Columbia. Most of the rest of the top 50 (20) were in Ontario.

The most voting kits were issued in the ridings of Victoria (12,294), Saanich-Gulf Islands (10,457) and Ottawa Centre (9,655).

There are two potential reasons why B.C. residents were so much more likely to want to vote by mail.

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The first may be due to political allegiance. A Leger poll this week shows that people who intend to vote NDP — much of the party’s support and caucus is in B.C. — are the most likely to want to vote by mail (10 per cent), if they haven’t done so already (8 per cent).

The second could have something to do with the fact that B.C. residents have experience with voting by mail during the pandemic.

Last year’s provincial election drew nearly 600,000 mail-in ballots, a nearly 100-fold increase from the previous provincial election, according to the provincial election agency.

Those ballots represented nearly a third of all ballots cast, with another third of British Columbians voting at advance polls. At 28.8 per cent of ballots cast, voting on election day was actually the least popular approach for voters in the B.C. election.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than one million Canadians have exceptionally requested a mail-in voting kit from inside their riding.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than one million Canadians have exceptionally requested a mail-in voting kit from inside their riding. Photo by Postmedia illustration

Heather Stoutenburg, director of the B.C. NDP said the mail-in ballots were definitely a major part of the campaign, including a need to educate voters from the beginning.

“Filling out the ballot correctly was something that we spent a lot of time and effort and energy on to make sure that folks were aware of how they do that in a way that would make sure that their vote was counted and heard,” she said.

Mail-in ballots don’t include a list of names, but require the voter to write in the name of the candidate they’re supporting, which Stoutenburg said is the kind of detail that had to be communicated.

She said the COVID campaign posed all kinds of challenges and recruiting volunteers was one of them. That was only magnified when the mail in ballot delayed counting and official results, she added.

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“All of a sudden we needed to keep those volunteers, long after the election to go do things like scrutineering ballots and participating and recount so yeah it was it was definitely a challenge,” she said.

Even before the 2020 vote, B.C.’s 2018 referendum on electoral reform was conducted via mail-in ballot.

Stoutenburg said she is not surprised British Columbians have really embraced it in the federal election.

“British Columbians saw that this was a safe and effective and easy way to vote and I think you will see that trend continuing.”

A senior B.C Liberal who spoke on background, said the mail-in ballots were in some ways an opportunity, because it meant campaigns could lock in early support.

“As soon as that confirmed supporter has voted, in this case by mail; one they can’t change their mind for somebody else and two you can stop worrying about them and move on,” they said.

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B.C.’s election came amid a growing second wave of COVID cases and without widely available vaccines. The source said they suspect people will be less nervous in this campaign of casting a vote in person.

Elections Canada had predicted as many as five million voters might vote by mail, but the ballot requests came in much lower.

On election night last year, it was clear B.C. would have a majority NDP government, but many ridings took weeks to declare a winner, as the mail-in ballots were counted.

The senior Liberal said one of the challenges is that campaign workers can’t just stop working after the polls close.

“Candidates, the staff who have been in overdrive for over a month now have to stay focused on the final stage of the election for a little bit longer.”

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There’s a small potential silver lining for angsty campaign strategists (and newspaper front page editors) who hope that a clear winner will emerge on Monday evening.

A National Post analysis shows that only five of the 50 ridings in which the most mail-in ballots were requested were decided by less than a five per cent margin in the 2019 election. That means that many races could be decided without the need to count every voting kit issued by mail.

Four of them are in British Columbia (Victoria, South Okanagan-West Kootenay, Port Moody-Coquitlam, Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam and South Surrey-White Rock) and one of them is in Ontario (Bay of Quinte).

Of course, past electoral results do not guarantee future performance, but many pollsters have noted that current data shows that voting trends are very similar this election compared to 2019, with one major caveat: the crumbling of the Green Party. The Greens will likely be far less of a factor in B.C. this year, putting the NDP far ahead in Victoria for example, according to polling aggregator 338Canada.

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Alabama Is Still Number One In The Latest AP Poll After Week Two

Alabama is still at the top of the latest college football rankings.

The post-week two poll dropped Sunday afternoon, and to the surprise of nobody, the Alabama Crimson Tide were still in the top spot after beating Mercer. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Georgia, Oklahoma, Oregon and Iowa rounded out the top five of the latest week of the AP Poll.

As I said after week one, it’s impossible to argue that anyone other than Alabama should be the top team in America.

Any person who says Georgia or any other team should be number one has no idea what the hell they’re talking about.

Ignore them because they don’t deserve to be listened to. As of right now, Alabama is by far and away the best team in America.

As for the rest of the top five, Georgia makes sense at number two because they have the best win of the season so far after beating Clemson.

I also love seeing Oregon and Iowa in the top five. They’ve earned it.

 

Wisconsin held steady at 18, and I can’t complain. We beat Eastern Michigan. It’s a game that literally means nothing in the long run.

Until we beat a team with a pulse, I refuse to get too high on the Badgers.

Let us know in the comments what you think about the latest rankings!





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Brickbat: Sorry, Wrong Number

A New Orleans 911 operator is facing arrest, accused of hanging up on callers without obtaining necessary information or relaying that information to dispatchers. Precious Stephens has been charged with malfeasance in office. Stephens was fired after an audit of random calls found problems with how she was handling her calls. She faces up to five years in prison.



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