Sen. Ron Johnson interrogates DHS Secretary Mayorkas over lack of data on illegal immigration

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was heavily chastised by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson over his failure to provide congressional oversight leaders with data from President Joe Biden’s mishandling of the border. The resulting catastrophe has led to the uncontrolled influx of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Haiti, in addition to the hundreds of thousands who have made it across the border every month since Biden took office.  

“Mr. Secretary, of the 1.3 million people that we’ve apprehended, how many people have been returned?” Johnson asked. “How many people are being detained? And how many people have been dispersed? Now I want some numbers here. So we’ve got 1.3 million people, how many people have been returned? How many people are being detained? How many people have been dispersed to all points around America?”

“Senator, I would be pleased to provide you with data,” Mayorkas responded in refusing to provide any data.

“I want them now!” Johnson exclaimed. “Why don’t you have that information?”

“Senator, I do not have that data before me,” Mayorkas claimed.

“Why not?” Johnson prompted. “Why don’t you have that basic information?”

“Senator, I want to be accurate in the information …” Mayorkas stated.

Mayorkas proceeded to repeatedly dodge Johnson’s questions, refusing to answer.

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SEN. RON JOHNSON (R-WI): I’m putting a chart that I’ve been keeping on apprehensions on Southwest Border. Just to give you some quick numbers here, to date this calendar year, there have been almost 1.3 million apprehensions, we’re averaging the last few months 6,700 to 6800 people per day. That’s a large caravan per day being apprehended by Border Patrol. 800 to 1,100 known got-a-ways, which would equate some somewhere over 300,000 getaway is known got-a-ways for the year. If you annualize these figures, been a couple 100,000 people per month, we’ll be up to about 2.1 million apprehensions, add the get-a-ways, 300,000 to 400,000, we’re up to two and a half million people. You have repeatedly stated that our borders are not open, they’re closed. Do you honestly believe that our borders are closed?

ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS, DHS SECRETARY: Senator, I do. And let me let me speak to that.

JOHNSON: No, let me ask you a couple questions here. This committee received, it was dated September 11th, but apparently this letter was not received till Thursday, I didn’t find out about it till yesterday, I released it to the public immediately, by recently retired U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott. In this letter, former Chief Scott states, he is sickened by the avoidable and rapid disintegration of what was arguably the most effective border security our nation’s history. And of course, the chart shows it, we’ve pretty well secured the border. We’d stopped the flow of unaccompanied children, we’d stopped the flow of family units, because of the migrant protection protocols and the agreements that President Trump put in place, that the building of the wall, we were serious about border security until your administration took office. You stood before this Committee and said that you would enforce the laws. You have not done that. Let me go on. Chief Scott says to think that well resourced terrorist networks, criminal organizations and hostile nations are not going to do the same, in other words, exploit the open border is naive. Here’s what’s very troubling. He said the Secretary and other political appointees within DHS have provided factually incorrect information to congressional representatives and to the American public. So let me ask you, Mr. Secretary, of the 1.3 million people that we’ve apprehended, how many people have been returned? How many people are being detained? And how many people have been dispersed? Now I want some numbers here. So we’ve got 1.3 million people, how many people have been returned? How many people are being detained? How many people have been dispersed to all points around America?

MAYORKAS: Senator, I would be pleased to provide you with data.

JOHNSON: I want them now! Why don’t you have that information? Now?

MAYORKAS: Senator, I do not have that data before me.

JOHNSON: Why not? Why don’t you have that basic information?

MAYORKAS: Senator, I want to be accurate in the information…

JOHNSON: I’m looking for ballpark figures. Is it about half, have we dispersed about half of that, or we have about 600,000 people we dispersed?

MAYORKAS: Senator, these are the tools that we employ. We use the Title 42 authority that is the Public Health Authority, empowered by the Centers for Disease Control to expel individuals in light–

JOHNSON: So I’m hearing that you’re not using that to the full extent and that we’ve got 40-50% of people, even apprehended under Title 42 that are not being returned. Is that accurate?

MAYORKAS: That is that is actually inaccurate.

JOHNSON: … What is the real figure then?

MAYORKAS: If I may say, Senator, we use the Title 42 Authority, the Public Health Authority of the Centers for Disease Control to the fullest extent, we are able to.

JOHNSON: So what is the percent that you are returning under Title 42? It’s about 750,000 people, apprehended under Title 42, how many of those individuals have been returned under Title 42?

MAYORKAS: Senator, I will provide that data to you.

JOHNSON: So you’re saying that 40-50% is not accurate? If you know that that’s not accurate. You must have the real number.

MAYORKAS: Senator, what I said was not accurate was your assertion that we are not using Title 42 Authority to the fullest extent that–

JOHNSON: No, that’s not what I said at all. I said we’re not returning everybody under Title 42. We’re dispersing a number of those individuals.

MAYORKAS: Not for reasons of our limitation of use that we impose on ourselves, but rather because certain of our capacity to return people under Title 42 is constrained by the Mexican authorities of ability to receive them. This is a matter of bilateral and multilateral relationships. We exercise the Title 42 Authority to the fullest extent that we can, we then work with Mexico to assess what its capacity to receive individuals is. 

JOHNSON: Again you’re talking about the process. I want numbers. I’m gonna expect numbers, by the way, you know, last year in which you didn’t stick around for second round questions, you didn’t come in here in person, I sent you questions for the record, I’ve got no response whatsoever. And you came before this committee, and you committed to responding to congressional oversight. And you have not done so. And according to former chief Scott, you’ve provided factually incorrect information to Congress. So we’re expecting you to up your game as it relates to congressional oversight.





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Florida Anti-Riot Law ‘Violates the First Amendment,’ Says Court in Scathing Rebuke of Gov. Ron DeSantis – Reason.com

Enforcement of Florida’s “Combating Public Disorder Act” has been partially blocked by a federal judge, who appeared to agree with those challenging the “anti-riot” law that it was unfairly targeted at black Floridians and people protesting racial injustice.

Challengers to the law argued that it had a chilling effect on free speech and protest in the state.

Lawyers for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis countered that there had been no such chilling effect—why, just look at how black residents were out protesting on June 19 this past summer, they said, pointing to a flyer that billed itself as a “Juneteenth Black Joy Celebration” at a community park in West Palm Beach.

This mockery of an argument didn’t go over so well with the court, which scolded DeSantis for having “conflated a community celebration of a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery with a protest.”

“If Governor DeSantis included this particular post to imply that any gathering of Black people in a public space is a de facto protest, Plaintiffs’ concerns about how the statute’s new definition of ‘riot’ will be enforced are indeed well-founded,” wrote Chief Judge Mark Eaton Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida last week. “It should go without saying that a public gathering of Black people celebrating ‘Black joy’ and release from bondage does not automatically equate to a protest.”

In a decision that opens by detailing Florida’s history of using anti-riot laws “to suppress activities threatening the state’s Jim Crow status quo,” Walker issued a preliminary injunction against DeSantis and several county sheriffs enforcing the new definition of rioting ensconced in Florida’s House Bill 1.

The law—proposed by DeSantis following racial justice protests last summer and enacted in April 2021, just before the verdict in George Floyd’s murder was handed down—stipulates that someone “commits a riot if he or she willfully participates in a violent public disturbance involving an assembly of three or more persons, acting with a common intent to assist each other in violent and disorderly conduct,” and this results in “injury to another person…damage to property…or imminent danger of injury to another person or damage to property.” The plaintiffs in this case—including the Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward, the Florida State Conference of the NAACP Branches, and several other groups—say this new definition could criminalize not just people acting violently but anyone who shows up at a protest or rally where violence happens to break out.

The “overbroad and vague” nature of the law could subject “non-violent protestors to criminal liability for exercising protected rights to speech and assembly,” the groups argued.

Evidence they provided to the court establishes “that their members have engaged in self-censoring for fear of the challenged statute’s enforcement against them,” noted Walker. “The chill is evidenced by the unwillingness of their members to turn out at protest events in the weeks following HB1’s enactment, the fact that some of the Plaintiffs have chosen to modify their activities to mitigate any threat of arrest at events, and the fact that at least one Plaintiff has ceased protest activities altogether.”

“If this Court does not enjoin the statute’s enforcement, the lawless actions of a few rogue individuals could effectively criminalize the protected speech of hundreds, if not thousands, of law-abiding Floridians,” writes Walker. “This violates the First Amendment.”

The anti-riot act didn’t just open up the possibility that more protesters could be arrested. It also immunizes people who hurt or kill “rioters” from civil liability, while creating several new crimes (including “cyberintimidation by publication”), stiffening penalties for existing crimes, and making an array of other changes. (“There’s a lot going on in this law—not all of it terrible—but there are many troubling components,” wrote Reason‘s Scott Shackford back in April. “There is hardly a place in America where the penalties for crimes are too small, and Florida is no exception. We don’t need to increase the penalties for existing crimes just because they take place during riots.”)

“The intended effect of the Act is to deter the exercise of First Amendment rights by certain individuals—namely, those interested in changing the way police interact with Black communities—by threatening (in Defendant Governor Ron DeSantis’s words) to have ‘a ton of bricks rain down on’ them,” suggest the plaintiffs in their initial complaint.

Moreover, “the text, legislative history, timing, and public statements about the Act made by Florida officials all make clear that the Act was racially motivated,” they argue:

The Act was first introduced in the fall of 2020 in direct response to nationwide protests sparked by multiple killings of unarmed Black people by the police. Through various procedural machinations, the Florida legislature hurried the legislation’s timeline, curtailed public comment, and even gave the Act an unusual immediate effective date in order to coincide with the eve of the verdict in the murder trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man. And as noted, multiple provisions reveal that the Act was explicitly designed to single out and punish Black organizers and those who lead protests seeking to end police violence against Black people.

In his recent ruling, Walker notes that “it is well within the Florida Legislature’s purview to ban coordinated violent or destructive conduct.” But the language of the anti-riot law is unclear about who will be lumped in with such activity.

The judge spends ample space dissecting the law’s wording. DeSantis “insists the statute is clear in that ‘it merely prohibits participating in, or assisting others in participating in, violent protests,'” he points out. But this interpretation “strains the rules of construction, grammar, and logic beyond their breaking points,” the judge suggests.

Here, our potential rioter must “willfully participate in a violent public disturbance.” This begs the questions of (1) what does it mean to participate, and (2) what is a violent public disturbance?”

This is where things fall apart. Although both Governor DeSantis and Sheriff Williams argue that the phrase “willfully participate” is commonly understood, neither party offers an actual definition. Is it enough to stand passively near violence? What if you continue protesting when violence erupts? What if that protest merely involves standing with a sign while others fight around you? Does it depend on whether your sign expresses a message that is pro- or anti-law enforcement? What about filming the violence? What if you are in the process of leaving the disturbance and give a rioter a bottle of water to wash tear gas from their eyes?…

A “violent public disturbance” raises similar questions. Is a violent public disturbance a peaceful protest that later turns violent? Is it a protest that creates an imminent risk of violence? Do the violent actions of three people render an otherwise peaceful protest of 300 people a violent public disturbance? Does a rowdy group of Proud Boys or anarchists have veto power over peaceful protests under this definition? At least one Florida court has defined a “riot” as a “violent public disturbance.” Perhaps, then, a person riots if they willfully participate in a riot?”

Ultimately, the law creates “a wide scope of potential interpretations for individuals, failing to give them reasonable notice,” while also “empower[ing] law enforcement officers to exercise their authority in arbitrary and discriminatory ways,” the judge concludes. That is, it “both fails to put Floridians of ordinary intelligence on notice of what acts it criminalizes and encourages arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement, making this provision vague to the point of unconstitutionality.”

DeSantis argued that halting enforcement of the law would leave Florida powerless to stop and punish violent rioters.

But “the Governor still has the power to take any measures to prevent overt threats of violence or violence, and to declare that a danger exists to the person or property of any citizen or citizens of the state and order any sheriff to exercise their full powers to suppress riots,” points out Walker. “Moreover, state law enforcement officers have numerous criminal statutes at their disposal that prohibit and punish unlawful conduct, and which protect public safety and private property.”

(The judge also clarifies that he is not “enjoining all law enforcement agencies across the state from enforcing this specific law. Instead, this Court is granting the narrow relief of enjoining the Governor and three sheriffs from enforcing Florida’s law against ‘rioting’ as defined by” this new language.)

Lastly, the judge has some words for people who would cheer this new law and new rioting language based solely on whom they presume it will target.

“It is not lost on this Court, nor should it be lost on the public, that this statute sweeps in all manner of conduct and speech, regardless of the point of view of the speaker or the cause he or she may be advocating,” writes Walker. “This definition of ‘riot’ casts a broad net. Though Plaintiffs claim that they and their members fear that it will be used against them based on the color of their skin or the messages that they express, its vagueness permits those in power to weaponize its enforcement against any group who wishes to express any message that the government disapproves of.”

Walker cautions that “while there may be some Floridians who welcome the chilling effect that this law has on the Plaintiffs in this case, depending on who is in power, next time it could be their ox being gored.”



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Ron DeSantis & Regeneron COVID Treatment: Florida Governor Was Right

Florida’s governor was blasted by progressives for promoting Regeneron’s COVID treatment. Now, demand is so great the Biden administration is rationing it.




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wo months ago, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida was being roundly castigated for promoting the use of Regeneron’s monoclonal-antibody treatment as part of his state’s efforts to fight COVID-19. Desperate to find something sinister in the push, DeSantis’s critics threw out every charge they could dream up. At first, the line was that Regeneron’s treatment didn’t work. Then, it was that Regeneron’s treatment worked fine, but represented a dangerous distraction from the vaccine. And, finally, it was that Regeneron’s treatment was part of a corrupt plot to enrich DeSantis’s donors.

Today, we learn from the Washington Post that, actually, none of





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Ron DeSantis Makes Total Boss Move After Biden HHS Takes Over Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Distribution – RedState

As we reported earlier, the Biden administration announced this week that they are effectively taking over the distribution of monoclonal antibody treatments used in the treatment of the Wuhan virus, a move that has understandably angered some southern state governors who have touted the benefits of its use in people who are in the early stages of battling the coronavirus, specifically in how it significantly reduces the chance of hospitalization.

A statement from Biden’s HHS department noted that the rationale behind the decision was to make distribution more “equitable” to states beyond those that are currently requesting the most quantities:

“HHS will determine the amount of product each state and territory receives on a weekly basis. State and territorial health departments will subsequently identify sites that will receive product and how much,” the spokesperson said. “This system will help maintain equitable distribution, both geographically and temporally, across the country – providing states and territories with consistent, fairly-distributed supply over the coming weeks.”

Read their full statement here:

White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the “equitable” plan during today’s press briefing while denying treatment supplies were being cut for Florida:

Most notably, the DeSantis administration came out swinging after learning the news, with spokeswoman Christina Pushaw putting the administration on blast and countering critics who have bizarrely done an about-face on the need to do whatever is necessary to save people infected with the coronavirus:

As it turned out, Pushaw noting that DeSantis was “committed” to making sure his state’s residents could get the treatment “even if we can’t count on the Biden administration” was a preview of what was to come later, as DeSantis announced just a few hours ago that he was trying to work with another provider – GlaxoSmithKline – in hopes of being able to purchase the antibody treatments directly, doing an end-run around the Biden administration:

“What I am doing though, is we’re going to try to cover the bases. I had a call yesterday with GlaxoSmithKline executives about their new monoclonal antibody… Sotrovimab was given EUA, I believe in May. So the Eli Lily one, which is kind of now coming back, but the Regeneron, that was at the end of 2020. Sotrovimab was given EUA in May. The clinical data on that was even better than the clinical data on the Regeneron, 85% reduction in hospitalizations.

It is not approved for subcutaneous injection, so if we get it and we use it at our sites, we’d have to expand the amount of IV treatments that are available, which we’re going to be willing to do. Now they do not have a direct purchase agreement with the federal government, federal government’s bought all the Regeneron. They just upped it for another shipment. Honestly, that should have been done many months ago.

But we are not able to buy it directly from Regeneron. Given that, we do think we can potentially order sotrovimab and we will do that if we can. It has been — the clinical data’s great on it. And so we would be able to potentially use that to meet any of the shortfalls. This is something that, when you have something that has worked you should want to continue doing that.”

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The war of words between the Biden administration and the DeSantis administration on vaccines and the antibody treatment distribution issue is especially fascinating when you consider the accusations from Biden’s team over the last several months that DeSantis has been playing politics with the virus and is putting lives at risk by pushing back on mask and vaccination mandates.

Yet here Biden goes more or less rationing the life-saving treatment southern states like Florida need under the guise of “equitable” distribution – just days after saying he was going to up shipments to states by 50%, proving that it’s them and not DeSantis who have been playing politics with the virus – and people’s lives – all along.

Flashback –>> Analysis: Media Attacks on Ron DeSantis Over Vaccines and Regeneron Are About One Thing Only





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Sen. Ron Johnson Presses for Answers on Natural Immunity

Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson called for information regarding Joe Biden’s vaccine guidance for previously infected individuals who have obtained natural immunity from COVID-19.

Penning a letter to several top health officials, obtained by The Daily Caller, he blasted the current administration’s dismissal of natural immunity as an effective roadblock against infection.

“This administration’s decision to disregard the effectiveness of natural immunity and demand vaccination ignores current data and is an assault on all Americans’ civil liberties,” he wrote.

Biden did not mention an exception for those with natural immunity to his recent power grab rule to require private businesses with over 100 employees to mandate either the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing.

Sen. Johnson cited several studies in which the effectiveness of immunity via a previous infection was researched.

One study from La Jolla, Calif. revealed “that natural immunity may provide similar or even better protection than vaccines in the fight against COVID-19,” The Daily Caller reported.

The Republican senator’s demands not only relate to the concerns of many Americans with natural immunity but also to his own personal experience.

Johnson contracted COVID-19 and was tested seven months later, indicating he still had roughly the same amount of antibodies as an individual who received the Moderna vaccine, he said in the letter.

“The administration and these federal health agencies,” he wrote, “owe the American people answers about why they have made the decision to disregard the effectiveness of natural immunity and ignore current data.”



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Happy 43rd Birthday, Governor Ron DeSantis!

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis turned 43 years old on Sept. 14, 2021, so in honor of his birthday, here are a few facts you may not know about America’s favorite governor.

DeSantis grew up in Dunedin, Fla., before pursuing a B.A. in History at Yale University where he became the captain of the school’s baseball team and earned the school’s best batting record. After graduating from Yale with honors, he attended Harvard Law School, where he again graduated with honors.

Ron DeSantis joined the U.S. Navy and served as a JAG officer and later a senior advisor to a Navy SEAL commander in Iraq.

While he was still in law school at Harvard, DeSantis joined the U.S. Navy as a JAG officer, serving at the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was later deplyed to Iraq as a legal advisor to a Navy SEAL commander. He earned a Bronze Star and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

DeSantis returned to the U.S. and served as a federal prosecutor in Florida. In 2010, he married his wife, Casey, with whom he later had three children, Madison, Mason, and Mamie.

In 2012, DeSantis declared his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives, running in Florida’s sixth congressional district. He won the six-candidate primary race before going on to win the general election in November.

After serving three terms in Congress, DeSantis announced his bid for the 2018 Florida gubernatorial race. President Donald Trump gave his endorsement to DeSantis in 2018. After winning the primary election, DeSantis faced off against Democrat Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

President Donald Trump endorsed Ron DeSantis for Florida governor in 2018. DeSantis narrowly defeated Andrew Gillum.

Despite polling giving Gillum a comfortable advantage, DeSantis won an upset victory over his opponent, becoming the 46ht Governor of Florida. As governor, DeSantis made many notable accomplishments during his tenure.

Among many significant achievements, DeSantis ordered the restoration of the everglades and began a clean water initiative. Recently, he signed an election integrity bill aimed to prevent potential election fraud in Florida.

The governor is currently seeking to prevent Big Tech companies from engaging in political censorship, and announced on Tuesday he is working to eliminate common core from schools.

We’re going to make sure our state’s open. We’re going to get the kids back into school. And we’ll just focus our protection on elderly people,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis in response to nationwide lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gov. DeSantis refused to shut down Florida businesses in contrast to many blue states during the Covid-19 pandemic. He has also fought tooth-and-nail to prevent mask and vaccine mandates across the state.



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Ron DeSantis, Florida governor, threatens cities with $5,000 fines for vaccine mandates

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday threatened local governments with $5,000 fines per violation for requiring their employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus that has overrun hospitals and killed tens of thousands across the state.

Local municipalities, such as Orange County and the city of Gainesville, potentially face millions of dollars in cumulative fines for implementing a requirement that their employees get a COVID-19 vaccine, the Republican governor said.

“We are not going to let people be fired because of a vaccine mandate,” DeSantis said at a news conference outside Gainesville. “You don’t just cast aside people who have been serving faithfully over this issue, over what is basically a personal choice on their individual health.”

Florida has been a national epicenter for the virus’s spread this summer, with COVID-19 deaths in Florida accounting for more than 20% of the virus-related deaths across the country last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

At the news conference, DeSantis called on several local government workers from central Florida to explain why they didn’t want to get a vaccine at the risk of losing their jobs. Several offered false conspiracy theories about the vaccines, which medical experts have said are safe and highly effective.

Many of the municipalities requiring employees to get vaccinated offer exemptions for medical or religious reasons.

Gainesville spokesperson Shelby Taylor said the city stood by its decision.

“It is our belief that as an employer we retain the right to require vaccination as a condition of employment,” Taylor said in an email.

At a news conference, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, a Democrat, said that he believed many of the decisions the Republican governor makes are politically motivated and that the county “would deal” with DeSantis‘ threat, either through the courts or another manner.

“It could be a lot of money, yes, not question about it,” Demings said. “At the end of the day, it is our goal to protect the people in our greater community, to keep them safe, which is a fundamental role of government.”

DeSantis is running for reelection next year and is widely seen as a potential candidate to be the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2024.

Earlier this year, DeSantis signed legislation prohibiting proof of vaccination in order to get services from businesses or governments. He also issued an order preventing local governments from imposing restrictions meant to stop the spread of the virus.

DeSantis‘ remarks on Monday were his latest throwing down the gauntlet at local authorities’ efforts to implement COVID-19 measures. The state Department of Education has docked the salaries of school board members in Alachua and Broward counties for defying the governor by implementing mask mandates. A total of 13 school boards currently are ignoring the mask mandate ban.

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Ron DeSantis Remains a Step Ahead After Blasting Joe Biden’s Vaccine Incoherence – RedState

There’s been a lot to be frustrated about regarding how the government has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, but in my view, there’s been nothing more asinine than the inability to acknowledge that natural immunity exists.

As I wrote last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci played dumb when pressed on the matter, claiming that he didn’t know whether natural immunity offered protection. Yet, numerous studies and lots of real-world data have shown that natural immunity not only provides lasting protection but provides better protection than just those who have been vaccinated without previous infection.

Yet, when Joe Biden dropped his vaccine mandate announcement last week, nowhere in his speech did he offer an exemption for those that had already had COVID — despite the overwhelming evidence that they are protected. The president essentially signaled that this mandate was not about science but about pushing political division, likely to distract from his failures in Afghanistan.

None of this was lost on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and as per our usual arrangement, he’s a step ahead of other GOP politicians in making the case for natural immunity.

“These mandates, this is not about science — because if it was about science, you would recognize the infection conferred immunity. Israel did a study. They said it was much, much more protective than the Pfizer vaccine. Cleveland clinic did a study, same thing. Every single credible study always shows that it [natural immunity] provides good protection. And so that’s just the reality.

So I don’t support mandates at all, but if you’re doing mandate based off this, if you were really following science, you would acknowledge this natural immunity. And instead they ignore it.

And for somebody who already has protection to take a medical treatment.. it’s really about using government power control to mandate, much more than it is about the underlying medical issues that are involved.

And I think that is the perfect example of why, if you do not acknowledge that — you are not following science.”

This is exactly right. If the federal government refuses to acknowledge natural immunity and doesn’t make carve-outs for those who have it, then they aren’t following the science. And to be clear, the facts are on DeSantis’ side, and he cited several studies proving it.

So, what is the federal government following? Well, obviously there are political ramifications to throwing anyone who is unvaccinated a bone. To put it simply, doing so would infuriate many on the left regardless of the scientific justification. But there are also financial implications involving the proliferation and distribution of the vaccines. To admit natural immunity exists is to admit that tens of millions of people do not need the vaccine at all, and we can’t have that, can we?

Other countries are living in reality, though. Sweden, a nation that is averaging less than three COVID deaths a day after being lambasted for common-sense mitigation early on, not only acknowledges that natural immunity exists, but they register it the same as being vaccinated when it comes to their vaccine certificate system.

As I’ve said before, though I’m 100% against vaccine mandates, I think they could at least be defensible if the government admitted that natural immunity exists and offers long-lasting protection. Instead, they have chosen politics over doing the right things. DeSantis, to his credit, continues to be on the cutting edge of calling out Biden’s incoherence and inconsistency. Other Republicans could learn a lesson here. These vaccine mandates are going to be the biggest battle heading into 2022. All eyes need to be on the ball.





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Jonathan Turley Has Two Words for Ron Klain’s Big Misstep on Biden’s Vaccine Mandate – RedState

I wrote earlier about White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain stepping in it big time when he retweeted a post from MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle that called the Biden administration trying to use OSHA to impose a vaccine mandate as an “emergency rule” on some 80 million Americans the “ultimate workaround.” The rule would apply to all private businesses with over 100 employees.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called that a “foolish” move on the part of Klain because in so doing, he revealed the intent of the policy was to work around the law to get what Joe Biden wanted and that the courts may consider the effort to go around the law.

Now, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley has weighed in on Klain’s actions with two simple words: “breathtakingly daft.”

“The retweet was breathtakingly daft on the eve of litigation over the order. It is reminiscent of President Biden admitting that his own White House counsel and their preferred legal experts all said that the eviction moratorium extension was likely unconstitutional,” Turley told Fox News on Friday.

“Courts will now be asked to ignore the admission and uphold a self-admitted evasion of constitutional limits,” Turley added. The “problem is that the thing being ‘worked around’ is the Constitution.” [….]

“Klain effectively became a witness for the challengers in labeling the order an evasion or subterfuge designed for the courts. Klain leaves the courts in the unenviable position of ratifying an order that the Administration admits is a mere work around to evade constitutional limits. It is akin to claiming self-defense in an assault case while saying that it was the best way to shoot the guy,” Turley said. [….]

“Ironically, Democratic groups long argued that such public comments from Trump or his staff should be treated as official statements. Courts regularly used Trump tweets in reviewing challenges in fields like immigration.”

He added that Klain’s retweet “can be referenced by the courts as illustrative of the motive behind this obviously awkward avenue for a mandate. It is not determinative. However, it is relevant.”

It would be appropriate if they got hung by the same argument that they’ve made in the past about President Donald Trump’s comments.

Turley also noted that while the attempted use of OSHA is “clever,” were you to allow it, it would mean that OSHA could mandate anything even if it had nothing to do specifically with the workplace or the job per se and that might just be a little too far for the federal courts to go. Turley said that by this move, Biden is exposing himself to yet another loss, to add to the impressive list of losses that he’s already been handed in such a short time by the federal courts.





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Joe Biden Fumes as Ron DeSantis Scores Another Victory – RedState

Last night, Joe Biden fumed at Gov. Ron DeSantis as he announced his likely unconstitutional and certainly dictatorial vaccine mandate. According to Biden, the Florida governor (among others) represents the fount of all evil by not forcing masks on children, an action that is so anti-science that not even the Europeans will go along with it. Biden also accused DeSantis, without naming him, of not promoting the vaccine, a contention that is absolutely false.

Yet, while Biden is busying throwing a fit, DeSantis is scoring more victories for individual rights. It’s amazing how much you can win when you choose to play the game.

This comes after a lower court struck down DeSantis’ order that masking could not be mandatory in schools (no doubt, that same court would uphold Biden’s vaccine mandate because reasons). Now, school districts will once again be required to offer an opt-out to parents who don’t want their kids muzzled all day long for no real reason whatsoever.

As I’ve shared many times, the data on mask mandates is clear — they don’t work. Even if one wants to argue for some limited efficacy of masks via laboratory testing, real-world data continues to show no efficacy at all in stopping the spread of COVID-19. That includes a study that the CDC seemingly tried to bury which showed mask mandates in schools do not change rates of spread.

Yet, for reasons that seem purely political, those that claim to follow the science refuse to just follow the science. Children do not need to wear masks and there are legitimate long-term concerns regarding how masking affects the learning environment. We should not be hurting kids in order to appease the irrational fears of adults.

DeSantis understands that, and unlike some other GOP governors, he’s chosen to stay on offense. That’s paying dividends for the residents of his state. Further, Florida appears to be well over the hump in regards to the Delta variant while draconian, locked down, and masked up states are seeing major spikes with no end in sight. The refusal to understand the seasonality and cyclic nature of COVID-19, which is clearly now endemic, is maddening at times.

Follow the science the left screams, but that’s exactly what DeSantis is doing. He’s using real-world data to take logical actions that do not stomp on individual rights. That is the way, and more Republicans would do well to follow the same path.





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