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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Wall St ends higher as Fed signals bond-buying taper soon

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September 22, 2021

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The three major U.S. stock indexes rose 1% on Wednesday as investors mostly took in stride the latest signals from the Federal Reserve, including clearing the way for the central bank to reduce its monthly bond purchases soon.

The S&P 500 registered its biggest daily percentage gain since July 23.

While trading was choppy following the Fed’s latest policy statement and comments by Fed Chair Jerome Powell, stocks finished close to where they were before the central bank news.

In its statement, the central bank also suggested interest rate increases may follow more quickly than expected and said overall indicators in the economy “have continued to strengthen.”

Stocks began the day higher as concerns eased over a default by China’s Evergrande. Evergrande’s main unit said it had negotiated a deal with bondholders to settle interest payments on a domestic bond.

Bank shares rose following the Fed news, with the S&P banks index ending up 2.1% on the day, and S&P 500 financials up 1.6% and among the biggest gainers among sectors.

Some strategists viewed the Fed’s comments as mixed.

“So they said we’re going to probably start to taper, but they haven’t said when and haven’t said how much, so we’re kind of back where we were a day ago,” said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Investment Management in Chicago.

“Those remain open questions,” he said. “Also, financial conditions remain very easy, and that’s part of the reason why markets aren’t going crazy at this point.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 338.48 points, or 1%, to 34,258.32, the S&P 500 gained 41.45 points, or 0.95%, to 4,395.64 and the Nasdaq Composite added 150.45 points, or 1.02%, to 14,896.85.

Apple and other big technology-related names gave the S&P 500 its biggest boost.

On the downside, FedEx Corp tumbled 9.1% after posting a lower quarterly profit and as the delivery firm cut its full-year earnings forecast.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 3.88-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.38-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted nine new 52-week highs and eight new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 52 new highs and 66 new lows.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 9.91 billion shares, compared with the 9.99 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days.

(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; additional reporting by Ambar Warrick and Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel and Lisa Shumaker)

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Liberals Sign Petition to Tear Down Border Wall, Flood America with Illegal Immigrants to Replace GOP Voters

Conservative YouTube star Mark Dice dropped another video this week in which he needed little help convincing people in Southern California to sign a fake petition that would be harmful to the country.

In this case, Dice asked people on the street to sign on to tearing down the wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The reason: More illegal immigration will create new Democrats, he explained.

“We’re trying to help replace these Republican voters with immigrants from South America but we need to tear down the border wall to make sure that more of them can come,” Dice told one man.

The man, without a second thought, signed on. Sadly, the man who thought he was signing a petition to essentially end U.S. sovereignty was not alone. There were so many others.

“We’re trying to tear down this border wall, now that Donald Trump is out of office but we need a few more signatures,” Dice told another person who was passing him near the beach on a San Diego sidewalk.


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He had no issue getting a signature.

In another clip, he told someone passing by, “You know, the border wall is a major obstacle for the illegal immigrants coming here.

“By tearing it down, that’ll help open the floodgates and bring more people here,” he explained.

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To others eager to sign his fake petition, Dice called the border wall “an eyesore” that is “covered in rust.”

“When the illegal aliens try to climb over the fence a lot of them are getting tetanus … it’s about 200,000 [illegal immigrants] a month, there’s still a lot of them that are- aren’t able to make it here because the wall is in their way,” he said.

“One of the reasons that we’re out here is there’s so many white people in America that if we can get more undocumented immigrants from South America, that’ll help with the diversity.”

“We don’t need any walls,” Dice said to one man who eagerly agreed.

Later in his video, Dice began spelling out the true intentions of all this recent unchecked immigration. Democrats have opened the border because it gives them a chance to import new voters. Dice told people that any physical barrier to immigration on the border needs to come down so that Republican voters will become obsolete.


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The people Dice explained that to were more than happy to sign on.

“You know, the more South American immigrants that come to America, the more likely they are to have more registered Democrats when they get amnesty, and so we’re going to try to replace the Republican voters,” Dice stated bluntly. “We figure as many of them that come here as possible before the next election just to ensure that we can make sure to stop the Republicans from gaining power again.”

That is especially true, Dice said, if “Donald Trump is going to run again.”

Person after person signed his petition to replace Republican voters with illegal immigrants. By the end of the video, Dice was explaining his intentions as clearly as possible.

“We’re trying to tear down the border wall to help make sure that we can replace as many Republicans as possible with immigration,” he said to one man.

“The more immigrants that come,” he said to another, “the more likely they are to replace the Republican electorate and keep the Republicans out of power the next election.”

Dice even explained that “Joe Biden will get [immigrants] amnesty, and they’ll most likely vote Democrat. That way we can replace the Republican electorate with the undocumented future Americans.”

Many illegal immigrants who have entered California throughout the last four decades or so have replaced the Republican electorate. The state is now a one-party hell hole where people defecate on sidewalks and criminals roam free across the major cities.

Dice’s video might be funny if it didn’t expose a sobering truth: So many Americans, especially in California, are beyond being reached.

A great many of those same people live among violent gangs and must navigate tent cities filled with homeless drug addicts. They have no issue with being locked in their homes by tyrants or with their tax dollars being stolen by prisoner inmates thanks to poor leadership.

These people would presumably like to see every state become just like theirs, and Democrats in Washington have every intention of ensuring that happens.

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Facebook Exec on Defense, Says Wall Street Journal Series Mischaracterizes Platform

Facebook criticized The Wall Street Journal after it conducted a deep-dive investigation into the platform and some of its practices.

Nick Clegg, the Vice President of Global Affairs at Facebook, said the The Journal deliberately mischaracterized the social media company.

“The @WSJ series raises serious & complex issues,” he tweeted with a link to a statement from Facebook. “It’s absolutely legitimate for Facebook to be held to account. But it contains deliberate mischaracterizations of what we are trying to do & confers egregiously false motives to our leadership & employees.”

Clegg disputed the The Journal ’s conclusion that Facebook willfully ignores findings that are inconvenient for the company: 

“Facebook understands the significant responsibility that comes with operating a global platform. We take it seriously, and we don’t shy away from scrutiny and criticism. But we fundamentally reject this mischaracterization of our work and impugning of the company’s motives. I wish there were easy answers to these issues, and that choices we might make wouldn’t come with difficult trade-offs. That is not the world we live in. We will continue to invest in research into these serious and complex issues. We will continue to ask ourselves the hard questions. And we will continue to improve our products and services as a result.”

The Journal criticized Facebook for its flawed practices that “cause harm.”

“Facebook Inc. knows, in acute detail, that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm, often in ways only the company fully understands,” The Journal noted in its investigation report.

“Time and again, the documents show, Facebook’s researchers have identified the platform’s ill effects,” The Journal continued. “Time and again, despite congressional hearings, its own pledges and numerous media exposés, the company didn’t fix them. The documents offer perhaps the clearest picture thus far of how broadly Facebook’s problems are known inside the company, up to the chief executive himself.”

The investigation reached several findings, one notable one includes its finding that Instagram is “toxic” to teenage girls. Other findings include Facebook’s involvement in combating COVID “misinformation” and pressing the vaccine.

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China defends clampdown on tech firms in a meeting with Wall St execs – Bloomberg News

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September 19, 2021

(Reuters) – China’s top securities regulator defended their crackdown on various industries in a private meeting with Wall Street executives, Bloomberg News reported on Saturday.

Investors’ concerns over the regulatory crackdown has led to sharp sell-offs on China’s share markets, reducing the market capitalisation of some of its largest companies including Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) Vice Chairman Fang Xinghai explained during the meeting that recent actions were taken to strengthen regulations for companies with consumer-facing platforms, and improve data privacy and national security, the report https://bloom.bg/39iLhKH said, citing people familiar with the matter.

The three-hour meeting of the China-U.S. Financial Roundtable on Thursday included the head of the People’s Bank of China, and executives from Goldman Sachs Group Inc , Citadel and other Wall Street powerhouses, Bloomberg reported.

The CSRC could not be immediately reached for a comment.

Goldman Sachs declined to comment while Citadel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Global investors have been spooked in recent months by a flurry of Chinese regulations targeting sectors ranging from technology, gaming and private tutoring.

Fang said the regulator’s actions in the education and gaming sectors were aimed at reducing anxiety in society, according to the report.

(Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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Staffers Trying to Build ‘Wall’ to Stop People From Seeing What a Mess Biden Is – RedState

We’ve already heard some of the allegations in Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book “Peril,” because of their claims about the actions of General Mark Milley, his interference with the proper process and chain of command, contact with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that was effectively a coup effort, and very questionable contacts with the Chinese which he hasn’t denied.

Now, it’s obvious that you have to take anything connected with Bob Woodward with a huge grain of salt.

But there’s one part of the book about Joe Biden that you know rings true, because it’s supported by other, prior reports.

That’s the report that White House aides set up a “wall to protect Biden from ‘unscripted events and long interviews amid fears of the president’s testiness and habit of mangling statements,’” according to the new book.

From Fox News:

“That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says.

In turn, a number of Biden aides told the reporters that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to prevent such incidents by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.”

“They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote.

However, the authors note that those incidents still kept appearing, despite that protective bubble.

You can see it constantly — the effort after he has to make some remarks and then the media tries to ask questions. The staff swoops in and immediately tries to get them out of the room, even rudely, the main idea being removal immediately.

Here’s Biden, back in June, screwing up during a meeting at the G7 — claiming that Boris Johnson hadn’t recognized one of the leaders — when in fact, he had. Boris and others laugh at him. Boris puts out his arm to stop Joe, like you do to a child to stop when they get out of hand. Then the Biden staff tell the Sky News reporter to get out at the end of the video, knowing he/she may have caught the gaffe.

You can see it here, from August, with the staff literally pushing people out the door.

Even CNN had to admit it during the G7.

There’s only so much you can “cocoon” someone, when they actually have to make public appearances and interact with people. He could hide in the basement during the campaign and blame the pandemic. He can’t do that now. Anytime he opens his mouth, he’s getting into trouble because he can’t read his teleprompter or notes, and has no idea what he’s saying because he’s just reading it.

Interactions like meetings, events, and interviews — where he has to speak extemporaneously — are the third rail for Biden, as we saw with the G7.

This report also hits on something that should get more attention. Yes, he’s a gaffe-ridden mess, but he’s also a very nasty character when he gets challenged by anyone — that “testiness.” We saw during the campaign how he even yelled at voters and called them names, like “fat” and “dog-faced pony soldier.”

As we previously reported, Biden allegedly “scolded his aides in profanity-laced episodes,” that he had “a short fuse.” He also needs “hours of debate,” and that it “takes days or weeks to make up his mind as he examines and second-guesses himself and others” before he’s able to come to decisions.

We see it now in his angry yelling rants at Americans for not thinking he’s right about Afghanistan and saying he’s losing “patience” with Americans who are unvaccinated. Neither are ways that Americans should be addressed by someone who is supposed to be serving us.

Unfortunately, Americans were sold a false package by Democrats. This is someone who is not a unifier, but a nasty, testy, incoherent mess.

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Wall Street closes rollercoaster week sharply lower

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September 17, 2021

By Stephen Culp

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks ended sharply lower in a broad sell-off on Friday, ending a week buffeted by strong economic data, corporate tax hike worries, the Delta COVID variant, and possible shifts in the U.S. Federal Reserve’s timeline for tapering asset purchases.

All three major U.S. stock indexes lost ground, with the Nasdaq Composite Index’s weighed down as rising U.S. Treasury yields pressured market-leading growth stocks.

They also posted weekly losses, with the S&P index suffering its biggest two-week drop since February.

“The market is struggling with prospects for tighter fiscal policy due to tax increases, and tighter monetary policy due to Fed tapering,” said David Carter, chief investment officer at Lenox Wealth Advisors in New York.

“Equity markets are also a little softer due to today’s weak Consumer Sentiment data,” Carter added. “It’s triggering concerns that the Delta variant could slow economic growth.”

A potential hike in corporate taxes could eat into earnings also weigh on markets, with leading Democrats seeking to raise the top tax rate on corporations to 26.5% from the current 21%.

While consumer sentiment steadied this month it remains depressed, according to a University of Michigan report, as Americans postpone purchases while inflation remains high.

Inflation is likely to be a major issue next week, when the Federal Open Markets Committee holds its two-day monetary policy meeting. Market participants will be watching closely for changes in nuance which could signal a shift in the Fed’s tapering timeline.

“It has been a week of mixed economic data and we are focused clearly on what will come out of the Fed meeting next week,” said Bill Northey, senior investment director at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Helena, Montana.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 166.44 points, or 0.48%, to 34,584.88; the S&P 500 lost 40.76 points, or 0.91%, at 4,432.99; and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 137.96 points, or 0.91%, to 15,043.97.

The S&P 500 ended below its 50-day moving average, which in recent history has proven a rather sturdy support level.

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Of the 11 major sectors in the S&P 500, all but healthcare ended in the red, with materials and utilities suffering the biggest percentage drops.

COVID vaccine manufacturers Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc dropped 1.3% and 2.4%, respectively, as U.S. health officials moved the debate over booster doses to a panel of independent experts.

U.S. Steel Corp shed 8.0% after it unveiled a $3 billion mini-mill investment plan.

Robinhood Markets Inc rose 1.0% after Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest bought $14.7 million worth of shares in the trading platform.

Volume and volatility spiked toward the end of the session due to “triple witching,” which is the quarterly, simultaneous expiration of stock options, stock index futures, and stock index options contracts.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 15.51 billion shares, compared with the 9.70 billion average over the last 20 trading days.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.97-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.00-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted seven new 52-week highs and two new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 67 new highs and 82 new lows.

(Reporting by Stephen Culp; Additional reporting by Krystal Hu in New York and Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by Richard Chang)

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Biden’s ‘long overdue’ tax hikes span from Wall Street to Main Street, from superwealthy to smokers

President Biden’s plan for higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy to pay for his $3.5 trillion social welfare expansion so far includes 40 new taxes.

The menu of hikes ranges from doubling the federal tobacco tax to more than $2 per pack to boosting the top income tax rate to 39.6% from 37%, adding up to one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history.

Mr. Biden said Thursday that he’s ready to do more. To justify the taxing spree, he said the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations skirt their duties to pay for government safety net programs.

“Big corporations and the superwealthy have to pay their fair share of taxes,” Mr. Biden said at the White House. “It’s long overdue.”

The 40 proposed tax hikes assembled this week by House Democrats would boost federal revenue by $2 trillion over the next decade.

The windfall would help offset the cost of the $3.5 trillion package that includes amnesty for illegal immigrants, tuition-free community college, expanded health care and climate change initiatives.

The proposed taxes fall heavily on business, including limits to small-business tax deductions, an increase in the corporate tax rate to 26.5% from 21%, and a 3.8% tax on pass-through entities such as law firms.

“All of these measures are grounded in the goal of growing our economy and making it more inclusive and sustainable for the future,” said Rep. Richard E. Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat who chairs the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

Critics say the higher taxes on businesses will make the U.S. less competitive globally.

The increase to the corporate tax would put the U.S. rate well above those of other nations, including Scandinavian welfare states like Sweden, which taxes corporations at 20.6%. It would also be above the corporate rate of geopolitical competitors like China.

“Twenty-six and a half percent takes us to worse than China’s. It’s one of the worst in the world. They are going to eat our lunch,” said Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, the top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee.

Democrats also proposed to hike the minimum tax on corporate profits derived from foreign investment from 10.5% to 16.6%. That change and gutting of business deductions and tax credits, Democrats say, will raise more than $963 billion over the next decade.

Business groups said that the hikes are more than triple the $330 billion tax cut the private sector received in 2017 in President Trump’s signature tax overhaul.

“Rolling back job-creating tax reforms will slam the brakes on hiring and wage increases,” said Neil Bradley, the chief policy officer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “This is an everything but the kitchen sink bill that includes every policy idea the majority has been unable to pass.”

The Democrats’ plan also raises taxes on small businesses despite Mr. Biden’s promises not to do so. Critics said the tax plan fails to distinguish between large corporations and small, family-owned businesses.

The Ways and Means proposal would limit small business tax breaks, like the 20% deduction on “qualified business income.” The deduction is available to all entrepreneurs that incorporate their small businesses as pass-through entities.

Democrats also proposed a 3.8% tax on pass-through entities, which allows individuals to claim income generated from a small business as personal income rather than corporate profit for tax purposes.

Mr. Brady said the changes will raise the tax burden on small-business owners at a time when they are struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the higher taxes will fuel inflation even further and raise taxes on the middle class, breaking Mr. Biden’s pledge to spare Americans making less than $400,000 from the tax hikes.

Democrats dismiss such rhetoric, arguing that the wealthy and big corporations have long profited from an unfair tax code.

Apart from corporate and business taxes, the proposal championed by House Democrats would raise taxes on investment income, cryptocurrencies and vaping products.

Mr. Neal’s committee also offered an increase in the capital gains tax from 20% to 25% and an increase in the top income tax rate to a pre-Trump era high of 39.6%.

Democrats also pushed forward a wealth tax in the form of a 3% surcharge on individuals with income above $5 million.

“We are taking a significant step toward leveling the playing field,” said Mr. Neal.

While those hikes are targeted at the wealthy, the higher tobacco taxes and new taxes on vaping products would hit lower-income Americans. Studies show that 72% of smokers are low-income earners.

Democrats plan to pass the tax increases within Mr. Biden’s $3.5 trillion social welfare package.

Given that universal Republican opposition is assured, Democratic leaders are relying on a special procedure called budget reconciliation to force the measure through the Senate on a party-line vote.

Unity is already proving elusive, however. House Democrats this week were forced to ditch a planned increase in inheritance tax known as step-up in basis. It would have raised assessed values of inherited property and businesses, resulting in higher tax bills for heirs.

Jeff Mordock contributed to this report.

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Biden halts U.S. border wall, but helps former Soviet republic keep out Afghan refugees

While the Biden administration halted construction of the border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the United States is funding border security efforts for Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic trying to keep Afghan insurgents and refugees out.

One day after the Biden administration’s Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw from Afghanistan, the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, announced that it had launched a project to construct new facilities for a Border Guard Detachment in Ayvoj, along the Tajik-Afghan-Uzbek border. 

That facility is designed to help Tajik security forces better respond to Afghans seeking to flee Taliban rule or insurgents seeking to cause mischief to its neighbor.

While the announcement was largely overlooked by the U.S. media, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) warned in August that it was “preposterous” for American tax dollars to be spent securing a foreign country’s border while the U.S. southern border remained wide open.

Last month, nearly 209,000 illegal aliens crossed the U.S. southern border, a two-decade high and four times higher than the last August of the Trump administration, which had tightened border security.

“So we are clear: your tax money is spent building a wall and securing the border in Tajikistan and hydro-power in Afghanistan, but our borders are open and the last large hydro power plant built by Army Corp of Engineers in U.S. was in 1979,” Gosar said.

Tajikistan shares an 835-mile border with Afghanistan — less than the 1,254 miles of border shared between Texas and Mexico and less than half the 1,954-mile distance of the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

A new detachment facility in Ayvoj, Tajikistan will replace an outdated facility and allow the Border Guard Service to deploy forces more quickly to border areas in response to threats posed by the Taliban’s takeover. 

The new facility will also provide housing for Border Guard personnel and their family members, U.S. officials said.

Tajikistan is still a member of the post-Soviet, Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CTSO) alliance, Reuters reports.

“The United States and Tajikistan enjoy strong security cooperation, and this border detachment project is just another example of our shared commitment to the security and sovereignty of Tajikistan and Central Asia,” said U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan John Mark Pommersheim. 

Since 2002, the U.S. government has provided over $300 million in security-sector assistance to Tajikistan. U.S. taxpayers have also footed the bill to renovate or rebuild 12 border outposts, nine border checkpoint facilities, and three training centers for Tajik border guards to help combat security threats, the embassy disclosed.

One month before the U.S. withdrawal of Afghanistan, Tajikistan said it could only take roughly 100,000 Afghan refugees — knowing ahead of time that they would be coming.

“Tajikistan does not have the capacity to accommodate a large number of refugees and asylum seekers,” Interior Minister Ramazon Rakhimzoda said in July, according to a report by Reuters.

Similar concerns were also expressed by other European countries that beefed up their border efforts, including Greece and Hungary.

Meanwhile, in Texas, state taxpayers are left footing another bill: $1.8 billion allocated by the Texas legislature to finish the U.S. border wall on Texas soil begun under the Trump administration.

The Texas Facilities Commission earlier this month selected a program manager to oversee the wall’s construction: Michael Baker International, Inc., a Pennsylvania engineering firm, and the Dallas-based design firm, Huitt-Zollars.

The contract is expected to be awarded any day. Both firms have helped complete hundreds of miles of border wall projects for the federal government. It’s the first time any entity would be contracted with a state government to install a border wall.

Legislation recently signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott allocates funding for border security.

Instead of the U.S. government sending troops to secure the border, the Texans are paying an initial $301 million towards salaries and costs for 1,800 National Guardsmen and women, roughly 11 battalions, to install fencing with trespassing signs, and later work on the wall construction or another barrier.

A Washington Examiner analysis indicates only 150 miles of the 1,250 mile border has a substantive barrier, leaving 1,100 miles left for Texas to secure.

But the purpose of the border wall is not to cover the entire 1,254 miles of Texas, or the entire southern border separating the U.S. from Mexico.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, has explained the purpose of the wall is to provide controlled points of entry at different checkpoints along the border. This has proven to be an effective strategy to allow Border Patrol agents to manage the flow of immigration and patrol the field to deter criminal activity.

Texas has identified slightly more than 700 miles of land where barriers, fences and the wall can be constructed. The Texas National Guard has already begun erecting an 8-foot-high chain-link fence in some sectors.

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