BATTLE FOR THE BORDER: Illegals Surge Border As Border Patrol Agents Are ‘Pulled From Field’

MISSION, TX (The Western Journal)– A new video revealed illegal immigrants moving easily across the southern border from Mexico into the U.S. on Monday morning as Border Patrol agents are reportedly being pulled from the field to assist with paperwork.

“This morning, a group of illegal immigrant runners passed by us and disappeared into a nearby cotton field here in Mission, TX,” Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin reported from the Rio Grande Valley.

“There were no Border Patrol agents around. Many agents in the RGV have been pulled from field patrol to help w/ processing & paperwork,” he added.

Melugin also retweeted his interview on Monday on “Mornings with Maria” on Fox Business on the issue.

“Border Patrol agents at the Del Rio Sector are overwhelmed by high numbers of migrants. The 245 miles is only patrolled by 12 agents.@BillFOXLA is covering the story in Mission, Texas with wild video from just this morning,” the program tweeted.

Melugin commented, “We had a group of runners come zipping across right in front of us. It was a group of maybe six to 10 illegal immigrants who very clearly did not want to be caught by law enforcement.”

He added, “They ran right in front of us. They took off into a cotton field right by us and disappeared. There were no Border Patrol agents anywhere near us.”

The Washington Post reported earlier this month, “The number of migrants detained along the Mexico border crossed a new threshold last month, exceeding 200,000 for the first time in 21 years, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforcement data released Thursday.”

The Post added, “Among the 212,672 migrants taken into U.S. custody in July were 82,966 family members and 18,962 unaccompanied teenagers and children — an all-time high.”

Three weeks ago, Border Patrol apprehended a record 834 unaccompanied children along the nation’s southern border in a single day.

“Biden’s open border policy is a disaster,” Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton tweeted at the time.

The record number does not even include children from Mexico, most of whom, a Homeland Security report stated, “will be repatriated and will not remain in CBP custody.”

In addition to the 834 unaccompanied migrant children, 2,784 children were in the custody of Customs and Border Protection and 591 transferred out of CBP custody.

A total of 14,523 migrant children were in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, while 612 children were discharged from HHS care.

The updated statistics also noted the 30-day average of unaccompanied children apprehended and placed into CBP custody had reached 512 children per day.

COTTON TO TILLERSON, MATTIS; Get on board with Trump or get out

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Tom Cotton (R)- AR had some strong words for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Monday: Get on board the Trump Train or get out.

In an interview with Politico (http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/09/tom-cotton-senate-trump-whisperer-215692) Cotton said if Tillerson and Mattis can’t align themselves with the president’s stance on removing the United States from the Iran nuclear accord they’d be better off finding themselves a new job.

“They understand they’re not the president. Donald Trump is the president. Their job is to advise. His job is to decide,” Cotton told Politico.

“When you think the president is wrong, you have a duty to try to present to him the best facts and the best thinking to help him see it in a different light. Maybe you can, but if he doesn’t, and he says, ‘No, I want to do it my way,’ then your job is to move out and execute. And if you feel strongly enough, then you have to resign,” he continued.

Cotton also called out Mattis’ public comments that staying in the Iran nuke deal was “in the national interest.”

“On that specific point, I simply disagree with him,” Cotton said of Mattis’ assertion. “At root, though, we don’t have secretaries of state and secretaries of defense to make these decisions. We elect a president, who’s democratically accountable to the American people. And they say, in baseball, that the longest 18 inches is the difference between the assistant coach’s seat on the bench and the manager’s seat. That it’s the difference between advising and deciding. Same thing is true at the National Security Council table.”

Iran “is on the president’s mind right now, probably more than anything,” Cotton added.

Cotton’s comments come on the heels of last week’s controversy after published reports suggested that Tillerson had considered resigning out of frustration with Trump, allegations that Tillerson vehemently denied.

“There has never been a consideration in my mind to leave,” Tillerson said of the controversy speaking from a podium in the Treaty Room of the State Department.

“I serve at the appointment of the president and I am here for as long as the president feels I can be useful to achieving his objectives.”

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RAISE ACT: PRESIDENT BACKS ‘MERIT BASED’ IMMIGRATION PLAN

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed legislation which he said would curb immigration to the U.S. through a “skills based” immigration plan.

Speaking at the White House with GOP Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, the bill’s sponsors, President Trump said the proposed plan “would represent the most significant reform to our immigration system in half a century” and would and reflect the administration’s “compassion for struggling American families that deserve an immigrant system that puts their needs first.”

“It has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, and to our workers,” the president said.

According to the proposal, the new system would “favor applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families, and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy.”

Known as the “Raise Act” the proposed legislation would replace the current permanent employment-visa program with a skills-based system that rewards applicants based on their individual merits. Backers of the bill say, if passed, the program may slash legal immigration in half over the course of the next decade.

Calling the current immigration system a “complete disaster”, Cotton pointed out that only 1 out of 15 immigrants who come to the U.S. do so as a result of their job skills.

“I think it’s a symbol that were’ not committed to working-class Americans,” said Cotton.

Stephen Miller, the Trump administration’s top policy aide who has long pushed for changes to the broken immigration system, says this is the right plan at the right time.

“This is what President Trump campaigned on. He talked about it throughout the campaign, throughout the transition, and since coming into office,” Miller told reporters. “This is a major promise to the American people to push for merit-based immigration reform that protects US workers, protects US taxpayers, and protects the US economy, and that prioritizes the needs of our own citizens, our own residents and our own workers.”

Critics of the proposed legislation claim non-white immigrants would be disproportionately disadvantaged under the points system.

“Let’s call it as we see it: this is a white nationalist agenda masquerading as a bill about skill levels,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice.

Miller countered that nothing could be further from the truth and that the proposed plan offers equal opportunity to all who seek to enter the country of legal means.

“It’s pro-American immigration reform that the American people want, that the American people deserve,” said Miller.

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RICE DENIES KNOWLEDGE: DEFIANT FORMER OBAMA OFFICIAL FACES GROWING CALLS TO TESTIFY UNDER OATH

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan Rice, the embattled former Obama administration official at the center of the growing unmasking scandal, says she did nothing wrong during her time at the White House and denies that she revealed the names of Trump transition members that were obtained during surveillance of then president-elect Trump.

Speaking publicly on Tuesday for the first time since the scandal broke, Rice, who infamously took a political beating for falsely claiming that an internet video was the cause behind a bloody attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, said she “absolutely” did not order the unmasking of individuals for political purposes, and that she revealed the names of no one.

“The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes, that is absolutely false,” Rice told MSNBC before adding that sometimes such a request would be necessary for an investigation.

sometimes, in that context, in order to understand the importance of the report and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out, or request the information as to find out who that U.S. official was,” Rice continued.

Despite her claims of any wrongdoing, Republicans have come out on attack, publicly calling for the former diplomat to be compelled to testify on the matter before Congress.

“She needs to testify under oath,” Sen. John Cornyn, (R)-Texas, a member of both the Senate Judiciary and Select Committee on Intelligence, Tweeted on Tuesday.

Appearing on Fox News on Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R)-S.C., who also serves on the Judiciary Committee, said “when it comes to Susan Rice, you need to verify, not trust.”

Sen. Rand Paul, (R)-Ky, echoed Graham’s comments by saying that, at this point, Rice should be under subpoena.

During an appearance Tuesday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), also a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said “Susan Rice is the Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration foreign policy. Every time something went wrong, she seemed to turn up in the middle of it.”

Cotton also said there was “no doubt” that Rice should be the subject of a committee hearing and vowed that the Intelligence Committee “ought to review…and will review” both Rice’s alleged actions to see if criminal charges against her should be placed on the table.

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