Democrat nominee Joe Biden vowed to create a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million illegal immigrants at last night’s presidential debate, telling America “we owe them.” Moderator Kristen Welker noted that the Obama-Biden administration failed to deliver immigration reform and was strict with deportations before changing course. Biden called that failure “a mistake” and vowed to correct it in his administration. “Within 100 days, I’m going to send to the United States Congress a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people,” he announced. “And all of those so-called dreamers, those DACA kids, they’re going to be immediately certified again to be able to stay in this country and put on a path to citizenship.” Biden went on to state that many Dreamers are “model citizens” and work as first responders. “We owe them,” he concluded. “We owe them.” “We made a mistake. It took too long to get it right,” Biden says when asked why voters should trust him to deliver on immigration reform after the Obama administration presided over record deportations and failed to deliver on this promise. https://t.co/sfK5s5ZOTW #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/MQEtGE0sQB — ABC News (@ABC) October 23, 2020 Support Conservative Voices! Sign up to receive the latest political news, insight, and commentary delivered directly to your inbox. RELATED: Dem Lawmaker Mocked For Suggesting Trump Believes Actual ‘Coyotes’ Are Smuggling Kids Across The Border Biden Tells Illegals ‘We Owe Them’ What exactly do we owe these 11 million DACA “kids”? An interview with Telemundo in 2019 gives us a little glimpse, as Biden promised to provide illegals the opportunity to buy into his healthcare plan – something he newly dubbed “Bidencare” at the debate. [embedded content] During the primaries, Biden was one of roughly a dozen candidates who raised their hand when asked if their health plan would cover illegals. [embedded content] “You cannot let people who are sick, no matter where they come from, no matter what their status, go uncovered,” Biden said during the first Democratic debate. RELATED: James Woods Is Fired Up After Biden Says America Is ‘An Idea’ We’ve ‘Never Lived Up To’ Who Built the Cages, Joe? The former Vice President is also on record promising to stop deportations for all illegal aliens during his first 100 days in office – making no distinction between Dreamers or those who are a threat to Americans. “In the first 100 days of my administration, no one, no one will be deported at all,” Biden said at a debate. “From that point on, the only deportations that will take place is convictions of felonies in the United States of America.” Reminder that there is no “moderate option” in this Democrat primary. Tonight Joe Biden came out in favor of: ✅ Suspending deportations in his first 100 days✅ Only deporting felons after 100 days✅ Sanctuary cities✅ Banning fracking pic.twitter.com/y3tJli8pw8 — Retired Orrin G. Hatch (@RetiredOrrin) March 16, 2020 These are absurdly extreme platforms. We owe them? One of President Trump’s successes during the debate on immigration last night was challenging Biden on why he and former President Obama were responsible for building cages for children separated at the border. Biden contended that the Trump administration “separated [kids] at the border to make it a disincentive to come to begin with.” Trump countered by asking “who built the cages?” four separate times. “We did not separate the …” Biden said before Trump interjected: “They built the cages. Who built the cages, Joe?” “Who built the cages, Joe?” President Trump says to Joe Biden pic.twitter.com/Jr1GrOvicL — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 23, 2020 Thomas Homan, the executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Obama and Joe Biden administration, says he was there when they were building cages to house illegal immigrants. “I’ve been to that facility, where they talk about cages. That facility was built under President Obama under Secretary Jeh Johnson,” Homan explained at a conference hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies. “I was there when it was built.” Photos of children at a migrant holding facility have gone viral on social media. The pictures are from 2014. They were originally posted with this azcentral article about unaccompanied migrant children who were transported to a facility in Arizona. https://t.co/2DXdszR0SU — azcentral (@azcentral) May 27, 2018 Now Biden wants to open up the cages, open up the borders, and open up our health care system to illegals, even as America struggles to take care of its own during the pandemic.
The Appeals Court has quashed a stalled policy that allowed the Home Office to deport illegal immigrants at any time during a three-month window without warning. A “removal window” by itself is not an unlawful concept, the court said. However, other elements of the policy created “an unacceptable risk” that a small number of people would not have time to make legitimate legal representation against the decision to deport them. Under the policy, which has been on pause for a year and a half, people were given a notice period of between three and seven days that they were going to be deported. That subsequent deportation could happen at any point in the following three months without warning. The short period of notice following the initial decision to deport did not allow enough time for people to find lawyers, the plaintiffs had argued. In a press statement summarising the unanimous Oct. 21 ruling, the appeals judges said, “The court made a declaration that the removals window policy as it stood pre-March 2019 was unlawful insofar as it gave rise to a real risk of preventing access to justice, but only to that extent.” UK Border control in Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in London on June 4, 2014. (Reuters/Neil Hall/File Photo) According to the court, 40,000 “irregular migrants” have been deported through the policy since it was enacted in 2015. “Irregular migration” is also often simply known as “illegal immigration”, according to Oxford University, although there are no clear legal definitions. The policy was put on hold in March 2019 while a legal challenge was heard. That initial legal challenge, made by campaign group Medical Justice, failed. They appealed to the Appeals Court, which on Oct. 21, found in their favour. It’s not clear if the government will take the case to the Supreme Court. The Home Office has not responded to a request for comment. “This is a case about access to justice, one of the fundamental values of the British constitution,” Rakesh Singh, a solicitor at the Public Law Project who represented Medical Justice, said in a statement. “The ‘removal windows’ policy shut people out of the legal process. It meant that when mistakes were made, people could not access the court to put things right, and led the Home Office to remove people with a right to be here—including a number who were caught up in the Windrush situation.” The court said that many of those deported under the policy could later mount a challenge from abroad. However, for those with a claim of torture risk, the judges said that the policy incorporated an “unacceptable risk of interference with the common law right of access to the court”. “Whilst the court accepted that that category might be numerically small, there was evidence that some irregular migrants who fell within in it were in fact removed without having had an opportunity to make an application to a court or tribunal,” the court said. In his ruling, Lord Burnett of Maldon LCJ echoed claims by Home Secretary Priti Patel that some activist lawyers are gumming up the deportation process. Maldon said the process of removing immigrants was bound to involve people reluctant to leave the country, with no legitimate claim, who “will take whatever steps are permitted by the legal and administrative arrangements in place to resist, delay or frustrate removal”. “Late claims raised shortly before the known date of removal have been endemic, many fanciful or entirely false,” he said. “It is a matter of regret that a minority of lawyers have lent their professional weight and support to vexatious representations and abusive late legal challenges.”
Since 2015, when the refugee and migrant crisis hit new highs across the coastal countries of the Mediterranean, the unrestrained activity of numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has been raising questions and concerns. Sorting Honest NGOs from Imposters Despite the presence of several acknowledged NGOs which have been clearly assisting in the mitigation of this unique challenge, there has also been a significant number of dubious entities with suspicious motives, literally created once the European Union started providing huge economic and material resources for the tackling of the refugee and migrant problem. A recent coordinated operation of the Hellenic Police and the National Intelligence Agency of Greece brought to light a grim reality that many have been fearing for a long time: a number of NGOs not only neglected the problem but actually made the situation much worse by working alongside international networks of criminal migrant smuggling groups. Operation ALKMINI The joint operation under the codename “Alkmini” started approximately two months earlier around mid-August. Two individuals, recruited by the National Intelligence Service of Greece were sent to the coast of Izmir in Turkey, pretending to be migrants who were willing to illegally enter Greece. In this context the two recruits established contact with a smuggling network, which offered to take them to Greek territory in exchange for a significant sum of money. The two agents were transferred to the Greek island of Lesbos alongside a number of other asylum seekers. In the process they collected information about the progress of the overall illegal operation and the role of specific NGOs that have been assisting all along. Modus Operandi for Human Smuggling in the Mediterranean According to the findings of Operation Alkmini the illegal transfer of these people was coordinated by members of four NGOs with presence in both the Greek and Turkish shores. In this case two women, an Austrian and a Norwegian, both of the working for NGOs, were coordinating the operation from Turkey acting as the link between the smuggling networks in Izmir and the NGO personnel in the Greek islands. Once the vessels with the smugglers and the asylum seekers were en route, the NGO members in Greece were notified about the time of departure, the estimated time of arrival, and the number of people onboard. Also the exact location of the boats was provided through the ALARMPHONE application. Alarmphone (Watch The Med Alarm Phone Project) is a hotline for boat people in distress; as clearly stated in their official website, the number is not a rescue line, but an alarm number to support rescue operations. One of the main means of ALARMPHONE is to constantly seek media attention and coverage in order to put political pressure on the local Coast Guard authorities. In the case of the illegal smuggling organized networks, Alarmphone was widely used to either provide data to the NGO members in the proximity of a staged boat sinking so they could push the Coast Guard authorities to intervene, or to spread false alarms of wreck incidents so the local authorities would be kept busy and the boat with the smugglers and the asylum seekers could approach the Greek shores unattended. The Four NGOs Under Investigation During the investigation by the Hellenic Police and the National Intelligence Service, 35 people, 26 from Germany, and the rest from Switzerland, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Norway, Austria, Iran and Afghanistan were identified as perpetrators in the illegal smuggling business. These individuals have been identified and are currently being accused of participating in a criminal organization, people smuggling activity, and espionage. All 35 were arrested and released after once the Greek authorities contacted the respective embassies, and while the investigation is ongoing. All the aforementioned individuals – apart from the two individuals from Iran and Afghanistan – are members of the following four NGOs: FFM eV, Josoor International Solidarity, Mare Liberum eV, and Sea Watch eV. Three out of the four NGOs are based in Germany, with only Josoor International Solidarity being headquartered in Austria. All four organizations are supposedly based upon volunteer work and donations, but further details about their financial backers and the key personnel working for them remains obscure. It should be noted that according to the confidential report of the Greek authorities, the NGO Mare Liberum has been playing a key role in the operation since the vessel under the same name and managed by the organization was docked in the island of Lesbos, and has been assisting with the overall illicit process. The Greek task force raided the ship and arrested its crew, while confiscating the electronic equipment found onboard. Also one of the founding members of Josoor International Solidarity was present in Turkey during Operation Alkmini, reportedly coordinating with the foreign smuggling network. Finally the NGO Sea Watch made headlines in the summer of 2019 with the wide-known case of Captain Carola Rackete, who was arrested after entering the port of Lampedusa carrying 40 migrants onboard despite the ban from the Italian authorities. How Athens Has Been Handling Rogue NGOs Since January 2020 the Hellenic Ministry of Migration and Asylum, alongside the appropriate national and local authorities, has adopted a series of measures to deal with the uncontrolled activity of NGOs across the Aegean Sea and within Greek territory. For this reason an official register with all the NGOs operating in Greece was created. The purpose of this record is to separate the NGOs that are operating in good faith and according to the international standards and those that have a rather dubious activity and whose motives are not clear. Further to this, an additional record was established with the data of the individuals that are working as field operators and are actively involved in rescue operations and the day-to-day administration of the refugee camps in the Greek islands and mainland. The measures of the Greek government have significantly limited the scope of the NGOs work through constant monitoring of their activities, the continuous control of their access to the “field”, namely the sea routes and the refugee/asylum seekers’ camps and the appointment of Greek officials in key positions for the camps and facilities management and administration. These were roles that until recently were undertaken by the members of the NGOs themselves. Finally, a constant centralized and well-organized effort among the Hellenic Police, the Hellenic Coast Guard and the National Intelligence Service of Greece is taking place, bringing remarkable results as in the case of Operation Alkmini. Greek authorities are also coordinating with international agencies like Frontex and the role of these bodies is also critical to the accomplishment of each mission and to crack down on dangerous smuggling operations.