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Former Dem Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Shreds Biden, Harris Border Policies

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Former Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who has become a favorite among some conservatives, has torn into the Joe Biden administration again.

In a tweet on Wednesday, she took aim at Biden and Kamala Harris, accusing their border policies of creating a “humanitarian crisis.”

“@JoeBiden @KamalaHarris, the humanitarian and national security crisis on the southern border is the direct result of your open-border policy. As I said in my 2020 presidential campaign, we can’t have a secure nation if we don’t secure our borders,” she said on Twitter.

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On Thursday she tweeted again, saying that traffickers and cartels were benefitting from the chaos at the border and that Biden should reinstate Donald Trump’s “Remain In Mexico” policy.

“The Biden/Harris open-door policy has been a disaster. It needs to end now. The main beneficiaries of open borders are the gangs, cartels, and human traffickers. The Trump policy of having people wait on the other side of the border worked and needs to be reinstated,” she said.

The border situation has gotten increasingly worse during the Biden administration and with an earthquake and political chaos in Haiti it has gotten more intense.

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Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy kept migrants on the Mexican side of the border until it was time for them to meet with immigration officials, but the Biden administration scrapped that plan.

In August, by a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration must reinstate Donald Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols policy, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy.

As The Texas Tribune reported:

The Biden administration made an emergency request that the Supreme Court justices act, saying Kacsmaryk “fundamentally misunderstood” federal immigration law and improperly meddled in immigration and foreign policy decisions left to the executive branch. … A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit had largely sided with Kacsmaryk and had refused the government’s request to stay his ruling while considering the government’s appeal.

All six conservative justices agreed with the lower court’s ruling against the Biden administration:

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The application for a stay presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied. The applicants have failed to show a likelihood of success on the claim that the memorandum rescinding the Migrant Protection Protocols was not arbitrary and capricious. … Our order denying the Government’s request for a stay of the District Court injunction should not be read as affecting the construction of that injunction by the Court of Appeals.

The border crisis continues to worsen under Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

A whopping 56 Republican lawmakers are calling on Biden to replace Harris as the official tasked with addressing the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in June that a review determined the policy “does not adequately or sustainably enhance border management in such a way as to justify the program’s extensive operational burdens and other shortfalls.”

“Over the course of the program, border encounters increased during certain periods and decreased during others. Moreover, in making my assessment, I share the belief that we can only manage migration in an effective, responsible, and durable manner if we approach the issue comprehensively, looking well beyond our own borders,” he wrote.

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U.S. District Judge Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk said that the memo fails to mention some of the benefits of the policy, known as MPP.

“At the very least, the Secretary was required to show a reasoned decision for discounting the benefits of MPP. Instead, the June 1 Memorandum does not address the problems created by false claims of asylum or how MPP addressed those problems. Likewise, it does not address the fact that DHS previously found that ‘approximately 9 out of 10 asylum claims from Northern Triangle countries are ultimately found non-meritorious by federal immigration judges,’ and that MPP discouraged such aliens from traveling and attempting to cross the border in the first place,” he said.

Kacsmaryk ordered that the program be resumed, but he did stay his decision for 7 days to allow for the administration to seek relief in an appeals court.

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