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Secret Recordings Reveal Officials Discussing ‘Filthy’ Conditions of 4,632 Immigrant Kids Held in Texas Tent Camp

Collage of photos from inside Fort Bliss immigration facility (Source: Anonymous, Reason)
Collage of photos from inside Fort Bliss immigration facility (Source: Anonymous, Reason)

The Associated Press first reported earlier this month that, after moving them out of Customs and Border Protection detention centers, the Biden administration is holding “tens of thousands of asylum-seeking children in an opaque network of some 200 facilities.”

Recordings obtained by Reason reveal the stress the influx of unaccompanied minors has put on the federal government. They also reveal that leaders at the shelter are well aware that they are failing to provide basic necessities, including medical care and physical safety, to the children under its supervision.

On Monday, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said the Fort Bliss facility was not fit for “tender age” children, but thousands of teens continue to be housed there.

The New York Times reported last week that the Biden administration is planning to expand the shelter to hold up to 10,000 minors. Because the shelter is inside a military base, it is not open to the public or press. Neither are any of the other emergency intake shelters.

The photos in this story were snapped by a federal employee and passed to Reason despite an absolute prohibition on taking or sharing images imposed by camp officials.

National Guard to depart Capitol nearly 5 months after Jan. 6 riot

Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo
Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

Their exit comes as Capitol Police and other Hill security officials have raced to address shortcomings exposed by the riot — including through the installation of new leadership.

The departure of roughly 2,000 troops will return control of the complex back to the Capitol Police, which is now seeking a major expansion of its own capacity after its top brass faced criticism during the riot.

“These airmen and soldiers protected not only the grounds, but the lawmakers working on those grounds, ensuring the people’s business could continue unabated,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement Monday.

Several dead, dozens injured after violent weekend of shootings across nation

Large gatherings over the weekend across the country resulted in violent shootings at a bar in Ohio, a party in New Jersey and concert in South Carolina, leaving six dead and dozens injured.

Meanwhile in Chicago, shootings have become a frequent dilemma faced by officials, which resulted in 11 killed and 55 wounded from weekend shootings according to WGN9. From Friday night to early Monday morning gunshot wounds killed victims as young as 15.

Shootings in cities nationwide are up significant amounts compared to previous years.

Police Capture Man Wanted in 4 Killings After 7 Days on Run

Tyler Terry in an undated booking photo. (Chester County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Tyler Terry in an undated booking photo. (Chester County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Tyler Terry was arrested around 10:30 a.m., and neither he nor the more than 300 officers searching for him were hurt during his arrest, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter.

The manhunt finally ended after at least four confirmed sightings of Terry since he ran from a wrecked car after firing on Chester County deputies on May 17.

Terry, 26, is charged with murder in a shooting in York in early May, the killing in Great Falls of the estranged husband of the woman who drove the car as he fired at officers, and the deaths of two other people in Missouri on May 15 during robberies in the St. Louis suburbs, authorities said.

Connecticut prosecuting 16-year-old under 100-year-old law banning ‘ridicule’

The recent arrest of a 16-year-old in Fairfield is drawing fresh scrutiny to the statute, with constitutional scholars calling it flatly unconstitutional and chronically applied to unrelated conduct.

The Greater Bridgeport chapter of the NAACP, however, doesn’t think it goes far enough.

President Stanley Lord told Just the News his group is pushing for a law that would impose stiffer criminal penalties than the 30 days in jail allowed under the ridicule law.

Harvard Law’s Alan Dershowitz tore into the law as enabling “selective prosecution based on current political correctness,” but the state’s official human rights commission testified that it was necessary to “combat the bias and harassment that individuals may face” due to race or religion.

Drone video shows dozens of illegal aliens rushing outnumbered Border Patrol agents in mad dash into Texas

Image source: Twitter/Fox News video screenshot.
Image source: Twitter/Fox News video screenshot.

The group was reportedly made up only of adults, including two men who were already handcuffed together, the outlet said.

The video taken by a Fox News drone at La Joya showed 30 to 40 adult migrants, mostly men, scattering across the border, being chased by a lone Border Patrol agent in a pick-up. The agent attempted to chase the group down, but he was significantly outnumbered.

Another clip showed a single agent attempting to chase the large group on foot as they scaled fences and wall and leapt over narrow streams.

Summer Travel | Full Measure

With summer fast approaching, millions of Americans are wondering if and where they’ll be able to travel this year.

No industry has been upended more than travel and tourism.

We asked Scott Thuman to find out what you can expect when you hit the road.

Mind Game | Full Measure

It’s estimated that about six million people in the U.S. have the dreaded form of dementia known as Alzheimer’s disease.

The search for a cure has fallen frustratingly short. Now, one pharmaceutical company says a cure, at least for early Alzheimer’s, is on the horizon— just waiting for FDA approval.

But it’s not so simple. Today’s cover story: questions about conflicts of interest, money, and why critics say it’s a Mind Game.

BIG TECH CRACKDOWN: Ron DeSantis Slams Social Media Giants That Target Republicans

“They will be held accountable in the State of Florida” – Governor Ron DeSantis, said before signing a consumer protection bill prohibiting big tech companies from unequally blocking, censoring and deplatforming Floridians and Florida political candidates.

Time to acknowledge COVID ’emergency’ is over: Dr. Nicole Saphier

Fox News medical contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier argues why it’s time for children to return to the classroom

Mike Pompeo BLASTS China Over Wuhan Lab

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted China for the handling of the controversial Wuhan lab.

Politics:

Cotton demands NIH ‘come clean’ about funding for Wuhan virus lab and origins of COVID-19

Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images
Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images

In an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” on Fox News, Cotton discussed a letter he signed with seven other Republican lawmakers including Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) pressing that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for answers on allegations that the U.S. funded gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology to make pathogens like SARS-CoV-2 deadlier or more easily transmissible.

On Sunday, Cotton told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that Dr. Fauci was “playing word games” with the NIH funding.

“And we asked [NIH Director] Francis Collins, who’s Dr. Fauci’s boss, to come clean, to tell us exactly what was happening, why this research was being funded, as you point out, Maria, during a time in which the Obama administration had explicitly banned this kind of gain of function research, research into making some of the world’s deadliest pathogens even more dangerous,” he added, suggesting that some “public health bureaucrats” may have violated the Obama administration’s 2014 moratorium on gain of function research.

Toomey requests info from Fed bank leaders about ‘woke’ initiatives

The Pennsylvania Republican sent letters to Fed regional bank Presidents Neel Kashkari of Minneapolis, Eric Rosengren of Boston, and Raphael Bostic of Atlanta about their recent work regarding economic racial equality.

“Whether or not this is your personal view, I would remind you that only Congress has the authority to reform the Federal Reserve or modify its statutory mission,” the senator wrote.

“Moreover, I would caution you on the reputational damage being inflicted on the [Minneapolis/Atlanta/Boston] Fed and the Federal Reserve as a whole by pursuing a highly politicized social agenda unrelated to monetary policy.”

During a Monday phone call with reporters, Republican staff on the Senate banking committee said the matter hits at the very heart of how the Fed is supposed to operate. They warned that sinking further into the political mire of social issues could damage the core of the central bank’s mission.

House Witness: Voter Rolls “Filled With Names Of People Who Have Moved, Died Or Are Not US Citizens”

At today’s House Subcommittee On Elections hearing, Lori Roman, President of the American Constitutional Rights Union, asserted that voter rolls across the country are “filled with the names of people who have moved, died, or are not US citizens.”

GOP senators ‘demand’ Justice release memos reinstating ‘dangerous’ sanctuary city policies

The senators argued that the states with “sanctuary policies” put their residents “at risk to the dangerous, violent criminal aliens who are released because these jurisdictions either fail to notify federal officials, or refuse to cooperate with reasonable requests to detain them.”

“This information should be made readily available to Congress and to the American people in order to evaluate this unfortunate policy change.”

“While the public has not been provided access to your memo effectively endorsing sanctuary policies, this memo appears to have been shared widely with mainstream, liberal media outlets,” the senators wrote in the letter.

Democrat California Mayor Resigns Following Sexual Assault Allegations from ‘Teen Mom’ Star Farrah Abraham

Screenshot/ABC7
Screenshot/ABC7

“I recently learned that a woman in Palm Beach, Florida, is accusing me of non-consensual acts while I was visiting there in March of this year,” Foppoli’s statement continued, seemingly attributing the accusations to an April 8, 2021 story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

“She made her allegations after she learned of the April 8, 2021 San Francisco Chronicle story. I have no doubt she is making these allegations in an attempt to leverage the situation to her advantage,” he said.

Nine women have accused Foppoli of sexual assault, including Farrah Abraham.

The April 8 San Francisco Chronicle story details accusations from four women, one of whom said the former mayor once “grabbed her, forcibly kissed her and groped her buttocks while pinning her body against his own,” refusing to stop:

Report: Joe Biden to Ditch Student Loan Forgiveness from Budget, Breaking Campaign Promise

AP Photo/Evan Vucci
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The report of Biden reneging on his campaign promise to cancel $10,000 in school loans may infuriate the likes of Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (R-NY), who have pushed Biden to forgive up to $50,000 in debt.

“Canceling student loan debt is the single most effective executive action that President Biden can take to kickstart this economy,” Warren has said.

Republicans are concerned canceling student loan debt may disproportionately benefit wealthy Americans.

Fox Business reported that “erasing all student loan debt would distribute $192 billion to the top 20% of earners in the U.S., but just $29 billion to the bottom 20% of U.S. households.”

Hilton: Democrats have ‘hijacked’ the COVID-19 pandemic ‘to take our power away’

Commentary/Opinion:
‘The Next Revolution’ host slams big government’s coronavirus pandemic power grab.

Kamala Harris’ hypocrisy on full display with hidden family trust

Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz joins ‘The Next Revolution’ to discuss the vice president’s violation of own ethics pledge.

World News:

‘A matter of time’: New Zealand’s foreign minister warns China ‘storm’ could be coming

Nanaia Mahuta Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images
Nanaia Mahuta Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Mahuta’s comments come as the New Zealand government faces increasing pressure to take a firmer stance on human rights violations and crackdowns by China, putting the spotlight on the potential repercussions for countries who provoke Beijing’s ire.

Neighbouring Australia is in a deepening trade war with China, which Mahuta likened to being at the centre of a storm – one which could easily engulf New Zealand.

“We cannot ignore, obviously, what’s happening in Australia with their relationship with China. And if they are close to an eye of the storm or in the eye of the storm, we’ve got to legitimately ask ourselves – it may only be a matter of time before the storm gets closer to us,” she told the Guardian.

A year after leading its first convoy since the Cold War, the US Navy is training for a more ‘subtle’ fight in the Atlantic

US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft over HMS Queen Elizabeth and a US Navy landing craft, air cushion during a photo exercise, May 17, 2021
US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft over HMS Queen Elizabeth and a US Navy landing craft, air cushion during a photo exercise, May 17, 2021. US Navy/Lt. Mark Nash

The maritime live exercise being led by Virginia-based Joint Force Command Norfolk is the first of three parts of exercise Steadfast Defender, NATO’s flagship exercise for 2021, and is focused on “rapid reinforcement” of NATO members in Europe by forces from North America.

During the live exercise, NATO forces will practice “the tactical war-fighting skills that we have to have in a contested environment, so where we need to assure the sea lines of communication across the Atlantic to maintain what we would call sea control,” added Lewis, who is overall commander of the exercise.

Tensions in Europe give this exercise added urgency, reflecting a return to a “deterrence mindset,” Lewis said.


Terror-attack in Jerusalem;Iran nuclear-talks progress substantially in Vienna-TV7 Israel News 24.05

1) The Islamist Hamas organization claims that its primary victory in its war against Israel was the thwarting of normalization and coexistence between Arabs and Jews.

2) U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken embarks on a three-day tour of the Middle East – aimed to consolidate the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

3) The EU confirms that “substantial progress” has been achieved in the indirect nuclear talks between the U.S. and Iran in Vienna.

Big Brother: Millions Secretly Tracked to Monitor Movements After COVID Vaccine

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

A report from the SPI-B committee of government scientists has revealed that the government tracked up to ten per cent of the British public’s phones in February, all without permission or notification to the public.

The report, which was seen by the Sunday Telegraph, said that researchers at Oxford University for the SPI-B — a subgroup of the British government’s SAGE quango — monitored the behavioural changes of vaccinated Britons through “CDR [call data records] with corresponding location observations”.

Through tracking “cell phone mobility data for 10 per cent of the British population”, the Oxford University team was able to determine that 4,254 people had received a coronavirus vaccine at the time.


Prominent UK Black Lives Matter activist shot in head had received ‘numerous death threats’: party

Sasha Johnson

The Taking the Initiative Party said Sasha Johnson, who played a leading role in Black Lives Matter protests last year, was shot in the head on Sunday. She underwent surgery on Monday, the party said in a social media post. 

Police and a friend said it did not appear to be a targeted attack, though the party said Johnson had received “numerous death threats” related to her activism before the shooting. 

Johnson was a speaker at rallies last summer and is a leader of the newly founded, Black-led Taking the Initiative Party.


US condemns Belarus regime over ‘shocking act’ to divert commercial flight

Pratasevich faces charges that reportedly could result in the death penalty. He was aboard a Ryanair flight from Athens to the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius when it changed course to head for Minsk.

Flight tracker sites indicated the plane was about six miles from the Lithuanian border when it was diverted. 

A witness told Radio Free Europe’s Belarus department that Pratasevich started to panic when the Ryanair flight turned course. When the plane arrived in Minsk, Pratasevich’s luggage was “thrown out on the runway” and he was separated from the rest of the passengers, according to the German news outlet Deutsche Welle. 

“We asked him what was going on.” one passenger said, according to the outlet. “He told us who he was and added:  ‘A death penalty awaits me here.’ He was a bit calmer, but trembling.”

Commentary/Opinion:

The new plan to ‘EMBED RACIAL JUSTICE’ in American medicine

The American Medical Association (AMA) just released its new plan to ‘dismantle structural racism’ and ‘embed racial justice’ in our nation’s medical community.

The goal, they say, is to ‘advance health equity.’ WHAT?! Glenn details how white physician candidates are held to MUCH higher standards when it comes to test scores & GPAs than black or minority doctor candidates.

So, what does this push for critical race theory in medicine mean for our future? The outlook may be bleak. Glenn calls for ALL Americans — especially doctors — to SPEAK OUT against this latest push from the far-left.

The Unknowns | Full Measure

On Memorial Day, we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.

This year, we speak with Arlington Cemetery Historian Timothy Frank, on recognizing a century of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Ian Prior Joins The Michael Berry Show To Discuss How Unsilenced Majority Is Fighting Cancel Culture

Opposing Cancel Culture and fighting back against the woke mob and their enablers.

Watergate

What else should you know? Radio host and columnist Hugh Hewitt has the real story.

Watergate was, first and foremost, a political war between the president, Richard Nixon, and the media, which in those pre-cable days meant ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

The media’s aim, in the words of British historian Paul Johnson, “was to use publicity to reverse the electoral verdict of 1972.”

Why? What did the media have against Nixon? That’s a complex question, but we can essentially boil it down to three things:

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