Noem latest guv to push back on dumping illegal aliens

Friday, April 16, 2021
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"USA Border" signSouth Dakota’s governor Kristi Noem has become the latest state official to tell the federal government to beat feet when federal officials attempt to dump illegal immigrants there.

"South Dakota won't be taking any illegal immigrants that the Biden administration wants to relocate,” Noem, a Republican, stated via Twitter.

That announcement comes after Henry McMaster, South Carolina’s governor, issued an executive order prohibiting federal immigration agencies from dropping off minors in The Palmetto State.

FAIR: Nominees oppose agencies they want to lead

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Citing a record of opposing enforcement of federal immigration laws, an immigration watchdog is opposing two White House nominations to fill high-level positions in the Biden administration.  

President Biden has nominated Chris Magnus to head the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and nominated Ur Jaddou to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, says both nominees have well-documented records of hostility toward immigration enforcement and to the federal laws they would be obligated to uphold.

Magnus is the former police chief in Tuscon, where he opposed cooperating with federal immigration agencies. Jaddou is an attorney with a record of opposing federal immigration laws.

In the case of both nominees, Mehlman says, Biden is appointing people who share his liberal views on illegal immigration. 

The legal right for states to refuse illegal aliens goes back to President Donald Trump at the same time he reduced the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. annually. He signed an executive order in 2019 that gave governors more legal flexibility to refuse to cooperate with the Feds, The Associated Press reported at the time.

The AP story said Trump’s order was regarding legally recognized refugees who were relocating to communities but now, two years later, the southern border has experienced a record-breaking flood of illegal aliens who are being shipped around the country to relieve numbers on the border.

Citing a Border Patrol document it obtained, NBC News reported in a March story that Border Patrol agents were ordered to release illegal aliens in order "mitigate operational challenges" due to the surge in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Illegal aliens caught in the U.S. routinely skip a mandatory court date to review their immigration case but the Border Patrol was being ordered to let them go without a court date, the story said. 

Kristi Noem (governor of SD)Reacting to the border crisis, Gov. Noem (pictured at left) told Fox News she is witnessing the Biden administration make America “unsafe” by dumping illegal aliens without knowing who they are.

“Multiple news sources have told us that we have people on the terrorist watch list that are getting into this country this way,” the governor warned, “and they're not going to find a place here in South Dakota."

That statement was likely a reference to the Customs and Border Patrol arrest of two Yemeni nationals who were indeed on a watchlist for terrorism suspects. One man was arrested in January and the second was arrested in March, Reuters reported. 

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