Biden flip-flops, now reinstating Trump’s ‘remain-in-Mexico’ policy

‘Migrant Protection Protocols’ introduced in 2019 to help manage incoming illegal aliens

Bob UnruhBy Bob Unruh
Published October 15, 2021 at 12:09pm

President Donald J. Trump walks along the completed 200th mile of new border wall Tuesday, June 23, 2020, along the U.S.-Mexico border near Yuma, Arizona. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

President Biden used some of his important first hours in office last winter to try to undo President Trump’s largely successful efforts at shutting off the flow of illegal aliens coming into the U.S. across its southern border.

Besides halting plans to continue building physical barriers on the border, Biden dropped President Trump’s “remain-in-Mexico” policy through which those seeking asylum remained in Mexico until hearings before a U.S. immigration court.

The U.S. Supreme Court earlier ruled that was a decision Biden mishandled, and now the president is admitting defeat and plans to reinstate it.

The Daily Mail reports the actual result now will depend on approval from the Mexican government, which has raised some issues U.S. officials say they are trying to address.

“Mexico wants cases to generally conclude within six months and ensure that asylum-seekers have timely and accurate information about hearing dates and times and better access to legal counsel,” the report explained.

The report said Mexico also wants exemptions for “vulnerable populations.”

President Trump introduced what officially is known as “Migrant Protection Protocols” in 2019, and it has affected some 70,000 people who otherwise might have been released into the United States pending their court hearings.

Previously, a federal judge agreed with the states of Texas and Missouri who wanted the plan restored, and ordering the Biden administration to do that.

The judge, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, noted there are procedures that must be followed if Biden actually insists on ending the practice.

Mexico allowed the practice when Trump set it up, and he warned that there could be higher tariffs for a lack of cooperation.

What has followed Biden’s decision to scrap virtually all of President Trump’s border security efforts has been a crisis involving hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens drawn to the border by Biden’s changes.

The result has been border states – and even interior states – flooded with thousands of foreigners who have neither legal standing in the country nor ways to support themselves.

WND reported the U.S. Supreme Court, on a 6-3 decision, ordered the policy reinstated.

Fox News reported the court’s trio of liberal justices – Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan – voted to side with the liberal Democrat president.

Missouri and Texas sued Biden over his changes, arguing that the way the policy changed was illegal and that it harmed both border and interior states by promoting illegal immigration.



94 percent reject a biblical worldview

Impacts every other issue facing the country today

WND News ServicesBy WND News Services
Published October 14, 2021 at 1:16pm

People in the street, Interest in socialism is declining among American adults

The United States is in the midst of a “worldview crisis” that impacts every other issue facing the country today, researcher George Barna told a gathering of Christians in Leesburg, VA, on Thursday.

Barna, the senior research fellow for the Center for Biblical Worldview at the Family Research Council and the head of the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, pointed to research from this year showing that only 6 percent of American adults have a biblical worldview – even though 51 percent believe they do. The Cultural Research Center conducted the survey. Ninety-four percent of Americans don’t hold to a biblical worldview.

“A lot of people are walking around America today, self-deceived, about their worldview,” he said.

Barna made the comments during a presentation at Family Research Council’s Pray Vote Stand Summit while emphasizing that America’s worldview crisis is the “root crisis” of every other political, financial, societal and cultural crisis facing the nation.

“What America is struggling with the most is a worldview crisis,” Barna said. “… It’s the thing that drives all of these other difficulties that we have in America today.”

The worldview crisis, Barna said, has infiltrated the church, where only 21 percent of those who attend an evangelical church have a biblical worldview.

“Part of that relates to the fact that evangelical churches in America do not teach the Bible as often or as deeply as used to be the case,” Barna said.

The dominant worldview in America today is “syncretism,” which involves “picking and choosing” elements from other worldviews, Barna said. The result: Americans’ worldviews often include beliefs that conflict and contradict one another. All total, 88 percent of American adults hold to syncretism, according to data from Arizona Christian University’s Cultural Research Center.

Most Americans, though, don’t realize they embrace a self-contradictory worldview, Barna said.

“We are a superficial nation. We’re more interested in doing than in thinking,” he said. “And so consequently, we’re always looking for the next thing that we need to be accomplishing, the next place we need to go, the next person we need to meet – without sitting down and reflecting on what really matters: What do I really believe?”

America’s worldview crisis, Barna said, must be solved if other problems are to be solved.

“If we don’t solve that crisis, trust me, we are not going to solve any of those other issues,” he said.



Gabby Petito autopsy: Coroner says death caused by strangulation

A park ranger's vehicle sits at a road block near the entrance of Spread Creek Campground in Moran, Wyo., on Sept. 19. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)

A park ranger’s vehicle sits at a roadblock near the entrance of Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Moran, Wyo., on Sept. 19. (Natalie Behring/Getty Images)

The Wyoming medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Gabby Petito said Tuesday that the 22-year-old’s death was caused by strangulation.

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue made the announcement during a virtual news conference.

“After a detailed investigation by our forensic pathologist, our anthropologist and local law enforcement, with assistance from the FBI, the Teton County Coroner Office is filing the following verdict in the death of Gabrielle Venora Petito. We hereby find the cause and manner of death to be: the cause, death by strangulation, and manner is homicide,” he said.

Blue initially ruled Petito’s manner of death a homicide pending final autopsy results.

He said that law enforcement took DNA samples from Petito’s body and that she was not pregnant.

The time of death was estimated to be three to four weeks before Petito’s body was found, Blue said.

He added that under Wyoming state law, only cause and manner of death are released after an autopsy is conducted, and said that no other information about her death would be released.

Petito’s body was discovered in the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area of Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Grand Teton National Park, on Sept. 19 — eight days after her family reported her missing and nearly three weeks after her 23-year-old fiancé, Brian Laundrie, returned home from a cross-country road trip without her.

Laundrie was called a person of interest by police in North Port, Fla., where he and Petito lived with Laundrie’s parents before embarking on their trip. Laundrie’s parents reported him missing on Sept. 17, four days after they told police he told them he was going for a hike in a nearby nature reserve.

Authorities have been scouring the 24,565-acre Carlton Reserve for Laundrie ever since. There have also been unconfirmed sightings of Laundrie along the Appalachian Trail, in Canada and in Mexico. TV personalities, including Duane Chapman — known as Dog the Bounty Hunter — and longtime “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh, have joined in the search.

Petito’s family has issued public pleas for Laundrie’s parents to cooperate with authorities. Police say the Laundries initially did not share “any helpful details” in the search for Petito.

The FBI executed a search warrant at their home a day after the discovery of Petito’s body.

On Sept. 22, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Laundrie for alleged unauthorized use of a Capital One debit card belonging to Petito.

“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” Michael Schneider, FBI special agent in charge, said in a statement announcing the warrant. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”

In a statement released after the coroner’s findings Tuesday, Steven Bertolino, the Laundrie family’s lawyer, said, “Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy.”

“While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise,” the statement read. “At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located we will address the fraud charge pending against him.”

The case has garnered widespread national media attention — as well as criticism of news outlets for not covering similar cases involving people of color. It has also drawn intense interest on social media, with online sleuths scouring the couple’s posts on Instagram for potential clues.



Iranian speedboats intercepted US Navy vessel, State TV says

Iran’s state TV reported Thursday that speedboats belonging to the country’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard have intercepted a U.S. vessel in the Persian Gulf. A U.S. Navy spokesman said he was not aware of any such encounter at sea over the past days.

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China Warships Shadow U.S. and Allied Naval Groups in South China Sea

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242 operates aboard the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo in the western Pacific on October 3, 2021.© Japan Self-Defense Fleet A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242 operates aboard the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo in the western Pacific on October 3, 2021.

China appears to have deployed military vessels to shadow American and British aircraft carrier formations in the South China Sea ahead of an intensive six-nation exercise, analysis of satellite imagery revealed on Tuesday.

An image shared by Ho Chi Minh-based maritime observer Duan Dang showed elements of the U.S. Navy‘s Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group off the west coast of the Philippines on October 5.

The U.K. flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth was west of the Luzon Strait, which separates Taiwan and the Philippines, while USS Carl Vinson was operating north of the disputed Scarborough Shoal, which is claimed by Manila but administered by Beijing, said Duan, who is the author of the newsletter South China Sea Brief.

Monitoring both carrier groups at a distance were “unidentified” warships, his satellite photo showed. The vessels likely belong to the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s South Sea Fleet, which operates in the South China Sea.

The Vietnamese observer noted upcoming maritime exercises in the next two weeks. The U.K.’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that HMS Queen Elizabeth was scheduled to train with friendly ships and aircraft from the United States, JapanAustraliaCanada and New Zealand. PLA Navy warships are expected to monitor the exercises throughout.

Before arriving in the South China Sea on Monday, U.S. and allied naval groups wrapped up two days of interoperability exercises in the western Pacific, in the seas east of Taiwan and southwest of Japan’s Okinawa. Beijing appeared to perceive the drills as a challenge; it responded by flying dozens of military jets and nuclear-capable bombers near southwestern Taiwan.

Images shared by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) showed the addition of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group among vessels from six nations taking part in the weekend’s exercises, including the U.S., Japan, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands. It was the last action involving HNLMS Evertsen of the Royal Netherlands Navy, which is on its way back to home port.

On Tuesday, the JMSDF revealed a particular interoperability milestone reached on Sunday when it shared images of U.S. Marine Corps F-35B stealth fighters landing on and launching from Japanese helicopter carrier JS Izumo—the first fixed-wing aircraft to operate on a Japanese carrier since World War II.

As the American and British carrier groups sailed into the South China Sea via the waters south of Taiwan on Monday, Chinese military flights in the Bashi Channel continued in alarming numbers, with 56 aircraft crossing into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone by midnight.

In his newsletter published on Tuesday, Duan remarked: “In my opinion, the surge of military aircraft may signify how much Beijing had been irritated over the recent gathering of U.S. and U.K. carrier strike groups near Taiwan.”

Duan said a similar response could be expected every time a U.S. aircraft carrier transits the Bashi Channel, which sits at the intersection between the western Pacific, the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea.

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Taiwan asks Australia for help to prepare for war with China

‘We will fight to the end’

WND News ServicesBy WND News Services
Published October 4, 2021 at 5:23pm

(AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION) — Taiwan’s Foreign Minister warns his nation is preparing for war with China and urges Australia to increase intelligence sharing and security cooperation as Beijing intensifies a campaign of military intimidation.

Dozens of aircraft from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have flown sorties into Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) since Friday, prompting the self-ruled island to scramble its own military jets.

Speaking to the ABC’s China Tonight program, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu declared that if the PLA were to launch an actual strike, his democratic state would be ready to repel it.