Reporter Asks Psaki Why They’re Spending $86 Million to Put Illegals in Hotels When National Guard Troops Slept in Parking Garages

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On Sunday, Fox News reported that the Biden Administration spent $86 million to house illegal immigrants who broke the law to enter the U.S.

The Biden administration has awarded ICE an $86.9 million contract for hotel rooms near the border to provide temporary shelter and processing services for families who have not been expelled from the United States but have been placed in immigration proceedings for their removal.

The contract, through Texas-based nonprofit Endeavors, provides 1,239 beds and “other necessary services.” The families will receive a comprehensive health assessment, including COVID-19 testing. The announcement comes days after White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Thursday that the White House planned to provide 2.5 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico.

That’s a pretty eye-popping sum of tax payer money to spend on people who shouldn’t be here in the first place.

It is especially egregious after the manner in which this administration treated vast numbers of National Guard troops who deployed to Washington, D.C. in the days following the Capitol riot.

The Democrats used these soldiers as props to bolster their false narrative that Trump supporting extremists posed a threat to their safety. When it came to arranging proper accommodations for these men, however, they couldn’t be bothered.

Large numbers of men were forced to sleep in a cold parking garage. In addition, it was widely reported several weeks ago that troops were receiving insufficient, undercooked and even contaminated food.

At Monday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Jennifer Psaki was questioned about this unequal treatment.

Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson brought up the $86 million payment and asked Psaki, “How can you square that with the National Guard troops, who were sleeping in parking garages … some of them got sick from having contaminated food. That’s a disparity a lot of people are pointing out. That our National Guard was treated one way and then the illegal immigrants are going to be put in hotel rooms.

Psaki, of course, said that when they became aware of the conditions, the President addressed the situation right away. Watch her try to defend the indefensible in the clip below.

Does she really believe she’s fooling anyone?

National Guard General Wants to Bring His Soldiers Home, Biden Administration Refuses Request

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The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III approved a request from the U.S. Capitol Police for 2,300 National Guard troops to remain in Washington, D.C. through May 23, 2021. There are currently 5,200 troops deployed to the Capitol.

On Thursday, the Fox News Channel obtained a copy of a memo written by Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, in which he explained why the National Guard “cannot and should not fulfill the Capitol Police’s troop request at this time.”

Hokanson argued that “the National Guard is already over-stretched due to coronavirus constraints, civil disturbances and wildfires. Efforts to date have not secured enough volunteers among supporting states to meet the USCP request of 2,280 soldiers, nor Option B of 1000 soldiers.”

“I am concerned that the continued indefinite nature of this requirement may also impede our ability to man future missions as both adjutants general and guardsmen alike may be skeptical about committing to future endeavors,” he added.

According to Fox, Hokanson’s memo circulated within the White House National Security Council over the past week.

The memo revealed Hokanson’s choice was overruled by Austin, who decided to maintain a presence of 2,280 troops to “continue the support mission” at the Capitol.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby spoke to reporters on Wednesday.

“[Y]es, the Department of Defense will be funding this as we’ve funded the previous mission, which ends at the end of the week,” he said. “But that’s not how anybody’s looking at this or foisting that on the Capitol Police, that they’re looking at this as free labor.”

Kirby claimed “they have a legitimate need for some capacity assistance in a time which is fairly uncertain right now … [I]t’s not just about the threat environment in a highly polarized, hyper-charged environment that we’re in right now. It is very much about a capacity assistance to the Capitol Police as they begin to flesh out and develop what they’re going to need long term to deal with a new reality on Capitol Hill.”

The price tag for the National Guard troops from January through March is $410 million, and the extension from March through May will cost an additional $111 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.

According to The Hill, Democratic Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, the chair of the House Armed Services Committee, and committee ranking member Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama issued a joint statement on Thursday which said they were “deeply troubled” that “the seat of our nation’s democracy remains heavily protected by guardsmen and surrounded by a perimeter fence.”

“As the U.S. Capitol Police continues to build its personnel capacity, there is no doubt that some level of support from the National Guard should remain in the National Capital Region to respond to credible threats against the Capitol,” the statement said.

“However, the present security posture is not warranted at this time. … We appreciate our guardsmen answering the call to protect the Capitol, but it’s time for us to review what level of security is required, so they can return home to their families and communities.”

Following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted upon an overwhelming, unprecedented and unnecessary level of security. Ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration, there were over 25,000 National Guard troops protecting the Capitol.

In addition, a seven-foot tall, three-mile long security fence with razor wire wrapped along the top was installed. Pelosi, trying to create the impression that supporters of President Donald Trump were a serious threat to lawmakers’ safety, even had magnetometers set up at the entrances to the House chamber.

In January, Ken Cuccinelli, who served as acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security at the time of the Capitol incursion, made an alarming revelation during an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on her show, “The Story.”

The two had been discussing the massive presence of National Guard troops deployed to Washington, D.C., and MacCallum pointed out that 25,000 was several times the troop levels currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Agreeing with MacCallum, Cuccinelli replied that 25,000 troops was the equivalent of an entire division. He then disclosed that Pelosi had requested the “last up of the final troops” and had asked for crew-manned machine guns.

“A division. You have a division,” he told the host. “The last up of thousands of these troops was requested by the speaker through the Capitol Police. She even wanted crew-manned machine guns in Washington. That was rejected because there’s simply no use for that in a security arrangement for a civilian undertaking. Just — so some of this has gone beyond any legitimate security need.”

It’s pretty astounding that Pelosi thought this was a reasonable request. Crew-manned machine guns are the types of weapons you see deployed against citizens in places like North Korea, Russia and nearly every African dictatorship.

These aren’t rifles or pistols, but crew-served weapons. They can dish out the hurt in ways a standard-issue carbine cannot. Fully automatic and made to confront armed enemy combatants, these should never be used against civilians.

So, the question remains, why did the Biden Administration overrule the chief of the National Guard Bureau’s decision? He made it clear his branch is stretched way too thin and their current position is untenable.

These troops have been forced to be away from family and friends only to serve as props for the speaker of the House, and the total cost to U.S. taxpayers will top $500 million.

As I wrote in a previous post, I can think of two reasons for the troop presence.

First, it allows the Democrats to maintain the fiction that they need protection from the unhinged “domestic terrorists” who support former President Trump.

The other possibility is, well aware of their unprecedented and un-American power grab and their transformation of a once-great nation, Democrats may fear reprisal from the people.

If I had done everything the Democrats have to undermine our democratic republic, it wouldn’t be crazy for me to think I might need some protection too.

Here’s Why the Democrats Might Want the National Guard Troops to Remain at Capitol

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On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III had approved a request from the U.S. Capitol Police for 2,300 National Guard troops to remain in Washington, D.C. through May 23, 2021 to “continue the support mission.” There are currently 5,200 troops deployed to the Capitol.

I can think of two reasons for the troop presence.

First, it allows the Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to maintain the fiction that they need protection from the unhinged “domestic terrorists” who support former President Donald Trump.

Just as the installation of a seven-foot tall, three-mile long security fence (complete with barbed wire) and magnetometers at each entrance to the House chamber telegraph the message that lawmakers are in harm’s way, the presence of several thousand National Guard troops serves to intensify the effect.

Ever since the troops arrived in Washington, I’ve believed this. However, I’m now starting to see it differently. Democrats may actually believe they need protection.

Because Democratic leaders, and Pelosi most of all, are well aware of the extent of their corruption, they may truly fear that “the people” will deliver the backlash they deserve.

Although CNN and The New York Times tell us the November election was free and fair and that the matter is settled, 75 million Americans still have their doubts. A read of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas’ dissent following the Court’s decision not to review Trump’s lawsuits against the state of Pennsylvania speaks volumes. He says the decision, invites the “erosion of voter confidence.” And he is correct.

Consider the Democratic “power grab” that began the very day President Joe Biden took office.

There are too many corrupt acts to count, but here are a few.

  • Reversed key Trump Administration immigration policies (that were working) such as catch and release. Biden’s actions have created a new crisis at the border, although no administration officials have acknowledged it.
  • Canceled the Keystone Pipeline, instantly ending thousands of high-paying union jobs. They also “paused” new drilling leases on federal lands. They declared war on the fossil fuel industry. These policies have already led to higher gasoline prices.
  • The passage of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, 10% of which actually goes to coronavirus related items. As I posted here, it includes an $86 billion bailout for failing pensions which even The New York Times admits has nothing to do with COVID. It will also bailout states and cities which have been mismanaged their finances for decades. The city of San Francisco alone will receive $600 million to erase the bulk of their debt, most of which accrued prior to the pandemic.
  • Beholden to the powerful teacher’s unions, the administration has refused to order teachers back to work. The extended period of virtual learning has taken a toll on student’s mental health. Rates of depression, anxiety and even suicide have climbed dramatically. Still, Biden does not act.
  • Although his handler’s Middle East strategy isn’t clear yet, Biden has temporarily frozen and is re-examining arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It took him four weeks to finally call Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, our closest ally in the region.
  • Offered to restart nuclear talks with Iran; Withdrew Trump’s restoration of U.N. sanctions on Iran.
  • Rejoined the corrupt World Health Organization.
  • Rejoined the Paris Climate Accord.

The administration is desperate to pass S.1 (the Senate’s version of H.R. 1), the “For the People Act.” This legislation proposes to make permanent all of the changes such as the explosion of mail-in voting and early voting, that arguably made victory possible for Biden. If this bill becomes law, it will nearly guarantee one party rule in the U.S. for years to come.

Fortunately, it faces a higher bar in the Senate than the COVID-19 bill which only required a simple majority vote. S.1 would require 60 votes in the Senate for passage unless, of course, Democrats can find a way to abolish the legislative filibuster.

Anyway, well aware of their unprecedented and un-American power grab and their transformation of a once-great nation, Democrats may fear reprisal from the people.

If I had done all that the Democrats have done to undermine our democratic republic, it wouldn’t be crazy for me to think I might need some protection too.