November 30, 2021 5:33 pm
Inside the Beltway: ‘Private citizens’ maintain the border

Inside the Beltway: ‘Private citizens’ maintain the border

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NEWS & OPINION

It is a simple, but powerful insight into the unsolved problems facing the southern U.S. border.

“Private citizen should not have to maintain a international boundary,” stated Russell Johnson during a podcast conversation between Mark Krikorian , director at the Center for Immigration Studies. This nonpartisan research organization is independent.

Mr. Johnson, a fourth-generation cattle rancher from southern New Mexico, lives and works on 8 miles of U.S.-Mexico Border land. This is the same land that his great-grandfather, 1918..

The rancher and his family were given the task of constructing and maintaining miles and miles of fencing to discourage the entry of illegal immigrants. He said that they have seen them cross the border either by climbing over or driving through barriers.

” It is very labor-intensive to maintain these fences. That’s why there is no compensation. Johnson stated that it was all out of his pocket.

Mr. Krikorian inquired if the rancher would ever think of moving to another place.

” We’ve been in this place for more than 100 years and have put a lot blood, sweat, and tears into it. We don’t believe we should move. “This is an issue our government must control,” Johnson responded.

” We live in America. This is still America. He said that we should receive the same protection as people who live in the country.

The podcast is part of a series called “Life on the U.S.–Mexico Border, The Abandoned Americans”. It focuses on U.S citizens who face unique challenges in the region.

” Most Americans have not heard about the impact of border operations on their taxpaying fellow citizens, who live near the border,” said the Center for Immigration Studies in a statement.

The group also noted that U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended 1,659,206 illegal migrants in fiscal 2021, a record for apprehensions at the southwest border.

Find the podcast and much more at CIS.org.

FOR LEXICON

“Joe-cialists.”

Here is a useful term that Ike Braannon ,, a senior fellow at The Jack Kemp foundation, used in an article by the New York Post.

The “Joe-cialists”, are legislators and other officials who agree with President Biden , and twist reality when referring to inflation and the economy.

“The news that inflation hit a 31-year high in October, increasing at an annual rate of 6.2 percent, has made it extremely difficult for anyone to deny that inflation is real. It is now a threat to the U.S.’s economic expansion and standard of living. “But, the Biden administration will do its best to obscure this reality,” Mr. Brannon wrote.

THE PUBLIC MOOD SEES IMPACT

A significant survey by the Harvard University Center for American Political Studies (Harris Poll) has worse news for President Biden , and his administration.

It finds that 57% of the respondents say the U.S. economy is “weak,” while only 24% say their personal financial situation is improving. Another 56% say the nation is on the “wrong track.”

The Democratic Party has an approval rating of just 38%, though Republicans are only a notch ahead at 39%. Mr. Biden’s approval stands at 43%, down from 62% in June. The overall approval of the U.S. Congress is a meager 31%.

Among the more disconcerting findings: 58% of the overall respondents think Mr. Biden “is showing he is too old to be president”; 90% of Republicans, 63% of independents and 27% of Democrats agree. Another 53% overall “have doubts about his fitness for office”; 85% of Republicans, 57% of independents and 16% of Democrats agree.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military earns a favorability rating of 80%, followed by the nation’s police forces with 71% approval and the FBI with 59% approval.

They are, according to the poll, “the most preferred government institutions.”

The Harvard CAPS/Harris poll of 1,578 registered U.S. voters was conducted Oct. 26-28 and released Thursday.

THE LAWYERS SAY

Now in Washington, DC, it’s The Federalist Society’s annual National Lawyers Convention. It’s held at an historic hotel located just blocks from the White House.

The three-day event includes an official Antonin S. Scalia memorial dinner, the Honorable Robert H. Bork Lecture, a debate luncheon and input from Sen. Tom Cotton , Arkansas Republican. Solicitor General Theodore Olson , Judge ,Laurence H. Silberman Amul R. Thapar John Allison A “fireside chat” with bestselling author Vivek Rajaswamy

Watch a live stream of all the big doings at FedSoc.org.

WEEKEND

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POLL D’HOME

44% of U.S. adults have put off buying new clothes or personal items this year in order to save money.

41% have saved money by putting off going on a vacation or taking time off.

29% have put off doing home repairs or maintenance.

28% have chosen not to put off their expenditures this year.

23% have put off car repairs or maintenance, 21% have put off receiving medical care.

77% of respondents aren’t sure.

SOURCE: An Economist/YouGov poll of 1,500 U.S. adults conducted Nov. 6-9. Multiple answers could be given by respondents.

Helpful information to jharper@washingtontimes.com