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Joe Biden’s Immigration Policies Are a National Security Threat

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Two of Joe Biden’s immigration policy reversals have even created national security risks. His decision to lessen the protection of our Southern border has allowed a massive influx of illegal aliens, drug dealers, human traffickers and, quite possibly, terrorists. And by abandoning Trump’s merit-based immigration reform initiative, Biden has hobbled the U.S. in its technology race with China—something that carries undesirable economic and military consequences.

An open border is a serious national security risk

Open borders, where illegal aliens can cross with relative impunity, invite criminal activity. The flood of illegal border crossings since Biden has taken office is unprecedented. According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, monthly arrests at the border now number in the hundreds of thousands, a 30-year high. Criminals are among those caught at the border and then released. Many other criminals evade law enforcement at the border and enter the interior as well.

The Biden administration has adopted dramatically restrictive policies for law enforcement agencies whose mission is to remove these criminal and illegal aliens. Officers have been instructed to essentially turn a blind eye to many people who have no right to be in the country, including those who have been ordered removed by a judge. In May, deportations dropped to the lowest level on record.

>>> The Biden Border Crisis

The illegal population in the U.S. could expand by millions in Biden’s first year in the Oval Office—the direct result of Biden’s unfortunate policies. The administration has already encountered over 1.7 million at the border, a figure that does not include those who just slipped in unnoticed.

Weak border security and nonexistent interior enforcement, combined with promises of legislative or “de facto” amnesty, create powerful incentives for aliens to flock to the border and attempt to enter illegally. They feel they have a good chance to enter, remain and work in the U.S. without fear of expulsion, and also hold out hope for American citizenship.

The security consequences of porous borders and a broken and unforced immigration system are manifold. The impact on transnational crime is the most obvious. Illegal aliens are victims of a myriad of crimes from rape and robbery to human trafficking.

Further risks come from the control of the cross-border activity by cartels. According to research by the Department of Homeland Security, about 50 percent of border crossers in the 1970s used the service of smugglers. Today, that number is over 95 percent. Human smugglers charge thousands to tens of thousands of dollars per person to make their trek across the border. Under Biden, the cartels have made unprecedented profits.

The cartels then use these profits to finance other illegal activities. For example, the cartels are responsible for smuggling in most of the fentanyl entering in the U.S. This has fueled the opioid addiction and drug overdose epidemic in this country.

The terrorist threat is even more serious. Groups like ISIS and al Qaeda remain our enemies, and U.S. defense and intelligence officials have warned of a resurgent transnational terrorist threat after Biden’s chaotic and calamitous withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Terrorists could dispatch a team to the U.S. to stage an attack on the scale of 9/11. Today, the best way to infiltrate a team into the U.S. would be by crossing the porous southern border, hiding among the vast numbers of people crossing our border illegally.

The merit-based immigration system needed to win the tech race with China

President Biden curtailed further consideration of President Trump’s proposal to modernize our immigration policy by adopting a merit-based system. Instead, he wants to maintain our antiquated family ties system.

A 2017 study by the Mercatus think tank shows that, since 1965, the U.S. immigration system has been weighted toward family reunification. In the 2006–2015 decade, nearly two-thirds of all green cards issued went to immigrants who had a family member already in the United States. Another 21 percent were issued to refugees, asylum seekers, diversity lottery winners, and other smaller humanitarian categories.

A mere 14 percent of green cards were issued on the basis of employment. In Canada and Australia, countries with merit-based immigration systems, the equivalent share was 61 percent. They are not alone. Other countries with an explicit or implicit merit-based immigration system include the UK, New Zealand, Japan and China.

President Trump announced his plans to modernize our immigration system in May 2019. He described our current system as largely based on “random chance,” and proposed a merit-based system. “We cherish the open door that we want to create for our country. But a big proportion of those immigrants must come in through merit and skill,” he said. “The biggest change we make is to increase the proportion of highly skilled immigration from 12% to 57% and we would like to even see if we can go higher.”

Merit-based immigration allows for family reunification but limits it to spouses and minor children. What it does not allow is bringing to the U.S. parents, grand-parents, and adult children. Neither does it affect humanitarian immigration; refugees would still be welcomed and victims of persecution protected.

Skilled immigrants contribute to America’s economic growth by increasing its workforce and productivity, the key drivers of Gross Domestic Product. And economic growth supports greater national security: A country needs the economic means to afford the high costs and technological prowess associated with superior military power.

The U.S. and China are engaged in a race for technological primacy. The winner will not only be the dominant economy of the 21st century, it will also become the world’s top military power. Communist China uses technology to oppress its people and to extend its censorship even to citizens of other countries. And Beijing already is using its growing military power to bully its neighbors. The American people cannot accept a world dominated by a brutal dictatorship that tramples on human rights and individual freedoms.

Winning the technology race with Communist China is not optional for the U.S. And a modernized immigration system would be a major contributor to this cause.

Last month, the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) announced that it is focusing its industry outreach on a few technology sectors where the stakes are greatest for U.S. economic and national security. These tech sectors may determine whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by China in the next few years. Among these sectors are artificial intelligence, bioeconomy, autonomous systems, quantum computing and semiconductors.

China recognizes the economic and military benefits of being the global leader in advanced technology sectors and has announced comprehensive national strategies to achieve this goal. China is also openly promoting civilian-military fusion to make sure that its military can take full advantage of all advances in civilian technology.

To address these challenges, America must not just allow top talent to come to America, it must actively recruit. China is already doing this through its Thousand Talents Plan.

Launched in 2008, the CCP claims the Thousand Talents Plan has thus far attracted more than 7,600 scientists and senior engineers to China. While the majority of these were Chinese-born returnees, the plan also attracted 390 foreigners. If the numbers reported by China are correct, the CCP may have spent around $1 billion on this plan.

America has recruited top talent from abroad in the past. The U.S. attracted top scientists from Europe before and during World War II. And when WW II ended and the Cold War started, America recruited top scientists from Germany; some of them contributed greatly to the successes of our space program.

During the Cold War, the goal was both to grow the U.S. economy and to deny Stalin’s Russia the use of these scientists for nefarious purposes. And when the Cold War ended, Washington funded grantmaking organizations to act as sponges for ex-Soviet scientists, lest they take up consulting jobs for nuclear programs in the Middle East and North Africa.

>>> Cash to Illegal Immigrants Is the New Low in Biden’s Open-Borders Push

Another way to attract top technology talent from abroad is through a welcoming immigration system for entrepreneurs and investors. We need to cut the immigration red tape for foreign nationals who want to move to the U.S. to start new enterprises.

Current immigration policies are not what we need

Immigration policies should advance the freedom, security, and prosperity of American citizens as well as the immigrants themselves.

First, we need to return to the Trump era policies that secured our southern border—not just to stop the flood of illegal immigrants, but also to prevent transnational crime and terrorism.

Second, we need to modernize our immigration system through merit-based policies that will help America win the technology race with China and grow our economy.

Short of a major crisis, the Biden administration will not change its immigration policies. But the next Administration should be ready to move expeditiously when back in the White House.

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Trial starts in alleged Fremont murder-for-hire plot with $800,000 motive

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OAKLAND — Three years after they were arrested and charged with carrying out a murder plot motivated by $800,000 worth of insurance policies, a Bay Area man and woman are in front of an Alameda County jury.

Maria Moore, 53, and Marvel Salvant, 49, are on trial facing charges that they murdered Dominic Sarkar, 56, a Fremont man and executive chef who was listed as Moore’s domestic partner, despite her allegedly telling police she and him had an “occasional” relationship. Prosecutors claim Moore hired Salvant as a hitman and wired him $500 after the October 2018 homicide.

During opening statements on Monday, the defense attacked the Fremont police investigation and predicted that the prosecution’s case would unravel during the trial, which is expected to span several weeks.

Deputy district attorney Alex Hernandez went through the evidence he expects will prove both defendants’ roles in the crime. He said in the two years leading up to Sarkar’s killing, Moore purchased two life insurance policies for $500,000 and $300,000. He also said surveillance footage of the area shows a car similar to Salvant’s circling and parking near the crime scene, and added that the two were observed meeting after the time of the homicide.

Authorities also wiretapped Salvant’s phone, conducted extensive surveillance on him, and said that Salvant confessed in a conversation recorded by authorities.

“I’m an evil person … I committed a cardinal sin … I already did it. So, ain’t no turning back from here,” Salvant allegedly told one person.

Deputy public defender Christina Moore, who represents Salvant, said authorities had a much better suspect whom they completely ignored. He matched a description provided by an eyewitness and was found with gunshot residue, yet investigators never honed in on him the way they did with her client, Moore said.

“With everything I just told you you may be wondering how Marvel Savant even became a suspect,” Moore said. With regards to the alleged confession, Moore said prosecutors simply “cherry picked” pieces from an extensive wiretap to make her client look as guilty as possible.

During his brief opening statement, Moore’s attorney, Darryl Stallworth, simply encouraged jurors to keep an open mind and consider all the evidence.

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Disney+ Superhero Series Extraordinary Reveals New Cast Members

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Disney+ has announced the primary cast for their upcoming non-Marvel superhero show Extraordinary, which centers on a young woman who is the only person on Earth with no superpowers. The cast will be headed up by Máiréad Tyers, who is set to star in Thor director Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming film Belfast. She will star in the eight-part series alongside Poldark’s Sofia Oxenham and Derry Girls’ Siobhán McSweeney. Per the official synopsis, Tyers stars as Jen, “a young, painfully self-aware woman who lives in a world where everyone has a superpower except her.”

Per Deadline, who first reported the casting, Extraordinary is one of the first UK originals for Disney+, announced along with The Ballad of Renegade Nell and Wedding Season

Siobhán McSweeney, who plays Sister Michael on Channel 4’s Derry Girls, is Jen’s mother, and Oxenham will play Jen’s best friend. Other stars already cast for the project include Bilal Hasna, Luke Rollason, Safia Oakley-Green, and Robbie Gee. The series is written by debut writer Emma Moran and is currently in production, filming around London.

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The Sandman release date confirmed for 2022

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Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is a beloved modern classic. The comic book series–centered on Morpheus, the Dream King, and his quest to reclaim his power after being imprisoned–is getting its own Netflix adaptation.

The streamer has been the home of more than one high profile fantasy over the last few years. In 2019, The Witcher snagged mainstream pop culture’s attention and is set to do so again with its second season on Dec. 17. Earlier this year, Shadow and Bone took the top fantasy spot on Netflix, and it looks like The Sandman will do the same in 2022.

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, Netflix Geeked announced more than a handful of upcoming titles for subscribers to expect next year.

Sandwiched in-between Resident Evil and Stranger Things season 4 was The Sandman. So, it won’t be too much longer before fans can binge watch the 11 episode season which will cover storylines from the first two volumes of the comic book series, Preludes and Nocturnes and The Doll’s House, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Here’s when the series could land on Netflix.

The Sandman release date predictions

What’s on Netflix reports that filming wrapped on The Sandman in July. As such we’re likely see the series launch its freshman run in either the spring or early summer 2022. We’ll keep you posted on more release date news as it comes in.

For information on The Sandman cast, including their character descriptions, click through to the next page for a rundown of who will make an appearance in season one.

Wondering if a new season of your favorite genre series is coming to Netflix in 2022? Check out the full list of announced Netflix originals hitting the platform next year including Mike Flanagan’s upcoming series, The Midnight Club, and the third season of Umbrella Academy!

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