by Donna on May 16, 2022 1:32 pm
There's indeed a border crisis at our southern border.
I consulted what is in IMO the best survey firm, Pew Research Center, and found the following piece (link to at the bottom). Here's the intro:
What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border in 7 charts Nov 9, 2021
The U.S. Border Patrol reported more than 1.6 million encounters with migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border in the 2021 fiscal year, more than quadruple the number of the prior fiscal year and the highest annual total on record.
The number of encounters had fallen to just over 400,000 in fiscal 2020 as the coronavirus outbreak slowed migration across much of the world. But encounters at the southwest border rebounded sharply in fiscal 2021 and ultimately eclipsed the previous annual high recorded in fiscal 2000, according to recently published data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the federal agency that encompasses the Border Patrol.
Migrant encounters refer to two distinct kinds of events: expulsions, in which migrants are immediately expelled to their home country or last country of transit, and apprehensions, in which migrants are detained in the United States, at least temporarily.
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, most encounters have resulted in expulsion from the U.S., unlike before the pandemic, when the vast majority ended in apprehension instead. The Trump administration began expelling migrants in March 2020 under a public health order aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. The Biden administration has continued to expel migrants under the same order.
Below is a closer look at the shifting dynamics at the southwest border, based on the recent CBP statistics. Most of these statistics refer to federal fiscal years, which run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, as opposed to calendar years. It’s also important to note that encounters refer to events, not people, and that some migrants are encountered more than once.
by Donna on May 19, 2022 6:59 pm
Once again, Congressional Republicans show their true motives. It was never about those poor American babies being deprived of infant formula - it was always about using the shortage to crucify Biden and the Democrats.
The House on Wednesday passed a $28 million emergency spending bill to address the nationwide shortage of baby formula
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the Democratic chair of the House Appropriations Committee who authored the bill, said the money would pay for additional U.S. Food and Drug Administration staffing to boost inspection of formula at domestic and foreign suppliers, prevent fraudulent products getting onto store shelves and improve data collection on the infant formula marketplace.
The bill, known as the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act, passed 231 to 192 in a vote mostly along party lines. All House Democrats supported the legislation, along with 12 Republicans who bucked their party leadership to support it. Four Republicans and one Democrat did not vote.
by Curt_Anderson on May 19, 2022 7:36 pm
Seth Meyers' Closer Look tonight looks at "George W. Bush's Shocking Gaffe; Republicans Vote Against Baby Formula Bill" See video link below.