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Rapid Reaction: Two Stories Proving ‘Catch And Release’ Endangers All Americans
WASHINGTON - JULY 4: President Joe Biden waits to walk on stage during a virtual event with the National Education Association at the White House in Washington on Tuesday, July 4, 2023.
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1. FBI Searching For Illegal Aliens Smuggled In By Individual With ISIS Ties

The FBI is reportedly searching for more than a dozen Uzbek illegal immigrants who are believed to have been smuggled into the U.S. by an ISIS-linked individual.

On Tuesday, CNN reported that earlier this year, Uzbekistan nationals were smuggled into the U.S. and then applied for asylum. The individuals were reportedly screened for any “red flags.” It wasn’t until after their release that the FBI discovered an Uzbekistan smuggling ring operating in cooperation with a Turkish smuggler who reportedly is connected to ISIS. After the discovery, top national security and administration officials held emergency meetings. National Security Council spokesman Adrienne Watson told CNN that there is no indication the individuals are terrorists. However, other government sources told CNN that more than 15 illegal aliens are still under criminal scrutiny. It’s unclear where these individuals are in the U.S. and how quickly they might be found.

Rapid  Reaction: As discussed earlier, some Biden officials told CNN that this fiasco represents the administration’s efforts to secure the border and is “an example of the system working as it should.” Apparently, under leftist logic, Americans should take comfort in the fact the U.S. responded to a potential threat — after the illegal aliens were allowed into the country in the first place.

One would imagine that “an example of the system working as it should” would be as follows: Illegal aliens arrive at the border. U.S. officials deport them back to their home country. A wall is built. The message is understood around the world: Do not come.

Yet the Biden administration has no interest in doing any of that. And so, the U.S. government has now welcomed dozens of improperly-vetted foreign nationals who were aided and abetted by an individual with ties to ISIS. And the president and his ilk see that as a win.

2. Illegal Alien Allegedly Crashes Into School Bus, Killing Small Child. Biden’s ‘Catch And Release’ Under Scrutiny.

Meanwhile, in Ohio, an illegal alien is accused of crashing his minivan into a school bus in Clark County last week, causing the bus to flip, resulting in dozens injured and the death of an 11-year-old boy.

35-year-old Hermanio Joseph, a Haitian who was in the country illegally, has officially been charged with aggravated vehicular manslaughter. Joseph entered the U.S. in 2022 and was released by the Biden administration with a “notice to appear” at an immigration hearing. He is currently in Clark County Jail on $100,000 bond. ICE has placed a detainer on him.

Rapid Reaction: Yet again, like the story about Uzbek nationals, “catch and release” is to blame for this man being in the country in the first place.


According to recent data, at least two million illegal aliens have been allowed into the country under that policy. Such individuals are typically given an official notice to appear for a court date, often at a to-be-determined future date. Experts say that there is currently a years-long backlog, meaning that these individuals are free to roam about the country, often untracked. That data also does not include the hundreds of thousands who cross the border undetected each year under Biden.

Some illegal aliens aren’t even given court dates. Others have to wait 10 years for a hearing. The whole thing is a disaster.

This is just the latest heartbreaking tragedy wrought by illegal immigration.

3. Sayonara Suarez

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is suspending his bid for the presidency and dropping out of the 2024 race. The announcement came today, nearly one week after the first GOP primary debate, which Suarez failed to qualify for. The two-term mayor tweeted the following: “While I have decided to suspend my campaign for President, my commitment to making this a better nation for every American remains.”

Rapid Reaction: Did anybody even remember that he was running?

4. Vivek Vs. Eminem

The Real Slim Shady has stood up and is demanding that GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy stop using his music. Rapper Eminem and music licenser BMI sent a cease and desist letter to Ramaswamy’s campaign demanding the campaign stop using the rapper’s song “Lose Yourself.” Earlier this month, the entrepreneur-turned-presidential candidate rapped the song at the Iowa State Fair.

On August 23, a BMI rep told Ramaswamy’s lawyer that Eminem objected to “the campaign’s use of Eminem’s musical compositions,” and that he wanted his songs removed from the agreement. The Ramaswamy campaign issued the following response: “To the American people’s chagrin, we will have to leave the rapping to the real slim shady.”

Rapid Reaction: In politics, it’s better to be talked about than to not be talked about at all. And right now, it seems the entire media landscape is talking about Vivek. Per the RealClearPolitics average of polling, his stock is currently rising in the 2024 election.

5. Paper Straws: Bad For You, Bad For The Planet

Do you hate paper straws? Well, good news — you might have a medical and environmental excuse to never use them again. A new study out of Belgium published in the journal Food Additives and Contaminants, suggests that “forever chemicals” or “PFAS” were found in the majority of both paper and bamboo straws tested. Such chemicals may have the potential to cause cancer and other ailments, and also negatively affect the environment. Per the paper, eighteen different PFAS were detected in total — and the most common one was banned globally in 2020. According to the study, plastic straws are actually better for you and the planet.

Rapid Reaction: If anything, this story serves as another reminder — if it seems like mass hysteria is gripping the nation and that corporations or politicians are getting caught up in it, you’re probably being sold a false bill of goods in one way or another. More on that here.

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The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.


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