Thursday Afternoon Update: Border Chaos, Catch-And-Release, Accused Chinese Spy Arrested
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This article is adapted from today’s Morning Wire Afternoon Update. To listen to the podcast version, click here.

Border Chaos

The Biden administration will reportedly direct Border Patrol agents to release illegal migrants into the U.S. with minimal processing and little oversight as soon as midnight strikes tonight.

The administration sent a memo to Border Patrol agents that directs them to release migrants into the U.S. interior without assigning them a court date or coming up with a plan to track them. The move comes as the administration struggles to contain a growing surge of illegal immigration prompted by the court-ordered repeal of Title 42. One DHS official said earlier this week, “We’re already breaking and we haven’t hit the starting line.” The U.S. hit a record on Tuesday, tallying more than 11,000 migrant apprehensions at the border in a single day.

Accused Chinese Spy Arrested

Federal authorities have arrested a United States citizen accused of being a Chinese Communist Spy. Daily Wire senior editor Ashe Short has more:

Litang Liang, a resident just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, was charged with plotting to act as an agent of a foreign government on Tuesday. Officials claim that Liang began communicating with the Chinese Communist Party in or around 2018 via several methods such as phone calls and over encrypted smartphone apps. The arrest comes just weeks after the feds busted an alleged Chinese Communist “police station” in New York City.

Trump Town Hall Reaction

In reaction to former President Donald Trump’s town hall Wednesday night on CNN, the network has come under fire from Left-leaning organizations both for platforming the former president, as well as how the event’s moderator, Kaitlan Collins, handled it. Here’s how “The View” reacted: 

Meanwhile, CNN’s CEO Chris Licht is defending the network, reportedly saying that “America was served very well by what we did last night” and that Collins had a “masterful performance last night.”


Feinstein Returns

The 89-year-old California Senator Dianne Feinstein returned to her duties in D.C. this week after missing several months of work due to a case of shingles. Feinstein was seen in a wheelchair and accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. The senator is reportedly “experiencing vision/balance impairments” and will need the wheelchair to get around the Capitol. Her return comes after weeks of fellow Democrats calling for her to resign.

EPA Could Send Energy Costs Soaring

The Environmental Protection Agency released new carbon emissions standards today for power plants that burn coal and natural gas. The new regulations seek to cut carbon dioxide emissions from such power plants by 617 million metric tons. Jason Isaac, a director at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, told The Daily Wire that the new regulations are “far-reaching” and will inevitably raise power costs for households.

Monkey Pox No Longer An International Emergency

The World Health Organization said today Mpox — formerly known as Monkeypox — is no longer considered an international emergency after cases have dropped dramatically.

Woke College Puts Professor On Leave For Handing Out Jeremy’s Chocolate

A California community college professor was suspended after he handed out Jeremy’s Chocolate bars to students. According to George Washington University law professor and blogger Jonathan Turley, David Richardson stocked a bowl with He/Him and She/Her candy bars, then told students to help themselves at an open house event.

Madera Community College officials took the action as an endorsement of the “gender binary” and suspended him. Richardson told Turley he’s been banned from “non-public spaces” on campus, and denied access to his email as the school investigates him for “serious misconduct.” School officials claimed the gesture constituted harassment and discrimination against colleagues “based on gender.” Jeremy’s Chocolate is owned by Daily Wire’s parent company.

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