Border expert: MASSIVE migration on ‘pause’ but NOT OVER

The Biden Administration currently is celebrating its handling of the border crisis, with VP Kamala Harris even saying over the weekend that the situation down there is ‘going rather smoothly.’ But it’s definitely too early for such a victory lap, says Todd Bensman, Senior Fellow for the Center of Immigration Studies. Bensman, who closely monitored the crisis from the border last week, tells Glenn it’s likely that the massive migration into America simply is ‘on pause.’ And when the Biden Administration says otherwise, Bensman explains, it shows that the left underestimates the cunningness of migrants dreaming of life in America: ‘Immigrants are smart people. They pay very close attention to…any kind of way they can get around the new regime.’


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GLENN: Todd Bensman joins us now. He's the author of Overrun. And also a fellow -- a senior fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies. He's been down on the border. He's not in Mexico anymore. Thank goodness. Welcome back, how you are, Todd?

TODD: Great. Thanks for having me. Just got back last night. Back from Austin.

GLENN: Oh. So you're not really in America, even.

TODD: Yeah.

GLENN: So tell me what -- what you saw over the -- over the weekend at the border.

TODD: Sure. Well, throughout the week, of course, it was -- it was just a storming of the border, thousands and thousands crossing through Matamoros to Brownsville.

And I was there on the Mexican side, watching them go. Eventually, the Texas governor was able to shut back down, by -- for the first time ever, deploying tactical units of the National Guard, and DPS. Texas Department of Public Safety, right down on the riverbank, behind razor wire.

And would not let the immigrants pass, no matter what they did. They just would not -- they had pepper balls. You know, to fire at them, if it got out of hand.

But they shut down that hole. And that was the biggest hole in the border.

Then Title 42 ended. And we had our a-- kind of a pause. Not just because of what Texas did. But there's general sort of nervousness, about the new strategy, the new Biden strategy about, you know, how they can exploit it.

They have not figured out, quite yet, how to exploit it. But what I would tell you, is that there are huge loopholes in this thing, that are sitting there, ready to be discovered.

And when I was in Wynosa (phonetic), a few days ago, which was 40, 50 miles up river from Matamoros, at least 15,000 patients pooled up there. All just in a tizzy. Swirling around about, what is the new -- the new strategy? Biden strategy?

And there were NGOs throughout that camp, who were explaining to them, you know, what the new strategy is and undoubtedly what the loopholes are.

So my anticipation is that, before too long, they will figure it out. Immigrants are smart people. They pay very close attention to any -- you know, any crevice, any kind of way they can get around the new regime. And I do anticipate that there will be a gradual increase over time. And then back to normal again.

Every time there's a major policy change, there's kind of a pause down there on the border, while people figure it out.

So I think that's where we are right now. The administration is taking victory laps over this. But it's a little bit early for any kind of victory lap. Because that underestimates the cunning and caginess of the huge population down there, and the NGOs and the lawyers that are all down there, chanting for them about what's happening.

And I can pause there. There's one more thing I would like to say, about something a little bit more different. But I could pause.

GLENN: No. Go ahead. Go ahead.

TODD: Okay. So one of the main cornerstones of the new strategy is this pre-legalization of this scheme, they're handing out humanitarian permits to thousands and thousands now, down there. Kind of like a pressure cooker.

You know, steam escape. Right?

Kind of a way to -- there's hope, right? We'll let you in, this legal way.

So they have really opened the aperture on that. They have let in 30,000 a month, for five different nationalities. And they have widened that up, opened it up for tens of thousands more. For all nationalities. To just get pre-legalized on an app, like a restaurant reservation app on your phone.

GLENN: And when you do that, don't you get a court date like in 2035?

TODD: Yeah. Well, you can -- initially they let you on a humanitarian parole. The humanitarian parole is good up to two years. And they give you work authorization and everything.

And I'll point out, they claim that they're vetting everybody. They're not vetting anybody.

And they're also giving out 99 percent to -- of all applicants who even apply to it.

So they're not even declining anybody. It's just an escape. A steam escape hatch kind of thing.

And when I cross back over yesterday morning, from Matamoros through to Brownsville on the bridge, the line of people who had been granted CBP1, humanitarian parole was 100 yards long, three feet deep. Three, four feet deep, 100 yards long, and it just goes on and on like that, for just pouring in. They would have come in illegally. Now they can't be counted as illegal. But keep in mind, that that is going on, all along the border. Just thousands and thousands more being brought in this way. So when they claim a victory lap, they're not claiming you about that operation. And that operation is under court challenge right now. Twenty states, including Texas. Have challenged the legality of that. I'm not a lawyer. But it's illegal. I'm sorry. It's completely on its face, illegal.

And at my moment, a federal judge in the fifth circuit, is going to strike that thing down. And then they won't have that escape hatch anymore. And that is something that can't be watched as well.

GLENN: I have to tell you, this -- this is an invasion. Not by a nation. But it is an invasion into our country.

This -- this will -- this is when they open the gates at Rome. They just let everybody in. And there weren't enough Roman citizens to keep it Rome. And that's not a race thing. That's nothing. All I want is a group of people that understand the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights.

If you want to do that, I welcome you here. I welcome you.

But they're not coming for any of that. And I don't know why the Governor of Texas is acting more like the governor, you know, of Massachusetts. This -- at this point.

I don't know why we are not calling it an invasion. And the government has let the people down.

TODD: Yeah. So one thing about Greg Abbott and what he did down there. A lot of people were saying, it was too late. You know, this thing has been going on for two and a half years. So he gets criticized for whatever he does.

But I will say, that I was on the ground there.

And I was the first to report it. And, in fact, I'm told that the governor ordered this as a result of my videos, showing these people just pouring through unopposed. And he was angry go. And said, get our people down there, and shut it down. But I will --

GLENN: But that was -- that was one border crossing.


TODD: Yeah. It was a big one. But it was one.

And he's saying, from this point forward. You can look at this.

Hold them to account. That he will have these rapid reaction teams that will run to any place that is being overrun and on federal land and do this.

The Biden administration is saying that they think it's illegal. And they have the Department of Justice, exploring ways to shut down the governor's operation.

So this thing is not over. We will probably hear more about this, one way or another. What the governor is doing.

But I will say, that when I talk to all the immigrants for two days after that, that they were saying, we're not crossing now. Because those over there, won't let us through. So we won't even try.

And Mexican immigration officials on the ground. When I asked him, how come nobody is crossing? They said, it's because of them over there. So I believe, that this shows that they could do something.

GLENN: Of course it can. Of course it can.

TODD: Yeah. So he won't be able to not do this again. Now that he's shown that it works. So, anyway, there's that. Maybe it's late.

Listen, I've been down there for two and a half years covering this thing, Glenn.

And in the two and a half years, all I've ever seen is just mass storming of the border, with a welcome committee over there, our side.

A red carpet, welcome wagon. Watch your step. Move up to the left, of the riverbank. There's a processing over there.

That's all it's ever been.

And is this the first time I have ever seen big brawny guys with guns, saying, you will not pass.

GLENN: That's -- that's nice.

Now, one of the things that happened -- we had somebody cross over that was on a wanted list. Do you know anything about that? And how many of these people do you think have come through, from our enemies?

TODD: That's a major problem. That's an Afghani. He's on the FBI watch list. Last year we had 98 of those that we've apprehended. We've had 80 just so far.

Actually I think it's more than 80, just so far in this fiscal year. That's a huge number of people on a terror watch list.

Also, there's video fresh out, in the Yuma area of just hundreds and hundreds of Egyptians and Sudanese crossing in last night.

Sudanese Egyptian, and Mauritanians, Islamic republic of Mauritania. They're tossing their identification and passports and all of that on the Mexican side before they cross.

That -- that's -- the reason they're coming in, is because the new strategy. The Biden strategy affects the removal.

Can't be applied to them, as easily right now. Because, you know, they -- they live in countries that won't accept them. Or where we don't have agreements to send them yet.

And so those are the people that are crossing in right now. Very disturbing. This is a national security crisis, as well as a mass migration crisis more generally.

GLENN: Todd, I just -- we -- for those of us who live through September 11th. Said, we never forget.

We are worse. We would slap ourselves silly, if we could meet ourselves, of 20 some years ago.

Todd, thank you so much.

TODD: It's a great way to put that. I'm going to steal that.

GLENN: You steal from me, you've stolen twice. God bless.


How Should Christians FIGHT BACK Against the Rainbow Mafia? | The Glenn Beck Podcast | Ep 188

Sometimes, the only way forward is backward. For instance, the modern obsession with “my personal truth.” The solution to this destructive force, according to author and podcast host Spencer Klavan, lies in ancient wisdom and the timeless question, “How is that working out for you?” Spencer joins Glenn to apply his expertise in classic literature and philosophy to the enigmas and culture wars of today, from the hubris of atheism to the rot of academia. And with a Ph.D. from Oxford, he knows a thing or two about academics. He walks Glenn through how the innovations of science have led to the religion of science, which in turn has bred horrors. He explains why he says, “Transgenderism is transhumanism.” And as a gay man, he responds to the destruction of truth in the name of people like him, including the possibility that Pride Month could be used to paint any dissenters as “Christian nationalists.” Spencer also walks Glenn through the big ideas in his latest book, “How to Save the West: Ancient Wisdom for 5 Modern Crises.” But, despite it all, there’s room for hope, he says. The decay of society may just be a great opportunity to make civilization better.


Glenn EXPLODES at Pro-Debt Republicans, ESG 'Politicization' & MSNBC LIES | Glenn TV | Ep 281

Democrats are behaving like spoiled children, demanding a limitless debt ceiling so they can spend uninhibitedly. On today's Friday Exclusive, Glenn demands that Republicans pick a side on whether they're okay with debt or not, and he reveals who's truly being held hostage as the debt crisis gets worse. Also, has the push for ESG hit its peak? Glenn reacts to the absurd notion that ESG has been "politicized" by conservatives. Lastly, Glenn tries to understand the new ways people can identify as lesbian ...


Video PROVES far-left crime policy is DESTROYING American cities

Recently posted video Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia provides a SHOCKING view of some of America’s most crime-ridden cities. In fact, homelessness, drug abuse, and more have become so out-of-hand, that even the bluest of Americans are taking a stand. In this clip, Glenn plays video of Oakland, California residents standing up to city officials for not doing anything to stop the crimes. Glenn explains that these videos PROVE the far-left’s policy on crime is destroying U.S. cities and that so many Americans are living in fear as a result of it all…


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GLENN: Let me take you here. Let me show you the horror on the streets of Philadelphia.

Cut five. Now, I lived in Philadelphia, it was always not the best.
But this is --

STU: Less suboptimal.

GLENN: Less suboptimal. These people are zombies. They're just all drugged out. Laying in the streets. Or stooped over.

All in Philadelphia.

Now, let me show you something else. This is in Oakland.

This is people coming and speaking. This happened this week, in Oakland California.

Not exactly a -- a red part of California.

STU: It's not MAGA land.

GLENN: No. It's not MAGA land. So these are the Oakland residents that are coming to Oakland, to demand a change from the city.

Listen to this.

I'm Louise, owner of Studio Naga.

VOICE: I you in your office every week. (inaudible) I email everyone. And you know the situation.

Someone who is mentally deranged, in front of my business, who has threatened me multiple times. Who has threatened other people. Who has defecated on a property on our business. And I'm being told by macro that they can't do anything. I'm being told by police, that there has to be something in the middle.

As they said, I don't want to have to get threatened with sexual violence. I don't want my children to see this, as a normal behavior from an individual on the street. That they get.

He's naked. He's masturbated in front of them. He's urinated in front of them.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

VOICE: And there's nothing I'm told the police can do. So your policy of not enforcing some of this 150 feet from the school, 150 feet from the residences. That policy has a direct effect.

GLENN: Okay?

STU: Jeez.

GLENN: Can you imagine that? Can you imagine that?

Why are you paying taxes? What am I paying taxes for?

Okay. Listen to this. Crime change, cut two. Number seven.

VOICE: I understand. It comes from a place of hurt, generally when people are being violent. At some level, in some form, it's coming from a place of hurt. Sure. But if they're doing hundreds of gun point robberies mostly to women, to people of all races, where I've been in poverty my whole life, it makes it hard for us to keep job, to find jobs, to live life, to fight through mental health issues. To fight through our poverty. And it's not just one Democrat, and women. It's all kinds of women being targeted. This is systemic violence as well.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: So here's what I want to leave you with.

When you start to have conversations. Because all of the data points are there.

Before, when they were like, we'll reimagine the police. We're like, that's not going to work. That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard.


And that obviously, wasn't necessarily the best thing to say. But that's what was out of our mouths. I know it was my mouth at the time.

You are out of your mind?

Now all the data points are there. You show things like this.

And say, so let's talk about defunding the police. And saying, that the homeless, you know, can live anywhere they want. And all of this.

How is that working out for you?

Just ask them that. How is that working out?

Can we just look at -- can we just look at the facts? How is the city doing?

How is crime? How is crime, compared from a red city, to a blue city?

Is there anything we can learn from this? How is it working out?

And just be kind about it. But it's time we talk about facts. This is empirical evidence. This is how science is done.

I don't follow scientists. Because I know scientists can be wrong. I follow actual scientists. And that is, I have a theory.

I will now test it out, and I will look at the facts. So when they say, you just don't even know, you're a racist.

No. I'm following science. Here's how it works. You propose a theory.

I think police are making our cities racist. And they're -- they -- we would be safer, in the minority communities, if there weren't any police.


You said defund, because you want to reimagine.

Now we've done that in several cities. So let's look at those cities. Because if it was working and it was better. I would be with you.

I would change my mind. I don't want to be right.

I want to live in a great country, that treats everybody fairly. That -- that looks at everyone equally. Looks at people who are sick, and says, they're sick.

How can we help them?

I don't want to live in crime. And neither do you.

So how is that working out?

That's science.

STU: We did a show on Stu Does America, called Stu does the collapse of the American city. A couple weeks ago. And highlighted a station called old station subtraction in Phoenix.

Listen to this. This is their everyday. Everyday.

Sixty-nine-year-old owner, who opens a sub shop. It's been around for a while. This is his current situation. There are hundreds of people sleeping within a few blocks of Old Station. Most of them suffering from mental illness or substance abuse, as they lived out their private lives with public view of the restaurant.

They slept on Joe and Debbie's outdoor tables. Defecated on their back porch. Smoked methamphetamine in their parking lot. Washed clothes in their bathroom sink. Pilfered bread and gallon jars of pickles from the delivery trucks. Had sex on their patio. Masturbated within view of their employees. And lit fires for warmth that burned down palm trees and scared around customers.

Within a half mile of the restaurant, the police have been called to an average of eight incidents a day in 2022.

There are at least 1,097 calls for emergency medical help. 573 fights or assaults.

236 incidents of trespassing, 185 fires, 140 thefts, 125 armed robberies, thirteen sexual assaults, and four homicides. The remains of a 20 to 24-week-old fetus, 20 to 24-week-old fetus were burned and left next to a Dumpster in November. Two people were stabbed to death in their tents.

Sixteen others were found dead from overdoses, suicides, hypothermia, or excessive heat.

A group of young men in the encampment have begun selling off pieces of the public sidewalk, charging each person $20 a week for what they called lot rent and security.

That had seemed ridiculous, to an encampment resident, until he decided not to pay and then awoke one night to the smell of someone dowsing his tent with lighter fluid.

Then there was Kesha, barely out of her teens, who skittered around the encampment like a scared cat, wary of everyone. Carrying a few old dolls, and crying sometimes.

Joel had tried to watch out for her, offering her water, for a few minutes inside whenever she was upset.

But one weekend, when he wasn't around, the temperature was 115 degrees. She laid down on the curb near his gallery and died of heat exhaustion. Story after story after story of this.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

STU: This goes back to one of these court rulings where they said, of course it's okay to camp outside. That's okay.

Of course it is. So this has completely devastated. And this is the story of one sandwich shop. But this is repeating itself all over the country.

GLENN: So, you know, here's the thing.

We have to understand, that America is not all -- John Philip Sousa, marching bands, perfect military, and white picket fences. Okay?

We have to understand that. I never thought it was. I thought we were better than we are now.

I never thought it was. We've done some really bad things. I'm willing to admit that. I know at this point, you are too.

Because we've gone through this together. We've actually gone through soul-searching. The vast majority of Americans have changed. The vast majority of Americans on both sides have changed.

Now, we've changed because we've done soul-searching. And we went, yeah. Jeez. We really screwed things up. Boy, you know what. The liberals who were right about the companies, becoming the state, I didn't think that 20 years ago.

And they were right about the FBI. And the -- the spy apparatus in this country. They were right.

Okay. All right. Now, why do I say that?

Not because I'm forced to. But because I'm watching the evidence.

Nobody convinced me of that. The evidence is overwhelming. Now, while that evidence is coming out, and changing hard-core Republicans, hard-core conservatives.

Really pro-police. Pro-military. All of the things, that they've always hated.

As we're changing, because we see the facts. They're changing in spite of the facts.

And embracing the things they rejected. This is not logical.

It's just not logical.

And it's -- it's -- it won't endure.

And the further we get down this path. I'm reallying beginning to understand, the gods of the copybook headings. With terror and slaughter return. Is the last line. Of that Rudyard Kipling poem.

And I'm beginning to understand it. It doesn't just mean war. It doesn't mean, you'll have someone come in, and just right everything. We're experiencing the terror and slaughter right now.

We're experiencing it. How many people in this country, right now are living in fear. That weren't living in fear, ten years ago.

How many people who own a business in a town, live in fear of what the police won't or will do, of what's happening outside of their streets.

Anybody who says they're compassionate, and they heard what Stu just read, that's happening in Arizona. How do you claim compassion here?

How is this compassionate? You are not helping the lowest. You're enriching the rich right now.

You're not even -- you're not helping the millionaires. You're helping the billionaires.

You're empowering them. You're destroying so many lives, that are living on the streets, that are in the worst shape.

And how you are doing that?

By disregarding every known principle. There's a difference between facts. Facts can change.

Principles don't change. There's something that man has found to be true, over thousands of years.


The 1 REASON why the Russia & Ukraine War hasn’t become WW3

Is Vladimir Putin’s restraint the ONLY reason why the Russia & Ukraine War hasn’t yet evolved into World War 3? Because if the situation was different — as Glenn plays out in this clip — there’s a high probability the United States would currently be fighting a world war. So, with such high chances of escalation, why are yesterday’s anti-war Democrats suddenly fully on board? Glenn explains it all in this clip, adding that though Russia’s invasion was ‘abhorrent,’ it’s clear many in Washington are choosing to take advantage of the situation rather than make the right decisions for the U.S.’ overall safety and security…