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Republicans, ahead of House takeover, look to zero in on Biden admin’s handling of border crisis

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House Republicans, who are just weeks away from taking control of the House of Representatives, are already indicating that border security and illegal immigration will be among the issues top of their agenda when they take the gavel early next year.

Republican gains in the recent midterm elections have handed the GOP control of the House, although the Senate will remain in Democratic hands. Within days of House control being confirmed, Republicans have already made it clear that the ongoing crisis at the border will be a priority.

That was highlighted this week when GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy led a delegation to the southern border — and called on Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to either resign or face a potential impeachment inquiry next year.

“He cannot and must not remain in that position,” McCarthy said. “If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure to determine whether we can begin an impeachment inquiry.”

DHS PUSHES BACK AGAINST MCCARTHY CALL FOR MAYORKAS TO RESIGN OR FACE POTENTIAL IMPEACHMENT 

Migrants attempting to cross in to the U.S. from Mexico are detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the border August 20, 2022 in San Luis, Arizona. 

Migrants attempting to cross in to the U.S. from Mexico are detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the border August 20, 2022 in San Luis, Arizona. 
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McCarthy said he had spoken to Reps. Jim Jordan and James Comer, the ranking Republicans of the Judiciary and Oversight Committees, respectively, and said they have his complete support to investigate the “collapse” of the border.

“The American public deserves more, deserves better and expects more within their government. Enough is enough. We will do whatever it takes,” he said.

The U.S. has been hit by a nearly two-year long border crisis that saw more than 1.7 million migrant encounters in FY 2021 and over 2.3 million in FY 2022. October has indicated that that surge is likely to continue, as more than 230,000 hit the border in that month alone.

Separately, a federal judge recently ordered the government to wind down the use of the Title 42 public health order, which has been used to expel a majority of migrants at the border since March 2020. That has led to fears of an even bigger surge and more chaos as more migrants are released into the U.S.

Republicans have long been hammering the Biden administration over its handling of the crisis, arguing that officials have fueled the crisis by rolling back Trump-era policies and narrowing interior enforcement. The Biden administration has said that the crisis is hemisphere wide, and has called on Congress to act to fix broken U.S. immigration laws.

“Members of Congress can do better than point the finger at someone else; they should come to the table and work on solutions for our broken system and outdated laws, which have not been overhauled in over 40 years,” a DHS spokesperson said on Wednesday.

MCCARTHY CALLS ON MAYORKAS TO RESIGN OR POTENTIALLY FACE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY: ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’

Republicans in July unveiled a number of policy proposals to secure the border that they said they would advance if they took the House. Policies include finished the Trump-era border wall, expanding Title 42, modernizing technology and overhauling the asylum system.

“I think we’re going to be very aggressive, and I think the administration will have some choices to make,” House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member John Katko told Fox in July. “Do they want to spin their wheels for two years and get nothing done or do they want to work with Republicans if the Republicans are in the majority and start doing some of the things that Republicans want?

HOUSE GOP PUTS MAYORKAS, DHS ON NOTICE: GIVE ‘UNFETTERED COOPERATION’ OR BE COMPELLED TO TESTIFY

In addition to his suggestion that multiple House committees will be firing on all cylinders in investigating the crisis, McCarthy also said that he intends to have hearings physically at the border, so that Democrats can witness the crisis firsthand.

Separately, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan drew battle lines with the administration this week, sending a letter with other lawmakers calling for “unfettered cooperation” from Mayorkas and other DHS officials in testifying to the committee next year.

The Republicans asked DHS to prepare these officials to appear in-person for committee hearings or provide transcribed interviews, threatening to “resort to compulsory process” if the department and its sub-agencies do not comply. 

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Also this week, Jordan, along with Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, sent a request for documents and information about a Venezuelan parole program that they believe is in violation of federal law.

McCarthy, meanwhile, is likely to face continued pressure from the right of his caucus on the matter if he does not keep up the pressure on the administration on the border security issue. Rep. Andy Biggs, who is co-chair of the border security caucus, expressed his dissatisfaction with McCarthy’s announcement. 

“Mayorkas needs impeached. Period. No hesitation,” he said.

Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo and Bill Melugin contributed to this report.

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Here’s what these Americans think of the Senate’s new dress code: ‘Sway from tradition’

Americans are split in their opinions on the Senate’s new dress code allowing for casual wear by senators.

Fox News Digital asked several Americans in northern Virginia — a short way from Washington, D.C. — about their thoughts on the upper chamber relaxing the longstanding precedent for suits, ties or similarly formal attire this week after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., dropped the dress code.

The change in the dress code came as a surprise and has been dubbed the “Fetterman rule” due to Democrat Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman’s penchant for casual wear in the Capitol.

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Democrat Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman

The change in the dress code came as a surprise and has been dubbed the “Fetterman rule” due to Democrat Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman’s penchant for casual wear in the Capitol. (Screenshot/NBC)

Americans were split on the issue, with some decrying the rules as a breakdown of decorum, and another saying casual garb is “not only more friendly to people, but also to the environment.”

“I prefer traditional wear,” one person said. “I think that should be a standard.”

“Maybe a Friday you can take a bit of a lax stance, maybe a hot summer, but I would not sway from tradition,” she continued.

“And I think it conveys a sense of confidence, and that is something that is not to be taken for granted,” she added.

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer walks through the halls of Congress

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., relaxed the Senate’s dress code this week to allow for casual wear. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Another person said he thinks the dress code change is “cool,” even though he’s not very into politics.

One respondent said he thinks the change is “a good thing” for the cases when senators need to act fast on a quick vote.

“But in terms of actual Senate decorum and actually the work there, I think it’d be better if they wore a full suit or a full dress,” he added.

Conversely, another person said he thinks the change is “wonderful.”

Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and wife Gayle Manchin

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, introduced a Senate resolution to restore the dress code. (ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

“It’s a lot more comfortable for the senators to not have to wake up in the morning and think about what tie to put on or what suit to wear,”

“It saves them time so they can help the community more and serve us,” he added.

The new dress code change has ruffled some feathers on both sides of the aisle in the Senate after Schumer made the change.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is preparing to issue a bipartisan resolution next week that would re-institute the Senate’s dress code, after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., relaxed the rules last weekend.

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The resolution would revert the dress code back to requiring senators to don coats, ties or business attire while on the Senate floor.

“Next week, Senator Manchin intends to file a bipartisan resolution to ensure the Senate dress code remains consistent with previous expectations,” a spokesperson for Manchin’s office told Fox News Digital in a statement Friday.

Fox News Digital’s Jamie Joseph contributed reporting.

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‘Swatting’ gets a terrifying new update as criminals now wreaking ‘emotional havoc’ as a paid service

Artificial intelligence advancements have helped drive an increase in swatting calls, forcing police to dash to scenes prepared for the worst and endangering Americans’ emotional health or even their lives, a 22-year FBI veteran told Fox News.

“They’re doing it to create chaos,” said James Turgal, vice president of the information security company Optiv. “They’re utilizing this technology, which emboldens them because it’s so much harder for law enforcement to track that back.” 

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Swatting — when someone makes a false 911 report to illicit a large and aggressive police response — has become increasingly common over the last decade as it becomes easier for callers to mask their voices, phone numbers and IP addresses to remain anonymous. A nationwide database the FBI created this year because of the rise recorded over 200 occurrences since May 1, according to the FBI. 

“The FBI takes swatting very seriously because it puts innocent people at risk,” a FBI spokeperson told Fox News on Thursday. “We will continue to work with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to gather, share, and act upon threat information as it comes to our attention.”

Before the database’s inception, swatting calls were not officially tracked. But a former FBI agent, Kevin Kolbye, estimated incidents jumped from 400 in 2011 to over 1,000 in 2019, according to a Anti-Defamation League report.

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Swatting calls are false 911 reports that are made in an attempt to trigger a powerful police response. Growing concerns about swatting led the FBI to start a national database for tracking the incidents.  (iStock)

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“They’re utilizing different virtual private networks, they’re bouncing off of IP addresses from different places trying to anonymize themselves, and it’s really the ability to wreak as much emotional havoc as possible,” Turgal said. “There’s a number of different motivations for it, and none of them are good.”

Turgal said swatters want to create emotional distress and put Americans in harm’s way. He estimated that swatting incidents have at least doubled in the last year. 

“There are some threat actors out there that actually do this as a service, as sick as that sounds,” Turgal said. “They actually put themselves out on the dark web and think, ‘well, we’ll dox, or we’ll SWAT any type of organization that you want us to. You pay us a fee, and we’ll do it.'”

He also said overseas terrorists could use AI masking technology to make swatting calls.

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James Turgal, a 22-year FBI veteran and the vice president of a information security company, says swatting could allow threat actors from overseas to cause harm on Americans. He says advanced technology has made swatting incidents occur at a higher scale.  (Fox News Digital )

“There’s a lot of countries out there now, not to be named, that would like to see the U.S. in chaos,” Turgal added. “They would like to create help to create that situation.” 

Schools have also become targets for fake threats. Nearly 64% of all violent incidents for the 2022-2023 school year were false active shooter reports, according to the Educator’s School Safety Network

“Threat actors out there are utilizing this technique to really cause a lot of harm and a lot of damage to a lot of local schools,” Turgal said. “It’s not just the law enforcement officers that are there rolling into this situation that they don’t know what it is. It’s the students. It’s the faculty. It’s the parents.”

Shooting threat at a U.S. school

School shootings have been on the rise in the U.S., but now some criminals are putting in fake shooting hoaxes at schools to cause emotional distress.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

“There is a tremendous mental and emotional impact that occurs with these cases, and that’s why they’re so difficult,” he continued. 

On March 30, for example, 36 false reports of mass shootings affected nearly 230 New York Schools, ABC News reported

Some swatting calls have even turned deadly. A police officer, for example, shot and killed a Kansas man during a response to a hoax call in 2017. 

FLORIDA SCHOOLS SEE SEVERAL ‘HOAX’ SWATTING CALLS, FORCING MULTIPLE LOCKDOWNS

Thor Eells, executive director of the National Tactical Officers Association, trains around 12,000 law enforcement officers annually. He said his group has to consider the added concerns from advanced AI when it teaches about swatting. 

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Thor Eells, executive director of the National Tactical Officers Association, says they have done more training for law enforcement in recent years about swatting. He says artificial intelligence’s ability to make voices sound more credible is concerning.  (Fox News Digital)

“The authenticity component of the AI is frightening,” Eells told Fox News. “It’s really incumbent upon us now to be more proactive than ever in recognizing that these technologies can be used in a negative manner as well as a positive manner.”

AI STEPPING IN TO ASSIST 911 OPERATORS BATTERED BY TRAGIC CALLS, UNDERSTAFFING

One of the concerns police officers face when handling a false threat is the possibility that the hoax was staged so someone could distract law enforcement as they commit a crime elsewhere, Eells said. 

Police and law enforcement on scene

Eells raises concerns about criminals drawing cops attention away from where they aim to commit a crime by calling in a false threat elsewhere.  (Credit: Fox 29)

“When you do draw limited resources away from an area and then have an incident of legitimate criminal purpose take place, it’s a delayed response,” Eells said. “That could have an impact on the outcome.”  

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Eells stressed communication between police, schools and the community as the key factor in curbing cyber crime threats.

“It is very, very important for law enforcement … from their 911 communications centers to their first responders, to their supervisors, to be proactive,” Eells said. They should be “educating, gaining knowledge, and putting steps and procedures into place to mitigate and to minimize the dangers involved with this.” 

Ramiro Vargas contributed to the accompanying video.

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Mark Levin: The Democratic Party has ‘devoured the culture,’ forcing failed Marxist ideology on free people

Mark Levin’s new book “The Democrat Party Hates America” is aptly named because the leftist party has “devoured the culture” and is set on foisting Marxism on a country founded on personal liberty, the “Life, Liberty & Levin” host said.

Levin was interviewed on his own program by “FOX & Friends Weekend” co-host Pete Hegseth, who praised his colleague’s newest work, which was released Sept. 19.

Hegseth remarked that Americans might think they know the Democratic Party, but that Levin’s book depicts why they might not fully comprehend its history and platform.

Levin has long spoken of the Democratic Party as the preeminent political force in the Confederacy during the Civil War, and that it was the party of former President Woodrow Wilson, who infamously showcased a Ku Klux Klan-friendly film at the White House. 

During the interview, Levin detailed why he believed Wilson to be a “closet racist.”

LEVIN TALKS RISE OF ‘AMERICAN MARXISM’

Mark Levins Book

Mark Levin’s book “The Democrat Party Hates America” was released Sept. 19.  (Simon & Schuster)

“I decided on the title when I finished the book, same with [my previous book] ‘American Marxism,’ and that title describes what’s going on in this country today,” Levin said.

“Marxism is obviously an alien ideology. It is a dangerous ideology. It’s responsible for the death of 100 million people. Why? Because it’s a failed ideology. The ideology is inhumane. It tries to take the human character and rejigger it and re-engineer it and build an entire ideology and society around this rejiggered, this re-engineered individual.”

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Levin said a major flaw in Marxism’s quest to “rejigger” individuality is that only God can create or intrinsically change man, man cannot change his fellow man.

“We can create an environment where we can have law and order, where we can have a civil society, where people can flourish if we emphasize liberty and an economic system that works with liberty, capitalism, if we recognize sovereignty and a culture and assimilation into that culture.”

He said America has long embraced that thought, to its great benefit, adding that now forces within the Democratic Party want to “destroy it.”

“We’re now living in a society where nobody talks about liberty — where they trash our history, they rewrite our history that the Democrat Party has essentially devoured the culture,” he added.

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Later in the interview, Levin said the Democratic Party “defended slavery” in the 19th Century and was the party of the Confederacy under Jefferson Davis.

“That was the party opposed to reconstruction,” he said. “That is the party that pushed segregation for 100 years after the Civil War. It is the party of eugenics. It is the party of racism, segregation. It is the party that really segregated the military after the Republicans desegregated it.”

Levin later described how, in the book, he wrote that Democrats are far different than Republicans, calling the GOP an “ineffective” party that is the “default” for Americans who don’t approve of Democratic “radicalism.”

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