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00:03: Men carrying guns and wearing body armor were seen crossing the southern border into
00:08: Texas as concerns over cartels rise.
00:12: What do we know about the incident and how our lawmakers reacting?
00:15: We cannot have a border where the cartel has operational control.
00:20: I'm daily wire editor and chief John Bickley with Georgia Howits Wednesday, August 9th,
00:25: And this is Morning Wire.
00:30: Former Vice President Mike Pence is now officially earned a spot on the presidential primary debate stage later this month.
00:43: How if Pence and other GOP candidates shifted their campaign strategies to try to take down
00:48: Trump?
00:50: And a coup in Niger is threatening to destabilize an entire region of West Africa,
00:55: who was behind the government takeover and will it lead to a regional war?
00:59: Thanks for waking up with Morning Wire. Stay tuned. We have the news you need to know.
01:07: A group of armed gunmen were seen crossing the southern border over the weekend.
01:11: They appeared to slip back across the border before being arrested or causing an incident,
01:16: but their presence emphasizes the concerns about the threat of cartels.
01:20: Here to talk about safety concerns at the southern border is daily wire reporter Tim Pierce.
01:25: Hi Tim. First, what do we know about these armed men? Not much. Other than their thought to
01:30: have been cartel members, several men were photographed near fronton, Texas. They all appeared
01:35: to be carrying long guns and at least one looked like he was wearing body armor. Border Patrol
01:40: dispatched Bortak tactical agents to the spot, but the gunmen were gone by the time the agents arrived.
01:46: The gunmen are believed to have been cartel members, but what they were here for and what they did
01:50: can only be guessed at. As far as we know, a search of the area by the Bortak agents came up empty.
01:56: According to Fox News' Bill Malujan, who first reported these images, the fronton area is
02:01: troubled by cartel members fairly regularly. In May, Texas and federal authorities arrested five
02:07: suspected members of the cartel Del Mareste. Two of them were armed with rifles and the group
02:11: was escorting several miners. Many others suspected cartel members are seen in the area but never caught.
02:18: And that says nothing of the cartel activity in other places along the border. For instance,
02:22: cartel members in the city of Matamoros blocked roads near US checkpoints leading into Brownsville,
02:27: Texas. And in October 2021, authorities with the Texas Department of Public Safety reported
02:32: being taunted by cartel members across the border.
02:34: All right, so cartels openly present and aggressive on the border.
02:38: Are these concerns being heard in Washington?
02:41: Yes, lawmakers in DC have grown pretty concerned about the cartels and how much control they have along the border.
02:47: It's well known that the cartels extort immigrants who want to come to the United States.
02:51: And a recent report from the Washington Examiner suggests that the U.S. may be helping facilitate that abuse.
02:57: of reportedly figured out a way to exploit the CBP one app and get around its geofencing.
03:03: In theory, the app should restrict applications for immigration parole based on nationality,
03:08: but cartels can reportedly bypass those restrictions, essentially giving human traffickers direct
03:13: access to a legal immigration pathway. On Monday, the House Homeland Security Committee announced
03:18: investigation into the app in Committee Chairman Mark Green, accused President Biden and Secretary
03:23: meyorkas of providing cartels with quote, more innovative ways to evade our laws,
03:28: rake in money from human and drug trafficking and wreak havoc in our country.
03:32: So there a supposed solution might actually be more of a problem.
03:36: In other border-related news, Massachusetts governor Mora Healy declared a state of emergency
03:41: over the impact immigration has had on her state. What do we know about that situation?
03:46: This is another example that the immigration crisis is a national issue,
03:50: and one that's not just fed from the southern border. The swan sector that covers parts of New
03:54: Hampshire, New York and Vermont on the U.S. northern border has seen more immigrants cross illegally in
03:59: the past 10 months than the past nine years combined. So he lead declared a state of emergency on
04:04: Tuesday because her state's shelter system for the homeless is about to break, largely because of
04:09: an influx of immigrants into Boston. He lead told Homeland Security in a letter that 20,000 people
04:14: are currently living in state shelters. The state's shelter system, she said, is growing at an unsustainable
04:20: rate and will buckle soon without federal aid. She blamed the problem on a federal bottleneck
04:24: for issuing work authorizations that would allow immigrants to apply for jobs and support themselves.
04:29: All right, so like New York, another sanctuary state about to collapse under the strain of
04:34: immigration. Tim, thanks for reporting. Thanks for having me. Coming up GOP candidates
04:39: shift their campaign strategies as the first debate approaches.
04:47: It's official.
04:49: Former Vice President Mike Pence has qualified for the August 23rd GOP primary debate in Milwaukee.
04:55: Pence had already achieved the polling numbers needed to qualify, but had struggled up until
05:00: now to amass the needed 40,000 individual donors.
05:04: The news comes as more details have been solidified about upcoming primary debates.
05:08: discuss PINCE and the evolving approach of GOP candidates in attempting to dethrone
05:12: Trump is daily wire contributor David Marcus.
05:15: So first, how important was this milestone for PINCE's campaign?
05:20: Good morning. This was expected to eventually happen, but yes, it's vital for PINCE that
05:25: he be in the debate. Had he failed to make it, there's little chance that his candidacy could
05:29: have survived, which for someone of his political stature would have meant not only the end of a race,
05:34: but a real public humiliation. As it stands now, though, Pence is forced in the polling
05:40: behind Trump, Rhonda Sanders, and Vivek, Rhonda Swamy. So he's going to be right near
05:45: the center of the stage with at least one chance to make his pitch to thus far dubious
05:50: Republican voters.
05:51: It was only within the last two weeks that Pence lost the third place spot to Rhonda
05:55: Swamy. Has this polling dip had an impact on how Pence is approaching the race in general?
06:01: It seems to have an in a very specific way.
06:04: In recent weeks, Pence has sharpened his attacks on Donald Trump, especially in regard
06:08: to January 6th, when Trump wanted to then vice president to deny the election results
06:13: and throw it back to the states.
06:15: Pence has always said he had no authority to do that, and it should be noted that the
06:19: vast majority of legal scholars agree with him.
06:22: Pence has tried to maintain an awkward balance of expressing pride in what he helped achieve
06:27: in the Trump administration, while condemning Trump's actions following the 2020 election, it was always thin ice.
06:34: And now Trump is unleashing on pants, calling him in the past few days, delusional and
06:39: claiming that the former Indiana governor has, quote, gone to the dark side.
06:43: All right.
06:44: So Star Wars references aside, the balance between praising Trump's presidency and offering
06:48: a new vision is something that most of the GOP presidential campaigns have sought to strike.
06:53: Is that changing now or candidates and not just Pence ready to aim more direct fire at the clear front runner?
07:01: Rhonda Santos this week made his clearest statement yet that Trump lost the 2020 election.
07:06: Pence is throwing more elbows as we just talked about.
07:09: And they join former New Jersey governor Chris Christie as candidates on the debate stage
07:13: who may lay into Trump more than we saw was likely even just a few weeks ago.
07:18: Meanwhile, Rama Swami, along with South Carolinians, Tim Scott and Nikki Haley, seem to be trying
07:24: to stay on this Trumpian plate row of praising the former president while offering a fresh start.
07:30: Now for the $64,000 question, will any of these changes in the state of the race change
07:36: Donald Trump's mind and lead him to attend this month's debate, given that so many knives are coming out for him?
07:42: Not to sound too much like the White House press secretary, but I don't have anything to report on that.
07:48: At least publicly and in some private conversations, Trump world is riding high right now with just
07:53: over 50% in the polls and he's still a no for the debate.
07:57: That haven't been said.
07:59: Trump's numbers have been steady for a few months now, which means he's not attracting
08:02: new support, allowing the other candidates or at least most of them to hang her away at
08:07: him for two hours on national TV.
08:10: What it's a risk, but thus far about two weeks out from the event itself, it seems like a risk he's willing to take.
08:16: Meanwhile, the indictment drama promises to keep Trump front and center in the headline.
08:20: So his challengers have a heavy lift ahead of them.
08:22: Dave, thanks for joining us.
08:23: Thanks for having me.
08:28: More than a dozen West African countries are meeting in an emergency summit tomorrow in response
08:33: to a military coup in Niger, which overthrew the country's democratic government.
08:38: The coup has been condemned by neighboring nations and could lead to an all-out regional war.
08:44: joining us with the details is daily wire researcher Michael Whitaker. So Michael first off tell us about the situation in Niger.
08:50: Hey Georgia, just to get some background. Niger is one of the largest nations in West Africa. It's about twice the size of France and is home to roughly 25 million people.
08:58: It's also consistently ranked as one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. And historically it's been very unstable.
09:05: New York declared independence from France in 1960.
09:08: And since then, the military has successfully overfeled the government five times.
09:12: The most recent coup d'état does not appear to have been ideologically motivated.
09:16: According to Simon Harkinson, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, the personal interests
09:20: of a single general ultimately caused the coup.
09:23: The immediate cause seems to be that over the past few years, the United States, the European
09:29: Union and others have injected a lot of money into counterterrorism efforts in Niger.
09:34: And most of that money has gone to certain units that are not the presidential guard, which
09:39: is about a 700-man elite that has, I guess, for a long time thought of itself as the top dog.
09:45: And some are saying that that was the immediate instigation for this, was that General
09:49: Chiani, who has been in charge of that unit for 12 years, was about to get the pink slip
09:54: and that he acted before that could happen.
09:57: Well, there was some initial confusion.
09:59: It appears that the rest of the military has rallied behind the presidential guard.
10:02: opposed president Bozoom is being held in the presidential palace.
10:06: Niger's neighbors, however, have been less supportive.
10:09: E.C.W.A.S., the economic coalition of West African states, has condemned the coup and demanded the restoration of President Bozoom.
10:15: They even threatened to intervene militarily if he wasn't returned to power by last Sunday.
10:20: That deadline has passed, and now E.C.W.A.S. has called an emergency meeting to figure out its next move.
10:25: Now, if Niger is chronically unstable, why are neighboring countries so concerned about
10:30: this latest coup? Are they concerned about regional instability?
10:33: Oh, definitely. The coup represents a very dangerous trend. Since 2020, there have been seven
10:38: military coups in the region, including an E.C. West member states like Molly, Gini, and
10:42: Burkina Faso. Those three states were suspended from E.C. West after the coups.
10:47: Nigerian membership has also been suspended. The blocks of 11 remaining members are concerned
10:51: that if the Nigerian military is able to overthrow its civilian government, without consequence,
10:55: Unsavering elements of their own militaries might get ideas.
10:59: But punitive action is easier said than done.
11:02: The military governments in Mali and Burkina Faso have made it abundantly clear that they
11:06: consider any action against Niger to be a declaration of war and relax accordingly.
11:10: Both sides have taken aggressive action, but have stopped short of declaring all that war.
11:14: Nigeria, which is about 10 times more populous than neighboring Niger, and supplies three
11:18: quarters of its electricity, shut down power exports after the coup.
11:22: And Niger closed its aerospace on Sunday in response to eco-wassus threats.
11:26: The U.S. and several allies have pulled out all non-essential civilian staff from the country.
11:31: So they appear to be preparing for the worst.
11:33: Now, on that note, how involved is the U.S. in this conflict?
11:36: Are there any key Western interests that might tempt either the U.S. or Europe to get involved?
11:41: At the moment, direct intervention seems pretty unlikely.
11:44: After the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and the ongoing proxy war in Ukraine, the American
11:49: public really does not have much of an appetite for war.
11:52: American and France both have about a thousand troops in Niger already.
11:55: Mostly for counterterrorism operations.
11:57: There are activists, lawmasters, insurances across West Africa, including groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
12:04: Naturally, there's concern that a war and a withdrawal of Western forces could exacerbate that problem.
12:09: If the ECO West nations are busy fighting each other, they'll have fewer resources to fight the jihadis.
12:14: There are also concerns that the war could lead to another migrant crisis.
12:18: Many Africans who want to enter Europe pass through Niger.
12:21: The collapse of Libya and Syria in the early 2010s led to mass migration to Europe.
12:25: So those concerns are not unfounded.
12:27: All right, well Michael, thanks so much for reporting.
12:29: Thanks for having me.
12:30: That was Daily Wire Researcher, Michael Whitaker.
12:37: Another story we're tracking this week.
12:39: Activists assembled in Texas this week for the ceremonial signing of the Save Women's
12:44: Sports Act.
12:45: LGBT protesters also attended the event leading to a heated exchange.
12:50: where caught up with college swimmer turned activist Riley Gaines following the incident.
12:55: They were yelling profanities at children. They were throwing bottles and pouring drinks and
13:00: spitting on people. There are pockets of these protesters who are doing everything in their power to
13:06: dissuade from our argument. But they can't do it with truth. They can't do it with science. They
13:11: can't do it with logic or reasoning or quite frankly common sense. And that's why they resort to
13:16: name calling. That's why they resort to spitting. This does not deter us. This is actually almost
13:23: encouraging. It encourages me to continue on and to continue pushing this in all 50 states.
13:30: That's all the time we've got this morning. Thanks for waking up with us. We'll be back later this
13:34: this afternoon with more news you need to know.