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    The US government has ordered its employees in Tijuana to stay out of public places, shelter in place and continue to monitor local media reports as violence continues to surge in the Mexican border city.  Authorities in Mexico are investigating at least 10 vehicle fires in Tijuana, causing US agencies to air on the side of caution and lockdown its employees, according to Fox News.  It cited the 'multiple vehicle fires, roadblocks and heavy police activity in Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada and Tecate' as the reasoning behind the order.  'US government employees have been instructed to shelter in place until further notice,' a representative said, according to Fox News.  Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero Ramírez said the national guard and police reserves are ready to be deployed if needed, according to Fox News.  ???????? | OTRA NOCHE DE TERROR EN MÉXICO: Tecate, Rosarito, Ensenada, Tijuana y Mexicali sufrieron ataques de hombres armados que quemaron unidades del transporte público y vehículos particulares. pic.twitter.com/O0HIBdnZpI— Alerta Mundial (@AIertaMundiaI) August 13, 2022 A truck explodes in flames as Tijuana drives to control an outbreak of violence ...
    (CNN)The United States is to take part in a joint military exercise with India less than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the South Asian country's disputed border with China.The military drills will be held in mid-October at an altitude of 10,000 feet in Auli in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and will focus on high-altitude warfare training, according to a senior Indian Army officer with knowledge of the matter. Auli is about 95 kilometers from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), an inhospitable piece of land where the disputed border between India and China is roughly demarcated. The drills will take place as part of the 18th edition of an annual joint exercise known as "Yudh Abhyas" -- or "War Practice".Relations between India and China have been strained since a bloody clash between their soldiers in the Himalayas in June 2020 left at least 20 Indian troops and four Chinese soldiers dead.Read MoreTensions have been raised further recently by China building a bridge across the Pangong Tso lake that sits along the border -- a move condemned by the Indian...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday agreed to pause plans for a double border wall that critics say would effectively destroy a 51-year-old oceanfront park that symbolizes friendship between the United States and Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus said he wanted to hear community concerns before settling on a wall design for Friendship Park, which then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated 1971. For decades, park visitors could easily converse between San Diego and Tijuana but access gradually diminished from the U.S. over the last 15 years and stopped entirely for more than two years. Magnus, a former police chief of Tucson, Arizona, who took office December, ordered the pause less than a week after Friends of Friendship Park met with Border Patrol officials to ask for a 120-day halt to construction, which was expected to begin shortly. “We have heard concerns about the project as currently planned, and it is important to me to be responsive to the local community on this issue,” Magnus said. “I look forward to continued conversations with the...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Border officials got the go-ahead Thursday to fill four remaining gaps in the U.S.-Mexico wall near the southern Arizona community of Yuma to protect the safety of migrants and U.S. agents working there. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that the work to complete a barrier project near the Morelos Dam is to protect the safety of migrants and its own agents. Border crossers have been killed or injured in the area by falling down a slope or drowning while walking across a low level section of the Colorado River. A 5-year-old migrant girl crossing the water in a group drowned near the dam June 6 when she became separated from her mother. The child’s body was later found in the river. U.S. officials didn’t release the girl’s identity or nationality. But Jamaican newspapers have said she was believed to be from that country. Yuma is a popular crossing area for migrants in part because they can easily walk across the river, surrender to U.S. border officials and request asylum. ...
    SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Two people died and 10 were injured Wednesday when the SUV they were in rolled over in southeastern New Mexico about eight miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said. A thirteenth person also was in the Chevrolet Tahoe but it was unclear whether that person was injured, said Sunland Park Fire Chief Daniel Medrano. Hi agency responded to the crash, which occurred around 4:45 a.m. about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of El Paso, Texas. New Mexico State Police confirmed the two fatalities but did not respond to repeated requests for comment on whether law enforcement officers were pursuing the SUV when the rollover happened. Federal officials in a statement said U.S. Border Patrol agents provided assistance at the crash scene, but declined to specify what type of help or whether agents were involved in a pursuit. While authorities did not identify the people in the SUV as immigrants, the stretch of border in southeastern New Mexico where the crash happened is among the spots where migrants regularly are smuggled across from Mexico...
    (CNN)Human smugglers frequently misrepresent immigration policies and conditions along the US-Mexico border in Facebook and WhatsApp social media posts targeting US-bound migrants, according to a report released Wednesday by a tech transparency group. Since taking office, President Joe Biden has faced an unprecedented number of migrants arriving at the US southern border amid worsening conditions across the Western hemisphere. But while senior administration officials repeatedly warn people not to journey north, they're also contending with a multibillion-dollar smuggling industry peddling misinformation to migrants. In its new report, the Tech Transparency Project found migrants predominantly relied on word of mouth and online platforms to get information about the route to the US that was often misleading. "The misinformation has led people in the region to think it's a lot easier to get into the United States than it is in reality," said Katie Paul, director of the Tech Transparency Project. Migrants are aware of the risks and deception on platforms, Paul noted, but the volume of it makes it more difficult to decipher what is true. Migrants from multiple countries overwhelm...
    A Mexican man who agreed to drive a tractor trailer packed with 85 undocumented migrants in exchange for settling his own United States-Mexico border crossing fee debt is now facing up to 20 years in a federal prison. José Luis Vega-Arzate, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport migrants for financial gain in a Texas court last Friday. The Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, resident reached an agreement to drive the rig as a way to settle the $8,000 payment he owed for being smuggled over the southern border to Austin, according to the U.S. Attorney General's Office for the Southern District of Texas. With no prior experience of having operated a tractor trailer, Vega-Arzate got behind the wheel and hit the road with the migrant loaded truck. A U.S. Border Patrol agent patrols a section of the United States-Mexico border wall between San Diego and Mexico on July 4, 2016 U.S. Border Patrol stationed in front of a steel border barrier at Mexico-United States international border line  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Frightening moment passengers brace...
    Jeff Bezos' girlfriend Lauren Sanchez has donated $1 million to a non-profit that assists migrant children, following the Amazon founder's push to burnish his own philanthropic credentials after he was accused of stinginess. Charity group This Is About Humanity announced the donation on Thursday, saying the funds would support its efforts to provide services to migrant children at the US-Mexico border. Sanchez, 52, is a former television news anchor and founder of an aerial film production company, and has a net worth reportedly estimated at around $30 million.  She is also divorced from multimillionaire business executive Patrick Whitesell, the chairman of media agency Endeavor, which owns the UFC and Miss Universe. Jeff Bezos' girlfriend Lauren Sanchez has donated $1 million to a non-profit that assists migrant children in Mexico as they make their way to the US border Sanchez is seen on a recent visit to Tijuana where she toured the service centers run by charity group This Is About Humanity, which focuses on separated and reunited migrant families Bezos and Sanchez pose together in Paris for an Instagram post on...
    Elon Musk's SpaceX has its own town in Texas and now Tesla has an exclusive border patrol lane between the Lone Star State and Nuevo León, Mexico to cut travel time down for its suppliers. The lane was part of a deal with Tesla when the company moved its operations from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas on December 1, 2021. Musk said that Tesla, which has been in Silicon Valley since 2003, had also outgrown its Fremont factory. With the carmakers exclusive border access, the trip for its suppliers is cut down to just 10 minutes – it can be more than 25 minutes during rush-hour. And hanging above the lane, which sits in between traditional border crossing booths, is a large green sign with 'TESLA' shown as it does in the company's iconic logo. Tesla currently has six suppliers in Nuevo León, including APG Mexico and Taiwanese-based companies EnFlex Corp. and Quanta Computer. Scroll down for video  There is a large green sign above Tesla's lane with the company's name shown in its iconic logo text  Ivan Rivas, the...
    Republicans are launching a new effort to help legal permanent residents – and potential future voters – with their naturalization test as the Biden administration continues to grapple with the southern border illegal migration crisis. The new 10-hour Republican Civics Initiative training course, the first of which is being held on Thursday in Doral, Florida, is 'designed to help future voters prepare for the civics portion of the naturalization test,' according to the Republican National Committee (RNC). The class helping prepare test-takers for the civics portion of the naturalization test is spread across four sessions. 'The RNC is growing our Party through purposeful education and engagement,' RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said of the new initiative. 'Our commitment to provide opportunities for all to live out the American dream is broadening our base because our ideas transcend all backgrounds,' she added. 'Unlike Democrats, Republicans do not take minority communities for granted and we will continue to work to earn each vote ahead of November.' The new program announcement comes as a Thursday Axios report notes that the demographics of the two...
    New footage shows a massive mob of hundreds of migrants lined up crossing the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas in what Fox News reporter Bill Melugin described as 'one of the most massive single groups we have ever seen.'  Border agents have reprehended a record number of migrants in recent months. As resources are stretched thin, migration figures continue to swell.  'One of the most massive single groups we have ever witnessed cross illegally at the border is crossing into Eagle Pass, TX right now. The line of people went so far into the trees it’s hard to get a count. Hundreds upon hundreds. Coyotes guiding them in water,' Melugin wrote on Twitter with aerial footage of the string of migrants stretching all the way across the Rio Grande.  Nearly 26,000 migrants were apprehended by Texas-area Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents in under a week, a Monday report states. The figure is the total number of arrests across five regions of the US-Mexico border within the six-day period ending on July 9, according to documents reviewed by Breitbart. ...
    PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) — Opaque waiting lists at the Mexico border to gain a chance at obtaining asylum in the United States have persisted under President Joe Biden, leading many migrants to give up and cross illegally or languish for months in border towns. U.S. preparations in late April to end pandemic-related limits on asylum led to the latest round of registering names. In Tijuana, an online registry run by advocacy group Al Otro Lado soared to about 50,000. In Piedras Negras, a migrant services center’s list ballooned to 2,000 before being halted. Waiting lists were widely used under former President Donald Trump to deal with an increase in migrants from Mexico and Central America coming to the border, starting with large caravans in 2018. Circumstances are different now, but the process is similarly confusing. Migrants often don’t know how to sign up or that lists even exist. The latest chaotic episodes come as a spike in border crossings has become a political flashpoint for Biden, with Republicans saying he’s not doing enough to stop them. At a meeting...
    The Biden administration has approved a Trump-era project finishing a section of the southern border wall in the western-most point of the U.S. along the border with Mexico in California. Completion of this project will lead to the permanent closure of the U.S. side of Friendship Park, which is a binational spot between San Diego and Tijuana where separated families could meet and touch without a wall between them. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas approved the designs, which were initially authorized by the Trump administration in the budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The project will replace existing barriers with two 30-foot walls across Friendship Park. These style walls started being added to the park during the Trump administration, but will be further extended through the park.  Joe Biden's administration has approved a Trump-era project to complete a section of the border wall in California that would see the permanent closure of Friendship Park Friendship Park is a binational spot between San Diego and Tijuana where separated families could meet and touch without a wall between them. The current...
    Asylum seekers in limbo at the US-Mexico border.Michael Nigro/Sipa USA/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.The Supreme Court ruled last week, in the final case of its term, that the Biden administration may rescind the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Known informally as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, it forced thousands of non-Mexican migrants to wait for their US immigration court hearings in dangerous border towns. Although the decision was a big win for the government and immigrant rights groups, winding down the harmful program will take a while longer, according to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “We were very pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision supporting our termination of the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program that the prior administration implemented,” Mayorkas said Sunday morning on CBS’s Face the Nation. But until the district court that delayed the administration’s attempt to end the program officially lifts its injunction—which could take several weeks, he said—DHS is obligated to “continue to implement the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program.” As Mother...
    Alejandro Mayorkas admitted Sunday that 'sometimes' trucks of migrants get through U.S. authorities at the southern border following the deadliest human smuggling incident that left 53 people dead last week. The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that smuggling syndicates have 'evolved' and have become 'extraordinarily organized' in the last few decades. 'This is a regional challenge that requires a regional response,' Mayorkas told CBS Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan in a Sunday morning interview. He added that border and immigration agencies within DHS have been working with 'our partners to the south' to bring the smugglers to justice that were responsible for the deaths of 53 individuals and to stop more tragedies like this from happening in the future. A semi-truck full of around 100 migrants was found abandoned on the side of the road on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas on Monday. The death toll rose from 50 to 53 on Wednesday and dozens of others were found in critical condition after suffering brain damage and internal bleeding from being left in a...
    By Juan Lozano and Elliot Spagat | Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — The tractor-trailer at the center of a human-smuggling attempt that left 53 people dead had passed through an inland U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint with migrants inside the sweltering rig earlier in its journey, a U.S. official said Thursday. The truck went through the checkpoint on Interstate 35 located 26 miles (42 kilometers) northeast of the border city of Laredo, Texas. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said there were 73 people in the truck when it was discovered Monday in San Antonio, including the 53 who died. It was unclear if agents stopped the driver for questioning at the inland checkpoint or if the truck went through unimpeded. The disclosure brings new attention to an old policy question of whether the roughly 110 inland highway checkpoints along the Mexican and Canadian borders are sufficiently effective at spotting people in cars and trucks who enter the United States illegally. They are generally located up to 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the border. Texas...
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Migrants were inside a tractor-trailer when it cleared an inland Border Patrol checkpoint, later ending up in San Antonio where 53 people were found deceased in the deadliest known smuggling attempt in the United States, a U.S. official said Thursday. The truck went through the checkpoint on Interstate 35 located 26 miles (42 kilometers) northeast of the border city of Laredo, Texas. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said there were 73 people in the truck when it was discovered Monday in San Antonio, including the 53 who died. It was unclear if agents stopped the driver for questioning at the inland checkpoint or if the truck went through unimpeded. The disclosure brings attention to an old policy question of whether the roughly 110 inland highway checkpoints along the Mexican and Canadian borders are sufficiently effective at spotting people in cars and trucks who enter the United States illegally. The Laredo-area checkpoint is on one of the busiest highways along the border, particularly for trucks, raising the possibility of...
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — US official: Migrants in deadliest smuggling incident were in tractor-trailer when it cleared inland border checkpoint. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Victims have been found with no identification documents at all and in one case a stolen ID. Remote villages lack phone service to reach family members and determine the whereabouts of missing migrants. Fingerprint data has to be shared and matched by different governments.More than a day after the discovery of a stifling trailer in San Antonio where 51 migrants who died were abandoned in the sweltering heat, few identities of the victims have been made public, illustrating the challenges authorities face in tracing people who cross borders clandestinely.By Tuesday afternoon, medical examiners had potentially identified 34 of the victims, said Bexar County Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores, who represents the district where the truck was abandoned. Those identities were not yet confirmed pending additional steps, such as fingerprints, and she described it as a challenge with no timeline on when the process might be finished."It's a tedious, tedious, sad, difficult process," she said.MORE: 'It was very painful to watch my sister die,' survivor of smuggling attempt says of journey to US EMBED More News Videos The gruesome...
    San Antonio, Texas (CNN)After authorities found dozens of migrants dead inside a semi-truck in Texas, US officials swiftly placed the blame on ruthless smugglers. Politicians seized on the moment to point fingers over border policies.And immigrant rights advocates warned the deaths are the latest example of a tragic trend they see intensifying.Migrants are forced to take increasingly risky paths to reach the United States, advocates said, citing a mix of border policies that have made it more difficult for migrants to seek refuge in the US. "Migrants, refugees, and entire families are using more distant and dangerous routes to come to the United States," says Fernando García, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights. Read More"Human beings are dying in rivers, canals, deserts, mountains, and now even in unsafe trailers meant for cargo transportation," he said.Migrant deaths are on the riseThe discovery this week of at least 40 dead migrants inside a scorching hot truck in San Antonio is the "worst human smuggling event in the US," according to Craig Larrabee, Homeland Security Investigations acting special agent in...
    JOE Biden has pledged to beef up US military might in Europe amid the growing threat of all-out war with Russia. He confirmed the US will send two extra squadrons of F-35 jets to the UK, base two more destroyers in Spain and establish a permanent 5th Army headquarters in Poland.  6Joe Biden pledged to boost Nato's eastern flank to counter the threat from Russia 6Two more squadrons of F-35 jets will be deployed to the UKCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6Joe Biden made the announcement at the start of a Nato summit in Madrid todayCredit: Getty He also said an additional rotational brigade will be deployed to Romania and more air defence and other capabilities will be stationed in Germany and Italy.  And Washington will "enhance" rotational deployments in the Baltic region, right on Vladimir Putin's doorstep. Putin's allies have recently discussed invading Baltic nations amid increasingly extreme threats to nuke London and Washington. Mr Biden pledged to make sure Nato is ready to meet threats from all directions across all domains, land air and sea.  read more on...
    The city of Juarez, Mexico, is chartering buses from El Paso, Texas to its festival starting Friday through July 3. Transborde Ruta Binacional, the bus company that already has routes from the city to El Paso International Airport, Cielo Vista Mall, and back, forged the agreement with Juarez. Its fare is $10. Normally, a trip of this distance across the border can take hours in traffic, but this bus's route will only take 35 minutes. Each bus takes off at 7 p.m. and returns at midnight. Feria Juarez 2022 began last weekend, featuring carnival rides, festival foods, and concerts. Tickets for each artist are going for anywhere between $34 and $175. BORDER OVERSHADOWS DEMOCRATIC-PLANNED ECONOMIC FOCUS IN SOUTH TEXAS HOUSE HEARING “The idea is that people who want to come to the fair from El Paso have the means to do so and get back,” Juarez Tourism Director Jacqueline Armendariz said. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Crime is on the decline in both border cities. El Paso's violent crime...
    El Paso, Texas (CNN)In the roaring waters of the canal, first responders train for the worst: migrants who have been swept away while trying to cross the US-Mexico border.The canal, which runs for miles along the international border, is intended to get water to farmers during the summer months. But as migrants try to cross into the United States, the canal also poses a unique danger, with high water levels and a fast-moving current. "You get pushed underneath. You get pushed out," said Kris Menendez, captain of the El Paso Fire Department water rescue team. "It could mean life or death. No doubt." 100 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Thats more than the population of most countriesAuthorities say there have been eight deaths here in the span of a week, signaling a grim outlook for the summer as migrants head to the border in extreme conditions. Already, rescues across the US southern border have outpaced those of the last fiscal year.Since October, there have been more than 14,000 searches and rescues along the...
    (CNN)An unofficial challenge coin depicting the infamous image of an agent on horseback confronting a Haitian migrant is being investigated by US Customs and Border Protection's Office of Professional Responsibility, according to agency spokesperson Luis Miranda.The coin, which is on sale on eBay, is inscribed with phrases, like "You will be returned" and "Reining it in since May 28, 1924." It's unclear where the coin originated."The images depicted on this coin are offensive, insensitive, and run counter to the core values of CBP. This is not an official CBP coin," Miranda said in a statement."The CBP Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating whether or not it is being sold by anyone at CBP, and will take appropriate action if so. The CBP Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) will also send a cease-and-desist letter to any vendor who produces unauthorized challenge coins using one of CBP's trademarked brands," he added.Last year, during a surge of mostly Haitian migrants at the US southern border, photos surfaced of agents on horseback swinging long reins near migrants who had crossed the border near...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. border authorities stopped migrants more often on the southern border for a fourth straight month in May, apparently unaffected by expectations that pandemic-era limits on asylum may be lifted. Migrants were stopped 239,416 times in May, up 2% from 235,478 in April and up 33% from 180,597 in May 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday. Recent months are the busiest in decades, but comparisons to pre-pandemic levels are complicated because migrants expelled under a public health authority known as Title 42 face no legal consequences, encouraging repeat attempts. Authorities said 25% of encounters were with people who had been stopped at least once in the previous year, compared with 15% in the five years before COVID-19. The Biden administration planned to end Title 42 on May 23 but a federal judge in Louisiana blocked the move three days before. Migrants have been expelled more than 2 million times without a chance to seek asylum since the rule took effect in March 2020. More than four of 10 encounters in May were subject...
    (CNN)Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California called Thursday for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing after two children died in the custody of Customs and Border Protection.Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, made her request in a letter to GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who is set to chair the committee in the new year. "These heartbreaking incidents are sadly consistent with previous reports of widespread abuse of children in immigration custody and the judgment of medical and mental health organizations that Border Patrol facilities are not adequately staffed or equipped to properly care for children," Feinstein's letter read. Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security said a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, had died hours after being taken into Border Patrol protection. The agency said this week that an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy, Felipe Gomez Alonzo, had died late Christmas Eve in the custody of Customs and Border Protection. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday that all children in Border Patrol custody had received medical screenings and she had "directed a series of...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. envoy mediating between Lebanon and Israel over their disputed maritime border met Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday in Beirut, the president’s office said . The talks focused on ways of reaching a solution amid rising tensions along the tense boundary. Amos Hochstein, a senior adviser for energy security at the U.S. State Department, arrived in Beirut on Monday following an invitation by the Lebanese government. The invitation came after Israel set up a gas rig at its designated location at the Karish field, which Israel says is part of its U.N.-recognized exclusive economic zone. Lebanon insists it is in a disputed area. Israel and Lebanon’s Iran-backed militant Hezbollah have been exchanging threats, with Hezbollah’s leader last week warning he would strike the gas rig at Karish. The heavily armed Hezbollah, which has fought several wars with Israel, has repeatedly said in the past that it would use its weapons to protect Lebanon’s economic rights. Days later, Israel’s army Chief Aviv Kochavi threatened Lebanon with “unprecedented bombing” saying that a future war would be very...
    It is illegal for migrants to travel past the Mexican southern state of Chiapas without documentation under Mexican law. Though Mexican authorities have broken up migrant caravans before, including one in October last year, many migrants have continued their journey to the U.S. U.S. immigration authorities have been overwhelmed by tens of thousands of migrants, including children and families, who have appeared at the border since President Joe Biden took office in 2021. Illegal immigration has surged as much as 10% under Biden's watch, according to one estimate from the Center for Immigration Studies. The Biden administration reported an enormous 234,088 migrant encounters at the southern border in April, a 22-year high and the fourth time the administration has reported monthly encounters exceeding 200,000. There have been more than 20,000 illegal border crossings in the Rio Grande Valley sector in the past two weeks alone, according to Fox News reporter Bill Melugin. \u201cLive from Hidalgo, TX in the RGV this morning, where we discuss:\n- Thousands of Haitian migrants gathering in Reynosa, MX. \n- Busloads of migrants...
    Biden had publicly announced his goal of providing a "pathway to citizenship" for the millions of illegal aliens already in the U.S., estimated to be between 11 million and 22 million. His plan has been thwarted by the stalemate in the U.S. Senate and the cratering popularity of Democrats and their policies. Illegal alien advocates have excoriated Biden and other Democrats for not doing enough in their estimation to secure amnesty for illegal immigrants. Here's more about Biden's failing immigration policy: Texas mayor rips Biden: Hispanic community ‘fed up with it’ www.youtube.com
    (CNN)US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN that the immigration challenges facing the Biden administration along the southern border are "beyond anything that anyone has seen before," and that the issue will be a key focus of a summit of regional leaders taking place this week in Los Angeles. "We're dealing with a challenge that, for a whole variety of reasons, is beyond anything that anyone has seen before, which is exactly why the approach that we're taking, including here at the summit, is so important," Blinken told CNN en Español's Juan Carlos López during an interview conducted on Tuesday at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. He continued: "And that is an approach of shared responsibility where everyone in the hemisphere who is affected by irregular migration in particular, migration more generally, that is countries of origin, transit countries, countries of destination, come together to take shared responsibility for managing this in a safe, humane and orderly way." The secretary added that the US is working with countries at the summit to try to get at...
    Kamala Harris unveiled Tuesday morning an additional $1.9 billion investment from the private sector to tackle economic issues in Central America that drive its citizens to migrate to the U.S. The vice president will tout these investments during a meeting and remarks at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday evening as she attempts to prove she is doing something to address 'root causes' of migration in her role as 'border czar.' The new $1.9 billion investments, including from Visa and Gap Inc., build on the $1.2 billion promised by private sector companies in December and will allow Harris to tout a massive $3.2 billion investment aimed at stemming Central American migration. President Joe Biden put Harris in charge of addressing 'root causes' of migration specifically from the region known as the Northern Triangle, which includes Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. While Harris jets off to Los Angeles for the summit, several thousands migrants – many from Venezuela – set off from southern Mexico on Monday to try and reach the U.S. At least 6,000 people...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese government invited on Monday a U.S. envoy mediating between Lebanon and Israel over their disputed maritime border to return to Beirut as soon as possible to work out an agreement amid rising tensions along the border. The invitation for Amos Hochstein, a senior adviser for energy security at the U.S. State Department, came a day after Israel set up an oil rig at its designated location at the Karish field, which Israel says is part of its U.N.-recognized exclusive economic zone. Lebanon insists it is in a disputed area. The U.S.-mediated indirect talks between Lebanon and Israel have been stalled for months amid disagreement within Lebanon over how big the disputed area is. Lebanon is home to the heavily armed militant Hezbollah group, which is backed by Iran and has fought several wars with Israel. Hezbollah has also warned it would use its weapons to protect Lebanon’s business rights. On Sunday, Lebanon warned Israel not to start drilling in the Karish field and President Michel Aoun said maritime border negotiations have...
    ▶ Watch Video: Federal judge to rule on Title 42 immigration law Asylum and questions about who should be granted humanitarian protection have become focal points of the contentious debate over U.S. immigration policy and how the government should respond to unprecedented levels of migrant arrivals at the southern border. During the COVID-19 pandemic, asylum processing along the U.S.-Mexico border has been partially suspended because of an emergency measure known as Title 42. But some migrants are being allowed to seek asylum. Other migrants don’t seek asylum at all. And not all asylum-seekers enter through the southern border. While a federal judge has blocked the Biden administration from lifting Title 42 for now, the challenges the U.S. asylum system has faced for years — from a massive backlog of applications and yearslong processing times, to inconsistent policies and operational constraints — have continued to intensify. The Biden administration this week started enforcing a rule it hopes will reform the asylum system and speed up case processing. But the policy will start on a limited scale and its success remains an...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Tuesday it has agreed to review a labor complaint filed by the United States under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade pact. The complaint filed earlier this month said workers’ rights to freely choose their union may have been violated at a Panasonic Automotive Systems factory in Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas. Mexico’s Economy Department said in a statement it would meet with the parties in the dispute to determine if there were any violations of labor codes. Activists say that even though employees at the plant voted in April to join an independent union, the company continues to work with the old union. All three of the U.S. labor complaints filed against Mexico so far under the trade pact involve Mexican workers’ efforts to replace old-guard unions that have long signed contracts behind workers’ backs and kept wages low. In April, workers at the Panasonic Automotive Systems factory voted overwhelmingly to be represented by a new union. Employees at the maquiladora, as the border plants are known, had...
    When gunfire rang out at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, officials from Customs and Border Protection were among several agencies joining local and federal authorities at the scene. It’s not unusual: Customs and Border Protection officials can operate within 100 miles of a US border, and have a major presence in many border communities, said Javed Ali, an associate professor at the University of Michigan and a former top official at the Department of Homeland Security. Uvalde is about 80 miles from the Mexican border and therefore within Customs and Border Protection jurisdiction. Authorities are still gathering details on the timeline of events leading up to the massacre, but have determined members of the Border Patrol’s elite team — the Border Patrol Tactical Unit — fatally shot the gunman nearly an hour after the shooter raided the school. Border Patrol is under the umbrella of Customs and Border Protection, in the Department of Homeland Security. The teenage gunman came out of a classroom closet and began firing when Border Patrol agents entered the room more than an hour after...
    SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities say they stopped a small boat carrying a large shipment of methamphetamine after they saw it riding low in the water near the Canadian border with Washington state. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers stopped the 18-foot (5.5-meter) Bayliner speedboat in the San Juan Islands on Wednesday as it was headed toward Canada. They reported finding 1,432 pounds (650 kg) of meth on board, packed in 28 duffel bags secured with luggage padlocks. The boat’s occupant, identified as Alberta, Canada, resident Ted Karl Faupel, was arrested on a drug distribution count. He made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Thursday; his attorney, federal public defender Vanessa Pai-Thompson, declined to comment. According to a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Faupel told investigators that he had been hiking near a marina in Sidney, on Vancouver Island, when someone approached him and offered him $1,000 to move a boat from Sidney to Anacortes, Washington, and back. According to the complaint, he said he left from...
    Axios reported Tuesday that as many as 50,000 migrants are waiting in Mexican shelters for Title 42 to end so they can cross into the United States. Internal data from the DHS reportedly says about 8,000 people are trying to illegally cross the southern border daily. On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Summerhays of Louisiana ruled against the government, finding that the end of Title 42 would pose "significant threat of injury" to the states. In response, Mayorkas confirmed that Title 42 will continue to be enforced at the border. "The U.S. Border Patrol already is managing numbers at historic levels due to large movements of people fleeing violence, corruption, poverty, climate change, and other hardships. And numbers could rise further from confusion over recent court orders and as smugglers continue to peddle misinformation to make a profit," he said in the video. Mayorkas added that the DHS is working with other federal agencies and south and central American governments to deter migrants from attempting to make the journey to the United States. "The bottom...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Rep. John Katko (R-NY) reacted to news that a man linked to ISIS wanted to smuggle people across the U.S.-Mexico border to help him carry out a plan to assassinate former President George W. Bush by stating that, for about a year, Congress fought the Biden administration “tooth and nail to try and get information about the number of terrorists that were coming across the border on the terror watch list that had been seized. And they wouldn’t give it to us.” Katko said, “This is precisely the concern that we’ve had with the open border policies of the Biden administration. For the first year or so — last year or so, we were fighting with them tooth and nail to try and get information about the number of terrorists that were coming across the border on the terror watch list that had been seized. And they wouldn’t give it to us. They finally gave it to us. And now we know that there...
    (CNN)A court ruling blocking the termination of a Trump-era pandemic restriction at the US-Mexico border is unlikely to slow border crossings, Biden administration officials say, as migration in the Western hemisphere reaches new highs.Since taking office, President Joe Biden has faced mounting pressure over his handling of the US-Mexico border, dividing members of his own party following a decision by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lift Title 42, which allows authorities to swiftly turn people away at the border, effectively barring migrants from seeking asylum.What is Title 42? How it changed things at the border, and why its sparking debateRepublicans hammered the administration for not being tough enough on the border. Some Democrats and immigrant advocates, meanwhile, say the White House has waited too long to rescind it. Regardless, a federal court ruling means the administration will be forced to keep it in effect for now.Along the northern border of Mexico, advocates say some migrants remain undeterred and desperate. "I don't think that just because Title 42 didn't go away today that people are thinking that...
    Arrests of adult migrants who illegally crossed the border and posed as unaccompanied children are on pace to surpass the previous fiscal year's total's, according to the U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso Sector. Since October 1, 2021 - the start of fiscal year 2022 - there have been 416 who have been found to have posed as minors along the El Paso Sector, which is responsible for protecting 264 miles of the southwestern border in New Mexico and western Texas. In comparison, border patrol officers stopped 559 imposters who tried to slip through the system in fiscal year 2021, which spanned from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021. On one occasion, agents with the El Paso Sector Central Processing Center were able to uncover a 24-year-old man from Guatemala intentionally utilizing his 15-year-old brother's birth certificate to enter the country. In another incident, border agents at the processing center discovered a 20-year-old Honduran national had presented a fake birth certificate so that he could be released into the country. The El Paso Sector declined to provide the dates and...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott is sending a message to migrants trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico on Monday that they will be met with force – making clear with a fleet of Humvees and armed National Guard soldiers that the state is still enforcing Title 42. Authorities expected to see a massive influx of migration Monday, but so far Eagle Pass, Texas is relatively quiet except for patrolling helicopters and fan boats on the Rio Grande River, as well as dozens of Border Patrol trucks and camouflage and camel-colored Army Humvees caravanning through the town and along the border. Just five miles down the road from the river where hundreds of migrants cross each day, the non-profit Mission: Border Hope, which houses released migrants, received bus loads of single male migrants that were released by Border Patrol into the U.S. the same day Title 42 was meant to expire.  Executive Director of Mission: Border Hope Valeria Wheeler, 35, told DailyMail.com that they house migrants released from Border Patrol until they can transport them to the bus station or...
    In the memo, Ortiz reported that Border Patrol facilities had become "near or over capacity" due to "historic numbers of noncitizens" entering the country and noted that the guidance comes as his agency faces a "current migrant surge and is preparing for the anticipated increase in encounters of undocumented noncitizens following the anticipated lifting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Title 42 public health order." "The guidance is for situations where U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations are unable to accept custody of noncitizens due to lack of bed space, such that noncitizens must be released directly from USBP custody to avoid overcrowding and excessive time in custody," he wrote. "To the extent possible," he instructed, migrants should be released near NGOs, noting that liaison officers were available to help agents "identify in advance the specific locations which are most appropriate for the releases, paying particular attention to the availability of services and transportation options." "If safe locations are not available ... LNOs will engage nearby cities and local governments to identify alternate safe locations for...
    by Jennie Taer   Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz instructed agency leadership on how the agency plans to release migrants amid a border surge, according to a memo sent Thursday exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. In the memo, which was sent to chief patrol agents and directorate chiefs, Ortiz recognized that Border Patrol faces a “current migrant surge and is preparing for the anticipated increase in encounters of undocumented noncitizens following the anticipated lifting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s [CDC] Title 42 public health order.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planned to lift Title 42, the policy used to quickly expel certain migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic, on May 23. However, a federal judge ruled Friday in the favor of Republican attorneys general who sought to pause the public health order. Ortiz outlines several parameters for releasing migrants when Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE ERO) lacks capacity. “The guidance is for situations where US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations are unable to accept custody of non citizens due to lack of bed space, such that...
    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Judge rules COVID-19 asylum restrictions must continue on southern US border; blocks US government plan to end them. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The United Nations is pressuring the United States and all other member countries to end pandemic-era policies that bar migrants from seeking asylum at their borders. With three days until the Biden administration plans to lift the U.S. government's border restrictions, and a significant possibility that the federal courts block the White House's plan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees pleaded in a statement issued Friday that countries return to normal border practices. GOP GOVERNORS DEFY PLEAS OF FORMER TRUMP OFFICIALS TO DECLARE 'INVASION' “I appeal to the states that continue to maintain these restrictions to lift them urgently, in order to enable people to seek safety and protection,” High Commissioner Filippo Grandi said in a statement. “I am worried that measures enacted on the pretext of responding to COVID-19 are being used as cover to exclude and deny asylum to people fleeing violence and persecution." A federal judge promised to decide by May 23 whether he will allow the Biden administration to go forward with ending the use of a health policy known as Title 42, which was...
    A Russian politician who vehemently opposed his country's invasion of Ukraine, was recently detained at the United States-Mexico border for 'trying to illegally enter the US.' Viktor Kamenshchikov, 31, was a Communist Party member who served as a deputy at the Vladivostok Duma parliament in the eastern Russia region of Primorsky, until February this year. He filed an application to leave the party two days after he shared a furious post  about the invasion on February 25, in which he called Russia the 'fascist aggressors' and said their 'worthless army will run in fear' from the Ukrainians they were invading. It's unknown when Kamenshchikov fled Russia and traveled to Mexico, although he has not been seen publicly or attended any parliamentary hearings since speaking out against Putin's invasion. He has now been arrested at the US-Mexico border. A source told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti that 'it is not yet known' why Kamenshchikov was arrested but 'presumably for an illegal border crossing.' Kamenshchikov reportedly has a child who is a United States citizen by birthright. DailyMail.com contacted U.S. Customs and...