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    MINISTERS returned 500 criminals last month — the same as the number of migrants crossing the Channel in a single day. A total of 227 foreign criminals and 306 immigration offenders have been removed from the UK in September and returned to countries including Romania and Zimbabwe, the Home Office announced. 1Suella Braverman says the Government is taking a zero tolerance approachCredit: Alamy Among them were 84 criminals from Albania and 21 immigration offenders. New Home Secretary Suella Braverman said the Government was taking a “zero-tolerance approach to anyone who comes to the UK and breaks our laws”. The total number so far who have come to Britain across the Channel is now more than 32,800 — with experts predicting it could reach thousands more. A staggering 7,767 people made the crossing in September alone. READ MORE ON IMMIGRATIONTRUSS THE NO CAP Liz Truss vows to SLASH net migration - but won't cap immigration numbers But as 500 have been removed this month a total of 499 made the dangerous journey in small boats on Thursday, the MoD confirmed. Children...
    "At the same time, the number of migrants entering from Mexico and northern Central America has decreased for the third consecutive month, as the Biden-Harris Administration works with our partners in the region to address the root causes of migration, facilitate repatriation, and take thousands of smugglers off the streets," he said. The CBP August report also stated that the numbers are inflated due to many migrants crossing the border multiple times. The department recorded 157,921 unique encounters in August and included primarily single adults. The federal government's weak border policy has forced states in the southwest to find other solutions. To handle the increase in border encounters, Texas Governor Greg Abbott launched Operation Lone Star, which enlisted the Texas National Guard's help apprehending illegal immigrants. As of Friday, the multi-agency effort has resulted in the apprehension of 304,700 migrants and 19,800 criminal arrests. Last month, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey filled gaps in the border wall with shipping containers to help reduce illegal crossings. Between Texas and Arizona, approximately 13,000 migrants have been bused to "sanctuary" cities around the...
    More than two million migrants have been arrested at the Mexico border in a year for the first time in history. The record, revealed in Customs and Border Patrol records compiled at the border, comes amid a continued flow of migrants in Texas, Arizona, and California. The figures show a spike this spring, with 241,000 law enforcement encounters, with numbers staying above 200,000 each month since even after a drop. The total was 203,000  in August.  The figures cover an 11-month period, so the grand total won't be revealed until after the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30th.  Border agents have had more than 2 million encounters with migrants at the Souther Border during the fiscal year – a new record – with another month of border apprehensions to add to the data The number of arrests spike in the spring, but remained elevated through the summer The migrants came from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua stopped by law enforcement hi 56,000 last month, up from 50,000 in July, and spiking from 23,000 in August, administration officials said. That includes...
    Another bus transporting migrants from the southern border has arrived at the Washington DC residence of Vice President Kamala Harris, while three more buses arrived in New York City. On Saturday morning at the Naval Observatory in DC, a charter bus with Texas plates dropped off about 50 people, mostly from Venezuela, including several children and a one-month-old infant, Fox News reported.  Aid workers quickly swooped in to remove the group from the vice president's doorstep, taking them to a local shelter for support services.  Three additional buses arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan early on Saturday, days after the border crisis shot to national attention when a plane full of migrants arrived on Martha's Vineyard.   Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, is believed to be behind the latest migrant bus transports, but a spokesperson for the governor did not immediately return a phone message from DailyMail.com. On Saturday morning at the Naval Observatory in DC, a charter bus with Texas plates dropped off about 50 people (above), mostly from Venezuela, including several children The bus with Texas...
    The migration crisis will continue to get worse because there are 'no consequences' for illegal immigration under Joe Biden's policies, the president's top Border Patrol official claims. Raul Ortiz accused Biden of creating an environment that allowed for the unprecedented surge in migration at the southern border over the last nearly two years and said it will continue at an 'exponential' rate under current policies. 'In my experience, we have seen increases when there are no consequences,' the Border Patrol chief said under oath during a recorded deposition with the Florida Attorney General's office. He added in his questioning: 'There is an assumption that if migrant populations are told that there is a potential that they may be released, that, yes, you can see increases.' 'I do think it will increase, yeah,' he said when pressed on if illegal immigration will continue to surge. Despite the second straight month of decreased encounters at the southern border, the figures are still at record-breaking numbers under President Biden and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' leadership. Joe Biden's Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said...
    Federal law enforcement at the border encountered nearly 200,000 migrants in July attempting to enter the United States illegally from Mexico, a number that shows the persistence of the most severe illegal immigration crisis in America's history. Federal law enforcement encountered 199,976 people attempting to cross the southern border without authorization last month, according to data released on Monday evening from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. President Joe Biden's top federal border official touted the slight drop as being headed in the right direction. “This marks the second month in a row of decreased encounters along the Southwest border. While the encounter numbers remain high, this is a positive trend and the first two-month drop since October 2021,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement. Magnus pointed to a digital advertising campaign aimed at convincing people outside the U.S. not to travel to the border as one of the "many actions" the Biden administration has taken to address the border crisis. Since the start of the government's fiscal 2022 year last October, U.S. border officials have...
    The Biden administration continues to assure that the southern border is 'secure' despite record-setting numbers of illegal crossings and proliferation of the crisis over the last few months. 'Look, the border is secure,' Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Matorkas insisted during remarks at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Tuesday. But he added that the administration is still 'working to make the border more secure.' 'That has been a historic challenge,' Mayorkas said, adding that there is a difference between the words 'safe' and 'secure.' But insistence that the border is secure comes amid a prevailing rise in crossings as well as complaints from New York City and Washington, D.C. that the crisis is finally hitting home after Arizona and Texas starting busing migrants to the city hubs to deal with them. The last quarter's figures show that 200,000 migrants passed through the southern border every month for the last three months.  DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas repeated Tuesday that the southern border is 'secure' but made sure to clarify that does not mean it is 'safe' Comments...
    Another 207,416 migrants were caught crossing the US southern border in June, the latest Customs and Border Protection figures show, as Biden's border crisis continues. The latest figure was down 14 per cent in a month - from 240,991 apprehensions in May, but represents the fourth month in a row that interceptions have sat above 200,000. Disturbingly, six of those apprehended were on terror watch lists, bringing the total number of terror suspects apprehended crossing the border this year to 56. That is far more than the 30 terror suspects arrested in total during the previous four years combined, Fox News reported.  The soaring number of apprehensions comes as President Biden faces increasing pressure for what critics say are soft-touch policies on immigration that encourage people to try getting into the United States.  He is keen to try and end Title 42, a Trump-era COVID policy that saw migrants deported straight back to Mexico, but a judge has ordered the president to continue enforcing it.   A total of 207,416 migrants were encountered at the US southern border in June 2022...
    Border surveillance camera operators in Arizona captured video showing a group of migrants illegally crossing the border. The migrants then pile into a vehicle and drive away. Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem tweeted a video showing a group of migrants who had just illegally crossed the border from Mexico into Arizona on Sunday. As the migrants approach the highway a vehicle approaches and stops alongside the roadway. Law enforcement partnerships are vital in helping us protect our borders and communities. On Sunday, #USBP agents assigned to the Yuma Station worked with the Yuma Police Department to intercept a human smuggling attempt. The driver and six migrants were arrested. pic.twitter.com/jvV48l22X9 — Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem (@USBPChiefYUM) June 22, 2022 The group of six migrants pile into the vehicle and the driver moves back onto the roadway. Border Patrol agents teamed up with Yuma Police Department officers to interdict the attempted human smuggling incident. Law enforcement officials stopped the vehicle and placed the driver and six migrants into custody. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, Yuma Station agents found...
    Biden administration officials in Washington waited until 8:25 p.m. on Wednesday to release a record-setting migrant apprehension report which reveals that Border Patrol agents along the southwest border apprehended more than 222,000 in May — the largest single-month total dating back to the Clinton administration. The timing breaks with prior practice of disclosing border figures during business hours and, frequently, press conference calls about new data. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials waited until late Wednesday evening to release the May Southwest Border Migration Report that confirms a Breitbart Texas report from earlier this month showing the apprehension of 222,656 migrants who illegally crossed the border from Mexico. The report shows the apprehension of the largest number of migrants in any single month dating back to January 2000. Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP officials attempted to blame the record-setting report on the expulsion and re-entry of migrants related to the continuation of Title 42. “The large number of expulsions during the pandemic has contributed to a higher-than-usual number of migrants making multiple border crossing attempts, which means that...
    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...
    Republicans are up in arms as Joe Biden's Homeland Security Department prepares to still go forward with disciplining horseback Border Patrol agents who were pictured corralling migrants last year even though they were absolved of 'whipping' claims. Kevin McCarthy accused Biden of 'targeting' Border Patrol agents and 'smearing' those in the agency who were wrongly accused of whipping Haitian migrants. 'Border patrol agents deserve a president who will support them, not smear them — which is exactly what President Biden did when he promised, without knowing the facts, that agents would 'pay' for the false allegations of 'whipping' migrants,' the House Minority GOP Leader told DailyMail.com. The comment came in response to a report that DHS will go forward with handing out punishments for the agents who were caught on camera allegedly 'whipping' migrants last September. Although it was found that the agents in question did not commit any wrongdoing and the suggestions that they were whipping black migrants was quickly debunked, the images, along with the claims, caused widespread outrage and calls for action, which the president promised. President...
    Alejandro Mayorkas went to the southern border on Tuesday as the U.S. braces for a massive influx of migrants when Title 42 protections cease next week – pending any court action that may prevent the policy from ending. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary visited the areas within the Rio Grande Valley that are the most popular spots for migrants crossing into the U.S. and spoke with border officers, including U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz. Mayorkas held a press conference at the border Tuesday afternoon where he noted that his trip Tuesday marks his tenth time to the border since becoming DHS secretary.  His visit comes just days before Title 42 is set to end, which internal estimates predict will lead to a tripling in migration. It also comes the morning after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released numbers for April encounters, which is the highest yet of Joe Biden's presidency. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (pictured center) visited the southern border on Tuesday as the country braces for an end of Title 42 on May 23 Pictured:...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge hears arguments Friday on whether the Biden administration can lift pandemic-related restrictions on immigrants requesting asylum later this month. Migrants have been expelled more than 1.8 million times since March 2020 under federal Title 42 authority, which has denied migrants a chance to request asylum under U.S. law and international treaty on grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19. The administration’s plan to end the Title 42 authority was announced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced April 1. The plan has drawn criticism from Republicans and some Democrats fearing a flood of new migrants. Louisiana, Arizona and Missouri quickly sued and were later joined by 18 other states in the legal challenge being heard Friday. Texas sued independently. U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays, in Lafayette, Louisiana, is the judge in the case. After the administration acknowledged last month that it had already begun phasing out the pandemic restriction by processing more migrants under immigration law instead of Title 42, Summerhays ordered the phaseout stopped. An appointee...
    In the month since Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) vowed to bring the border crisis to President Joe Biden’s doorstep, his state has sent 32 buses of migrants to the nation’s capital, and it has no plans of stopping. A spokesman for the governor’s office told the Washington Examiner on Thursday that the state’s effort to transport migrants to Washington has resulted in 835 people being dropped off since the first bus arrived April 13. The 32 buses have carried an average of 26 people a bus though, the vehicles have capacity for up to 40 people. The buses are taxpayer-funded and free of charge to migrants. They serve as a means of easing the transportation burden on Texas towns and nonprofit organizations that are overwhelmed as several thousand migrants are released into the country daily. Abbott, who is seeking a third term in November, announced on April 6 that the state would use emergency evacuation procedures to “take the border to President Biden” as the number of noncitizens illegally crossing the border from Mexico rose in March to some of...
    Representative Jim Jordan accused on Thursday the Biden administration of 'deliberately' and 'intentionally' causing the southern border crisis as he tore into Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for being 'out of touch' during a Capitol Hill hearing. The House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member said during his opening statement that Mayorkas will face questions on why he implemented policies that led to the chaos. 'It's intentional, it has to be,' Jordan said at the top of his remarks to the body on Thursday morning. 'The chaos on our southern border is not an accident,' the Ohio Republican congressman continued. 'It's deliberate, it's on purpose, it's by design.' 'President Biden on Day One said there'll be a moratorium on deportations, he ended Remain in Mexico, he terminated agreements with Northern Triangle countries and he stopped building the wall,' Jordan rattled off. 'Those policies, done intentionally, have led to all kinds of bad outcomes.'  Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan tore into DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during a hearing on Thursday, claiming: 'The chaos on our southern border is not an accident. It's...
    A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order to keep Title 42, the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Covid-19 border restriction, in place after a lawsuit from Missouri, Louisiana and Arizona.  'This is a huge victory for border security, but the fight continues on,' Missouri attorney general Eric Schmitt wrote on Twitter announcing the news.  'I am so proud of the lawyers from our office who just got a Temporary Restraining Order to keep Title 42 in place. We will continue to fight the Biden administration's open border policies,' Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich wrote on Twitter.  Nineteen other states have signed onto the lawsuit since the three states originally filed it.   Migrants of different nationalities walk peacefully through the main avenues, in the city of Tapachula in Chiapas, Mexico, 16 April Department of Homeland Security officials are expecting up to 18,000 migrants per day once Title 42 is lifted  The Biden administration announced early this month that Title 42, the CDC's public health order that allows border agents to immediately expel migrants, would expire on May 23. DHS revealed...
    (CNN)Tensions remain very high within the Biden administration ahead of the expected repeal of a Trump-era pandemic restriction next month and the potential surge of migrants at the border that's expected to follow, according to a source familiar with ongoing discussions.Since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent announcement that the restriction -- known as Title 42 -- would be revoked, the White House has been getting an earful from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including some who are expressing "complete panic" about the ramifications of that decision, the person said.At this point, administration officials are juggling multiple balls: Trying to figure out how to get a handle on the congressional revolt, watching to see what legislative actions related to Title 42 emerge and trying to figure out how to be best prepared for what might happen at the border next month.Asked about ongoing discussions at the White House about Title 42, spokesman Vedant Patel said in part that the administration is "hard at work planning and preparing" for the lifting of Title 42 and that the CDC that...
    US customs agents saw a 33 per cent spike in encounters with illegal migrants along the border last month, to 221,803. An official U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) report released Monday showed U.S. Border Patrol agents encounters rocketed a third from 164,973 in February. The totals for March also marked the highest amount of interdictions under the administration of President Joe Biden since July 2021 when 213,593 interdictions were made. And they come weeks before he plans to scrap Title 42 - a Trump-era law designed to immediately expel migrants to protect the US from COVID. That has sparked fears that up to 500,000 migrants a month could begin making the crossing from May.   Since October 1, 2001 - the start of fiscal year 2022 - border officers have recorded 1,060,954 incidents with migrants. CBP documented 164,847 interdictions in October; 174,846 in November; and closed out December with 179,252 incidents. Encounters tailed off in January when 154,812 were reported before spiking up to 165,894 in February. The current fiscal year totals are expected to surpass those of fiscal year...
    White House officials are increasingly anxious about an expected migrant surge at the end of May coinciding with the repeal of a restrictive Trump-era border policy that has let them turn people away.The political fallout over the Biden administration's decision to terminate a Trump-era pandemic restriction, known as Title 42, on the U.S.-Mexico border has put into sharp focus the precarious position for the White House -- between its goals to welcome immigrants and weighing using drastic Trump-era policies to try to stem the flow of migrants arriving at the border."People are worried about where this is going and weathering the storm," a source familiar with discussions told CNN.One source who is in regular contact with senior-most administration officials about immigration policy said concern at the White House about the situation at the border has only grown as the midterm elections approach -- and all the more so in recent days after the announcement that Title 42 will officially end in May."It was always going to be hard," the person said, "and now they're closer to the midterms."Another source close...
    American drug-related overdose deaths are soaring from fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug that originates from China and enters the United States’ unsealed border with Mexico, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “For the first time, more than 100,000 Americans had died of drug overdoses over a 12-month period,” the Associated Press (AP) reported. “About two-thirds of the deaths were linked to fentanyl and other synthetic drugs, which can be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, heroin or prescription opioids.” In some states, possession with intent to distribute less than 14 grams of fentanyl is a two-year prison-worthy offense. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, the drug is so potent that 14 grams can constitute 700 deadly doses. “Ending Title 42 expulsions will signal to cartels and migrants alike that our southern border is now wide open — inciting even more violence, more trafficking, and more lawlessness,” Governor Abbott said. https://t.co/bW9lBLwkmb — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) April 3, 2022 The AP also acknowledged that fentanyl originates from China, then moves through Mexico, and thereby enters the rustbelt states. The states most...
    Border chief Alejandro Mayorkas and his progressive deputies are warning Americans to expect a huge inflow of economic migrants if the Title 42 border barrier is dropped. “Homeland security officials on Tuesday described contingency plans for managing as many as 18,000 encounters a day at the border, regardless of the cause,” reported the New York Times. That inflow would add up to more than 500,000 people a month — or more migrants than American births in a month. The southern flood would exacerbate the economic damage already caused by the flood of roughly 1 million legal immigrants and perhaps 400,000 new visa workers. The media briefing was likely intended to help persuade other officials at the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – as well as judges – to preserve the Title 42 barrier when it expires this week. The CDC-governed barrier allows Mayorkas to regulate the inflow of cross-border migrants to a level that does not break into the evening news. Mayorkas’ regulated level is about 150,000 per month, including roughly 50,000 migrants who...
    SOMERTON, Ariz. (AP) — One by one, a voice called out the names of 169 people just released by U.S. Border Patrol. Migrants rose from folding chairs in a clinic warehouse and walked to a table of blue-robed workers, who swabbed their mouths. All but two Cuban women tested negative for COVID-19 that February morning. They were quarantined to motel rooms, while other migrants boarded chartered buses to Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport for flights across the U.S. Theirs were among just seven of 5,301 tests the Regional Center for Border Health near Yuma, Arizona, did last month for released migrants that were positive — a rate of 0.1% COVID-19 rates are plunging among migrants crossing the border from Mexico as the Biden administration faces a Tuesday deadline to end or extend sweeping restrictions on asylum that are aimed at limiting the virus’ spread. Lower rates raise more questions about scientific grounds for a public health order that has caused migrants to be expelled from the United States more than 1.7 million times since March 2020 without a chance...
    Tens of thousands of asylum seekers are expected to flood the US-Mexico border next month as Covid restrictions on immigration are set to be lifted. Immigration experts warn that a 'bottleneck' of an estimated 170,000 refugees has built up over the last two years in Mexico after being turned away at the southern US border under a Trump-era policy known as Title 42.  The policy allows border patrol agents to deny entry to migrants without considering their asylum claims if they have been in a country where a communicable disease – such as Covid – is rife. It has been used more than one million times during Donald Trump's and Joe Biden's presidencies. Already deeply controversial, the policy was lambasted by top Democrats when it emerged Ukrainian refugees fleeing their war-torn country to Mexico were being turned away at the US southern border under Title 42, despite Biden's promise to welcome them 'with open arms'. His administration is now reportedly planning to end the policy as soon as April 1. But immigration experts told DailyMail.com that although Title 42 has left...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned of an 'utter meltdown' at the border if the Biden administration moves away from using Title 42 authority to reject immigration claims based on health grounds tied to the pandemic.  He blasted the idea of a sudden change in policy – after the White House signaled the policy could end as soon as next month under its periodic reconsideration. 'This move would take our border from its current state of chaos into a whole new level of utter, utter meltdown,' said McConnell said on the Senate floor Tuesday. The administration is under pressure to roll back its use of the authority, now that covid cases are dropping and vaccines continue to proliferate. 'It would be wildly reckless for Democrats to simply stand down and let the floodgates open,' McConnell warned. 
    Jen Psaki said Monday that the Biden administration will consider ending Title 42 as early as next month, but admits once the pandemic-era provision ends it could mean a large influx of illegal border crossings. 'There are timelines, including, I think, upcoming in April, on when it continues to be reconsidered and those discussions have been among the health experts, from the CDC and other medical experts within the administration,' the White House press secretary said during her daily briefing. 'And you always have to prepare because if they make that decision there would be an implementation that would be in part led by the Department of Homeland Security and others that you have to plan for,' she added. Every 60 days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reassess Title 42, which was imposed by former President DOnald Trump at the on-set of the pandemic to allow for immediate expulsion of asylum-seekers in the midst of the health emergency. The provision allowed for increased and instant expulsion of migrants without first hearing their asylum claims. Increased criticism of...
    The number of illegal immigrants entering the US dropped by 14 per cent in January to 153,941 - with half of those crossers expelled by Biden using a law enacted by Donald Trump.    U.S. Border Patrol officers and the Office of Field Operations registered 153,941 interdictions in January after 178,840 were reported in December 2021, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data that was presented in a Texas federal court this week.  At least 78,486 people were expelled to Mexico under the Title 42 immigration order, a Trump-era policy that the former Republican president enforced in March 2020.  The measure allows CBP to expel migrants under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public health order that deemed them a health risk under COVID-19. Border data presented in a federal court in Texas this week showed a 14% drop in encounters with undocumented migrants at the southwestern border for the month of January compared with December 2021 While President Joe Biden continued the implementation of former U.S. President Donald Trump controversial Title 42 order that allows migrants to be expelled...
    The number of illegal boat migrants that have successfully reached the United Kingdom on Sunday was more than the entire month of December last year, with nearly 28,000 have crossed since the beginning of the year. An estimated 1,191 illegal migrants crossed the English Channel from the beaches of France so far this month. The Home Office said that 274 arrived on Sunday, more than the 211 that arrived during all of December 2020. The crossings came after 459 arrived on Thursday, and another 358 on Friday. The latest illegal crossings bring the total number of alien boat arrivals to a record 27,938, according to calculations made by The Times, over three times as many as the 8,420 who arrived during 2020 — the previous annual high. While traditionally a slower month for illegal migration across the English Channel due to weather, unseasonably warm conditions have allowed the people smuggling trade to continue. On top of those who successfully reached British shores, another 848 migrants were intercepted by French authorities, demonstrating the number of people camped out in Calais waiting for...
    Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 1 million migrants who illegally crossed into the five Texas-based sectors during the 10 full months since President Joe Biden’s Inauguration. This represents an average of more than 100,000 migrant apprehensions per month and an increase of nearly 375 percent over the same period in 2020. Since February 1, the first full month of the Biden administration, Border Patrol agents apprehended 1.05 million migrants in the five Texas-based border sectors. During the same 10-month period one year earlier, agents apprehended only 221,232 migrants in the same sectors, according to reports obtained from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. These numbers do not include the hundreds of thousands of migrant “got-aways” during the past fiscal year as reported by Breitbart Texas. Responding to the nearly 375 percent increase in migrant apprehensions in the Texas-based Border Patrol sectors since Biden took office, Governor Greg Abbott began Operation Lone Star earlier this year. In May, the Texas governor declared the Texas border counties to be in a state of disaster due to the migrant surge. The following month,...
              by Jennie Taer   U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported Friday that agents encountered 173,620 migrants at the southern border in November. The number is a 5% increase from October’s encounters. Over 50% of those encountered were processed under a Trump-era public health order for expulsion, CBP said. “CBP’s November Monthly Operational Update reflects an incredible amount of work on behalf of the American people to keep dangerous drugs and products out of our communities, to facilitate travel and billions of dollars in trade, and to maintain security along our borders,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement. “It’s an honor to lead a workforce whose mission is so vital to our economic health and national security. CBP’s vigilance is key to disrupting smugglers and transnational criminal organizations as they exploit vulnerable populations and attempt to traffic illegal and dangerous products,” Magnus said. Of those encountered in November, 25% were previously caught trying to enter the U.S. in the last 12 months, according to CBP. Meanwhile, there was a 10% increase in the number of individuals previously caught in just the last month. Two-thirds...
    The State of Texas began construction of a State-funded border wall to secure its border with Mexico as the Biden-era migrant crisis continues to grow. During the recently ended Fiscal Year 2021, nearly 70 percent of all migrant apprehensions along the U.S. southwest border with Mexico occurred in Texas-based border sectors. “The State of Texas has taken comprehensive action to secure our southern border and address the border crisis while President Biden has sat idly by,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a border wall unveiling on Saturday. “In June, I promised Texans that we would step up in the federal government’s absence and build our own border wall.” “We have wasted no time in the six months since that promise was made, and I am proud to announce that construction of the Texas border wall is now underway,” the Texas governor added. “Today not only represents the first phase of the Texas border wall, but it also serves as a major milestone in our efforts to combat illegal immigration, stop the smuggling of drugs and people, and keep...
    (CNN)US Customs and Border Protection made 173,620 arrests in November, a 5% jump from the previous month and the first increase since the summer, when apprehensions began to drop, according to newly released data.Over the course of the year, the Biden administration has wrestled with the unprecedented number of migrants crossing into the US. Early on, the administration faced an influx of children that overwhelmed resources and were later caught off guard by thousands of migrants arriving within days to the unprepared region of Del Rio, Texas.Since July, when encounters peaked at 213,593, apprehensions along the US-Mexico border began to dip, though they remain high compared with previous years. The Biden administration has relied on a Trump-era public health order to swiftly remove thousands of migrants, which has also contributed to migrants attempting to cross more than once. Around 25% of those encountered on the US southern border in November had previously tried to cross. Customs and Border Protection also swiftly removed around half of those apprehended in November under the public health order. Single adults continue to make up...
    Migrant apprehensions in Mexico hit the highest number ever recorded in a single-month period in September, the latest available official data reveals. Still, a record number of migrants managed to make it to the U.S southern border in September, the last month of the government’s 2021 fiscal year. The result is that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents interdicted an unprecedented 1.7 million-plus migrants along the southern border in the 12-month period ending on September 30, known as the fiscal year. Analysts have historically used apprehension data as a rough measure of migration flows to the U.S. The data does not account for illegal migrants who successfully make it into the United States. Citing the most recent data released by the Mexican government late last month, Adam Isacson from the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) wrote on Twitter, “[Mexico] updated its official migration data today. In September, Mexico’s migration forces shattered their previous single-month record for apprehensions of migrants. 41,225 apprehensions last month, up from the previous high of 32,155 set in August.” #Mexico updated its official migration data today. In...
    Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro leads two dozen House Democrats in calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ( to open a federal investigation into Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, an unconstitutional scheme that has detained asylum-seekers and migrants for weeks at a time, some for months, with no formal charges. ”These operations have continued to militarize Texas’ border communities and interfered with the federal immigration system, likely violating the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution,” legislators said. “Even more egregiously, these programs have directly led to a violation of state laws and constitutional due process rights.” Last month, the Texas Tribune reported that Texas law “requires that defendants be released from jail if prosecutors delay cases by not filing charges quickly,” which is anywhere from 15 to 30 days for the trespassing charges Abbott has sought under his plan. But as legislators note to DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland, “the state has passed multiple state statute deadlines to file charges ... as a result, almost 1,000 migrants to sit in prison for weeks and sometimes over...
    United Nations human rights experts this week criticized the U.S. for the expulsion of Haitian migrants last month in response to a surge of tens of thousands of Haitians to the southern border — with the officials accusing the U.S. of "racialized exclusion." "In expediting the collective expulsion of Haitian migrants, the United States is subjecting a group of predominantly Black migrants to impermissible risks of refoulement and human rights abuse without any individualized evaluation," the experts said, in a statement issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). AMID HAITIAN MIGRANT WAVE, UN REFUGEE AGENCY CONDEMNS ‘MASS EXPULSIONS’  The OHCHR statement said the experts had accused the U.S. of "ongoing systematic mass deportation" of Haitian migrants and refugees. The U.S. was hit by a surge of migrants predominantly from Haiti in the Del Rio sector last month. It led to chaotic scenes with more than 15,000 migrants camped under the International Bridge at one point as the Department of Homeland Security surged resources to process some migrants and expel others. Haitian migrants continue to...
    An ongoing investigation into Border Patrol agents pictured on horseback turning away Haitian migrants – and who were the subject of false claims that they "whipped" migrants – is still ongoing, a month after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas promised the probe would take "days, not weeks." "The facts will drive the actions that we take," Mayorkas said in September. "We ourselves will pull no punches and we need to conduct this investigation thoroughly, but very quickly. It will be completed in days, if not weeks." BORDER PATROL AGENTS WHO BIDEN SAID WOULD ‘PAY’ COULD GET MINIMAL PUNISHMENT, OFFICIALS SAY  Mounted U.S. Border Patrol agents watch Haitian immigrants on the bank of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas on Sept. 20, 2021 as seen from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)  ((Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)) Now, as October comes to an end, the investigation is said to still be ongoing – as its conclusion threatens to create a political headache for the Biden administration. "The investigation is ongoing," a DHS spokesperson told Fox on Friday....
    AUSTIN, Texas — The Department of Homeland Security has not produced results from an investigation into the conduct of horse-mounted Border Patrol agents in Texas one month after Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas promised a conclusion within days. Mayorkas had vowed before Congress to conclude whether agents were too aggressive in stopping Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas, in mid-September within "a matter of days, not weeks." President Joe Biden and other top government officials, including Mayorkas, had quickly condemned the agents after speculation spread on social media that they mistreated migrants, but the government has not yet offered clarification about what they learned about the incident. DHS and Customs and Border Protection did not respond to requests for comment. In a highly publicized incident that took place as 20,000 Haitian migrants streamed across the Rio Grande from Mexico over a period of days in September, mounted agents were photographed and filmed attempting to prevent people from walking across. The migrants ignored verbal orders to turn around, and the mounted agents rode along the riverbank where migrants tried to get by them....
    A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that was scheduled for Thursday will be postponed, committee chairman Sen. Dick Durbin said, as Mayorkas' department struggles to deal with a crush of migrants flooding the southern border.  Mayorkas tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and is forced to quarantine, which made it impossible for him to testify in person at the Thursday hearing.  "We're rescheduling," Durbin, D-Ill., said when asked about the hearing Wednesday. "He offered to do virtual, but the other side said they'd rather have him in person."  United States Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas looks on during a conference as part of the High Level Security Dialogue at SRE Building on October 08, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico.  (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images) (Hector Vivas/Getty Images) Republicans likely planned to grill Mayorkas in the televised hearing over the border situation that the GOP says is a crisis putting Americans in dangers. FEDS RELEASING ‘NUMEROUS’ MIGRANTS FAR FROM SOUTHERN BORDER IN ‘CATCH AND RELEASE’ SYSTEM ‘ON A GRANDER SCALE’ According to Customs...
    Migrants from Central America are detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents after crossing into the United States from Mexico, in Sunland Park, New Mexico, July 22, 2021.Jose Luis Gonzalez | Reuters The Biden administration will reinstate a Trump-era border policy in November that forces asylum seekers to stay in Mexico until their U.S. immigration court date. The decision comes after the Supreme Court declined the administration's request to block an order by a federal judge to reinstate the policy, leaving the administration with a deadline on Thursday to comply. The policy, known as "Remain in Mexico," was first implemented in 2019 by former President Donald Trump amid an increase of Central American families crossing the southwest border.  On his first day in office, President Joe Biden ended the policy, known as Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP. He called it inhumane due to the violence migrants faced while waiting in Mexico, often in dangerous cities with few resources. The Republican-led states of Texas and Missouri sued the Biden administration in April over the suspension of the policy. In August, a federal...
    CAIRO (AP) — At least 15 migrants died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya’s shores, the country’s coast guard said Tuesday. The deaths come amid a massive crackdown against migrants in the North African country. In a statement, the coast guard said it had responded to a distress call Monday related to a wooden vessel carrying migrants and that its forces brought 140 survivors and the bodies of 15 men back to a naval base in the capital Tripoli. It said all of the survivors had been handed over to police. In two separate statements, the navy said another 165 migrants had been intercepted and brought back to shore on the same day. Libyan authorities launched an unprecedented crackdown on migrants earlier this month in the town of Gargaresh, a hub for migrants transiting to Europe, located just west of Tripoli. They detained more than 5,000 people in just a few days. On Friday, hundreds of migrants fled the overcrowded Mabani detention center in Tripoli. Then, guards shot dead six migrants and injured at least 15 others,...
    Daniel Foote testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing concerning cartels and the U.S. heroin epidemic, on Capitol Hill, May 26, 2016, in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images A former senior State Department official who oversaw the Biden administration's Haiti policy said he resigned last month after learning about the deportation of Haitian migrants on the news.  Daniel Foote, the former U.S. special envoy for Haiti, said during a testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday that the administration did not consult him about the deportation of thousands of Haitian migrants who sought shelter last month in the border town of Del Rio, Texas.  Foote's revelation comes as President Joe Biden's approval ratings have fallen in part because of the way his administration has handled migrants and the border. Images of the Haitians, who took refuge under a bridge in Del Rio, turbocharged backlash against Biden's immigration policies. "Nobody asked me about the deportations," Foote said Thursday. "I found out about it on the news just like the rest of us."  Shortly after seeing news about...
    Panama's foreign minister sounded the alarm to warn the United States once again of a wave of Haitians coming toward the U.S.-Mexico border. Erika Mouynes warned in an interview with Axios Wednesday that there were roughly 60,000 migrants, most of whom are Haitians, making their way toward the U.S. southern border, a surge roughly four times as large as the number of migrants reported in Del Rio, Texas. Mouynes expressed frustration with the U.S. government's response to the Haitian migrant crisis at the border, explaining, "We sounded the alarm when we should have." "We've engaged with every single authority that we can think of, that we can come across, to say, 'Please, let's pay attention to this,'" she added. BIDEN DELIBERATELY CREATED THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CRISIS In the past month, Del Rio was overwhelmed with more than 15,000 Haitian migrants who had been living underneath an international bridge in a makeshift camp after crossing the Rio Grande, many of whom were seeking asylum. The U.S. initially sent around 2,276 Haitians back to their...
    The Texas county that saw a flood of 30,000 migrants earlier this month has said it will unite with neighboring counties to sue the Biden administration and push action at the southern border. "We’ve talked about immigration reform for as long as I can remember. Both parties have had control of Washington at one point or another over the last 20 years, and we have failed to do anything about it other than create the mess that we have today," Val Verde County Commissioner Beau Nettleton said in a Tuesday night meeting.  "It is inexcusable," he added.  Val Verde County includes Del Rio, which became the epicenter of the border crisis as tens of thousands of migrants gathered under a bridge.   Sept. 17, 2021: Scenes from underneath the International Bridge in Del Rio. DEL RIO RESIDENTS RESPOND TO VIRAL BORDER PATROL IMAGES TAKEN NEAR THEIR COMMUNITY Nettleton said it was time for fellow border counties and cities to join forces in a suit to challenge U.S. immigration policies that have led to the largest influx of migrants...
    Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents found a group of migrants stashed in a motel room near the Texas-Mexico border. Human smugglers held the 16 migrants in the tiny room for nearly 30 days, officials reported. McAllen Station Border Patrol agents received a tip on September 17 about a motel in Edinburg being used as a smuggling stash house. Agents responded to the location and observed two people entering the motel room carrying several jugs of water and groceries, according to Rio Grande Valley Sector officials. Hotels near Highway 281 used for illicit activities!#RGV agents and @HidalgoCountySO arrested 16 migrants, who claimed they were held for nearly 30 days by human smugglers.https://t.co/TLi2BQ7LqH pic.twitter.com/fuJJ9Rim0A — Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings (@USBPChiefRGV) September 20, 2021 Agents contacted the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a welfare check. The deputies and agents found the small motel room packed with 16 migrants, officials stated. Agents conducted interviews and identified 10 Honduran citizens, five Salvadoran nationals, and one from Mexico. The migrants told the agents they had been held by the human smugglers in...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  Monthly border encounters with migrants attempting to illegally enter the U.S. decreased slightly in August for the first time since President Joe Biden took office but remain near record highs, according to Customs and Border Protection data. Border officials encountered nearly 209,000 migrants at the southern border in August, down from a record high of 213,500 people in July, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Officials encountered a record-high number of migrants compared to 50,000 in August 2020 and 62,700 in August 2019. However, a “larger-than-usual number of migrants” are attempting to illegally cross the border several times so “total encounters somewhat overstate the number of unique individuals arriving at the border,” CBP announced. Officials encountered 156,600 unique individuals in August and 25% of them had at least one prior encounter in the last 12 months. “The Biden administration’s open-borders policies have encouraged, incentivized, and facilitated mass illegal immigration, and the consequences have been predictable: more than 100,000 apprehensions per month in every full month President Biden has been in office,”...
    Monthly border encounters with migrants attempting to illegally enter the U.S. decreased slightly in August for the first time since President Joe Biden took office but remain near record highs, according to Customs and Border Protection data. Border officials encountered nearly 209,000 migrants at the southern border in August, down from a record high of 213,500 people in July, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Officials encountered a record-high number of migrants compared to 50,000 in August 2020 and 62,700 in August 2019. However, a “larger-than-usual number of migrants” are attempting to illegally cross the border several times so “total encounters somewhat overstate the number of unique individuals arriving at the border,” CBP announced. Officials encountered 156,600 unique individuals in August and 25% of them had at least one prior encounter in the last 12 months. “The Biden administration’s open-borders policies have encouraged, incentivized, and facilitated mass illegal immigration, and the consequences have been predictable: more than 100,000 apprehensions per month in every full month President Biden has been in office,” Heritage Foundation Senior Research Official and former Department...
    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' chief of staff has submitted her resignation, as DHS works to tackle a migrant crisis at the southern border and a sudden influx of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees.  Karen Olick announced Monday she would be leaving for an undisclosed opportunity, according to Politico.  Jennifer Higgins, the current associate director of Refugee, Asylum and International Operations at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will step in as temporary chief of staff after Olick leaves at the end of the month.  Mayorkas told DHS officials in an email Olick 'has decided to resign her position and pursue new opportunities. We are grateful to Karen for her service during the critical first nine months of the new Administration.' DHS is in the midst of not only helping to vet tens of thousands of Afghan refugees who were evacuated out of Kabul last month and handling an unprecedented flow of migrants at the southern border but also taking the lead on responding to the impacts of Hurricane Ida.  Karen Olick, above, chief of staff for DHS Sec....
    The record-breaking surge of migrants that continues to overwhelm the southern border has seen a massive dropoff in TV coverage, according to a new study.  Despite reaching a 21-year-high in border encounters, there's been a whopping 96% decrease in coverage on ABC, CBS, and NBC in July since March, NewsBusters wrote on Monday. "The illegal immigration influx along the U.S. southern border has worsened every month since President Biden took office, but the liberal broadcast networks have essentially stopped covering the crisis," NewsBusters senior editor Rich Noyes wrote.  BIDEN ADMINISTRATION FACES LAWSUIT OVER ‘SHOCKINGLY DEPLORABLE’ CHILD MIGRANT CONDITIONS IN TEXAS Back in March, the three broadcast networks collectively spent 113 minutes on the subject of the border crisis and noted 173,283 illegal immigrants attempting to make their way into the U.S. In July, there was a sharp increase of 212,672 border encounters, but just four minutes of coverage during the entire month.  "For context, that’s 490% more than the 175,468 encounters reported during the same six months in 2020, the last year of the Trump administration," Noyes pointed out.  Of...
    NEARLY a quarter of a million migrants were stopped at the US-Mexico border last month in what is being called an "unprecedented" surge. More than 212,000 migrants were stopped by Customs and Border Protection in July, a 12.6 percent increase from a month earlier. 4Alejandro Mayorkas spoke about the 'unprecedented' challenge the US is facing at the borderCredit: Reuters 4Almost a quarter of a million migrants attempted to cross the border in JulyCredit: AP This is the highest number of apprehensions at the US-Mexico border in 21 years. The surge is leading to mounting pressure on Joe Biden's administration to take more action on the ongoing border crisis. The number of people attempting to enter the country illegally has risen every month since Biden took office in January. So far this year, Customs and Border Protection has apprehended more than 1.1million people at the border. Speaking at a Thursday news conference, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted the administration is facing a "serious challenge" as an "unprecedented" number of migrants are trying to enter the US. "We are...
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