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    By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press HOLTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Barely a mile from where an SUV packed with 25 people struck a tractor-trailer — killing 13 inside — a cemetery with unmarked bricks is a burial ground for migrants who died crossing the border from Mexico to remote California desert. Authorities are investigating whether human smuggling was involved in Tuesday's early-morning collision that killed the 22-year-old male driver of the SUV and 12 passengers. The Mexican government said 10 of the dead were Mexican citizens and that nationalities of the three others who died was undetermined. Seats of the 1997 Ford Expedition were removed except for the driver and right front passenger's, said Omar Watson, chief of the California Highway Patrol's border division. The cause of the collision was undetermined, authorities said, and it also was unknown why so many people were crammed into a vehicle built to hold eight...
    HOLTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Barely a mile from where an SUV packed with 25 people struck a tractor-trailer — killing 13 inside — a cemetery with unmarked bricks is a burial ground for migrants who died crossing the border from Mexico to remote California desert. Authorities are investigating whether human smuggling was involved in Tuesday’s early-morning collision that killed the 22-year-old male driver of the SUV and 12 passengers. The Mexican government said 10 of the dead were Mexican citizens and that nationalities of the three others who died was undetermined. Seats of the 1997 Ford Expedition were removed except for the driver and right front passenger’s, said Omar Watson, chief of the California Highway Patrol’s border division. The cause of the collision was undetermined, authorities said, and it also was unknown why so many people were crammed into a vehicle built to hold eight people safely. But smugglers...
    There has been a "dramatic increase" of illegal border crossings, Townhall.com Senior Writer Julio Rosas reported Monday from the southern border. "The surge that we’re seeing, not just the regular adults and families but unaccompanied minors," Rosas told "Fox News Primetime." Rosas said that after hearing President Biden’s campaign rhetoric last year, migrants assumed entering the United States would be "easier." RUSH LIMBAUGH, CONSERVATIVE TALK RADIO PIONEER, DEAD AT 70 "That’s why we’re going to see and we have seen a dramatic increase in people coming to not just the ports of entry, but, crossing illegally where the border wall system that was being built by President Trump is now on halt. So now we have gaps along the southwest border," Rosas said. Meanwhile, the Biden administration halting near-completed sections of the border wall is the latest example of policies that will lead to "caravan after caravan" crossing the southern border, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told "Hannity" Monday....
    Merrick Garland, President Biden’s pick to lead the Justice Department, said Monday he "hadn’t thought" about whether illegal entry at the southern border should remain a crime. Garland was asked by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., if he believed "that illegal entry at America’s border should remain a crime?" MERRICK GARLAND SAYS HE DOES NOT SUPPORT DEFUNDING THE POLICE  "Well, I haven’t thought about that question. I just haven’t thought about that question," Garland responded. "I think the president has made clear that we are a country with borders and with a concern about national security. I don’t know of a proposal to decriminalize but still make it unlawful to enter. I just don’t know the answer to that question. I hadn’t thought about it." There has been a push in recent years to decriminalize illegal border crossings from left-wing Democrats and immigrant activist groups. Most notably, the 2020 presidential platform...
    The Border Patrol promotes the dissemination of migracorrido, songs that relate the risks involved in trying to enter the United States illegally, as a strategy to discourage the departure of new migrant caravans from Mexico and Central America. “Menacing serpent / of steel are its scales / also of steel is its belly. / The Beast from the south they call / the damn train of death. / With the devil in the cauldron he screams, roars and writhes ”, the song is called“ La Bestia ”, the same name of the freight train that migrants use to cross Mexico on their way to the United States, offering a warning to potential migrants who think they risk their lives to travel on the « train of death », a journey that organizations such as Amnesty International (AI) have described as the « most dangerous in the world ». ➡️ Stay informed on our Google...
    Former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said on "Fox & Friends" Friday that the situation at the southern border has become "very dangerous" in recent months, as President Joe Biden moves to reverse many of the immigration enforcement measures from the Trump administration.  Wolf noted that U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 11 Iranian citizens after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona Monday evening. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents encountered the group near San Luis – a city in the southwest corner of Arizona – around 6 p.m. near County 21st Street and the Salinity Canal. ANGEL DAD RIPS BIDEN ADMIN'S NEW IMMIGRATION ORDERS: 'I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY CAN JUSTIFY IT' Agents determined the group had entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico. The group was arrested and taken into custody. The CBP said the group consisted of five females and six males, all from Iran. Biden has so far stopped construction of the wall at...
    Illegal border crossings in the Del Rio Sector of Texas since October have increased roughly 193% over the same time period last year, border patrol agents said Tuesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said its stations in the Del Rio Sector – which border the Mexican state of Coahuila – continues "to experience a significant increase in encounters despite the many associated dangers." A border patrol station in the Del Rio Sector of Texas.  (Google Maps) Since Oct. 1, the sector "has encountered more than 31,000 individuals, approximately a 193 percent increase over the same time last year," CBP said in a press release. In that time frame, agents in the Del Rio Sector have rescued more than 275 individuals attempting to illegally enter the U.S. Those numbers represent a 425% increase over Fiscal Year 2020, CBP said. MARCO RUBIO REJECTS BIDEN IMMIGRATION BILL, CALLS...
    More than 67,000 people were caught illegally crossing the southwest border of the United States in both October and November, a more than 65% increase from the previous year, statistics released by the Customs & Border Protection on Monday show. The numbers included a 31% increase from the previous year from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, the Central American countries known as the Northern Triangle, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said during a media briefing Monday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan, speaking to reporters Monday, blamed the surge in detentions in part due to recent court rulings and the statements and promises of any new administration headed by Joe Biden to rescind Trump administration policies, according to Border Report. "Any immigration strategy that comprises of release, protect and reward is not a strategy at all," he said. He added the statements are...
    Border officials encountered more than 87,000 migrants who tried illegally to enter the United States from Mexico in November, five times the number of people seen in April. Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said Monday that federal agents on the southern border saw a “significant” increase in arrests of illegal immigrants between ports of entry and the number of migrants turned away at border crossings compared to October when a total of 69,000 people were encountered. In April, just 17,000 people were encountered by border officials on the southern border. Border Patrol agents are now averaging 2,300 arrests per day across California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas — more than double the 1,000 figure that former Obama-era Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said indicated a “crisis” on the border. “If the current policies in place are revoked, as their critics promised they...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. border authorities stopped people entering the country illegally from Mexico more than 69,000 times in October, the sixth straight monthly increase and the highest level since July 2019. Mark Morgan, acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner, said deteriorating economic conditions were driving more people to come to the United States. There have also been large numbers of repeat crossers since March, when U.S. authorities began expelling people entering the county illegally under pandemic-related authority without an opportunity to seek asylum. Mexicans and many Central Americans are sent back to Mexico, the vast majority within two hours. Recidivism rates — or the percentage of people caught who had tried at least once in the previous year — was 37% across the border for those expelled from March through September, according to CBP. Many were Mexican adults traveling alone. Morgan told reporters that border authorities had more...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. border authorities stopped people entering the country illegally from Mexico more than 69,000 times in October, the sixth straight monthly increase and the highest level since July 2019. Mark Morgan, acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner, said deteriorating economic conditions were driving more people to come to the United States. There have also been large numbers of repeat crossers since March, when U.S. authorities began expelling people entering the county illegally under pandemic-related authority without an opportunity to seek asylum. Mexicans and many Central Americans are sent back to Mexico, the vast majority within two hours. Recidivism rates — or the percentage of people caught who had tried at least once in the previous year — was 37% across the border for those expelled from March through September, according to CBP. Many were Mexican adults traveling alone. Morgan told reporters that border authorities had more...
    Federal law enforcement blocked fewer than 458,000 immigrants from illegally entering the United States from Mexico border over the past 12 months, less than half the one million people who attempted to cross last year, the Trump administration announced Wednesday afternoon. "We saw our overall encounters along the southwestern border drop from almost 1 million last fiscal year to less than 458,000 this fiscal year," Mark Morgan, senior official performing the duties of Customs and Border Protection commissioner, said in a press conference Wednesday on the fiscal 2020 numbers. "That’s a 53% reduction." CBP tracks both people who are arrested for illegally entering the country between border crossings and those who are turned away at border crossings. Those figures combined was less than 485,000. Families from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras were the driving force behind the humanitarian crisis at the border in 2019. The number of family members...
    Around 200 illegal migrants reached Britain in dozens of vessels on Sunday in what was reportedly the worst-ever day for illegal Channel crossings. “Many migrants see it as a ‘now or never’ moment before the UK government cracks down on crossings,” a source told The Sun newspaper. “They fear there will be a major push to curb the attempts and see July as their best opportunity,” they added — although, despite tough talk dating back to Home Secretary Priti Patel’s predecessor Sajid Javid’s time in office, such a push still shows no sign of materialising. The migrants reportedly put to sea in as many as 40 vessels, many small inflatables dropped off by so-called “mother ships”, with the Sun source saying that the authorities even found one migrant who had put to sea in a stolen pedalo. Patel was quoted by the newspaper as saying “We will stop at nothing to end these...
    The number of illegal crossings at the external borders of the European Union has decreased by almost a fifth in the first half of this year to stand at 36,400, said Monday Frontex, the European agency for the management of border cooperation outside. However, this downward trend does not apply to the Western Balkan route or the central migration route via the Mediterranean. According to preliminary figures from Frontex, the coronavirus pandemic has significantly reduced the number of illegal border crossings on the western and eastern flyways. On the road from Turkey to Greece, the number of border crossings has almost halved, compared to the first half of 2019, at 11,900. On the western route to Spain, the number halved to 4,500. The Western Balkan route, however, is another story. There, Frontex noted 70% more border crossings in June (2,050) than in May and almost three times more than...
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