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20 governors demand that Biden end the border crisis

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Following the reports of historic immigration numbers, governors from Arizona to New Hampshire wrote a letter Tuesday calling on President Biden and Vice President Harris “to take action on the crisis at the southern border immediately.” In total, 20 governors signed the plea to the administration.

The border saw a 20-year monthly high in total immigration, with 172,000 encounters in March alone, and an all-time monthly high in child immigration with 18,890 unaccompanied children encounters. While Biden has claimed that this is the season for high immigration numbers, these governors write it “is entirely due to reckless federal policy reversals executed within your first 100 days in office.”

Even Mexican President Andrés Manuel López puts the blame on Biden. He has said that migrants see Biden as “the migrant president.”

Signatures included that of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Idaho Governor Brad Little, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves,  Missouri Governor Greg Parsons, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Utah Governor Spencer Cox, and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon.

Many of these governors aren’t from border states, but felt the need to tell the Biden administration they won’t be helping with the “heartbreaking” situation. “Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called upon many of our states to identify potential housing locations for migrants,” the letter read. But, the governors responded, “we have neither the resources nor the obligation to solve the federal government’s problem and foot the bill for the consequences of this Administration’s misguided actions.”

Governors are also calling for action because the crisis has “threatened the safety of American citizens.” The letter cites a report from Customs and Border Protection, that showed a 233% increase in the seizure of fentanyl since January 2020.

Of all 19 governors, Utah Governor Cox will be meeting with Biden Tuesday. The purpose of their meeting is to discuss vaccination rates.

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DOJ federal indictment connects Sinaloa Cartel and Chinese ‘underground banking’

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The Justice Department (DOJ) announced a huge connection between Chinese organized crime and the Sinaloa drug cartel. In a press release the DOJ reported a 10-count superseding indictment charging Los Angeles-based associates of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel with conspiring with money-laundering groups linked to Chinese underground banking to launder drug trafficking proceeds. During the conspiracy, more than $50 million in drug proceeds flowed between the Sinaloa Cartel associates and Chinese underground money exchanges.”

The indictment was the result of a multi-year investigation into the conspiracy—dubbed “Operation Fortune Runner”— unsealed on Monday charging a total of 24 defendants with one count of conspiracy to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, according to the press release.

“Dangerous drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine are destroying people’s lives but drug traffickers only care about their profits,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. “To protect our community, therefore, it is essential that we go after the sophisticated, international criminal syndicates that launder the drug money. As this indictment and our international actions show, we will be dogged in our pursuit of all those who facilitate destruction in our country and make sure they are held accountable for their actions.”

“Drug traffickers generate immense amounts of cash through their illicit operations. This case is a prime example of Chinese money launderers working hand in hand with drug traffickers to try to legitimize profits generated by drug activities,” said Chief Guy Ficco of IRS Criminal Investigation. “We have made it a priority to identify, disrupt, and dismantle any money launderers working with drug cartels and we are committed to our partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat drug cartels and those who assist them in laundering drug proceeds.”

The Justice.Gov website explains of the indictment: “Following close coordination with the Justice Department, Chinese and Mexican law enforcement informed United States authorities that those countries recently arrested fugitives named in the superseding indictment who fled the United States after they were initially charged last year.”

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