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6 killed, 43 wounded in various weekend shootings in Chicago



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Gun violence in Chicago killed six and wounded 43. Ten victims were only teenagers, and two of them died, according to CBS Chicago. A police officer is also among the wounded.

First to die as a result of gun violence last weekend was an 18-year-old boy at 72nd Place and Jeffery Boulevard. A gunman shot him and another 15-year-old boy in a building. A fight had reportedly broken out after someone arrived home with a pizza. The 15-year-old survived. Then, a female Chicago police officer responding on the scene received a gunshot to the leg. Police suspect that it was the same gunman who shot the teenagers.

However, she was in good enough condition to drive herself to the hospital. She has since returned home to recover. All four people involved in the confrontation were detained by police on the scene.

Next, at about 8:30 PM Saturday, an 18-year-old girl was shot to death while sitting in her own car. Medics were able to attend to her promptly after the shooting. But Mount Sinai Hospital later pronounced her dead.

At 8:20 AM Sunday, crossfire struck a 16-year-old boy. He was taking the trash out at the time.

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year



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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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