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Are we in trouble? Biden ICE official meets with activist whose motto is ‘Abolish Borders’

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Setareh Ghandehari, who serves as an advocacy director of the anti-immigration detention group Detention Watch Network and promotes the hashtag “AbolishBorders” took to social media to brag about her high level meeting with a Biden administration official.

Ghandehari said she met with Michael D. Lumpkin, the chief of staff for the Biden Administration’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday. The open border supporter said the meeting held the purpose of sharing the organization’s demands.

“Yesterday I met with ICE’s new Chief of Staff to make clear our demands for a world without ICE detention & a future where all people are able to live freely w/ the support of their community and loved ones, not behind bars as they navigate their immigration cases,” Ghandehari said.

“The Biden administration can still take steps towards making that world a reality by shutting down detention centers, like Torrance, Winn & Adelanto, that have exemplified an entirely unrepairable & unnecessary detention system that must be abolished completely,” Ghandehari said, referring to ICE detention centers, in another message she sent out on X on Wednesday.

It is disturbing that the administration would even acknowledge such a group, let alone indulge them with a meeting. The Daily Caller News Foundation reports on the horrendous border statistics:

The Biden Administration has limited immigration enforcement to those deemed to be threats to public safety and national security. Additionally, the Biden Administration has let thousands of detention beds go empty while taxpayers still foot the bill for them.

ICE held an event in December 2022, where it hosted a panel featuring Peter Markowitz, a law professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and director of the school’s Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic who once created his own “blueprint” to “allow us to abolish ICE.”

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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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