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Biden administration begins to deport illegal immigrants back to Venezuela

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Venezuelans who “do not establish a legal basis to remain” in the U.S. will be shipped back, a senior Biden official announced Thursday. In an attempt to curb the horrific border crisis, the Biden administration is beginning to take at least some action.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas spoke at a news conference Thursday in Mexico City stating Venezuela has agreed to receive migrants “who do not take advantage of the lawful pathways and instead arrive irregularly at our southern border and do not qualify for relief.”

The quick change of policy comes after just one month ago, when in an attempt to accommodate and assimilate some of the many thousands of Venezuelan newcomers, the Biden administration announced it would grant temporary legal status (TPS) to nearly half-a-million Venezuelans who had arrived in the U.S. by the end of July, allowing them to live and work in the country without fear of deportation.

Roughly 242,700 Venezuelans were covered under the TPS designation before the change, which may make another 472,000 migrants eligible. The re-designation protects the migrants from deportation and gives them employment authorization. The Biden administration claims the deportations do not represent an inconsistency from the expansion of TPS for Venezuelan migrants.

One official told NBC “We as a matter of policy and as a matter of historical practice continue to remove individuals to countries that have TPS designations after the date of the TPS designation,” the official said. “So this is not something any new or different from the long-standing practice of this administration, but really all previous administrations.”

Nonetheless, Mayorkas confirmed the deportation update at the press conference in Mexico: “We have made a determination that it is safe to return Venezuelan nationals who have arrived in the United States subsequent to July 31 and do not have a legal basis to remain here,” he said.

Additionally, Mayorkas announced the Biden administration would resume building the border wall for the first time since former President Donald Trump left office; a direct violation of Biden’s campaign promises. In order to continue the build, Mayorkas waved 26 federal laws, primarily environmental laws.

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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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