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Biden calls border surge a ‘crisis’ for the first time

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President Biden referred to the situation at the southern border as a “crisis” for the first time Sunday. He was playing a round of golf.

Biden said his administration was focusing on the “crisis” and that now they will begin to let in more refugees. The president also referred to the cap his administration has on the number of illegal immigrants that have been allowed to enter the country through the roughly 2,000 mile southern border with Mexico.

“We’re going to increase the number [of refugees],” Biden said. “The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn’t do two things at once. But now we are going to increase the number,” as reported by Fox News.

The word has been avoided by his team, but now the President said it himself.

The situation at the border has resulted in a record number of unaccompanied minors showing up in the month of March, and nearly 1,000 migrants crossing into the country undetected every day, according to Border Patrol officials.

Perhaps Biden’s labeling of the situation in the south will encourage his Vice President to take a trip to the border—or at least hold a press conference, which Harris has failed to do in the 25 days she has served as head of the response to the crisis.

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Border Patrol agent killed overnight while tracking group of illegal immigrants

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A Border Patrol agent was killed overnight while in the line of duty patrolling the border. “The agent was patrolling the international boundary at approximately 1 a.m. on an all-terrain vehicle and tracking a group of individuals which illegally crossed the border when he was involved in an accident near Mission, Texas,” acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller announced.

In an email, Miller wrote “Acting Deputy Commissioner [Benjamine] Huffman, Chief [Raul] Ortiz and I regret to inform you of the passing of a Border Patrol agent assigned the McAllen Station this morning.”

“He was found unresponsive by fellow agents who immediately initiated life-saving efforts and requested emergency medical services. The agent was taken to an area hospital by ambulance where he later passed away. Additional information will be shared when available,” the email continued.

“The death of an agent while performing their duties and securing our borders is a loss that is felt throughout our agency and our nation,” Miller concluded.

Just The News writes:

The nation has witnessed an unprecedented surge in illegal migration the past few years, with roughly 2.4 million crossing the border in fiscal year 2022 and nearly 4 million doing so since President Joe Biden took office. With that has come record drug trafficking operations, including increasingly large shipments of the highly potent narcotic fentanyl.

Border authorities are unable to keep up with the rise in traffic, prompting the Biden administration to turn to other federal agencies for extra manpower. The Department of Homeland Security has attempted to redeploy air marshals to the southern border to assist with the crisis, but has faced resistance from the agency, with many vowing to refuse the order at the risk of termination.

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