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BORDER CRISIS: CBP reports 944% increase in migrants this April

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Just in April, U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered 178,622 migrants attempting to cross the southwest land border. Last April, there were only 17,106 encounters. That’s a 944% increase. The annual total for 2021 so far is 749,613 migrants at the southwest border.

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The numbers of unaccompanied minors are unlike anything seen before. April saw 17,171 minors, while last year in April there were only 741. Even then, April 2021 saw a slight decrease of 9% unaccompanied minors when compared to March 2021. However, immigration overall increased from March to April by 3%. The Biden administration recently announced a new procedure for processing these abandoned children, which might also cause a shift in the numbers later this year.

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2020 and 2018 saw fewer migrants crossing the border than 2021 has seen this year so far. In 2018, there were 521,090, in 2019 there were 977,509 and in 2021 there were 458,088.

President Biden has previously claimed that immigration tends to increase this time of year, every year. The data from 2018-2019 supports his claim, but the increase for 2021 is significantly more than previous years’ increases. Since January, there has been an increase in migrants by anywhere from 30,000 to 70,000 every month. Previous years only saw increases of 6,000 to 20,000 every month. Further, 2020 saw a decrease from October to April.

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Mexican migrants topped the list of recent encounters, with 65,555 attempting to cross the southwest border. Honduras followed with 38,143, next Guatemala with 30,014 and finally El Salvador with 11,033. All other nationalities made up a decent group of 33,877.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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