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Border crisis ‘goes way past politics’: Border official discusses dangers migrants face on the journey to the U.S.

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National Border Patrol Council Vice President Chris Cabrera said that a reason why the trek migrants make to and across the southern border is because of the health risks and danger posed by the journey as well as a general lack of medical care available back in their home countries and on the way to the U.S.

Appearing on Monday’s episode of “The Sara Carter Show” podcast, Cabrera described to host Sara Carter that the border crisis is “a serious thing” he thinks “goes way past politics.”

“It’s a humanitarian issue when you have these young kids—seven years old—traveling alone, and sometimes even younger,” he said. “We’ve seen three- and four-year-olds, two-year-olds, or a 14-year-old traveling with a four-year-old. It’s very dangerous for these kids. And I feel that not everybody’s taking this as seriously as they should.”

Following that, Sara Carter said that “almost 100% of the time” the first person that people crossing the border are going to encounter, or even turn themselves into, is a Border Patrol agent—”whether they’re sick, whether they’re just turning themselves in, whether they’re going to be apprehended”. This, she said, is because many of these migrants are “trying to run away […] and a lot of times these children and people—this is the first time that they have actually even been with someone that can get them to a doctor or whatever. And on this long journey—some people taking eight weeks to get here—some people become very ill.”

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Carter then brought up Cabrera on the border helping a migrant man get medical help, which she had also witnessed.

According to Carter, there was a man who was with a large group of people, as well as with his two daughters. He told Cabrera and Carter—who both speak Spanish—that he had lost his wife to cancer, possibly in Honduras, and that he had traveled with his two young daughters. Describing the man as “so sick,” Carter noted that she and Cabrera didn’t know if he had COVID-19 or if he was asthmatic, noting that his oxygen levels “were very low.”

Recalling the encounter, Cabrera said, “I had my medic gear with me, not all of it, because usually we have fully stocked vehicles.”

“We see this guy and he’s complaining that he can’t breathe, and he’s got a look of distress on his face. So I talked to him to get as much out of him as I could. And then he really starts coughing—wet cough—and didn’t have his asthma inhaler. I took his levels and he was down in the 70s. So we called for a medic, another medic to show up who wasn’t from the area,” he continued.

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“It was just taking too long, so we just throw him in the back of my personal pickup truck—him and the family—and took off and got him to an aid station where he could get some oxygen, and ultimately he ended up going to the hospital,” Cabrera added.

Also while talking about this, Cabrera noted that there are “a good number of Border Patrol agents” who “are cross-trained as EMTs or paramedics.” Having EMTs out there, he said, is “a necessity” because “we work in areas that are inaccessible to ambulance emergency services”.

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Report: Deportations Dropped By 90% Under President Biden

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Deportations of illegal immigrants have dropped by 90% under President Biden, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.

“Immigration enforcement, as measured by the number of aliens removed from the country, has collapsed to the lowest level since the mid-1990s, according to ICE deportation records the Center has obtained. Under policies imposed by the Biden administration, removals dropped by 80 percent since last year’s low point during the pandemic lockdown, and by 90 percent since 2019, the last normal year for ICE operations,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, said in the report.

The report explained that, “Under Biden Policies, ICE Removals Have Plummeted to a Fraction of Normal Levels. On his first day of office (January 20, 2021), President Biden issued a directive halting virtually all deportations for 100 days and greatly restricting immigration enforcement activity. Following a lawsuit by Texas asserting grave fiscal and public safety harm to its citizens from a near-suspension of federal immigration enforcement, within two weeks federal judge Drew Tipton halted the deportation freeze and later enjoined it indefinitely pending further legal action.”

“The restrictions on other enforcement actions have remained in place with some minor modifications, meaning that, in effect, ICE has been limited to removing known or suspected terrorists, aliens convicted of very serious crimes (mostly those defined as ‘aggravated felons’), and recent illegal arrivals,” the report added.

“The number of aliens removed who had serious criminal convictions also has declined by over 50 percent from 2020 and by 65 percent since 2019,” the report observed.
The Biden administration’s restrictions on ICE have resulted in the highest levels of illegal immigration on record as the agency has been “functionally abolished.”

The Washington Post reported, “ICE under President Biden is an agency on probation. The new administration has rejected calls from some Democrats to eliminate the agency entirely, but Biden has placed ICE deportation officers on a leash so tight that some say their work is being functionally abolished.”

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