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Chicago shootings kill 4, wound 37 over the weekend

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Various gunmen in the city of Chicago shot 41 people this weekend. As a result four victims died. According to CBS Chicago, five of the victims were under 18 years of age.

First, at 5 PM Friday one 15-year-old boy and another 16-year-old boy came under fire while walking down the street. One took a bullet to the shoulder and the other took one in his foot. Both remained in good condition at Loretto Hospital.

Next, a little bit before 11 AM Saturday a man committed an armed robbery. He shot a 68-year-old man over his belongings. His victim survived.

Then, some hours later at 1:45 PM, a man was driving with his 1-year-old son in the back seat. Suddenly a gunman in a maroon sedan began shooting at his car. While neither received gunshots, the child in the back cut his feet as a result of the broken glass.

In addition, another vehicular shooting happened early Sunday. Police received reports of a shootout between a Toyota Camry and another vehicle. A lone K9 Unit officer happened to see the Camry and hear the gunshots while stopped at a red light.

So, the officer revved the engine and turned on its emergency lights. As a result, the Camry blew past the red light, hitting the back of a Nissan Rogue. A passenger was subsequently ejected from the vehicle upon impact. The car was full, and one passenger died. Those in the Toyota Camry escaped on foot.

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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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