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Democratic governors seek more funding to pay for migrants, border security



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In a letter to President Joe Biden and congressional leaders, New York Governor Kathy Hochul and eight other Democratic chief executives call for lawmakers to “quickly” reach an agreement on a border security package “that includes federal coordination and decompression at the southern and northern borders and federal funding for both border and interior states and cities receiving new arrivals.”

In a nutshell, liberal policies created an immigration crisis that Democrats want to retroactively fix by throwing millions of taxpayer dollars at it.

“While the Biden Administration has made important progress in managing immigration at the Southwest border, the number of migrants arriving in states and cities seeking emergency shelter continues to increase at record pace,” they wrote. “States and cities have spent billions to address inaction by Congress and match these challenges with solutions for our state and local economies.”

The liberal governors of course claims the nation’s immigration system is “outdated and unprepared” to respond to “unprecedented global migration” and that the problems facing states will continue to fester unless the system is reformed.

The letter makes reference to President Joe Biden’s $106 billion supplemental funding request to address immediate national security concerns, which includes $4.4 billion in “desperately needed” funding for a federal migration strategy and $1.4 billion in aid to states and localities.

“Those funds would provide support to federal agencies for additional personnel to increase border security, add staff to accelerate processing times and eligibility determinations, and increase removal proceedings for those ineligible to stay in the United States,” they wrote.

“While political motivations continue to delay the negotiations, our economy, states and localities are bearing the brunt of the shortcomings of the existing immigration system,” they added.

The Center Square notes more than 10 million people illegally entered the U.S. from January 2021 to September 2023, according to the latest Homeland Security figures.

Besides Hochul, the letter was also signed by Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

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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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