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DHS Secretary Mayorkas claims to not know how many migrants were released into U.S.

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas appeared woefully unprepared before the Senate Homeland Security Committee Tuesday. He was joined by Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray and Director Counter Terrorism Sector Christine Abizaid.

First, Ranking Member Rob Portman (R-OH) read from the Rodney Scott letter. Scott is a Former U.S. Border Patrol Chief, who sounded the alarm on the border crisis via a letter that became part of the record of the hearing.

“He says in October 2020, he was told that 91% of total encounters were processed under Title 42 and people were expelled in a matter of 90 minutes,” Portman read. “A report I received in August of 2021 indicated that nearly 53% were granted exemptions to Title 42, with the majority being released into the United States.”

Meanwhile Mayorkas, when asked how many migrants were detained, deported, processed for expedited removal and or expelled, said he did not know.

“I do not have the data before me,” Mayorkas told the committee. Then, they all took a break from the hearing. But even after they returned, Mayorkas still didn’t have the numbers that multiple senators asked for. Yet he was fresh from a visit from the border’s Del Rio Texas section.

So Portman’s solution is to have more stern and clear messaging about the border being closed. According to him, nothing else seems to be working.

“This notion that this can all be solved by investing in Latin America, particularly in the Northern Triangle countries,” Portman went on, “I’m not against that. We’ve done a lot of it. 3.6 billion in the last five years. That’s not the ultimate answer.”

For instance, swarms of Haitian migrants have landed at the border. As a result the border crisis as progressed further than these Northern Triangle countries.

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$18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility discovered $18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) revealed in a press release on Monday, at approximately 6:47 a.m.,that CBP officers encountered a 44-year-old male driving a commercial tractor-trailer with a shipment manifested for squash. The driver, a valid border crossing card holder, was referred for further examination by CBP officers along with the tractor-trailer and shipment.

Non-intrusive scanning technology was utilized to conduct a full scan of the tractor trailer which showed irregularities and CBP officers requested a CBP human and narcotics detection canine. The canine team responded and alerted officers to the presence of narcotics.

A total of 1,419 packages concealed within the shipment of squash was discovered and extracted. The narcotics were tested and identified as methamphetamine with a total weight of 11,469 pounds with an estimated street value of $18,350,400.

“Our officers’ commitment to duty, excellence, and the safety of our nation is truly commendable. These results serve as an outstanding display of effectiveness in thwarting the illegal importation of narcotics,” stated Rosa E. Hernandez, Otay Mesa Area Port Director. “Their exceptional efforts truly embody the highest standards of service.”

The seizures are part of Operation Apollo, a holistic counter-fentanyl effort that began on October 26, 2023 in southern California, and expanded to Arizona on April 10, 2024, the CBP release reveals. Operation Apollo focuses on intelligence collection and partnerships, and utilizes local CBP field assets augmented by federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to boost resources, increase collaboration, and target the smuggling of fentanyl into the United States.

The CDC states that more than 150 people die every day from drug overdoses related to synthetic opioids derived from fentanyl.

 

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