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FEMA heading to Southern border to assist with surge of migrant children

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been called to help shelter and transfer the increasingly large groups of unaccompanied child migrants that are crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States,, DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Saturday.

He said the agency will support and assist to “safely receive, shelter and transfer unaccompanied children” attempting to get into the United States. He added that there has been a “record number of individuals, including unaccompanied children, at the southwest border.

President Joe Biden’s administration has refused to call the massive wave of migrants arriving illegally at the U.S. Southern border a crisis but critics say it’s Biden’s policies that have instigated the humanitarian and national security disaster.

Mayorkas said Saturday that FEMA would help children found at the border avoid being treated as detainees of Customs and Border Protection.

I recently spoke to and witnessed the wave of children and family units crossing into the United States on my recent trips to Texas and Arizona. It is certainly is a crisis.

DHS expects the number of unaccompanied migrant children to increase exponentially throughout the year. Officials are estimating that more than 117,000 will arrive to the U.S., making this the largest wave of children to have arrived since President Obama was in office. During the fiscal year from October 2013 to August 2014, more than 66,000 children arrived to the U.S. unaccompanied.

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Five border agents shot, one killed, by ‘Narcos’ near Puerto Rico

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A maritime shooting occurred Thursday morning between U.S. border agents and drug smugglers off the coast of Puerto Rico.

The Washington Examiner, the first to report the incident, noted the shootout happened 14 miles off the coast of northwestern Puerto Rico. Three federal agents were shot, one of whom died, according to a statement from Customs and Border Protection.

The Customs and Border Protection agency confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the agents involved were from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection‘s Air and Marine Operations arm (AMO) and work the air and sea to patrol for human and drug smugglers.

The agents were “involved in an exchange of gunfire with individuals on board a suspected smuggling vessel upon approach 14 miles off the coast of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.”

“The marine agents suffered various gunshot injuries as a result” and were airlifted by CBP and Coast Guard to the Puerto Rico Trauma Center. According to a local news outlet, agents intercepted the snuggles who were attempting to transfer drugs on board to another vessel.

Three male Puerto Rican residents were taken into FBI custody mid-Thursday and arrested as suspects in the murder and assaults of the three agents.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, cited the report during a hearing on threats to the homeland Thursday.

“Ranking member Portman mentioned the tragic loss of one of our front-line personnel. Several others were gravely wounded. I was briefed on the situation very early this morning,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Thursday. “These are brave members of our Air and Marine Operations within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, so the difficulty of this job cannot be compared to the difficulty that our front-line personnel face every day — and their bravery and selfless service should be recognized.”

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