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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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$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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