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Four immigrants found attempting to cross border stuffed inside tool box



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It’s a sad sight to see the dozens of ways immigrants risk their lives attempting be smuggled across the U.S. border. An already dangerous journey turns into one that is almost impossible to survive. On Friday, the U.S. Border Patrol released devastating and shocking photos of four undocumented immigrants crammed together in a long tool box bed.

The photos, released by the New York Post, show the orange metal box encapsulating the men who clutch black garbage bags of their belongings. They are smashed together so tight, it’s almost impossible to tell where one human body begins and ends, with heads being the only identifying feature.

Agents made the discovery near Rio Grande City. In addition to the four men in the metal container, twelve additional immigrants were in the actual truck. Miraculously, none of the immigrants were injured, as U.S. officials note that such smuggling tactics have deadly consequences.

Over the years, media outlets have reported that the smuggling of immigrants “often end up being chased by Border Patrol agents, and law-enforcement agents in rural parts of the Texas border with Mexico.” There has been an increase in the high speed chases, leading to car crashes and fatalities; not only of the immigrants but also of innocent bystanders in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Dallas Morning News reported last summer that “deadly crashes rise on Texas roads as smugglers cram more migrants into smaller vehicles.”

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NY Lawmakers want to tax tech giants to get $500M to fund unemployment benefits for illegal migrants



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New York lawmakers are debating over a proposed Democratic initiative that would pave the way for a multibillion-dollar fund designed to provide unemployment benefits for illegal immigrants. Spearheaded by state Senator Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, the proposal has ignited passionate discussions within the Senate Finance Committee, where it currently awaits further deliberation.

The Center Square reports the proposal would utilize a $500 million trust fund earmarked specifically to offer jobless benefits for individuals who find themselves ineligible for traditional unemployment payments and other public assistance programs. To finance this ambitious endeavor, proponents of the plan are advocating for the imposition of a novel tax targeting tech behemoths like Google and Amazon. This tax, aimed at digital advertising revenue, is projected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars to sustain the fund.

Ramos has alluded to her belief that migrants are a fundamental contribution to the state’s economy. Despite their authorization to work, payment of taxes, and active involvement in the labor force, undocumented immigrants face a glaring disparity—they are excluded from accessing vital safety nets like unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs.

In a social media post, Ramos cited the expiration of federal unemployment insurance for freelancers and the depletion of the Excluded Workers Fund. She argues vehemently for a safety net aligned with the evolving dynamics of the labor market, one that extends support to all workers, regardless of their immigration status.

The proposed fund, aptly named the Unemployment Bridge Program, outlines comprehensive eligibility criteria encompassing a spectrum of marginalized workers—from undocumented migrants to freelancers and individuals recently released from incarceration or immigrant detention. By establishing clear guidelines and procedures, the program endeavors to streamline the application process, ensuring equitable access to unemployment benefits for those in need.

The initiative comes in the wake of prolonged deliberations regarding jobless benefits for undocumented immigrants and nontraditional workers in New York. Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state previously allocated $2.1 billion to the Excluded Workers Fund, offering a lifeline to those excluded from conventional unemployment benefits.

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2025 underscores a commitment to supporting asylum seekers, with significant allocations directed towards housing and legal assistance. The proposal has met with opposition from Republicans, who argue for prioritizing legal residents and taxpayers in the allocation of state resources. Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt contends that limited resources should be reserved exclusively for those who have contributed to the state’s tax base.

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