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GOP lawmakers demand Biden admin investigation into Antifa after journalist is attacked again

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Republican representatives wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland Tuesday to demand that he investigate ongoing violence in Portland. Reps. Dan Bishop (R-NC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Mike Johnson (R-LA), and Cliff Bentz (R-OR) signed the letter to know how the Department of Justice will be examining “Antifa’s orchestrated campaign of violence and intimidation.”

This letter comes after journalist Andy Ngô survived yet another violent attack over Memorial day weekend. Ngô was undercover, reporting on the most recent riots in Portland, Oregon, when he says he “was chased, attacked and beaten by a masked mob.”

The House Judiciary Committee sent similar letters in the past. “We have repeatedly urged the Biden Administration to address the left-wing violence in Portland,” this most recent letter reads. “Your refusal to do so has only emboldened these radical agitators to the degree that they feel comfortable targeting and viciously attacking a member of the press.”

Now, the committee wants to know if the Justice Department is pursuing the identification and prosecution of Antifa members. They are also calling for a briefing on the matter.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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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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