Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamattei claimed in an interview that the Biden administration’s messaging has been encouraging the border crisis. CBSN correspondent Ed O’Keefe sat down with the president over the weekend.
“The message changed to ‘we’re going to reunite families and we’re going to reunite children,'” Giamattei told O’Keefe. “The very next day the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States.”
But, Giamattei says it’s up to Harris to help the ongoing border crisis. “In our zoom meeting on May 7th, we made a proposal to the Vice President. We asked her to introduce a bill in the United States Senate that would make human smuggling and asking as a coyote a federal crime,” Giamattei said. Meanwhile, in Guatemala coyotes’ punishment tend to be a 5-6 year prison sentence. “It’s a joke,” the president said.
Biden administration officials would not confirm to O’Keefe whether they were considering the proposal or not. Vice President Harris landed in Guatemala Monday to meet with President Giamattei.
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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year
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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