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Illegal border crossings surged in July’s sweltering heat



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Historically, border crossings drop during the hottest months of summer, but “this July, however, the opposite happened, suggesting that other factors were at play” reports National Review. Preliminary U.S. Customs and Border Protection data show 130,000 individuals attempting to illegally enter the United States were arrested, up from 99,545 in June.

Just what factors are at play? National Review reports on the latest Biden administration’s actions which have secured the growing numbers:

Prior to the spike in July, there was a massive drop in illegal immigration in June. That was a “temporary wait-and-see respite because of the new supposedly tough asylum rules” that the Biden administration imposed after the expiration of Title 42, the Trump-era Covid policy, Mark Krikorian, executive director for the Center for Immigration Studies, told National Review. During the pandemic, Title 42 authorized border agents to expel migrants as a means to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

The new Biden rule was touted as a tough carrot-and-stick policy, Krikorian said, allowing border personnel to deny asylum claims made by migrants who had not first applied online or applied for asylum in a country they passed through on their way to the U.S. But illegal immigrants learned they could seek entry via the CBP One app, expanded by the Department of Homeland Security in January. The app lets illegal immigrants make appointments at a port of entry to file asylum claims.

Former acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf recently accused the Biden administration of using the app to coverup the magnitude of recent illegal immigration. He said at a dereliction of duty” hearing targeting current DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that the app could exacerbate the serious fraud that already exists in the asylum process.

“Smugglers figured out they weren’t all that tough,” Krikorian said of what happened in practice after the Biden asylum rules were announced, “so now traffic is back up again.”

Majority of the increased apprehensions occurred in southern Arizona, where temperatures have been above 110 degrees. In the Tucson sector alone, border patrol agents arrested around 40,000 illegal immigrants, the highest one-month total for the area in 15 years, CBP data indicate.

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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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