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Local TX officials to trucker convoy: please show support in other ways, ‘do not come’ here

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Another trucker convoy, similar to the one in Canada, is being organized to head to Texas’ southern border to show support, but local officials say there are better ways to be supported. “Take Our Border Back Southern Border Convoy & 3-state Rally” organizers are calling on “all active and retired law enforcement and military, veterans, mama bears, elected officials, business owners, ranchers, truckers, bikers, media and law abiding, freedom-loving Americans” to travel to rural, hard-to -reach areas near Eagle Pass, Texas, Yuma, Arizona, and San Ysirdo, California.

The first concern surrounds the route truckers will take: “the convoy is expected to follow a route from Virginia Beach, south through Jacksonville, Florida, and west along I-10 to Houston, south on highway 35 from San Antonio which Texas sheriffs note are major human and drug smuggling corridors and criminals could capitalize on their efforts” reports The Center Square.

The group’s stated objective is to “assemble in honor of our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights,” to express support to secure the southern border. Its Go Fund Me page has raised more than $130,000, none of which goes to state or federal border security efforts. Social media posts indicate some joining the convoy will be armed.

Goliad Sheriff Roy Boyd, who leads an Operation Lone Star (OLS) Task Force along a major smuggling corridor, is urging the convoy not to come to Texas.

“If the desire of protests like the convoy are to make an impactful difference, there are better ways to do so,” Boyd told The Center Square. “Unfortunately, driving to a border town is not the best way to make an impact. If a group wants to bring attention for the mainstream media to report on the protest, the convoy would be better off showing up on the streets of New York City or Washington, D.C.”

The convoy will impede law enforcement efforts that have been targeting 18-wheeler and other truck drivers smuggling people from the border, he and others, say.

“Increased traffic, especially commercial vehicle traffic, works to the benefit of smuggling organizations by providing them with more opportunities to blend in while reducing the likelihood of loads being stopped,” Boyd said.

The OLS Task Force first shared with The Center Square how cartel operatives are advertising online, paying drivers $70,000 to smuggle more than 80 people per truck load from the border, and how they’re actively working to catch them.

OLS Task Force Jackson County Sheriff Kelly Janica told The Center Square: “We appreciate anyone supporting securing the border, but please don’t come here. It will make our job harder. The cartels will capitalize on this and use the 18-wheelers, which they are already doing, to smuggle people from the border.”

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‘Sanctuary city’ of Denver is secretly paying for illegal immigrants to travel to Utah

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Liberal, self-described ‘sanctuary city’ Denver, Colorado is paying for illegal immigrants to travel to Utah, according to Republican Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox.

“We recently learned that the Democrat mayor of Denver has been sending illegal immigrants to Utah without proper notification or approval,” Republican Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox wrote Friday on X. “This is completely unacceptable and follows on the failed catch-and-release policy of the Biden administration.”

Without the approval or advance knowledge of local officials, Denver has been paying for migrants to relocate to other places, including Utah, where approximately 2,000 have been sent, 2KUTV News reported Thursday. Cox said Friday the practice is “unacceptable” and a result of the Biden administration’s immigration policies.

Cox wrote that Utah’s resources “are completely depleted.” His office told Fox 13 News they learned about the city sending migrants on May 13.

“All 50 states, including Utah, are now border states due to the failed immigration policies of President Biden and Congress,” Cox continued. “Once again we call on the Biden administration and Congress to solve this crisis.”

Denver city officials are not blaming the Biden administration’s horrendous open border policies for the overwhelming issue; rather, they blame Texas.

Officials told Axios Friday: “The vast majority of newcomers arriving in Denver do so on buses chartered from Texas and had no intention of ever coming to Denver,” Jordan Fuja, spokesperson for Democratic Denver Mayor Mike Johnston, told Axios. “That’s why part of our operations include purchasing tickets for newcomers to get to their desired location.”

Government officials in Salt Lake City, Utah also were not made aware in advance of the migrants’ arrival, the city mayor’s office told 2KUTV News.

“I have, myself, communicated our displeasure,” Andrew Roberts, chief of staff for Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, told the outlet.

 

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