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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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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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