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Mexico Raises Concerns Over Texas’ Floating Barriers on Rio Grande

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The Mexican government has lodged a diplomatic note to the U.S. government, expressing concerns that Texas’ use of floating barriers along the Rio Grande might violate treaties regarding the Rio Grande river, according to reports from Fox News.

Foreign Relations Secretary Alicia Bárcena confirmed Mexico’s plan to send an inspection team to assess whether any portion of the barrier extends into Mexico’s side of the border river.

This move comes as Texas aims to deter illegal immigration, but it has drawn criticism from migrant advocates and environmentalists, who worry about potential drowning risks and the impact on the river’s ecosystem.

In addition to the floating barriers, Bárcena also expressed objections to the installation of barbed wire on an island near Eagle Pass, Texas. These measures have been implemented to proactively impede illegal crossings between ports of entry and restrict access to the Texas side of the southern border to take direct action against the Biden border crisis and the administration’s horrific handling of the southern border.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office released a statement commending the efforts of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the military in pushing back against the surge of migrants and reinforcing border security. The state legislature has allocated $5.1 billion for border security, aiming to address the escalating border crisis under President Biden’s administration.

Governor Abbott’s border security bills signed back in June, were designed to bolster the state’s defenses against increased illegal immigration, weapons smuggling, and drug trafficking from Mexico.

The enacted legislation includes provisions allowing the Texas military to employ unmanned aircraft in search and recovery missions. Moreover, the bills allow U.S. Border Patrol agents who have completed Texas DPS training to make arrests, conduct searches, and seize items at any border checkpoint. Furthermore, the bills provide compensation to landowners for property damage resulting from illegal immigration activities.

A source and local rancher of the valley, Jimmy T, expressed his discontent of the Biden administration’s handling of the situation and informed a reporter on the impact the border crisis has had on his land, stating that his “fence-lines have to undergo repairs weekly.” He added that he has a direct line with the head border patrol officer in his area due to the high traffic of illegal immigrants crossing his land.

The ongoing dispute between Mexico and Texas over the floating barriers and barbed wire highlights the complexity of border security, immigration, and diplomatic relations between the two neighboring nations.

Mexico’s concerns regarding the potential violation of treaties underscore the importance of maintaining open lines of communication and adherence to international agreements when implementing measures that affect shared border regions.

The inspection team’s assessment will be crucial in determining whether adjustments need to be made to ensure compliance with established boundaries and water agreements.

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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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