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Miami Border Patrol Agents report 500% increase of migrant apprehensions in fiscal 2022

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There is much discussion about the migrant chaos and crisis imposed upon U.S. border states such as Texas, Arizona and California, but Florida is also seeing its fair share of problems. Border Patrol agents in the Miami Sector have reported a 500 percent increase in apprehensions ini the fiscal year 2022.

From September 1, 2021, to October 31, 2022, agents “apprehended 2,350 foreign nationals attempting to illegally enter Florida by sea. The majority were Cubans” reports The Center Square.¬†

Chief Patrol Agent Walter Slosar said they also interdicted 131 maritime smuggling events which is a 330% increase from the previous fiscal year. The Center Square reports that apprehensions in the first three weeks of December alone are on track to break records for the Miami Sector, which are already nearly half of total apprehensions for the entire fiscal 2022.

Just this week, agents took 175 Cubans into custody within 24 hour, said Slosar. The individuals arrived in the Florida Keys and at Hollywood Beach in their makeshift boats constructed with sheets of metal and “crudely made motors.” From October 1, 2022 to December 10, 2,723 Cubans had been apprehended.

In the first three weeks of December, the Miami Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended 1,008 illegal foreign nationals, reported 20 gotaways, and recovered the bodies of 13 dead foreign nationals.

The Center Square also reports that the “Miami Sector BP agents also interdicted a human smuggling attempt earlier this month.”

“On Dec. 9, working with law enforcement partners, BP agents apprehended smugglers after encountering 13 people being brought into Florida illegally from Romania, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago. Homeland Security investigators from Miami are investigating the incident.”

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Rupert Murdoch Steps Down as Chairman of Fox Corporation and News Corp

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Rupert Murdoch, the 92-year-old media tycoon, announced his decision to step down from his roles as Chairman of Fox Corporation and Executive Chairman of News Corp on Thursday. The transition is set to take effect in November, with his son, Lachlan Murdoch, assuming the position of sole chairman for both media conglomerates.

According to reports from Fox News, Murdoch addressed his colleagues in a letter, where he explained that his decision was prompted by a desire to embrace new roles while recognizing the capable leadership of his son, Lachlan. He stated, “For my entire professional life, I have been engaged daily with news and ideas, and that will not change. But the time is right for me to take on different roles, knowing that we have truly talented teams and a passionate, principled leader in Lachlan who will become sole Chairman of both companies.”

Despite the transition, Rupert Murdoch made it clear that he would remain actively involved in the “contest of ideas,” highlighting the intensifying battle over freedom of speech and freedom of thought. He criticized elites and the media for prioritizing narratives over the pursuit of truth.

“In my new role, I can guarantee you that I will be involved every day in the contest of ideas,” he wrote.

Lachlan Murdoch issued a statement, congratulating his father for his remarkable 70-year career and acknowledging his enduring impact on the companies he founded. He expressed gratitude for Rupert Murdoch’s vision, pioneering spirit, and steadfast determination, assuring that he would continue to provide valuable counsel in his role as Chairman Emeritus.

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire includes FOX News Channel, which has been a dominant force in 24-hour news coverage since its launch in 1996. Under his leadership, it became one of the world’s most influential news sources. Additionally, Murdoch served as the CEO of 21st Century Fox from 1979 until 2015 and as its Chairman from 1991 to 2015.

Murdoch’s career began in 1954 when he assumed control of News Limited, a public corporation in Australia previously led by his father. He expanded his media holdings internationally, acquiring major UK publications like News of the World and The Sun in 1969, as well as U.S. newspapers including the New York Post and The Village Voice.

His impact extended to television with the launch of the FOX Broadcasting company in 1986 and the subsequent establishment of FOX Sports. In 2019, Fox Corporation emerged as a standalone, publicly traded entity following the separation of 21st Century Fox, redefining the U.S. media landscape.

Rupert Murdoch’s contributions to the media industry have earned him numerous accolades, including the Companion of the Order of Australia (A.C.) and induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Alongside his family, he has supported various charitable organizations across the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Asia, and Israel.

The transition of leadership marks a significant moment in the media world, as Rupert Murdoch’s enduring legacy continues to influence the future of media and journalism.

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