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NPR report reveals increased number of Afghans crossing into U.S. via Mexico

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A report from an unexpected source reveals the high rate at which Afghans are coming to the United States through the illegal route via our southern border. National Public Radio (NPR) tracked how several Afghan civilians are entering the United States via the U.S.-Mexican border.

Foreign Desk News reports that the U.S. border agents apprehended more than 2,000 Afghans in just one year after the Taliban takeover, which was a 30-fold jump from the year before, U.S. government data show.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says that following the country’s takeover from the Taliban, more than 2,500 Afghans have made the trip and crossed into the U.S. via illegal crossings, and they could be turned away unless they could prove imminent danger or a medical emergency. We have just passed the second anniversary of the botched pullout from Afghanistan which was followed by a hostile takeover of the country by the Taliban terrorist network.

NPR spoke to several Afghanis about their experiences coming into the U.S. One story shared was by Shafi Amani and his three-year-old daughter Yousra, who was a healthy toddler when she and her family fled Afghanistan a year ago via Pakistan.

Amani says his daughter had a stroke in Pakistan, and he was able to get medicine for her. Amani and his family decided to leave Pakistan, get a tourist visa for Mexico, and arrive in Mexico City with his wife and daughter.

He says he decided to smuggle their family into the U.S. because living in Mexico was not the best situation, given that he could not speak Spanish and the lack of medical care for their daughter during their six-month stay.

“When we crossed the border, believe me, that was the day – the hardest decision for me because for my daughter and my wife and part of my life,” Amani told Bowman. Amani explained that two men showed up, took them to a border wall around 30 feet, and created a harness where they pulled his wife, his daughter, and him. After they crossed into the U.S., the family got ready to cross the New River but were found by the U.S.

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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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