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Over 205k crossed the border in July, the most reported since 2000

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By Jenny Goldsberry

The United States Border Patrol released preliminary immigration numbers Monday. So far it’s the largest monthly encounter since the year 2000.

First, USBP reported 205,029 encounters at the southern border. Then the number of known got-aways at 37,400.

“It’s time to draw a line in the sand, for the sake of our country, our communities, our kids, and those who seek to come here,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) tweeted. “It’s time to impeach [Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas] for failing to uphold immigration law, enforce Title 42, and secure our border.” 

Roy also tweeted a breakdown of encounters at each sector across the state of Texas. However his own district isn’t even one of the border districts there.

Meanwhile, sick migrants have crossed the border with ease. According to Roy, thousands of Border Patrol officers contracted the virus and 33 died as a result. The latest report claims 400 active cases of coronavirus among migrants in La Joya, Texas alone. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported over 1,200 COVID-positive migrants in custody last week.

However, Texas Governor Abbott is doing everything possible to stop the rising immigration. He recently ordered the Texas National Guard to action, having them make arrests at the border.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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College to begin offering abortion pill on campus

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Barnard College, a partner campus of Columbia University, will be rolling out a plan in May that involves supplying students with abortion pills, the Columbia Spectator reported. The plan to provide the abortion service in the form of mifepristone abortion pills to students was initially announced in the fall of 2022 after the overturning of Roe. V Wade, according to the Spectator. However, the rollout’s delay has been partially attributed to an August 2023 grant the college received, which allowed Barnard to join a large network of primary care providers that will help steer the college through the procedures.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports Barnard’s Primary Care Health Service will host student focus groups in upcoming weeks to find out student perspectives about the service and to identify new ways to support students considering abortion. “We wanted to make sure that we’re addressing this from every angle that will be supportive of students,” Sarah Ann Anderson-Burnett, director of Medical Services and Quality Improvement of Barnard, told the Spectator. Anderson-Burnett also said it has expanded the availability of its abortion providers to after-hours and year-round.

Barnard has six medical professionals, including two physicians and four nurse practitioners, who are capable of performing the procedure, Mariana Catallozzi, vice president for Health and Wellness and chief health officer of Barnard, told the Spectator. The school also launched a partnership with AccessNurse, a medical call center that will assist with patient concerns related to abortions.

“The training doesn’t end with the clinicians,” Anderson-Burnett told the Spectator. “Clinicians are trained on the actual provision, but there’s also an overall training that will be provided to key partners and stakeholders across the campus because we want every step, every touchpoint, to be supportive and to be trauma-informed and to be patient-valued and centered but also respect confidentiality and privacy.”

The University of Massachusetts Amherst spent more than $650,000 to stock abortion pills in March 2023 at the request of Democratic Maryland Gov. Maura Healey. Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill in May 2023 forcing college in the state to stock abortion pills on campus.

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