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Report: Four people matching terror watchlist arrested at border

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On Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed to Congress that four individuals arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border since October 1 correspond with names on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database, a congressional aide briefed on the correspondence told Axios. This report comes amid a massive surge of Latin American migrants arriving at the border since January, when President Joe Biden took office.

Three of the detainees were from Yemen and the other was from Serbia, with the report not elaborating on their backgrounds beyond that.

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Compared to the number of similar individuals apprehended during recent full-length fiscal years, these four reported arrests surpass that, the source said in the report. In FY 2018, six people from Yemen and Bangladesh were arrested, wrote Axios.

House Republicans who ventured to the border on Monday, as the news outlet pointed out, said an unspecified number of migrants crossing the border had names corresponding with those on the watchlist.

The Department of Homeland Security prevented over 3,700 people on the watchlist from entering the U.S. during FY 2017—which ended September 30, 2017—per Axios. However, most of them were stopped at airports.

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Report: Denver area migrants cost $340 million to shelter, educate

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A report by the free-market Common Sense Institute found the more than 42,000 migrants who have arrived in Denver over the last year and a half have cost the region as much as $340 million. The city of Denver, local school districts, and the region’s health-care system have spent between $216 million and $340 million combined to shelter, feed, clothe, and educate the migrants, and to provide them with emergency medical care.

National Review explains the report builds off a previous report from March that conservatively found that the migrants had cost the region at least $170 million. “Costs are never localized,” said DJ Summers, the institute’s research director. “They expand outward.”

Democratic leaders are being blamed for their welcoming posture toward immigrants generally, and their sanctuary-city policies, which curtail law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration agents. Since late December 2022, at least 42,269 migrants — or “newcomers” as Denver leaders call them — have arrived in the city, adds National Review.

The Common Sense Institute report found that the migrant crisis has also hit local emergency rooms hard with extensive expenses. Since December 2022, migrants have made more than 16,000 visits to metro emergency departments. At an estimated cost of about $3,000 per visit, that has resulted in nearly $48 million in uncompensated care.

Summers said those costs are “stressing existing health care organizations,” but they also indirectly hit residents in their pocketbooks through increased insurance prices.

Metro school districts have endured the biggest financial hit — estimated between $98 million and $222 million — according to the Common Sense Institute report. The large range in costs is due to the difficulties researchers had identifying exactly how many new foreign students are tied to the migrant crisis.

The researchers found that since December 2022, 15,725 foreign students have enrolled in local schools. Of those, 6,929 have come from the five countries most closely identified with the migrant crisis — Venezuela, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

On average, it costs a little over $14,000 to educate a student for a year in a Denver-area public school, but Summers said migrant students likely cost more.

“They have transportation needs that are different, they have acculturation needs that are going to be different, language assistance needs that are going to be different,” he said. “Many of them might need to get up to speed in curriculum. They might need outside tutoring.”

Earlier this year, Colorado lawmakers approved $24 million in state funding to help school districts statewide plug budget holes related to the migrant students.

Summers said the updated Common Sense Institute tally is likely still missing some costs related to the ongoing migrant crisis.

“There are definitely additional costs. We just don’t have a great way to measure them just yet,” he said, noting legal fees, crime, and unreported business and nonprofit expenses.

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