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Same problems, new border: U.S. Northern border reaches record highs of terror watchlist encounters

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Migrants and terrorists are banking on the United States spending time, money and resources protecting the southern border and neglecting its Canadian border. More than 150,000 migrants have attempted to enter the United States through the northern border this fiscal year alone.

Congressional Republicans and local officials and border patrol are begging for assistance and raising alarms. Agents recorded 375 encounters at the northern border with people on the Terrorist Screening Dataset, better known as the terrorist watchlist, so far in 2023. The southern border sees significantly more immigrant encounters overall, but has also recorded 216 watchlist encounters so far this year.

Just The News reports that nearly half of all 2023 northern encounters occurred on New York’s border, despite the fact that the state only makes up about 8% of the U.S. land border with Canada.

Canada also has a leftist progressive President and is suffering its own migrant crisis, “experiencing an influx of individuals crossing the Canada-United States border between ports of entry,” known as “irregular border crossings.”

Just The News adds that so far this U.S. fiscal year, Canadian officials have recorded 30,326 irregular border crossings; 3.7 times more irregular crossings than Canada saw at this point during fiscal year 2022.

New York Republican Representative Elise Stefanik stated, “Joe Biden’s Far Left open border policies have caused our Northern Border to see an unprecedented and historic surge in illegal immigration and Kathy Hochul’s ‘Sanctuary State’ policies have further incentivized this dangerous surge…Enough is enough.”

The gravity of the situation needs to be taken seriously by the Biden administration immediately. The State Department’s report for Canada states their “National Terrorism Threat Level remained at ‘Medium’ through 2021, meaning a violent act of terrorism could occur.” That was two years ago, and the crisis has gotten drastically worse.

The Department of Homeland Security warned in May: “Potential terror threats are primarily from homegrown violent extremists in Canada who are not included in the U.S. Government’s consolidated terrorist watch list and could therefore enter the United States legally at Northern Border ports of entry (POEs) without suspicion.”

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DOJ federal indictment connects Sinaloa Cartel and Chinese ‘underground banking’

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The Justice Department (DOJ) announced a huge connection between Chinese organized crime and the Sinaloa drug cartel. In a press release the DOJ reported a 10-count superseding indictment charging Los Angeles-based associates of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel with conspiring with money-laundering groups linked to Chinese underground banking to launder drug trafficking proceeds. During the conspiracy, more than $50 million in drug proceeds flowed between the Sinaloa Cartel associates and Chinese underground money exchanges.”

The indictment was the result of a multi-year investigation into the conspiracy—dubbed “Operation Fortune Runner”— unsealed on Monday charging a total of 24 defendants with one count of conspiracy to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, according to the press release.

“Dangerous drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine are destroying people’s lives but drug traffickers only care about their profits,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. “To protect our community, therefore, it is essential that we go after the sophisticated, international criminal syndicates that launder the drug money. As this indictment and our international actions show, we will be dogged in our pursuit of all those who facilitate destruction in our country and make sure they are held accountable for their actions.”

“Drug traffickers generate immense amounts of cash through their illicit operations. This case is a prime example of Chinese money launderers working hand in hand with drug traffickers to try to legitimize profits generated by drug activities,” said Chief Guy Ficco of IRS Criminal Investigation. “We have made it a priority to identify, disrupt, and dismantle any money launderers working with drug cartels and we are committed to our partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat drug cartels and those who assist them in laundering drug proceeds.”

The Justice.Gov website explains of the indictment: “Following close coordination with the Justice Department, Chinese and Mexican law enforcement informed United States authorities that those countries recently arrested fugitives named in the superseding indictment who fled the United States after they were initially charged last year.”

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