In a recent visit to Lancaster, California, Sara Carter joined Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) to investigate an illegal pot farm with alleged ties to the cartels. The two visited miles and miles of warehouses and fields that stood as testaments to President Biden’s border policy failures.
“This is the border crisis basically in our backyard; some 3- 400 miles away from [Mexico]. It’s affecting everyday American lives right now: it’s not good for Americans [or] those who are here illegally,” Garcia said.
Carter appeared on Hannity Thursday night to share part of her investigative report. She said she was stunned to see alleged cartels operating illegal marijuana fields in the open.
“They have become extremely more brazen,” Carter said. “They are not afraid of hiding it, they don’t hide it because they don’t feel they will ever be held accountable for it and they continue to sell their product – not only across the United States, but according to law enforcement, they are moving millions of dollars, if not billions, overseas, and we don’t even know where that’s going.”
On the other hand, many of the residents near the farms did not want to appear on camera, for fear of retributions from the cartels. At one point, a car spotted Carter’s cameras from down the road, shifted in reverse, and drove quickly out of sight of the cameras.
“It’s unbelievable,” Carter said, commenting on what it’s like to live near such a “sophisticated operation.”
Later, Carter and Garcia came in contact with workers attempt to seemingly intimidate them. Alleged cartel workers filmed the two.
Carter interviewed Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who told her Los Angeles County is overwhelmed.
“The origins of the L.A. County sheriff department date back to 1850. This was literally the Wild West. Fast-forward 171 years, it’s becoming the Wild West again,” he said.
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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year
The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.
According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.
ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.
Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries.
Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.
Surprisingly, ADN reports:
A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.
Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.
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