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Sara Carter on Hannity: We are Facing the ‘Weaponization of Migration’

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Sara Carter joined Fox News’ ‘Hannity’ to discuss the latest border crisis and the national security threat it poses. Over 300 thousand immigrants tried to cross the southern border in December alone, hitting a new monthly record, Sean Hannity explained.

Since President Joe Biden took office 6.7 million migrants have crossed the border, with an additional 1.7 million known gotaways. Biden is “not controlling our borders, not enforcing our laws or respecting our sovereignty” Hannity laments. This crisis is a major national security threat. Migrants are coming from adversaries of the United States such as Iran, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, Russia and China.

Sara Carter went to Chicago to speak to residents who have powerlessly watched their neighborhood turn into a crime scene. One man says his truck gets peed on, and migrants spend all day smoking weed and sexually harassing women who walk by.

“One of the biggest issues we are facing is the weaponization of migration” Carter exclaims.  This is a national security crisis. Carter explained that intelligence officials across the globe tell her this migrant pipeline is being used and taken advantage of by nefarious actors and by adversaries like China and Iran. Iran paid for and provided training to the terrorists behind the horrific October 7 massacre against Israel. “Now we see Iran is also involved in Central America and South America” Carter stated.

Hannity concludes when people come into the United States it is impossible to vet them and their governments do not cooperate with us. Unfortunately they are “probably bringing in terror cells and planning an October 7thor September 11” right here on our soil.

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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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