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SCOTUS denies Biden’s attempt to reinstate catch and release at the border

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By Jenny Goldsberry

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against President Biden in his attempt to undo former President Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy. Under Trump, the policy kept migrants awaiting asylum in Mexico rather than releasing them into the states. It was also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols.

At the time of the policy, Trump lauded the end of catch and release. “Catch and Release is an obsolete term,” Trump tweeted then. “It is now Catch and Detain. Illegal Immigrants trying to come into the U.S.A., often proudly flying the flag of their nation as they ask for U.S. Asylum, will be detained or turned away.”

Six judges ruled to deny Biden’s stay on the MMP policy. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan dissenting, saying they would have granted the president’s application. Yet the majority said that Biden’s reasoning was “arbitrary and capricious.”

Then, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement expressing that they disagreed with the court’s decision. “DHS has appealed the district court’s order and will continue to vigorously challenge it,” the department wrote. “However, DHS will comply with the order in good faith. Alongside interagency partners, DHS has begun to engage with the Government of Mexico in diplomatic discussions surrounding the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).”  

Meanwhile, report after report shows migrants are being allowed past the border and released into the country. Not only is immigration up, but COVID-19 cases among migrants and Border Patrol agents is also on the rise.

Yet according to DHS, they claim they’ve already turned migrants away at the border. “Pursuant to the CDC’s Title 42 public health order, DHS continues to expel single adults and families encountered at the Southwest Border,” their statement read.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year

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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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