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SCOTUS votes unanimously against amnesty for this group of illegal immigrants

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The United States Supreme Court voted in unison Monday, that Salvadorian José Santos Sanchez cannot receive legal permanent residency status since he already received temporary protective status or TPS. Sanchez entered the country illegally in 1997.

After Sanchez entered the states, the government granted him TPS in 2001. He petitioned the court to give him legal permanent residency, or LPR but all the justices agreed that his illegal entry precludes him from a new status. In order to receive the status an immigrant must have either been “inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States” or entered via “a lawful admission” according to the law.

Therefore, not all immigrants who have received TPS are barred from attaining LPR. As long as someone enters the country legally, even if they subsequently illegally overstay their welcome, they are eligible for LPR. A TPS does not alter the nature of one’s entry to the states. Justice Elena Kagan wrote the opinion for the court.

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$18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility discovered $18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) revealed in a press release on Monday, at approximately 6:47 a.m.,that CBP officers encountered a 44-year-old male driving a commercial tractor-trailer with a shipment manifested for squash. The driver, a valid border crossing card holder, was referred for further examination by CBP officers along with the tractor-trailer and shipment.

Non-intrusive scanning technology was utilized to conduct a full scan of the tractor trailer which showed irregularities and CBP officers requested a CBP human and narcotics detection canine. The canine team responded and alerted officers to the presence of narcotics.

A total of 1,419 packages concealed within the shipment of squash was discovered and extracted. The narcotics were tested and identified as methamphetamine with a total weight of 11,469 pounds with an estimated street value of $18,350,400.

“Our officers’ commitment to duty, excellence, and the safety of our nation is truly commendable. These results serve as an outstanding display of effectiveness in thwarting the illegal importation of narcotics,” stated Rosa E. Hernandez, Otay Mesa Area Port Director. “Their exceptional efforts truly embody the highest standards of service.”

The seizures are part of Operation Apollo, a holistic counter-fentanyl effort that began on October 26, 2023 in southern California, and expanded to Arizona on April 10, 2024, the CBP release reveals. Operation Apollo focuses on intelligence collection and partnerships, and utilizes local CBP field assets augmented by federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to boost resources, increase collaboration, and target the smuggling of fentanyl into the United States.

The CDC states that more than 150 people die every day from drug overdoses related to synthetic opioids derived from fentanyl.

 

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