The U.S. military announced search and rescue operations are underway to find two U.S. Navy sailors that have disappeared near the coast of Somalia.
“On the evening of January 11, two U.S. Navy Sailors were reported missing at sea while conducting operations off the coast of Somalia. Search and rescue operations are currently ongoing to locate the two sailors,” CENTCOM said.
“For operational security purposes, we will not release additional information until the personnel recovery operation is complete,” CENTCOM said.
The missing sailors were assigned to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which operates in the Mideast region, “supporting a wide variety of missions,” the statement said.
On the evening of January 11, two U.S. Navy Sailors were reported missing at sea while conducting operations off the coast of Somalia.
Search and rescue operations are currently ongoing to locate the two sailors
— U.S. Fleet Forces (@USFleetForces) January 13, 2024
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports:
The U.S. Navy has been operating at a heightened posture in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden since Houthi attacks on international shipping in the region escalated. It also operated near Somalia as part of a multinational task force, Combined Task Force 151, to counter Somali piracy.
In November, U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer chased down Somali pirates attempting to hijack a commercial vessel in waters south of Yemen and took the perpetrators into custody, the U.S. military said.
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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