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Sen. Kennedy recounts Kavanaugh hearings: It was ‘like the cantina bar scene out of Star Wars’

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At the opening confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Monday, amid partisan mudslinging and an air of seriousness, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) brought up a scene from Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) with Barrett when talking about the treatment of then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh at his 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

“Now, look, judge. I’m not naive. I understand this thing can turn sour really fast, we all watched the hearings for Justice Kavanaugh,” the Louisiana senator said. “It was a freak show. It looked like the cantina bar scene out of Star Wars.”

“And, I know for someone who is unaccustomed to it, it hurts to be called a racist,” the senator continues. “I think it’s one of the worst things you can call an American. I know that it hurts to be called a white colonialist and I know it must hurt for someone of deep religious faith as yourself to be called a bigot.”

During the tumultuous Fall 2018 confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats accused him of past sexism due to allegations made by three women, most notably from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexual assault.

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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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