Head of the U.S. Border Patrol, Chief Raul Ortiz tweeted he was “extremely proud” of the men and women working to protect the border after a successful three days. His agents “nabbed ten sex offenders, a slew of deadly drugs, and other illegal immigrants wanted for serious crimes in just three days” reported Fox News.
In addition, the agents rescued “nearly two dozen” migrants from danger. Specifically, Ortiz said when it comes to dangerous drugs, agents stopped 13 pounds of methamphetamine, 26 pounds of heroin and 131 pounds of fentanyl. “Fentanyl, more than 50-100 times more potent than morphine, has been blamed for the increase in overdose deaths across the country” reports Fox News.
Agents in Del Rio picked up one migrant with a prior conviction of sexual assault in Washington, and another on Wednesday who had been convicted of statutory rape. “Both had previously been deported.”
Ortiz also said agents encountered 18 large groups of migrants, totaling an overwhelming 2,446 migrants. Agents also had conducted 22 water rescues in that time period, and three agents had been assaulted while doing their job.
Fox News reports:
There were more than 234,000 migrant encounters at the southern border in April, and officials are warning that those numbers could rise as the summer months approach — despite the deadly heat many of those migrants will face.
Numbers could rise further,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a recent video. “From confusion over recent court orders and as smugglers continue to peddle misinformation to make a profit: we are prepared.”
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NYC Mayor Adams’ budget cuts slash total number of police and education funds
“No city should be left to handle a national humanitarian crisis largely on its own, and without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will only be the beginning,” said New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams about his decision to make budget cuts as a result of the overwhelming migrant crisis.
However, those who will suffer from budget cuts to the city’s services to offset the cost of dealing with the ever-increasing number of migrants are those that are in place to make the city better.
“The cuts will see police freeze hiring and bring the total number of police officers below 30,000. It would further slash the education budget by $1 billion over two years and affect a litany of other agencies” reports Just The News.
Albeit, Adams admitted: “In all my time in government, this is probably one of the most painful exercises I’ve gone through.” More than 110,000 migrants have arrived in New York City over the past year, including roughly 13,000 sent from Texas by GOP Governor Greg Abbott as part of his ongoing bussing plan to send new arrivals to the U.S. to sanctuary cities.
However, similar to other leaders of sanctuary cities, Adams is unwilling to put his money where his mouth is. In September, Adams warned that the crisis would “destroy New York City” and begged the federal government to pay for his mess.
“I’m gonna tell you something, New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I didn’t see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said at the time. “The federal government needs to do its job. We need the federal government, the Congress members, the Senate and the president to do their job: close the borders,” said Adams’ advisor Ingrid Lewis Martin insisted in early October. “And until you close the borders, you need to come on with a full-on decompression strategy where you can take all of our migrants and move them through our 50 states.”
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