As all fifty states debate plans to reopen schools, the South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has unveiled plans for in-person learning. She was on Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning and said that the “science is clear, our kids need to be in school.”
“It’s better for them, we got a lot of kids that haven’t checked in since virus hit, they need to be back in those classes,” continued Gov. Noem.
Responding to a question on when the kids are going back, Gov. Noem said that in South Dakota the kids are going back to school on time, and that “we have proven that distance learning is not that effective as being in the classroom.”
The Governor also addressed the issue of elderly teachers and how they could be impacted by this early reopening.
“We have fantastic teachers in South Dakota,” continued Gov. Noem. “Two-thirds of them are in the vulnerable population, so we are asking them to go back, and they really have a mission in their hearts to take care of these kids. They are also anxious to get back in their classrooms too.”
“For those that are older, or have pre-existing health conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus there are accommodations that can be made,” continued Gov. Noem.
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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