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Suicide rates for Americans reached record high last year

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On Wednesday, the CDC released devastating data that 2022 was the highest year of suicide deaths ever recorded in America. The National Center for Health Statistics recorded roughly 50,000 suicides last year, which was up 2.6 percent from the prior year, at a rate of 14.3 per 100,000 Americans.

Men 75 and older had the highest rate of suicide in 2022, at nearly 44 per 100,000 people. According to the data, aging adults are at the highest risk of suicide due to loneliness, bereavement and declining health.

National Review reports Suicide rates for young people returned to pre-pandemic levels in 2022 after soaring in 2021 amid the social isolation and financial stress caused by the pandemic and resulting lockdowns. Suicide rates for children aged 10-14 declined by 18 percent in 2022, and rates for young people aged 15-24 declined by 9 percent.

Men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women, although women are more likely than men to have suicidal thoughts. Males make up half of the U.S. population, and they account for nearly 80 percent of suicides.

Women aged 55-64 are at the highest risk of suicide. For women 75 and older, poisoning (including drug overdose) is the leading mechanism of suicide, followed by firearms and suffocation.

National Review adds that suicides play a major role in flattening the U.S. life expectancy curve, along with drug overdoses and homicides. Chronic illnesses like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are still the leading factors holding back America’s life expectancy rates, which had been steadily increasing for a century until 2010, when the curve began to flatten.

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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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