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Texas farmer finds 5 abandoned migrant girls along Rio Grande

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A farmer in Quemado, Texas discovered five migrant girls all under the age of seven, who were abandoned on his property Sunday.

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) tweeted out a video talking to the farmer about the situation. The farmer described them as “five little baby girls all by themselves.”

“One didn’t even have clothes on,” the farmer said.

Sunday was an extremely hot day, reaching 103 degrees fahrenheit at one point. This farmer gave the girls food and water and called Border Patrol himself. “I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,” the farmer went on.

In a press release, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said after they received the call and that they have handled the situation.

“The agent quickly responded and located the five female children – three Honduran nationals age 7, 3, 2 and; two Guatemalan nationals ages 5 and 11 months,” the statement read. “The children did not require medical attention and were transported to the Uvalde Station for processing pending transfer to Health and Human Services custody.”

“It is heartbreaking to find such small children fending for themselves in the middle of nowhere,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero II. “Unfortunately this happens far too often now. If not for our community and law enforcement partners, these little girls could have faced the more than 100-degree temperatures with no help.”

Gonzales thanked the farmer for caring for the girls.

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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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