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‘They have more rights than we do’, San Diego residents anguish over migrants camping on their property, cutting down trees, leaving trash

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“This country was built on immigration. I’m fine with that,” Silvas, a self-described conservative, told the news outlet. “But not like this. This is ridiculous.” That’s what San Diego resident Brian Silvas told CNN after his land has become a trash pit for illegal immigrants with no where to go.

Silvas and others living outside San Diego near the US-Mexico border say their properties are overrun by migrants. Some of the issues they have to deal with are that migrants chop down their trees for firewood, camp out on their land, and neither the federal nor the local authorities are doing anything to help.

Silva said the flood of migrants crossing from Mexico has increased exponentially since the expiration in May of Title 42 — a COVID-era emergency health authority that allowed US officials to turn away migrants at the border on the grounds of preventing the spread of the virus. The measure was enacted by Trump and ended by Biden.

Another family, Jerry and Maria Shuster, who have lived in Jacumba Hot Springs, about 5 miles east of Silvas’ property along the border, for 40 years, told CNN that migrants coming from Mexico have been using their 17-acre property as a makeshift campsite — and leaving behind tents, bits of clothing and mounds of trash.

Jerry Shuster is an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia, said the newcomers had cut down all his trees and dismantled his fence to use as firewood to keep warm at night. His wife, Maria, who was born in Mexico, said she wants the government to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

“Stop it because [the migrants are not] helping us; they’re destroying us,” she lamented. “The migrants have more rights than we do,” said Maria Shuster, claiming that federal authorities and the local sheriff’s department have told her they are unable to remove the hordes of strangers from their property.

The New York Post writes the migrant crisis along the southern border has become increasingly dire. In November alone, CBP recorded 242,418 encounters — and December is on track to reach a record high, having already surpassed 200,000 encounters, with 10,000 migrants arriving daily.

 

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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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