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Tragedy Strikes Iowa High School as Shooting Unfolds on First Day Back

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In a horrifying tragedy, Perry High School in Perry, Iowa, was sent into chaos when an active shooter opened fire on Thursday morning, leaving multiple people injured. Authorities were alerted at approximately 7:37 a.m., prompting a swift response from law enforcement.

According to reports from Fox News, Dallas County Sheriff Adam Infante addressed reporters, revealing that officers rushed to the scene within seven minutes of receiving the active shooter report. Additionally, there were multiple victims but their conditions have yet to be released, Sheriff Infante assured the public that there is no ongoing threat.

“The community is safe,” stated Sheriff Infante, emphasizing that authorities are diligently working to gather information and provide updates. The incident occurred before the start of the school day, potentially mitigating the impact as fewer students and faculty were present.

Infante expressed gratitude for the minimized occupancy during the shooting, stating, “Luckily, there were very few students and faculty in the building, which I think contributed to a good outcome in that sense.”

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the sheriff’s office, Perry Police Department, and federal entities such as the FBI and ATF, swiftly responded to the scene. While a suspect has been identified, their name has not been disclosed to the public at this time.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) vehicles were dispatched to the location, indicating the severity of the incident. Federal agents on the ground from the FBI and ATF are collaborating with local authorities in the ongoing investigation.

Perry High School, part of the Perry Community School District, is situated approximately 25 miles northwest of Des Moines. The school district, hosting around 1,785 students, was reopening after the winter break, making Thursday the first day back for students.

As the community grapples with the aftermath of this tragic event, details are expected to emerge in subsequent updates, including a scheduled news conference by the Dallas County’s Emergency Management Agency later in the morning. The incident underscores the persistent concern of school-related violence, prompting renewed discussions on safety measures and mental health support within educational institutions.

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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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