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TX National Guard adds 2 miles of border fencing as migrants wait for Title 42 to end

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Tens of thousands of migrants are heading towards the U.S. southern border as rumors swirl among migrant communiities that the border will soon be “open” with the potential ending of Title 42 in the near future.

As a result of the helplessness America’s border citizens feel, the Texas National Guard stationed in El Paso has installed over two miles of border fencing. There are plans to continue the build and build more, as migrants gather at the border waiting for a decision on Title 42.

Title 42 was set in place in 2020 by the Trump administration as the COVID-19 pandemic was rampant in order to allow border agents to quickly expel migrants at the border without hearing their asylum cases in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

Title 42 was set to expire under the Biden administration on December 21. However, on December 19, the Supreme Court led by Justice John Roberts put a temporary hold on the termination of Title 42 after 19 Republican-led states submitted an emergency request.

The policy will remain in effect while the legal challenges to the policy continue. ADN America reports, “In December, El Paso declared a state of emergency after it received thousands of migrants seeking asylum, overwhelming local shelters and leaving thousands sleeping on the streets in freezing temperatures.”

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser says declaring an emergency will free up resources to help accommodate and shelter the migrants. “We wanted to make sure people are treated with dignity. We want to make sure everyone is safe,” Leeser told reporters.

Additionally, Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent “400 National Guard troops to the city to assist in dealing with the crossing of undocumented migrants.”

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$18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility discovered $18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) revealed in a press release on Monday, at approximately 6:47 a.m.,that CBP officers encountered a 44-year-old male driving a commercial tractor-trailer with a shipment manifested for squash. The driver, a valid border crossing card holder, was referred for further examination by CBP officers along with the tractor-trailer and shipment.

Non-intrusive scanning technology was utilized to conduct a full scan of the tractor trailer which showed irregularities and CBP officers requested a CBP human and narcotics detection canine. The canine team responded and alerted officers to the presence of narcotics.

A total of 1,419 packages concealed within the shipment of squash was discovered and extracted. The narcotics were tested and identified as methamphetamine with a total weight of 11,469 pounds with an estimated street value of $18,350,400.

“Our officers’ commitment to duty, excellence, and the safety of our nation is truly commendable. These results serve as an outstanding display of effectiveness in thwarting the illegal importation of narcotics,” stated Rosa E. Hernandez, Otay Mesa Area Port Director. “Their exceptional efforts truly embody the highest standards of service.”

The seizures are part of Operation Apollo, a holistic counter-fentanyl effort that began on October 26, 2023 in southern California, and expanded to Arizona on April 10, 2024, the CBP release reveals. Operation Apollo focuses on intelligence collection and partnerships, and utilizes local CBP field assets augmented by federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to boost resources, increase collaboration, and target the smuggling of fentanyl into the United States.

The CDC states that more than 150 people die every day from drug overdoses related to synthetic opioids derived from fentanyl.

 

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