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U.S. border authorities save infant, mother migrants

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Authorities in Texas on Tuesday reported that earlier this month they had saved a mother and her infant child, 6 months old, who had tragically been thrown out of a raft by smugglers.

This story comes amid a surge during the past few months in migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Significantly, a massive amount of those making the treacherous journey have been unaccompanied minors.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for South Texas posted to its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon that its Special Operations Group (SOP)—a Texas Rangers Division—helped U.S. Border Patrol in the operation.

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“On 03/16/21, this specialized group assisted U.S. #BorderPatrol in Roma with a 6mo female child who had been thrown out of a raft and into the Rio Grande River by smugglers,” the statement read. “The child’s mother had been assaulted by smugglers in Mexico resulting in a broken leg.”

Our South Texas Special Operations Group, Texas Rangers Division, are an integral asset in border security. On 03/16/21,…

Posted by Texas Department of Public Safety – South Texas Region on Tuesday, March 30, 2021

DPS’s statement did not elaborate further on the story.

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Texas DPS Lt. Christopher Olivarez described the rescue to journalist Sara Carter on Wednesday as an “example of true heroism” and touted the importance of various law enforcement groups at the border.

“DPS Troopers and Special Operations Group are vital in ensuring border security and public safety by deterring criminal activity and providing protection to those most vulnerable due to the current border crisis,” said Olivarez. “This is an example of true heroism from our Special Response Team rescuing this child and mother from criminal organizations who exploit them and have no regard for their safety.”

He also praised Texas Governor Greg Abbott for directing “valuable resources to the southern border” with the implementation of Operation Lone Star.

The SOP, TDPS explained in its statement, is a “specialized group is a highly trained tactical team whose primary responsibility is to carry out specific missions, usually along the Texas-Mexico border region or wherever needed.”

“The team is designed to conduct both overt and extended covert operations in remote areas where conventional law enforcement cannot operate,” the statement continued. “The teams focus is to gather intelligence, conduct interdiction, and disruption of criminal activity usually associated with drug cartels.”

MORE ON THE BORDER: Sara Carter: Biden border crisis — young migrant’s dangerous journey is a reminder of failed US policies

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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.

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Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”

“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.

“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.

Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”

Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”

“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”

In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that.”

Grassley continued, “When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands.”

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