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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.”

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Former President Bill Clinton and Gov. Kathy Hochul Call for Changes to New York City’s “Right to Shelter Law”



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In a surprising turn of events, former President Bill Clinton has joined forces with New York Governor Kathy Hochul in advocating for significant modifications to New York City’s long-standing “Right to Shelter Law.”

According to reports from Fox News, during an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis on 77 WABC radio’s “The Cats Roundtable” show, Clinton expressed his belief that the law, which mandates shelter for the homeless, should be revised given the current circumstances.

“Gov. [Kathy] Hochul thinks it should be modified, and it probably should under the circumstances,” Clinton remarked, acknowledging the need for change. He went on to assert that the existing law is fundamentally flawed, stating, “It’s broken. We need to fix it. It doesn’t make any sense.”

The “Right to Shelter Law” has been a fixture of New York City for over four decades and is aimed at ensuring that the homeless population has access to shelter. Moreover, New York City is often referred to as a sanctuary city, welcoming migrants and providing them with certain protections.

However, Clinton pointed out a specific concern related to this policy. He expressed his view that the city’s obligation to provide shelter extends to individuals who may not have work permits for up to six months after their arrival, raising questions about its practicality.

Furthermore, Clinton argued that migrants should have the opportunity to begin “paying their way” into American society through gainful employment and self-sufficiency.

“They ought to work,” Clinton asserted, emphasizing the importance of migrants entering the workforce, paying taxes, and supporting themselves economically. He noted that many migrants have no desire to rely on welfare assistance.

In addition to addressing the “Right to Shelter Law,” Clinton emphasized the role of immigrants in shoring up the American economy due to the nation’s low birth rate. He suggested that the United States should consider constructing more housing options near the border with Mexico to accommodate migrants, with the support of the Mexican government.

This approach, according to Clinton, would allow individuals to reside near the border while awaiting opportunities to find work and contribute positively to American society.

Clinton also acknowledged the political ramifications of the ongoing immigration crisis, acknowledging that it has been advantageous for Republicans. He attributed this to the inadequacies in the immigration system and a lack of sufficient border facilities.

The former president concluded by addressing the recent political losses suffered by Democrats in New York, attributing them in part to the perceived mishandling of the immigration issue. He stressed the need for his party to adopt a more “commonsense approach” to the challenges posed by migration.

The alignment of views between former President Bill Clinton and Governor Kathy Hochul on the need for changes to the “Right to Shelter Law” highlights the complexities and evolving dynamics surrounding immigration policy in the United States, particularly in major metropolitan areas like New York City.

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