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Unveiling the FBI’s Wider Net: New Documents Suggest Broader Targeting of Catholics

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In a revelation that contradicts previous FBI statements, conservative watchdog Judicial Watch has obtained nearly 100 pages of documents through a FOIA request, shedding light on the agency’s actions surveilling and targeting Catholic churches. The documents challenge FBI Director Christopher Wray’s assurance to Congress that the controversial memo was a “single product by a single field office.”

Contrary to the FBI’s narrative, Judicial Watch’s findings indicate that the memo titled “Interest of Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists in Radical-Traditionalist Catholic Ideology Almost Certainly Presents New Mitigation Opportunities” was not confined to a lone field office but involved coordination with officials from Portland and Milwaukee. The internal memo, leaked earlier this year, triggered criticism for categorizing “radical-traditionalist Catholic[s]” as potential “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists.”

According to reports from Fox News, the released documents expose FBI officials from different field offices discussing the program, including General Counsel Jason Jones, suggesting a broader scope than initially acknowledged. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton asserts that these revelations should prompt a criminal inquiry into the “Biden FBI scandal.”

Conservatives have long contended that the FBI’s targeting of Catholics was more extensive than admitted. Republicans previously unearthed documents suggesting the involvement of several field offices in the surveillance efforts. Chairman Jim Jordan and co-chair Rep. Mike Johnson wrote a letter in August expressing concern over the FBI’s potential intrusion on Americans’ First Amendment rights.

The FBI, in response, maintains that the internal review found no malicious intent to target Catholics or any religious faith. They emphasize that the intelligence product did not meet their standards and was swiftly removed from FBI systems. Despite these assertions, the newly uncovered documents indicate a more intricate web of involvement, raising questions about the FBI’s handling of the situation and its commitment to upholding constitutional rights.

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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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