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WATCH: President Trump’s farewell address

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On Tuesday, his last full day in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump delivered a farewell address to the nation.

In his remarks that were taped on Monday, President Trump wished the incoming administration success, though he did not mention President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris by name. They will be sworn into office midday Wednesday at the inauguration ceremony.

“This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous,” he said.

“We did what we came here to do,” Trump also said, “and so much more.”

“We restored the idea that in America, no one is forgotten—because everyone matters and everyone has a voice,” he added.

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In his speech, Trump also touted his administration’s policy achievements, especially regarding the Middle East and China, as well as the domestic economy.

“I want you to know that this movement we started is only beginning,” the departing president also said.

Watch the full farewell address here:

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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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