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‘Wave of fentanyl’ through northern border due to ‘administration’s lack of border security’

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Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said Wednesday that agents in Algonac, Michigan, seized 38 pounds of ecstasy pills after chasing two suspects, one U.S. citizen and one Canadian citizen that was previously removed from the U.S., by foot.

One northern border patrol agent, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, told the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) “The influx of illegals from the southern border, along with the lack of border enforcement, has created a wave of fentanyl in an area that never had much of either. Overdoses are more and more common and it’s only picking up.”

A second northern border patrol agent who also spoke anonymously to the DCNF because they didn’t have permission to speak publicly, stated, “[The uptick is] most likely because smugglers believe we’re too occupied stuck in processing centers to actually stop their attempts, but we’ve increased our Border Patrol Processing Coordinator numbers, which has allowed more of our agents to return to the field and actually catch stuff.”

“We have less agents in the field today than we did a few years ago, and we’re catching more than that’s can be attributed straight to the administration’s lack of border security” National Border Patrol Council President Sean Walsh told the DCNF.

DCNF reports, “Border Patrol agents have already seized 1,500 pounds of drugs at the northern border between October 2022 and February 2023, surpassing the 1,300 pounds seized in all of fiscal year 2022, according to CBP data. Agents are not only dealing with a surge in drugs, but also an influx of illegal migrants.”

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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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