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    THE Coast Guard is suspending the search for 34 missing people. New information has halted the Florida coast search for 34 people missing at sea as of Thursday night at 6pm. 1Captain Jo-Ann Burdian, Coast Guard Sector Miami commander said that the search for the 34 missing could no longer remain activeCredit: AFP A man was rescued in Miami on Tuesday morning from a 25-foot capsized vessel and brought to a local hospital to be treated for dehydration and sun exposure. After further investigation, the survivor claimed that he left behind 39 other people that were with him on Saturday night on the vessel, before capsizing on Sunday morning due to severe weather. The survivor also stated that no one in the group was wearing a life jacket. The Coast Guard rescue crews have recovered five bodies during their search and rescue operation. Captain Jo-Ann Burdian, Coast Guard Sector Miami commander said that the search could no longer remain active. "After careful consideration of all available information including weather conditions, number of people that went in the water without...
    Thirty-nine global migrants have died in the Atlantic, and another four Indian migrants — including two children — froze on the Canadian border while trying to accept the no-enforcement, no-deportations offer from President Joe Biden. The growing number of dead migrants shows that “enforcing our immigration laws is the moral high ground,” regardless of the routine claims of racism pushed by pro-migration gorups, said Robert Law, the director of regulatory affairs at the Center for Immigration Studies. Immigration enforcement is the better moral choice, he said, because: It keeps poor people out of the business of cartels and smugglers, and perhaps most importantly of all, it’s the moral high ground because it protects the most vulnerable Americans who are the ones that will suffer disproportionately from high levels of legal and illegal immigration. The 39 migrants drowned while trying to cross from the Bahamas to Florida. One migrant survived: #UPDATE @USCG crews are still searching. The good Sam notified #USCG Sector #Miami watchstanders, Tuesday, at approx. 8 a.m. after rescuing a man on a capsized vessel. Multiple cutters & aircraft...
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Seven Indian nationals accused of illegally entering the United States in an alleged human smuggling case that left four dead have been released pending deportation hearings in front of an immigration judge, federal authorities said Thursday. Six of the migrants were placed under supervision and one was released for humanitarian purposes, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials said in a statement. All of them have been ordered to report to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, at a later date. The seven migrants were part of a group of 11 people attempting to cross into the U.S. near the Minnesota-North Dakota border last week during a blizzard. The frozen bodies of four family members who became separated from the others were found just inside the Canadian border near Emerson, Manitoba, according to court documents. The victims included a baby and a teen. Steve Shand, 47, of Deltona, Florida is charged in federal court in Minnesota with transportation of an undocumented immigrant. He has not been charged in the deaths. A federal magistrate judge released Shand...
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Texas man who transported two men from Mexico in a U.S. flag-draped coffin has pleaded guilty to human smuggling. Zachary Taylor Blood of Galveston faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for his plea this week in federal court in Corpus Christi. He will remain in custody until his sentencing, which is scheduled for May 11. Prosecutors say a van that Blood, 33, was driving arrived at the Border Patrol checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas, on Oct. 26. Agents saw the coffin but noticed it was in poor condition with the U.S. flag taped to the lid with packing tape. A secondary inspection revealed two Mexican nationals inside. The two men said they had paid a smuggler to get them to San Antonio. After crossing the border into Texas, the smuggler took them to a parking lot where Blood was waiting. Blood had them climb into the coffin and began driving north, authorities said. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,...
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Coast Guard will suspend its active search for 38 migrants lost at sea between Florida and Bahamas. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Coast Guard says 4 more bodies found during search for 38 migrants lost at sea between Florida and the Bahamas; 5 total. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich reacted Thursday on "The Faulkner Focus" to video footage of illegal migrants being released into the United States by I.C.E.  LEAKED VIDEO SHOWS FEDERAL CONTRACTORS FLYING MIGRANTS TO SUBURBAN NY: 'BETRAYING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE' MARK BRNOVICH: My first reaction is outrage. You know I’m a first-generation American and this is a nation of immigrants, but it’s a nation of the rule of law. The Constitution has to mean something and the law has to mean something and the Biden administration is unilaterally basically destroying this country. To me, I look at this and I think this is anarchy, chaos, we are subsidizing and basically decriminalizing people entering this country illegally. And it breaks my heart to think at one point I thought the Biden administration wanted to abolish I.C.E., but now it’s clear they just want to abolish our entire southern border.   WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH MARK BRNOVICH BELOW  Video This article was written by Fox News staff.
    A Tennessee lawmaker introduced a bill proposing illegal migrants in the U.S. be sent to the home states and towns of prominent Democratic leaders, such as President Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.  "The Biden administration is quietly moving thousands of illegals to various states, including Tennessee, by putting them on planes and buses and transporting them in the middle of the night, and we should return them to their sender!" state Rep. Bruce Griffey, who introduced the bill, wrote Wednesday.  "I imagine that if we relocated them to the backyards of those responsible for allowing the flood of illegal immigration across our border, then those with federal power might be more apt to secure the border and secure it quickly." The bill works to put illegal immigrants into the home states and towns of those "responsible for our border crisis." The migrants would be put into towns such as Block Island, Rhode Island; Greenwich, Connecticut; Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; Governors Island, New York; Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; Nantucket, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; Scarsdale, New York; Palo Alto, California; Yountville,...
    EAGLE PASS, Texas — Border Patrol agents arrested two significant interest aliens at one of the busiest migrant crossing points on the southwest border Wednesday, along with hundreds of mostly Central and South American family units. According to a source within Customs and Border Protection, the Syrian and Russian migrants are single adult males and their purpose for entering is still under investigation. The source says the Syrian adds to the nearly 50 special interest aliens apprehended in the area since October 2021. Although not a country on the Department of Homeland Security’s list of special interest countries, Russia is designated as a Country of Particular Concern by the Department of State. Under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998,  the President is required to annually review the status of religious freedom in every country and designate those engaged in or tolerating “particularly severe violations of religious freedom.” The law defines particularly severe violations as “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom,” including violations such as: torture, prolonged detention without charges, forced disappearance, or other flagrant denial of life, liberty,...
    Leaked footage shows dozens of illegal migrants landing at a Westchester airport on a secret charter flight in the dead of night, just one of the dozens of such resettlements carried out by the Biden administration last year.  The bodycam footage, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, shows migrants being transported on from southern border states to Westchester, New York, and other parts of the U.S.  In the August 13, 2021 footage, Westchester Police Sgt. Michael Hamborsky is captured questioning federal contractors overseeing migrants embarking and boarding American Dream charter buses in the early morning hours on the tarmac of Westchester Airport about what exactly is going on.  In the 51-minute footage, Hamborsky is clearly confused and digging for answers from the contractors.  'You're on a secure facility here; we really don't know anything and we're in charge of security,' he tells a federal contractor at one point. 'This is anti all our security stuff,' he added.    It has since been revealed that the underage migrants were being secretly flown from Texas to...
    KUZNICA, Poland (AP) — Poland has started building a $394 million high wall on its eastern border intended to block migrants pushed by Belarus in what the European Union calls a “hybrid attack” from crossing illegally into EU territory. Reporters were allowed to see the work in the guarded area on Thursday. Pressure from thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa on Poland’s and Lithuania’s wooded border with Belarus began in the summer, leading to clashes with Poland’s border guards. Poland has sealed its border with Belarus using razor wire and increased the number of guards. The EU says the migrants are being used by Belarus’ authoritarian leader to destabilize the 27-member bloc in retaliation for the West’s sanctions on Minsk following an election internationally consider as rigged, and a clampdown on opposition. Poland’s 5.5 meter (18 ft) high metal wall is to run more than 180 kilometers (115 miles) along the land part of the border with Belarus, which also includes the Bug River as a frontier. It is to be completed in June,...
              by Jennie Taer   Republican lawmakers have demanded the Biden administration answer questions regarding alternate forms of identification the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says it accepts from migrants traveling throughout the country. Republican Texas Rep. Lance Gooden, along with 21 other Republican lawmakers, sent a letter Wednesday to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas raising concerns over a number of DHS documents migrants can use as identification, including certain arrest warrants, and the methods through which they are vetted. The letter, exclusively obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, also seeks information on how border patrol agents and others are able to verify a migrant’s identity when issuing the documents in the first place. “Numerous reports have confirmed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is allowing undocumented migrants on U.S. commercial airlines without proper identification,” the lawmakers’ letter stated. “After requesting more information from TSA, they have confirmed undocumented migrants have been permitted to fly without identification and cited documents provided by your agency that were deemed sufficient. We are seeking more information on these documents. TSA claims...
    A Florida man who is facing human smuggling charges after four migrants were found dead in the snow and seven others were found near the Canadian border last week was released from jail Monday without having to pay bond, according to reports.  Steve Shand, 57, was stopped by the U.S. Border Patrol in North Dakota on Jan. 19 with two Indian nationals in his 15-passenger van, authorities said.  Steve Shand has been charged with human smuggling after the bodies of four people, including a baby and a teen, were found in Canada near the U.S. border in what authorities believe was a failed crossing attempt during a freezing blizzard.  (Grand Forks County Correctional Center via AP) As Shand and the two migrants were being transported to a Border Patrol station, five other people were found in freezing conditions across the state line in Minnesota.  "The five Indian nationals explained that they had walked across the border [from Canada] expecting to be picked up by someone," the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota said.  MIGRANT ENCOUNTERS INCREASED AGAIN...
    FIFA president Gianni Infantino called for biennial World Cups, but made the outrageous claim that hosting the event every two years will help stop the African migrant crisis. Infantino spoke to European lawmakers Wednesday, preaching the need for more World Cups to help make the sport more global and inclusive. According to the FIFA president, Europe essentially witnesses World Cup level soccer twice per week because the best players are all there. “If we think about rest of world…then we have to think about what football brings,” Infantino said. “Football is about opportunity, about hope, about national teams, about the country, about the joy, about the emotion. And we cannot say to the rest of the world give us your money…but watch us on TV. We need to include them.” A fair argument and proposal from Infantino, who wants to see the sport grow financially and in popularity, just as most league presidents and commissioners do. But his next claim is the one that reeked of despair in his plea for a cash grab and sparked outrage. “We need to...
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla.— The Coast Guard battled time and currents Wednesday as its planes and ships searched for 38 people missing off the coast of Florida, four days after a suspected human smuggling boat capsized in a storm. The accident killed at least one person and left a single known survivor, and U.S. authorities launched a criminal investigation. Capt. Jo-Ann F. Burdian said the survivor told rescuers that the boat capsized Saturday evening shortly after sailing from the Bahamas into a storm. The Coast Guard was alerted Tuesday morning after the crew of a merchant vessel spotted the man sitting alone on the overturned hull of the 25-foot boat. He was taken to a hospital with symptoms of dehydration and sun exposure and turned over to Homeland Security officials, who said he is "conscious and lucid." Burdian said finding other migrants alive is urgent. "With every moment that passes, it becomes much more dire and more unlikely" that survivors will be found, she told a news conference. Crews searched around the clock, extrapolating from where the wreck was spotted about...
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The turbulent ocean waters around Florida can be treacherous even on a calm, sunny day. Throw in an overloaded boat, inexperienced mariners, stormy weather and the dark of night, and they can become deadly. The U.S. Coast Guard searched on Wednesday for any possible survivors after a 25-foot (7-meter) boat was found capsized off the coast of Fort Pierce, Florida, well north of its start in Bimini, Bahamas. A good Samaritan found one man atop the overturned vessel on Tuesday; the man said he and and 39 others had left Bimini three days earlier. Authorities reported that they had found one body, while 38 other people are still missing. Homeland Security Investigations has launched a human smuggling investigation. Authorities say it is extremely difficult to find people who may be floating in the vast waters of the powerful Gulf Stream current. Migrants who try to get to the U.S. by sea “put their lives at incredible risk,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas remarked last summer during an uptick in Haitian migration. “The time is...
    SHOCKING footage shows the mass release of single adult migrants into the US through an unmarked office in a parking lot. Buses were seen dropping off dozens of mostly masked male migrants at an garage in Brownsville, Texas on Sunday. 4Migrants were filmed walking into a processing center in Brownsville TexasCredit: Fox News 4They arrived by buses and were pictured waiting in a line outside the centerCredit: Fox News A temporary processing center was set up inside the office, according to Fox News. Taxis were then spotted outside the office where they whisked some of the migrants to Valley International airport in Harlingen – located around 30 minutes away from the site. Some migrants claimed they had been smuggled across the Mexican border after paying criminals around $2,000. They were traveling to Atlanta, Miami, and Houston, Fox reports. More than 178,000 migrants were apprehended trying to enter the US from Mexico last month, according to US Customs and Border Protection data. Last year, more than 170,000 kids were sent alone over the border and taken into custody. Agents placed around...
    The U.S. Coast Guard was searching Wednesday for 39 people reported missing presumed lost off the coast of Florida in a “suspected human smuggling venture” gone wrong. A migrant boat containing at least 40 passengers capsized off the coast of Florida while making a suspected illegal journey from Bahamas’ Bimini islands – located about 50 miles east of Miami. The U.S. Coast Guard has reported the boat foundered “45 miles east of Fort Pierce Inlet”, which is a State Park located on the coast between Miami and Orlando. A “good Samaritan” is said to have notified authorities after finding a “man clinging to a capsized vessel” at around 8 am on the 25th of January 2022. Rescue teams are searching the waters some 45 miles off the Florida coast after a boat capsized on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. One man was found at the scene. (U.S. COAST GUARD) This prompted “air and surface” rescue crews to look for the migrants – which continued overnight covering an extensive area “from Bimini, Bahamas” to the “Fort Pierce Inlet”, which is an approximately 130 mile stretch of...
    MADRID (AP) — Emergency services on Spain’s Canary Islands say that 319 people, including 59 women and 24 children, were rescued from seven different boats trying to reach the archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, while a campaign group is claiming that at least 18 migrants have died. Spanish rescue vessels reached the boats in different locations late on Tuesday and in the early hours of Wednesday, a Maritime Rescue Service spokeswoman told The Associated Press, adding that rescuers didn’t find any bodies on or near the boats. Walking Borders, a non-governmental organization working with migrants in the region and which is often contacted by people in distress or their relatives, said that at least 18 people traveling on one of the boats had died. “Rescue means were activated too late despite having the boat’s location,” Helena Maleno, the NGO’s founder, wrote in a tweet. The maritime rescue service spokeswoman, who was not authorized to be named in media reports, said that during one of the operations late on Tuesday rescuers found nine people clinging to a capsized boat near the...
    A large number of single, adult illegal immigrants were released from federal custody in Texas on Tuesday. The group of young male immigrants were filmed by Fox News getting transported on buses in Brownsville, Texas, into a small office in a parking lot marked 'border patrol drop off' after being released by ICE on Tuesday.  After emerging from the office, the migrants were seen being put into taxis that took them to Harlingen Airport - roughly 250 miles away from San Antonio - where the men were flown to places like Houston, Miami, and Atlanta.  They are now being transported to their final destinations, the City of Brownsville told Fox News.  No women or children were seen among the migrants in Brownsville.  A large group of men were transported on buses to a 'border patrol drop off' station in Brownsville, Texas, on Tuesday before being taxied to the airport where they were flown to Houston, Miami, and Atlanta  They were released by ICE and no women or children were seen among the group  NEW: We witnessed the federal gov mass releasing...
              by Elliot Dordick   U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ended 2021 with more than 2 million migrant encounters. December 2021 numbers released Monday showed that border patrol encountered 178,840 migrants at the southern border, a 2% increase from the previous month. The number of encounters in December 2021 was greater than the total number of encounters at the border in the previous three Decembers combined. Of the migrants encountered in December, 23% of them were previously encountered by border agents in the last year. Single adults made up 64% of the encounters, a 4% increase from November. In a statement, CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus emphasized that December also showed an increase in seizures of fake products. “The dedicated men and women at CBP are committed to ensuring dangerous drugs and counterfeit products are off the streets, our communities are kept safe, and our borders are secured,” Magnus said. “Equally important to our mission is facilitating lawful trade and travel that is critical to the sustained growth of the U.S. economy. In December, CBP collected more than $9 billion in estimated duties, and also...
    COMACHUEN, Mexico (AP) — In Comachuen, a Purepecha Indigenous community of about 10,000 inhabitants nestled high in the pine-clad mountains of the western state of Michoacan, the whole town survives because of the money sent home by migrants working in the United States. That money, known as remittances, kept families fed after local woodworking sales dropped off a decade ago when pine lumber started to become scarce. The money has allowed their families to remain in Comachuen rather than moving to other parts of Mexico for work. That — and the fact kids spend much of the year with their mothers and grandparents — has helped preserve the Purepecha language among almost everyone in town. The traditional textiles, woodworking and construction live on, largely because such enterprises are funded by migrants who send money home to build houses here. Many things here — the church, the bull ring, the charity donations — are paid for by migrants. The Mexican government believes remittances last year will surpass $50 billion for the first time. But whether the remittances allow families to...
    COMACHUEN, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s remittances — the money migrants send home to their relatives — have soared in the past two years, and are now expected to top $50 billion for the first time once 2021’s figures are added up. That would surpass almost all other sources of Mexico’s foreign income. But as happy as the Mexican government is about the news — it calls the migrants “heroes” — the boom raises questions: Will Mexicans always have to emigrate? And is it sustainable, or just blip fueled in part by U.S. government pandemic support payments? In many rural places such as Comachuen, Michoacan, every store, business and family depends on remittances. “Without these remittances that migrants send back to their families here in Comachuen, the town would have no life,” said Porfirio Gabriel, who has spent nearly 13 years working on farms in the United States and now recruits and supervises people to go north. Remittances as a percentage of Mexico’s GDP have almost doubled over the past decade, growing from 2% of GDP in 2010 to 3.8%...
    President Joe Biden’s Homeland Security chief welcomed approximately 100,000 migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border in December, according to agency data — regardless of this population’s effect on Americans’ jobs, housing, and communities. The 100,000 inflow does not include data on “got-aways” — young men who sneak across the lightly-guarded border in search of jobs. If got-away levels from October and November remained steady, December’s figures are likely near 50,000 border crossers. The Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) numbers show that the border chief — the Cuban-born, pro-migration Alejandro Mayorkas– is on track to deliver roughly 2 million migrants in 2022, or one migrant for every two American births in 2022 — plus hundreds of thousands of visa workers. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas attends a press conference at a temporary Customs and Border Protection processing center on May 7, 2021 in Donna, Texas.  (Go Nakamura/Getty Images) Mayorkas admits the economic migrants under various excuses, including claims that they are eligible for asylum, or are “Unaccompanied Alien Children,” or cannot be easily flown home, even though federal law requires...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Migrants smugglers in Mexico have recently been trying some innovative methods, but on Tuesday authorities said they detected a new scheme: ferrying migrants for hundreds of miles on the backs of motorcycles. The National Immigration Institute said Tuesday it found eight motorcycles, each with a driver and a Cuban migrant riding on the back of the motorbike. They were stopped Monday at a checkpoint in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco about 180 miles (300 kilometers) from where they set out. But they were headed for the northern state of Coahuila, more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) to the north. The drivers were detained, and the migrants turned over to immigration authorities. The detentions come just days after 28 Nicaraguans were found crammed inside a fake ambulance painted with logos from a government health agency. The vehicle was stopped in the Pacific coast state of Oaxaca. The Institute said the driver had tried to pass himself off as a health care worker and was detained. Migrants found in such circumstances are usually...
    Fox News witnessed the release of “a large number of single adult illegal immigrants” into Brownsville, Texas, Sunday morning. This classification of migrants is routinely removed to Mexico under the Title 42 Coronavirus protection protocols put in place by the CDC instituted in during the Trump administration. Fox News reporter Bill Melugin reported witnessing large numbers of single adult migrants being released by the Biden administration into an office space in Brownsville. Melugin said it is the first time he has observed the direct release of single adults into Texas communities. NEW: We witnessed the federal gov mass releasing single adult migrants, almost all men, at a parking garage in Brownsville. Taxi cabs were then called for them. We followed the taxis to Harlingen airport, where the migrants were dropped off to get on flights around U.S. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/HcSSwtjMnR — Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) January 25, 2022 Melugin’s video shows a large number of migrants getting off a federally contracted transportation bus at an unmarked office. “What you’ll quickly notice is these are all single adults being released — almost all...
    NEW: We witnessed the federal gov mass releasing single adult migrants, almost all men, at a parking garage in Brownsville. Taxi cabs were then called for them. We followed the taxis to Harlingen airport, where the migrants were dropped off to get on flights around U.S. @FoxNewspic.twitter.com/HcSSwtjMnR — Bill Melugin (@Bill Melugin) 1643123130 The cable network said single adults usually are expelled via Title 42 public health protections, which were established under former President Donald Trump. But President Joe Biden's administration isn't applying Title 42 to unaccompanied children or most migrant families, Fox News said. What did the city have to say? The city of Brownsville told the cable network that its Office of Emergency Management, through federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been facilitating "the transfer of these migrants to their final destination by allowing them to use services to contact their families, NGOs, or a taxicab." The city also confirmed that the parking garage is a staging area where migrants are given travel information to "facilitate their transfer to their final...
    The Biden administration has begun tracking all illegal immigrants released at the southern border into the United States, seeking to reverse course after losing track of nearly 50,000 migrants let go from Border Patrol custody under chaotic circumstances. Starting in the fall, the Department of Homeland Security opted to conditionally allow noncitizens to leave through a process called parole, three people familiar with the federal immigration operation told the Washington Examiner. Under parole, migrants are still being discharged from Border Patrol facilities on the border, but their records have been digitally transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency responsible for tracking noncitizens within the country. Those released have also been outfitted with ankle monitors or have installed a phone app that allows authorities to keep tabs on them. The Biden administration implemented the parole policy in an attempt to stop losing track of tens of thousands of migrants as it did by relying on them to check in with the government on their own. Until early fall, the Biden administration released many from custody with documents known...
    ROME (AP) — Seven migrants have died and some 280 have been rescued after they were discovered in a packed wooden boat off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, the Italian Coast Guard said Tuesday. Three people were dead when the Coast Guard arrived for the rescue in rough waters, and a further four died of hypothermia after being transported to the hospital in Lampedusa. Most of the migrants were from Egypt and Bangladesh. Three Coast Guard rescue boats and one from Italy’s financial police participated in the rescue. The NGO Alarm Phone, which forwards rescue calls from smugglers’ boats packed with migrants to authorities, said on Twitter that it took Italian rescue boats six hours to reach the migrants in distress. “Their deaths could have been prevented,” the group said. Arrivals in Italy this year are significantly higher than the past two winters, totaling 2,051 through early Tuesday, compared with 872 in the same period last year and 835 a year before that. Arrivals typically peak in the summer months. The International Organization for...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — A confidential European Union military report calls for continuing a controversial EU program to train and equip Libya’s coast guard and navy despite growing concerns about their treatment of migrants, a mounting death toll at sea, and the continued lack of any central authority in the North African nation. The report, circulated to EU officials this month and obtained by The Associated Press, offers a rare look at Europe’s determination to support Libya in the interception and return of tens of thousands of men, women and children to Libya, where they face insufferable abuse. Compiled by Italian navy Rear Adm. Stefano Turchetto, head of the EU arms embargo surveillance mission, or Operation Irini, the report acknowledges the “excessive use of force” by Libyan authorities, adding that EU training is “no longer fully followed.” Hundreds of thousands of migrants hoping to reach Europe have made their way through Libya, where a lucrative trafficking and smuggling business has flourished in a country without a functioning government, fragmented for years between rival administrations in the east and west, each...
    The apprehension of migrants in December along the southwest border with Mexico jumped for the second straight month to 170,186, federal officials reported on Monday. This represents an increase of more than 139 percent over the same month in 2021. Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 170,000 migrants who illegally crossed the border between ports of entry in December, according to the Southwest Land Border Encounters report. In December 2021, including the last full month of the Trump administration, agents apprehended 71,141 migrants. Agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector continued to lead the nation in apprehensions with 43,844 of the 170,186 total apprehensions (25 percent). This was an increase of nearly 155 percent over the previous year. The Del Rio Sector experienced an alarming increase in apprehensions as agents took 33,205 migrants into custody. This is up from 9,196 one year earlier — a 261 percent increase. The Del Rio Sector jumped from the fourth busiest one year ago to the second busiest this year. The Yuma Sector experienced the largest rate of growth with the apprehension of 29,469...
    National Guardsmen operating night-vision surveillance cameras assisted El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents in keeping migrants from crossing into New Mexico. The video shows multiple migrants moving up to a barrier near Santa Teresa. El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez tweeted surveillance video operated by National Guardsmen. The video shows multiple migrants attempting to approach the border wall under cover of darkness. NIGHTTIME OPS! Incredible work by #SantaTeresa #USBP Agents working in darkness deterring people from entering assisted by @NationalGuard using technology to see! Day & Night Protecting #USA! Well done team! @CBP pic.twitter.com/Y1khkzzFvx — Gloria I. Chavez (@USBPChiefEPT) January 22, 2022 The video shows Santa Teresa Station Border Patrol agents in vehicles responding to the area. The migrants appear to be unsuccessful in their attempts to illegally enter the United States. Elsewhere in the sector, Lordsburg Station agents stopped a human smuggling scheme where 19 migrants were packed into a single-cab pickup truck, according to a tweet by Chief Chavez. The interdiction occurred when agents became suspicious and conducted a traffic stop on the truck. SMUGGLING IN...
    ROME — Pope Francis urged journalists Monday not to portray immigrants in a negative fashion but rather sympathetically as human-interest stories. In his annual message for the World Day of Social Communications, the pope said that “the reality of forced migration is also a complex issue, and no one has a ready-made prescription for solving it.” “I repeat that, in order to overcome prejudices about migrants and to melt the hardness of our hearts, we should try to listen to their stories,” Francis said. “Give each of them a name and a story.” “Many good journalists already do this. And many others would like to do it, if only they could. Let us encourage them! Let us listen to these stories!” the pontiff continued. Rather than providing scary statistics on migration or depicting migrants as invaders, journalists need to focus on the positive and the human, he stated. Pope Francis (C) meets an Afghan refugee family, who came from Lesbos, after the general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on December 22, 2021. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty...
    CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (AP) — Whenever a bus arrives at the Greyhound station in Plattsburgh, New York, a small band of taxi drivers waits to drive passengers on a half-hour trip to a snowy, dead-end dirt road. There, at the border with Canada, refugees pile out of taxis or vans several times a day, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers warn that they will be arrested for illegal entry if they cross, which they do. Most are soon released to pursue asylum, living and working freely while awaiting a decision. “We have the hopes of everyone — be successful and have a change of life,” Alejandro Cortez, a 25-year-old Colombian man, said as he exited a taxi last week at the end of Roxham Road in Champlain, New York. The town of about 6,000 is directly across the border from Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec. Cortez joins a renewed stream of migrants seeking refuge in Canada after a 20-month ban on asylum requests designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Families are once again lugging suitcases and carrying children across a remote, snow-covered ditch...
    In order to avoid deportation back to their home countries, illegal migrants are said to be refusing Chinese coronavirus tests as well as the vaccine to remain in Italy. Migrants in Italy continue to refuse to take Wuhan virus tests in order to stay in the country and now some are said to be refusing to take the vaccine as well, as some of their home countries require those entering to be vaccinated against the virus. In the Sicilian city of Syracuse, a 39-year-old Tunisian who arrived in Italy after previously being handed an order to leave the country is now unable to be sent back to Tunisia as the country requires he be vaccinated, Il Giornale reports. Tunisia made vaccination mandatory in December, a move that was criticised by human rights group Amnesty International, which stated that the policy was overly restrictive. The tactic was previously reported by national-conservative Brother of Italy (FdI) Councilor for Security of Lombardy Riccardo De Corato, who highlighted the issue last September. “It is clear that this trick is now known by those in...
    MAJDAN, Serbia (AP) — A group of migrants huddles beside a small, smoky fire inside an abandoned building in northern Serbia, the last moments of warmth before they set out into the driving snow toward the razor wire, cameras and sensors of Hungary’s electrified border fence. A few hours later, they return, their efforts to cross through Hungary and toward Western Europe thwarted by the three-meter (10-foot) fence and heavy Hungarian police patrols which, after intercepting them, escorted them back across the border into Serbia. “I’m going to Austria, I’m going to Germany, I’m going to the Netherlands,” says Muhtar Ahmad, a 26-year-old from Aleppo, Syria, who is squatting with around 35 other migrants in the makeshift camp outside the Serbian village of Majdan, a mile (less than two kilometers) from the Hungarian border. “I’m not staying in Hungary. What’s the problem?” As migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and other countries embark on the last stretch of their long journeys toward Europe’s wealthier nations, their efforts to cross irregularly into the European Union through Hungary — and the country’s contentious...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities have detected many strange schemes to smuggle Central American migrants to the U.S. border, but on Saturday they said they found a new one: a fake ambulance loaded with 28 Nicaraguans, including nine unaccompanied children. Mexico’s Interior Department said the vehicle had been painted with fake logos from a government hospital network. The vehicle was stopped in the Pacific coast state of Oaxaca. The National Migration Institute said the driver had tried to pass himself off as a health care worker and was detained. Migrants found in such circumstances are usually returned to their home countries, unless they are the victims of a crime. Immigrant traffickers in Mexico general try to smuggle migrants in buses or freight trucks. The trucks are often painted with the logos of well-known companies to try to avoid scrutiny. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    U.S. Democratic then-presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks about the third plank of his Build Back Better economic recovery plan for working families on Jul. 21, 2020, in New Castle, Delaware. This article was originally published at Prism President Joe Biden was lauded a year ago for being the first president to directly address white supremacy as one of the country’s major crises during his inaugural address. He repudiated white supremacy and called for racial justice “400 years in the making.” But one year later, advocates say his administration has fallen short of the promises he made to Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color. Before he was elected, Biden promised Black and brown people he would close the racial wealth gap, tackle racial inequity in the education system, address environmental justice, and make the right to vote equal for all Black Americans. “Especially at those moments when this campaign was at its lowest ebb, the African American community stood up again for me,” Biden said during a victory speech on Nov. 7, 2020. “You’ve always had my back, and...
    EAGLE PASS, Texas — A Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol trooper on border duty is critically injured as a result of a vehicle accident. The trooper was a passenger when the vehicle driven by a Border Patrol agent rolled into a dry canal. Multiple law enforcement sources informed Breitbart Texas the accident occurred after a tracking operation in a rural area near Farm to Market Road 1907, north of the city. The accident occurred just north of Eagle Pass on Friday evening. The trooper was airlifted to a San Antonio hospital for advanced medical care. The trooper, according to the source, was assisting Border Patrol agents in tracking and arresting a group of migrants who had illegally entered the United States nearby. After arresting the group of migrants, the trooper and the migrants were riding in the open bed of a pick-up truck being driven by a Border Patrol agent, a source stated. The driver of the vehicle lost control, causing the vehicle to roll into the dry irrigation canal. Border Patrol agents on the scene provided emergency medical care...
    The UK is said to be looking at detaining all male migrants intercepted while crossing the English Channel under plans being drawn up by the government. While migrants who successfully land on English soil are in breach of the law, and as such can be detained, authorities do not currently have the same powers regarding those intercepted during the crossing by the Border Force, which counts for the majority of illegal boat migrants. However, this may soon change, with a plan drawn up by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel outlining a future where all single male migrants caught crossing the Channel will also be detained, according to a report by The Times. Patel is also reportedly working closely with the Attorney General of England and Wales to establish what current laws such migrants could be detained under, and what new powers are needed. The Nationality and Borders Bill currently going through parliament is set to make crossing the English Channel without prior clearance to enter the UK an offence punishable by up to four years in prison as...
    French media have claimed that an internal email from the French Interior Ministry has revealed that Algeria is no longer accepting any forced deportation of its nationals from France. The alleged confidential internal Interior Ministry email, dating from the 6th of December of last year, states that Algerian authorities now outright refuse to accept any Algerian nationals who have been deported from France against their own will. The internal letter, originally obtained by the French outlet Mediapart, is said to have originated from the Directorate General of Foreigners in France (DGEF) and was addressed to the prefect of the department of Haut-Rhin, French newspaper Valeurs Actuelles reports. “Algiers has instructed its consular network in France to no longer ensure any consular hearing and not to grant any issue of laissez-passer,” the letter states. The Laissez-passer is temporary passport granted to allow travel in lieu of a passport. According to French media, the Algerian government has also moved to automatically cancel any airline tickets booked by the French Interior Ministry, which now has a policy that all returns must be both voluntary and...
    TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — An estimated 800 migrants trying to continue their journey north were intercepted by Mexican authorities early Friday after they walked out of the southern city of Tapachula overnight. The attempted migrant caravan followed a day of protest Thursday over the Mexican government’s attempts to contain them in the south, far from the U.S. border. The migrants had only walked about 10 miles (15 kilometers) through the darkness when they were intercepted around 5 a.m. by National Guard and immigration agents. Migrants from Central America, Haiti, Venezuela and other countries were loaded into immigration vans. On Thursday, hundreds of migrants had protested outside the local offices of immigration and asylum authorities, complaining that the process of gaining temporary legal status was too slow. Migrants have long said that there isn’t sufficient work or housing for the thousands who wait for months in Tapachula for some resolution of their status. Many incur debts to migrate and anything that delays them in getting paying work stresses their situation as they still have to pay rent and buy food....
    The British Army has been tasked with building temporary hostel-style migrant camps on British soil to house up to 30,000 illegal Channel migrants from next month. Priti Patel, the British Home Secretary, has told Conservative MPs that the British Army could be starting work on building new accommodation to house up to 30,000 migrants on Ministry of Defence (MOD) property within a matter of weeks, the Daily Mail reports. The construction of these camps is estimated to cost the British taxpayer in the tens of millions pounds, but government sources speaking to the Daily Mail insist it will be cheaper than the ongoing cost of housing illegal migrants in 4-star hotels. The total cost to the taxpayer of accommodating illegal migrants in Britain in the 2020-2021 recording period was £1.4 billion. Over 28,000 migrants entered Britain in 2021 and over 940 illegals have been intercepted by UK authorities so far in January 2022. Previously when the government attempted to house illegal migrants in an army barracks on MOD property, the migrants burnt the barracks down, due to complaints about alleged poor conditions, despite...
    Libyan authorities intercepted 30,990 migrants heading for Europe in 2021 according to statistics from the United Nations which stated that the number is triple that of the year prior. UN Secretary-General António Guterres is said to have confirmed the figures in an internal report to the UN Security council noting, “As of December 14, 2021, the Libyan coast guard had intercepted 30,990 migrants and refugees and returned them to Libya, almost three times the total number of people returned in 2020.” In a single incident in October of last year, the Libyan coast guard intercepted a wooden boat carrying around 500 migrants who were bound for Europe. Over 12,000 migrants are said to remain detained in Libya as the United Nations police mission in Libya (UNSMIL ) has documented cases of sexual abuse, torture and arbitrary detention, the Associated Press reports. “I remain gravely concerned by the continuing violations of the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Libya,” Guterres said. UN: About 500 Europe-Bound Migrants Intercepted off Libya https://t.co/LoJY3jSIPJ — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) October 3, 2021 “Female...
    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Interior ministers from European Union nations experiencing pressure from unauthorized migration asked Friday for more action to strengthen and protect the bloc’s external borders. Ministers from countries that included Greece, Poland, Italy, Austria and France, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, participated in a border security security conference in Lithuania’s capital along with European Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson. They said that reinforcing the EU’s borders and cracking down on people smugglers would protect EU citizens and the lives of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa who undertake hazardous journeys to reach Europe. “We must protect our borders from aggression, and we need to protect our people,” Johansson told the conference participants. Doing that, she said, requires stopping people fleeing poverty and conflicts in their home countries from starting out on migration routes. “We can’t wait until we have desperate migrants at our borders. We need to act sooner,” Johansson said, stressing that preventative actions must respect the rights of individuals to seek asylum. Poland’s interior minister, Mariusz Kaminski,...
    (CNN)A proposal to vaccinate migrants that was a source of tension inside the White House last year is back on the table as the Biden administration tries to change the way the United States deals with migrants at the southern border.In August, when a report on the proposal emerged, top White House officials, including chief of staff Ron Klain, tried to seek reassurance that in fact the plan wasn't happening.Klain and Susan Rice, one of President Joe Biden's top aides, shot down the proposal -- intended to address public health concerns -- because they thought it would encourage more people to come to the US, sources tell CNN. Fact check: A look at Bidens first year in false claimsMigrants being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and minors in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services were already being offered vaccinations. But the proposal -- reported in The Washington Post last summer -- would apply to migrants encountered at the US southern border and released in the US as they await court hearings.The plan, which originated at...
    EAGLE PASS, Texas — In two separate events in as many days, nearly 800 migrants managed to cross the Rio Grande and surrender to Border Patrol. One group of nearly 400 crossed on Wednesday and another similarly sized came early Thursday. According to a source within Customs and Border Protection, the groups were mostly Venezuelan family units and single adults. The source says daily apprehensions are on the rise as large groups in excess of 100 are crossing daily. Seven large groups were apprehended within the sector in last five days. The increase in migrant crossings in the Del Rio Sector, which includes Eagle Pass, has resulted in the sector becoming the busiest in the nation. Until January, the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) in Texas held the top position in migrant apprehensions since 2013. In November 2021, the RGV apprehended an average of 1,590 migrants per day. That daily average dropped to around 700 so far in January. The increase in crossings is alarming to the Border Patrol in the region, according to the source. The Del...
    AUSTIN, Texas — Approximately 400 migrants crossed the U.S-Mexico border on Wednesday evening and entered the small town of Eagle Pass before either surrendering to Border Patrol or running through neighborhoods to avoid capture. Videos shared with the Washington Examiner from federal law enforcement in Eagle Pass show a group of hundreds of people standing near the Rio Grande after crossing the river late Wednesday and being apprehended by Border Patrol. “As a winter storm moves into the area, Eagle Pass agents arrest another group of 400. 400 people don’t just coincidentally decide to cross together. These are large-scale events orchestrated by criminal elements for $$,” the Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector Chief Jason Owens wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday morning. But others sought to evade federal, state, and local law enforcement and ran into a nearby neighborhood, a second video shared by law enforcement suggests. BIDEN IMMIGRATION PROMISES AFTER ONE YEAR: BORDER CHAOS AND FRUSTRATED LIBERALS Eagle Pass Police Department Public Information Officer Humberto Garza said it was likely the people shown in the video...
    Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrested three human smugglers and apprehended two groups of migrants locked inside commercial trailers. The arrests took place at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint in Brooks County, Texas, approximately 80 miles north of the Texas-Mexico border. Falfurrias Station agents assigned to the checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 made two arrests of human smugglers attempting to move migrants into the U.S. interior, according to information obtained from RGV Sector Border Patrol officials. Callous smugglers cram illegally present migrants into trailers with no means of escape. A #USBP K9 led Falfurrias Checkpoint agents to the discovery of 4 children & 2 adults hidden in a tractor trailer. Details: https://t.co/A1RqGKAPd4 pic.twitter.com/jRaMnLEvHi — Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings (@USBPChiefRGV) January 18, 2022 Agents working the Falfurrias Checkpoint observed a Freightliner tractor-trailer approaching for inspection on the afternoon of January 17. During the initial interview, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the possible presence of drug or human cargo in the trailer area. The agents referred the driver to a secondary inspection area where a search of the...
              by Jennie Taer   The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) disclosed to a congressional office that migrants flying without proper identification can use an arrest warrant as an alternate form of identification when presenting to airport security, according to a letter the Daily Caller News Foundation exclusively obtained. Responding to Republican Texas Rep. Lance Gooden’s Dec. 15 inquiry about migrants flying across the country, TSA Administrator David Pekoske explained that certain Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents may be considered acceptable forms of alternate identification for non-citizens, including a “Warrant for Arrest of Alien” and a “Warrant of Removal/Deportation.” “TSA’s response confirms the Biden Administration is knowingly putting our national security at risk,” Gooden told the DCNF. “Unknown and unvetted immigrants shouldn’t even be in the country, much less flying without proper identification.” “TSA is committed to ensuring that all travelers, regardless of immigration status, are pre-screened before they arrive to the airport, have their pre-screening status and identification verified at security checkpoints, and receive appropriate screening based on risk before entering the sterile area of the airport,” Pekoske wrote. Pekoske outlined that...