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District of Columbia | August 3, 2021

Mexico Blocks Returning Migrant Families, Threatening Already Full US Detention Centers: REPORT

District of Columbia | August 3, 2021

U.S. officials will no longer be able to rapidly expel migrant families to Mexico if they aren’t from the country, potentially stressing already crowded U.S. detention facilities, according to multiple reports.

Mexico stopped accepting migrant families from countries other than Mexico expelled by U.S. officials under the Trump-era public health order Title 42, MyRGV first reported last week. The Washington Examiner confirmed the report Tuesday.

The change could mean overcrowding at U.S. detention centers or border officials releasing more migrants into communities, the Examiner reported.

“Mexico won’t accept title 42 from other areas along the border,” an official reportedly told the Examiner. (RELATED: ‘The Largest Group…We’ve Ever Seen’: Thousands Of Illegal Migrants Appear To Crowd Under Texas Bridge)

Mexico stopped accepting migrant families who were apprehended at one place on the southern border and transported hundreds of miles away for expulsion on Wednesday, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official reportedly told the Examiner…. (Excerpts from Daily Caller)

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District of Columbia | August 3, 2021

Harris’ border role faces new scrutiny after report of likely historic surge in unaccompanied children

District of Columbia | August 3, 2021

Republicans have called on the Biden administration to remove Harris from the role

Last March, President Biden announced the appointment of Vice President Kamala Harris to lead his administration’s efforts to address a surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Republicans were quick to jump on the decision and said Harris did not have the experience needed to successfully carry out the assignment. The criticism has continued for months. On Monday, Nikki Haley, the former U.N. ambassador, tweeted that the vice president should be fired from her role.

“She has failed to secure the border and has emboldened cartels. We need real leadership,” Haley tweeted.

A report from the Associated Press released Monday night raised new concerns about the crisis unfolding at the border just over four months since Harris’ appointment.

The AP, citing a U.S. official with preliminary government numbers, reported that authorities in the U.S. likely picked up more unaccompanied minors at the border than ever before in July. The number of people who traveled in families also likely hit its second-highest number ever in the month.

David Shahoulian, the assistant secretary for border and immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security, told the AP that U.S. authorities likely picked up more than 19,000 unaccompanied children in the month and the number of people encountered in families is expected to be about 80,000—which was just short of the all-time high in May 2019 when there were 88,857.

Overall, U.S. authorities stopped migrants about 210,000 times at the border in July, up from 188,829 in June and the highest in more than 20 years. Shahoulian called the Rio Grande Valley and Del Rio sectors in south Texas the most active in the country. He said the Rio Grande Valley sector is the “epicenter of the current surge.”

DHS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News…(Excerpts from  Fox News)

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Texas | August 3, 2021

Children stopped at border likely hit record-high in July

Texas | August 3, 2021

The number of children traveling alone who were picked up at the Mexican border by U.S. immigration authorities likely hit an all-time high in July, and the number of people who came in families likely reached its second-highest total on record, a U.S. official said Monday, citing preliminary government figures.

The sharp increases from June were striking because crossings usually slow during stifling — and sometimes fatal — summer heat.

U.S. authorities likely picked up more than 19,000 unaccompanied children in July, exceeding the previous high of 18,877 in March, according to David Shahoulian, assistant secretary for border and immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security. The June total was 15,253.

The number of people encountered in families during July is expected at about 80,000, Shahoulian said. That’s shy of the all-time high of 88,857 in May 2019 but up from 55,805 in June.

Overall, U.S. authorities stopped migrants about 210,000 times at the border in July, up from 188,829 in June and the highest in more than 20 years. But the numbers aren’t directly comparable because many cross repeatedly under a pandemic-related ban that expels people from the country immediately without giving them a chance to seek asylum but carries no legal consequences.

The activity was overwhelmingly concentrated in the Border Patrol’s Del Rio and Rio Grande Valley sectors in south Texas, accounting for more than seven of 10 people who came in families.

In the Rio Grande Valley sector, the “epicenter of the current surge,” agents stopped migrants about 78,000 times in July, Shahoulian said, up from 59,380 in June and 51,149 in May…. (Excerpts from the Associated Press)

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District of Columbia | August 3, 2021

Harris’ border role faces new scrutiny after report of likely historic surge in unaccompanied children . .

District of Columbia | August 3, 2021

Last March, President Biden announced the appointment of Vice President Kamala Harris to lead his administration’s efforts to address a surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Republicans were quick to jump on the decision and said Harris did not have the experience needed to successfully carry out the assignment. The criticism has continued for months. On Monday, Nikki Haley, the former U.N. ambassador, tweeted that the vice president should be fired from her role… (Excerpts from Fox News)

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Arizona | July 30, 2021

Arizona Town Facing ‘Nightmare’ Migrant Influx

Arizona | July 30, 2021

In the normally peaceful desert town of Gila Bend, nestled 100 miles north of Arizona’s border with Mexico, illegal aliens have been arriving daily since the town declared a state of emergency in March.

The migrants were all on foot, and all appeared to be bound for parts unknown, carrying with them only their backpacks and the clothes they have on.

“What we are literally getting is a flood of migrants walking into town,” said Gila Bend Mayor Chris Riggs, who requested a state of emergency be declared when a busload of 30 migrants was dropped off without any warning by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Riggs said the migrant bus came as a shock—not just to the city’s 1,900 residents—but to municipal resources already stretched thin by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic….(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | July 30, 2021

Biden’s Latest Immigration Plan Won’t Resolve Border Crisis, Critics Say

District of Columbia | July 30, 2021

The immigration crisis has been a thorn in the side of President Joe Biden, and the administration’s latest plan to tackle the issue is facing pushback.

Critics are taking aim at Biden’s latest proposal after months of federal data show illegal immigration has only grown worse. In the proposal released this week, Biden pledged an “expedited removal process for those who arrive at the border,” and faster processing for those seeking asylum.

The plan also calls for strengthening relationships with Latin American countries to prevent migrants from reaching the border in the first place.

“We will always be a nation of borders, and we will enforce our immigration laws in a way that is fair and just,” the White House said in a statement. “We will continue to work to fortify an orderly immigration system.”

Notably, Biden emphasized his previously released budget, which removes funding away from the border wall, his predecessor’s signature immigration policy.

“Since fiscal year 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) discretionary budget has grown from $9.9 billion to $15 billion in FY 2021,” the White House said. “The President’s Budget redirects resources from a needless border wall to make robust investments in smarter border security measures, like border technology and modernization of land ports of entry, that are proven to be more effective at improving safety and security at the border.”

The plan comes after months of troubling federal immigration data. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported encountering nearly 190,000 illegal immigrants trying to enter the country in the month of June alone, a 5% increase from the previous month.

“We are in the hottest part of the summer, and we are seeing a high number of distress calls to CBP from migrants abandoned in treacherous terrain by smugglers with no regard for human life,” CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller said. “Although CBP does everything it can to locate and rescue individuals who are lost or distressed, the bottom line is this: the terrain along the border is extreme, the summer heat is severe, and the miles of desert migrants must hike after crossing the border in many areas are unforgiving.”.. (Excerpts from Virginia Star)

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