Sunday, July 25, 2021

Biden’s Border Crisis Gets Worse; Surge of Illegal Juveniles, Fentanyl and Migrant Deaths, and related stories

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Biden’s border crisis gets worse; surge of illegal juveniles, fentanyl and migrant deaths:
The border crisis is worsening, undercutting President Biden’s early assurances that the chaos along the U.S.-Mexico boundary was just a seasonal blip.
The Border Patrol reported the most action in 21 years in June. Agents recorded 178,416 arrests, defying Homeland Security officials’ public predictions that activity at the border would cool off in the summer.
Perhaps more worrying is the surge of illegal immigrant children, which came roaring back after a lull in the late spring. The government last week caught minors at the border faster than it could release them from government-run shelters. The Border Patrol had more than 1,400 in its custody as of Sunday night, the highest number in nearly three months.
Tuesday marked six months into Mr. Biden’s tenure. On just about every measure of mayhem, the border situation looks worse than it did on Jan. 20.
Deaths of migrants are up, and the numbers would be worse but for a record-setting year of Border Patrol rescues.
Seizures of the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl have set a record. Court case files are replete with stories of abusive encounters at the hands of smugglers. Agents also report a rise in dangerous high-speed chases as smugglers resist arrest.
“It’s as bad as it’s been in memory,” said Todd Bensman, a national security fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, who has just returned from a trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica to survey the flow of people headed north. “By every yardstick that exists, the border — and not just the border areas, but the interior areas now — are in crisis.” --->READ MORE HERE
Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Reuters
Border Patrol Seize Record Amount of Fentanyl in June:
Federal agents seized a record 1,060 pounds of fentanyl in June, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday.
More fentanyl was seized in June 2021 than in the last three Junes combined, the Daily Caller first reported.
CBP reported 109 seizures in June with an average of 9.7 pounds per seizure. That number was down from 132 seizures in May.
CDC data reveals that more than 93,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, marking a 30 percent uptick from 2019, with 69,000 of those overdose fatalities being opioid-related.
The surge in drug-related deaths has primarily been attributed to opioid overdoses, especially from opioids laced with fentanyl, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. As little as two milligrams of fentanyl can constitute a lethal dose, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

Migrant deaths rising in summer surge, rescues by border agents soaring

Border patrol nabs 197 immigrants, mostly kids, near Mexican border

CBP officers seize $1.4 million in drugs at Laredo Port of Entry over two-day period

‘We need more body bags’: Texas rep paints grim picture of border deaths

CBP Officers Seize Over $700K in Illegal Drugs in Back-to-Back Stops

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