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SAN ANGELO, Texas – Authorities recovered the body of a 10-month-old child Thursday after a raft carrying migrants capsized Wednesday in the Rio Grande along the Texas-Mexico border.

Three others are missing, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“What we’re dealing with now is senseless tragedy,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol have been doing everything in their power to prevent incidents like this. And yet, callous smugglers continue to imperil the lives of migrants for financial gain.”

Migrants often try to cross the river, mostly in poorly constructed rafts with no safety gear, and the water can be deceptively high and fast-moving.
On Wednesday evening, Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass South Station detained a man on charges he illegally entered the United States. While in detention, the man told them a raft carrying nine people had overturned and his baby son and nephew had been swept into the Rio Grande.

An adult male and female child also were among the missing, according to the release.

An intensive search operation began in the area. Shortly afterward, cries coming from the river alerted agents to a woman and a child struggling to stay afloat, according to the release.

An agent jumped into the river and rescued the pair, later identified as the wife and child of the man who made the initial report, the release states.
The 6-year-old boy was treated by Border Patrol Emergency Medical Personnel on site, and rushed to a hospital for advanced treatment, the release states.

A man and his juvenile son were found a short time later on the U.S. bank of the river. They did not require medical assistance and were transported to the Eagle Pass South Station, according to the release.

The 10-month-old boy was found deceased several miles downriver by Del Rio Sector's Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue team.
A record number of Central American families are crossing the border, some on foot and some via the river. Just last week, border agents rescued 10 people in a sinking raft in the same area, including a 3-year-old child who had become separated from her mother on the Mexico side.

During the last budget year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection rescue teams responded to more than 4,300 emergencies. There were 283 deaths, including those who drowned or died in the deserts. The high was in 2005’s fiscal year, when 492 people died.

The number of border crossings last month was a 12-year high; more than 103,000 people were encountered, including more than 53,000 people traveling as part of families.

Homeland Security officials say the system is straining under the crush of families who require different care and have different needs from the people agents and officers used to see crossing the border, mostly single men from Mexico.

The White House on Wednesday asked Congress for an additional $4.5 billion in funding for the border. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told a Senate subcommittee Thursday the department needed the supplemental funding to help manage the crush of migrants and to provide proper care.

But Democrats are wary of giving the administration more money, especially after the longest government shutdown in history over President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funding. Trump eventually declared a national emergency declaration to circumvent Congress to get the funding elsewhere. The new emergency funding would not be used to build any of the wall, officials said.

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Everyone knows the old sayings about broken clocks and blind squirrels, but I'll confess to being genuinely surprised by this one. The editors of the New York Times, one of the most reliably liberal mainstream publications in America, are no longer able to ignore or abide the ongoing chaos at the Southern border. In a new house editorial, they acknowledge reality and urge Congressional Democrats to get serious about the problem -- including a call to fulfill the Trump administration's latest budget request on this front:



The piece includes some throat clearing and shots at the president, but its overall message is at least somewhat constructive. And it's a far cry from Democrats' bogus "manufactured crisis" rhetoric of recent months:

President Trump is right: There is a crisis at the southern border. Just not the one he rants about...But as record numbers of Central American families flee violence and poverty in their homelands, they are overwhelming United States border systems, fueling a humanitarian crisis of overcrowding, disease and chaos. The Border Patrol is now averaging 1,200 daily arrests, with many migrants arriving exhausted and sick...On Wednesday, the White House sent Congress a request for $4.5 billion in emergency funding to help manage the surge. In a letter to lawmakers, the acting director of the White House’s budget office, Russell Vought, sought to convey the scope of the challenge. “In February, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered more than 76,000 illegal border crossers and inadmissible aliens, and in March that number exceeded 100,000 — the highest monthly level in more than a decade,” Mr. Vought wrote. He described what he said were “alarming numbers” of women and children jammed into Border Patrol stations never intended as long-term shelters.

Funding for vital services is not expected to last through the fiscal year, Mr. Vought said. Most urgently, the program that deals with unaccompanied minors is expected to run dry next month, requiring resources to be diverted from other programs and leading to a further deterioration in conditions...Nearly three-quarters of the funds, $3.3 billion, would be earmarked for humanitarian needs, with much of it flowing to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the agency responsible for unaccompanied minors. None of the money would go toward Mr. Trump’s border wall. Several hundred million dollars would, however, go toward shoring up border security operations, including increasing the number of detention beds overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. This, for Democrats, is a nonstarter...The Democratic chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Nita Lowey of New York, said that the administration was seeking billions of dollars to “double down on cruel and ill-conceived policies” and bail out ICE for locking up more migrant families than it could humanely accommodate. But until better policies are in place, Democrats need to find a way to provide money for adequate shelter.

Consider how extraordinary it is that the Times feels compelled to describe any effort to enhance border security -- even excluding 'the wall' -- or to provide additional detention beds as 'nonstarters' for Democrats. Both of these priorities are urgently needed. The editorial rightly tells Democrats that "until better policies are in place," they need to "find a way to provide money for adequate shelter." Unfortunately, a significant portion of the Democratic Party is overtly or effectively in favor of "catch and release" policies that inexorably increase the number of illegal immigrants living inside the United States. A number of them have even proposed decreasing border security and enforcement mechanisms, even as this undeniable crisis is playing out. Meanwhile, we see verifiable evidence of traffickers creating false families to exploit our broken status quo, which creates an incentive to illegally enter US territory with children in tow:



So what are the chances of Congress adopting a sensible, Ron Johnson-esque approach to these acute and unrelenting policy challenges? One can always hold out hope, but consider the political backdrop of House Democrats being unable to rally behind a bill to implement the sort of "clean" DREAM Act they've been demanding for years. Why? They're fighting amongst themselves about whether or not that sort of amnesty (which I generally favor) should be extended to illegal immigrants with criminal records. Yes, really:

House Democrats have shelved plans to advance legislation protecting “Dreamers” next week, delivering a setback to the caucus on a top legislative priority. The bill is stalled because of an intraparty fight over providing citizenship to undocumented immigrants with criminal records, multiple lawmakers and aides said Thursday, and a likely committee vote is now delayed...Democrats are worried the bill as currently written couldn't even survive a committee markup and have privately fretted about the potential amendments Republicans will offer. Senior Democrats are also concerned that Republicans could weaponize the Dreamers bill on the floor and force immigration votes on amendments that could be tough for swing district Democrats to oppose...The bill, authored by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), would allow undocumented immigrants to commit three misdemeanors before they’re disqualified from seeking citizenship. But some Democrats worry the language in the bill is too broad and want to consider changes so that committing only certain misdemeanors would allow people to remain on the path to citizenship.

I'll leave you with a question for every Democratic presidential candidates: How many crimes should an illegal immigrant be allowed to commit while maintaining his eligibility to become a citizen?

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Since mid-April, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents have worked alongside Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in the El Paso sector to help process alleged families that illegally crossed into the United States. Three teams were initially launched into Las Cruces, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. A couple weeks later three more HSI teams were sent to the Rio Grande Valley, Del Rio, Yuma, and El Centro Border Patrol Sectors, Breitbart reported.

“We have been working these cases from an investigative standpoint for quite a while,” Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence told Breitbart. “What we’re doing now that is a little different is surging the additional resources to the ports of entry and Border Patrol stations where these individuals are being arrested and being processed. We’ve got teams in seven different locations who are conducting interviews of people who appear to be fraudulent families or where we have concerns that they are not who they say they are.”

According to Albence, three out of every 10 families are frauds.

“The results have been staggering thus far. In just a couple of weeks, we’ve interviewed 256 family units and identified 65 fraudulent families. Almost three out of every ten families we’ve interviewed have become fraudulent," Albence said.

To make matters even worse, the children are being utilized repeatedly to help adults stay in America. The children will show up at the border with the adults, where they pretend to be a family. Once the adults are released the child is sent back to their home country and they're used again, over and over, in the same way. The kids are either flown home or cross back into Mexico illegally, where they catch a bus and go back to their home country.

“Within the first week of the operation, we found a little seven-year-old girl from Guatemala, her mother rented her three times in the past year to be brought here to this country so that the adult can be released," he said.

And, the worst part? It's not uncommon for Border Patrol and ICE agents to see the same children, over and over again.

According to Albence, Congress has the ability to put a stop to this. The Flores Settlement and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act prevent prevent ICE and Border Patrol agents from detaining illegals while a thorough investigation is completed.

“If they changed the laws to allow us to detain these families as a unit together for a short period of time as we go through the immigration process, this would almost stop,” Albence said.

Back in 2014 when ICE detained these "families" to investigate, the numbers plummeted. Smugglers knew they could no longer get away with the fake families at the border. Albence said that could happen, once again, if Congress takes action. But, until they do, the broken laws and loopholes allow these smugglers to put children in danger.

“This industry of smuggling children and trafficking them has been allowed to flourish. These are extensive criminal organizations. They are transnational criminal organizations that have people that work for these organization both in the foreign countries — their working with the cartels in Mexico — and they’ve got people here domestically," he explained. "They’re all working together to facilitate this scourge of human trafficking.”

One of the main reasons HSI agents were deployed along the border is to help identify these fake families and, ultimately, try to protect the children who are being abused. More likely than not, the children who are being "rented" for their journey to the United States are victims of sexual assault and physical abuse.

The agency is implementing DNA testing this week so agents know whether or not a child truly belongs to the adults claiming him or her. The first set of results are supposed to be released next week.

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and pundits and lame street media hosts and members of Congress continue to smack President Trump with the claim that his policies are "ripping babies from their mother's arms" !
 

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Well, we still have a national security problem. And no, it’s not this silly Russian collusion myth that’s being peddled by Democrats. The surge in illegal alien arrests at the border is now at a boiling point. One could argue that it’s been that way for the past few months, but April’s detention numbers were staggering. Over 100,000 people were arrested in April, the highest in 12 years (via WaPo):

The number of border-crossers taken into U.S. custody topped 100,000 for the second consecutive month in April, U.S. border officials said Wednesday, deepening the crisis that has derailed President Trump’s immigration agenda and has defied his myriad attempts to fix it.​
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained 109,144 migrants along the boundary with Mexico last month, a 6 percent increase from March, as monthly arrests reached their highest point since 2007. Unauthorized border crossings have more than doubled in the past year, and they are on pace to exceed 1 million on an annual basis, as Guatemalan and Honduran families continue streaming north in record numbers with the expectation they will be quickly processed and released from custody.​
“Our apprehension numbers are off the charts,” Carla Provost, chief of the Border Patrol, said in testimony to senators in Washington on Wednesday afternoon. “We cannot address this crisis by shifting more resources. It’s like holding a bucket under a faucet. It doesn’t matter how many buckets we have if we can’t turn off the flow.”​
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…the evidence of the U.S. immigration system being overwhelmed continues to build.​
DHS officials for the first time this week said the agency is running out of space to jail single adult migrants, who arrived in April at the highest level in five years. One DHS official warned of a complete border breakdown if single adults who cross illegally can no longer be detained and deported.​
The Department of Homeland Security does not have the resources to deal with this endless surge of illegals. Money from other parts of their budget has been diverted to dealing with housing these migrants, especially when it comes to health care. Yet, acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan was quite clear that his department needs more money in dealing with this border crisis. At last, The New York Times editorial board has acknowledged that a border crisis exists. The Washington Post also said Trump was right, though Democrats, emboldened by their 2018 midterm wins, are not playing ball. Not one dime for the wall or for ICE, which has become a favorite punching bag for the far left that wants an unfettered flow of illegal aliens into the country.

Luckily, some policy changes are in the works. For starters, the Ninth Circuit, in a surprise ruling, said that applicants for asylum could be sent back to Mexico while their case remains under review by immigration courts. Also, DHS is trying to give Border Patrol on-the-spot authority to accept or deny asylum claims at the border, a move that will certainly meet a legal challenge by left-wingers.

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An illegal alien, who previously self-deported to Mexico, has been arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter after allegedly killing a couple and their 10-year-old daughter in a drunk driving crash.

Ismael Huazo-Jardinez, a 33-year-old illegal alien, is accused of crashing into the trailer home of 38-year-old Jose Alberto Pacheco and 34-year-old Anna Grisalda Pacheco, the parents of a 10-year-old daughter, Angel Alberto Pacheco-Espinoza, and an 11-year-old daughter, in Sutter County, California, over the weekend.

Huazo-Jardinez, according to police, was driving drunk when he crashed into the Pacheco’s home. The family of four was asleep. The crash left both Jose Pacheco and his wife, Anna Pacheco, dead, along with their daughter Angel Pacheco-Espinoza. The only surviving family member, their 11-year-old daughter, remains in the hospital following multiple surgeries, according to the Daily Mail.

“It’s horrible that this happened,” a neighbor and family friend told local media.
Eyewitnesses told police that the illegal alien attempted to flee the scene of the accident after the crash. After being arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, an investigator asked that Huazo-Jardinez be held on a $1 million bond. Instead, a California judge set the illegal alien’s bond at $300,000, and he was released from prison after posting bail.

After leaving jail, Huazo-Jardinez was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, who confirmed that the Mexican national had been living in the country as an illegal alien.

In 2011, ICE officials told the Daily Mail the illegal alien was caught at the U.S.-Mexico border attempting to enter illegally. In that case, he was quickly returned to Mexico.

The illegal alien has a previous criminal history of reckless driving charges and traffic citations but was never turned over to ICE officials for deportation. California’s strict sanctuary state laws shield all illegal aliens, including convicted criminals, from being deported out of the U.S.
Now, Huazo-Jardinez is expected to be in court next month facing the vehicular manslaughter charges. The illegal alien faces up to four years in prison for each count of vehicular manslaughter and an additional three to six years for the fact that he injured other victims.

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so how many more Americans and their children are YOU willing to sacrifice to people who aren't even supposed to be here?!