#AceNewsReport – June.14: At the secondary inspection area, agents discovered six migrants concealed underneath the bed cover of the truck. Agents determined all subjects were illegally present in the United States. The driver and smuggled migrants were placed under arrest and escorted into the checkpoint for processing:
CBP Checkpoint Agents Foil Human Smuggling Attempt: On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint referred a Ford F-150 to secondary inspection after a service canine alerted to the vehicle.
Yesterday afternoon, information regarding a Mission, Texas, residence suspected of harboring migrants was relayed to the McAllen Border Patrol Station. RGV agents along with Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the residence and discovered 34 undocumented migrant adults confined inside. Border Patrol took custody of all subjects. No caretaker was identified.
Early this morning, Rio Grande City Station agents, responded to a call for assistance from Texas Department of Public Safety troopers regarding a possible human stash house located in Roma, Texas. Upon arrival at the residence, agents encountered 10 undocumented noncitizens. The migrants were from Mexico, Ecuador, and Central America. No principal or caretaker was identified at the location. All migrants were transported to a Border Patrol station for processing.
Additionally, RGV agents discovered another stash house harboring 73 migrants and drugs, located in Brownsville, Texas.
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#AceNewsReport – June.09: She has been tasked by President Joe Biden with controlling a surge in migration at the southern border: Ms Harris has described her task as finding solutions to tackle the root causes of the border crisis, including corruption and the lack of economic opportunities. Her staff say this first visit is primarily an information-gathering trip:
WASHINGTON: Kamala Harris tells Guatemala to migrants: ‘Do not come’ to United States illegally on her first trip overseas as she was speaking on her first overseas trip since taking office, she said the journey north was dangerous and would mainly benefit people smugglers. Ms Harris warned people they would be turned back at the border.
In a news conference alongside Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, she warned against illegal migration to the US, saying: “Do not come. Do not come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our borders.”
She added: “If you come to our border, you will be turned back.”
Ms Harris said she wanted the US and Guatemala to “work together” to find solutions to “long-standing problems”.
She said people must be given a “sense of hope that help is on the way”.
“It must be coupled with relationships of trust. It must be coupled with tangible outcomes, in terms of what we do as leaders to convince people that there is a reason to be hopeful about their future and the future of their children,” Ms Harris added.
President Giammattei defended his government’s own record of fighting corruption and said the fight against drug trafficking should be an key part of tackling the issue.
He announced a new processing centre for migrants who had been sent back from the US and Mexico and said that the focus for both countries should be on creating prosperity.
Ms Harris said the US would send 500,000 coronavirus vaccines to Guatemala and provide $26m (£18.3m) to fight the pandemic there. The region has been hard hit by the virus, further worsening living conditions.
She also met civil society leaders and entrepreneurs in the country before travelling on to Mexico where she will hold talks with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday.
President Biden has been criticised by Republicans who accuse him of ignoring the crisis on the southern border.
But in a recent speech to Congress, he said: “When I was vice president, I focused on providing the help needed to address these root causes of migration. It helped keep people in their own countries instead of being forced to leave. Our plan worked.”
A trip underlining the scale of the task ahead
For the Guatemalan government, there will have been some satisfaction in being the hosts of the vice-president’s first international visit. It is a sign of improved ties with Washington after the Trump administration. However, in reality, the Biden administration has few other feasible partners in the region, embroiled as they are in diplomatic tension or open conflict with the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
The joint news conference revealed a number of things.
Certainly the rhetoric from the Biden administration is more compassionate than over the past four years. The vice-president mentioned “hunger, hurricanes and pandemic” as “acute” drivers of migration, and talked of empowering the indigenous community in Guatemala.
Certainly the promise of 500,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine from the US will have been welcomed as the region lags well behind much of the world on the road towards a fully-vaccinated society.
But many Guatemalans will have met other measures with some scepticism.
The proposed anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling measures will struggle to unpick the sophisticated criminal networks, which run the migrant and drug routes north. Despite much talk of creating jobs and incentives inside Guatemala, many know that Washington’s plan also involves bolstering the police and security forces to better prevent migrants from leaving in the first place. And the promise of hundreds of millions in development aid will also ring alarm bells over exactly how those funds will be administered.
Indeed, the discussion of a corruption task force appeared to touch a raw nerve with President Giammattei, who became defensive as he denied “meddling” in the work of anti-graft prosecutors in the country.
If nothing else, this trip has underlined the scale of the task ahead.
What are the key items on Ms Harris’s agenda?
More than 178,000 migrants arrived at the border this April, the highest one-month total in more than two decades, according to US border officials.
ReutersThousands of asylum seekers from Central America head for the US-Mexico border
Of those migrants, more than 40% originated from the Central American region known as the Northern Triangle: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
This will be the main focus of Ms Harris’ trip.New footage reveals crowded child migrant facility
A central issue contributing to the border crisis is the corruption of government officials in the region, who have been accused of aiding in drug and human trafficking.
“We have the capacity to give people hope,” Ms Harris said last month. “Part of giving people hope is having a very specific commitment to rooting out corruption in the region.”
Getty ImagesMs Harris holds talks with the Guatemalan president on Monday
Many migrants leaving the Northern Triangle say they are fleeing violence, discrimination and poverty.
The steady “brain drain” of locals has exacerbated problems caused by decades of political instability.
These countries have also stressed that they are feeling the most adverse effects of global warming – most notably hurricanes – despite hardly contributing to climate change.
Ms Harris said in her press conference in Guatemala that “we are doing the work of requiring certain progress be made” in order to attract US investment to the region.
She also pledged US investments towards agriculture, entrepreneurship and affordable housing, as well as for “a young women’s empowerment initiative to increase education and opportunities for girls and women”.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.29: We’re always grateful to the boating public for helping us save lives,” said Lt. j.g. James Rimmele, executive officer of Cutter Charles Sexton. “Trying to enter the country in this manner isn’t just illegal, it’s dangerous. Putting yourself out into the dynamic environment of the sea unprepared is never worth the risk.”
Coast Guard repatriates two migrants to Cuba: ‘The Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton embarked two Cuban migrants after they were rescued by a good Samaritan motor tanker STI Brixton crew who saw them waving their arms from a raft Thursday approximately 70 miles southwest of Marathon’
U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/26/2021 05:05 PM EDTNews Release
PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Coast Guard repatriates 2 migrants to Cuba
Since Oct. 1, 2020, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 195 Cubans compared to:
5,396 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2016
1,468 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2017
259 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2018
313 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2019
49 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2020
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Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19. There were no migrants in these cases reported to have any COVID-19 related symptoms.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.07: The man was subject to a European Arrest Warrant issued by a judge in Antwerp, Belgium, where he is alleged to have organised the transportation of significant numbers of people throughout 2018 and 2019:
European Arrest Warrant: Suspected head of people smuggling network extradited to Belgium: ‘The 30-year-old Iraqi national was tracked down and arrested by the National Crime Agency in January 2020. He was living in a property in Cippenham, Slough, at the time’
Migrants would be moved from Brussels to motorway service lorry parks, where they would be loaded onto trucks bound for the UK. The group would often use refrigerated lorries.
The 30-year-old’s extradition was confirmed by the UK courts on 12 March 2021, after he withdrew an appeal against it. On 27 March he was returned to Belgium where he is now remanded in custody and awaiting trial.
NCA head of organised immigration crime operations, Miles Bonfield, said:
“NCA officers both in the UK and overseas have worked closely with our Belgian counterparts throughout this investigation.
“We are determined to do all we can to tackle criminal people smuggling networks impacting on the UK, no matter where they are.
“These networks are ruthless, treating migrants as a commodity to be profited from, and we have seen the tragic consequences that can come about when refrigerated lorries are used in such attempts.”
#AceNewsReport – Apr.07: Agents assigned to the El Centro Border Patrol Station arrested a 46-year-old male, a citizen of Mexico, after he illegally entered the United States approximately 29 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry. Agents placed the man under arrest and transported him to the El Centro Centralized Processing Center for further processing.
CBP Report: El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Rapist: U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested an illegal alien Monday afternoon with a prior convictions for a sexual offenses.
Record checks revealed that in 2007, the man was convicted in Hemet, California, of rape, sodomy, and oral copulation; all with a person under the age of 18. The man was subsequently sentenced to over nine years in prison for his crimes.
Additionally, the man was previously removed from the United States to Mexico in 2014.
As a convicted felon, the subject faces a charge of 8 USC § 1326 – Re-entry After Deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
In fiscal year 2021, which began Oct. 1, 2020, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested and/or removed 17 individuals either convicted or wanted on sexual offense charges.
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#AceWorldNews – CHECHNYA – Dec.04 – Three policemen have been killed while trying to apprehend a car full of alleged members of an illegal armed group in the city of Grozny, representative of law enforcement in Russia’s Republic of Chechnya told RIA Novosti.
The incident happened as a police patrol unit tried to stop a suspicious car in the city centre.
Three men inside the car opened fire, killing three officers.
The suspected militants are now trapped inside the Press House in the city centre, police are trying to neutralize them.
#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – Dec.03 – Three founders of a civil disobedience campaign that helped spark Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests were turned away by police Wednesday after trying to surrender in a bid to bring to an end the increasingly violent street demonstrations AP reported.
‘Occupy Central leader Benny Tai. Chan Kin-man, Chu Yiu-ming and Tai,
Professors Benny Tai Yiu-ting and Chan Kin-man and the Rev.
Chu Yiu-ming haven’t been charged, but authorities say protests that have blocked streets in the Asian financial centre for more than two months are illegal.
#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.26 – Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare Washington Times reported.
President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.
Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.
On Nov.13 Fox News shows apparently were filled with excited reporting that they had gotten hold of a 10-part Obama amnesty plan from “a source close to the White House.”
Fox indicated Obama would announce the plan as early as late next week and that major congressional Democratic leaders are cheering the boldness and broadness of it.
According to Fox:
The plan contains 10 initiatives than span everything from boosting border security to improving pay for immigration officers.
The plan calls for expanding deferred action for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children — but also for the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
The plan could allow upwards of 4.5 million illegal immigrant adults with U.S.-born children to stay, according to estimates . . . receive work authorization in the United States, Social Security numbers and government-issued IDs.
Another portion that is sure to cause consternation among anti-”amnesty” lawmakers is a plan to expand deferred action for young people. In June 2012, Obama created such a program for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, entered before June 2007 and were under 31 as of June 2012.
The change would expand that to cover anyone who entered before they were 16, and change the cut-off from June 2007 to Jan. 1, 2010. This is estimated to make nearly 300,000 illegal immigrants eligible.
The draft plan obtained by Fox shows Obama granting permanent work permits to an extra 500,000 immigrants apparently for tech jobs.
AceWorldNews says that according to the latest report from JOHANNESBURG and Reuters that all rescue services in South Africa are trying to reach more than 200 illegal miners reported trapped underground in an abandoned gold shaft in a suburb just east of Johannesburg, an emergency services spokesman said on Sunday.