Gripping the North: Illegal Immigration Surge at the U.S.-Canada Border
A Crisis Unfolding
David Favro, the Sheriff of Clinton County, N.Y., has sounded the alarm on the escalating illegal immigration at the northern border. In a poignant interview on Fox & Friends First, Favro described the situation as "inhumane," underlining the desperate measures migrants are resorting to, including braving freezing waterways during harsh winter conditions, sometimes with fatal consequences.
Favro's concerns echo those of Sean Walsh, President of the National Border Patrol Council for the Swanton Sector, who warned of the increasing exploitation of America's Northern borders by transnational criminal organizations.
The Unseen Costs
The human toll of this crisis is substantial. Individuals from foreign countries, some with significant financial means, are flying into Montreal before making the dangerous journey to the border. Others are falling prey to smugglers or purchasing package deals from cartels for up to $12,000.
New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire counties have seen an unprecedented increase in illegal border crossings in the last quarter. U.S. Customs and Border Protection data reveals a staggering rise in illegal migrant encounters at the northern border, with over 15,000 encounters in December alone.
A Call to Action
The surge in illegal immigration has far-reaching implications. Recent attacks on law enforcement in New York City underscore the potential dangers. Republican Representative Claudia Tenney has also voiced concerns about the security of the U.S.-Canada border.
As per The New York Times, U.S. officials at the northern border recorded 191,603 encounters with people crossing into the United States last year, a 41% increase from 2022. More than 12,200 migrants were apprehended crossing illegally from Canada in 2023, a 241% increase from the previous year.
The situation demands immediate attention and action from the government. The northern border crisis is not just a matter of immigration policy; it's a question of human lives and national security.
Note: This article was written on February 13, 2024.