The state of California, infamous for its “sanctuary” policies which protect illegal aliens from federal immigration authorities, has called for stricter border security measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, eliciting a response from President Donald J. Trump.
Kristin Gaspar, a San Diego County Supervisor, reportedly sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence saying that medical professionals in the county are “increasingly worried about the rapid spread of COVID-19 in northern Mexico” and that the county has seen “a sudden influx of critically ill patients from Mexico.”
President Trump, a border hawk whom the political left, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, have fought tooth-and-nail in his efforts to secure the U.S. southern border, responded to the news on Twitter.
“Mexico is sadly experiencing very big CoronaVirus problems, and now California, get this, doesn’t want people coming over the Southern Border. A Classic! They are sooo lucky that I am their President. Border is very tight and the Wall is rapidly being built!” he said.
Mexico is sadly experiencing very big CoronaVirus problems, and now California, get this, doesn’t want people coming over the Southern Border. A Classic! They are sooo lucky that I am their President. Border is very tight and the Wall is rapidly being built!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2020
The acknowledgement from the far-left state that open borders and mass migration might harm Americans is the first of its kind during the Trump presidency.
The border is officially closed to non-essential travelers and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has recorded a sharp decline in interactions with illegal border crossers during the pandemic.
Still, thousands are crossing the border legally at the San Ysidro-Tijuana port of entry, just south of San Diego.
According to Fox News, even large healthcare organizations are calling for tighter border security measures during the pandemic.
The news titan noted that “Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder and Sharp HealthCare COVID‐19 Strategic Response Executive Consultant Daniel Gross wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf asking for help in dealing with coronavirus cases at the border.”
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CBP Arrests Previously Deported Gang Member With Long Rap Sheet
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announced Tuesday that it arrested a foreign gang member who had wreaked havoc across America, committing multiple crimes in multiple states.
“U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member east of Lukeville, Arizona, late Saturday evening,” according to a press release.
Carlos Flores-Marquez, 37, was caught attempting to cross into the United States through the desert. He admitted to being a member of the brutal Salvadoran MS-13 gang, known for committing heinous and violent crimes in the United States.
He also told agents he had been deported from the United States.
As it turns out, that deportation occurred earlier this year.
During Flores-Marquez’s processing, CBP found that he had “an extensive criminal history in Arizona, Florida and Virginia, where his 2016 arrest led to convictions for multiple felonies in Abermarle County.”
“Flores-Marquez now faces federal prosecution for immigration violations, as he is a previously deported felon,” the press release said.
CBP also explained the process by which it identified illegal aliens.
“All persons apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified,” according to the release.
CBP has said that the amount of interactions will illegal border crossers has sharply declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, and since President Donald J. Trump closed the borders to non-essential travelers.
Still, more than 4,000 would-be illegal aliens are being intercepted by the federal law enforcement entity each month.
Border Patrol Ramping Up On CA Coast To Combat Cartels
They’re sending in the calvary! Cartels have been expanding their operations on the coast of California so the Border Patrol is ramping up their efforts to crush them & at the same stop people with coronavirus from being smuggled in by the criminal organizations. Thank you, Border Patrol!
SAN DIEGO — USBP San Diego Sector (SDC) is strengthening its presence along California’s coastline in an effort to curb illegal human and drug smuggling routes being exploited by transnational criminal organizations. This effort concurrently prevents further introduction of COVID-19 into California communities.
Maritime smuggling has become commonplace along the Pacific coastline and SDC is proactively addressing the growing threat. Fiscal year to date, SDC Border Patrol has recorded 129 maritime events, which led to 485 arrests and the seizure of nearly 6,642 pounds of illegal drugs. This is compared to fiscal year 2019, when agents recorded 194 maritime events, which led to 660 arrests and more than 19,000 pounds of seized contraband.
Criminal organizations that exploit our Pacific border often use overloaded vessels that are not equipped to handle rough, ocean waters. The vessels also lack legally required safety lighting, are overcrowded with cargo and/or people, and have inferior engine and fuel compartments. These smuggling attempts often turn into rescue missions that require additional USBP assets as well as assets from other local first responders.
As an example, one February 2020 maritime event turned into a significant rescue operation.
To deter the illegal maritime events from occurring, SDC is deploying additional patrol units to the coastal border. This will include the use of the sector’s Horse Patrol Unit (HPU), which has been utilized since USBP’s inception. Nationwide, these units allow agents to patrol rugged terrain that is not easily accessible via 4×4 vehicles or ATV’s.
SDC’s official area of responsibility extends along the entire coast of California and includes areas that are difficult to access, which can hinder response times. With the deployment of HPU along the coastal areas, SDC will increase its ability to interdict maritime smuggling events and curb the spread of COVID-19.
If you have information about maritime smuggling or suspicious activity along the coast of California, please call 9-1-1, and you will be directed through the proper channels.
Story compiled by Jeff Rainforth for We Build the Wall, Inc. Follow Jeff on Facebook for live border videos & coverage.
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