400 Border Patrol Agents Being Rushed to Border; Biden Issues Statement Telling Would Be Immigrants to Stay Home Following Eight Months of Open Borders and More Than A Million Rushing In For Free Stuff
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is immediately implementing a new, comprehensive strategy to address the increase in migrant encounters in the Del Rio sector of South Texas. It has six key components.
First, within the next 24-48 hours, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will have surged 400 agents and officers to the Del Rio sector to improve control of the area. If additional staff is needed, more will be sent. The Del Rio Port of Entry has temporarily closed, and traffic is being re-routed from Del Rio to Eagle Pass to more effectively manage resources and ensure uninterrupted flow of trade and travel.
Second, U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) is coordinating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard to move individuals from Del Rio to other processing locations, including approximately 2,000 yesterday, in order to ensure that irregular migrants are swiftly taken into custody, processed, and removed from the United States consistent with our laws and policy.
Third, DHS will secure additional transportation to accelerate the pace and increase the capacity of removal flights to Haiti and other destinations in the hemisphere within the next 72 hours.
Fourth, the Administration is working with source and transit countries in the region to accept individuals who previously resided in those countries.
Fifth, DHS is undertaking urgent humanitarian actions with other relevant federal, state, and local partners to reduce crowding and improve conditions for migrants on U.S. soil. DHS has already taken a number of steps to ensure the safety and security of individuals as they await processing, including having Border Patrol emergency medical technicians on hand and providing water, towels, and portable toilets.
Finally, the White House has directed appropriate U.S. agencies to work with the Haitian and other regional governments to provide assistance and support to returnees.
The majority of migrants continue to be expelled under CDC’s Title 42 authority. Those who cannot be expelled under Title 42 and do not have a legal basis to remain will be placed in expedited removal proceedings. DHS is conducting regular expulsion and removal flights to Haiti, Mexico, Ecuador, and Northern Triangle countries.
Beyond the six steps outlined above, the Biden Administration has reiterated that our borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey. Individuals and families are subject to border restrictions, including expulsion. Irregular migration poses a significant threat to the health and welfare of border communities and to the lives of migrants themselves, and should not be attempted.
BIDEN’S SUPER SPREADER: Haitians being picked up in ocean transit by Coast Guard and returned to Haiti; while thousands of illegals are walking thru the Rio Grande at Del Rio, Texas bringing a fresh blue wave of Covid with no masks and no vaccine shots
Migrants crossed the Rio Grande between Texas and Mexico with supplies Thursday as they prepared to spend the night under the international bridge connecting Del Rio and Ciudad Acuña. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune
FROM THE TEXAS TRIBUNE
DEL RIO — Five days after Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated by a group of foreign mercenaries on July 7, 29-year-old Stelin Jean decided to flee the country with his wife and two children — traveling to Bolivia, where many Haitians have arrived recently before starting an arduous overland trek to the United States.
The family was in Panama last month when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, destroying thousands of homes and killing more than 2,000 people. Jean said some of his family members were injured in the earthquake, which only increased their sense of urgency to make it to the United States.
“There’s people killing each other in Haiti, there’s just no justice,” said Jean, who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday afternoon after a two-month trek through the jungles of South America and then crossed the Rio Grande at Del Rio to claim asylum. “I just want to live a calm life without any problems, I want to live somewhere where I know there’s justice.” MORE
103 migrants aboard a 35-foot sailing vessel are interdicted by A Coast Guard Station Miami law enforcement crew approximately 12 miles east of Biscayne Bay, Florida, Sep. 16, 2021. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence’s crew repatriated 102 Haitians to Haiti, following an interdiction off of Biscayne Bay on Sep. 12, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Estrada)
BREAKING: I am absolutely stunned by what I’m witnessing right now. We are on a boat in the Rio Grande near the Del Rio international bridge and we are watching as masses of hundreds of migrants walk across the river from Mexico and stream into the US illegally. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/xXE4pDkpIe
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 18, 2021
Coast Guard Cutter Diligence WMEC-616’s small boat crew transfers Haitian migrants from the cutter to a dock prior to repatriating them to Haiti, Sep. 16, 2021. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence’s crew repatriated 102 Haitians to Haiti, following an interdiction off of Biscayne Bay on Sep. 12, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
A Coast Guard Station Miami law enforcement crew interdicted 103 migrants aboard a 35-foot sailing vessel approximately 12 miles east of Biscayne Bay, Florida, on Sept. 16, 2021. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence‘s crew repatriated 102 Haitians to Haiti, following an interdiction off of Biscayne Bay on Sep. 12, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
Agents Intercept Tractor-Trailer Smuggling Scheme; 49 Illegal Migrants Inside
SIERRA BLANCA, Texas – United States Border Patrol agents conducting traffic check operations at the Interstate 10 immigration checkpoint interdicted a tractor-trailer smuggling scheme.
On September 16, 2021, agents conducting traffic check operations at the I-10 immigration checkpoint encountered a tractor-trailer in the primary inspection lane. A non-intrusive K-9 inspection was performed on the vehicle, yielding a positive alert. The vehicle was then directed to the secondary inspection lane by agents. In the secondary inspection area, agents opened the trailer doors and observed multiple illegal migrants in the cargo area. A total of 49 undocumented migrants were concealed in the trailer from Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru.
“Checkpoint operations are vital to monitoring the egress of illegal activity into the United States,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Sean L. McGoffin stated. “Agents and their K-9 partners were able to positively identify a large smuggling scheme, saving multiple individuals from a potentially dangerous situation.”
The driver of the tractor-trailer, a visa holder, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution. All undocumented migrants were medically evaluated and processed accordingly.
“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is committed to combatting the exploitation of undocumented noncitizens by transnational criminal organizations,” said Taekuk Cho, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the HSI El Paso Field Office. “In collaboration with our partners at the U.S. Border Patrol, HSI special agents will continue to identify, investigate and systematically dismantle these criminal networks that prey upon the most vulnerable.”
Big Bend Sector partners with many local and state law enforcement entities to keep our border communities safe. If you see something suspicious, report it by contacting our 24/7 hotline at
1-866-581-7549. Together, we can continue to uphold national security and combat illicit activity.
Another Stash House Disrupted in the Rio Grande Valley
EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents make 37 arrests from a migrant stash house and vehicle pursuit.
The afternoon of Sept. 16, RGV agents, with assistance from the Starr County Sheriff’s Office, apprehended 33 subjects in a human smuggling stash house located in north Rio Grande City, Texas. Agents identified all subjects to be illegally present in the United States. The subjects were citizens of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. All subjects were taken into Border Patrol custody and processed accordingly.
This fiscal year, Border Patrol agents have disrupted over 400 migrant stash houses, resulting in over 7,400 migrants encounters
This fiscal year, Border Patrol agents have disrupted over 400 migrant stash houses, resulting in over 7,400 migrants encounters throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
That evening, RGV agents working on US Highway 281 near San Manuel, Texas, attempted to initiate a vehicle stop on a maroon Ford truck to perform an immigration inspection on the occupants of the vehicle. The driver failed to yield and led the agents on a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit vehicles disengaged, and agents later located the vehicle abandoned with the doors open. A search of the immediate area resulted in the apprehension of four migrants. No driver was identified.
Stolen Truck Used To Smuggle Migrants in
the Rio Grande Valley
From the Customs and Border Patrol
EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents report that they apprehended 22 migrants from three foiled smuggling events on south Texas highways, one involving a stolen vehicle.
On the evening of Sept. 14, 2021, CBP reports that the Kingsville Border Patrol Station agents encountered a suspicious white GMC pickup truck with its lights off, on the side of U.S. Highway 77 near Riviera. Moments later, agents encountered the same vehicle on the road and initiated a vehicle stop. The driver failed to yield, leading agents on a vehicle pursuit. During the pursuit, a grey Chevrolet pickup truck overtook the agent’s vehicle, slowed down directly in front of the Border Patrol vehicle in attempts to impede agents, allow the white truck to distance itself. Both trucks drove off-road into an open field and came to a stop. Multiple subjects “bailed out” and fled into the brush from both vehicles. Additional backup units arrived to assist. Nine migrants were taken into Border Patrol custody, however the drivers were not located. The pickup trucks had fictitious Texas paper tags, one of them was reported stolen out of Houston. Kleberg County deputies took custody of the two vehicles.
Also on the evening of Sept. 14, an RGV agent conducted a vehicle stop on a grey Ford Fusion north of Edinburg. The front seat passenger immediately fled from the stopped vehicle. Agents interviewed the driver and remaining occupants, who were all determined to be illegally in the United States. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers (DPS) and agents searched for the subject that fled, to no avail. Agents seized the vehicle and transported the migrants to be processed.
Early on Sept. 15, RGV agents conducted a vehicle stop on a red Nissan Titan truck near Encino. Then the pickup truck came to a stop, the occupants bailed out and fled into the nearby brush. Agents and a DPS trooper at the scene apprehended nine migrants, but the driver was not located. The migrants were nationals from Honduras and El Salvador.
Violent Gang Members, Cartel Conduit Sentenced to Federal Prison for Roles in Major Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy
Gangs smuggled cell phones into prisons with drones
SAVANNAH, GA: A member of a violent Chicago street gang, two Ghost Face Gangsters, and a conduit for Mexican drug cartels have been sentenced to decades in federal prison for their roles in a major drug trafficking conspiracy that funneled large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs into coastal and south Georgia.
Leroy Bozarth, a/k/a “Jack Turtlehead,” 38, of Springfield, Ill., was sentenced to 235 months in prison after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute a Quantity of Methamphetamine, said David H. Estes, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. U.S. District Court Judge R. Stan Baker also ordered Bozarth to serve three years of supervised release after completion of his prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
“Making our communities safer means removing the violent criminals who endanger our neighborhoods, especially those affiliated with street gangs,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Estes. “As an enforcer for such a gang, Leroy Bozarth used violence, fear and intimidation as tools of his drug trade. Our streets will be safer with him and his co-conspirators behind bars.”
Bozarth was one of 35 defendants indicted as part of Operation Stranded Bandit, as described in the indictment unsealed in December 2020 in USA v. Baker et al. Other key figures sentenced in U.S. District Court include:
- Dustin Lax, a/k/a “Wing Nut,” a/k/a “Tyrone White,” 45, of Garden City, Ga., sentenced to 188 months in federal prison and ordered to serve three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and To Distribute a Quantity of Methamphetamine. Lax, a captain in the violent, white supremacist Ghost Face Gangsters criminal street gang, has 34 prior felony convictions and currently faces state charges related to a murder during a home invasion, and an aggravated assault case in which he is accused of dragging a woman from a car so his partner could shoot her in the back.
- Victor Lopez-Blanco, a/k/a “Victoriano,” 51, of Jonesboro, Ga., sentenced to 292 months in prison and ordered to serve five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine. Lopez-Blanco, a resident of Mexico and illegal alien who first entered the United States in 2003, served as a conduit for methamphetamine shipped from violent Mexican cartels through the Atlanta area and into Savannah.
- Heather Sloan, a/k/a “Penny,” a/k/a “Honey,” 35, of East Dublin, Ga., sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to serve five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute 5 Grams or More of Methamphetamine. Sloan, an affiliate of the Ghost Face Gangsters, facilitated meth distribution throughout middle and coastal Georgia.
The investigation and indictments grew from other major gang-related drug trafficking prosecutions in Operation Vanilla Gorilla and Operation Who’s Laughing Now. The investigations and prosecutions, under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, targeted widespread, gang-related drug trafficking organizations in the Southern District and beyond.
An occasional resident of Port Wentworth, Ga., Bozarth is a previously convicted felon with a decades-long criminal history that started when he sold crack cocaine as a pre-teen. As a member and “muscle” for the Almighty Simon City Royals – a violent Chicago street gang – Bozarth was part of a conspiracy that transported illegal drugs into the Southern District from Mexico and Atlanta, aided by multiple criminal street gangs including the Ghost Face Gangsters, La Raza/SUR 13, Bloods, Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples, and Aryan Brotherhood.
The conspirators operated inside and outside Georgia’s prison system, using drones and other means to smuggle cell phones into prisons so that incarcerated conspirators could continue to coordinate the trafficking operations from Mexico to Georgia.