Illegal entries into Vermont surge in November

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Canine “Kora” recently aided Border Patrol Agents with the apprehension of five subjects from Mexico hiding in the brush near the U.S./Canada border in Troy, VT. One of the five had previously been removed from the U.S. twice in 2016.

By Bethany Blankley | The Center Square

Foreign nationals illegally entering the U.S. are increasingly entering through Vermont at an unprecedented rate.

In October, the Swanton Sector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which includes all of Vermont, saw a 676% increase in apprehensions of illegal foreign nationals compared to last year, according to Border Patrol data. Agents apprehended 334 people from 19 countries in October, and the “upward trend continues,” Swanton Sector Chief Border Patrol Agent Robert Garcia said.

Since then, the numbers have gone up. According to preliminary data for November obtained by The Center Square from a Border Patrol agent, Swanton Sector agents apprehended 445 illegal foreign nationals and reported 313 gotaways – individuals who evaded law enforcement as they made their way into the U.S. illegally.

The preliminary data excludes Office of Field Operation data, meaning official totals are likely higher although U.S. Customs and Border Protection doesn’t make gotaway numbers public. In November, agents reported a record more than 93,400 gotaways who illegally entered through the southern border.

Garcia this week described a successful apprehension of five Mexicans hiding in the brush near the U.S./Canada border in Troy, Vermont. Agents were assisted by a BP canine named Kora who tracked them down. After performing a records check, agents discovered that one of them had been previously removed from the U.S. twice in 2016 and was caught illegally entering through Vermont this time.

A few days earlier, agents rescued a disoriented family from Mexico in Vermont and a Haitian in northeastern New York. Garcia put out a warning on social media, saying, “Reminder: crossing the border illegally is not only a crime, it’s dangerous.”

On Dec. 2, BP agents, assisted by a local resident, rescued a Mexican family with small children in Churubusco, New York, who were disoriented due to weather-related trauma as they illegally crossed into the U.S. from Canada.

After stopping a vehicle of a suspected human smuggler near the U.S.-Canada border, agents learned through roadside interviews that a group of Mexicans was attempting to navigate a heavily wooded area in near-freezing temperatures. A local resident contacted Border Patrol after finding them and providing them with shelter.

Agents then learned that some of them, including the children, had lost or abandoned their wet shoes and were walking barefoot in near-freezing temperatures when they were rescued. Agents at the Burke Border Patrol Station provided them with clothing.

“Attempting to cross the border illegally carries with it many consequences, not just administrative and criminal actions against the violator. This event could have turned tragic,” Burke Station’s Patrol Agent in Charge Richard Parker said, while also thanking the agents and resident for saving their lives.

On Dec. 3, an agent on patrol witnessed an individual collapse in downtown North Troy, Vermont. The individual was verbally unresponsive and in obvious physical distress. The agent requested Emergency Medical Services and additional agents arrived to provide support until EMS arrived. The individual, a Haitian in the U.S. illegally, was transported to North Country Hospital in Newport, where he was admitted for hypothermia and other medical issues exacerbated by prolonged exposure to rain and cold temperatures. He was later transferred to University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington for further treatment.

Medical expenses of illegal foreign nationals, unless paid for by a nonprofit, are largely passed on to local taxpayers. Small rural Texas border counties, for example, are paying a disproportionate share that even Democratic officials say they can’t absorb. The Democratic mayors of Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago have all declared emergencies saying their cities can’t afford to care for the influx of people being released into the U.S. arriving in their cities by bus from Texas.

“The dangers posed by trying to cross the border illegally, especially during winter months, are very real and can be fatal,” Patrol Agent in Charge Michael Shick said, adding that these types of rescue efforts are “a perfect example of the work that agents encounter and are prepared to deal with on a daily basis.

“Although this incident resulted in a rescue, the reality is that this situation could have ended in a recovery and as we get deeper into the winter months the likelihood of these types of encounters ending poorly rises exponentially.”

Swanton Sector agents are responsible for securing the land border between Canada and Vermont, New Hampshire, and northeastern New York. U.S. citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity to Border Patrol at 1-800-689-3362.

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6 thoughts on “Illegal entries into Vermont surge in November

  1. The Biden/Progressive invasion is proving an immense success toward their goal of advancing the United States toward third world status and doing it on the taxpayers’ dime – leaving us trillions overdrawn. Inflation grants the government causing it to repay debts with money worth far less than what was “borrowed” through spending what they do not have like a seven year old in FAO Schwartz with a stolen credit card. Buttigieg: Five billion (and you can count on cost overruns – remember High Speed Rail?) for coast to coast car charging stations. Hey, Pete, you Fascist: That’s not how we got nationwide gas stations.

  2. It is time to recognize that we need to have sensible and enforcable immigration policies. Sadly, if the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 had been passed we likely would not be having the issues we are facing today. This Act which passed the Senate 62-36 with bipartisan support wouol have greatly inhanced border security while at the same time expanding the number of guest workers.
    A sticking point was a provision that allowed long term illegal immigrants to apply for citizenship by paying fines and back taxes. While a compromise, it would have greatly stemmed illigal immigration while providing legal needed workers. Instead we now have the worst of both.

    There has been a recent effort again to address the problem by Repbulican Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Independent Krysten Sinema which would have allowed increased border security while allowing a path to citizenship for about 2 million “dreamers” people who were brought to the US by their parents with out documentation and have never known any home but this one. It would also provide up to 40 billion for processing those who seek to come to the US to seek asylum. And it would keep Titile 42 in place until more processing centers were built. It looks like this is now off the table as part of the funding package currently being worked on.

    Again, not what everyone would like, but an actual step in the right direction instead of the continue mess that has been going on for years.

  3. So now the Canadian government is aiding and abetting these criminals. How else could all of these illegal border crossers get to the border in the first place. Either the Canadian government is turning a blind eye to some NGOs who are facilitating this illegal activity or the Canadian government is knowingly allowing this to happen. Given their embrace of the UN I suspect they are assisting these illegals. How totally unacceptable. The globalist/socialists are doing all they can to destroy America.

  4. Maybe some wolves spread along the border area would become a good natural defense against the “gotaways”…

  5. As a reward, they will be sucking, big time, for years, on various government programs, plus they will be added to the “anybody-qualifies” VT registered voter list

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