Immigrants sent to Mass. from Florida, on taxpayer dime

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Illegal worker on front end loader allegedly hits, kills Florida deputy
Author of the article:Associated Press
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By Curt Anderson And Freida Frisaro
Publishing date:Sep 23, 2022 • 20 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Florida sheriff’s deputy working an overnight shift to provide safety at a construction zone was struck and killed by a worker operating a front end loader who is in the U.S. illegally, officials said Friday.


Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Hartwick had started his shift shortly before the incident happened late Thursday on Interstate 275, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said during a pair of Friday news conferences.


The initial name given by the worker, Victor Vazquez-Real, was false, Gualtieri said. His real name is Juan Ariel Molina-Salles, 32, who the sheriff said is a migrant from Honduras who arrived in March and was deported previously.

“He shouldn’t have been here. He shouldn’t have been driving that thing,” Gualtieri said of the large road construction vehicle. “He shouldn’t be working.”

Molina-Salles fled from the job site on foot, allegedly with the help of a co-worker, but was eventually tracked down using bloodhounds, the sheriff said.


The sheriff said Hartwick had blocked the two inside southbound lanes of the interstate and was standing on the road’s shoulder when he was struck by the front end loader traveling at about 20 mph (32 kph). Hartwick died instantly, Gualtieri said

The construction worker continued driving for about one mile (1.6 kilometres) before stopping in a parking lot, the sheriff said. He then told another construction worker that he had killed a deputy. That worker took Molina-Salles’ gear and hid it in a wooded area, the sheriff said.

The sheriff said Molina-Salles will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, which carries a minimum-mandatory four-year prison sentence. The other construction worker is being charged with accessory after the fact.


It was not immediately known whether Molina-Salles has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. He had not yet been booked into jail early Friday afternoon.

Hartwick had been with the agency for 19 years.

“Mike was a good guy, a good cop,” Gualtieri said. “He did his job.”

The company that employs the two workers, Tampa-based Archer Western Construction, did not immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment. The company is involved in several large transportation projects in the Tampa Bay area, some involving contracts with the state of Florida.

Gualtieri said he referred the matter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has jurisdiction over immigration issues.
 

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Migrants dropped off near Kamala Harris's DC home over Christmas
Texas has bused thousands of migrants in what some critics have labelled a stunt

Author of the article:Reuters
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Published Dec 26, 2022 • 1 minute read

WASHINGTON — Busloads of migrants were dropped over Christmas weekend near Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence in Washington amid freezing temperatures, having travelled from the southwest border in Texas, immigrant aid groups said on Sunday.


Approximately 110-130 of the migrants seeking asylum in the United States, many of them families with children, were placed on buses by Texas officials, said Tatiana Laborde, managing director of SAMU First Response, a relief agency working with the city of Washington, D.C.


She said by phone that aid groups had been informed of their journey and awaited their arrival late on Saturday to hand out blankets and then transport them to a church in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Aides to Texas Governor Greg Abbott were not available to comment on whether the state coordinated their transportation.

The Republican governor, a vocal critic of the Biden administration’s immigration policies, and some other Republican governors have been transporting migrants to Democratic-controlled cities in the northern United States.


Texas has bused thousands of migrants to Washington, New York City and Chicago, in what some critics have labeled a stunt amid a national debate over the high levels of immigrant arrivals along the U.S. southern border.

Laborde said that in the past week, nine busloads of migrants have been dropped off in Washington.

“Lately, what we’ve been seeing is an increase in people from Ecuador and Colombia,” Laborde said. Previously, many Venezuelans had been arriving by bus, she added.

Many of the most recent arrivals, Laborde said, are now attempting to go to New York or New Jersey where they have relatives or other community support.
 
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White House criticizes Texas governor over Christmas Eve migrant drop
State has bused thousands of migrants to Washington, New York City and Chicago, in what some critics have labelled a stunt

Author of the article:Reuters
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Nandita Bose and Kanishka Singh
Published Dec 26, 2022 • 2 minute read

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday accused Texas Governor Greg Abbott of endangering lives after busloads of migrants from the southwest border in Texas were dropped near Vice President Kamala Harris’ home in Washington, D.C., on a cold Christmas Eve.


The Republican Abbott, a vocal critic of Biden administration immigration policies, has not acknowledged the Christmas Eve drop and his office has not claimed responsibility. President Joe Biden is a Democrat.


An estimated 110 to 130 migrants seeking asylum in the United States, many of them families with children, were placed on buses by Texas officials, immigrant aid groups said on Sunday after the migrants arrived in the U.S. capital.

“Governor Abbott abandoned children on the side of the road in below freezing temperatures on Christmas Eve without coordinating with any Federal or local authorities,” White House spokesman Abdullah Hasan said in a statement.

“The political games accomplish nothing and only put lives in danger,” Hasan added.


Texas has bused thousands of migrants to Washington, New York City and Chicago, in what some critics have labelled a stunt amid a national debate over the high levels of immigrant arrivals along the U.S. southern border.

Abbott has said previously his state was purposefully busing migrants to sanctuary cities, where law enforcement is discouraged from deporting immigrants.

Hasan said the Biden administration was willing to work with Democrats and Republicans on solutions to the migrant issue.

Amy Fischer, an organizer with the Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network, told NPR the migrants were immediately transferred onto city-provided buses in Washington and moved to a church that distributed hot food and clothes.


Claudia Tristán, a co-organizer with the same group, told Reuters on Monday that nearly all the migrants dropped near the vice president’s home were already on their way to relatives and friends in the United States.

In a letter to Biden on Dec. 20, Abbott said the state was overburdened with thousands of men, women and children crossing into Texas everyday who risk freezing to death on city streets.

Hidalgo County, Texas, Judge Richard Cortez on Monday told CNN that localities in Texas like his were overwhelmed by the number of immigrants and could not accommodate them all.

“Busing immigrants out of this area in a way helps us… but it’s not a solution to the problem,” said Cortez, whose county borders Mexico.
 

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What happens when major decisions are made thousands of miles from where the problem is.
 

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Colpy, try not to delight too much in cruelty. Martha's Vineyard isn't a sanctuary city. It's also not a city.
Hell, it’s probably not even a vineyard.
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…& just for balance, They could send them to Regina & I’d be happy ‘cuz they probably know how to use a lawnmower & would look after their yards!!
You're enjoying the cruelty and the show, ain't you?
Maybe by "Sanctuary Destination" they mean bird sanctuary. Seems the birds are more welcome there than brown people unless they are there to cut the lawn.
Quebec Immigration Minister Christine Frechette declared herself “surprised” this week to learn that some of the 2,000 or so people crossing into Canada via Roxham Road every month are arriving there courtesy of New York taxpayers.

So…Texas/Florida to Martha’s Vineyard or other places to Cape Cod or New York with finger pointing all the way…then bus tickets from NY State to another illegal border crossing into Canada? Sounds about right. Ying & Yang. Balance in the Universe, etc…

“National Guard soldiers have been helping distribute tickets at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan to migrants who want to head upstate before crossing into Canada,” the New York Post reported Monday. The reporter rode along on a with several groups of migrants helpfully being shuttled from New York City to Plattsburgh, which is just 25 minutes’ drive from Canada’s most official unofficial border crossing. Some non-profits are also helping with “re-ticketing” migrants, as Mayor Eric Adams’ administration weirdly calls the process.


Frechette’s surprise is understandable. Among them are children as young as 10. Children are showing up now “more than ever,” La Presse reported Tuesday. A foster family for some migrant children told La Presse of a 17-year-old from the Middle East whose parents sent him on a mission to Roxham Road, “which was known even in his small village”:

“After flying to Mexico, the youth crossed the Rio Grande on foot and was incarcerated in Texas. Once he was released, a bus dropped him off in Plattsburgh, then a taxi (to Roxham Road).” If he gains permanent residency and then citizenship, eventually he can send for his family members.

Prominent journalist and former Parti Québécois leader Jean-François Lisée upset even a good few Quebecers recently when he suggested the province should offer assistance to francophones (mainly Haitians and Congolese) and those with families in Quebec, and then load the rest onto buses to Ottawa. 😁
 

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Makes sense. Y'all got a lot of room. And I'd bet on a Latino or Middle Eastern immigrant's ability to make it by hard work and good sense over a hillbilly opioid addict living on a fraudulent disability pension.
 
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This week, it emerged that non-profits funded by New York taxpayers were handing out free bus tickets to foreign nationals with the apparent intention of crossing illegally into Canada.

Reporters for the New York Post accompanied several families of Latin American migrants at Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal who were given free bus tickets to the border town of Plattsburgh, N.Y. From there, they were able to walk illegally into Canada to claim asylum as refugees.

“The military gave me and my family free bus tickets,” Venezuelan Raymond Peña told the paper. “I am going to Canada for a better quality of life for my family.” The “military” he mentioned were National Guard troops posted at the bus station to help process the Canada-bound migrants.

The revelations shine new light onto a back door into Canada that currently stands as the single easiest way to enter the country. By merely walking over a ditch into Quebec, thousands of migrants each year are able to instantly secure at least two years of Canadian residency — and even a Canadian health care card. That’s a good deal for New York, I mean Cape Code, I mean Martha’s Vineyard 😉, I mean Florida & Texas, etc…
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The Safe Third Country Agreement, a 2004 treaty under which foreign nationals will be turned away if they make an asylum claim at a Canada/U.S. border crossing. The gist of the agreement is that the asylum seeker is already in a safe country, and thus doesn’t need Canada’s protection.

But the agreement doesn’t apply if the asylum claim is made when the would-be refugee is already on Canadian soil. And although it’s obviously illegal to enter the country without first passing through a border checkpoint, Canada makes an exception for nationals who do so for the purpose of claiming asylum.

With the Immigration and Refugee Board currently managing a 24-month backlog on processing refugee claims, any Roxham Road crosser can be assured at least two years in Canada as a claimant, under which they receive free health care and can apply to work and enroll their children in school. Are the Immigration and Refugee Board Employees still working from home? Going on strike soon? Etc…?
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I'm all in favor of a rational debate on immigration policy, but I calculate that in a country that holds that gun possession has to be judged by 18th-century standards and immigration must not be judged by 18th-century standards, I ain't likely to get one.

"Things have changed" is either always a valid point (I didn't say correct, I said valid) or it never is.
 
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Imagine, for a moment, Americans discover Tijuana’s municipal government is paying for migrants to bus to a location just across the Arizona border, where they enter the U.S. illegally en masse.

Moreover, imagine it’s the Mexican Armed Forces who hands out these bus tickets to would-be illegal immigrants.

The reaction would be explosive. It would be a front-page diplomatic crisis, with immediate pressure from both sides of the political spectrum for President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to act.

This is because the issue at hand would go well beyond the matter of the migrants themselves — it would involve a foreign state knowingly funding illegal activity at the U.S. border. An ally deliberately aiding and abetting the circumvention of U.S. border restrictions, and quite possibly compromising national security in the process.

And they would act, quickly and decisively.
 

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Imagine, for a moment, Americans discover Tijuana’s municipal government is paying for migrants to bus to a location just across the Arizona border, where they enter the U.S. illegally en masse.

Moreover, imagine it’s the Mexican Armed Forces who hands out these bus tickets to would-be illegal immigrants.

The reaction would be explosive. It would be a front-page diplomatic crisis, with immediate pressure from both sides of the political spectrum for President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to act.

This is because the issue at hand would go well beyond the matter of the migrants themselves — it would involve a foreign state knowingly funding illegal activity at the U.S. border. An ally deliberately aiding and abetting the circumvention of U.S. border restrictions, and quite possibly compromising national security in the process.

And they would act, quickly and decisively.
 
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This is because the issue at hand would go well beyond the matter of the migrants themselves — it would involve a foreign state knowingly funding illegal activity at the U.S. border. An ally deliberately aiding and abetting the circumvention of U.S. border restrictions, and quite possibly compromising national security in the process.

And they would act, quickly and decisively.
Yeah, like we did to bring a complete halt to the drug trade out of Mexico. That's why the U.S. doesn't have a fentanyl "crisis."