What border crisis? Four Border Patrol agents injured during chase of a vehicle involved in human smuggling

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JAMUL, CA – According to a press release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, four Border Patrol agents were injured while pursuing a suspected human smuggler that reportedly fled from a checkpoint on Highway 94 on the evening of February 23rd. 

According to reports, a 24-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a Chevy Tahoe was pulling up to the Highway 94 checkpoint in East County San Diego at approximately 9:30 p.m. that evening, along with a 17-year-old male visibly riding on the passenger side. 

Yet, before agents working the checkpoint could make contact with the driver of the Chevy, the driver reportedly fled from the checkpoint at “a high rate of speed,” according to officials. 

This initiated a pursuit of the suspect vehicle, where the driver of the Chevy reportedly “came to an abrupt stop,” near Lyons Valley Road on Highway 94. 

As agents were trying to make contact with the driver, once again, the driver allegedly fled the area – while reportedly hitting a Border Patrol vehicle in the process. 

While the suspect was reportedly heading westbound on Highway 94, the driver of the Chevy allegedly collided with “two passing civilian vehicles ultimately incapacitating the Tahoe.”

When agents caught up with the disabled vehicle, they’d reportedly found 10 Mexican nationals that were illegally present within the country inside of the Chevy.

Officials say that the pursuit of the suspect vehicle resulted in four Border Patrol agents being injured, as well as the driver of the Chevy, the juvenile passenger, and one of the illegally present Mexican nationals also suffering minor injuries via the pursuit. 

All of those injured during the incident were reportedly treated at a nearby hospital and were released shortly thereafter. 

The unidentified driver is currently in federal custody “pending multiple criminal charges,” according to officials, with the suspect’s Chevy having also been seized. 

In other news stemming from Border Patrol agents working the same checkpoint in Jamul, on February 24th San Diego Sector agents wound up arresting an illegal immigrant in possession of a loaded firearm. 

Officials say that agents working the checkpoint were conducting an immigration inspection of the occupants inside of a white Nissan Altima, when one of the passengers searched was allegedly in possession of a loaded 22-caliber revolver. 

After further investigating, Border Patrol agents determined that the passenger allegedly in possession of the firearm was also illegally present within the country. 

The suspect was reportedly detained and is being prosecuted for possession of a firearm by an inadmissible alien. In a statement regarding the arrested suspect, Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke stated the following: 

“Great work by our agents in securing the firearm and arresting this subject. Their hard work keeps our neighborhoods safe.”

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In other immigration news, we at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on current practices being employed in an effort to dull down the appearance of there being issues ongoing at the southern border. 

And among these reported practices are efforts to simply transport detainees further inland and away from facilities situated at the border. 

Here’s that previous report from February.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Struggling with an influx of illegal immigrants answering his call at the border for eased immigration policies, the Biden administration was forced to re-open the child-only camp for illegals.

Conscious of the appearance as “kids in cages,” the administration plans to simply fly or bus more Central American migrants to homes throughout the United States.

By moving more immigrants away from the border and into the country, Biden is reportedly trying to make the false appearance that there is no border crisis.

He is also reportedly desperate not to appear to be keeping unaccompanied children in detention centers labeled as “children in cages” by his own party.

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The Department of Health and Human Services released a statement Thursday stating its Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has authorized to arrange transportation for unaccompanied children to sponsors inside the U.S.:

“(ORR) has authorized programs to pay transport fees for unaccompanied children (including airline tickets), including escort transport (where necessary by airline or ORR policy) in order to facilitate release of children to approved sponsors.

“ORR care providers are authorized to use program funds to purchase airline tickets in the event that a sponsor is not able to pay fees associated with commercial airfare, and a child’s physical release would be otherwise delayed.”

NumbersUSA policy director Rosemary Jenks told Breitbart that the move is less about the backlog, and more about open borders:

“This isn’t about a backlog. This is about Biden’s policies creating a border surge … They’re getting exactly what we all knew they were going to get, which is more people coming across, including more unaccompanied children.

“So now they’re trying to figure out what to do with them because you know AOC (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D-NY)) and others are so unhappy with their ‘kids in containers’ policy that they’ve got to fly them away from the border, so nobody notices them.”

Jenks said that the Biden administration is trying to create a situation where open borders are the only alternative.

The complication the transportation of illegal migrant children across the country is trying to solve, she argues, is the appearance of a rush at the border.

This is the same strategy attempted by the Obama Administration:

“The administration wants open borders — they want anyone from around the world to come here as fast as they possibly can.”

She points out that the resulting rush is forcing officials to hide the rush by moving the illegals away from the border and into the country:

“Former President Obama knows that because when he was flying the unaccompanied children all over the country, all hell broke loose and governors started complaining, and citizens started complaining. I don’t see how anyone with a memory…would call that a win.”

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that the cost was not an issue in moving migrants away from the border.

Mayorkas was also considering using funds from the now-suspended border wall program for the transportation program.

He told ICE leadership:

“We need to prepare for border surges now. We need to begin making changes immediately. We should privilege action over cost considerations; do what is needed, and the department will work on funding afterward.

“ICE should increase the cadence of its transport and arrange for individuals to complete their processing and ATD’ing (alternatives to detention) at processing centers north of the border.”

Biden is attempting to avoid the appearance of immigrants flooding the border and being detained, especially migrant children.

The administration attacked President Trump and his administration for keeping “children in cages.”

Biden officials have been tasked with signaling to Central Americans that they will meet less restrictive policies than under the Trump Administration.

For example, on February 19, Mayorkas tweeted on the official Homeland Security Twitter site:

“For Dreamers who only know this country as home. For essential workers that power our communities. For families who have waited – apart – for far too long.

Reforming our immigration system will renew America’s promise: as a beacon of hope for a better life.”

The Washington Times reported last week that the administration is struggling to transport as many illegal immigrants into the country and away from the border as quickly as possible:

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is scrambling to find bigger airplanes and figure out more ground transport capacity for soaring numbers of illegal immigrants.”

Biden and Democrats have sounded a chorus of softening immigration enforcement since the campaign, and now they are struggling to deal with the rush while appearing in control. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that migrants should not come to the border now:

“We don’t — we have not had the time to put in place an immigration system, an immigration policy. We don’t have the processing we need at the border.  Obviously, we’re continuing to struggle with facilities to ensure that we’re abiding by COVID protocols. So, this is definitely not the time to come.”

Biden has recently been telling migrants that changes to immigration policy may take him six months before he can ease restrictions and allow migrants easier access across the border.

In the meantime, he must deal with the influx of hopeful illegals without appearing hard on immigration or soft on American workers.

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