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Border Patrol Halts Flights to San Diego, Saying Backlog of Central American Immigrants Decreasing

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol’s plan to alleviate the surge of Central American immigrants along the border of Mexico no longer involves flying children and families to San Diego, the USA Today reports.

The federal agency halted the experiment following a protest that blocked busloads of immigrants from reaching a processing facility in San Diego.

Border Patrol said the protest had nothing to do with the halt of plans and indicated the backlog of immigrants being held in Texas is decreasing.

The U.S. lacks sufficient family detention centers for immigrants, according to the USA Today.

It’s unclear how many flights to San Diego occurred before the transportation was stopped.

Health Officials Ask FBI to Investigate Disappearance of Vial of Deadly Venezuelan Virus

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging the FBI to investigate the disappearance of a deadly Venezuelan virus from a bio lab in Texas, ABC World News reports.

“CDC reported the incident to the FBI and we understand that the FBI will initiate an investigation concerning the reported incident,” Dr. Rob Weyant, director of the CDC’s Division of Select Agents and Toxins, told ABCNews.com in an email. “Since the investigation is just underway, the agency will not comment further regarding details of this incident.”

The Galveston National Laboratory, which was built with strict security measures, realized the vial was missing March 21, ABC News reported.

A spokesman for the University of Texas Medical Branch told ABC News that only one scientist was working with the virus and may have thrown it out.

Homeland’s Napolitano Says Crime and Illegal Crossings at Border Down

Janet Napolitano

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Despite the contentious political rhetoric, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said crime and illegal crossings along the Mexico-U.S. border have dropped sharply. She attributed the change to an intensified focus on border enforcement and a “smart and effective approach to enforcing immigration laws.”

“We have strengthened the Southwest border in a way that many would not have thought possible,” Napolitano said in a speech at the University of Texas in El Paso on Monday. “And our partnership with Mexico on border security is strong.

“That’s not to say we still don’t face challenges. We are deeply concerned about the drug cartel violence taking place in Mexico. We know that these drug organizations are seeking to undermine the rule of law in Northern Mexico and that we must guard against spillover effects into the United States.

“Nonetheless, it is inaccurate to state, as too many have, that the border is overrun with violence and out of control. This statement—often made only to score political points—is just plain wrong.”

She also said that violent crimes in Southwest border counties have dropped by more than 30 percent “and are currently among the lowest in the Nation per capita.”

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