Top 10 Border Report stories for 2021

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Almost 2 million people entered the United States illegally during the 12-month period ending September 30, 2021, and the number of deaths in the United States from the COVID-19 recently surpassed 800,000 for the year. Even though immigration and the coronavirus pandemic grabbed the headlines along the border, the best story of the year came from a donut shop more than 1,000 miles from the border. Below are the 10 best Border Report stories and videos of 2021:

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, and Vice President Mike Pence listen during a press briefing on the latest development of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States at the James Brady Room Press Conference at the White House on March 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong / Getty Images)

The Biden administration removed a Trump-approved extension for Texas’ Medicaid program, explaining that the federal government had “materially erred” in granting the state’s request for an expedited extension. A spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services confirmed that CMS erred in exempting the state from the normal public process, which the spokesperson described as a key priority for soliciting stakeholder feedback and ensuring accountability. public awareness.

Agustin Peña plays guitar and sings in Tijuana after leaving his home in Michoacan, Mexico, where he was under constant threat from cartels. (Jorge Nieto / Special report on the border.

Agustin Pena had money, a large house, avocado orchards, and a packing plant in Michoacan, Mexico. He says he gave up everything to save his family. The Michoacan, Mexico avocado producer lived under constant threat from cartels. He and his family left everything behind and moved to a Tijuana migrant shelter more than 1,000 miles from the life they knew.

In this file photo from March 19, 2021, migrants are seen in custody in a United States customs and border protection processing area under the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission, Texas. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez, on file)

Just over a week after taking office, President Joe Biden issued executive orders significantly changing immigration policies under the Trump administration. This included the revocation of an April 6, 2018 presidential memo from Donald Trump titled “End ‘Catch and Release’ at the United States Border and Direct Further Improvements to Immigration Enforcement. “

A photo of Ashli ​​Babbitt, the woman shot dead by a Capitol Hill police officer as she tried to crawl through a door in the January 6 riot. (Photo: Babbitt family)

On January 6, 2021, supporters of President Donald Trump, fueled by his false allegations of stolen elections, assaulted police and pushed their way to Capitol Hill to interrupt Democrat Joe Biden’s certification of victory, forcing the legislators to hide; most of the rioters were from a nearby rally where Trump urged them to “fight like hell.” Trump supporter Ashli ​​Babbitt of San Diego was shot and killed by a police officer as she tried to walk through a barricaded door inside the Capitol.

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After President Donald Trump asked lawmakers to increase the second stimulus check from $ 600 to $ 2,000 at the end of the year, Democratic leaders began asking for a third direct payment of $ 2,000. For this reason, many were surprised when President-elect Joe Biden unveiled the “American bailout” which included checks for $ 1,400 instead of $ 2,000. To read Border Report in Spanish, click here.

A migrant family watches the sunset as they wait to be picked up and taken to a border patrol processing facility after crossing the Rio Grande to the United States on June 21, 2021, in La Joya, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Bell / Getty Images)

As civil rights activists advised local governments not to participate in Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s “border actions”, the governor issued a pair of demands as part of his efforts to address the issue. he called it a “border crisis”. The governor’s office has launched a statewide appeal for jailers to assist border sheriffs who may anticipate an increase in arrests of undocumented immigrants. Abbott also urged counties to submit a two-year budget estimate for possible reimbursements of expenses related to the influx of migrants, money that state lawmakers would be asked to approve.

A panga found at Mission Beach on May 21, 2021 (Photo KSWB)
A panga found at Mission Beach on May 21, 2021 (Photo KSWB)

An abandoned panga was discovered at Mission Beach a day after one person died and 10 more were rescued from another panga spotted off La Jolla. SkyFOX video showed the empty panga on the shore near El Carmel Square. A bather reportedly found the boat and more than a dozen life jackets inside.

Agustin Pena had a home in the hills overlooking his avocado orchards in Michoacan, Mexico. (Courtesy: Agustin Pena)

Agustin Pena said he was paying a cartel the equivalent of $ 2,500 per month to prevent harm to his family and employees. He told Border Report his brother was kidnapped early last year, and even though the ransom was paid, his brother is still missing. See n ° 9.

On February 22, 2021, a US Border Patrol agent drops off a migrant family with very young children at the Humanitarian Respite Center in downtown McAllen, Texas. Only families with “tender age” children are released and allowed into the interior, according to CBP officials. (Border report photo / Sandra Sanchez)

A confluence of immigration-related events created a wave of asylum seekers in South Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation was escalating so rapidly that additional U.S. Border Patrol agents were being sent en masse to the region to assist.

A donut store left a bad taste in the mouths of some customers when they put up a sign blaming the coronavirus on immigration from Mexico. The sign was stuck on the window of Doughboys Donuts, in the Kansas City suburb of Raytown. The sign originally read, “Stop importing COVID from Mexico. Uncover the truth. It was then amended to read: “Stop importing COVID across the border. Uncover the truth.

The best videos of 2021

  1. Wealthy Mexican avocado producer, 23 family members cleared into US, seek asylum
  2. EXCLUSIVE: 16-year-old survivor opens up about crash in California that left 13 dead
  3. Kentucky ‘dreamers’ deported to Mexico after meeting relatives at border crossing
  4. Mexico strengthens security forces in Tulum resort town following cartel shootout that killed 2 passers-by
  5. Border wall construction continues despite Biden’s mandate to stop it
  6. More than 2,000 migrants on the march from southern Mexico
  7. CBP: Huge 71% increase in arrests of migrants in March compared to February
  8. DHS continues to release buses full of migrants to overcrowded shelter, prompting urgent calls for a break
  9. Mexican soldier kills American teenager in Juarez; mother says witnesses dispute her son drew a gun
  10. Mexico, United States to negotiate end to border restrictions, with vaccination requirements

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