Tuesday, September 19, 2023

9/19 WAKE-UP CALL: Thousands of Migrants Flood Border

Drug cartels are sieging the border by deliberately sending thousands of migrants a day to hand themselves over to Border Patrol officers in different US border towns, sources revealed to The Post. The tactic is meant to tie up already overworked border agents so Mexico’s cartels can carry on their drug and human smuggling operations undisturbed in less populated areas, law enforcement officials explained. A migrant group of 2,200 people turned themselves over to officers in Eagle Pass, Texas, Monday morning, which showed video of the migrants lined up in blocks to be processed by Border Patrol. 

Nearly 500 miles away in the western-most tip of the state, El Paso has also been seeing migrant surges in the last week. Sources there said on Thursday alone some 1,700 migrants were encountered in a 24-hour period and every day since multiple groups of migrants numbering in the hundreds have lined up along the border wall to surrender to officers and claim asylum in the US.

➤ MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING DEPUTY: A 29-year-old man was arrested early Monday, 36 hours after the ambush killing of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who was shot as he sat in a patrol car, authorities said. AP News reports the suspect barricaded himself inside a home in the city of Palmdale for several hours, but later surrendered and weapons were recovered, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna told a news conference. Sheriff’s officials identified the arrested suspect as Kevin Cataneosalazar of Palmdale. Luna said authorities have not yet determined a motive for the killing of 30-year-old Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer on Saturday evening. He described the situation as “fluid” and said there could be more arrests.

➤5 AMERICANS ON THEIR WAY: Five Americans who had been imprisoned in Iran are on their way home in a deal for billions of dollars in frozen energy revenue. Five Iranians convicted of nonviolent crimes will also be freed as part of the agreement, according to U.S. officials. The release of the Americans, all of whom hold at least dual nationality, comes amid the U.S.’s flailing efforts to revive nuclear talks with Iran and Republican criticism over the decision to release the funds. The Biden administration said the funds are to be used strictly for humanitarian purposes.

➤HUNTER SUES IRS: Hunter Biden sued the IRS for alleged breach of privacy. The president’s son said that two agents disclosed information that federal law deems should be kept secret when they aired concerns to Congress and the media about how the Justice Department handled the investigation into Biden’s taxes and business dealings. The IRS declined to comment. The agents have said they reported their concerns internally and disclosed information to Congress legally. IRS employees aren’t allowed to reveal tax-return details, but certain congressional committee chairs can request IRS information and ask their panel to vote whether to make it public. The House Ways and Means Committee did so with transcripts of the agents’ interviews about the Biden case. His lawsuit, filed less than a week after Biden’s indictment on firearm-related charges, focuses on news interviews that were conducted before the committee publication or that included other information.

➤CHANCES BETTER FOR NO RECESSION: The odds of the Fed reducing inflation without a recession have improved, but hazards loom. Officials are set to hold interest rates steady this week after raising them to a 22-year high because they don’t want to blow a chance for a so-called soft landing. The goal faces four threats: The Fed holds rates too high for too long, economic growth accelerates, energy prices take off or a financial crisis erupts. Since World War II, economists say, the U.S. has achieved only one durable soft landing, in 1995. Central bankers are scheduled to meet tomorrow and Wednesday.

➤UKRAINE NEEDS CASH: Ukraine is hunting for cash as fighting Russian occupiers drains its coffers. Faced with another year of fighting—and a $40 billion-plus budget deficit in 2024—the government is using a patchwork approach to pay for a planned 50% increase in military spending. It includes selling war bonds to corporations and individuals, lobbying for international aid, restructuring existing debts, taxing financial intermediaries like Euroclear that benefit from frozen Russian assets and using complex structures to raise money from international bond investors.

➤CANADA EXPELS INDIAN DIPLOMAT OVER 'CREDIBLE ALLEGATIONS; LINKING INDIA'S GOVERNMENT TO KILLING ON CANADIAN SOIL: Canada has expelled a top Indian diplomat from the country, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described “credible allegations” linking India’s government to the assassination of a Canadian citizen and prominent Sikh leader. “Over the past number of weeks, Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the government of India and the killing of a Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar,” Trudeau said in parliament on Monday, adding his government would take all steps necessary ‘“to hold perpetrators of this murder to account.”

➤LAUREN BOEBERT COULD FACE SEX CRIME CHARGE UNDER COLORADO'S LEWDNESS LAW: The fallout from Rep. Lauren Boebert's humiliating ouster from a Denver theater after she aggravated fellow playgoers by vaping, dancing in her seat, taking flash pictures and engaging in mutual groping with her date may not be over. According to a report from Newsweek, the normally attention-seeking Colorado Republican may have run afoul of a Colorado ordinance designed to clamp down on public lewdness that, if taken to the extreme, is punishable by fines and up to six months in prison, along with being classified as a sex offender.

➤LOST JET FOUND: The U.S. military said it finally found debris from a crashed F-35 fighter jet in South Carolina on Monday, a day after asking for the public's help in locating the elusive wreckage.The pilot of the F-35B Lightning II jet had safely ejected from the aircraft on Sunday afternoon. Joint Base Charleston on Sunday asked people on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, to "please call the Base Defense Operations Center" with any information to assist the recovery teams. A day later, those search teams found the wreckage.

➤CALIF NEWSOM WANTS 'SEASONED PRO' IN TWH: Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, on Monday shrugged off concerns about 80-year-old Joe Biden's age, saying he wanted 'a seasoned pro' in the White House. Newsom said that Biden had delivered 'a masterclass' in governance, and achieved remarkable things in three years. He added that Kamala Harris, a long-standing friend of his, also deserved credit for the accomplishments. Newsom is strongly suspected of harboring White House aspirations of his own, but on Monday he was adamant that Biden was the best man for the job, laughing off questions as to whether he was considering challenging the incumbent.

⛽GAS PRICES SURGE TO ALMOST $6 PER GALLON IN LOS ANGELES AREA: On Monday morning, the price of a regular gallon of gas averaged about $5.92 in the Los Angeles area, according to AAA. That’s a 5-cent increase from the day before and nearly 40 cents more than a week ago. For comparison, the national average is $3.88 per gallon.

🏈NFL STEELERS 26  BROWNS 22:  Linebackers T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith each scored their first career regular-season touchdown and the Pittsburgh Steelers continued their home domination of the Cleveland Browns with a 26-22 victory in an AFC North battle on Monday night. 

Watt returned a fumble 16 yards for the decisive touchdown with 6:58 remaining as Pittsburgh won its 20th consecutive regular-season home game against the Browns. Highsmith forced the fumble with his sack of Cleveland's Deshaun Watson, and he earlier opened the contest with an interception return for a touchdown on the game's first drive. 

George Pickens caught four passes for 127 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown toss from Kenny Pickett, for the Steelers (1-1). Pickett completed 15 of 30 passes for 222 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Cleveland star running back Nick Chubb was carted off the field in the first minute of the second quarter with a potentially serious left knee injury. As he planted the leg, Chubb took a hard hit from Pittsburgh's Minkah Fitzpatrick. Chubb rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries. Jerome Ford filled in and had 106 yards on 16 attempts and also caught a touchdown pass, and Pierre Strong also ran for a touchdown.

🏈NFL SAINTS 20 PANTHERS 17: Tony Jones Jr. rushed for his first two NFL touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints dominated on defense for the second consecutive game in a 20-17 victory against the Carolina Panthers on Monday in Charlotte, N.C. Jones, in his fourth NFL season, took on an expanded role because of a hamstring injury sustained during the game by Jamaal Williams, who was starting in place of a suspended Alvin Kamara.

⚾MLB PHILLIES 7 BRAVES 1: Zack Wheeler pitched six strong innings and the visiting Philadelphia Phillies matched their season high with five homers in a 7-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday in the opener of a three-game series. Philadelphia (82-68) has won three of its last four games and leads idle Arizona by 3 1/2 games for the No. 1 National League wild-card spot. Atlanta (96-54) has lost four in a row. Wheeler (12-6) allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five. He recorded his 200th strikeout of the season, doing so for the second time of his career while becoming the franchise's 10th pitcher in the modern era with multiple seasons of 200-plus strikeouts.


  • Royals 6 Guardians 4
  • Reds 7 Twins 3
  • Mets 2 Marlins 1
  • White Sox 6 Nationls 1
  • Cardinals 1 Brewers 0
  • Red Sox 4 Rangers 2
  • Orioles 8 Astros 7
  • Mariners 5 Athletics 0
  • Padres 11 Rockies 9
  • Dodgers 8 Tigers 3

🏈RAIDERS' DAVANTE ADAMS 'GOOD' AFTER CONCUSSION EVALUTION: Las Vegas Raiders star wide receiver Davante Adams is "good" after being evaluated for a concussion after Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, coach Josh McDaniels said Monday. The Raiders were without No. 2 wide receiver Jakobi Meyers on Sunday because he is in the concussion protocol because of a hit to his head in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. McDaniels said Monday that Meyers is progressing through the protocol.

🏈DOLPHINS' TYREEK HILL CALLS OUT PATS FANS AS SOME OF NFL'S 'WORST': Tyreek Hill added another chapter to his complicated relationship with New England Patriots fans Sunday night, calling them "some of the worst fans in the NFL." The Miami Dolphins wide receiver was asked, after his team's 24-17 win, how it felt to wave goodbye to the home crowd, and he did not hold back. "It felt tremendous, man," Hill said. "Those fans are some of the worst fans in the NFL. And I'm going to stand on that; they are real nasty. Some of the things they were saying, I wouldn't say in church. So yeah, it felt great to wave goodbye to the fans, and I'll do it again. Bye."

🏈CHIEFS' PATRICK MAHOMES GETS HISTORIC PAYDAY WITH RESTRUCTQURING: The Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes have restructured his agreement, giving him $210.6 million between 2023 and 2026, the most money in NFL history over a four-season span. His compensation for those years is now guaranteed. The Chiefs and Mahomes plan to revisit the agreement again after the 2026 season said Equity Sports CEO Chris Cabott, who negotiated the deal on behalf of Mahomes.

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