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Where is the surge of migrants at border? Yuma mayor suspects he knows what’s happening.

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Has been updated: May 16, 2023 at 3:58 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Southern Border immigration surge did not materialize as expected title 42 Finished late Thursday night. But the mayor of Yuma, Arizona, suspects the surge was deliberately slowed by cartels, but it continues to rise.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas said: “Over the past two days, U.S. Border Patrol agents have seen a 50% reduction in encounters compared to the number of encounters they were experiencing earlier in the week before Title 42 ended.” Stated.

Dave & DujanovicD2, known as D2, asked Douglas Nichols, the mayor of the border town of Yuma, what he thought about the surge that never happened. and the security situation along the border.

At the beginning of D2, Nichols predicted a maximum of 6,000 crossings to Yuma per day before Title 42 was lifted.

“Can we say things are going better than expected?” Dave asked.

“It’s definitely better than we expected,” Nichols said. “Then I heard the Commissioner’s comment. It’s half the time before, but it’s two or three times what it was the week before that. So there’s a little numbers game going on. Still 600 people a day.” is crossing it, and that’s not normal.”

Yuma Mayor Wants Wrong

Mayor Nichols suspects the sudden drop in border crossings after the expiration of Title 42 was a ploy by the cartels to divert media attention away from the border, after which the cartels gradually closed the border without media oversight. will increase the number of crossings.

He added that the cartels are making this move in the interests of their business. He said it costs between $5,000 and $15,000 to transport one person across the southern border, adding that cash transactions are unlikely. Immigrants essentially become indentured servants of drug traffickers and other cartels until their debts are paid off.

“This is all just speculation, but if you’re running something and you see this huge protest and you can mitigate the wind of that protest, you can still run at an award-winning level. We can.” You can spend tens of millions of dollars a week and slowly make it back over time without seeing what this protest is all about. In other words, I’m saying, ‘I don’t think it’s over yet,'” Nichols said.

So, your guess is that the cartels are “deliberately downsized to assuage some of the fear and anger we expected.” [with] This huge number of weekends. We expect a gradual recovery over the next few weeks,” Dave said.

“This is my guess, having lived on the border almost my whole life,” said Nicholls. “It would be reasonable to manage it that way without checking.” [to] Those who are trying to stop you, you do not acknowledge their fear. And the wind can be removed from the sail. ”

“So things are calming down nationally… maybe again we’ll take our eyes off the borders and other things may take over the national debate,” Debbie said.

“I hope I am wrong, believe me. We can talk about how it went wrong,” Nichols said.

In any case, the border is still broken, he added.

Dave and Dujanovic can be heard weekdays from 9am to noon. on KSL News Radio. Users can find the show on his website and app on KSL NewsRadio, Apple Podcasts and Google Play.

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