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Northern border residents say they’re overwhelmed and on edge about illegal migration surge

Illegal migrant found on New York resident’s doorstep – photo courtesy of Dan Cowan

by Jennie Taer, Daily Caller News Foundation

CHATEAUGAY, New York  — Northern border residents in parts of New York and Vermont say they’re “overwhelmed” by the surge in illegal migrants moving south into their communities as they’re disrupting the locals’ daily lives, depleting already limited resources and causing damage in the area, the Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

The northern border’s Swanton Sector has seen a 845% surge in migrant apprehensions and a 900% increase in illegal migrants evading arrest in the month of January alone. Border Patrol apprehended and encountered 367 migrants in January—more than the number from past 12 Januarys combined—and residents of the area  told the DCNF that the influx has “everyone on edge” and that they have never “seen anything this bad.” 

(RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: ‘It Hasn’t Stopped’: The Northern Border Is Wide Open And People Are Funneling Across)

“Our Biden administration, open borders, free everything,” Cowan said as he stood in his home near Chateaugay, New York.

The recent increase in illegal migration up north can be attributed to lax Canadian government travel requirements for many nationalities and a lack of manpower on the U.S. side, with Border Patrol agents deployed to address the influx at the southern border over the last couple of years.

There are roughly 2,200 Border Patrol agents stationed along the entire northern border out of the nearly 20,000 total agents patrolling all U.S. borders, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“Our Biden administration, open borders, free everything,” Cowan said as he stood in his home near Chateaugay, New York.

“Everybody in this area is on edge,” he told the DCNF. “We don’t have the holding capacity for Border Patrol or U.S. Customs. What are they gonna do with these people when they’re getting here? They’re not deporting them.”

“I participated in reporting 16 in the month of January that had walked through and gotten picked up. Most of them I would say were either Mexicans or Guatemalans and the occasional Romanians,” Cowan said, sharing that he fears finding bodies of illegal migrants who didn’t survive the cold when the snow melts at the end of the winter.

“They need to be aware of what’s really going on in this country, they need to open their eyes to what’s happening. There are elderly people, my 81-year-old mother lives next door. We had a person that tried to get in my garage door right here,” he continued.

“I’m tired of the damages that I’m trying to fix,” Brewers told the DCNF.

“I see probably five to eight a week. It mostly looks like women and children. My sugar bush is a mile down the road, that’s full of tracks all the time,” Brewers added.

Border Patrol drops off illegal migrants who cross into the north with their court dates at nearby motels, the DCNF observed. Several groups dropped off in the area that were from Romania and Haiti told the DCNF they were trying to buy bus tickets to get to other cities further south.

The area doesn’t have the resources to support them, according to the residents in the area.

“It would overwhelm this town. Because there’s prisons here too and all of the families come up,” Mary Whalen, who’s from Franklin County, New York, told the DCNF.

“I don’t think Franklin County can handle much more and I voted for Biden. Still, I think there’s a limit to how many people should come across that border. I was hoping he wouldn’t let so many through,” Whalen said.

Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams began busing illegal migrants to Plattsburgh, New York, where they go to cross the border illegally into Canada. The situation has added to the number of migrants that have gone south via small northern border towns.

“These areas that have put themselves up as sanctuary cities, sanctuary states that have asked people to move along, I think [it] is very disingenuous,” Clinton County, New York, legislator Calvin Castine recently told the DCNF.

“Obviously, they’re taking some people, but I think putting themselves up as a city with 8.5 million people and then putting them on a bus and sending them to Clinton County with a 75,000 population … eventually ending up here in Champlain with a 5,500 population trying to cross the border, I think that they’re being a little bit disingenuous,” he added.

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5 replies »

  1. How do you think the people living near the southern border feel. This administration is a joke.

  2. Next time a liberal asks why you care, remind them –
    Even if these people aren’t outright criminals, they drive unlicensed and uninsured- driving up rates for everyone, they use stolen SSNs, most people often don’t realize until filing taxes, they file workers comp claims- which drives up the cost to insure a business, they trample all over farmers organic soil, and the fees they pay to cartels fuels their continued investment into human misery through drugs and more trafficking.
    And that’s not even getting into how much their fraudulent asylum claims cost OUR system, or that Biden won’t let ICE even enforce those orders, which ultimately amounts to open borders.

  3. Fear fear fear… other other other…them them them… divide divide divide… all those little children…where do they all disappear to?
    I hate to say it but just who is benefiting from all this fear mongering of ‘other’ ‘them’ ‘strangers’ ‘races’ – labels?

    Guns arms and gear.
    Guns arms and gear.
    Guns arms and gear.

  4. Build the wall period!!
    The Biden Administration lie after lie after lie beyond disgusting human beings period folks!! SAME TO THE ONE’S THAT SUPPORT THIS ADMINISTRATION PERIOD!! YOU DEGUSTING HUMAN BEING PERIOD!!

  5. Keep referring to these ALIENS as poor migrants and they will keep you
    all up nights!