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Mexican man shot in face by ICE officer in New York files lawsuit

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A Mexican man is suing an unidentified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer in New York after he says he was shot in the face and sustained a multitude of injuries — including a bullet that remains lodged in his neck — as a result.

In a 10-page filing with the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York on Wednesday, Erick Diaz Cruz wrote that he was asleep at his mother’s house in Gravesend, Brooklyn, on Feb. 6 when he awoke to the sound of shouting and banging on the front door. When he came out of the house, Cruz says he saw his mother’s longtime partner, Gaspar Avendano-Hernandez, arguing with ICE agents.

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Cruz said he was standing steps away from ICE officials when one of them — an unknown Latino man who was approximately 5-foot-9 and dressed in all black — pulled a gun from his hip and fired in his face.

Cruz said he held up his left hand to block his face, but the bullet penetrated his hand and tore through his left cheek, lodging behind his ear. He sustained multiple fractures to his face and hand, and the bullet remains lodged in his neck. His face is also “covered by a snaking set of wounds,” according to the criminal complaint.

“Along with millions of New Yorkers, we are heartbroken and sickened by ICE’s senseless and unjustified shooting of Erick,” Katie Rosenfeld, an attorney representing Cruz, said in a statement. “A young, hard-working and law-abiding man was gunned down on the streets of Brooklyn in broad daylight in front of his family, shot in the face at point-blank range, by an agent of the United States government. Erick posed no threat to anyone, at any time. Erick’s face is shattered, and he and his family are traumatized.  We are a nation of laws, equality and justice; Erick’s case demands that we live up to those values.”

The ICE agent who allegedly fired the shot isn’t named in the complaint, however, because Cruz could not identify him, and he is referred to as “John Doe 1.”

The alleged attack comes as President Trump announced he’d be dispatching dozens of ICE agents to enforce raids in sanctuary cities, a point of contention between Democratic lawmakers and the administration, as Trump continues to crack down on illegal immigrants in the U.S.

The complaint alleges that at least three ICE agents struggled with Avendano-Hernandez in the middle of the street, and attempted to tase him and put him in handcuffs.

A spokesperson for ICE did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment and inquiry about whether the department, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), had a warrant for anyone at the house.

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Cruz, 26, was vacationing in New York with his girlfriend and was on a tourist visa when the shooting occurred. He arrived in New York on Jan. 25 and intended to stay for two weeks.

He has a bachelor’s degree in international commerce from the University of Veracruz in Mexico and is the assistant to his city’s mayor.

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Mexican national held in Florida, accused of spying on US for Russia

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A Mexican citizen has been arrested in Florida for allegedly working as a Russian agent to get information on the U.S. government, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes was allegedly recruited by a Russian contact and flew into Miami International Airport last Thursday to locate and get the license plate number of a vehicle used by a U.S. government source.

His Russian handler had given Fuentes the assignment when he flew to Russia earlier this month, a DOJ statement said.

Fuentes was spotted by security guards when he located the car by tailgating another vehicle into a condo complex where the source lives. Fuentes’ wife took a photo of the license place shortly before they were asked to leave the premises.

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The suspect was also supposed to meet his Russian contact in Russia again in April or May to relay the information.

Investigators stopped Fuentes and his wife at the Miami airport Sunday as they attempted to fly back to Mexico and found a recently deleted photo of the license plate on his wife’s phone.

He then admitted he asked her to take the photo, the release said.

Investigators said they also found incriminating WhatsApp messages on his phone with his handler about the assignment.

Fuentes admitted the Russian contact initiated and directed the meetings, the DOJ said.

Fuentes was allegedly recruited last year and told to rent an apartment in Miami under a fake name.

He has been charged with acting within the United States on behalf of a foreign government, without notifying the attorney general, and conspiracy to do the same, the DOJ statement said.

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Fuentes was booked into a Federal Detention Center in Miami without bond as he’s considered a flight risk, Miami FOX affiliate WSVN-TV reported.

He currently lives in Singapore.

Fuentes is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

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Border Patrol agents find 26 illegal immigrants hiding inside tractor-trailer in California, officials say

Border Patrol agents arrested a man Wednesday after discovering 26 illegal immigrants hiding inside a tractor-trailer that was crossing into California at the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said.

Agents assigned to the El Centro Sector checkpoint on Highway 86 discovered the immigrants around 9:40 p.m. while conducting an immigration check on the 32-year-old driver, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a news release.

A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the rear cargo of the tractor-trailer. The agents said they inspected the area and found 26 people inside.

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Border agents found 26 smuggled immigrants inside a tractor-trailer last week.  (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez said the immigrants had no safety restraints and were locked inside in below 45-degree weather.

Teenagers were among the group. Border Patrol Agent Carlos Pitones told the Los Angeles Times that the immigrants’ ages ranged from 16 to 56.

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The driver presented agents with a California driver’s license as his own, but it was later determined to be fraudulent. The agents then determined that the driver was a Mexican national in the U.S. illegally, according to CBP.

The driver and all 26 of the smuggled immigrants were arrested.

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“This smuggling operation had no regard for the safety of the people they were smuggling,” Chavez said. “Fortunately, our agents were able to remove them from that potentially life-threatening situation.”

Pitones told the Times that the immigrants will be processed “in a case-by-case basis.”

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Border Patrol ex-agent gets 6-year term for aiding smugglers

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A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who admitted helping traffickers smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border has been sentenced to six years in prison on drug and bribery convictions.

A federal judge in Tucson on Friday imposed the prison term on 50-year-old Jose Antonio Yanez of Pirtleville, a small community on the outskirts of Douglas.

The judge also ordered Yanez to pay restitution of over $340,000 to the Border Patrol for salary received while conspiring with traffickers.

Yanez previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, receiving a bribe, and Importation of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance. Yanez was also ordered to pay $340,434 in restitution to United States Border Patrol for repayment of salary received while conspiring with traffickers.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Arizona said Yanez while working at the Border Patrol’s Douglas and Naco stations helped traffickers to transport thousands of kilograms of marijuana and accepted more than $16,000 in bribes.

Yanez turned Border Patrol cameras away from smugglers carrying marijuana in large backpacks, purposely left his area of responsibility so vehicles carrying narcotics could cross the border, and provided sensitive materials and information to co-conspirators, all in exchange for money, the office said.

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Tom Homan: 2020 Dems don’t want to talk immigration, it’s a ‘loser’ for them

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2020 Democrats failed to address the issue of immigration during Friday’s presidential debate because it’s “a loser for them,”  former Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Jason Chaffetz and Emily Compagno, Homan said that Democrats’ avoidance of topics like illegal immigration and border security is directly tied to their own political track records.

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“Most of the people on that stage have failed as a congressman, senator, vice president on this very issue for the last two decades,” he commented.

“The only one who has won on this issue is the president,” Homan stated. “His actions alone got this crisis back in May down 72 percent — because of his actions.”

In May 2019, the number of migrants apprehended at America’s southern border skyrocketed to levels not seen in over a decade. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported more than 144,000 arrests and CBP called the influx a “full-blown emergency. The number of apprehensions was the highest monthly total in more than 13 years.

However, in August 2019, apprehensions saw a dramatic drop. Immigration officials apprehended just over 64,000 migrants, representing a 22 percent decrease from the previous month.

The Trump administration said that the numbers showed the extent to which Trump policies — such as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and the miles of new border wall — and Mexican engagement helped to resolve the crisis.

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“Congress hasn’t done anything,” said Homan. ‘So, what are they going to say: ‘We lost on this issue? We have lost on this issue for decades, but President Trump won on this issue?”

“It’s a loser for them,” he concluded.

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Second person connected to Mexican monarch butterfly reserve found dead in a week

Mexican authorities are investigating the deaths of two men — a part-time tour guide and an anti-logging activist — both of whom had connections to one of the country’s largest butterfly sanctuaries and whose bodies were discovered within a week of each other.

Police found the body of 44-year-old Raúl Hernández Romero Saturday and presumed the tour guide was beaten to death with a sharp object, according to reports by the Washington Post.

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Just days before, the body of an esteemed and popular politician, Homero Gómez González, who championed preserving the monarch butterfly sanctuary and advocated for clamping down on illegal logging in Mexico, turned up at the bottom of a holding pond. He suffered a traumatic head wound and drowned, according to local authorities, the Associated Press reported.

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Mourners carry the flag-draped coffin of community activist Homero Gomez Gonzalez as the funeral procession makes its way from the church to a hillside cemetery, in Ocampo, Michoacan state, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Hundreds of farmers and agricultural workers attended the funeral Friday, and the homage to the anti-logging activist was like a tribute to the monarch butterfly he so staunchly defended. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The deaths have fueled fears in Mexico that activists are being targeted. However, authorities have not been able to confirm a link between the deaths.

“Something strange is happening, because they’re finishing off all the activists, the people who are doing something for society,” Amado Gómez, González’s brother, told the AP.

The push to stop illegal logging was born from the deterioration of the monarch butterflies habitat, a site that millions of monarchs migrate to in Michoacan for the winter, drawing in tourists to take in the scene.

Prosecutors said they have ruled out robbery as a potential motive in González’ death since almost $500 in cash was found on his body.

On Thursday night, mourners in threadbare clothes lit candles and adorned the casket of González with simple floral arrangements.

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A photo of Homero Gomez Gonzalez rests atop his coffin during his wake in Ocampo, Michoacan state, Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. Relatives of the anti-logging activist who fought to protect the winter habitat of monarch butterflies don’t know whether he was murdered or died accidentally, but they say they do know one thing for sure: something bad is happening to rights and environmental activists in Mexico, and people are afraid.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

“I would like to ask the authorities to do their job and do more to protect activists like my brother, because lately in Mexico a lot of activists have died,” Amado Gómez said. “With his death, not only my family lost a loved one; but the whole world, and the monarch butterfly and the forests lost, too.”

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador called Gonzalez’s death “very unfortunate and painful.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Mexican woman who ran people-smuggling ring gets 10 years in jail

A Mexican woman who was the reported leader of a human-smuggling ring was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison, authorities said.

Brenda Yadira Gamez-Castaneda, 41, known as “Guera La Trailera,” was handed the sentence in a South Texas courtroom for her role in conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants into the United States, the Justice Department said.

She also received a 24-month sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after having been deported. It will run concurrently with the 10-year bid. U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez noted that Castaneda destroyed evidence and demanded others to do the same and instructed a co-defendant what to tell investigators.

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A Mexican woman who federal authorities said was the leader of a human smuggling ring was sentecned to 10 years in prison ealrier this week. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Federal prosecutors said she was responsible for the smuggling of at least 25 undocumented immigrants. At least one was involuntarily detained and another was held by coercion or threat in connection with demands for payment. She also used a 10-year-old child to help her at a hotel where the immigrants were being kept.

A federal indictment said she was part of a criminal enterprise that involved at least five or more people and included at least two alien smuggling cells.

Two men, Adolfo Medina-Cervantez and Roberto Flores-Brewster, used a property in Donna, Texas, owned by Flores-Brewster — known as the “the Brewster Compound” — to harbor undocumented immigrants, authorities said.

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The immigrants would then be handed over to Castaneda, who transported them with another defendant, Silber Vazquez-Mireles, to various hotels snd stash houses where they would stay until arrangements were made to smuggle them past Border Patrol checkpoints.

In October, Vazquez-Mireles, 32, was sentenced to more than three years in prison. Flores-Brewster, 60, and Medina-Cervantez, 29, are scheduled to be sentenced in March.

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Caravan in Mexico broken up by national guardsmen, immigration agents

Mexican security forces and immigration agents put hundreds of Central Americans who crossed into the country early Thursday on buses to be processed and possibly sent back to their home countries amid a wave of migrants passing through in an effort to reach the United States.

The national guardsmen, dressed in riot gear, advanced on migrants who were stopped at a crossroads, prompting the migrants to kneel and chant “we want to pass.”

Authorities awaited the caravan outside the community of Frontera Hidalgo, near Ciudad Hidalgo, where the migrants had crossed the Suchiate River at dawn.

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Mexican National Guardsmen block the passage of migrants on the highway leading to Tapachula, Mexico on Thursday. Hundreds of Central American migrants crossed the Suchiate River into Mexico from Guatemala Thursday after a days-long standoff with security forces. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Many were escorted onto buses without resistance. Women cradling small children or holding kids’ hands wept as they walked toward the buses.

Jose Luis Morales, a Salvadoran de facto spokesman for the caravan, said the migrants wanted to negotiate to be allowed to pass peacefully. Federal officials arrived and a dialogue was opened.

He said afterward that authorities’ initial proposal was that they turn themselves in for detention while being processed for refuge — what he called “always the same policy.” Instead, they planned to stay put until Friday, Morales said.

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Mexican National Guards detain migrants near Tapachula, Mexico on Thursday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

The crackdown comes as Mexico has vowed to help the Trump administration stem the flow of migrants, who inundated American border officials at the southern border in large numbers in 2018. Trump previously threatened Mexico with escalating tariffs if it did not take an active role in halting the surge of migrants.

In previous caravans, Mexican authorities have allowed caravans to walk for a while, seemingly to tire them out, before blocking their path. Migrants and Mexican authorities clashed earlier this week as they tried crossing the Suchiate River.

Some threw rocks at security forces, forcing some families to be separated during the chaos. Authorities shouted that the migrants had two options: go back to Guatemala or turn themselves over to immigration agents.

The majority-Honduran caravan left from San Pedro Sula last week in the hope of of reaching the U.S. to apply for asylum. Aníbal, who declined to give his last name for fear of reprisal from immigration authorities, joined the group from his hometown of Santa Rosa, Guatemala.

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Migrants sit on the highway leading to Tapachula, Mexico on Thursday, where they are blocked by National Guardsmen. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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He said he was determined to reach the U.S. no matter what.

“They need to let us pass,” he said, adding that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador “needs to have a little more compassion … we’re going out of necessity. We’re not going for ambition.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Caravan migrants cross Mexico river, throw rocks at country’s national guard in response to tear gas

Mexican security forces clashed with determined Central American migrants as they waded across a river in Guatemala into Mexico on Monday to continue their journey to the United States.

Tear gas was fired on the migrants, some of whom threw rocks at Mexico’s national guard militarized police, Reuters reported. The scramble of the mostly Honduran caravan led to some parents being separated from their children as they tried to avoid Mexican immigration agents.

Monday’s incident at the Suchiate River, which separates Mexico and Guatemala, underscores the challenges facing Mexican authorities tasked with containing the large group of migrants at the behest of the Trump administration.

The latest group set off from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, last week in hopes of reaching the U.S. southern border to apply for asylum.

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Central American migrants cross the Suchiate River by foot from Tecun Uman, Guatemala, to Mexico, on Monday. More than a thousand Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States marooned in Guatemala are walking en masse across a river leading to Mexico in an attempt to convince authorities there to allow them passage through the country. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Reuters reported Mexican authorities standing on the banks of the river intent on thwarting the illegal crossing, while hundreds of others ran into Mexico.

“You have two options: You go back to Guatemalan territory or you come with us,” Mexican immigration agents said to migrants who had crossed the river.

“We didn’t come to stay here. We just want to cross to the other side,” said Ingrid, 18, a Honduran migrant. “I don’t want to go back to my country because there is nothing there, just hunger.”

Those caught will be taken to immigration stations and be returned to their home countries if their legal status cannot be resolved. Over the weekend, 2,000 migrants camped out in Guatemala in the town of Tecun Uman, opposite Ciudad Hidalgo on the Mexican side of the border.

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Central American migrants holding Honduras’ national flag stand on the legal border crossing bridge over the Suchiate River that connects Tecun Uman, Guatemala with Ciudad Hidalgo in Mexico. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

At least 4,000 people entered Guatemala from Honduras since Wednesday, according to Guatemalan authorities. The latest caravan comes as the Trump administration has enlisted Central American leaders in taking a more active role in stemming the flow of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Most are fleeing endemic poverty and increasing rates of gang violence.

Denis Contreras, a Honduran who was denied asylum and deported from San Diego, vowed not to give up.

“Here we are, and we’re not going anywhere, and if you throw us out, we’ll return!” he said.

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Central American migrants cross the Suchiate River by foot from Tecun Uman, Guatemala. (AP Photo/Santiago Billy)

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More than 1,000 migrants chose to give Mexico a try Monday and were taken to a bus to an immigration center for processing. Authorities there said they blocked more than 2,5000 migrants from entering the country on Saturday as they made their way across a bridge over the Suchiate River.

Daisy Perez,42, who was traveling with her two young children, called a relative during a break in the chaos near the river.

“We’re in Mexico, send us money,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Mexico blocks 2,500 migrants from crossing at Guatemala entry point, authorities say

Mexican officials on Saturday closed a section of their border with Guatemala following a push by thousands of migrants to make their way across a bridge over the Suchiate River between the two countries.

About 2,500 migrants of all ages were held up and prevented from crossing or entering the bridge at Mexico’s southern border by Mexican National Guardsmen, Guatemalan authorities estimated, according to The Associated Press.

Mexican authorities reportedly allowed several dozen migrants to enter into Mexico in groups of 20 but warned them against trying to slip away to avoid immigration processing.

Mexico’s National Migration Institute said on Twitter that it had shored up points along the southern border to assure “safe, orderly and regular immigration.”

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Migrants charge on the Mexican National Guardsmen at the border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. More than a thousand Central American migrants surged onto the bridge spanning the Suchiate River, that marks the border between both countries, as Mexican security forces attempted to impede their journey north. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

The Trump administration announced in November that it had started sending migrants from Honduras and El Salvador to Guatemala as part of its “safe third country” agreement. President Trump claimed the deal would help ease the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) mounted a legal challenge to the agreement, claiming that it violated federal law. It said safe countries must meet the standard of providing a “full and fair” procedure for asylum, and Guatemala does not.

“The Trump administration has created a deadly game of musical chairs that leaves desperate refugees without a safe haven, in violation of U.S. and international law,” Katrina Eiland, an attorney with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said. “The administration is illegally trying to turn away asylum seekers and pass the buck to other countries that can’t protect them.”

The federal government claimed that Guatemala meets the “full and fair” standard and began sending migrants to the country. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials previously told Fox News that no migrants would be forced to go to Guatemala, and would instead be given the option of going back to their home country or waiting in Mexico.

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Migrants crowd the the bridge spanning the Suchiate River on the border between Guatemala and Mexico in Ciudad Hidalgo, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. More than a thousand Central American migrants surged onto the bridge as Mexican National Guardsmen attempted to impede their journey north. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

News of the clash on the Suchiate River comes just days after a caravan of hundreds of Honduran migrants began making their way north, on Wednesday.

Past caravans have had an overwhelming effect on the U.S. immigration system, but it’s unlikely this most recent surge will reach the southern border, as Mexican officials remain on high alert and had vowed to block hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants hoping to reach the United States.

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“The truth is, it is going to be impossible for them to reach the United States,” human rights activist Itsmania Platero said. “The Mexican police have a large contingent and they are going to catch all the migrants without documents, and they will be detained and returned to their home countries.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Louis Casiano contributed to this report, as well as The Associated Press.

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