In this Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, photo, Fergie performs the national anthem before the start of the NBA All-Star basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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After beating the New York Knicks 128-100 at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Friday night, the Golden State Warriors celebrated in a unique manner.

As seen in the following video courtesy of Complex Sports, the Dubs danced to a remix of Fergie’s infamous rendition of the national anthem from last season:

Fergie’s national anthem performance at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game went viral, and it was universally panned.

One of the enduring images from the performance was Warriors forward Draymond Green struggling to hold back a chuckle.

On Thursday, Fergie’s ex-husband, Josh Duhamel, expressed his belief to FS1’s Kristine Leahy that Green owes Fergie an apology for being the catalyst of the ridicule:

“I was pissed off at Draymond Green, first of all,” Duhamel said. “I think he owed her an apology. I thought he was kind of a prick. … Just because he knew the camera was on him. And he snickered about it. I just thought if he would’ve been a real man, he would’ve at least called her and said, ‘Listen, I’m sorry that I caused all this.'”

Rather than apologizing, Green seemed to double down with his tongue-in-cheek dance following Friday’s victory.

Green and the Warriors had plenty to celebrate, as they erased a three-point deficit entering the fourth quarter by outscoring the Knicks 47-16 in the final frame to improve to 5-1 on the season.

For some viewers, it’s haunted houses with creaking doors and menacing apparitions. Others want something more grounded in reality, like a stealthy killer with a large knife. Still others prefer psychological horror. Or zombies.
Whatever gets your goosebumps going, it’s a good time of year to revisit some frightening flicks from the past.
Here are seven, in a mix of scary sub-genres, that deliver the jolts.

‘Carrie’ (1976)

What it’s about: A shy teenager with telekinetic powers is bullied by her high school classmates and smothered by her religious fanatic mother. After falling victim to a cruel prank at her school prom, she unleashes a horrific revenge.
Why it’s scary: Brian de Palma’s classic film — the first ever adapted from a Stephen King book — is certainly dated, but the huge hair and ruffled tuxedo shirts aren’t its most terrifying aspects. Even the climactic scene where Carrie finally exacts her revenge isn’t all that scary. You’ll likely find yourself cheering for her as her mean classmates die in a variety of ridiculous ways. What’s most unnerving about this movie are the characters. From Carrie’s abusive mother to a bunch of sociopathic teenagers (including a young John Travolta), the people of this Maine town are cruel and heartless.
Freakiest scene: It has to be the one where Travolta and his buddies break into a farm and laugh as they bash in a pig’s brains with a sledgehammer.

‘Halloween’ (1978)

What it’s about: A mute, masked killer escapes from an asylum and stalks a babysitter and her friends in a small Midwestern town on Halloween night.
Why it’s scary: If you liked the new “Halloween” — in theaters now — you should skip all the other sequels and go back to the original, which made a star of Jamie Lee Curtis and set the bar against which all slasher movies are measured. With a minimal budget, a few shadowy interiors and a nerve-jangling score he composed himself, director John Carpenter made a visceral thriller that still holds up four decades later. The last 45 minutes are one scream-worthy moment after another.
Freakiest scene: The flashback opener, seen through the eyes of a masked killer who grabs a knife from a kitchen drawer, climbs the stairs of his family home and stabs his sister to death. Their horrified parents arrive and pull off his mask to reveal 6-year-old Michael Myers, wearing a clown costume and holding the bloody knife.

‘The Shining’ (1980)

What it’s about: A writer takes a job as winter caretaker of a remote, snowbound mountain lodge that’s haunted by supernatural forces. The isolation drives him insane, putting his wife and young son in danger.
Why it’s scary: The twin girls. The blood pouring from the elevator. The axe through the door. REDRUM. Director Stanley Kubrick packs a lot of unsettling images into his artful adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. But nothing’s scarier than Jack Nicholson’s malevolent leer as he pursues his family through the empty corridors of the hotel.
Freakiest scene: When wife Wendy peeks at her husband’s manuscript and finds he’s typed only page after page of the line, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” she suddenly realizes the depths of his madness.

‘Hellraiser’ (1987)

What it’s about: A couple’s marriage is tested when they open an exotic puzzle box that reanimates the husband’s dead brother and summons a group of sadomasochistic beings.
Why it’s scary: Clive Barker’s classic — the first in a long line of “Hellraiser” films — is not for the faint of heart. Everyone knows Freddy Krueger, Jason and Ghostface, but does anyone remember Pinhead? That decorative box looks like it came from Pier 1, but as soon as it’s opened, Pinhead arrives and literally all hell breaks loose. If you’re patient enough to deal with some bad writing and subpar acting, you’ll be treated to some of the best old-school visual effects Hollywood could come up with in 1987. The make-up, animatronics and puppetry are so much more convincing than most modern-day CGI that you will be terrified about what happens next.
Freakiest scene: When wife Julia gets her first taste for blood, there’s some hesitation, but not for long. Soon she’s bringing home a series of unsuspecting men to meet their hellish fate.

’28 Days Later’ (2002)

What it’s about: A man awakes in a London hospital to discover a virus has decimated the city and turned most humans into bloodthirsty zombies. He and a small band of survivors must seek safety.
Why it’s scary: Before “28 Days Later,” most zombie films depicted the undead as slow, shuffling creatures that are easily outrun. But director Danny Boyle upped the tension by showing spry zombies sprinting after their prey — a device employed later in “Dawn of the Dead,” “World War Z” and other movies. Like “The Walking Dead,” the film also shows that in a post-apocalyptic world, the biggest threats can come from not from the infected but from other humans.
Freakiest scene: Frank, a kindly man with an adolescent daughter, becomes infected when a drop of tainted blood falls into his eye. Realizing what is about to happen, he tells his horrified daughter to get away from him before he tries to attack her.

‘The Babadook’ (2014)

What it’s about: Disturbing things start happening to a single mother after her young son finds a mysterious children’s book about a menacing being called the Babadook and becomes convinced it is real.
Why it’s scary: A key element in horror movies is stress, and “The Babadook” is an hour and a half of nothing but stress. Jennifer Kent’s psychological horror film has all the elements of a supernatural story — unexpected visions of a shadowy spirit, a creepy object that keeps reappearing — exacerbated by scenes of an exhausted mother trying to cope with her tantrum-prone son. If we’re not listening to the boy screaming on a trip to the supermarket, we’re watching he and his mother cower in fear as the Babadook torments their lives. There’s no relief from the tension in this movie.
Freakiest scene: It’s probably when the mom visits a police station to report the creepy children’s book that keeps reappearing at her home. We can’t reveal any more because the element of surprise makes the scene.

‘A Quiet Place’ (2018)

What it’s about: A family must survive in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by sightless, predatory creatures that use their exceptional hearing to hunt humans.
Why it’s scary: Writer-director-star John Krasinski uses sound, and the lack of sound, to boost suspense to almost unbearable levels. To stay alive in a world of constant danger, the two protective parents and their kids must be quiet at all times — which makes every electronic beep or shattered glass a jarring assault on the nerves.
Freakiest scene: Pregnant wife Evelyn goes into labor as a creature, drawn by a noise, enters her house. She must struggle to remain silent during her painful contractions.
Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul last month, prompting a Saudi investigation that determined that Khashoggi died in a fistfight inside the building. Turkish officials have told CNN that Khashoggi was immediately beaten, tortured and dismembered. Trump has condemned Khashoggi’s death since then, after initially saying that he believed the explanation offered by the Saudis, but has not gotten the United States involved in the ongoing Saudi investigation.
“The statements Trump made in the first days around his invite and the statements he made afterward opposed each other. They were simply statements to gain public sympathy,” Hatice Cengiz said during an interview with the pro-government Turkish channel Haber Turk.
Cengiz had previously appeared open to visiting Washington, saying last week that if Trump “makes a genuine contribution to the efforts to reveal what happened inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that day, I will consider accepting his invitation.”
But Cengiz said Friday that she would only go to the White House if the administration takes action on Khashoggi’s case.
“I do not think of going to the United States,” she told Haber Turk. “Whether I will go or not will depend on the formation of conscience.”
Khashoggi’s fiancée also said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called her a couple of days after Trump’s invitation and told her that the administration did not know anything so far.
“I think the call was about showing that they were serious after Trump’s statements,” she added.
Cengiz said that she and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were calling for all involved parties to testify in order to finish the emotionally painful investigation “as soon as possible.”
“My expectation, the expectation of our President, is for everyone involved in this to give account in front of the judiciary,” she said. “It’s for the investigation to be over as soon as possible. We will go through pain in this process, but at least we can go through knowing what’s happened and without ‘what ifs.'”
Khashoggi’s fiancée also mentioned that no one from the Saudi Arabian government called her following Khashoggi’s death.
“I don’t think I could visit either,” she added. “I don’t think it is appropriate and I don’t think I can go.”
A post appealing for information went viral after Facebook users noticed the suspect, pictured by CCTV clutching a crate of beer, resembled the sitcom character.
“Could we BE any more overwhelmed with the response to our CCTV appeal about a theft at a restaurant in Blackpool?” Lancashire Police tweeted on Thursday, after the alleged crime in an English seaside town.
“Most importantly, we’re now satisfied we’ve identified the man in the still & our enquiries are very much continuing. Huge thanks for sharing it with your Friends,” they added.
Fans of the show had inundated Blackpool Police with jokes after their appeal went viral.
“It’s not been his day, his month or even his year,” one user joked on Blackpool Police’s original Facebook post, which was shared over 113,000 times before being deleted.
“I heard his getaway driver was stuck in 2nd gear,” another wrote, also mimicking the show’s theme song.
The episode — which one user dubbed “The One Where Ross Became a Thief” — led to Schwimmer posting a video on his Twitter page recreating the getaway.
“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me. As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation,” he wrote.
Blackpool Police said 23 million people saw the post before it was removed, while Schwimmer’s response has been “liked” more than 585,000 times.
“Could he BE any more like Ross?” asked one of the most-liked replies to Blackpool Police’s post.
Dumfries Police in Scotland also joined in the fun, warning people to “keep away” from the suspect. “He is known to have studied Karate and we believe he has mastered the art of Unagi, the state of total awareness,” they wrote, referencing an episode in which Ross claims to be a self-defense expert.
The incident in question took place in Blackpool, in northwest England, on September 20.
Yes, there is such a thing as right-wing terrorism

Yes, Cesar Sayoc appears to be a troubled man. The terror spree he conducted could only be carried out by a person with certain psychological deficits. However, he is not a unique character operating in a vacuum. Cesar Sayocs can be found almost anywhere in America. It is this reality that burdens public figures, especially presidents, with the responsibility to use care and caution as they lead the nation. The exception is Donald Trump, whose superheated rhetoric could make himself a factor in the run-up to terror.
Investigators will eventually reveal many factors that could have played a role in the process that led to the mailing of the explosive devices. Likely Trump’s rhetoric will be just one of many elements. However, denying that it played a role is not an option. Neither can we expect Trump to change.
Trump campaigned using taunts and suggestions that all the Cesar Sayocs could have heard as calls to violent action. When a protester interrupted a rally, Trump announced that he would “like to punch him in the face” and waxed sentimental about the days when protesters would be “carried out on stretchers.”
He referenced a “Second Amendment” response to Hillary Clinton’s possible election and offered to pay the legal bills for those who assault his protesters.
Here's how many times Trump attacked pipe bomb targets

Here's how many times Trump attacked pipe bomb targets

Trump allies and fans rejected the notion that he was playing a dangerous game and instead praised his willingness to forgo political correctness and speak plainly. However, this wasn’t plain speech, it was incitement, and the notion that milder rhetoric is somehow less sincere is absurd.
Politicians who honor the boundaries of decency and public safety are not mealy-mouthed pleasers. They are normal adults who respect public safety.
As president, Trump never pivoted from his destructive campaign mode to become a leader of all the American people. Just weeks ago, he praised fellow Republican Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter who had asked him a question. “Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of … He was my guy,” said Trump.
The President’s encouragement of violence, combined with rhetoric about the press being “enemies of the people” and political opponents being un-American, are green lights for those who are vulnerable to suggestion. Worse, when you think about the President’s impact on fevered minds, is his penchant for conspiracy theories. With no evidence, he recently suggested terrorists were among immigrants now marching toward the United States.
Previously, Trump has said that the hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico was inflated to hurt him politically, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may have been murdered, climate change is a “hoax” and millions of people voted illegally in 2016. Keep in mind, this is the President of the United States we’re talking about, and though they are favored on the fringes of the internet, none of these ideas is supported by facts.
Donald Trump forfeited the moral authority of his presidency from Day One

Donald Trump forfeited the moral authority of his presidency from Day One

Taken together, Trump’s paranoid rants encourage people to believe that almost anything can be true. Can’t find actual facts to support your belief that some conspiracy is afoot? Well, the absence of facts proves that the media is in on the game. An election doesn’t go your way? As the President says, the system is “rigged.”
Consider Trump’s paranoid blather from the perspective of a man who may already feel alienated, angry and afraid. You hear the President of the United States repeatedly assert that the dishonest press is hiding the real truth. He implies that his enemies are out to hurt him and he needs the help of ordinary citizens. Add the way that Trump encourages violence and seems to thrill at the prospect, and is it any wonder that someone would act? The real wonder is why it doesn’t happen more often.
Having degraded our national reality with his conspiracy theories, lies and incitements, the President has shown he is incapable of stopping his own deviant behavior. Hours before the FBI made its arrest, he was playing the victim and downplaying the seriousness of the terror campaign with a tweet that whined about how “this ‘Bomb’ stuff” had slowed the “momentum” of Republican candidates in the upcoming election.
The bottom line for Trump is not the nation’s well-being, safety or sanity. It is, as his complaint revealed, his power. He will never be the leader who restores our normal civic life and creates a context in which the Cesar Sayocs among us won’t be moved to act. That task is ours.
The IDF responded with a series of airstrikes, including fighter jets and helicopters, targeting what the IDF described as “terror targets” in the coastal enclave. Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for what happens in Gaza.
The sharp escalation follows protests along the Gaza border earlier in the day. The IDF says some 16,000 Palestinians protested along the border on Friday, with some hurling grenades and firebombs.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health says four Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces during the clashes.
The four have been named as Muhammad Khaled Mahmoud ‘Abd al-Nabi, 27; Nassar Abu Tim, 22; Ahmed Said Abu Libda, 22; and Ayesh Ghassan Shaat, 23. More than 200 people were injured in the clashes, Health officials said; of those, 180 were injured by live ammunition.
Earlier in the week, Israel’s defense minister, Avigdor Liberman, vowed to step up the country’s response to these ongoing protests.
On Friday, the IDF targeted three Hamas military posts in northern Gaza, part of the buildup to the escalation of the evening.
Israel and Gaza have seen similar sharp flare-ups in recent weeks.
One day earlier, a rocket from Gaza landed in southern Israel. In response, the IDF struck eight military targets in three Hamas compounds in Gaza, including a training facility, munitions manufacturing sites, and a storage site. No one was injured in the strikes.
Last week, a rocket from Gaza hit a home in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva, prompting Israel to carry out airstrikes against nearly two dozen Hamas targets in Gaza.
In recent weeks, Egypt and the United Nations have stepped in to act as mediators when fighting has flared, urging both sides to de-escalate. Both Egypt and the UN hope a short-term ceasefire agreement could improve Gaza’s humanitarian situation.
On Wednesday, Israel allowed fuel transfers into Gaza to resume, increasing the electricity available in the coastal enclave, which has only a few hours of power a day. The fuel, funded by Qatar, was intended to alleviate the humanitarian conditions in Gaza and reduce the tensions that contribute to the border protests.
Liberman, the Israeli defense minister, has not yet announced whether he will stop the fuel transfers yet again in response to the latest border protest.
“We will see you 4 sure.Hug your loved ones real close every time you leave you home,” the tweet read in part.
Ritchie, a political analyst who frequently appears on television, reported the tweet to Twitter as abuse. The response she received from the company said the tweet and the threat it implied didn’t qualify as a “violation of the Twitter rules against abusive behavior.”
When Sayoc was arrested on Friday, the tweet was still live.
Twitter has repeatedly said it is working on combating harassment and abuse on its platform. But people who use Twitter have said over and over again it is not doing enough. It is not uncommon for users to report explicit threats of violence and then, to their dismay, see an automated response saying that there was no violation of its rules.
In Sayoc’s case, an opportunity to alert authorities to someone openly threatening public figures — someone who allegedly tried to make good on those threats — may have been missed because Twitter failed to act.
Twitter’s email to Ritchie specifically said that the company will “not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.” But still Sayoc’s tweet to Ritchie remained live.
“You think to yourself ‘if you see something, say something,’ and then when you say something it’s ignored,” Ritchie told CNN Business on Friday. “It is really irritating that these social media sites do not take these things seriously.”
Friday evening, after a tweet Ritchie sent pointing out what had happened had become popular on the site and gotten attention from media outlets, Twitter sent her a new email.
“Please disregard our last reply as it was sent in error. We apologize for any inconvenience,” it began. “We’ve investigated and suspended the account you reported as it was found to be participating in abusive behavior.”
Ritchie didn’t buy it.
“They’re trying to cover their ass,” she told CNN Business.
The tweet directed at Ritchie was only one of many similar examples from Sayoc’s accounts.
On September 20, in response to a tweet from President Trump, Sayoc posted a self-shot video of himself at what appears to be a Donald Trump rally.
The text of the tweet threatened former Vice President Joe Biden and former attorney general Eric Holder, both of whom were targeted by improvised explosive devices discovered this week.
“Go Trump Trump Trump hey Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. And Eric Himpton Holder Sr. Stick your BS all crap you talk where sun doesn’t shine . We will meet your threats right to your face soon.Not option we will see you soon .Hug loved ones real close we aren’t ones,” the tweet read.
On September 18th, Sayoc tweeted a picture of Biden’s home and wrote, “Hug your loved son,Niece,wife family real close everytime U walk out your home.”
Both tweets were still live on Twitter when Sayoc was arrested. Twitter suspended Sayoc’s accounts late Friday afternoon.
CNN Business asked Twitter multiple questions about Sayoc and his tweets on Friday: Why was the tweet directed at Ritchie not deemed a violation of the company’s rules? Why was the threat against Biden and Holder still live on the platform? Does Twitter monitor the responses to tweets by the president of the United States to look for threats? Does it proactively monitor for threats to public figures like Biden and Holder?
The company’s only response was, “This is an ongoing law enforcement investigation. We do not have a comment.”
A Facebook spokesperson told CNN that the company had removed Sayoc’s account on Friday. The spokesperson said that several of Sayoc’s previous posts had violated Facebook’s community standards, and had been removed before he was arrested, but that none of his posts which were reported to or discovered by Facebook contained violations of its rules severe enough to remove the account entirely.
“There is absolutely no place on our platforms for people who attempt such horrendous acts. We have found and immediately removed the suspect’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram,” Facebook said in a statement.
Cesar Sayocs can be found almost anywhere in America. Presidents should take heed

In a bid to whip up the enthusiasm of the Republican base with the midterm elections looming, Trump has tried to paint a march of protesting people traveling through Mexico, who are weeks away from the US border, as an imminent threat to America’s safety. But his narrative was interrupted rudely this week by a much more tangible threat — the discovery of explosive devices sent from inside the US homeland.
Although it will probably take some time before the FBI can prove whether Sayoc was guilty and whether he acted alone, the arrest is a troubling reminder of the ways in which the President’s toxic political ideas have become sources of inspiration for extremist individuals and organizations — even those who want to commit violence.
With all the attention that the President has devoted in the past few weeks to the allegedly dangerous people who are part of the movement of immigrants seeking safety within our borders, a real concern for the country should be the potential for violent domestic political extremism to flare among people who live here and who perceive themselves to have an ally in the White House.
Arrest in explosives case prompts relief -- and continued worry

Arrest in explosives case prompts relief -- and continued worry

Domestic political violence in the United States is no joking matter. We have a long history of seeing people take up arms to prove their political point. From assassinations of presidents and other elected officials, to the murder of movement activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. to the violence committed against African-Americans in the Jim Crow South, to the white nationalists who blew up the federal government building in Oklahoma in 1995, we are a country that seen its share of these awful acts. There is good reason that many political observers keep warning President Trump and other elected officials not to play around with these ideas for electoral gain, for once they are unleashed, they become impossible to control.
However, the President has never taken this risk seriously. It is one thing to be extremely partisan but another to use dog whistles with violent organizations and to actually endorse the use of violence. The nation has seen different variations of Trump’s tendencies since he took office. Of course, one of the most defining moments of his presidency occurred after the violent marches in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, when he refused to come down hard on the neo-Nazis who entered the college town seeking to stir up racist and anti-Semitic sentiment.
Here's how many times Trump attacked pipe bomb targets

Here's how many times Trump attacked pipe bomb targets

After his barn-storming rallies or tweets where he continued to shock and awe by going well beyond the boundaries of legitimate presidential discourse, Trump brushed back critics who warned that in the wrong hands his blistering words could end up inciting real violence. We saw this recently when he made light of Montana’s Greg Gianforte having body slammed a journalist. “Any guy that can do a body slam, that’s my kind of guy,” the President said. Even in his tweet on Friday morning, he tweeted about the “Bomb stuff” that he suggested was distracting the public from the Republican rebound in the midterm elections.
Presidents have immense power. One of their greatest strengths is that their words have an impact on the national discourse unlike almost any other figure. Trump isn’t simply a reality television star anymore. When the President does something like retweet the image of himself knocking down a person with a CNN logo for a head, or when he says that members of his own cabinet are virtually guilty of “treason,” he sends out a dangerous message. While it is vital to remember that the President is not guilty of criminal actions committed in his name, the President is responsible for making statements that openly encourage this kind of behavior.
This week, the country learned just how that might play out on the ground in the hands of an unstable individual.
It is likely that the President won’t take much of a break in his rhetoric. On Friday, he said that he thinks he’s been “toned down,” while warning, “I think I could really tone it up” given how “extremely unfair” the media has been to him. He will try to turn this to his advantage by suddenly becoming the champion of law and order while quickly focusing again on the refugees who he says are about to invade our borders. But really, the dangerous caravan was being driven by a violent person, brandishing Trump regalia, who seems to have been on a mission to Make America Great the only way that he knew how.
The increase is causing difficulty at every stage for the Department of Homeland Security, including at the border processing facilities, for Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention and at shelters for unaccompanied minors, as well as at Greyhound stations in South Texas, where many migrants are released and travel around the US, said a senior DHS official, who asked to have their name withheld because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
All the facilities from processing to detention are “breaking at the seams,” said the official.
Border Patrol says record number of family member crossings in September

This comes as Trump has railed against the caravan ahead of the midterm elections, calling its participants “criminals” and threatening to cut off aid to Central American countries that don’t stop the progress north. The administration has accused migrants of abusing the US asylum system and has faced increased political pressure from the President to stop the flow of illegal immigration.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, in an interview Thursday on Fox News, said “everything is on the table,” including cutting off aid to foreign countries, to stop “lawless groups of people heading towards the border.”
“Every measure we have tried, every measure we haven’t tried, everything is on the table to make it very clear that we have a sovereign right to protect our citizens,” she said.
Nielsen, who was in Yuma, Arizona, on Thursday, told local officials that DHS is working with Mexico daily to address the caravan issue and ensure that those seeking asylum are offered it in Mexico, according to Yuma Mayor Douglas J. Nicholls, who attended the meeting.
“Our sector has a large percentage of family units that have been coming through from Central America,” said Nicholls.

Preparing for caravan, migrants

Customs and Border Protection in Texas is planning for the potential arrival of the caravan by meeting with stakeholders, in case it comes that way, said the DHS official. The official likened it to planning for a hurricane, because you have to monitor the direction of the caravan and plan as needed.
DHS is tracking two caravans, one massive one with thousands of migrants and another, smaller one that formed in El Salvador.
But the more pressing issue may be the migrants already at the border.
“We are having a difficult time managing the high numbers we have right now,” said the DHS official about the surge in the Rio Grande Valley.
The number of family members apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley, the most active sector of the southern border, is expected Friday to exceed such apprehensions for September, according to the official, who was familiar with the latest numbers.
The most recent official border apprehension numbers released by Customs and Border Protection earlier this week were for September, which showed a record high month with 16,658 family apprehensions across the southern border.
The Yuma sector had a record high in September with 2,187 family apprehensions, according to available data going back to 2013.
While the Rio Grande Valley had a high for the fiscal year in September, with 8,782 family member apprehensions, there were over 10,000 family members apprehended in both November and December of 2017.
The soon-to-be record in Texas indicates there could be another big month of family crossings across the southern border.
October, the first month in the fiscal year, is “seeing numbers that far surpass last fiscal year” in the region, said the official on Thursday.
In order to deal with the influx and to mitigate the risk of holding family units past the time frame allotted to the government, ICE began curtailing all reviews of post-release plans from families apprehended along the Southwest border on Tuesday, according to ICE spokesperson Sarah Rodriguez.
This means ICE will be releasing recently apprehended families without reviewing their travel and communication plans. The possible consequences could be an increased burden on nongovernmental organizations receiving the families or having families released into local communities or bus stations without pre-coordinated travel plans.
This practice, which was ended in Arizona earlier this month, has now been terminated all along the southern border.
However, Teresa Cavendish, director of operations at Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, which works with recent migrants released from custody, said she was skeptical that ICE had previously been doing extensive pre-coordinated travel, based on their experiences with migrants.
Her organization, which has assisted in coordinating temporary lodging and services for hundreds of families in Arizona this month, said the message from ICE was “don’t stand down,” in anticipation that the caravan could arrive in their state, she said.
“There continues to be uncertainty and nobody quite knows what we will be called upon to do if the migrant caravan arrives,” she said.
“After decades of inaction by Congress, the government remains severely constrained in its ability to detain and promptly remove families with no legal basis to remain in the U.S. As a result, family units continue to cross the border at high volumes and are likely to continue to do so, as they face no consequence for their actions,” said Rodriguez in a statement to CNN.
There are no signs that the number of families attempting to cross illegally is slowing down.
At the end of fiscal year 2018, families and unaccompanied minors accounted for about 51 percent of the apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley, compared with about 64 percent so far in October, the DHS official said.
Families entering the US illegally “have really, really skyrocketed,” said the official on Thursday.
The total number of apprehensions in October in the Rio Grande Valley, which accounts for 40 percent of all illegal crossings, is also expected to surpass September, according to the official.
Wednesday, there were 870 US Border Patrol apprehensions in the sector. Apprehensions are used by Border Patrol as a measure of illegal crossings.
The number of families illegally crossing also increased in October from September in the Yuma sector of Arizona, where hundreds of families have been released from immigration custody in recent weeks, according to Vincent Dulesky, special operations supervisor for the Border Patrol’s Yuma sector.
In Yuma, the spike forced ICE to set up temporary processing at the Border Patrol facilities last week to speed it up, said Dulesky. Migrants who cross illegally are processed by Border Patrol and turned over to ICE for further immigration proceedings, such as expedited removal or release pending a court date.
Dulesky said that in Yuma, families are climbing the border fence and in many cases sustaining injuries, which requires additional manpower from Border Patrol. The surge in Arizona has “become a huge strain” on the resources of the NGOs and religious community, which helps recently released migrants transition to destinations throughout the US.
“It’s kind of like an unfunded humanitarian crisis,” said Dulesky.