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The Border Patrol Agent Who Threw Away His Badge
The chase was over. U.S. Border Patrol agent Brendan Lenihan had finally caught up with the group of undocumented migrants he’d been diligently tracking. Yet when he came face-to-face with the first man of the group in a remote stretch of the Las Guijas Mountains that marked the Arizona border with Sonora, Mexico, he didn’t arrest him. There was something in the man’s eyes, Lenihan told journalist and author Todd Miller in a dramatic scene detailed in Build Bridges Not Walls. Appearing at the midpoint of Miller’s book, the “open-hearted Border Patrol agent” is the centerpiece of Miller’s book.
Senior members of Jacinda Ardern's government believe they've hit the sweet spot with their border changes, which keep non-Kiwis out of New Zealand for another five months.
On Wednesday, the government released its border reopening plan, which will allow New Zealanders in Australia to sidestep quarantine from January 17.
Kiwis in other countries will follow suit in February, with foreigners allowed in from April 30.
However, there is no plan to allow anyone to walk from the airport into the community any time soon: all arrivals will still need to self-isolate for a week, making international tourism largely unfeasible.
EU should prepare for more migrant crises: border chief
The European Union should be prepared for more migrant crises like the ones on the Greece-Turkey and Poland-Belarus borders, the head of the EU's border agency told AFP in an interview. The EU accuses Belarus of deliberately bringing the migrants to the border as a way of putting pressure on the EU. Belarus denies this and says Poland should let them in. Leggeri said there were 25,000 Polish soldiers and border guards deployed in the area, as well as thousands more police.
The changes will mean New Zealand has some of the highest hurdles to entry of any developed country next year.
"I acknowledge that for some people yesterday's announcement didn't go fast enough and they'd like to see more and see it happen faster," COVID-19 Minister Chris Hipkins said.
"For other people, they are really nervous about what's going on.
"For most, they will just be pleased to have some certainty. They can get on and plan now even if the plan wasn't exactly the way they wanted it."
Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said protecting the health system had to be New Zealand's priority.
"The health system has done well coping with where the pandemic is at the moment. I'm sure it will continue to do so and that will open up opportunities in the future," he said.
A Border Cop Detained Me and Dished About the ‘Lunatic’ President of Belarus
KUZNICA, Poland—After a night filled with tear gas, water cannons and fireworks, Tomas, a tall, fair-haired Polish border guard, looked haggard. “None of us want to be doing this job,” he told The Daily Beast as he stood in a police station in the small Polish border town of Kuznica. His colleague, a short young woman with curly black hair, looks like she hasn't slept in days. “Everyone is exhausted,” she says, as she slumps her head forward. Over the past month, the quaint town—which is home to under 2,000 people—has been thrust into the center of a major geopolitical migrant crisis.
A number of trans-Tasman sporting competitions - including Super Rugby Pacific, the NBL and A-Leagues - were banking on the removal of self-isolation provisions, and are facing headaches.
"The rules are the rules ... that won't be changed for a particular group of people," Mr Robertson said.
The border changes had also had a huge impact on the number of Kiwis seeking out quarantine places.
On Thursday, a quarantine ballot drew fewer than 6000 applications - well down on demand for previous ballots, which often saw in tens of thousands of applicants.
New Zealand also suffered its 41st death of the pandemic and 178 new community cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.
Health officials reported the death of a Auckland City Hospital patient, aged in their late 50s, after three weeks in hospital.
The death is the 15th since the arrival of the Delta variant in August this year, which has provided around three-quarters of New Zealand's entire COVID-19 caseload.
The outbreak remains centred on Auckland - with 149 cases - which is into its 101st day of lockdown.
More than 150 migrants from several countries bypass incomplete border wall, cross illegally into US .
More than 150 migrants, including Albanians and more than a dozen Romanians, illegally crossed the border into America on Saturday morning. According to Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin, who was on the scene as border patrol agents worked to gather the migrants that crossed, the group, which included multiple minors, entered a spot in La Joya, Texas, after making the journey across the Rio Grande. Melugin reported that the "main chunk" of migrants who entered illegally Saturday morning were from South America, but noted that migrants from an array of areas were also included in the group.