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Coyotes promise migrants cushy travel to border — then leave them for dead

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EL PASO, TEXAS — They are the “worst travel agents” on Earth.

The human smugglers or coyotes who charge up to $15,000 per migrant to bring them thousands of miles through Central America and Mexico promise comfortable rides in air-conditioned buses and stays in clean hotels.

They also tell them that the Biden administration is giving out “free amnesty” to migrants, Border Patrol agents told The Post.

Coyotes also lie to migrants, some of them traveling from as far away as Haiti or Turkey, about the distance they have to travel when they leave them at the frontier between Mexico and the US, said Border Patrol agents in El Paso Sector last week.

The coyotes, also known as “polleros” or chicken herders, have abandoned unaccompanied children as young as 3 years old in scorching scrubland where rattlesnakes and actual coyotes roam.

Sometimes they hoist the migrants by rope or metal ladders over fences as high as 30 feet, encouraging them to jump into rushing canals and the bulging Rio Grande, where water levels have risen after recent monsoons, according to Border Patrol agents in the area.

Bracelets used by 'coyote' people smugglers and inscribed with the names of immigrants who crossed illegally from Mexico to the US to seek asylum are discarded near the Rio Grande river at the border city of Roma, Texas.
Bracelets used by ‘coyote’ people smugglers and inscribed with the names of immigrants who crossed illegally from Mexico to the US to seek asylum are discarded near the Rio Grande river at the border city of Roma, Texas.
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After midnight on July 1, coyotes abandoned five unaccompanied children from Guatemala near the Ysleta port of entry in southeastern El Paso. The children, aged 14 to 17, became stranded in the rushing waters of the Rio Grande, and were all in danger of drowning, according to the El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents who pulled them out of the water.

“It just shows you how callous these cartel guys are,” said agent Richard Barragan. “They get their money and they don’t care if you live or die.”

The US Border Patrol in the Southwest region, which includes Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, participated in 10,275 rescues in fiscal year 2021, compared to 5,071 the previous year. Migrants deaths increased to 383 in 2021 from 253 the year before.

Smugglers use a raft to transport migrant families and children across the Rio Grande River into the United States from Mexico in Penitas, Texas.
Most smugglers are affiliated with the Sinaloa and La Linea drug cartels, based in Ciudad Juarez.
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Overall, nearly 209,000 migrants were encountered crossing the border last month, a 317 percent increase over August 2020, according to a report. Meanwhile, a mushrooming number of migrants — more than 10,000 and counting — have gathered this week under the Del Rio International Bridge awaiting asylum.

Coyotes rarely prepare migrants for the harrowing journey that often lasts several weeks. Brenda Montoya, 21, arrived from the impoverished state of Chiapas in southern Mexico. She crossed the border at Sunland Park, NM, on Sept. 1 and tearfully told a Post reporter that she had barely eaten anything during her two-week journey.

“It’s been really difficult,” she said. Montoya, a single mother, was handcuffed by Border Patrol agents after she tried to evade capture three times during the predawn raid. She was hoping to join family in Houston, but has run out of money, she said.

Like most migrants interviewed by The Post, she said she had made the journey on her own. Border Patrol agents say that the coyotes tell their charges to lie about their participation when they are questioned about the journey.

Border Patrol agents now carry personal flotation devices in their vehicles to save migrants from drowning, Barragan told The Post. They also increasingly rely on helicopters to fly into remote, mountainous areas to save migrants in distress. In June, helicopter pilots from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air Marine Operations in El Paso rescued a woman suffering from “a heat-related injury” in a remote area near Sierra Blanca, 87 miles southeast of El Paso. The unidentified woman, who was “unresponsive” when medics arrived on the scene was among a group of 30 migrants.

In April, Border Patrol agents rescued an 8-year-old boy abandoned in New Mexico “walking aimlessly through the desert by himself,” according to a Border Patrol statement.

Using lookouts stationed on the Mexican side of mountains in the region, smugglers study the movements of Border Patrol agents. They wait for pre-dawn shift changes to push migrants over border walls. Most smugglers are affiliated with the Sinaloa and La Linea drug cartels, based in Ciudad Juarez, Border Patrol agents told The Post.

US border patrol agents stand opposite a man believed to be a 'coyote', people smuggler, on the banks of the Mexican side of the Rio Grande river.
US border patrol agents stand opposite a man believed to be a ‘coyote’, people smuggler, on the banks of the Mexican side of the Rio Grande river.
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“They encourage them [migrants] to break bones, and in many cases it’s fatal,” said El Paso Border Patrol Sector Chief Gloria Chavez, who has been active in creating Border Patrol social media campaigns warning migrants in Central America and Mexico about the dangers of the journey to the US border. There have been 31 deaths in FY 2021 compared with 10 deaths last year in the El Paso Sector.

“There is no way you can cross Mexico without paying off a cartel,” said Landon Hutchens, a spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection in El Paso. “The coyotes are the worst travel agents in the world, and they have no regard for human life.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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