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Humanitarian crisis at U.S. southern border



Southern states along America’s border inundated with influx of illegal migrants and declare, ‘humanitarian crisis’

Since Vice President Kamala Harris won’t visit the border—Texas Gov. Gregg Abbot brought the border to her.

On Thursday morning, two busses carrying dozens of migrants arrived near the vice president’s residence in Washington, D.C.

Many journalists and media outlets followed the busses and caught up with some of the migrants.

One man who entered illegally said about America’s southern border, “it’s open not closed. The border is open. Everybody [illegal migrants] believe that it’s open. It’s open because we enter, we come in free.”

Gov. Abbot, a Republican has been busing migrants to “sanctuary cities” like New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. in an effort to lighten the load that border-towns have been dealing with—calling the influx a true modern-day humanitarian crisis.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has also joined the Texas governor. He chartered two flights and sent migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. DeSantis said, “we are not a sanctuary state and it’s better to be able to go to the sanctuary jurisdiction—and yes, we will help facilitate that transport for you to be able to go to greener pastures.”

Gov. DeSantis went on to say, “all those people in D.C. and New York were beating their chest when Trump was president saying they were so proud to be sanctuary jurisdiction saying how bad it was to have a secure border.”

He added, “the minute even a small fraction of what those border towns deal with every day is brought to their front door—they all of a sudden go berserk and they’re so upset that this is happening, and it just shows you, you know, they’re virtue signaling is a fraud.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre weighed in on the tense situation saying, “they [illegal migrants] deserve better than being left on the streets of D.C. or being left in Martha’s Vineyard they deserve a lot better than that.”

Many non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) are aiding in providing shelter, food and additional resources for the migrants.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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“TikTok represents two national risks to Australians”: should you delete the app?



Democracies continue to ban popular video-sharing app TikTok over national security concerns

Australia recently banned TikTok from all federal government owned devices over security concerns.

Canberra is the latest in a string of U.S.-backed allies to take action against the popular video-sharing app.

The ban centres around concerns China could use the app to trace users’ data, and undermine democratic values.

Senator James Paterson is the Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security, who said TikTok poses a risk to Australians.

“They can get access to awful amount of information on your phone.

“Because it’s beholden to the Chinese Communist Party, there’s no guarantee it won’t fall into their hands,” he said.

Senator Paterson said there are “six or seven million Australians who use the app.”

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Cyber attacks are on the rise, so what is being done to combat them?



Australia experienced two of its worst cyber attacks on record last year, as the world braces for cyber warfare to rise

Ukraine has suffered a threefold growth in cyber-attacks over the past year.

Viktor Zhora is leading Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection agency, who said cyber attacks are occurring at the same time as missile strikes at the hands of Russia.

Mr Zhora said in some cases, the cyber-attacks are “supportive to kinetic effects”.

On the other side of the planet, Russian hackers were responsible for Australia’s Medibank scandal.

“This is a crime that has the potential to impact on millions of Australians and damage a significant Australian business,” said Reece Kershaw, who is the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.

Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security is James Paterson, who said Australia can learn from cyber warfare in Ukraine.

“Ukraine is a lesson for the world.

“They are fighting a hybrid war, one on the ground and one online. If there is to be future conflict including in our own region, in the Indo-Pacific, it’s highly likely that the first shots in that war will occur cyber domain not in the physical world,” Senator Paterson said.

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America focused on “dominance, leadership and primacy” in China spat



Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr says the United States relationship with China is focused on dominance, leadership and primacy.

“Mind your own business” – it’s the stinging message to the West from China’s defence minister.

Li Shangfu told a security conference that China has “one of the best peace records” among major countries.

He lashed out at the so-called rules-based system. Asking – “who made the rules?”

The world is watching China amidst heightened international anxiety.

But while China’s Defence minister says Beijing’s preference is “peaceful unification” with Taiwan, he added that China will never “promise to renounce the use of force.”

Delegates from the Philippines, Vietnam, the Netherlands, the United States and Germany asked about the “apparent disconnect between China’s words and actions”.

But in some of those countries, there is growing concern about America’s increasing level of unpredictability.

Australia’s former Foreign minister Bob Carr is concerned that Canberra had mismanaged the relationship with America under successive governments. #featured #world #china

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