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Vermont and Texas are the only two states that were once independent republics. That's now not the only thing they have in common.

The folks fly into Canada then trudge into Vermont and North Dakota. In 2023, compared to 2020, it's up five-fold and is on pace in 2024 to crush the 2023 numbers. Graph.

And like the new immigrants coming across the southern border, these folks appear to be well-funded. They're not poor and we're not even sure what they're yearning for. I don't know what Emma Lazarus would've thought of them:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Emma Lazarus, The New Colossus (1883)

Or what Lou Reed would've thought (chuckle):

Give me your hungry, your tired, your poor I'll piss on 'em
that's what the Statue of Bigotry says
Your poor huddled masses, let's club 'em to death
and get it over with and just dump 'em on the boulevard
Lou Reed, Dirty Boulevard (1989)
‘We’re So Sick of It’: Northern Border Crisis Gets Worse
Border Patrol apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the northern U.S. border have jumped from 916 in fiscal year 2021 to 10,021 in fiscal 2023.