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DHS docs reveal where Biden admin is flying paroled migrants

EXCLUSIVE: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data is revealing the more than 45 cities in the U.S. that hundreds of thousands of migrants have flown into via a controversial parole program for four nationalities — with the vast majority entering the U.S. via airports in Florida.

During an eight-month period from January through August 2023, roughly 200,000 migrants flew into the U.S. via the program. Of those, 80% of them, (161,562) arrived in the state of Florida in four cities: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Bay, according to DHS data obtained via a subpoena by the House Homeland Security Committee and provided to Fox News.

The policy was first announced for Venezuelans in October 2022, which allowed a limited number to fly or travel directly into the U.S. as long as they had not entered illegally, had a sponsor in the U.S. already, and passed certain biometric and biographical vetting. The program does not itself facilitate flights, and migrants are responsible for their own travel.

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In January 2023, the administration announced that the program was expanding to include Haitians, Nicaraguans and Cubans and that the program would allow up to 30,000 people per month into the U.S. It allows for migrants to receive work permits and a two-year authorization to live in the U.S. and was announced alongside an expansion of Title 42 expulsions to include those nationalities. By the end of February 2024, more than 400,000 nationals have arrived under the parole program, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently said the program is a “safe and orderly way to reach the United States” and has “led to a reduction in numbers of those nationalities.”

“It is a key element of our efforts to address the unprecedented level of migration throughout our hemisphere, and other countries around the world see it as a model to tackle the challenge of increased irregular migration that they too are experiencing,” Mayorkas said.

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The top 15 cities migrants flew into during the eight-month window are:

1) Miami, Florida: 91,821

2) Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: 60,461

3) New York City, New York: 14,827

4) Houston, Texas: 7,923

5) Orlando, Florida: 6,043

6) Los Angeles, California: 3,271

7) Tampa, Florida: 3,237

8) Dallas, Texas: 2,256

9) San Francisco, California: 2,052

10) Atlanta, Georgia: 1,796

11) Newark, New Jersey: 1,498

12) Washington, D.C.: 1,472

13) Chicago, Illinois: 496

14) Las Vegas, Nevada: 483

15) Austin, Texas: 171

DHS also revealed in the subpoena response that as of October 2023, there were about 1.6 million applicants waiting for DHS approval to fly to the U.S. via the parole program.

DHS said in its subpoena response, “All individuals paroled into the United States are, by definition, inadmissible, including those paroled under the CHNV processes.”

Homeland Security Committee Chair Mark Green, argues that the program exceeds parole powers put in place by Congress. The authority is to be used on a “case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.”

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“These documents expose the egregious lengths Secretary Mayorkas will go to ensure inadmissible aliens reach every corner of the country, from Orlando and Atlanta to Las Vegas and San Francisco,” he said in a statement. “Secretary Mayorkas’ CHNV parole program is an unlawful sleight of hand used to hide the worsening border crisis from the American people. Implementing a program that allows otherwise inadmissible aliens to fly directly into the U.S. — not for significant public benefit or urgent humanitarian reasons as the Immigration and Nationality Act mandates — has been proven an impeachable offense.” 

He then made reference to the House’s efforts to impeach Mayorkas. The chamber impeached him, but the Senate has not held a trial on the articles.

“Following our subpoena and the House’s impeachment vote — especially in light of the Senate’s complete failure to fulfill its duty to hold a trial — the Committee will not rest until this administration is finally held accountable for its open-borders agenda and its devastating impact on our homeland security,” he said.

Green’s arguments against the program have been echoed in a lawsuit by multiple states, who have sued to block the program. The 20 states argued that it “amounts to the creation of a new visa program that allows hundreds of thousands of aliens to enter the United States who otherwise have no basis for doing so.”

The lawsuit was struck down by a district judge, but states have appealed. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has repeatedly said it is confident the lawsuit will ultimately be successful.

“Biden’s parole program is unlawful, and constitutes an abuse of constitutional authority. Florida is currently suing Biden to shut it down, and we believe that we will prevail,” press secretary Jeremy Redfern told Fox News. 

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DHS has said that those who enter the U.S. under the program undergo and clear a “robust security vetting” as well as other eligibility criteria. 

“These processes are publicly available online, and DHS has been providing regular updates on their use to the public. These processes are part of the administration’s strategy to combine expanded lawful pathways with stronger consequences to reduce irregular migration, and have kept hundreds of thousands of people from migrating irregularly,” a spokesperson told Fox News Digital this month.

Trump accuses judge of ‘rigging’ 2024 election following gag order ruling

Former President Trump accused the judge presiding over his trial in Manhattan of “rigging” the 2024 election after ruling the 45th president violated a gag order stemming from the case.

“This Judge has taken away my Constitutional Right to FREE SPEECH. I am the only Presidential Candidate in History to be GAGGED,” Trump wrote Tuesday on Truth Social. 

“This whole ‘Trial’ is RIGGED, and by taking away my FREEDOM OF SPEECH, THIS HIGHLY CONFLICTED JUDGE IS RIGGING THE PRESIDENTIAL OF 2024 ELECTION. ELECTION INTERFERENCE!!!” Trump continued

Earlier Tuesday, Judge Juan Merchan ruled Trump violated a gag order that bans him from speaking publicly about witnesses and family members of court officials. The judge ruled Trump violated the order on nine separate occasions in social media posts, with each violation resulting in a $1,000 fine. Trump was ordered to pay $9,000 for violating the gag order. 

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Following the ruling, Trump removed the social media posts found in violation of the order from his Truth Social account. Merchan’s ruling comes after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office accused Trump of violating the order 14 times since it was imposed last month.

Merchan detailed in the order that if Trump carries out “continued willful violations” of the gag order, he could face “incarceratory punishment” if “necessary and appropriate.”

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Trump has repeatedly railed against the gag order, calling the case overall a “scam” promoted by the Biden administration and saying the gag order has stripped him of the ability to defend himself against accusations in the case.

“We have a gag order, which to me is totally unconstitutional. I’m not allowed to talk, but people are allowed to talk about me. So, they can talk about me,” Trump said outside the New York City courtroom last week. “They can say whatever they want, they can lie, but I’m not allowed to say anything. I just have to sit back and look at why a conflicted judge has ordered me to have [a] gag order,” Trump said in comments outside the courtroom last week. 

Trump on Tuesday morning called on Merchan to recuse himself from the case, citing again that he’s “conflicted.”

“This is a hoax. This is a judge who is conflicted – badly, badly, badly conflicted. I’ve never seen a judge so conflicted and giving us virtually no rulings,” Trump said outside the courtroom before the trial kicked off its ninth day.

“I’m going to sit in the freezing cold icebox for eight hours, nine hours or so. They took me off the campaign trail. But the good news is my poll numbers are the highest it’s ever been. So, at least we’re getting the word out. And everybody knows this trial is a scam. It’s a scam. The judge should be recused; that he should recuse himself today, he should recuse himself today. And maybe he will,” Trump said.

The former president had previously cited Merchan’s daughter and her work as a political consultant for Democrat politicians as a reason the judge is “conflicted.”

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In Merchan’s ruling regarding the gag order on Tuesday, the judge lamented not being able to fine Trump more than $1,000 per violation. He wrote in the order that it would be “preferable” if the court “could impose a fine more commensurate with the wealth of the contemnor.”

“In some cases that might be a $2,500 fine, in other cases it might be a fine of $150,000. Because this Court is not cloaked with such discretion, it must therefore consider whether in some instances, jail may be a necessary punishment,” he wrote, highlighting again that Trump could face time behind bars if he continues violating the order.

Trump is on trial for 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. He has pleaded not guilty to each charge and slammed the case as a “witch hunt” and “scam.”

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The NY v. Trump case focuses on Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, paying former pornographic actor Stormy Daniels $130,000 to allegedly quiet her claims of an alleged extramarital affair she had with the then-real estate tycoon in 2006. Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels.

Prosecutors allege that the Trump Organization reimbursed Cohen and fraudulently logged the payments as legal expenses. Prosecutors are working to prove that Trump falsified records with the intent to commit or conceal a second crime, which is a felony, in violation of a New York law called “conspiracy to promote or prevent election.”

Atheist and socialist actor bashes the Bible, religion in harsh commentary

“Succession” actor Brian Cox gave a harsh assessment of religion and its impact on the world in a new wide-ranging interview out this week.

In a new episode of The Starting Line podcast, the Scottish actor, who is a self-professed atheist and socialist, argued that religion has sold humans a false story about reality and contributed to their own “stupidity.”

“Human beings are so f—d,  basically… because they’re so stupid,” he said.

Religion has “led us into all kinds of horror,” he went on to say, referencing the Holocaust and the wars in Ukraine and Gaza. “The same things are being repeated again and again in belief systems which do not serve,” he said.

The actor claimed the conflict in the Middle East is “never going to go away,” because it is fueled by these faulty systems which hurt both Muslims and Jews.

Lamenting the lives lost in the conflict, he added, “People are so stupid… and they cannot see the writing on the wall.”

The problem with religion is that it shields humans from examining how they are contributing to society’s problems, he argued. 

“It’s all about this notion of God, the idea that there’s a God that takes care of us all. There’s no such thing, doesn’t happen, that’s not what it’s about. It’s about us, and we don’t examine ourselves nearly enough. We don’t look at who we are. We’re always looking outside of ourselves, instead of looking inside ourselves,” he explained of humanity’s relationship with religion.

He also criticized the Bible as “one of the worst books ever.” 

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He pointed to the creation account of Adam and Eve in scripture to complain that “propaganda” from the religious text has contributed to a “patriarchal” society.

“Because it starts with the idea that Adam’s rib – you know that [from] Adam’s rib, this woman was created, and they’ll believe it because they’re stupid enough.”

“It is not the truth, it’s a mythology,” he continued. “We’ve created that idea of God, and we’ve created it as a control issue, and it’s also a patriarchal issue… and it’s essentially patriarchal – we haven’t given enough scope to the matriarchy.”

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Humans simply haven’t “evolved” to the point where we look inside ourselves to deal with our problems rather than trying to solve our problems with religion, he argued.

The “Succession” star explained how he’s found more answers to life’s questions through acting. He explained that he believes the “one true church” to be the theater because it “is the church of humanity.”

“It’s people dealing with… those false gods we create for ourselves and the notion of the word God anyway, is a conceit. It’s a terrible conceit that we don’t really acknowledge.”

Omar refuses to answer Fox News reporter’s question about ‘pro-genocide’ Jews remark

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, shushed Fox News congressional correspondent Aishah Hasnie while attempting to press her about her recent comments about “pro-genocide” Jews. 

Hasnie approached Omar as the “Squad” member was stepping out of a car and on her way to a presser.

“Congresswoman, do you regret the comments that you’ve made about Jewish students being pro-genocide?” Hasnie asked, which Omar ignored. 

“Do you believe that there are demonstrators out there that are pro-genocide?” Hasnie followed. Again, Omar avoided the question. 

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Hasnie then asked, “Would you care to elaborate on those comments?”

Omar immediately shushed Hasnie and waved her hand in the correspondent’s face as she kept walking. 

Omar has been facing intense backlash in recent days for comments she made last week while visiting Columbia University’s anti-Israel encampment.  

She was asked by FOX 5 New York to comment on the growing antisemitism Jewish students are facing on college campuses. 

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“So I met a lot of Jewish students who were in the encampment,” Omar responded. “And I think it is really unfortunate that people don’t care about the fact that all Jewish kids should be kept safe and that we should not have to tolerate antisemitism or bigotry for all Jewish students whether they are pro-genocide or anti-genocide.”

Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamationl League, condemned the comments as “patently false and a blood libel’ suggest any Jewish student is “pro-genocide.” 

“It is gaslighting to impute that Jewish people are somehow at fault for being harassed and menaced with signs and slogans literally calling for their own extermination,” Greenblatt wrote on X. “It is abhorrent that a sitting member of Congress would slander an entire group of young people in such a cold, calculated manner. This is how people get killed.”

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Omar was also called out by her own Democratic colleague, Florida Rep. Jared Moskowitz, who accused her of “pouring gasoline” on the growing antisemitism.

“We have members in this body pouring gasoline on that by saying Jews fall into two buckets: pro-genocide and anti-genocide,” Moskowitz said on MSNBC earlier in the day. “I mean, I got I got a ten-year-old and seven-year-old Jewish children, I don’t know if they’re pro-genocide or anti-genocide. I guess I’ll talk to them about that.”

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Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., is reportedly threatening to level a censure against Omar, calling her comments “wrong.”

“Folks can protest Israel, but don’t blame Jewish-American students for Israel. That is by definition anti-Semitism,” Bacon told Axios

Fox News’ Alba Cuebas-Fantauzzi contributed to this report. 

New details in case of teen military hopeful found dead on side of the road

A medical examiner’s report concluded that the manner of death is still not known after a 19-year-old Oklahoma teen was found dead and wearing nothing but his shoes along a highway on Labor Day 2023.

Noah Presgrove was found dead along a rural stretch of US-81 in Jefferson County on Labor Day in 2023. He was last seen alive at a party he attended with a group of friends that night, but nearly a year later, the family says that no one has come forward and told them how he ended up dead, along the highway.

Presgrove had recently graduated from high school, three months early, with plans to enlist in the military alongside his cousin. 

The medical examiner released the autopsy results to the Presgrove family on Monday, which the family shared with Fox News Digital.

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“In consideration of the circumstances surrounding the death, autopsy examination, and toxicology result, the death of Noah Alexander Nichols is due to multiple blunt force injuries. The decedent was found naked wearing only a pair of shoes on the side of a highway on the morning of September 4, 2023. There were no vehicle parts or debris observed on the scene. At this time, what transpired on how the body was found on the road having multiple blunt force injuries is unknown. Therefore, the manner of death is deemed undetermined,” the report read. 

The report also said that investigators determined Presgrove died from “multiple blunt force injuries.” 

“Further investigation revealed that the decedent was at a house party and drinking on September 3, 2023. Then he rode an ATV ranger vehicle with several men that had a roll over incident. The decedent was alive following the incident and returned to the party where he got into an argument with his girlfriend. The decedent left the house party and was not found until the morning of September 4, 2023, on the side of the highway,” the report continued.

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Madison Rawlings, Noah’s sister, told Fox News Digital that the report’s finding does not add up.

“I’m not sure who the girl he is ‘supposedly’ arguing with. That is a question I reached out about with the medical examiner,” Rawlings said. 

When the death was first reported, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation described Presgrove’s death as “suspicious.”

A spokesperson for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, who have taken over the investigation, told Fox News Digital that the investigation is ongoing and that they do not have any information they can share on this case.

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“At the end of the day, what we know is that he lost his life,” Lindsay Fowler, one of Noah’s cousins told KFOR. “He was found on the side of the highway. And it appears that he was dumped there and someone knows what happened. And we want to know what happened.”

Barbra Streisand slammed after publicly asking actress personal question

If you’ve ever regretted a social media post, you’re not alone. Barbra Streisand is in the same boat.

The star made an awkward flub on Instagram, asking actress Melissa McCarthy a rather personal question in a very public forum. 

McCarthy posted photos with director Adam Shankman from an event she attended in celebration of choreographer and director Matthew Bourne. She looked stunning in a mint green tulle dress. 

MELISSA MCCARTHY SAYS ‘BLOOD DRAINED OUT’ OF HER WHEN INTERVIEWER ASKED ABOUT HER ‘TREMENDOUS SIZE’

In a since-deleted comment, Streisand, 82, wrote, “Give him my regards did you take Ozempic?” referring to the FDA approved Type 2 diabetes medication that is now frequently used for weight loss.

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The bluntness of the question generated immediate conversation online, with many users chalking this up to user error on Streisand’s part. Some believed that the “Funny Girl” actress had meant to ask McCarthy about her weight in a private message.

“I feel like this was meant to be a [direct message],” one user suggested. “Does Babs know that we can all see that?” someone asked. “Babs giving major boomer energy here,” another claimed.

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Some teased Streisand for her mistake, writing, “Take the iPad away from Babs immediately!” and “Barbra! You can’t just ask people if they take ozempic!”

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However, others were furious with Streisand’s remarks. “Yikes to everyone saying it should be a private message, this is an inside thought that doesn’t make it to the outside,” one person commented. “She’s an old lady. Old ladies say mean things,” another said. 

“Melissa has lost weight before. This was just a cruel comment. Weird,” a user wrote.

With all the attention her comment received, Streisand found it necessary to acknowledge her blunder. 

“OMG – I went on Instagram to see the photos we’d posted of the beautiful flowers I’d received for my birthday! Below them was a photo of my friend Melissa McCarthy who I sang with on my Encore album,” she wrote on her Instagram Story. “She looked fantastic! I just wanted to pay her a compliment. I forgot the world is reading!”

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McCarthy has not shied away from speaking about her fluctuating weight before. People within the industry have previously made cruel remarks about McCarthy’s size.

“I’ve been every size in the world. Parts of my 20s, I was in great shape, but I didn’t appreciate it. If I was a 6 or an 8, I thought, ‘Why aren’t I a 2 or a 4?'” she told Us Weekly many years ago. “Now I feel like I have two great kids and the dreamiest husband on the planet, and everything else is just a work in progress.”

A representative for McCarthy did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

First look at devastation in wake of deadly Charlotte shootout

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — New photos taken by Fox News Digital show the devastation left in the wake of the deadly shootout in Charlotte, North Carolina, that left four law enforcement officers dead and four others injured.

The brick home was badly damaged in the gunfight. Photos show the entire front of the home busted open, exposing the inside. Debris is scattered all throughout the front yard. 

The shootout happened Monday afternoon. It began when a U.S. Marshals Task Force attempted to serve a warrant for firearm possession by a convicted felon. Police said suspect Terry Clark Hughes Jr., 39, opened fire on officers from the second floor of the Galway Drive home. He also fired at officers from the front and back of the house. Hughes died at the scene, police said.

Officials said more than 100 rounds were fired in the shootout. Law enforcement, including 12 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) officers returned fire at the house. 

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Investigators told Fox News Digital that they are still sorting through evidence at the scene.

So far, investigators have discovered an AR-15 rifle, a 40-caliber handgun, ammo and magazines in the residence after they responded to the scene.

The four fallen officers have been identified as Deputy U.S. Marshal Thomas M. Weeks Jr; North Carolina Department of Adult Correction (NCDAC) Officers Sam Poloche and William “Alden” Elliot, who were members of a USMS Fugitive Task Force; and CMPD Officer Joshua Eyer.

Officer Christopher Tolley, an 18-year CMPD veteran, underwent surgery. He was in stable condition, CMPD said.

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Officer Michael Giglio, a 3-year CMPD veteran, was treated for gunshot wound injuries at the hospital and released Monday.

Officer Jack Blowers has been with CMPD for one year. He was also treated for gunshot wound injuries at the hospital and was discharged Monday.

Officer Justin Campbell has been with CMPD since 2023. He was treated for a broken foot and was released Monday, CMPD said.

During a press conference on Tuesday, CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings gave an emotional update.

CHARLOTTE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO DIED IN SHOOTOUT IDENTIFIED: ‘FOREVER INDEBTED’

“What I’ll say is that our system is not completely where it needs to be, but… I really think we’re overwhelmed. We’re overwhelmed in the court system. Our district attorney is overwhelmed with the docket that we see within Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and I don’t have an answer for that,” Jennings said.

Jennings said it is unclear if the gunshots came from more than one suspect, and police are still working to determine if there was a second shooter and whether any additional charges will be filed.

CHARLOTTE RESIDENTS SHOCKED AFTER 4 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DIE, 4 OTHERS INJURED IN SHOOTOUT

Two female persons of interest — including one 17-year-old juvenile — who were in the house at the time of the shooting were taken into custody Monday afternoon and are fully cooperating with police. 

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“As more and more comes out about this incident, not only when you see how brave they were,” USMS Director Ron Davis said Tuesday. “You will see examples of their courage and bravery. Let there be no mistake. They represent the best of us. They are truly America’s finest, and it’s just an honor to serve with them.”

Walmart launches new food brand with most products under $5

Walmart announced Tuesday that it is launching its largest private food brand in decades to lure in more cost-conscious shoppers.

The brand, Bettergoods, will encompass 300 items including frozen, dairy, snacks, beverages, pasta, soups, coffee and chocolate, the Arkansas-based retailer said. 

All the items will cost between $2 and $15; “most products” will be priced under $5, Walmart said.

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To set itself apart, Walmart touted that Bettergoods isn’t a direct alternative to national brand offerings but rather “unique” to Walmart, including specialty salts and seasonings, like Hot Honey Seasoning, or jar soups, including our Creamy Corn Jalapeno Chowder. 

The company already has two private labels, Great Value and Equate, which are lower-cost alternatives to national brand products. 

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told analysts on an earnings call in February that “private brand penetration is up in many of the countries where we operate, including the United States.”

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Mary Ellen Lynch, principal of Center Store Solutions at Circana, reported that private brands are increasingly capturing market share from name brands.

“This trend is driven by consumers, particularly those with children, as well as millennial and Gen X households without children, who are strategically employing a variety of methods to stretch their dollars amid high inflation,” Lynch said in a March report. 

To underscore this, private brands gained share over name brands, rising from 24.7% in 2022 to 25.5% last year, according to Circana data.

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Walmart’s move comes shortly after Target launched its cheapest brand to date. It’s called “dealworthy,” and it comes as households continue to feel constrained by the high cost of goods.  

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Target Executive Vice President Rick Gomez said the brand “will not only appeal to our current guests but position us to attract even more new shoppers to Target.” 

Home Depot’s 12-foot skeleton sells out online six months before Halloween

It’s officially halfway to Halloween and some stores are offering decor way ahead of the spooky season.

Home Depot has restocked its viral 12-foot tall skeleton and other Halloween decorations, but a limited amount are available and many items are already sold out.

“We are happy to see the customers’ reactions and enthusiasm for the Halfway to Halloween and #CodeOrange event…we are excited to lean into it and enjoy the fandom alongside them,” Tyler Pelfrey, manager of brand communications for Home Depot, told Fox Business via email.

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“Our Halfway to Halloween sale is for our most dedicated customers, the Halloween super fans. For them, building upon their Halloween collection isn’t a seasonal task, it is a year-round journey,” he added.

Customers were given a heads-up about “#CodeOrange” on Home Depot’s social media platforms, where many users shared thoughts about the early Halloween sale as it was announced six months ahead of the ghoulish holiday.

“It isn’t even summer yet! Slow your roll!” one social media user commented.

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“If we can have Christmas in July, a little Springoween won’t hurt,” another person wrote in response.

Skelly, the 12-foot tall skeleton, has made headlines since its launch four years ago.

“Finally I can purchase Skelly, waited 3 years for this,” one user wrote.

“refresh page every minute after the clock strikes midnight. If I don’t snag a Skelly this year I will lose it,” another commented.

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Pelfrey said that he and his team knew that Skelly, Skelly’s dog, as well as the Deadwood Inferno Skeleton and Frankenstein’s Monster would be hot items ahead of Halloween.

“Since his debut in 2020, Skelly and his friends have been growing in popularity, and we wanted to give our customers multiple opportunities to get their hands on these innovative items,” Pelfrey added.

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Due to the skeleton’s rising popularity, Home Depot has launched more giant holiday decorations — including the 5-foot-tall, 7-foot-long skeleton dog.

After the home improvement store went live with the “Halfway to Halloween” event, customers were doing everything they could to get their hands on hot-ticket items, according to comments posted on Home Depot’s Instagram account.

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“I did it! I got the skeleton. I was half asleep when doing it since I was waking up every hour since 2am but I finally got the damn skeleton for my brother. Praise up! Lol,” one social media user commented on Instagram.

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“Been up all night refreshing my phone for Frank! Got him,” another person wrote in reference to the 7-foot Frankenstein’s Monster.

Several users were apparently not able to grab hold of the viral skeleton or other larger-than-life Halloween decor, and some even requested that Home Depot re-stock some items.

“The dog sold out in 2 mins!!! I’m bummed I was filling out my address and then all the sudden couldn’t complete bc it was gone,” one disappointed user wrote.

“Dear @homedepot however many Skelly Dog’s you are planning on having for Halloween- triple it. Trust me,” a user commented.

Other retailers such as Target and Lowe’s have Halloween decorations currently for sale online. Vendors like Spirit Halloween, Amazon and halloweencostumes.com list similar items all year round.

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