Here we go again. Another caravan of 1,200 or so illegal immigrants is snaking its way from Guatemala through Mexico to our southern border. They are getting sneakier as well… this time to avoid Mexican authorities, they came over the Mexico-Guatemala border as individuals first and then formed a caravan in the Mexican border town of Tapachula.
The migrants are “from Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Cuba,” according to reports along the border. Tensions are already sky-high on the Mexico-U.S. border and this is not going to make it any better. However, the Pentagon did approve $1 billion in funding for 57 miles of “pedestrian fencing” in the Yuma and El Paso sectors. today. Trump already has the rest of his originally requested $5.7 billion in funds for the barrier in hand from other projects. This won’t stop these immigrants this time but it’s a move in the right direction.
The Pentagon transferring the funds to construct new barriers along parts of the southern border caused supporters of President Trump to celebrate the decision. “Christmas came early this week,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted late Monday in response.
Mexico has previously pledged to step up efforts and do all they can to intercept migrant caravans before they make it too far through the country, offering migrants headed to the United States temporary asylum within Mexico and accelerated access to work permits and the Mexican immigration system. Those efforts are either not materializing or are insufficient. Illegal immigrants are overrunning border towns while standing in line to declare asylum at Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico border checkpoints.
The vast number of migrants are also submitting so many asylum requests that border checkpoints have buckled under the weight of processing them. Officials with the El Paso Border Patrol sector revealed that they temporarily closed their highway checkpoints due to the record amount of asylum requests.
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) March 26, 2019
From The Daily Wire:
“News of this latest caravan comes the same day as the Department of Homeland Security reports a new surge in illegal immigrant arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border — an astounding peak of more than 20,000 illegal immigrant apprehensions in the month of March so far.
“Axios reports that the influx has been “driven by an influx of migrant families and unaccompanied children” (rather than mostly single, adult men looking for work, as it was a decade ago), mostly from Central America, and that, according to DHS officials, illegal alien interdiction has become so difficult, it’s almost as if there is no interdiction at all.
“At the moment, we have the closest thing to an open border that we’ve had,” one official told the national security newsmagazine.
“Last week, DHS reported that it expects to release more than 100,000 illegal immigrant asylum seekers into the United States pending their adjudication by an asylum court simply because the facilities in El Paso, Texas, and other major border crossings have become too crowded and the crush of individuals is putting both a strain on United States Customs and Border Patrol and the immigrant detainees themselves. In close quarters, diseases spread fast, and in the last month, several Texas CBP outposts have seen outbreaks of communicable illnesses like the mumps.
“The Daily Caller reports that “[t]he vast number of migrants are also submitting so many asylum requests that border checkpoints have buckled under the weight. Officials with the El Paso Border Patrol sector revealed that they temporarily closed their highway checkpoints due to the record amount of asylum requests.”
“In some cases, the Trump Administration is even enforcing a “hold in Mexico” policy, demanding that asylum seekers remain on the other side of the border until they can be processed.”
Another showdown is coming and this is only going to get worse until the wall is finished being built and security measures put in place to keep these people off U.S. soil until they follow our immigration laws. This is a national security issue… if the law was just imposed and the wall and security put on the border this would stop. It’s long past time. #WeBuildTheWall
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