Guatemala-Mexico Border: ‘Hostile and Aggressive’ Migrants Break Border Gate to Force Their Way into Mexico
A group of 350 migrants from Central America broke the locks on a gate at the Guatemala-Mexico border, and forced their way into Mexico to join a large caravan of 2,000 people who are headed to the US.
Mexican authorities said a group of about 350 migrants broke the
locks on a gate at the Guatemalan border Friday and forced their way
into southern Mexico to join a larger group of migrants trying to make
their way toward the United States.
The National Immigration Institute did not identify the nationalities
of the migrants, but they are usually from Central America.
A similar confrontation occurred on the same border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala last year.
The institute said the migrants were acting in a “hostile” and
“aggressive” way, and accused them of also attacking local police in
Metapa, a Mexican village that lies between the border and the nearby
city of Tapachula.
The group of 350 pushed past police guarding the bridge and joined a
larger group of about 2,000 migrants who are walking toward Tapachula in
the latest caravan to enter Mexico.
Claudia Jaqueline Sandoval, 43, from El Progreso, Honduras, was
walking toward Tapachula with her six-year-old daughter. Another son and
a daughter are already in the United States.
“I have been HIV positive for 16 years,” said Sandoval, but her
reason for going north was not just medical treatment. “It has been two
years since I heard from my son” in the United States, and money is
scarce, she said.
There are already several groups of migrants in the southern border
state of Chiapas who have expressed frustration at Mexico’s policy of
slowing or stopping the process of handing out humanitarian and exit
visas at the border.
Lauren Southern Meets with Human Traffickers in Greece and Morocco for Her Film, Borderless
su_note note_color=”#efe1a7″ text_color=”#00000″ radius=”5”] Lauren’s film crew met with Panos Moraitis, the founder of the Emergency Response Center International (ERCI), a high-profile NGO that assisted 55,000 immigrants to enter Europe. He was arrested on charges of espionage, trading state secrets, facilitating smuggling and human trafficking, money laundering and forgery.
Lauren also met with a Senegalese trafficker who helps people migrate from Morocco to Spain in boats. He said that migrants can pay 2,500 euros or more, and with 50 people on a boat, the smugglers can collect 125,000 euros per trip.[/su_note]
California Judge Block’s Trump’s Policy to Make Asylum Seekers Wait in Mexico While Their Cases Proceed
Judge Richard Seeborg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California blocked President Trump’s ‘Migrant Protection Protocols’ MPP policy that would have forced asylum seekers from Central America to wait in Mexico while their cases proceed. MPP was based on a decades-old law that says migrants who enter from a contiguous country can be returned there to wait out their deportation case, although the provision had never been used in the way the administration has applied it. The case will go to the leftist 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which could take a year an a half to litigate.
A U.S. judge on Monday halted the Trump administration’s policy of
sending some asylum seekers back across the southern border to wait out
their cases in Mexico, stopping a program the government planned to
expand to stem a recent flood of migrants.
ruling is slated to take effect on Friday, according to the order by
U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco. The preliminary
injunction will apply nationwide.
In a late night tweet, U.S.
President Donald Trump said, “A 9th Circuit Judge just ruled that Mexico
is too dangerous for migrants. So unfair to the U.S. OUT OF CONTROL!”
program was launched in January and was one of many policies aimed at
slowing rising numbers of immigrants arriving at the border, many of
them families from Central America, that swelled last month to the
highest in a decade.
Because of limits on how long children are
legally allowed to be held in detention, many of the families are
released to await U.S. immigration court hearings, a process that can
take years because of ballooning backlogs.
administration said last week it planned to expand the program of
sending some migrants to wait out their U.S. court dates in Mexican
border cities under a policy known as Migrant Protection Protocols, or
government argued MPP was needed because so many asylum seekers spend
years living in the United States and never appear for their court
hearings before their claim is denied and an immigration judge orders
them to be deported.
Seeborg said the Immigration and
Nationalization Act, however, does not authorize the government to
return asylum seekers to Mexico the way the government has applied it.
He also said the policy lacks safeguards to protect refugees from threats to their life or freedom.
Department data show that while the percentage of immigration court
cases completed “in absentia” – when the foreign citizen fails to show –
has risen in recent years, the majority of immigrants show up for their
A U.S. Department of Justice spokesman declined
to comment on Monday’s ruling. The White House did not immediately
respond to a request for comment.
The Mexican foreign ministry considers the ruling “an internal decision” of the United States, a spokesman said.
said the government shall permit the 11 plaintiffs in the case to enter
the United States beginning on Sunday. He said the government still
retained the right to detain the asylum-seekers pending the outcome of
The ruling can be appealed, and the government could seek a stay of the injunction until the appeals process runs its course.
Kirstjen Neilsen Resigns as Head of Department of Homeland Security – Replaced by Kevin McAleenan
Kirstjen Nielsen left her position as Director of Homeland Security amid a surge in migrants at the border, including children who are used to claim asylum under the Catch-and-Release loophole. She was heavily criticized and harassed for enforcing the separation of families at the border before the policy was changed. She has been replaced by Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection who served as its deputy commissioner under Obama. Trump currently has four other acting department advisors, including acting Secretary of Defense Partick Shanahan, acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, acting ICE Director Ronald Vitiello, and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
After Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation Sunday, Trump quickly announced he was naming McAleenan as acting secretary.
She reportedly resigned after a meeting with Trump, amid the president’s disappointment with continued problems at the southern border.
Nielsen, 46, had served as homeland security secretary since Dec. 6,
2017, succeeding her former boss, John Kelly, when he left the post to
become White House chief of staff.
Trump tapped McAleenan, 47, for the top post after his work enforcing
some of the administration’s more controversial policies, such as “zero
tolerance” for illegal immigrants crossing the border. The commissioner
also has supported a border wall and testified before Congress that
there is a crisis at the border.
Obama named McAleenan as acting deputy commissioner of customs and border protection in 2013, and he was sworn in as the permanent deputy role at DHS under Obama in 2015. The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed him as commissioner in March 2018 by a vote of 77-19.
Trump Abandons Resolve to Shut Down Border, Gives Mexico 1-Year Warning to Stop Illegal Flow of Drugs and Migrants!
Last week, President Trump changed his mind about closing the US border with Mexico to stop the flow of illegal drugs and migrants. Instead, he gave Mexico a ‘warning’ that, if it does not, on its own, fix the American border crisis, he will apply tariffs on cars from Mexico, which means Americans will pay the tariff in the form of higher prices. [Even the President’s strongest supporters are beginning to lose faith that any of his campaign promises will be kept in the long run.] -GEG
President Trump on Thursday said Mexico has one year to stop the flow
of illegal drugs and migrants over the border or he will slap tariffs
on the country’s cars — and then close the border.
“We want to give them a one-year warning and if the drugs don’t stop
or aren’t largely stopped, we’re going to put tariffs on Mexico and
products, in particular cars, the whole ball game is cars,” Trump told
“If that doesn’t work, we’re going to close the border,” he continued.
President Trump Issued First Veto Rejecting Bill to Block His Emergency Declaration on the Southern US Border
The president vetoed a bill blocking his emergency declaration. Twelve Republican Senators who objected to Trump’s emergency declaration include Lamar Alexander, Roy Blunt, Susan Collins, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey and Roger Wicker. Trump said that over a million illegal aliens were set to rush the Southern border, including a 2000% increase of migrants from Central America trying to claim asylum. In addition, there is not enough room to house the immigrants that come over the border. The US Congress refuses to pass legislation to change catch-and-release policies that allow illegal aliens to stay in the US while awaiting court hearings, in addition to allowing chain migration, birthright citizenship, visa lottery and unfair asylum policies to remain. Generous health and welfare benefits act as a magnet for immigration.
President Donald Trump vetoed a bill designed to block his emergency
declaration at the Southern Border on Friday, in a ceremony at the
“Today, I am vetoing this resolution,” Trump said. “Congress has the
freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it. And I’m
very proud to veto it.”
The president defied Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congressional Democrats, and the “dirty dozen” Senate Republicans who joined them by signing his veto in a public ceremony at the White House.
He described the Congressional attempt to stop him as a “dangerous” and “reckless” resolution that was “a vote against reality.”
Trump said that over a million illegal aliens were set to rush the
Southern border, including a 2000 percent increase of migrants from
Central America trying to claim asylum.
“The vast majority are rejected, but smuggling operations making a
tremendous amount of money, like they’ve never made before, are using
these people to crash the system,” Trump said. “Our immigration system
is stretched beyond the breaking point.”
He also noted that despite record numbers of apprehensions at the border, there was not enough space to detain them all.
“There’s absolutely nothing we can do. We’re bursting at the seams,
you can only hold so much,” he said. “The only option then is to release
them, and you can’t do that either because when you release them they
come into our society and in many cases, they are stone cold criminals.”
Trump noted 59 different national emergency previous declarations by
past presidents that were frequently used to assist foreign countries.
Congress Passes Veto-Proof Spending Bill that Encourages Mass Immigration
Congress passed the new spending bill, without reading it, to prevent another government shutdown, voting 300-128 in the Democrat-majority House and 83-16 in the Republican-majority Senate, which is veto-proof. Critics are encouraging Trump to veto and send it back to Congress for reconsideration. Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL) says the spending deal will lead to an amnesty for millions of illegal aliens because the bill prevents illegal aliens from being deported and makes sure that newly arrived border crossers are resettled in the US.
Congress has refused remove benefits that attract migrants and close immigration loopholes, and is instead is increasing bad policies by expanding Catch-and-Release, potentially doubling low-skilled foreign workers, reducing detention for border crossers, creating a path to amnesty for Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC), and implementing chokeholds on immigration enforcement. In exchange, Trump will get $1.3 billion for 55 miles of steel bollard fencing. Local officials, including those in sanctuary cities, must approve all wall construction. Trump said he would sign the bill and vowed to make an emergency declaration to use existing government funds to build the wall without congressional approval. Brooks said there are three provisions in the spending deal that courts could use to stop the building of a wall at the border through an emergency declaration.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) is urging President Trump to veto a spending bill put forward by establishment Republicans and Democrats, telling SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight the deal is “really bad for America.”
Brooks detailed all aspects that he said make the spending package a major problem for American citizens while benefitting illegal aliens, human smugglers, child traffickers, the MS-13 Gang, and the Mexican Cartels.
The spending bill includes:
$1.3 billion for 55 miles of steel bollard fencing
Trump, Brooks said, should veto the spending bill.
“If the president were to veto it, we would sustain his veto,” Brooks
said. “I would certainly hope that the president will veto because it’s
really bad for America. Whether he will or not, I can’t say.”
“I applaud President Trump when he does those things that helps
secure our border, that helps protect the Rule of Law. This legislation
does not help secure our border, it makes things worse, in my
Brooks went on to slam the de facto amnesty provision for the illegal
alien sponsors, household members, and relatives of UACs coming across
the southern border and other restrictive policies that could block a
national emergency declaration:
Any sanctuary city or state potentially has the
authority to block the construction of any wall during this fiscal year
that they don’t like or want. You’ve also got large tracks of
federal government land where the president is prohibited from building a
wall along the border under this legislation. With respect to
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), all sorts of limitations that
are in effect, amnesty for illegal aliens. [Emphasis added]
If you have an Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC) in your household, then the entire household is exempt from being deported.
If you’re MS-13 drug cartel, what does this tell you? The thing to do
is to kidnap or get a kid, put that kid in your household and boom,
you’re immune from deportation no matter how many drugs you sell or
people you kill. That’s horrific. [Emphasis added]
Then you’ve got other language in this legislation that has
the potential to restrict the ability of a president to build a wall
under the emergency declaration that we anticipate tomorrow. [Emphasis added]
While urging Trump to veto the spending package, the Alabama
congressman also asked voters and Trump supporters to flood the White
House phone lines to voice opposition to the border deal.
“The average folks need to call and contact the White House and go
crazy about this legislation,” Brooks said. “Ideally, under this
circumstance, when you’re trying to get bad legislation shoved down your
throat in the last second where no one in the public had an opportunity
to review it or understand it, much less communicate their views to
their elected officials in Washington, D.C.”
Specifically, Brooks said there are three provisions in the spending
deal that could be interpreted by the courts to ultimately prevent the
president from building a wall at the border through an emergency
Still No Deal for the Wall, But Trump Agreed to Reopen the Government for 3 Weeks
President Trump signed a bill to reopen the government for 3 weeks and says he may shut it down again or might use emergency powers if a deal is not reached on a border wall. Democrat Senator, Chuck Schumer, says, if Trump declares an emergency to build the wall, it will be challenged in court. 800,000 federal employees missed two paychecks during the shutdown but, eventually, will receive back pay so, for them, a shutdown is vacation with pay. -GEG
Democrats Supported a Border Barrier Before Trump Was Elected. Watch Students React to Democrats’ Quotes.
Campus Reform visited American University in Washington, DC, and asked students for their reactions to quotes by President Trump about immigration. Most of the students reacted negatively, calling the quotes racist, discriminatory, and lacking of inclusion. They were surprised when they discovered the quotes were made by Democrats Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, and Chuck Schumer. -GEG
This month, the federal government entered a partial shutdown after Congress was unable to reach a budget agreement, primarily on funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the southern border.
The wall, a key talking point for Trump throughout the campaign, has been decried by leaders in the Democrat party as anti-American and immoral, among other things.
“I just really think it’s hateful speech” Tweet This
But their opposition to the wall and embrace of looser immigration laws seems to be a new development.
In recent years, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, President Barack Obama, and Secretary Hillary Clinton have all stated the danger in embracing illegal immigration and ignoring the laws we have on the books.
Such quotes include:
“Illegal Immigration is wrong, plain and simple. Until the American people are convinced we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress.” -Senator Chuck Schumer, 2009
“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented and unchecked” -Barack Obama, 2005
“I voted numerous times… to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders.” -Hillary Clinton, 2008
Wanting to know if opponents of Trump’s border wall had opinions on these past quotes from Democrat leaders, Campus Reform‘s Cabot Phillips headed to American University.
But there’s a catch… the students were told the quotes actually came from President Trump.
Upon hearing the quotes, students said Trump’s words were “dehumanizing,” “problematic,” and “jingoist.”
“I just really think it’s hateful speech,” one student said, while another added, “the way h
Pelosi and Schumer Responded to Trump’s Oval Office Speech by Imploring Him to Stop the Government Shutdown
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer reacted to Trump’s speech by stressing the importance of ending the government shutdown that has affected 800,000 government workers. Pelosi said she wants to secure the borders by building infrastructure and roads at ports of entry, install new technology to scan cars and trucks for drugs, hire more personnel at the border and more innovation to detect crossings at the border. Schumer accused Trump of a temper tantrum by shutting down the government. He wants it to reopen while the debate over immigration continues. He says Trump is stoking fear. -GEG
President Trump Addressed the Nation on Border Security and Government Shutdown
President Trump addressed Americans from the Oval Office to describe the growing humanitarian and security crisis on the southern border. There is no space to hold the thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the border and no way to legally return them to their countries. The open border is a pipeline for illegal drugs. Over the past two years, ICE arrested over 266,000 illegal aliens with criminal records, including 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 murders.
Trump says he has requested technology to detect drug and weapons transfers across the border, more border agents, immigration judges, more bed space for immigrants, and $5.7-billion for a barrier. -GEG
Mexico to Deport about 500 Migrants who ‘Violently’ Rushed the US Border
San Ysidro, California: Approximately 500 migrants who tried to “violently” cross the United States border will be deported by Mexican officials, according to Reuters. The US Customs and Border Protection confirmed that US border patrol agents were hit with projectiles thrown by violent Honduran migrants at the port of entry as hundreds of migrants pushed past Mexican riot police to rush the border. After the border wall was broken, tear gas was deployed. Migrants who were living in a makeshift shelter became fed up with their living conditions in Tijuana when they rushed the border and tried to confront US authorities with asylum requests. Following the clash, US Customs and Border Protection closed all north and southbound vehicle traffic, along with pedestrian crossings at the port of entry from 11:30 am Sunday but was reopened by 6 pm.
On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that Trump had made an agreement with Mexico’s new incoming government that would allow the caravan migrants to “remain in Mexico” while waiting for their asylum hearings, which could take years. This policy was designed to stop the “catch-and-release” program that allowed migrants to enter the US and to deter future migrants. The incoming Mexican administration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has denied agreeing to the ‘remain in Mexico’ plan.
Update: Mexico will deport approximately 500 migrants who “violently” tried to cross into the United States, according to Reuters.
Officials closed the largest land crossing in North America on Sunday at San Ysidro as hundreds of migrants rushed the US border in an attempt to cross into the United States.
Migrants living in a makeshift shelter in Tijuana made a run for the San Ysidro border crossing, after reportedly becoming fed up with conditions, and walked approximately half a mile in an attempt to confront US authorities with asylum requests. After police blocked a bridge, the migrants crossed the Tijuana River on foot to approach the port.
Tear gas was deployed to break up a protest by the Central American migrants massed in Tijuana.
A small group broke off and headed a few hundred feet (metres) away to a part of a canal between Tijuana and San Diego that led to the border fence.
At that point, before the group had reached the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protest officers who had gathered on the other side of the fence launched canisters of what a Reuters reporter said felt and smelled like pepper
Protesters were caught between the Mexican and U.S. authorities. A young woman fell to the ground unconscious, and two babies cried, tears streaming from the gas. –Reuters
After the first round of tear gas, migrants once again approached the border and were met with a further volley of cannisters.