Tag: Department of Homeland Security

Nicaragua Arrests 4 ISIS Suspects Believed to be Making Way to U.S. Border

Nicaraguan authorities have confirmed the arrests of four ISIS terror suspects who entered the country with a group of migrants, according to Breitbart.

The news outlet reported on Monday that three of the four men had been flagged by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as ISIS suspects and asked Mexico to help locate them as they believed the men were making their way to the U.S. border.

Breitbart reports:

The three men are identified as Mohamed Ibrahim and Mahmoud Samy Eissa from Egypt, and Ahmed Ghanim Mohamed Al Jubury from Iraq. According to Teletica, the three men held travel documents from Costa Rica issued on June 9. The fourth man, Mustafa Ali Mohamed Yaoob from Iraq, had travel documents issued on June 13.

The four men were deported to Costa Rica and are being held at an immigration detention center. Costa Rican authorities claim that the travel alert was issued after the group entered the country and they had no prior knowledge about the group’s ISIS affiliations.

White House Rejects Democrats’ Plan to Reopen Government without Wall Funding

The White House announced yesterday that President Trump would reject Democratic legislation that would fund the government without funding the border wall.

“President Trump made a serious, good faith offer to Democrats to open the government, address the crisis at our border, and protect all Americans,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. “We have heard nothing back from the Democrats, who so far have refused to compromise. Speaker Designate Nancy Pelosi released a plan that will not re-open the government because it fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of our own citizens,” she continued.

Sanders said Pelosi’s plan is a “non-starter” because it doesn’t fund homeland security or “keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime.”

Pelosi plans on getting the legislation passed in the House of Representatives this week.  It would include funding for several agencies, however does not include funding for the border wall.

The White House has invited Democrat and Republican leaders to meet with senior Department of Homeland Security officials today for a briefing on border security.

President Trump suggested yesterday he might be ready to “make a deal,” tweeting, “Border Security and the Wall ‘thing’ and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker! Let’s make a deal?”

DHS Announces Asylum Seekers Must Wait in Mexico While Claims Processed

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that individuals seeking asylum within the United States will be returned to Mexico “for the duration of their immigration proceedings.”

“Effective immediately, the United States will begin the process of invoking Section 235(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act,” announced DHS.  “Under the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP), individuals arriving in or entering the United States from Mexico—illegally or without proper documentation—may be returned to Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings.”

DHS hopes the new rules will help curb the exploitation of asylum loopholes within the U.S. immigration process. The agency has seen a 2,000 percent increase in aliens claiming “credible fear,” which is the first step in obtaining asylum. DHS says most of the claims “are not meritorious.” 

“…Nine out of ten asylum claims are not granted by a federal immigration judge,” states a department press release. “However, by the time a judge has ordered them removed from the United States, many have vanished.”

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, “Aliens trying to game the system to get into our country illegally will no longer be able to disappear into the United States, where many skip their court dates.  Instead, they will wait for an immigration court decision while they are in Mexico.  ‘Catch and release’ will be replaced with ‘catch and return.’  In doing so, we will reduce illegal migration by removing one of the key incentives that encourages people from taking the dangerous journey to the United States in the first place.  This will also allow us to focus more attention on those who are actually fleeing persecution.”

Homeland Security’s Process for Asylum Seekers:

  • “Aliens trying to enter the U.S. to claim asylum will no longer be released into our country, where they often disappear before a court can determine their claim’s merits.
  • Instead, those aliens will be processed by DHS and given a “Notice to Appear” for their immigration court hearing.
  • While they wait in Mexico, the Mexican government has made its own determination to provide such individuals humanitarian visas, work authorization, and other protections. Aliens will have access to immigration attorneys and to the U.S. for their court hearings.
  • Aliens whose claims are upheld by U.S. judges will be allowed in. Those without valid claims will be deported to their home countries.”
Yesterday a federal judge ruled that asylum seekers who sued the U.S. after being deported must be brought back into the country to have their claims heard again.

The ruling–by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan–comes one day after he presided over the dramatic sentencing hearing of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Sullivan stated in his ruling, “The Court holds that it has jurisdiction to hear plaintiffs’ challenges to the credible fear policies, that it has the authority to order the injunctive relief, and that, with the exception of two policies, the new credible fear policies are arbitrary, capricious, and in violation of the immigration laws.”

He also ordered the government to “return to the United States the plaintiffs who were unlawfully deported and to provide them with new credible fear determinations consistent with the immigration laws.”

Mexico to Begin Deporting Migrant Caravan Members After Tijuana Arrests

Officials in Tijuana said they have arrested 34 caravan members and will deport them to their home countries.

Fox News reports:

A Tijuana city statement late Monday said the 34 — apparently all men — were arrested for drug possession, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and resisting police, and added they would be deported to their home countries. The main caravan has between 4,000 and 6,000 participants, so those arrested represent less than 1 percent of the total.

The news of the deportations comes after reports of fights breaking out between Tijuana residents and migrants.

On Sunday, hundreds locals protested the arrival of the migrants, chanting “Out! Out! Out!” and claimed the arrival of the group was an “invasion.”

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum stated his city was not comfortable with the caravan and compared the group to a group of 3,000 Haitians who ended up in the city last year after an unsuccessful attempt to reach the United States.

“The Haitians arrived with their papers, with a clear vision,” Gastelum said in an interview, stating they had come to the city  “in an orderly way, they never asked us for food or shelter,” Gastelum said the Haitains rented apartments, made their own food, found jobs and “inserted themselves in the city’s economy” having never been involved in any disturbances.

In contrast, Gastelum claims the migrants in the caravan, “had arrived all of sudden, with a lot of people – not all … but a lot – were aggressive and cocky.”

Department of Homeland Security officials announced Monday that over 500 criminals are part of the group of migrants stationed just outside the U.S. border.

Officials said “most of the caravan members are not women and children,” and that a majority of the group is made up of teen and adult males. The women and children–they claimed–were strategically placed at the front of the line to gain sympathetic media coverage.