Tag: Migrant Caravan

Poll: Support for Trump Border Wall Reaches All-Time High

Support for a wall along the southern border has reached an all-time high since Donald Trump announced his plans for one, according to a new ABC and Washington Post poll released on Sunday.

Forty-two percent of Americans support the wall, up from 34 percent one year ago and up from the previous high of 37 percent in 2017.

The Washington Examiner reports, “With 54 percent, the majority of Americans polled still oppose building a border wall. However, that opposition is shrinking, as 63 percent opposed the wall a year ago and the previous low was 60 percent two years ago.”

The survey was released just one day before a new migrant caravan began its journey from Honduras to the United States and just months after the first caravan reached the U.S.-Mexico border.

In November, migrants from the original caravan attempted to storm the U.S. border, prompting U.S. Border Patrol to temporarily close the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Last week, a Politico and Morning Consult poll found that a whopping 79 percent of Americans believe there is either a “crisis” or a “problem” at the U.S. border.

In December alone, U.S. border agents apprehended a record number of family units– 27,518. They were among a total of 60,728 migrants attempting to illegally cross the border last month.

As President Trump pointed out in his address to the nation last week, “In the last two years, I.C.E. Officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings.”

NOTE: This post has been updated to clarify that support for the border wall has reached an all time high since President Trump proposed the construction of one.

New Migrant Caravan Heading to United States

Between 600 and 800 migrants gathered in Honduras yesterday where they formed a caravan and began making their way to the United States.

The caravan left the city of San Pedro Sula in the early morning, and as they walked, according to AP, some migrants were pleading with store owners for food and water for their journey.

Many of the migrants interviewed by Reuters seem to be looking for work. Twenty four-year-old caravan member Darwin Perez told the publication, “I’m determined to find a good job in the United States. It’s a difficult road ahead but I hope President Trump’s heart might soften, and that he won’t be so hard and will let us enter.”

Reuters writes, “Other migrants, some traveling with spouses and children, echoed Perez’s dream to find work in the United States.”

President Trump has responded to the latest caravan on Twitter, writing, “A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras. Tell Nancy and Chuck that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work. Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe! Stop playing political games and end the Shutdown!”

He also wrote that public opinion that there is a border crisis is continuing to rise, tweeting, “Polls are now showing that people are beginning to understand the Humanitarian Crisis and Crime at the Border. Numbers are going up fast, over 50%. Democrats will soon be known as the Party of Crime. Ridiculous that they don’t want Border Security!”

Migrants Demand Trump Let Them into U.S. or Pay Them 50K Each

An ultimatum was delivered to the Trump administration by a group of migrants attempting to make their way into the U.S.: allow them to enter the United States or pay them each $50,000 to turn around and go home.

The outrageous request came Tuesday as two migrant groups marched to the U.S. consulate in Tijuana with a list of demands, according to a report by Fox News.

“The first group of caravan members, that included about 100 migrants, arrived at the consulate around 11 a.m. Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa, an organizer from Honduras, said the $50,000 figure was chosen as a group,” writes Fox.

“It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Ulloa told the San Diego Union Tribune. “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”

Ulloa says the money would help the migrants return home and start businesses.

A second group of about 50 migrants sent a letter to the U.S. to demand they speed up the asylum process and allow up to 300 asylum seekers to enter the U.S. each day through the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego.

Approximately 6,000 migrants have traveled from Central America to Tijuana as part of the “migrant caravan.” So far, according to Fox News, around 700 of them left and returned home, 300 have been deported, and 2,500 applied for humanitarian visas in Mexico.

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Under Obama Admin, Border Patrol Used Pepper Spray or Tear Gas More than 500 Times

U.S. Border Patrol have come under fire from the left for using tear gas on Sunday afternoon to defend themselves after hundreds of members of the migrant caravan attempted to rush the U.S. border near San Diego, while hurling rocks and projectiles at border officials.

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California called the use of tear gas “horrifying.” Senator Brian Schatz  of Hawaii compared the use of tear gas to “chemical weapons.” Actress Alyssa Milano issued a foul twitter tirade against President Trump over the gas.

It turns out that the Obama Administration also used tear gas and pepper spray at the border, over 500 times from 2012-2016. However, liberals remained silent during that time.

According to numbers given to the Daily Caller by the Department of Homeland Security, tear gas was used by border agents 79 times between 2012 and 2016. Meanwhile, pepper spray was used 434 times between 2012 and 2016.

Both President Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended Border Patrol’s use of tear gas.

“They were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas,” said the President on Monday.  “Here’s the bottom line: Nobody is coming into our country unless they come in legally.”

Nielsen slammed the migrants for hurling rocks and projectiles at border agents. In a statement, she said, “This caravan, unlike previous caravans, had already entered Mexico violently and attacked border police in two other countries. I refuse to believe that anyone honestly maintains that attacking law enforcement with rocks and projectiles is acceptable. It is shocking that I have to explain this, but officers can be seriously or fatally injured in such attacks. Self-defense isn’t debatable for most law-abiding Americans.”

Nielsen also stated that the small number of women and children involved in the caravan were being used as “human shields” in confrontations with law enforcement.

“The caravan members are predominately male,” she said. “It appears in some cases that the limited number of women and children in the caravan are being used by the organizers as ‘human shields’ when they confront law enforcement. They are being put at risk by the caravan organizers as we saw at the Mexico-Guatemala border. This is putting vulnerable people in harms way.”

Senator Lindsey Graham addressed the Obama Administration’s use of tear gas last night on Fox News’ Hannity, and pointed out the clear double standard in the outrage from the left.

“How long does it take you to figure this out? When it comes to Obama, when he uses tear gas, he is protecting the country. The narrative is that Trump is a cruel, heartless bastard, only works if he uses tear gas on kids, and it undercuts the argument that if the Obama Administration used tear gas to protect our border from being overrun,” said the Senator.

He continued, “I stand behind the men and women on the border standing between us and people who want to cross illegally. When you are slamming the tear gas, you are slamming the people we put on the border to protect us. That’s what disgusts me the most.”

 

Ep. 859 What Are They Hiding?

In this episode I address the scheming going on to protect players connected to Wikileaks from being exposed by the Trump administration. I also discuss the tactics being used by the backers of the migrant caravan to turn public opinion against the United States. Finally, I address Twitter’s shameful censorship tactics and how to fight back.

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Border Official: Migrants Pushed Women and Kids to Front of Group Before Attacking Agents

San Diego Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott joined CNN this morning and defended the actions of his colleagues and told the network that the caravan members would push women and children towards the front of their group and then begin to hurl rocks at border agents.

“What I find unconscionable is that people would intentionally take children into this situation. What we saw over and over yesterday was that the caravan would push women and children towards the front and then begin (throwing rocks at) our agents,” said Scott.

The border patrol chief also shot down the mainstream media narrative of “peaceful protests” and asylum seekers.

“I kind of challenge that this was a peaceful protest or that the majority of these people were claiming asylum. We ended up making 42 arrests, only eight of those were females and there were only a few children involved. The vast majority of the people we’re dealing with are adult males.”

“Similar to what we saw the first wave of the caravan, the group immediately started throwing rocks and debris at our agents, taunting the agents…,” he said.

CNN host John Berman said to Scott, “You took issue with the idea that these were people seeking asylum. The caravan, though, 5,000 to 9,000, depending on which count you believe that is in Tijuana right now, those are people coming to the border, as far as you know, for asylum, isn’t it?”

“I do not believe that is true. I believe there are definitely people in that group that are trying — that are going to try to claim asylum,” Scott replied. “The vast majority of those, from what we call the northern triangle are economic migrants, though.”

. “What I saw at the border yesterday was not people walking up to Border Agents and asking to claim asylum. Matter of fact, one of the groups that I watched … they passed 10 or 15 marked Border Patrol agents walking … west to east, numerous uniformed personnel, as they were chanting, waving a Honduran flag and throwing rocks at the agents,” he said.  “If they were truly asylum seekers, they would’ve just walked up with their hands up and surrendered, and that did not take place,” he said.

 

Chaos: Migrant Caravan Members Attempt to Storm U.S. Border

President Trump has threatened to permanently close the U.S. border after hundreds of migrant caravan members–mostly men–attempted to storm the U.S. border between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego on Sunday.

“Mexico should remove the flag waving migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries,” he wrote on Twitter this morning. “Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it any way you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!”

The attempts to storm the border prompted  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents to temporarily close the San Ysidro Port of Entry, according to Fox News.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reported that some of the migrants “sought to harm CBP personnel” by hurling projectiles at them.

“As I have continually stated, DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons,” Nielsen said. “We will also seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our frontline operators, or violates our nation’s sovereignty.”

Most of the group that attempted to rush the border dispersed within an hour.

On Friday, the mayor of Tijuana announced a humanitarian crisis and said he was asking the United Nations for assistance for the almost 5,000 migrants who have camped in the city since their arrival from Central America.

Last Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol received reports of caravan members attempting to “rush” the port of entry, and released the following statement:

In the early morning hours, CBP officials received reports of groups of persons from the caravan gathering in the city of Tijuana for a possible attempt or attempts to rush illegally through the port of entry instead of presenting themselves as required to a CBP officer. CBP officials suspended operations to safely place impediments at the port of entry that would restrict access to a large group attempting to run through the border crossing. After the CBP response at San Ysidro, no activity materialized at the border crossing.

Chief of Staff John Kelly signed a cabinet order last week which enables troops to take on law enforcement roles as well as use lethal force when needed while deployed at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Kelly stated in the order that the additional directives were necessary because “credible evidence and intelligence” that members of the migrant caravan currently in Tijuana “may prompt incidents of violence and disorder” which could threaten border officials.

 

Migrant Caravan Members–Mostly Men–Push to Enter U.S.

A group of mostly male migrant caravan members gathered at a bridge in Tijuana just across from the U.S. border yesterday, demanding “better conditions” and pushing to enter the country.

Authorities from the National Human Righs Comission and a migrant support agency told the caravan members their needs would be addressed and suggested they apply for humanitarian visas in Mexico and seek work in Tijuana.

However, one migrant, 22-year-old Oscar Rodriguez of Honduras, told AP he wanted to convince “the United States to open its doors to us.”

Yesterday, President Trump threatened to close the entire border, telling reporters, “If we find that it gets to a level where we are going to lose control or where people are going to start getting hurt, we will close entry into the country for a period of time until we can get it under control,” he said.

“The whole border. I mean the whole border,” he said, adding, “Mexico will not be able to sell their cars into the United States.”

The president yesterday also lamented the amount of criminals within the migrant caravan, saying, “You’re dealing with a minimum of 500 serious criminals, so I’m not going to let the military be taken of advantage of. I have no choice. Do I want that to happen? Absolutely not. You’re dealing with rough people.”

About 34 caravan members were arrested in Tijuana earlier this week for drug possession, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and resisting police, and will be deported to their home countries.

The city’s mayor, Juan Manuel Gastelum stated residents were 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, the mayor 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.”

This morning, Trump took to Twitter and called for unity between Republicans and Democrats, urging them to come up with a border security plan which would include funding for the border wall.

 

 

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.

 

Obama-Appointed Judge Rules Trump Cannot Refuse Asylum to Migrants

A federal judge in San Francisco has banned President Trump from refusing asylum to migrants who illegally cross the U.S. border.

U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments from the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which filed a lawsuit after Trump issued a proclamation on November 9 that anyone who crosses the border would not be eligible for asylum.

The proclamation stated that those seeking entry into the U.S. can only do so temporarily at arranged ports of entry, allowing for “orderly processing.”

“But aliens who enter the United States unlawfully through the southern border in contravention of this proclamation will be ineligible to be granted asylum,” writes the President.

The President also argued in the proclamation that “the arrival of large numbers of aliens will contribute to the overloading of our immigration and asylum system and to the release of thousands of aliens into the interior of the United States.”

Judge Tigar–who was nominated to the court by President Obama in 2012–said that the president could not “rewrite immigration laws”, writing, “Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.”

The temporary restraining order will remain in place until December 19.

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

Officials said that “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.