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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.

 

DHS: Over 500 Criminals Traveled within Caravan at U.S. Border

Department of Homeland Security officials announced today that over 500 criminals are part of the group of migrants stationed just outside the U.S. border, according to Fox News.

In a call with reporters this afternoon, 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.

When asked if the migrants will stay on the Mexican side of the border while they wait for their asylum claims to be reviewed, one official responded, “All legal options are on the table and we have been negotiating with all our partners in central America with ways to deal with the caravan.”

In October, Fox News interviewed a caravan member who told them there were criminals within the group.

“Criminals are everywhere,” the migrant said through an interpreter. “It’s criminals in here. It is. But it is not that many. It is good people here trying to get through Mexico and then get to the United States. It doesn’t mean that everybody is a criminal.”

Fights have broken out between locals in Tijuana and the migrants, with reports of rocks being thrown as well as physical fist fights.

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

Officials said about 6,000 migrants are in Tijuana waiting to be processed, with more migrants on their way.

It will likely take months for asylum claims to be processed by the U.S., with officials averaging 100 claims a day.

 

New Migrant Caravan forms in El Salvador–Headed to U.S.

A group of about 150 Salvadorians set off on a 2,700 mile journey to the U.S. on Sunday.

It is the fourth caravan to head towards the U.S.-Mexico border since the first group from Honduras left on Oct. 13.

The new caravan, as reported by Reuters, was guarded by police as its members made their way to buses set for Guatemala.

The migrants have already created social media and WhatsApp accounts, hoping to capitalize on the attention given to the other caravans.

Meanwhile, in Tijuana, Mexico, authorities opened up a gym and gated sport complex to accommodate thousands of of migrants from earlier caravans after shelters reached their maximum capacities.

About 3,000 migrants have poured into the city–with immigration officials estimating as many as 10,000 could eventually arrive in the border town by the end of the year.

It will likely take months for the migrants’ asylum claims to be processed by the U.S., with officials averaging 100 claims a day.

Fights have broken out between locals and the migrants, with reports of rocks being thrown as well as physical fist fights.

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

One video shows a local Mexican saying, “Donald Trump was right, this is an invasion! What Donald Trump said was correct: this is an invasion!”

The crowd then chanted, “Get out Hondurans, we do not want you here. Get out Hondurans, we do not want you here.”

President Trump addressed the migrant caravan on Sunday, tweeting that illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border will be detained or turned away.

Arrests Begin as Migrant Caravan Members Illegally Cross Border

More than a dozen migrants have been arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border for trying to cross illegally, a San Diego Border Patrol source told Fox News.

One group was arrested on the beach in an area called Playas de Tijuana. Another, larger group, was apprehended in the mountains east of the San Diego border community, Otay Mesa.

Separately, a fight broke out Wednesday night in Tijuana between Mexicans and the caravan members: “The migrants complained that the locals were yelling: ‘Go home. We don’t want you here!’ Members of the caravan complained to reporters that local police made no attempt to break up the fight.”

About two dozen migrants camped out along the border fence, while other went to shelters or are sleeping in tents.

Roughly 400 migrants arrived in Tijuana by bus on Tuesday evening, and are the first of the caravan to reach the border.  Thousands more migrants are expected to arrive in the next few days.

Of those already at the border, the New York Times reports that a few of them were already looking to make appointments with U.S. border officials to present their cases for sanctuary.  However, most “appear to be biding their time and considering their options, including seeking sanctuary in the United States, trying to cross illegally or remaining in Mexico.”

Defense Secretary James Mattis visited the border yesterday and defended the deployment of thousands of troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it  “a moral and ethical mission to support our border patrolmen.”

Mattis said, “border security is part of national security” and emphasized the mission of the military was to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection as the migrant caravans arrive in the coming weeks.

Currently, about 7,000 soldiers and Marines have arrived in Texas, Arizona, and California, with President Trump warning that another 8,000 could be deployed if needed.

 

 

Migrants Determined to Cross U.S. Border as DOD Secures Ports of Entry

Riding on nine buses, with a Honduran flag flying out of one of them, about 400 migrants arrived in Tijuana on Tuesday, after a month long journey from Central America. 

Ports of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border will be experiencing longer wait times starting today, as U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) prepare for the first wave of the migrant caravan.

In San Diego, the Department of Defense began working with CBP to install barbed wire, barricades, and fencing  to close three lanes at the San Ysidro port of entry and one lane at the Otay Mesa port.

Defense Secretary Mattis will be visiting the U.S.-Mexico border today–his first visit since it was announced that thousands of troops would be deployed to the border.

Currently, about 7,000 soldiers and Marines have arrived in Texas, Arizona, and California, with President Trump warning that another 8,000 could be deployed if needed.

Despite President Trump’s tough talk and action on the border, many migrants don’t seem to be deterred.

One, named Maribel, 22, from Honduras, told the Daily Mail, “We are well aware of everything Trump has been saying. Let them close whatever they want to close, but we are going to get through anyway.”

Conservative filmmaker Ami Horowitz recently embedded himself with one of the caravan groups, and claims that despite the message that women and children made up a large portion of the caravan, he claims  90-95% of the migrants were male.

“The major narrative being pushed by the press has been that the migrants are leaving Honduras because they are escaping extreme violence and that their lives are under constant threat, setting up the strategy that they would be able to enter the U.S. by asking for asylum,” said Horowitz.

However, once he asked the migrants why they wanted to enter the country, many replied they wanted to come to the United States for the economy, jobs and education, with some saying they wanted to take advantage of the generous benefits provided in the U.S.

Horowitz said that many of the migrants seem peaceful, and are seeking a better life for themselves and their families, however, they acknowledge that some “bad people” are mixed in, with one migrant claiming to have been a victim of violence throughout their journey to the border.

 

‘Migrant Caravan’ Stalls After Mexican Government Denies Buses

The ‘migrant caravan’ slowly making its way towards the United States’ southern border hit a major snag this week, with Mexican authorities refusing to bus the immigrants north; a request that would have drastically reduced the time needed to reach the US.

According to Fox News, “The leading migrant caravan trying to make its way to the United States border is admitting defeat after asking the Mexican government to provide dozens of buses to speed up the group’s journey northward.”

“The attempt to travel by bus failed,” an organizer behind the caravan told the Associated Press

The estimated number of migrants has dropped to 4,000 people after thousands applied for asylum in Mexico or returned to their country of origin.

“Of the friends that I have been with, all want to go back,” said a 28-year-old mother of three.

Read the full story at Fox News.