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Migrant Caravan Won't Test Trump's Troops, Sets Sights On Mexico City

By Craig Bannister | April 4, 2018 | 3:39pm EDT
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The caravan of South American migrants that had been closing in on the southwest border of the U.S. have decided to heed President Donald Trump’s warning that he will use the U.S. military to keep them from illegally entering the U.S.

Trump was “infuriated” by the highly-publicized invasion, Agence France Presse (AFP) reports:

“A caravan of Central American migrants whose trek across Mexico infuriated President Donald Trump has decided not to travel to the US border, leaders said Tuesday.”

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“The Republican president vowed to send the US military to secure the border and threatened to axe the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if Mexico did not stop the caravan.”

The caravan of more than one thousand Hondurans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Nicaraguans seeking to illegally force their way into the U.S. cancelled their plans due to President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy U.S. troops to defend America’s southwest border from the invasion:

The migrant caravan, which had been holed up in Oaxaca contemplating its response to Trump’s military deployment, has changed its destination target to Mexico City where, AFP reports, the Mexican government will provide them with authorization to settle in Mexico:

"We will wrap up our work in Mexico City," said Irineo Mujica, the head of the migrant advocacy group People Without Border.”

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“Organizers say Mexican immigration authorities are working with the migrants to get them papers to stay in Mexico.”

On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press office issued a statment supporting Trump's decision to deploy the National Guard to protect the nation's southwest border:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Office of the Press Secretary

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 4, 2018

To Secure the Border and Make America Safe Again, We Need to Deploy the National Guard

We apprehend more than a thousand people a day – 300,000 a year – who violate our nation’s sovereignty by crossing our borders illegally. This must end. Deploying the National Guard will serve as an immediate deterrent while dramatically enhancing operational control of the U.S. border.

 

The Problem: Legal loopholes, asylum fraud, a massive court backlog, and drastically insufficient immigration enforcement resources encourage illegal immigration and threaten the security of our nation. The result is that even apprehended illegal aliens are released and cannot be removed.

 

Asylum:

· Before 2013, approximately 1% of arriving aliens claimed credible fear (asylum). Now 1 out of 10 claim credible fear.

o Credible fear claims increased 1700% from 2008 to 2016.

· Before 2011, over 90% of arriving aliens were single adult males. Today 40% are families and children.

· Before 2009, 90% of arriving aliens were Mexican nationals. Today nearly 50% are Central Americans.

Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and Family Units:

· In FY17, 48,672 UACs were apprehended by CBP compared to 3,598 UACs that were removed.

· In FY17, 104,999 Family Units were apprehended by CBP compared to 2,605 that were removed in FY17.

· Thus far in FY18, 13,186 UACs were released into the interior of the United States – that’s in addition to the 42,146 UACs and 52,147 UACs who were released in FY17 and FY16 respectively, bringing the total number of UACs released from FY16 to date in excess of 107,000.

· Thus far in FY18, 39,984 Family Units have been apprehended by CBP.

Securing Our Borders:

· In coordination with governors, National Guard units will be deployed to our southern border.

o The deployment is designed to support ongoing efforts to mitigate the crisis on our border. The deployment will support federal law enforcement personnel, including CBP.

· Federal immigration authorities will direct enforcement efforts.

· The deployment’s duration will be determined by Congressional efforts to secure our southern border.

 

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