Apr 25

DHS Releasing 1400 Every Day

Kirstjen Nielsen may be out at DHS, but catch-and-release rolls on.

Breitbart News is reporting that in the last five days alone, 7000 illegal aliens have been first detained by the Border Patrol and then released into the U.S.  Of these, 2,800 were dropped off in El Paso;  San Antonio received 2,200; Phoenix, 1,200; and San Diego, 800.  Since December 21, 2018, a whopping 153,000 illegal border crossers have been detained and then released into  America.

The practice has forced some cities, such as Yuma, Arizona, to declare local states of emergency.

At the rate the DHS is going, by the end of the year, Breitbart ‘s John Binder predicts that 460,000 illegal border crossers will have been apprehended and then released into the United States. They will have merely had to promise they will show up at a later court date, which may be years in the future.  These hundreds of thousands will join another 500,000, who will have successfully entered the country without being caught.

Together, that’s nearly one million illegal border crossers added to the country’s population in 2019 alone. Add to that figure the same number of visa overstays, and you have a flood of two million illegals absorbed in just 12 months. And still they come.

For more, see Breitbart News.

 

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Apr 24

Back to the “Beast”: Migrants Again Using Dangerous Train

Known in Spanish as “La Bestia,” the Beast is a freight train that was used for decades by Central American migrants hoping to get to the United States.  The train runs from the Mexican southern border to Veracruz on the Gulf.  It was for years notorious for causing deaths and serious injuries, and in 2014 Mexican authorities began raiding it and removing illegal passengers, which caused the train’s use by migrants to slow to a  trickle.

Migrant Caravan Take to the Rails, April 23, 2019

With the recent raid on the 3000-member caravan in Chiapas (reported here yesterday), however, migrants anxious to sneak into the U.S. seem to have decided, dangerous or not, they’ll risk it. “If we can’t walk, if we can’t take the bus, we’ll go on the train,” said one rider, an El Salvadoran mechanic, who had climbed aboard with his wife and two children. Even as he did so, however, he listed the dangers on the train: “There are drug traffickers, gangs, thieves….”

There are also the hazards you might expect from riding atop a freight train. Another migrant told a reporter how he had witnessed a fellow Honduran knocked from his seat on the train by a low-hanging branch and toppled helplessly to the tracks below.

Yet, with Mexico having discontinued its humanitarian visa program and begun ticketing truckers who offer rides to migrants, and with the seemingly unquenchable thirst of the Central American poor to live in America, the Beast is once again the transportation conveyance of choice.

For more, see USA Today.

 

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Apr 24

High Immigration Lowers Wages

President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner said that a “number one” priority of the Trump Administration is “to protect American wages.” Kushner didn’t explain how this objective was consistent with the administration’s announced objective to maintaining or even increasing the nation’s current flow of legal immigration, now at the highest sustained level in our history. Kushner is one of the administration’s leading advocates of mass immigration.

Read more at breitbart.com

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Apr 23

Video Shows Armed Border Incursion

A government video shows heavily-armed men escorting migrants across the U.S.-Mexican border. Fox News reported that Border Patrol officials called this “an unusual event and express concern that it will become a more regular occurrence – possibly leading to violence.”

Read more at foxnews.com

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Apr 23

Mexican Agents Raid Migrant Caravan

On Monday, Mexican federal agents conducted a surprise raid on the rear-guard elements of a 3000-member migrant caravan in Pijijiapan, in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas.  Approximately 500 of the group were detained and driven away in buses and will presumably be deported. The remainder, many of whom soon armed themselves with stones and sticks, fled and watched warily as the raid continued.

 

This reaction on the part of the Mexican federal government was quite different from the official posture earlier shown to Central American caravans, which had received support along with the offer of humanitarian visas.

The government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been feeling pressure to stem migration through its territory from the south, not only from President Trump but also from Mexican citizens, who have tired of the disruption caused by the migrants.  On March 29, we reported here that federal officials were planning to secure their country at its narrowest point, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. The town of Pijijiapan is near that point.

As usual, immigrant-friendly social organizations voiced opposition to any efforts to stop the migrant flow. Officials from Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission  watched the raid but did not interfere.

For more, see Fox News.

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Apr 22

HUD to Crack Down on Illegal Aliens

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is issuing a new rule to strengthen the ban on illegal aliens getting public housing. This move comes as millions of Americans are on waiting lists for government-assisted housing.

Read more at dailycaller.com

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Apr 21

UCP Leader Arrested by FBI

Anarcho-Tyranny: A system where we refuse to control real criminals so we control the innocent instead. — Sam Francis

We are seeing an example of such “anarcho-tyranny” today in the Southwest.

As we reported yesterday, the United Constitutional Patriots are a citizen’s militia dedicated to aiding the over-loaded U.S. Border Patrol in capturing illegals sneaking across our border from Mexico.

Although most UCP members are former members of the military or law enforcement, such citizen involvement cannot be countenanced by left-wing elected officials and pro-illegal partisan organizations such as the ACLU.

UCP Leader Hopkins in Field HQ

Apparently in response to complaints voiced by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and seconded by Peter Simonson, executive director for the ACLU of New Mexico, on Saturday the FBI arrested UCP national directory Larry Hopkins.  Officially charged with being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, Hopkins and his group had been camping near the border at Sunland Park, New Mexico and, as reported yesterday, had released a video showing their capture of 300 illegals earlier in the week. This video and the resulting news attention it attracted aroused Balderas and Lujan Grisham to issue their complaints.

For its part, the ACLU appears to be trying to build a case against the group through innuendo. ACLU spokesman Simonson suggested that the UCP might have impersonated law enforcement officials, a felony.  Going further, he charged that the group might “be guilty of false imprisonment and maybe even kidnapping, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”

The UCP denies all of these allegations, insisting that they never feign official status and that they have a history of working alongside Border Patrol agents.  One member insisted, “There’s no question about whether or not we work with Border Patrol. That’s all documented, and not just once. It’s documented hundreds and hundreds of times” in posted videos.

The arrest of Hopkins comes at a time when the UCP had just had their accounts at PayPal and GoFundMe frozen, as the high-tech overlords predictably jumped into the fray.

Thus, illegal border crossers are released into the U.S., while citizens defending their country’s border are arrested and de-platformed.

Anarcho-tyranny.

For more, see Breitbart News.

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Apr 20

Citizen Militia Detains Border Crossers

With the Border Patrol slammed with unprecedented numbers of migrant families crossing into the U.S.,  citizen militia groups have stepped up to defend the border.

In March the number of “asylum seekers” apprehended by the Border Patrol reached 92,000, prompting President Trump to declare, “Our country is full.”

Yet the border crossers still come. In response, groups like the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP) have promised to remain on the border, assisting in detaining illegals, until the wall is built or Congress modifies the laws governing illegal crossing.

Migrants Detained and Turned Over to Border Patrol (From UCP Video)

The UCP has posted live video streams of its operations, including an incident earlier this week where UCP members, most of whom are U.S. military veterans, detained 300 illegals and turned them over to the Border Patrol for processing.

This has predictably ignited the ire of leftist lawyers and state officials who decry the presence of “racist” patriots defending their country.

The ACLU declared, ” We cannot allow racist and armed vigilantes to kidnap and detain people seeking asylum.”  New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said it was “completely unacceptable” that migrant families “might be menaced or threatened in any way, shape or form when they arrive at our border.” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas warned the UCP not to “attempt to exercise authority reserved for law enforcement.”

In response, UCP spokesman Jim Benvie defended the legality of the group’s actions and compared them to a citizen’s arrest. “We’re just here to support the Border Patrol and show the public the reality of the border,” he said.

For more, see The Telegraph.

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Apr 19

Let’s Heed What We Heard Before

The Article Below: More Misinformation from the Media

“ ‘Our country is full.’

“ ‘If you open the borders, my God, there’s a lot of poverty in this world, and you’re going to have people all over the world.’

“ ‘I believe that this nation is the last hope of Western civilization and if this oasis of the world shall be overrun, perverted, contaminated or destroyed, then the last flickering light of humanity will be extinguished. . . . Today, as never before, untold millions are storming our gates for admission and those gates are cracking under strain.’

“You probably recognize the first quote, tweeted out . . . by President Trump. You may even recognize the second quite, made by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in response to a question to a question at a campaign event on the same day in Oskaloosa, Iowa (and which seems to prove that no party has a monopoly on xenophobia).

“But which politician uttered the third? Sure this warning . . . must be from someone trying to appeal to the current wave of anti-immigrant hysteria sweeping our country, right?

“Wrong. The author of the third quote is Sen. Pat McCarran. He was speaking not this week, but in March of 1953, almost exactly 66 years ago.

“Somehow, despite McCarran’s apocalyptic warning, the United States has survived for the nearly seven decades since he uttered that statement. . . . In 1924, nearly a century ago, the U.S. passed strict national quotasto exclude [immigrants] who were deemed unassimilable . . . .” – Kevin Jennings: ‘Our Country Is FULL?’ I’ve Heard It Before, Kevin Jennings, 4/13/19 [Link]

Fact Check of Article: A common tactic of immigration enthusiasts is to belittle concerns about mass immigration with name calling. Another one is to cite predictions of problems that mass immigration would cause and claim that they did not come to pass. This article has examples of both tactics.

The quote from Bernie Sanders expresses a perfectly reasonable concern. The United States does not have the capacity to lift most of the world’s poor people, or even a significant number of them, out of poverty. To illustrate, world population now grows at a rate of 80 million a year, with most of this increase in poor countries. If we invite them to come by opening our borders, we would be swamped in short order.

Rather than address this reality of limits, the writer dismisses it with the smear word “xenophobia” (hatred of foreigners). But labeling reality with a bad name doesn’t make it any less real.

This writer and others like him often cite the predictions of national decline before passage of the 1924 immigration restriction act. Critics of immigration had pointed to a failure of assimilation and poverty among native and foreign-born workers. They warned of worse to comes. Immigration advocates proclaimed that these prophesies did not come to pass—which proves that concern about immigration is misguided at best and illegitimate at worst.

Actually, what happened proved the exact opposite of what these advocates claim. It is precisely because we limited immigration in 1924 that the dire predictions of didn’t happen. Less immigration promoted assimilation, wages rose, and immigrants and their descendants began to enter the middle class.

Immigration advocates maintain that mass immigration is essential for economic prosperity and national greatness, but the forty-or-so year span of limited immigration between 1924 and the late sixties (when mass immigration took off again) was an era of outstanding national progress.

It was an era of national unity, national pride, growing prosperity, and technological development. That era saw America become the leading economic power of the world, the arsenal of democracy which greatly contributed to the allied victory in World War II. Following the war, America developed a vibrant middle-class economy with relatively easy upward-mobility for all who were ambitious and hard-working. Technological development surged, highlighted by America’s manned mission to the moon in 1969.

Was Sen. McCarran’s warning of what a resumption of mass immigration would bring really so far off the mark? Today, President Trump’s slogan “Make American Great Again” resonates with a very large number of Americans. Its point is that we are no longer great, or at least less great then we once were.

This quite true, and mass immigration is at least part of the reason. Since 1970, the ideologies of multiculturalism and diversity have greatly weakened our sense of national identity and purpose. These ideologies and mass immigration feed on one another. Immigration is making us more multicultural and diverse, which these ideologists say is good. Therefore, they claim, we need mass immigration.

Unlike previous waves of immigration, the current one comes from countries in Latin America with significantly non-Western cultures and from Asian countries with no Western culture at all. This big difference gives credence to Sen. McCarran’s concern that America’s links to Western civilization could be threatened. These links sustain our country’s deepest convictions—government by the rule of law and commitment to personal liberties.

Immigration supporters will reply, no doubt, that the new immigrants can still assimilate, just as past immigrants do. But the cults of multiculturalism and diversity are making it impossible for them to know what the standards of assimilation are. Increasingly these ideologies proclaim that everything about traditional America is evil and tainted—and that newcomers should keep their cultures. No wonder we are no longer as united, confident—and great—as we were prior to the late sixties.

But doesn’t immigration always increase prosperity, as its proponents maintain? Well, if that’s the case, why has the American middle class significantly shrunk since 1970? And why have wage levels since 1970 remained largely stagnant. Increasingly our country is coming to resemble the Third World home countries of most of our immigrants, with a relatively small number of well-heeled people at the top and lots of not so well-off people at the bottom.

It is true that we’ve heard the warnings about mass immigration in the past. It’s a great pity that we didn’t pay them more heed.

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Apr 19

How Social Media is Fueling Migrant Caravans

An article in today’s Miami Herald describes how would-be migrants in Central America are using social media applications such as Facebook and WhatsApp to organize caravans to the U.S.

Whereas such potential migrants once had to make costly phone calls to friends and relatives already in the United States to plan the safest and most efficient routes and means to get to America, they now rely on social media chats.

Cellphones, the Key to Social Media, Being Charged by Migrants

One such asylee wannabe is Élmer Alberto Cardona, a 27-year-old shopkeeper from Honduras currently en route by caravan to the U.S.  Cardona and his wife had originally left last October in another caravan and made it to Tijuana. From there, they crossed the border and gave themselves up to the U.S. Border Patrol.  Things did not go as planned. Separated from his wife, Cardona was deported to Honduras.  Back in San Pedro Sula for only a few days, Cardona saw a Facebook announcement about the formation of a new caravan, leaving April 10. He “didn’t think twice,” and signed up, this time with his three young children but without his wife, still in the U.S.

“I think it will go better this time,” Cardona said by phone  near the Honduras-Guatemala border.  “It looks like a lot of people are getting together.”

Migrants such as Cardona post questions on the social media platforms (“Can you find someone to take you to the other side?”), concerns (“Remember that in Mexico there are a lot of kidnappings”), helpful hints (“To take a child you just need a passport and permission if the mother isn’t going”), and warnings, such as roadblock locations.  Some caravanners, all of whom seemed armed with the ubiquitous smart phone, chart their progress from the “Northern Triangle” and through Mexico, sharing photographs and stories along the way.

And for those still left behind, there are always announcements of new caravans leaving soon.

“Another is leaving April 30, Salvadoran friends,” reads one announcement.

For more, see the Miami Herald.

 

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