Hundreds of illegal aliens who have already been deported at least once have joined the so-called “migrant caravan” making its way through Mexico on the way toward the U.S. According to the Los Angeles Times: ” A growing caravan of roughly 7,000 Central American [illegal] immigrants continued its trek toward the United States on Sunday, blowing past Mexican police and immigration officials” However according to Mexican Newspaper El Universal, the caravan now has 14,000 people, many of them already in Mexico while and working their way up to the United States.
According to the LA Times:
A growing caravan of roughly 7,000 Central American immigrants continued its trek toward the United States on Sunday, blowing past Mexican police and immigration officials.
The group, which has swelled in size in recent days, set out before dawn on the only road out of the small Mexican border town of Ciudad Hidalgo. It arrived in the afternoon in the city of Tapachula, more than 20 miles away.
The migrants, nearly all from the poor and violent nation of Honduras, posed a growing political and humanitarian calamity for Mexico, which has come under intense pressure from President Trump to stop them.
On Friday, Mexican police used tear gas to block migrants from storming an official border crossing. But in the days since, Mexico has appeared unwilling to use force to stop the thousands of people who have illegally crossed the Suchiate River from Guatemala into Mexico and started walking north.
This past Friday, Newsmax reported:
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced that his government had arrested nearly 100 Islamic State militants.
Morales told Prensa Libre, a Guatemalan newspaper of record, that “we have apprehended close to 100 persons completely involved with terrorists, with ISIS and we have not only detained them within our territory, but they have been deported to their country of origin.”
Two questions come to mind: If Guatemala arrested nearly 100, how many did they miss? And, who couldn’t see this one coming?
Three years ago the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a report on gang activity, including Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), in the Lone Star State, who arrive in the country from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
The report indicated that whereas many disguise themselves as unaccompanied minor children seeking asylum, still others slip through the border undetected.
“Although a large number of MS-13 members have been captured along the border, it is likely many more have successfully crossed into Texas and remain hidden from law enforcement,” the report said.
The above is probably the source of the President’s tweet on Monday afternoon:
Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018
The Washington Post reports that there are many in the caravan who already have been booted out to the US:
Many of the migrants here had previously lived in the United States, for years or even decades, joining the caravan to reunite with their children, or to resume old jobs. They were undeterred by the American authorities who had apprehended them or the U.S. president who promised to keep them out again.
Some of them had returned voluntarily to their home countries long ago, but eventually determined that there was nothing there for them. Now, they were traversing Mexico while President Trump tweeted about their journey, demanding that the migrants apply for asylum in Mexico before continuing north, threatening to close the U.S. border as Mexican authorities appeared to allow the caravan to proceed.
Unfortunately, the paper tried to hide the fact that many of these people were forcefully deported because they were convicted criminals.
The size of the caravan continues to grow, as does the threat to the United States if we allow out border to remain porous.