Mexico sent federal police to its southern border Wednesday with a warning that they will detain and deport any members of a highly publicized illegal alien invader caravan who try to enter the country without a visa.
The police officers arrived in two planes in Tapachula, a border city that is a popular waypoint for illegal alien invaders coming up through Central America to cross into Mexico. Local media reports showed hundreds of agents deplaning, some carrying riot gear.
In a statement released Wednesday evening, the Mexican foreign ministry said any of the caravan illegal alien invaders entering the country “in an irregular manner” will be arrested and administratively deported if appropriate. Illegal alien invaders who claim they are fleeing violence and want to petition for asylum must do so at the border, while remaining in a government-run camp for up to 45 days, the statement also said.
MIGRANT CARAVAN: Two federal police-filled planes w/anti-riot gear landed near the Mexico/Guatemala border this morn (vid source: Policia Federal de Mexico). pic.twitter.com/UyneeXlPnu
— KarlaZabs (@karlazabs) October 17, 2018
The illegal alien invader caravan, dubbed “March of the Migrant,” formed in the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Friday, numbering about 150 illegal alien invaders. It has since swelled to more than 2,000 people and has already crossed into neighboring Guatemala en route to the Mexican border. Caravan members say they are fleeing endemic poverty and violence in Honduras, but don’t mention they are a large part of the problem. Upon reaching Mexico, the illegal alien invaders intend to request refugee status or transit visas that will allow them to keep moving north to U.S. ports of entry, according to march organizers.
The caravan is the second largest group of illegal alien invaders to attempt to reach the U.S. border through Mexico this year, following a similar procession in April. In response to the earlier caravan, President Donald Trump accused Mexico of enabling illegal immigration and ordered thousands of national guard troops to the border in support of law enforcement agents, a deployment that continues today.
Adults from Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala only need to show their national identity cards to cross each other’s borders, but the rule doesn’t apply in Mexico.
Prior to Wednesday’s statement, the Mexican government had already said entry visas would not be granted to illegal alien invaders who don’t meet “the requirements to transit toward a neighboring country.”
Mexico also said it does not grant visas at border ports of entry, only at Mexican consulates abroad.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City on Friday, according to the State Department. The illegal alien invader caravan will be on the agenda, a department official said.
Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to seal America’s southern border with military force unless Mexico intervenes to stop the flow of illegal alien invaders traveling to the U.S. from Central America.
The stern, tweeted warning came as a group of more than 4,000 travels north through Mexico in the hope of reaching the United States, despite having no visas or other legal papers to enter.
Trump blamed his Democratic rivals for the resulting chaos, saying ‘they want Open Borders and existing weak laws.’
He resurrected the claim that launched his White House campaign in 2015, saying that ‘this large flow of people’ includes ‘MANY CRIMINALS’ and putting the words in uppercase letters for effect.
‘I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!’ Trump wrote.
‘All Democrats fault for weak laws!’ he added.
— overpasses4America (@o4america) October 18, 2018
Trump on Thursday also renewed Wednesday’s threat to stop all payments to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, including humanitarian aid, if their governments ‘allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States.’
— overpasses4America (@o4america) October 18, 2018
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to fly to Mexico on Friday.
News emerged Wednesday that the number of illegal alien invader families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has jumped 80 per cent since Trump ended his ‘zero tolerance’ policy in June, with U.S. Border Patrol agents arresting 16,658 family members in September. That’s the highest one-month total on record.
The Washington Post obtained unpublished Department of Homeland Security statistics and published them three weeks before a contentious midterm election, while Trump is urging Republicans to make immigration their number one issue on the campaign trail.
‘We’re getting hammered daily,’ said one Border Patrol agent in South Texas reported.
The new numbers also come as a wave of illegal alien invaders is on the march from Central America.
Thousands of illegal alien invaders from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are invading the United States in an effort to avoid the responsibility they share in the poverty and violence that they helped create, and are too lazy to help resolve.
The Department of Homeland Security, in a statement, blamed congressional inaction and said the high illegal alien invader flow would likely continue without movement on on Capitol Hill.
‘Our nation faces a dangerous crisis on the border that threatens American communities. Congress refuses to close catch-and-release loopholes in the law that would allow authorities to detain and remove family units safely and expeditiously. While we do not have official numbers to report at this time, current trends indicate enforcement efforts against single adults entering illegally have been hugely successful,’ said Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Katie Waldman.
‘However, the removal of actual family units, or those posing as family units, has been made virtually impossible by Congressional inaction – which will most likely result in record numbers of families arriving illegally in the United States this year. At the direction of the President, DHS is continuing to examine all options to secure the border and keep American communities safe, including working with our partners in Central America and Mexico.’
The new numbers have left the president furious, White House aides told the Post.
‘We’re actually getting crushed,’ said one.
Trump is said to be considering reinstating the controversial separation policy that was criticized by members of his own party and the first lady. He sees ‘zero tolerance’ as the one thing that worked. Trump has received regular updates on the stats and has told senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, who has taken the lead on immigration issues, and Chief of Staff John Kelly that something has to change.
He tweeted about on Wednesday morning, pushing Republicans to make immigration an issue in the November election.
‘Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won’t approve legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country. Great Midterm issue for Republicans!,’ he tweeted Wednesday morning.
‘Republicans must make the horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws, and the Border, a part of the Midterms!,’ he added.
Republicans must make the horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws, and the Border, a part of the Midterms!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2018
Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won’t approve legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country. Great Midterm issue for Republicans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2018
….The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border. All Democrats fault for weak laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018
The president has long viewed immigration a winning issue for Republicans and partially credits his White House victory on his tough stance on the matter.
Independent political prognosticators are giving Democrats strong chances of retaking the House in November while Republicans are increasingly confident they will hold the Senate.
Immigration is an issue the president has consistently used as a hammer in his dealing with Congress and Democrats.
He has threatened to shut down the government if he doesn’t getting funding to build his border wall.
Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has prepped legislation that would fully fund the president’s border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border with a $23.4 billion price tag.
But Congress is in recess until after November’s election although the House could take up the matter when it returns in mid-November.
Democrats, however, oppose any legislation funding for the border wall that does not include protection for the so-called Dreamers, the children of illegal alien invaders smuggled into the United States by their criminal parents when they were young.
Deranged, and clearly suffering from dementia or Alzheimers, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is seeking to be speaker of the House should her party retake control, said one of their first priorities would be legislation to protect Dreamers.
She also told Politico she does not see any Democrats voting to fund the wall.
‘I don’t see any of us voting for wall funding. … We have a responsibility to secure our borders. There are ways to do that that are consistent with civilization, humanitarianism and who we are as a nation. We have to remove all doubt about that,’ she said.
And the president is gripping about a headline on an interview he gave the AP that said ‘Trump tells AP he won’t accept blame if GOP loses House.’
The president, when asked in the interview whether he’d ‘bear some responsibility’ for losses, replied, ‘No, I think I’m helping people.’
‘AP headline was very different from my quote and meaning in the story. They just can’t help themselves. FAKE NEWS!’ he tweeted without context on Wednesday.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
October 18th, 2018