The National Guard’s deployment to the southwest border in mid-April has led to 10,805 “deportable alien arrests” of people who illegally entered the United States from Mexico, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman said Monday.
Because guardsmen are military personnel and not law enforcement officers, they cannot apprehend illegal immigrants. But CBP officers and Border Patrol agents apprehended thousands of people that guardsmen helped point out.
The National Guard’s presence also helped lead to the interception of more than 3,300 others who were turned back before they crossed into the U.S., CBP press secretary Corry Schiermeyer said in an email to the Washington Examiner. The Guard’s deployment has also led to an additional 11,686 pounds of marijuana being seized as a result of their work.
There are 1,601 National Guard troops at the border assisting with various surveillance, maintenance, and related operations. That number could tick up considerably if the 4,000 National Guard troops President Trump approved on April 4 are called on in a future request from CBP.
Troops are providing support from the air, surveillance backup, and assistance with infrastructure projects like vegetation clearing and road maintenance, not including border wall construction. Another task is to specifically free up agents to leave their desks and get back out to the field. The troops monitoring remote video surveillance systems have then been able to report sightings to a greater field of agents, and thus the number of apprehensions has increased, officials said.
The deployment is funded through the end of fiscal 2018, Sept. 30. Ronald Vitiello, then-acting CBP deputy commissioner, said in April the intent of the mission is for CBP to regain operational control of the border.
It’s likely the U.S. will be beefing up border protection dramatically with the election of Mexico’s new President.
Coasting to victory on promises to reign in rampant corruption, Mexico’s Communist president-elect and Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sent shock waves through the Americas.
Few realize that his election is likely to increase the number of low-income, low-skill illegal aliens coming to the United States.
Obrador admires Cuba and former Chilean socialist leader Salvador Allende. Venezuela’s socialist dictator Hugo Chávez helped with previous presidential campaigns by providing advisors and Venezuelan ambassador reportedly attended meetings with Obrador supporters.
While Mexican presidential candidates have long supported illegal aliens coming to the United States, Obrador’s rhetoric has been different.
Instead of campaigning on the traditional promise that life in Mexico will improve so that people won’t have to leave their country, Obrador has been more direct: “We will defend… the migrants of the world who, by necessity, have to leave their villages to seek life in the United States; it is a human right that we will defend.”
Obrador’s party, The National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), has won solid majorities in both the lower and upper houses of Congress.
Now, there may be no stopping this party’s Communist agenda. Lenin would be proud.
Just the threat of nationalizing companies will scare away foreign and domestic investment. While Obrador has promised not to increase taxes, there will surely be an increase in business regulations. Since President Trump took office, Americans have seen that attracting foreign investment increases the number of jobs, which in turn leads to higher salaries. Even before Obrador’s victory, some companies — such as Ford Motors — engaged in an about-face on planned car plants.
When the Mexican economy is faltering and the U.S. economy is booming, people get more determined to illegally cross the border. In recent decades, Cuban refugees have been desperate enough to brave shark-infested waters. Let’s hope that Mexico doesn’t become yet another socialist dystopia.
President Trump is concerned that countries such as Mexico are already sending people who are “not their best,” but that is only going to get worse. Obrador’s promised 140 percent increase in the minimum wage will encourage more illegal immigration. Employers won’t offer as many jobs if they are paying a higher minimum wage, and in the face of a job shortage less skilled workers will have trouble competing with more skilled ones.
Yet, unskilled illegal aliens who can’t get jobs in Mexico, will find work in the United States. With few enforcement officers, the government depends on workers to alert them when employers pay them less than the minimum wage. Workers can sue for twice however much they are paid below that wage.
It is hard for American citizens to work for less than the minimum wage, because they can’t credibly promise employers that they won’t be suing for twice the amount that they were underpaid. The longer they work for the company, the more they get from suing. Illegal aliens risk being identified and deported if they sue.
Mexicans are going to become disillusioned with Obrador, whose most powerful campaign theme was to eliminate rampant corruption. Eliminating corruption will supposedly pay for all his new government programs.
Unfortunately, Obrador doesn’t seem to realize that more government means more corruption. Everything else equal, the more favors that government has to give out, the more corruption.
With massive, promised increases in government spending, Obrador isn’t going to have the money to do things that might decrease corruption, such as increasing government workers’ salaries.
Mexico is already a not a wealthy country. After adjusting for differences in cost of living, per capita income in the United States is 3.3 times greater than Mexico.
With Obrador, that gap is going to only get bigger and more Mexicans will soon be trying to illegally enter the United States.
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July 16th, 2018