Organizers of Illegal Migrant Caravan Headed to US Are Feeling the Backlash – Go Silent

Video from March 26 showing Mexican authorities allowing 1500 illegal migrants to sweep through a border checkpoint from Guatemala.

By Kristinn Taylor

Pueblos Sin Fronteras, the group behind the 1500 strong illegal migrant army marching through Mexico with the blessing of the Mexican government to the United States is feeling the heat from pro-border Americans and President Donald Trump. Spokespersons for PSF gave interviews on Sunday in which they claimed most of the migrants would stay in Mexico while others would seek asylum at US ports of entry rather than illegally cross the border.

There has been a virtual blackout from PSF and the embedded Buzzfeed reporter, Adolfo Flores, since the backlash began on Friday with the publication of Flores’ initial report from the caravan and a subsequent warning was posted by a supporter of the migrants. (To the Left, anyone concerned about border security is a “white supremacist”.)

“ALERTA—Far-right white supremacists, including at Breitbart, are setting sights on the #ViacrucisMigrante2018 #RefugeeCaravan #NoBanNoWallNoRaids #RefugeesWelcome @PuebloSF @alex_mensing @AlOtroLado_Org @LatinoAdvocacy1 @NLGnews @aflores @BryanSchatz @democracynow @latinorebels”

“By noting the caravan Breitbart is inciting white supremacists to fight a grassroots movement made up of people fleeing US-backed violence to find safety and help for their families. #EndBorderImperialism #EndWhiteSupremacy
@democracynow @NLGnews @IGD_News @splinter_news @NIJC”

 “The border was drawn by white settler colonists and is maintained to terrorize and discipline immigrant communities, all for the benefit of capital and white supremacy. The border, CBP, ICE, capitalism, white supremacy, etc. can and *will* all be undone. #EndBorderImperialism”
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The PSF Twitter page has not posted news on the caravan, or anything, since Friday. Neither has the PSF Facebook page.

Likewise, embedded Buzzfeed reporter Adolfo Flores went dark, posting nothing on Twitter since Friday for almost 48 hours. Flores posted two tweets Sunday afternoon about Trump’s morning tweets and public comments about the caravan.

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“The grandmother used to run a successful bakery but had to close up after she refused to pay gangs “rent.” The father of her grandson was killed for refusing to extort her for the gang and his wife fled to another country. There are hundreds of migrants with similar stories”

“I asked some of the migrants on the caravan what they thought about Trump saying they were going to the US for DACA. Some laughed and others said they thought (correctly) they wouldn’t qualify.”

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Flores’ article reported the migrants were responsible for their food, water and expenses.

Alex Mensing, another organizer with Pueblos Sin Fronteras, made that point clear to the migrants before the group started out. He also stressed that everyone is responsible for their own food, water, and payment for vans or buses. Still, it’s far cheaper than being assaulted or falling into the hands of unscrupulous smugglers.

“I’m here to work together with the people who had to leave their countries for whatever reason,” Mensing said through a loudspeaker. “We’re fighting together. We’re not here to give anyone papers and we’re not here to give anyone food.”

However, as this March 8 tweet shows, PSF set up a dedicated Paypal account weeks in advance for donations for the migrants.

PSF is also soliciting donations for the migrants at the PSF website which raises the question of what PSF is doing with the donations.

A spokeswoman for PSF, Gina Garibo, spoke with Univision on Sunday by telephone. Garibo dramatically downplayed the intentions of the migrants, claiming many would seek refugee status in Mexico. Garibo also reiterated PSF’s announced plan for the caravan to layover in the Mexican town of Puebla for several days this week to seek legal counseling for the migrants.

(Excerpt via Google Translate)

The caravan is organized by Pueblos sin Frontera, a group that seeks to draw the attention of Mexican and US authorities on the need to protect vulnerable populations and “dignify the refugees,” her project coordinator, Gina, told Univision Noticias on Sunday. Garibo.

In a telephone conversation, Garibo assured that the caravan that they organize does not have to do with “an avalanche of immigrants that is going to cross the border as the president’s tweet says”. He affirmed that the caravan will be between April 5 and 8 in Puebla, where they will receive advice from human rights organizations of both countries and will define the actions they will take.

Apparently, many of the migrants will seek to remain in Mexico as refugees while others may continue north to try to seek asylum in the United States. “We will accompany them to the ports of entry on the northern border, where they will turn themselves in to the immigration authorities,” said Garibo, rejecting some of the people who are going to try to cross the border. media versions that pose the caravan as a group that seeks to illegally cross the border line.”

Another spokesman for PSF, Roberto Corona, also dramatically downplayed the caravan in comments to the New York Times on Sunday.

A representative for a group called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, which organized the caravan, said that it would take four to six weeks before it reached the United States-Mexico border, and that the number of participants would be significantly smaller by then.

Most people are likely to drop out of the caravan in Mexico, rather than journey all the way to the border, the representative said, because they know they would be turned back by American border officials.

“Many of them know they won’t qualify for asylum. They are afraid of being detained,” said Roberto Corona, the group’s communications director, adding that most of them just wanted to reach Mexico, where they plan to speak with members of that country’s Congress.”

Mensing spoke to ABC News on Sunday, also downplaying the caravan.

A group of at least 1,200 Central Americans is, in fact, making its way through Mexico — but slowly, on cargo trains, and they won’t reach the U.S. border for about three more weeks, Alex Mensing, a project coordinator with Pueblos Sin Fronteras, which is organizing the march, told ABC News.

The march, versions of which have happened on and off since 2010 — including twice last year — will conclude at an official port of entry in California, Arizona or New Mexico, depending on train schedules, Mensing said. By then, he said, the migrants — most of whom are Honduran — will have heard from American and Mexican lawyers about the asylum processes in both countries.

Some will peel off before then, but most will likely claim asylum at the port of entry and be detained for anytime from a few weeks to over a year, Mensing said.

“We accompany them to an official port of entry,” he said. “People aren’t going to unofficial points of entry.”

The Buzzfeed article from Friday partially contradicts Garibo, Corona and Mensing about the migrants’ intentions to illegally enter the U.S.

Not everyone is planning on crossing into the United States undetected. Migrants like Yonis, an Honduran man who declined to use his full name, are hoping to get their families to other parts of Mexico. He was able to legalize his status in Mexico and is hoping to get his wife and seven month old baby to the Mexican state Nuevo León.

“I have my life there,” Yonis told BuzzFeed News. “We’re all here fighting together, going to different borders, chasing an American dream that sometimes becomes a reality or doesn’t for some.”

Organizers estimate that about two-thirds of people are planing on crossing into the United States undetected or asking for some type of protection like asylum.

PSF issued a press release on March 23 announcing the caravan that included the layover in Puebla. Puebla is located southeast of Mexico City putting the caravan days away from the U.S. border.

March 23 at 2:34pm ·
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
[español abajo…]

March 23, 2018
Tapachula, Mexico

To the governments of Central America, Mexico, and the United States of America,
To the media,
To human rights organizations,
To civil society,

We are a group of people from different nations, religions, genders, gender expressions, and sexual orientations migrating and seeking refuge. We seek to become one collective, supporting each other shoulder to shoulder and demonstrating that by uniting we can abolish borders.

We Central Americans have formed a caravan of many united in struggle. We leave Tapachula, Chiapas on March 25.

If all goes well we will be in Puebla, Mexico from April 5 to 9 to participate in legal preparation and workshops. From there we will hope for the blessing of solidarity from the Mexican people and human rights organizations, who we hope will join our struggle and assist us with the supplies and resources that they have available. We appreciate the support and collaboration of the people of Mexico and the United States. We hope to be an example of solidarity and struggle to the world.

We demand of our Central American countries:
-An end to political corruption
-An end to violence against women and the LGBTQIA community
-An end to failures of justice for victims of domestic violence, extortion, threats, and homophobia
-An end to corruption between gangs, the police, and governments
-An end to murder with impunity and gang recruitment of youth

We demand of Mexico and the United States:
-That they respect our rights as refugees and our right to dignified work to be able to support our families
-That they open the borders to us because we are as much citizens as the people of the countries where we are and/or travel
-That deportations, which destroy families, come to an end
-No more abuses against us as migrants
-Dignity and justice
-That the US government not end TPS for those who need it
-That the US government stop massive funding for the Mexican government to detain Central American migrants and refugees and to deport them
-That these governments respect our rights under international law, including the right to free expression
-That the conventions on refugee rights not be empty rhetoric

“The border is stained red!”
“Because there they kill the working class!”
“Why do they kill us? Why do they murder us…”
“If we are the hope of Latin America?”

Sincerely,

2018 Refugee Caravan “Migrantes en la Lucha”
Pueblo Sin Fronteras”

President Trump warned Mexico on Sunday in a series of tweets and a statement to the press before church.

“Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. “Caravans” coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!”

“Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!”

“These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA. They want in on the act!”

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Video of Trump’s remarks was posted by CBS News reporter Steven Portnoy.

The White House released a transcript of Trump’s remarks.

For Immediate Release

April 1, 2018

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP

BEFORE EASTER CHURCH SERVICE

Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

Palm Beach, Florida

10:54 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Happy Easter.

Q Happy Easter, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Happy Easter. Enjoy it.

Q Mr. President, what did you mean by no DACA deal?

THE PRESIDENT: Mexico has got to help us at the border. If they’re not going to help us at the border, it’s a very sad thing between our two countries.

Mexico has got to help us at the border. And a lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA, and we’re going to have to really see.

They had a great chance. The Democrats blew it. They had a great, great chance but we’ll have to take a look, because Mexico has got to help us at the border. They flow right through Mexico. They send them into the United States. It can’t happen that way anymore. Thank you.

END 10:55 A.M. EDT

Senators Block Trump’s Immigration Reforms

by NEIL MUNRO 15 Feb 2018

60 Democrats and business-first establishment Republican Senators blocked President Donald Trump’s populist immigration reform agenda, pushing the hot-button topic towards the November election.

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer used his brief speech before the vote to blame President Donald Trump for the Democrats’ refusal to accept a reform-for-amnesty deal, saying:

President Trump created this problem by terminating the DACA program last August. Since then, President Trump has stood in the way over every single proposal that could become law …  President Trump has failed his test of leadership spectacularly.

The Trump-backed bill, led by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, lost by 39 to 60, showcasing the political clout of the tacit alliance between pro-immigration progressive Democrats and roughly 12 business-first Republicans, plus at least one anti-amnesty Republican. Many business groups had pressured the GOP Senators to vote against the reforms, largely because Trump promised to cut future legal immigration levels.

The defeat may block pending Senate negotiations over the appropriation of $1.6 billion for the border-wall spending in 2018. The funding decision is slated for completion in late March.

The defeat also invites Trump to make immigration reform a central issue in the November election. White House officials have pushed that strategy in the last few days, noting that polls show that most Americans want immigration rules to favor Americans and their paychecks — instead of cheap-labor companies or immigrants.

The vote showed that several red-state Democrats facing the voters this November joined with the business-first Republicans to maintain wage-cutting immigration, and to preserve the unpopular visa-lottery and chain-migration programs.

Throughout the four-vote series of amendments, few Democrats crossed the line to vote for Trump’s pro-American proposals, while several Republicans backed the cheap-labor amnesty bills.

For example, only three Democrats voted against the Democrats’ main proposal — which would have suspended enforcement of immigration law for migrants who arrived before January 1 (a morning draft of the legislation said the deadline was June 30).

At least two of those Senators only voted no after the 41 GOP Senators had already successfully voted to block the proposal. They were New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall and California Sen. Kamala Harris. The final result was 47 to 54.

Three red-state Democratic Senators voted for the Grassley/Trump measure. They were North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. Roughly 14 GOP Senators voted against the reform. 

Also, 8 Republicans voted for the Democrats’ main amnesty bill, which was credited to the Democrat-dominated “Common Sense Coalition.” The amnesty GOP Senators were led by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Jeff Flake, but also included Maine Sen. Susan Collins, South Dakota Sen. Mike RoundsAlaska SenLisa Murkowski, Tennesee Sen. Lamar Alexander, and Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson. The Democrats’ anti-enforcement measure was also supported by GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, who is actually the chairman of the GOP Senators’ 2018 election campaign.

Media outlets portrayed the GOP’s business-first Senators as “moderates” or “conservatives.”

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The 14 GOP Senators who voted against the Grassley-Trump measure included South Dakota’s Sen. John Thune, who is a member of the leadership team with Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. The no votes included Sen. Ted Cruz, who said earlier he would oppose it because it endorsed an amnesty along with immigration reforms.

Four GOP Senators — Flake, Gardner, Graham, Murkowski — also voted yes for another amnesty bill drafted by Democratic Sen. Chris Coons and GOP Sen. John McCain. That bill was defeated 47 to 52. Sen. Joe Manchin, a red-state Democrat who faces the voters in November, vote against the Coons-McCain giveaway.

Nearly all Democratic Senators voted against a proposal by GOP Sen. Toomey to financially penalize sanctuary cities. The amendment got 54 votes, which kept it six votes below the 60-vote threshold. Forty-seven Democrats voted against sanctuary-city penalties.

Even without the new laws from Congress, Trump can continue to enforce immigration laws, punish employers for hiring illegals and update visa and security rules to exclude dangerous migrants.

Many polls show that Trump’s 2016 immigration policies are very popular in the polling booth. His proposed amnesty for 1.8 million illegals gets high scores in business-funded polls but is unlikely to shift any votes into the GOP column in November.

Immigration polls which ask people to pick a priority, or to decide which options are fair, show that voters in the polling booth put a high priority on helping their families and fellow nationals get decent jobs in a high-tech, high-immigrationlow-wage economy. Those results are very different from the “Nation of Immigrants” polls which are funded by CEOs and progressives, and which pressure Americans to say they welcome migrants.

Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.

But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting roughly 1.1 million new legal immigrants, by providing work-permits to roughly 3 million resident foreigners, and by doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.

The Washington-imposed economic policy of economic growth via mass-immigration floods the market with foreign laborspikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate priceswidens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.

(KNOW YOUR ENEMY!) – COLLEGE STUDENTS LOVE OPEN BORDERS

Published on Feb 13, 2018

Students at Trinity University expressed displeasure with the idea of Donald Trump building a border wall. When asked for their solution, many gave their approval for ‘open borders.’

Cabot Phillips | Campus Reform – FEBRUARY 13, 2018

This year, much of the gridlock in Washington has centered around the inability of Congress to reach an agreement on immigration reform—particularly the idea of building a wall along the southern border.

Wanting to find out if college students would be as divided on the issue, Campus Reform headed to Trinity College in San Antonio, Texas, to ask a simple question: What would you like to see on the border?

Immediately, it was clear the vast majority of students at Trinity were no fans of Trump’s proposal for a border wall.

While a few admitted off-camera that they like the idea of a wall, they refused to offer support for it on the record, citing fears that others on campus would ostracize them.

So what exactly would opponents of the wall like to see instead?

While some simply advocated for increased security, others immediately turned to “open borders” as the solution.

Claiming it would lead to “more mixing of cultures” and even the playing field for disadvantaged people in other countries, multiple students vehemently offered their support for the concept.

Amnesty Advocates Decry ICE Enforcing Law at Apartment Complex

by BOB PRICE 13 Feb 2018

Amnesty and open borders advocates complain that U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) officers are going to Houston apartment complexes that have large Hispanic populations.

FIEL, an advocacy group located in the Bayou City point to the arrest of a Guatemalan national, Carlos Gudiel Andres, according to a report by the Associated Press. ICE agents arrested Andres last month at a Houston complex.

His family told the press that ICE officers approached Andres about certain individuals they were looking for, and in the process asked him for his identification. When he gave the agents his ID, they determined there was an active deportation order on him.

Cesar Espinosa, executive director of FIEL (Familias Immigrantes y Estudiantes en la Luchall or “Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle”), said that his group received other reports of ICE agents at apartment complexes in Houston during early mornings. No further explanation or details beyond the Andres case were reported.

Espinosa charged that he wants to know “if they’re asking only certain people who may look a certain way,” the AP reported.

A statement from ICE officials to the AP said Andre’s apartment was “identified as part of a targeted enforcement operation.”

In previous statements to Breitbart Texas, ICE officials stated:

ICE deportation officers conduct targeted enforcement operations every day in locations around the country as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the nation, uphold public safety and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls.

These are existing, established fugitive operations teams. ICE does not conduct sweeps, checkpoints or raids that target aliens indiscriminately.

Reports of ICE checkpoints and sweeps are false, dangerous and irresponsible. These reports create panic and put communities and law enforcement personnel in unnecessary danger. Any groups falsely reporting such activities are doing a disservice to those they claim to support.

During targeted enforcement operations ICE officers frequently encounter additional suspects who may be in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. Those persons will be evaluated on a case by case basis and, when appropriate, arrested by ICE.

As part of the illegal immigration crackdown by the Trump Administration, U.S. Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan issued a directive in January ordering ICE officers to target criminal aliens appearing in courthouses, Breitbart Texas reported. Homan explained, “ICE’s enforcement activities in these same courthouses are wholly consistent with longstanding law enforcement practices, nationwide.”