MS-13 member tries to sneak into U.S. as illegal immigrant child

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**FILE** An unidentified member of the gang Mara Salvatrucha who is incarcerated in the National Penitentiary of Tamara, 32 km (20 miles) north of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, is seen here Nov. 24, 2005. (Associated Press)

By Stephen Dinan

An MS-13 gang member tried to sneak into the U.S. last week by posing as an Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC), the Border Patrol said Tuesday, hoping to take advantage of lax American laws that give UAC a quick foothold in the U.S.

Agents said Herbeth Geovani Argueta-Chavez was part of a group of 61 illegal immigrants nabbed as a group in Arizona.

“During initial interviews, he falsely claimed to be an unaccompanied juvenile in hopes of being released,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Agents continued to press Mr. Argueta-Chavez, who then admitted he was actually an adult, not a minor. He also admitted he was part of MS-13 — though he claimed he was trying to leave the gang.

CBP said Mr. Argueta-Chavez, 18, is from El Salvador.

UAC from El Salvador and other Central American countries are given special treatment compared to Mexicans. Under the law, court decisions and government policy, they are required to be processed and quickly released to social workers, who then try to connect them with sponsors who will take them here in the U.S. — despite their unauthorized status.

They are supposed to show up for deportation cases, but most do not, instead disappearing into the shadows.

UAC have created a new pool of recruits for Mara Salvatrucha-13, the violent gang better known as MS-13, here in the U.S.

But Mr. Argueta-Chavez’s case underscores another danger: gang members attempting to make bogus UAC claims to gain a foothold.

‘Caravan Migrants’ Waiting to Cross Mexico-California Border

By Bob Price

Several reports indicate that the fragments of the “migrant caravan” are now arriving south of the U.S. border with Mexico. Border Patrol officials in California and Arizona said they have not seen any illegal border crossings between ports of entry this week.

Over the weekend, about 600 migrants arrived via train in the northern Mexican city of Hermosillo, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. The group plans to continue to Tijuana in the next few days.

Late last week, about 50 migrants from Central America arrived in Tijuana, Reuters reported. “Since peaking at around 1,500 people, the so-called migrant ‘caravan’ has dwindled under pressure from Trump and Mexican migration authorities, who vowed to separate those migrants with a right to stay in Mexico from those who did not,” Reuters states. Juventud 2000 director Jose Maria Garcia told the wire service that some crossed the border and requested asylum. He said more are expected in Tijuana in the coming days.

Border Patrol officials in the San Diego, Yuma, and Tucson Sectors told Breitbart Texas on Tuesday they have seen no illegal crossings in recent days by anyone from the “caravan.” El Centro Sector has not yet responded to an inquiry.

On April 11, Breitbart Texas reported that an MS-13 member joined up with a “caravan” splinter and crossed the border in the Yuma Sector.

“We questioned the members of the group and confirmed they are part of the caravan of Central American’s who are reported to be traveling to the U.S.,” Border Patrol spokesman Justin Kallinger told Breitbart Texas.

Kallinger said the MS-13 member did not claim to have started out with the original “caravan” but joined in a stash house in Mexico before crossing.

Officials identified the Salvadoran as 18-year-old Herberth Geovani Argueta-Chavez. He was “trying to separate from the gang,” Border Patrol officials stated.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officials have not responded to an inquiry as to whether they received any asylum requests from “caravan migrants” crossing from Tijuana in recent days.

President Donald Trump called on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to not let the asylum seekers into the U.S.

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The president then tweeted a message to Mexican officials urging them to stop people from navigating freely through their country to the U.S. He threatened to make this a condition of a new NAFTA agreement.

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DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen said her department would “fast track any caravan asylum cases”:

DHS continues to monitor the remnants of the ‘caravan’ of individuals headed to our Southern border with the apparent intention of entering the United States illegally. A sovereign nation that cannot – or worse, chooses not – to defend its borders will soon cease to be a sovereign nation. The Trump Administration is committed to enforcing our immigration laws – whether persons are part of this ‘caravan’ or not.

If members of the ‘caravan’ enter the country illegally, they will be referred for prosecution for illegal entry in accordance with existing law. For those seeking asylum, all individuals may be detained while their claims are adjudicated efficiently and expeditiously, and those found not to have a claim will be promptly removed from the United States.

This year’s caravan grew to much larger numbers than previous years, VOA News reported. The current group reached about 1,200 participants–an increase of about 1,000 over last year.

In response to the caravan and recent spikes in illegal border crossings into the U.S., President Trump ordered the deployment of up to 4,o00 National Guard troops to help secure the border.

The governors of TexasNew MexicoArizona, and California all responded by activating troops in their respective states.

President Trump vows to send 2,000 to 4,000 troops to Mexico border

Mr Trump announced the figure while returning from an event in West Virginia Getty

By Andrew Buncombe

President Donald Trump has said that he wants to send between 2,000 and 4,000 National Guard members to the US-Mexico border and keep them there until the wall he wishes to build is completed. 

Speaking to reporters as he flew back from event in West Virginia, Mr Trump was asked how many troops would be dispatched to the four states that border Mexico.

“Anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000,” he said. “We’ll probably keep them or a large portion of them, until the wall is built.”

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in talks with governors of border states about deploying national guard

Mr Trump’s comments came a day after it was announced he had signed an order to deploy National Guard troops to help “protect” the border with Mexico.

“It’s time to act,” said Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of homeland security, speaking to reporters at a White House briefing. “We do hope the deployment begins immediately. We’re working with all haste.”

In the memo signed Mr Trump on Wednesday evening, the president called on the Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to “request use of National Guard personnel” to secure the border and said the homeland security secretary would with him to train and direct the troops.

“The security of the United States is imperilled by a drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border,” he wrote.

“During the administrations of Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama, the National Guard provided support for efforts to secure our southern border. The crisis at our southern border once again calls for the National Guard to help secure our border and protect our homeland.”

Speaking on Air Force One Thursday, Trump gave his first estimate on guard levels. He also said he hoped they would stay there until the wall he wants to be built on the border is completed. Asked about the cost, he said his administration was looking at it.

Mr Trump campaigned for the presidency with a promise to build a wall on the border to stop illegal migration. The issue of immigration to the country became one of the central themes of his campaign and since entering the White House, he has ordered a crackdown on illegal migrants and signed an executive order making it more difficult for citizens from a group of countries to enter the US.

He has repeatedly asked Congress to provide funds to build a wall but he has met with limited success. In the $1.3 trillion mega-budget he signed last month, he was given $1.6bn for border security. It is unclear how much of that is for a physical border.

On Thursday, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto delivered a sharp rebuke to Mr Trump’s plan, urging him not to thrust Mexico into US domestic politics.

“If your recent declarations are due to frustration over issues to do with internal policy, your laws, or your Congress, direct yourself to them, not to Mexicans,” a stern-looking Mr Pena Nieto said in an address to the nation, according to Reuters.

Mexico’s Senate and the country’s leading presidential candidates have all condemned Mr Trump for his border plans in recent days, and Mr Pena Nieto said he agreed with all of them.

BORDER PATROL BUSTS A CHILD MOLESTER AND A RAPIST TRYING TO ENTER US

Illegal aliens are often convicted felons

Joe Jankowski | Infowars.com – APRIL 5, 2018

U.S. Border Patrol has arrested sex criminals in the days leading up to Trump’s decision to send National Guard troops to the southern border.

So far in the month of April, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has had its hands full with detaining sex offenders who had sought to enter the country at the US/Mexican border.

On April 1, border agents arrested a Mexican man, convicted of rape, who attempted to re-enter the country after having been previously removed.

Record checks revealed that he is a registered sex offender in Tennessee, stemming from a conviction of aggravated statutory rape in Sumner County in 2010.

The 36-year-old man was caught trying to enter the country illegally through the Rio Grande River.

On April 3, Brian A. Terry Station Border Patrol agents arrested 25-year-old Jose Hernandez-Martinez for illegally crossing the border through the Mexico town of Naco.

Through a record check, agents discovered the subject was convicted in Windom, Minnesota, for criminal sexual conduct in 2011 and sentenced to one year of confinement.

Hernandez will be held in federal custody and face criminal charges for re-entering the U.S. as an aggravated felon.

Border patrol agents also arrested Moises Bautista-Ortiz, a 31-year-old Mexican national, on April 3 after he had tried to re-enter the United States illegally near Sasabe.

Ortiz had been convicted in Maricopa County, Arizona of child molestation in January 2013 and given life probation. He is being processed for immigration violations and faces prosecution for re-entry as a felon.

The arrests came ahead of an order signed by President Donald Trump on Wednesday that will deploy National Guard troops to the U.S. southern border as a back up for current border patrol agents.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Nielsen told reporters that the move was intended to strengthen an immigration system that “rewards bad behavior.”

“Despite a number of steps this administration has taken…we continue to see unacceptable levels of illegal drugs, dangerous gang activity transnational criminal organizations and illegal immigration flow across our border,” Nielson said.

“The president has directed that the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security work together with our governors to deploy our National Guard to our southwest border to assist the border patrol,” she said continued.

According to the CBP, Southwest Border apprehensions and inadmissible entries increased 37% in March over February. Compared to March 2017March 2018 numbers were 203% higher.

‘We’ll see you soon Mr President!’ Immigrants on the sprawling human caravan taunt Trump and reveal that despite the ‘tough Mexican immigration laws’ he touted they have passes to travel with NO restrictions as they move toward the U.S.

Central American migrants taking part in the ‘Migrant Via Crucis’ caravan towards the United States get into a bus as they start leaving a sport complex where they were camping in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, on Thursday

By Ben Ashford

Defiant Central American migrants from the sprawling human ‘caravan’ snaking north through Mexico taunted President Trump and vowed to continue their push towards the US – declaring: ‘We’ll see you soon Mr President.’ 

And they told DailyMail.com about the reality of what Trump called ‘the strong immigration laws of Mexico’ revealing that in fact they were being given 20 or even 30-day passes to travel freely and told to report to immigration centers, which dot the U.S. border.

Far from being ‘broken up’ as Trump claimed on Thursday morning, the caravan was being helped on its way to Mexico City with coaches which arrived not long after he tweeted.

And while Mexican officials had encouraged it to disperse, they did so by giving permits to stay in the country without asking a single question about gangs and crimes.

William Castillo, 42, Christian Daniel Hernandez, 8, and Anna Maria Hernandez, 30, of San Salvador, El Salvador, hold their temporary travel documents as they plan to seek political asylum in Mexico City. The family is currently waiting at the Ferrocarrilero Viøctor F. Morales Sports Center in Matiøas Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico

Migrant children, traveling with the Pueblo Sin Fronteras group, play in a large pile of donated clothing at the Ferrocarrilero VÌctor F. Morales Sports Center

Far from being ‘broken up’ as Trump claimed on Thursday morning, the caravan was being helped on its way to Mexico City with coaches which arrived not long after he tweeted. Pictured above, children from the group line up for food 

A ticket for the bus taking migrants from Matiøas Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico, to Mexico City costs each individual 400 Mexican pesos, which is approximately $22

President Donald Trump gave Mexico a rare pat on the back for taking a wrecking ball to a caravan of 1,200 migrants that was headed to the United States

Organizers, Pueblo Sin Fronteras – People Without Borders – say they will only go as far as Mexico City where the ‘lucha’ movement – Spanish for fight – will disband rather than march to the border.

But many of the 1,000 or so migrants, the majority fleeing gang-plagued Honduras, told DailyMail.com they faced persecution or death if they returned to their homeland, and would press ahead to the U.S. regardless.

‘It’s his country, Senor Trump can do what he wants to. He can put as much military on the border as he likes,’ said Jose Acosta, a 35-year-old farmer escaping violence in the Honduran city of Morazán.

‘But when it comes to it, I will cross the border. I can assure you that I’m going to get into the US, I have faith in God.’

His determination was echoed by Salvadoran national Marvin Geovanni Alvarez, 39, who lived illegally in Atlanta, Georgia, for a year before he was deported in 2013, wrenching him away from his wife Daisy, 36, and sons, Marvin, 20, and 18-year Gerardo.

‘Trump is crazy. He’s racist. The National Guard doesn’t worry me, it’s all bulls***,’ he told DailyMail.com.

‘I’ll be reunited with my family. See you soon Mr President.’ 

Alvarez’s harrowing back story is typical of many of the hundreds of disheveled migrants sheltering in dilapidated locker rooms or laying under trees or tarps inside the blisteringly hot Victor F. Flores Morales Sports Center in the rural town of Matias Romero.

He was targeted by MS-13 gangsters after returning to El Salvador, stabbed three times – once in the head – and warned he would be murdered if he didn’t join up.

‘If they see me again they kill me. The gangs are even here in Mexico. So tomorrow I go to the United States, nobody is going to stop me,’ he vowed.

Migrant , traveling with the Pueblo Sin Fronteras group, play outside at the Ferrocarrilero VÌctor F. Morales Sports Center in MatÌas Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico

Marvin Geovanni Alvarez, 39, of El Salvador, and others relax in a field in MatÌas Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico. Alverez was targeted by MS-13 gangsters after returning to El Salvador, stabbed three times – once in the head – and warned he would be murdered if he didn’t join up

Daisy Galevez, 40, a migrant traveling with the Pueblo Sin Fronteras group, says she left Honduras because here daughter was being violated on the way home from school and her brother was killed by gangs

The migrants had traipsed unimpeded past Mexican police checkpoints and military bases until reaching Matias Romero at the weekend, where organizers herded them towards the largely dilapidated public sports complex that has been their bustling, sunbaked HQ since the weekend

Two trans people of Honduras, Shannel Smith, 26, who was shot 3-times, and Lizz Lobo, 24, who was stabbed in the kneck, are traveling with the Pueblo Sin Fronteras group. They are currently waiting in a field at the Ferrocarrilero VÌctor F. Morales Sports Center in MatÌas Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico, for permissions to continue their journey north. Both Smith and Lobo have been violently attacked in Honduras and are seeking asylum in the United States

Travelers have bedded down in crowded corridors, under bleachers or beneath tarps draped over swings, using a putrid-smelling stream for a toilet and surviving on donations of food, water and clothing from local townspeople

Elsy Mejia, 25, who will give birth in roughly 10 days holds her 20 travel document to travel within Mexico. She is currently waiting at Ferrocarrilero Viøctor F Morales Sports Center

The ‘Refugee Caravan 2018’ set out en masse from the southern Mexican border city of Tapachula on March 25, the majority travelling on foot with a few smaller groups hitchhiking, hopping on buses or clinging to the roofs of trains.

Similar caravans have crossed Mexico for the past several years but organizers say political unrest in the wake of a contentious November election in neighboring Honduras has swelled numbers from several hundred to more than a thousand.

Even so, the event passed largely unnoticed until Trump, apparently responding to a news segment on Fox News, denounced the migrants as dangerous and implored Congress to toughen immigration laws before they swamped the U.S.

He also warned the Mexican government he would cut off trade talks if they didn’t halt the caravan, which even if it reached the border, would make up just a small proportion of the roughly 30,000 people caught trying to sneak across every month.

The migrants had traipsed unimpeded past Mexican police checkpoints and military bases until reaching Matias Romero at the weekend, where organizers herded them towards the largely dilapidated public sports complex that has been their bustling, sunbaked HQ since the weekend.

Since then, the bedraggled travelers have bedded down in crowded corridors, under bleachers or beneath tarps draped over swings, using a putrid-smelling stream for a toilet and surviving on donations of food, water and clothing from local townspeople.

With barely any police on hand and just a handful of official organizers, 15 or so migrants have donned neon vests and are charged with keeping order across the bustling camp, which spans several soccer fields, a swimming pool and a baseball field.

Mexican immigration officials have visited each day inviting migrants to apply for transit permits granting them up to 30 days to officially apply for asylum.

A woman changes her baby’s diaper while others look on at the Ferrocarrilero VÌctor F. Morales Sports Center in MatÌas Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico
With no homes to go to, migrants are sleeping on mats surrounded by their belongings inside the Ferrocarrilero VÌctor F. Morales Sports Center

The move was hailed by Trump in two different tweets as evidence that he had forced the Mexicans to use their ‘strong’ immigration laws against the caravan.

But migrants told DailyMail.com it was surprisingly easy to secure temporary permits allowing them to stay in the country for a 30-day window.

The documents say they have to make an appointment to the ‘closest’ immigration center to their place of residence but do no list any restrictions on travel or forbid them from heading towards the US.

The maximum window people are being granted to temporarily stay is 30 days.

But many migrants deemed low priority or those with errors or gaps in their ID papers, have been given an alternative document simply giving them 20 days to remain in the territory of Mexico without granting them an interview.

However there is nothing stopping them from applying again when they have the correct papers.

‘I’m giving birth in ten days but they rejected me because of a discrepancy,’ said Honduran migrant Elsy Mejia, 25, who is traveling with her husband Jose Lanza, 21, and four year old daughter, Shesia.

‘But all I need is 20 days. Like a lot of people here I just need enough time to make it to the US border. ‘I hope to God the Americans won’t turn back a heavily pregnant woman.’

An official with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Migración said roughly 600 permits were rubber stamped at the camp, with slightly more of the 20 day variety issued to migrants.

The official, speaking on condition on anonymity, said many of those requesting paperwork were probably just happy to have a legal window to reach the US border.

Those asking for 30 days and formal interviews were more likely wanting to stay permanently in Mexico.

Matias Romero local Daniella Tolento, 24, distributes food to the Pueblo Sin Fronteras migrant group at the Ferrocarrilero VÌctor F. Morales Sports Center
Single mothers Sieda Madrid, 23, holding Owen, 6-months, and Delmi Castro, 21, holding Brian Michael, 8-months, are traveling with the Pueblo Sin Fronteras group, and are currently stopped at the Ferrocarrilero VÌctor F. Morales Sports Center
Salvadoran national William Castillo, 42, waited 20 minutes to speak with agents from Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Migración who came to the camp Wednesday.

They checked his passport and asked a handful of questions before issuing the single page documents to him, his wife Anna Maria Hernandez, 30, and their eight-year-old son, Christian Daniel.

‘They asked basic information, where we are from, where we plan to stay. They didn’t ask any questions about gangs or crimes,’ he told DailyMail.com.

‘We had no idea what to expect but it was not a tough process to get the documents. Nothing has been easy in this journey but this was surprisingly smooth.

‘This isn’t a pass to let us stay forever, this is to make a meeting. We have 30 days. If we don’t, they deport us.’

There are Instituto Nacional de Migración centers in most major Mexican cities and 21 stationed along the US-Mexican border.

Castillo says he plans to apply for asylum in Mexico rather than attempt to cross to the US but he added: ‘They didn’t say anything about where I could or couldn’t go.’

As Trump tweeted on Thursday morning that the caravan was ‘largely broken up’, part of it was being helped to move north far more rapidly.

A fleet of buses arrived at the sports complex offering migrants wanting to travel to Puebla a 400 Mexican pesos ($22) ride.

There were no police or immigration officials present.

 Puebla, just south of Mexico City, is where activists will hold a rally Friday and provide free access to immigration lawyers to help them apply for asylum in either Mexico or the US.

The caravan will then officially disband although Irineo Mujica Arzate, the group’s Mexico coordinator, predicted around 20 percent of the migrants could push on unsupervised.

He told DailyMail.com the caravan was organized each year to highlight the plight of desperate Central American immigrants – not to storm the US border – and laughed off the idea they were a threat to the American people.

Jose Arnoldo Avina Lino, 23, Miguel Angel Martinez Lino, 29, and Juancarlos Cloter Lino, 40, are traveling with the Pueblo Sin Fronteras group, and are currently stopped at the Ferrocarrilero VÌctor F. Morales Sports Center

Migrants line up to take a bus from the Ferrocarrilero Viøctor F. Morales Sports Center in Matiøas Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico, to Mexico City or Puebla to attend and immigration summit

‘That is ridiculous. It’s worthy of a movie. Only a fraction of those people will actually make it across the border. It’s highly militarized as it is,’ said Mujica Arzate. ‘

As usual Donald trump plays the politics of fear – the ‘brownies’ are coming to get us. ‘We have 400 women and 300 kids here. They may throw a ball or point a toy gun at someone, that’s about as dangerous as it gets. These people are fleeing the same gangs that Trump is worried about.’

Among those waiting anxiously for the caravan to move is Alfredo Munoz, 22, who is yet to secure temporary paperwork for his wife Carolina, 21, son Edhen, two, and four-year-old daughter, Daily.

He says he’s desperate to reach the US but knows his family will make easy pickings for cartel robbers and kidnappers unless they travel with others for security.

As Munoz talks he pulls back his little girl’s mousy brown hair to reveal a bullet wound at the base of her skull. She has a corresponding exit wound on her left cheek, a chilling reminder of when masked gangsters sprayed bullets at his front door in Colon, Honduras.

‘The gangsters want to own everyone but I said no. They beat me up, they threatened my wife,’ he told DailyMail.com.

‘They came at night and fired 25 times into the house. They hit my daughter in the back of the head but somehow she survived.

‘We’ve been travelling now for ten to eleven days, walking four hours a day. It was a hard decision because I knew my family would suffer. Someone robbed our bag of medicine.

‘There’s no way we can stay in Mexico though, the gangs can still get us here. We have to carry on until we reach the US – the alternative is death.’

Fleeing similar violence is Shannel Smith, a trans woman who decided to leave the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, after she was shot three times in the street.

A 26-year-old teacher, she entered Mexico legally but joined the caravan because it meant she could travel north in safety and gain access to lawyers.

Central Americans -taking part in a caravan called ‘Migrant Viacrucis’- wait in line to get a meal in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state

Elsewhere in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, migrants taking part in the caravan marched to protest against Donald Trump on Tuesday

‘Gangs target the trans community to move their drugs because they are particularly vulnerable. If you say no this is what happens,’ she tells DailyMail.com, revealing a 12 inch scar across her stomach and a similarly shocking wound along her left forearm.

‘I was waiting for a taxi when a man walked up to me and fired a pistol three times. I was hit in the arms and the chest. One of the bullets passed through my heart. I was in a coma for three days.

‘I don’t know if it was the police or the gangs – they are as bad as each other. They never caught them, they did nothing. That’s when I knew I had to leave.’

Despite Trump’s repeated warnings about unchecked immigration, data issued by US Customs and Border Protection reveals that the number of migrants caught trying to cross the border fell to a low of 15,700 in April.

The figure was as high under as 42,400 in January 2017 under the Obama administration.

Despite the huge influx of migrants into their town, the people of Matias Romero – population 38,000 – appear to have rallied around them, with locals donating water, rice, beans and old clothes.

‘We are not a charity, we are not a church. We just live here and we want to help,’ said Daniella Tolento, 24, as she served steaming bowls of salchicha and rice from the back of a gray pickup truck.

She and ten members of her family spent hours cooking up the spicy sausage and potato stew to feed the hungry newcomers.

‘Does this look like an army? I don’t think so. They are very welcome here. They have done nothing wrong. It’s stupidity.’

Without similar acts of kindness from complete strangers, 21-year-old Delmi Castro, a slender mother of two from Colon, Honduras, says she would never have had the fortitude to travel 260 miles, or an estimated 86 hours, on foot.

She managed it despite having to carry her two kids, eight-month-old Brian Michael and Jose Manuel, three, as well as a couple of bags of their belongings.

 ‘My partner is in jail and I’m trying to get to my sister in the United States. It’s been extremely hard, I’m alone, my feet ache, my kids have fevers. But in the cities we passed through the people had big hearts and they gave us food,’ she said.

‘We are not happy, we are suffering so much. But I’ll do anything to give my children, God permitting, a better life.’

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Trump sends National Guard to border as migrants vow to continue advance

FILE PHOTO: Immigrants arrive at the border, Mexico © Carlos Barria / Reuters

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday night to send the National Guard to beef up security at the Mexican border and combat illegal immigration.

The deployment will be done in conjunction with border state governors and will begin immediately.

“The threat is real,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at a press conference. “We continue to see unacceptable levels of illegal drugs, dangerous gang activity, transnational criminal organizations, and illegal immigration flow across our border.”

Precise details about the deployment will be worked out in the coming days, but according to NBC sources, the troops will have no actual physical contact with immigrants. Instead they will provide surveillance and a visible presence to assist border patrol and customs agents.

The president hinted at sending in the military on Tuesday, saying: “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military. That’s a big step!” Trump’s surprise comments came at a press conference with the leaders of the Baltic states.

The move comes following news last week that a thousands-strong “caravan” of migrants, mostly from Honduras and organized by activists from Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People WIthout Borders), had been making its way toward the US border through Mexico. While the Mexican government announced it would break up the caravan, its organizers promised to continue the march to the border and demand entry.

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Four states border Mexico: California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, both Republicans, welcomed Trump’s order.

“Anything we can do to continue to enhance security, to go after the cartels and others who are smuggling drugs into the country and putting lives at risk, the governor absolutely wants to see that happen,” said a spokesperson for Ducey.

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California is the state most likely to refuse to deploy troops. Democrat Governor Jerry Brown is a vocal critic of Trump, and has refused to deploy the National Guard before, in 2014.

Jacking up security is only one part of the Trump administration’s clampdown on illegal immigration. Nielsen also called on Congress to close loopholes in immigration law, including ending ‘catch-and-release’ programmes that see immigrants caught in the US released after 20 days without being deported.

“Time and time again, Congress has failed to act,” said Nielsen. “Worse still, some members of Congress have continually opposed efforts to secure the border.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that it is essential that Congress pass “effective legislation that ends the illegality.”

Sessions added that his Justice Department would be crafting its own initiatives “to restore legality to the southern border.”

Stamping out illegal immigration had been a core promise of the Trump campaign, as was stemming the flow of drugs across the border. Most of the illicit drugs that enter the US do so through the 2,000-mile border with Mexico. Mexican drug cartels make an estimated $19-29 billion a year on drug sales in the United States – enough to comfortably fund the first phase of Trump’s proposed border wall.

While Trump frequently talks tough on border security, he is not the first president to send in National Guard troops to hold the line. Under ‘Operation Jump Start’ in 2006, President George Bush sent some 6,000 troops to border states at a cost of $1.2 billion. President Barack Obama sent 1,200 troops to the border in 2010 under ‘Operation Phalanx,’ at a cost of $110 million per year.

Both operations were responsible for apprehending over 200,000 illegal immigrants and seizing over 28 tons of marijuana.

JORGE RAMOS SAYS TRUMP WANTS TO ‘MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN’ — TUCKER’S RESPONSE EMBARRASSES HIM

“This is an economic argument about who benefits from migration. It’s not really about race…”

By Justin Caruso

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson interviewed Jorge Ramos Tuesday on Mexico and illegal immigration.

“Can we just agree on this point?” Carlson said. “That a country that exterminated its black population, that is run exclusively by white people, that had a caste system based on blood until pretty recently, probably shouldn’t be calling us racist. Can we–let’s take that out of the equation. This is an economic argument about who benefits from migration. It’s not really about race…”

“No, I don’t think so,” Ramos said. “No Tucker, I think we should criticize both countries. There’s discrimination in Mexico and there’s a lot of discrimination, we have to say that, but when we have a president like President Trump who’s made racist statements, who clearly wants to make America white again by…”

“Oh, come on,” The Daily Caller co-founder said.

“When he said that he wants to bring immigrants from Norway and not from Haiti and from Africa, don’t you think that’s a racist statement?” (RELATED: Jorge Ramos: Future of America Is Comprised ‘Solely’ Of Minorities)

“Literally, something like 85 percent of our immigrants are nonwhite,” Tucker shot back. “It’s not a question of white or nonwhite. It’s a question of whether Mexico gets to use the United States as its welfare system. By the way, there were two black Mexicans just deported from Mexico, ’cause they were black, to countries they’ve never been to. That’s what it’s like to be African-American in Mexico. So, let’s just stop with the race stuff.”