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Tag: Central America

Trump Threatens to Deploy Military, Shut Down Mexican Border over Caravan of Immigrants

Border marker, via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump threatened Thursday to deploy the military and close the southern border if Mexico fails to stop thousands of immigrants heading toward the United States.

“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!,” the president tweeted Thursday.

In another tweet, Trump continued to castigate Democrats for being weak on immigrations.

“I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S,” Trump said.

In a third tweet, Trump said trade is less important to him than stopping migrants from entering the country.

“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,” he wrote. “All Democrats fault for weak laws!”

A caravan of more than 4,000 migrants fled Central American countries a week ago because of violence and poverty.

They appeared to be undeterred by Trump’s threats.

“We are going to continue,” 32-year-old Luis Navarreto told the Associated Press. “It is God who decides here. We have no other option but to move ahead.”

Human Smugglers Causing Humanitarian Crisis by Dumping Migrants Across the Border

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Human smugglers are causing a humanitarian crisis by bringing large groups of Central American migrants into America and then abandoning them, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Since Aug. 20, Border Patrol agents made eight discoveries of groups of more than 100 documented immigrants, including children, walking in areas of southwest Arizona, AZCentral.com reports

The largest group was discovered on Sept. 20, when Yuma-based Border Patrol agents came across 275 adults and children, 20 of whom were taken to the hospital.

“With more family units being smuggled into these areas, agents must divert even greater resources to care and treat those harmed by the arduous journey,” Border Patrol said in a statement.

“Family units who might have previously presented themselves at ports of entry, are being shuttled by human smugglers into areas with limited infrastructure to illegally cross into Arizona,” the UCBP said in a press release issued Friday. “Multiple areas along the Yuma and Ajo corridors are being exploited by criminal organizations.”

Border Patrol Fails at Meetings Its Goal of Hiring 1,600 Women as Agents

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol has struggled to hire female agents to help fight illegal immigration.

Between October 2014 and September 2015, the federal agency received more than 6,200 applications for Border Patrol job vacancies. But according to the Albuquerque Journal, only 54 women where fired – far below the goal of hiring 1,600 female agents. 

Women are vital to the Border Patrol because of the influx of Central American women and children immigrants over the past two years. The agency has said female agents are often better equipped to deal with immigrants who are women and children.

Women represent about 15% of the workforce in federal law enforcement agencies. But only 5% of Border Patrol’s agents are women.

“They are working hard,” WIFLE executive director Cathy Sanz, a retired agent of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said of Border Patrol. “They are trying. Other federal agencies are watching what they are doing” – i.e., looking for signs of success in attracting women to the force – “because others are thinking they might want to go down this road.”

Illegal Immigration This Year Already Exceeds Totals from Last Year

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of undocumented immigrants sneaking into the U.S. this year has already surpassed 2015 with two months until the fiscal year ends, the Washington Times reports. 

During the first 10 months of the fiscal year, more than 332,000 people were caught at the border, exceeding last year’s numbers.

Federal authorities report a renewed interest in crossing the border, especially among children and families from Central America. The increase apparently has been spurred by violence at home and hopes of being granted amnesty.

“Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol in July along our southwest border — an indicator of total attempts to cross the border illegally — fell during the month of July, although apprehensions of unaccompanied children and family units increased somewhat from June. These trends are generally in line with seasonal patterns we have observed in previous years,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Security agency that oversees the Border Patrol, said in releasing the numbers.

Homeland Security Readies for Raid to Deport Hundreds of Central American Families

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is preparing for a series of raids that involve deporting hundred of families who fled to the United States since the beginning of 2014, the Washington Post reports. 

As early as January, ICE agents will embark on its first large-scale deportation of families who came from violence-torn Central America.

The deportation targets adults and children who already have been ordered removed from the U.S. by an immigration judge.

At least hundreds of immigrants will be targeted.

“It would be an outrage if the administration subjected Central American families to even more aggressive enforcement tactics,” said Gregory Chen, director of advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “This administration has never acknowledged the truth: that these families are refugees seeking asylum who should be given humanitarian protection rather than being detained or rounded up. When other countries are welcoming far more refugees, the U.S. should be ashamed for using jails and even contemplating large-scale deportation tactics.”

U.S. Apprehends More Migrants Who Live Outside Mexico Than Live In Border Country

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

In a dramatic shift, more migrants from countries outside of Mexico were captured crossing into the U.S., which hasn’t been seen for at least two decades, the New York Times reports. 

The annual figures published by Homeland Security show a 15% rise in total apprehensions in the 2014 fiscal year, with a total of 486,651 caught. More than 250,000 of them were not Mexican, a 68% spike over the previous year.

The increase was fueled by the surge last summer of migrants from Central America.

While Mexicans continue to cross the border more than others, the apprehension of 229,178 people last year represents a 14% decline this year.

The report also found that ICE is handling fewer deportations.

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Number of Migrant Children, Families Crossing into U.S. Declines Sharply

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of migrant children and families from Central American crossing the border in the U.S. has dropped significantly since the crisis this summer, the Arizona Republic reports.

The number of crossings have dropped to the lowest level this year, Customs and Border Protection said.

The crossings peaked in June but began to fell because of the media attention.

In September, agents apprehended 2,402 unaccompanied children, compared to 10,622 in June. That’s a 77% decline.

The number of families taken into custody also declined sharply.

US Sees Fewer Undocumented Central American Children Crossing Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border in South Texas has declined over the past 10 days, authorities said.

That’s good news for an agency that has become overwhelmed by a surge of children entering the country without their parents, Fox New reports.

Since October, federal authorities have arrested more than 57,000 undocumented children.

Border Patrol also converted a 55,000-square-foot warehouse to temporarily house up to 1,000 children.

“We arrested 80 juveniles yesterday, so within the last 10 days we’ve seen a decrease in the number of juveniles arrested,” Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector Chief Kevin Oaks

The Los Angeles Times toured the facility in McAllen, Texas, where squalid, cramped conditions were reported earlier in the month because of the immigration surge from Central America.

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