SAYS “MASSIVE FOREIGN AID” TO BE REDUCED OR TERMINATED
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 22, 2018) — At approximately 8:35 AM EDT, President Donald Trump tweeted that he considers the Central-American caravan now traveling through Mexico to be a “national emergency” given that Mexican federal police have been unable to stop its progress toward the U.S. border.
Although in the past Mexico has enforced its strict laws against illegal immigration, its federal police have reportedly been instructed not to shoot or detain the “caravan” of men, women and children coming primarily from Honduras, but also from El Salvador and Guatemala.
The media has quoted some of the travelers to have said that they are seeking better economic opportunity in the United States, although none appears to have applied to enter the U.S. legally. U.S. immigration law allows for those who believe they have been persecuted in their home countries to apply for political asylum, with the Trump administration last spring having issued a narrowing of the parameters by which those claiming asylum will be allowed to stay. “Persecution” currently requires an individual to have been harassed and/or jailed by his government as a result of his religious, political or organizational membership. It does not include flight from domestic violence or gang activity in the person’s home country.
Over the weekend, Mexico offered anyone from the thousands-strong caravan to apply for asylum with assistance from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Approximately 1,000 have applied, Fox News reported on Monday morning.
“Caravans” traveling to the U.S. are reportedly rife with sexual predators and other criminals such as human smugglers. Last week, Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch reported that 100 ISIS members were recently identified by Guatemalan authorities and deported to their countries of origin.
On Saturday, Trump praised the Mexican government for agreeing to take action to halt the caravan within its borders following a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and the Mexican Foreign Minister on Friday.
On Monday morning, Fox News reported that the caravan has grown to as many as 7,000 people, an increase of some 2,000 over media reports issued Sunday afternoon.
Several minutes after his first tweet on the subject, Trump followed up with, “Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic immigration Laws!” He then referred to the upcoming midterm elections and said that our current immigration system is “so unfair to those who come in legally.”
Last Tuesday, Trump said that if the Honduran government did not halt caravan and reverse its course, he would terminate financial aid to that country. In a third Monday-morning tweeted, he said, “Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving the country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them.”
A second caravan of about 1,000 individuals has reportedly formed, some of whose members have previously lived in the United States.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump railed against current U.S. immigration laws and since becoming president has urged Congress to update them. He has pushed for the construction of a permanent wall across the US-Mexico border and attempted to curtail the practice of “catch and release,” a situation created by a 1997 Clinton administration settlement agreement which forces illegal-alien children and their alleged parents to be released from detention after a 20-day period given that children cannot be held for more than 20 days. Government agencies and those caring for the illegals are then forced to reunite the children with the adults who accompanied them over the border and release them into the community, providing them a court date for which most fail to appear.
In the case of illegal-alien children who arrive unaccompanied, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides food, shelter, medical and mental-health care, education and clothing to the child at taxpayer expense until a sponsor can be found.
Beginning in 2015, a whistleblower who worked as a supervisor for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported to the Senate Judiciary Committee that many unaccompanied alien children (UACs) were placed with sponsors who had considerable criminal records and mistreated the children placed in their care.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.