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Family separation is necessary when navigating a broken system

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There is no understating that the immigration crisis is truly a crisis. There is an overload of illegal immigrants in the system and the relevant agencies aren’t able to expedite the deportation process. The media has resurrected the issues of family separation in an effort to maintain their propaganda onslaught. The Trump administration responded tactfully with an executive order undermining their efforts to oppose him. Since then a quieter policy has emerged. Illegals are given the option to withdraw their asylum claim and agree to self deportation. In return, they would be united with their children. It’s a hardball policy.

Playing Hardball

However, playing hardball is the most cost effective and speediest way to alleviate America’s migrant crisis. In the criminal justice system, all sorts of agreements are made to alleviate the overload the courts often face. There are plea bargains, PBJs, and stet dockets. Immigration needs to apply similar measures to take control of the migrant crisis or else let the crisis control us. The “zero tolerance” policy provided a leverage for the US Government. After all, one would assume that parents would be as enthusiastic as the media in ending family separation.

Evidently not. The Department of Homeland Security noted that parents have elected to be deported without their children. Abandoning children in a foreign land is a pseudo-sacrificial way for a parent to care about their child. Sure being an orphaned illegal immigrant carries the chance of a better life, but in actuality it is the abdication of parental responsibilities to the state, a foreign state at that. What caring parent would do such a thing? Time found itself printing fake news over its cover featuring Trump and an illegal immigrant child. Turns out, the mother had a track record of not being a good mother. I raise the claim that parents bringing their children, or worse, shipping their children, across the border are not good parents.

This reveals a few flaws in the voluntary deportation for unification strategy. The first flaw being the logistical impracticality. Business Insider tells the story in which an illegal is trying to rescind his agreement. He and his daughter were/are detained at separate locations in separate states. It’s not the easiest plan to ship children to their parents prior to deporting them both. As it would seem, America doesn’t have a hub-and-spoke method for deporting illegal immigrants.

The second flawed outcome is the orphaned children, as noted by the DHS. This creates a whole new issue. The US government would be in custody of another country’s children. This is not ideal, inexpensive, or easy to resolve.

Real Solutions

The Trump administration is doing the best it can do under current immigration law. Family separation remains the best way for the US Government to navigate a deeply flawed system. While people protest under the emotional premises established by the media, they offer no real solutions aside from granting asylum seekers amnesty. Rewarding them for lying and illegally crossing into our land will only exacerbate the migrant crisis. Real solutions must be offered. Currently Ted Cruz is leading the pack on real solutions.

Key points of the Protect Kids and Parents Act:
  • Double the number of federal immigration judges, from roughly 375 to 750.
  • Authorize new temporary shelters, with accommodations to keep families together.
  • Mandate that illegal immigrant families must be kept together, absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children.
  • Provide for expedited processing and review of asylum cases, so that—within 14 days—those who meet the legal standards will be granted asylum, and those who do not will be immediately returned to their home countries.

Ted Cruz’s bill would equip the government to better handle the crisis, but it will by no means put an end to it. But it is a moderate first step.

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3 migrant caravan claims Jim Acosta made to President Trump that have been debunked… by the migrant caravans

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3 migrant caravan claims Jim Acosta made to President Trump that have been debunked by the migrant c

CNN’s Jim Acosta has been at the center of the news cycle for 12 days. It’s not his reporting that landed him there. He’s the center of attention after the Secret Service suspended his hard pass to the White House. His pass is back and most seem to be moving on from the story. But something has been lost in the mix. The statements he made while badgering the President on November 7 were spoken with authority and certainty.

Less than two weeks later, all three of his claims have been proven wrong by the migrant caravans themselves.

“They’re hundred of miles away, though. They’re hundreds and hundreds of miles away.”

Around 3,000 migrants arrived in the last few days, doubling the total number of migrants waiting to be processed at the San Ysidro border crossing to 6000. Thousands more are expected in the coming days.

They certainly walked “hundreds and hundreds of miles” very quickly.

Tijuana border crossing shut as Mexicans protest against arrival of migrant caravan

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/19/tijuana-border-crossing-shut-mexicans-protest-against-arrival/An estimated 3,000 migrants have arrived in recent days in Tijuana, which sprawls into San Diego in southern California.

On Sunday several hundred Tijuana residents took to the streets to protest against the caravan, which set out from Honduras on October 13.

“Your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls and so on, but they’re not going to be doing that.”

A picture can say a thousand words, but in this case it only has to say two words to Acosta: “Wrong again.”

Migrants Climb Border Fence

“As you know, Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion. It’s a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the U.S.”

How many criminals need to be among the migrants for it to be considered an invasion? 50? 100? 200?

How about 500?

Migrant caravan at US border is harboring more than 500 criminals, Homeland Security claims

https://www.foxnews.com/us/migrant-caravan-may-be-in-tijuana-for-the-long-haul-while-u-s-shuts-down-san-diego-area-crossingMore than 500 criminals are traveling with the migrant caravan that’s massed on the other side of a San Diego border crossing, homeland security officials said Monday afternoon.

The revelation was made during a conference call with reporters, with officials asserting that “most of the caravan members are not women and children”. They claimed the group is mostly made up of single adult or teen males and that the women and children have been pushed to the front of the line in a bid to garner sympathetic media coverage.

By now, any thinking person regardless of political ideology should realize Jim Acosta is an idiot. In the short time he held the mic at the press conference, he made three debunked statements. Journalists are supposed to expose the truth, not spread lies.

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Tijuana protesters chant ‘Out!’ at migrants camped in city

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Tijuana protesters chant Out at migrants camped in city

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of Tijuana residents congregated around a monument in an affluent section of the city south of California on Sunday to protest the thousands of Central American migrants who have arrived via caravan in hopes of a new life in the U.S.

Tensions have built as nearly 3,000 migrants from the caravan poured into Tijuana in recent days after more than a month on the road, and with many more months ahead of them while they seek asylum. The federal government estimates the number of migrants could soon swell to 10,000.

U.S. border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana’s main crossing to San Diego. Asylum seekers register their names in a tattered notebook managed by migrants themselves that had more than 3,000 names even before the caravan arrived.

On Sunday, displeased Tijuana residents waved Mexican flags, sang the Mexican national anthem and chanted “Out! Out!” in front of a statue of the Aztec ruler Cuauhtemoc, 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the U.S. border. They accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana. They also complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an “invasion.” And they voiced worries that their taxes might be spent to care for the group.

“We don’t want them in Tijuana,” protesters shouted.

Juana Rodriguez, a housewife, said the government needs to conduct background checks on the migrants to make sure they don’t have criminal records.

A woman who gave her name as Paloma lambasted the migrants, who she said came to Mexico in search of handouts. “Let their government take care of them,” she told video reporters covering the protest.

A block away, fewer than a dozen Tijuana residents stood with signs of support for the migrants. Keila Samarron, a 38-year-old teacher, said the protesters don’t represent her way of thinking as she held a sign saying: Childhood has no borders.

Most of the migrants who have reached Tijuana via caravan in recent days set out more than a month ago from Honduras, a country of 9 million people. Dozens of migrants in the caravan who have been interviewed by Associated Press reporters have said they left their country after death threats.

But the journey has been hard, and many have turned around.

Alden Rivera, the Honduran ambassador in Mexico, told the AP on Saturday that 1,800 Hondurans have returned to their country since the caravan first set out on Oct. 13, and that he hopes more will make that decision. “We want them to return to Honduras,” said Rivera.

Honduras has a murder rate of 43 per 100,000 residents, similar to U.S. cities like New Orleans and Detroit. In addition to violence, migrants in the caravan have mentioned poor economic prospects as a motivator for their departures. Per capita income hovers around $120 a month in Honduras, where the World Bank says two out of three people live in poverty.

The migrants’ expected long stay in Tijuana has raised concerns about the ability of the border city of more than 1.6 million people to handle the influx.

While many in Tijuana are sympathetic to the migrants’ plight and trying to assist, some locals have shouted insults, hurled rocks and even thrown punches at them. The cold reception contrasts sharply with the warmth that accompanied the migrants in southern Mexico, where residents of small towns greeted them with hot food, campsites and even live music.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has called the migrants’ arrival an “avalanche” that the city is ill-prepared to handle, calculating that they will be in Tijuana for at least six months as they wait to file asylum claims. Gastelum has appealed to the federal government for more assistance to cope with the influx.

Mexico’s Interior Ministry said Saturday that the federal government was flying in food and blankets for the migrants in Tijuana.

Tijuana officials converted a municipal gymnasium and recreational complex into a shelter to keep migrants out of public spaces. The city’s privately run shelters have a maximum capacity of 700. The municipal complex can hold up to 3,000.

At the municipal shelter, Josue Caseres, 24, expressed dismay at the protests against the caravan. “We are fleeing violence,” said the entertainer from Santa Barbara, Honduras. “How can they think we are going to come here to be violent?”

Some from the caravan have diverted to other border cities, such as Mexicali, a few hours to the east of Tijuana.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who sought to make the caravan a campaign issue in the midterm elections, used Twitter on Sunday to voice support for the mayor of Tijuana and try to discourage the migrants from seeking entry to the U.S.

Trump wrote that like Tijuana, “the U.S. is ill-prepared for this invasion, and will not stand for it. They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico. Go home!”

He followed that tweet by writing: “Catch and Release is an obsolete term. It is now Catch and Detain. Illegal Immigrants trying to come into the U.S.A., often proudly flying the flag of their nation as they ask for U.S. Asylum, will be detained or turned away.”

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Guthrie reported from Mexico City. Associated Press writer Julie Watson contributed to this story from Tijuana.

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Several injured as first wave of migrant caravan clashes with Mexicans in Tijuana

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Several injured as first wave of migrant caravan clashes with Mexican citizens in Tijuana

A portion of the first migrant caravan has arrived at the border city of Tijuana, Mexico. Their first night there resulted in violent clashes with residents that resulted in several injuries, including three journalists.

This group of around 750 migrants is the largest to reach the border. City and Baja California state officials set up shelters to accommodate the visitors, but nearly half of the migrants left, preferring to sleep out in the open. Most gathered on the beach near the United States border where they were met by residents demanding they return to the shelters.

“The message to the migrant population is very clear,” Francisco Rueda Gómez, secretary-general of the state of Baja California. “We are providing them with humanitarian support, health care and food, however the need to take into consideration the rules of the shelters so they can coexist in harmony with the local population.”

This marks the first test of how migrants will react to their situation now that the journey is over and the waiting begins. They could be in Tijuana for months. Their first night didn’t go as planned.

Around 3,000 more migrants are on their way to bolster their numbers at the border city.

My Take

Some of the migrants were interviewed by media and seemed confused they weren’t embraced with open arms. They were cheered on in other cities they’d passed through on their way to the border, but Tijuana is reacting differently.

The reason is obvious. It’s easy to cheer on people who are passing through. It’s more difficult to cheer for people who are going to be living near you for an extended period of time, especially when they scoff at the free shelter, food, and services they are being given on their first night.

If things are this bad on the first night with a few hundred migrants arriving, what will happen when they’re reunited with other factions from the original caravan? Things may get ugly very quickly in Tijuana.

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