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Are We About to See an ‘Arab Spring’ in Mexico? Ep 398


Published Apr 24, 2019 12:04 PM

Mexico is worse off than you think, and it’s holding on by a thread. Our government’s lack of regard for defending our sovereignty will have devastating consequences if the Mexican government officially collapses, according to our special guest.

Today, I am joined by Col. Dan Steiner (@coldan11), a retired Air Force veteran who served as the director of joint operations for the Texas Military Forces until 2010. He directed coordination between the Texas Military Forces and NORTHCOM for many years and also served at CENTCOM. Mexico is a nation on the edge, and it’s time we finally concoct a strategy to deal with it, warns Col. Steiner. Mexico could be on the precipice of an Arab Spring-style uprising, which could induce mass migration from Mexico itself, adding to the Central American migration.

Steiner warns that now is the time to close the border, create a buffer zone, and begin engaging militarily rather than treating the Mexico issue as untouchable. He also discusses the looming threat of subversion from other enemies through the chaos in Mexico as well as the threats from terrorism coming through the border. Be sure to take notes on this indispensable briefing!

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Trump Sends Warning to Mexico After Its Soldiers Draw Guns on US Troops in US: ‘Better Not Happen Again!’


Reported By Jack Davis | Published April 24, 2019 at 10:21am

President Donald Trump sent Mexico a warning Wednesday in response to an incident in which Mexican troops reportedly pointed their weapons at U.S. troops.

“Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border. Better not happen again! We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

On April 13 near Clint, Texas, two U.S. Army members were conducting an operation very close to the Rio Grande, which marks the official border between the two countries.

“[F]ive to six Mexican military personnel questioned two U.S. Army soldiers who were conducting border support operations in an unmarked [Customs and Border Protection] vehicle near the southwest border in the vicinity of Clint, Texas,” the Department of Defense told CNN.

Although the American troops were on U.S. soil, they apparently drove past a border fence that the Mexicans thought marked the boundary, while the incident actually took place just north of the official border. The foreign soldiers pointed weapons and confronted the Americans, even temporarily disarming them. The confrontation was resolved peacefully, officials said.

“After a brief discussion between the soldiers from the two nations, the Mexican military members departed the area,” Northern Command said in a statement, according to Army Times. “The U.S. soldiers immediately contacted CBP, who responded quickly. Throughout the incident, the U.S. soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols.”

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said there was probably more to the story than a simple geographical mixup, according to Fox News.

“These things don’t just happen by accident,” he said. “I don’t know one Border Patrol agent that is going to accept that story that the Mexican military thought that these national guardsmen were in Mexico.”

“We have hundreds upon hundreds incursions by the Mexican military into the U.S., yet we have very few incursions by Border Patrol agents into Mexico,” he said.

The Washington Examiner reported that the incident has triggered a review of the rules for American forces patrolling along the Southern Border. An official whose name was not given said the incident “will help us modify any instructions that we’re giving the troops” about unexpected encounters with Mexican soldiers.

Trump on Wednesday also demanded Mexico take action to block a caravan of migrants from ever reaching the U.S. border.

“A very big Caravan of over 20,000 people started up through Mexico. It has been reduced in size by Mexico but is still coming. Mexico must apprehend the remainder or we will be forced to close that section of the Border & call up the Military. The Coyotes & Cartels have weapons!” Trump wrote.

Mexico said Monday that it detained 371 migrants. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said human traffickers have infiltrated migrant caravans, requiring an active response from Mexican officials.

“We don’t want for them to just have free passage, not just out of legal concerns but for questions of safety,” he said.

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Homeland Security: Number of Illegals Apprehended at Southern Border Nearly Doubles


Reported By Jason Hopkins | Published February 20, 2019 at 11:16am  | Modified February 21, 2019 at 5:44am

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/homeland-security-number-of-illegals-apprehended-at-southern-border-nearly-doubles/

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A metal fence marked with the US Border Patrol sign prevents people to get close to the barbed/concertina wire covering the US/Mexico border fence, in Nogales, Arizona, on February 9, 2019. (Ariana Drehsler / AFP / Getty Images)

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection — a subset agency of the Department of Homeland Security — reported a total of 47,893 apprehensions of illegal migrants in January at the Southwest border, a region of the U.S.-Mexico border that is the most active. The number marked an increase of nearly 22,000 arrests, or 84 percent, from January 2018.

The huge uptick could suggest more illegal immigrants will try to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in 2019 than originally anticipated.

Princeton Policy Advisors — a group that analyses immigration trends — is currently forecasting 606,000 apprehensions for the entire year, but they left the door open to increase this projection.

“The January numbers don’t yet warrant an upward revision in our forecast of 606,000 apprehensions in 2019. But we are on notice,” Steven Kopits, president of Princeton, stated to the Washington Examiner. “Buckle your seat belts: 2019 could be a wild ride at the southwest border.”

The January numbers reflect a growing trend at the U.S.-Mexico border. Nearly 467,000 apprehensions took place at the U.S. Southern border in 2018, more than any other calendar year since at least 2012, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center. The spike in arrests was led in large part by migrant families attempting to reach the U.S. illegally at the tail end of 2018. While rising apprehensions can be indicative of more migrants attempting to enter the U.S., the numbers also reflect an evolving strategy among illegal migrants.

Many illegal immigrants reach the border with the intention of getting caught by border patrol where they can then make an asylum claim. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, for example, recorded 78,564 asylum requests in 2017, a huge increase from the 13,880 requests made in 2012.

“Remember, the problem right now isn’t people crossing the border illegally. It’s people presenting themselves to border patrol agents – people who want to get apprehended so they can lodge a frivolous asylum claim,” RJ Hauman, director of government relations for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, stated to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“They know we don’t have the detention space, so we just release them into the interior of the country.”

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Seventeen Burned Bodies Appear Near Border as Democrats Say We Don’t Need a Wall


Reported By Ben Marquis | January 10, 2019 at 4:25pm

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/seventeen-burned-bodies-appear-near-border-democrats-say-dont-need-wall/

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Democrats and the media immediately set about disputing Trump’s labeling of the border situation as a “crisis,” part of their overtly biased effort to instantly “fact-check” every word or statistic uttered by the president in the brief speech, and — coincidentally? — all seemed to arrive at the same conclusion: There is no real crisis at the border, only a “manufactured crisis” brought about purposefully by Trump’s actions, or some such nonsense like that.

Of course, to follow along with the media’s bouncing ball on this one, everyone must ignore the fact that the same liberal media loudly trumpeted the “crisis” at the border in 2013 and 2014 — when they were supporting comprehensive immigration reform and amnesty for illegal immigrants — or their hollering about a “crisis” on the border through much of 2017 and 2018 when Trump began to crack down on illegal border crossings and deportations ticked up.

In truth, however, the only thing “manufactured” about all of this is the Democrats ‘obstinate opposition to the president and their refusal to acknowledge the basic and undeniable facts of what is occurring on and around the porous and lightly defended southern border.

Case in point, Reuters reported on Thursday that at least 20 dead bodies — 17 of which had been badly burned — were discovered on Wednesday in the Mexican city of Ciudad Miguel Aleman, which is located a mere 56 miles across the Rio Grande River from the U.S. border city of McAllen, Texas, where President Trump visited with U.S. Border Patrol agents and other officials on Thursday.

Mexican authorities are reportedly investigating what has all the appearances of a deadly battle between members of two rival gangs in the area, gangs that routinely play in a role in the illicit cross-border excursions that bring illegal aliens, criminals, drugs, weapons and even terrorists into this nation.

The suspected gang-related massacre even drew a mention from Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at his daily news conference on Thursday, and though he didn’t offer up much in the way of specifics, he did say that security officials would provide more information at a later date or time.

Reuters noted that according to one Mexican security official, five burned-out vehicles were also discovered along with the 20 dead bodies, though the outlet noted that a separate Mexican security official had reportedly counted as many as 21 dead bodies at the scene. The grisly scene was located in the Tamaulipas region of Mexico, one of the more violent states in that nation that has been controlled by dangerous criminal cartels and gangs for years. Those groups exert a great deal of control over drug and human trafficking across the border in that region, and are well-known for running extortion rackets on local residents and exploiting migrants passing through the area for whatever can be gained.

When not engaged in those border-related crimes, the cartels and gangs are fighting violently among each other or waging war against Mexican security forces, violence that has claimed tens of thousands of lives — some innocent, some not so much — over the years.

Obviously, incidents like this one — and this bloody incident is far from an isolated occurrence — are what President Trump is referencing when he speaks of the “crisis” at the border while demanding Congress appropriate the necessary funds to construct a border wall where needed and to increase border security measures in other ways.

Yet, based solely on their reflexive opposition to all things Trump, many talking heads in the liberal media staunchly refuse to acknowledge as a “crisis” what their own colleagues are quietly reporting on a near-daily basis.

Indeed, some in the media have even adopted a sort of “Don’t believe your lying eyes” attitude when it comes to their anti-Trump reporting on the border, as evidenced by a ridiculous tweet from CNN’s Jim Acosta that actually seemed to prove the president’s point about how necessary and effective a border wall truly is.

In several other tweets after that, Acosta hyped up how safe the border town of McAllen is — while studiously ignoring the obvious fact that McAllen is safe because it has a border wall and other barriers obstructing those who would illicitly cross over.

Unfortunately, the wall and other barriers along the border in the McAllen region that keep it so safe only extend for so long, and eventually give way to mere chain-link fencing or nothing at all, meaning those who wish to cross the border illegally need only walk around the end to do so. Anyone with common sense and intellectual honesty can plainly see that and realize Trump is absolutely correct to want to address this security crisis post haste.

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Outrageous: Caravanners Offer To Return Home If US Pays Them $50,000 Each


Reported By Benjamin Arie | December 12, 2018 at 5:13pm

We’ve all seen the eye-opening images: Hordes of people from migrant “caravans” have moved from Central America into Mexico, pushing past border checkpoints and clashing with officials. Thousands of those migrants are now near the U.S.-Mexico border, creating chaos in places like Tijuana. All the while, the left has insisted that they’re merely fleeing oppression and want “a better life,” which America is apparently obliged to give them.

But a shocking update from those same migrants is casting doubt on the liberal narrative. The caravans are now making demands from the United States, and it’s almost impossible to see it as anything other than mass extortion. 

According to The San Diego Union Tribune, caravan members marched on the U.S. consulate in Tijuana and demanded that either they be granted entry across the border, or be paid tens of thousands of dollars.

“Two groups of Central American migrants made separate marches on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana Tuesday, demanding that they be processed through the asylum system more quickly and in greater numbers,” the newspaper reported.

They’re also demanding “that deportations be halted and that President Trump either let them into the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home.”

Yes, that’s $50,000 per immigrant.

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To put that in perspective, the average yearly wage in Mexico is about $15,000 dollars. In Honduras, it’s even less.

Where did that absurd number come from? Caravan organizers declared that it was essentially reparations for what the United States “stole” from Central America.

“It may seem like a lot of money to you,” declared organizer Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa. “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”

It’s worth remembering that the Mexican government previously offered working visas and at least basic jobs for the migrants. The vast majority refused, and chose instead to try to illegally cross border fences — often waving the flags of their home countries. The hostile, almost ransom-like insistence on being paid over three times Mexico’s average annual wage seems to be completely opposite of past claims that their trek was about escaping crime and poverty back home. It looks now like a get-rich-quick scheme that fell apart.

And if the group’s demands are not met? Well, it isn’t clear what they’ll do.

“They gave the U.S. Consulate 72 hours to respond. They said they had not decided what to do if their demands were not met,” stated The San Diego Union Tribune.

“I don’t know, we will decide as a group,” Ulloa said.

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Some caravan members essentially admitted that they expected to cut to the front of the immigration line and enter the United States no questions asked, a delusion that was abruptly halted by President Trump.

A lot of people are leaving because there is no solution here,” said Douglas Matute in Tijuana. “We thought they would let us in. But Trump sent the military instead of social workers.”

In one of the most bizarre twists, caravan members blamed their situation on Americans “intervening” in Central America. Their solution? Demand that President Donald Trump intervene in Central America.

“[F]amilies, women and children who have fled our countries continue to suffer and the civil society of Tijuana continue to be forces to confront this humanitarian crisis, a refugee crisis caused in great part by decades of U.S. intervention in Central America,” one of the letters delivered to the American consulate insisted.

Yet intervention is exactly what the groups say they want.

“[T]he majority of [caravan members] are young men who are fleeing from poverty, insecurity and political repression under the dictatorship of Juan Orlando Hernandez,” lamented a second letter, according to The Tribune.

“Orlando Hernandez is the president of Honduras. Their letter also asked the U.S. to remove Orlando Hernandez from office,” the San Diego newspaper explained.

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Well, so much for that narrative.

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Tijuana Government Reeling, over 100 Members of Migrant Caravan Arrested on Criminal Charges


Reported By Benjamin Arie | November 25, 2018 at 6:21am

Are the migrant caravans currently in Mexico harmless and innocent, or are they full of problems and troublemakers? That’s the question that many people both in the United States and south of the border are asking after thousands of immigrants began arriving in the border city of Tijuana.

Liberal voices, predictably, have insisted that it’s the former while yelling “racist!” any time somebody suggests otherwise.

More and more, however, there is mounting evidence that there are far more delinquents in the caravans than was previously reported … and now even Tijuana residents are starting to question the “open borders” narrative.

On Friday, El Sol de Tijuana reported that 127 migrants have been arrested in Mexico for various offenses, some of them violent.

The Mexican newspaper highlighted one of those crimes, which involved a knife attack by a Honduran migrant against another immigrant from Haiti. El Sol also explained that illicit drug use is commonplace among the caravan migrants.

“The fact (is) that these migrants, who have problems of addictions, who are using drugs on the public highway … become highly vulnerable to recruitment by local delinquency to turn them into drug dealers and possible victims of crime,” the paper stated. (Original Spanish article.)

Ironically, government officials in Mexico are starting to come to the same conclusions as the Trump administration: Knowing who is a criminal and who is not is vital, yet extremely difficult given the circumstances of these caravans. While the left is busy demanding that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement be disbanded, Mexican authorities are increasingly relying on their version of ICE to verify the identity of lawbreakers and deport them from Mexico.

Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua, a government security official, indicated that the Instituto Nacional de Migración — which can be thought of as Mexico’s ICE — is a key part of being able to “detect and deport people who have committed crimes.” After years of the INM being primarily focused on enforcing immigration laws among American expats who retire to Mexico, the government is scrambling to deal with the very different issue of nearly 10,000 unknown foreigners arriving at once.

Meanwhile, the migrant situation in Tijuana has become so bad that the city’s mayor has called it a humanitarian crisis, and Mexican residents have begun protesting the caravans.

“The mayor of Tijuana, Juan Manuel Gastélum, declared a humanitarian crisis in the city in the face of the extraordinary situation that is experienced by the arrival of thousands of migrants,” El Sol reported. (Original Spanish.)

“The city can no longer deal with the matter,” insisted Gastélum, who was recently spotted wearing a “Make Tijuana Great Again” hat.

Secretary of Public Security Marco Sotomayor confirmed that “104 [migrants] received administrative sanctions and four were turned over to the Public Prosecutor for crimes of theft, fights and outrages … while the rest have been for the crimes of possession of drugs, drunkenness on public roads and causing disturbances.”

To the embarrassment of American liberals, it seems President Donald Trump has been largely vindicated. Despite the left constantly calling Republicans “racist” for suggesting that it is not the best and brightest who are surging illegally across borders, it is now Mexico that is discovering the very same thing.

It is not racism, it is reality. When Mexican officials are raising red flags about how other Hispanics from Central America are ignoring laws, maybe it’s time to listen.

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Mexico Confirms: Migrant Group That Stormed US Border Will Be Deported


Reported By Jack Davis | November 26, 2018 at 7:40am

A wave of migrants massed at the U.S.-Mexico border tried to storm their way into the United States on Sunday. Not only did they fail, but some of those who tried to force their way into the country will be deported from Mexico, officials said Sunday. Mexican officials said that at least 39 of the 500 people who tried to rush the border will be deported, CNN reported.

Sunday’s incident underscored the rising tensions along the border in Tijuana, where several thousand migrants have come after coming in mass groups from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Estimates of migrants in the city range from 5,000 to 7,000, with more migrant caravans on the way.

On Sunday, a large number of migrants dashed for the border in an attempt to force their way past Border Patrol agents. One group “attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them,” Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement, CNN reported.

“DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons. We will also seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our front-line operators, or violates our nation’s sovereignty,” Nielsen said.

Honduran Ana Zúñiga, 23, said she saw migrants open a small hole in concertina wire that had been strung to impede migrants’ progress when they try to cross the borderThe Guardian reported. She said once the hole was created, tear gas was used on the migrants.

“We ran but when you run the gas asphyxiates you more,” she said, holding her infant daughter.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said projectiles thrown by the migrants struck several agents.

“Border Patrol agents deployed tear gas to dispel the group because of the risk to agents’ safety,” the agency tweeted.

Deploying the gas led the crowd to disperse.

Vowing to outlast the migrants, Nielsen said the U.S. will continue its “robust” presence along the border, Fox News reported.

Mexico’s Interior Ministry called Sunday’s action “acts of provocation” and warned that migrants are hurting their cause by repeating any attempt to storm the border.

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