With the media spotlight deftly directed to the termination of the Iranian nuclear deal, members of the infamous Central American “caravan” that worked its way through Mexico have begun their entry into, albeit quietly into the country.
So far a dozen of political asylum seekers has successfully placed applications with border officials in San Ysidro, San Diego. Organizers of the caravan, Pueblos Sin Fronteras indicated that at least 140 others are waiting to process paperwork from Tijuana, Mexico.
Despite UN law that states those seeking asylum must request protection in the FIRST country they enter, the caravan organizers believe the migrants have a right to US entry. Also, the group openly provided legal advice inside Mexico describing the political asylum process in America and specifically told the group what “phrases and statements” will accurately plea their cases for American safety.
However, the Trump administration has taken a hardline on the caravan travelers and said families would be scrutinized, separated and detained for the lengthy verification process.
Border Patrol agents have also claimed many of the applicants have used virtually the same rehearsed phrases to begin the asylum process.
President Trump tweeted instructions for DHS officials: “Despite the Democrat inspired laws on Sanctuary Cities and the Border being so bad and one-sided, I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country. It is a disgrace. We are the only Country in the World so naive! WALL.”
Meanwhile, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a statement on US Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Southwest Border Migration numbers for April.
“The recently released April 2018 Southwest Border Migration numbers underscore the continuing security crisis along our southwest border. The number of illegal border crossers increased in April from the previous month, and more than tripled in April 2018 in comparison to April 2017. For the second month in a row, we have seen more than 50,000 individuals try to illegally enter the United States,” Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton said. “If you enter our country illegally, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution. DHS has zero tolerance for those who break the law and will no longer exempt classes or groups of individuals from prosecution. Whether you are a single adult or an adult member of a family unit, if you are apprehended you will be prosecuted and put in removal proceedings.”
“DHS has significantly increased our referral rates to the Department of Justice for illegal border crossers when compared to the same time period in FY 2017. DHS and DOJ have taken recent steps to surge the necessary resources – such as asylum officers, immigration judges, prosecutors, and ICE attorneys – to promptly adjudicate cases through our civil immigration system or through criminal prosecution. To those seeking to abuse our generous laws – we are watching. We will not sit back and watch our laws exploited. If you make a false immigration claim, you will be referred for prosecution. If you assist or coach individuals in making false immigration claims, you will be referred for prosecution.”
Nevertheless, with the media focused on the next news cycle, it’s likely many of the asylum seekers will enter California, a sanctuary state, and disappear inside America.
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