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Mexico Shutting Its Border…With Guatemala

New Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador appears to be on a charm offensive with the Trump administration and is now working to secure his nation’s southern border with Guatemala to stop any future caravan stunts from Central Americans. From the Washington Times: Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero says Mexico will end the practice of undocumented or illegal crossings over the Suchiate River, which marks much of the border between the two countries. It is as yet unclear how Mexico will secure its border, whether with manpower or by building its own “wall.” Read more…

Here’s more from Hot Air…

The new Mexican government of incoming president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (or “AMLO”) continues to pleasantly surprise me. Not only have we seen increased cooperation with Mexican law enforcement on our own southern border, but he seems to be serious about attacking the illegal immigration problem at its source. The latest announcement coming from Mexico City indicates that they’re seeking to shut off the flow of migrants and caravans by cracking down on their own southern border.

Mexico’s top security official says the government will effectively close off illegal entry at its southern border with Guatemala.

Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero says Mexico will end the practice of undocumented or illegal crossings over the Suchiate River, which marks much of the border between the two countries.

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Migrants Give Ultimatum: Let Us In Or Give Us 50Gs To Turn Around

Two organized groups from the Central American caravan marched on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana with no less than a demand for reparations for “everything the United States has stolen from Honduras” to the tune of $50,000. They say let them in or give them the cash to take home with them. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, they also demanded a halt in deportations and faster processing. “It may seem like a lot of money to you,” organizer Alfonsa Guerreo Ulloa told the paper, “but it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras. “Another said, “We thought they would let us in, but Trump sent the military instead of social workers. “They “generously” gave the consulate 72 hours to think about it and respond.

Here’s more from Fox News… 

Two groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a list of demands, with one group delivering an ultimatum to the Trump administration: either let them in the U.S. or pay them $50,000 each to go home, a report said.

Among other demands were that deportations be halted and that asylum seekers be processed faster and in greater numbers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The first group of caravan members, which included about 100 migrants, arrived at the consulate around 11 a.m. Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa, an organizer from Honduras, said the $50,000 figure was chosen as a group.

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

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Border Patrol Arrests MS-13 Gang Member of Caravan

President Trump was proven right when in his claim that among the 6,000 “asylum” seekers amassing at our southern border would be MS-13, terrorists, and non-Central Americans. So far U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested a member of the Salvadoran MS-13 gang, who admitted to authorities that he was acting as an opportunist in attempting to enter the United States. Common tactics include posing as an unaccompanied minor. Last week the Department of Homeland Security warned that roughly 500 MS-13 gangbangers were among the Central American caravan. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

“You’re going to find MS-13, you’re going to find Middle Eastern, you’re going to find everything,” President Trump said in one of his much-criticized statements about the kinds of people included among the thousands of caravan migrants amassing at the U.S. southern border.

While the president has taken heat for describing the migrants as including criminals, the Mexican government has confirmed that to be the case, announcing last week that they are in the process of deporting hundreds of the migrants for criminal behavior at the border near Tijuana. Trump’s reference to MS-13 has also been proved correct, as a recent U.S. border patrol arrest reveals.

“U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested a member of the infamous Salvadoran MS-13 gang who admitted to authorities that he traveled with a caravan of Central American migrants who were hoping to qualify for asylum in America,” National Review’s Mairead McArdle reports.

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Rock-Throwing Migrant Mob Used Women and Children as Human Shields

U.S. Border Patrol is confirming what we all suspected: that the Central American migrants who threw rocks at our agents shoved women and children to the front to use as human shields and no doubt as photo props convenient to their open borders ambitions. “What we saw over and over yesterday was that the group – the caravan, as we call them – would push women and children to the front, and then begin, basically, rocking our agents,” Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott told CNN. Separately, National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd told Fox News that “They pushed women and children up front. And then behind those women and children, they started throwing rocks, cement bricks, they started throwing bottles at our Border Patrol agents.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The U.S. Border Patrol’s top San Diego agent says violent migrants who stormed the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday shoved women and children to the front of the mob to use as human shields.

“What we saw over and over yesterday was that the group – the caravan, as we call them – would push women and children to the front, and then begin, basically, rocking our agents,” Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said in a CNN interview.

“Several agents were actually struck by rocks,” Scott said, noting that three were injured.

National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd backed up Scott’s assertion, saying male migrants used women and children as shields as they threw rocks at U.S. border agents.

“They pushed women and children up front. And then behind those women and children, they started throwing rocks, cement bricks, they started throwing bottles at our Border Patrol agents,” Judd said in a Fox News interview.

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Trump Threatens Border Breachers: “We Will Close the Border Permanently”

President Trump is doubling down on his commitment to securing the U.S.-Mexico border, warning that “we will close the Border permanently if need be” after a wave of Central American caravan migrants tried to overwhelm the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday, even throwing rocks at U.S. authorities. Trump tweeted: “Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!” President Trump has additionally threatened a government shutdown if Congress does not act to help secure the border that now has some 6,000 Central Americans camping out in Tijuana. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

After chaos at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday forced U.S. authorities to fire tear gas into a violent crowd of angry migrants seeking to enter the United States, President Trump on Monday warned that “we will close the Border permanently if need be.”

The president also said that many of the so-called migrants now gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border are “stone cold criminals” and urged Mexico to send them back to their homes “anyway you want.”

“Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

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White House Authorizes Use of Force at the U.S.-Mexico Border

President Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly signed a “Cabinet order” Tuesday giving the 5,800 active-duty U.S. troops and 2,100 National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border permission to use force and to carry out permissible law enforcement task in their duty to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border. Military Times reports that the authorized use of force can include “a show or use of force (including lethal force, where necessary), crowd control, temporary detention. and cursory search.” According to Kelly, the move was deemed necessary because the caravan “may prompt incidents of violence and disorder.”

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

President Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, reportedly signed a “Cabinet order” late Tuesday that gives the thousands of U.S. troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border permission to carry out some law enforcement tasks and use force in certain situations in dealing with as many as 10,000 Central American migrants who have traveled to the country as part of a caravan.

The memo says “Department of Defense military personnel” can “perform those military protective activities that the Secretary of Defense determines are reasonably necessary” to protect themselves and all U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel, including “a show or use of force (including lethal force, where necessary), crowd control, temporary detention. and cursory search,” according to the Military Times.

Approximately 5,800 active-duty troops and 2,100 National Guard troops are stationed at various regions of the southern border.

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DHS: Migrant Caravan Includes 500 Criminals

A new DHS report confirms what has been obvious from the get-go: It is not an authentic, asylum-seeking sea of humanity amassing at the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego. Instead, the 6,000-strong caravan is composed of criminals, miscreants, and opportunists. According to the DHS report, more than 500 criminals are part of the caravan, and the overwhelming majority are adult males, not women or children. As a result, residents in Tijuana are calling foul and escalating protests after migrant officials said the caravan could be hanging out in their neighborhood for months. U.S. officials maintain no one will cross the border until their asylum requests are fully processed, which could take up to six months. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The migrant caravan that is amassing at the San Diego border contains over 500 criminals, the Department of Homeland Security warned Monday. Contrary to reports by the media and immigrant activists, DHS officials said, the vast majority of the migrants are men, not women and children. The reports come amid growing tension between residents of Tijuana and the increasing number of migrants that officials say may be there for months.

DHS officials made the claims during a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon reported by Fox News, which notes that officials said “most” of the estimated 6,000 members of the caravan gathered at the border are young men. To garner public sympathy, DHS officials said, migrant activists have tried to push the women and children to the front for the cameras.

Among the 6,000 migrants are more than 500 known criminals, officials said. Mexican officials expect the number of migrants aggregating in Tijuana near the San Ysidro border crossing to exceed 10,000 soon, and that swelling number of asylum-seekers will require housing, which the government says it does not have the resources to provide.

 

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Busiest U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Closed

U.S. border officials shut down the San Ysidro port of entry to all northbound vehicular traffic on Monday to better secure it with “temporary impediment measures” ahead of the arrival of the thousands-strong caravan from Central America. As many as 20,000 pedestrians and 70,000 vehicles use this lawful port of entry traveling between Tijuana and San Diego every day. It is the busiest crossing in the Western Hemisphere according to a Washington Examiner report. Read more…

Here’s more from Washington Examiner… 

U.S. border officials on Monday shut down all vehicular traffic flowing north from Mexico into California at the country’s busiest border crossing and diverted staff to help bulk up the infrastructure and security there, in anticipation of the arrival of thousands of migrants traveling in caravans from Central America.

The San Ysidro port of entry, which processes 20,000 pedestrians and 70,000 vehicles moving from Tijuana to San Diego each day, closed all passenger and commercial lanes and one of its two pedestrian crossings.

The port’s 26 passenger lanes and 22 pedestrian lanes see more traffic than any in the entire Western Hemisphere.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have temporarily suspended vehicle processing for northbound travelers at the San Ysidro port of entry Monday morning to position additional port hardening materials,” CBP, the federal agency that oversees all port activity, said in a statement issued Monday.

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Trump’s Tariffs and the Environment

Is there a silver lining to President Donald Trump’s $250 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports?
You bet there is — but first we must acknowledge the inconvenient fact that globalism is inconsistent with environmentalism.

Take carbon dioxide emissions. The foundational principle toward fighting climate change, according to Al Gore and scientific experts worldwide, is to reduce, if not eradicate, man-made CO2 at all costs. A landmark study recently released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the planet has just 12 years left before catastrophe strikes because of global warming caused by our having too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Climate alarmists warn that if the earth’s temperature warms by even 0.5 percent, humans will be subjected to an onslaught of devastating floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters, in addition to poverty afflicting hundreds of millions of people worldwide and other doomsday scenarios.

So why are many globalists who also care about protecting the environment against Trump’s tariffs? Yes, higher retail costs are expected to be passed along to consumers, but one benefit that ought to be considered is that the tariffs will create a consumer demand for cheaper products to be made in America, thereby significantly reducing the environmental damage being done every single day by foreign nations, China included, that transport massive loads of consumer goods to North America — burning boatloads of fossil fuels along the way.

It doesn’t take a scientific degree to know that if more products were made in America and consumers shopped locally, we’d be protecting the environment by dramatically reducing CO2 emissions generated via long-distance transportation from China to the U.S. — as well as a global dependency on big oil. Add to it that many of China’s manufacturing plants use antiquated systems, including high-intensity CO2-emitting coal plants. By contrast, the United States adheres to cleaner manufacturing processes and other supply chain logistics than many of our foreign competitors, which has contributed to an annual reduction in U.S. carbon emissions of approximately 1.2 percent for the past decade. China continues to be the world’s biggest polluter.

“The amazing increase in Chinese manufacturing over the past 15 years has driven the world economy to new heights and supplied consumers in developed countries with tremendous quantities of lower-cost goods,” said Steven J. Davis, a professor of earth system science at the University of California, Irvine. “But all of this has come at substantial cost to the environment.”

Hence, globalists — all in on global trade with China and other nations — can no longer ignore the fact that the U.S. manufactures and delivers goods with a lower environmental footprint than many of our foreign competitors, making the case that protectionism is more compatible with protecting the environment than globalism.

Another benefit to Trump’s bold trade agenda is job creation. If America manufactures more goods stateside, we’ll not only increase the labor workforce participation rate but also slash pollution across every facet of the supply chain.

So the next time someone says Trump’s tariffs will cause consumer prices to spike, ask the person to consider the billions American taxpayers are already shelling out every time there’s a hurricane or another natural disaster. Also mention the money we’d save if millions of able-bodied welfare recipients were transitioned off public assistance and onto payrolls, widening the U.S. tax base.
Trump’s tariffs could end up yielding short-term consumer pain but long-term gain for both the environment and the overall U.S. economy.

Maybe Trump really is a stable genius after all.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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ICE: Migrants Can’t Get Into U.S. Without Mexico’s Help

Thomas Homan, former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, reported that Mexico may be more unwilling than unable to stop the thousands of Central American migrants from marching through its territory en route to force their way across our southern border. “As far as Mexican police not being able, I would say maybe not being able, maybe some unwilling,” Homan explained in an appearance on Fox News. However, it is not a hopeless situation. According to Homan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents will “defend the line” even if Mexico does not.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The former acting director of the federal immigration agency suggested Monday that Mexico may be unwilling to stop thousands of Central American migrants from entering its southern border.

“As far as Mexican police not being able, I would say maybe not being able – maybe some unwilling.” Thomas Homan, the former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an appearance on Fox News Monday morning.

Homan said that, unlike Mexican law enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers based at official entry points and Border Patrol agents stationed between ports “won’t step aside or step back.”

“They will defend this line,” Homan added.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry deployed hundreds of federal police and immigration officers to its border with Guatemala last week as a group of primarily Honduran nationals made its way there.

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