As the caravan of migrants from Central America reached the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump’s team delivered a nasty surprise that they weren’t expecting. Liberals are going to hate this move.
According to Daily Caller, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed criminal charges against 11 individuals believed to be part of the caravan of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States on Monday, April 30, 2018.
The DOJ issued a press release which said that Border Patrol agents were able to apprehend the individuals a few miles west of the designated border crossing in San Ysidro, California. “The United States will not stand by as our immigration laws are ignored and our nation’s safety is jeopardized,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
The individuals taken into custody were charged with knowingly and willingly entering the U.S. at a time and place other than one designated by immigration officers. The arrests occurred one day after the group of 150 – 200 immigrants from Central America arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border.
A spokesperson for the Customs and Border Patrol said in a statement that the agency began processing the requests for asylum from some members of the caravan on Monday, April 30, 2018. Those who could not be processed immediately were advised to remain in Mexico until space becomes available.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had previously warned that the federal government would arrest and prosecute illegal immigrants for entering the country unlawfully. The caravan, which had originally numbered over 1,000 members, broke down into smaller groups over the past couple of weeks.
President Donald Trump referenced the caravan’s progress to push for stricter immigration laws and to talk about why we need a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. In one message that he sent out on Twitter, Trump blasted our current federal policies.
“The migrant ‘caravan’ that is openly defying our border shows how weak & ineffective U.S. immigration laws are. Yet Democrats like Jon Tester continue to support the open borders agenda – Tester even voted to protect Sanctuary Cities. We need lawmakers who will put America First,” Trump wrote.
The migrant ‘caravan’ that is openly defying our border shows how weak & ineffective U.S. immigration laws are. Yet Democrats like Jon Tester continue to support the open borders agenda – Tester even voted to protect Sanctuary Cities. We need lawmakers who will put America First.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018
President Donald Trump openly rebuked Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester in the tweet for his support for the open borders agenda. Notably, Tester came under fire from the President after he spread malicious rumors about Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson who was nominated to become the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
As reports of the caravan’s arrival at the border hit the news, Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit to Border Patrol agents in Calexico, California to reaffirm his and Trump’s commitment to reforming immigration and building a wall.
“It’s not just about a wall, the President and I are determined to work with the Congress to fully fund the wall, to build the entire wall but we have to fix our immigration system. We have to close the dangerous loopholes, the kind of provisions in ‘catch and release’ and chain migration and our entire system that essentially entice people or entice people that would take advantage of vulnerable families,” Pence said.
“To encourage them to make the long and often dangerous trip up to our border. We’re a country that believes in legal immigration but it’s important as I said earlier today to recognize the people in the caravan,” Pence continued.
“People that come often through great peril to try and come into this country either by applying for access at our border or by coming into the country illegally are often victims themselves, exploited by human traffickers, people that will smuggle individuals into this country for a fee. Open borders advocates as well have taken advantage of these families,” Pence added, according to Yahoo News.
Many of the families who are brought in caravans up to the U.S.-Mexico border are victims of human traffickers and smugglers, but more importantly, American citizens are the victims who end up paying the price for mass illegal immigration. It’s time for Congress to get behind our President and his administration and fully fund the wall.