U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have accused Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar, the Texas Democrat elected to fill “Beto” O’Rourke’s El Paso district seat of sending her peeps into Mexico to coach migrants on how to exploit a loophole in the asylum laws. It’s pathetic and down right un-American, but will anyone do anything about it? The media won’t report it, the Administration will ignore it and Republicans want low wages, so it’s cool with them. But it’s not cool with me.
Workers for Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar have been reviewing thousands of migrant asylum seekers who have been sent to Mexico under the White House’s new policy, which was agreed to by our southern neighbor, to wait for their cases to be adjudicated in the U.S.
Some officials say Escobar’s representatives have been fraudulently tampering with the procedure to get more people across to be future Democrat voters. “What we’re hearing from management is that they’re attempting to return people, and the story was changed in Mexico, where a person who understood Spanish before now doesn’t understand — where a person who didn’t have any health issues before now has health issues,” a representative for the National Border Patrol Council told this news site.
One of the stipulations of the administration’s “remain in Mexico” policy for those seeking asylum is that they can’t be forced to remain in Mexico unless they’re fluent in Spanish because it could be years before their cases are heard.
Some CBP officials say that Escobar’s representatives are bringing some people back from Mexico with them who claim they cannot speak fluent Spanish, though they could before her reps got to them.
In the meantime, last week while meeting with leaders from the Baltic nations, Trump made a remark about American border security that will dominate the news cycle for the next day.
Saying that he had discussed the issue with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Trump said that since the southern border wall is delayed, he’ll be sending flesh and blood to guard it instead.
“Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding out border with the military. That’s a big step, we really haven’t done that before, or certainly not very much before.”
The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for Customs and Border Protection, but the US Military is responsible for providing personnel as reinforcements.
‘Catch and Release’
After the meeting with the Baltic leaders, Trump gave some questions out at a news conference. Of course, the biggest question for American audiences was for Trump to clarify what he meant about border security.
Trump said that the border is unprotected and that the current laws governing security are “horrible, horrible and very unsafe.”
“We don’t have laws, we have catch-and-release. You catch and then you immediately release and people come back years later for a court case, except they virtually never come back.”
Mexico will Pay For It, In A Different Way
The military reinforcements were prompted by the word that a “caravan” of 1,000 migrants from Central America was heading toward the American border and that Mexican officials were not attempting to stop them. With the military in place, all you need is a few well placed shots to keep the rest from breaking international laws.
Border and Customs Prefer Drones, Sensors To A Wall
Last year, a report suggested that Border and Customs officials were looking for reinforcements and more money for high tech sensors instead of simply a Great Big Wall. While the physical wall is important, technology can be just as effective as long as agents are able to respond when they notice a threat to the border.
Changes in Military Funding
The move comes weeks after Trump announced he would be nominated a new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to take over from Rex Tillerson. Part of Tillerson’s exit was due to his inability to wrap up operations in Syria where American involvement has been struggling to get rid of the last smudge of control that ISIS has in the region. Trump said that he would freeze over $200 million meant to support American work in the region, including air support for ground troops. After all, reasoned Trump, Saudi Arabia should be concerned about ISIS and therefore should be the ones paying for stabilization in their backyard.
With focus shifted away from the middle east, American troops can now find a new mission protecting their country by directly protecting the border down south.
The Democratic who gloated over under funding the wall in the recent budget might very well be launched straight into orbit by their fellow left wingers who will be screeching about armed soldiers in America. If you’re going to have armed men and women “on the streets,” as they always say, having young Americans who love America participate in controlling a border that has leaked enough to allow the ultra violent MS-13 gang into the country is perfect.