The nation has held its breath for several weeks as the so-called “Central American Caravan” made its way through Mexico all the way to the U.S. border. The caravan, which is organized annually to draw attention to…something?…drew sharp condemnation from President Trump last month when he accused Mexican officials of doing nothing at all to stop the illegal migration in progress.
The Mexican government insisted that it WAS helping and the American anti-Trump media played its role in backing up their story, but here we are a few weeks later and the caravan has arrived – intact and unimpeded.
Now the illegals are trying to cross into the United States, where they are falling into the waiting arms of the Border Patrol. The agency released a statement on Saturday saying that they had already apprehended several people “associated with” the caravan.
Some members of the caravan crossed in the hopes of being detained, hoping they could parlay that into a plea for asylum. Others, however, tried to enter the U.S. undetected, “climbing over the dilapidated scrap metal border fence” this weekend, only to be apprehended by Border Patrol agents.
“In several of these incidents,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott, “children as young as 4-years-old, and in one case a pregnant female, were detected entering the United States illegally through a dark, treacherous canyon that is notorious for human and drug smuggling.”
In his statement, Scott issued a warning to those who would follow in those tracks.
“To anyone that is associated with this caravan, Think Before You Act,” he said. “If anyone has encouraged you to illegally enter the United States, or make any false statements to U.S. government officials, they are giving you bad advice and they are placing you and your family at risk.
“We are a very welcoming country but just like your own house, we expect everyone to enter through our front door, and answer questions honestly,” he continued. “On a national level that front door is the Ports of Entry. If you enter the United States at any place other than a Port of Entry it is a crime. You will be arrested and referred for prosecution.”
Unfortunately, these immigrants know that, despite a new sheriff being in town, our immigration system is an overburdened mess and “catch and release” policies are still in effect. It could be years until these migrants face a deportation hearing, giving the cleverest among them plenty of time to duck into the shadows of a Sanctuary City and make a new life for themselves in the U.S.
Thanks, Mexico, you really did us a solid on this one.
If anyone’s still questioning the need for that “big, beautiful border wall,” look no further than this story.