Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, a growing throng of Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border early Sunday in southern Mexico.
First off, let me just say that America is a nation of immigrants, and that a steady influx of legal immigrants is in fact the lifeblood of this great nation of ours. My own grandfather arrived in the US way back in 1922 as a legal immigrant at Ellis Island. When he arrived there he had to follow all the rules and procedures in place at the time in order to gain admittance into the country. He was not allowed in simply because he showed up.
Such is not the case with the rapidly-growing mob of migrants who wish to cross our border any way they can, legal or illegal. They are not asking to be let in, they are demanding to be let in as if they had the right to do so. President Trump is 100% correct when he says the mob will not be allowed to cross our borders, and will deploy the military to prevent that from happening. This is what a good leader does, he protects the homeland and seals the borders to keep the people inside those borders safe. Anything else is anarchy.
FROM YAHOO NEWS: A U.S.-bound caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants who have been condemned as unwelcome by President Donald Trump, began moving into Mexico on Sunday, shadowed by hundreds of Mexican police en route to the border city of Tapachula.
Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, a growing caravan of Central American migrants on Sunday resumed their advance towards the US border in southern Mexico.
Their numbers swelled to about 5,000 overnight and at first light they set out walking. pic.twitter.com/mrDxfhBfpI
— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) October 21, 2018
The migrants have defied threats by Trump that he will close the U.S.-Mexico border if the caravan advances and warnings from the Mexican government that they risk deportation if they cannot justify seeking asylum in Mexico.
Dressed in riot gear, police arrived along a southern highway in several buses, ahead of the throngs of men, women and children marching north after they crossed the Guatemalan border. An unidentified police officer told Reuters there were no orders to block the caravan.
“We’re just making sure they pass safely and then we’ll steer them” to a migrants shelter outside the city center of Tapachula, about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of the border.
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As a military helicopter circled overhead, migrants who said they were fleeing a toxic mix of violence, poverty and corruption in Central America wondered if police would seek to turn the caravan back.
Most said they felt safer advancing as part of a large group.
“We’re going to make it, we’re going to keep moving so long as they don’t stop us,” said Honduran Jaffe Borjas, 17, marching alongside a childhood friend at the head of the column that stretched far down the highway to the horizon.
— KarlaZabs (@karlazabs) October 21, 2018
The multitude of migrants clogged the highway leading north from the border city of Ciudad Hidalgo in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, many breaking into song.
“If you send us back, we will return!” a large crowd shouted in unison under the intense glare of the morning sun.
“We are not criminals, we are workers!”
Trump has threatened to halt aid to Honduras and Guatemala, and potentially close the U.S. border with Mexico with the help of the military if the migrants’ march is not stopped.
Mexico’s government has said throughout the past week that it would register the migrants and process requests for asylum. Those attempting to skip the process would face deportation, but the size of the caravan will test Mexico, which has sought help from the United Nations to manage the issue. READ MORE