By Bob Shanahan
They are coming. The caravan has started to arrive. Illegal immigrants started climbing the border fence Tuesday afternoon at Tijuana and San Diego. People were scaling the fence and sitting on top of it, not going all the way over to the U.S. side. Border agents were seen patrolling in trucks, 4-wheelers, a helicopter, and on horseback.
The federal government has stated it is working to shore up the border crossing from Tijuana as the main body of the caravan gets closer by the day. Customs and Border Protection is apparently closing four lanes at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry in San Diego on Tuesday. It will also install new infrastructure “in preparation for the migrant caravan and the potential safety and security risk that it could cause.” Department of Defense personnel have also started laying barbed wire along the border.
Migrant caravan almost halfway through Mexico pic.twitter.com/qvI6DLCB5U
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 14, 2018
Thousands of migrants from Central America left Guadalajara shelters on Tuesday to get on a bus to their next destination. About 400 migrants who broke off from the caravan arrived in Tijuana Tuesday morning. One Honduran flag was seen hanging outside a bus window. The thousands of migrants are nearing the border with each passing day while migrant shelters along the border are already nearing capacity. Many asylum seekers already trying to gain entrance into the U.S. fear that the caravan will jeopardize their chances of getting in. With round 400 migrants arriving in Tijuana on Tuesday and a capacity of 900 in the local shelters, only around 500 migrants will find accomodations with thousands more on their way.
Roughly 5,000 migrants are still in the caravan and they left from Guadalajara on Tuesday. More than 2,000 have left the caravan because they received temporary visas to stay in Mexico. Nevertheless, the Mexican government is helping the caravan northward. In Mexico City, the caravan was hosted for almost a week in a sports stadium which cost approximately $600,000. The state government of Jalisco assembled buses which took the migrants to the next state north. The migrants are now more than halfway to the border from where they started in Honduras about a month ago now, traveling 1,400 miles.
More than three-fourths of the people in the caravan are adult men and a majority are not fleeing violence or seeking actual asylum. But they know what to say to get in as they have been coached up by advisers seeking to invade our country with illegal aliens. These migrants are simply looking for a better life and a better job in America.
How is this caravan of migrants so organized? How have they made it all this way? Who is funding it? There are undoubtedly deep pocketed open borders forces behind all this. Newt Gingrich is right, the caravan is “an attack on America.”
The one common denominator is a group called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an organization devoted to destroying borders around the world. The members of the group regularly reach out to migrants on the move and help them get to the U.S. border. They are regularly seen in black t-shirts helping to keep the caravan moving and providing food and water to the migrants.
“We are a collective of friends who decided to be in permanent solidarity with displaced peoples,” according to its website. “We accompany migrants and refugees in their journey of hope, and together demand our human rights.” And most importantly, “We provide humanitarian aid and legal advise to migrants and refugees.”
While a caravan of thousands of migrants approaching our border is alarming, what should shock you even more is the fact that the Border Patrol has apprehended an average of 1,100 migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border every single day for the last year. In the most recent month of records, the number edged up to almost 1,400. Every. Single. Day.
During 2018’s Fiscal Year, which ended on September 30, Border Patrol apprehended 396,579 illegal immigrants. Of the 1,100 caught on average on any given day (1,087 to be exact), 430 were listed as unaccompanied minors or family units. 50,036 of the total were unaccompanied alien children, amounting to 137 per day.
The numbers were elevated in the final six months of the fiscal year (April to September) with more illegals making their moves during the better weather in the spring and summer months. Border Patrol apprehended 1,225 illegals per day, a 13 percent increase over the first six months of the year.
JW's on-the-ground reporting indicated the migrant caravan marching north is an “elaborately planned” movement benefiting human smugglers, violent gang members, & other criminal elements moving via Guatemala, per government sources in the capital city.t.co/YjfVX7jHkQ
— Judicial Watch 🔎 (@JudicialWatch) November 13, 2018
Despite the action we’ve seen in Tijuana this week, the busiest part on the border remains the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas, averaging more than 40 percent of all border apprehensions along the nine southwest border sectors. This comes out to 445 apprehensions a day and 162,262 total for the year.
Will we finally build that wall?
Border Patrol officials recently announced the awarding of a contract to build more border fencing in the Rio Grande sector starting in February 2019. The numbers referenced above are only set to spike over the next month with a caravan of thousands coming to the border.
Look, I’m all for allowing people with real reasons to come into our country if they seek asylum and have legitimate reasons to flee their home country. But just because your home is not as great as the United States does not mean you get to come into the country because you can live a better life here and get a job. If you want to come in, you have to come in legally. End of story. Enough with granting temporary status and letting the illegal undocumented population grow and grow. Enough with the inaction on immigration in Congress. Enough with the chain migration. Enough with the birthright citizenship. We need to make a stand and we have more than enough of the country behind us (more Americans support ending chain migration than support legalizing Dreamers).
This caravan is an invasion. We must do everything we can to turn it back. But if we do not change our immigration practices and asylum laws, they will just keep coming and coming. If we don’t get anything done with Trump in the White House, we never will. If we don’t turn back this caravan and see it for the invasion that it really is, we will become a nation without borders. In short, America will perish.
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Bob is a freelance journalist and researcher. He remains forever skeptical of the mainstream media narrative and dedicated to uncovering the truth. Bob writes about politics (in DC and CA), economics, cultural trends, public policy, media, history, real estate, Trump Derangement Syndrome, and geopolitics. Bob grew up in Northern California, went to college in Southern California, and lived 4+ years in Seattle. He now lives in sunny Sacramento. His writing also appears in Citizen Truth and has been posted on ZeroHedge and Signs of the Times.