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Border Crisis Hearing: “It’s Real. It’s Serious. It is a Threat.”

By Sara Carter – March 6, 2019

Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Kevin K. McAleenan strongly rebuked claims by opponents Wednesday that the border is not a crisis. He said he “fundamentally disagrees” with those who called President Donald Trump’s national emergency a “fake emergency” and laid out a litany of statistics exposing the serious humanitarian crisis and national security implications for the United States.

McAleenan spoke after opening statements from Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Ca, and Chairman Lindsey Graham gave their opening statements.

The issues discussed ranged from drug smuggling, penetration of drug cartels deep in the United States and the counternarcotics efforts being addressed by Department of Homeland Security and its divisions. McAleenan argued — with statistics to back his claims — that Trump’s request for $5.7 billion for border wall infrastructure is an absolute necessity as part of a comprehensive plan to address the crisis.

The growing humanitarian crisis took precedence as well. McAleenan spoke at significant length about trans-national criminal trafficking organizations, which he said are expected to make roughly $2.5 billion a year off of illegal immigration into the U.S. alone. He addressed the long journey of children being trafficked into the U.S. In one example, he spoke of children from Guatemala, who travel more than 1500 miles under gruesome conditions. Some of the children spend more than 30 days being trafficked and are subjected to physical, sexual abuse and in many cases have contracted infectious diseases that threaten their lives, he said.

Attribution: Sara Carter





  1. I’m hoping this is good news. Mexico is deploying its military to the southern state of Chiapas which borders Guatemala. The operation is to enhance security in the State due to the influx of MS-13 and other gangs and the increase in crime. But hopefully the presence of the military will discourage the organizers of the caravans from bringing people across Mexico’s southern border illegally. Two articles are linked below.
    Mexico Deploys More Forces to Its Southern Border to Combat Crime Amid Caravans
    by Robert Arce
    March 8, 2019
    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador authorized the deployment of a coordinated security operation with the military, state, and municipal police along the Guatemalan border to fight the increase in violent crime coinciding with the arrival of several caravans since October 2018. “Operativo Costa Chiapas” is slated to last at least a month and will mobilize personnel by sea, air, and land.

    The southern Mexican border state of Chiapas is seeing a dramatic increase in Central American gang violence related to the influx of MS-13 and Barrio 18 members in addition to other groups from Central America engaged in drug trafficking, human smuggling, business extortion, and turf warfare, according to local reporting….

    The new deployment of additional security personnel comes as Mexican citizens in the region demand official action due to the rise of crime blamed on the arrival of Central American migrant caravans. Some criminal actors allegedly are embedded with the caravans and are violating laws in the southern state.
    AMLO government launches operation in southern Mexico after increase of MS-13 by migrant caravans
    March 4, 2019
    … In Tapacula, Chiapas, crime has increased since last October, coinciding with the wave of immigrant groups that entered Mexico on their way to the United States.

    For Mayor Óscar Gurría Penagos, many of those Central Americans were not mere immigrants, but criminals who are ravaging the region, affecting tourism and businesses. “I can not say to what extent, because you have to be honest, the people who come are not all bad or criminals,” said Gurría Panagos.

    This adds to the fact that businessmen from the southern border have suffered economic damages due to the insecurity generated by the increase in members of MS-13 and, like the mayor, they made the connection with the wave of immigrants. “Once again we are invaded by gangs, these gangs are in national territory and they are causing us serious problems,” said José Toriello Elorza, president of Coparmex on the Chiapas coast.

  2. Mexican Border State Police Commander Murdered in Front of Family
    What happened to this police leader is exactly what Mr. Stewart Rhodes said, that the cartels go to the town Police Chief and say “Plata o Plomo,” “Silver or Lead.”
    From the article: “The police commander was previously subjected to numerous death threats by criminal groups, including a narco-banner displayed on a roadway. He faced demands to resign or be killed.”
    This brave assistant chief of police must have been an honest man. And the cartel killed him right in front of his family. Sickening. May God comfort his family. The American and Mexican governments need to use both our countries military and work together to eliminate these evil cartels now.

  3. Is this significant? Does this get us closer to designating the Mexican cartels as FTOs and using our military against them?
    Donald Trump Updates Barack Obama Emergency Powers Executive Order

    Trump’s new executive order toughens Obama’s order by updating the definition of a “significant transnational criminal organization.”

    Obama’s order branded any group of persons that “engages in an ongoing pattern of serious criminal activity involving the jurisdictions of at least two foreign states,” allowing the United States to block property of transnational criminal organizations.

    Trump updated the definition to apply to a group, “involving the jurisdictions of at least two foreign states, or one foreign state and the United States.”

    Trump proposed further actions against the Mexican cartels in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News — even describing them as terrorist organizations.

  4. Caravan of migrants in Mexico starts moving towards U.S.
    March 24, 2019
    A caravan of some 1,200 migrants from Central America and Cuba began moving towards the U.S. border from southern Mexico this weekend, migration authorities said on Sunday.

    The National Migration Institute said the migrants were already inside Mexico when they opted to form a caravan in the southern city of Tapachula on the border with Guatemala….

    The migration institute said the roughly 1,200 migrants were from Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Cuba.

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