In 2007, I went to the border in Nogales, Arizona to see for myself what was really going on at the border. What I found literally shocked me. I saw first-hand the “rape trees” where human traffickers display the undergarments of the women they’ve raped along the trail. I saw acres of desert literally laden with trash and debris. I witnessed a van of drug runners, pursued by border patrol, speeding right past the house of the family I was staying with. The most heart-wrenching part of my trip was the conversation I had with the mother from across the border who met me late at night in the cover of darkness with one message, “We want our men back.”
This mother braved the journey to the border to tell me the story of her town. She said the men leave for America to get jobs. For a time they send back money to support their families. But then, in too many cases, the money stops, the men start new families in the United States and completely abandon the families they left behind. Every town on the other side of the Mexican border is run by ruthless drug cartels. When the men leave, the women are forced to work to provide for their children, leaving the children powerless against the cartels who relentlessly intimidate them into running drugs and being brutalized if they don’t. The words of this anguished mother continue to ring through my ears, “We want our men back.”
As I see the caravan of men heading for our borders I can’t help but think of the women and children being left behind, vulnerable to the violence and economic depression, of their countries and left to fend for themselves. No one is talking about that. No one is talking about the mother in McAllen, Texas looking out her kitchen window wondering if and when a mob of men will descend upon her front yard or her children’s school.
As the week has progressed and we’ve seen the caravans of Honduran immigrants inch closer and closer to our border, concern from American mothers grows stronger and stronger. Though most on the Left would have us believe these thousands of immigrants are only poor families seeking refuge from the violence and desperate conditions of their homeland, the leaders of the countries who these caravans have already passed through have a very different story to tell.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has reported that leadership in both Mexico and Guatemala has alerted our government that there are criminal elements among the throng, and many are actively participating in violence. As the caravan reached Mexico young men threw rocks and stormed Mexican police who were trying to protect their border. After seeing those images, it’s hard for a mother to accept the idea of the caravan only containing oppressed migrants who have been driven from their home country. If they are seeking asylum from violence, why do they bring it along with them?
I have no doubt there are some in these caravans who are actually impoverished, oppressed families simply seeking a better life. Breaking the laws of our country and attempting to force their way across the border en masse is not the way to find it. Freedom can prosper anywhere under the right conditions. If good people seeking freedom and prosperity flee their countries instead of fighting for freedom where they are, their countries will never be free. And if people from socialist countries continue to come here en masse with their socialist ideas the very reason they desired to come here will cease to exist.
I echo the words of then Barack Obama in 2005 while serving as senator.
“We are a generous and welcoming people, here in the United States, but those who enter the country illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of law and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law. We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States, undetected, undocumented, unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently and lawfully to become immigrants in this country.”
We are endangering women and children and aiding and abetting drug cartels, rapists, and human traffickers by not securing our borders. We have created an industry of inhumanity for women and children on both sides of the border. It’s time to secure our borders, burn the rape trees, and end this inhumanity once and for all!
Mexican journalist Alex Backman has released a stunning expose on the caravan from Central America. He says the migrants are robbing and stealing in Mexico. They carjack cars containing just one occupant. There are even accounts of rapes. Many of the migrants will not let people film them. If they see someone filming them through a car window, they stop the car and demand the phone. Backman suspects the reason they don’t want to be filmed is because they have criminal histories.
He said the Mexican president hasn’t done anything to stop it. The Mexican government is instead providing them with necessities including medical aid. This despite the fact that 48 percent of Mexicans disapprove of the caravan. Almost 2,700 Central Americans have applied for asylum in Mexico since the caravan started. However, the Mexican government says it does not have the resources to house all the caravan members for six months.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández told Vice President Mike Pence that “the caravan was organized by leftist organizations.” Left-wing organizations are providing assistance. They include the coalition CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, which stands for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. At least three of the groups are funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.
Of course, exposing this is risky, because the left is fond of denying that Soros funds its ventures, labeling anyone who points out the connection as a conspiracy theorist. Kelly Johnston, a vice president at Campbell Soup, was fired after he tweeted about Soros funding the caravan.
Backman says the rocks being thrown by caravan members are not just little rocks, but large ones that can kill people. Mexican law enforcement vehicles have iron mesh over all of their windows due to the rock throwing. Unfortunately, law enforcement is armed with guns that are little more than paint guns.
The rock throwing escalated in recent days as the caravan reached Tijuana. The migrants are clashing with the locals, who are marching in the streets demanding that they leave public spaces and report to shelters. The locals yell “Go home. We don’t want you here!” Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum referred to the arrivals as “bums.” “Human rights should be reserved for righteous humans,” he said. At least three journalists were injured in fistfights and other violence. Some of the migrants refuse to stay in the shelters, comparing them to jails. According to The New York Times, the caravan “is already threatening a potential crisis for Tijuana and the surrounding state of Baja California.”
Instead of trying to illegally cross the border into California, the caravan members are waiting at the border to apply for asylum. But they don’t qualify for asylum under international law, Backman observes. There’s no war going on in Honduras. At least 1,400 have applied for asylum in the U.S. It will be weeks before their turn to present their case comes. Meanwhile, they are remaining in Tijuana near the border, where locals and churches are providing them with food and clothes.
The U.S. Border Patrol is out in force along the Tijuana-California border. American workers rushed to complete the border wall there. President Trump is sending the military to the border merely as assistance to the National Guard — he’s not militarizing the border. But the Mexican media is warning that Trump is going to use force on the border. They are also falsely attempting to portray the caravan as primarily women and children.
President Trump tweeted about the caravan, “Isn’t it ironic that large caravans of people are marching to our border wanting U.S.A. asylum because they are fearful of being in their country – yet they are proudly waving their country’s flag,” he wrote. “Can this be possible? Yes, because it is all a BIG CON, and the American taxpayer is paying for it.” Trump refers to the caravan as “an invasion.”
It is no way near over. A man within the Mexican government told Backman there are more caravans coming from three other countries; Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela. Officials in Baja California say there are currently 9,000 migrants moving through Mexico in caravans.
Border Patrol agents revealed in interviews that the migrants storming the U.S.-Mexico border over the weekend were using women and children as human shields as they launched rocks at agents.
Border Patrol unleashed tear gas and pepper balls to disperse the crowd of migrants trying to cross the border in Tijuana, Mexico on Sunday. According to San Diego Chief Border Patrol Agent Rodney Scott, agents did not use dispersion techniques until after migrants had struck several agents with projectiles.
“Several agents were actually struck by rocks,” Scott said, before revealing that the migrants pushed women and children to the front of their group to discourage agents from responding to rock-throwing with force.
“What we saw over and over yesterday was that the group — the caravan, as we call them — would push women and children to the front and then begin, basically, rocking our agents,” Scott asserted.
Scott further explained that agents did not target women and children with gas, but that “once that chemical is released, it does go through the air.”
“They use women and children regularly,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told The Daily Caller, confirming that “several’ border patrol agents were struck by projectiles yesterday.
Judd explained that the situation at the border yesterday was “unprecedented” and that migrants had never tried before to rush a port of entry. The Border Patrol veteran explained that illegal immigrants often abandon woman and children while being chased by authorities, knowing that they will hinder officers while they abscond.
Judd reiterated the migrants’ strategy during an interview with Fox News on Monday afternoon.
“The way these people rushed the border was absolutely monstrous,” he said. “They pushed women and children up front and then behind those women and children, they started throwing rocks, cement bricks, they started throwing bottles at our Border Patrol agents.”
“We were forced to use the action,” Judd said, adding that they did not use “kinetic force” on any children and instead launched tear gas into the area to force the crowd to disperse.
An illegal immigrant who has killed a 28-year-old teacher in a hit and run on Thanksgiving Day was out on bond when it happened. He is now being held on $125,000 bail and has an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer, KFox reported.
El Paso Police arrested the man they say was behind the wheel in a deadly hit and run Thanksgiving morning on Cincinnati and Mesa street. 24-year-old Joel Velazquez, is now facing charges of an accident involving death.
KFOX14 Investigates has learned at the time of the crash he was out on bond from a 2017 assault charge. He appears to be in the country illegally and is now currently on an ICE detention hold, related to his immigration status, meaning he cannot bond out of jail.
If he could, his bond is set at $125,000. Police say he blew through a red light just before 2 a.m. Thursday morning.
That’s when he hit Amanda “Mandy” Ferguson Weyant, who was in the crosswalk, and took off. Police later found his vehicle abandoned on Cincinnati.
Mandy was a sixth grade teacher at Eastwood Heights Elementary School. The community has been mourning her throughout the holiday weekend.
Her family wants the man responsible for their daughter’s death to be held accountable. “He’s destroyed my family. My daughter, Mandy, was the glue that held my family in place, she was my everything,” said Dan Ferguson.
Saturday morning, he received a call from EPPD, telling him the man who hit his 28-year-old daughter Mandy, a bubbly 6th grade teacher, turned himself in, two days after fleeing the scene.
“I saw where my daughter was hit and where her body was 50 feet from the point of contact. He didn’t even attempt to stop to render aid,” said Ferguson.
There was some relief, but also frustration. “This man, because of his careless actions, has destroyed a complete family,” said Ferguson.
The family says they learned Velazquez has a criminal past and was in the country illegally. “It just doesn’t add up, it doesn’t seem to be fair,” said Ferguson.
Mandy’s parents are trying to find peace in the memories and the joy their daughter brought to so many people. “She was my world, she was my wife’s best friend but she was my baby girl,” said Ferguson
But they also want accountability and justice for Mandy. “Everything was perfect in her life and to have it all taken and senselessly destroyed this is something no parent should go through,” said Ferguson.
Once again California is at the top of the national news every day.
The apocalyptic images of massive wildfires and destroyed towns like Paradise are gone.
Now the whole country is watching scenes of tear gas being used against the thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America who are trying to force their way into the United States near San Diego.
I hope the people complaining about how Donald Trump is handling this invasion of our southern border are paying attention to the news.
They might learn something most of us Californians already know.
Unlike most Americans, many of us have been to the U.S.-Mexican border.
We've seen what happens when the sun goes down. We've seen the invasion of illegals that comes across into the U.S. - every single night.
We don't like it and we understand very well how much it has cost our state.
The national liberal media are, as usual, irresponsibly unfair and unbalanced in their coverage of events at the border.
They can't stop showing video footage of tear gas being used to turn back the immigrants as they rush the California border.
In their never-ending effort to make Trump and conservatives look as mean and rotten as possible, the electronic media have made it seem like tear gas is some new and terrible weapon.
Tear gas is the weapon border patrol agents use when they're trying to stop a rushing mob of illegal immigrants.
Critics of President Trump's policy and the media should be applauding the border patrol's use of non-lethal weapons like tear gas and pepper spray, not decrying it.
They should also point out that he's following the lead of previous presidents like Barack Obama, who now pretends to be appalled by Trump even though tear gas was deployed at the same border crossing during his administration.
Though you'd never hear it if from the liberal media, many of California's Latinos, who now make up 39 percent of its population, are also unhappy with the invasion of illegal immigrants.
But few Latinos who support Trump's immigration policy will dare to say so because they fear a backlash in their own community.
The Latino laborers and gardeners who work for rich white liberals also are afraid to say anything positive about Trump for fear of losing their jobs.
They keep mum - and the liberal media ignore them.
When the media reporters do their immigration stories for TV, they interview liberals and Democrats to show how compassionate they are toward the poor illegals.
They also interview conservatives and Republicans to show how they aren't compassionate.
Somehow they never manage to find those everyday Latino workers - many of them here legally - who are worried about losing their jobs to new immigrants.
The only Latino I remember being interviewed about the serious problems caused by the arrival of thousands of Honduran migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing was the mayor of Tijuana.
He told the immigrants of the caravan the hard truth no one in California could say without being branded a racist, "We don't want you here in Tijuana. Get the hell out."
It's too late to save California with a tougher immigration policy or a higher border wall.
Decades of liberal Democrats have already wrecked the Golden State with their high taxes, bad regulations, transit boondoggles and over-generous social programs for citizens and non-citizens alike.
Now we have a newly elected Democrat governor, Gavin Newsom, who is for open borders and things like universal "free" health care.
With a super majority in both houses in Sacramento, Newsom will be able to do anything he wants and the state's surviving Republicans won't be able to prevent California from becoming the Venezuela of North America - with open borders.