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DHS Receiving Illegal Immigrants “Beyond Sustainable Capacity”

Record setting waves of illegal immigration are overwhelming the Department of Homeland Security.

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Officials from the Department of Homeland Security recently revealed that massive waves of illegal immigration are overwhelming the department’s detention capabilities, speaking in a phone briefing with the press last Thursday. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney spoke on the call.

McAleenan described the record-setting levels of illegal immigrants the department was taking into custody as “beyond sustainable capacity.” Illegal immigration has risen to highs unseen in decades in the past two years, stemming from a failure to secure the southern border with a wall and implement asylum reform.

The Center for Immigration Studies summarized the DHS briefer, which documented a complete failure on the part of the United States government to properly deter illegal migration.

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Key takeaways from the call:

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-More than 100,000 people are said to be crossing through Mexico with the hopes of reaching the United States at any given time, according to McAleenan.

-Immigration authorities are currently detaining more than 80,000 illegal immigrants.

-The Department has intercepted more than 75,000 family units at the southern border- in May alone.

Existing Customs and Border Patrol protocol has proved insufficient in dealing with the new waves of ‘caravan’ migration, which usually involve massive groups of Central Americans arriving at the southern border and claiming asylum protections as family units. This represents a departure from previous phenomena of illegal immigration, which often involved single Mexican men arriving in the United States to seek work.

In response to a gaping crisis of illegal migration at the southern border, President Trump has enacted a gradual tariff policy on Mexico with the hopes of securing cooperation in deterring mass migration from Central America. Mexican authorities have expressed a willingness to work with Trump to solve the problem; it remains to be seen if they’ll follow through on their words.

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Meanwhile in Mexico…9 People Killed At a Wake in the State of Guanajuato

America must bolster its border security.

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The Independent reported that gunmen killed nine people at a wake in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato on January 7, 2020.

Law enforcement officials in the city of Celaya revealed in a statement that gunmen showed up late that night and began firing on a group of people. The event was held in an impoverished neighborhood where residents mourned a young man who fell to gun fire a few days prior. 

According to David Saucedo, a security analyst based in Guanajuato, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel carried out the attack against the deceased man’s family. The gunmen believed that the family was connected to the competing Santa Rosa de Lima gang, although many may not have connections with the gang. 

“At that wake, a lot of innocent people died,” Saucedo observed. 

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Guanajuato is a flashpoint for a violent proxy war between major drug cartels. Since 2017, the Santa Rosa de Lima gang has fended off the fast-rising Jalisco cartel in a bloody turf war. Although law enforcement arrested the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima gang back in August, the violence has not gone away According to Saucedo, the Sinaloa cartel has intervened in this struggle to keep the Jalisco cartel from securing a foothold in Guanajuato. They’ve sent weapons, financial aid, and gunmen to prop up Santa Rosa de Lima and other local gangs.

With so much drama taking place stateside, we often forget that Mexico is a failed state. Similarly, the outrage stemming from the Wuhan virus pandemic largely overshadowed issues of border security and immigration. However, this should not lessen the importance of the immigration issue. 

As Mexico continues tearing itself apart, America must bolster its border security. Unfortunately, the incoming President Joe Biden is not up to task and will prioritize weak border enforcement and a potential amnesty for illegal aliens. America will suffer greatly as a result.

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