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Texas Border Town Overwhelmed by Mass Migration

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The city of McAllen, Texas is being overwhelmed by mass migration.

The Wall Street Journal provided a sobering overview of how out of control the current migration crisis is getting:

From the start of the federal fiscal year in October through February, the Border Patrol arrested 136,150 people traveling as families for crossing the border illegally, according to data released Tuesday. The prior record for a 12-month period was 107,212, during the fiscal year that ended last September.

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ZeroHedge reported how President Trump put Mexico on notice by threatening to close the border if it doesn’t get its act together with regards to illegals entering the U.S.

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Even the mainstream media, who have downplayed Trump’s emergency declaration, are acknowledging that there is a growing crisis at the border.  USA Today published a story on Saturday, April 30, 2019 about how the city of McAllen has seen its public resources stretched to the limit as asylum seekers enter the city at the tune of 800 people per day.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been compelled to release more asylum seekers as they wait for their immigration hearings. McAllen is where the migrants are heading as they pile up in church settlements within the city limits.

McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez commented on the unprecedented flow of migrants,  saying that “It’s staggering.”

Rodriguez continued, “Really, we’ve never seen anything like this before.”

The border patrol is already on track to capture 100,000 migrants during March, which sets a new monthly record.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, while giving a speech in El Paso, declared that the border crisis has come to a “breaking point”. He called on Congress to take action, although Congress has proven to be a thorn in Trump’s side so far when it comes to implementing border security.

McAleenan said, “The surge numbers are just overwhelming the system”.

Migrants who have gone through the first round of the asylum process arrive in McAllen and are then released to Catholic charities in town, which are becoming strained by the inflow of migrants.

ZeroHedge reported that Sister Norma Pimentel, an overseer at one of the charity shelters, said “she received a phone call two weekends ago from a Border Patrol official warning that the numbers were about to skyrocket. The next day, around 800 migrants showed up to the shelter.”

The flood of migrants continued this week:

On Wednesday, clusters of migrants crowded the halls of the center. Lines stretched down long halls, as migrants waited to use the shower or pick up diapers. Teams of volunteers called migrants’ relatives to get bus tickets. Every 20 minutes or so, a new tour bus would drive up and deliver another 50 migrants into the shelter.

In light of this growing chaos, the McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez said he’s tasked several city officials to handle the problem and the city is now spending thousands of taxpayer dollars daily on buses and other services.

With Trump’s border wall now receiving $1 billion in funding from the Pentagon, situations like the one in McAllen could now be averted.

Nevertheless, the immigration issue continues to be priority #1 for Republican voters, as BLP reported last week.

GOP voters fear that mass migration could potentially tear up the economic and social fabric of the U.S. and turn otherwise pristine areas into ghettoes.

The recent McAllen case demonstrates that President Trump and his constituency’s fears about mass migration may be well-founded after all.

 

 

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Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?

America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad

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Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.

Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards  questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy. 

In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”

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Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.

That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.

Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:

Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”

Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans. 

After looking at the list of people who have been tapped to join the Biden administration, Hawley tweeted, “What a group of corporatists and war enthusiasts – and #BigTech sellouts.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”

The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change. 

Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.

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