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USAID Official Warns of ‘Caravan’ Style Rush of Illegal Immigration After Coronavirus

The economic consequences could spur illegal immigration.

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The acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development is warning of a possible rush of illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America to the United States, citing the economic damages inflicted upon the region by the coronavirus recession. John Barsa made the prediction in an interview with the Washington Examiner on last week.

If there is economic collapse in a given country, it is only natural that there will be migration flows to places where the economy is more robust,” warned Barsa. “Are we concerned about the economic impacts that this might have, which could lead to migration? Absolutely.”

The phenomenon Barsa is describing appears similar to the well-documented ‘caravan’ formations of economic migrants, who traveled through Mexico from Central America in pursuit of asylum in the United States in 2018.

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Economic downturn in the region could very well result in a new wave of caravans, even though President Donald Trump has since instituted a “remain in Mexico” asylum policy that prevents illegal immigrants from entering the United States while their asylum cases are litigated in the immigration court system. Remain in Mexico has proven a game changer in deterring illegal immigration, with caravans having essentially ceased since 2018.

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Another official of the Agency for International Development, which works to deter illegal immigration through grant assistance and foreign aid to Central American countries, has said that high levels of unemployment may dampen the possibility of mass illegal immigration. If large groups of illegal migrants arrived anyway, their presence in the United States could prove devastating to the job and wage prospects of blue-collar American workers reeling from the damage inflicted to the construction industry and others facets of the American economy from coronavirus.

How do you measure the number of refugees that come out of that level of devastation?” Warned the USAID official of the potential for mass illegal immigration as a result of the recession. “You can’t put a number on it, but it’s reasonable to say that it would be completely unprecedented.

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Arizona Border Patrol Officer Stabbed Multiple Times, Shoots and Kills Criminal Alien

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A Border Patrol officer patrolling the US-Mexico border shot and killed a man who stabbed him multiple times in Southern Arizona on Monday night.

CBP officials reported that the unnamed agent was patrolling near the transnational city of Nogales, Arizona, when he encountered a group of individuals he suspected to be aliens entering the country illegally. One man accompanying them group attacked the agent when he sought to apprehend the aliens, stabbing him multiple times.

The CBP agent went on to fatally shoot the alien, who may have been a smuggler moving a group of illegal migrants across the border. Deputies of the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office were called to provide backup, and the Border Patrol agent that was stabbed had to be airlifted to a Tucson hospital early on Tuesday morning. Fortunately, he was released from the hospital later the same day.

Cartel-affiliated criminal smugglers have increasingly sought to infiltrate the United States in Arizona, hoping to avoid a buffed border patrol presence in Texas and new wall construction in the most trafficked areas of the border.

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Preliminary reports indicate that the Border Patrol agent may have been alone when he encountered the smuggler’s group of criminal aliens, a hazard that has resulted in violent attacks on Border Patrol agents by cartel-affiliated criminals before.

The FBI is reportedly investigating the incident. It’s unclear if the group of aliens encountered by the agent have been expelled under special coronavirus immigration regulations, transferred into the custody of immigration detention, or simply allowed to proceed into the country.

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