The weekend just before President Trump’s El Paso, Texas rally on Monday, Feb. 11th, Steny Hoyer (2nd in command behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Washington, D.C.’s People’s House) headed a contingent of Democrats to inspect the immigrant problem at the border town of El Paso. Hoyer appeared on some TV news shows saying, in part, “There’s no problem in El Paso…it is safe and secure.” Those quotes were echoed by other Democrats in Hoyer’s group. They were absolutely correct. El Paso was safe and secure because of a Sturdy, Safe Wall…part of the Sturdy Wall that snakes through the border towns of El Paso and Juarez, Mexico.
Jim Acosta, the CNN News Clown (can’t bring myself to call him a journalist) tried the same trick a few weeks earlier when he was at a border wall and also said, in part, “Hey, there’s no problem here, the border is safe and secure.” Here again, I have to agree with Jim…it’s because of a Sturdy Wall, STUPID. I guess I have to lump Hoyer and his bunch into that characterization and pluralize it into “Stupids.”
While President Trump was speaking at the El Paso Rally, there were two large contingents of illegals making their moves across the border at about the same time…the first from right across the border from El Paso, across the Rio Grande River, in Sunland Park, New Mexico (close enough to be a suburb of Juarez…and another group about 100 miles away as the crow flys at Antelope Wells, New Mexico…way beyond the end of the barrier (wall) in the El Paso sector.
Officials with the U.S Border Patrol said they took over 300 undocumented immigrants into custody Monday night Feb 11th, in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
Border Patrol agents said shortly after midnight agents noticed a group of 311 undocumented immigrants making their way around a pedestrian fence and took them into custody.
Border Patrol said this is the first large group of people apprehended in Sunland Park this year.
The group consisted of primarily of Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles, according to Border Patrol.
The Border Patrol's El Paso sector announced Monday Feb 11th, that its agents had taken 330 migrants into custody, hours before President Trump was to visit the sector to make his latest pitch for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The migrants were arrested shortly after midnight at the Antelope Wells entry point in southern New Mexico, which is part of the Border Patrol's El Paso sector. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement that the group was composed primarily of "Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles" and was the 28th group of 100 (2,800) or more of migrants to be apprehended in the El Paso sector since the beginning of October.
"Criminal organizations continue to exploit innocent human lives in order to enhance their illicit activities without due regard to the risks of human life," CBP said in a statement. "In most cases these smugglers never cross the border themselves in order to avoid apprehension."
This marks the second large group to be arrested near the port in less than a week. On Friday Feb 8th, agents arrested 290 Central Americans who entered the country illegally.
Nonetheless, Antelope Wells remains as one of 43 official ports of entry along the international line dividing the U.S. and Mexico and has the distinction of being the least-used legal crossing on the southern border… but the illegal migrant traffic seems to be accelerating.
The international border on both sides of tiny Antelope Wells, in southwestern New Mexico, is open desert with no fence. New Mexico has almost no security fencing along its international border — just two miles of a corrugated metal barrier in Sunland Park, a city in New Mexico's southeastern corner.
In President Trump’s State of the Union address he explains some of the problems at our southern border, in part;
“As we speak, large, organized caravans are on the march to the United States. We have just heard that Mexican cities, in order to remove the illegal immigrants from their communities, are getting trucks and buses to bring them up to our country in areas where there is little border protection. I have ordered another 3,750 troops to our southern border to prepare for the tremendous onslaught.
No issue better illustrates the divide between America’s working class and America’s political class than illegal immigration. Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards.
Meanwhile, working class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal migration — reduced jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools and hospitals, increased crime, and a depleted social safety net.
Human traffickers and sex traffickers take advantage of the wide open areas between our ports of entry to smuggle thousands of young girls and women into the United States and to sell them into prostitution and modern-day slavery.
The savage gang, MS-13, now operates in 20 different American States, and they almost all come through our southern border. Just yesterday, an MS-13 gang member was taken into custody for a fatal shooting on a subway platform in New York City. We are removing these gang members by the thousands, but until we secure our border they’re going to keep streaming back in.
My administration has sent to the Congress a commonsense proposal to end the crisis on our southern border.
It includes humanitarian assistance, more law enforcement, drug detection at our ports, closing loopholes that enable child smuggling, and plans for a new physical barrier, or wall, to secure the vast areas between our ports of entry. In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall — but the proper wall never got built. I’ll get it built.
This is a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier — not just a simple concrete wall. It will be deployed in the areas identified by border agents as having the greatest need, and as these agents will tell you, where walls go up, illegal crossings go way down.”