Illegal Immigrants Break Border Gate, Force Their Way Into Mexico

MEXICO CITY—Mexican authorities said a group of about 350 illegal immigrants broke the locks on a gate at the Guatemalan border Friday, April 12, and forced their way into southern Mexico to join a larger group of migrants trying to make their way toward the United States.

The National Immigration Institute did not identify the nationalities of the migrants, but they are usually from Central America.

A similar confrontation occurred on the same border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala last year.

The institute said the illegal immigrants were acting in a “hostile” and “aggressive” way, and accused them of also attacking local police in Metapa, a Mexican village that lies between the border and the nearby city of Tapachula.

Central American migrants, part of a caravan hoping to reach the United States border, walk on the shoulder of a road in Frontera Hidalgo, Mexico, on April 12, 2019. (Isabel Mateos/Photo via AP)

The group of 350 pushed past police guarding the bridge and joined a larger group of about 2,000 migrants who are walking toward Tapachula in the latest caravan to enter Mexico.

Claudia Jaqueline Sandoval, 43, from El Progreso, Honduras, was walking toward Tapachula with her 6-year-old daughter. Another son and daughter are already in the United States.

“I have been HIV positive for 16 years,” said Sandoval, but her reason for going north was not just medical treatment. “It has been two years since I heard from my son” in the United States, and money is scarce, she said.

There are already several groups of migrants in the southern border state of Chiapas who have expressed frustration at Mexico’s policy of slowing or stopping the process of handing out humanitarian and exit visas at the border.

Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the United States border, walk on the shoulder of a road in Frontera Hidalgo, Mexico, on April 12, 2019. (Isabel Mateos/Photo via AP)

A group of several hundred Cuban, African, and Central American migrants have been waiting at the immigration offices in Tapachula for documents that would allow them to travel to the United States border, where most plant to request asylum.

Some members of that group have scuffled with immigration authorities and broken windows at the offices in recent days, accusing officials of making them wait too long for papers.

And another group of an estimated 2,500 Central American and Cuban migrants have been stuck for at least a week further west in the Chiapas town of Mapastepec, also waiting for papers.

More Central American Asylum Seekers Returned to Mexico

The United States has returned the first group of asylum seekers to Mexico, where they will wait out their cases, after the start of a new Trump administration immigration policy.

A man named Carlos from Honduras arrived in Tijuana on Jan. 29 under the new policy, called the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP). He is the first of many asylum seekers from the Northern Triangle who will be sent back to Mexico until their immigration court date in the United States—at which point, they will be allowed to enter the country to attend their hearings.

As of Jan. 30, at least a dozen people have been returned to Tijuana through the San Ysidro Port of Entry, including one woman.

Honduran migrant Marlon Ariel Mendez was part of a group of asylum-seekers who were returned to Tijuana on Jan. 30. Mendez, 19, told reporters he was glad to be back in Mexico, after being detained in an immigration detention facility.

“Thanks to God, I didn’t want to be there [in detention], above all else because of the food,” he said.

Mendez said he was not worried about being returned to Mexico.

“It’s better to be here than locked up.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen’s visit to San Diego’s San Ysidro Port of Entry kicked off the start of the policy on Jan. 29. That day only one asylum seeker walked back through the port gates, although the United States has said it will send 20 per day.

“The MPP will enable DHS to take a huge step forward in bringing order to chaotic migration flows, restoring the rule of law and the integrity of the United States immigration system, and allowing DHS to focus resources on providing relief to individuals fleeing persecution while at the same time holding those accountable who make false asylum claims,” said Nielsen.

Nielsen announced the new MPP in December. The policy is an attempt by the Trump administration to curb the large number family units—mostly from Central America—from traveling north to seek asylum in the United States and subsequently disappearing into the country under the “catch-and-release” loophole.

In fiscal year 2017, border patrol apprehended 94,285 family units from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador at the Southern border. Of those, 99 percent remain in the country today, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

So far, the policy is only active in San Diego’s San Ysidro Port of Entry, the busiest border crossing in the country. Thousands of migrants from the Northern Triangle countries arrived in nearby Tijuana last year. It’s also believed to be the destination of the latest Honduran caravan headed north.

Honduran reporter Josue Cover told The Epoch Times on Jan. 17 that coyotes encourage migrants in the caravan to bring young children along the journey north.

“The coyotes tell them that ‘please, if you are going to come, then come with a minor, with a baby, because that way you are given more support,’ that is, they are given the opportunity to cross to the United States,” said Cover.

Cover said local coyotes also tell minors they have a better chance of entering the United States if they go alone.

“They [coyotes] say that the immigration authorities help them and that they have compassion for them, whereas if you go without children, or you are an adult male—it is very difficult.”

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Author: The Associated Press


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    Report: Nearly 20 Percent of Inmates in Federal Prisons Are Criminal Aliens


    According to a new report, criminal aliens currently make up nearly 20 percent of the population in the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) system — a total of 34,776.

    David Olen Cross, a Salem, Ore., crime and immigration researcher, looked at the number of foreign nationals in the U.S. BOP system based on the most recent federal report. As of March 30, 2019, there were 179,761 inmates incarcerated in federal prisons across the U.S. Their countries of origin, according to the report, are:

    • Mexico 21,668 inmates, 12.1 percent;

    • Colombia 1,633 inmates, 0.9 percent;

    • Dominican Republic 1,425 inmates, 0.8 percent;

    • Cuba 1,169 inmates, 0.7 percent;

    • Other/unknown countries 8,881 inmates, 4.9 percent;

    • United States 144,985 inmates, 80.7 percent;

    Cross, who researches and reports on foreign national crime, said in a press release on Sunday, “Combining March 30th BOP criminal alien inmate numbers, there were 34,776 criminal aliens in the BOP prison system,” down slightly from June 2018, when there were just over 38,000. Still, alien inmates make up 19.3 percent of the federal prison population.

    Cross added that the 21,668 Mexican nationals incarcerated in the BOP prison system comprise “the vast majority of criminal aliens in federal prisons.”

    A June 2018 Quarterly Alien Incarceration report from the Department of Justice found:

    A total of 57,820 known or suspected aliens were in in DOJ custody at the end of FY 2018 Q1, including 38,132 persons in BOP custody and 19,688 in USMS [U.S. Marshalls Service] custody. Of this total, 42,284 people had been confirmed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be aliens (i.e., non-citizens and non-nationals), while 15,536 aliens were still under investigation by ICE to determine alienage and/or removability.

    Among the 42,284 confirmed aliens, 39,413 people (93 percent) were unlawfully present. These numbers include a 62 percent unlawful rate among 38,132 known or suspected aliens in BOP custody and a 78 percent unlawful rate among 19,688 confirmed aliens in USMS custody.

    Approximately 16,233 aliens in USMS custody required housing in state, local, and private facilities, which cost $1,458,372.72 a day.

    Note that the cost number is only for criminal aliens housed in U.S. Marshals Service facilities — it does not include the 34,776 incarcerated in BOP facilities, nor those in custody at state and local facilities.

    Cross notes that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down the prison population into 13 types of offenses, with immigration crimes accounting for only 6.5 percent of the federal prison population — a total of 10,826 inmates. In other words, only one in three criminal alien inmates housed in the BOP system is incarcerated as a result of immigration crimes.

    The DOJ report tabulated BOP statistics from the first quarter of 2018, noting that nearly half (46 percent) were incarcerated as the results of drug trafficking or other drug-related offenses. But the incarcerations were not limited to drug crimes, as this chart from the DOJ shows:

    These numbers do not include known or suspected criminal aliens being held by the U.S. Marshals Service or in state and local facilities.

    The 2018 DOJ report cited examples of newly incarcerated or sentenced BOP inmates:

    • Anibel Rondolpho Rodriguez, an illegal alien from Honduras who was residing in Freeport, NY, was sentenced to 45 years in prison after he pled guilty to racketeering charges, two murder conspiracies, two attempted murders, and threatening to commit assault.

    • Eduardo Martinez, an illegal alien who was residing in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to 324 months in prison after he pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin, distribution of over 50 grams of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm.

    • Pedro Quintero-Enriques, an illegal alien from Mexico who was residing in Summerdale, Alabama, was sentenced to 108 months in prison after he pled guilty to illegal reentry after deportation and felon in possession of firearms.

    Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at the time the report was issued, “The illegal immigrant crime rate in this country should be zero.” He added, “Every crime committed by an illegal alien is, by definition, a crime that should have been prevented. It is outrageous that tens of thousands of Americans are dying every year because of the drugs and violence brought over our borders illegally and that taxpayers have been forced, year after year, to pay millions of dollars to incarcerate tens of thousands of illegal aliens.”