Thomas Homan, the former acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, told Fox News on Monday that the Mexican government is apparently not willing to halt the progress of thousands of migrants from Central America now within its borders who are heading to the United States. "As far as Mexican police not being able, I would say maybe not being able - maybe some unwilling," he said. However, unlike Mexico’s immigration agency, Homan said that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Border Patrol "won't step aside or step back" at border checkpoints and along the border. “They will defend this line," Homan added.

The fact is these caravans don’t walk from Honduras to the United States they only walk for photo ops. The reality is Globalist bankers and activists ship them in trucks and busses. from r/The_Donald

In the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico deployed hundreds of federal riot police and immigration officials at Ciudad Hidalgo and Tapachula, two towns near the country’s border with Guatemala. When migrants forced their way across the Suchiate River and the bridge linking the two countries, they were met at first with tear gas and armed officers. However, migrants pushed forward and about 4,000 made it into Mexican territory. By Sunday, several thousand walked to Tapachula, where officials from Mexico’s Foreign Ministry and immigration offered free transportation to refugee centers where they would be invited to apply for visas or asylum. As of Monday, several thousand migrants were headed north from Tapachula, while thousands more are waiting at the international bridge to be processed. Approximately 4,000 more migrants, in a second caravan, are marching from a Guatemalan town near the border of Honduras.

Migrants in the caravan have refused offers from the Mexican government to take them to refugee centers out of fears that they will be deported. Mexican federal police are accompanying the migrants as they head north. 

President Trump tweeted on Monday, “Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States, “ and added, “Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy [sic]. Must change laws!" He has also vowed to eliminate or restrict further foreign aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras for their failure to control emigration.

On Monday, Homan said that he knew one year ago that rising monthly arrest levels of illegal border-crossers would continue. "It's very frustrating doing this job for 34 years because a lot of this could have been prevented. I've said for over a year if we didn't fix these loopholes it would happen and here it is," said Homan.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Sunday, Homan characterized President Trump as a “bulldog” for threatening to deploy the military to defend the nation’s southern border. “Thank God,” Homan said. Last Thursday, Trump tweeted that in addition to stopping foreign aid to the countries in question, he asked Mexico to stop “this onslaught” while threatening to call up the military and close the border.

"I'm glad we've got a president that's a bulldog and is gonna protect this country at all costs," Homan said. "Thank god Donald Trump's sitting in the White House." He said that the majority of illegal immigrants seeking to enter the country are not fleeing out of legitimate fear of persecution  but are trying to join family members already living in the U.S. "I hope Americans are paying attention," Homan added.

Regarding the controversial family separations and the warehousing of illegal immigrant minors, he said that it could have been avoided. "The whole reason family separations happened was because Congress -- specifically the Democrats -- will not close the loopholes that are causing this stuff," he said. "If they would have closed these loopholes when we asked them to, none of this stuff would have been happening."

Trump referred to Democrats as “obstructionists” with regard to reforming immigration law and denounced what he called “needless pain and suffering that they are causing.” He asked the Democrats to contact him. Homan displayed little confidence in the Democrats. "American voters need to call their Republican senator and their Republican congressman and tell them to make this happen."

Trump has blamed the Democratic Party for enticing the migrant caravan and other illegal immigrants. “Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws!” Trump tweeted on Monday morning. “Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally.”

Despite a bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Mexico concerning the caravan, Mexico has not stopped its progress. Central America has long been plagued by criminal and political violence and inequality. Honduras, for example, has the highest murder rate in the world. With a population of 8.25 million, according to the UN it has 90.4 murders for every 100,000 residents. 

Dr. Clay Fuller of the American Enterprise Institute, when asked whether foreign aid might slow down emigration from Central America, responded via email. He wrote: "Foreign aid often does not have the effect that most wish it would. It sometimes paradoxically has the opposite effect." Fuller has written on authoritarian governments and corruption.

Professor Nestor Rodriguez of the University of Texas told Spero News that he agrees that foreign aid to Guatemala and other Central American republics has been misdirected. In an interview, Rodriguez said the U.S. should direct its efforts at shoring up police and internal security in the region in order to control crime and criminal organizations so as to bolster public security. "Foreign aid should be more calculated and have better objectives," Rodriguez said. 

Crime is rampant in the Central American isthmus, which Rodrguez blamed on "weak government" among the republics. "Guatemala is a weak state because it doesn't have the capacity or ability at this point to develop and serve its communities. I'm talking about public safety, police protection, and good education." It is in these areas that Guatemala, like the other countries in the region, requires foreign assistance, Rodriguez said. He is an expert on migration and is the co-author of Guatemala-U.S. Migration: Transforming Regions.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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