Trump Expands ‘Catch and Release’ amid surge of Mexican and Central American migrants

The United States government has expanded its practice of ‘catch and release’ due to its processing and holding centers being overwhelmed with illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America seeking ‘asylum’.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, over 125,000 illegal border crossers have been released inside of United States borders since December 21st, 2018. Apparently, immigrants are being bused hundreds of miles inside of US borders and released at churches and Greyhound stations, according to the Associated Press. the Associated Press reported.

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Just last week alone, around 9,000 illegals were apprehended in the McAllen area of Texas. That’s on track for 468,000 illegals in one year. The population of McAllen, TX is 142,000 people. This invasion of illegal immigrants represents more than 3X the population.

Relief organizations along the southern border have expressed that a public health crisis is developing and that the basic needs of families are struggling to be met.

Jim Gannon, the executive director and CEO of Catholic Charities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, told the AP, “If this was a hurricane, FEMA would be on the ground helping.”

In past years, migrant ‘asylum seekers’ were typically released and allowed to live with family members or friends until their cases were processed. However, with a record-high number of immigrants crossing the border, immigration and customs officials in the US have warned that the system is close to reaching a breaking point.

Consequently, immigrants have been released in larger numbers and in regions farther removed from the border, AP stated.

Striking videos have surfaced which show human traffickers near Yuma, Arizona, smuggling immigrant families across the US-Mexico border, including through a hole in border fencing, according to a separate report by AP.

According to Jorge Ramas, an open-borders advocate and globalist news anchor from Univision, the solution to the border surge is to simply to legalize illegal immigration, since ‘nobody can really stop them’ from entering the United States, Breitbart News reportedearlier in the month.

On Tuesday night, during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Ramos said, “The U.S. economy has been absorbing them and it seems that we have to realize that the only way to deal with this is in a legal way… “Just to understand that legally they are going to keep coming and there is really nothing we can do to stop them.”

During the same interview, Ramos noted that each year more than 300,000 illegal immigrants have entered US borders for more than a decade now. He insisted that governments of Central America and Mexico ‘are not the immigration police of Donald Trump’.

Trump, rightfully has threatened to shut down the US-Mexico border if Mexico and Central American countries don’t take actions to stop the surge.

Ramos insisted that no matter how much money is spent trying to solve the crisis that governments ‘simply don’t have the power to stop that from becoming reality’.

Meanwhile, in order to handle the unrelenting flow of migrants, US border patrol agents have been transferred to handle immigration duties. This has led to up to 12 hours of gridlock for truck drivers at a number of ports of entry, according to Reuters.

The issue of mass migration into the United States is sure to be a hot issue in the 2020 presidential elections.

Last week, Politico reported that 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and Californian Senator Kamala Harris, introduced a bill that would make the children of illegal immigrant parents, so-called ‘Dreamers’ eligible to work as congressional staffers and interns.

Also last week, on Tuesday, Julián Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, announced a plan to reform immigration enforcement and to forge a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Governments in the Western world must have the political will to stop the migrant invasion. Right now, the only head of state in the world who possesses the political will to stop any and all forms illegal immigration is Italy’s, Matteo Salvini. Salvini has stopped nearly 99% of all illegal immigrants from entering Italy’s borders since he has assumed office.

Trump would be smart to take a page or two out of Salvini’s playbook.