Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has had enough of the lies being circulated about the migrant caravan currently camped in Tijuana. She decided to air the ugly truth about these migrants, silencing President Donald Trump’s haters in the process. POTUS was right all along!
“Given the activities of the last 24 hours at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, I want to provide an update on what occurred and attempt to dispel many of the rumors and much of the misinformation circulating,” stated Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
“First, the violence we saw at the border was entirely predictable. This caravan, unlike previous caravans, had already entered #Mexico violently and attacked border police in two other countries,” she wrote on Facebook. “I refuse to believe that anyone honestly maintains that attacking law enforcement with rocks and projectiles is acceptable. It is shocking that I have to explain this, but officers can be seriously or fatally injured in such attacks. Self-defense isn’t debatable for most law-abiding Americans.”
“Second, the caravan is far larger and more organized than previous ones. There are 8,500 caravan members in Tijuana and Mexicali. There are reports of additional caravans on their way,” added Nielsen.
“Third, the overwhelming majority of these individuals are not eligible for asylum in the United States under our laws,” she explained. “Historically, less than 10% of those who claim asylum from #Guatemala, #Honduras, and #ElSalvador are found eligible by a federal judge. 90% are not eligible.”
“Most of these migrants are seeking jobs or to join family who are already in the U.S. They have all refused multiple opportunities to seek protection in Mexico or with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency,” Nielsen wrote. “Seeking employment or family reunification are not grounds for asylum under our laws, or any international obligation. There are, however, legal ways to seek a job or to be reunited in the U.S.”
“Fourth, the caravan members are predominately male,” she went on. “It appears in some cases that the limited number of women and children in the caravan are being used by the organizers as ‘human shields’ when they confront law enforcement. They are being put at risk by the caravan organizers as we saw at the Mexico-Guatemala border. This is putting vulnerable people in harms way.”
“Fifth, we cannot confirm the backgrounds and identities of all caravan members which possess a national security and public safety risk to our country,” Nielsen added. “However, at this point we have confirmed that there are over 600 convicted criminals traveling with the caravan flow. This includes individuals known to law enforcement for assault, battery, drug crimes, burglary, rape, child abuse and more. This is serious. Additionally, Mexico has already arrested 100 caravan members for criminal violations in Mexico.”
“Sixth, our Border Patrol agents and officers responded admirably and responsibly to the events on Sunday,” wrote Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary. “It is a testament to their training and professionalism that no one was injured. The accepted use of nonlethal force (also used by the Obama Administration in 2013) prevented further injury to agents and a mass illegal rush across the border. We will not shy away from protecting our people. I ask parents to avoid violent caravan groups and refrain from attempts to illegally enter our country – these acts will put your children in danger.”
“Finally, this Administration warned about the danger of the caravan,” she concluded. “We predicted the violence we saw on Sunday. We prepared to address it with additional personnel and DOD deployments. We will continue to prepare for the next assault while looking for lasting solutions with Congress and our Mexican partners. As always, I want to thank those officers and agents in San Ysidro who, under tremendous strain, used professionalism and restraint to ensure that no one was injured as they were attacked themselves. I also thank DOD and our state & local law enforcement who were on the scene to support our people.”
Of course, President Donald Trump has been noting the dangerous nature of many involved in the caravan for weeks now, only to be vilified by the mainstream media and the political left. Once again, the president has been vindicated. Once again, we learn that he was right all along — embedded within the caravan are hardened criminals, gang members, murderers, and rapists.
If you honestly believe we ought to welcome these unvetted immigrants with open arms, the blood will be on your hands the next time an innocent American citizen is killed by one of them.