It only took them 15 seconds to climb the wall. Fifteen SECONDS!
It’s no secret that immigration has been one of the most talked about topics of the 2016 election cycle thanks entirely to Donald Trump’s insistence on building the border wall. But real talk: how effective would building a wall be in terms of deterring the flow of undocumented immigrants or drugs? If the video above is any indication, not very.
Recently, a news crew from Azteca Noticias was filming at the border wall on the American side of Nogales (Nogales is both a city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa and in Ariz.), when all of a sudden they caught two young men slide down the international barrier with what looked to be big packages of drugs strapped to their back. The two alleged drug smugglers scaled the fence in seconds and walked along it as they communicated with someone via walkie-talkie.
Despite the heavy surveillance, the Border Patrol was none the wiser. It took the two young men noticing the news crew for them to flee. “No graben!” they told the crew. Exposed, the alleged drug smugglers decided to head back to Mexico, scaling the fence in less than 15 seconds.
Which brings us to our larger point: if these guys could scale the wall between the two countries in seconds, hang out on the US side then run back without being detected, what makes Trump think his border wall would be any different?
President Trump Monday night, less than 24 hours before he officially kicks off his re-election campaign, leaked shocking details of a secret U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that has been in the planning stages for months.
Trump said in a tweet that starting next week, ICE will remove “millions” of immigrants who have entered the United States illegally.
In a series of tweets Monday night, President Donald Trump threatened mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and said they could happen as soon as next week.
The posts from Trump signaled that a shelved plan for raids in major cities, an idea challenged by former administration officials, could be back on.
This is the first of Trump’s announcements, and like so much else, he made it on Twitter.
In a report from the Washington Post, Kirsten Nielsen was forced to resign from her post as DHS Secretary because of her hesitancy to move forward with the plan the president announced on Monday.
Last year, the government had already begun processing deportation orders for thousands of undocumented families, but Nielsen and others were worried about the complications of these orders. So Trump replaced them.
Trump, his top immigration adviser Stephen Miller, and other supporters of the plan, which will largely affect families, reportedly want to send a message to any migrants considering crossing the border. Deterrence was also the driving force behind the administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The mass arrests the president says will
begin next week could result in the splitting up of thousands of families who have been living in the United States for years, if not decades.
The consequences of such a plan could have devastating effects on tens of thousands of families.
The Post paints a grim picture of what the operation could look like: “Should adults be arrested without their children because they are at school, day care, summer camp or a friend’s house, it is possible parents could be deported while their children are left behind.”
In fact, according to some experts family separation is equivalent in trauma to several forms of physical and emotional abuse.
The government has claimed the deportations would be carried out with “with compassion and humanity.” But promises to carry out deportations in a compassionate way have never come to fruition, despite similar claims from numerous administrations: There’s no kind way to uproot someone’s life against their will, and no nice method for sending a person back to a dangerous situation. And there’s definitely no nice way of tearing children from their mothers and fathers.
Trump’s announcement seems to not only surprise the public but his own government as well.
The curious thing about the president’s tweets Monday night is that deportation raids typically aren’t announced ahead of time, as the element of surprise is often crucial. ICE officials were reportedly unaware that Trump planned to tweet about the arrests and the agency was “stunned” that Trump announced the plan on Twitter.
Many pointed out that announcement was made on the eve of Trump’s kick-off of his reelection campaign on Tuesday.
I mean why else would Trump jump the gun and compromise the deportation plan? Look no further than his tweet Tuesday morning — as well as several others from the past few days — teasing his big rally in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday night, during which he will officially relaunch his re-election campaign. Announcing a big crackdown on undocumented immigrants is a pretty juicy piece of red meat for Trump to throw to his supporters. The president apparently couldn’t resist.
The reactions on Twitter have been swift.
To many, the cruelty is shocking but many realize that the cruelty is the point.
Some have called total BS on many of the government’s supposed ‘pro-life’ stances.
Like seriously, you can’t call yourself pro-life and then go above and beyond to ruin the lives of thousands of families.
While some on Twitter wanted to point out the shocking levels of hipocrisy coming from the President.
His own wife would be a target of his new immigration enforcement policies.
Many on Twitter asked “what can we do to help?”
Many followed up with tips of keeping the pressure on your government representatives on a daily basis. Getting your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.
And one group that provides legal services to immigrants was quick to remind people of their rights during these scary times.
In what’s sure to be a frightening time for undocumented immigrants, RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrants, was quick to remind people of their rights. If ICE raids your workplace, the group noted in a tweet responding to Trump, you don’t have to speak, you do have the right to a lawyer, and you don’t have to sign any documents.
Voting in every single election is a crucial part of voicing your concerns about how your country is run. It’s also the perfect time to dictate change, especially with presidential elections.
There’s so much corruption in Latin American — and in the U.S. — that the only way we can make a difference is by voting corruption out. That’s exactly what is taking place in Central America.
Elections are taking place in Guatemala and for the first time ever, 60,000 Guatemalans living in the U.S. will be able to cast their vote.
“At least 60,000 were eligible to vote in Los Angeles, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C., all home to large numbers of Guatemalan emigres,” the Associated Press is reporting.
Aside from voting for a new president, Guatemalans will be able to vote for a new vice-president, 158 congress members, and 340 mayors. Guatemalans living in the U.S. will only be able to vote for the president and vice president.
These elections are extremely important as the three previous presidents have been charged with corruption.
“There is a belief that instead of advancing in these four years of government, we’ve gone backward,” Marco René Cuellar, 39, told the New York Times. “We’ve lost our way as a country, but we should not lose faith in the democratic process we have.”
Furthermore, the next president can help bring peace to the country and end the mass exodus that is going on in Guatemala.
Since 2016, more than 90,000 Guatemalans have been deported from the U.S, NPR reports, and thousands more make the trek back due to lack of work, violence, and poverty.
While voting is taking place now, the second round of voting will happen in August.
Out of 19 presidential candidates including a former First Lady and an indigenous woman, it looks like Guatemala will have a female leader.
According to the Times, “Sandra Torres had captured more than 22 percent of the vote, followed by four-time presidential candidate Alejandro Giammattei with 16 percent.” They also report none of the candidates will secure 50 percent of the votes or more so that 22 percent is looking really good for Torres.