Texas Democrat says cartels are telling migrants ‘border will be open’ once Biden takes office

MCALLEN, TX – A Texas congressman revealed that the Department of Homeland Security informed him that cartels south of the border are claiming that a Biden presidency will result in weaker southern border to residents in Mexico and Central America. 

As a result, the DHS are bracing themselves for a possible surge come 2021 in cartel-influenced attempts at breaching the southern border. 

Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar shared the DHS briefing details on December 11th, noting that the agency forewarned him of the following: 

“[T]he bad guys are starting to promote to people of Central America and Mexico that ‘the border will be open; it will be different so start getting ready to come.”

Rep. Cuellar serves as the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee.  The DHS keeps him up to speed on the agency’s endeavors because efforts relate to anticipated spending and federal costs.

From what Rep. Cuellar relayed, intel suggests that drug cartels are actively “promoting and staging” would-be migrants in various areas to begin making the trip north. 

There is an alleged perception that a Biden administration would be more frivolous in regards to accepting claims of asylum. 

Rep. Cuellar said that the agency hasn’t conveyed precise numbers on the potential influx, but he doubts the country will see anything akin to the thousands amassed from the caravan during the fall of 2018.  

However, some formations have already attempted to make the trip north. While ultimately unsuccessful, a group of roughly 600 amassed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on December 9th and made it up to the border of Guatemala. 

The group was turned away at Guatemala’s southern border unable to provide both travel documents and proof that they were negative for COVID-19. 

Foreign affairs officials from Mexico are also working to keep their southern border along Guatemala well-fortified, according to Rep. Cuellar. The congressman said that he’d met with Mexican officials on the matter who proclaimed that is an active agenda item of the country: 

“They still want to continue securing their southern border, which I think is good for us.”

DHS officials also reportedly told Rep. Cuellar that they’re also working to keep the U.S./Mexico southern border up to par in anticipation for potential caravans. 

CBP Public Affairs Specialist Matthew Dyman commented on the developing situation, saying the following: 

“We are monitoring potential migratory trends and continuously evaluating resources.”

DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf also said that he intends to travel to Central America from December 13th to the 16th to “discuss broader security issues impacting the region.” Wolf’s itinerary is said to include stops in Panama City, Panama, and San Salvador, El Salvador.

El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are the three countries that form what’s known as the “Northern Triangle.” This trio of countries has served as a large source of migrants attempting to breach the southern border of the U.S. since 2014. 

Wolf is said to have a meeting scheduled with El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele to discuss the ongoing status of the Asylum Cooperative Agreement that was signed back in September of 2019

The Asylum Cooperative Agreement – or ACA – was an agreement reached between all the countries that compose the “Northern Triangle.” It serves to deter migrant caravans and the ilk while finding ways to incentivize migrants to remain in their own countries. 

One of the impetuses of the agreement reached in 2019 was due to DHS data revealing that hordes of illegal entries into the southern border were stemming from the “Northern Triangle:” 

“Over 72% of all the migrants apprehended at the Southwest border through August of Fiscal Year 2019 were from the countries of the northern region of Central America, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.”

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In other recent news related to immigration-related projections with a Biden administration, Kamala Harris proclaimed intentions of undoing the travel bans enacted by President Trump. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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Senator Kamala Harris recently reiterated Joe Biden’s immigration plans with regard to sending a bill to congress within the first 100 days of the administration that would effectively enable amnesty. 

While that notion has been detailed countless times by Biden himself, Harris also unveiled plans to dismantle President Trump’s travel bans from various countries – which she inaccurately referred to as the “Muslim ban” – which can leave the country vulnerable to welcoming residents from known terrorist exporters.

The travel bans enacted by President Trump were a multi-step effort during his time in office that started in 2017 and accrued amendments up until 2020. 

And for those who observed the effort are privy to the fact that getting the travel bans enacted was no small feat. 

In 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13769, which was titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”. This first effort honed in on Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen as posing existential threats to the United States and thus, travel to the U.S. from these countries was restricted. 

During the 2017 issuance of the executive order, the effort was politicized as being a “Muslim ban” – despite even left-leaning fact checkers having to chime in and note that the effort is far from being a ban on Muslims

Still, after some protesting and legal challenges, Executive Order 13780 amended some aspects of the first travel ban and removed Iraq from the listed countries with travel restrictions. 

Later in 2017, Presidential Proclamation 9645 was signed by President Trump which added some travel restrictions on Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela, but removed Sudan from listed travel restrictions. 

In April of 2018, the travel restrictions imposed on Chad were also lifted. 

Moving on to January of 2020, President Trump announced an expansion on the travel bans which only pertained to certain types of visas from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.

When examining the rationale for these various travel bans and restrictions enacted by President Trump, they were all brought to the table in the interest of national security. 

For instance, the State Department designates North Korea, Iran, Sudan, and Syria as “state sponsors of terrorism.”

The unravelling of these rather common-sense travel restrictions can pose some serious threats if Biden and Harris aim to undo every travel restriction President Trump has imposed while in office. 

American lives should not be wagered in an effort to appear politically correct. 

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