Mexico’s incoming government denied reports Saturday that it had struck a deal with the White House to keep asylum-seekers in the country while their claims move through U.S. immigration courts, just hours after President Trump again threatened to close the entire southern border if no deal could be reached between the two counties, FOX NEWS reports.
The development comes as Fox News has confirmed through an organizer for Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the group helping organize the leading Central American migrant caravan, that members of the caravan are expected to march peacefully to the point of entry at San Ysidro, Calif., on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.
The marchers are expected to head out from the stadium, where many have been staying, and attempt to cross the border in a major test for both U.S. border authorities and Mexican officials. On Saturday, the first episode of caravan-related violence directed at U.S. authorities was reported by U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona, as a 31-year-old Honduran man who apparently split off from the caravan threw rocks at agents and a helicopter after setting a tree on fire. ~Gregg Re
The director of field operations for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in San Diego, said Saturday that the city is “preparing for the worst” as the migrant caravan moves through Tijuana, Mexico.
Flores said that his team has long been preparing for both legal and potential illegal entry attempts to cross into the U.S. Watch video of President Trump addressing the southern Border situation by clicking here.
“What we are expecting is the caravan members to follow the orderly process of applying for asylum, But we are preparing for the worst, obviously. They’ve been partnering with us on a consistent basis, a show of force on the Mexican side of the border to ensure that caravan members do not impede traffic coming up into our legal lanes of traffic northbound.“
I truly hope we officially close the border’s and use a show of force to lock it down and prevent anyone from crossing, anything less and they will flood over.
“The caravans will not be permitted to enter the United States, There are real dangers to the safety and human rights of migrants from those who would prey on them.” ~ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
National Security Presidential Directive 51, an executive order issued in May 2007 that defines the president’s unilateral authority to maintain continuity of the government in the instance of a “catastrophic emergency.” In the directive, a “catastrophic emergency” is defined as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government function.”
So the blunt truth is that there are provisions set forth that allow the President to bypass the Posse Comitatus Act, if the President and DoD deem that an event is a catastrophic emergency to United States Civilians.