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That’s the number of illegal immigrants on pace to enter the US this year.
That’s the size of the “mother of all caravans” of Central American migrants, according to an estimate from the Mexican government.
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That’s the understatement of the year.
So it’s crunch time for president Trump. If only Congress had listened to him, we’d have gotten a head start on facing the onslaught. That’s a point in Trump’s favor.
But it’s a point against him that he couldn’t make them do it… because now the Left will go into overdrive demonizing any American who dares resist the greatest wave of illegal immigration in at least a decade.
The Left knows this is their last chance to decisively win the immigration battle. If they can get this year’s massive crop of “newcomers” in… and break the spirit of enough people tired of being called racists and white supremacists… there’ll be no looking back.
That’s an achievement they could ride all the way to the White House.
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They’ve already got the upper hand in places like Yuma, Arizona. Border Patrol is dumping migrants on the streets—processing centers are that swamped. Yuma now faces at least three times as big a wave as last time around.
Texas officials have the same problem along the Rio grande.
ICE started doing the same thing last year.
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The head of Customs and Border Protection says his agency has hit the ” “breaking point.”
This is just the beginning.
So the Trump administration is scrambling. They’re trying to reopen 20,000 suspended deportation cases. And that’s a drop in the bucket. The Obama administration closed over 300,000 cases. The backlog is huge.
Meanwhile DHS is asking Congress for new authority to send unaccompanied migrant kids back home.
And Trump himself is back to warning he’ll shut down the border if things don’t change. “If Mexico doesn’t stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border,” he tweeted, “I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week.”
He went on. Stopping the migrants “would be so easy for Mexico to do, but they just take our money and ‘talk.’ Besides, we lose so much money with them, especially when you add in drug trafficking…that the Border closing would be a good thing!”
Those are the stakes: a Border like a light switch. Open or closed. On or off.
That’s why the immigration debate is ground zero for the proxy war between Trump and the ruling class… between the radicals and the rest of us.
And Trump can’t win it alone.