This morning White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss the humanitarian crisis on our border. During her discussion, Sanders called out the hypocrisy of the Democrats who are fighting President Trump on his efforts to stop the massive flow of illegal immigrants into the United States through our southern border.
Sanders told the Fox and Friends hosts, “It is absolutely abhorrent that Democrats are still refusing to acknowledge the crisis on the border—particularly when Barack Obama himself even called it a crisis in 2014.”
Yesterday, NBC News rang the alarm bells about the crisis on our border with this stunning report:
The number of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border last month was the highest total for February in 12 years, according to statistics released by Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday.
In 28 days, and in the same month President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to build a border wall, 76,103 immigrants without the needed documentation to enter the U.S. either presented themselves at legal ports of entry or were apprehended by Border Patrol between ports of entry.
It is the highest total for February since 2007, DHS officials said at a press conference Tuesday. It is also the highest single month total since Trump was elected in November 2016. Crossings hit 66,842 in October 2016, just before Trump’s election.
Watch Sanders blast the Democrats for continuing with their blind resistance to Donald Trump at the risk of our nation’s security:
"It is absolutely abhorrent that Democrats are still refusing to acknowledge the crisis on the border—particularly when Barack Obama himself even called it a crisis in 2014." pic.twitter.com/XRP6hhyUoR
— The White House 45 Archived (@WhiteHouse45) March 6, 2019
During his recent State of the Union, President Trump addressed the nation on what he also called a “growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the border. Nearly five years ago, Obama gave his remarks in the Rose Garden, rather than the Oval Office, and the government was not partially shut down over border security.
When the surge of migrant children began arriving in 2014, the Obama administration tried some of the same tactics as the Trump administration.
The Obama administration housed migrant children in temporary camps on military bases. And it pushed for long-term detention of migrant families while their asylum cases played out in immigration court, though federal courts blocked that policy.
Watch, as President Obama talks tough on immigration, calling it a “humanitarian crisis” at the 3: 00-minute mark.
Even the anti-Trump New York Times is reporting about the humanitarian crisis on our border.
In their March 3, 2019, article titled,‘You Have to Pay With Your Body’: The Hidden Nightmare of Sexual Violence on the Border,” The New York Times supports Trump’s claims of the humanitarian crisis on our border, as they highlight the violent crimes committed against women and girls on our southern border.
From the NYT’s article:
President Trump has used the threat faced by migrant women to make his case for a border wall. “One in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico,” he said in January— an estimate that appears to have originated from some limited surveys, one of them by Doctors Without Borders, of women traveling through Mexico.
For weeks in that locked room, the men she had paid to get her safely to the United States drugged her with pills and cocaine, refusing to let her out even to bathe. “I think that since they put me in that room, they killed me,” she said. “They raped us so many times they didn’t see us as human beings anymore.”
On America’s southern border, migrant women and girls are the victims of sexual assaults that most often go unreported, uninvestigated and unprosecuted. Even as women around the world are speaking out against sexual misconduct, migrant women on the border live in the shadows of the #MeToo movement.
The stories are many, and yet all too similar. Undocumented women making their way into American border towns have been beaten for disobeying smugglers, impregnated by strangers, coerced into prostitution, shackled to beds and trees and — in at least a handful of cases — bound with duct tape, rope or handcuffs.
The New York Times found dozens of documented cases through interviews with law enforcement officials, prosecutors, federal judges and immigrant advocates around the country, and a review of police reports and court records in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The review showed more than 100 documented reports of sexual assault of undocumented women along the border in the past two decades, a number that most likely only skims the surface, law enforcement officials and advocates say.
They described a netherworld of fear that coexists with the bustling life of American cities up and down the border. One woman told of being held prisoner in a house that had been turned into a makeshift brothel in McAllen, a city of 143,000 in the Rio Grande Valley. “Nueva carne” — new meat, the smugglers said as she and other migrant women were led into the house, said the woman, Lucy, 45, a migrant from Honduras who, like others interviewed, did not want her last name used.
She said a series of men came into the house over the next several days and raped her. “Because I didn’t want to let them, they tied my feet together and my hands behind my back,” Lucy said.
Gladys, 45, a mother of four from Guatemala, said she was kidnapped by armed smugglers after crossing the border and jumped out of a car to escape, but was captured again. For days, she was held prisoner at a stash house in McAllen and forced to have sex with six men. “I thought it would be better if I died when I fell from the car,” she said.
Law enforcement officials on the border said they had made arrests in many of the cases brought to them and would pursue more if they could. But the majority of women who have been assaulted do not report it, often because their attackers threaten to expose their immigration status — or worse — if they do. One woman, raped repeatedly at gunpoint in a stash house in Phoenix in 2005, said her attacker threatened to sell her 3-year-old daughter if she reported him. Those who do go to the authorities may not know the names of their attackers, or even where the assault occurred. Smugglers make sure their clients are unsure of their whereabouts; if they are detained by their clients are unsure of their whereabouts; if they are detained by Border Patrol, they won’t be able to pinpoint where they were held.
The danger to our national security is real. Our media’s been hiding the truth for way too long.