By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Just as the Trump administration, with Mexico’s help, appears to be getting a handle on the influx of mostly poor migrants from Central America, a new wave is set to besiege U.S. borders — poor from around the world.
According to an analysis by Todd Bensman of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), tens of thousands of “exotics” and “extra-continentals” are currently moving towards the United States through Panama.
“Like the proverbial ‘bulge in the belly of the snake,’ unusually high numbers of non-Latino migrants, obviously not from Central America, are now reportedly passing from Colombia through Panama on their way to the U.S. southern border,” Bensman, the center’s national security fellow, writes.
“Their numbers range to the tens of thousands, whose vanguards we have already seen at the U.S. Southwest Border in recent months: Cameroonians, Ghanaians, Congolese, Haitians, Cubans, and some from the Middle East,” he added.
Bensman, who gleaned his information from sources who returned recently from the region, said that word has reached around the globe that getting into the United States has become administratively easier given the current loopholes in asylum laws that Democrats refuse to help the Trump administration fix.
Those witnesses — Panama-based author and freelance journalist Chuck Holton and Diane Edrington, a Mississippi-based nurse practitioner who has worked for years as a Panama Missions volunteer — report “that a surge is underway the likes of which neither has ever seen and which obviously surpasses what I witnessed in December.”
He added that Holton and Edrington both “saw massive numbers of Africans overwhelming government camps and smuggling infrastructure as they push through to repeat the successes at the U.S. border of those who have gone before them.”
Meanwhile, officials in Colombia and Panama are reporting that “many thousands have gone through” in recent weeks and are “already in the pipeline” heading for the U.S.:
“‘Trump wants to keep us out, but he can’t do it,'” Holton said he was repeatedly told in Turbo, Colombia as African migrants were preparing to board boats to the jungle trails for 10-day, smuggler-led wilderness treks into Panama. “They were very clear about that. ‘If I can get in now, I’m going to get while the getting’s good.'”
Holton said everyone knew to go to American “sanctuary cities,” where local authorities won’t cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“They have some level of understanding of what a sanctuary city is. ‘If we can get to one of those they won’t mess with us; They won’t get us out.'”
“A lot of these guys obviously do not qualify for asylum,” Holton told me. “When they talk to me, they don’t have a problem telling me it’s for economic benefits, to get a better job, to have a better life.”
No matter, Holton said. By claiming asylum, “They know they’ll have to let them into the U.S. and that they can stay for at least three years” before any ruling on their claims comes back. “They’re very clear on that.”
Officials in the region estimate that as many as 35,000 people are already enroute, with more coming. Many are stricken with ailments and diseases, according to the CIS report.
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