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New Year Eve Border Fence Hop


by staff border editor Esteban Escapar 

Interesting that this story is under the radar of mainstream.  Or is it Tijuana migrant news fatigue?  Or N.Y.E. break for news editors?  

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A migrant, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, covers his face after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) throw tear gas to the Mexican side of the fence as they prepared to cross it illegally, in Tijuana, Mexico, January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

A migrant, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, covers his face after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) throw tear gas to the Mexican side of the fence as they prepared to cross it illegally, in Tijuana, Mexico, January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Some of the migrants threw rocks as others lifted children over the razor-edged wire late Monday in the San Diego sector, the agency said a statement, which was based on initial reports. The confrontation continued into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

One image distributed by Reuters shows a man covering his mouth as he is surrounded by smoke. Another shows people going over the wall as armed agents stand on the US side.

Border Patrol agents hold their guns as migrants try to go over the border fence near Tijuana, Mexico.

Border Patrol agents hold their guns as migrants try to go over the border fence near Tijuana, Mexico.

About 150 migrants approached the fence, but about one-third of the group members turned back into Mexico when they saw Border Patrol agents, CBP estimated.

A migrant is lowered toward concertina wire on the US side of the border fence.

A migrant is lowered toward concertina wire on the US side of the border fence.

Others tried to enter the United States by going over or under the fence. The agency said teenagers wrapped in jackets, blankets or mats were put over the wire, as were “toddler-sized children.”

“Once again we have had a violent mob of migrants attempt to enter the United States illegally by attacking our agents with projectiles,” said Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security. “As has happened before — in this and previous administrations — our personnel used the minimum force necessary to defend themselves, defend our border, and restore order.”

CNN has reached out to Families Belong Together, an advocacy group that works with migrants at the border, but didn’t get an immediate response.

Waldman said there were no reported injuries among the people throwing rocks. She called on Congress to act on funding for a border wall, amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, and end the Flores settlement agreement.

People flee after US agents employed gas and smoke at the border with Mexico.

People flee after US agents employed gas and smoke at the border with Mexico.

Twenty-five people were apprehended, CBP said, without elaborating about where the detainees were sent. The agency said an internal investigation is underway.

A man looks through the fence as he and others prepare to cross it illegally on Monday.

A man looks through the fence as he and others prepare to cross it illegally on Monday.

The incident comes a little more than a month after a similar incident in which agents fired tear gas at migrants, igniting anger, debate and concern. The group included mothers and children, and a photo of Maria Lila Meza Castro and her kids captured national attention. They were later allowed into the country to await asylum hearings.

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Tijuana, January 1.- About one hundred and fifty migrants tried to cross into the United States at dawn on the first day of the year, but most did not succeed in the containment operation implemented by the Border Patrol with the use of tear gas thrown at Mexican territory; a helicopter with low flights -with its lighthouse shed light on them- and some 15 patrols with armed elements that called them, in different tones, to desist.

The last night of the year and the early morning of the first day of 2019 were considered by dozens of migrants an opportune moment to enter the neighboring country and surrender to the border police. The Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that 25 migrants, including two teenagers, managed to cross and were arrested; “Most, including those with children, returned to Mexico through a hole under the fence or climbing over it,” says a statement issued from Washington. The press recorded in photos and videos several exchanges, the dispersion of which were subject to gas and the long night that lived on this border.

After several attempts the members of the Caravan – men, women and children – returned to the camp where they spent the last weeks, a warehouse provided by the federal government, but where they are constantly harassed by local authorities, who threaten to evict them arguing a unhealthy situation

In small groups, the migrants tried to cross through the residential area of ​​Playas de Tijuana, although it has become very complicated because it is full of barbed wire; the Los Laureles canyon and the Terrazas de Mendoza housing area. To avoid being seen by the US police, the groups were divided and sheltered in motor homes and vehicles parked in the area.

The cold and a light rain lashed the western area of ​​Tijuana at that time, however the light of the helicopters with reflectors that illuminated the wall, forced the Central Americans to remain lying on the floor waiting for a chance to jump the fence. The CBP statement said that Border Patrol agents witnessed “the attempt of several migrants to pass young children” over the barbed wire, and that “smoke and minimum security measures were deployed”, after a group He threw stones at them from Mexico.

“The agents deployed smoke, pepper spray, and CS gas (common name of chlorobenzylidene malononitrile – a tear gas) in a position against the wind from the rock throwers and to the south of the border fence.” The deployments were not directed to the migrants trying to enter the United States or on the fence line. “

The response of the Border Patrol to the migrant presence was immediate, there were exchanges with some groups, but when one of them got bigger and it seemed that together they were going to give themselves the courage to jump, they threw tear gas at the Mexican side to scare them away. The stones from the Mexican side were thrown after the gas appeared, they could accredit journalists present.

It also drew the attention of the press, the presence of three foreigners – identified by the international press as Americans – organizing the migrants. There is even the testimony of a photographer to whom these foreigners tried to take his photographic equipment, while telling the rest that they could not take pictures.

The migrants arrived in the area on Monday night just as the border cities were celebrating, like everyone else, the start of the new year, believing that it was a good time to achieve their goal: to cross. They had several days organizing the expedition, even some made small farewells, ways to say goodbye to those who became by chance travel companions.

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Tijuana Migrant Paella Fiesta


by staff Prison Food Editor Esteban Pappillon 

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More than 30 international chefs cooked paella on Sunday for at least 2,300 migrants from the Central American caravan who live in the El Barretal shelter in Tijuana, while waiting to cross into the United States or regularize their stay in Mexico.

Paella Solidaria sin Fronteras was the name for this initiative of the Spanish chef Armando Rodiel , “El Valenciano”, and his Mexican colleague Vicente Ortiz , both of whom resided in Southern California, United States.

With 600 kilos of rice and a ton and a half of firewood they began at dawn to prepare what they called “a friendship dish”, which seeks to bring a little joy to the migrants, explained Rodiel, gastronomic entrepreneur in the US city of San Diego, border with Tijuana, known as the founder in the United States of the festival “Paella Wine & Beer Fest”.

The migrants of the Central American caravan enjoyed the fraternity gesture (Reuters)

The migrants of the Central American caravan enjoyed the fraternity gesture (Reuters)

When the fire was lit with firewood outside the temporary shelter El Barretal, and the recipe for the typical Valencian dish was launched, dozens of migrants also collaborated with the chefs who added ingredients and sautéed the rice with the different meats and vegetables.

The event planned two weeks ago, which was joined by other chefs who usually participate in social causes, has no political motivation, said Rodiel. The objective “is to make them a different menu, we do not want to get into controversies, paella has no borders, ” said Rodiel.

Not only chefs joined the effort. Nearby was Benjamin “Ben” Hueso, a Democratic senator and representative of the counties of San Diego and Imperial, American cities, very close to the border, where a large number of Hispanics live.

Felipe Mejía, migrant from El Salvador, collaborated with the kitchen tasks (AFP)

Felipe Mejía, migrant from El Salvador, collaborated with the kitchen tasks (AFP)

“We are celebrated with our migrant sisters and brothers, we prepare a Christmas dinner for their pleasure, we hope they have the success they are looking for, a better future for their families and we want them to achieve it”, said the US legislator.

Christmas on hold
 We are all brothers, we should all help each other when we can and we have the opportunity, ” said Luis Arriaga, a Honduran migrant who already knew paella, unlike other companions. He was satisfied by the taste and color of the dish.

Luis knew “great” food, but not only for its taste, but also for the circumstance in which he could prove it: “Maybe at this time I would have lost my life, if I were there” in Honduras , he said.

He comes from San Antonio de Cortés, a town of 20,000 inhabitants, from where he left with his wife and their only child of a year and a half, fleeing violence and poverty like the rest of the migrants. ” There he lived with fear , that’s why we went out to seek asylum in the United States and while we are here, waiting for our turn,” he says, sitting down as he looks at his child having fun with a toy they gave him as a Christmas gift.

More than 2,000 people enjoyed Paella Without Borders (Reuters)

More than 2,000 people enjoyed Paella Without Borders (Reuters)

For the more than 2,000 diners, 600 kilos were required, which were combined with chicken and pork meat, as well as vegetables . Everything started cooking from dawn. And the ton and a half of firewood was to give that characteristic flavor that has a paella ‘really’, stressed “El Valenciano”.

About 30 volunteers joined the preparation of the food . “It gives great satisfaction, in these difficult moments for them, to share a little bit of what you have, a little affection with each of them,” said Sergio Infanzón, coordinator of the Coalition of Mexican Migrants, who traveled from the United States to Serve this Sunday

(Reuters)

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The chefs placed the paella in large trays, where the dish was served for each of the migrants.

The rows for this tasting started from inside the migrant shelter. Outside, under the protection of the police, hundreds of people living in the El Pipila neighborhood observed the preparation, cooking and also tasted a dish that reached everyone.

Tijuana Xray Machine


by staff Xray Editor Xiomara Xilitla 

9 cars, 6 shuttle vans, 5 airplanes, 5 airline snack refusals, 4 window seats and 1 middle,  6 lodging accommodations, 16 restaurants, 2 catered extravaganzas and 4 xray machines were part of my recent 2 week U.S. tour. Flight back to San Diego was ez and allowed time to lunch with a friend and do some shopping before hauling south to Ensenada.

A normal Wednesday afternoon traffic lineup southbound at the Tijuana border was approx 5 minutes from the acute angle turn west to the exit of the inspection area.  It was about 5PM.

My passenger and I were thrilled as we passed by the inspectors without being pulled over.

Ooops!  An inspector dude had followed us approx 50 yards to knock on our window and direct us over to the Xray beast.

OK, my car was riding low because of the load of travel bags and an afternoon of San Diego shopping. And there was beer.  And there was a lot of wine. And that passenger friend weasled her way into my vehicle by surprise.  Told her she owes me $50USD for the limo service.

This was only my second TJ Xray experience. The beast of an xray machine is on the far left of the Tijuana El Chaparral border crossing.

My passenger attempted to leave the vehicle with her handbag as we were directed to the concrete wall detaining area away from our vehicle.  No!  She was directed to leave the bag in the car.

We then waited behind the wall that has concrete seating for your bunz’ comfort.  We also had some company as this was a “tres por uno” with 3 vehicles being in the sliding/moving xray arch pathway at the same time.

All of the inspector types were kind and respectful.  After XRay, they direct you to drive your car into a 3 stall physical inspection station.

The TJ Xray team consists of 4 guys.  There is a greeter that directs you into the lane.  There is a passenger unloader that points you to the concrete “cooler” to await your fate.  A technician in the glass oficina supposedly is reading the scan.  Then there is the hands on dude that does a physical “sniff” based upon the xray result or your attitude or who knows.

Chatting with another xray victim parked next to me, he was starting his Christmas vacation with wife and kids.  Their mini van was packed as tightly as a Jenga mountain.  I think that if the inspector had removed one item, the entire van would flood the van’s entire contents out into the moving traffic lane.

Noticing my beer and wine in the rear section of my vehicle, the hands guy asks me if I am “ready to party”?  “Fleece Navy Dad” and we were on our way after approx a 15 minute delay.

Do they ever find any contraband items?  The physical car search after the Xray scene is not very thorough.  It may just be a security theater show.

Glad we were driving on a Wednesday.  The Christmas rush always gets serious on the weekend, especially Friday night.

This is how the TJ Xray beast works:

Border Wall Quality Control Tests


by staff Border Editor Esteban Escapar 

We have not yet tried El Yogurt Place in Tijuana.  Flora, fauna and border wall gymnastic views come with your yogurt.  See 2009 video below article.

IMPERIAL BEACH (NEWS 8) – San Diego Border Patrol on Friday announced agents arrested a group of undocumented immigrants after they jumped over a section of temporary barrier as photographers and media outlets filmed.

According to Border Patrol, photographers and media outlets encouraged the group to cross illegally Thursday afternoon.

Agents were notified by a Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) operator that a large group of people were staged south of the International Boundary separating the United States and Mexico, in an area known as Yogurt Canyon.

According to Border Patrol, some of the barrier in the area is temporary as the old primary wall undergoes replacement.

Agents reported more than 20 individuals to have been associated with the press. Agents also reported hearing “someone” tell the group to climb over the barrier.

Several people, including multiple cameramen, climbed to the top of the barrier as agents observed multiple people illegally enter the United States in what appeared to be a staged event to capture the illegal crossing on video, according to Border Patrol.

One man, who agents reported as non-compliant, became actively resistant after being handcuffed. Border Patrol said agents used appropriate force to restrain the man without further incident.

“The safe and legal way to seek asylum is at our ports of entry,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott. “If you cross our border illegally, you have committed a crime, and you should expect to be prosecuted.”

Agents apprehended 13 people. Three adult females and four adult men were from Honduras. There were two female children from Honduras. Also in the group were two adult females and one adult male from El Salvador. One child was a boy from Mexico of Salvadoran parents.

Tijuana Sewer Spill of the Month


by staff Environmental Editor Zoilo Zorillo 

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) – A recent break to a sewage pipe south of the U.S.-Mexico border is allowing sewage to flow freely into the Tijuana River Valley and Pacific Ocean, officials say.

The International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) said they were alerted to the break in the Tijuana sewage pipe by Mexico authorities recently. The pipe broke Dec. 7, according to Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, though the city was notified Tuesday.

IBWC officials said Wednesday, “CESPT (Tijuana Water Utility) has informed us through the Mexican Section that a rupture was discovered yesterday on the Colector Poniente in Southeast Tijuana. This rupture caused the soil above the pipe to collapse in an auto junkyard. Several sinkholes were discovered yesterday by the workers at the property and notified CESPT who then diverted the flows upstream to a stormwater collector which drains to the Tijuana River. ”

The IBWC estimated the flow of sewage into the Tijuana River to be at 300 liters per second, or approximately 7 millions gallons per day.

RELATED: Judge mulls motion to dismiss suit aimed at cleaning up sewage from Mexico

In a press conference Tuesday, Dedina renewed calls against the IBWC for “failure” to stop sewage from making its way into the river valley and eventually, the Pacific Ocean along Imperial Beach.

“There’s one major reason that these massive sewage spills continue to happen: The International Boundary Water Commission is refusing to obey the United States’ clean water protection laws and failing in its responsibility to protect the Tijuana River, the Pacific Ocean, our beaches, and our community. The IBWC has informed us that this latest spill is dumping ‘between 6-7 million gallons per day into the Tijuana River.’ This is ridiculous and it’s threatening the health, safety, and economy of Imperial Beach and surrounding communities. While I have demanded an investigation into this latest spill, that alone is not enough. Our residents and businesses are literally sick and tired of being notified by the IBWC of yet another massive spill, waiting for an after-the-fact review, and then seeing nothing change. Already in 2018, tens of millions of gallons of untreated sewage have poured through our community, and the IBWC is doing nothing to stop it.”

Dedina said later Tuesday that 12 miles of coastline were closed because of the sewage leak.

An IBWC official said an engineer was currently assessing the damage to the pipe, but could not offer more specifics.

In March 2018, Imperial Beach joined with the City of Chula Vista, and the Unified Port District of San Diego in a lawsuit against the IBWC for being in violation of the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit contends that federal inaction has led to tens of millions of gallons of “almost continuous” sewage to foul South Bay communities.

Low Budget Tijuana Tunnels


by staff Tunnel Editor Carlos Excavar 

Migrants Lost in Tijuana


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by staff Displaced Persons Editor Tomas Perdido

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After the change of the migrant shelter, which was registered on Thursday, November 29, there is great misinformation and uncertainty among migrants, as well as the media, as they do not exist authorities that can officially detail exactly where are more than six thousand Central Americans that were in the hostel of the Benito Juárez gym in the North Zone, because official figures, only locate two thousand in the new hostel located in the event room “El Barretal “, Located in the East Zone of Tijuana.

It was around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday 29 that the trucks began arriving at the Benito Juarez shelter, this after the rains, courtyards and courts where more than six thousand migrants slept were left unused and then closed by health authorities .

However, the relocation was not well received by the Central Americans, that night, according to official figures, less than a thousand migrants, especially women and children, were those who decided to move to the new shelter and despite the fact that the authorities assured that the six thousand refugees were in “El Barretal”, until this Sunday, the authorities have not been able to corroborate that the majority of migrants are in these facilities.

While the municipal government headed by Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum officially removed from the responsibilities of migrants, said that the authorities of the National Institute of Migration (INM), would be responsible for reporting and see for the care of the displaced. However, so far, the immigration authorities have not issued any official communication in this regard.

In turn, hundreds of migrants chose to set up improvised camps in the streets surrounding the Benito Juarez gym, in an interview, they have argued that they prefer to stay in this area that is a few steps from the international port of San Ysidro, before going to the new shelter that is located several kilometers from the crossing points to the United States, which is why, from Thursday 29 and until this Sunday, dozens of campsites are observed in the North Zone of Tijuana.

Regarding the fate of the more than six thousand migrants who were staying at the Benito Juarez shelter, the authorities have only been able to report that until Saturday evening, they had only registered two thousand 188 migrants in Barretal, however, as well. Access to the press and personnel outside this hostel has been restricted.

This Sunday from an early hour, in the perimeter of the shelter located in the East Zone, dozens of Central American migrants were seen asking for money from motorists and bystanders, while in the North Zone of Tijuana, at least two hundred migrants meet at the He expects to be transferred to the “Barretal”, however, the municipal government, they said, informed them that they will have to wait until Monday for his transfer.

Although the whereabouts of most of the six thousand migrants who were originally in the Benito Juarez shelter have not been officially reported, it has not been confirmed either by the authorities themselves whether or not they have knowledge of the whereabouts of Most of them have not formally announced the migrant census in the new shelter.

Saturday Protest Fizzles


by staff Protest March Editor Bosque Bump 

Happy to find out that Saturday’s “By All Means Necessary” march fizzled and no border disruptions occurred.  Wait times at the border Saturday were significant due to the normal weekend patterns of December shopping.

Plenty of nervous questioning about the planned protest was in social media.  Como Esta La Linea Tijuana has over 300,000 members and is a too much information source for the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossing waits.

As of 10AM Sunday, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa waits are normal, if not quicker than usual. Above photo at dawn Sunday, SY regular lanes.

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Central American migrants who still remained outside the “Benito Juárez” sports unit in the center of the city, began to mobilize, and cleaned the place, as some have indicated that they accept the proposal of the authorities of the three levels of government, of moving to the new lodge enabled in the entertainment center “El Barretal” located in the eastern part of the city.

By 1p.m. this Saturday, there had not been any of the demonstrations that were announced yesterday through pamphlets, and that in turn mobilized police authorities, while a group of Central Americans went up a few moments ago to a transport unit saying : “Let’s go to the shelter … Let the gringos fight!”, In reference to the fact that the organizers of the frustrated demonstrations, seemed to be from groups coming from other parts, particularly from the United States.

One of those pamphlets that called for a demonstration in favor of Central American migrants demanded: “Open the border or we close it! Everyone has to be allowed to close! “And they called for a demonstration at 11 am, from the Benito Juarez shelter, where until today there were still more than 5 thousand Central Americans who had not been relocated, many of them because of their refusal to to do it, since some people inside those same caravans, assured them that they were deceived by the authorities, that supposedly would take them “to the jail in Tecate”.

Mario Osuna Jiménez, Secretary of Social Development of the government of Tijuana, informed that until this morning still in El Barretal, there were a total of thousand 255 sheltered, of which 857 are men; 166, women; 102 are girls, and 130 are boys.

 

Saturday San Ysidro Border Protest


by staff Protest March Editor Bosque Bump 

Hope all is peaceful today.  Good luck at San Ysidro border today.  11AM is the planned beginning of the march at Benito Juarez Sports Complex.

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KUSI has learned from sources close to border security, that migrants in the caravan are being encouraged to join another march, or action, at the border on Saturday, December 1, 2018.
The flier is being distributed to all migrants, but a core of migrants, considered the most aggressive, and some paid as provocateurs, are, our sources say, planning to rush the border, and force Border Patrol reaction, which happened last Sunday.

The organizer of the march is affiliated with a website called BAMN.com. They are known as advocates of the migrants, and are set on embarrassing the new Mexican President, upon his inauguration, this Saturday.

Our sources tell us the march will occur near the location known as the Chapparal gate.

Furthermore, around 4,000 U.S. military members, including active- duty troops from Camp Pendleton, are likely to remain at the U.S.-Mexico border through the end of January, it was reported Friday.

The Associated Press, citing anonymous sources, reported that the Department of Homeland Security recently made a formal request to the Department of Defense to extend the timeline of military support at the border for an additional month and a half. The DHS request, which the AP said has not yet been approved by Defense Secretary James Mattis, would reduce the military footprint from 5,600 to 4,000.

Rumors swirled last week that the federal government would begin sending troops home, with a full disengagement planned for Dec. 15. During a visit to Border Field State Park on Nov. 20, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen ducked a question about that timeline, saying only that they would continue their work “until it is resolved.”

Active-duty troops, including about 1,100 from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, have been stationed at the border since the beginning of November, reinforcing existing fencing with jersey barriers, concertina wire and other barricades in anticipation of migrant caravans from Central America.

Despite the proposed reduction in military presence, DHS officials are now asking federal agencies, including the State, Justice and Energy departments, to send civilian law enforcement officers to the border, according to NPR.

It is unclear how many officers DHS is requesting and whether they would serve as de-facto replacements for the roughly 1,600 troops that would be sent home under the new proposal.

Members of the migrant caravan have remained largely peaceful, especially toward American immigration authorities, since they began to trickle into Tijuana about 20 days ago. A subsection of the group attempted to cross the border without permission last Sunday, spurring Customs and Border Patrol agents to arrest 42 people and use tear gas and pepper bullets to disperse the crowd, much to the chagrin of immigration advocates and activists. The military members stationed at the border did not engage the crowd of migrants during the testy exchange.

Immigrant Fake Families


by staff Adoption Editor Martha Kent 

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The Department of Homeland Security released data Tuesday about the propensity of illegal immigrants to pose as parents in order to gain easier access into the United States.

According to data from DHS, there has been a 110 percent increase in male adults showing up at the border with children. Further, DHS separated 507 illegal immigrants between April 19 and September 30 because they fraudulently claimed they were part of a family unit.

170 family units were separated because DHS found no familial relation — 139 of the people in those fake families were children. Eighty-seven family units were separated because a person posing as a child turned out to be 18 years or older.

Honduran migrant children heading in a caravan to the US, travel on a truck near Pijijiapan, southern Mexico on October 26, 2018. GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images

Honduran migrant children heading in a caravan to the US, travel on a truck near Pijijiapan, southern Mexico on October 26, 2018. GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images

DHS tied the increase in fraudulent families to the Flores v. Reno Settlement, which limits the time that illegal immigrant children can be detained by U.S. officials. Because of the limit, children are often released with their parents into the United States pending future immigration proceedings.

“This well-known loophole acts a magnet for family units and entices smugglers to use children as a way to gain access to the United States by posing a family unit,” DHS said.

According to a report from the Associated Press in 2014, the Obama administration tried to speed up the release of illegal immigrant children from U.S. custody and ended up placing children with “caregivers” with whom the children had no relation.

MCALLEN, TX - JUNE 12: A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The asylum seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing center for possible separation. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is executing the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TX – JUNE 12: A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The asylum seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing center for possible separation. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is executing the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants’ country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Almost 30 of these children ended up with caregivers who exposed the children to labor trafficking, sexual abuse, abuse and neglect.

As The Daily Caller reported in June, “HHS lowered standards [in 2014] by ceasing required fingerprinting of much of the adults claiming children as theirs. In April 2014, HHS ceased asking for original copies of birth certificates from most sponsors to prove who they were.”

Fraudulent family units are not the only instance of illegal immigrants using children to their advantage. On Monday, border agents claimed that members of the migrant caravan pushed women and children to the front of their group while launching rocks at agents, effectively using the vulnerable migrants as human shields.

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