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Trump says he’s cutting aid over migrant caravan

by Harvest Prude
Posted 10/22/18, 01:09 pm

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump renewed his promise Monday to cut aid to Central American countries that failed to stop the growing throng of Honduran migrants traveling in a caravan toward the United States. In a series of tweets, the president said that because Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador had failed to stop the caravan, the United States would “begin cutting off, or substantially reducing,” foreign aid to those countries. He called the situation a national emergency and said he had “alerted Border Patrol and Military.” Trump also said that the caravan included criminals and “unknown Middle Easterners,” but didn’t explain further who they might be.

On Sunday, the president tweeted that the migrants would be turned away at the U.S. border if they did not first apply for asylum in Mexico. The caravan of Central American migrants swelled to about 5,000 over the weekend, with most moving past Mexican border patrol, who did little to stop them. They plan to apply for legal asylum in the United States, as similar caravans of migrants have done in the past.

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Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  •  HeJets's picture
    Posted: Mon, 10/22/2018 02:44 pm

    Isn't it refreshing when a politician (albeit, Trump is hardly that) actually does what he said he would?

    Significant is the number of US citizens that are torqued that a president even has an interest in protecting the country's borders. Instead, that notion has either been not taught and/or de-educated by our education system, the extreme Left anarchists and the media.

  • MamaC
    Posted: Mon, 10/22/2018 05:31 pm

    I'm sorry, but the phrase "protecting our country's borders" has historically meant protecting our people from enemy attack. When did it come to mean refusing to help those in need? When did Christians absorb an isolationist mentality that says, "Don't disturb my comfort! Don't allow foreigners! Don't ask me to help those in need!" We look more and more like the Levites, priests, and Pharisees every day.

  • SuperBoppy
    Posted: Mon, 10/22/2018 09:42 pm

    Thousands of people illegally crossing our border is nothing less than an invasion. Like the President said, "If you don't have a border, you don't have a nation." People who use the "compassion" guilt trip to justify the illegal crossing into our country is disengenuous - it does a disservice to those who went through the legal process to enter this country legally and eventually become American citizens in a proper way.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 10/22/2018 11:07 pm

    Absolutely correct, SuperBoppy. A Sovereign Nation that does not control who comes and goes through its borders is like a homeowner who leaves her porch light on and front door open for any and all. 

    Do you do that, MamaC?  I’m sure you practice charity, but you probably do so with an eye to protecting yourself and your children from harm.  If you left your door wide open, would you expect everyone who comes in to be as decent as you?

    It has already been demonstrated several times that some of our uninvited “visitors” intend harm.  Ask the families of Mollie Tibbets, Drew Rosenberg, Sarah Root, Tessa Tranchant, Ronald da Silva,  Grant Ronnebeck, and Kate Steinle.  

    Ask Ingrid Lake about the injuries to her son Lennox, by an illegal who HAD ALREADY BEEN DEPORTED FIFTEEN TIMES. Tell them we are looking like “Levites, priests, and Pharisees,” when we ask for secure borders. 

    I know there are many others who think like you do: a jury in San Francisco acquitted Kate Steinle’s killer!  Does that sit well with you?

  • MamaC
    Posted: Tue, 10/23/2018 09:26 am

    I'm sorry to disagree, but it isn't the same as leaving the "porch light on and front door open for any and all." No one is saying that we can't supervise where the needy go for help. I'm not advocating helplessly doing nothing and allowing an "invasion." All I'm saying is that we can find ways to help. What I'm opposed to is our attitude of "This is mine and I'm not sharing!" The attitude that locks and barricades the doors and shoots anyone who comes knocking. Why must it be one extreme or the other? Why not find ways to show compassion that don't jeopardize security? The Samaritan in Jesus' parable didn't take the injured traveler home and put him in the master bedroom suite (although he might have if they were close to his home), but he found temporary assistance for him and was willing to help in whatever way he could. Surely we can do that much.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 10/22/2018 11:15 pm

    I’ll just add, something else about these “migrant caravans” does not sit well with me. 

    They are not being spawned from nothing. Someone is encouraging those people; someone is telling them, “Go! They will let you in!  Go! They can’t stop you!”  

    That “someone(s)” egging on those poor Central Americans is cruel, vile, and inhuman, in my opinion. 

    Posted: Tue, 10/23/2018 02:53 pm

    I agree.

  •  phillipW's picture
    Posted: Tue, 10/23/2018 10:57 am

    The argument from the left is always how can we help people, while using the stick of government to do it.

    The argument from the right is always, abide by the laws of this country, and stop making up your own rules.

    As Christians we are called to reach the lost for Christ in whatever way is necessary. 

    We are also given instruction on obeying our government leaders in Romans 13 (Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves. Romans 13-12 NKJV)

    Allowing a caravan of undocumented people across the border with impunity may seem like a valid humanitarian answer, but this solution also contradicts our responsibility as citizens of the United States in Romans 13.  I was raised and taught to take heed of Romans 13, and I served four years in the US Marine Corps, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.

    It's with this same oath I took and the command of scripture that I say that while as Christians I am certainly acutely aware of our need to be compassionate to others in need, simply breaking the law to do so goes against my conscience.

    I've spent several weeks in Nicaragua on multiple mission trips, and I can honestly say that the need is great in Nicaragua.  I've witnessed it first hand, where children and adults are living in the landfill, and their only income is from sifting through garbage for the scraps that may have some value in town.  I've built multiple houses down there to provide shelter for people who were using cardboard and tarps to protect them from the elements.  There is a lot of good being done in the name of Christ in Nicaragua and I can point your towards at least one ministry that is making use of every penny we send them to help their fellow Nicaraguans in need.  But shouting at the top of your lungs that we need to let this caravan across our borders is ignoring both the laws of the United States, as well as the commands of scripture.  

    Let truth prevail.

    Posted: Tue, 10/23/2018 03:03 pm

    Thank you for your service in the military and the mission field.

    What is appalling to me is that not very far away from our home in Tempe is the town of Guadalupe. There are people there who live with cardboard walls. They don't get help even from their neighbors. There are very nice houses right next to cardboard shanties.

    We have "homeless" people on nearly every corner. I quote homeless because many believe they are just avoiding paying taxes. They are mostly able-bodied people who can get a job, but won't. Plenty of jobs here. 

    We pay very high taxes in Arizona, from income tax to property taxes to sales taxes. Immigrants are given a free college education while American tax-payer children are in deep debt if they go to college. There is something wrong with this picture.


    Posted: Tue, 10/23/2018 12:50 pm

    There seems to be an awful lot of men in that photo. 

    And why have we been giving money to socialist countries in the first place. Everyone knows the leaders have been pocketing all the money and buying properties in the U.S., etc. 

    Are our leaders allowing all this because our swamp in DC has been making too much money off our country as well and they also might be jailed? As if that is going to happen in my lifetime. 


    Posted: Tue, 10/23/2018 01:00 pm

    Our country has been taking money from tax payers in the name of needy countries for as long as I can remember. It never seems to help the people in need. Everyone wants to come to America for all the FREEBIES our gov't offers. If we cut them off, they come to steal and kill. Terrorists come to recruit and kill.

    Run for office MamaC if you have a solution to the mass of men currently demanding entrance.

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Tue, 10/23/2018 01:47 pm

    News2me, prejudice does not advance anyone's cause.  People do not generally immigrate for the "freebies," or mean us harm.  I see a lot of them working hard at low-wage, menial jobs.  We Christians do not like people to plaster us with the sins a few; we should not do it to others.  Don't you think maybe a kinder spirit might be helpful?

    Posted: Tue, 10/23/2018 02:52 pm

    I was in a Miami high school in the 60's when the boats began arriving from Cuba. They were given money, food, and housing. Their children looked down their noses at us. They said they hated America and told us how beautiful Cuba is. Hence a hate relationship began. I was molested on the way to the bus stop by 2 cuban boys. A Cuban student in my junior college class stood up and said he wanted to start a revolution against America. He wanted a black student in our class to join him. The black student just looked at him. My old Miami neighborhood is owned by Cubans. The newspaper is owned by Cubans. There are HIGH rises everywhere. Parks are closed. Beaches are closed. 

    When foreigners place their favorite revolutionary in place, as they did with Obama, we will see our country transformed. Then where will you go? They will not knock on your door, they will remove you from your house. 

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Wed, 10/24/2018 01:23 pm

    news2me, my heart goes out to you.  I would much rather be murdered than molested.  It is also hard to watch your own neighborhood go through the changes that you observed, especially when those changes are unhealthy.

    I note that you wrote, "Hence a hate relationship began."  People around the world have "hate relationships" with Christians because of what they experience at Christians' hands.  The fact that some Christians have treated others poorly does not excuse anti-Christian feelings.  Likewise, the fact that some Cubans have treated you and your community poorly does not excuse anti-Cuban feelings.  God does not bless us when we allow our sympathies to influence our judgement.

    Historically, Castro unloaded Cuban dregs onto our shores in waves.  You probably experienced one of those waves.  But did you know that there are many more Cuban immigrants who do not trust these people either?  The year of immigration is very important to them, because they know when the waves occurred, and who they can most likely trust based on that information.  I guarantee that most Cuban immigrants do not want to start a revolution.  They hate the Cuban regime.  I personally know two Cuban families who Castro kicked out of Cuba.  Castro took everything from them.  One who had built a successful business in Cuba before Castro stripped it from him bestowed on his children such a desire to succeed in business that they are now legitimate multimillionaires.  Another is a poet who Castro kicked out for his "subversive" art.  He said that nobody got out of Cuba alive unless Castro willed it.  He is also a very hard worker and dependable person.

    So when I see immigrants, I see average people who just want to make a decent life for themselves.  Yes, we should carefully screen them and make them go through proper channels.  But God wants us to treat others as we would be treated ourselves.  So just as we do not want people to smear us Christians with the evil acts of a minority within our group, we should not smear immigrants with the evil acts of the minority within their group.


  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 10/24/2018 12:18 am

    The small city (80,000) I live in, in northwest Arkansas, is probably very close to becoming majority Hispanic. The local school system has already reached that point. Main reason is we have a lot of low skilled jobs that don’t require English language skills—poultry processing, etc. 

    The majority of the immigrants are decent people who learn English, have jobs, pay their taxes, move up in society. They come to the US for the same reasons our forefathers came here: so they can earn a far better standard of living than working people can hope for in their home countries. So their kids can go to school. So they can own businesses without being eternally told, “No, sorry, your request for a permit has not been approved, but would you perhaps like to improve your chances by paying me yet another special fee?”

    Their kids ARE as American as yours and mine. Mostly us hillbillies and the immigrants all get along fine. 

    BUT... it is a foolish mistake to assume all of them just want the same things we want. There is a minority, and it’s not an insignificant percentage, who DID NOT come here to work hard and earn the American Dream. Sure, they came here because of opportunity. They came here because pickings are good for criminals. They prey on their fellow Hispanics because some distrust authority and do not report crimes; they prey on us because we have lots of great stuff and sometimes get careless. They are responsible for quite a few children growing up without a proper father figure. They’re in a notable share of the drug trade. They are not the neighbors you want next door. 

    I firmly believe a good number of the criminal immigrants are among those who came in illegally. It is not too much to expect these things of an immigrant: we will know who you are and where you came from. You will have a legitimate ID, and only one.  You will be identified to our government by your employer and will pay your share of taxes, just as we do. You will obey our laws, just as we do, and when you don’t, we will know who you actually are.  You will not skip out on your landlord and the utility companies and your other creditors by switching identities at the drop of a hat. Welcome to America!