Reposted by permission the author, Jim Simpson, credit The Epoch Times https://www.theepochtimes.com/highly-organized-migrant-caravans-are-being-supported-by-taxpayer-funded-american-groups-and-the-u-n-and-theyre-using-women-and-children-as-human-shields_2757266.html
The migrant caravans now storming our borders were not spontaneous. They were highly organized and assisted by multiple agencies of the United Nations and numerous illegal alien advocacy groups. In the recent rushes to overwhelm the border, migrants placed women and children in front as human shields while they pelted the Border Patrol with rocks.
Two related Chicago-based organizations, Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders), a project of La Familia Latina Unida (The United Latin Family), and Centro Sin Fronteras Community Services Network, were heavily involved in organizing the caravan. Reports claim there are at least 100 Pueblo Sin Fronteres workers embedded with the caravan.
Emma Lozano, founder of both Centro and Pueblo, is a leftwing activist and a pastor at the Lincoln United Methodist Church in Chicago. She fights deportation of illegals, and wants Illinois to become, “an Immigrant Freedom Zone.” She has stated, “We need to change America, we are all America.”
Lozano has been assisted by La Familia Latina Unida founder Elvira Arellano, an illegal alien who advocates for her fellow illegals. She was deported in 1997 but quickly returned. She was arrested again in 2002 for using a false social security number. She faced possible deportation but avoided it through the personal intervention of then Chicago Rep. Luis Gutiérrez and community pressure.
Both Lozano and Arellano work with another immigrant advocacy group, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Additional help was provided by the CARA Family Detention Project, which offers pro-bono legal help to illegals, and the Popular Assembly of Migrant Families, a Mexico-based group that organizes caravans. Reportedly, CARA has been coordinating caravan efforts with Pueblo Sin Fronteras from bases in the United States.
Centro Sin Fronteras also receives donations from foundations that get government funding. The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) receives about 10 percent of its grant money from the government. CLINIC works closely with CARA, and distributes much of its grant money to Catholic Charities and other organizations specifically to assist immigrants in becoming citizens and to push for amnesty.
CLINIC has received at least $2.2 million from Soros Open Society foundations since 2002. The Ford Foundation, probably the largest supporter of open borders, has provided $2.9 million since 2011, according to Foundation Search.
Centro also received over $1.5 million from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) between 2010 and 2012. ICIRR in turn gets 80 percent of its funding from the state of Illinois.
From 2015 to 2017 ICIRR received $15.3 million from the Illinois Department of Human Services and other government sources, according to IRS returns. Some of the state money likely came from the federal government’s Refugee and Entrant Assistance State Administered programs, one of numerous HHS grant programs for refugees and illegal aliens. During those same years, the Illinois DHS received $24.6 million through this program.
ICIRR distributed between $11,000 and $246,000 in government grant money to each of 59 separate organizations for “Immigrant and Refugee Rights” in 2017 alone. According to its 2015 tax return, ICIRR also “provides comprehensive services to assist Illinois’ more that 325,000 legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens.”
The National Immigration Forum has provided at least $60,000 to Centro Sin Fronteres. NIF describes itself as a “conservative” pro-immigrant organization, but gets its funding, $5.5 million in 2016, from liberal funders, including the Soros Open Society Foundations.
Another extreme Left organization helping out is the National Lawyers Guild, labeled a Communist front by Congress decades ago. It is a subsidiary of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, founded as a Soviet propaganda front. NLG has brought volunteer attorneys to help caravan migrants with their asylum applications.
NLG is heavily involved in the open borders movement through its National Immigration Project, and gets ample funding from George Soros and other funders that focus on immigration issues.
The Ford Foundation has provided at least $1.3 million to NLG since 2002. The NLG partners with many open borders groups, for example CASA de Maryland, an influential Maryland-based illegal alien advocacy group that also receives government money.
Many media reports focused on the mass of caravan migrants, estimated at anywhere between 4,000 and 12,000, walking doggedly on the 1,000 plus mile journey to the border. But left unreported, the caravan made most of the trip by bus.
Journalist and filmmaker Ami Horowitz reported directly from Mexico, where he was embedded with the migrants. Horowitz said that the migrants walked some of the way, but that, “They had chartered these, almost luxury tour buses, just dozens of them.”
Horowitz said that what struck him most was the degree of organization and dollars involved. “[The buses] didn’t come from nothing, this isn’t manna from Heaven. This was highly organized, chartered, and that’s how they got this caravan… 1,000 miles across Mexico,” he said.
Horowitz estimated just the cost of providing water to the caravan is almost $1 million. He added that the Mexican government did not want the caravan in Mexico so it was always under police escort.
Horowitz also revealed another major source of assistance: the United Nations. He said there were “numerous” U.N. organizations on the ground in Mexico, most prominently, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UNICEF. These organizations provided “an incredible degree of services,” including mobile hospitals, children’s’ services and more. They also trained migrants how to speak to the press using words that would inspire sympathy, and gave powerpoint presentations explaining what to tell border agents in order to apply for asylum.
According to Horowitz, in a phone interview, the UNHCR representative admitted that the UNHCR had been involved in the caravan from the beginning, and acknowledged that part of its purpose was to “poke Trump in the eye.”
Horowitz said that the goal of all the groups involved was to “Degrade U.S. security… degrade U.S. sovereignty and to create this manufactured crisis, which they did in order to push the agenda.”
Horowitz estimated the caravans to be comprised of about 90 percent men. Women and children were present, but they were a small minority, no doubt included to boost the sympathy factor. When caravan males tried to storm the San Ysidro border crossing in late November, and again this week, the Border Patrol turned them back with tear gas.
The presence of women and children caused an outcry in the media. But none reported that the men thrust women and children forward as human shields, while they pelted the Border Patrol with rocks.
Every migrant interviewed by Horowitz said that they joined the caravan for economic reasons. None cited danger or violence at home. The migrant caravans are also complicating an already difficult job for border agencies.
Preoccupied with those attempting to cross, they cannot simultaneously protect the more remote areas of the border, leaving many opportunities for drug smugglers and terrorists to enter the United States.
In December of 2018, the Council on American Islamic Relations announced it intends to amass activists in San Diego to support the caravans:
“December 10, representatives of chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join hundreds of other faith leaders from around the nation at a solidarity action for asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego as part of the “Love Knows No Borders: A Moral Call for Migrant Justice” mobilization, organized by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).” (Emphasis theirs.)
The AFSC is a nominally Quaker group with ties to the Communist Party USA and its Soviet overseers going back to the 1920s. AFSC has also formed an alliance with MEChA, the radical Latino group whose goal is to retake portions of the Southwest sold by Mexico to the United States in 1848.
Even without the caravans, however, recent Southwest border apprehension statistics show that at least 10-12,000 are coming to the border every week separately.
James Simpson is an economist, former White House budget analyst, businessman, and investigative journalist. His latest book is “The Red-Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration and the Agenda to Erase America.” Follow Jim on Twitter and Facebook.
Hello all you Vets in the Fight, this is David Miller, with your weekly Special Operations Speaks, Vets in the Fight SITREP.
Here we are now just a few days into our new year and already the Marxist-Democrats have levied serious attacks against President Trump. They started day one of the new session of Congress as a matter of fact. More on that in just a bit.
We’ll focus instead on some victories for Americans; first, 312,000 jobs created in December and wages rising faster than expected, the lowest unemployment rate for women, Blacks and Hispanics in decades. Manufacturer optimism is at record highs and consumer confidence is at levels not seen in many years. And, one for our military: The DC Federal Appeals court allowed the president’s ban on transgenders entering military service. A quick update: Brian Kolfage’s “We the People will Fund the Wall” GoFundMe campaign is closing in on the $20M mark.
In spite of all the gains made in just under two years, the Left continues in its bloodlust against America. These political prostitutes have not yet found their low ground, nor will they. From Nanny Pelosi calling our president immoral, to Arizona Freeman Cinema refusing to be sworn in using a Bible, to the vile Rashida Tlaib’s outburst promising to “impeach the M F’er”, referring, of course, to President Trump. These are the dimwit thugs of our newly sworn Congress. Their utopian ideas serve only to weaken our Republic. God help these United States.
Looking ahead, Vets in the Fight© will again have a booth at the USASOC Sniper Competition, 17-22 March. We’ll be just inside the main entrance to the vendor and sponsor’s tent. If you’re able, stop by and say hello. Arms industry sponsors will have their cutting-edge gear on hand for you to drool over. This is a top-tier event, with teams competing from across the military, law enforcement and abroad that you won’t want to miss. More on that as it approaches.
One more bit of practical intelligence: the FTC has issued a warning to service members and veterans to be very wary of scammers. Some enemies appear to us in sheep’s clothing, hiding their true, criminal purpose. Seeking to take advantage of the generous nature of Americans in general, service mindedness of active duty and veterans specifically, these unethical and reprehensible goons are, for example, deluding vets into taking pension advances, being pressured to inappropriately use their government education benefits and getting tricked into supporting bogus veteran’s groups. The FTC goes on to advise that we resist being pressured into making on-the-spot decisions. Take the time to research the organization before donating anything. Just because the group talks about the “military”, “patriots”, “Heroes”, etc., does not guarantee honesty. You can review almost any charitable group on sites such as the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator, GuideStar, Wise Giving Alliance and more. Hold fast to your hard-earned money!
Lastly, we all make New year’s resolutions: lose weight, eat right, quit watching MSNBC…but one resolution we here at Special Operations Speaks / Vets in the Fight© urge you, in the strongest language possible, to make is to remove your children and/or your grand children from the Public School system. We know this poses unique hurdles, especially financially, to many families, but the cost of allowing our future to be subverted by Marxist ideology, day-in, day-out is incalculable.
They have one goal in mind, and it’s not to teach STEM curriculum. It is to turn out young activists bent on social justice (an old communist term, by the way), whether through transgenderism, man-made global warming scams or open borders, among a litany of other “causes”. They know that without the watchful eye of family they have carte blanche with our children’s malleable minds all day, five days per week. They will teach that there is no such thing as absolute Truth: everything is relative. If Billy “feels” like Susie today that’s fine.
In fact, it should be applauded and encouraged, according to the schools apparatus. Parents and family are marginalized and rendered ever more powerless by school administrators and, in a growing trend, are kept in the dark concerning controversial and perverse programs including exploring sexuality, drag queen story time for grade schoolers and queer theory. Public schools are even now teaching the official religion of secular humanism where ALL notions of faith are directed to the omnipotent state and its elite manipulators. Give much thought to taking your children out of the Public School system before you lose them forever.
Keep up the good fight and know that ours is a righteous fight. This is David Miller for Special Operations Speaks and Vets in the Fight everywhere. Until next week, may God Bless our exceptional Republic. De Oppresso Libre.