The US president Donald Trump has ordered 5.200 military troops to defend the US border, seven days out from the most important midterm election in history.
In a startling revelation, Guatemala’s president announced in the country’s largest newspaper reported that nearly 100 ISIS terrorists have been apprehended in the impoverished Central American nation.
Guatemala has long been known as a major smuggling corridor for foreigners from African and Asian countries making their way into the USA. Individuals are sent to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates then flown to Brazil before heading to Colombia.
Last year Guatemala’s largest paper, Prensa Libra, published an in-depth piece on the inner workings of an international human smuggling network that moves migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh to the USA.
Once in South America, the migrants are transported to Panama before moving on to Costa Rica then a central point on Guatemala.
One Spanish news report refers to Guatemala as a human smuggling paradise because it’s so easy to get fake passports. A few years ago, the head of Guatemala’s passport division got arrested for selling fake passports to a group of Colombians.
All this makes ISIS terrorists operating in Guatemala incredibly alarming. President Jimmy Morales confirmed it during a recent security conference attended by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well as the presidents of Honduras and El Salvador and other Latin American dignitaries.
Many more probably make it into the USA via the Mexican border and a lot of them get released inside the country. In fact, Border Patrol agents in Texas have been ordered to release illegal immigrants caught entering through Mexico because detentions facilities have no bed space.
ABC Flash Point Migration News 2018.