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Violence occurs in the South, We feel the ripple effects up north: A new migrant caravan approaches

As the United States Government continues its stubborn partial shutdown, an additional 1,500 people have just crossed the border from Guatemala into Mexico, with 1,700 more close behind.

The present American Government shutdown surrounds President Trump’s insistence that a Southern Border Wall be built, while Democrats refuse to allow such a thing to happen. Upon hearing the news of the new migrant caravans, Trump wrote, “Another big Caravan heading our way. Very hard to stop without a wall!” on his Twitter account. Democrats focused on what do with the children of migrants once the parents are detained.

As American politicians argue up north, the 1,500 migrant-caravan managed to pass through the steel fence at the Guatemalan-Mexican border, flooding into an already-distressed Mexico. “The vast majority of people who take part in the caravans are fleeing from violence and poverty in their countries” said Alejandro Encinas, Mexico’s Deputy Interior Minister, sympathetic to their cause but understanding the need for order. “You offer them the best, and they opt for the worst,” he says, referring to how the majority of the migrants in the caravan refuse temporary working visas in Mexico to instead continue their march north.

The migrants, who mostly come from Honduras, Colombia, and Venezuela, are seeking refuge and safe haven in the United States after suffering through years of violence and civil unrest in their home counties, which are often ravaged by cartels and rebel groups. The migrants are not all innocent, unfortunately. Encinas also mentioned that human-trafficking and drug-smuggling were on the rise as certain people look to take advantage of the chaos. Because of this, Encinas started, Mexico is, “going to be very strict,” with policing the migrants.

Car Bombing in Colombia’s Capital

A Marxist rebel group has officially been blamed for the car bombing that killed 21 people and injured dozens more at the National Police Academy in Colombia’s capital of Bogota. The Colombian government put the blame on the National Liberation Army, a rebel group that has a long history of feuding with the Colombian government. In recent years, peace accords have helped ease the violence, but as chaos reigns in Venezuela, violence is back on the rise. Colombia believes that the National Liberation Army’s leadership is operating out of neighboring Venezuela and has called for the extradition of these leaders to face trial.

It will be worth watching this saga continue to see how world powers respond. Colombia is allied with the United States and its partners, while Venezuela is allied with the likes of Russia, China, Iran, and Syria.

Muslim population center seeks autonomy in Philippines

A seldom written about long-lasting civil conflict is continuing in the Philippines as Muslim-majority regions are fighting for autonomy. The Moro Conflict, as it is titles, has entered its 50thyear and has seen the deaths of at least 120,000 people.

In recent days, the Jihadist insurgency, which includes members of ISIS, is about to achieve some legitimacy as it is expected that on Monday a vote will go through granting autonomy to a Muslim-majority region in the south, centered on the city of Marawi. Marawi, which hosts approximately 200,000 citizens in its city, and an uncertain number of Jihadist in its jungle, still lays in ruins nearly two years after major fighting broke up. The fighting was so intense that American and Australian troops were deployed to help stabilize the situation. And, perhaps surprisingly, the infamous President Rodrigo Duterte actually supports the autonomy movement, claiming it will assist him in his “anti-violence” campaigns throughout the country. Many locals agree with their head of state, saying that Muslim autonomy will lead to peace and a welcome break from years of terror-based violence.

Jake GavinComment