The government of Mexico reportedly provided dozens of private buses to transport over 1,700 migrants from Honduras to an unsecured area of the Texas border.
The large caravan was given the ride and police escorts by the governor of the Mexican state of Coahuila, where hundreds of Honduran migrants who arrived over the weekend were given temporary food and shelter, according to Breitbart News.
— Griff Jenkins (@GriffJenkins) February 4, 2019
Governor Miguel Riquelme was reportedly overseeing things at one camp as officials in the bordering state of Nuevo Leon prepared shelters for 1,400 as the caravan made its way there en route to the U.S. to claim asylum.
El Gobernador @mrikelme realizó un recorrido por los módulos de registro de la #CaravanaMigrante, mesas de salud y dormitorios; además de hablar con representaciones de #ElSalvador y #Honduras, y con personal de la @CNDH pic.twitter.com/yr1zWQEu0O
— Gobierno de Coahuila (@GobDeCoahuila) February 3, 2019
Riquelme ordered state police to travel with the caravan to the cities of Piedras Negras – which is south of Eagle Pass, Texas, and Acuna – which is to the south of Del Rio, Texas. The ports of entry at those two cities are the only form of barrier as there are no fences or walls in those locations, according to Breitbart.
— Gobierno de Coahuila (@GobDeCoahuila) February 4, 2019
Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan indicated that the migrants arrived at Piedras Negras late Monday night.
The Governor of Coahuila (Mexican state) gave the most recent caravan about 50 buses to transport them to the border.
Last night they arrived at Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, TX.
It’s time to build the border security wall.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 5, 2019
Coahuila Secretary of State Jose Maria Frausto Siller revealed in an interview with Vanguardia that the government requested private companies to provide 49 buses to move the migrants to the Texas border.
“The idea is to provide aid to the caravan but to also be vigilant about it,” Nuevo Leon’s Governor, Jaime Rodriguez Calderon, said, according to Breitbart News. “We don’t want them to have problems but at the same time, we don’t want any problems for us.”
President Donald Trump promised Tuesday to “build a human wall” if needed in response to the imminent influx of thousands of migrants headed to the southern border.
Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border. We have sent additional military. We will build a Human Wall if necessary. If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2019
Nearly 4,000 additional U.S. troops were to be deployed to the southern border in order to assist Customs and Border Protection according to the Pentagon, The Hill reported. The Department of Homeland Security announced that no member of the “lawless caravan” could enter the country as agents in riot gear stood guard between Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras.
“Approximately 2,000 aliens have arrived in northern Mexico as part of a ‘caravan’ seeking to cross the border into Texas. Illegal entry will not be tolerated and we stand ready to prevent it,” DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement.
She blamed the existence of caravans like the one near Eagle Pass as “the result of Congress’s inexcusable failure to fully fund a needed physical barrier and unwillingness to fix outdated laws that act as an enormous magnet for illegal aliens.”
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