Next up on the conveyor belt of illegal groups pushing up to and through the U.S. border … an expected horde Mexico is calling the “mother of all caravans.”
This unprecedented caravan said to possibly exceed 20,000 in number has started gathering today in El Salvador with people from not only El Salvador, but Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Venezuela, but other nations as well.
Mexico’s Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero has sounded the alarm about this caravan, and although some are expressing doubts of it reaching such huge numbers, Mexico is reportedly taking steps to halt the group.
OK, we’ve heard that before … that Mexico will put a stop to the mass migration coming through their country. But THIS time they mean it, they say.
Sanchez met this week with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen. The DHS indicated in a statement that the two “discussed ways the U.S. and Mexico can work together to address irregular migration and the record levels of illegal entries at the U.S. southern border.”
Make no mistake—our border crisis has gone from a national emergency to a near system-wide meltdown. We must be able to secure our borders AND protect vulnerable populations fleeing persecution. But we can’t do this effectively without action to fix our laws.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) March 27, 2019
Mexico has issued tens of thousands of humanitarian visas that allow migrants to live and work in Mexico for up to 12 months. However, most members of the ongoing caravans choose to forego that offer and travel to the U.S. border to seek asylum.
Sanchez pointed out that the caravans have become big business for cartels and criminal groups, with charges collected for each individual amounting to thousands of dollars for caravan support services. Those services can include transport in trucks as well as food and water through the journey northward.
“Imagine the size, the dimension of this migration flow … which is sometimes human trafficking by organized crime. The business of this trafficking is several billion dollars,” said Sanchez. “Each migrant represents between $2,000 and $6,000 for them.”
Sanchez said that efforts will be made to better patrol the entire southern border of Mexico to contain the flows of people entering illegally, although there are no plans to militarize the border.
Instead, migration checkpoints manned by Federal Police and Civil Protection personnel will be set up on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to halt illegals who have entered Mexico.
“We have to make a response because there cannot continue to be hundreds of thousands of migrants passing through Mexico and arriving at the northern border,” Sánchez said.
She also said that part of the new plan to curb migration through Mexico is for the government to stop issuing the humanitarian visas. Ireneo Mujica, an advocate for the migrants said that move is to “comply with expectations of Trump.”
Yet Sanchez said that the U.S. is not the only nation suffering from the flows of people. She said that Mexico is struggling with so many migrants currently in the country, including an overwhelming number of asylum seekers in shelters in northern border cities. Those areas are experiencing very high violent crime rates.
Secretary Nielsen traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, this week to meet with officials from that country as well as leaders from Guatemala and El Salvador. DHS said the countries have been working on “a first-of-its-kind memorandum of cooperation – or ‘regional compact’” – that “focuses on stemming the migration crisis at its source, including preventing the formation of new migrant caravans that set out to reach the United States.”
Clearly, word that the U.S. is now releasing thousands of undocumented immigrants into the country due to the meltdown of the border system processing capacity is serving only to encourage more migration … before the system is fixed and before the flow of people is successfully stopped.
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