Thousands of migrants continue to make their way through Mexico to the United States southern border after turning their noses up at an offer for humanitarian visas from Mexico for some eligible migrants, a move that a former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) representative argues shows the asylum requests once they hit American soil are not likely authentic claims.
Humanitarian visas were offered to women and children in the massive migrant caravan according to a statement from the Mexican National Institute of Migration, Reuters reported.
Appearing on Fox and Friends, former acting DHS deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli reacted to the caravan and explained that the United States had passed a regulation that required the migrants seeking asylum to ask for asylum in the countries they came through because the point of the request is to be “safe.”
Although ultimately rejected by the caravan leaders, the visas would have enabled the migrants to work in Mexico as well as provide access to healthcare and other public services. A representative for the Institute declined to provide information about the offer.
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Cuccinelli explained that the rejection of asylum in Mexico tells him when the migrants get to the US border and ask for asylum, “it’s not likely a true claim.” He said that President Joe Biden has “ripped out” the safeguards former President Trump put in place such as requiring a request for asylum in the countries they pass through so the US could be prepared to reject their request for asylum.
“It has sent the signal to these people who organize the caravans — many of them have spent their life savings paying these human traffickers to come up to the United States — that they’ll get in,” Cuccinelli said.
Irineo Mujica, one such leader explained that accepting the visa would have come with strings attached including ending their expedition and consenting to be moved to another state. He also explained that many of his migrant peers lacked trust of government officials who had walked back on previous promises.
The caravan consists of around 4,000 migrants primarily from Central and South America, more than 40 percent are under the age of 18, organizer Luis Garcia Villagran told Fox News this week. The group also includes 65 pregnant women.
Though an eye-opening mass of people are marching to the southern border, it pales in comparison to a recent group of as many as 15,000 migrants that gathered under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
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Cuccinelli explained that the groups are formed by people who are “very happy to take advantage of the left-wing open-borders mentality that prevails right now,” and they recruit through social media and traditional forms of advertising such as business cards.
“We’re at a point where the states themselves need to start stopping these flows,” Cuccinelli concluded.
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