The United States government is now tracking a third migrant caravan making its way north from Central America; saying the latest group contains approximately 12,000 potential asylum seekers.
“The U.S. government is tracking three separate migrant caravans, one of them estimated to be more than 12,000 people in size, heading north toward the U.S,” reports the Washington Times. “Defense Undersecretary for Policy John Rood told Congress that those caravans are one reason why the presence of active-duty troops is still needed on the U.S.-Mexico border.”
The report comes as Mexican officials rapidly prepare for a second caravan to arrive in Tijuana in the coming weeks; stretching already thin supplies and funds as thousands of migrants stall throughout northern Mexico.
Read the full report at the Washington Times.
BORDER BREACHED: ‘Frustrated’ Migrants ‘Breach’ US-Mexico Border
‘Frustrated’ members of the Central American ‘migrant caravan’ began ‘breaching’ the US-Mexican border this week; jumping a ten-foot tall fence in a last-ditch effort to reach the United States before returning to their country of origin.
According to Newsweek, an undisclosed number of immigrants illegally crossed into the country at the border crossing near San Diego, California.
“On Monday, a number of the asylum seekers who had been waiting in the Mexican border town of Tijuana to make their asylum claims climbed over the border fence, despite being almost certain to face detention by U.S. authorities on the other side,” writes Newsweek.
The Trump administration’s fierce crackdown on the ‘migrant caravan’ has caused the 6,000-strong group to stall in Tijuana, Mexico; with many choosing to return home rather than wait months for their asylum claims to be processed by American authorities.
The President has repeatedly threatened to “completely close” the entire southern border should the crisis escalate.
Read the full report at Newsweek.
BORDER CHAOS: DHS Boss Says 80% of Asylum Cases ‘NOT Legitimate’
Approximately 80% of potential asylum cases at the US-Mexico border are not legitimate and don’t meet the appropriate requirements for entry into the United States, said the Director of Homeland Security Wednesday.
DHS Boss Kirstjen Nielsen was speaking with Fox News when she outlined the stunning statistics; adding roughly 20% of asylum seekers are eventually granted resident-status by federal immigration judges.
“The way the system works right now the threshold under law is so low that about 80 percent pass that initial interview, but only 20 percent are granted asylum by a judge, which tells us that 80 percent of that is either just a flat-out fraud or somebody who thinks they can come here because they want a job here,” said Nielsen.
“That’s not asylum. Or ‘I want to reunify with my family.’ That’s not asylum. ‘I just want to come to the United States’ — not asylum. We have legal ways to do that, but it’s not through asylum,” she added.
The Director’s comments come just days after the so-called ‘Migrant Caravan’ of Central American immigrants arrived at the US-Mexico border, with many seeking asylum in the United States.