Caravan of Central American migrants arrives at U.S.-Mexico border
TIJUANA (KUSI) — About 300 migrants, most of them women and children, arrived at a migrant shelter in Tijuana Tuesday afternoon.
They are fleeing crime and poverty, but even so, the president says they will be prosecuted.
The violence, murderous gangs and crippling poverty have destroyed the security for many mothers and their children while forcing the men into their ranks who are desperate for any means of income.
The migrants will sleep in tent shelters in Tijuana before they attempt to surrender at the U.S. Port of Entry.
But they have been warned.
Seeking asylum in the U.S. under President Trump will not be easy and potentially impossible.
On Monday he again lashed out, threatening that failure to stop the caravan could stall the already tense renegotiation of NAFTA.
“I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “It’s a disgrace. We are the only Country in the World so Naive! WALL”
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on the Central American ‘Caravan’:
“DHS continues to monitor the remnants of the ‘caravan’ of individuals headed to our Southern border with the apparent intention of entering the United States illegally. A sovereign nation that cannot – or worse, chooses not – to defend its borders will soon cease to be a sovereign nation. The Trump Administration is committed to enforcing our immigration laws – whether persons are part of this ‘caravan’ or not.
“If members of the ‘caravan’ enter the country illegally, they will be referred for prosecution for illegal entry in accordance with existing law. For those seeking asylum, all individuals may be detained while their claims are adjudicated efficiently and expeditiously, and those found not to have a claim will be promptly removed from the United States.
“DHS, in partnership with DOJ, is taking a number of steps to ensure that all cases and claims are adjudicated promptly – including sending additional USCIS asylum officers, ICE attorneys, DOJ Immigration Judges, and DOJ prosecutors to the Southern border.
“Again, if you enter the United States illegally, let me be clear: you have broken the law. And we will enforce the law through prosecution of illegal border crossers.
“DHS encourages persons with asylum or other similar claims to seek protections in the first safe country they enter, including Mexico. While we are committed to doing everything we can on the border to secure our nation, we need Congress to do their job as well. I join the President in asking Congressional leadership to work with the Administration to pass legislation to close the legal loopholes that prevent us from securing our borders and protecting Americans. I stand ready to work with any member who in good faith seeks to support DHS’s mission and secure our country.”