US President Donald Trump tweeted about the group of immigrants near the San Diego – Tijuana border, the remnants of a large caravan organized by Pueblos Sin Fronteras, of whom some could be seen illegally crossing whilst others applied for asylum.
Mr. Trump stated that: “The migrant ‘caravan’ that is openly defying our border shows how weak and ineffective U.S. immigration laws are. Yet Democrats like Jon Tester continue to support the open borders agenda. Tester even voted to protect Sanctuary Cities. We need lawmakers who will put America First.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The migrant ‘caravan’ that is openly defying our border shows how weak & ineffective U.S. immigration laws are. Yet Democrats like Jon Tester continue to support the open borders agenda – Tester even voted to protect Sanctuary Cities. We need lawmakers who will put America First.</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/991084424992296962?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The caravan that originated on Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, in the city of Tapachula, traveled to the US since March 25th and grew in size to about 1,200 migrants (some estimates even said 1,700).
This mass migration, which has by now become an annual tradition in Mexico, give the group’s members safety through their sheer numbers but lets onlookers criticize the regional migration policies.
Mexico, in the midst of a presidential election, chose not to intervene until President Trump tweeted about the group.
By now, several members of the ‘caravan’ have entered the US to ask for asylum, stating it was no longer safe for them to stay in their respective home countries.
Ms Orfa Marín, a Honduran immigrant who came with her three children and her partner, stated: “On one hand, I’m very happy that it’s finally beginning, that perhaps they will start to accept us little by little, but on the other hand, we have to wait here until it’s our turn. It could be days.”
Lawyers and legal aids have selected those from the group most likely to be allowed. Such was the case for Ms. Shannel Smith, a 29-year-old transgender (one of the 35 transgender migrants remaining in the ‘caravan’): “We’ve experienced a lot, and this isn’t going to stop us.”