CRISIS: 12,000 Caravan Migrants Arrive at Mexico’s Southern Border
Officials in the city of Ciudad Hidalgo scramble to install new procedures
Mexican immigration officials have reported that the new Central American migrant caravan has ballooned to 12,000 as they continue to head for Mexico’s southern border.
Officials in the city of Ciudad Hidalgo, are scrambling to install new procedures to facilitate the process in which to approve one-year humanitarian visas for migrants who arrive in large numbers.
Earlier this month, Mexico’s new President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised the one-year humanitarian visas to migrants, a policy that allows them to legally travel and work during their stay in Mexico.
Officials originally expected the caravan’s size at about 2,000, but Mexico now claimed the number is close to 12,000, according to local media.
The new visa policy from President López Obrador to handle the caravan migrants is part if an effort to prevent them from traveling unaccounted for throughout Mexico.
The procedure is to prevent members from having to illegally enter Mexico from Guatemala via the Suchiate river, officials say.
Breitbart reports: Migrants now entering Mexico can do so by arriving at an established border crossing and applying for the humanitarian visa with Mexican immigration officials.
Immigration officials explain the process will be expedited to avoid a bottleneck at the border.
Although the Mexican government is encouraging members of the caravan to remain in Mexico to work, it is believed that most of the Central American migrants intend to head to the U.S. border and try to cross into the United States.
The new humanitarian visa policy is now considered to be responsible for the swell in the number of migrants who decided to join the caravan.
Immigration officials hope the streamlined visa process will reduce processing time to five days instead of the month or longer.
It is believed that many of the migrants will be able to seek out temporary work while waiting at the U.S. border for asylum requests to be processed. Many are expected to decide to attempt to cross illegally into the United States.
Breitbart Texas recently reported that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials say an increase in the number of large group border crossings led to the apprehension of nearly 9,000 in a small part of the Arizona border during the first part of Fiscal Year 2019.
CBP officials reported that at least 26 other large groups of mostly Central American migrants crossed in a small part of the New Mexico border.
Border Patrol officials define a “large group” as more than 100 migrants.
It is currently unknown if this new caravan will travel northward in mass as the previous ones have done.
Earlier caravans traveled in a large group in order to avoid being arrested and for protection.
With the new visa’s allowing them to work and travel freely, it is believed that the caravan may break up into smaller groups according to local Breitbart sources.
Although the new caravan is made up of primarily Hondurans, officials report Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and Nicaraguans are also traveling with the group.
Earlier this week, the border city of Tijuana, where previous migrant caravans arrived, reported the arrival on 100 Russian migrants who were seeking an asylum request to enter the United States.