After President-elect Joe Biden promised sweeping changes to President Trump’s immigration rules, many analysts warned this would provoke a massive wave of immigrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally. I wrote about it here.
It is now clear that these warnings were valid, as nearly 10,000 migrants recently crashed their way through Guatemala security forces on their way north to the United States.
And Biden’s pledges are being used by the migrant leaders to justify their actions.
Caravan from Honduras busting through Guatemala Border in route to the USApic.twitter.com/ZSdFqGLzxb
— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) January 16, 2021
Fox News reported that the group Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) issued a statement on behalf of the current migrant caravan of 2021. The statement read:
We recognize the importance of the incoming Government of the United States having shown a strong commitment to migrants and asylum seekers, which presents an opportunity for the governments of Mexico and Central America to develop policies and a migration management that respect and promote the human rights of the population in mobility.
The statement added: “We will advocate that the Biden government honors its commitments.”
Biden pledged to end Migrant Protection Protocols on the first day of his presidency. President Trump enacted these protocols — which requires that asylum-seekers wait in Mexico while they await their immigration court cases — in January 2019.
Biden also promised a “groundbreaking” immigration reform plan that he said would provide a pathway to citizenship to more than 11 million illegal aliens currently in the United States. This pledge was combined with a promise to enact a moratorium on deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Together, these dramatic policies to ease immigration and limit enforcement of illegal entry into the U.S. has — as expected — created a surge of migrants heading to the U.S. border.
A group from the Central American migrant caravan forcefully push past border patrol in Guatemala. pic.twitter.com/5ALDRclVPI
— The Hill (@thehill) January 16, 2021
Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan blamed the incoming administration for the caravan. In an appearance on “Fox & Friends” he said:
We’re looking at two groups that are well over five thousand. And one of those groups have already gotten through the Guatemala border…It’s coming. It’s already started, just as we promised and anticipated it would with this rhetoric from the new administration on the border.
Meanwhile, members of Biden’s team are urging migrants not to come to the U.S. now. “There’s help on the way, but now is not the time to make the journey,” one official told NBC News.