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Border Security

Migrant Caravans Are a ‘Disgrace to the Democrat Party,’ Says Trump

Those streaming up north from Central America now number anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 people

In a tweet to Americans on Sunday, President Donald Trump wrote that border security officials continued their “full efforts … to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens” attempting to travel to the U.S. southern border via a large migrant caravan. He also described such caravans as “a disgrace to the Democrat Party.”

“People have to apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they fail to do that, the U.S. will turn them away,” Trump tweeted, as Fox News and others reported.

“The courts are asking the U.S. to do things that are not doable!”

Migrants streaming up north from Central America now number anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 people — mainly from Honduras, as Fox also noted.

The president also tweeted, “The caravans are a disgrace to the Democrat Party. Change the immigration laws NOW!”

On Thursday night during his Montana campaign rally, Trump told a tremendous crowd of people that the midterm elections this November will be “an election of Kavanaugh, the caravan, law and order and common sense … Remember, it’s going to be an election of the caravan.”

He also blamed those on the Left for the migrant caravan on Twitter last week, blaming the Democrats for “weak laws.”

A senior administration official told Fox News on Thursday that both U.S. and Mexican officials agreed on a plan to handle the approaching crowd of people. “The plan includes Mexico requesting that the United Nations high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) establish shelters along its southern border with Central America, the official said,” as Fox News reported.

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On Saturday, UNHCR spokesman Chris McGrath confirmed that the agency has “deployed teams to the Mexican border with Guatemala where they are working closely with Mexican officials … so all individuals can be processed and provided with essential services, including access to health services, food and shelter.”

Currently, Mexico is processing the caravan in small groups.

Apparently some 640 asylum claims have been processed since Friday, and “the country deployed some 700 federal police to the border and has said it will police the border against rogue caravan members who try to cross illegally,” Fox News noted.

If their claims of asylum are denied, Mexico has said these people will be deported.

It added that the asylum process for individuals can take anywhere from 45 to 90 days.

The people who are approved “will be eligible for relocation in a third country, potentially Mexico or the United States, but there are no guarantees.”

For the duration of the asylum process, the applicants are told to remain close to an immigration station and sign in each week with authorities.

Once they are told asylum is granted, these individuals “can move freely in Mexico. Last year, roughly 9,000 Central Americans received asylum in Mexico, but the system is severely backlogged,” said Fox.

If their claims of asylum are denied, Mexico has said these people will be deported.

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