It Starts: Migrant Caravan Headed For US Border To Exploit Biden's Pledge To Reverse Security
On Monday, the electoral college announced that it selected Joe Biden to be the next President of the United States. We have already begun to see progress hit the fan and it hasn't even been 24 hours. With Monday's announcement, swarms of illegal immigrants have already set a course for the US border. They plan to take advantage of Biden's looney proposal to grant citizenship to anyone inside the US before some unannounced cut-off date. Biden also vowed to roll back Trump's border security orders to allow more unmonitored immigration into the United States.
The caravan reportedly is smaller than previous swarms and full of asylum seekers left homeless following two powerful hurricanes that ripped through Honduras and Central America. This means, should these seekers so choose the legal route, the chances of them being granted citizenship are already high- but will they?
Bertha Méndez, a 25-year-old who told the Wall Street Journal that she "lost everything" in the hurricanes, said she expects the caravan to reach the U.S. before Inauguration Day.
"We have asked God to help us and we believe that the new U.S. government will let us in," she told the newspaper. "I travel with eight people and we all think that this is a good opportunity, because it is the only thing we have left after having lost everything in the floods."
Bernarda López, a 48-year-old mother of eight, told the Journal, "We lost what little we had. There is nothing more to do. We are going to walk, or whatever, until we get there."
Overall, border crossing have declined in 2020, due in part to the coronavirus pandemic and Trump's immigration policies. However, that has begun to change in recent months, the New York Times reported:
"After a steep decline in border crossings through much of this year, interceptions of unauthorized migrants along the Arizona-Mexico border are climbing again: Detentions in October were up 30 percent over September, and the figure in coming months is expected be even higher, despite the biting cold in the Sonoran desert.
The rising numbers suggest that the Trump administration's expulsion policy, an emergency measure to halt spread of the coronavirus, is encouraging migrants to make repeated tries, in ever-more-remote locations, until they succeed in crossing the frontier undetected."
The U.S economy, though in recovery, is still on life-support thanks to lockdown measures suffocating both local and small businesses. The question here, is can the US afford the added financial burden should more caravans mobilize?