Yes, One Large Group of People Is Walking to the US Border - Page 2
This is the 'caravan' Trump is complaining about in Mexico
Posted Apr 3, 2018 8:33 AM CDT
- Why the caravan? Essentially, strength in numbers. The people in the caravan, many of whom say they are fleeing violence and political unrest in Honduras, are moving as a large group not only to draw attention to their plight, but to make it harder for criminals and immigration officials to stop them. In a press release, People Without Borders asks Mexico and the US to "respect our rights as refugees and our right to dignified work."
- Has Trump's ear: The New York Times reports that Trump is a fan of frequent Fox guest Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Council, and Trump's recent tweets often voice the same hardline views Judd expresses. For instance, when Judd criticized the "catch and release" program on Fox, the president quickly followed suit.
- Catch and release: Under this policy, unlawful immigrants detained at the border are sometimes released into the custody of relatives in the US to await trial. NBC reports that it's not in widespread practice, but Trump (see this White House release) disagrees. He has vowed to stop the program, but a Reuters report last year shows it's a complicated issue, in part because immigration authorities don't have the space to hold everyone.
- No real DACA link: Trump has complained that immigrants such as those in the caravan are "trying to take advantage" of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to gain entry to the US, but NBC explains that's not really the case. Asylum and DACA are different things, and nobody currently crossing the border can even apply for the latter thanks to court orders.
- Mexico under pressure: Reuters takes a look at how Trump's criticism of Mexico has the nation walking a fine line as it ponders how to deal with the caravan amid ongoing NAFTA negotiations. On the horizon: A left-wing candidate (Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador) is leading the polls ahead of the July presidential election, which could lead to more confrontational relations with the US.
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