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Another massive migrant caravan described as “potentially the largest” ever is currently en route to the U.S. border, with some participants pointing to President Joe Biden’s statements among their reasons for coming.
One Haitian traveling with the caravan told Fox News he wants Biden to keep his promise to allow them to stay once they arrive.
“He promised the Haitian community he will help them,” the migrant said on Friday. “He will recall Title 42. He will help us have real asylum.”
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The migrant is taking part in a caravan that could become the largest ever to reach the U.S. southern border, with the current number of close to 10,000 migrants, is expected to swell to about 15,000 before it reaches the border.
The caravan departed Tapachula on the Mexico-Guatemala border on Monday. The migrants, which mostly come from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, will travel what is known as the coastal route to reach the U.S. border.
Fox News labeled the masses of migrants “potentially the largest caravan ever.”
“We consider we are around 9,500, it measures 5 1/2 km from the start to the end, people keep on joining, in the first police check there were approx 100-150 national guard, INM, state police and let us through freely,” the caravan’s organizer, Luis Villagran, told Fox News on Monday.
Their comments come as the Biden administration continues to wage legal war in its bid to end Title 42, a Trump-era rule that authorized rapid deportation of most illegal aliens, bypassing the typical legal process, due to the pandemic.
The intent of the rule was to slow the spread of the deadly virus, though President Trump was labeled a racist for implementing it. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it planned to lift the order.
“But a lawsuit filed by 24 states at least temporarily put plans to end the rule to a halt, with a Louisiana U.S. District Judge ruling that the restrictions can stay in place until the lawsuit is resolved,” Fox News noted. “The states have argued that lifting the rule would lead to a ‘wave of illegal migration and drug trafficking.'”
Critics have pointed fingers at President Biden for creating what has turned into a migrant crisis after reversing the vast majority of immigration and border security policies Trump implemented — which led to historic reductions in illegal crossings. Trump also managed to finance the construction of hundreds of miles of border wall, which some Border Patrol agents have said was helpful in curbing illegal crossings.
The results of his policy reversals are historic levels of illegal immigration and drug smuggling, which have been detrimental to his approval rating and may have led to a change of heart.
“Don’t leave your town or city or community,” Biden said in an interview with ABC last year. “We’re gonna make sure we have facilities in those cities and towns run by department of — by DHS and also access with HHS, the Health and Human Services, to say you can apply for asylum from where you are right now.”
But that said, Biden’s actions are speaking louder than his words. He has yet to re-impose Trump-era rules and his administration is continuing to argue against border security measures Trump enacted that Biden cannot quickly end.
That sends the message to migrants that it is still okay to try and make it to the U.S.
“Now we need him to keep his promise.” the Haitian migrant said.
Republican governors have attempted to give Biden a taste of his medicine.
Earlier this spring, Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona began busing illegal migrants to Washington, D.C., as a means of keeping them out of their states and forcing the administration to have to deal with them directly.
“According to TDEM, Abbott’s plan is already working. The agency told Fox News on Monday that many of the communities that originally reached out for support – from the Rio Grande Valley to Terrell County – say the federal government stopped dropping immigrants in their towns since Abbott’s announcement on April 6,” the network reported separately in mid-April.