are we assuming that because it is an organized caravan that there is less human trafficking in the group?
human trafficking and the percentage of those being trafficked relative to the total number of migrants is material for my position on this. if these caravans can demonstrate that there is no trafficking and that everyone in the caravan has a legitimate asylum claim and is prepared to go through the system in accordance with the laws on the books then i could go as far as to say that they should be allowed to enter.
Wait and see where they go. If they arrive at an actual port of entry they can apply there the proper way as with a consulate. But if they try to cross in a non-established area, it’s clear they’re not interested in following the rules.
The problem is that it’s easier and quicker for them to cross illegally and when arrested say “asylum”. Then they’re released with a pending court date that most never show up for. The incentives for them to do it the legal way are not strong enough.
Hundreds of migrants from the caravan did just that — applied for refugee status in Mexico in the southern city of Ciudad Hidalgo. But a far bigger group forded the Suchiate River from Guatemala to the Mexican side individually and dozens at a time, and resumed the trek at first light, marching 10 abreast on the highway.
Mexican authorities had refused to allow the caravan mass entry from Guatemala, instead accepting small groups to process asylum requests and handing out some 45-day visitor permits. An estimated 1,500 were still on the Guatemalan side of the Suchiate, hoping to enter legally. But police could do little if anything in the face of the throngs who avoided the official entry point and crossed the notoriously porous border elsewhere.
So yeah, some of them are applying in Mexico. But clearly some of them have other ideas…
“We are going to get to the border of the U.S.,” he said. “I am not going to stop. I don’t care if I die.”