Migrant Caravan to be Stopped by Pentagon Soldiers

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CIUDAD HIDALGO, MEXICO - OCTOBER 21: on October 21, 2018 in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico The caravan of thousands of Central Americans, mostly from Honduras, plans to eventually reach the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cancel the recent trade deal with Mexico and withhold aid to Central American countries if the caravan isn't stopped before reaching the U.S.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

CIUDAD HIDALGO, MEXICO - OCTOBER 21: on October 21, 2018 in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico The caravan of thousands of Central Americans, mostly from Honduras, plans to eventually reach the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cancel the recent trade deal with Mexico and withhold aid to Central American countries if the caravan isn't stopped before reaching the U.S. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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CIUDAD HIDALGO, MEXICO - OCTOBER 21: on October 21, 2018 in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico The caravan of thousands of Central Americans, mostly from Honduras, plans to eventually reach the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cancel the recent trade deal with Mexico and withhold aid to Central American countries if the caravan isn't stopped before reaching the U.S. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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A migrant caravan, originating from Honduras, plans to march through Mexico up to the United States and plan to claim asylum. Immigration Equality says, “Asylum is an immigration benefit that allows certain foreign nationals who fear persecution to remain lawfully in the U.S. indefinitely” (Immigration Equality). This allows people who are trying to escape something bad to stay in the U.S., where conditions are better, and eventually gain permanent residency. The caravan is causing worries because not only are there approximately 4,000 people marching, but also criminals and unwanted people could be mixed in the group.

President Trump does not want all these immigrants in our country, so he plans to deploy soldiers from the Pentagon to assist the National Guard. He is hoping that they can prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country. It has been recorded that Trump tweeted, “Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!” (USA Today). Some individuals have already filed for asylum in Mexico when given the opportunity and will not be continuing the journey to the United States. This voyage is dangerous for the migrant caravan due to the harsh climate and far distance they have to travel from Central America through Mexico to the North.

Thus far, what the caravan is doing is not illegal; the group is just raising concerns. McAleenan said, “Our message to the organizers and the participants in the caravan is simple: As the president and Department of Homeland Security, Nielsen, have made clear, we will not allow a large group to enter the United States in an illegal and unsafe manner” (USA Today). The process of applying for asylum is legal although it is not an easy process.

Besides bringing along criminals and very bad people, the migrant caravan is perturbing for other reasons. Fox News’ David Ward has said that the caravan is going to bring disease along with them: “And they’re coming in with diseases such as smallpox and leprosy and TB that are going to infect our people in the United States,” (WGBH). Others have reported, however, that this party of families and children will not bring disease with them into the United States.

There are several differing opinions of the caravan from news stations, high officials, and the president. The main concern is that the multitude will be hazardous to the health of citizens of the United States and dangerous people will be brought in. The Pentagon troops will be sent out to hopefully stop the migrant caravan and keep everyone safe.

 

 

Sources: https://www.immigrationequality.org/get-legal-help/our-legal-resources/asylum/applying-for-asylum/#.W9r0oPZFxjo

Sources: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/10/29/migrant-caravan-troops-border/1805864002/

Sources: https://www.wgbh.org/news/national-news/2018/10/31/fox-news-says-migrant-caravan-will-bring-disease-it-wont

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