UN can play role in stopping U.S.-bound caravan

Monday, October 22, 2018
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Honduran caravanThe caravan of migrants currently traveling through Mexico on its way to the United States is a job for the United Nations, says the spokesman for a pro-border enforcement organization.

Mexico's government has reportedly called on the United Nations to help with the 7,000-plus wave of Hondurans, whose numbers have nearly tripled as the group broke through border gates to enter Mexico over the weekend.

The group began with about 2,000 in the town of San Pedro Sula, Yahoo News reported.

Mehlman

Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, says the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is well-suited to deal with the Hondurans who left their country determined to enter the U.S.

"If the people are legitimately fleeing persecution," he tells OneNewsNow, "then the UNHCR can hear their cases and make some kind of determination before they reach some third country."

"USA Border" signPresident Donald Trump has vowed to stop the migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, threatening to cut off aid to the Central American countries that have failed to stop the illegal migration.

Late last week, Trump threatened to scrap the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal if Mexico failed to stop the caravan and, soon afterward, Mexico's foreign affairs secretary made a personal request to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, The Washington Times reported.

It appears, the news story stated, that Mexico is seeking UN help to evaluate migrants "worthy of protection" from those who are "traditional illegal immigrants."

Mehlman says the United Nations, for once, can play a "constructive role" in this border-crossing crisis.  

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