A border enforcement advocacy organization is concerned about a new caravan of asylum seekers headed toward the US.
According to new reports, the migrant caravan consists of roughly 1,000 individuals traveling from Honduras in pursuit of better economic conditions. It is the first caravan to depart the impoverished country in 2020.
It remains unclear why the caravan seeks to enter the United States, as border and immigration restrictions in response to the pandemic remain in place. One theory is that things have gotten so bad in Central America because of COVID-19 that there is no work there and people are desperate.
"The administration has said that they are going to hold the line here and enforce the provisions of agreements that they've made with Mexico and some of the Central American countries over the past year and a half or so," notes Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "This is a reflection of the fact that not only is the United States hurting because of COVID-19, but a lot of other countries are. And these were countries that were not in the best shape to begin with."
Nevertheless, he asserts that these caravans can simply not be allowed to come into the United States.
"We have to protect these laws to protect the interest, the safety, and the health of the American people," Mehlman insists.
He also adds that the United States must address the jobs magnet that is driving migrants to the border. This includes mandating nationwide use of E-Verify, prosecuting employers hiring illegal aliens, and carrying out more workplace enforcement operations to remove those working and living illegally in the country.