The Mexican government reportedly handed humanitarian and transit visas out to members of a migrant caravan containing individuals who are seeking to enter the United States.
The procession contained about 1,000 Central American migrants and served as a symbolic, annual event designed to draw attention to immigrant issues. While the event typically ends in southern Mexico and the caravan began to disperse, some of the participants said they would continue traveling north.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 3, 2018
According to the Associated Press, 230 migrants received transit visas, and another 168 would probably receive a visa to stay in Mexico. It’s currently unclear how many of those individuals are seeking to enter the United States.
In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump warned about the caravan:
The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our “Weak Laws” Border, had better be stopped before it gets there. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. “Caravans” coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2018
Trump also attacked Mexico for “doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S.”
“Mexico has the absolute power not to let these large ‘Caravans’ of people enter their country,” Trump said in another tweet.
The Mexican government appeared to rebuff Trump’s remarks when it said its immigration policy was “not subject to pressure.”