A caravan of Honduran immigrants is making its way north through Central America in hopes of arriving in the United States, but Vice President Mike Pence left a stern warning for those planning to enter the United States illegally.
According to the Associated Press, an estimated 1,600 Honduran immigrants are caravanning toward the United States in an attempt to escape the poverty of their home country.
The caravan was originally intended to have just 160 members, but it rapidly grew to 10 times its expected size.
The group’s intended destination is the United States, but it must first make its way through Guatemala and Mexico without documentation.
While the lack of documentation may cause a problem for the caravan, the group believes its size will improve its chances of crossing into each country, according to the AP.
The group also hoped its size will deter robbers and other criminals from targeting it.
While the caravan may be optimistic about its travels, Pence called on the group to reconsider its “dangerous journey” and urged Central American officials to ask their citizens to stay put in their home countries.
“Tell your people: Don’t put your families at risk by taking the dangerous journey north to attempt to enter the United States illegally,” the vice president stated.
Pence was not being hyperbolic when he called the caravan’s journey “dangerous.” Not only do the individuals face potentially dangerous criminals, but they must also survive the physical demands of the journey. The number of heat-related deaths for migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border rose this summer.
President Donald Trump has previously tweeted his frustration with the caravans of immigrants heading toward the United States, claiming that the caravans prove the United States has “weak” border policies.
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
The migrant ‘caravan’ that is openly defying our border shows how weak & ineffective U.S. immigration laws are. Yet Democrats like Jon Tester continue to support the open borders agenda – Tester even voted to protect Sanctuary Cities. We need lawmakers who will put America First.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018
The Trump administration looks like it wants these migrants to consider the risk they are taking while making this journey in the hopes of entering the U.S. illegally.