According to reports from Mexico, a massive 10,000 member caravan will arrive at the U.S. Southern border by the end of the week, prompting President Donald Trump to threaten to shut down the border.
Mexico’s Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez Cordero has been warning about the caravan since its start in early March, calling it “Caravana Madre” or “Mother of All Caravans.” Now, the caravan is made up of 10,000 migrants, including Central Americans, Cubans, Haitians, and some from Africa.
The Human Rights Commission is preparing for the caravan’s arrival, attempting to gather enough food, water, and shelter for the influx of people, according to Diario de Mexico. Although Mexican officials claim they have deported thousands of illegal migrants this month, the caravan is still making its way to the border.
In response to the news of the caravan nearing the border, President Trump took to Twitter to share his plan for its arrival.
“A very big Caravan of over 20,000 people started up through Mexico,” said Trump. “It has been reduced in size by Mexico but is still coming. Mexico must apprehend the remainder or we will be forced to close that section of the Border & call up the Military. The Coyotes & Cartels have weapons!”
A very big Caravan of over 20,000 people started up through Mexico. It has been reduced in size by Mexico but is still coming. Mexico must apprehend the remainder or we will be forced to close that section of the Border & call up the Military. The Coyotes & Cartels have weapons!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2019
While the president may have gotten the inflated number from Cordero’s original estimate, the 10,000 member caravan may still cause issues if the border is closed.
The Trump administration has worked to address issues at the border, with the president signing an executive order in 2018 to deploy the National Guard to aid Border Patrol agents that were overwhelmed with the number of migrants arriving at the border.
As IJR Red has previously reported, many Border Patrol officials have spoken out about the issues at the border and the need for reform. While there are reinforcements and new stretches of border barriers being built, the repeated problem of caravans may signal the need for change in immigration law as well.