It seems that United States President Donald Trump and Mexico’s top immigrant officials picture contradictory viewpoints of the large groups of Central American migrants who happen to stay at the border.
Leaving a remark on Twitter and during a live telecast at the Oval Office, President Trump said that migrants in the co-called caravan he had been warning about for weeks were either returning to their home countries or staying in Mexico.
He added that a lot of people are at want to step into the country and were going to come in regardless of how they want it to happen. “They were going to come in, even a rough way. Many of these people are leaving now and going back to their countries.. if you notice, it’s getting a lot less crowded in Mexico, and a lot of them are going to stay in Mexico, and the Mexican government has been working with us very well. So we appreciate that. But they haven’t been coming into our country. We can’t let people come in that way…” the US President stated.
However, the Mexican immigration authorities have a different opinion on the case that many migrants were still waiting at the border for the chance to make their case for asylum in the United States, stated in Tuesday (11). According to the Mexican authorities, more than 1,000 migrants from the caravan may have already crossed the border already.
Data retrieved from the US Department of Homeland Security state that US Customs and Border Protection had apprehended 1,036 caravan migrants as of Monday (10). According to their reports, more than 5000 migrants were waiting in the border, in seeking asylum in a queue at the San Ysidro port of entry.
Per reports of the Mexican immigration authorities, 2,500 migrants are in a large temporary shelter run by authorities in Tijuana, 600 migrants are in other shelters in the same area, 300 are in tents outside a shelter that was recently closed by the officials due to health concerns, estimatedly, 1,100 may have already crossed the borders, and 1,000 voluntarily agreed to return to Central America with assistance from the International Organization for Migration, while around 30% are women, with people ages between 18 – 28.
These details have received just over a week to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Reports said that President Obrador’s administration will handle immigration and respond to pressure from the United States. Administration officials now inform that Mexico's new President will make an announcement on Friday regarding immigration policy.
In response to journalists, the Director of Mexico's National Migration Institute criticized US President Trump's characterization of the caravan.
"Migration should not be stigmatized. The one who championed denouncing the caravan and immigration as criminals was President Trump during the recent election campaign, just like he did for his presidential campaign, in which the bad guys were the Mexicans. So this is not the first time Trump creates these enormous campaigns with an impact that is literally global through President Trump's communication means," Tonatiuh Guillen Lopez said. "But that has nothing to do with the reality of the humanitarian crisis that is present. I think it is a mistake to confuse a humanitarian crisis and use that crisis for purposes that we saw in the last electoral campaign."