The several thousand migrants traveling in large groups through southern Mexico to the United States are expected to head to Del Rio, Texas, or Yuma, Arizona, according to two border patrol officers who reviewed intelligence reports. of the government.
The 2,000 to 3,000 migrants left the Guatemala-Mexico border north on foot late last week. The group is heading first to Mexico City, an 800-mile journey that will take weeks unless migrants find transportation. At present, the caravan of people has would have traveled 25 miles in four days.
From Mexico City, the group could split in different directions, depending on whether smugglers are escorting them or going it alone in an attempt to cross the US border illegally.
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“Historically what we have seen is that the caravan will arrive in Mexico City, then it will start to separate and it will go to several areas along the southwest border,” Mark Morgan, the former high official performing the duties of the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said on a phone call.
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Border Patrol intelligence officers will have a better idea of where the migrants plan to cross once the group leaves Mexico City, one of the officers wrote in an email. Border Patrol’s parent agency CBP has more than 1,000 overseas employees who help with tracking efforts and advise their US-based counterparts of where to expect large groups of migrants before their arrival.
The same agent said the trailer could avoid Texas “because of the political climate”, adding that California “would be much more welcoming.”
In Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is warning trailer members not to travel to Texas, saying state police will arrest anyone caught red-handed and jail them.
“While the Biden administration is MIA, the Lone Star State continues to increase its resources and staff to secure our border,” Abbott tweeted Tuesday.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez said the state had moved staff to the Del Rio International Bridge, where more than 20,000 mainly Haitian migrants set up camp in September. after illegally crossing the river. The state also sent police and military personnel to Eagle Pass, a small town about 80 km southeast of Del Rio.
Olivarez expects migrants to head to the Del Rio area in Yuma, adding that “that would be the route of least resistance and you don’t have a strong presence of cartel activity in Acuna, just by opposite Del Rio “. The cartels charge each migrant about $ 1,000 to cross the US-Mexico border, a tax migrants can avoid paying by crossing parts of the border where the cartels are not as present.
Morgan wasn’t as concerned about the trailer, compared to the daily levels of illegal migration.
“Multiply that by three, and that’s what hits the southwest border every day.” The United States Border Patrol takes care of several trailers each day. It stretches across the entire southwest border, ”Morgan said in an interview with the Washington Examiner Tuesday.
This caravan is not the first, the phenomenon having emerged in recent years. The group is the largest to have formed since President Joe Biden took office nine months ago.
The largest caravan to reach the border to date formed in late 2018, when more than 5,000 people traveled to Tijuana, Baja California, across the border from San Diego, California. California. About 1,000 of the group attempted to cross the border.
Then, in February 2019, a group of 1,800 migrants, mostly from Central America, traveled in a caravan-style group to Piedras Negras, Coahuila, across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. Texas has deployed hundreds of state troops to the border to create a “show of force” and deter illegal migration across the Rio Grande.
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Morgan, who briefly oversaw the border patrol at the end of the Obama administration, said no member of the group was eligible for asylum because asylum seekers must seek refuge in the first country they enter. , but they chose to travel to several countries with the intention of going to the United States
“When you are an economic migrant, there is a legal way to do it. And it’s not to break into our country and then make a bogus refugee claim, ”Morgan said.
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