In recent weeks Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, expressed a desire to assist the Trump administration in combatting illegal immigration, both along the country’s shared border with the United States and along Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala.
But on Friday, AMLO’s pledges proved meaningless, as his border security officials literally left the gates open to the country and allowed another migrant caravan consisting of about 1,000 people to just waltz into the country.
And of course, we know where they are headed.
Fox News reported:
The border gates were open only temporarily, but migrants – who crossed the bridge from Tecun-Uman to Ciudad Hidalgo – were surprised to find no locks on the gates, effectively giving them a free pass to enter the country without being stuck at the border or registering with immigration officials and now begin the trek to the U.S. border, which can range from between 1,000 to 2,500 miles depending on the point of entry.
Mexico security officials said the gate was only open temporarily, but that border forces had backed off intentionally because they did not want a confrontation and a repeat of last year when violence broke out between Mexican police and migrants.
The new caravan crossing into Mexico did not escape the attention of POTUS Trump, who tweeted Friday, “Another big Caravan heading our way. Very hard to stop without a Wall!”
Another big Caravan heading our way. Very hard to stop without a Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019
In October, migrants tried to push through locked border gates, as well as lines of riot police who fired pepper spray to break up the crowd.
On Thursday, speculation was that Mexican border authorities would follow new procedures and require migrants to remain outside the country for five days while paperwork was processed.
However, some migrants told reporters they didn’t trust the Mexican government and planned to cross into the country anyway.
But it’s only going to get worse: Fox News reports that two more migrant caravans are forming in Central America, set to depart for the U.S. on Sunday.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and majority Democrats have continued to refuse POTUS Trump’s paltry $5.7 billion funding request for additional border walls and barriers along the border, causing the current partial government shutdown to stretch into its fifth week, the longest in history.
Democrats, including Pelosi, have supported and voted for border barrier funding in the past.
The president says that Mexico will wind up paying for the wall once Congress, the Mexican government, and Canada sign a renegotiated trade deal called USMCA.
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