A migrant caravan stirs up much debate and chaos

Eileen Chen, Centerspread Editor

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January 15, a  caravan of Central American migrants left from the Honduras, to  the Mexican-American border. As approximately only twenty asylum claims can be processed each day, the migrants were told by United States authorities to stay in Mexico while they wait through the process of seeking asylum. The caravan is currently being housed by the Mexican government in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, Texas in the US. The 1,600 or so migrants arrived at Piedras Negras on February 4 and are temporarily staying in an old warehouse which has been repurposed as a shelter. The shelter, located about five miles from the border, is being guarded by a large police force and is surrounded by a chain-link fence. The Department of Homeland Security asserts that the caravan would not be let in and has increased security at the border crossing.

“This crisis won’t be solved until we have comprehensive border security. Until then, DHS will do everything in its power – with the assistance of federal and state partners – to hold smugglers and traffickers accountable, enforce our laws, and keep American communities safe,” said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen.

Border Control and the Department of Public Safety are currently stationed along the Rio Bravo, a river that serves as an natural border between Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras. The Pentagon also released a statement stating that they would send 250 active-duty troops to Eagle Pass, which includes engineers, military police, and medical personnel.