Samuel Case, FISM News
Thousands of migrants pressed through a police line in the southern Mexican city of Tapachula, on their journey to the United States over the weekend. Footage showed the organized caravan from Central America and Haiti pouring past the blockade, some carrying American flags and other signs with President Biden’s name. Reports on the size of the caravan have ranged from 2,000 to 5,000.
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Last week, FISM News reported that according to border patrol data 1.7 million illegal immigrants have been apprehended while crossing the southern United States border in fiscal year 2021, an all-time high for border arrests.
Republicans blame Biden’s lax border policy for the sharp spike in illegal immigration. Two Republican state AGs filed a lawsuit last week to require the Biden administration to use the $1.375 billion allocated by Congress in 2020 to construct a border wall, saying that it costs taxpayers $3 million a day to not build the wall.
The Biden administration has asserted that the migrant crisis can be solved by addressing poverty and violence in South and Central American countries.
“In Central America, the root causes of migration run deep—and migration from the region has a direct impact on the United States,” Harris said in July. “For that reason, our nation must consistently engage with the region to address the hardships that cause people to leave Central America and come to our border.”
However, Irieno Mujica, who organized the current caravan disagrees with the administration’s solution. “Money is not going to solve the problem, throwing it to governments like Mexico where they put people from the south border to the north border is not the solution,” Mujica said. “They should give them papers here, they should give them the opportunity to work here.”
“Because a lot of them don’t want to go to the U.S., but the Biden administration, with this administration, it’s like pulling them like cattle,” he added.