Migrant Caravan Seeking Asylum

Posted on December 3, 2018 by

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Thousands of people from Central America are demanding asylum in the United States. The migrants’ journey began on 12 October 2018 in San Pedro Sulas, Honduras. The caravan started with only 160 people, but that did not last for long.

As the three caravans were migrating up north, thousands of people joined, bringing their friends and loved ones. The caravans contain people mainly from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.  

The migrants have traveled about 20 miles per day by foot, but some have hitched rides by cars or trucks. The migrants’ goals are to seek better opportunities in the United States or Mexico. There are no jobs in their countries and they want a change for their families.

“The caravans are made up of some very tough fighters and people. Fought back hard and viciously against Mexico at Northern Border before breaking through. Mexican soldiers hurt, were unable, or unwilling to stop caravan. Should stop them before they reach our border, but won’t!” President Trump tweeted.

The migrants attacked Mexican police by throwing rocks at them. Trump wants more border patrol and about 15,000 armed guards to prevent this abuse from happening to the military.

As of 1 November 2018, six migrants have sued Donald Trump and his administration for violating their constitutional rights. The law states that anyone can claim asylum who was born outside the United States. The migrants do have the right to due process.

Donald Trump is allowing asylum seekers to live in tent cities to be able to get a court date and then become lawful citizens. He wants to detain them for the time being. Democrats argue this goes against their constitutional rights.

Trump believes new laws should be made or eliminated pertaining to immigration policies. This process will take a while due to the many counterarguments.

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