A migrant caravan shifting from Honduras towards the U.S. border referred to as on the incoming Biden administration to honor their “commitments” to the migrants shifting north, citing the incoming administration’s vow to ease Trump’s restrictions on asylum.
However on Sunday, an unnamed Biden transition official mentioned that migrants hoping to say asylum within the U.S. throughout the first few weeks of the brand new administration “want to know they don’t seem to be going to have the ability to come into the US instantly,” NBC Information studies.
MIGRANT CARAVAN DEMANDS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ‘HONOR ITS COMMITMENTS’
Greater than 1,000 Honduran migrants moved into Guatemala on Friday with out registering as half of a bigger caravan that left a Honduran metropolis earlier within the day.
The Related Press reported that they’re hoping for a hotter reception after they attain the U.S. border, and an announcement issued by migrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, on behalf of the caravan, mentioned it expects the Biden administration to take motion.
The Biden transition official, nevertheless, warned migrants towards coming to the U.S. throughout the early days of the brand new administration, telling NBC that whereas “there’s assistance on the way in which,” now “is just not the time to make the journey.”
“The state of affairs on the border is not going to be reworked in a single day,” the official instructed the outlet.
“We’ve got to offer a message that well being and hope is on the way in which, however coming proper now doesn’t make sense for their very own security…whereas we put into place processes that they are able to entry sooner or later,” the official mentioned.
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President-elect Joe Biden has promised to reverse a lot of Trump’s insurance policies on border safety and immigration. He has promised to finish the Migrant Safety Protocols (MPP), which retains migrants in Mexico as they await their political asylum hearings. The Trump administration has mentioned this system has helped finish the pull elements that carry migrants north, however critics say it’s merciless and places them in danger.
Biden has additionally promised a pathway to authorized everlasting residency for these within the nation illegally and a moratorium on deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The migrants’ group additionally pointed to guarantees to finish the asylum cooperative agreements the administration made with Northern Triangle nations.
President Trump warned final week that ending his insurance policies and growing incentives would result in “a tidal wave of unlawful immigration, a wave such as you’ve by no means seen earlier than,” claiming that there have been already indicators of elevated flows.
Fox Information’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.