Posted at 10:31 am on December 24, 2018
While the issue of the migrant caravans has largely dropped off the media radar lately in the midst of the shutdown theater drama, the problem hasn’t gone away. If anything, the swelling number of migrants waiting in the Tiajuana area is festering as the migrants grow frustrated with the long wait for their claims to be processed. (American officials are processing up to one hundred per day, but there is already a waiting list in the thousands.) But surely they must have known they were going to run into these sorts of logistical problems, right?
Not really. Many of them seem genuinely surprised with the chilly reception they received from some Mexican officials and the backlog at the U.S. border. And there may be a reason for that. The Washington Times takes a deep dive this week into a supposed human rights group which seems to be playing a key role in both forming these massive caravans and setting unrealistic expectations for them about what the migrants’ journey would entail. The group is called Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders), and one of their leaders, Irineo Mujica, is heavily involved with “leading” the caravans toward the United States and discouraging the migrants from looking for work and residency in Mexico.