It is being reported that another migrant caravan has formed just outside of Mexico City, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico that is between 1,500 and 1,800 members strong.
Customs and Border Protection Deputy commissioner Robert Perez shared that the CBP was aware of the development during an interview with Fox News journalist Sandra Smith. He went on to say the migrant caravans are a part of the ongoing “border security and humanitarian crisis… that we have along our Southern border.”
“The pull factors if you will, the legal loopholes in our immigration system that attract folks to come to our southern border—most of which will cross unlawfully—those are the things we need to address in our own legal, immigration construct here in the U.S.,” Perez said.
Smith also asked the CBP representative about a report that immigrants from seven different countries have been arrested over the last five days. These countries include Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, China, and India.
“It’s not uncommon [to find],” Perez answered, “what we call special interest aliens at times and or individuals who are foreign nationals, not from countries in the Western Hemisphere.”
The CBP Deputy Commissioner said his agency apprehends more than 2,000 immigrants on average every single day at the southern border and the local migrant countries of Central and South America coupled with other international countries pose a “unique security risk.”
He said lawmakers should work to mitigate the risk of these migrants amid the immigration crisis.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted about the new migrant caravan and said it was time for “Chuck and Nancy to work with Trump to secure our border.”
Here’s more on the caravan, ABC 13:
Hundreds of Hondurans trekked out of a violent northern city Tuesday, part of a new caravan of migrants hoping to reach the United States or Mexico, following in the path of another group last year that U.S. President Donald Trump turned into a hot political issue during the U.S. midterm elections.
The first groups of migrants left San Pedro Sula’s bus station Monday night, with many women and children boarding buses bound for the Guatemalan border while others started walking and hitchhiking under a steady rain.
Others departed Tuesday morning trying to catch up. Some pushed toddlers in strollers or walked holding older children’s hands. More people continued to arrive at the bus station, making it likely the caravan’s numbers could grow.
Honduran media reported that the country’s authorities had reinforced the border with Guatemala to make sure everyone had proper documentation. Children must carry passports and written parental authorization to leave the country, and parents could face up to three years in prison if found to be taking a child without the right documents, Security Minister Julian Pacheco was quoted as saying.