New Migrant Caravan Includes Members from Caribbean Island



It appears another migrant caravan is making its way towards the southern border, but a large portion of the group is said to be from the Caribbean island of Cuba, a new phenomenon that reveals how exploitable the border is today.  

At least 700 Cuban nationals comprise the 1,500-person caravan that is currently traveling through the Mexican state of Chiapas in southern Mexico.

According to some reports, the Cuban group joined Central American caravan members after Mexico’s National Institute of Migration closed its office in Chiapas due to bribery accusations. For Cubans, transiting through Central America and Mexico has become a convenient way to reach the United States where they can take advantage of Cold War-era law, the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966.

Under the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, any Cuban national who makes it to the U.S. is permitted to stay and adjust status to permanent resident within a year.

While the migrant caravans have been made up of individuals mainly from Central America, the caravans often consist of individuals from other countries, such as Cuba in this case, and also individuals from Special Interest Countries, or countries that are known to support terrorism.

The country’s porous southern border, easily exploitable asylum laws, and other policies and court rulings serve as “pull factors” for migrants across the globe and incentivize them to make the dangerous trek northward to the United States.  

The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) requires U.S. authorities to release unaccompanied alien minors (UAMs) from non-contiguous countries from detention after 72 hours, and guarantees a lengthy court process for those seeking to remain here. The Flores Settlement requires children traveling with adults to be released from detention after a maximum of 20 days, thanks to a federal judge’s ruling in California in 2015. This also enables families to disappear in the country without a trace.

It remains unclear which path the newly formed caravan will take through Mexico to reach the border. It is typical for caravans to head towards Tijuana, Mexico, as California is a sanctuary state and the path is seen as a ‘safer’ route for migrants. Last month, however, a 1,600-person caravan attempted to cross into Eagle Pass, Texas, a sleepy town at the opposite end of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Either way, the Border Patrol is overwhelmed by the sheer number of individuals found in recent migrant caravans. While building a border barrier is certainly needed, more legislative action, such as reforming the TVPRA and the Flores Settlement, and repealing the Cold War-era Cuban Adjustment Act would help decrease the surges we are seeing now.

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5 Comments

  1. avatar

    The Open Border Party(OBP) Pretends They Want the WALL and Don’t Hate Jews Either

    They’re blatant liars on both counts. They preached Russian Collusion was real for two years…don’t believe a word these OBP liars say now..?

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      Come on in THE DEMOCRATS THAT REGISTER, TAKE THEIR NAMES AND SEND THE BILLS TO THEM. It isn’t we don’t want to help these people, we are barely surviving ourselves. There HAS to be some civilized rules. We should CLOSE the borders, North and South, figure out who and where these people are, send them to places that need help, train them, teach them English, get them off welfare. Set up a Day Care for those that need it so everyone works. No more staying at home until you can afford to do so. Set up with. Clinics where they can see if they are sick or not. Send the medical bill to the DEMOCRATS, they seem to be able to afford it. Get REAL PEOPLE. QUICK PROTECTING THE CRIMINALS, WHATS WRONG WITH YOU? ARE DEMOCRATS CRIMINALS?

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    It is all up to Congress and they, mostly the Democrats, refuse to do anything to change these laws. They want these waves of people overrunning our borders. If this is not an emergency then what is. Changing the laws to specifically address these issues would make it much harder for liberal judges to find the “rights” they always seem to come up with out of thin air for border crashers.

    The media not missing a beat about Trump being cleared by the Mueller report. After 2 years of totally one-sided coverage by the mainstream media, print and television, they are not holding accountable those who insisted they knew for sure he was guilty of collusion, that they had “seen the evidence”. Many are interviewing former FBI director James Comey who was fired by Trump and is a total Trump basher from the word go. Very few are noting that while director, Comey had surreptitiously given notes of meetings with Trump to a reporter. Otherwise known as leaking and something that gets others dismissed and sometimes charged with a crime.

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    So, it would appear that better-off Cubans can just fly to mexico, then exploit the ‘wet foot/dry foot” rule which is an absurdity in itself, to enter the US “legally!”

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    I am so sick of this crap! These people care nothing about our country except for what they can get! The dems care NOTHING about these people, only that they vote democratic! I don’t understand “why” we let these people, EVEN the Puerto Ricans into OUR country. They know nothing about our country – our laws – our history! WHY don’t they stay in their own country and fight the corruption in their country – LIKE AMERICA HAS DONE FOR 230+…………If they would put just half of the energy into fighting for their country that they put into the god awful treck into America they wouldn’t be coming in droves!!! I guess it’s easier to come to America with their hands out!
    I really am sick of this crap and I thank God everyday for DJT for being the FIRST POTUS to ever fight this battle. We absolutely do not want these people here. Everyday I walk out of my house and all I hear is “babble.” They can’t even show enough respect for America to learn/speak the language.
    THIS IS NOT THE AMERICA THAT I GREW UP IN!!