‘We essentially see caravans every day with these numbers…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants hoping to gain access to the U.S. “is not getting in,” according to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Nielsen promised that those attempting to cross the border illegally and circumvent the system would be wise to stay put.
“My general message to this caravan is: Do not come. You will not be allowed in,” Nielsen said. “There is a right way to immigrate to the United States, and this is not it.”
The caravan continues to grow as it marches toward the U.S.–Mexico border, now containing more than 7,000 people, according to Politico. Nielsen said its size is not concerning or unusual.
“We have a crisis at the border right now, and this caravan is one iteration of that,” Nielsen said. “Frankly, we essentially see caravans every day with these numbers.”
Nielsen said that the Mexican government, working with President Trump, has offered several caravan members asylum and work permits, but they have refused them, continuing to march north.
“What the president and I are both saying is, ‘If you seek asylum, do so in that country,’” Nielsen said. “Mexico has offered you refuge. If you want a job, that is not asylum. If you want to be reunited with your family, that is not asylum. If you want to just come live in the United States, that is not asylum. There are legal ways to do that, but this is about the rule of law.”
Nielsen said the Department of Homeland Security continues to monitor the caravan’s trek, referencing Trump’s past comments about the possibility that the caravan includes terrorists.
“I cannot tell you as secretary of Homeland Security that I know everybody in this flow,” Nielsen said. “What I do know is that we stop 3,000 people a year who have travel patterns similar to terrorists from attempting to come in the southwest border. And, as you know, in general we stop across the United States … terrorists every day.”