Did you hear about the migrant caravan? No… not that one. The current Honduran caravan is still weeks away from the United States and is causing more headline hysteria than any actual threat to our borders thus far. I’m talking about the new caravan. According to NBC News, this one is forming up in El Salvador and planning to leave next week. And it may make the Honduran group look like small potatoes.
As the Trump administration makes preparations to combat the 6,500 member Honduran migrant caravan making its way toward the United States, the Department of Homeland Security is also tracking a new caravan taking shape — this time from El Salvador, according to two U.S. officials, a local source on the ground in Central America and an internal U.S. government report obtained by NBC News.
The El Salvadoran caravan is still forming, but its members have plans to begin their journey northward towards the U.S. next week, according to the sources.
The internal report indicates that DHS is tracking the communications of caravan members, including a 230-member WhatsApp group that intends to leave on Oct. 31.
Just what we needed. A separate report suggests that this one is growing quickly and may consist of as many as 7,000 people. The fact that it would be coming from El Salvador is of no comfort either. Honduras is bad enough, with most of the country run by gangs and drug cartels, but El Salvador is the original home of MS-13. This is not to say that the migrants planning to travel are a pack of gang members, but would it be all that surprising if some of the aspiring MS-13 hopefuls decided to blend into the crowd and make their way into the country?
Before anyone on the left begins cheering this next army of migrants on, at what point are you going to admit that there’s a limit to how many incoming waves like this we can brace for before the system is entirely overloaded? The fact is, our immigration system at the border is already overloaded. We can’t process the asylum requests of the people showing up now in any reasonable amount of time. The Honduran flood of humanity would have us backed up for months. If we add another 7,000 on top of that we may as well just throw in the towel.
This is why we need a secure border with controlled access points. In other words, build the damn wall. But even that’s not enough. Mexico is the Safe Third Country in this equation and it should be their responsibility to either stop these people at their southern border or take them in as refugees themselves. Of course, history tells us that’s not going to happen so we’ll be left to deal with the crisis on our own. Meanwhile, Congress continues to play politics with border security in the form of the #RESIST movement. Either way, it doesn’t sound like this ends well at all.