Earlier this week, Mexican officials informed the United States that a migrant caravan number around 2,000 was headed for a totally unprotected 110 miles stretch of border with Texas.
The migrants were heading somewhere between Piedras Negras and Nuevo Laredo (across the border from Laredo, Texas.
President Trump and the Pentagon have responded to the reported caravan by sending some US troops that section of the border with orders to prevent the caravan from entering the US.
Miguel Riquelme, Gov. of Coahuila, Mexico, the state which encompasses the majority of that section of the border, has announced that he will not allow any more caravans to pass through his state.
Fox News – Mexico governor tells migrants to stay away from his border city: ‘No more caravans!’ – The Governor of Coahuila, the Mexican state where this border city is located, has one thing to say after overseeing the arrival of a caravan of nearly 2,000 migrants: “No Mas Caravanas,” or no more caravans. That was the headline in the local newspaper.
“In the case of the state government, we will not allow more migrants to travel to Coahuila,” Gov. Miguel Riquelme told reporters.
The governor explained it wasn’t up to him to stop this caravan when it crossed Mexico’s southern border nearly three weeks ago because that’s the federal government’s job. But this one is here now and he’s doing everything he can to deal with it in the most humanitarian way.
And that way involves the enormous security operation that has contained the migrants at the shelter…
Of the 2,000 migrants in the caravan, only 139 received permits to travel through Mexico, while the others have not, meaning that they are illegal aliens in the eyes of Mexican officials.
Supposedly, Coahuila’s Army is working with state and federal police to detain the migrants in a temporary camp until their asylum applications can be processed.
The problem is, many Mexican towns like Piedras Negras don’t have the facilities or budget to handle all of the needs in caring for the migrants.
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