The migrant caravan has added thousands of people headed to McAllen, Texas, on Sunday. A third wave of migrants has lifted the total number of migrants to 10,000 according to some reports — and up to 14,000 according to others.
The caravan first started with approximately 150 people, who were inspired to go from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, by Bartolo Fuentes. Fuentes is a leftist legislator who also has hosted the radio show “Without Borders,” and, along with his wife, helped organize the caravan. It then traveled to another city within Honduras, then to Guatemala, while picking up additional migrants along the way. When the caravan arrived at the Guatemala-Mexico border, it had grown to 3,000 and started to pick up more people as it moved along — with a total of around 7,000, according to some estimates.
The caravan is expected to arrive at the border in the next few weeks, after the mid-term elections on the 8th of November, but that has not stopped President Trump from threatening to cut off aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — as they have not been successful in stopping the caravan from reaching Mexico. This has become a central issue in the political debate within the United States.
This migration will continue to be in the news in the coming days and weeks, especially as President Trump uses this as an argument to strengthen the border with Mexico — build the wall, or put troops on the border. There has been a significant reduction in the amount of people trying to come across the border each year, but this many people en route to the US/Mexico border may be more of a strain than what the current border facilities are prepared to handle. And for this reason the President has called for the military to help augment the Border Patrol and other agencies. Having the military on the border will solve some logistical problems, but it may create other issues such as having to train military personnel on how to provide law enforcement duties, such as arresting, detaining, and proper handling of people coming across the border. A properly trained Border Patrol agent has a lot of training on how law enforcement works, and augmenting this with military personnel may bring a lot of its own issues.