By Alessandra Reynoso
On Monday, October 29th, news broke out about a large migrant caravan, and our president made it clear that the United States will not allow a large migrant group to enter our country illegally. President Trump held true to his claim that he will send over 5,200 troops to the Mexican border, where and the main focus will be in Texas, Arizona, and California, to prevent the migrants from making it into America.
It is believed that the president made this issue a big deal because during that week, a mass shooting and valid bomb threats from some of his supporters were in the headlines during a heated midterm election season. To distract from those events, President Trump tried to return the headlines back to being focused on migrants – a rallying issue for many of the president’s supporters. President Trump claimed he would send over 5,200 U.S. troops to the border we have with Mexico, not counting the 2,100 National Guard members already there on duty since last April.
On Tuesday, October 30th, an AP reporter traveling with the migrants stated that most of the migrants are women and children seeking asylum after fleeing their homes, away from the harsh violence of their homelands. President Trump responded to that by making a statement saying that tent cities will be built as asylums for those migrants who are seeking help, but only if they apply for the asylum. Although that sounds a bit supporting towards those people who seek help, President Trump also stated that if any of the migrants throw rocks towards our military (which did happen to Mexican soldiers), U.S. troops will be commanded to treat those thrown stones as gunshots, and to shoot at them without hesitation, but with the intention to wound, not kill. Yet on November 2nd troops are training for a range of scenarios in bases in Texas and Arizona.
Since the midterm elections, little has been reported on the migrant caravan, and President Trump has made no further comments about it. Perhaps it truly was a strategy to rally the president’s base of supporters during a crucial election season and distract from scandals. Nevertheless, many migrants are still on the move, searching for new opportunities in Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States of America.