Trump Alerts Border Patrol Of ‘National Emergency’ As Caravan Progresses

Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump characterized a descending caravan of would-be Central American migrants making their way to the U.S. as a national emergency, in a Monday morning tweet.

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Trump lamented the limited effort the Mexican government has taken in attempting to quell the caravan of thousands of migrants as they continue to make their way through the country bound for the U.S. The president also expressed concern that “unknown middle easterners” and criminals were mixed in with the caravan.

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The caravan has swelled to nearly 5,000 people as it entered Mexico via Guatemala. The majority of the caravan consists of Central Americans who wish to gain entry to the U.S. by claiming asylum upon arrival.

Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen warned Sunday that drug cartels could exploit the caravan for its own purposes. “While we closely monitor the caravan crisis, we must remain mindful of the transnational criminal organizations and other criminals that prey on the vulnerabilities of those undertaking the irregular migration journey,” she said.

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