According to the president of the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform, President Trump should urge Congress to return from the campaign trail and address the organization calls "glaring loopholes in our asylum and immigration laws" that are allegedly being used to promote the so-called "caravan" of migrants wending its way northward from Mexico and Central America to the U.S. The statement from FAIR claims that the migrants are being used for an "organized assault on our nation’s border."
Who's funding the #caravan? Let's be clear, these aren't refugees, they're political activists. If it's an American group paying for people to come and break the law, that's called aiding and abetting, and that's a crime. https://t.co/LjXpYxFzXz pic.twitter.com/IvXoU0ZX2K— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) October 24, 2018
"Ignoring the current crisis to focus on reelection would amount to a complete abrogation of their duty to secure our borders and a huge breach of the public trust," the statement read. The first group of approximately 7,000 migrants, who are mostly from Central America but who reportedly include Asians and Africans, have advanced beyond the border separating Mexico and Guatemala and have the stated intention of reaching the U.S. According to the Wall Street Journal, this is a stunt that has been organized by agitators who are using migration as “a political weapon to foment border chaos.”
“This assault on the sovereignty of the United States demands the immediate attention of Congress,” declared FAIR's president, Dan Stein. “This staged caravan of migrants meets the definition of an invasion of our nation, even if the organizers’ foot soldiers are unarmed.”
FAIR's statement read: "Caravan organizers and participants are openly seeking to take advantage of loopholes in our policies that allow people to seek asylum even when there is no prima facie evidence of political persecution, and court settlements that, for all practical purposes, allow adults to use children as get out of jail free cards."
“Quite frankly, Congress has not done its job. Congress has known for a long time that people have been lodging specious asylum claims for the expressed purpose of gaining entry to the United States. Congress is well aware that judicial limits on the amount of time minors may be detained is an engraved invitation for people to arrive at the border with children in tow. Congress can fix these loopholes anytime they are prepared to uphold their constitutional responsibilities, and with a looming crisis at the border it is time to come back to the Capitol and act,” said Stein.
It’s a simple choice: vote #Republican for lower taxes, more jobs, a soaring economy, a secure border, and respect for military and law enforcement; or vote #Democrat for this... pic.twitter.com/SwmHBIJAVP— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 24, 2018
FAIR -- which advocates for immigration reform -- stated that the U.S. "has no humanitarian obligation to allow its asylum and immigration laws to be abused by those seeking to use migration as political weapon. It made the following points:
- The vast majority of caravan participants, by their own admission, indicate that they are heading to the United States for economic, not political reasons.
- The Mexican government has offered the migrants the opportunity to seek political asylum in their country, but their offers have been largely refused by participants.
- Political organizers on both sides of the border are openly coaching migrants about what they need to say to establish a “credible fear” claim and gain their release into the United States.
“If the political operatives behind this caravan succeed, it will quickly be followed by more and larger migrant caravans. Even construction of a border wall – which could take years to complete – would be ineffective in preventing these organized incursions so long as our asylum and immigration laws can be so easily abused,” Stein concluded.