UN: Trump must allow migrants in caravan into U.S. to seek asylum

UN: Trump must allow migrants in caravan into U.S. to seek asylum
The 2018 migrant caravan sets off from Mexico's southern border. (Image: Pueblo Sin Fronteras)

The United Nations, membership in which along with $1.50 will buy you cup of coffee in most diners, is reading the riot act to Donald Trump.

A spokesman for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) told Voice of America that the American president is duty-bound to allow the caravan into the United States so that each migrant can make his case for asylum:

Our position globally is that the individuals who are fleeing persecution and violence need to be given access to territory and protection including refugee status and determination procedure. And, if the people who are fleeing persecution and violence enter Mexico, they need to be provided access to the Mexican asylum system and those entering the United States need to be provided access to the American asylum system.

Despite the fact that some caravan members have dropped out and begun the journey back to their country of origin, while a few others have accepted Mexico’s offer of asylum, the number of migrants pressing forward toward the U.S. is now estimated at 10,000. Compounding the problem of processing that number of applicants is the fact that as of January the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was facing a crisis-level backlog of 311,000 pending asylum cases.

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On top of everything else, as Breitbart notes, many caravan migrants freely admit that they are traveling to the U.S. to seek jobs, which is not a condition for being granted asylum. Others are re-entering the U.S. as previously deported illegal aliens, while still others are fleeing crimes in their homeland.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."