A Haitian migrant who is part of what could be the world’s largest migrant caravan making its way through Mexico to the United States is demanding that President Biden keep his promise to let them stay once they arrive at the border.
“He promised the Haitian community he will help them,” the migrants, who were interviewed by Fox News Friday, said. “He will recall Title 42. He will help us have real asylum.”
The migrant is part of a caravan that could become the largest ever to reach the United States’ southern border. The caravan, which currently numbers around 10,000 people, is expected to grow to around 15,000 before it reaches the border.
On Monday, the caravan left Tapachula, on the Mexico-Guatemala border. The migrants, who are mostly from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua, will travel to the United States via the coastal route.
“We consider we are around 9,500, it measures 51/2 km from the start to the end, people keep on joining, in the first police check there were approx 100-150 national guard, INM, state police and let us through freely,” the caravan’s organizer, Luis Villagran told Fox News Monday.
The migrant’s remarks come as the Biden administration fights to repeal Title 42, a Trump-era rule that allows the United States to deport asylum seekers without going through the traditional legal process. The policy was implemented early in the COVID-19 pandemic to aid in the prevention of the virus’s spread, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced earlier this year that it would be lifted.
However, a lawsuit filed by 24 states has temporarily halted plans to repeal the rule, with a federal judge in Louisiana ruling that the restrictions can remain in place until the lawsuit is resolved. The states claim that repealing the rule will result in a “wave of illegal migration and drug trafficking.”
Critics have blamed the president for the crisis at the southern border, claiming that Biden’s reversal of Trump-era immigration policies has encouraged migrants to make the perilous journey through Mexico to the US border.
The crisis has become politically difficult for the White House, leading to Biden’s apparent shift in position on migrants seeking asylum in the United States.
In an interview with ABC last year, Biden said, “Don’t leave your town, city, or community.” “We’re going to make sure we have facilities run by the Department of Homeland Security in those cities and towns, as well as access with HHS, the Health and Human Services, to say you can apply for asylum right now from where you are.”
However, the administration’s fight to repeal Title 42 appears to have sent a different message to migrants forming the caravan, who are pleading with Biden to let them in.”