Honduran migrant: ‘President-elect Biden is going to help all of us’
In an interview with CNN, a Honduran migrant said a caravan is traveling to the U.S. because President-elect Joe Biden is giving migrants “100 days” to arrive in the country.
“I just want patience and prayers that we can get to the U.S. because they’re having a new president, Biden,” the migrant said. “He’s going to help all of us, he’s giving us 100 days to get to the U.S. and give us [legal] papers, so we can get a better life for our kids and family.”
Thousands of Honduran migrants are making their way to the U.S. after Biden promised to end the immigration policies of the Trump administration.
A transition official told NBC News that “the situation at the border isn’t going to be transformed overnight.”
Biden’s transition team has urged migrants to turn back because “now is not the time” to come.
“There’s help on the way, but now is not the time to make the journey,” the official said, according to NBC News.
According to the Associated Press, a caravan of as many as 9,000 Honduran migrants are trying to reach the U.S. border after their home country was devastated by hurricanes.
On Friday night, about 2,000 members of the caravan overwhelmed the Guatemalan authorities and entered Guatemala without showing documentation or negative COVID screenings. The caravan is predicted to arrive at the U.S. border in the coming weeks.
The official said that people in the caravan “will not find when they get to the U.S. border that from Tuesday to Wednesday, things have changed overnight and ports are all open and they can come into the United States.”
“We have to provide a message that help and hope is on the way,” the official continued. “But coming right now does not make sense for their own safety…while we put into place processes that they may be able to access in the future.”