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.”
Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment
Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.
In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.
“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”
The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”
Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.
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