Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Biden’s Team Sends Mixed Messages to Migrant Caravan; ‘It depends on why they are coming’: AG Garland Says Some Illegal Immigrants Can Come

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Biden’s team sends mixed messages to migrant caravan:
Migrants trekking across Mexico as part of the new caravan headed toward the U.S. could be forgiven for confusion over what the Biden administration is telling them.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said this spring that the message to those looking to jump the border wasn’t not to come at all, but rather just don’t do it now. He said to wait until the U.S. was ready to welcome people.
But over the summer, Vice President Kamala D. Harris was more forceful during a trip to Guatemala, saying flatly, “Do not come.”
As the season changes to fall, Attorney General Merrick Garland had a new take this week
The country’s top law enforcement official first said they shouldn’t come, then clarified and said they actually can, if they are planning to make asylum claims.
“It depends on why they are coming,” he told senators.
Nine months into the new administration, President Biden and his team are still struggling with their message to millions of would-be migrants in Mexico, Central America and beyond who are eyeing an attempt to sneak across the southern border. --->READ MORE HERE
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‘It depends on why they are coming’: AG Garland says some illegal immigrants can come:
Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday that some migrants in the new mass caravan headed north should come to the U.S. if they plan to demand asylum.
Testifying to senators, Mr. Garland was asked what his message would be to the caravan. He at first said, “I would tell them not to come,” but then said that’s not a blanket answer.
“It depends on why they are coming,” he said.
Mr. Garland said those who are coming with asylum claims are different than traditional illegal immigrants.
The answer stunned Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said when he talked to Border Patrol agents, they tell him they’re overwhelmed with people lodging iffy asylum claims, knowing it can earn them a foothold in the U.S. for years as their claims are adjudicated. --->READ MORE HERE
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