According to homeland security officials more than 500 criminals are traveling with the migrant caravan that has amassed on the other side of a San Diego border crossing.
The revelation was made Monday during a conference call with reporters, when officials asserted that “most of the caravan members are not women and children”.
To make matters worse, the group, which is made up mostly of single adult or teen males, has been using the women and children by pushing them to the front of the line in a effort to garner sympathetic media coverage, which the Democrats and the mainstream media will be more than happy to focus on.
“All legal options are on the table and we have been negotiating with all our partners in central America with ways to deal with the caravan,” one official said when asked about reports that the U.S. government is planning to make asylum-seekers remain on the Mexican side of the border while their claims are being reviewed.
Fox News reports:
Homeland Security officials say there are currently 6,000 people in Tijuana waiting to be processed at the San Ysidro border crossing, with more on the way.
Unfortunately, some members of the caravan are purposely causing disruptions at our border ports of entry. There is a legal and illegal way to enter the US. We have deployed additional forces to protect our border. We will enforce all our laws.
— Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen (@SecNielsen) November 19, 2018
Those who have already entered the border city in the past few days have been met with an icy reception. The group’s members are also coming to the realization that they could be stuck on that unwelcoming side of the fence for months if they try to enter America the legal way.
Adding to the increasing certainty of the group’s situation, the U.S. Border Patrol temporarily closed all northbound lanes at the San Ysidro Port of Entry early Monday morning as the U.S. continues to “position additional port hardening materials.
“Unfortunately, some members of the caravan are purposely causing disruptions at our border ports of entry,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen posted on Twitter. “There is a legal and illegal way to enter the U.S. We have deployed additional forces to protect our border.”
Given the increasing attention on the caravan, and the insistence by top U.S. officials that the migrants will not simply be allowed to enter the U.S., the crowds in Tijuana reportedly may end up having to wait six months for their asylum claims to be heard.