President Trump tweeted on Monday, “The migrant ‘caravan’ that is openly defying our border shows how weak & ineffective U.S. immigration laws are. Yet Democrats like Jon Tester continue to support the open borders agenda – Tester even voted to protect Sanctuary Cities. We need lawmakers who will put America First.”
The caravan has arrived at our border, and if you haven't been following this controversial group of migrants heading to America, you should. It's triggering a complicated debate about everything from technical immigration policy, to the broader discussions of that for which America stands.
For weeks, this group of people have been making their way north through South America. They're said to be fleeing their homes in fear of being killed there—hoping for a better, safer life in the United States.
The issue? Americans don't agree on whether we have the room, or the responsibility, to take them in.
Currently, non-Americans are allowed to ask for "asylum" at any entry point along our border. They are then held for processing, and have to prove they have been, or are urgently concerned about being, persecuted in their homeland.
If you are granted asylum in the U.S., you earn the ability to live and work here, and eventually request your spouse and children be allowed to join. After a year of asylum, you are allowed to apply for a green card.
This group is now expected to begin that process, though the border point they reached is said to be already saturated with asylum seekers. So, they might have to wait.
As Americans wait to see if President Trump lives up to his comments swearing he'd leave the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada if the caravan arrived.