Caravan Migrants Beginning to 'Self-Deport' After Realizing U.S. Entry Not So Easy

Nick Kangadis | November 28, 2018
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In any well-run organization, there needs to be one person with which the buck stops — one person who gives the final verdict on the ideas that make that organization go. With leadership like that, people get the idea pretty quick that any thoughts they had about breaking the rules is squashed in a relatively expeditious manner.

It might be a small number, but migrants in the “caravan” that traveled from Central American countries, primarily Honduras, are beginning to see the reality that entering the U.S. isn’t going to be as easy as they were most likely led to believe.

“The leaders that were promising them the great American Dream aren't coming through,” Delegate Genaro Lopez Moreno said, also noting, “they know they're going to be better off going back home.”

According to Fox News:

At present, officials say the total number of migrants in Tijuana alone break down this way: 6,062 total, comprising of 3,877 men, 1,127 women and 1,058 children[…]

And some have left. Approximately 80 self-deported Tuesday while another 98 were deported by Mexican immigration officials for their involvement in Sunday’s demonstrations that turned violent.

Moreno didn’t mince his words when it came to the toll that the “caravan” was taking on both the city and residents of Tijuana, where a majority of the migrants have camped since arriving at the U.S./Mexico border.

“We need help,” Moreno also said. “This is very costly. This is costing us $30,000 to $40,000 dollars a day to keep these people here and all those funds have to come from some place – and it is municipal funds.”

The $30,000 to $40,000 figure doesn’t even take into account all the money that someone is providing the “caravan” to live on, including food and clothing.

It also doesn't help the migrants case that a growing number of residents in Tijuana don't want the "caravan" there, with some even agreeing with President Trump that the "caravan" is nothing more than an "invasion."

As Fox News notes, “most” of the migrants are dead-set on crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S., because as Luis Conde from Guatemala was quoted as saying, “It doesn't matter. I got no choice. I got to work for a living.”

While I do understand economic hardships, the question that keeps popping up in my head is, ‘How is that the United States’ problem?’ That might sound cold, but if you just let everyone and anyone into your country, regardless of which country that is, it puts a financial strain on said country. Then that country becomes less financially viable than it was before.