How Trump guaranteed the success of the Refugee Caravan
After a difficult month of traveling through Central America to the border between the United States and Mexico, the Caravan of Refugees has finally arrived at the front door, with great media coverage and with the support of several organizations.
There’s nothing more dangerous for a president than the echo of his words through the media.
It was thanks to Donald Trump's incisive campaign against the Central American Refugee Caravan that thousands of media and several organizations have closely followed its journey and, now, its struggle for a better future in the United States.
But this humanitarian feat is nothing new. It is an annual "viacrucis", organized by the group "Pueblo Sin Fronteras", which aims to "make visible the crisis of violence and corruption in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala," Univisión explained, and this is the fifth year the march has been organized.
This situation is "similar to the one that occurred with the Haitian emigrants who accumulated in Tijuana trying to request asylum two years ago," explains the Spanish newspaper El País. "Between a few months in 2016, there were about 8,000 Haitians who camped in the city while the United States border service was solving their cases," explains the newspaper.
While the intention of the annual and "full of symbolism" trip is "to attract attention to a range of issues that affect Central Americans seeking refuge in northern countries," was the traditional mediation of Donald Trump against the immigrants what helped some 50 people cross the border through regular channels and put their case on the assessment table of immigration agencies.
According to the New York Times, of the almost 1,200 immigrants that made up the original caravan, more than 150 were already prepared and advised to seek asylum from US immigration officials.
Organizations such as Showing Up for Racial Justice, as well as several volunteer lawyers, "traveled to Tijuana to support the migrants in the final stretch", and according to Nicole Ramos (a volunteer lawyer), they were only sending people to the border whose case was sustainable.
Even though the caravan has maintained a solid advisory process and has insisted on carrying out its request through regular means, officials of the Immigration Agency at the border have prevented its passage under the allegation that "they have exhausted their ability to handle people who travel without documents".
As Alex Mensing, a member of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, told CNN, "50 immigrants were admitted to the immigration processing center, on the Mexican side," although many expected to be prosecuted by US officials.
Mensing said that the immigrants would remain camping at the door until the officers have the capacity to process them.
But it was President Trump's campaign what mobilized dozens of US supporters to the border, offering shelter, food and basic products, but fundamentally civil pressure and visibility to a reality more latent than ever before.