Former Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf says that the Mexican government is “upset” by the Biden administration’s decision to rescind a number of former President Trump policies.
Fox News reports:
CHAD WOLF: One, Mexico needs to do more. We saw that with the Haitians but we see this with the caravan. As they break through a security checkpoint as they did in Chiapas, the Mexican government needs to be allocating more resources to make sure they are staying in parts of the country that they should stay while their asylum process … while their visa is being applied for. That’s the law in Mexico. As they break the law and come through checkpoints, obviously the Mexican government has to do more.
At the end of the day, the Mexican government is also very upset with the Biden administration. They are upset with the policies, the asylum regulations and everything the Biden administration has pulled back because it’s making it more difficult for them to do their job at the end of the day. I think the Biden administration has a real problem on its hands, not only working with the Mexican government but with other governments in the region. They are concerned about what they’re seeing and about these caravans and this mass migration. It’s because of the pull factors, it’s because of the messaging, and the policies of this administration.
Wolf’s latest remarks come as a massive caravan of more than 2,000 migrants has continued to travel through Mexico towards the U.S. border, according to reports from Newsmax.
About 100 National Guard, soldiers and immigration agents waited just outside Huixtla. Authorities have dissolved other migrant groups in the area during other recent attempts.
The migrants set out early Saturday from Tapachula, near the Guatemala border, where thousands of migrants have spent months waiting for asylum applications or other visas that would allow them to transit Mexico. The government has used a containment strategy with a varying degree of success to try to keep migrants in the south and far from the U.S. border.
Large groups of migrants attempted to walk out of Tapachula in recent months after growing frustrated with the wait and their inability to find work. Those groups were largely made up of Haitians, who were notably absent from the larger group that left Saturday. Thousands of Haitians made it to the U.S. border in September, many of whom were later deported to their homeland.
The latest group is composed mostly of Central Americans, many with young children.