The Consequences of One Migrant Caravan

Elizabeth Thorell, Staff Writer

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At the end of October, President Trump announced his decision to send 5,200 troops to the southern border of the United States. This decision was prompted by a migrant caravan traveling from Central America. The group has been making its way towards the border since October 12th when the original members of the convoy, numbering at only around 160 people, began their long journey at a bus station in Honduras. Not a day later, the caravan was already made up of 1000 people all seeking sanctuary from their home. This number continued to increase, and by the 22nd, 7000 people had joined the convoy of migrants. Despite that, the numbers have since decreased to only around 3,500 people as of October 29th.

This recent turn of events brings up the question of why the migrants felt the need to leave their homes for the promise of nothing in the first place. Many migrants seek better lives in the United States for themselves and their families. They might hope for jobs, better lifestyles, and political asylum upon entering the United States. In Honduras, where this caravan began, the lifestyle that many have led is hardly ideal. With a population of approximately nine million people, Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world, despite some recent improvements. This high murder rate is partially due to gang violence, corruption, and drug wars. Considering the abysmal conditions from which they came, the migrants’ decisions to leave their homes with no real guarantee of anything makes more sense.

In recent history, other presidents before Trump did choose to appropriate troops for use at the border. Both Presidents Obama and G. W. Bush made such a decision during their tenures as president. One could extrapolate that such actions taken by President Trump could have been influenced by the midterm elections that take place at the beginning of November. Since the Democrats had the opportunity to wrest control of the legislative branch, Republicans understandably wished to make some last minute decisions in order to sway voters. The president, similar to many presidents in years past, seemed to wish to alter voters’ opinions with last-minute actions. Increased border control in the south was one of the current president’s original campaign promises, yet it hasn’t garnered much attention since then. This fact makes such actions as authorizing the use of extreme force on the immigrants fairly controversial and potentially able to sway some voters during the midterm elections for better or for worse for the Republicans.

Going one step further, in order to appeal to his more invested followers, President Trump lambasted the Fourteenth Amendment verbally and suggested that he would be altering it. The section of the Fourteenth Amendment to which Trump refers is that which gives people born within the borders of the United States automatic citizenship. With a goal to restrict the number of immigrants entering the United States, Trump has effectively explained his point in his effort to deter voters from giving control of the various seats up for election this year to Democrats.