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Leader of largest migrant caravan since 2022 mocks Joe Biden

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The largest migrant caravan in a year, estimated at around 7,000 people, is headed to the United States – and its leader says President Biden has ‘dropped the ball’ on immigration and allowed countries of Latin America to “gang up” against his administration.

This latest caravan, made up of migrants from Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Venezuela, left southern Mexico on Monday bound for the American border.

Authorities in the Mexican state of Chiapas said about 3,500 people left on foot from the town of Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border. But one of the caravan organizers, Irineo Mujica, said there were about 5,000 people in the initial group, and that number had been exceeded. since then, they have grown to more than 7,000.

Mujica, an American citizen and self-proclaimed “human rights defender” who accompanied the migrants, told the cable network Real America’s Voice he believed that the leaders of Latin American countries were conspiring to create the current immigration crisis in order to extract money from Washington — and that Biden was allowing it to happen.

Irineo Mujica, a U.S. citizen and one of the leaders of a migrant caravan, said President Biden’s immigration policies are to blame for the crisis at the southern border.
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A caravan, estimated at around 7,000 people, left Mexico on Monday, fed up with long waits for visas.
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“I think the Biden administration missed the ball,” he said. “Many countries fuel this immigration by… transporting people. »

Mujica further claimed that immigration was being “used as a weapon” against the United States and the Biden administration – and that Mexico was “joining together” with other countries in the region “to ensure that all this immigration goes directly to the United States.”

The organizer of the caravan claimed that “irresponsible” Latin American countries made migrants pay money in exchange for trips to the US border, where he said they were temporarily detained before being released. be released, instead of being expelled.

Mujica said Biden “dropped the ball” on immigration and allowed Latin American countries to “gang up” on the United States.
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“The Joe Biden administration has lost the ball, it doesn’t know what to do about immigration,” Mujica added, calling the situation “not normal.”

Mujica accused the president of failing to reach an agreement with his Latin American counterparts to stem the tide of migrants.

“I’m completely stunned,” he said. “Where is American intelligence? Don’t they know that all countries are conspiring against the United States to ensure that this crisis happens in a way that they can make people pay for this crisis?

The caravan includes migrants from Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Venezuela fleeing poverty and political unrest.
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It is the largest caravan since June 2022, when some 6,000 migrants set out from Tapachula, Mexico.
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Mujica also compared Biden’s immigration policies unfavorably to those of his predecessor Donald Trump, who made building a wall on the southern border to keep out migrants one of the centerpieces of his presidency .

“Trump at least knew what to say to make sure he didn’t fuel immigration,” Mujica said.

Biden faces growing pressure to reduce the number of migrants entering the United States legally and illegally from Mexico.

Many migrants are fleeing poverty and political unrest in their home countries, and this year, record numbers crossed the Darien Gap region, connecting Panama and Colombia.

As of September, 420,000 migrants, helped by Colombian smugglers, had crossed this gap since the start of the year, according to Panamanian figures.

The caravan currently traveling north through Mexico would be the largest since June 2022, when 6,000 migrants headed toward the southern border.

Migrants in the current caravan have complained that processing applications for refugee or exit visas takes too long at Mexico’s main migrant processing center in Tapachula.

In Mexico’s overwhelmed migration system, people seeking such visas often wait weeks or months, unable to work.

Mújica said migrants are often forced to live on the streets in poverty, with little or no help from Mexican authorities.

Asylum seekers formed a long line along the highway on Monday, sometimes escorted by police.

Migrants are seen marching holding a banner reading “Migrant Caravan. We want permits. The confinement you are selling is our death.
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“We have been traveling for about three months and we will continue,” said Daniel González, from Venezuela. “In Tapachula, no one helps us.”

Returning to Venezuela is not an option, he said, because the economic situation there has deteriorated so much.

With post wires





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