Many migrants waiting to cross into the US told the Daily Caller News Foundation that as the midterm election results drew closer, they were informing one another that their opportunity to cross the border unlawfully into the United States was closing.
Ali, an Afghan immigrant, told the DCNF, “Yes, people are saying that.” “It’s much harder than the past days. One of my friends told me from last month. People do say it may be harder because of the election.”
In the event of an anticipated red wave in Tuesday’s midterm elections, border policy might tighten up. Republicans will prioritize border security if they regain the majority, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CNN on Monday.
“I think the first thing you’ll see is a bill to control the border first. You’ve got to get control over the border,” McCarthy told the publication.
In an interview with the DCNF in Guatemala City in late October, interior minister of Guatemala Napoleon Barrientos stated that the message had been spreading for weeks.
“The information that these migrant caravans have is that after that date, policies will be hardened,” Barrientos warned at the time.
The midterm elections are on Tuesday, according to other migrants who made it further north, Ali claimed.
Akhbar, another Afghan immigrant, expressed his concern to the DCNF that crossing the border between the United States and Mexico will become more challenging.
“We are so worried,” he said. “We heard that it’s not easy to get to the USA now.”
Another immigrant, Ino, from Ghana, told the DCNF that he was paying a smuggler $250 to carry him from Tijuana, Mexico, into California on Tuesday night because he was frantically trying to reach the United States.
The “Remain in Mexico” policy, which sent undocumented immigrants back to Mexico while they awaited immigration procedures, was the most recent of the Trump administration’s immigration measures that were reversed under the Biden administration.
Over the past fiscal year, 2.3 million more migrants than usual have crossed the southern border as a result of policy changes.
The millions of migrants who have already crossed when the White House and Congress were under Democratic control expect that the migrants waiting in Mexico will do the same.
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