According to a report from Reuters, the caravan – which had been boarded by hundreds of migrants from Haiti, Central America, and Venezuela – began making its way toward America on Friday from Tapachula, a city in Mexico in close proximity to the Guatemalan border.
Migrants coming into the United States are not required to show proof of vaccination. According to border patrol agents and data collected from border cities, there have been thousands of COVID-positive migrants who have been released into the country.
Fox News contributor and former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan joined Fox News Saturday to discuss the caravan and the threat that the new omicron variant poses for all Americans.
"Now is the time to take Title 42 seriously and stop people from coming to the United States during this crisis," Homan said. He went on to add that he's heard the Biden administration is processing "maybe up to 200 removals a day."
Title 42 gives the administration the ability to block people from entering the country during a health crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biden administration has continued the order but has not been applying it to unaccompanied children or to most migrant families.
"This has turned into a public health issue because of this COVID variant, because of the opioids coming across, because of the fentanyl coming across," Homan exclaimed, also adding that the situation at the border is currently "a national security issue."
CBP data-informed of 164,303 migrants who were encountered along the southern border in October, a rate that has skyrocketed since October 2020, when there were 71,929 apprehensions.
The migrants, who had been residing temporarily in Chiapas for a number of months, formed the caravan after growing tired of terrible living conditions and not receiving humanitarian visas which they insisted had been promised by Mexican officials.
Several migrants in Tapachula were transferred to other areas of the country. However, hundreds were left behind and joined the caravan bound for America.
The caravan is headed in the direction of Mapastepec, a Mexican town a little more than 60 miles away from Tapachula, to join another group of migrants.