In a series of tweets, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina drew attention to the migrant caravans about to come to the United States after the Wednesday inauguration of the Biden cabinet.
He emphasized that, unless tough policies introduced by President Trump are kept, the U.S. borders will be stormed by an increasing number of people willing to enter the country.
Graham’s warning makes sense given the fact that one of the migrants interviewed last weekend said that the inauguration of the Biden administration gives him and other migrants hope that less strict policies on immigration will be launched and that, as a consequence, they will be able to enter the U.S.
The interviewee mentioned Biden’s pledge to suspend any migrant deportation during the first 100 days of his term.
Recently, Guatemalan security forces have stopped a large group of migrants who crossed the border of Honduras in their pursuit of the U.S. border.
Some of the migrants willingly took buses back to Honduras while, following a fight with Guatemalan forces, the smaller group of them was forced to return to Honduras.
During the tussle, migrants threw rocks at police officers while the latter tried to block their advancement using tear gas.
Some of these migrants managed to run away into the surrounding mountains.
Harris intends to make the naturalization process easier
That Graham’s premonition might hold is likely given the recent announcements of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in her talk with Univision’s Ilia Calderón.
Harris said that the new administration intends to make the naturalization process much easier for immigrants.
Measures to be taken include shortening the amount of time required for the U.S. citizenship status from 13 to 8 years and securing automatic green cards for some of the people involved in the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Action for Childhood programs, as well as an introduction of immigration judges as a way to decrease the frequency of logjams in trials.
There are also some hints that this plan will be forwarded to Congress on the first day of Biden’s term.
If this turns out to be the case, many migrants would likely be emboldened to come to the U.S., at the same time bringing the accompanying threats to public safety.