Fact vs. Fiction: What you need to know about the caravan passing through Mexico on its way to the USA

Fiction: If Mexico or the United States doesn’t turn people back or detain them, more people will come

Fact: There is scarce evidence to suggest that increasing border restrictions has any effect on whether people leave their country or not.

In many cases we are talking about people who have no choice but to leave their homes, and people who will continue to keep trying to find a safe place to live, despite the policies of Mexico, the USA, or any other country that may be safer than theirs.

  • Extortion from organized criminal groups;
  • Lack of protection from their governments;
  • Precarious living conditions that they must endure.

Fiction: The people in the caravan just want to earn more money and take jobs away from citizens of the countries they arrive in.

Fact: While poverty is a major issue and may affect people’s decisions to leave Honduras and other countries, their reasons for leaving are often more urgent than simply economic ones and involve life and death decisions.

Many of the people that have left Honduras in recent days are looking for a safer place to live. This is because their life may be at risk because they have directly had death threats made to them or been attacked due to saying “no” to violent criminal groups that commonly extort shopkeepers, bus drivers and newspaper vendors, or forcibly recruit children.

Fiction: People who hope to seek asylum once they reach the southern border of the USA should not be let in

Fact: This is simply not true. Under both US law and international law, anyone who seeks asylum at a port of entry into the United States must be received, allowed to request asylum, and referred to an asylum officer for the of review their claim.

Turning these people away from the border would mean that US authorities were breaking the law. Turning people back to situations where their life or safety could be at risk is not only cruel, but unlawful.

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