U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are deploying additional resources to the southwest border to combat the number of false family claims being made by Central American migrants. Of 100 interviews conducted this month, Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) special agents say they found evidence of fraud in more than 25 percent of family unit claims. “This fraud may include the use of forged birth certificates or other fraudulent documents to establish parentage,” ICE officials stated in a press release on Tuesday. “Forged or other fraudulent documents are also being used by adult illegal aliens to falsely claim they are minors under the age of 18.”Officials stated the migrants are making fraudulent familial claims in order to “exploit loopholes in immigration laws to enter the U.S. and avoid detention.” “ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is redirecting resources to the border in response to cases of fake families … [Read more...] about ICE Shifts Resources to Combat Fraudulent Family Claims by Migrants at Border
Honduran migrants at border
A U.S.-bound caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants whom President Donald Trump has declared unwelcome, crowded into the Mexican border city of Tapachula on Sunday, setting up impromptu camps in public spaces under a heavy rain.Members of the caravan, exhausted from the hours-long trek on foot from the Guatemalan border, mostly ignored police offers to board buses heading to a migrant shelter because of suspicions they might be deported instead.The migrants have defied threats by Trump that he will close the U.S.-Mexico border if the caravan advances, as well as warnings from the Mexican government that they risk deportation if they cannot justify seeking asylum in Mexico. Aerial view of a Honduran migrant caravan heading to the U.S., as it is stopped at a border barrier on the Guatemala-Mexico international bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on October 19, 2018. PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images On Sunday, Trump said on Twitter that "full efforts are being made to stop the … [Read more...] about In Photos: Thousands of Honduran Migrants March Towards U.S.
Sonia Perez D. Associated Press Published 9:42 AM EDT Oct 17, 2018 Chiquimula, Guatemala – A caravan of some 2,000 Honduran migrants hit the road in Guatemala again Wednesday, hoping to reach the United States despite President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off aid to Central American countries that don’t stop them. The weary migrants started walking again under a light rain. The day before they covered some 30 miles to arrive in Chiquimula, after crossing the border into Guatemala Monday. Some hitched rides while others walked, as the eagerness of some to make quick progress clashed with the need to remain together as a group for safety. They expressed faith that obstacles would be removed and were generally undeterred when told of Trump’s exhortations. As stifling daytime heat gave way to an evening downpour Tuesday, Norma Chacon, 31, prepared to sleep on the floor of a town auditorium with her 18-month-old son, who was barefoot and clad in overalls. … [Read more...] about Honduran migrants on move again despite Trump threats
Sonia Perez D., Associated Press Updated 6:07 am PDT, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Honduran migrant Edwin Antonio Garcia Cruz holds up his passport and the woman behind him holds up her national ID as Guatemalan police block them and their caravan after the group crossed the Honduras-Guatemala border without incident, in Esquipulas, Guatemala, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. The caravan began as about 160 people who first gathered early Friday to depart from San Pedro Sula, figuring that traveling as a group would make them less vulnerable to robbery, assault and other dangers common on the migratory path through Central America and Mexico. The group has since grown to at least 1,600 people. less Honduran migrant Edwin Antonio Garcia Cruz holds up his passport and the woman behind him holds up her national ID as Guatemalan police block them and their caravan after the group crossed the ... more Photo: Moises Castillo, AP … [Read more...] about Honduran migrants bed down after pushing into Guatemala
Updated 1:36 pm PDT, Monday, October 15, 2018 Hundreds of Hondurans are blocked at the border crossing in Agua Caliente, Guatemala, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. A caravan of Honduran migrant moved towards the country's border with Guatemala in a desperate attempt to flee poverty and seek new lives in the United States. less Hundreds of Hondurans are blocked at the border crossing in Agua Caliente, Guatemala, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. A caravan of Honduran migrant moved towards the country's border with Guatemala in a desperate ... more Photo: Moises Castillo, AP Guatemalan police agents block the border crossing where hundreds of Honduran migrants have arrived, in Agua Caliente, Guatemala, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. The caravan of Honduran migrants moved towards the country's border with Guatemala in a desperate attempt to flee poverty and seek new lives in the United States. less Guatemalan police agents block the … [Read more...] about Honduran migrant caravan arrives at Guatemala border