CBP's Morgan: Biden Admin's Migrant Caravan Warning 'Too Late' Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
By Sandy Fitzgerald | Monday, 18 January 2021 09:40 AM
The incoming Biden administration's warning to a migrant caravan that it won't get into the United States immediately is "a little too late," acting Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Mark Morgan said Monday.
"The rhetoric that's been out there during the campaign, the open border strategies, that's what's driving this," Morgan said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "The organizers of these caravans have been clear the reason why this is happening right now is because of the perception that our borders are going to be open under the Biden administration. Unfortunately, in this case, they are correct."
A senior Biden transition team official over the weekend told NBC News that the perception that all arriving asylum seekers will be able to enter the United States from the beginning of President-elect Joe Biden's term is false, as the "situation at the border isn't going to be transformed overnight."
The official wouldn't say when the asylum seekers could enter the United States or if they'll be detained while waiting for a court hearing.
Morgan said Monday that the incoming administration is "saying exactly" what the Trump administration and the CBP have been saying since the coronavirus pandemic began about the caravans.
"Now is not the time," Morgan said. "This is dangerous."
And now, there is a combination of "open border advocates" that are organizing the caravans and the cartels and human smugglers that are doing the same thing, "fueling that our borders will be open, exploiting and encouraging this vulnerable population," said Morgan. "Why? To line their own pocketbooks and bank accounts."
Morgan said an estimated 9,000 to 12,000 people have made it through Honduras and "they are halfway through Guatemala right now."
Early Monday the caravan of hundreds of migrants, mostly from Honduras, was stopped on a highway in eastern Guatemala after security forces used sticks and tear gas to keep them from continuing toward the United States.
Meanwhile, Morgan said he's concerned because Biden has said he won't build more on the border wall, and because he has the ability to terminate contracts that have already been awarded.