Pompeo on Migrant Caravan: ‘To Those Who Want to Come Here, Come Here Legally’
POMPEO: “The migrant caravan is violating Mexico’s sovereignty laws, and immigration procedures. President Trump will not stand for this to happen to the United States. To those who say this is a hard-hearted stance, let’s not forget that the United States is historically generous nation when it comes to immigration, where 1 million people per year are granted permanent legal status here in the United States. Over 33 million people total are currently here who have immigrated to this country legally. To those who want to come here, come here legally, legal immigration is the surest way to obtain the better life you are looking for here in the United States of America. From a security standpoint, there is no proper accounting of who these individuals in the caravan are. And this poses an unacceptable security risk to the United States. Moreover, many of these people are right targets for human traffickers, and others who would exploit them. We don’t want that to happen. I have spoken twice in the last two days to my counterpart, Foreign Secretary Videgaray. We trust that Mexico’s leaders know what the best steps are to resolve this situation and we urge timely action on their part."