Asylum Advocate: Migrant Caravan to Border Is 'A Manufactured Crisis'
The president of a human rights nonprofit said Friday that the migrant caravan heading to the U.S.-Mexico border is a "manufactured crisis."
The caravan is tenting in facilities in Tijuana, Baja California Norte – across from the state of California – and reportedly preparing to head to the physical border by Sunday.
Elisa Massimino, of Human Rights First, said that migrants are not seeking asylum in Mexico but rather than the United States because Mexico is unsafe.
"There's no question that the country is a disaster. ... This is a manufactured crisis," she said.
Laura Ingraham referred to a poll that found that 83 percent of respondents said they had a family member immigrate to the United States because of economic reasons.
Massimino said she believes the report is "ridiculous."
"It's just a breathtaking misunderstanding of the people who flee," she said.
Massimino said her organization provides migrants with volunteer lawyers who will give them free advice via phone hotline about the asylum process.
She said that the issue at hand is "a couple hundred people fleeing persecution. ... I think Americans can do better."
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