Border Patrol Union President Brandon Judd said the migrant caravan could have "accomplished" their mission to seek asylum in the United States by presenting themselves at consulates and embassies in their own countries.

"They can accomplish these exact same things in their own countries," he said.

He said they can also present themselves at United States ports of entry and abide by the "legal process,” at the border.

"If you're in your [home] country it makes it a lot easier to investigate" whether you are eligible for asylum, he added.

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Judd said many of the caravan members know that they're "going to be released and not need to show up to their court appearances."

He said that about 80 percent do not show up for their hearings, and that the Flores decision in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has made it difficult for the authorities.

The 1993 Janet Reno v. Flores decision ruled that unaccompanied alien minors did not have a constitutional right to be released to someone other than a relative. 

The settlement allowed for migrant children to be held by authorities for 20 days, meaning that they would get released before the immigration process can finish up.

Earlier this year, Obama-nominated Judge Dolly Gee rejected a Trump administration request to modify the terms of the 20-day rule.

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