Conservative analyst: 'High likelihood' that Nicaraguan crisis will impact US migrant flow

Heritage Foundation senior policy analyst Ana Quintana said Wednesday it's probable that the crisis in Nicaragua could soon impact the flow of Central American migrants into the U.S. 

"There's an incredibly high likelihood," Quintana told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising" on Wednesday. 

"Right within a few months, you will start seeing the migrant crisis effect in the United States like what we're seeing with Venezuela," she continued. 

More than 250 people in Nicaragua have been killed in protests over the past two months demanding the resignation of President Daniel Ortega. 

"There's never been a large immigration crisis from Nicaragua, but that's definitely going to change because not only is there a violence issue, but the economy is not functioning," Quintana said. "Everything is at a standstill, and people are literally being attacked by their government, so they classify for asylum." 

The Trump administration is grappling with the fallout over its "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration, which led to the separation of thousands of migrant children from their families. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE signed an executive order ending the separation of parents and children, but the zero tolerance prosecution of everyone who crosses the border illegally remains in effect.

There is also a backlog of illegal entry cases, though Trump has rejected calls to increase the number of immigration judges. 

— Julia Manchester