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A Democratic lawmaker in Texas said Friday that the migrant caravan of Central American asylum seekers appears to be headed toward California.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who sits on the House Appropriations Committee's Homeland Security subcommittee, provided the update following briefings with the Department of Homeland Security.
"The caravan with over 6,000 migrants has departed Mexico City en route to Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. This caravan will likely follow the Viacrucis caravan that made its way to the California border in April 2018," Cuellar said in a statement.
"It is expected that it will take approximately two weeks before a significant portion of the caravan will reach the U.S. border near San Diego, California. There are another 4,000 migrants headed north in three additional caravans, according to the International Organization for Migration."
Cuellar represents a southern Texas district that he noted includes more than 290 miles of the southwest border.
"My District is also home to about 736,150 hard-working citizens and 8 major ports of entry between the U.S. and Mexico, making border and national security a top priority of mine," he said.
"In response to the impending migrant caravan, I want to provide my constituents with as much information as possible, including a map, to help them understand and assess the current situation regarding the migrant caravan."
Thousands of Central American migrants opted on Thursday to continue their trek toward the United States, where they could potentially attempt to seek asylum.
The White House has asserted it is clamping down on asylum claims, with President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE frequently citing the caravan in his call for a wall along the southern border and stronger immigration policies.
Trump on Friday signed a directive aimed at curbing asylum claims from those entering the U.S. illegally. A group of civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit against the rule on Friday.
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