President-elect Joe Biden slides into the big chair in the Oval Office on Wednesday, and once the good vibrations of an adoring crowd, and the fawning tributes and performances from celebrity entertainers are over, he’s going to be facing some serious issues.
One of them is moving its way slowly to the United States from Guatemala, a caravan of roughly 6,000-8,000 migrants that want to enter the U.S. when they get to the border. They left their country over the weekend, but were met by about 3,000 Guatemalan security forces and police officers, who held up the throng for a while on Sunday when they clashed.
The security forces had set up a human barricade, and authorities also used tear gas in an effort to turn the migrants around. The Guatemalan president office released a statement saying “Guatemala’s message is loud and clear: These types of illegal mass movements will not be accepted, that’s why we are working together with the neighboring nations to address this as a regional issue.”
If the security forces aren’t able to slow down or stop the caravan, the words of Joe Biden’s own transition team might be able to. One member of Biden’s team said Sunday according to NBC that the migrants “need to understand they’re not going to be able to come into the United States immediately.”
The person added “there’s help on the way, but now is not the time to make the journey.”
In order to get into the U.S. the migrants would have to march through Mexico, and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has vowed that they would meet much bigger resistance traveling through his country.