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Biden administration warns migrants headed to US border

'There's help on way, but now is not time to make the journey,' senior transition team official told NBC News

Beyza Binnur Dönmez   | 18.01.2021
Biden administration warns migrants headed to US border


By Beyza Binnur Donmez

ANKARA (AA) - Incoming Joe Biden administration reportedly gave a "don't come now" message to the thousands of migrants who are making their way to reach the US.

As outgoing President Donald Trump's hardline approach to immigration will come to an end in days, the Central American migrants may find it as a unique opportunity to pass the border with the fact that Biden has vowed to an end to the strict immigration policies.

However, a senior Biden transition team official told NBC News on Sunday: "The situation at the border isn't going to be transformed overnight." The official didn't share what would be the new government's approach to the situation.

Migrants "need to understand they're not going to be able to come into the United States immediately," the official said of those who hope to claim asylum in the first few weeks of the Biden administration.

"There's help on the way, but now is not the time to make the journey," the official added.

An estimated 9,000 Honduran migrants are fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries and around 2,000 members of the caravan pushed past Guatemalan authorities on Friday, according to the media reports.

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