The migrant caravan was one of the top stories of 2018.
And as the year winds down, it’s back with a vengeance.
The caravan is about to deliver President Trump awful news to start the new year.
The migrant caravan, which tried to force its way across the border into the United States earlier this year, may be back for round two in 2019.
The L.A. Times reports, “Another migrant caravan — this one estimated at 15,000 people — is preparing to leave Honduras on Jan. 15.”
“Meanwhile, thousands of Central American migrants from a caravan that left Honduras in October remain stranded at the U.S.-Mexico border and languishing in crowded Tijuana shelters while they wait out a lengthy process to file asylum requests with the United States,” the Times adds.
This second caravan is reported to be much stronger and much larger than the first one.
And with many members of the first caravan still at or near the border, its numbers may only grow in size as it nears the U.S.-Mexican border.
Some initial reports about this new caravan suggest it may take a different approach to the first one however.
Whereas the first caravan moved up through Central America before beelining to the border at Tijuana — near California — this new caravan may stick around in Mexico.
“They will stay in the south of Mexico in Chiapas and Oaxaca. Their aim is to request work there,” one of the caravan organizers told the L.A. Times.
Even so, a second caravan still posed a very serious threat as the new year approaches.
For President Trump, the news of a second caravan may not have come at a worse time.
The President is currently battling Congressional Democrats in what has turned out to be a prolonged and heated government shutdown, largely over the issue of border security — specifically Trump’s demands that the United States builds a wall along the southern border.
As with the first caravan, Democrats are sure to use the second one for political purposes yet again, especially in light of the shutdown battle with the President.
Even if the caravan delays its movement north by several days or weeks, it’s unclear when the federal shutdown will come to an end.
Democrats have the time to craft a message utilizing the pending migrant crisis against the President as a new tool in their battle against the wall.
But there may be an opening for President Trump.
If the second caravan makes its way north to the U.S. border, it could signal the need to build a wall as Trump supports.
The President could use the caravan as an example of why the country needs stronger border security.
Whether or not that argument would resonate with Congressional Democrats remains to be seen.
But as the shutdown appears ready to cross over into 2019, this new development could completely change the way the budget crisis plays out over the course of the new year.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.