May 30, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Border patrol arrests largest group of migrants to date

A group of Honduran immigrants on their way to the U.S. border.

Honduran migrants travel to the Guatemala border. Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP via Getty Images

A group of more than 1,000 migrants were apprehended by border patrol Wednesday morning — the largest group Border Patrol has ever encountered, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: The apprehension will be a part of a "big league" statement on the border Trump is expected to make on Thursday or Friday, a DHS official told Axios. Trump was also alluding to a potential new policy that would block migrants from asylum if they travel through a country that is not their own to get to the U.S., Politico reports. If implemented, thousands of Central American migrants waiting near the border could be denied asylum.

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