Migrant Group in Mexico Pushes on Toward US Border

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

A big group of Central Americans pushed on toward Mexico City from a coastal state Monday, planning to exit a part of the country that has always been treacherous for migrants seeking to get to the United States.

A Fox News crew traveling with the caravan was told this morning that 4,000 migrants slept last night inside the Jesus Martinez stadium in tents, on bleachers and under tarps - and another 1,000 are reportedly still en route Tuesday. Hundreds of city employees and even more volunteers were on hand to sort donations and direct migrants toward food, water, diapers and other basics.

Since it set off from one of the world's most violent cities, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on October 13, the caravan has met intermittent police resistance at the Honduran border with Guatemala, on a bridge connecting Guatemala to Mexico, and at the crossing point between the southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca.

Appealing to the Hispanic vote, former President Barack Obama - reflecting the rhetoric of other top Democrats - promoted the pro-immigration, open-borders agenda on the campaign trail before midterms on Friday and accused the Trump administration of fear mongering over the latest caravans that were once estimated at around 14,000 migrants in total.

"We are hearing from our partners in the region - in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, in Mexico - that they have some concern with respect to the timing and the particular organization of these caravans", Nielson insisted. The Oxfam charity offered to donate 20 portable toilets. "Well, no", she said.

Two other caravans with around 2,000 migrants each are now making their way across southern Mexico. The facility has a capacity to hold 6,000, officials said, and four big tents set up for sleeping filled up.

Mexico's Interior Ministry estimated over the weekend that there are more than 5,000 migrants in total now moving through southern Mexico via the caravans or in smaller groups.

Nashieli Ramirez, ombudsman for the local human rights commission, said Mexico City was preparing to accommodate as many as 5,000 people.

Their destination Sunday is Cordoba, the city of Puebla on Monday, and Mexico City by Tuesday.

The latest from the Associated Press shows that the once-mighty train pushing through Mexico is losing steam, much to the chagrin, undoubtedly, of subversives hoping they can use the migrants to attack the president's immigration policies in court.

Many went to medical tents to get treatment for blistered and aching feet, illness and other maladies. City officials administered vaccines for tetanus and influenza.

But the caravan's numbers are dwindling, news and official reports say, as even a third caravan crossed into Mexico on Friday, likely with the same goal in mind: Crash the USA border and tell (perhaps phony) tales of persecution to get asylum and lawsuits filed by anti-American leftists.

In dozens of interviews since the caravan set out from Honduras more than three weeks ago, migrants have said they are fleeing rampant poverty and violence.

A warning issued by Guatemala's intelligence chief was shared by Nielsen, revealing how the organizers of the caravans have pushed the most vulnerable migrants - women and children - to lead the caravans in order to confuse the military and border police. Some say they left because they were threatened by gang members or had lost relatives to gang violence.

But parents say clinging to the back of vehicles is not an option with their small children and babies leaving them waiting for safer transport. "And when one does find a little job, they kill you for the money", she said.

"It's the end of my American dream", said Dimas Alexander, 33, a construction worker, speaking by telephone from his home in La Ceiba, Honduras. "But what I will say is the other caravans coming up are mostly single males".

Mexico City is more than 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from the nearest US border crossing at McAllen, Texas. A caravan last spring opted for a much longer route to Tijuana in the far northwest, across from San Diego.

Edgar Corzo, an official with the National Human Rights Commission, said that based on experiences with previous migrant caravans, the group probably will begin to break up now that it is in the capital. That caravan steadily dwindled to only about 200 people by the time it reached the border.

"Each one goes to the place that he considers best", mainly wherever is closest to where they have relatives or friends already in the United States, he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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