Sunday, 21 July, 2019

New Central American caravan met with warm response from Mexico

Migrant caravan freely crosses Mexican border after gates were left open, authorities avoided 'confrontation' New Caravan of Central American Migrants Crosses Into Mexico
Pablo Mccormick | 20 January, 2019, 11:42

The cohort crossed into Chiapas state before dawn without needing the wrist bands that officials on Thursday gave migrants to wear until they could register with authorities, several migrants and an official told Reuters.

A first group of some 200 migrants from the latest caravan entered Mexico around midday, filing across the bridge over the river that divides Tecun Uman, Guatemala from Ciudad Hidalgo, in southwestern Mexico.

Mexican authorities have announced that they will handle asylum requests swiftly.

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Its objective is to reach the Mexico-U.S. border, seeking to follow the example of October's massive mobilization of migrants.

Those who entered Mexico at the official border crossing had done so in a "very orderly" and respectful manner, in contrast to clashes that took place at the frontier in October when a larger caravan began crossing from Guatemala, she said. But numerous migrants were still travelling through Guatemala, and it was hard to say how big the caravan would be once it began making its way through southern Mexico.

Groups of migrants left El Salvador and Honduras earlier in the week, the latest in a string of caravans of people. Upon arriving, the migrants were given a bracelet by federal authorities which will allow them to start the process of obtaining a humanitarian visa which means they can remain and work in Mexico for up to a year. We want to reach our destination, ' she said.

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Only one planned to remain in Mexico and apply for refugee status; the remainder said they were eager to find work in the United States. She is travelling with a cousin, her husband and their four children. They have roughly 4,000 kilometers to go if they take the same route as the last caravan, to Tijuana, which sits across from San Diego, California.

Since then, Mexico has gotten a new government, led by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, an anti-establishment leftist.

Meanwhile, last Friday a USA federal judge found four volunteers from the No More Deaths group guilty of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit, as they sought to place food and water in the Arizona desert to feed migrants. The care being delivered focuses mainly on providing food, access to safe water, cleaning and hygiene supplies and services, telephone calls, shelter, rest areas and health, among others. The caravans have inflamed debate over US immigration policy, with Donald Trump using the migrants to try to get backing to build a wall on the US-Mexican border.

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