Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a group of activists escorting the caravan of thousands of Central Americans traveling to the US, is accused by many – including migrants themselves – of promoting such a risky hike.
The group consists of about 40 US and Mexican activists, gave the caravan an option in October. The migrants were asked if they wanted to travel to the southern border of the US or if they wanted to stop in Mexico, where the government granted them a stay.
Pueblo Sin Fronteras or People Without Borders warned the migrants that the offer was too good. Be true and demand a vote – which the crowd has called to move to the US.
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The group downplayed the risks, especially for families and small children.
The organizers were also accused of misleading caravan migrants for how long they would have to wait on the Mexican side of the border to apply for asylum. [1
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"The blame is crazy," he told Gonzalez, a member of the caravan who Having traveled with her son and neighbors from Guatemala City, she said she wished she had accepted the Mexican offer to work and work in the southern state of Chiapas.
"On the way, we were never told anything that it would be so difficult," said Gonzalez, 37, after seeing the border wall with razor wire and the long waiting list for asylum seekers.
Roberto Corona, founder of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, said in defense of the organization The lawyers along the way told migrants that they could be detained for months in US detention centers and possibly separated from their children. He said that eventually the migrants, many of whom fled poverty and violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, made their own decisions.
"They know that the wall is very large and they will not be very welcome in the US by many people, Corona said, but they still have the hope to come here, at least their rights will be better protected and
The organization said it simply accompanied migrants In order to protect their rights, however, it is clear that they play a vital role: it helped charter the route, arrange bus transport, and Negotiating with Mexican officials to provide protection, it also brought together more than $ 46,000 for emergency shelters and food online.
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This is the fourth and third The largest caravan of Central American asylum seekers living in Pueblo Sin Fronteras has helped to reach Tijuana, and by the time the caravan arrived in Mexico it was 7,000, creating about 5,500 Go to Tijuana.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.