A group of Central American migrants continues on their way to the US border in southern Mexico. They have grown to at least 5,000 people on Sunday.
HUIXTLA, MEXICO – Mid-American migrants march on Tuesday as part of a controversial caravan through Mexico's second campaign – on the long voyage to the US-Mexico border
Migrants – which UN officials say can reach as high as 7,200 – arrived in the small southern Mexican town of Huixtla on Tuesday. Many used grass fields in the town square to sleep outside overnight before continuing their strenuous trip north. They were at least 1,100 miles from McAllen, Texas, the next US-Mexico border entry.
The center of Huixtla, a small town of about 30,000 people in southern Mexico, teemed with migrants seeking shelter from the sun, tarps and shady walkways. Church groups served food and drink to migrants, while locals sold everything from cigarettes to coconut treats in spicy sauce.
Among the migrants: Kevin Maldonado. The 20-year-old from Honduras said he had run six hours from Tapachula to Huixtla, under the scorching sun, and passed a Mexican immigration checkpoint just before entering Huixtla
"We're tired," he said to the sidewalk shadow in front of a photo shop where he had slept the night before. "But the caravan will continue."
Maldonado said he has dumped coffee in western Honduras – where US customs and border guard statistics show an outflow of many migrants. But, he said, a slump in coffee prices led him to consider undertaking the insidious journey to the United States.
He said he was not discouraged by Trump's remarks and threats, or prevented from having the caravan stopped by soldiers when needed, and remains optimistic that he might come to the US
"Perhaps he will change his heart and give us a chance, he said about Trump. "
Maldonado says he is not sure how he would travel there to the United States, which would have to cross Mexico, where crimes against migrants ranging from abduction for extortion to extortion to rape range.
But he saw a story in a Honduran news channel about the caravan, which was organized and thought it was his chance to
Danilo Ruiz, 26, said he had joined the caravan after watching a news broadcast Watching TV.
"We wanted to go to the United States in January," he said while resting in Huixtla with three friends – who all identified as LGBTQ, citing "discrimination and violence" to leave.
"We saw the news about this caravan, immediately grabbed our bags and left the next day."
The caravan began on October 13, as a group of mainly Honduran migrants traveling north, fleeing government corruption, extreme poverty, and rampant violence. The caravan has already traveled through Guatemala and traverses southern Mexico with migrants from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. It was organized by Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a human rights group that provides assistance and legal assistance to migrants. It's the second organized caravan this year, but it's much bigger and has attracted more media attention than last spring.
A man reportedly died late Monday when he fell off the back of a truck and died. Overnight, the Marchers wrote a simple memorial to the man and lit a dozen small candles in the shape of a cross, lit by the darkness.
Irineo Mujica, who helps the migrants as part of the People Without Borders group, had said the caravan would pause and rest on Tuesday in honor of the deceased man, but many people separated during the exodus and continued their migration away to the north. One week later, on Twitter, he would convince the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to tackle the migration crisis. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en Unable to cope and threatened to reduce US aid even more to these countries. He has also blamed Mexico, even though his government has sent the federal police and teamed up with more than 30 UN officials to investigate asylum applications by migrants before they can come to the US.
Trump told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview aboard Air Force One that he would send as many troops as necessary to the US-Mexican border to block the caravan, calling their trek "an attack on our land" ,
Later, during a raucous rally in Houston, he challenged the Democrats with spectators and told a crowded arena that the migrant caravan would be a crucial issue in the November nights] Trump, at a rally in support of the re-election of Senator Ted Cruz, has intensified his efforts to tie the thousands of immigrants to the Democrats after claiming, without proof, that the caravan included "unknown center" Ostler. "
" The Democrats have launched an attack on the sovereignty of our country, "Trump said in his thousands gathered at the Houston Toyota Center," The current crisis at our border is the only result of democratic laws and activist Democrats. "
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Trump repeated a claim that "the Democrats had something to do" with the Ka rawane the middle american on the way to the united states. Neither the President nor the White House has provided evidence for this claim that the Democrats have denied.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, an outspoken critic of Trump, who represents a border state, criticized the president's rhetoric and told CNN in an interview that it was "a scare tactic."
"With such a big limit, you" There will be people coming from other countries and some obviously with nefarious motives, "he said," but to make it sound to bring people in here who to harm us and to highlight those – the criminals among them – I do not believe that it is the right way to approach it. "
" These (migrants) are for the most part predominantly people who are either fleeing from violence or after looking for a better life, and we have programs for some of them, asylum programs. And others, obviously we can not accept everyone. "
Flake underlined that the US needed border security," but it must be done in a thoughtful manner. "
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Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, championed Trump.
"PresTrump as Commander-in-Chief has the right to defend land and borders and stop the assault on the national sovereignty of over 7,000+ migrant caravans in the US"  he tweeted on Monday . "It is not fair that legal immigrants go through the right LEGAL process. We must help Trump to secure the border and close the immigration gaps. "
Rep. According to Nita Lowey, DN.Y, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, Trump's plan to cut aid to Central American countries is misguided
"A cut in funding would make the problem worse, not better," she said in a statement
Mexican and UN officials, according to the latest figures released by the Mexican government, have sent 640 migrants to the National Some 500 were sent to Guatemala to repatriate more than 1,000 and are repatriated to Guatemala, where about 900 migrants who attempted to enter Mexico illegally are also being sent to Guatemala deported their home countries.
Post: Sergio Bustos; The Associated Press
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