New U.S.-bound group of migrants sets off from El Salvador

29 October, 2018, 17:05 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US walk near Mapastepec southern Mexico

On Saturday, more than a hundred federal police dressed in riot gear blocked a rural highway in southern Mexico shortly before dawn to encourage the migrants to apply for refugee status in Mexico rather than continuing the long, arduous journey north. U.S. President Donald Trump has urged Mexico to prevent the caravan from reaching the border. "There is only one way of migration to this country legal", said Nielsen. Navarrete said some of the attackers carried guns and firebombs.

Also on Sunday, about 300 Salvadorans departed from San Salvador hoping to make their way to the U.S.as a group.

Martin Rojas, an agent from Mexico's migrant protection agency Grupo Beta, said he and his fellow agents planned to use agency pickup trucks to help stragglers catch up with the caravan. Some migrants rested in the shade of tarps strung across the town plaza, or picked up trash. Others soaked themselves in the nearby Novillero river.

Raul Medina Melendez, security chief for the tiny municipality of Tapanatepec in Oaxaca state said the town was distributing sandwiches and water to migrants camped in the central square Saturday night. Many members have been travelling for more than two weeks. Police rescued him and took him to a hospital for treatment, though his condition wasn't immediately known.

Several caravan members denounced the attack on Sunday, the AP reported. Kamala Harris made it sound as though it'd be un-American to turn the migrants away: "We are a country that - our strength has always been that we are a tolerant country, that we are welcoming, in particular, to those who have fled harm".

Others complained of a few migrants smoking marijuana or anxious that images of litter and uneaten food made them appear disrespectful. Many have said they are coming to the U.S.to seek a better life, which would not qualify them for asylum under US laws.

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President Donald Trump is acknowledging there's "no proof" that Middle Easterners are mixed in with the Central American migrants moving in a caravan toward the US southern border.

Lenny embraces her son Steven, 1, while bathing after walking with a Central American caravan of migrants in Tapanatepec, Mexico, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Mexico's Interior Ministry said that temporary identity numbers have been issued to 111 migrants under the program.

The group must travel about 75 miles (120 kilometers) to reach the border with Guatemala and another 185 miles (300 kilometers) to reach Mexico's southernmost border.

What migrants in the caravan understand is that, as members of a family unit from Central America, if they set foot in the United States, they have a good chance of staying (hundreds of migrants from a 1,500-strong caravan earlier this year reportedly made it into the United States).

Cesar Quinonez is a volunteer firefighter in Tecun Uman and he told The Associated Press by phone that several Guatemalan police officers and migrants were injured as the group kicked and pushed its way through the gate on the Guatemalan side of the border. The IDs, called CURPs, authorize the migrants to stay and work in Mexico, and the ministry said pregnant women, children and the elderly were among those who had joined the program and were now being attended at shelters.

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