MEX­ICO STARTS GIV­ING CAR­A­VAN MI­GRANTS TRAN­SIT VISAS

South Florida Times - - WEEK IN REVIEW -

MA­TIAS ROMERO, Mex­ico (AP) — The Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment be­gan hand­ing out tran­sit or hu­man­i­tar­ian visas to peo­ple in a car­a­van of Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants, and said the pro­ces­sion of 1,000 or so mi­grants that drew crit­i­cism from President Don­ald Trump had be­gun to dis­perse. Some mi­grants who awoke at the camp Wed­nes­day said they would try their luck at re­quest­ing asy­lum in the United States, oth­ers in Mex­ico. Elmer Gomez, 38, from eastern El Sal­vador, has been sleep­ing with his wife and three chil­dren aged 7, 13 and 14 on the soccer field un­der blan­kets as they wait for tem­po­rary tran­sit visas from Mex­ico to con­tinue to the US bor­der. He hopes to re­quest asy­lum and join rel­a­tives in New York.“We didn’t leave our coun­tries just be­cause we wanted to,” Gomez said. “It’s for the safety of our chil­dren.” Like many, he had joined the car­a­van — which was never ex­pected to be so big, and never planned to go all the way to the bor­der — be­cause there was safety in num­bers. Now, the fam­ily faces the prospect of trav­el­ling solo; the car­a­van is sched­uled to make its last stops this week at a mi­grants rights sym­po­sium in the cen­tral city of Pue­bla, and end in Mex­ico City.

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