Mi­grant car­a­van strug­gles ahead in Mex­ico to­ward U.S.

Tehran Times - - WORLD IN FOCUS -

A car­a­van of Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants on the move in Mex­ico is trav­el­ing closer to the south­ern borders of the United States de­spite warn­ings by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to block its way and at­tempts by Mex­ico to frus­trate its ad­vance.

The mi­grants con­tin­ued their march to­ward the U.S. by hitch­hik­ing and walk­ing along high­ways on Satur­day.

Re­ports said the car­a­van of an es­ti­mated 4,000 Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants had now ad­vanced into the Mex­i­can state of Ver­acruz, just one Mex­i­can state away from the south­ern U.S. state of Texas.

The car­a­van con­tin­ued its travel to the US on foot af­ter Mex­ico can­celed a plan to pro­vide the mi­grant group with trans­porta­tion.

Ver­acruz Gov­er­nor Miguel An­gel Yunes had an­nounced on Fri­day that au­thor­i­ties in the Mex­i­can state would be pro­vid­ing not only hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to the mi­grants but also dozens of pas­sen­ger buses to quickly trans­port them to the coun­try’s cap­i­tal, Mex­ico City, “or to the place they wish.”

In a sec­ond video re­leased on Satur­day, how­ever, the gov­er­nor re­neged on the trans­porta­tion of­fer, claim­ing that Mex­ico City’s wa­ter sys­tem was un­der­go­ing main­te­nance and seven mil­lion of its peo­ple would be with­out wa­ter over the week­end if the mi­grants were shut­tled to the cap­i­tal.

Later in the day, car­a­van or­ga­niz­ers re­leased a state­ment in re­jec­tion of the Ver­acruz gov­er­nor’s de­ci­sion, de­mand­ing that he fulfills his of­fer of buses to Mex­ico City.

The Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment had ig­nored the mi­grants’ re­quest for buses to the cap­i­tal days ear­lier be­fore they reached Ver­acruz.

The Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants say they are es­cap­ing from vi­o­lence, cor­rup­tion, and un­em­ploy­ment at home. They be­lieve trav­el­ing in car­a­vans would bet­ter en­sure their safety while pass­ing through vi­o­lence-hit Mex­ico be­fore reach­ing the U.S. soil.

Trump has called the Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants a se­cu­rity threat, order­ing the de­ploy­ment of thou­sands of troops to the Mex­i­can bor­der to con­tain them.

More than 7,000 ac­tive duty troops have been de­ployed to the U.S. states of Texas, Ari­zona, and Cal­i­for­nia.

The U.S. pres­i­dent has also sug­gested that the U.S. troop­ers de­ployed to the south­west borders can shoot at mi­grants if the lat­ter threw stones or rocks at them.

Trump also plans to sign an or­der “next week” that could lead to the large-scale de­ten­tion of mi­grants cross­ing the south­ern bor­der and bar any­one caught cross­ing il­le­gally from claim­ing asy­lum.

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