Migrant caravan struggles ahead in Mexico toward U.S.
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.