Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants in Mex­ico ask for buses to bor­der

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MEX­ICO CITY — Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants in a car­a­van that has stopped in Mex­ico City de­manded buses Thurs­day to take them to the U.S. bor­der, say­ing it is too cold and dan­ger­ous to con­tinue walk­ing and hitch­hik­ing.

Mex­ico City au­thor­i­ties say that of the 4,841 reg­is­tered mi­grants re­ceiv­ing shel­ter in a sports com­plex, 1,726 are un­der the age of 18, in­clud­ing 310 chil­dren un­der 5.

The Mex­i­can gov­ern- ment has said most of the mi­grants have re­fused of­fers to stay in Mex­ico, and only a small num­ber have agreed to re­turn to their home coun­tries.

Mex­ico City is more than 600 miles from the near­est U.S. bor­der cross­ing at McAllen, Texas. A car­a­van in the spring opted for a much longer route to the far north­west, across from San Diego. That car­a­van dwin­dled to about 200 peo­ple by the time it reached the bor­der.

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