Mi­grants want buses to U.S. bor­der

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

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 five.

“We need buses to con­tinue trav­el­ling,” said Mil­ton Ben­itez, a car­a­van co­or­di­na­tor. Ben­itez noted that It would be colder in north­ern Mex­ico and it wasn’t safe for the mi­grants to con­tinue along high­ways, where drug car­tels fre­quently op­er­ate.

He said the route and de­par­ture time would be de­cided at a meet­ing Thurs­day night. The Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment 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. About 85 per­cent of the mi­grants are from Hon­duras.

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