Immigrant explains why caravan of people are moving north through Mexico

Casey Dawson
April 9, 2018

Trump accused Mexico of "not sending its best" across the border on the day he announced his candidacy for president and said the country allows drugs, crime and rape to filter through. Conservative U.S. media seized on this year's caravan as an example of unchecked migration, and Trump's comments brought it further attention.

In Mexico's more remote states, the federal government's go-to strategy has overlooked local criminal dynamics and how they relate to local actors like politicians and the Catholic Church, which may limit the effectiveness of the approach. "Our job with the caravan ends in Mexico City, " Mujica said.

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Trump also referred to an unrelated terrorist attack in Manhattan in November past year carried out by Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, who investigators say appears to have been radicalized online in the US, not in his home country. That's also when contenders for the July 1 presidential election chimed in, inserting Trump into an election that has largely been about local issues.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley clarified and told reporters that Trump wasn't talking about the caravan but rather about extreme victimization of those making the journey north with smugglers in general. They told anxious families Tuesday that the US president had floated the idea of using a nuclear weapon against the caravan of mostly women and children who have fled violence in Central America.

"The president was clear that this caravan needed to be stopped before it arrived at our southern border, and his efforts now appear to be successful", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement released by the Justice Department.

The caravan, which set off from Mexico's southern border on March 25, aims to raise awareness about the plight of migrants, and has been running annually since 2010, the government said. "One person alone is much more vulnerable".

Migrants are not "invading" the USA, they are fleeing violence, poverty and instability.

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The caravan was formed in part to provide safety in numbers for the immigrants. But that happens every year. Some of the participants have chose to stay in Mexico as a result. If not, why not?

"Even in the night, it's not hot, but the cold assaults you", Carlos Francisco Portillo, a former soldier from El Salvador, said of the long walk.

"And remember my opening remarks at Trump Tower when I opened". His mother sat on the same mattress nearby, her back against the wall crammed side by side with dozens of other women and children. "They don't want to mention that".

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Organizers say that migrants can now take buses on their own to Puebla, a city south of the capital, where a workshop on immigration law is planned for Friday.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto lashed out at his USA counterpart Donald Trump today amid growing tensions over migration and border security, saying "threatening or disrespectful attitudes" were unjustified.

Alfredo Corchado, the Border-Mexico correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, covered the presidential campaign launch this week of one candidate in the northern states of Mexico.

He knew that the last stop would be the capital, and that there would not be a group push to the United States border - where some of the migrants say they hope to seek political asylum.

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