‘We’re heading north!’ Migrants nix offer to stay in Mexico

‘We’re heading north!’ Migrants nix offer to stay in Mexico

Kerry Wise
October 29, 2018

One of the plans under discussion would use the same mechanism as Trump's controversial travel ban to block migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S, according to two people familiar with the discussion.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Sunday that President Trump is considering "every possible action" to prevent the controversial caravan of undocumented migrants, which is now moving closer to the U.S. border, from entering the country illegally, adding there is in actual fact "a right way" to emigrate to the US.

The caravan still has some 1,800 miles (3,000 kilometers) to travel before reaching the USA border, a journey expected to take around six weeks. It was unclear when the details will be made public.

The proposal seemed designed at least in part to demonstrate to Washington that Mexico City was doing something to stop the northbound caravan, which President Donald Trump has labeled a "national emergency" and repeatedly used as a campaign issue before congressional elections November 6.

An initial caravan of migrants - now comprising some 7000 people, mainly Hondurans - departed from San Pedro Sula on October 13 heading for the U.S. and a large number of them are currently traversing far southern Mexico on foot after making it through Guatemala.

The caravans that have been taken out this year have angered the USA president.

"I wish he could see that we are doing this from our heart, with great desire to move forward", said Jose Rodriguez, 29, referring to the U.S. president.

Trump tweeted a direct message to the migrants Thursday, urging them to return home.

Both groups denounced statements that insinuated the group of migrants is made up of people wanting to harm the population of the United States, including some made by President Donald Trump. Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans make up the bulk of illegal immigrants apprehended at the USA border.

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Officials said on October 24, that approximately 1,743 migrants have sought asylum in Mexico while 116 people agreed to be deported.

On top of it, Trump alerted border patrol and military personnel by calling the situation a national emergency.

Nielsen said she even has received reports from governments in the region that kidnappings have occurred as part of efforts to exploit USA immigration law.

There's a possibility some members will split off and try to make their own way to the US-Mexico border. Many members have been travelling for more than two weeks.

Mujica accused immigration officials of trying to scare them.

Most of the migrants in the caravan appeared determined to reach the USA, despite an offer of refuge in Mexico.

She also said her church arranged for five vehicles to transport only women and children to their next stop in Niltepec, about 33 miles away. The IDs, called CURPs, authorise the migrants to stay and work in Mexico, and the ministry further added that pregnant women, children and the elderly were among those who had joined the program and were now being attended at shelters.

The program was announced by Pena Nieto on Friday, as a way to address the issue of migrants taking part in the caravan.