The drone record of thousands of Central Americans, mostly Hondurans, who hiked in a caravan in southern Mexico, hoping to reach the United States. (November 2)
SAYULA DE ALEMAN, MEXICO – The Caravan of Immigrants – a group that ran over 1,000 miles in the US during the election season – crossed the coast of the Veracruz Bay at a road construction stop.
Women and children were together. The fathers pushed the stroller in the stroller. The young men, meanwhile, sat on the top of tankers crossing the Tehuantepec's isthmus, relying on the side of the semi-trailer and hoping for flatbed trailers and pickup beds.
"Place for Women and Children" Claudia Coello, two great grandmother with two boys and two grandchildren, shouted at the young men who were looking forward to waiting for a vehicle.
"Women and kids are walking, men sitting as kings," he said bitterly. – They do not give a chance.
The caravan layout offers little comfort to the thousands of Central American travels in Mexico with the goal of reaching the US border, perhaps in Tijuana.
Yet few see fatigue, blisters, extreme heat during the day and night storms while outdoors.
Despite walking, illness and uncertainty, Honduran-born Joel Eduardo Espinar has decided to pursue a difficult journey with his wife and children as part of an immigrant caravan heading toward Mexico to the US. (November 2)
According to the Mexican government, about 2,900 migrants arrived in the caravan for asylum applications, while another 900 asked for a home.
But thousands of people are pushing for the United States, but rather insecure greetings in the United States, rather than in Mexico, where the government offered them temporary employment visas and social benefits, or back home. There are also threats from President Donald Trump who vowed that immigrants would not cross the border and send troops to help them stop.
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Many of the immigrants in the north are thrilling on Trump's threats, and hard conversations do not disappear. Many people refer to God when they mention the president and claim that a great power interferes.
"We do not trust Donald Trump, we believe in God," Coello said, adding that he did not care about leaving the caravan or going back to Honduras.
"His sons graduated from college and there is no work," he said. "The gangs want it to work (in crime), and if not, they will be killed."
Shooting the immigrants?
President Donald Trump says that the US military mobilizes the southwest border that if the immigrants try to throw them, then the troops must act like rocks are "firearms". (November 1)
However, some caravan participants expressed concerns about the President's comments, in particular, particularly with the involvement of soldiers with immigrants.
"Donald Trump said that if the caravan throws rocks, they will shoot," said Jorge Ulloa, 21, a vendor who has fled tyrannas and band threats in Honduras. "There are many young, impulsive people in the caravan.
The President of Thursday suggested that immigrants were shot when rockets or rocks were thrown down to members of the military, saying the troops were "repatriating" and explaining that every stone is "a firearm because there is not much difference".
President Donald Trump says that if immigrants throw rocks to American troops, they will not shoot but "arrest". Earlier, he said that the US military must react to rock-throwing migrants as if rocks were "rifles". (November 2)
On Friday, Trump disputed how he commented on Thursday's comments and told reporters he hoped he would not "need fire."
The role of military mission remains controversial, and some are considered political bickers. Federal and military officials have said that troops will be used to support border security.
Whatever the military role, border authorities often fired people who rode rocks at the border, the shooting that Border Patrol generally said was justified in the past. In 2014, the agency changed its policy of directing agents to avoid situations where there is no alternative to using deadly force against rock collectors.
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On Friday afternoon, a third caravan in El Salvador passed through the Suchiate River, which chose Mexico and Guatemala.
The first caravan on Honduras, launched on October 12, blended in sweaty intersection Sayula de Aleman – about 330 miles southeast of Mexico City. From then on, the caravan is Tierra Blanca, a kind of hypersensitive region for crimes committed against immigrants, such as kidnapping, rape and extortion, including drug cartels and abusive public officials.
Manuel Benitez, a 36-year-old native of Honduras who said he came home from threats, left his way on Thursday, saying his 12-year-old daughter could no longer handle life on the road. Last year Benitez tried to cross Veracruz on the way to the US border. But he says he turned around and asked to get home after a criminal gang climbed the train he was riding, took out a group of immigrants and kidnapped them.
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In Central America, the dangers of migrants in Mexico are well known. But "if we go with a caravan, I'm not afraid," Ulloa said.
In Central America, immigration observers say that the caravan has become popular because of immigrant numbers in power. As caravans go to Mexico, media provide coverage and organizations such as the United Nations Asylum Committee and the State Human Rights Committee monitor migrants' progress – preventing the police from launching mass action against them.
Caravans allow migrants to renounce "coyotes", smugglers whose share has jumped when the US border became more and more difficult and Mexico increased immigration enforcement.
Rick Jones, a youth and immigration adviser at Catholic Relief Services in El Salvador, said the coyotes there were "$ 8,000 to $ 13,000" on travel.
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The first caravans, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on October 12, and mushrooms went as he moved north.
He exceeded the police blocks and closed boundaries and was largely dependent on the generosity of ordinary Mexican people. As the caravan pushed the Tehuantepe isthmus – the narrowest point between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific coast – just 137 miles away, the villagers dropped water and dumped orange on top of the vehicles.
At Jesu Carranza, halfway between the Tehuantepec isthmus, where ranchs and maize camps give way to banana groves, 61-year-old Moises Muñoz sold water, Coca-Cola plastic glasses and sandwiches – for women and children – taco stand.
"There is not much, but we share what we know," he said. "It is not right to turn our back on these people."
The caravan had already changed the route since the coordinators hoped that buses would be provided to many immigrants to Mexico City. The plan, which was considered too dangerous, on the terrible, narrow road that went through the rough Sierra Madre to Oaxaca.
Instead, the caravan moved on Tehuantepec's isthmus. On the first Thursday night of the Matías Romero railway station – when a caravan stopped in April after Trump began to double its progress – the immigrants soaked and searched for shelter when the rain fell.
Some immigrants discovered in an abandoned hotel after a nearby sports field where they slept. Many of them were still under the tarpaulins on the highway, though sleep was a premium when the trucks roared in the night. In the indoor basketball courts in the city center, a group of young people played reggae music, smoked and socialized in the middle of sleeping families – at 1:15 pm at the smashing of confrontation.
"There's always someone in the air," said a rough man who was fighting the noisy group. He lit a cigar and swallowed a polite cup of coffee that could not sleep.
Reporter Rob O & Dell contributed to this article.
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