Thousands of migrants, mostly Hondurans, resumed their march southward to the United States in southern Mexico, marching towards the town of Mapastepec in the state of Chiapas, which they hoped to reach after 12 hours of walking.
At dawn, the migrants left Huixtla, where they had a one-day break to try to regain their strength, to wash or to heal themselves after having already traveled 500 miles since departure of this “caravan” on October 13th.
“I miss my country,” said Delmer Martinez, a migrant from El Salvador.
I do not do that for pleasure. Nobody wants to leave home for an unknown place. But sometimes, out of necessity, we have to do it, because of what is happening in our countries.
Delmer Martinez, a migrant from El Salvador
Under harsh heat, migrants walk carrying their belongings on their backs, some with children in their arms or holding hands.
“Come on, brothers, go on! Encourage them on their way to the Mexicans who also give them food and water.
“Mexico! Mexico! They throw back these migrants in return.
The “caravan” has already traveled about 100 kilometers from the border between Mexico and Guatemala, where it crossed several border barriers on Friday.
Fleeing criminal violence, political instability or misery, the migrants are showing their determination to reach the United States despite the statements of US President Donald Trump, who has pledged to stop them by deploying his army if necessary. the border, and threatened to cut aid to the Central American countries.
About 7,000 migrants are part of this caravan, according to the UN, a vast majority of which comes from Honduras.
Stopped Friday by hundreds of Mexican riot police, they have for the most part preferred to cross the Suchiate river to swim or on boats to enter Mexico.
Since then, on different sections of the route, they have been escorted by federal police and helicopters have flown over the area where they were, without the authorities trying to block them.
Mexico does not have to do the dirty work for the United States.
Former Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Castaneda
In the face of migrants who do not want to seek asylum in Mexico, “there are two options for Mexico: expel them or let them continue,” he explained.
“In any way, the current or future Mexican government can not expel 7000, 8000, or 9000 people,” said Jorge Castaneda.
According to the Mexican government, 1700 people in the caravan have lodged an asylum claim in recent days.
Migrants still have to travel about 1800 miles to reach the US-Mexico border.
Annette Baker is the lead editor for Slap Coffee. Annette has been working as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade having published stories many print and digital publications including, The Plain Dealer, NPR and The Daily Mail. Annette is based in Boise and covers issues affecting her city and state of Idaho. When she’s not busy writing, Annette enjoys jogging.