Organized by a group called Pueblos Sin Fronteras, which means People Without Borders a caravan of 1,500 men women and children from Central America (about 80% Honduran) are marching through Mexico on their way to the United States.
Their intention is to get into the US even if they have to do it illegally.
The group started its month-long journey in Tapachula, Chiapas, near the Guatemala–Mexico border around 7 AM on Sunday, March 25th in Guatemala and faced no objections as it passed through Mexican checkpoints.
According to the Buzzfeed reporter Adolfo Flores, who is embedded with the group:
Before setting out on the journey, the migrants were organized into groups of 10 to 15 people, and a leader was designated for each group. Five groups were then banded together in what organizers call a sector. While there are organizers from Pueblos Sin Fronteras leading the way, much of the effort to get to the US border is in the hands of the migrants themselves.
They’ve been organized into security, food, and logistics committees. Organizers say it’s meant to help the migrants empower themselves.
(…) The caravan propels itself forward using whatever way it can. Sometimes that means packing into the back of a truck, negotiating lower rates for vans, or hitching a ride on the back of empty big rigs from whatever town they’re in. The group sleeps in town plazas. Local townspeople and churches feed them.
Here’s one example:
A local at the town the caravan is arriving brought bread and ham for people. pic.twitter.com/xEybmayAT0
— Adolfo Flores (@aflores) March 27, 2018
Their assumption is they will be able to sneak through or because of it’s size overwhelm the border when it completes its 2,000-mile journey to the US.
A Buzzfeed reporter on site says organizers estimate that about two-thirds of the people in the caravan plan to cross in the US undetected or by asking for asylum protection.
Others will attempt to enter illegally.
Many of the Hondurans are fleeing their country because of the high crime rate, according to the Pueblos Sin Fronteras Facebook Page
“the population displaced by violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala has increased in recent years, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) .In 2017, there were 125,000 new requests for international protection of persons from these countries, calculates the agency The stations calls on the central American countries to end corruption and “unpunished killings.”
It seems ironic that these people who say they are fleeing a high crime rate in their own country are traveling 2,000 miles to enter the United States illegally. The life most of these people are leaving is not a good one, but that does not give them Carte’ Blanche to break the laws of the US, or to cut in line before all the people who are trying to immigrate legally.
If Mexico was a true ally they would not be allowing them to march through their country with the purpose of breaking our laws. The really strange part is if they really cared about the people making the dangerous 2,000-mile trek they would be offering them asylum in Mexico…