Smaller migrant caravan forms in El Salvador

29 October, 2018, 06:29 | Author: Carlos George
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In what seems to be a growing concern for the Mexico, the government faces a dilemma between averting the travel of several thousand Central American migrants towards the United States border in a caravan or improving its global human rights image, a report in the ABC News stated.

Police boarded buses and headed further down the highway, while migrants cheered and vowed to trek all the way to the USA border despite fierce opposition from President Donald Trump.

A wall of police in riot gear blocks the highway to stop a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants from advancing, outside Arriaga, Chiapas state, Mexico, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. The group is now around 190 miles north of the Guatemalan border, but is still thousands of miles from the USA border and progress has slowed in recent days, in part because of scorching daytime temperatures that cause disease and injury, but also in part because of incidents happening within the migrant caravan itself. No combat forces are to be deployed, but because some troops may be armed for self-defense, Pentagon lawyers were working out rules governing the use of force before final deployment decisions are made, the official said.

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.

At a meeting brokered by Mexico's National Human Rights Commission, police said they would reopen the highway and only wanted an opportunity for federal authorities to explain the proposal to migrants who had rejected it the previous evening.

Finally, in a caravan apparently organised via the social networks, some 150 Salvadorans, including women and children, on Sunday began heading northwards toward the United States looking for better living conditions, just like the other groups.

"If not, I'll stay", he said. "They [migrants] will be stopped!" he said in a tweet.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen took a hard line Thursday against the thousands of Central Americans headed toward the United States - but she acknowledged that legal loopholes make it hard for her to back up those words.

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The caravan of migrants heading north through Mexico by foot is about 1,000 miles away and dwindling in numbers.

"I don't agree that it should only be women with children", she said.

Aerial view of Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the USA, as the leave Arriaga on their way to San Pedro Tapanatepec, in southern Mexico on October 27, 2018.

However, it now appears such smaller groups will be picked off by immigration authorities, keeping them from swelling the caravan's ranks.

The migrants had been walking towards the border. Only about 200 in that group made it to the border.

"We are nervous, but happy, because - so many days waiting", said 22-year-old Maria Yuliza Soreque, whose turn came on Tuesday to enter the U.S. after she, her mother and two-year-old daughter had been in the city for five weeks.

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

The International Organisation for Migration claimed more than 7,000 people had joined the group as of 22 October.

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