Migrant Caravan 'On Target' for Midterms as Crowds Speed Up Toward US Border
Migrants gather pace with free rides from trucks in final push to the Unites States
With the US midterm elections just a week away, the migrant caravan currently making its way through Mexico, on route to the United States, now seems likely to arrive at the border just before voters go to the ballot on November 6.
The thousands of migrants in the first caravan appear to be gathering pace as they take advantage of free rides from Mexican trucks and other vehicles.
As the caravan migrants speed up their journey toward the US, they are now predicted to start arriving at the Southern Border by Nov. 5.
Despite stern warnings from President Trump that they will not gain entry to the country, and over 5000 troops have been deployed to the crossing points to defend from "invasion," the migrants still appear determined to storm border.
A Fox News crew traveling with the caravan observed a group of migrants in Tapanatepec climbing up the sides of a tall red truck Monday morning after it pulled into an area where the city’s mayor and volunteers were distributing food.
"The trucks come up, and they queue up...this is how they are mostly moving,” Fox News' Griff Jenkins said on-air.
“Now, they do walk, but it is very exhausting."
One of the migrants gave a thumbs-up and a smile to a Fox News cameraperson before boarding the truck.
The migrants are trying to make their way to Mexico City and then the U.S., despite repeated warnings from President Trump that they will not be allowed across the border.
There are currently three migrant caravans trying to make their way to America.
The first caravan, which has included as many as 7,200 people and is currently approximately 1,000 miles from the closest border crossing with the U.S., entered Mexico from Guatemala around Oct. 20.
During its first three days in Mexico, that caravan traveled about 50 miles.
Over the past six days though, the pace has picked up, and the group has covered more than 150 miles with the help of free rides given by vehicles and trucks like the one observed this morning.
Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2018
The caravan behind it, which is smaller in size, has been accused of violently attacking Mexican police and immigration agents with rocks and glass bottles along Mexico’s border with Guatemala.
Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida made those accusations late Sunday while simultaneously denying his country’s forces were responsible for the death of a 26-year-old Honduran who Guatemalan officials say was struck by a rubber bullet earlier that day.
The death came as several hundred migrants in the town of Tecun Uman – where the leading caravan passed through more than a week ago – broke through border barriers and clashed with Mexican authorities who were determined not to let the caravan grow or be repeated, according to the Associated Press.
Guatemalan firefighters told the AP the Honduran was killed there Sunday by a rubber bullet that hit his head – but as of Monday the source of the bullet was in dispute.
The exact circumstances of the death were also unclear.
Prida, in a news conference last night, claimed Mexican federal police and immigration agents were pelted with rocks, glass bottles and fireworks as the migrants broke through a gate on the Mexican side of the border.
He added that none of the officers were armed with firearms or anything that could shoot rubber bullets, and further claimed some of the attackers were carrying guns and firebombs.
"Mexico does not criminalize undocumented immigration," Prida said.
On Sunday the United Nations admitted they are supporting the illegal immigrants and caravans from Central America marching towards the US southern board with funding from #GeorgeSoros— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) October 30, 2018
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Also on Sunday, about 300 people departed from San Salvador – the capital of El Salvador – forming the third caravan of people hoping to make their way to the U.S., the Associated Press reported.
Most of the migrants in the caravans appear determined to reach the U.S. despite offers of refuge in Mexico.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto launched a program Friday dubbed "You are home," which promises shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs to Central Americans who agree to stay in the southern Mexico states of Chiapas or Oaxaca, far from the U.S. border.
Mexico's interior minister said Sunday that temporary identity numbers had been issued to more than 300 migrants, which would allow them to stay and work in Mexico.
The ministry said pregnant women, children and the elderly were among those who had joined the program and were now being attended at shelters.
He added that 1,895 had applied for refugee status in Mexico.