On Monday, a migrant caravan involving 800 Hondurans began its trek north towards the U.S.
Passing through the Northern Triangle, Salvadoran and Guatemalan migrants have also joined; with many pointing to poverty, forced gang recruitment and lack of opportunity as reasons for leaving their home countries.
By Friday, approximately 1,000 Central American migrants crossed Mexico’s border with Guatemala without resistance from authorities.
Mexico is doing NOTHING to stop the Caravan which is now fully formed and heading to the United States. We stopped the last two – many are still in Mexico but can’t get through our Wall, but it takes a lot of Border Agents if there is no Wall. Not easy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019
The Mexican government has set up shelters for the new arrivals as President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is promising work visas.
To date, approximately 2,900 humanitarian visas have been issued which now allow migrants to work legally in Mexico.
Earlier in January, U.S. border agents came under fire for launching tear gas across the border in Tijuana to prevent migrants from crossing onto American soil.
“No agents witnessed any of the migrants at the fence line, including children, experiencing effects of the chemical agents, which were targeted at the rock throwers further away,” read a statement released by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
Contradictory reports stated migrants at the border line were adversely affected by the tear gas.
Media coverage of the migrant caravans has not been ignored by Trump, who has acquiesced in the longest government shutdown in American history as a result of a deadlock with Congress over funding for additional security along the US-Mexico border.
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