Leaders of first caravan DEMAND ‘safe and dignified’ transport to Mexico City for 4,000 migrants as second more ‘violent’ group continues its advance

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
By Paul Martin

First caravan, which has shrunk from 7,000 to 4,000 participants, was in the Oaxaca state town of Niltepec, more than 700 miles southeast of Mexico City
Mexican government apparently has no plans to provide the migrants with transport
A smaller second caravan of Central Americans stormed into Mexico from Guatemala Monday by wading across the Suchiate River
That group was resting in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Hidalgo and hoping to continue on its way
Pentagon announced it would send 5,200 active-duty troops to the US-Mexico border

30 October 2018

The leaders of the first migrant caravan slowly making its way through southern Mexico are demanding the country’s government provide vehicles to help its 4,000 participants reach Mexico City.

Exhausted from the long journey on foot and frustrated by the caravan’s slow pace, some migrants have been dropping out and returning home or applying for protected status in Mexico.

Aware of the low morale, the group’s representatives demanded ‘safe and dignified’ transportation to the capital Monday after the group arrived in the Oaxaca state town of Niltepec.

The Mexican government has shown no inclination to comply with the caravan’s demands, however, with the exception of its migrant protection agency giving some of the group’s stragglers rides to the next town over the weekend.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a group supporting the caravan, has said it hopes to hold meetings in Mexico City with federal lawmakers and authorities as well as representatives of the incoming government to discuss migrants’ rights and the caravan’s future.

But Mexican officials seem intent only on seeing the caravan melt away as it travels toward the US border, still more than 1,000 miles away. The government regularly boasts about the number of migrants who have applied for refugee status or asked to return to their home countries.

Meanwhile, a smaller second caravan of Central Americans stormed into Mexico, presumably with the intention of joining the first group.

On Monday, the Federal Police aggressively tried to turn back hundreds of migrants who crossed the Suchiate River to enter the country from Guatemala.

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