Migrant caravan edges closer to the US: Group of 6,500 Central Americans head towards Guadalajara after more than a month on the road and over 1,000 miles covered

Monday, November 12, 2018
By Paul Martin

The migrant caravan which was a rallying point for Trump before the midterm election is now on its way to Guadalajara from Irapuato, Mexico
The group, which has grown in size since they began, is mostly from Honduras
The main caravan seems to have grown to 6,531 migrants since Mexico City
Officials believe some from trailing caravans have caught up with main group
Meanwhile military personnel on the US border have been installing barbed wire
Troops as of now are expected to be stationed there until mid-December

12 November 2018

Several thousand Central American migrants have started the day hitching rides toward the western Mexico city of Guadalajara as they prepare to hit the Pacific coast route northward.

The route to the border city of Tijuana is still about 1,550 miles away, and the caravan has been traveling for over a month. By the time they reach Guadalajara they will have covered about 1,185 miles for the majority coming from Honduras.

Whereas the migrants suffered from the heat in southern Mexico in mid-October, they now trek to highways wrapped in blankets to fend off the morning chill.

Migrants gathered Monday on a highway leading out of the central city of Irapuato and looked to climb aboard trucks to take them to Guadalajara.

Police helped find trucks to take migrants on their way, and prevented them from trying to stop drivers themselves as they continue on to the US.

Honduran migrant Karen Martinez started walking with her three children bundled against the cold.

Martinez said: ‘Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry, but we keep on going.’

On Sunday, they made their way from west of the central Mexico city of Queretaro 62 miles to Irapuato.

Saturday night into Sunday morning they spent the night in three shelters, the biggest of which was a soccer stadium.

The government of Queretaro said via Twitter that 6,531 migrants had moved through the state between Friday and Saturday. It said that 5,771 of those were departing Sunday morning.

The size of the leading caravan seems to have grown since the group was in Mexico City for several days, raising the possibility that other migrants from trailing groups have joined the main caravan.

In the US they will likely be greeted by US military personnel who have been busy installing barbed wire along the border.

A day earlier a similar scene played out as the migrant caravan exited Mexico City.

Dedicated metro trains moved them across the capital before dawn and at a toll plaza north of the city they formed orderly lines to wait for their turn to climb aboard passing 18-wheelers that were willing to help them cover the 124 miles to Queretaro.

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