Turmoil in the caravan: 76 members of the LGBT community break away and arrive to Tijuana on private buses ahead of everyone else, after claiming they were being discriminated against and denied food and water

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
An LGBT faction of the caravan has split off and is now in Tijuana after they said they were being discriminated
They say an anonymous donor paid for their travel after they were being denied food and water in the group
The mostly Honduran group, which has grown in size to 6,531 migrants since traveling from Mexico City
Meanwhile military personnel on the US border have been installing barbed wire, with troops as of now expected to be stationed until mid-December

12 November 2018

While several thousand Central American migrants are working their way towards Tijuana a contingent of nearly 80 people from the LGBT community are already in the northern Mexican city.

The now separated group says their travel was paid for by an anonymous organization after they were discriminated against by people in the caravan, according to NBC7 San Diego.

They are currently resting in the city before they make their way to the port of entry in San Ysidro or Otay Mesa to ask for political asylum.

‘Very happy, truthfully, grateful to God especially because he has given us the opportunity to be here,’ Nehemías de León, who arrived in Tijuana with his boyfriend, Erick Dubón’I said.

‘I think to do bad, you don’t have to migrate to another country. You just stay where you are,’ de León added. ‘But I think we’re going for a better life. We want to work. We want to be what we’ve always been — honorable people.’

While they say there was no violence against them in the caravan, they were denied essentials.

Another member of the migrant LGBT community, César Mejía, told reporters ‘Even to bathe was a big problem, and when we wanted to shower there was no water … same with food.’

Meanwhile the main Central American migrants started Monday 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.

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