New migrant caravan heading for US set to be biggest yet as Trump ramps up plans for wall

Sunday, January 6, 2019
By Paul Martin

A MIGRANT caravan of 15,000 is set to leave Honduras and head through Mexico towards the US border, as Donald Trump continues to struggle to secure funding to erect the US border wall.

Sun, Jan 6, 2019

The caravan is believed to be preparing to leave Honduras from the city of San Pedro Sula on January 15. It is more than double the size of the previous caravan, which left Honduras in October. Despite only a few hundred migrants starting the long walk, by the time they reached the border in November, more than 7,000 people had joined.

Activists have said the final destination for the new migrant caravan may be Mexico and not the US.

The construction of a new 900 mile railway project is expected to generate thousands of jobs in the south of the country.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López has pledged to issue visas and employment for Central American migrants.

Karen Spring from The Honduras Solidarity Network, an umbrella group of human rights organisations in the country, said: “It’s possible that many will stay in Mexico, look for work and then try and cross to the US at a later time.

“Ultimately, they are looking for economic security, safety, to be reunited with their families, and overall, a life with dignity.”

Attempts to cross the US border last week by migrants were met with rounds of tear gas by US border guards, many of who haven’t been paid since the Government shutdown started three weeks ago.

Republican firebrand Donald Trump has demanded Congress approve $5.6 billion (£4.4billion) in funding for a wall along the southern US border to be erected, as a solution to stop the influx of people attempting to enter the country.

But Democrats have refused to approve funding for a wall.

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