Thousands of caravan migrants trek and hitch-hike across Mexico after hundreds were allowed in with no border checks and are now headed for the US

Monday, January 21, 2019
By Paul Martin

Hundreds of Central American migrants crossed into Mexico at the weekend as part of caravan heading to US
Some of the migrants were waved across the border from Guatemala without having to show any documents
Most said they now intended to reach America in search of a better life for themselves and their families
Donald Trump has shut down the US government as he tries to get Congress to fund a $5.7billion border wall

By CHRIS PLEASANCE
DAILYMAIL.COM
21 January 2019

Hundreds of Central American migrants crossed into Mexico at the weekend, joining a group of 1,000 who entered last week and are now heading towards the US.

Some of the migrants, who are largely from Honduras, said they were waved through Mexican immigration without any checks or being issued a wristband indicating that they still need to register with authorities.

Meanwhile a much larger group are coming up behind them as part of the latest caravan trying to reach America in search of a better life for themselves and their families.

Marco Antonio Cortez, 37 and from Honduras, who is traveling with his wife and children, aged two and nine, spoke to the Irish Independent on Sunday, saying: ‘The road today was open.

‘They didn’t give us bracelets or anything, they just let us pass through Mexico migration.’

Santos Pineda, 40 and from Honduras, also traveling with children, confirmed the account, saying he did not have to provide any documents at the border.

Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged a ‘humanitarian’ approach by allowing migrants access to Mexico, but providing jobs and opportunities for them in his country to stop them reaching America.

The vast majority of those traveling in past caravans have abandoned their march somewhere in Mexico, either taking free transport back home again, or applying for work visas along the way.

The first group of 1,000 reached the town of Huixtla on Sunday, meaning they are around a month away from hitting the US border, based on the speed at which previous caravans have crossed Mexico.

Donald Trump has vowed to block any migrants attempting to come into the US illegally and has demanded $5.7billion from Congress in order to build a border wall, which was a key campaign promise.

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