After the President threatened Mexico the country has responded to the large caravan moving through their country saying by Wednesday they will break up the caravan. However, one organizer for the caravan says that is not true.
Mexico’s National Institute of Immigration said that by Wednesday they plan to disband the caravan. However, organizers of the caravan say some migrants are going to continue to push to get to the US border. Buzzfeed who has a reporter embedded with the migrant’s reports:
“At the end of the day these people have the right to ask for asylum,” said Gina Garibo, one of the organizers for Pueblos Sin Fronteras, the volunteer group that organized the caravan.
She denied the caravan was over. “We have to follow through with our promise” to help people gain asylum in the United States or Mexico, she said. Migrants would continue moving but in smaller groups than the caravan.
Another organizer, Alex Mensing, called the Mexican action a victory for the caravan, saying organizers had successfully persuaded the Mexican government to allow caravan members to apply for asylum in the United States and Mexico.
“Don’t be fooled, the government isn’t ‘disbanding’ it, it’s conceding its participants’ right to apply for asylum without traveling in the shadows,” he said.
Still, hundreds of the migrants are expected to accept Mexico’s offer to allow the most vulnerable among them to stay. A federal delegate with INM who gave only his last name, Rodríguez, told BuzzFeed News that humanitarian visas would go to vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, people with disabilities, or people with chronic illnesses like HIV.
Everyone else will have to petition the Mexican government to stay in the country or they will be ordered to leave, he said.
Rodríguez said people who don’t receive a humanitarian visa will be expected to leave Mexico within 10 days or apply for permission to remain in the country for 30 days, during which they can file with immigration authorities to remain longer.
Permission to stay does not allow the migrants to travel to the US border, he said, though they will be allowed to move around Mexico freely.
Rodríguez said the caravan on Monday numbered about 1,100 and that the estimate its organizers had given of 1,200 for its initial size was low. He said he believed at the group’s largest, 1,500 people were traveling north.
Irineo Mujica, director of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, said he expects about one-third of the migrants, if not more, will choose to stay in Mexico.
“I hope a large majority decide to stay in Mexico now that we’ve seen the reaction from hate groups in the United States,” Mujica told BuzzFeed News.
Members of the caravan will continue to the state of Puebla for migrant rights workshops and then Mexico City, Mujica said.
“Hate Groups” huh? Right hate to respect countries sovereign borders. Even the people of Mexico don’t want these caravans. Residents say that the caravans destroy local infrastructure. It was also speculated that the reason why the carvan was able to push so far into Mexico was that the government was not equipped to stop such a large caravan at the time it made entry into the country. Also, according to Buzzfeed migrants groups warned caravan organizers not to enter Mexico.
Look some of these countries these people to are fleeing from are corrupt, but that is not our fault. I have no problems with people wanting to come here from “oppressed” countries but come here the right way.