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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Mexico Works To Deter New Migrant Caravan Heading North To U.S. Border

Authorities are blocking U.S. bound migrants from entering a Southern Mexican city. The Central American caravan moved through the southern state of Chiapas Tuesday before they were stopped in the town of Huixtla.
Although many are held outside the town waiting to gain access, reports have suggested the process is slow.
“The truth is we are not getting any answers. We are not advancing. They tell us to wait, and sometimes they tell us to go back. Honestly, it’s not fair to have us waiting.” — Tania Vazquez, Honduran migrant
The municipality declared an emergency earlier this week as people continue to pour into the town. Officials claimed the majority of the caravan did not come peacefully, and urged business owners to close their shops and advised townspeople to remain indoors.
Huixtla officials attempted to block the upcoming surge from entering, and even offered shelters further away. However, some managed to push past the police to take shelter in the town center. 5,000 migrants are still making their way to Huixtla by walking along highways.
FILE – Central American migrants making their way toward the U.S. rest in a public park in Huixtla, Mexico. On Monday, April 15, 2019, municipal authorities in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas tried to block a caravan of about 2,000 Central American migrants from entering Huixtla, but members of the caravan pushed past police and headed for the town center. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)
Mexican police have also managed to slightly deter the caravan by not allowing residents to provide rides to migrants.
“The people want to help us and give us rides, and even though we want to pay the police don’t want to allow them to help us even if we pay. They have a selfishness, and I don’t know why.” — Nayelli Hernandez, Honduran migrant
These attempts to impede the surge come after President Trump gave the Mexican government one-year to contain illegal immigration before acting on threats to close the southern border.

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