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Migrant caravan leaves Mexico City, with eyes on March to US border

The caravan of several thousand Central American migrants resumed their march Saturday towards the U.S. border, departing Mexico's capital city…

The caravan of several thousand Central American migrants resumed their march Saturday towards the U.S. border, departing Mexico’s capital city on a journey north to where troops have been deployed by President Trump to stop them.

The caravan, which now is made up of about 4,000 migrants, had been in Mexico City for the past four days resting before resuming their journey to the central Mexican city of Queretaro. The group began their trek by taking the city’s metro system to the outskirts before walking and hitching rides along a main highway.

When the group arrived in Queretaro, they were with volunteers offering them tortillas, sandwiches and rice, according to the Associated Press. Local officials had prepared a stage for the group’s arrival, and the migrants strung up tarps and tents to spend the night.

“I decided to come (with the caravan) to help my family,” Maria Yesenia Perez, who left La Ceiba, Honduras, almost a month ago with her 8-year-old daughter, told the AP.

Thousands of Central American migrants were back on the move towards the U.S. border Saturday, after dedicated Mexico City metro trains whisked them to the outskirts of the capital and drivers began offering rides north.
(AP Photo / Rodrigo Abd)

Some of the original groups have split and are expected to arrive in Tijuana’s border city on Monday, according to Reuters, while others later in the week are expected to reach Reynosa and other border towns.

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Those reaching the border will have a tougher time applying for asylum if they choose to cross illegally into the US On Thursday, the White House announced that migrants will not be allowed to enter the US illegally to file asylum claims, which is how the vast majority of roughly 150,000 Central American families and children entered the US last fiscal year.

Instead, They will be required to enter through official ports of entry, like those near San Diego, Yuma and El Paso. By issuing the new directive, Trump is essentially creating a bottleneck by finding tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to already overcrowded po

Central American migrants left outside a soccer stadium after arriving in Queretaro, Mexico, as they resume their journey North.
(AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)

“It does not matter what rules (Trump’s) government imposes, we can not go back to our countries. I have a bullet in my arm and another in my shoulder. If I go home, it would be better for me to go with a casket, “Julio Caesar, who is from Honduras, told Reuters.

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Many of the migrants in the caravan are now hauling bundles or blankets, sleeping bags and heavy clothing to protect against colder temperatures in the northern part of the country after leaving Mexico City. Some left the capital with bottles of water and clear plastic bags of bananas and oranges for the long trek.

Central American migrant Jenifer Argueta picks the eyebrows of Honduran Kevin Banegas, while waiting to receive donated food in Palmillas, Mexico, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.
(AP Photo / Rodrigo Abd)

Others were given juice and ham sandwiches from volunteers as they set out.

Maria Yesenia Perez, a 41-year-old who left La Ceiba, Honduras almost a month ago with her 8-year-old daughter, told the AP she was prepared to wait for entry at the US border.

“I decided to come (with the caravan) to help my family,” she said, before her daughter was hoisted on the back of a semi-trailer.

Central American migrants arrive in Queretaro, Mexico, as they resume their journey north after leaving the temporary shelter in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.
(AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)

The caravan became a campaign issue in U.S. Midterm elections and President Trump have ordered the deployment of more than 5,000 military troops to the border to fend off the migrants.

Many in the caravan say they are fleeing rampant poverty, gang violence and political instability, primarily in the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and they have now been on the road for weeks.

Fox News’ William La Jeunesse and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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