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“We're heading north!” Migrants nix offers to stay in Mexico

By Christopher Sherman | AP October 27 at 9:59 pm ARRIAGA, Mexico – Hundreds of Mexican federal officers wearing plastic…

ARRIAGA, Mexico – Hundreds of Mexican federal officers wearing plastic shields blocked a Central American caravan from reaching the United States on Saturday after a group of thousands of immigrants slowed down to apply for refugee status and get a Mexican offer of benefits.

Mexico president Enrique Pena Nieto has announced what he called the “You’re Home” plan, offering housing, medical care, schooling and work to Central Americans in Chiapas and Oaxaca indicates if immigrants apply and call it a first step toward permanent refugee status. The authorities said more than 1

700 had already applied for refugee status.

But a standoff was issued when federal police blocked the highway and said there was an operation in progress to stop the caravan. Thousands of immigrants were waiting to continue, to continue their long draw against the US border.

At a meeting measured by the Mexico National Human Rights Commission, the police said they would open the road again and only wanted the federal authorities to explain immigrant immigrants who had rejected it on the previous evening. Migrants opposed the fact that the middle of a highway was not a place to negotiate and said they would at least come safely to Mexico City to discuss the subject with authorities and Mexican legislators.

They agreed to forward the information back to their respective pages and said

Orbelina Orellana, an immigrant from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, said that she and her husband left three children behind and had decided to continue north in one way or another.

“Our destiny is coming to the border,” said Orellana.

She was suspicious of the government’s proposal and said that some Hondurans who had applied for legal status had already been sent back. Her allegations could not be verified, but the immigrant representatives in the conversation asked the Mexican government to provide a list of all those who had been forced to return.

The standoff comes after one of the longest days of the caravan to go and pass from lorries on a 60 mile (100 mile) trip to the city of Arriaga.

The majority of the migrants were boisterous on Friday night in their refusal to accept anything less than safe passage to the US border.

“Thank you!” They screamed when they voted to reject the offer in a handheld event. They then added: “No, we’re heading north!”

Sitting at the edge of the square, the 58-year-old Oscar Sosa in San Pedro Sula, agreed Honduras.

“Our goal is not to stay in Mexico,” says Sosa. “Our goal is to make it (USA). We want passage, that’s all. “

Still 1,000 miles (1,600 miles) from the nearest United States border crossing at McAllen, Texas, the trip can be twice as long if the group of about 4000 immigrants leads to the Tijuana-San Diego border, as another caravan did earlier this year . Only about 200 in that group made it to the limit.

Although such hikers have been on a regular basis over the years, and have been largely unnoticed, they have received great attention this year after strong opposition from the US president Donald Trump.

On Friday, the Pentagon approved a request for additional troops at the southern border, likely to reach hundreds, to assist the US border pillar, as Trump tries to transform concerns about immigration and the caravan for election prizes in the 6th November 19659020] Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wrote on request for assistance from the Home Security Department and authorized the military to draft it such as size, composition and estimated costs of deployments, according to a US official who spoke about the condition of anonymity to discuss plans that have not yet been published.

Stoking fear of caravan and illegal immigration to rally his Republican prayer See, the President insinuated that group members and “Middle Easterners” mixed with the group, but later he acknowledged that there was no evidence of it.

At a church in Arriaga, her foundations for women and children on Friday, Ana Griselda Hernandez, 44, Mapala, Honduras, said she and two friends traveling with children had decided to pay for a bus ride from Pijijiapan because The 4-year-old and 5-year-old would never have covered 60 miles away.

“It’s hard because they go very slowly,” she said. She pointed to sliced ​​blisters on her feet, proof that they had gone or hitched riding since they left their country.

The trolley is now trying out for Tapanatepec, about 29 miles away.

The Mexican government has so far allowed migrants to go on foot, but have not provided them with food, shelter or bathrooms, to reserve some facilities for those who turn in.

Police have also been paid paid migrant passengers from buses, by applying an inconvenient road insurance regulation to make it harder for them to travel that way.

On Friday, the authorities collapsed into smaller groups trying to catch up with the premier caravan and imprisoned about 300 Hondurans and Guatemalans as the illegally crossed Mexico border, an official of the National Immigration Service said.

Migrants who go to Mexico illegally every day usually go to smuggler trucks or buses or go to the night to avoid ID detection. The fact that the group of about 300 stragglers went to broad daylight indicates that they adopted the main caravan tactics, which is big enough to be out in the open without fear of mass jail.

However, it seems as such smaller groups will be collected by immigration authorities, which prevents them from swallowing the caravan’s joints.

On Friday night, Irineo Mujica, whose organization People without Borders supports the caravan, accused Mexican immigration agents of harassment and urged migrants to travel near

“They are terrorizing us,” he said.


Associated Press writer Mark Stevenson and Peter Orsi in Mexico City contributed to this report.

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