Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump Keeps Spouting Conspiracy Theories About Migrant Caravan Headed To Border

Trump Keeps Spouting Conspiracy Theories About Migrant Caravan Headed To Border

Approximately 400,000 migrants made the journey in 2016, with most hailing from Honduras, El Salvador, or Guatemala. Those efforts, however, have proved unsuccessful as the majority of the migrants have chose to press onward in hopes of securing illegal entry into the USA through Mexico's northern border.

Police in riot gear shadowed the caravan's arrival along a southern highway but did not impede the migrants' journey.

Among the throngs hiking into the center of the city was Roger Pineda, a 16-year-old Honduran. The caravan began in Honduras, gained size as it moved north, and now most of its members are camped in Tapachula, Mexico.

"They have a lot of everybody in that group, it's a disgusting thing, and it's a lot bigger than 5,000 people, and we've got to stop them at the border", Trump told reporters outside the White House.

Photographer Michelle Frankfurter spent years documenting immigrants traveling along the route.

Migrants are fleeing widespread gang violence and poverty in the Central American states they hail from.

After stopping a group of migrants who tried to enter Mexico on Friday, Mexican authorities said they would willingly permit migrants to enter the country if they had the required documents and visas or were applying for asylum. "If you send us back, we will return!" a large crowd shouted in unison under the intense glare of the morning sun.

"My goal is to find work for a better future for my daughters", Lopez said. "People are doing this openly and visibly, and they plan to show up at the US port of entry and petition for political asylum, and that is exactly how our laws are supposed to function".

He stated the following when asked if he agreed with President Trump's statement about Middle Easterns infiltrating the migrant caravan.

More than 7,000 people have joined the migrant caravan headed toward the United States border with Mexico, a United Nations spokesman said Monday, citing estimates of the International Organization for Migration.

Mexico's government has said throughout the past week that it would register the migrants and process requests for asylum.

Activists say the journey of at least 3,000 kilometers (1,800 miles) through Mexico to the USA border could take a month.

But videos and reporting from journalists traveling with the caravan of migrants show tired families making an arduous journey because of violence or lack of opportunity in their home countries, and no evidence that there are "unknown Middle Easterners" among the group. The nature of the caravan is it is somewhat nebulous in form, with people joining and leaving the procession and some traveling by bus and truck while others trudge behind. Notwithstanding the hardships of their home nations, the migrants have shown a willingness to ignore and even flaunt the rule of law in their attempts to reach the U.S.

President Trump expects the migrant horde to be turned before they reach the United States.

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