A caravan of more than 1,500 migrants from Central America is making their way unhindered through Mexico and are expected to reach the US-Mexico Border within days where they will demand refugee status from the Trump administration.
Known as the Viacrucis Migrante 2018, the caravan began on March 25 in the state of Chiapas and is expected to reach Tijuana within a month where the members of the group are expected to request refugee status from the U.S. government. The caravan is organized by the immigrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras who have been posting updates about the caravan’s journey through Mexico, Breitbart reported.
In a statement on their Facebook page they “denounce the continued attacks by the United States government on the asylum system and require fair resolutions to their asylum applications”:
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Stations Guadeloupean migrants
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, November 10, 2017
After climbing the border wall in an act of protest in mexicali and causing a call and ‘tension’ for American Migration, the spirit and the struggle of the stations guadeloupean migrants is still alive in Tijuana, where approximately 50 members of the Caravan is preparing to apply for political asylum in the United States by surrendering into collective action this weekend.
Backed by dozens of other members of the caravan who wanted to continue to support their partners, a voluntary legal support team, and a variety of allies in the fight for justice for migrants, the caravan asylum seekers will march to the Pedwest San Ysidro this Sunday, November 12. After crossing approximately 4,000 kilometres of Mexican land in the last month, constantly raising their voices for fair treatment for the migrants, the stations will once again speak in support of the right to migrate freely.
In the face of United States migration officers, the 50 Asylum-seekers will their right to seek protection as refugees, will denounce the continued attacks by the United States government on the asylum system and require fair resolutions to their asylum applications.
Fleeing from dispossession in our countries of origin, we denounce the transnational system of denial to the protection of the and demand a fair asylum system.
As we already live in the repression of the south border plan, we condemn the persecution, criminalization and militarization of this programme and we demand a high stop. With the awareness that our strength in numbers made us able to defend ourselves from several threats during the caravan, we demand free and secure transit for all migrants. As one of the asylum seekers said, the stations guadeloupean is, ” fight for migrants to pass through Mexico freely and without the need for a caravan. ¨
We declare ourselves in solidarity with all our migrants. We denounce the racist and discriminatory immigration control system. We will continue to fight for the fundamental right to migrate.
Migrants of the stations guadeloupean
Leyendo el comunicado de Pueblo Sin Fronteras en frente del COMAR. El comunicado fue escrito por los refugiados y migrantes centroamericanos participando en la Viacrusis 2018.
Posted by Pueblo Sin Fronteras on Friday, March 23, 2018
The group is reportedly made up of families from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras who are fleeing extreme poverty and gang violence. The group has been demanding a stop to the violence.
While the group is made up primarily of individuals who could be considered undocumented by Mexican authorities, officials have stepped aside, Mexico’s El Universal reported. Additionally, the group has been thankful to the local governments in various rural communities in southern Mexico for helping the caravan by providing transportation, food, and other aid.
The push to the border comes at a time the Trump administration has clashed with the Mexican government over their apparent leniency when dealing with drug cartels, border security, and the payment of walls.