Will Racke, DCNF
Many of the thousands of migrants streaming north through Mexico in a so-called “caravan” have been deported from the U.S. before, and they have joined the group in hopes of slipping back into America undetected by authorities at the southwest border.
The caravan formed in northern Honduras earlier in October, swelling from a few hundred migrants to more than 5,000 as it passed through Guatemala and into Mexico over the weekend. For some of the participants, the mass march is an opportunity to return to the U.S. amid chaos caused by large numbers of people arriving at the U.S-Mexico border at the same time.
“When I heard about the caravan, I knew it was my chance,” Guatemalan national Job Reyes, 36, told The Washington Post in Mexico.
Reyes said he had returned to Guatemala 14 year ago and found work at a call center for Metro PCS, a cellular service provider. But the low pay and lack of opportunity for advancement had him pining for a return to the U.S., where he spent his teenage years.
“It’s time for me to go back to the United States. It’s a country where I can live my life, unlike Guatemala,” Reyes told WaPo.
President Donald Trump has warned that caravan migrants must apply for asylum in Mexico before trying to come to the U.S. Those who don’t will be turned away, he said Sunday.
“Full efforts are being made to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens from crossing our Souther Border. People have to apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they fail to do that, the U.S. will turn them away,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “The courts are asking the U.S. to do things that are not doable!”
The Mexican government has offered to grant temporary humanitarian visas to caravan members in an effort to break up the mass of migrants into smaller groups. But the vast majority have refused to apply for asylum in Mexico, and Mexican authorities have largely allowed the migrants to continue their journey without proper documentation.
As they continue to trek northward, previously deported migrants make no secret of their intentions to cross the southwest border illegally.
“That’s just how it is,” caravan migrant Imner Anthony Fuentes told WaPo.
Fuentes said he had been deported six times, most recently five months ago from Birmingham, Alabama.
“They catch you, and you try to get back,” he said.
Send tips to [email protected]callernewsfoundation.org.
Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected].
DONATE TO BIZPAC REVIEW
Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!
- Newsmax dropped by DirecTV, spokesperson claims it was over a cost dispute - January 25, 2023
- First on CNN: Classified documents found at Pence’s Indiana home - January 24, 2023
- DOJ subpoenas Giuliani over Trump fundraising after 2020 election - January 10, 2023
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.