Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Nearly 1,000 Central American migrants in new caravans enter Mexico

Nearly 1,000 Central American migrants in new caravans enter Mexico

The latest Central American "migrant caravan" crossed into Mexico both "legally and illegally" Friday; setting the stage for a showdown with American authorities as the undocumented workers head north.

Mexico is offering the Central American migrants humanitarian visas, which will allow them to live and work anywhere in Mexico for up to a year, and travel freely without fear of deportation, threats from smugglers or shakedowns by corrupt authorities.

People belonging to a caravan of migrants from Honduras en route to the United States, walk at the border crossing to Mexico in Hidalgo, Mexico, on January 18, 2019.

The entry occurred despite the fact that Mexico offered the members of the new caravan legal entry if they presented identification and registered at the border entry with the National Institute of Immigration (INM). She is travelling with a cousin, her husband and their four children. We want to reach our destination, ' she said. They are part of the caravan that left Honduras on Monday with intention of arriving in the United States. This caravan left on 15 January 2019 from San Pedro Sula's Central Park.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is pursuing a "humanitarian" approach to the problem, vowing to stem the flow of people by finding jobs for the migrants.

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The October caravan largely dispersed after reaching Tijuana. The care being delivered focuses mainly on providing food, access to safe water, cleaning and hygiene supplies and services, telephone calls, shelter, rest areas and health, among others.

Sitting by the side of the road rubbing cream onto his children's feet, 40-year-old Honduran migrant Santos Pineda said he and his family entered Mexico easily, and without having to provide documents or wear any wrist bands.

Around 300 mostly Honduran migrants with wrist bands were still waiting to cross into Mexico on Friday afternoon.

In exchange, the Mexican leader asks Trump to put in money to improve economic conditions in the region.

This caravan departed from San Pedro Sula, in the north of Honduras last Monday at night with a thousand members and between Tuesday and Wednesday more than 500 people who left the same place and about 200 Salvadorans, who joined who were already in Guatemala since October 2018 add nearly two thousand people divided into groups.

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