Thousands of Central American migrants have decided to leave Mexico City with or without buses after they had previously demanded transport to take them to the US border because it had become too cold and dangerous to continue running.
The organizers of the caravans decided at the end of Thursday to go to the northern city of Tijuana, which is a longer but probably safer route to the American border.
Approximately 5,000 migrants have spent the past few days in a stadium in Mexico City with rest, have received medical assistance and have debated how to continue their difficult journey.
The decision to keep moving came shortly after representatives of caravans had met with officers of the local United Nations office and demanded that buses take them to the border.
Thousands of Central American migrants have decided Friday to leave Mexico City after rather demanding transport to take them to the border with the United States because it was too cold to keep on walking
A 750-member contingent had left the stadium in Mexico City to continue their journey to the north early Friday morning, while about 200 migrants also took the metro to the edge of the capital.
Most migrants who left Mexico City had their sights on the central city of Queretaro on Friday. Organizers of the caravans decided at the end of Thursday to go to the northern city of Tijuana, which is a longer but probably safer route to the American border.
Career coordinator Milton Benitez told the migrants that they were still waiting for a response.
Later he said that the officials had offered buses for women and children, but the organizers demanded that they be for everyone. U.N. representatives could not be reached immediately to confirm this.
The migrants hoped the buses would arrive, but decided to leave Mexico City, even if they did not.
Most migrants had their mind on the central Mexican city of Queretaro, despite the persistent doubt that the buses would arrive.
Roberto Valdovinos, who works as a liaison between migrants and the press, said on Friday morning that a 750-strong contingent had left the stadium to continue their journey to the north.
About 200 migrants, impatient and tired of sleeping on the ground in tents in a stadium in Mexico City, took the metro to the outskirts of the capital.
Mexico City is located more than 600 miles from the nearest US border crossing at McAllen, Texas.
A previous caravan in the spring opted for the longer route to Tijuana in the far northwest, opposite San Diego. That caravan steadily walked away to only 200 people by the time he reached the border.
Jose Luis Fuentes of the National Lawyers Guild told migrants that California is the longest route, but the best border is, while Texas is the closest, but the worst. border.
Rosales said he would rather have chosen a shorter route because there are many women with children who will be very difficult with us. & # 39;
But he agreed with the decision to leave Mexico City and hoped that people would receive lifts along the way.
About 200 migrants, impatient and tired of sleeping on the ground in tents in a stadium in Mexico City, took the subway to the edge of the capital
A Central American migrant woman and a toddler on her way to a caravan to the US are shown outside Cuatro Caminos metro station in Mexico City, on their way to Queretaro on Friday
A group of Central American migrants traveling to the US in a caravan leaves the Cuatro Caminos metro station in Mexico City, on their way to the state of Queretaro on Friday
Most migrants had their mind on the central Mexican city of Queretaro, despite the persistent doubt that the buses would arrive
The migrants said they wanted busses to take them to the US border, because it is too difficult and dangerous to keep walking and hitchhiking.
Benitez, the caravan coordinator, noted that it would be colder in northern Mexico and it was not safe for migrants to continue along motorways, where drug cartels often operate.
& # 39; This is a humanitarian crisis and they ignore it, & # 39; said Benitez when the group arrived at the U.N. office.
The Central American migrants began their difficult journey to the United States more than three weeks ago and were turned around by President Donald Trump in a campaign issue during the US midterm elections.
Trump on Friday called for extraordinary national security powers to deny asylum to migrants illegally entering the country, citing the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States.
The president uses the same powers that he used to implement a version of the travel ban that was confirmed by the Supreme Court. The proclamation shall adopt regulations adopted Thursday and circumventing laws stating that everyone is eligible for asylum, regardless of how he or she enters the country.
"We need people in our country, but they must come in legally and have merit," Trump said Friday as he prepared to leave for Paris.
Administrative officers say that the measures have been in force for at least three months, but can be extended. They go into effect on Saturday and do not affect people who are already in the country.
Mexico has offered refugees, asylum or work visas to migrants. According to the government, 2,697 temporary visas have been issued to individuals and families to cover them while waiting for the 45-day application process for a more permanent status. On Wednesday, a bus left Mexico City to send 37 people back to their country of origin. But many want to continue to the United States.
The authorities say that most have refused offers to stay in Mexico, and only a small number have agreed to return to their home country. Approximately 85 percent of migrants come from Honduras, while others come from the Central American countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Many are also willing to overcome the obstacles, even if they suffer from exhaustion, blisters, nausea and swollen feet.
Migrants rest in front of the office of the United Nations human rights body in Mexico City after they have taken a march for a long time to demand buses to take them to the border with the US
Members of the caravan, who have temporarily stopped in Mexico City for several days, demanded that buses take them to the border with the United States and said it was too cold and dangerous to continue walking and hitchhiking.
The decision to keep moving came shortly after representatives of caravans had met with officers of the local United Nations office and demanded that buses go to the border.
A migrant, part of a caravan of thousands on their way from Central America to the United States, is spending time in a makeshift camp in Mexico City
The American human rights agency said that its office in Mexico had filed a police report with prosecutors in the central state of Puebla about two buses that were visited by migrants in the last stage of the trip to Mexico City at the beginning of this week and of which the whereabouts is unknown.
There have already been reports that migrants have disappeared on the caravan, but that is often because they drive on trucks that turn off on different routes, causing them to be lost.
A victim of rape, known only as Alejandra, said she had fled Honduras after being threatened by gangs.
She said that she was waiting for a transport miracle, but that she would do what the group needed, even without buses & # 39 ;.
The caravan, she said, had trucks and dumpers for weeks on end.
Eddy Rivera, a 37-year-old farm worker from Cortes, Honduras, said he could no longer stay in the sports complex.
We are all sick of the cold, of the humidity. We want to leave, we have to go to Tijuana, "said Rivera, who left his four children and his wife in Honduras and wanted to earn money to build a house.
"God, please let the busses arrive, but if that is not the case, we're going to run & # 39 ;," said the 18-year-old single mother Delia Murillo who left her girl in Honduras because she was afraid of her safety during the trek.
& # 39; There will be no buses & # 39 ;, said Hector Wilfredo Rosales, a 46-year-old electrician from Olancho, Honduras, who was traveling with his 16-year-old son-in-law.
"They have lied to us a lot but we will walk as we have done until now."
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