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Central American migrants resume their march towards U.S. border

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Central American migrants resume their march towards U.S. border

By Hannah McKay

 

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Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, queue to board a bus as they make their way to Queretaro from Mexico City, Mexico, November 10, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

 

QUERETARO, Mexico (Reuters) - Hundreds of Central American migrants resumed their march north through Mexico on Saturday, en route to the U.S. border where President Donald Trump has effectively suspended the granting of asylum to migrants who cross illegally.

 

Trump's Friday order, which went into effect on Saturday, means that migrants will have to present themselves at U.S. ports of entry to qualify for asylum and follow other rules unveiled on Thursday that seek to limit asylum claims.

 

"It doesn't matter what rules (Trump's) government imposes we cannot go back to our countries. I have a bullet in my arm and another in my shoulder. If I go back home, it'd be better for me to go with a casket," said 30 year-old Julio Caesar from Honduras, who declined to give his last name.

 

The caravan, made up mostly of Hondurans, started north again on Saturday morning following a rest of four days in Mexico City.

 

They carried backpacks, blankets, food, many with children in tow, and took the metro and then walked to the town of Tepotzotlan. There they were helped onto buses and trucks by authorities, who stopped traffic to ask motorists if they would take the migrants to the city of Queretaro, where a shelter was set up at a stadium.

 

Some of the migrants are set to arrive to the border city of Tijuana on Monday, while others later in the week to Reynosa and other border towns, according to migrant shelters.

 

"These (U.S.) policies leave migrants even more vulnerable, because they will be stranded in northern Mexico, with human traffickers lurking, because the Mexican government does not have the capacity to help them," said Oscar Misael Hernandez, researcher at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

 

Trump made his hard-line policies toward immigration a key issue ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections. He has vowed to deploy troops at the border to stop a caravan of migrants, who say they want to seek asylum in the United States, citing violence in their own countries.

 

(Additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City; Writing by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

 
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5 minutes ago, milwaukeeboy said:

The US government should stop giving away free shit to illegal immigrants until they get their own house and runaway debt in order. (IMHO)

 

Won't happen because refugee resettlement and asylee placement is big business.

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32 minutes ago, Baerboxer said:

 

Economic migrants hoping to short cut the normal immigration procedures. How many in your picture really meet the criteria for asylum one wonders?

 

 

You might as well just keep wondering, because that's why we have an asylum process.  Just let the process work.  My post was in response to somebody who thought these people pose a threat requiring the intervention of the most powerful and heavily armed military force on the planet.

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13 minutes ago, sukhumvitneon said:

refugee resettlement and asylee placement is big business.

 

In other words, a net benefit to the host country.

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2 hours ago, milwaukeeboy said:

The US government should stop giving away free shit to illegal immigrants until they get their own house and runaway debt in order. (IMHO)

I guess that qualifies me as a right-wing racist Nazi and hater, hey?

Or maybe the media is forgetting that there are national borders and laws in place which they are trying to undermine with propaganda.

The media doesn't care anymore. The midterm elections are over.

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2 hours ago, Longcut said:

The media doesn't care anymore. The midterm elections are over.

 

Does that include Trump?  Because he is his own media spokesperson via Twitter, on average ten times a day.   Does Trump not care about it any more?

 

30 minutes ago, Thingamabob said:

Just come in legally, that's all.

 

They've not even reached the border yet, so what problem is that supposed to be the solution for?

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6 minutes ago, aircarepilot said:

What we have at our southern border is an Invasion, pure and simple!!

 

No it's not, at least not until they actually invade.  

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