By Spencer Kellogg | United States
Over 1,500 Immigrants are marching North to the United States as President Trump has amplified calls to secure the Southern border with Mexico.
The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our “Weak Laws” Border, had better be stopped before it gets there. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
Honduran Refugees Marching
The 2,000-mile journey, led by mostly Hondurans, began over a week ago and marked the holy week. Video from the march can be streamed on this Facebook page. The little-known group, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, began accepting donations for the organized march over a month ago. This isn’t the first march Fronteras has led and according to their Facebook page, the group was founded in 2010 and their stated mission is: “To provide shelter and safety to migrants and refugees in transit, accompany them in their journey, and together demand respect for our human rights.”
Organizers for the march condemned the idea of a border wall: “We want to become one, supporting us shoulder to shoulder and show that together we can break down borders.” Fleeing from gang violence, police brutality, and extortion, the refugees are seeking asylum and plan to ask for entry as asylum seekers when they arrive at the southern border wall.
This morning the caravan, anticipating a long day walk, got up at 4am to beat the sun. pic.twitter.com/Pk8URSSHP4
— Adolfo Flores (@aflores) March 30, 2018
The immigrants gathered in the Southern Mexican town of Tapachula ahead of the march North with organizers preparing the refugees for navigation within The United States after they arrive. At one point, group leaders instructed men how to build a fortified wall with their bodies around potentially threatened women and children.
In the town of Arriaga, refugees boarded the “Train of Death”, a transport known for rape, murder, and chaos. Along the way, help has been found amongst Mexican citizens who have provided food and shelter on the journey North.
Tightening the Southern Border
Trump blasted the ‘grassroots’ march and immediately bolstered troops along the Southern border in anticipation of a showdown. After threatening to kill NAFTA, Mexican officials hurriedly promised to shut down the immigrant’s route.
We are going to be guarding our border with our military. That’s a big step. We cannot have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing, and by the way never showing up for court. – Trump
This is one of the largest asylum marches in history and could provide a constitutional route to citizenship for many Southern immigrants looking for a new life. Not all of the refugees are looking to cross into the United States, however. Some are simply fleeing the torturous chaos of life in Honduras and are hoping to gain entry into Mexico.
Alfonso Navarrete, the Interior Minister of Mexico, Tweeted that he was working in coordination with the White House to curb migratory flows into the United States.
On Tuesday, Former Mexican President Vincente Fox hit out at the president’s rhetoric on Twitter:
[Donald Trump] continues to blackmail, offend and denigrate Mexico and Mexicans someone has to stop him! – Vincente Fox
One of the refugees is a former member of the Honduran Congress. In an interview with Reuters, Maria Elena Colindres Ortega spoke out against the issues citizens are facing in Honduras:
We’ve had to live through a fraudulent electoral process. We’re suffering a progressive militarization and lack of institutions, and … they’re criminalizing those who protested.
We will be following this story as it develops in the next week.
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