Reports about a caravan of migrants coming to the U.S. from Central
America have been featured prominently in the news cycle this week, but
the group remains far from the U.S. border, at least for now.
The Trump administration is considering a plan for blocking points of entry into the U.S. for the migrants — including those who are asylum seekers — along the border, according to The Wall Street Journal.
White House official said Thursday that the administration was mulling a
“wide range of administrative, legal and legislative options.” See Also
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The caravan is near the city of Mapastepec, Mexico, according to CNN. The city is located in the southern Mexican state Chiapas, close to Guatemala.
caravan formed in Honduras about two weeks ago, CNN reported. It is
covering about 20 to 30 miles each day, with some on foot and some
riding in trucks and other vehicles.
Estimates as to the size of the caravan are varying widely — it has been reported to be anywhere from 3,600 to 7,000 migrants.
However, there are reportedly other caravans forming, including one in El Salvador that plans to depart for the northward journey on Oct. 31, NBC News reported.
Many migrants have told news outlets they are fleeing poverty and gang violence.
journey through Mexico, which includes stretches through desert, is
dangerous. Many migrants who try to make the journey from Central
America through Mexico never make it.
As many as 20,000 migrants are kidnapped every year
by criminal gangs who are trying to collect ransom, according to the
human-rights group Amnesty International. And as many as six in 10
migrant women and girls are raped during their journey, the group says.
There are mixed reports on what the migrants will face from Mexican law enforcement.
Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has said, “Mexico does not allow people
to enter our territory illegally and much less so violently.” Last
Friday, police reportedly clashed violently with the caravan, as it
stormed and overran a river crossing along the Mexico-Guatemala border.
the government’s official stance and such reported police presence
along the caravan’s route, it continues to make its way north.