Fear propels migrants to stick with caravan

CNN international 1- Mexican government doesn't'welcome US military at border

CNN international 1- Mexican government doesn't'welcome US military at border

There has been a flurry of media attention in the past week on a group of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico as part of a "caravan".

The agents made a decision to issue most of the travelers "exit visas", which the Mexican government has previously granted Central American caravans and other travelers seeking to reach the U.S.

Rangel and the criminal groups reached their truce despite the Mexican government rejecting the idea.

The Caravan organizers, a group called, Pueblos Sin Fronteras, have said that one of their aims in escorting people from Honduras and other countries to Mexico and the US has been to protect them from assaults that asylum seekers and migrants can encounter.

"We have support teams at the border if there are people who need assistance there, but they would have to travel on their own", he told AFP in the town of Matias Romero, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.

"There was a story, I believe it was the LA Times, that documented some of that", she said.

Many Hondurans who had fled after the contested presidential election in November already had amassed in the southern Mexican border city of Tapachula and joined the caravan when it set off late last month.

Trump warned on Twitter this week that a "big Caravan" was "now coming across Mexico and heading to our "Weak Laws" Border" - one of a number of warnings he issued about the march.

Besides ordering thousands of National Guardsmen to secure the border, Mr Trump has also threatened to ax what he called Mexico's "cash cow", the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), if the Mexican authorities did not stop the migrants. "Hopping the train, as we did in the past, would have been insane", he said.

The threats of violence and sexual assault faced by Central American women on their journey to the US, which are documented by human rights group Amnesty International, have always been a talking point on the far right and used to argue for tighter USA immigration laws. They're sending people who have lots of problems and they're bringing their problems with us. Rodrigo Abeja, one of the organizers, said help was being sought from a breakaway faction of Mexico's teachers union, which has years of experience convening large protests and is generally aligned with the country's leftist presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Santiago: Organizers have not said. Mujica said that "a minimum of 80 percent" of the migrants in the group come from Honduras. "They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people".

"You take the risk of staying in your own country, where they are going to kill you, or you take the risk of taking this path, which is unsafe", Bonilla said.

"In many places the same person in California votes many times. We will act only in the best interest of Mexican".

Peña Nieto's statement also comes one day after Trump ordered the secretary of Defense to deploy National Guard troops on the U.S.

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