Thousands of Immigrants on Way to U.S.


Vivian Tirado '20, Staff Writer

On October 13th, hundreds of Central Americans began the grueling trip towards the hope of a better life in the U.S. according to Wired. According to CBS News, what started off as a community traveling together turned into a march of more than 7,500 people from all over Central America including; Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, heading towards McAllen, Texas.

This journey started in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and went through Guatemala, and is now in Mexico. These immigrants are fighting 100 degree heat, exhaustion, and are traveling with whatever they can carry; most of the time they cannot carry much food. The kind people of Huixtla, Mexico have taken it upon themselves to care for the immigrants. They have fed and given these people a place to sleep.

Despite the threats from the U.S. government, the immigrants are continuing the trip. It also does not help to strengthen the threat when according to The Washington Post, the Mexican government has just stepped aside and let the immigrants pass through their country to continue towards the United States. President Trump said, “Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. It looks like the people are walking right through the middle of Mexico.” He has shown his distaste for how the Mexican government is choosing to handle this situation.

After our president became vocal about the situation, the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto said, “Mexico does not allow people to enter our territory illegally and much less so violently.” He made one attempt to stop people from entering Mexico from Guatemala. He deployed soldiers to throw tear gas at the immigrants. This was as far as he went to try to stop them.

Many of the people in the caravan have decided to apply for asylum in Mexico or have chosen to return home. According to USA Today the current total people in the caravan to about 4,500 people.

These people have a long way to go to get to McAllen, Texas and chances are they will not be welcomed with open arms from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Meanwhile the U.S. is preparing for the influx of people applying for asylum.