Central American Migrants Continue to March Towards US Border

November 11, 2018 Updated: November 13, 2018

QUERETARO, Mexico—Hundreds of Central American migrants resumed their march north through Mexico en route to the U.S. border. The caravan, made up mostly of Hondurans, started north again on the morning of Nov. 10 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. News reports and patrons of the metro have reported crowding and “chaos” as the migrants increased the number of riders.

There, the migrants were helped onto buses and trucks by authorities, who stopped traffic to ask motorists if they would take the migrants to the city of Querétaro, where a shelter was set up at a stadium.

Crowd of migrants heading to the US
Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, make their way to Queretaro from Mexico City, Mexico, on Nov. 10, 2018. (Reuters/Hannah McKay)

Some of the migrants are set to arrive to the border city of Tijuana on Nov. 12, while others later in the week to Reynosa and other border towns, according to migrant shelters.

Crowd of migrants heading to US
Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, make their way to Queretaro from Mexico City, Mexico Nov. 10, 2018. (Reuters/Go Nakamura)

Plan to Limit Asylum-Seekers

Migrants who attempt to cross illegally into the United States from Mexico won’t be eligible to claim asylum, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a new rule announced on Nov. 8. President Donald Trump signed a proclamation issuing the rule on Nov. 9.

“The United States has a long and proud history of offering protection to aliens who are fleeing persecution and torture and who qualify under the standards articulated in our immigration laws, including through our asylum system and the Refugee Admissions Program. But our system is being overwhelmed by migration through our southern border,” Trump said.

“Failing to take immediate action to stem the mass migration the United States is currently experiencing and anticipating would only encourage additional mass unlawful migration and further overwhelming of the system.”

Anyone who enters the United States from Mexico is ineligible for asylum, according to the interim rule (pdf).

By Hannah McKay. Zachary Stieber of NTD News contributed to this report.

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