New US-Bound Migrant Caravan Swells to 2,000

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A new migrant caravan that left for the United States this week, has already swelled to 2,000 people as the group makes its way north.

The Honduras National Commission of Human Rights estimated that the caravan, which started with hundreds of people, swelled to about 2,000 by the afternoon of Jan. 15, reported Fox News.

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The latest caravan was organized by open-borders group Pueblos Sin Fronteras, which was believed by some to be behind the caravans that made it to northern Mexico in late 2018 before clashing with American Border Patrol agents.

The group said that it expected the caravan to grow to 4,000 people.

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Bartolo Fuentes, an open socialist who took credit for the last caravans, was accompanying the new one.

The last caravans, four in total, left weeks apart in some cases but coalesced in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, with about 6,000 people there at its peak. The waves of migrants devastated the city’s budget, angered some locals, and ultimately forced officials to move the group away from the border to a more remote location.

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In the end, many of the members turned home after finding it more difficult than they realized to make it into the United States. Most caravan members described situations in interviews with news outlets that would not qualify for asylum, such as leaving their countries due to poverty. Most asylum claims in the United States aren’t granted by the end of the process.

Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which supports tighter immigration enforcement, said the departure of a new caravan wasn’t surprising considering the number of people helping organize them.

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