Latest migrant caravan from Honduras enters Mexico bound for the US border

Mail Online | 4/12/2019 | Keith Griffith For;Associated Press
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The newest migrant caravan has crossed into Mexico from Central America, on its way to the U.S. border.

The latest caravan of roughly 1,100 Hondurans covered the 420 miles through Guatemala in just one day, thanks to buses that ferried them from San Pedro Sula to Mexico's southern border.

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The group was spotted crossing into Mexico at Ciudad Hidalgo on Thursday, the same crossing used by a series of caravans over the past year.

By Friday morning they were progressing north through Chiapas state at Frontera Hidalgo. The group is still 2,400 miles from the border crossing into the U.S. at Tijuana, but a journey that has shortened considerably due to bus services that have sprung up to service the steady flow.

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Nohemy Reyes, who left San Pedro Sula with one of her five children, said her country's economic straits are driving her north. 'The economic situation is very difficult,' she said. But if she finds the U.S. border closed, she said, she will return to Honduras.

The new caravan is just the latest in what has become a steady stream of migrants from Central America to the U.S., traveling in large groups that often fragment as they approach the border.

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U.S. border facilities have been overwhelmed by the number of migrant families in recent months, often processing groups of hundreds at a time who cross illegally and then immediately claim asylum.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced this week that 53,000 parents and children were apprehended at the southern border in March.

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Experts say that migrants are now traveling with children whenever possible, knowing that current U.S. policy will prevent them from being arrested and detained for a long period when they have children with them.

Migrants with children are typically released into the interior of the country pending court dates for asylum claims, even...
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