Migrant caravan, down by nearly half, soldiers on through Mexico

07 April, 2018, 14:42 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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The Zelaya siblings, from El Salvador, huddle together, part of a caravan of Central American migrants traveling in Mexico.

The caravan of Central American migrants is an annual event arranged by activist to highlight the hardships faced by immigrants on the journey to the US border in order to gain asylum usually escaping violent threats in their homelands.

"And yes, it came out where this journey coming up - women are raped at levels that nobody's ever seen before", he continued. "So we have to change our laws", said Trump at the event.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley clarified and told reporters that Trump wasn't talking about the caravan but rather about extreme victimization of those making the journey north with smugglers in general.

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"These are bilateral programs that build Mexican capacity in a way that benefits our security", said an official from the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, which has budgeted $75 million to install the scanning equipment at immigration jails across Mexico and deliver mobile terminals that can transmit biometric data from nearly anywhere.

This year's caravan had about 1,500 migrants at its peak, but people began to leave the group after immigration authorities stalled it in the southern town of Matias Romero and screened men, women, and children following pressure from Trump.

Mexico is willing to negotiate, Pena Nieto said in a televised address, adding, "We will have no fear to negotiate, but we will never negotiate out of fear". "She's in need of health and medical attention", added Burgi-Palomino.

Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said he held talks with Kirstjen Nielsen, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, to clarify the aim of the operation, saying that Mexico will "act in a sovereign way in defense of the nation's interest".

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"They crossed into the United States, or tried to". They always like to say that's a conspiracy theory.

"The presidential candidates, independently of their natural differences, all of them coincided in rejecting these measures that run counter to good relations between neighbors", Pena Nieto said in a broadcast message.

When he launched his campaign in June 2015 Mr Trump made an opening speech arguing that Mexico was "sending rapists".

"This anti-Mexican policy has worked politically because unfortunately there are conservative sectors in the United States with little information and he knows how to awaken an anti-Mexican sentiment, what's called xenophobia, which can be like racism, hatred of foreigners", Lopez Obrador said.

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