MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Hundreds of largely Honduran migrants touring by means of Mexico gathered within the capital on Tuesday after a 1,000 mile (1,600 km) journey, with a handful saying President Donald Trump’s hostility had deterred them from persevering with to the USA.
Officers estimated 4,500 migrants had been camped in a Mexico Metropolis sports activities stadium, soiled and exhausted after a journey by means of the violence-plagued state of Veracruz this week.
Whereas most within the caravan are nonetheless planning to succeed in the USA, a number of within the crowd advised Reuters they had been now contemplating different locations.
The caravan has incurred Trump’s wrath forward of Tuesday’s U.S. congressional elections. As they attempt to dangle on to manage of Congress, Republican candidates have been following Trump’s lead and utilizing rhetoric about immigrants as a tactic to encourage voters.
Trump has ordered 7,000 troops to the border, whereas a industrial authorised by his marketing campaign that linked the caravan to crime was pulled by U.S. networks on Monday.
“Mexico,” mentioned Franklin Martinez, 46, a upkeep man from Intibuca, Honduras, when requested about his last vacation spot. “I’ll keep right here in the event that they let me work.”
Like Martinez, 5 others on the stadium mentioned they had been now much less certain about making an attempt their luck in the USA.
“Canada,” mentioned two Hondurans, Marel Santos, 18, and Alexander Chavez, 19, of their supposed vacation spot, citing Trump’s indignant response to the caravan.
The pair, who met within the caravan, stood ready for meals in a line that snaked across the stadium. Bedraggled males, ladies and kids had bedded down within the sports activities area on Monday evening, bundled in blankets or donated sweaters to face the mountain capital’s chill.
Whereas many on the stadium had been unaware of the U.S. congressional elections and their unwitting position in some campaigning, information unfold to others by phrase of mouth and stories seen on telephones.
Martinez mentioned he was rooting for a victory from the Democrats, who’re looking for to wrest management of the Home of Representatives and Senate from the Republicans.
“Right here’s hoping the Republicans lose,” mentioned Martinez, who mentioned such a consequence might enhance the political local weather in the USA, and will persuade him to restart his trek north.
“The Republicans are very anti-immigrant, the vast majority of them.”
“WE FEEL GOOD”
Their arrival within the Mexican capital was a measure of the migrants’ tenacity regardless of makes an attempt by 4 governments – Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and the USA – to interrupt them up.
Mexico Metropolis’s human rights ombudsman mentioned some 4,500 migrants had arrived on the stadium by Tuesday morning, though round 6,500 have left the caravan and returned residence to Honduras, in response to Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
To have made it to the capital was “successful,” mentioned Arnold Gomez, 30, a safety guard from Honduras. “It’s a metropolis many people hoped to see … We really feel good. Good, good.”
Because it set off from one of many world’s most violent cities, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Oct. 13, the caravan has met intermittent police resistance on the Honduran border with Guatemala, on a bridge connecting Guatemala to Mexico, and on the crossing level between the southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca.
Over the weekend, a suggestion of transport from native authorities within the city of Sayula, Veracruz, was revoked on the final minute, leaving migrants pressured to hitch-hike onward by means of drug-cartel territory, in response to migrants and witnesses from nonprofit organizations that Reuters spoke to.
Some former members of the caravan mentioned they had been deported again to Honduras after it fragmented into smaller teams in southern Mexico.
“It’s the tip of my American dream,” mentioned Dimas Alexander, 33, a building employee, talking by phone from his residence in La Ceiba, Honduras.
He mentioned Mexican immigration authorities had stopped him, together with about 150 others, on Saturday morning aboard two truck trailers headed to Mexico Metropolis.
Mexico’s inside ministry denied the federal government was deporting caravan members. It mentioned 478 of them had voluntarily agreed to return residence.
(The story is refiled to vary date to Nov 6.)
Reporting by Delphine Schrank, Enhancing by Rosalba O’Brien