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Mass Migration Of Central Americans To The U.S. Dissolves, Others Will Continue To Forward

What began as a massive group of an estimated 1,200 Central Americans that were seeking asylum in the United States has now dissipated somewhat. Today, less than a week after the caravan began their journey on foot, Mexican officials are breaking up the massive group and instead giving them humanitarian visas, The Washington Post reports. The visas will also let the migrants to travel within Mexico for up to a month in order to file an immigration claim. Others, however, will venture on and try to get asylum in the U.S.

The caravan is an organized trip that happens annually, however, this year’s journey is reportedly the largest since the organized trips began more than a decade ago. One of the reasons they travel in large numbers is simply to be cautious. There’s a safety issue and if they travel united, there’s a higher chance of remaining safe.

The massive gathering got the attention of the President Donald Trump, which has put a major spotlight on the journey.

Gracias a las comunidad d Matias Romero por su solidaridad con la Caravana Viacrusis Migrantes en la Lucha.

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While President Trump’s anti-immigration agenda has targeted Mexicans and Muslims, his aim on Central America in particular with Honduras and El Salvador has been just as tough. Earlier this year, Trump rescinded protection for an estimated 200,000 Salvadorans who were living in the U.S. since 2001 after a devastating earthquake struck El Salvador.

President Trump took to Twitter earlier this week to voice his frustration with what he says are “weak immigration policies.”

It’s reported that about 80 percent of those who are requesting asylum from the U.S. are from Honduras — the turbulent country plagued with violence. The migration trip is organized by Pueblos Sin Fronteras, an organization who’s been accompanying asylum seekers for the past 15 years. Their aim is to facilitate shelter, provide food, and guidance through the group’s 2,000-mile journey. The people — most of them women and children, though also include men — began on foot in Tapachula near the Guatemalan border to America late in March.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras organized the march to help the participants stay safe during their travel.

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However, in the past couple of days the continuation of the trip has become uncertain due to the interference of the Mexican government. BuzzFeed reports that the Mexico’s National Institute of Immigration (INM) has announced that they will break up the caravan by offering visas. BuzzFeed also reports that the people who will be given visas will be the most at risk that are traveling in the caravan including “pregnant women, people with disabilities, or people with chronic illnesses like HIV.” The remaining people will have to petition the Mexican government for permanent stay or be ordered to return to their native country.

“We didn’t leave our countries just because we wanted to,” Zelaya Gomez told The Washington Post. “It’s for the safety of our children.”

Trump’s tweets about the caravan have fueled even more threats from the Trump administration about border security. The president said he will place the National Guard at the border, however, according to White House officials, they won’t have “physical contact” with migrants or process any paperwork, NBC News reports.

As for the caravan of migrants, some will continue to the U.S.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras organizer Irineo Mujica told The Washington Post, “We will try to find a better way of doing our caravans’ in coming years. We didn’t anticipate, or want, a caravan of this size.”


READ: President Trump’s Latest DACA Tweet Has Everyone Questioning How Much He Knows About The Program

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

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Sen. Ted Cruz has reached peak infamy with a piñata in his honor. People have been turned into piñatas over the years for both good and bad reasons. The Cruz piñata serves as a reminder of the senator’s attempt to flee the brutal Texas winter crisis.

A Texas party store is selling piñatas of Sen. Ted Cruz and people are into it.

Piñatas are always the centerpiece of a fun party and they are even more exciting when they are topical. One party shop in Texas is riding on the wave of local and national news criticizing Sen. Cruz to cash in.

Last week Sen. Cruz was caught boarding a United flight to Cancún, Mexico to escape the winter storm devastating Texas. As millions of Texans survived without water and power, the Cruz family booked a Mexican getaway to warmer weather and reliable electricity.

At first, Sen. Cruz tried to blame his daughters for fleeing Texas as his constituents suffered from the weather. He soon changed his story and claimed that he realized he had made a mistake as soon as he sat down on the plane waiting to depart from Houston.

Finally, after days of speculation, someone came forward and leaked text messages from Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi. Turns out, according to the texts, that the Cruz family was actively planning a vacation to avoid the snowstorm. According to the texts, the Cruz family was trying to convince neighbors and friends to join them so they can get out of their freezing house. The criticism amplified when it was reported that the Cruz family left the family dog behind as they fled to Mexico.

People are eager to get their hands on a Sen. Cruz piñata.

Families have been in quarantine for almost a year and they are hitting a wall. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it is no surprise that people would want to have something to do together outdoors. Seems that a lot of people would like a piñata party to celebrate the bad weather slowly moving out.

There are even some people asking for different people made as piñatas.

You never know unless you ask, right? Never hurts to try to make your own request to better your birthday. It seems that the party store is able to make various different piñatas. The party store made a piñata after Sen. Bernie Sanders’ famous mitten moment at President Biden’s inauguration.

READ: Sen. Ted Cruz Makes Quick U-Turn From Mexico After Outrage He Abandoned His Frozen Texas

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This Migrant Mother Spent Three Years In Church Sanctuary But Now She’s Free

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This Migrant Mother Spent Three Years In Church Sanctuary But Now She’s Free

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Lawyers are working hard to get a deportation order removed against a woman who just left a church sanctuary after three years in the refuge. Although she was previously denied asylum in the U.S., advocates are hoping that under new direction from the Biden administration, her case will be reviewed and she’ll be able to stay with her family in Ohio – where she’s lived for more than twenty years.

A mother of three is back with her family after living three years inside a church.

A mother of three who sought refugee inside an Ohio church from immigration authorities has finally been able to leave three years later. Edith Espinal, who herself is an immigrant rights advocate, had been living at the Columbus Mennonite Church since October 2017 to avoid being deported to Mexico. She’s now out of the church and back with her family following a meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, who have agreed that she’s not an immediate priority for deportation.

“Finally, I can go home,” Espinal told reporters after meeting with the officials. With tears of relief, she celebrated the small victory in the presence of dozens of supporters who accompanied her to the ICE building.

“But it is not the end of her case. We’re still going to have to fight,” her attorney Lizbeth Mateo said.

ICE has agreed to hold off on her deportation proceedings pending her asylum request.

Espinal was released under an order of supervision, meaning that while she’s not considered an immediate priority for deportation, she must periodically check in with ICE officials to inform them about her whereabouts.

She has lived in Columbus for more than two decades and had previously applied for asylum, citing rising violence in her home state of Michoacán. But she eventually was ordered to leave the country, which is when she sought refuge inside the Columbus, Ohio church.

“We’re going to continue pressing the Biden administration to do the right thing, and try to get rid of that order of deportation against Edith, so she can walk freely like everyone else does without fear,” Mateo said during the press conference.

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