A new refugee caravan made up of Central Americans have fled their homeland this week and have begun making their trek to the U.S./Mexico border. That means this is the third refugee migrant caravan from Central America in less than a year.
An estimated 600 people are in the caravan that left San Pedro Sula in Honduras late in the evening. CBS News reports that 300 of them, mainly women and children, were able to make it on a bus while the other half started walking toward Agua Caliente, which is a border town between Honduras and Guatemala.
“It’s not easy. I leave half of my heart here,” Rosa López told The Guardian. She also said that she left six of her kids in her hometown. Her sister will be taking care of them. “But there’s no going back,” she said, adding that: “We don’t envision becoming rich. We just want the basics – a job to survive.”
Mexico’s Interior Minister Olga Sánchez Cordero said, according to CNN that they’re already preparing for the arrival of the new group.
“We are awaiting the arrival of another migrant caravan in mid-January,” Sánchez Cordero said during a news conference. “The first thing we’re doing is reinforcing the 12 points of entry that we rely on.”
President Donald Trump tweeted that this new group is the reason why we need the border wall.
“A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras,” Trump tweeted. “Tell Nancy and Chuck that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work. Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe! Stop playing political games and end the Shutdown!”
The arrival of the group to the Mexico/U.S. border is unknown but it could take months.
According to Pew Research, there was a huge decline in the entrance of refugees in the U.S. last year from 110,000 to 50,000, and the minority of entries from that group came from Latin America.