Mexican Senate slams Trump's bid to militarize border

Organizers have been searching for a way to safely move the roughly 1,000 people who have become a target of President Trump as a symbol of weak border controls and the need for tougher USA immigration rules.

There has been a flurry of media attention in the past week on a group of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico as part of a "caravan". By Thursday morning, migrants were boarding buses to leave the town of Matias Romero in the southern state of Oaxaca, where their journey had been held up at the weekend.

But while numerous Central Americans in the group say they intend to try to get to the United States on their own, it has been decided that the organized caravan will finish in Mexico City after a stop in the city of Puebla later this week.

"When we saw the numbers, we were shocked", said Irineo Mujica, a Mexican-American activist who is helping organize the trek.

To explain that all, I reached out to CNN's Leyla Santiago, who is in Mexico and covering the caravan.

Rodrigo Abeja, one of the organizers, said they were seeking help from a breakaway faction of Mexico's teachers union, which has years of experience convening huge protests, and is generally aligned with the country's leftist presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. But the logistics remain fluid.

Mujica praised the Mexican government for its response.

Late Tuesday, Mexican foreign minister Luis Videgaray tweeted that the caravan had "disbanded".

Santiago: No. The caravan is one of many annual marches called Via Crucis in Mexico.

"About 80% of them are from Honduras", he said.

While a handful of the migrants may attempt to cross into the US and some are planning to seek asylum, the yearly march is mostly held to raise awareness to the dangers of fleeing gang violence or political upheaval and corruption in Central American nations. "Really bad. You look at Kate Steinle you look at so many bad people", he said, referring to a case in which an undocumented man was accused of shooting and killing a woman in San Francisco in 2015.

They said that the size of the group of more than 1,000 people had made travel too hard, The Washington Post reported.

After Trump's unsubstantial claims, the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was quick to fire back at the USA president's constant bashing of Mexico. He has warned that Mexico must stop the group or risk being penalized in the negotiations over revising the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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This apparent contradiction between accounts raises a question: Are the caravan's marchers or organizers shifting their story about wanting to go to the United States because of the media spotlight that has been placed upon them, or were previous reports about their intentions and goal incorrect?

The Mexican government has denied that it is allowing the migrants to travel unimpeded across its territory.

  • Tracy Klein