Thousands of migrants arrived in the town of Matias Romero after an exhausting 40-mile trek from Juchitan, Oaxaca, where they failed to get the bus transportation they had hoped for. After nightfall, the group members decided they would leave at 5 a.m. local time Friday and head toward the coastal state of Veracruz, with their destination either the town of Donaji or Sayula de Aleman.
The migrants have not said what route they intend to take north or what area of the U.S. border they aim to reach, but the Veracruz route would take them toward the Texas border. Early this year, another large caravan passed through Veracruz but then veered back toward Mexico City and eventually tried to head to Tijuana in the far northwest. Few made it.
Immigration agents and police in Mexico are nibbling at the edges of two caravans of migrants now making their way through southern Mexico.
While authorities haven’t directly targeted the main caravan of about 4,000 migrants, a second, smaller caravan that is about 200 miles behind the first group appeared to have fewer leaders, get less press attention and be more vulnerable. (AP)
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