DONAJI, Mexico – The Latest on the caravans of migrants making their way through Mexico (all times local):
Guatemala’s president and first lady will travel to the U.S. this weekend as a large migrant caravan continues journeying through southern Mexico hoping to reach the United States, but remains hundreds of miles away from the border.
A press release from Guatemala’s presidential office Friday says President Jimmy Morales and First Lady Patricia Marroquin de Morales will “take note of the situation of Guatemalan minors housed in holding facilities administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the North American country” and supervise passport operations at the Guatemalan consulate in Palm Beach.
After his trip concludes, Morales is set to review actions that have been taken in relation to at the migrant caravan.
He will travel Monday to Honduras to meet with President Juan Orlando Hernandez about migrants from the caravan who have accepted repatriation through Guatemalan territory. Then he will travel to El Salvador and meet with that country’s vice president.
U.S. President Donald Trump has ramped up his pre-election focus on the caravan and others behind it, talking of deploying a military force to the border that would outnumber the roughly 4,000 migrants making the trek.
The caravan of Central American migrants has resumed their trek through Southern Mexico after spending nearly three weeks on the road.
The group estimated to number some 4,000 is now heading for the town of Donaji near the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.
After sleeping under tin sheeting to cover himself from the rain, Saul Guzman still had hope.
“I’ve been through a lot,” said the 48-year-old traveling with his son. “I want to spend my time differently, not in poverty.”
He had left his elderly mother a coffin before setting out on his journey — but said it could also be his own.
Walter Cuello, a caravan organizer, said immigrants would again eat and rest at their next destination.
“We’ve gotten underway,” he said.
A second, smaller group of 1,000 or so migrants is more than 200 miles behind the first caravan. A third band of about 500 from El Salvador has made it to Guatemala, and a fourth group of about 700 has set out from the Salvadoran capital.