Trump in rape claims over migrant caravan

Saul Bowman
April 9, 2018

A mural map of Mexico by Mizar Martín, showing migrant routes, train tracks, shelters and unsafe places in Tenosique, Tabasco, México.

The caravan of Central American migrants is an annual event arranged by activist to highlight the hardships faced by immigrants on the journey to the us border in order to gain asylum usually escaping violent threats in their homelands.

However, female migrants argue with Trump's claims saying they chose to travel with the caravan for protection. [Of Trump's move to position National Guard troops at the border], Mexico's Foreign Ministry has said: "In all of its communications on the topic, the Mexican government has stated to the United States government that if the announced deployment of the National Guard results in the militarization of the border, it would seriously damage the bilateral relationship". He has warned that Mexico must stop the group or risk being penalized in the negotiations over revising the North American Free Trade Agreement. And today, news outlets are reporting that he will sign an order to send National Guard troops to "defend" the border.

But the caravan - organized into a large group to protect against bandits and others - has become more of a showcase of the difficulties facing activists trying to aid migrants and keep them on the move.

Mujica said this year's caravan was so large it would have been unsafe to travel to the border by train-hopping.

The "Stations of the Cross" caravan is a journey undertaken annually.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto lashed out at his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump today amid growing tensions over migration and border security, saying "threatening or disrespectful attitudes" were unjustified. Still, it is important to get beyond the presidential bluster to the truth. He hopes to request asylum and join relatives in NY.

A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security didn't respond on the record.


Immigrants are not the source of high rates of violent crime in the US. "It's pure populism, just meant to frighten people".

Anderson Cobach Zacarias, a 10-year-old from Guatemala at a church in Puebla, Mexico, that has been converted into a shelter for several hundred migrants from Central America, many of home had hoped to travel to the USA border, drawing the ire of President Trump. Not only that, the Mexican government is deporting migrants at record numbers. By late Tuesday, 230 such visas had already been approved, with most of the rest expected to receive some type of visa to remain in Mexico legally. The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) has documented that migrants apprehended at the border is at the lowest level since 1970.

A National Guard unit patrols at the Arizona-Mexico border in Sasabe, Ariz., in 2007. "But to my son, if we go back. they'll kill him".

While a handful of the migrants may attempt to cross into the USA 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. In Honduras, for example, irregular elections last fall reinstated President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and violence and civil unrest has followed.

But the undocumented immigrants, according to an EFE report are being advised on asylum and refugee processes.

The US is working in a variety of ways to stem migration by addressing root causes.

"Up until now, the United States and President Trump was not much of an impact. Some people in Mexico called her the 'Hillary wannabe, ' and it is believed she will play more of a spoiler role".

The Stations of the Cross Refugee Caravan deserves our praise, not condemnation, for bringing attention to the violent and impoverished conditions Central Americans suffer daily. This spares them from immediate deportation but is not a long-term solution. "Everyone is supporting us".

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