Jan. 16, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Undeterred by Trump’s threats and US policies, another group of refugees and migrants leave El Salvador.
At least 150 Salvadoran migrants departed in a group for the United States on Wednesday, the latest in a string of such ‘caravans’ that U.S. President Donald Trump has used to build his case for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Se acaba de restablecer el paso en la aduana de Agua Caliente. #CaravanaDeMigrantes2019 llega alrededor de 1500 personas y unas 850 están registradas en la base de datos de la Policía Nacional. pic.twitter.com/fts7avWeQP
— Contracorriente (@ContraC_HN) January 16, 2019
The group, organized through social media, is following in the wake of a larger caravan that departed from Honduras this week.
On Wednesday morning, between 900 and 1,000 Hondurans gathered at the country’s border with Guatemala, waiting to cross en-route to the United States, local police chief Jorge Rodriguez told Reuters.
For years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has claimed a border wall was immoral.
The organizer of the latest migrant caravan in Honduras, was arrested on rape charges!! Anon notable!! #QAnon #Caravan #BorderSecurity #NationalEmergency @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/ozBN55bH3n
— AClark (@notrax14) January 16, 2019
Just before the midterm elections in November, President Obama claimed that migrant caravans were a “thousand miles away,” absolutely not a threat, and part of a “political stunt” by President Donald Trump. (At least one caravan arrived just a few days after Obama’s campaign stump speech.)
When it proved not to be true, Democrats claimed there was no room for border security in an already-crowded budget.
— Anna Bacon⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@AnnaBD20) January 16, 2019
Now, after it’s been proven that the latest border security proposal is less than one-tenth of one percent of the total budget, Democrats claim there is no crisis – that it must be “manufactured” by the Trump administration.
Several hundred Honduran migrants already entered Guatemala on Tuesday, according to activists traveling with them.
Walking through the streets carrying backpacks and water bottles, the migrants were escorted by immigration authorities and the police.
El Salvador is grappling with a wave of crime and violence. In 2018, the country’s murder rate stood at 50.3 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest levels in the world, according to the United Nations.
The Salvadoran government estimates that some 2,700 people have left the country through half a dozen caravans over the past year. About 600 have returned voluntarily, and three have died, according to government figures.
— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) January 16, 2019
Reports that a new caravan is heading toward the United States is proof that President Donald Trump has been “right all along” about a crisis at the nation’s border, and it’s time for Democrats to stop ignoring the problem, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday.
The caravan departed after government officials from the El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico met in San Salvador on Tuesday to discuss a regional development plan aimed at stemming migration through job creation and improvements in security in the Northern Triangle and southern Mexico.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has called for an investment of $30bn to support a so-called Marshall Plan for Central America. Critics argue the strategy, which so far includes no significant new investment from the United States, is likely to favour militarised security initiatives and private investment schemes that historically have failed to improve the living conditions in the region.
Ursula Roldan, director of the Institute for Research and Social Projection on Global and Territorial Dynamics at the Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala City, told Al Jazeera she is “alarmed” that mass migration continues amid uncertainty over how immigration authorities will receive the caravans, including in Guatemala, currently pitched in constitutional crisis.
“I didn’t think the caravans would be replicated this much, because the results haven’t been as positive as we would hope,” Roldan said. “But we are seeing that people prefer to go in caravans because they feel more protected.”