(National Sentinel)Â Whittle Away: The lead migrant caravan from Central American currently traveling through southern Mexico appears to be dwindling in numbers, thanks in large part to the efforts of our neighbor to the south.
AsÂ Fox News reports, the lead caravan has dropped to around 4,000 people and is currently stalled because the Mexican government refuses to provide them with buses so they can be transported more quickly to the U.S. border.
That and a combination of other things has many dejected and ready to go back home.
Thousands have applied for and received asylum in Mexico under a program offered them by the government that includes housing, jobs, education, and other benefits. Thousands more, however, have refused the offer.
Fox News reports:
The setback comes days after caravan leadersÂ asked for â€œsafe and dignifiedâ€ transport to Mexico City, a checkpoint along the way for a group that has been dwindling in size as members either apply for protected status in Mexico or drop out over fatigue exacerbated by the sweltering weather conditions they have been facing.
“The attempt to travel by bus failed,” caravan coordinator Walter Cuello told the Associated Press Wednesday night.
It has been a tumultuous journey so far for the leading caravan, which is now estimated to contain around 4,000 people â€“ down from a peak of more than 7,000.
“Of the friends that I have been with, all want to go back,” Hasiel Isamar Hernandez, a 28-year-old mother of three from Honduras, told the Associated Press several days ago.
Some migrants have managed to pick up rides via truck or van, whatever is available. But the trip is clearly taking its toll.
Plus, POTUS Donald Trump has vowed not to allow migrants into the U.S. and has even ordered the U.S. military to the border to assist civilian authorities in preventing the migrants from crossing.
Those who do cross illegally will be captured and likely prosecuted.
There are three more caravans behind the first one,Â Fox News reports.
“A second, smaller group of 1,000 or so migrants is more than 200 miles back. A third band of about 500 from El Salvador has made it to Guatemala, and a fourth group of about 700 set out from the Salvadoran capital Wednesday,” the network said.
All said, Mexico isn’t doing all it can. Federal police often watch as migrants either wade across rivers to get into the country or pile on top of vehicles for rides.
U.S. military officials in charge of assisting civilian border authorities have hinted that the lead caravan contains some unsavory people.
â€œThis caravan is different from what weâ€™ve seen in the past,â€Â saidÂ Air Force Gen.Â Terrence Oâ€™Shaughnessy.
When pressed by reporters to explain that, he responded, â€œWhat we have seenÂ is weâ€™ve seen clearly an organization at a higher level than weâ€™ve seen before.â€
Continuing, Oâ€™Shaughnessy said,Â â€œWeâ€™ve seen violence coming out of the caravan and weâ€™ve seen as theyâ€™ve passed other international borders, weâ€™ve seen them behave in a nature that has not been what weâ€™ve seen in the past.â€
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