As Democrats continue to thwart POTUS Donald Trump’s attempts to secure funding for the construction of a border wall, as many as 15,000 migrants from Central America are forming a new caravan that is expected to depart for the U.S. by mid-January,Â TheÂ Los Angeles Times reports.
â€œThey say they are even bigger and stronger than the last caravan,â€ said Irma Garrido, a member of the migrant advocacy groupÂ Reactiva Tijuana Foundation,Â according to the paper.
Garrido added that the new caravan, already substantially bigger than the one currently camped out at the U.S.-Mexico border near Tijuana is only likely to grow.
She added there are rumors that more migrants are expected to join the caravan as it moves from Honduras through El Salvador and Guatemala.
But, Garrido said, members of the new caravan are expected to remain in Mexico.
â€œThey will stay in the south of Mexico in Chiapas and Oaxaca. Their aim is to request work there,â€ he said, according to the Times.
NewsweekÂ also quoted Garrido, who expanded on the caravanâ€™s plans.
â€œâ€¦ [T]heir dynamic is to arrive in Chiapas and ask for employment, as part of President AndrÃ©s LÃ³pez Obradorâ€™s initiative to build the Mayan Train and begin reforestation in the area, so that the new migrants wonâ€™t saturate Tijuana,â€ Garrido said, according to the magazine.
Newsweek also noted that newly-installed Mexican PresidentÂ LopezÂ Obrador promised Central Americans work visas if they sought one.
â€œIdeally, nobody should emigrate from their countries, but if they must leave they can have job opportunities in Mexico,â€ LÃ³pez Obrador said.
President Trump had obviously been briefed about the newly forming caravan because he mentioned it in an early morning tweet storm in which he pledged to seal the U.S. border and cut off American aid to Central American countries if they did not do more to prevent such caravans from passing through their countries.
“Word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it. We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries â€“ taking advantage of U.S. for years!â€ TrumpÂ tweeted.
â€œWe will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with,” he added.
The claim that the migrants are not planning to come into the U.S. seems remarkable, given that has been the objective of nearly all migrants who have joined Central American caravans recently.
Still, in underreported news from last week, the Trump administration has struck an agreement with the Mexican government to allow migrants to remain south of the U.S. border until their asylum claims can be adjudicated or rejected.
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