Caravan Splits Up, First of Several Groups Reach Mexico City
The first of many caravans of migrants making their way to the U.S. to claim asylum has reached Mexico City.
Hundreds of members of the caravan arrived in Mexico’s capital over the weekend, with around 450 people being given temporary shelter at a sports stadium in Mexico City.
Additionally, a separate, 4,000-strong caravan, split up into several groups with one spending the night in a town in the coastal state of Veracruz, according to a report from The Washington Times.
The divisions came during a tense day in which tempers flared and some migrants argued with caravan organizers and criticized Mexican officials. They were upset that Veracruz Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes had reneged on an offer late Friday to provide buses on Saturday to help assist the migrants on their trek to Mexico City.
Federal officials told the mayor of Cordoba and the governor of Veracruz that they could be prosecuted for human trafficking if they provided buses, so they withdrew the offer.
Four caravans are currently traveling inside Mexico, totaling some 12,000 Central American migrants.