If this report is accurate, it could herald a very new chapter in the northbound migration of people from Central America.
From Wendy Fry’s article for the Los Angeles Times:
Another migrant caravan — this one estimated at 15,000 people — is preparing to leave Honduras on Jan. 15, according to migrant rights advocates and Spanish-language media.“
They say they are even bigger and stronger than the last caravan,” said Irma Garrido, a member of the migrant advocacy group Reactiva Tijuana Foundation.
Garrido said this new, larger caravan will probably be joined by more people in El Salvador and in Guatemala, but she said they don’t plan on coming straight to the Tijuana-San Diego border, where resources are already stretched nearly to a breaking point.“
They will stay in the south of Mexico in Chiapas and Oaxaca. Their aim is to request work there,” she said.
Can this actually be? Is this latest caravan truly interested in stopping just beyond the Mexican border and seeking work there, instead of continuing on to the United States border and trying to get through?
That, of course, remains to be seen…
…as it remains to be seen whether Mexico, which is so happy to provide a passage route from Central America to the United States, will be equally happy to receive multitudes of the same people who enter Mexico and just stay there, with the stated goal of getting work that might otherwise have gone to Mexican citizens.
Call me an inveterate skeptic but, somehow, I doubt Mexico’s government will be as taken with this idea as it is with sending them through the country and out the northern side.
In any event, if this caravan actually materializes and gets to the border with a stated goal of remaining in Mexico, we will quickly find out Mexico feels about it, won’t we?
Don’t bet on a welcoming committee.