Mexico Offered Migrant Caravan Asylum and Work Permits — Many Refused Because Offer Doesn’t Respect ‘Human Rights’

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According to a new report, the migrant caravan headed for the U.S. border has refused asylum and work permits from the Mexican government.

The caravan that is estimated to be made up of thousands of people has slowly been traveling toward the United States to seek asylum.

However, according to the Arizona Central, Mexican officials offered people in the caravan the opportunity to live and work legally in the Mexican states of Chiapas or Oaxaca. Many of the immigrants refused, with a spokesperson for the caravan Pueblo Sin Fronteras claiming it violated their “human rights.”

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“This plan does not truly respond to the causes of the Central American exodus, and therefore does not solve their needs from a perspective that respects human rights in a holistic way,” Fronteras said. “We don’t want any more prison cities where migrant people are confined without freedom of movement.”

While there are many reports that some are trying to make it back to their families in the U.S. after being deported or escape a dangerous situation, some are worried that there are criminals in the caravan using the crowd to travel across the border.

President Donald Trump has threatened action if the caravan makes it to the border, tweeting that he would not tolerate those entering the country illegally.

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The Pentagon has put in a request for additional military backup to aid the U.S. Border Patrol in preparing for the number of people heading toward the border. While the caravan is still far away, a few thousand may still make it to the border.

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