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.”
The Pentagon sends equipment to the U.S. border ahead of the troop deployment for the migrant caravan. William La Jeunesse reports. pic.twitter.com/64408ig72t
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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.
To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally. Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018
Mexican woman laments trash covered streets after migrant caravan passes through.
"The migrants left and left us the garbage. What a waste of food, when they said they don't even have enough to eat."pic.twitter.com/BF5CfHzORQ
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) October 26, 2018
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.