"Not sure why the media is acting like this isn't a well-established fact - women and young girls are brutally victimized on the journey north, strikes me as quite freaky that reporters would try to cover up the gross atrocities perpetrated by smugglers and coyotes", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement after Trump's comments. When the caravan arrives at the USA southern border, some will request political asylum, some will stay in Mexico and others will simply fade into the shadows.
The Trump administration's announcement was also condemned by the front-runner to win the Mexican presidency in a July 1 election, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
While a handful of the migrants may attempt to cross into the USA and some are planning to seek asylum, the yearly march is mostly held to raise awareness to the dangers of fleeing gang violence or political upheaval and corruption in Central American nations.
Buzzfeed started the media frenzy over the marchers when it posted an article on March 31 titled "A Huge Caravan Of Central Americans Is Headed For The US, And No One In Mexico Dares To Stop Them", except ... someone dared.
He then ran off to avoid being spotted by US Customs and Border Protection.
There may be little truth to Trump's claims that Mexico is doing nothing to allay the number of immigrants crossing the southern border. Research shows the country is detaining and deporting Central American immigrants in roughly the same numbers as the US, and often even surpassing the U.S. But the story she appeared to refer to said only that "robberies, rapes and assaults-perpetrated by smugglers, cartel members and Mexican immigration agents-are common", and have been for decades. among those trying to cross the border. I found it here via Diana West's Twitter, but the URL no longer pulls it up.
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Mujica said this year's caravan was so large it would have been risky to travel to the border by train-hopping. There are lots of babies.
Villarreal said, politics aside, we should look at the conditions of those countries, to understand why people are willing to give up everything their own families, their homes and their country, to risk coming to the United States. I was just in Mexico City talking to experts and analysts that were saying this election will be defined by more domestic issues.
Also Friday, " Mexico's secretary of the inner said he'd called in U.S. Ambassador Roberta Jacobsen for consultations pertaining to Trump's announcement Thursday about migrant girls being banged on the travel to the U.S.
The Mexican government has denied that it is allowing the migrants to travel unimpeded across its territory.
"Donald Trump wanted the world to crush us, to erase our existence".
After fleeing San Pedro Sula, Honduras, because of gang threats, Katerina Dominguez Enamorado, 22, had been in Tapachula, a southern Mexico town, when she joined the caravan.