“A New Migrant Caravan Heads Towards US, Adding Pressure on Southern Border” A significant migrant caravan, comprising Central Americans and Venezuelans, departed from southern Mexico on Monday, with around 3,500 to 5,000 people making their way towards the United States.
President Joe Biden, amidst his reelection campaign, faces mounting challenges in controlling illegal border crossings from Mexico. The group, mostly from Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, and Venezuela, started their journey from the city of Tapachula near the Guatemalan border.
Frustration over the inability to obtain humanitarian visas and a lack of response to their offers of assistance in hurricane-hit Acapulco compelled migrants to leave Tapachula.
The caravan, escorted by officials and ambulances, plans to spend the night in Huehuetan, approximately 16 miles north of their starting point. Many migrants are escaping poverty and political instability in their home countries, with Venezuelans citing dire economic conditions as a driving factor.
Tropical storm Pilar, forming off Central America in the Pacific, adds to the challenges, threatening heavy rainfall in the region and southern Mexico.