A “caravan” of Central American migrants stopped in Hermosillo (a city in Northern Mexico) on Monday, after Trump ordered for Department of Homeland Security Officials to not let them into the United States. This order left the group of around 600 in a state of limbo, as many had traveled hundreds of miles and were planning on seeking asylum within the United States, after reaching Tijuana. With approximately 400 miles until the border, many are struggling with where to go next, with many now considering trying to seek asylum within Mexico.
The large group, mostly traveling together for safety reasons, started at around 1,500 people, but as people split off, settling in different parts of Central America, the group whittled down to around 600 people, including many children. In Hermosillo, the group has received temporary shelter, receiving goods like shoes and clothing.
In recent months, a greater number of migrants have been found crossing the border into the United States illegally, following an initial decline after Trump’s election into office. In a series of tweets, Trump has been pushing his immigration agenda harder, with a call to build his wall.
Verdict: While it remains unclear about what will happen once the large group does reach the border, it is clear that Trump will fight to keep them out of the country. However, many of the migrants have an extremely strong case for attaining asylum status due to threats of violence and political persecution in their countries of origin.