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WSJ: Latest Migrant Caravan Expected to Grow

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By    |   Wednesday, 23 January 2019 08:38 AM

A caravan of 5,600 Central American migrants, looking to make its way into the U.S., is set to grow as people await visas to cross into Mexico from the south, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

Those in the current caravan are now at the Guatemala border with Mexico. The new administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has made it easier for migrants to get the visas, the newspaper said.

“The principles guiding the government are respect for migrants’ human rights and not to confront them violently,” a senior Mexican immigration official said.

It now takes as little as five days to get humanitarian visas in Mexico. It has taken months in the past.

Meanwhile, a group of 1,500 migrants are making their way north in Mexico, while another group of 400 left Honduras on Sunday. About 3,000 migrants have been in Tijuana, Mexico for the last three months hoping to get into the U.S.

And there have been calls for another caravan in February, the newspaper noted.

“Any alternative is better than staying in Honduras. I prefer to wait in Mexico for months than to wait in my house to be killed,” said Alex Orellana, 30, who was traveling alone. He claimed he had been threatened by the Mara Salvatrucha criminal gang.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has said reports of the new caravan provide proof that President Donald Trump has been “right all along” about a crisis on the nation’s border.

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