‘Our destiny is to get to the border’: Migrant caravan rejects Mexico’s ‘You are home’ program

TIME magazine reports Saturday that the massive migrant caravan headed for the U.S. border rejected Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s program launched Friday dubbed “You are home,” which promises shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs to Central Americans who agree to stay in the southern Mexico states of Chiapas or Oaxaca.

Christopher Sherman reports:

More than a hundred Mexican federal officers carrying plastic shields abandoned a blockade they had formed on a bridge Saturday, allowing a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants to advance toward the United States.

The officers ended the standoff after representatives from Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission told police that a rural stretch of highway without shade, toilets or water was no place for migrants to entertain offers of asylum in Mexico. Police boarded buses and headed further down the highway, while migrants cheered and vowed to trek all the way to the U.S. border.

Orbelina Orellana, a migrant from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, said she and her husband left three children behind and had decided to continue north one way or another.

“Our destiny is to get to the border,” Orellana said.

What a shock: instead of accepting Mexico’s offer, it looks like the migrant caravan is doing some country shopping to make sure to score the best asylum deal.


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