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A caravan of an estimated 1,500 illegal aliens from Central America is now one week into its journey toward the United States border, where they insist they will demand asylum from the U.S. government. CLICK HERE to see “Part 1” of this story.

The trip is organized by an group called “Pueblos sin Frontera,” an international migrant outreach operation, who describes themselves on their Facebook page as “empowering immigrants through popular education and cultural work and providing humanitarian assistance to migrants at risk.”

“Our mission is to provide shelter and safety to migrants and refugees in transit, accompany them in their journey, and together demand respect for our human rights,” the group states.

Reportedly, about 80 percent of the caravan of men, women and children are from Honduras, and the rest are from Guatemala and El Salvador. Their journey began last Sunday, March 25, and, according to reports on Twitter, by this Sunday, they had gotten as far as Matías Romero, a city in Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s southern states.

President Trump learned that the caravan was headed toward the United States, and blasted out three Twitter posts Sunday morning, telling Mexico they must stop the big drug and people flows, and declared, “NO MORE DACA DEAL.” However, the caravan marches on.

“We are resistance, We are fighting and hope… We are a #pueblosinfronteras,” the organization states, in a caption under a group photo of migrants all raising their fists into the air.

The organization has DEMANDED of the United States:

  • That they respect our rights as refugees and our right to dignified work to be able to support our families
  • That they open the borders to us because we are as much citizens as the people of the countries where we are and/or travel
  • That deportations, which destroy families, come to an end

On March 23, Pueblo Sin Fronteras posted their demands on their Facebook page:

To the governments of Central America, Mexico, and the United States of America, To the media, To human rights organizations, To civil society,

We are a group of people from different nations, religions, genders, gender expressions, and sexual orientations migrating and seeking refuge. We seek to become one collective, supporting each other shoulder to shoulder and demonstrating that by uniting we can abolish borders.

We Central Americans have formed a caravan of many united in struggle. We leave Tapachula, Chiapas on March 25.

If all goes well we will be in Puebla, Mexico from April 5 to 9 to participate in legal preparation and workshops. From there we will hope for the blessing of solidarity from the Mexican people and human rights organizations, who we hope will join our struggle and assist us with the supplies and resources that they have available. We appreciate the support and collaboration of the people of Mexico and the United States. We hope to be an example of solidarity and struggle to the world.

We demand of our Central American countries:
-An end to political corruption
-An end to violence against women and the LGBTQIA community
-An end to failures of justice for victims of domestic violence, extortion, threats, and homophobia
-An end to corruption between gangs, the police, and governments
-An end to murder with impunity and gang recruitment of youth

We demand of Mexico and the United States:
-That they respect our rights as refugees and our right to dignified work to be able to support our families
-That they open the borders to us because we are as much citizens as the people of the countries where we are and/or travel
-That deportations, which destroy families, come to an end
-No more abuses against us as migrants
-Dignity and justice
-That the US government not end TPS for those who need it
-That the US government stop massive funding for the Mexican government to detain Central American migrants and refugees and to deport them
-That these governments respect our rights under international law, including the right to free expression
-That the conventions on refugee rights not be empty rhetoric

“The border is stained red!”
“Because there they kill the working class!”
“Why do they kill us? Why do they murder us…”
“If we are the hope of Latin America?”

2018 Refugee Caravan “Migrantes en la Lucha”
Pueblo Sin Fronteras

On Sunday, March 25, they posted a video of “More than 1000 people lined up in the central park of Tapachula ready to start the caravan.” 

In the next video, the caravan started out, marching down the road in jubilation, headed for the United States.

Yesterday when we crossed the first immigration checkpoint, the INM agents had abandoned their posts! The refugee caravan is already knocking down borders!!!! On to the next checkpoint, 1200-1500 strong!

In a video the organization posted of the massive caravan marching right on through the immigration checkpoint at the Mexican border, they wrote, “The Refugee Caravan knocking down borders yesterday in Huehuetan! Immigration agents abandoned the post when they knew we were coming. The people celebrated this first little victory!”

On March 29, they wrote:

Day 5 of the #ViacrucisMigrante2018, families washing clothing and bathing in the Novillero river in San Pedro Tepanatepec, while others in the caravan prepare rice and beans. A group of 350 men just arrived after walking all night from Arriaga. On the last stretch 2 truckers stopped on the side of the highway and all 350 climbed onto the truck beds to arrive together at dawn.

90 of us arrived last night on a bus after negotiating with the bus company in Arriaga. The border police stopped and boarded us, but we insisted that we are Pueblo Sin Fronteras, 1500 families without passports but with permission from God to pass freely; the police backed off and we made it to San Pedro, where we found the town fair and played foosball before falling asleep exhausted.

We are strong, we are impatient, we are beautiful and fun and we have dignity, and there are a lot of us. Of the 150 people who flee political repression in Honduras each day, more than a thousand are with us, roaring “Fuera Joh!” as we march. We struggle against the corrupt governments of Mexico, Central America, and the USA, an end to violence and repression in our countries, and respect and freedom of movement for all migrants.

BuzzFeed reporter Adolfo Flores is traveling with the caravan, and posted updates on his Twitter account:

Flores wrote Sunday that the illegal migrants just laughed at Trump’s “NO DACA” statement.

To be continued… this is a developing story. Below is a map of the area. Sunday, April 1, the caravan of (reportedly) about 1,500 migrants were in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca. Other unconfirmed reports are that the numbers are growing with each city they pass through.

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