Migrant caravan presses on as Trump limits asylum seekers
The migrant caravan traveling from Honduras to the United States left Mexico City early Friday morning, continuing its journey to the U.S. despite a proclamation from the Trump administration restricting asylum claims.
The caravan arrived in Mexico City on Sunday, where authorities converted a sports stadium into a temporary shelter for migrants to rest. The caravan has traveled over 1,000 miles since leaving San Pedro Sula, Honduras on October 13.
The caravan caught the attention of President Trump soon after it formed, and became a flashpoint during the midterm elections, with Trump claiming that Democrats funded the caravan. He has used this and other anti-immigrant sentiments to justify deploying thousands of troops to defend the southern border.
On Thursday, Trump announced that he would take executive action to restrict those who cross the border illegally from seeking asylum. The proclamation was signed on Friday morning and bans migrants from seeking asylum outside official ports of entry. The move is expected to be challenged by civil liberties groups such as the ACLU.
However, the caravan has continued on its journey despite strong opposition from the Trump administration. Many families traveling in the caravan do not plan to apply for asylum, but rather intend to surrender themselves at the border and hope they are released from detention and allowed to remain in the U.S. while their deportation case is pending.
For many migrants, who are escaping poverty and violence in Honduras, the most important thing is surviving each day. For now, the tensions at the border remain in the future.