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U.S.-bound Central American migrants on the move in Mexico

2018-10-25 19:44
Central American migrants woke up at dawn on Thursday (October 25) in a southern Mexico town before advancing again on their trek toward the United States, despite Mexico's vows to hinder their progress under pressure from the Trump administration. Thousands of men, women and children, mostly from Honduras, spent another rough night in the town of Mapastepec in Chiapas state, still more than 1,100 miles (1,770 km) from the U.S. border. Migrants began departing Mapastepec in the wee hours of the morning, fanning out for 30 kilometres (18 miles) along a road towards Pijijiaan. During the afternoon, the caravan will rest in Pijijiapan for the day, before setting out to Tonala or Arriaga, where they will catch a freight train to Oaxaca and Veracruz. Their trek has drawn the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has used the migrant caravan to fire up support for his Republican party in Nov. 6 congressional elections. It has also prompted Washington to put pressure on the Mexican government to halt the migrants' progress. The caravan, which began as a march of a few hundred people from the crime-wracked Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Oct. 13, swelled into the thousands as it was joined by migrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Mexican immigration authorities have told the migrants they will not be able to cross illegally into the United States.