Migrant Caravan

Adam Lenk, Features Editor

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On October 12, residents of San Pedro Sula, Honduras assembled at a bus terminal and prepared to make the daunting journey through Central America into Mexico and the United States. By the following day the headcount of the migrant caravan numbered approximately 1,000. As the caravan moved through neighboring Guatemala the number of migrants swelled exponentially with thousands more joining in.

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According to worldbank.org, 66% of Hondurans live below the poverty line and approximately 20% of Hondurans live in what is considered extreme poverty. Most of the migrants are looking for a new life in the US or Mexico, where living conditions are much better. As of October 22, the number of migrants in the caravan has swelled to about 7,000 according to estimates from the International Organizations for Migration.

As the caravan has moved North many migrants have turned back or have been offered asylum in Mexico. As of October 30, the caravan has shrunk down to around 3,000 people from desertions and migrants taking asylum in Mexico. The caravan has gained the attention of the President of the United States who on twitter said the following, “The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!” Whether or not the migrants will make it to the U.S. to apply for asylum is unknown, but the President did call for military aid along the border.