The volunteers passed the meals for thousands of migrants and refugees approaching the Guatemala-Mexico border.
ISLA, Mexico – Thousands of immigrants started early this Sunday from this city of pineapple farms on the Veracruz Gulf coast, but signs of division and disappointment are showing as the big group is trying to reach the US-Mexico border of President Donald Trump's opposition dangerous journey ahead.
The debate on how far to travel daily – something decided at a nightly meeting – is one of the issues that divide caravan migrants who are still disappointed by their seduction during the weekend with the promises of the buses provided for to take them to Mexico City. Buses have never been implemented.
On Sunday, many immigrants hesitated to hit the main highway, which is going through an area full of organized crime.
"It's difficult because of the fear you feel about worrying about it," said Brian Delarta, 30, a Hongkun who heads north with his wife and two children aged 6 and 3.
Like many, he tried to mark a walk rather than walk in a narrow, two lane high without the shoulder in an area known as Tierra Blanca.
"We are walking in fear," he said. "That's why we're stuck together, staying united."
Caravans have been appealing to migrants trying to get safely out of Mexico. However, the village was overtaken on Saturday as the caravan was destroyed by more than half of the group that had rushed to reach the US border, even if it meant going alone and abandoning the watchful eye of human rights observers international organizations. The presence of such organizations is considered to prevent crimes such as kidnapping, rape and extortion by the large group of immigrants. It also discourages police and immigration officials from pushing on them.
Thousands of immigrants
More than 5,000 migrants allegedly travel through southern Mexico via caravan or smaller groups, according to estimates by the Mexican Interior Ministry. The ministry said on Saturday that 2,793 immigrants have applied for asylum in Mexico and about 500 have asked for help to return to their countries of origin.
More than half of the participants imposed Saturday to the cities of Cordoba and Puebla – and even Mexico – instead of resting and rebuilding in Isla, which is in Veracruz state. Participants impatient from the slow pace of progress continued to travel to the north, staying with whatever vehicle they were traveling to their final destination, according to the immigrants interviewed at Isla.
The trend was booming Friday night and Saturday morning, coupled with the broken promises of the state government of Veracruz for the immigrant bus in Mexico City, letting them walk through dangerous cities and rural areas. In a series of tweets on Sunday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said he "was deeply disappointed by the lack of protection" for immigrants caused by the Veracruz state government, offering Friday for the caravan bus in Mexico City – caravan attendants had woken up early and waved for a transport that never arrived.
"This cancellation results in the fragmentation of the caravan, whose unity was the main form of protection." There is not a large number of people in the caravan … People are desperately climbing in private arrivals, it is not known if they belong to organized crime. "
The UN Twitter Twitter thread described Veracruz as "a situation in which … it is normally reported that immigrants are abducted and disappear, often ending in human trafficking."
Broken bus promises
On Friday night, the governor of Veracruz offered 160 buses to take the caravan to Mexico, saying his state had many immigrants who are already "begging for money on the streets" and call it "a serious social problem and we do not want to grow. "
General Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares was later disappointed to say that the city of Mexico suffered from a lack of water and did not intend to accept so many immigrants – something that deny people who are familiar with the preparations there that say everything is ready.
"We were all ready to go," said Melvin Serrano, 22, a native of Honduras. "But the coordinators told the buses [on Saturday morning] they did not come and many people were disappointed and decided to move forward. They no longer believe in the leaders here. Because they said twice that we were going to get buses and finally we went through. "
The caravan has covered more than 800 miles from his departure from San Pedro Sula, Honduras on October 12. At least three smaller caravans have been formed since their departure, seeing security in numbers and a way to avoid paying high fees for smugglers by the United States.
However, the caravan shows signs of neutralization – it is affected by sore throats, diseases such as coughs and colds and, now, segregation. It comes as they go up into Mexico's central valley, where the altitude reaches 7,000 feet and the temperatures fall at night – possibly leaving a population to carry few clothes exposed to the items.
"The caravan has been divided into two parts, two teams," said Víctor Rosales, a native of El Salvador who pushes a pushchair carrying his two-year-old son from Isla to the central highway to the north.
"We have gone quite slowly. There are many people traveling with children and there are people going alone who want to go much faster," said Rosalie, 31. "The majority of the families that the children have brought remain here." Participants say caravans are spontaneously formed in Central America. Pueblo Sin Frontera's immigration defense agency "escorted" the caravan from its arrival in Mexico, helping to coordinate the caravan path through Mexico and offering advice on taking a dangerous road.
About 2,000 immigrants spent the night in Isla, 300 miles southeast of the city of Mexico, according to Pueblo Sin Frontera, which helps the caravan. Other 1,000 immigrants slept in a city on the road called Loma Bonita and 1,500 arrived in Puebla, southeast of the city of Mexico.
Some media reported some caravan participants already arriving in the city of Mexico where the local government has turned a sports park into a shelter for more than 5,000 inhabitants.
An employee with an attempt by Mexico City known as the "humanitarian bridge" to support caravan participants as they head to the national capital said the idea was to give migrants the incentive to remain in Mexico. The capital, the official said, offered more opportunities to immigrants.
The Mexican government has offered caravan participants temporary work visas, health benefits and the opportunity to enroll their children at school. Many caravan parks rejected the offer, saying their ultimate destination is the United States and the chance to earn dollars.
Tramp wheel against caravan
Meanwhile, Trump continues to run against the caravan during the mass campaign campaigns around the country that led to Tuesday's Mediterranean elections, saying that immigrants will not enter the United States. He also promised to send up to 15,000 soldiers at the border to help the US border patrol to secure the border.
"When you look at this caravan coming, that's not what we want," he told a crowd of supporters in Pensacola, Fla., Saturday Night. "This is not for us folks, not for us."
"We want people to come out of our strong borders but they have to come legally," he said. "They must come fully through a process and must come in their value."
"We are determined to secure the southern border," Foreign Minister Mike Pombeo told CBS Nation Person John Dickerson on Sunday.
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Immigrants themselves are equally determined to reach US borders.
"We are thinking positively," said Melvin Serrano, 22, a Hunan, who joined the caravan in the restaurant that was working in closed grounds for blackmail requests. "We know it's going to be complicated, it's not going to be easy, but if we get to a caravan, maybe it will allow us to pass, we've crossed two borders so far," he said.
Both Guatemala and Mexico tried to block the caravan in some places, but they barely benefited.
Other caravans continue to be formed in Central America as people flee from the poverty and violence that hit three of the most dangerous countries in the hemisphere: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
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