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The volunteers passed the meals for thousands of migrants and refugees approaching the Guatemala-Mexico border.
USA TODAY

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.

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