New migrant caravan heads for US border. Here’s what to expect …

As President Donald Trump mentioned last week, a new migrant caravan that formed in Honduras is now on its way to the United States border.

The group of at least 500 migrants left from the city of San Pedro Sula in the north last Monday night, ahead of the 5 a.m. Tuesday time that seemed to be the plan according to social media discussions, Fox News reported.

And the trek, which could take weeks or months, comes as Democrats refuse to do anything about U.S. border security amid a weeks-long partial government shutdown precipitated by Trump’s demand for funding for a border wall.

The large caravan reportedly began the journey from a bus station in Honduras under rainy conditions and included mothers and children.

Members of the group apparently pleaded with local business owners for supplies such as food and water.

Nearly 300 people attempted to board 30 small buses in an attempt to get to the Guatemalan border, CBS News reported.

A woman who was planning to seek U.S. asylum or refugee status, “because it’s not possible to live in Honduras anymore,” was traveling with her 13-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter whom she said had already been raped so badly she suffered medical problems.

Reuters reported an estimated 600 to 800 Hondurans are part of the new caravan that is expected to follow the same path as the last group which left in October. More than 7,000 of that group have returned to Honduras while about 2,500 have remained in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, according to Honduran officials, Reuters reported.

“I’m determined to find a good job in the United States,” Darwin Perez, a 24-year-old caravan member told Reuters. “It’s a difficult road ahead but I hope President Trump’s heart might soften, and that he won’t be so hard and will let us enter.”

Fox News contributor Morgan Ortagus noted there is a “public perception” issue that fuels the caravans, telling Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade that people continue to embark on the trips thinking that they will succeed in crossing into the U.S.

“You’re never going to deal with the root cause of these issues,” she said, “…without having a secure border, without working on these asylum laws.”

The president spoke about the forming caravan last week, telling reporters, “we’re trying to break it up.”

Trump added that a “drone isn’t going to stop it and a sensor isn’t going to stop it, but you know what’s going to stop it in its tracks? A nice, powerful wall.”


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