The lengthy lines of men, women and children were described as having bravely waded into extra-muddy waters of the Suchiate River, close to Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, as they were described ominously as “holding on to a rope,” in desperate pulls over the non-visible line meant to divide Guatemala and Mexico. Other groups called “braver souls,” crossed with their very young ones on extremely crowded rafts crudely crafted from tires.
A common denominator that emerged: “A flood of humanity. By the moment the sun had set, miraculously, thousands had made it to the border to allow them to continue the march northward.”
Speaking in what he’s used to in calling native Central Americans’ plight to make their way toward Mexico and the United States, President Trump used the noun “caravan,” to make himself
clearer in calling the tremendous number of people in flight “as a political tool.”
“I think the Democrats had something to do with it,” was Trump’s swift comment, and called the same “caravan” an assault on our country,” which term he further described as including “some very, very bad people.” Most similar to his multifarious charges against people seeking refuge and asylum in the U.S., Trump had no proof nor evidence to back up his vigorous and cruel statements.
In a further attempt to characterize the same groups of people, Trump labeled the latter as “Middle Easterners,” although he admitted no “proof” exists in that same remark hurled at the very same”caravan.”
As a consequence of the president’s aforesaid remarks, the defense secretary, Jim Mattis, made an announcement how he would send at least 800 troops to the southern border to block the migrants, a “huge” step that would prevent them from seeking asylum.
An outstanding political commentator declared his thoughts on the migrant caravan. “It is more than a tool to stoke voters’ fears just before the midterm elections. It is a blaring reminder that Latin America is suffering a prolonged refugee crisis that demands attention.”
It was further learned that the massive majority of the people whose desire is to “make it up North,” are from Honduras, although some Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans, have joined them. Stories narrated from the “travelers’ stories,” say how the caravan was initially formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on October 13th. How the very same group grew from hundreds to thousands tell the story, as struggling voices relate non-stop violence, political turmoil, and the forces of hunger and thirst that the very young failed to comprehend. A migrant activist, Ruben Figueroa, in the city of Tapachula, described the huge crowds that kept on arriving as an “exodus,” far from a “normal action.”
The caravan that continued to band together used their strength in numbers as a means to defend themselves from “criminals.” A great many of the same group protected themselves from those who might kidnap them, and showed their fears as they faced policemen who could “detain and deport them.”
Further information reported how Mexico is not the sole site of the continuously “swelling corridors of people” in flight from their original homes; Costa Rica has been identified as handling “thousands,” from Nicaragua, identified as the country where hundreds “have been killed in a government crackdown on protests.” Countries named: Columbia, Brazil and Peru have all been “dealing”
with a “huge influx of Venezuelans.”
Still to be heard are reports on the “many individual tragedies reflected in the surging numbers looking for refugee status in Mexico.” In 2017, it was reported how more than 14,000 filed for
applications to “stay in Mexico.”
People who try to escape from poverty have been categorized as “economic migrants,” rather than refugees. Consequently, when problems redound to the forces known to contribute to the refugeecrisis, no easy solutions can be named, nor could they be availed of when extreme needs arise.
Stable governments of the region should, in the very near future, be meeting to discuss the “refugee crisis,” with or without any kind of advice from the United States. Assistance in humane
interpretation needs to be channeled more effectively to actually come to the very poor’s welfare.
President Trump’s call to “turn away from internationalism” has definitely been termed as bereft of no help at all.
As Trump continues to call himself a “nationalist,” it underscores what his intent is: To “stay away from the countries whose citizens have left their original homes,” to lend nil assistance to them as they seek ways and means to live as human beings, virtually on their own without seeking help from the U.S., or return to their original homes because of Trumpism’s increasing fears that
those who joined the definition of Trump’s caravan are “unfit” to be admitted to this country’s shores.