Caravan Refuses Mexico's Generous Offer, STILL Heading to U.S.
Despite Mexican officials continuing to make good faith efforts to deal with the downtrodden migrants, the caravan organizers show no interest in applying for asylum in Mexico, insisting that they would come to the United States. (Hot Air)
Several thousand Central American migrants turned down a Mexican offer of benefits if they applied for refugee status and stayed in the country’s two southernmost states, vowing to set out before dawn Saturday to continue their long trek toward the U.S. border.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced what he called the “You are at home” plan, offering shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs to Central Americans in Chiapas and Oaxaca states if they applied, calling it a first step toward permanent refugee status. Authorities said more than 1,700 had already applied for refugee status…
“Thank you!” they yelled as they voted to reject the offer in a show of hands in the town of Arriaga. They then added: “No, we’re heading north!”
This short video from the Associated Press is worth a look just for the quotes from some of the caravan members.
The caravan still has more than 1,000 miles to go before reaching Texas. That gives state and federal officials limited time to come up with a unified plan to minimize illegal border crossings before their arrival.