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Where is the migrant caravan from — MAP

01 May 2018

Humanitarian groups from both Mexico and the United States quickly begun issuing requests for donated food and blankets.

US President Donald Trump, who has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration, particularly from Mexico, has frequently expressed his displeasure since the caravan started out from near the Guatemala border on March 25. Earlier this month, the USA president warned that the "caravans" were coming, described the situation as "dangerous" and a "disgrace," and vowed to stop these migrants from entering the country.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called the caravan "a deliberate attempt to undermine our laws and overwhelm our system".

One such migrant is Gabriela Hernandez, a pregnant mother of two who fled Honduras and crossed Guatemala into Mexico to join the group heading north. Asylum seekers must have a well-founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular "social group", a broad category that has included domestic violence victims and others.

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Just over 60% of asylum claims were rejected in 2017, according to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearing House at Syracuse University, or TRAC. In Honduras, the murder rate a year ago was almost 43 per 100,000 residents. And worldwide law requires countries to hear asylum seekers' requests.

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Asylum seekers did not appear to be thrown off by the delay. She hoped to move in with a sister in San Francisco. Asylum seekers are screened and have their backgrounds checked and, depending on how they entered the country, may be detained pending a hearing. The migrants congregated on a bridge leading to the U.S. border while waiting to be processed by American officials.

Many are fleeing violence in their home countries, including death threats from local gangs, retaliatory rape and political persecution. Many immigrants from Mexico can be deported quickly.

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President Trump dubbed the caravan "a disgrace", and US officials have accused migrants of inventing stories to try to win asylum. The group operatives on a simple philosophy; There is strength in numbers.

No. Pueblo Sin Fronteras (not to be confused with the Washington nonprofit People Without Borders) said it has been organizing caravans since 2008.

"If members of the "caravan" enter the country illegally, they will be referred for prosecution for illegal entry in accordance with existing law", Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement. "We have around 300 minors ranging from 1 month old to 11 years old. We need lawmakers who will put America First".

In Honduras, a contested election sparked the worst political crisis in a decade previous year. At one point, Haitians had to wait in Tijuana for more than five weeks for their turn.

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Where is the migrant caravan from — MAP