Americas: Faces of the asylum-seeker caravan

By Madeleine Penman and Sergio Ortiz from Amnesty International

A few days ago, after an arduous journey lasting several weeks, around 200 Central Americans arrived at the end of their journey in Tijuana, on the border with the USA, and prepared to ask for asylum. 

The hundreds of asylum-seekers in the caravan who travelled across Mexico to seek refuge in the USA represent a tiny fraction of the total number of asylum-seekers in the USA. However, President Trump cited the caravan as the reason for deploying the National Guard on the border with Mexico.

Caravans of migrants are not a new phenomenon. For several years, people from places like Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have fled their countries, which are among the most violent on the planet. Travelling as a group is a way to protect yourself during a trip through Mexico that is full of dangers.

Their aim is to ask for protection as refugees in the USA. Although President Trump sought to brand them as criminals, it is not a crime to seek asylum at the US official border post.

Although President Trump sought to brand them as criminals, it is not a crime to seek asylum at the US official border post
Madeleine Penman, Mexico researcher at Amnesty International

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