A young migrant woman spoke for the aspirations of thousands in the latest caravan marching toward the US border as she pleaded for Mexico's president to provide safe passage so she and the others could attain the American dream.
The 19-year-old woman, identified only as Christina, was near the front of the caravan pressing north from Chiapas city of Huixtla to the town of Villa Comaltitlán amid rumors National Guardsmen and Institute of National Migration officers were positioned somewhere along the 10-mile trek to turn them back.
Christina told Univision morning show Despierta America that she 'clearly believed' in the American dream and hoped the leftist leader will 'allow us to cross.'
It's quite a necessity, and we will accomplish it,' she said.
Mexican news network Foro TV showed images of migrants camping out under trees and protecting themselves from the sun as temperatures topped 91 degrees, although AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures surpassed 100 degrees.
While the administration of Mexican President López Obrador has for the most part remained tight-lipped over the latest caravan, Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard condemned smugglers and organizers Monday, accusing them of misleading migrants into believing the United States would simply allow them to freely cross the border.
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While there are no assurances that the caravan of 3,000 migrants will be allowed to continue to press towards Mexico City and the United States border, 19-year-old Christina told Univision on Wednesday that she still believes in the dream of reaching American and hopes that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will not force the National Guard to stop their path
A caravan of migrants resumed its journey Wednesday in Huixtla, Mexico. The hope to reach Mexico City to try to apply for asylum from the Mexican government while also seeking a document that will allow them to freely transit to the country as most of the 3,000 will look to continue on to the Mexico-United States border and petition the Biden administration for asylum
A migrant carries his pet chihuahua over his shoulder as thousands of caravan members walked Wednesday morning via a highway in the southern Mexico town of Chiapas towards Mexico City and the United States
Thousands of migrants departed from the southern Mexican town of Huixtla in day four of a march towards Mexico City and the border with the United States
'We will act with caution, with care for the law and human rights,' Ebrard said.
'But we do want to say that they are deceiving people because it is not true that they are going to let them pass to the United States.'
So far, Christina's group has gained more steam than the other three caravans that were formed by mostly Haitians and were quickly shut down in August and September.
According to the network, the 3,000-person caravan consists of 1,200 minors although it's unknown if any of them are traveling alone.
The caravan, coined 'Madre Caravana' or 'Mother Caravan,' was formed by organizers who set up a QR code that was initially distributed via a Facebook post back on October 15. Migrants gathered on October 23 in Tapachula, the southernmost city in Chiapas which borders with Guatemala.
The group, made up of Africans, Central Americans, Haitians, and South Americans, reached Huehuetán by Monday and continued on to Huixtla, where they had spent parts of the last two days resting and being treated for leg and foot injuries suffered.
After spending parts of the last two days in the southern Mexico municipality of Huixtla, about 3,000 migrants, including 1,200 children, resumed their trek by foot towards the United States border, but first they plan to stop in Mexico City to request a permit from the government that will allow to freely transit through the country
Migrants prepare to leave Huixtla, Chiapas, where they had been resting since Monday and continue their march with a caravan of some 3,000 people, including 1,200 children, who seek to reach the United States border
Arleth Chavez from Guatemala has walked with the caravan for about 30 miles since it set off from Tapachula.
'My feet are burning and in pain from the blisters,' said Chavez. 'I'll make it as far as God permits.'
Migrants have denounced the lengthy asylum process in Tapachula, located near Mexico's southern border with Guatemala, and thousands have departed the city in a series of caravans this year, including many families from Haiti.
Some members of the most recent caravan aim to reach Mexico City, where they hope the asylum process might be faster, while others aim to press on to the U.S. border.
Each of them is determined to finish the 1,300-mile journey for a shot of starting anew and providing better opportunities for their families.
'We simply want free passage [through Mexico], we do not want to offend anyone, not even immigration [agents],' Mario López told Mexican news station Milenio. 'We just want to go through Mexico to fulfill our American dream.'
Migrants who form part of a caravan heading to the United States border wash their clothes at a river in the southern Mexico town of Huixtla on Tuesday
A child receives first aid due to injuries suffered while traveling by foot with a caravan of migrants in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas
Migrants take a moment to bathe and wash their clothes at a river in Huixtla, Mexico
Critics of the unchecked immigration have blasted President Joe Biden for exacerbating the crisis at the border.
The latest CBP southwestern border monthly report showed that U.S. Border Patrol agents registered 1.7 million encounters with migrants attempting to enter the United States via Mexico without legal travel documents.
'These migrants clearly have no regard for the rule of law, our nation's sovereignty, and also should tell us that these migrants are clearly economic migrants, they're not seeking asylum, valid asylum.' said Mark Morgan, who served as the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection under former President Donald Trump.
'They're outside the country right now, they've arrived in Mexico, a safe third country where Mexico has said, hey we will give you asylum, but that wasn't their end goal.'
Morgan also ripped Biden for not visiting the border.
'I've been there before ... I know it well ... I guess I should go down,' the president said last week during a CNN town hall.
A woman gives her daughter water as they rested Tuesday in the souther Mexico town of Huixtla before the caravan they joined continued on to Mexico City and ultimately the United States
Migrants heading to Mexico City to request asylum and refugee status rested in Huixtla, Chiapas, on Tuesday. At least 3,000 people have formed part of a caravan that hopes to reach the US and seek asylum
Migrants take a bath at a river in Huixtla, a city in southern Mexico, on Tuesday
Migrants rest on a railway bridge in Huixtla, Mexico, on Tuesday