UPDATED 10:04 AM PT — Friday, January 25, 2019
As negotiations over a border wall continue, the latest Central American caravan continues to migrate north. According to reports Thursday, the caravan members, who began their trip in Honduras, have arrived in Mexico’s gulf state of Veracruz.
Officials have set up temporary shelters at a local market, while authorities are working on setting up medical and food facilities.
In the meantime, Mexico’s interior minister — Olga Sanchez — said the government is working to grant work permits to migrants who wish to stay in the country and not seek asylum in the U.S.
“The immigration policy from the Mexican government also gives permission for visitors from border states to work,” stated Sanchez. “Currently, it is just for Guatemala and Belize but will be extended to El Salvador and Honduras.”
President Trump commented on the latest migrant caravan from the White House Thursday, saying some of the migrants ended up settling in Tijuana. He also praised Border Patrol and ICE officials by saying they’ve done a wonderful job in securing the nation’s border.
However, he added, if the U.S. had a wall the caravans would not pose much of a problem.