El Salvador Migrants Head For US Causing ‘Crisis At Border’
Despite Trump’s continued march to put the pressure on immigration, El Salvador migrants have fled their country as they head to the US border to escape the continued growing poverty and violence that’s found in the Central American region.
Like thousands of others, around 300 Salvadorans left the country over the weekend to start their journey. It’s estimated around 3,500 Hondurans started their journey earlier this month and are currently based in southern Mexico.
Another group have been moving through Guatemala, estimated to be around 1,000 people. They broke through the Guatemala border gate and made their way on to the bridge to head through Mexico.
The reason for travelling in such large groups means migrants feel more protected from the police officers they come across on the way.
With the November 6th elections just around the corner, Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans are aiming to keep hold of Congress, making immigration a major priority leading up to it.
Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland security secretary, claimed that there’s currently a ‘crisis at the border’, as migrants continue to try and pass the border. But Trump will continue his authority to prevent immigrants from crossing the border illegally.
Recent reports coming out of the US Customs and Border Protection showed statistics that illegal border crossings have declined significantly compared to record figures that were found in earlier years of the century.
There have been numerous times where Trump has threatened to close down the border with Mexico, with extra troops being ordered to man the border along with other military resources.
After the rage that was caused by Trump’s ‘no-tolerance’ policy, applications need to be considered both domestically and internationally by US authorities. This will include the travelling migrants arriving from Central America.
They organised to travel in groups using social networks such as Whatsapp and Facebook to help meet up and travel together.
The groups were also escorted by Salvadoran police, with many travellers carrying large backpacks, water and any items that would protect them from the searing heat.
The government sympathised with the migrants that chose to flee the area, understanding reasons for their action, but urged them to not risk their lives.
Many of the migrants travelled to the borders by any means necessary, utilising the public transport or hitchhiking in local pick up trucks. Along the way, they would use local rivers to help refresh, with some journeys covering up to 30 miles a day.