Costa Rica News – The Human Rights Commission of Mexico has reported on the caravan of migrants crossing the country to get to the United States. It reports that some Costa Ricans and Panamanians are mixed in with the group. 86% of the migrants are from Honduras and the majority of the rest are from Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador.
One part of the caravan is in Veracruz heading to Puebla to join a group to Mexico City. The current caravan has been traveling by land since October 13th. The Commission reported that 5,500 migrants have already arrived in the Mexican capital. Many are in a migrant shelter installed in a sports center in the east of the city. The women, children and elderly sleep in tents while others have made beds in the stands. Shelters are operating at maximum capacity already.
The first flow of the second caravan could arrive next Saturday, possibly before the first caravan makes its way north. About 2,000 people are in both the second and third caravans. In Mexico, they are offered food, medical care, personal hygiene products, diapers and clothes.
More than half a million migrants from Central America cross Mexico annually with the hope of entering the U.S. and escaping poverty and violence. The caravan phenomenon is relatively new. In caravans entire families including babies and pregnant women travel together for greater safety. Caravan travel has multiplied this year.