LONGER ROUTE FOR CARAVANS: One month ago, 1,000 people started walking from Northern Honduras, beginning a journey they hoped would end with a job in the United States ... Now, they are about halfway to Tijuana, Mexico, where many will apply for asylum or pay a smuggler to get them over the border to Houston or San Jose or Omaha, Neb. They’ve endured heat, humidity, wind, rain and cold during these 1,400 miles as President Trump has insisted on border integrity, national security and enforcement of immigration laws. Their numbers have swelled to 11,500 including several subsequent caravans days behind, according to Mexican media reports.
The lead caravan is resting in the Benito Juarez Auditorium in Guadalajara on Wednesday. They’re awaiting instructions on where they will go Thursday. In Guadalajara, the caravan is 1,400 miles from Tijuana, a city at the border south of San Diego. Members of the caravan voted in Mexico City last week to take the longer, and much safer, route west, instead of the roads to Texas, a much shorter journey that takes them closer to Houston and Florida and other destinations in the Eastern United States. - Reported by Robert Shaffer
- Customs and Border Protection prepares for migrant caravan arrival