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There Might Soon Be 3 US-Bound Caravans

Group plans to leave El Salvador next week, as Honduran stragglers move north
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2018 6:33 AM CDT
Central American migrants traveling with a caravan to the US, rest in a central park in Huixtla, Mexico, on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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(Newser) – If the Honduran migrant caravan making its way toward to the US southern border is "the gift that keeps on giving for Donald Trump's midterm elections," as the Telegraph suggests, then a second caravan forming in El Salvador may be the bow on top. An internal report obtained by NBC News shows the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring the Salvadoran caravan as it comes together, with departure seemingly set for a week's time. While most early members are families with children said to have been inspired by migrants now moving through Mexico, the fact that gang MS-13 was formed by El Salvador nationals could be used to bolster President Trump's claims that criminals are among the group.

Meanwhile, another caravan is already on the move. Per Reuters, a second group of more than 1,000 Hondurans was moving north through Guatemala on Tuesday, en route to Mexico. The first wave of some 7,000 Honduran migrants are holed up in Huixtla, Mexico, 30 miles north of the Guatemalan border, since fleeing violence and poverty at home on Oct. 12. That group—minus two men who've died in truck accidents—got moving early Wednesday, with more than 1,000 miles to go before reaching the US. However, many members are expected to stay in Mexico, which has received 1,699 requests for refugee status, reports Reuters. "We only want to work," says one migrant, per CBC News. "We would do anything, except bad things." (Trump blames Democrats.)

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