New caravan of migrants bound for the United States

Emmanuel Paul
Emmanuel Paul - Journalist/ Storyteller

Anew group made up of immigrants from various countries, the vast majority of whom are Haitians, left the state of Tapachula in Mexico on Thursday for the United States.
More than 3,000 people have checked in for a perilous and uncertain journey, but one that is worth all the risk for them.
A meeting was organized the day before to plan the departure.

If they manage to succeed in their process, the migrants should reach the closest American-Mexican border in about thirty days. A marathon whose success is not always what immigrants expect. They are often deported in Mexico, Guatemala and even Haiti  before even reaching their final destination in search of a better life. Even those who have achieved the feat of setting foot on American soil are not sure whether their dream of living in better conditions will come true.

Last September, more than 15,000 people arrived in Del Rio, Texas. More than 10 thousand of them were deported to Haiti, a country that the majority had left for more than ten years. Those who have been provisionally admitted to stay are uncertain whether they will obtain their green card in the near future.

But that doesn’t seem to be the biggest concern of immigrants, who for now only dream of living in Uncle Sam’s country at any cost.

The state of Tapachula in Mexico is not the initial location of the caravan. Immigrants come from all corners of the Western Hemisphere, including Brazil, Chile and Ecuador among others. They spent several months on the road. Many of them died halfway through.

During an interview with ZoomHaitiNews and CaribbeanTelevisionNetwork, more than a dozen Haitian citizens who have achieved the feat of arriving at the final destination explained that the Darien forest is the most dangerous. It separates Colombia and Panama. This is the place where more people died. Some parents who lost their strength in the middle of the journey had to hand their children over to strangers.

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