On the Move

November 2, 2018
SAFETY IN NUMBERS Thousands of migrants from Central America cross into Mexico. They hope to reach the U.S.
JOHN MOORE—GETTY IMAGES

A caravan of migrants from Central America set out from Honduras on October 13 with about 200 people. By October 22, it had reached Mexico, and the number of migrants had swelled to an estimated 7,000. The group is traveling on foot. It is heading for the United States border.

The migrants are fleeing violence, poverty, and corruption in their home countries. They are hoping for safety in numbers. Edwin Rosas is a 31-year-old builder from Honduras. He is part of the caravan. “We are going to stay together,” he told TIME. “We won’t be broken.”

The caravan was organized by activists on social media. The journey from Honduras to the U.S. is more than 2,000 miles. Mexican president-elect Andrés Manuel LÓpez Obrador says the U.S., Mexico, and Canada should work together to improve conditions for people in Central America and southern Mexico. “In this way, we confront the phenomenon of migration,” he said. “Because he who leaves his town does not leave for pleasure, but out of necessity.”

President Donald Trump is pushing Mexican authorities to stop the caravan before it reaches the U.S.-Mexico border.