The Great March Through Mexico to the US Border Fizzles

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Not with a bang, but with a whimper.

The great march of Central Americans through Mexico to the United States has ended. It started to break up yesterday


A caravan of migrants from Central America set out from southern Mexico last week hoping to raise awareness of the suffering many migrants face from poverty and violence at home.

Many said they hoped to make it to the U.S. and begin a new life. Instead, they have become the focus of a growing crisis between the U.S. and Mexico and the object of almost daily attacks on Twitter from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Now, the caravan has largely stopped in this small hamlet in southern Mexico hundreds of miles from the U.S. border. The migrants find themselves in an uncomfortable spotlight, worried about what happens next.

On Wednesday, the group of about 1,200 migrants—mostly from Honduras, according to organizers and participants—began their fourth day at a public sports center here. “We’re in limbo,” said one man who lay down outside the center, surrounded by rolled mattresses and garbage bags full of empty groceries and bottles.


as Mexico began deporting marchers for being illegals

Now it is no more

This started out as, to all appearances, a direct challenge to US border security policy by the Mexican government. The organizers issued a list of demands to the US government which demanded the right of the marchers to live in the US

It is well documented that Mexico does not allow Central Americans into Mexico illegally and the only way they pass through is by a combination of graft, corruption, and incompetence. While numbers of Central Americans have made the trip north in the past, they have done so with a very low profile. This large scale march was the first of its kind. And it brought fireworks. President Trump told Mexico that NAFTA is in danger if the march continues and he vowed to move the military to the Mexican border to stop the marchers from crossing if need be.


How much of the dissolution was due to Trump and how much was the march disintegrating under its own weight I’ll leave to your judgement. The important thing is that it has stopped because nothing good was going to come from a confrontation at the border.


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