For the first time in several months, another large 'caravan' of migrants hoping to make their way into the U.S. is heading north, but this time it has met serious resistance from Mexico's government, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Many of the caravans that entered Mexico on their way to the U.S. last spring were supported by the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, even given visas to cross the country legally.
"The Mexican government tried to process them and they didn't have the capability, and that generated a disaster," said Guadalupe Correa, with the Baker Institute at Rice University, which studies Mexico.
AMLO did offer some of the immigrants jobs, but after many of the immigrants, most of whom are from Guatemala, rushed into the country, the Mexican government said even those who have complied with their instructions will be sent home,
Correa says the Trump Administration is putting pressure on Mexico to stop the immigration, by threatening economic sanctions.
"Mexico has been pressured by the United States not to allow them to cross," she said. "Also, another thing is, Mexico simply doesn't know what to do with so many people."
President Trump's "Remain in Mexico Program,' which no longer allows immigration and asylum applicants to want for their hearings in the United States, instead requiring them to wait in Mexico, is credited with reducing the illegal immigrant flow, but at the same time, it is also putting pressure on Mexico to open old factories, warehouses, and vacant lots to house immigrants through the cold winter. Many of he immigrants say they will decided on their own to return to their home countries.
Many of the 'caravans' are organized by for-profit immigrant smuggling cartels, who lie to desperate people, telling them that it is now easier than ever to get into the U.S. and charge $5,000 or more per person to bring them to the U.S border.