Migrants take part in a new U.S.-bound caravan in southern Mexico Migrants take part in a new U.S.-bound caravan in southern Mexico 

Migrant caravan heads for US border

Another migrant caravan is on the move, this time starting in Southern Mexico, coinciding with the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, where a number of regional leaders are conspicuous by their absence.

By James Blears

Weary of waiting for their migration status to be considered, assessed, and approved, the people of the caravan have set off from Tapachula, deep in the south of Mexico. Their numbers mostly consist of Central Americans, as well as Cubans, Venezuelans and Haitians. Numbering several thousand people, the size of the caravan is likely to swell. The poorest and most desperate people, many carrying babies and young children, as rain and then scorching sun beats down on their backs.  Fortified by hope and faith, with huge distances to cover, many have little chance of breaching the tightened and bristling US border security, far to the north. 

Summit of the Americas

Meanwhile, the Summit of the Americas is underway although the leaders of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua are excluded. Mexico`s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he won`t attend commenting: "I believe in the need to change the policy of exclusion." The leaders of Bolivia, Honduras, Guatemala and Barbuda aren`t there either. 

Swamped asylum system

Concerning the plight of the migrants, Mexico`s asylum system is swamped by the sheer numbers and weakened by insufficient job opportunities. In past months previous caravans have been stopped and turned back, with many put on flights with one-way tickets home or offered temporary residence in Mexico. But for most, their El Dorado, is the United States. As things stand, it`s a mostly unattainable and unreachable daydream... and nightmare.  

Listen to the report by James Blears
07 June 2022, 12:41